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Feb 06, 2012

That One Time When I Injured Myself with the Table Saw...

created at: 02/06/2012

So...if I had my preference, I would never admit this to anyone that hadn't seen me in bandages. I'd keep it as my own little secret, and try to come off as a professional, and never have to be vulnerable online. Cause that's what you do with embarrassing information, right? Curate it out of your internet identity, and only take photos of your house when its clean and full of interesting items and cups of tea?

Except...I don't really believe that. I believe in authenticity, and telling the whole story, and being willing to geek out over something amazing and admitting you're not too cool to get obsessed with stuff, and all that junk.

So here it is: I hurt myself on the table saw. Like soft pink flesh meets forty teeth-per-inch carbide tipped blade spinning at 3000 RPM.

To clarify: any table saw injury is bad news. (At least, when it's running. I regularly stub my toes on it, or bang into it when moving stuff around, but that's just cause I'm a spaz.) And as far as table saw injuries go, I was very, very lucky. I still have ten fully functioning fingers...though one is a bit out-of-commission right now. But (see above), those *&#$ers are dangerous, and no matter how lucky you get and grateful you feel (I was and I do), it's no small potatoes.

If you wanna hear the story, read on. There are a few photos of post-stitches injury. They're not gratuitous, nor bloody, or particularly gross, but do be aware if you're not much… read more

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Feb 06, 2012

How to: Barrel-Age Your Own Cocktails for $10

If you're not aware, the reason that aged spirits - such as bourbon and scotch whiskeys, reposado and añejo tequilas, brandy, dark rum, sherry, and even some wines and vinegars - are smoky and aromatic and, well, tasty, is due to a traditional aging in charred (or "toasted") oak barrels. The water content will absorb the flavors in the wood, such as such as vanillin and wood tannins, as well as the smoky flavors from contact with the wood.

The trend of barrel-aging whole cocktails has emerged among mixologists (likely attributed to expert Jeffrey Morganthaler), and in the absence of your own tiny casks, you can aged your own "white" cocktails for a mere $10… read more

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Feb 06, 2012

Books Carved into Intricate 3D Landscapes

created at: 12/01/2010

created at: 02/06/2012

See these images? Those are books. Books, people.

They're the work of Guy Laramée, a Montreal-based artist, who has been exploring the erosion of cultures through interdisciplinary works for the last… read more

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Feb 06, 2012

Illustrated Proposals for New Humorous Beverages

created at: 02/05/2012

If beer cans with color-changing mountains make you laugh and groan at the same time, then I think you'll enjoy this cartoon/illustration/infographic (I dunno what to call it) by lunchbreath. It's a series of "unsolicited proposals for new and wonderful beverages", and is conveniently divided up into four categories for your viewing pleasure...… read more

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Feb 03, 2012

How to: Make Typographic Paper Cut Art

At first glance, this fun DIY project might seem pretty straightforward: You type some stuff on a piece of paper, print it out, then cut it with a craft knife.

And then you realize, if you tried that, you've ruined it before you even finish the first letter, because it's impossible to cut things out and have them still be stuck together in a single sheet...

Unless, of course, you know what… read more

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Feb 03, 2012

If Oscar-Nominated Movie Posters Told the Truth

  

The 2012 Oscar nominations have been announced going on two weeks now, and the general reaction from the public continues to be sorta...meh.

To address the hype, or lack thereof, TheShiznit has adapted this season's nominated films' posters to, as they say, 'tell the truth.' "In the interests of transparency, we've shopped the posters for this awards season's biggest movies so they're a little more honest about their… read more

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Feb 02, 2012

How to: Make a Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Martini

I don't know what it is. Perhaps it's the obvious contrast between a childhood favorite meal and a very adult beverage, or just the pure curiousity of seeing whether a cocktail can not only taste like a savory food, but a complete meal, but I'm gonna do everything I can to make a grilled cheese and tomato soup… read more

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Feb 02, 2012

The Cartoon Color Wheel

created at: 02/02/2012

Here's a quick mid-day pickmeup that'll make you smile: the clever minds at Slate have organized some classic, interestingly-hued cartoon characters into an interactive color… read more

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Feb 02, 2012

Please Go Vote to Help a Local Firehouse Win a Brand New Kitchen Makeover

created at: 02/02/2012

Sheridan Fire District

This month, IKEA and The Family Handyman magazine are hosting this worthy contest, The Rescue Remodel. Previously, 1000s of local firehouses were nominated to receive a complete kitchen remodel. The top five have been selected, and now it's your turn to vote! "The firehouse with the most votes will receive a truly heroic kitchen renovation valued at $25,000. And since it’s all from IKEA, it will be full of smart and innovative ideas to make their lives a little bit easier so they can better protect our… read more

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Feb 02, 2012

How to: 5 Tips for Getting Great Bokeh

If you don't know "bokeh" as a vocabulary word, you certainly know their effect: the attractive blurry, bubbley thing that happens to lights in photographs (and movies) with a shallow depth-of-field. In out-of-focus areas, each point of light takes on the shape of the aperture, most often a round disc. 

You can actually take advantage of this distortion, to produce these circles on purpose...which can look pretty… read more

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