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Yes, Randi Zuckerberg, Please Lecture Us About `Human Decency'
Interwebs drama of the day: Randi Zuckerberg, sister of Mark Zuckerberg, threw a fit when someone tweeted a copy of a Zuckerberg family photo (see above) that Randi herself had posted to Facebook, the confusing-to-use social Web site created by her strange, reclusive brother. Randi was furious because she wanted the photo to be seen only by her friends, but someone who is friends with Randi's
Google once again extends free Gmail domestic voice calls in the US and Canada
If you were worried that the free domestic voice calls Google has offered through Gmail in the US and Canada were going to go away when 2012 ends, fear not — the company has just announced that its free calling offer will be extended through the end of 2013. Google started offering this feature back in August of 2010, and quickly extended it through 2011 and then again for 2012. We
Google Extends Free Gmail Voice Calls In The U.S. And Canada Through 2013
This is becoming somewhat of a holiday tradition for Google: the company just announced that it is extending it free domestic calls from Gmail in the U.S. and Canada for yet another year. Just like at the end of 2011 and 2010, Google today said that Gmail users will once again get one more year of free voice calls from the Gmail chat widget. It’s interesting that Google continues to extend this se
Why we love to hate Myspace
Myspace is gradually inviting users to "new Myspace," the first big refresh in the post-News Corp era, and already the claws have come out. We took a tour of the new site and found that its most remarkable quality seems to be how eager people are to bash it. As with AOL, Internet Explorer, Yahoo, and other web properties perceived as dinosaurs, many users seem strangely eager to tea

design

2012 Year in Review: Best of Architecture + Interiors
From miniature to mansions, from residential to commercial, and from multiple continents, we’ve shared every type of architecture with you this year. Each one more spectacular than the last and with it’s own distinct qualities that show these particular designers really think outside the box. Keep reading to discover the most popular house… 10. Nettleton 199 by SAOTA and OKHA Interiors Located in
Beaver Brook: Woodland Living for Creative Types
"It's my experience that artist communities are almost always camps because they appropriate space that nobody else wants (at the time), but by virtue of a creative progressive view of neighborhoods they create a demand from others that ultimately marginalizes them, so they are forever transient." That quote by James Lynch, founder of the UK-based Fforest Camp getaway, is the only substantial
MOCO'12: a collection of ethereal lamps made of barnyard materials
2012. Here's what we found notable in objects & architecture, starting with January...
After Years Of Research, Philips Unveils A Desktop OLED Lamp
Philips unveils plans for its first truly commercial application of the company’s Lumiblade OLED technology. OLEDs have been touted as future of lighting (and skin cancer treatment) for years, but major technical obstacles have stood in the way of widespread adoption. That may slowly be changing. Last week Philips, one of the biggest corporate backers of the emerging technology, unveiled pla

business

On Future Hyundais, Your Smart Phone Will Be Your Key
Hyundai is previewing its vision for the future of car connectivity with a new technology demonstrator based on its i30 hatchback sold overseas. Aptly named the Connectivity Concept, the new i30-based technology demonstrator showcases the future of mobile phone and car integration from the Korean automaker.The highlight of the Connectivity Concept is its ability to turn a smartphone into a key, al
Google will offer free Gmail voice calls for yet another year
Google is giving its Gmail users a late Christmas present. The company announced today that Gmail users in the U.S. and Canada will continue to be able to make free domestic phone calls through next year.  Google will also continue to offer international calls at “insanely low rates,” the company said. Introduced in 2010, Gmail’s phone call functionality seemed a bit incongruous at first, but it’
On Facebook, There's No Privacy Setting for Your Friends' Bad Judgment
Happy holidays, and welcome to the new Facebook, everyone! With the company’s recent privacy changes and updates rolling out to all users, it’ll now be easier to get a handle on all those confusing settings you’ve tried to figure out over the years. One problem, though — the discretion of all the friends in your network. Case in point, Randi Zuckerberg’s intimate family photo being shared out pub
Total Wi-Fi shipments reached 5 billion in 2012, will almost quadruple by 2017
Apparently, we love Wi-Fi. Total cumulative global Wi-Fi-enabled device shipments reached five billion in 2012, according to ABI Research. And the pace of innovation isn’t slowing, with new Wi-Fi protocols rolling out in 2013 and close to 20 billion WiFi-enabled devices predicted to be in the market by 2017. Naturally, we’re familiar with Wi-Fi in our laptops and smartphones. But the next level of

