Not Martha

links: shopping

Side sleepers: give your pillow reviews. | Ask MetaFilter. Recommendations for firm pillows that aren’t necessarily the too-warm memory foam sort.

Cool Tools – Trauma Shears. Strong enough to cut through a penny, these look great for crafters to have around.

I want the absolute best, most bombproof compact umbrella available. | Ask MetaFilter. This is a timely question for me, we managed to misplace all of our umbrellas this year.

The Best Pen | The Wirecutter. My favorite pen was given out as a freebie at a conference I attended earlier this year and I have no idea what sort it was other than it was branded Bic. None of the Wirecutter favorites are the one I love so my search goes on. This Wirecutter post shows that there are a surprising number websites dedicated to reviews of pens.

Haute High Tech: 20 Must-Have Pieces of 3D Printed Jewelry | Brit + Co..

· comments [10] · 01-23-2014 · categories:links · shopping ·

links: the home

Gold Leaf Lampshade | MAKE.

Light it Up! | Manhattan Nest. The recommendation for good, dimmable, not ugly CFL here is good to keep around.

You’ll Never Guess What We Used to Make This Colorful File Organizer | Brit + Co. Spoiler: they used Plasti Dip, which I’ve attempted to find in stores before but failed. I’ll have to try again, I have something in mind.

How To: Make a DIY Hanging Glass Bottle Vase » Curbly | DIY Design Community.

How To: Make a Super Simple DIY Wood Shelving Unit | Man Made DIY.

The Treehouse: Whitewashed Bricks Tutorial, at Design Mom.

DIY Project: Mini Chandelier | Design*Sponge. Simple and modern.

· comments [12] · 01-14-2014 · categories:links · the home ·

links: misc

Er Wang Dong cave in China so huge it has its own weather system | Mail Online. I love caves, it’s been far too long since I’ve been in one.

Three Panel Soul » On Discovery. Yup, that’d be me too.

What things cannot be made by machine? | Ask MetaFilter. “For example knitting can be duplicated by machine, but crocheted items can only be made by hand.” As a knitter who has avoided learning crochet because it seems to involve too much counting and too much paying attention at all times, this comparison is riveting. Will we eventually foil the robot takeover by communicating via crochet and macrame?

Family Outfitted in Awesome ‘Labyrinth’ Costume Ensemble. Via Laughing Squid. This is amazing all around.

Podcast Thing, short interviews with interesting people offering up their favorite podcasts. Via Swissmiss.

Dopp Kit Essentials. “Dopp kits gained their namesake from a German immigrant leatherworker named Charles Doppelt.” Tell me more.

Art of the Shim. Shims are serious, low-alcohol cocktails that are fun and delicious but won’t knock you out with booze. My friend Dinah just happens to be the author of this book and I know for certain that she has great taste in cocktails.

Damn, Gina, dramaticstart: Vacation rentals for viewing The Northern Lights. What?! I am doing this.

Testing 30 Life Hacks We Found on the Internet | Mental Floss. (Video.) I adore how delighted he is when something actually works.

How Has “Bust” Magazine Survived? – The Awl. I’m glad it has.

· comments [4] · 01-9-2014 · categories:links · misc ·

links: food

Cheesy Mashed White Beans With Kale, Parmesan, and a Fried Egg | Serious Eats.

High-Proof Talent – Winter Survival Guide – The Stranger. This tour of Seattle distilleries has me thinking of gathering some friends and seeing if we can pitch in for some dedicated transporation.

Bubble and Sweet: Pinata Smash Cake DIY tutorial. Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a winner.

The Food Lab: The Science of the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies | Serious Eats. J. Kenji López-Alt on all the little things that make up the perfect chocolate chip cookie.

Ask a Cicerone: What’s the Best Way to Learn About Beer? | Serious Eats: Drinks.

Are Din Tai Fung’s Soup Dumplings Worth the Wait? | Serious Eats. They opened their second location here in Seattle and predictably the wait time is immense.

· comments [4] · 01-7-2014 · categories:food · links ·

links: christmas

Merry Christmas everyone! I’m going to take the next week off and I’ll be back after the new year. I hope your holidays are warm and full of cheer and all that stuff.

How To Build An Indestructible Gingerbread House : The Salt : NPR.

Bon Appétempt: Video Attempt: How to Make a Bread Wreath. I love that something goes wrong about 3/4ths of the way through. Exactly like at my place but with far more composure and a whole lot less giving up and ordering pizza.

Orangette: From now on, a good recipe for spiced nuts. It’s not too late to make them for the holidays!

Perfect Party Wine: Sparkling Wine Under $20 | Serious Eats: Drinks.

Hot Ginger Toddy – Not Without Salt. I’ve been trying a few toddy recipes this year and this one is my favorite, I took it to a party and it was a big hit.

· comments [0] · 12-24-2013 · categories:christmas · links ·

links: christmas

defective yeti — The 2013 Good Gift Games Guide.

