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23 Oct 16:31

Man's Best Friend - How to Take Great Photos of Your Pets


A truly good collection of tips and some great photos too

Taking good photos of your pets can be surprisingly difficult, but well worth the effort. The links below are full of tips and tricks to help overcome some of the common challenges of pet photography....
17 Aug 02:12

Kinetic sand - cool weird material to play with

by Mark Frauenfelder

[Video Link] I want some!

Kinetic Sand


13 Aug 19:30

Cinnamon Crisps

by Ree

crispsFirst of all, these crisps are about the most delicious things you’ll ever eat.

Second, these crisps are about the easiest things you’ll ever make.

Third, when I was a little girl, I had a stuffed monkey named Womba. His hands Velcroed together and I think I might have worn him as an accessory for the first half of my fourth grade year. Sometimes he was around my shoulders like a cardigan. Sometimes he was around my waist like a belt. Sometimes he was criss-crossed over my shoulder like a purse. And if I was nervous, I’d stroke his soft, fuzzy head and would feel better instantly.

I always wondered why Brad Benz didn’t like me.

Back to my original point: These crisps are about the most delicious things you’ll ever eat. I made them using homemade tortillas to go with cinnamon ice cream (swoon) in my next cookbook…but I also made them last week for a Food Network episode we filmed here on the ranch, and the guys absolutely inhaled them. So yesterday, for a Sunday snack, I made ‘em again using storebought tortillas and served ‘em with storebought vanilla ice cream. And they were still utterly divine.

You won’t believe the simplicity. And you won’t believe how addictive they are!

Cinnamon Crisps | The Pioneer WomanThis is what you need!

And you also need to preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cinnamon Crisps | The Pioneer WomanAdd some sugar and ground cinnamon to a bowl.

Cinnamon Crisps | The Pioneer WomanThen grab a fork and use it to violently combine the two…

Cinnamon Crisps | The Pioneer WomanUntil the two are now one!

Did you ever wear a stuffed monkey as an accessory when you were a child? I’m just asking.

(Note: If you’ve ever worn a stuffed monkey as an accessory when you were an adult, I’d rather not know. Thank you.)

Cinnamon Crisps | The Pioneer WomanNext, melt some butter.

Cinnamon Crisps | The Pioneer WomanDip in a pastry brush…

Cinnamon Crisps | The Pioneer WomanAnd very, very generously brush the butter on one side of a flour tortilla.

Cinnamon Crisps | The Pioneer WomanBasically, you want to douse the sucker. Pretty much the only way you can mess up these things is if you don’t get enough butter on them at this stage.

Cinnamon Crisps | The Pioneer WomanThen do the same for a couple of other tortillas.

Cinnamon Crisps | The Pioneer WomanRight away, start sprinkling on the cinnamon sugar. You want it to totally cover the tortilla and mostly be absorbed by the butter. When most of it has been absorbed, sprinkle on a little more!

Cinnamon Crisps | The Pioneer WomanRepeat it with the other two tortillas, then flip them all over to the other side.

Cinnamon Crisps | The Pioneer WomanAnd repeat the process with the butter…

Cinnamon Crisps | The Pioneer WomanAnd the sugar. Next, just pop ‘em in the oven for about 15-17 minutes…

And brace yourself.

Just brace yourself.

Cinnamon Crisps | The Pioneer WomanThis is what they should look like!

Cinnamon Crisps | The Pioneer WomanThey’re crunchy. They’re crispy. They’re magical.

But you have to put them aside and let them cool completely.

Note: This will be extremely difficult.

So while we wait: Have you ever given your summer camp crush a hug goodbye when you were twelve, then turned around to leave and tripped over a rock and fell, scabbing your knee?

I’m just asking.

Cinnamon Crisps | The Pioneer WomanA minute or so after removing the pan from the oven, use a knife to loosen the crisps from the pan so they won’t stick until the end of eternity.

Cinnamon Crisps | The Pioneer WomanBut really, there’s so much butter in these heavenly objects, they really don’t stick that badly.

