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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 ·

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  • 1 Anna // Jan 10, 2014 at 10:27 am

    I find crochet to be so much easier than knitting. And less stressful. And more tactile. I really struggled to learn how to knit when I was a kid but crochet made a lot of sense to me. One thing about the counting, it’s tons easier to see stitches in crochet vs knitting, which makes keeping track a breeze.

  • 2 megan // Jan 10, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Anna – good to know! I’m very intimidated by crochet. I think something about how knitting looks like pixels and I can figure out what is going on but crochet looks like tangled sound waves. I’ll take the next opportunity to learn. I’m curious what sort of 3D shapes crochet can produce that are sturdier than their knit counterparts!

  • 3 Jen // Jan 13, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    I feel vindicated that mentalfloss declared the “spoon on the pot for preventing boil overs” thing a fail, but I object to them failing the fitted sheet and cherry tomato cutting trick.

    I was taught to fold sheets that was as a kid, and of course it works if you put a little effort. The tomato thing I learned from the internet, and indeed, it also works. By work, I mean it is way more efficient that cutting them individually, but it does take a tiny bit of skill just like freehand splitting cake layers does. Helps to choose approximately equal sized tomatos.

  • 4 megan // Jan 14, 2014 at 1:01 am

    Jen – I’ll have to try the cherry tomato thing, I suspect it will pose less risk to me of slicing off a fingerprint. As for folding fitted sheets, I know the theory but I always get frustrated at their inability to behave. I think it has a lot to do with the diagonal warp of the inexpensive cotton sheets I buy :)

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