cooking

A Soul-Soothing Kwanzaa Menu
Celebrate Kwanzaa all week long with Food Network’s recipes. Gather family and friends around the table for a menu filled with hearty soul food including black-eyed peas, collard greens, yams and sweet potato pie. Black-Eyed Pea Dip: Paula tosses black-eyed peas, corn and peppers with a homemade dressing for a crunchy dip. Apple-Cheddar-Squash Soup: Traditional harvest flavors of apple and squash
Speed Up Caramelized Onions
Hot Tips From Food Network Kitchens’ Katherine Alford: Caramelizing onions can take a while, but adding a big pinch of sugar will make them brown faster. The extra sugar caramelizes along with the onions’ natural sugars, helping the onions get brown in a hurry. We used this shortcut for the burger topping in Food Network Magazine‘s French Onion Burgers.
Simon’s Top 10 Dishes From The Next Iron Chef: Redemption
As Chef Guarnaschelli dons her jacket and prepares for her first battle this Sunday as a fully fledged Iron Chef, I now have a chance to look back over the last eight weeks and select my highlights from the nearly 100 dishes that were placed in front of the judges during the competition. It’s certainly no easy task, as I genuinely believe that the level of cooking this year was even higher than in
Le Louchébem
Where do you go on a rainy afternoon if you find yourself near the middle of Paris? Quite a bit of the town has emptied out, as people make their exodus away from the city for the holidays. Those of us here are celebrating at home – or from the looks of things out there – doing a little last-minute scrambling for holiday gifts. There are cases of oysters on the sidewalk, sold by the dozen(s), and

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cinema

6 Filmmaking Tips From Quentin Tarantino
Emerging from a nitrate fire in 1963, Quentin Tarantino was fed only exploitation films, spaghetti Westerns and actual spaghetti until he was old enough to thirst for blood. He found his way into the film industry as a PA on a Dolph Lundgren workout video, as a store clerk at Video Archives and by getting encouragement to write a screenplay by the very man who would make a name for himself produc
"Hello, I'm Shelly Duvall"
With her salutations for the television series Faerie Tale Theatre (1982-1987), Shelley Duvall traverses time and mise en scène, her cadence broken only by a solitary tree trunk. 
5 TV Shows That Got Their Groove Back in 2012
Television is a fickle medium. A mediocre season can color an audience’s perception of an entire series. It’s a sad fact, but put away the tissues, because this year several fan favorites came back better than ever. After seasons ranging from mildly disappointing to eye-twitchingly awful, they’ve redeemed themselves. Here are five shows that got their groove back in 2012 — Stella style. 5. Paren
Longtime Character Actor Charles Durning Has Passed Away at 89
Sad news arrived on Christmas Day with word that longtime character actor Charles Durning had passed away at age 89. Durning is one of those talents whose life not only made an impression on the big screen, but also on many in the years preceding his movie career. While may might know Durning from his turns in films like Tootsie, The Hudsucker Proxy and The Sting, the actor actually deserves even

deco

Use MANDAL to store your LEGO bricks for quick & easy building
Materials: MANDAL headboards, GLIS boxes, binder clips Description: I needed some space to store my LEGO brick but have them accessible as well when I want to use them. When we came across some MANDAL headboards in the IKEA as-is section, I slowly figured out what to do: Using binder clips I could hang GLIS boxes to the MANDAL headboard. You have to detach the hinged covers first, then attac
Reinvention: Kids' Space Before & Afters — Best of 2012
Kids' spaces in the home are particularly ripe for makeovers because their needs and interests change nearly as quickly as their shoe sizes. Here are ten of our favorite Before & After transformations of kids' spaces from the past year: • Before & After: A 24-Hour Boy To Girl Bedroom Makeover• Before & After: DIY Pegboard Headboard• Before & After: Guest Room Tur
Packing Light, Packing Prepared: Travel and Technology — Best of 2012
Besides making sure we've packed enough outfits for social and business occasions, double-checking our flight info, and verifying accommodations, a great deal of energy and attention is spent making sure our tech devices and services are also ready for any trip away from home. From killing an 8 hour layover at an airport, to blocking out sounds while onboard a flight, to making sure you'
Wall to Wall Style: Sources for the Perfect Wallpaper — Best of 2012
For as many people who groan at the thought of wallpaper, possibly burned by the experience of removing it, there are just as many people falling in love with it for the very first time. If you're in the latter camp, you'll want to check out this roundup of wallpaper posts from the year. If you're in the former camp, maybe this post will sway you back over to the papered side. • Wild Ab

