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Dec 21, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: December 21, 2011

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

2011 saw some major eruptions by some of the world's biggest active volcanoes. The Atlantic features some amazing photographs capturing the steam, ash, toxic gases, and… read more

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Dec 20, 2011

8 Holiday Beers that Are Worth a Try

created at: 12/20/2011

I love a seasonal beer. My first question upon sitting down at any pub or restaurant is always, "What are your current seasonals on tap." Often, it's the only way to try something new in all but the most beer-centric of establishments.

Well, except for the winter. I'll try nearly anything in the fall, do my best to get in all the summer seasonals I can, but until a few years ago, I tended to stick with the year-round standards. Perhaps its just cause it's twenty degrees out, but I tend to find most Christmas-y beers a bit too...Christmas-y. First, nearly all winter seasonals are ales (as that's when those yeasts could traditionally ferment), and most American microbrews really, really pile on the hops, which I find to be unbalanced. And secondly, "Christmas ales" are seriously spiced, like a cookie, and I tend to appreciate a beer that tastes like beer, not… read more

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Dec 20, 2011

How to: Make Star Wars Snowflakes (Free Templates Included)

created at: 12/20/2011

Yep, these are likely on every craft/handmade/DIY/geek/tech/anything blog this season...but that's for good reason. That being: they're freaking… read more

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Dec 20, 2011

Holiday Hack: One Basic Dough Recipe, Endless Christmas Cookies

The stockings are hung, the plums are sugared, and you're well on your way to getting all those gifts wrapped. Now it's time for the real fun to begin, and by "real fun," I mean...cookies. 

Of course, "Cookie recipes are just about infinite, because almost anything can be shaped into a circle and baked... But the basic cookie contains three key ingredients: butter, flour and sugar. That combination has not been bettered, and it can be varied in so many ways that, really, it’s the only recipe… read more

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Dec 20, 2011

Tactical Christmas Stockings?

created at: 12/18/2011

While these tactical Christmas stockings don't exactly say "Merry Christmas" to me the way a hand-knit red and green stocking does, I'll just say "to each their own".… read more

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Dec 20, 2011

The 100 Best Songs of 2011

Okay... I know. Anytime you start making "best of" lists, you're tredding into dangerous territories. No single list could possibly cover the breadth of music releases, critics are always biased, etc, etc.

Got it. But, if there's anyone who you can actually trust to share, explore, and digest the full spectrum of a year's releases, it's the people that made this… read more

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Dec 19, 2011

Have Yourself a Paper-y Little Christmas: 14 DIY Paper Craft Projects for the Holidays

Okay, jingle bell-ers, you've got a week left. The tree is up, the presents purchased, and the fire aglow. Now, its on the really good stuff - cookie baking, gift wrapping, and watching the good Christmas movies.

And, of course, putting the final touches on the decorations. For this week is the week of adding just that extra bit of festiveness to your space. So, while you're munching candy canes, cracking up at Cousin Eddie's dickie, grab a pair of scissors, and add some comfort and joy to your spot with these easy paper craft Christmas… read more

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Dec 19, 2011

The World's Most Perfect Hamburger

"The Ultimate Hamburger," from the Modernist Cuisine project by Nathan Myhrvold and Maxime Bilet, took stock of what most people crave in a burger - a perfectly fluffy and toasty bun, crunchy-but-not-too-crunchy veggies, gooey but flavorful cheese, loads of umami notes from ketchup and other sauces, and the perfect, beef-y patty, and used some serious cooking science to make it a… read more

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Dec 19, 2011

Gift Guide: 150+ Stocking Stuffers Under $30

created at: 12/19/2011

At this point, if you haven't got your big, juicy gifts figured out, you're likely a little behind. Because now? Now is the time for the really fun stuff - the little, fun, often silly and preferably candy-based gifts you use to flesh out your giving...the stocking stuffers!

And if you're looking to break out of the M&M candy cane and new… read more

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Dec 19, 2011

Turn Any Flat Object into a Shelf with the Wall Clamp

created at: 12/18/2011

Designer Brendan Ravenhill's last creation, The Wall Clamp, is one of those brilliantly-obvious ideas that I wish I would have come up with: A C-clamp that screws onto the wall, turning any flat object into a… read more

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