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Jan 11, 2010

How To: Use a Cast Iron Skillet for Super Crispy Homemade Pizza

pizza cooked in a heated cast iron skilletTraditional pizza ovens feature stone or brick floors, which retain heat and redistribute it evenly across the cooking surface. The intense and immediate heat from the preheated stone surface allows the dough to become crispy while maintaining a delightfully chewy texture.
     To replicate this at home, one could spend $2,000-13,000 and buy a proper wood burning pizza oven, il forno di pizza. A more popular route is to purchase a “baking stone” or “pizza stone”, a flat, rectangular or circular slab of ceramic designed for the home oven.
    Unfortunately, unless you purchase a top notch stone, which are about $70 dollars for a medium sized

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Jan 11, 2010

Sushi Etiquette

Instructional. Handdrawn. And hilarious.

  

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Jan 08, 2010

How To: Add an SLR Lens to Your Camera Phone

How, you say? It starts like most good projects - with cardboard and duct tape. "I wanted to try something that required the minimum amount of disassembly of expensive components (i.e. no warranty voiding!), as well as being cheap and relatively easy to assemble...I already had the lenses and phone, so the project cost me less than US$10."

Phone-O-Scope: 50mm attached

But then WHY, you'll say. A couple of reasons stand out. One, the effect is pretty cool. It allows for the depth of field of 35mm lenses, as well as some crazy colors and lens distortion, and sometimes some Holga-like vingettes.

Phone-O-Scope: montage

Also, I think the likelihood of being able to do this on the cheap is

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Jan 06, 2010

Build Your Own Bamboo Bicycle? You Better Believe It

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Sunday's Weekend Edition included a story about Bamboo Bike Studio , three lads in Brooklyn who create...you guessed it, bamboo bicycles. How? Well..."the bamboo's outer skin is treated with a torch, and the stems are baked in a homemade oven. The brown stems are then fastened into frames by connecting them with a sawdust and resin mixture. The joints are wrapped with a thin, ribbon-like carbon fabric that soaks up epoxy.

Thankfully, those three fellows are not the only folks doing this sort of thing. Bamboo, the eternally evident superstar material of the aughts, maintains special properties that allow it to be heat treated with

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Jan 05, 2010

How To: Magnetic Coffee Sleeve.

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There aren't too many things I simply won't put in my mouth...but room temperature coffee is on that short list. So, I'm a big fan of reusable coffee sleeves that keep your hands safe and your drink warm.

And I'm a particular fan of handmade reusuable sleeves - knitted ones, felt ones, and corduroy ones with photos inside! The only thing better would be a way to stick it to light poles and fire hydrants and the side of my Vespa.

Alexandra Pulver has done just that - and I think it's brilliant. " [At first] I came up with this magnetic cup-holder. It is made out of polypropylene and folds flat for easy portability.

After I made this I

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Jan 04, 2010

Wooden Figures by Jean Jullien

I don't really know what these are, and I don't care. The website calls them "wooden figures" and the index files them under toys. We'll simply resituate our dropped jaws, and file them under crazy good inspiration.

  

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Jan 03, 2010

Rock and Roll Silicone Spatulas

Okay, lemme try...

"Hey, man, can you whip me up some rockin' flapjacks?"

"How about taking a solo on some face meltin' scrambled eggs?"

"Let's try turning that stir fry up to eleven!"

Nuts. I got nothing.

  

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Jan 02, 2010

How To: Fused Plastic Belt

Here's a fresh take on the fusing plastic bags/DIY Tyvek trick: creating a strong base with opaque white plastic bags for durability, then adding an attractive top layer for some graphic punch!

Materials:

  • 1.5" cotton webbing (or polyester or nylon)
  •  Plastic grocery bags or other plastic packaging
  • Fray Check or thread glue
  • Belt buckle (I took one off an old belt)
  • 3/16" metal eyelets and eyelet tool (make sure your belt prong will fit through this size)
  • Coordinating thread (and heavy duty thread if you have it around)
Tools needed: sewing machine, scissors, and hammer

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Jan 01, 2010

Cut Your Hair Business Cards

Wanna attend Glammer Education Institute? Here's the contact information...now prove your skills.

Top Cut Card

Designed by Y&R Thailand, the cards feature line drawn faces and a bevy of textured blackspace, allowing the user to create a custom hair style with a pair of scissors. A little bit paper doll, a little bit Wooly Willy, a whole bit awesome.

  

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Jan 01, 2010

Knitted Michael Jackson "Thriller" Doll

Dude, I don't know what it is.

I don't have a particular slant towards or against Michael Jackson... I appreciate him perfectly well.

I don't have an enormous interest in knitted celebrity softies...At least, I imagine it to be an average amount.

Perhaps it's the tiny little white socks.

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Whatever it is, I can't stop looking at this knitted Michael Jackson doll, decked out in his infamous red leather getup from the Thriller video. (Recently added to the Library of Congress' U.S. Film Registry along with Dog Day Afternoon.)

From Colette.Fr  "Michael is back! He resuscitates in the form of doll thanks to Soso creator. In her hands Michael

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