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16 Feb 01:52

7 Ways to Change Your Attitude When You Can’t Change Anything Else

by Marc Chernoff

7 Ways to Change Your Attitude When You Can't Change Anything Else

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

Sometimes changing your circumstances isn’t possible – or simply not possible soon enough.  You can’t get to a new job in an instant.  You can’t make someone else change against his or her will.  And you certainly can’t erase the past.  So what options do you have left?

Change your perception, belief or opinion about your circumstances.  Doing so will help you change your attitude and ultimately allow you to grow beyond the struggles you can’t control.

The Greek philosopher Epictetus said it perfectly more than 2,000 years ago: “People are disturbed, not by things (that happen to them), but by the principles and opinions which they form concerning (those) things.  When we are hindered, or disturbed, or grieved, let us never attribute it to others, but to ourselves; that is, to our own principles and opinions.”

Modern behavioral science agrees too.  American psychologist Albert Ellis, famous for developing rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT), has proven that how people react to events is determined predominantly by their view of the events, not the events themselves.

Have no clue how to change your perception of things – and improve your attitude?  Here are seven easy ways to start:

  1. Still your mind. – In order to gain conscious control of what goes on in your mind, you need to develop a keen awareness for this process.  What helps is to hold still for a moment, take a deep breath and free your mind of all the chatter that’s going on inside and all around.  This makes room for a change of state, for something new to enter.  So give yourself a break.  Don’t say you can’t.  Yes, you have battles out in the world to fight, insecurities to overcome, loved ones to contend with and goals to achieve, but a break from it all is necessary.  It’s perfectly healthy to pause and let the world spin without you for a while.  If you don’t, you will burn yourself out.  You must refill your bucket on a regular basis.  That means catching your breath, finding quiet solitude, focusing your attention inward, and otherwise making time for recovery from the chaos of your routine. (more…)
26 Feb 01:58

7 Ways to Stay Strong When Everything Goes Wrong

by Marc Chernoff

7 Ways to Stay Strong When Everything Goes Wrong

When life is “falling apart,” it could actually be falling together… for the very first time.  Which is why it feels so darn uncomfortable.  Consider that what’s in front of you may be serving you in valuable ways you don’t even understand right now.

“Today, on my 47th birthday, I re-read the suicide letter I wrote on my 27th birthday about two minutes before my girlfriend showed up at my apartment and told me, ‘I’m pregnant.’  She was honestly the only reason I didn’t follow through with it.  Suddenly I felt I had something to live for.  Today she’s my wife, and we’ve been happily married for 19 years.  And my daughter, who is now a 21-year-old college student, has two younger brothers.  I re-read my suicide letter every year on my birthday as a reminder to be thankful – I am thankful I got a second chance at life.”

That’s the opening paragraph of an email I received last night from a reader named Kevin.  His words remind me that sometimes you have to die a little on the inside first in order to be reborn and rise again as a stronger, smarter version of yourself.

People and circumstances will occasionally break you down.  But if you keep your mind focused, your heart open to love, and continue to put one foot in front of the other, you can recover the pieces, rebuild, and come back much stronger and happier than you ever would have been otherwise.

Angel and I have dealt with our fair share of adversity over the years too – losing loved ones to illness, financial and business turmoil, etc. – and we’ve written a lot about it.  But today, in light of Kevin’s email and a dozen other emails I’ve received this past week from readers who are struggling with hard times, I want to revisit and discuss seven key actions Angel and I take to find strength when everything seems to be going wrong.

1.  Fully accept the reality of what is.

You cannot find peace by avoiding life.  Life spins with unexpected changes every hour; so instead of avoiding it, take every change and experience as a challenge for growth.  Either it will give you what you want or it will teach you what the next step is.

Finding peace and happiness in life does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, no challenges, and no hard work.  It means to be in the midst of those (more…)

04 Mar 18:00

Geologists Are Getting Sexy

who named the stone cummingtonite?