architecture

BIG Update: Planning Commission approves West 57th
After months of an “arduous” public reviewing process, BIG’s eye-catching West 57th apartment building in Manhattan has been approved by the City Planning Commission. The atypical design quickly gained international attention with its abruptly sloped, tetrahedral shape that rises from three stories to thirty-eight stories on an awkwardly sized single block site. Cleverly titled W57, the unique pr
Why Is This Museum Shaped Like a Tub?
Mel Crouwel, the lead architect for the Stedelijk, was government architect for years. His firm is normally reliable, with an industrial bent. He promoted the tub as a technological novelty, its aerodynamic exterior made of a reinforced synthetic fiber coated in white airplane paint to give the museum a shiny, enameled finish and to nod to the old Stedelijk’s white rooms, which still fails to expl
Tick Pendant Lamps by Andrea Costa for Ilide
Andrea Costa has designed the Tick pendant lamps for the Italian manufacturer Ilide. . Description from Illide ILIDE’s Tick collection represents a historic hand crafting process, wood rough-hewing, creates an aesthetic finish and is all formed without the assistance of machines. Lamps of the Tick series are hand-modeled by skilled Italian artisans who have worked in the wood sculpture sector f
Most Popular Posts of 2012
Here are the dozen most popular posts on this blog in 2012, based on traffic counts. The next two posts this year (the last of the year) will list my favorite projects and books featured on my daily and weekly pages this year. 1 66 Most Popular, 2012, June 5 2 Yayoi Kusama at Louis Vuitton, July 24 3 425 Park Avenue, October 18 4 Lynette Jackson's iPhone Art, April 25 5 Charles Renfro, J.

branding

The Best and Worst Identities of 2012, Part I: The Best
Last year we did the Worst first, so this year we are giving the Best a shot at capturing some of the merry spirit of the holidays. Also different this year, there will be five total lists: Best and Worst of the main opinion pieces, Best and Worst of the B-Side, and Most Liked Friday Likes. These will be posted in these next two weeks. No other posts will be published. We will be back with our r
The Best and Worst Identities of 2012, Part II: The Worst
Time to dish out the worst of the year. Some for their execution, some for their concept, some for their strategy, some simply because the stars didn't align in their favor in 2012. See also:Part I: The Best No. 12: The Brooklyn Nets Jay Z The Brooklyn Nets:
Safe Sea: Mummy
Not Fear Safe Sea sting lotion protects against most common marine stingers including jellyfish, sea lice, fire coral, and more. Advertising Agency: Bambu, Montevideo, Uruguay Creative Director: Vartan Chakiyian Art Director: Charly Zacheo Illustrator: Guillermo Larrosa Additional credits: Diego de Luca Published: December 2012
Safe Sea: Shark
Not Fear Safe Sea sting lotion protects against most common marine stingers including jellyfish, sea lice, fire coral, and more. Advertising Agency: Bambu, Montevideo, Uruguay Creative Director: Vartan Chakiyian Art Director: Charly Zacheo Illustrator: Guillermo Larrosa Additional credits: Diego de Luca Published: December 2012

