Not Martha

links: the home

Outdoor DIY Wine Cooler Idea: A Picnic Table with a Gutter! — Ingenious Ideas | The Kitchn. This is neat.

The Jealous Curator /// curated contemporary art /// kurt pio. Gorgeous paintings of giant diamonds, I really dig these.

Wood Rails 36″, at Parabo Press. For hanging really big posters, perfect for an Engineer Print. Via Swissmiss.

The mudroom: It begins! | Door Sixteen. An excellent list of all the products Anna uses, this is one I’ll refer to before our next house project.

Stud Thud Magnetic Stud Finder | Cool Tools. “Dual magnets create a “thud” when passed over a screw or nail”. Our house is old and has any number of mysteries behind the drywall. We once hit a water pipe trying to put up a curtain rod.

This Graphic Shows the Best Air-Cleaning Plants, According to NASA, at Lifehacker.

The Best Plants for Bedrooms and Bathrooms, by The Sill | Parachute Blog. Via The Wirecutter.

How to Make Vinegar Cleaning Spray (That Smells Good!) | The Kitchn.

· comments [1] · 04-29-2016 · categories:links · the home ·

links: food

Bon Appétempt: Carrot Ginger Showstopper a.k.a. Grain Salad with Carrot Ginger Dressing (and a Fried Egg).

Star Wars Recipe: Rey’s Portion Bread | StarWars.com.

A Four-Story Leap Day Birthday Cake at Food 52. This is delightful.

Banh Tieu Recipe: The Vietnamese Donuts You Never Knew You Loved · i am a food blog.

Toasted Almond Cake, Stewed Rhubarb, Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting – Not Without Salt. The rhubarb rosettes on this cake are really charming.

Beer is Good For Your Health | Wellness | Purewow. “Even more interesting, the hops and flavonoids in beer can actually slow the release of calcium from the bones.”

The Best Easter Traditions Come from Germany | The Kitchn. This is a reminder to myself to make braided breads like the glorious chicken in the last photo.

Chewable Coffee Is Your New Morning Pick-Me-Up | Brit + Co. Gummy coffee cubes, count me in.

· comments [0] · 04-15-2016 · categories:food · links ·

links: misc

Forget Sea Monkeys, the Dino Sphere Is the Novelty Bio-Kit of the Future, at Gizmodo. Awwwww, I want some!

The Amazing 4 Corners Project / Boing Boing. A planet sized work of art, amazing.

My Uncle Works for Nintendo — The Campo Santo Quarterly Review — Medium.

What smells like almonds in the forest? | Ask MetaFilter. Millipedes?! Millipedes!!

The latest His Dark Materials spin-off is a dark and mysterious audiobook | The Verge. I encountered the His Dark Materials series only in audiobook format and fell in love, so I’m enthusiastic to hear that the newest spin-off is audio only. (And narrated by Bill Nighy!)

· comments [3] · 04-11-2016 · categories:links · misc ·

links: technology

Song of the Deep Wants You To Feel Small | WIRED. I think this game is going to be greatly appealing.

An Hour With The Solus Project, A Survival Game With An Actual Story, at Kotaku.

TouchArcade Game of the Week: ‘Love You To Bits’ | TouchArcade. Tiny Thief is broken on iOS 9 (RIP) but this game is it’s spiritual successor, and shares a few devs.

Obduction, The Spiritual Successor to Myst, at Laughing Squid. I. Am. So. Happy.

The Gallery, VR and a fear of falling | Polygon. This game looks pretty ideal.

15 Tricks Every iPhone User Should Know How to Do | Apartment Therapy. These are pretty helpful.

Hidden Folks is a Hidden Object Game with Interactive Scenery – Gamezebo.

· comments [4] · 03-31-2016 · categories:links · technology ·

links: misc

Get Lost Inside a Dystopian L.A. Cake Maze | Mental Floss. Oh my god a maze made of cake. Dreams do come true. Via Girls of a Certain Age.

What is the plot of Lost, like what happened? | Ask MetaFilter. Some good concise explanations, should anybody ever ask just what happened on that show. Answers from “the writers painted themselves into a corner” to a patient explanation of the bifurcated timelines.

The Latest Nail Art Trend Is Apparently Only for People Who Don’t Have to Use Their Hands for Anything But Modeling Nail Art, Must Be Nice. I’m waiting for Nails by Faberge.