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27 Feb 19:33

The Humble Binder Clip Just Became Much More Useful 

by Andrew Liszewski

Just because a product seems perfect doesn't necessarily mean there isn't room to squeeze just a little more usefulness out of it. Take the humble binder, or bulldog clip, as it's often called. Its simple design lets it keep giant stacks of paper in order, prevent loose cables from sliding off your desk—but with a tiny design tweak, it can also serve as a handy spot to hold a cup of coffee.

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02 Mar 15:33

10 Interview Tips

by Evil HR Lady

If it’s time to find a new job, that means it’s time to go on interviews. You know, those painful awkward conversations where the person sitting across from you is focused on judging every aspect of you. Fun times! Whether you’re intent on finding solicitor jobs or finding fast food jobs, there are some basic things that will help you get through the interview. Here are 10 tips.

1. Look happy to be there. If you go in, looking and acting like you’d rather stick pins in your eyes than do this interview, the interviewer won’t see you in a positive light. Granted, you may not be happy to be there, but attempt to do an attitude change in the car. Remember, if you get this job you won’t have to interview any more and that should make you happy.

2. Don’t worry about crazy recruiter rules. Some recruiters are nuts. They’ll reject you because you have scuff marks on your shoes, because you ask a question like, “how long will the interview take?” or judge you by your handshake. You can’t predict these and you can’t win. So, don’t worry about them. Just focus on being generally polite and well groomed.

3. Do worry about your wardrobe. Yes, you can wear pants. But, unless you’re interviewing for manual labor you probably shouldn’t wear jeans. If possible, scope out the company beforehand and take a look at how the current employees are dressed. Then, unless they are all wearing suits, you dress one step higher. If they are wearing suits, you wear one too. If they are wearing business casual, you wear a suit. If they are wearing jeans, you wear business casual.

4. Make sure you answer the question the interviewer is asking. This may seem silly, but lots of people have a set of things they want to say and somehow try to push it into the conversation. Now, granted, sometimes interviewers stink and ask really dumb questions. Once you’ve answered it, you can then add on the part that they should have asked. For instance, when you’re asked, “What’s your biggest weakness?” what they should have asked is, “Tell me how you’ve overcome a challenge?” So, answer the biggest weakness question, but add in how you’ve overcome it.

5. Have your research done. Don’t go into an interview not knowing what the company does. You have the internet, use it. No excuse for not using it.

6. If you’re meeting in a restaurant, don’t go all picky. Yes, you can get your favorite drink at Starbucks as long as it’s not fussy and you accept whatever the barista hands you at the end. Don’t argue with a waitress and don’t ask for massive substitutions. If you have allergies, you can, of course, make sure your waitress understands that, but if you allergic to pine nuts, then for heaven’s sake, don’t order the pesto. If you ask the waitress to have the chef prepare you pine nut free pesto you look picky and demanding. Don’t do that.

7. Speak positively about your previous jobs. Everyone knows that your last job wasn’t perfect. The thing is, though, when you whine and complain about your last job, your interviewer only sees you as a potential problem, rather than a potential solution to their problems. Yes, you can mention the problems as a reason for why you’re looking for a new job, but it’s preferable to focus on why this new opportunity is a positive direction for you.

8. Practice, practice, practice. There are  a million lists of sample interview questions. Chances are your interviewer will use one of these lists, or ask similar questions anyway. But, don’t panic about which list to practice with, just pick one and have a friend hold a practice interview. If possible, this should be a friend who has hired before. The point, though, is to practice answering and thinking on your feet.

9. Know your stuff. A lot of interviews, especially with recruiters, focus on the fluffy stuff. But, the hiring manager should get technical on you. If you’ve been unemployed for a while, or if you’re looking for a job that isn’t precisely what you have been doing recently, you should brush up on your skills. Get up on industry literature. Be prepared to answer the hard questions.

10. Ask the right questions. Often, people focus on questions about benefits or pay in an interview. But, those are questions best left for the negotiation phase. Instead, ask questions about what problems they are facing, how this role fits in with others, what challenges lie ahead and about the company culture. These things not only give you important information, they also give you the opportunity to explain how you can help solve the problems they face, and what you can bring to the role.

