Lately tiny cheeses have been making me happy as an inexpensive and low commitment indulgence. My friend Leslie introduced me to the concept of tiny cheese, which are the smaller odd bits and ends of cheese left over when a grocery store has portioned out and packaged chunks off of a larger wheel. There is usually a small basket of cheese ends tucked in the display case, most for $1 or $2. These tiny cheeses had always been there in grocery stores but for some reason I had never noticed them, so thank you Leslie! Just in case you overlook them too consider this a gentle nudge to have a peek next time you pass them. This past summer the tiny cheeses have provided me with timely moments of fresh mozzarella, queso fresco to accompany a few grilled peppers for dinner, parmesan when I only needed a small portion as I’d be leaving on a trip in a few days. You get the idea, tiny cheeses are great.
This small collection of cheese cost me under $7 and include:
· comments  · 10-28-2014 · categories:uncategorized ·
The Very Worst Video Game Ever Made – Gamefilter. Desert Bus is released for iPhone and iPad and Android. Yessss!
The Eye-Fi mobi card is the real deal | A Whole Lotta Nothing.
New study says more adult women play video games than teenage boys · Newswire · The A.V. Club. “Before anyone pins this on Kim Kardashian: Hollywood or whatever, the study also says the average adult woman has played games for 13 years”.
· comments  · 10-22-2014 · categories:links · technology ·
Behind the Scenes at America’s Largest Contiguous Hop Farm | Serious Eats. I had this same learning experience when I attended Hop Academy two years ago.
The Amazing, Original Green Building Is Soon to Be Vacated by the Original Timber Company | Slog. You can see this building while driving on I-5 and it’s amazing even from a distance.
The Heron and the Snake | BirdNote. This was a very unusual Bird Note, and basically the audio version of that Never Give Up frog vs. heron poster.
Part 1: I cheated on my girlfriend of 8 months. At Do You Think You’re Pretty? the blog of Emily V. Gordon who I hereby nominate as the best councilor for us all. Between telling this guy what he needs to hear I also love this: “No love, no matter how great or small, benefits from being overly romanticized. It makes us forget that we’re actually just two people who decided they dug each other.”
Everyone In Hollywood Has This Hairstyle at Refinery 29. Next time I head to get my haircut I’m just going to pull a bunch of these images as examples for what I want.
A tiny gathering of artists has become the most interesting weekend in tech | The Verge.
The narrative lottery at XOXO – Boing Boing.
The XOXO Festival and the fierce urgency of nice — The Message — Medium.
· comments  · 10-9-2014 · categories:links · misc ·
· comments  · 10-7-2014 · categories:food · links ·
Hitchhiker’s Guide | The Planning Committee. What it looks like from the tallest peak in Wales, I’m adding this to my list of stuff to do when we go back.
Chef Jonathon Sawyer’s Guide to Eating in Cleveland | Serious Eats. I grew up in Cleveland but it’s changed so much that next time we return for a visit it’ll be like discovering a new city.
Anthony Bourdain How to Travel – Anthony Bourdain on How to Fly – Esquire. Via Kottke.
Italy 2014 – August 25th to September 4th. At Other Hand, some great suggestions for markets, gelato and lesser known spots to visit.
DIG IT | Getting Lost Inside The Elizabethan Hedge Labyrinth Out At VanDusen Gardens : Scout Magazine. I’m going to make it to this Vancouver, BC hedge maze soon.
· comments  · 10-1-2014 · categories:links · travel ·
I have a few basic requirements for a rain coat – something that doesn’t scream “I also hike in this”, something that will survive being repeatedly crammed in a bag, and something that fits my petite frame. I also have a few more personal requirements: no wool (I’m allergic) and no extraneous buckles/straps/flaps that I will only manage to catch on everything. This combination of things were surprisingly difficult to find for a while and at one point I ordered ten possible coats online and tried them on one after another at home. Some were too fussy, too heavy, too narrow in the hips and some were terribly tight up under the arms (what’s up with that Michael Kors?). At the time I overlooked the coat I’m about to tell you about because honestly, the photos online make it look more shiny and flimsy than it is in person and they never seem to have it in the stores to check out in person.
The Eddie Bauer Girl on the Go® Trench Coat and Girl On The Go® Insulated Trench Coat filled the raincoat shaped hole in my life. I brought the insulated version with me on a trip to the UK in Oct. and Nov. of last year and I was never cold or wet, the coat could be crammed into my suitcase and emerge looking just fine and I like to think I didn’t stick out too much as a tourist.
The petite size manages to give me some shape and, miraculously, still fits over my not insignificant hips when I’m wearing my bulkiest sweater. I have both the regular and insulted version of the coat. The insulated liner has full sleeves, buttons out when you don’t need it and is surprisingly warm — in fact I was too warm when descending to Tube stations in London. (So, this could be a downside if you live in a city with a subway.) The only difference between the regular and insulated versions is that the waist is cut in a bit tighter in the regular version and it’s more flattering. Which is why I kept both versions. Because vanity. These coats are perfect for the Seattle climate and they both get a lot of use throughout the year so I have no regrets. I have the coat in black but the putty color, shown above, was tempting.