Filmmakers Make an Interesting Discovery Made Behind a Loose Brick in a Pub in Norwich, England, at Laughing Squid.

Shamrock Shakes, and their cult following, explained – Vox.

· comments [0] · 03-18-2016 · categories:links · misc ·

links: shopping

3D printed pendants at Shapeways: Lucky Heart by Phits, Asteroid Pendant by quantitativeDesign, Droplet Pendant by LIFIC.

Extremely convenient keychain key holder from brown by TIZART and the Corder Leather Bottle Hook that hangs off a belt loop. Bot via Ask Metafilter and courtesy of my friend Phixion.

What can I wear under a sheer blouse that won’t make me miserably warm? | Ask MetaFilter. More and more Uniqlo seems to be the answer.

Seriously, These are the Best Affordable Ear Bud Headphones You Can Buy | Man Made DIY. I go through earbuds pretty quickly too, these are a solid recommendation.

Lighthouse Lounge – Ladies T-shirt | Last Exit to Nowhere. This shop sells goods using the logos of fake businesses from movies and television, this one is from Goonies. See also: Winchester Tavern from Shaun of the Dead.

“30 Rock – Music Band” T-Shirts & Hoodies by Skulltech | Redbubble. A joke from 30 Rock.

This Irish Store Is About to Become Your New Forever 21 | Brit + Co. Primark is coming to the US! I have my own favorite Primark moment.

Cool Tools – Tom Bihn Travel Tray. I’m getting one of these for Scott, the detritus that he scatters around hotel rooms makes me grumpy.

Meet the Designers Crafting High End Undergarments for the Transgender Community | GOOD.

· comments [2] · 03-4-2016 · categories:links · shopping ·

links: food

Rainbow Steam Cake Recipe – HowToCookThat. How to make a layered rainbow cake that doesn’t involve cutting and stacking.

Giant Ravioli with Egg Yolk, Spinach, and Ricotta. Recipe lookup inspired by Salty Seattle’s Instagram. Yum.

dubosc | Colossal. Edible zoetropes!

Orangette: While you’re not looking. A technique for cooking dried beans, I’ve got to try this because my previous dried bean trials weren’t worth the time put in.

Scientists Say Psychopathic People Really Like Bitter Food | MUNCHIES. Uh oh.

Cooking with Manuela: Rose Shaped Eggplant Parmigiana.

The Politics and Cultishness of Hops – The Sauce – The Stranger. A primer on Washington hops.

Best Value in Booze: What’s the Best Single Malt Scotch Under $30? | Man Made DIY.

Why Cookbook Clubs Should Be the New Way We Entertain | Serious Eats. Yes! (Also, full disclosure, my trusty red dutch oven can be seen in one of these photos.)

The Cocktail at the End of the Universe – Eater. “In search of the Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster, an imaginary 1970’s cocktail from space.” A delightfully thorough look at bars then and now.

This Coconut Cake Is Better Than Your Grandmother’s Recipe | MUNCHIES.

Pulled Pork and Cornbread Make This Slow-Cooker Chili a New Favorite | Serious Eats.

ChefSteps Guide to Pike Place Market – Eater Seattle.

The Cool Way to Brew Good Coffee – The Awl. Oh gosh I had nearly forgotten about Clover machines! Anyhow, this is a good history of coffee hype from pre-aughts to now. Via Kottke.

The Food Lab: Introducing Vegetables Wellington, the Plant-Based Vegan Roast Even Meat Eaters Will Want | Serious Eats.

IDEAS IN FOOD: Sandy (Pretzel) Sticks.

Lumberjack cake: tartan batter? / Boing Boing. This is neato.

15 Edible Cocktail Garnishes to Snack on During Happy Hour | Brit + Co. Some good ideas in here, I like the pretzel stick as an option.

A Cadbury Creme Egg Cafe is Coming to London | Nerdist.

The Crazy History Of Your Cocktail Cherry – The Daily Beast. I got to watch as Scott discovered the superiority of Luxardo cherries this year.

The Best No-Carb Cloud Rosemary Bread with only 4 Ingredients. While I’m not looking for a no-carb thing, these do look good as a party appetizer for my celiac friends.

spaghetti pie with pecorino and black pepper | smitten kitchen. This is perfection.

Smoke Signals – Bon Appétit. All about Tara Jenson and her amazing pies and loaves of bread.

A Dozen Rose Cupcakes | Sprinkle Bakes. A cookie cutter that makes creating a sugar rose more like assembling a paper flower, very clever.

