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23 Feb 16:08

Flow, A Simple Beekeeping Box With Built-In Taps for Extracting Honey Directly From the Hive

by Brian Heater

Flow is a wooden beekeeping box designed by Australian father and son inventors Cedar and Stuart Anderson that features a built-in tap for making the honey extraction process as simple as possible. The box is also designed to make harvesting a stress-free process for the hive, though it does feature a glass wall, so owners can watch the bees as they work and make sure that nothing has gone wrong with the colony. The project is currently seeking funding on Indiegogo.

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23 Feb 17:51

An Ingenious Baby Stroller Fashioned as the ‘Doctor Who’ Character Dalek Caan at the Gallifrey One Convention

by Lori Dorn

Dalek Cann Baby
photo by Robert Chan

During Gallifrey One, the annual science fiction convention devoted to all things Doctor Who, writer Robert Chan caught a photo of baby Vin Meyer whose stroller had been ingeniously fashioned by his dad Will Meyer into the image of Dalek Caan, an insane Dalek who helped the Doctor defeat the other Daleks.

After flying into the Time War, Dalek Caan lost his sanity and giggled madly. …Though he had foreseen that the Doctor and his companions would defeat the Daleks, he made no effort to stop them. Caan made prophecies in an almost sing-song voice. Caan revealed that not only did he foresee certain things, but he manipulated the timelines to help bring them to pass by bringing the Doctor and Donna Noble together. He also pushed the Meta-Crisis Tenth Doctor to destroy the Daleks and thus fulfill his prophecy of their destruction. Despite his madness, Dalek Caan was cunning enough to fool Davros throughout the War in the Medusa Cascade and betray him. In helping the Doctor defeat the Daleks, he truly thought like his enemy did: thinking like the Doctor on how to defeat the Daleks and even how to help the Doctor do it.

Dalek Caan
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via Brock Wilbur, Nerd Approved, Geyser of Awesome

19 Feb 04:30

Open Thread - Follow The Money

by Bluegal aka Fran
Open Thread - Follow The Money

On topic, every talking head on television should have to disclose any investment in clean coal, fracking, or the military industrial complex.

That means you, too, David Brooks.

Open thread below...


18 Feb 19:15

The Travel Version of Settlers of Catan Just Got So Much Better

by Andrew Liszewski

For players who can't bear the thought of being away from their favorite board game, there's a Portable Edition of Settlers of Catan that's been around for years now. But it comes packed in a flimsy cardboard box full of tiny cards and pieces that are easy to lose. That's why this new Compact Edition of Settlers of Catan, which folds up on itself for easy transport, is vastly superior in every way.

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20 Feb 20:57

Spring

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19 Feb 15:30

Cabinets of Curiosities: A History of Making Room for Wonder at Home

by Carolyn Purnell
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The Wunderkammer, or cabinet of curiosities, was a phenomenon born in the early modern world. As the name implies, these chambers included wonders of all sorts—natural, rare, miraculous, mythical, and mysterious. They drew on the power of surprise and dreams to augment a collector's home, and I would argue that, even today, it's a powerful thing to have some wonder in the home.

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20 Feb 14:30

Organization Inspiration: Corralling Cleaning Supplies in Style

by Tess Wilson
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After gazing at all of these beautifully organized sponges, squeegees, and soaps, I'm determined to do something— yet again— about my Under-The-Sink Pit of Despair...

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20 Feb 14:30

Postal Workers And The Public Want A Postal Banking Public Option

by Dave Johnson
Postal Workers And The Public Want A Postal Banking Public Option

Contract talks between the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and the U.S. Postal Service for a new contract start Thursday. Along with asking for fair wages and benefits, the APWU wants improvements in customer services, including postal banking.

“There are two competing visions of the future of the Postal Service,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “Postal management’s policy has been to severely degrade service, dismantle the postal network, and engage in piecemeal privatization. ... Management has shortened hours at neighborhood post offices, closed mail processing centers, lowered delivery standards, and slowed mail delivery."

Instead of trying to "save money" by cutting service with layoffs and closings that cause more customers to turn away, which costs revenue, the Postal Service should add services such as postal banking. This would also help millions of people who currently are left wide open to predatory services like payday lending.

Postal Banking: A Public Option For Banking

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20 Feb 15:30

5 Fun & Free Party Games that You Can Play Anywhere, Anytime

by Nancy Mitchell

So you're sitting around the table after dinner, or having drinks at a house party, or maybe even a bar, and you're with friends, and someone says, wouldn't it be fun if we were to play a game? But your brother borrowed your copy of Risk and never gave it back, and your old roommate absconded with Settlers of Catan. Not to worry! There are plenty of highly entertaining games that you can play with your friends that only require a pen, paper (napkins?) and a little bit of ingenuity.

