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Jul 11, 2011

10 Ways to Dress Up and Improve a Frozen Pizza

created at: 07/11/2011

My special someone is out of the country for the next eleven days. I can certainly fend for myself nutritionally, but, I'm probably not going to get too culinarily ambitious. I find I either want to cook for lots and lots of folks (hence my two dinner parties over the weekend), or not really mess with it. I mean, who I am gonna impress and treat? Myself? Nah. Plus, I gotta do all the cleanup myself.

So, while I promised myself I won't get take out every night, I'm prolly not gonna make a big mess in the kitchen with fancy fixings. And, probably at least once, when spending an evening huddled away in the basement working on a project, I'll resort to that single-guy staple: the frozen pizza.

Not that I like frozen pizza, of course. But, it does do in a pinch, requires little effort and clean-up, and sorta feels like a treat. But that bland blagh from a box doesn't have to be all bad. Especially if you take it up a notch with some fresh ingredients and clever… read more

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Jul 11, 2011

The Many, Many Varieties of Beer

created at: 07/11/2011

The newest offering from the clever artists at Pop Chart Labs is worthy of a toast, indeed.

Includes not only 89 varieties of beer, but more than 200 recommended and representative brews so you actually know what and how to taste them. Add in a dozen glassware suggestions, and you've got six square feet of beer-soaked goodness. 

See it in aread more

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Jul 08, 2011

I Freaking Love These: Retro Electronics Made from Paper

I try my best not to just throw up pretty pictures and go on and on about how much I love them, but for these paper sculptures of vintage electronics, I have to make an exception.

Cause I do. Love them, I… read more

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Jul 08, 2011

What Would Don Draper Do?

created at: 07/08/2011

I like Mad Men as much as the next guy, but I'm a bit skeptical of the classic, manly role model conversation that the show seems to be sparking, especially among "men's" websites. 

But, I do think this flowchart from Matthew at the Oatmeal is spot on, both mimicking the idea that Don Draper's antics should be in any way normative, and recognizing how easy it is to imagine...well, just… read more

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Jul 07, 2011

The World Map of Useless Stereotypes

I'm an enormous fan of Christoph Niemann's work, and, were I less scrupulous, would probably post every nearly every update from his Abstract Sunday series for the New York Times.

But! I found this one particularly thoughtful, as it both comments on the actual truths it presents, and the crazy map-making infographic phenomenon that's happening about the internet.

Oh, and it's pretty funny.

You must see in full scale to to really… read more

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Jul 07, 2011

Creative Gift Guide: 77 Tools and Design Gifts for Makers and Artists

created at: 07/07/2011

For me, summer is that most creative and productive of seasons. It's a good 10° in my basement workspace, so it's not tough to head down there and start making stuff. Plus, the long days, good light, and warm weather means you can work outside more, paint dries faster, and everything's just a bit more… read more

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Jul 07, 2011

Read This. It's Funny: A Reflection on Rock, Paper, Scissors

created at: 07/07/2011

I bookmarked this weeks ago, and stumbled acrossed it this morning.

With the size of this sea of text, it's a bit tough to read, but give it a shot. It'll make you… read more

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Jul 07, 2011

Famous Works of Art as Face Paintings

20-year-old photographer Andy Alcala pays homage to notable artists such as Rene Magritte, Jasper Johns, and Banksy by reimagining some of their most famous works...on his own face.

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Jul 06, 2011

Light Painting with a Roomba

Long exposure light painting photography will never cease to be amazing. From Picasso's early experiments with a flashlight to current artists making hand drawn animations with LEDs, combining actual spaces with impossible images is simply captivating.

And it doesn't just have to be hand drawn, either. There's an entire Flickr group dedicated to creating light paintings with Roomba vacuum… read more

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Jul 06, 2011

How To: Make the Ultimate Bloody Mary with a Bacon Swizzle Stick

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The Bloody Mary.

While it certainly has its share of key ingredients: tomato juice, vodka, horseradish, Worcestershire, it's also somewhat of open canvas on which to cast all sorts of flavors. Do you like some briny olives or pickled peppers in yours? How about some fresh lemon? Do you opt for hot sauce or a few twists of black pepper? Does the celery flavor come from a fresh stalk, celery salt, or both?

But, mainly, when you get right down to it: why doesn't your Bloody Mary have a bacon swizzle stick? I mean, think about it: bacon and tomato are classic. Bacon and vodka have to be good together. And all those salty, savory umami flavors are a perfect match.

So, let's… read more

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