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30 Aug 19:00

3 Ways to Save Your Memories (So You Can Let Go of the Actual Things)

by Jennifer Hunter
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Not really new ideas, but good thoughts nonetheless.

One of the our biggest emotional blocks against reducing clutter is nostalgia! We want to keep remembering the great things that happened to us while wearing that sweater or the time in our lives when we loved those plates, so we hang on to stuff that we no longer need. But guess what? You don't need the actual items to keep those great memories at the front of your mind. Try these ideas.

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30 Aug 22:00

Use an Old Kindle to Share Messages on the Fridge Electronically

by Thorin Klosowski on Lifehacker, shared by Chris Mills to Gizmodo

Sure, writing a note on a piece of paper and plopping a magnet on it to stick it to a refrigerator works perfectly fine. But if you have an old Kindle around and want an over-engineered, but fun new way to leave fridge messages, DIYer Pete Vojtek shows you how to display notes on a Kindle.

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31 Aug 00:00

Car Model Names

CLIMAX is good, but SEXCLIMAX is even better.
31 Aug 18:30

Rethink It: 4 Ways to Use IKEA MANDAL That's Not a Headboard

by Carrie McBride
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that lego storage!

With its adjustable shelves, the IKEA Mandal headboard is already fairly adaptable, but have you thought of using it in ways other than a headboard? These folks did; perhaps it will inspire you to look at the Mandal with new eyes of possibility.

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31 Aug 19:00

BLT Stuffed Avocados

by Joanne
chapinc

snaaaaaaaap

If there’s one thing I get at the grocery store every time I go, it’s avocados. Avocado is like the bacon (aka ruler) of the plant world, and I must have it in my kitchen at all times (like bacon). You’ll find me eating avocado toast for breakfast most days, and all of my life’s BLTs have turned into BLATs. Avocado makes everything better!

 
 
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I have my father-in-law to thank for my frequent practice of stuffing avocados. A few years ago, he brought over shrimp salad stuffed avocados for Thanksgiving (a little odd, but delicious nevertheless), and since then I’ve been stuffing avocados with all sorts of yummy collections of ingredients. These BLT stuffed avocados are my favorite. Ripe avocados are filled with crispy bacon bits, homemade bacon fat croutons, tomatoes, and romaine. It’s one big happy family of flavor.

 
 
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To get started, cook four slices of thick-cut bacon in a skillet.

 
 
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While that cooks, cut two slices of sourdough bread into small cubes.

 
 
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When the bacon is crisp and finished cooking, remove to a paper towel lined plate and toss the bread cubes into the skillet.

 
 
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Cook for about five minutes, tossing often, until the croutons are golden and crisp.

 
 
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Chop the cooled crispy bacon up into small pieces.

 
 
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Hello, bacon + bacon fat croutons. Best friends forever.

 
 
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To prepare the tomatoes, slice through the middle hemisphere and push out the seeds and juice with your finger or a butter knife.

 
 
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Chop the tomatoes into small pieces, as well as some fresh romaine lettuce.

 
 
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Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.

 
 
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Then add a couple tablespoons of mayo, a sprinkle of salt, and some freshly cracked black pepper.

 
 
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Stir it all together to coat. The stuffing is now done!

 
 
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Slice 3 or 4 avocados in half through the middle, around the pit.

 
 
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Sprinkle the tops of the avocados with sea salt.

 
 
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Spoon a couple heaps of BLT filling into all of the avocado halves.

 
 
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It’s ready to eat and enjoy!

 


31 Aug 20:30

What Every Teen Should Know About Making Salad — The Kitchn

by Apartment Therapy

"How do you make that dressing?" I didn't give it much thought until my son asked. It seems simple — and it is — but it hadn't dawned on me to teach my kids to make a basic vinaigrette. Maybe because I never knew how until I met my French mother-in-law.

From The Kitchn → What Every Teenager Should Know About Making Salad

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27 Aug 18:19

Hark, A Vagrant: Book Tour 2015




buy this print!