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20 Feb 16:00

7 Great Ways To Store Boots

by Tess Wilson
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If I ever get around to creating our family crest, it will definitely involve a pair of boots. Between the three of us, we own 12 pairs of work, snow, and hiking boots— all of which are in heavy rotation— but we don't have a decent way to store them. Here are 7 boot-friendly storage ideas, all of which can handle footwear that's a lot more challenging to store than flip-flops.

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20 Feb 17:45

‘To Be or Not To Be’, A Choose-Your-Own Adventure Game Based on Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’

by Rollin Bishop

To Be or Not To Be is a choose-your-own adventure game by Tin Man Games that is based on Ryan North’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Ryan North initially released the original adaptation of To Be or Not To Be–which features art from Kate Beaton (Hark! A Vagrant) among others–as a choose-your-own adventure book in 2013.

William Shakespeare’s Hamlet has finally been restored to its original second-person non-linear branching narrative format. Now it’s up to YOU to decide what happens next. Play as Hamlet and revenge your father’s death. Play as Ophelia and make scientific discoveries. Play as King Hamlet, Sr. and die on the first page!

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To Be or Not To Be

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To Be or Not To Be

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via Pocket Tactics, The Awesomer

20 Feb 18:40

Producer Gail Katz Acquires the Television and Film Rights to the Popular Board Game ‘The Settlers of Catan’

by Rollin Bishop

Settlers of Catan

According to Deadline, producer Gail Katz has acquired the television and film rights to the popular board game The Settlers of Catan. Katz previously served as a produced on Pawn Sacrifice among other films.

“I’ve been wanting to see an adaptation of the game for years, ever since my Catan-obsessed college-aged kids introduced me to it,” said Katz in a statement. “The island of Catan is a vivid, visual, exciting and timeless world with classic themes and moral challenges that resonate today. There is a tremendous opportunity to take what people love about the game and its mythology as a starting point for the narrative.”

The board game, designed by Klaus Teuber and first published in 1995, puts players in the role of settlers and tasks them with gathering resources and building settlements while also attempting to prevent fellow settlers from doing the same.

image via Amazon

via Deadline

16 Feb 18:00

Top 10 Shower Organizers — Apartment Therapy's Annual Guide 2015

by Christine Lu
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The best shower organizer is the one that works best for you and your needs. Depending on the size and type of your shower, your bathroom, what your daily regimen is and how many products you have, some of these will work better for you than others.

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20 Feb 19:25

Swissarmius, A Clever Household Tool Holder Shaped Like a Swiss Army Knife

by Lori Dorn

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Designer Yegor Zghun of Art Lebedev Studios in Moscow, Russia has created Swissarmius, a clever household tool holder shaped like a traditional Swiss Army knife.

A kitchen tool holder inspired by the Swiss Army knife, this great all-purpose organizer is as simple, beautiful and useful as the original. Use it to store kitchen utensils in the kitchen, pens, pencils and rulers in your office or toothpaste, tooth brushes, combs, etc, in your bathroom.

The Swissarmius is available for purchase via Generate.

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Swissarmius Bathroom

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images via Art Lebedev Studios

via The Awesomer

20 Feb 22:00

Superhero Shoe Horns Can Only Save Your Sneakers

by Andrew Liszewski

There are two ways to avoid having to keep tying and untying your shoes whenever you go out: You can switch to the garish monstrosity that is velcro and just put up with that wretched tearing noise, or you can keep a shoe horn on hand to make it easy to slip in and out of laced-up sneaks. And the latter option is made even more appealing with these adorable Shoeperhero shoe horns from Duncan Shotton.

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19 Feb 21:45

How To Buy and Season a Wok — The Kitchn

by Tara Bellucci
chapinc

should we get a wok? i dunno.

19 Feb 22:25

‘Ghostbusters: The Board Game’, An Officially Licensed Tabletop Adventure Game Based on the ‘Ghostbusters’ Franchise

by Justin Page

Lake Forest, California-based Cryptozoic Entertainment and Sony Pictures Consumer Products have teamed up to create Ghostbusters: The Board Game, an officially licensed one- to four-player tabletop adventure game based on the iconic Ghostbusters franchise. Cryptozoic is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to help make their product extra special for fans.

Ghostbusters: The Board Game is an episodic adventure game for one to four players, who are charged with busting ghosts and sealing gates to the Spirit World. The game is customizable, cooperative, and highly re-playable. It features unique illustrations and figures based on original artwork and designs by Dan Schoening, the artist of IDW‘s Ghostbusters comic book series. Each Ghostbuster has a distinct role and unlocks unique abilities by gaining experience. The game offers modes for different levels of players, making it accessible to beginners and challenging to experts. Now is your chance to save the world!

Ghostbusters: The Board Game

Ghostbusters: The Board Game

Ghostbusters: The Board Game

Ghostbusters: The Board Game

Ghostbusters: The Board Game

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18 Feb 11:40

"Ninja Day" Is an Actual Holiday in Japan

by Brian Ashcraft

February 22 is "National Ninja Day." The Japanese holiday isn't an official day off. That is, at least not for those unable to slip out of work.