25 Feb 09:51

Extra Nutty Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies

by joythebaker

Extra Nutty Dark Chocolate Brownies

Hey can I borrow your kitchen?  Mine is a mess. It’s half of a mess.  I’ve managed to unpack my favorite coffee mugs, my stand mixer, and my mason jars.  I’ve basically unpacked everything pretty.  The rest?  The drudgery?  Not interested. Those will stay in a box for a good while until I lose my mind and can’t live without my boring black plastic tongs for another second. 

So… I’m going to need to borrow your kitchen.  I’ll come in with random bags of baking groceries.  I’ll raid your cabinets for mixing bowls and wooden spoons and I’ll make us some brownies.  

Working in your kitchen will be much better then unpacking my own.  I think they call this avoidance. Really delicious avoidance. 

Extra Nutty Dark Chocolate Brownies

My friend Gabrielle let me use her pretty marble kitchen.  I made a mess, but there were brownies in the end.  Forgiveness through chocolate. 

Extra Nutty Dark Chocolate Brownies

I’m solely interested in comfort food these days.  If it’s not gooey, melty, or dripping in caramel… I can’t with you right now.  I’ll save the kale for summer. 

Extra Nutty Dark Chocolate Brownies

Bittersweet and unsweetened chocolate are melted down with butter.  Unsweetened cocoa powder is added too.  Three way chocolate.  

Three eggs, brown sugar, and lots of nuts.  Tremendous success.  

Extra Nutty Dark Chocolate Brownies

Eggs are beaten together with the brown sugar.  

Extra Nutty Dark Chocolate Brownies

Butter and dark chocolate into the egg and sugar mixture. 

Even making brownies is pretty.  What a good life. 

Extra Nutty Dark Chocolate Brownies

Glossy brownie batter is topped with lots nuts.  I like a combination of pecans, walnuts and hazelnuts.  Whole and by the handful.  Salt too!  Flakey sea salt takes these dark chocolate brownies over the top! 

Extra Nutty Dark Chocolate Brownies

Baked but still gooey.  

Extra Nutty Dark Chocolate Brownies

Under-baked just slightly. Gooey.  Chocolate-y.  Crunchy nuts and bright flecks of salt.  Coffee would be the best idea.  Pull up a stool.  Forget about the dishes and all the moving boxes for as many minutes as you can.  

Good life! 

Extra Nutty Dark Chocolate Brownies
2015-02-24 22:03:18
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 5 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
  2. 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  3. 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  4. 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  5. 3 large eggs
  6. 1¼ cups packed light brown sugar
  7. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  8. ½ teaspoon coarse sea salt, plus more for topping
  9. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  10. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  11. 1 small handful pecan halves, walnut halves, and roasted hazelnuts
Instructions
  1. Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 8x8-inch square pan with nonstick cooking spray. Line with parchment paper and lightly spray the parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Place chocolates and butter in a small, heat-proof bowl. Place bowl over a small pot of simmering water (creating a double boiler), or microwave the mixture at 50% for 30 seconds at a time, stirring until glossy and completely melted. Stir in cocoa powder.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and brown sugar until thoroughly combined. Whisk in vanilla extract. Add the chocolate mixture and stir to combine.
  4. Add the salt, baking soda, and flour. Stir until thoroughly combined and spoon into prepared pan. Top with nuts.
  5. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until the brownies are slightly puffed, the nuts are golden brown, and the top is no longer glossy. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before slicing and removing from the pan.
By Joy the Baker
Adapted from adapted from Cooks Illustrated
Adapted from adapted from Cooks Illustrated
Joy the Baker http://joythebaker.com/
14 Feb 00:30

Superhero Bits: X-Men, Kingsman, Gotham, Avengers, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Batman

by Germain Lussier

X-Men DOFP How Should Ended

How should have X-Men: Days of Future Past ended? What’s it mean to bring Scarecrow onto Gotham? Is there a rumored run time for Avengers: Age of Ultron? Want to see a Valentine’s Day themed infographic linking superheroes with their loves? Can you see what it will look like with Spider-Man and The Avengers on screen together? How much longer might Kingsman: The Secret Service be on Blu-ray? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits.

