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Mar 30, 2012

The Everyday, Anytime Egg-Combination Generator

Sometimes, while spending a hour finely slicing vegetables for soup or kneading a dough, or specifically, whipping a meringue to make ice cream, mousse, or, more-or-less, any dessert I actually make, I muse on how so many dishes couldn't exist without the unique white-and-yolk properties of eggs. Or rather, it's precisely because we have eggs and the work the way they do that we have these dishes in the first place; and if chickens popped out some entirely different foodstuff, our culinary traditions would be rather different, because they would have been based on the properties of this other thing, rather than the egg. It is indeed incredible, and… read more

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Mar 30, 2012

The Cricket Pop-Up Trailer

The entire U.S. has had one bizarre winter. In my state, it's been the sixth warmest winter on record, and the entire world began to bloom in mid-March, instead of the normal late April, seven weeks later.

And yet, it hasn't helped my sense of spring fever. Sure, I've been able to start bicycling earlier this year, and my garden is already planted, whereas normally we have to wait until Mother's Day. But that sense to get out; to leave the house behind, to explore and be at the mercy of things you can't control? Still as strong as ever.

And these unbelievable trailers by Cricket are not… read more

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Mar 30, 2012

The Best of the 2012 Peep Diorama Contest

created at: 03/30/2012

Every spring, the Washington Post hosts a Peep diorama contest, and every spring, I get all excited about it and then regret not entering. This year's entries play with some of the most iconic cultural images of the last twelve months: the Republican debates, the royal wedding, Occupy Wall St., Downton Abbey. Like it or not, this is how Spring 2011-Winter 2012 looked, and will be remembered. In marshmallow. With… read more

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Mar 29, 2012

How to: Make Guinness Chocolate Brownies

I like pie. I like cake. I really like cookies, and I'm quite partial to milkshakes.

But I love brownies. Like cantsaynowontstopeatingthem love brownies. They're dense and chewy, a bit bitter, and the perfect mix between baked goods and candy: all of the sugar and none of the calorie-wasting flour. (Which I'll deny saying when we start to talk pizza crust, so don't even… read more

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Mar 29, 2012

Ceramics for Breakfast: The Glide Toaster

With the exception of a few aesthetic developments, there's been very little to no change to the design of the home toaster: a little lever, some heated wires, and after a few minutes, toast pops out. But, back when the appliance first came around, "eating toast was a social activity that took place on the breakfast table."

This totally different take on the toaster seeks to re-engage… read more

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Mar 29, 2012

The Best Facial Hair in the Civil War

created at: 03/29/2012

Some say the U.S. Civil War was fought over slavery. Others say it was really about Northern and Southern lifestyle values. But, 150 years later, with the results clearly determines and the effects established, the real question is:

Which side had the better facialread more

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Mar 29, 2012

Roundup: 5 Design-y Bicycle Accessories

created at: 03/28/2012

 

Spring is here and that means ones thing: time to take your bicycle out of storage and start riding again. Bicycles, like cars, can serve as an extension of who we are, so it's only fitting that we accessorize our bikes appropriately. This post highlights 5 designy bike accessories to give your ride a little extra flair and… read more

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Mar 28, 2012

Take a Video Tour of Nick Offerman's (Ron Swanson's) Workshop

created at: 05/28/2013

Nick Offerman, the actor who portrays TV's current greatest character, Ron Swanson on Parks & Recreation, is an active woodworker who supplemented his income while getting established as an actor by making custom furniture. 

Known for using huge, live-edge slabs of walnut in tables, as well as building canoes and fancy mustache combs, the Offerman Woodshop is as cool as you'd think it would be.

In a recent issue of Fine Woodworking, Nick tells the story of getting his start in building theatre sets in Chicago, but upon moving to LA, translated his rough carpentry skills to fine woodworking and furniture making. They shot an excellent video of the space, which is the stuff of dreams for any… read more

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Mar 28, 2012

Beer for Dessert: 5 Tasty Beer Float Recipes

Root beer floats work for a very specific reason: they contain lots of complex bitter and aromatic flavors that balance not only their own sweetness but the creaminess of ice cream. Know what other drink has plenty of complex bitter flavors and aromatic notes? Actual beer.

Having just passed the St. Patrick's Day...season[? Is that a thing?], you know doubt saw all sorts of folks going on about a Guinness & vanilla ice cream float, which is actually pretty delicious. But with these five recipes, you'll be rocking variations on the combo all… read more

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Mar 28, 2012

Where Are They Now? Humorous New Photos of Horror Villains from the 70s and 80s

It's always fun to discover the child actors we knew as kids, and see how they grew up alongside of us. Or perhaps even envision what the characters they portrayed might be doing now. Photographer Federico Chiesa takes a similar route, but explores what might have happened to the bad guys from some classic horror and sci-fi movies. After all, you can't get stabbed and shot and caught on fire over and over again without some consequences.

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