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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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links: misc

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.

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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.

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links: food

Mini Sugar Skulls That Double as Sugar Cubes, at Laughing Squid. Cute and so very creepy.

The Food Lab: 7 Old Wives’ Tales About Cooking Steak That Need To Go Away | Serious Eats. The searing tip (cook over low heat, sear last) is alone worth reading this.

Jeffrey Morgenthaler » How To Make Your Own Ginger Beer. Via @voraciousgirl.

How to: Make Your Own DIY Smoked Cocktails | Man Made DIY.

Nora Ephron’s favorite cookie comes from Seattle | Seattle Times. Recipe from Tom Douglas.

Satan’s Circus Recipe: Bon Appétit. Via Orangette.

Naan | eCurry – The Recipe Blog. See also How to sort of make naan at home at Serious Eats. I’m hoping to make naan as good as what we get at Poppy here in Seattle.

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links: misc

About an hour of Christian Marclay’s The Clock at Kottke.

The Story Behind the Lacoste Crocodile Shirt | Threaded.

The Maze. A mysterious choose your own adventure puzzle thingy.

Text to Morse code convertor. You never know when you’ll need it.

Sir Realism – Soul Searchin’. An indie game I really must finish someday soon, very clever idea. From a previous year’s Ludlum Dare.

Conjuring – Futility Closet. This card trick isn’t an illusion, but it’s really neat to do over and over to prove it true.

Checklist | Get Your Shit Together. A straightforward and very helpful guide to how to prepare your shit (wills, passwords, bank accounts, life insurance) just in case.

What TV show should I watch next? | Ask MetaFilter.

The Technium: The Clock in the Mountain. All about the Long Now foundation’s clock.

Amazon.com: PocketToolX Mako Titanium Bike Tool. This looks useful, and tiny.

Robbed! by Megan Seling – The Stranger. How bands and individuals can insure their instruments, and plenty of devastating examples as to why you should do this right away.

Giant Colin Firth Terrorizes London – The Atlantic Wire. I must see this for myself.

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links: technology

Inside Digg’s Race to Build the New Google Reader | Gadget Lab | Wired.com. Also see Feedly Cloud, with an all-web interface. Both via Waxy.

The Shapes of CSS. How to use CSS to create basic and not so basic shapes.

How To Create Vibrant Color Photographs – A Beautiful Mess.

Good resources to learn current HTML and CSS for web design? Especially looking for best practices for creating blog websites for modern browsers and devices. | Ask MetaFilter.

Ipad puzzle games | Ask MetaFilter. Great suggestions here.

The HTML Editor – Your best Web design friend | CoffeeCup Software. Anybody used this? Do you like it? I’m still looking for an HTML editor that will be as easy to use as Homesite.

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links: craft

DIY // Waterproof paper coasters (and other paper pretties). The Dimensional Magic she uses here is a new to me product but looks handy, and easy to use.

DIY Giant Crepe Paper Roses | Studio DIY. These are supersized but don’t lose any of their sweetness.

Gold Leaf iPhone Cases DIY at Oh Happy Day. Love these.

A Round Up of Knitting Tutorials at Juniper Moon Fiber Farm. There is a flat seaming tutorial in there that I’d like to learn, my own seams in handknitting are bulky and they make me sad.

DIY // Upcycle any bag with leather straps. What a simple and impressive touch.

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