Leaked pic shows Spider-man will have 'work experience' rôle in next Avengers movie pic.twitter.com/PYDsGeGiR0

— Michael Moran (@TheMichaelMoran) February 13, 2015

Spider-Man‘s real role at Marvel.

Matthew Vaughn talked to Collider about superhero movies and early cuts of Kingsman: The Secret Service.

Bryan Singer himself endorsed this great, latest installment of How it Should Have Ended – X-Men Days of Future Past.

Comic Book Movie found a website listing the runtime of Avengers: Age of Ultron as 160 minutes. That’s probably not true, but it could be.

The stars of Gotham talk about bringing The Scarecrow onto the show.

Comic Book posted some Supergirl audition videos that includes dialogue that may reveal some info on the show.

Superhero Love infographic

WebHostingBuzz has created this great infographic linking superhero romances.

Marvel has a new synopsis for the return of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Continue Reading Superhero Bits >>

Due to the amount of graphics and images included in Superhero Bits, we have to split this post over THREE pages. Click the link above to continue to the second page of Superhero Bits.

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10 Feb 17:08

10 Ways to Show Your Employees You Love Them

by Evil HR Lady

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, love is in the air. And what better way to make your employees happy and productive than to declare your love for them? Notthat kind of love–that’s creepy–but, rather, the platonic love that makes your employees feel cared for and appreciated–that’s your goal for this week.

Here are some suggestions.
1. Make work interesting and challenging.
Seriously. According to a new survey by Virgin Pulse, 58 percent of employees love their job when it’s challenging. Don’t keep all the interesting tasks for yourself, and give your employees stretch assignments. They’ll be happier.

To keep reading, click here: 10 ways to Show Your Employees You Love Them

29 Jan 15:30

Mainichi Teaches You Japanese with Every New Chrome Tab

by Herbert Lui

Mainichi Teaches You Japanese with Every New Chrome Tab

Chrome/Web: Learning another language can be difficult if you don't immerse yourself in it every day. Mainichi is a Chrome new tab replacement and webapp that teaches you (and reminds you of) everyday Japanese words.

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28 Jan 13:00

5 Tips to Improve Your Relationship with Your Micromanaging Boss

by Evil HR Lady

Ideally, your boss would give you general guidance when you needed it, answer questions when you have them, and give you a nice year end bonus. But, unfortunately, that’s not how many managers operate. Sometimes you can end up with a micromanaging boss who is constantly looking over your shoulder, driving you nuts.

Most micromanaging bosses aren’t bad people, just misguided managers. You can use these five tips to improve your relationship with your boss.

To keep reading, click here: 5 Tips to Improve Your Relationship with Your Micromanaging Boss

29 Jan 12:30

Babies: Masters of Non-Verbal Communication

27 Jan 17:30

Hide a Wi-Fi Router in a Magazine Holder

by Melanie Pinola

Hide a Wi-Fi Router in a Magazine Holder

As important as they are, routers and modems aren't the prettiest things to look at. Keep them from cluttering up the view with their constantly blinking lights with a simple magazine storage box.

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27 Jan 22:35

Build a Hidden Compartment in a Fake Potted Plant to Hide Valuables

by Patrick Allan

Build a Hidden Compartment in a Fake Potted Plant to Hide Valuables

Hidden compartments are fun and you know it . If you're looking for a way to hide some of your smaller valuables while brightening up your place, this potted plant compartment is perfect.

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26 Jan 15:23

Quick and Dirty Chocolate Espresso Cinnamon Rolls

by joythebaker

Quick and Dirty Chocolate Espresso Cinnamon Rolls

How can I do the least amount of work, but still get the most amount of cinnamon rolls into my mouth?  Super valid question.

How long would it take to go through airport security and stand in line at the Terminal C Cinnamon?  Is that time shorter than the time it would take to make yeasted dough, roll it, fill it, slice it, rise it, and bake it?  

How can I go from zero to cinnamon roll in one hour flat?  

Here’s how!  Ready.  Set.  You know…. 

Quick and Dirty Chocolate Espresso Cinnamon Rolls

There’s no time to waste here.  We have a singular focus.  