The Ringer Cast Iron Cleaner | Cool Tools. It’s a square of chain mail!

Play Food « bakerella.com. I’m bookmarking this because the recipe doesn’t need to be chilled before rolling, but also because the tiny cookies are absolutely adorable.

Make Matchstick Cookies This Valentine’s Day | The Etsy Blog.

Valentine’s Magic Heart Dessert – HowToCookThat. A hidden heart in the lid, really clever. Does anybody know where this idea originated?

· comments [2] · 02-9-2016 · categories:food · links ·

links: misc

David Chang Calls Out Starbucks. As somebody whose edible creations have become popular, used for marketing for large companies and sold in major stores without even so much as credit I can feel this pain.

Happy 20th Birthday To This American Life, Which Is Way Darker Than You Think. Via The Morning News.

The clog post — Medium. “I’ve fallen off sidewalks from Brooklyn to San Francisco, disappearing mid-sentence wherever I go.” One of my internet Old Ones is posting on Medium every day through December and it’s making me giddy.

Hatton Garden robbery drill-hole necklace | The Guardian. A fine pendant in the shape of the hole drilled to pull off a multi million pound heist in London.

Establishing a Peace Accord Between Parents and Their Childless Friends – The Everywhereist.

The 24 Most Insane Theories About Who Rey’s Parents Are. #24 is the author’s crazy theory and it’s awesome.

Hired Hand — The California Sunday Magazine. Via The Morning News.

· comments [2] · 02-4-2016 · categories:links · misc ·

links: technology

When Two Best Friends Make Video Games (And Only One Sells). A good examination of what’s going on in the indie market.

Beyond ‘Serial': The 50 Best Podcast Episodes of 2015 – The Atlantic. See also: additional 10 Great Podcast Episodes from 2015 from Matt Thompson.

Waiting for Serial? Try Some of These, Our Favorite Podcasts | WIRED.

Nathan Grayson’s Top 10 Games Of 2015.

Take a Video Crash Course in Beginner Electronics, at Make.

Data Atsume. Tons of data for the Neko Atsume game on what to use to attract the rare cats and get the greatest fish return. Via Waxy.

Stick a pin in it! — Postlight Posts — Medium. The Pinterest Chrome plug-in is taking over your website, but only the users can see it so you might not know. If you manage a website you should know this is going on, and they offer code to stop it.

Steam VR Stealth Game Looks Like A More Violent Portal, at Kotaku. I got to try the Vive last year and part of that was a Portal demo. Scott and I spent some time wondering how you’d make a Portal game for the Vive played at home and our theories were a lot like the way this game is described.

· comments [0] · 01-18-2016 · categories:links · technology ·

links: misc

Don’t freak out, but scientists think octopuses ‘might be aliens’ after DNA study | Irish Examiner.

A 3D-Printed Chess Set Made of Pieces That Are Individual Mini Planters, at Laughing Squid. This is pretty darn charming.

Alison Bechdel Would Like You to Call It the “Bechdel-Wallace Test,” | The Mary Sue. This comes from an interview with Alison Bechdel on Fresh Air.

Emily V. Gordon’s book Super You is available for preorder! She is a hero of mine and I’m so looking forward to her book.

Disney’s Artemis Fowl adaptation moving forward with Kenneth Branagh · Newswire · The A.V. Club. The Artemis Fowl books are great because of the secret code running along the pages, but I listened to the audiobooks and was impressed with how cinematic they were. I like the names attached to this movie so here is to hoping it’s great.

The 100 TV Dramas Everyone Should Watch — Vulture. I love that all the Bryan Fuller shows are high on this list. On Dead Like Me: “it’s one of very few coming-of-age stories about a girl that isn’t a story about falling in love.” Yes.

Here’s what one year in space does to your body | The Verge. “Your feces will not be shooting stars.”

The Problem With Trillian: Hitchhiker’s Guide and Me – The Toast.

Jerry the Bear – Off Topic – Cooking For Engineers. A plush bear that teaches kids how to manage their own chronic health conditions by caring for Jerry the Bear. This looks pretty amazing.

Remove Odors from Your Entire Home by Simmering Vinegar, at Life Hacker.

The One Podcast to Start With, Across 24 Topics — Vulture.

VR Interface Design Pre-Visualisation Methods on Vimeo on Vimeo.