Things that are not so great:
- it is all synthetic fabrics so it does make scratchy/swishy noises when you move, it doesn’t bother me (crinkle noises are insignificant when rain is pelting the side of your head) but I’ve known a few people for whom this is a peeve so I’ll mention it
- the hood detaches but it doesn’t tuck into the collar so you just have to keep track of it
Things that are great:
- interior chest pocket that will hold an iPhone, the pocket sits low enough so that it hits, thankfully, underneath my boob
- hood cinches down
- no velcro
- zips from the bottom as well as the top
- snaps shut as well for those times when you’re just popping out to grab the mail and don’t want to fuss with zippers
- can be balled up and shoved in a bag and won’t wrinkle
- without the insulated liner the coat is surprisingly lightweight so it’s not too much trouble to carry with you shoved in your bag for the day
- the petite size fits a petite (but not necessarily skinny) frame well with room for a warm sweater
I will also point to the MacKenzie Trench Coat, shown above right. It’s a little less sporty looking with a matte fabric and empire waist and comes in a nice dark gray. Ultimately I valued the longer length of the Girl On The Go coat but nearly fell for the MacKenzie.
Both of these coats are on sale right now so if you’re looking for a raincoat I can recommend giving them a try.
· comments  · 09-25-2014 · categories:uncategorized ·
DIY Kits | Haptic Lab. These are city map prints that you use to create your own small quilt. I LOVE this. These are also available from Purl Soho.
Molly’s Sketchbook: Breezy Friendship Bracelets – The Purl Bee. So easy and colorful. I’m late to the friendship bracelet renewal thing, I know. See also: Cashmere + Neon Friendship Bracelets.
Cool Tools – Rapid Heat Ceramic Glue Gun. “It’s better than guns costing 5 times as much.”
5 Small & Simple Leather DIYs | Apartment Therapy.
· comments  · 09-24-2014 · categories:craft · links ·
“What would happen if a whale suddenly appeared in the sky and then plunged down into a South American town.” at the Ninth Letter Arts & Literary Journal. Via The Morning News. No mention of a bowl of petunias.
Bone Records – Mighty Girl. Oh wow, people in the Soviet Union listened to banned music made using records created from repurposed the vinyl in old x-rays.
Damn, Gina, It’s never not a good time to read Wikipedia’s Bog Bodies at Damn, Gina. We saw a few of these at National Museum of Ireland in Dublin. Go and read about how they were found and try not to think about it next time you are enjoying your Scotch.
Harvesting Free Food at Seattle’s Beacon Food Forest | Garlic Gulch. This is in my neighborhood!
Recasting Gilmore Girls for the Highly Anticipated, Hypothetical Movie, at Gawker. I was pretty worried about what recasting choices people might expect but this article makes some solid points. Via Making It Lovely.
Cool Tools – Hugo’s Amazing Tape. It only sticks to itself.
Five Things You Didn’t Know About The Red Carpet – A Practical Wedding. Meg’s writeup about what it’s really like on the red carpet is a whole lot of fun.
nateswinehart: Being good to each other is so important, guys. This is so true, and so funny, and true again.
48 Unexpected Views Of Famous Historic Moments. These are really amazing. Via Girls of a Certain Age.
· comments  · 09-10-2014 · categories:links · misc ·
Cool Tools – UpLift Electric Sit-Stand Desk Base. I need to start standing while I work as well, enough with my swivel chair.
Little Green Notebook: Making a Wall Mural. Great big color mural here and the source, Wizard Prints.
How To Use IKEA Trones Storage Boxes in Every Room of the House | Apartment Therapy. We use three of these as recycling bins and they are great – large enough to hold a gallon size container or a newspaper, shallow enough to fit in our limited space and they disappear on the wall.
How to Make Gold Leaf Wall Art | Brit + Co.
· comments  · 09-4-2014 · categories:links · the home ·
The Best Sweet Use for Your Smoker? Smoked Ice Cream | Serious Eats.
What We Really Taste When We Drink Wine : The New Yorker. “Do we actually want to eliminate expectation and create an experience of tasting that approximates blindness? Galloni doesn’t think so. Having spent a big part of his career as a critic in blind tastings, he now fully embraces context as one of the major parts of his enjoyment of and appreciation for wine.”
ciao samin: All I Want to Eat. Cold dressings for cold foods.
Where to Eat Outdoors in Seattle, 2014 Edition | Serious Eats.
The best beer in baseball – Washington Post. “Seattle sells beers from 20 breweries based in the state of Washington, the highest number of in-state offerings in Major League Baseball.” Via Metafilter.
Cheesy Stuffed Poblanos | How Sweet It Is.
The Complete Guide to Burger Blends | FirstWeFeast.com. Via Kottke.
Muhammara Recipe – 101 Cookbooks. “It’s a traditional red pepper spread originating from Syria made with a beguiling blend of red peppers, walnuts, olive oil, pomegranate molasses”. Yum.