Milk is heated in a small pan with granulated sugar and butter.  Heat just until the butter melts then remove from heat and allow it to cool slightly before adding the yeast.  We want the yeast to feel warm and cozy enough to bloom and activate in the warm, sweet liquid, not hot hot hot.  Yeast doesn’t like that. 

Quick and Dirty Chocolate Espresso Cinnamon Rolls

Flour, salt, and an egg yolk are added to the milky yeast mixture.  I didn’t add all the flour at once.  I may not need the entire 2 cups. 

Quick and Dirty Chocolate Espresso Cinnamon Rolls

My handheld KitchenAid mixer has a dough hook attachment.  Thaaaaank you! 

Quick and Dirty Chocolate Espresso Cinnamon Rolls

A warm soft little dough ball with 1/4 cup flour left over.  

Quick and Dirty Chocolate Espresso Cinnamon Rolls

Because I want cinnamon rolls on the quick, the dough ball only rests for 10 minutes before being rolled out.  

Is that sort of thing even allowed?  Yes it is.  We’re the boss. 

Quick and Dirty Chocolate Espresso Cinnamon Rolls

Rolled and buttered.

Quick and Dirty Chocolate Espresso Cinnamon Rolls

Sugared with cinnamon and espresso powder and cocoa powder.  Lots of chocolate chips too.  Why not? 

Quick and Dirty Chocolate Espresso Cinnamon Rolls

Coiled up right. 

Quick and Dirty Chocolate Espresso Cinnamon Rolls (10)

And sliced! 

I placed the rolls in a lightly buttered pan, covered them with plastic wrap and allowed them to rest and rise for 30 minutes.  

Quick and Dirty Chocolate Espresso Cinnamon Rolls

In the oven for 20 minutes and ZING! 

Cinnamon rolls.  And we didn’t even have to stand in line at the airport.  

Quick and Dirty Chocolate Espresso Cinnamon Rolls

It’s not like a little espresso glazed ever hurt anyone! We’re reasonable people. 

Quick and Dirty Chocolate and Espresso Cinnamon Rolls
2015-01-25 12:01:13
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
20 min
For the Dough
  1. 1/2 cup whole milk
  2. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  3. 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  4. 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  5. 1 1/2 to 2 cups all-purpose flour
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  7. 1 large egg yolk
For the Filling
  1. 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  2. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  3. 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  4. 3/4 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  5. 3/4 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  6. pinch of salt
  7. 1/3 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
For the Glaze
  1. 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  2. 1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  3. 3 tablespoons heavy cream or enough to make a pourable glaze
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan combine milk, butter, and sugar. Stir until the sugar has dissolved and the butter has melted completely. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool from hot to just warm.
  2. Place sweet milk and butter mixture in a large mixing bowl and sprinkle yeast over the liquid. Stir to incorporate. Allow mixture to sit for 5 minutes to allow to yeast to activate, foam, and froth.
  3. Add 1 1/2 cups flour, salt, and the egg yolk to the milk and yeast mixture. Use a wooden spoon or hand beaters with the dough hook attachment and stir or beat until incorporated. Add more flour, a few tablespoons at a time if the dough feels to wet. Bring the dough together into a ball and knead a few turns with your hands.
  4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow to rest for 10 minutes.
  5. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured work surface. Roll into a roughly 9 x 12-inch rectangle.
  6. Spread with about 4 tablespoons of butter. In a small bowl stir together sugar, cinnamon, espresso powder, cocoa powder, and salt. Generously sprinkle over the melted butter. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Roll starting at the longer edge into a tight coil.
  7. Slice into 6 pieces.
  8. Use remaining 2 tablespoons of butter to lightly grease the bottom and sides of an 8x8-inch baking pan. Place rolls in the pan leaving about 1/2 inch of room between them. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for 30 minutes.
  9. While the rolls rise, place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  10. Remove plastic wrap and bake the rolls for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown, puffed, and bubbling.
  11. Remove from the oven, allow to cool just slightly.
  12. In a small bowl whisk together powdered sugar, espresso powder, and heavy cream. Drizzle over warm rolls and enjoy!!
By Joy the Baker
Joy the Baker http://joythebaker.com/
27 Jan 13:30

Now You Can Wear Your Leatherman on Your Wrist!

bracelets,poorly dressed,leatherman,g rated

Look closely- the links are tools!

