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22 Sep 16:45

5 Cleaning & Organizing Tasks to Instantly Lift Your Mood — Apartment Therapy

by The Kitchn
(Image credit: Ashley Poskin)

From Apartment Therapy → In the Zone: Try These 5 Tiny Cleaning & Organizing Tasks to Instantly Lift Your Mood

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25 Sep 15:00

Movie Review: The Osiris Child Is a Fun Throwback to B-Movie Scifi of the '80s and '90s

by Germain Lussier on io9, shared by Rhett Jones to Gizmodo

Twenty-years ago, you could walk into a video store and pick out a certain kind of low-budget science fiction movie. Movies that looked the same, but if one had lasers, starships and a cyborg suit in it, it was probably worth watching. Big budget visual effects have all but killed that level of film, but director Shane Abbess hopes to remind you of it with The Osiris Child.

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24 Sep 14:00

The After-Bedtime Dinner Party: A One-Hour Menu and Game Plan — Crappy Dinner Parties

by Amy Palanjian

Entertaining at home has gotten a lot more complicated in my house lately. And while I love my sweet baby girl to pieces and would gladly snuggle her all evening long, there are times when I need a meal with friends — without toddlers or babies to wrangle — for my emotional well-being.

So I recently attempted a night when I did both and invited friends over for an after-bedtime dinner party. The result? I realized that entertaining doesn't have to be a big deal to be fun and delicious. And prepping for a dinner party can actually be fast — as in, it takes just an hour!

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23 Sep 03:30

Open Thread - Star Trek TOS, FTW.

by Frances Langum
Open Thread - Star Trek TOS, FTW.

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23 Sep 12:52

D is For Destiny, A Children's Book About Grinding In Space

by Luke Plunkett

Destiny, a time-consuming video game which parents can play to avoid parenting, now has an official children’s book.

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23 Sep 13:00

Before & After: The Good Old Days Just Got Better - A Retro Reinvention Renovation

by Janel Laban
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(Image credit: Submitted by Rebecca)

When faced with an outdated kitchen, it's a natural reaction to want to go for the gut and simply start with a clean slate. It takes a a good eye and plenty of design confidence to recognize a situation where not everything has to go and instead, successfully build on the old, seen-better-days bones of the room. In this case, Rebecca and her mom went for a retro reinterpretation of the past and created charm that wasn't there to begin with - it's the good old days, only better!

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23 Sep 13:55

Amazingly Gross Predator Toy Accessory Pack Comes With Bloodied Bones and a Skinned Human

by James Whitbrook on io9, shared by Adam Clark Estes to Gizmodo

You know, most accessory packs for action figures come with things like extra weapons or extra storage options. Maybe even an extra bit of clothing. Rarely, do they come with an in-scale replica of a human being that’s had all of its skin flayed off.

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23 Sep 16:45

Badass T-rex on a Jetski Is Exactly Why We'll Miss the Summer

by Andrew Liszewski on Sploid, shared by Adam Clark Estes to Gizmodo

Who knew a crappy T-rex costume we once all dumped on would turn out to be one of the best things to happen to the internet? In this video Mark Gomez dons the inflatable dino suit and thrashes a jetski around a lake. The fact that he can still perform mid-air twists and flips without going extinct himself is beyond impressive.

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23 Sep 07:00

Ray and T Redesign Education

Achewood strip for Friday, September 23, 2016
22 Sep 19:30

10 Desk Organizers You Can Make That Are Prettier Than What You Can Buy

by Katie Holdefehr

As a kid, few things were more thrilling than a fresh Lisa Frank folder and a batch of new Milky Pens for the first day of school. As an adult, with the number of years since we graduated high school seeming to grow at an exponential rate, we can only attempt to spark that same excitement for "back to school" season with DIY desk accessories for our grown-up offices. Each of these stylish organizers will stash your supplies, without taking up valuable desk space. Grab some glue and your Lisa Frank adult coloring book—ok, so not much has changed—and get to work!