Savory treats for a holiday cookie plate | Ask MetaFilter “The answer to this is almost always cheese straws.”

Eleven x Seven: Core77′s Ultimate Gift Guide for Designers.

12 Most Surreal Light Installations at Lyon’s Festival of Lights – My Modern Metropolis.

What is your favorite 2013 gift guide? What are the most interesting gift guides from blogs and niche publications? | Ask MetaFilter.

Orangette: Their good work. An excellent set of gift suggestions.

A Present You Need a Crowbar to Open? Behold, Man Crates! | Brit + Co. Ha ha ha, that’s awesome.

The Portland 75 | Serious Eats. It uses Clear Creek Distillery Douglas Fir Eau de Vie, which I have always wanted an excuse to buy.

· comments [2] · 12-17-2013 · categories:christmas · links ·

links: travel

Take A Twilight Tour Of The Tower | Londonist. These tours take place after the crowds are gone and are led by beefeater guides, I really wish we would have been in London late enough to take one of these.

The Kelpies, A Pair of Massive Stainless Steel Horse Head Sculptures in Scotland. We passed these will driving towards Edinburgh during twilight and since we weren’t expecting them it was a bit trippy. They are hugenormous.

“Scalper” ticket source for Stirling Castle Christmas events? | Ask MetaFilter. The advice here would apply to any UK events that you inevitably find out about too late.

Using a prepaid Koodo iPhone SIM in Canada (as a traveling American) | A Whole Lotta Nothing.

· comments [3] · 12-5-2013 · categories:links · travel ·

links: food

chalkboard birthday cake | a subtle revelry. I wish I’d thought of this.

One-Pot Wonders: Spaghetti alla Carbonara with Kale | Serious Eats. The kale negates all the ways this could possibly be bad for you. For real.

What’s the secret to a very fluffy omelette? – eggs | Ask MetaFilter. Really great tips in the answers here.

Diamonds for Dessert: Homemade Celebration Oreos. These are pretty darn cute.

Fresh Ginger Syrup | David Lebovitz. “Although the customers loved it, the reason I later found out why I was going through so much ginger syrup every week was that the staff liked it even more.”

Seattle News and Events | Five Apples to Try This Fall. Five varieties to try and a few suggestions for u-pick places. My friends take an annual trip to Jones Creek.

Help me find the kind of recipe that sticks in your memory for decades. | Ask MetaFilter. Lots of these look good, despite many of them counting as trashy. No mention of a glug of soy sauce over a block of cream cheese as the perfect holiday craker spread yet.

glitter pissing: doctor whoodles for you to scarf down. Dr. Who scarf colored noodles! Genius.

Must-Order Soup Dumplings and Wine Chicken at Long’s Noodle House in Vancouver | Serious Eats. For our next trip up to Canada.

· comments [3] · 12-3-2013 · categories:food · links ·

links: food

Wine Glass Ring Pops Make The World A Better Place, at The Frisky.

The best macaroni and cheese: traditional vs. Modernist at Science Fare. Fun experiment, have a macaroni party and let your diners choose which is better. I gotta try this.

Campari Shandy, by those geniuses behind Essex and Delancey. This is part of a new cocktail column and I bet each and every one will be outstanding. Evidence: The Queen Mary is my very favorite cocktail at Essex and only available when there are ripe tomatoes from their garden. Out of season now but well worth keeping around for late next summer.

Julia Child Was Wrong: Don’t Wash Your Raw Chicken, Folks : The Salt : NPR. “But science, says Quinlan, is really giving the lazy a free pass — nay, an imperative — to cut out this step.” Lazy for the win!!

Food Worth Growing: Mexican Sour Gherkin | You Grow Girl. She calls them “Barbie Doll Watermelons” because they are so very wee.

Best Food Bloggers of All Time | FirstWeFeast.com. I have geeked out over most of these, some of them right to their face (which was awkward, I admit).

Bonavita’s Porcelain Immersion Coffee Dripper: The Best of All Worlds? | Serious Eats: Drinks. I think I need one of these.

Sprinkle Bakes: Raspberry-Champagne Layer Cake with Victorian Cake Pulls. A sweet lesson on cake pulls and how to keep them tidy.

· comments [2] · 11-26-2013 · categories:food · links ·

links: technology

The Ultimate Responsive Web Design Beginners Resource List » Target Local. Via Swissmiss.

Neil Gaiman reveals haunting-puzzler ‘Wayward Manor,’ his first video game | The Verge. (!!!)

Indie game Gentlemen! was bought 144 times, pirated over 50,000 | Joystiq. A few factors that lead to a big number, yikes.

You’re Spending Too Much on Your Gaming PC | Product Reviews | Wired.com.

I Pixel U an iOS app that lets you pixelate photos. At Kottke.

· comments [0] · 11-22-2013 · categories:links · technology ·

links: the home

Housewarming Jar DIY at Oh Happy Day. Our realtor gave us a basket (actually a tool caddy) similar to this filled with tools, picture hooks, cleaning supplies and the like and we used it so much as we moved in and found all our tools packed in a mystery box.