How to Make Pocky at Home at Food 52. Via Craftzine.
· comments  · 08-28-2014 · categories:food · links ·
Find a Nail Polish That Lasts – Consumer Reports News. Their most recommended is a $2 bottle of polish! It’s Sinful Colors brand, which I’ve been using for my toenails for a few years now. I’m stupidly thrilled to be validated for my frugality here. Via Super Punch.
Made in America: The Girls of a Certain Age. I had no idea some of these brands are made in the USA, this is a good list to keep in mind.
Rich People Gotta Upholster Too | dooce®. Sarah Brown on Restoration Hardware then and now. I second this.
I Have Been Waiting My Whole Life For This Butter Knife at The Frisky. That is indeed a very clever butter knife.
· comments  · 08-21-2014 · categories:links · shopping ·
The Best USB Battery Pack for Travel | The Wirecutter. Only $40, nice.
Meet the game that shows us the future of storytelling — The Message — Medium. Robin Sloan suggests how to play Gone Home for non-gamers and goes into why this is a form of video game that is worth paying attention to. Via Waxy.
10 Years, 10 Great Games: Jessica’s picks | Joystiq.
The secret of Minecraft — The Message — Medium. A very good perspective on what Minecraft is an exactly why it matters.
$7 Portal Mod Has Fans Riled Up | Game|Life | WIRED.
Cool Tools – Panda Ultra Wifi 1540Mbps Wireless N 2.4Ghz Adapter. A teeny tiny adapter that can work as an access point at those hotels that offer you wifi for one device. Nice.
The last of the great Twitter apps at Kottke. I’m looking at #2 on the list here, TweetBe.at, which makes it much easier to sort and edit Twitter lists. I’ve recently been asking friends about why they prefer to communicate with Facebook or Twitter and the Facebook people site overload on Twitter with Twitter list making is too time consuming to use properly. It is indeed a pain and it used to be much easier.
· comments  · 07-29-2014 · categories:links · technology ·
Padrón peppers are delicious and they are also like a little game of surprise – most of these are mild but ever fifth one is hot. This can be especially amusing if somebody at your dinner is likely to break out into hiccups when they bite into a spicy pepper. (Ahem, Scott!)
Traditionally these are fried in a skillet but we find them just as delicious when tossed with a little olive oil and grilled. Add some good salt to finish and that’s all you need. They practically melt in your mouth, yum. If you have not encountered these yet, I somehow got to adulthood without being introduced, I recommend you seek some out soon.
A shout out to Maggi who introduced me to these a few years back! Also Shishito peppers are similar, every tenth one is hot.
· comments  · 07-8-2014 · categories:food ·
Happy almost Independence Day! A few of the links below are Fourth of July themed, the rest are yummy:
What to Drink on July 4th | Serious Eats. Mostly I’m eyeing the Campari-laced version of the Starfruit Sangria here, the slice of starfruit is such a simple decoration for the Fourth.
The Scientific Way to Cut a Cake – YouTube. By Numberphile. A very clever way to slice a round cake so that you can keep it as fresh as possible day after day, and the suggestion is from 1906! Via The Morning News.
Sprinkle Bakes: Crème Brûlée Filled Strawberries. So tiny and so fancy.
Southwestern Coleslaw Recipe | Simply Recipes. We’ve been making this a lot lately, it’s tasty and very simple to make if you have a food processor with the shredding attachments. Also, this is a very simple vinegar and olive oil dressing for those of you who like a more simple cole slaw.
Smoky and Spicy Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Kebabs | Serious Eats. If you can remember to make them early enough to allow for the time to marinate them these are easy and really delicious.
See also: Marinades for Chicken | Ask MetaFilter. Lots of great suggestions and regional options I’d never heard of.
· comments  · 07-3-2014 · categories:food · links ·
Monument Valley: new levels on the way | Polygon. Yes!
Tales From The Borderlands nets a nerdy voice cast | Joystiq. I’m pretty darn excited for this game to come out.
Oculus Game Lucky’s Tale Will Blow Your Mind | Game|Life | WIRED. I want to play this.
Ask a Game Dev — Why are so many people demanding AAA titles to be all feminist and stuff when women don’t even buy those games?. There are twice as many gamers who are female and over the age of 31 than there are male under the age of 18, so guess who is spending money on games. Via Andrea Phillips.
How to Make a Light-Up Father’s Day Card | Brit + Co.
Montreal-style bagel – Wikipedia. NOTE: “Montreal-style bagels are currently the only style of bagel to have ventured into space.” Via a discussion with friends.
RINGLY | Smart Jewelry and Accessories. A ring that is connected to your phone and has several vibration patterns and colored lights for different notifications – email, text, Uber arriving. Interesting! Via SwissMiss.
Ravelry and knitting: Why Facebook can’t match the social network for knitters at Slate. I’ve been telling people for years that Ravelry should be studied as the example of an ideal social networking site.
· comments  · 06-16-2014 · categories:links · technology ·