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22 Sep 19:30

15 Easy Recipes for Your Next Crappy Dinner Party — Kitchn Recipe Roundup

by Ariel Knutson

Does the idea of having guests drop in make you anxious? Maybe you worry about the perfect recipe to make for dinner, or whether your house is clean enough, or whether your kids will be well-behaved. But no more! It's time to embrace the idea of the crappy dinner party. No cleaning, no fancy menus, no hostess gifts — this is a judgement-free meal where your friends and family can just get together and eat whatever food you have around the house. With a simple trip to the grocery store, or some foresight (read: your freezer), dinner parties can be fun again.

Here are 15 recipes that are perfect for your next crappy dinner party. They are mostly fuss-free, require little time and ingredients, and are kid-friendly.

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22 Sep 19:45

Kitchn Editors Weigh In: Best $20 I Ever Spent on My Kitchen — Kitchn

by Apartment Therapy
(Image credit: Natalie Jeffcott)

From Kitchn → The Best $20 I Ever Spent on My Kitchen

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16 Sep 07:00

Boozeless Flirting

Achewood strip for Friday, September 16, 2016
14 Sep 20:30

This Plant Is So Easy To Care For It's Stupid (But We'll Tell You How To, Anyway)

by Shifrah Combiths
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A care guide for pothos plants almost seems redundant because they are so very easy to keep alive. Seriously, if you only water them when they start to look wilty, you'll have them for years. However, if you want to take the best care of them so they're the happiest and healthiest they can be, here are our best tips.

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14 Sep 19:45

Ta-Nehisi Coates Explains How He's Turning Black Panther Into a Superhero Again

by Evan Narcisse on io9, shared by Riley MacLeod to Kotaku

The King of Wakanda doesn’t necessarily seem like a superhero in need of restorative treatment. In the Marvel Universe, he’s the ruler of the most advanced nation on Earth, along with being a multi-disciplinary genius. But, in the newest Black Panther comics, both T’Challa and the nation he reigns over have internal problems that they need to address.

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11 Sep 17:30

Get the Look: Modern & Minimal With Pops of Color in Paris — Shop the Style

by Emma Fiala
(Image credit: Katy Cartland)

Liz and Andrew were forced to start from scratch when decorating their 700 square foot apartment in Paris when they moved themselves, their pets, and little else from Canada. Utilizing affordable sources like Ikea and Target, they've made a modern and minimalist creative haven filled with just the right amount of color - check out their resource lists to shop their style!

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09 Sep 13:40

Our Planet Suffered a 'Catastrophic' Loss of Wilderness in Just Two Decades

by George Dvorsky

A disturbing new report shows that 1.3 million square miles of the Earth’s wilderness has been lost since the 1990s—an area half the size of Australia. The researchers say this “catastrophic loss” highlights the need for an international agreement to protect our planet’s invaluable forests.

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09 Sep 13:30

Retro NES Themed Bluetooth Speaker

by Justin Page
09 Sep 15:30

Recipe: Muffin-Pan Spinach Lasagna — Recipes from The Kitchn

by Kelli Foster
(Image credit: Maria Siriano)

On those nights you're craving lasagna, but don't quite have it in you to commit to a whole pan, reach for a muffin tin instead. This piece of cookware goes way beyond baked goods, and tonight it's your solution for quick-cooking single-serve lasagna cups.

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09 Sep 16:36

You Don't Need Waves When You're Surfing With a Drone

by Andrew Liszewski on Sploid, shared by Andrew Liszewski to Gizmodo

The more propellers and motors you add to a drone, the more weight it can lift. Freefly Systems’ Alta 8, designed to carry heavy video equipment, has eight rotors making it strong enough to tow a surfer on a wakeboard. Say hello to the new sport of dronesurfing where waves aren’t necessary.

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09 Sep 18:17

A Lucky Chihuahua Has a Fully Furnished Harry Potter Room Under the Stairs To Call His Very Own

by Lori Dorn

Poncho is very lucky little chihuahua because has a wonderful human named Betty McCall who saw it fit to create for him a completely furnished room situated under the stairs. Poncho’s room is similar to the cramped quarters in which Harry Potter lived in his uncle’s hous, but luckily that same space is plenty big for the the teeny 4-year old pooch.

Let me tell you a little bit about how this came about. Poncho gets a little nervous and sneaky when a lot of people over so I thought do we have to have a dog crate to put him in and when I built this house I felt it might be a good idea to have a place rather than a dark crate so i asked for carpenters to build this for me, which is a nice little place to put him in.