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22 Jan 19:00

Hang Small Tools Under a Shelf with Hard Drive Magnets

by Melanie Pinola

Hang Small Tools Under a Shelf with Hard Drive Magnets

Here's an easy way to make more space at your work table, as long as you have some hard drive magnets lying around, that is.

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22 Jan 23:00

Central Manuals Lets You Find and Download User Manuals for Free

by Patrick Allan

Central Manuals Lets You Find and Download User Manuals for Free

Unless you can think of a clever way to store them , user manuals are kind of a hassle to keep around. When you find yourself in need of one, however, Central Manuals lets you find and download them for free in the PDF format.

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16 Jan 22:30

Make a Mini Foundry for Cheap That Can Melt Soda Cans

by Patrick Allan

If you have an excess of soda cans lying around—or just looking for a cool project to work on—this mini foundry can melt metal and doesn't cost very much to build.

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15 Jan 14:30

Build This Space-Saving Closet Organization System with IKEA Parts

by Herbert Lui

Build This Space-Saving Closet Organization System with IKEA Parts

Closets can be tough to organize. A particular shelf unit may be perfect for one type of garment, but too deep or narrow to fit various other ones. Instead, try this DIY IKEA storage system, complete with shelf inserts to organize a wider range of clothes.

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14 Jan 15:15

The Robot Cuttlefish

awesome,robots,cuttlefish,science,g rated
"A four-finned robot ripples through the water, taking inspiration from the movement of cuttlefish.

Although the animal is better known for its powers of disguise and stunning communication skills, its undulating swimming motion is also noteworthy, allowing for efficient and agile motion.

Created by Pascal Buholzer and fellow students from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich, the copycat robot, named Sepios, demonstrates that its finned design can be an environmentally friendly alternative to propellers."

Submitted by: (via New Scientist)

13 Jan 00:00

Totally Meant to do That

whoops,gifs,gymnastics,fail nation,g rated

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02 Jan 13:00

Soak Corks in Alcohol to Make Cheap Candles

by Eric Ravenscraft

Soak Corks in Alcohol to Make Cheap Candles

Wine and candles go together like chocolate and Valentine's Day. Once you pop open the bottle, save the cork. You can turn it into a cheap candle later.

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05 Jan 09:06

Magic Mineral Broth

by joythebaker

Magic Mineral Broth

You know what we’re into these days? You know what the latest food trend is? Not cupcakes. Not red velvet this and that. Not macarons. We’re not even talking about single origin coffee beans or biodynamic wine. We’re talking about broth. Bone, mineral, and vegetable broth.  Yes.  Broth. It’s delicious.  

Homemade broth is never just about broth.  It’s a whole kitchen experience.  I make my broths over time.  The scrappy bones of a roasted chicken are frozen for a week.  Carrot stems and onion skins and ends are stored in a container in the refrigerator for a good while.  Limp celery is put to good use and potatoes just beginning to sprout are given a home. Have you read The Everlasting Meal?  This broth is very much in that spirit.  

It’s where the fresh ingredients in our kitchen meet the more tired ingredients… in a pot, for our extreme health.  

Bone broths are a tale as told as time, but they’re totally having a moment.  It’s rejuvenating with the powers of magnesium, potassium, calcium, and collagen.  It’s fantastic start to a hearty and healthful soup and naturally (or oddly), New Yorkers are sipping the magic broth from coffee cups.    

 I’ve taken to simmering a pot every month and sipping the broth as tea or making soups.  The smell alone makes me feel like a soup genius and it’s a tremendous way to bring together the entire kitchen, scraps and all.  

Magic Mineral Broth

This particular recipe is from The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen.  This book is a super approachable recourse for healing foods and recipes.  I love it! 

First things first, find the largest pot in your kitchen.  Next, start piling the kitchen in the pot… the entire kitchen.  

(Alternately, this recipe also comes together in a slow cooker.  Cut the recipe in half and go for it!) 

Magic Mineral Broth

Red potatoes and carrots.  Both unpeeled.  There is lots of earth and goodness in the skins.  