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18 Feb 15:21

Navigating Trip Wires and Diffusing Bombs Is Fun When It's Just a Game

by Andrew Liszewski

We're all about games that get kids off the couch and away from their touchscreens, and Chrono Bomb does just that by challenging players to be a near-invisible cat burglar while they collect cards and avoid trip wires that could immediately set off a ticking time bomb.

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16 Feb 21:27

Impressionist Jim Meskimen Shares His Expertise and Techniques Through a Series of Instructional Videos

by Lori Dorn


Jim Meskimen’s How To Do Impressions #1

Impressionist Jim Meskimen (previously) has put together “How to Do Impressions,” a series of 11 instructional videos in which he shares his expertise and techniques in the art of impressions, including vocal range, mouth position, and “playing with your face.”


Jim Meskimen’s How To Do Impressions #2


Jim Meskimen’s How To Do Impressions #3

16 Feb 23:02

Dinner DJ, An Interactive Dinner Set for Kids That Emulates a Record Turntable

by E.D.W. Lynch
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nope

Dinner DJ Turntable Set for Kids

The Dinner DJ is an interactive melamine dinner set for kids that emulates a turntable with a spinning record plate, tonearm eating utensil, and various adjustable knobs. There’s no mention of exactly how fast the plate can spin–perhaps an important piece of information when combining kids, food, and centrifugal force. The Dinner DJ is available for pre-order at Fred & Friends.

Dinner DJ Turntable Set for Kids

Dinner DJ Turntable Set for Kids

photos via Fred & Friends

via Incredible Things

16 Feb 22:46

The 5 Best TV Shows For Little Kids

by Luke Plunkett

One of the worst things about being the parent of a small child — I'm talking 2-5ish here — is the television. Green shit, sleepless nights, food spitting, all of those things are manageable, but the hours of inane TV they start to watch as they develop tiny, useless little brains? It's the worst.

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17 Feb 04:30

Open Thread - What Is News?

by Bluegal aka Fran
Open Thread - What Is News?

Via Meme Guy. Open thread below...


17 Feb 13:30

5 Tips for Organizing a Tiny Freezer — The Kitchn

by Tara Bellucci
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preeeetty

17 Feb 15:00

This Adorable Little Swedish House is Tiny, Unassuming Perfection — Sköna Hem

by Dabney Frake
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Tucked away in a small courtyard in the middle of Stockholm is this sweet 28 square meter home (which translates to roughly 300 square feet). If the wee house, and its little courtyard, themselves weren't cute enough, take a look at the inside...

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13 Feb 23:00

notpulpcovers: "The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths...



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"The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides. The sea is only the embodiment of a supernatural and wonderful existence. It is nothing but love and emotion; it is the Living Infinite.”

14 Feb 14:00

7 Bright Ideas for Mirrors We Learned From House Tours

by Dabney Frake
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OMG LOOK AT THAT RANGE AND THOSE STAINLESS COUNTERTOPS

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Mirrors are a must-have, expanding a space when you need it and reflecting natural light. They can also add an artful touch, bringing character and personality to a room. Here are seven times house tour residents used mirrors for a beautiful and functional effect...

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02 Feb 19:30

The Beautiful, the Bizarre, the Wonderful: 10 Crazy Bookcases We Can't Get Enough Of

by Nancy Mitchell
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Maybe if we had some decorative bookcases you would feel like they were taking over your life so much?

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Bookcases don't have to be boring. After you see these 10 designs, you may never be satisfied with plain old, run-of-the-mill bookcases ever again. Sorry about that.

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02 Feb 19:40

Funko Toy Company to Release a Line of Pop! Vinyl Figures From the BBC America Series ‘Orphan Black’

by Lori Dorn

Alison Hendrix

The Funko toy company will soon be unveiling an adorable line of POP! vinyl figures from the popular BBC America television show Orphan Black. The figures are 3.75 inches tall and are made in the likeness of the five different characters played by the incredibly talented Tatiana Maslany.

The Orphan Black figures are all about the clones which means six different versions of Tatiana Maslany. Yes, it is a glorious thing. Here’s the full Pop! clone line-up: Sarah Manning, Alison Hendrix, Cosima Niehaus, Helena, Rachel Duncan, and Rachel Duncan with a pencil in her eye (pencil Rachel is a Hot Topic exclusive).

Rachel Duncan with Pencil in Eye

Sarah Manning

Cosima Niehaus

Rachel Duncan

Helena

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30 Jan 19:48

Cute miniature kitchen allows you to cook tiny breakfast on tiny pans

by Omar Kardoudi

Cute miniature kitchen allows you to cook tiny breakfast on tiny pans

Japanese toy company Konapun has this cute but fully-functional miniature kitchen that is just perfect to cook a real Thanksgiving dinner for your hamster —or his favorite breakfast.

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