Cinnamon Crisps | The Pioneer WomanAfter they’re totally cooled, break them into pieces. They should be totally crisp and hard, and should break apart pretty neatly.

Cinnamon Crisps | The Pioneer WomanYou can’t know. You can’t know the deliciousness until you try them. And at this point, you could break them up into smaller pieces, bag them up, and use them as snacks.

Cinnamon Crisps | The Pioneer WomanBut I have other plans for them.

Cinnamon Crisps | The Pioneer WomanI scream.

Cinnamon Crisps | The Pioneer WomanOne…two…three…

Cinnamon Crisps | The Pioneer WomanTA-DA!

Cinnamon Crisps | The Pioneer WomanWondrous. Just a wondrous, wonderful, fabulous combination.

Cinnamon Crisps | The Pioneer WomanYou can also do smaller dishes of ice cream and have some fun sticking the crisps right in the scoop.

Cinnamon Crisps | The Pioneer WomanAnd use them as spoons!

Goodness gracious, my friends. Make ‘em this week. They’re too good not to. And they’re a complete cinch.

Here’s the handy dandy printable!


Cinnamon Crisps

Prep Time:
Cook Time:


  • 1 stick Butter, Melted
  • 3 whole Flour Tortillas (small Size)
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon

Preparation Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together the sugar and cinnamon.

Brush butter on one side of the flour tortillas. Sprinkle generously with the cinnamon sugar. Flip tortillas to the other side, then sprinkle on the cinnamon sugar.

Bake for 15-17 minutes until very crisp. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

Break into pieces and eat as snacks...or serve with ice cream!

Posted by Ree on August 12 2013

13 Aug 19:27

Internal anatomy of the clitoris

by Cory Doctorow

A 2011 entry from the Museum of Sex by Melodiousmsm explores the internal anatomy of the clitoris, whose extent wasn't fully mapped until 2005, when Royal Melbourne Hospital urologist Helen O'Connell published her groundbreaking MRI studies. The clitoris forks internally like a wishbone, and then ramifies further. As Melodiousmsm notes, this suggests that the argument over vaginal versus clitoral orgasm has been misplaced, since the clitoris runs through the vulva and vagina.

The most interesting part of this article are the longstanding misperceptions about clitoral anatomy, the fact that science understood so little about such a significant organ for so long. The clitoris, after all, is the only organ that exists purely for the purpose of conveying pleasure, and has as much erectile tissue as a penis, but somehow it was mostly missed for literally millennia.

The glans is connected to the body or shaft of the internal clitoris, which is made up of two corpora cavernosa. When erect, the corpora cavernosa encompass the vagina on either side, as if they were wrapping around it giving it a big hug!

The corpus cavernosum also extends further, bifurcating again to form the two crura. These two legs extend up to 9cm, pointing toward the thighs when at rest, and stretching back toward the spine when erect. To picture them at rest, imagine the crura as a wishbone, coming together at the body of the clitoris where they attach to the pubic symphysis.

Near each of the crura on either side of the vaginal opening are the clitoral vestibules. These are internally under the labia majora. When they become engorged with blood they actually cuff the vaginal opening causing the vulva to expand outward. Get these puppies excited, and you’ve got a hungrier, tighter-feeling vaginal opening in which to explore!

The Internal Clitoris


13 Aug 19:25’s Guide to Supplements

by mark makes it easy to look up what actual scientific studies say on various supplements. From popular supplements like vitamin D and fish oil, to more esoteric ones like berberine and spirulina, this website has it covered (and over 17000 citations).

The site became really useful when it released what it calls “The Human Effect Matrix.” It summarizes clinical human trials and lets you immediately know what effect each supplement has (and how strong that effect is).

As someone into weight lifting, it’s helped me realize what junk supplements like glutamine and tribulus terrestris are.

-- Martin Wong

13 Aug 13:27

stufftoblowyourmind: Some awesome anatomy art for kids by...


Some awesome anatomy art for kids by Rachel Ignotofsky! /Robert

Everybody thinks. Everybody has heart.

I love these, I bet you will too.