Design Thinking

Flotspotting: Kai-Chi Yao's Bamboo-Bending Extension Lamp
Besides its sustainability, these days bamboo is often utilized for its physical properties of rigidity, durability and relative lightness. But Taiwan-based industrial designer Kai-Chi Yao's Extension lamp exploits a more overlooked property of bamboo: Its flexibility. While going for her Masters Degree in Industrial Design at Shih Chien University, Yao's Craft Design/Lighting Design cours
Beaver Brook: Woodland Living for Creative Types
"It's my experience that artist communities are almost always camps because they appropriate space that nobody else wants (at the time), but by virtue of a creative progressive view of neighborhoods they create a demand from others that ultimately marginalizes them, so they are forever transient." That quote by James Lynch, founder of the UK-based Fforest Camp getaway, is the only substantial
Beaver Brook: Woodland Living for Creatives
"It's my experience that artist communities are almost always camps because they appropriate space that nobody else wants (at the time), but by virtue of a creative progressive view of neighborhoods they create a demand from others that ultimately marginalizes them, so they are forever transient." That quote by James Lynch, founder of the UK-based Fforest Camp getaway, is the only substantial
Nicholas Fjellberg Swerdlowe's Bag Buddy, for Hanging Bags From Your Handlebars
Brooklynite and industrial designer Nicholas Fjellberg Swerdlowe does what many of us do, when saddled with plastic bags and riding home on a basketless bike: He hangs the bags off of the handlebars. I did this often in Japan, where a mountain bike was the quickest way to my local grocery. But I quickly learned that you can't let the bags hang too low, and you have to occasionally wrap the bag h

Graphic Design

Ty Mattson: Homeland Vintage Jazz Record Covers
I usually restrain from posting self-initiated TV/movie themed projects because they’ve become rather ubiquitous. However, being a fan of Homeland, Ty Matson’s latest project is hard to resist. Inspired by 1950s & 60s jazz, Ty created twelve LP covers that pay tribute to the popular tv show. See the complete series here. —– Also worth viewing: TY Mattson Allan Peters Tim Boelaars Not signe
Hilary's Identity, Business Cards, and Tags
Designed by Ghost Printed by Mama's Sauce Delivering a hand-made look and feel by combining traditional printing methods as well as a few DIY details to the identity materials for Hilary's, the team at Ghost dutifully delivered a stunning range of bits and pieces that come together beautifully. Produ
To Resolve Project 2013
Chris Streger has just launched the 2013 edition of the To Resolve Project, where designers submit their resolutions for the new year in the form of phone wallpaper designs. Only a few designs have been submitted this far, but you can keep track of the project right here.
State of America
Julian Montague designed these posters for Print Collection that feature the official insignias of the every US state. You can purchase a copy here.

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typography

365 Typography Calendar
  Designed by acclaimed graphic designer Kit Hinrichs and his team at Studio Hinrichs, the 365 Typography Calendar features twelve unique typefaces, with descriptions of the type and a biography of each designer. Now in its 12th year, the newest edition includes favorite typefaces chosen by several US members of Alliance Graphique Internationale, including Ivan Chermayeff, Bart Crosby, Louise Fili
Open Architecture Manifesto at Adhocracy
A couple of years ago I wrote about Kuka, the RobotLab project built to write the entire Martin Luther bible onto a long roll of paper. The robot emulates the calligraphic style replicated in the Schwabacher blackletter typeface, writing it using a pen as a (particularly neat and tireless) human might. It’s quite a lovely thing*. I was reminded of it when I saw this project by Walter Nicolino and
Rosetta type specimen no. 1
Rosetta type specimen no. 1 presents eight type families supporting ten writing systems and over 300 languages, each of which deserves an independent specimen. The brochure has 36 pages and covers ten writing systems. Rather than show enormous character sets and fuss about little details and features, Rosetta attempted to tell the story of why each typeface family is special. The brochure was desi
The Voice of all the Gods
Today I’ve released two limited edition prints along with some originals. The prints are based on words penned by William Shakespeare and Dylan Thomas. ‘The Voice of all the Gods’ is a quote from Shakespeare’s ‘Loves Labours Lost.’ The first time I read the passage in which this phrase occurs I couldn’t get it out of my head for weeks. The words are extraordinarily rich, and I wanted my visual int