Tips for Furnishing with Floor Models | Making it Lovely. We almost bought a floor model sofa from Crate&Barrel but I had immediate buyers remorse (they were nice enough to cancel). I might someday get up the courage to buy a floor model again.

Dia-monds at Dismount Creative. Diamond light bulbs are a real thing!

How to: Make a DIY Modern Concrete Fire Pit from Scratch | Man Made DIY.

How to Get Your Security Deposit Back: Clean Your Filthy Apartment | The Billfold. Like the person who wrote this I also have gotten every security deposit back. One landlord even said he’d never seen his place so clean. My secrets? #1: It’s much easier to clean once all of your stuff has already been taken out. #2: Wipe down the insides of the washing machine and the dryer.

Cool Tools – Little Giant MegaLite Ladder. We don’t have a ladder yet, largely because we don’t have space to store one. But this? This looks like we could keep it in our tiny shed.

Puxxle: Pixel Puzzle Decals for Your Wall | Brit + Co. You can make your own pixelated art!

DIY Ceiling Medallion, Brick House. Simple and clean.

· comments [1] · 09-26-2013 · categories:links · the home ·

links: craft

MAKE | How-To: Pretty Flower Pom-Poms.

Camp in Your Car with DIY Magnetic Window Screens, at Lifehacker. Clever!

Introducing Purl Soho Video Tutorials! – The Purl Bee. Including two solid decreases (knit 2 together and slip slip knit) that were my way out of knitting rectangles.

Weekend Project: Make a DIY Wooden Crate Magazine Rack | Man Made DIY. We have an old sheet music crate that needs this treatment.

Clay Wishbone DIY, at Oh Happy Day.

· comments [0] · 09-24-2013 · categories:craft · links ·

links: misc

Essex Eating: My guide to eating and drinking in Bristol. Link sent my way by Wai Yee Hong, in Bristol!

Write a Secret Message Outside! | Nicole Balch at Babble.

Secret Fore-Edge Paintings Revealed in Early 19th Century Books at the University of Iowa | Colossal. Via The Stranger. This is amazing, hidden paintings on the edge of pages in a book that can only be seen when the pages are fanned out.

PAX Controversy | Mighty Girl. I’ve read the timeline and the piece in Wired, and this reflection by Maggie, who took the time to try to know the PAX guys better, is very well considered. See also, this long insider view from MC Frontalot.

The Books You Always Recommend Open Thread | CaptainAwkward.com. I need new books to read, this thread is perfect.

Things you might not realize about being in a coma until you’re in one., by Emily V. Gordon.

· comments [1] · 09-18-2013 · categories:links · misc ·

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D.I.-Why?: Emily Matchar on the Allure of the “New Domesticity” | The Hairpin.

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a sequel to Carl Sagan’s Cosmos. Produced by Seth MacFarlane and hosted by Neil DeGrasse Tyson! at Kottke.

Why I’ll Miss Bunheads: Because I’m a Mess, Too | The Hairpin. What she said. I’m going to miss that show a lot, maybe even more than Gilmore Girls.

Luxe by MOO | Premium Business Cards. These look really nice, and really affordable. The example cards they show off are funny!

THL Talks: Tim Gunn on Why the Future is 3D Printed AND Handmade | The High Low.

Make my own deodorant? Check. | FreeTime, Ltd. A maker approved, DIY totally irritant-free deodorant. I’ve been having strange reactions to antiperspirants and the most basic and natural of deodorants lately (lucky me) so I’m going to try this. Via Mighty Girl’s round up of You Made This on Go Mighty.

· comments [3] · 08-22-2013 · categories:links · misc ·

links: food

Princess castle from frozen raspberries and yogurt – Kiddie Foodies. This is utterly charming, and made simply using an ice mold. Via Edible Crafts.

Beautiful 3D Printed Objects Made of Sugar by the Sugar Lab | Colossal.

Roasted Zucchini-Chickpea Dip with Za’atar | Serious Eats.

Cronut Recipe | The Daily Meal. You know you want to try it, you don’t have to tell anybody. I like this version that is like the Morning Bun made love to the Cronut. Like a Cronutbun.

Ultra-Creamy Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna | Serious Eats. I have a sudden urge to make lasagna, apparently.

G0ive me your recipes for hole-in-the-wall Chinese food that I can make at home. | Ask MetaFilter.

The Kitchy Kitchen: Puff Pastry Donuts with Cinnamon Sugar and Maple Glaze. Inspired by the cronut, but made with readymade puff pastry. Lazy-ish baking, very smart.

swissmiss | Bnto Canning Jar. An insert for canning jars that puts a little container for salad dressing/peanut butter/yogurt at the top of the jar. Neat.

Grilling: Cremini Mushrooms Stuffed with Basil- and Parmesan-Mayo | Serious Eats.

Cocktail Science: All About Foams | Serious Eats.

· comments [0] · 08-12-2013 · categories:food · links ·