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June 25, 2014

Puppet Making with Jim Henson — A 1969 Primer

From Open Culture: "Give Jim Henson 15 minutes of your time, and the father of the Muppets will teach you how to make your own puppets, using nothing other than household items — socks, potatoes, tacks, tennis balls, rubber bands, wooden spoons, and the rest. This primer originally aired on Iowa Public Television back in 1969, not long before Henson joined a fledgling TV production, "Sesame Street," where he helped create the most famous puppets of our generation: Oscar, Ernie, Kermit, Bert, Cookie Monster, Big Bird and the rest. Though recorded 40+ years ago, the advice is simple and timeless. The man knows of what he speaks…."

 

June 25, 2014 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Limited-Edition Artisanal Birdhouse

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Walnut and hard-rock maple.

$200.

[via the New York Times]

June 25, 2014 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

Experts' Experts: Assessing Artichokes

From the May/June 2014 issue of Cook's Illustrated

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When selecting fresh artichokes at the market, examine the leaves for some clues that will help you pick the best specimens.

The leaves should look tight, compact, and bright green; they should not appear dried out or feathery at the edges.

If you give the artichoke a squeeze, its leaves should squeak as they rub together (evidence that the artichoke still possesses much of its moisture).

And while we don't advocate abusing the produce in the store, the leaves should also snap off cleanly; if they bend, the artichoke is old.

June 25, 2014 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

What is it?

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Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: bigger than a breadbox.

Another: battery-powered.

June 25, 2014 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (10)

The Writing of Stones (24)

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June 25, 2014 at 04:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Photorealistic Pizza Box Stool

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Supports up to 440 pounds.

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Flat pack cardboard.

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$34.

June 25, 2014 at 12:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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