Guess who just finished their second picture book! It's this guy, right here. Coming your way next fall!

But let's talk about THIS FALL

My lovely publishers and gracious hosts are taking me in and out of North America and the UK in the coming months, to see your smilin' faces and shake hands! It's been a heck of a year, where I finished two books and published two others. So I'll be well pleased if the end result finds your favour.

West coast/midwest comic shows and things might happen in the spring, but there are none planned yet. But I will let you know, of course!

Book tours are crazy things, I might be bleary and sideways by the time we meet but you will be in top form, and contrary to what so many people think, you're not awkward at all, you are enthusiastic and generous, and I'm glad to have you for a reader. As always, I would not be here without you.

-Kate
28 Aug 15:00

Organization Ally: 11 Ideas for Using Paper Towel Holders To Cleverly (& Neatly) Organize Things

by Adrienne Breaux

Paper towel holders don't just have to stay in the kitchen or stick to the task of holding rolls of paper towels. Helpful as that is, thanks to the variety they come in — hanging from the wall, freestanding — they can help cleverly and neatly organize a handful of items around the rooms of your home.

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28 Aug 15:55

Fisherman Spent 3 Years Building Massive 24-Foot Long Lego USS Missouri

by Tatiana Danger on LEGO, shared by Sean Hollister to Gizmodo

Jim McDonough is truly a master at his craft. He likes Lego, boats and naval history. And when these passions combine, magic is made. McDonough’s epically huge, ridiculously well-detailed Lego navy boats are the stuff of legend.

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28 Aug 22:00

Three Giant Panda Cubs Make Their World Debut While Sound Asleep in Comfy Wicker Baskets

by Lori Dorn

Giant Panda Cubs

On August 21st, three adorable panda bear cubs at the Giant Panda Zoo in Ya’an, China made their world debut while soundly sleeping in comfy matching wicker baskets.

image via China Stringer Network/Reuters

via Reuters, Amy Spitalnick

27 Aug 00:00

Twin Jet Nebula is a Marvelous Cosmic Butterfly

by Maddie Stone
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Twin Jets!

Deep space is a wonderland of strange and awe-inspiring sights, but few astronomical curiosities match the exquisite beauty of the Twin Jet Nebula, a dying, binary star that looks like a pair of iridescent butterfly wings.

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26 Aug 19:25

Morning

by Reza

morning

26 Aug 13:36

Every Fan of The Wire Is Going to Want This Talking Clay Davis Bobblehead

by Andrew Liszewski on Toyland, shared by Meg Neal to Gizmodo

Even if you haven’t seen a single episode of The Wire, you’re probably already familiar with, and use, the most popular catch phrase to come out of the show. But no one can do it quite like actor Isiah Whitlock Jr. can, so leave the “Sheeeeeee-it!” to this talking Clay Davis bobblehead.

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25 Aug 22:40

Nobody Really Knows Whether Fish Oil Pills Are Good for You

by Adam Clark Estes

The market for fish oil supplements is worth $1.2 billion annually, and you know what? It’s full of shit.

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25 Aug 17:40

Jack Racks, Audio Jack Key Chains That Connect Seamlessly Into a Miniature Amplifier Hanger

by Lori Dorn

Jack Racks

The rockstar way to plug your keys in at home!

Jack Racks by Pluginz Keychains are very cleverly designed audio jack key chains that connect seamlessly into the socket of a wall hanger that looks like a miniature guitar amplifier. Jack Racks were was launched on Kickstarter in early 2015 and raised nearly 10 times their initial goal with 161 backers.

Pluginz Jack Racks

A video posted by Pluginz (@pluginzkeychains) on

Hanging Keys

Jack Racks Multiple

Jack Racks Flat

Boxed

images via Jack Racks, Pluginz Keychains Instagram

via Geekologie

25 Aug 18:07

‘Star Wars’ Beer Steins Featuring R2-D2, Darth Vader, Chewbacca, and Boba Fett

by Justin Page

Star Wars R2-D2 Stein

Beeline Creative and Underground Toys have created a great series of ceramic Star Wars beer steins that feature R2-D2, Darth Vader, Chewbacca, and Boba Fett. The officially licensed steins are available to purchase online from Amazon and ThinkGeek.

