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June 15, 2011

Who are you? 35 people in 1

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Photographer Nienke Klunder,

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born in California and raised in Holland,

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turned herself into 35 different women

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using variations in hair, make-up and clothing,

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then photographed the results.

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Above and below, exemplars.

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[via Awesomenator and Milena]

June 15, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Hammer Pliers

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That's different.

From the website:

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A hammer with indented rounded head and prongs.

Pinch-grip pliers head with wire-cutting function and flat/round gripping surface.

Steel, with synthetic coating for handles.

23.5 cm L.

580 g.

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I'm thinking this mashup could also serve as a nutcracker.

€24.

[via Svpply]

June 15, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Experts' Experts: What's the best way to store grapes?

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From the new (July/August) issue of Cook's Illustrated, the following advice:

We took bunches of red and white grapes and removed any on-the-verge or obviously rotten ones. Then we rinsed and dried half of each bunch, leaving the other half unrinsed. We also wondered if leaving the fruit on the stem hastens or delays spoilage, so we plucked some of the grapes from their stems and left the remaining clusters intact. Then we refrigerated all the samples in the perforated bags that we bought them in.

All of the rinsed grapes spoiled within just a couple of days. Why? Even though we had dried them as much as posssible, moisture exposure encouraged bacterial growth. The unrinsed loose grapes were the next to rot, as the now-exposed stem attachment point became an entryway for bacteria. Unrinsed stem-on grapes fared best, lasting nearly two weeks before starting to decay. In fact, as long as we periodically inspected the bunches and removed any decaying grapes, most of them — both red and white samples — kept for an entire month.

In sum: Don't pull grapes from their stems before refrigeration. Simply discard any that show signs of rotting and hold off on rinsing until just before serving.

June 15, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

RFID Radios

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"Matt Brown's laser-cut RFID radios were first conceived while he studied interaction design at the Umea Institute of Design in Sweden. A design firm he was applying to at the time asked him to do a 'personal project around music,'" wrote Thomas Wilson in an article that appears in the latest issue (#26) of Make magazine.

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More: "Brown's idea is to affix an RFID chip inside a laser-cut, flat-pack paper radio, and then pair the radio with a speaker base with an RFID reader."

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"Each radio would be designed by a different musician or artist. When the radio is placed over the speaker, the station shifts to that artist's pre-selection."

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"This system tries to add a little bit of fun to internet radio and give people a connection with the artists they choose," says Brown.

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Way cool.

 

June 15, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

MolPrime — What shape is your molecule?

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Now you can find out.

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Free,

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the way we like it.

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[via Richard Kashdan]

June 15, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Pie Crust 101

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Created by Ashley Ross to promote classes at the Pastry Training Center of Vancouver, B.C.

"Printed on usable parchment paper with step-by-step instructions."

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Too bad my crack research team failed to come up with a source where you can buy one.

Trust me, they'll feel my wrath.

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[via Fancy]

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Note added Thursday, June 16 at 12:46 p.m.: reader Tam Donovan kindly provided this link to a page that lets you download your very own version — free, the way we like it.

June 15, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Bloodmoney — by David Ignatius

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If the rest of Washington Post columnist David Ignatius's new book is as good as its first four pages (below), then I'm in for a whale of a read.

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June 15, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Dog Pool Float and Lounger

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From the website:

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With our Dog Pool Float and Lounger, Fido can float in style — or stay cool as he lounges on deck.

• Vinyl-coated fabric and non-porous foam make this lounger ultra-buoyant and strong

• Crafted of puncture-resistant woven vinyl mesh that won't stain, fade or mildew

• Dampened, it will keep your pet cool and relaxed

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• Small: 30"Ø, for dogs up to 20 lbs.

• Medium: 39"Ø, for dogs up to 50 lbs.

• Large: 47"O, for dogs up to 80 lbs.

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Kentucky Blue, Lime, Pool Blue, Raspberry, Tangerine, White, or Yellow.

$89.50–$129.50.

June 15, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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