Web Design

The five programming books that meant most to me
There are so many programming books out there, but most focus on specific technologies and their half-life is incredibly short. Others focus on process or culture. Very few focus on the timeless principles of writing good code, period. The following five books had the biggest influence on my programming style and development: Smalltalk Best Practice Patterns: Incredibly practical advice for wha
How To Deal With Vendor Prefixes
If you write CSS you almost surely need to be using vendor prefixes on some parts of the code you write in order to ensure the best browser support. Whether that is prefixed properties like -prefix-transform, prefixed at-rules like @-prefix-keyframes, or prefixes values like -prefix-linear-gradient, it's a daily chore of CSS authors. Not only is it part of our jobs, it's an easy thing to screw up.
Hobgoblins and UX Unicorns: 2012 in Review
Better late than never! It’s time now for our annual year in review. A warm season’s greetings from the (little) crew here at UX Booth. While we’re busy stuffing ourselves with tasty treats and the company of family and friends, we wanted to take a minute to share with you some of the highlights of the year. Oh, before we go: we won’t be posting an article next Tuesday, as most of us will still b
Create a CSS3 Image Gallery with a 3D Lightbox Animation
Create a CSS3 Image Gallery with a 3D Lightbox Animation.

infography

Top 20 Field Service Management Software Solutions
The new Top 20 Field Service Management Software infographic from Capterra continues their series of “Top 20 Most Popular” infographics for different software categories.  I’ve previously posted about the Top 20 Marketing Automation Software Solutions and the Top 20 Medical Records Software Solutions. This design shows a little more detail behind how they score and rank the different software opt
Star Trek: The Original Series
The Star Trek infographic designed by Natalya Platonova was originally designed in Russian for Svinovik.ru. This infographic is a visual overview of some quirky statistics from the complete original series (three seasons). Overall, very well done!  As a Trekkie myself, the visualizations are fun facts about the series, and well designed.  I like that the quantitative values (like the uniforms wor
Twelve Days of Christmas
Merry Christmas to all! While todays infographic may not be the most informative, as most of you know the twelve days of Christmas, it is quite cute. Take a minute of your day full of Christmas cheer, feasts, gifts and family time to have a look at the twelve days of Christmas! Show off the nine ladies dancing, seven swans a swimming, fiiiiive golden rings and all the rest. The month or two of
Why it Sucks to be the IT Guy
“Have you tried turning it off and then back on again?” That must be the number one solution supplied by IT guys and gals around the globe. It works 99% of the time, and no one ever thinks of doing it. IT personal are an essential part of modern business and with technology improving year by year, and now the IT department is under more pressure and given more responsibility than ever. In the pas

fashion

Newsstand
- Glass Winter 2012 Melissa Stasiuk by Billy Nava- Madame Figaro Greece January 2013 Eri Polychronidou by Thanassis Krikis- Elle Italia January 2013 Paula Bertolini- Style: Singapore December 2012 Roberta Cardenio by Wee Khim
Watch LOVE‘s Fashion Nativity Video, Featuring Edie Campbell as Baby Jesus
For centuries, the world was missing a retelling of the nativity starring fashion people. Yesterday that void was filled–thanks, of course, to Love Magazine and Katie Grand’s apparent ability to talk models into doing just about anything. Continue reading »Follow Fashionista on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.
More Americans Shopped Online this Holiday Season Than Ever Before
Between Cyber Monday’s record-breaking sales, and the myriad of fashion tech startup companies that seem to crop up every week, there’s no doubt that the way Americans shop has been completely revolutionized the past few years–a fact made increasingly clear this holiday season. Some of the biggest retail trends to come out of the Christmas season were an increase in online and mobile shopping, red
Valentino SS 2013 Campaign by Sarah Moon
Models to include: Codie Young, Magdalena Jasek, Mackenzie Drazan, Tilda Lindstam, Maud Welzen & Esther Heesch. [...]