Whether you’ve got a cantina that rivals Mos Eisley’s or just a fridge in the back of your ship, these Star Wars Collectible Ceramic Steins will help you relax in serious style. Pop the top on a cold one and then pop the top on your stein to fill it with up with your favorite beverage. Choose Boba Fett, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, or R2-D2 to be your drinking buddy.

Star Wars Darth Vader Stein

Star Wars Chewbacca Stein

Star Wars Boba Fett Stein

images via Amazon

24 Aug 20:13

The Everything Machine by Tinybop, An App That Lets Kids Create Any Machine They Imagine Using an iPhone or iPad

by Glen Tickle

The Everything Machine schematic drawing
image via Tinybop

The Everything Machine by Tinybop is a new app that lets kids create any machine they can imagine using the existing tools and sensors inside an iPhone or iPad. Users can simply drag and drop dozens of different parts and components together using a simple programming language to make use of the device’s camera, gyroscope, microphone, and more.

Users can save and share their creations as well as connect multiple devices to create more complicated machines.

The app is available now through the iTunes App Store.

The Everything Machine Screenshot The Everything Machine Screenshot

The Everything Machine Screenshot The Everything Machine Screenshot

screenshots via iTunes App Store

19 Aug 21:33

The Fly Pry, A Small Titanium Multi Tool That Can Be Used to Replace a Standard Zipper Pull

by Glen Tickle

The Fly Pry

The Fly Pry is a small titanium multi tool that can be used to replace a standard zipper pull. The tiny device serves as a bottle opener, box cutter, can opener, and zipper pull among other uses. The inventor is currently trying to raise funds for the Fly Pry through a Kickstarter campaign where interested buyers can preorder the device and claim other perks for supporting the project.

Fly Pry as zipper pull

Fly Pry bottle opener

Three Models of Fly Pry

photos via The Fly Pry

14 Aug 14:35

Toilet Humor: 10 Fun, Funny & Situationally Appropriate Prints for Bathroom Walls

by Taryn Williford
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OK, so here are some silly bathroom things I can totally get behind!

Serious Sallies, look away. These 10 prints are for the folks who like to have fun with their home. People who think any wall–even in the bathroom–is an opportunity for a little inside joke. For those of us who like art that's more of a nod and a wink than something to be ogled by stiffs in a museum.

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14 Aug 14:24

Awesome Father Builds a Custom Rocking Horse Based on a ‘Star Wars’ Speed Bike for His Daughter’s First Birthday

by Justin Page

Rocking Speeder Bike

Tez_Gelmir has created an incredible custom rocking horse based on the 74-Z speeder bike from Star Wars for his daughter’s first birthday. He made the kid-friendly Rocking Speed Bike using plywood, some impressive 3D printing work, PVC tubing, screws, and bolts. Tez_Gelmir’s entire step-by-step build process is available to view on Instructables.

Rocking Speeder Bike

Rocking Speeder Bike

Rocking Speeder Bike

Rocking Speeder Bike

Rocking Speeder Bike

photos via Tez_Gelmir

via Nerd Approved

14 Aug 15:14

Nerf’s New Rival Line of Motorized and Spring-Action Blasters Shoot Foam Rounds Up to 70 Miles Per Hour

by Justin Page

Nerf Rival

Nerf has released their new Rival line of motorized and spring-action blasters that put high-impact foam rounds down range, at a velocity of about 70 miles per hour, for some intense competition. The red and blue motorized Nerf Rival Zeus MXV-1200 blasters and spring-action Nerf Rival Apollo XV-700 blasters are available to purchase online from the Hasbro website.