Music to Sleep By – The New Yorker. “The composer Max Richter has written an eight-hour-long piece that he hopes listeners will sleep through.” I lived in a noisy apartment in college and would put on an album by The October Project. Training myself that way was incredibly effective, I still get heavily drowsy at the second song on that record.

Ermahgerddon: The Untold Story of the Ermahgerd Girl | Vanity Fair. I dig meme origin stories.

SunsetWx. A sunset quality predictor, via Kottke.

· comments [8] · 11-30-2015 · categories:links · misc ·

links: technology

The next game from the creators of Monument Valley is going to be a virtual reality experience, at Kotaku. I’m getting excited about VR.

Sorry Ello, the Real Anti-Facebook Is Good Old Email | WIRED. They call out the old fashioned newsletter, specifically Tiny Letter, here and I have to agree — I’ve signed up for a few newsletters in the past months and it’s like getting my journal-blog days back.

TouchArcade Game of the Week: ‘Dust: An Elysian Tail’ | TouchArcade.

Little Inferno creator’s new game is about programming people | Polygon. Tablet version coming soon. Yes!

The 50 Best Free Games On PC | Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Knytt is in the top ten!

Cool Tools – The Best Factual Podcasts.

At last, a handy storage solution for your phone! | Sugru. Easy, cheap, removable DIY for an iPhone holder, awesome. Via Swissmiss.

· comments [0] · 11-3-2015 · categories:links · technology ·

links: food

Ovenly’s Gluten-Free Salted Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe | MUNCHIES. There is no flour of any kind in these and I must try them.

maple-candied bacon – The Clever Carrot. It’s so beautiful. Via The Wirecutter.

DIY Gelatin Confetti Sprinkles | Sprinkle Bakes.

A Chocoholic’s Dream – Seven Different Kinds of Chocolate in One Wonderous Bar | Nerdist. They are only making 50 of these. I think it’s time for a DIY right here.

Geeky cake pan will turn you into a Mother of Dragons – CNET.

How to Make Rainbow Unicorn Piñata Cookies That Poop Star Sprinkles at Laughing Squid. This is a very smart mashing together of geeky/crafty worlds.

Adorable and Edible Panda Tapioca Milk Tea | Nerdist.

How to Line a Baking Pan with Aluminum Foil | David Lebovitz. Clever!

Easter Eggs! | Flickr – Jen Cooper. Chocolate Faberge! These are fantastic.

Orangette: June 26. Delicious watermelon popsicles.

A Quick Way to Make an Oreo Ice Cream Sandwich, at Laughing Squid. Simple and smart.

IDEAS IN FOOD: Rice Krispy Treat Lace Cookies.

HOW TO MAKE CRUFFIN WITH PASTA MACHINE | Lady and Pups – an angry food blog. I’ve made a few attempts at this an my results have been varied, it’s fun to eat the failures though.

This Waffle Recipe Will Change Brunch Forever – Eater.

Roasted Cabbage Wedges Recipe | Martha Stewart.

Yogurt Worth Waiting For – Edible Seattle. On how the best yogurt in Seattle came to be.

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links: technology

A primer and FAQ for Ingress, Google’s odd/awesome mobile game | ITworld. Via How Ingress, Google’s Real-World Smartphone Game, Got Me Out of My Shell, at Lifehacker.

A brief history of yarn in video games – Boing Boing.

Portal Stories: Mel Released Free On Steam | Rock, Paper, Shotgun.

The first episode of King’s Quest, A Knight to Remember, arrives July 28 | Polygon.

Royal with cheese: A King’s Quest primer | Polygon. We weren’t allowed to have a console as kids (I had to sneak in Mario time at a friend’s house) but we did have a PC so I grew up playing King’s Quest and Space Quest games. Me and Sierra were besties.

‘Blossom Tales’ is “A delightful mix of ‘Zelda’ and Princess Bride,” Coming this Winter | TouchArcade.

Fantastic Contraption for the Vive. 3D in VR. Wowzers. Via belong.io.

Whispering Willows Review: Riddles in the Dark – Gamezebo.

Gamasutra – Game Design Essentials: 20 Open World Games.

Your Super Mario Maker level has no chill – Offworld.

games « Indie Fund. This is a note to myself to check out more of the games that Indie Fund has supported.

· comments [0] · 09-15-2015 · categories:links · technology ·

links: drink

Manhattan Drink Recipe – How to Make a Manhattan, at Esquire. Lately I’ve been loving the drink histories and variations offered by Esquire. See also: the Old Fashioned, Daquari, and the Martini.

