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October 15, 2018

The Perfect Geometric Pies of Lauren Ko

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From the Washington Post:

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Lauren Ko comes from a family of "phenomenal eaters." She grew up watching her mother and grandmother make cakes and cookies but to her recollection, nobody in her family ever made a pie.

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She had seen beautiful pies on Pinterest and wondered whether she could make pies, but the floral, rustic designs that were popular just weren't her style. It was two years ago that she decided to make her first pie. Instead of sticking with current trends, she wanted to create pies with geometric patterns, straight lines, and contrasting colors.

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She started baking more and posted photos of her creations to her personal Instagram account. In fear of becoming "that friend," Ko started a public Instagram account, @lokokitchen, in August 2017. She had no idea that her work would soon go viral. At the time of this writing, Ko has 214,000 followers of her 108 posts.

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With a background in social work and nonprofit administration, Ko had been working as an executive assistant before she quit her job to focus full time on creating pies and tarts. She now teaches workshops and classes throughout Seattle, flies to food events in other cities, and even got the opportunity to bake with Martha Stewart on her show "Martha Bakes."

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The precise cuts and color combinations of fruit on her tarts, as well as the intricate patterns woven into her pie crusts, often lead people to believe that Ko has professional training in art, design and cooking or even a background in math. She says she has always loved art but has no professional training.

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She finds inspiration everywhere, from bathroom tile and textiles to lawn chairs and bamboo purses, and saves images to give her ideas for future pies. Ko has no plans to sell her pies because her designs are so labor-intensive that they would be impossible to mass produce.

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But, more important, she enjoys the freedom of being able to create something new every time she steps into the kitchen to bake and wants to hold on to that freedom while she continues her art.

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"I'm going to ride the wave as far as it takes me. You know, the nature of social media is that it changes so quickly, and you never know what’s going to happen with it," Ko said. "I mean, all of this could go away tomorrow, but as long as I'm able and have more ideas for designs and flavor combinations, I'm going to continue baking and posting."

October 15, 2018 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

A new spin on vertigo

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A couple months ago I had a short spell — perhaps 15 seconds long — of vertigo, my first ever.

I was lying down reading at the time, so it was easy to distinguish from the lightheadedness and dizziness that happens when I stand up after sitting or lying down for a while.

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I've been thinking about that episode of vertigo ever since.

It was remarkable to me, so out of my control and persisting even after I closed my eyes.

Could vertigo be a door to the multiverse?

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Who's to say all the apparent dizziness in this world isn't instead bewilderment at rapidly entering and leaving a series of parallel worlds?

And who's to say that when the vertigo stopped I was still in the same world as when it began?

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Because everyone in every world believes theirs is the only real world.

For further exploration of this idea, I recommend "The Man in the High Castle" Season 3,

which centers on the existence of parallel worlds and what it might be like to move between them.

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

October 15, 2018 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Experts' Experts: How to break down a door without hurting yourself

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From Lifehacker:

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Perhaps you're saving a child from a burning building, or perhaps you're breaking into the stronghold of an enemy spy — but one way or another, you have to break down a door.

Here's how to do it effectively and safely.

You've probably seen people do it in the movies, but there are a few things you'll want to make sure of before you go kicking down every door in your path:

Check to see which way the door opens by checking the hinges. If the door opens towards you, kicking it down is going to be next to impossible.Kicking a door down is best done on a door that swings away from you.

Kick to the side where the lock is mounted (near the keyhole). This is typically the weakest part of the door.

October 15, 2018 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Shinkansen Dish Cloth

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From the website:

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Hashiru Nippon-ichi — Original Product

Hashiru Nippon-ichi is a collaboration project by West Japan Railway and local producers.

The products are sold on Sanyo Shinkansen trains (Shin Osaka Sta. — Hakata Sta.).

Dish cloth with designs of bullet trains, vehicle parts, timetables, etc.

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Kaya (mosquito net fabric) is excellent in water absorbency, and is easy to wash and dry.

Features and Details:

16" x 12"

■ Weight: 25g

■ Cotton 100%

■ Made in Japan

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$4.96.

October 15, 2018 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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