Magic Mineral Broth

Celery hearts and leaves… the whole deal.  Onions and garlic, skins and all.  Sweet potatoes, bay leaves, loads of fresh parsley, and a strip of kombu.  

Kombu is dried seaweed packed with folate, magnesium, and iodine.  It’s a great addition to the broth, but if you can’t get a hold of it… no worries.  You might also toss in a few dried shiikate mushroom caps for a deep earthy quality.  

I also added a chicken carcass to this simmering broth which adds even more healing calcium and phosphorus to the broth.  Thanks chicken bones! 

I hope you simmer up some broth!  Here’s to our new year and new health!  

Magic Mineral Broth
2015-01-04 10:48:07
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Ingredients
  1. 6 unpeeled carrots, cut into thirds
  2. 2 unpeeled yellow onions, cut into large chunks
  3. 1 bunch celery, including the hearts, cut into thirds
  4. 4 unpeeled red potatoes, quartered
  5. 2 unpeeled sweet potatoes, quartered
  6. 8 unpeeled garlic cloves, halved
  7. 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley
  8. 1 6-inch strip of kombu
  9. 12 whole black peppercorns
  10. 4 whole allspice of juniper berries
  11. 2 bay leaves
  12. 1 tablespoon vinegar
  13. 1 organic chicken carcass or 2 pounds of chicken bones
  14. 8 cups cold filtered water, plus more as the broth cooks
  15. 1 teaspoon sea salt
Instructions
  1. Rinse all of the vegetables well, including the kombu.
  2. In a large stock pot, probably the largest stock pot you have (12 to 16 quarts), combine the carrots onions, celery, potato, sweet potato, garlic, parsley, kombu, peppercorns, allspice or juniper, bay leaves, vinegar, and chicken carcass.
  3. Fill the pot with water to cover the vegetables and chicken, leaving about 2 inches of space between the water and the top of the pot.
  4. Cover and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  5. Remove the lid, decrease the heat to low and summer, uncovered for 2 hours. Stir just occasionally and skim the scum off the top of the of the simmering broth.
  6. As the broth simmers, some of the liquid will evaporate. Add more water as the vegetables begin to peek out. Simmer until the bones begin to soften and fall apart, at least 4 hours, 8 hours if you can.
  7. Strain the broth through a large, coarse-mesh sieve, then stir in the salt to taste. Let cool to room temperature, then refrigerate overnight.
  8. Skim off as much fat as you can from the top of the broth then portion into airtight containers to refrigerate or freeze. This broth will last in the refrigerator for up to 4 days and will freeze for up to three months.
Notes
  1. You can also cut this recipe in half and cook it in the slow cooker!
By Rebecca Katz
Adapted from The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen
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05 Jan 20:00

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21 Nov 19:00

Build a Coffee Table with a Lift-Up Top Out of Pallets

by Melanie Pinola

Build a Coffee Table with a Lift-Up Top Out of Pallets

With a lift-up top, your coffee table can serve as an impromptu desk or dining table . This DIY version is made out of pallets and features a pedal-controlled wheel system so you can smoothly move the table.

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02 Dec 23:15

‘Source Code 2′ in Development, Anna Foerster Set to Direct

by Russ Fischer

Source Code sequel

Source Code, directed by Duncan Jones from a script by Ben Ripley, featured Jake Gyllenhaal as a man whose consciousness is projected into another man’s body to relive the last eight minutes of the target’s life over and over again, ostensibly to track down the culprit in a terrorist plot. The film was modestly successful, and Source Code always seemed likely to be a one-and-done situation. But now there’s a Source Code sequel in development, and a director attached to oversee it. 

Variety reports that Anna Foerster is signed to direct the sequel, which is currently without a cast or distributor. Those will presumably follow in fairly short order for the indie.

The Mark Gordon Company and Vendome Pictures, which made the original, are behind the sequel; Vendome is financing. And Ben Ripley will once again write the sequel, following on his script for the original film. There are no story points announced at this point.

