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January 15, 2013

Haggis & Cracked Black Pepper Potato Crisps



From Mackie's of Scotland —unlikely you're gonna accept a haggis chip from anywhere else, what? — comes this signature snack.

Writes Mackie's, "We hoped to be distinctively Scottish and were delighted to find that this mix of Haggis and Cracked Black Pepper is a great and more-ish crisp flavour. You may be surprised."

Don't take to haggis?

No worries: for you there's Scotch Bonnet Chilli [sic] Pepper, Flamegrilled Aberdeen Angus, and Mature Cheddar & Onion (among others) to satisfy your hankering for something crunchy to accompany that wee dram.

Follow them @mackies_crisps on Twitter, they like that sort of thing.

January 15, 2013 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Boora Pyramid — Eileen MacDonagh


It's located in Lough Boura, Co Offaly, Ireland.

Apart from the pyramid itself, the view is remarkably like that of my backyard out my window, looking northwest toward the Blue Ridge Mountains some 20 miles away.

[via @AbartaGuides and Broadsheet.ie]

January 15, 2013 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Bubble Wrap Suit — What to wear on your first Trekkie date


From The Green Head:


"Apparently this suit — made of genuine working bubble wrap — was inspired by the space suits in the movie "Dude, Where's My Car?" (video below), but rather than a costume replica I think it works better for those who love popping bubble wrap like they have uncontrollable OCD, anyone who wants to ship themselves somewhere safely, are utterly accident-prone, or just want to start a flat out insane fashion trend."


"One size fits most adult nerds, dorks, geeks, aliens, and total lunatics."


Wait a sec... what's that music I'm hearing?

January 15, 2013 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Trekpassions.com — "How many lonely Trekkies are there?"

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So wrote Hope Reeves in Sunday's New York Times Magazine in a short item headlined "Pick Me Up, Scotty."

She also introduced me to trekkiedating.com, a new competitor for Trekpassions, whose incept date was 2004.

Here's the magazine piece in its entirety.

How many lonely Trekkies are there? Trekpassions.com, a dating Web site since 2004, now has a competitor, trekkiedating.com. Membership is free at trekpassions.com. The newer site has a "premium account" option — which lets you see full-size photos of fellow Klingon-speakers — for $24.99 a month. Trekkies "can take their passion for the shows and movies pretty seriously," says Frank Farkas, who works for trekkiedating.com's parent company. "They may want to find a partner who does as well."

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Quirky Pluck Egg Yolk Extractor — "With a name like that, it better be good"


From The Green Head:


"Sure you could just use the shell to help separate a yolk from the egg white, but if you're not skilled in this technique it can end up being a messy experience."


"Just crack an egg and use this handy contraption to quickly suck away the yolk almost like magic."


"It's great for anyone who enjoys egg white omelettes or for when a recipe calls for yolks to be removed."


But don't take The Green Head's word for it: below,

inventor Mark Fusco puts his creation through its paces.

$12.99 (raw eggs not included).

January 15, 2013 at 04:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Harvesting silk from a spider — video

From the Guardian: "Fritz Vollrath's silk group at Oxford has been going for about 15 years and has perfected a technique to reel silk directly from the spider. At the start of this film, a spider is pinned down after being sedated with carbon dioxide gas. The silk being pulled from the spinnerets consists mainly of major ampullate silk which forms the main structure of the web (like scaffolding) and minor ampullate silk, which is used to form the main spiral of the spider's web. The silk thread is pulled over onto the spool and attached with a dab of glue, and the motor is then run to start collection onto the spool. The species of this spider is Nephila edulis. It's possible to harvest between 30-80 metres of silk in one go, after which the spider can be released back to its web to feed, ready for reeling another day."

January 15, 2013 at 12:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

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