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Harry Potter’s famous cupboard room under the stairs.

photos via Fatisbac

via reddit, Pleated Jeans

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09 Sep 18:30

10 Rules for Packing a Week of Lunches — A Week of Lunches

by Meghan Splawn

Whether you're packing lunches for yourself or your family, packing a whole week's worth of lunches is more efficient and will save you time each day. These 10 simple rules will ensure that your lunch is as tasty Friday as it was on Monday.

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09 Sep 19:19

The Importance of Employing Gentle Humor During Stressful Situations That Arise Within Relationships

by Lori Dorn
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I feel like you are good at this and I am not

In the insightful animated video “Humour In Relationships”, the School of Life explains why a keeping a sense of humor and an ability to laugh at oneself is helpful in maintaining a long-term, committed relationship. Gentle humor employed during times of over-reaction and irrationality, serves to diffuse the situation and allow the partner to see the situation for what it is

The comic move is to blow up departures from the norm to such manifestly absurd proportions, that even the partner can see them for what they always were: over-reactions. Comedy skillfully teaches us that the way to get someone to see that they have over-reacted is not to sound mature and reasonable. It’s to continue to pump up the problem until the over-reaction becomes so clear, so benign by its outsize dimensions that our audience starts to laugh. We’ll have learnt to criticise through humour – and our relationships will be a whole lot more secure as a result, especially when we allow our lover to magnify our own failings into jokes in return.

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09 Sep 19:40

Short Order Cook Moves at Incredible Speed While Attending to a Room Full of Waiting Customers

by Lori Dorn

The film “Spider” tells the story Kenneth Osgood, Sr, a short order cook who worked at a Laconia, New Hampshire diner during the 1970s. Osgood, nicknamed Spider, moved at incredible speed while attending to the gastronomic needs of a room full of waiting, and inebriated, customers without missing a beat. Spider passed away in 2012, but the legacy that earned him his nickname will never be forgotten

In his youth, Mr. Osgood was a Golden Glove boxer. He was an amazing short order cook who got his nickname of “Spider” from his ability to multi-task while working at the Shore Diner and Paul’s Diner.

via reddit

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10 Sep 16:00

A Creative Cottage and Ceramic Studio in Australia — House Tour

by Hannah Puechmarin
(Image credit: Hannah Puechmarin)

Name: Chloe Gard and Joel Dwine
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Size: A cottage and backyard studio
Years Lived In: Renting for 1.5 years

Chloe and Joel's home looks like a simple old timber cottage just on the Southside of Brisbane city. But if you take a look inside, you will find a quirky and nontraditional extension done by an architect, complete with a built-in attic-bedroom, corrugated iron walls and old French doors as windows. There is even a sweet little station house in the backyard, used as Chloe's ceramic studio.

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10 Sep 20:01

Create the Look: Warm Industrial Bathroom Shopping Guide

by Katie Holdefehr

With an emphasis on neutral colors and natural materials, the warm industrial bathroom feels sophisticated. To make sure the space is more cozy than cold, choose warm gray tones, add some rough-hewn wood accents, and mix in personal touches, such as art. Finish the room with one—or all 12!—of the hand-picked accessories that follow.

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10 Sep 18:00

Clever Architectural Accents Created With Completely Unexpected Materials

by Dabney Frake
(Image credit: Megan Pflug)

New homes have a lot going for them: plumb walls, functioning electrical systems. What they often lack is character. You can break out the wood trim and install traditional molding or ceiling medallions from the hardware store, or you can get a little more creative.

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09 Sep 17:40

Kim’s Crazy Idea

by Reza

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06 Sep 19:00

The 7 Best Breakfasts to Cook in the Pressure Cooker Without Any Planning — Pressure-Cooker Breakfasts

by Kelli Foster

An electric pressure cooker is the appliance you want on your side when meal planning isn't really your thing. It's your solution for getting breakfast — the kind that would normally require planning and a lengthy cook time — on the table any morning of the week.

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08 Sep 19:45

The #1 Rule of Meal Planning Success — Kitchn

by Apartment Therapy
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good idears!