Foerster has worked as the second unit director on other Mark Gordon Company films, including Roland Emmerich projects 10,000 B.C and The Day After Tomorrow; she was also Emmerich’s director of photography on Anonymous and White House Down, having already been a visual effects cinematographer on Independence Day and Godzilla, among other films. She has gone on to build a solid television resume that includes episodes of Criminal Minds, Army Wives, and Outlander.

In short, Foerster has a lot of experience on big, demanding projects, and so this seems like it could be a great hire. We’ll hope the script is solid, and that they can pull together a cast that excites audiences and works for the sequel.

The post ‘Source Code 2′ in Development, Anna Foerster Set to Direct appeared first on /Film.

28 Dec 17:00

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07 Dec 15:00

Know the Right Suit and Shoes For Any Occasion With This Chart

by Dave Greenbaum

Know the Right Suit and Shoes For Any Occasion With This Chart

For those of us who wear jeans and t-shirts, the basics of suit fashion might pass us by. This chart helps men figure out which shoes and suit go with which occasion.

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19 Dec 15:30

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01 Dec 09:03

Kale, Avocado, Tangerine, and Sesame Salad

by joythebaker

Kale, Avocado, Tangerine, and Sesame Salad

Forgive me, belly.  I’ve done you wrong.  I mean… I’ve done you so so so right, but wrong wrong wrong.

I’ve done you with too much macaroni and cheese.  I’ve done you with ALL of the gumbo in New Orleans, the smothered greens, the doughnuts, the doughnuts again… I’m sorry.  It was delicious so you’re welcome… and I’m sorry.

You deserve a break.  Enjoy this salad.  It’s just about time to start making fudge.  Hold on tight.

Kale, Avocado, Tangerine, and Sesame Salad

Let’s talk about these green things.

Kale is chopped nice and fine.  It’s raw and fibrous so smaller bites are better.

Romaine lettuce is light and crunchy… chop that business nice and fine, too!

Tangerines and sweet and perfect right now.  Grab those.

Avocados for always, and sesame seeds because we’re going to need something to get stuck in our teeth to embarrass us later.  If you want to leave out the sesame seeds, you might as well go ahead and walk around with your pants zipper accidentally unzipped to properly embarrass yourself.  It’s the way of a Monday.

Kale, Avocado, Tangerine, and Sesame Salad

To soften my kale, I rubbed it with a bit of olive oil and sea salt.  It’s a kale massage… a totally normal thing to do.

Once the kale is massaged, the dressing ingredients go into a small jar.

Rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, honey, soy sauce, pepper.  Toss is a tiny bit of fresh, minced garlic if you’re feeling it.

In a jar.  Seal the lid  Shake like mad.

Kale, Avocado, Tangerine, and Sesame Salad

Citrus segments and avocado are a dream combination.  Bright and juicy meets soft and creamy.  As the salad is tossed together, the orange segments may split and the avocado may mash a bit making these elements a lovely addition to the sesame dressing.

Kale, Avocado, Tangerine, and Sesame Salad

More with the sesame, salt, and pepper.

Now is a good time for you to grab a fork.  Your belly will thank you for this not-doughnut-salad.

Not that you’ve been eating doughnut salads… that’s me.  I’ve been all over that.

Kale, Avocado, Tangerine, and Sesame Salad

Kale, Avocado, Tangerine, and Sesame Salad

Serving Size: 2 large or 4 small servings

Kale, Avocado, Tangerine, and Sesame Salad

Ingredients

  • 3 heaping cups clean and well-chopped kale
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 heaping cups clean and well-chopped romaine lettuce
  • 2 tangerines, peeled and divided into segments
  • 1 large ripe avocado, sliced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon black sesame seeds
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
  • coarse sea salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Place kale in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil and a pinch of salt. Massage the oil and salt into the kale.
  2. Add the romaine, tangerines, and avocado the the bowl.
  3. Sprinkle with black sesame seeds.
  4. In a small jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce, honey, and pepper. Place the lid on the jar and shake vigorously until emulsified. If you don't have a jar, whisk the ingredients together in a medium bowl until well combined.
  5. Drizzle the dressing over the greens, oranges, and avocados. Toss to combine. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and enjoy!
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