Nerf Rival

Nerf Rival

Nerf Rival

Nerf Rival

Nerf Rival

images via Hasbro

14 Aug 14:51

A Gigantic Upgraded Lite-Brite With Color-Changing Dials Instead of Pegs

by Andrew Liszewski on Toyland, shared by Mario Aguilar to Gizmodo

Hasbro’s Lite-Brite is one of those brilliantly simple toys that has stood the test of time. It doesn’t need an upgrade—at least that’s what we thought until we saw this giant Everbright board that replaces those colored plastic pegs with dials that can reproduce any color you can imagine.

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14 Aug 16:52

NASA Released a Free 3D-Printable Model of the Curiosity Rover

by Andrew Liszewski on Toyland, shared by Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan to Gizmodo
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make it at work!

Last year NASA started releasing 3D models of its probes and spacecraft that anyone could download and use to 3D print their own space fleet. That collection now finally includes a tiny replica of the Curiosity Rover that’s been exploring Mars since 2012, and will soon be exploring your desk as well.

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14 Aug 19:30

Scientists Have Hacked Yeast to Produce Narcotics

by Maddie Stone

Yeast, that magical microorganism that provideth bread and beer, can now make narcotics, too. In a much-anticipated update , a team of scientists from Stanford University has engineered a strain of common brewer’s yeast to turn simple sugars into opioid drugs.

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14 Aug 19:34

George Miller’s Original Storyboard for ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ From 1999

by Justin Page

George Fury
(larger)

Will McCrabb recently shared an image on Twitter that displays George Miller‘s original storyboard for Mad Max: Fury Road that he drew up back in 1999. Miller’s new film closely follows his initial vision of the movie he began putting together 16 years ago, minus a few changes to the names of characters and groups.

image via Will McCrabb

via Will McCrabb, reddit

14 Aug 18:48

Lions

by Reza

lions

13 Aug 21:09

A Profile of Jake Weidmann, the Youngest Person Ever to Receive the Title of Master Penman

by Lori Dorn

Jake Weidman

In July 2011, Denver-based artist Jake Weidmann was named a Master Penman through the prestigious International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH), making him the youngest person to join the elite group of only 14 people to have ever held that title. Recently UPROXX profiled Weidmann, speaking with the artist and the people around him, about his process.

I took it upon myself to really work obsessively on my handwriting everybody else in school had their laptops out in there are typing away and I had a pen in a pad of paper. …I practice a lot of different art forms but I particularly mix calligraphy into my artwork to give both the words and the pictures more life and a stronger message.

Birds

Preserve the Past

Sojourner

Handwriting

Craftsmanship

images via Jake Weidmann

via UPROXX

13 Aug 21:11

Ferrolic, A Beautiful Device That Uses Ferrofluid and Magnets to Display Moving Patterns, Text, & Even the Time

by Glen Tickle

Ferrolic is a device by designer Zelf Koelman that uses ferrofluid and magnetic fields to display moving patterns, text, and even the time in a beautiful and unique way.

A few years ago I fell in love with the magical characteristics of a little black “blob” in a bottle. One could manipulate the position and shape of a floating drop of Ferro Fluid with a magnet. The dynamics and shape of this liquid body was much like a living entity. I decided to allow this entity to live its own life and have a function. A year of research and engineering eventually resulted in Ferrolic.

via Digg

13 Aug 22:34

A Lighthearted Video Demonstrating Toasting Traditions in Different Countries Around the World

by Lori Dorn

How to Toast Around the World” by Let’s Grab a Beer is a lighthearted informative video that demonstrates how to pour, toast with and consume one’s beer in such countries as Germany, Hungary, Armenia, China, Japan, Brazil and the United States.

via Digg

13 Aug 15:31

The Gigantic K'NEX Big Ball Factory Is Back After 20 Years

by Andrew Liszewski on Toyland, shared by Alissa Walker to Gizmodo

No toy has managed to unseat Lego from its building toy throne, but K’NEX probably came the closest. What it lacked in small, highly-detailed sets, it made up for with massive creations like the legendary Big Ball Factory that the company is now bringing out of retirement after 20 years.

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