gaming

Looking Back at 2012 – Highs and Lows
Every year I try to come up with a list of highs and lows for the year.  You can go back and read my 2010 and 2011 editions if you so desire.  I often complain about the same things year after year.  As for 2012, this is what I recall. Free to Play Highs: Another pile of games went from subscription to free to play as a default business model.  If you are a fan, you have lots of options now. Free
Counter-Strike GO is half-price on Xbox Live today
After a stash of on-sale games in yesterday's deal, today's Xbox Live Countdown to 2013 sale is suffering with the old post-Xmas-Day hangover. It's managed to drag itself on to the couch, but it's only brought a half-price Counter-Strike Global Offensive with it before dozing into a drooling slumber on the arm rest.Nonetheless, the XBLA version of Counter-Strike GO can be yours for 600 MSP today.
EA removes links to weapon companies from Medal of Honor Warfighter website
A "virtual showroom" linking Medal of Honor Warfighter to real-life products from its gunmaker marketing partners illustrates how the firearms and video game industries have "quietly forged a mutually beneficial marketing relationship," according to The New York Times. The subpage on the official website for Medal of Honor Warfighter displayed information for the McMillan Group and Magpul
Dead Space 3 demo coming in January
A demo for Dead Space 3 will be available Jan. 22 on Xbox Live Marketplace and PlayStation Network, but Xbox 360 owners can sign up for a week of early access, publisher Electronic Arts announced today. Interested parties can head to the game's website and register their Origin ID to receive a code that will allow them to download the Xbox 360 demo starting on Jan. 15. According to EA, qua

apple

Vic Flick’s Riff
Brief NPR piece on the guitarist behind that riff in the James Bond theme.  ★ 
Annual 'Lucky Bags' Coming to Japanese Apple Stores on January 2
During the new year in Japan, retailers often offer a Fukubukuro, or "mystery bag," which is a grab bag that is filled with a random assortment of products sold at a steep discount. Apple has participated in this tradition for several years, and will once again be offering its "Lucky Bag" in seven different Japanese Apple stores on January 2. Lucky Bags, which Apple sells for 33,000 yen or $
Instagram target of class-action lawsuit
Photo-sharing service Instagram received a lump of coal in its stocking this holiday season. After Instagram changed its Terms of Service recently with the alleged intention of selling user photos, there was a loud outcry from the user community and many users deleted their accounts with the intention of moving to Flickr and other services. Now Instagram is on the receiving end of a class-act
The most popular GitHub projects of 2012
It’s amazing how often I find myself at GitHub these days. Whether it’s a WordPress plugin or a developer’s app, more people are using it all the time. ∞ Read this on The Loop

android

Google extends free Gmail calls through 2013
One of the more interesting features of Gmail, as many of you already know, it that it lets you make voice calls in addition to just sending off emails. Google allows free domestic calls within the US and Canada, which is a major bonus, but today it announced that the free calls won’t be ending anytime soon. Google has revealed that it will extend free domestic calling for the US and Canada throug
ZTE announces high-end Nubia Z5 for China
ZTE has unveiled a phablet with a 1080p-resolution display, the Nubia Z5. ZTE had first kicked off their Nubia brand in late October, which included a mention of the Z5. At that point they didn't say much more than it having a 13 megapixel camera, 5-inch display, and quad-core processor, but now we've got a much closer look at the specs. 7.6 mm thin 5-inch 1920 x 1080 with 2.67 mm beze
Get this look for your Android home screen: Spinning Cube
One of our absolute favorite things about Android is the fact that you can bend and tweak the platform to your needs.  Sure, there’s rooting and modding for deep level personalization, but that stuff does not always concern the everyday user. Some of just want to change the home screen around a bit and create a new user experience. To that end, we present our weekly series of Get This Look posts.
OPPO reveals a 32GB version of the Find 5 smartphone
We saw the official announcement for the OPPO Find 5 smartphone earlier in the month. Nonetheless, it looks like OPPO has taken to Facebook and offered some additional details. This latest includes a 32GB model and a wider international release. Diving right in here, according to the teaser image that was posted on Facebook, the OPPO Find 5 will be available in a 16GB and 32GB model and priced