How to Have Your Drink and Drink It, Too | A Cup of Jo. On session beers and session cocktails for lazy summer afternoons.

Hazy Whiskey Cocktail – Gather Journal. Using smoke created by lighting cinnamon and cloves.

Cocktail IN an Ice Sphere | Molecular Recipes.

Meet the Flower That Naturally Colors Drinks Blue – Eater.

Ginger Beer Business Is Booming in Seattle | Seattle Bars | Seattle Met.

A Menu of Gin Tonics & A Feast For Juniper at Cask Strength. This is how other countries do gin and tonics right.

Make Perfectly Clear Ice Balls Using Insulated Mugs – Alcademics.com. I found this on Facebook somewhere, if it was you let me know!

Welcome to Booze Science, Our Drunkest Video Series Ever | WIRED. The first video is about ice and dilution with Jennifer Colliau of the Interval at The Long Now who shows off some ice with less surface area than an ice sphere. Yup.

Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur Cocktails | Chilled magazine. The first cocktail here looks great, it includes Lillet Rouge and Hendricks.

We Experimented With Powdered Alcohol So You Don’t Have To | WIRED.

Jim Meehan’s Cocktail Primer: Terminology, Essential Equipment and Recommended Reading | Food & Wine. I added one kind of shaker and two types of ice after reading this, a concise breakdown of the how/why of cocktailing.

The Only Reason Why Your Scotch Doesn’t Taste Like Meat And Bad Eggs, at io9.

Spiked Watermelon Popsicles – Lulus.com Fashion Blog. Clever and easy.

Ardbeg’s space whisky tastes “noticeably different” from Earth-matured whisky | Ars Technica. It spent three years ageing on the ISS.

Club-Mate: The Favorite Drink of German Hackers and Club Kids Is Here – Eater.

The Delicious Secret Behind Your Favorite Whiskey: The Best Spirits from MGP | Serious Eats. Your small batch artisanal spirit might come from a huge warehouse, but that doesn’t mean it tastes bad. While I’d love to say that small batch is always better there is a growing distillery business in Seattle and I’ve had plenty of bad whiskeys from them.

· comments [1] · 09-8-2015 · categories:drink · food · links ·

links: food

Jamie Oliver’s Chicken in Milk Is Probably the Best Chicken Recipe of All Time — Recipe Review | The Kitchn. I will be trying this soon.

How to Make a Pizza Decorated to Look Like Captain America’s Shield at Laughing Squid.

Compact Charcoal Grills — Shoebox Dwelling.

crunchy cabbage salad with spicy peanut dressing | Scaling Back. Yum, via Whoorl.

How to Cook Spanish-Style Pimientos de Padrón | Serious Eats. I’m excited for Padron pepper season to return.

Genius Kale Salad Recipe – 101 Cookbooks.

Heirloom Seeds – Vegetable Seeds and Plants, Melon, Charentais. This is a note to myself to plant these in our garden next year. We had one of these melons from a local market and it was absolutely delicious. Wait, maybe it was the Vedrantais. In any case, it’s worth seeking out.

Roasted Broccoli Rabe with Lemon Vinaigrette and Grilled Chicken – Not Without Salt. After a trip to Vegas we had a few weeks of dinners with lots of deep greens, this option looks delicious.

10 Easy Molecular Gastronomy Recipes :: Paste.

19 Easy, Travel-Friendly Bean and Grain Salad Recipes We Love | Serious Eats.

Discovering The Small Miracle Of The Soup Dumpling | KUNC. I think the first time I heard about soup dumplings it was from Megnut and since then I moved to Seattle and Din Tai Fung has two (always packed) restaurants here. My favorite, though are at Long’s in Vancouver, BC. More tasting needs to be done!

The Food Lab: The Best Way To Grill Sausages | Serious Eats.

Chopped Asian Zucchini Salad – iFOODreal | Delicious Clean Eating Recipes.

French Mushroom Lentil Paté – Vegetarian Foie Gras, at David Lebovitz.

15 Homemade Fast Food and Takeout Favorites (That Are at Least as Good as the Originals) | Serious Eats. Shamrock Shake! Also, beef and broccoli and a Double Double Animal Style.

takeout-style sesame noodles with cucumber | smitten kitchen.

· comments [6] · 08-18-2015 · categories:food · links ·