do it yourself

Early Computer Speech Synthesis from Bell Telephone Labs
From the early days of synthesized speech comes this 1963 Bell Telephone Labs recording, which explains how the computer imitates human speech using punched cards and includes examples of synthesized speech, and even singing.Read the full article on MAKE
Cheers to Our Sparkling Orange Pom Fizz!
With pomegranates and citrus in full season, why not use them to concoct a little something special to ring in the New Year? Jessica here with another seasonal sipper that is easy, economical, and utterly delicious. The Orange Pom Fizz! Read More...You Might Also LikeCelebrate Halloween and the Giants with Our Black + Orange Rum PunchCelebrate Oktoberfest with Our Sparkling Pumpkin Cider Beertail!
Raspberry Pi used as a Squeezebox server
[Jacken] loves his lossless audio and because of that he’s long been a fan of Squeezebox. It makes streaming the high-bitrate files possible. But after Logitech acquired the company he feels they’ve made some choices which has driven the platform into the ground. But there is hope. He figured out how to use a Raspberry Pi as a Squeezebox server so that he can keep on using his client devices and
How-To: Custom Metal-Tipped Shoelaces
Make a fancy pair of laces for your favorite kicks with this custom metal-tipped shoelaces tutorial!Read the full article on MAKE

gardening

hot links: earliest look at snowflakes; try oregano, not antibiotics; fresh as a frog’s skin
IT WAS A 20-YEAR-OLD, IN 1885, who first photographed a snowflake. In “aha’s” of a more-recent nature, a chicken farmer, in 2012, is finally incorporating herbal medicine into the health of a large-scale commercial flock. These and other oddball links from my online reading the last week: the snowflake man THE FIRST PERSON to photograph snowflakes did so in 1885, harnessing the combined power of a
Drunken Botanist: The Video by Amy Stewart
Thanks once again to my Hollywood brother for this one, who actually managed to cast an actor to do most of the heavy lifting. Click here to view the embedded video.
doodle by andre: bored as a gnome?
NOBODY TUCKED ME IN THE SHED, but even so, I’m starting to get bored like the gnome in doodler Andre Jordan‘s cartoon. It’s mostly neither here-nor-there weather so far locally, not winter but not fall, either. What we all need is a good chill period. Bring it on; let’s gets some proper, deep sleep so we can wake up in the coming spring all full of stored-up energy and ready to really blossom.
Homegrown and Homemade Lavender and Honey Caramels
Here’s a homemade holiday gift from the garden that there is still time to make. It took me about an hour and a half to make the caramel slab and I’ll probably be cutting and packaging individual caramels until the second coming, but it will have been worth it. To say that these are gorgeous and addictive is an understatement. The best way to savour them is to put one in your mouth and let it melt

wedding

Spa Scout: Celia Wong Skincare
Truth be told, I didn't know what to expect when I entered the space that Celia Wong Skincare shares with several other holistic practitioners (acupuncture, anyone?). Maybe I've ...
Mod New Year’s Eve Wedding Ideas
Ah, New Year’s Eve — the one day a year we get to dress up in our sparkliest sequins, party hats, and dance around without anyone blinking an eye! Lottie Fowler of Couture Events embraced this spirit and styled a shoot that showcased heaps of color and an abundance of fun, all photographed by Matt & Julie Weddings. View all images from this shoot in the gallery Sho
Sneak Peek : Alice Padrul 2013
Here's a little preview of what Chicago-based designer Alice Padrul has in store for 2013.  For those of you who aren't familiar with Alice, one of her signature talents is incorporating incredible novelty-style laces in her pieces.   Her pieces are also light as air in look and feel--something I know a brides likes on her wedding day.  This collab with Photographer, Lidia Cordean (who too
Dripping Springs Wedding at Memory Lane Event Center
I’m pretty sure that no one loves a good vintage chic wedding as much as we do here at SMP. And this is one for the record books my friend. Each and every detail is crafted to perfection and oh-so-sweet. The flowers, the mercury glass votives, and that adorable couple all make for a fabulously romantic and memorable day at Memory Lane Event Center. Mint Photography snapped up all the goodness and

news

Stoke City v Liverpool - live! | Simon Burnton
Minute-by-minute report: Can Liverpool breach the Premier League's most Scrooge-like defence? Find out with Simon Burnton Simon Burnton
Nelson Mandela leaves hospital
Former South African President Nelson Mandela is discharged from hospital after treatment for a lung infection and gallstones.
City Room: Anger Over Map With Gun Permit Holders’ Names
A map compiled by a newspaper from public information lists addresses of permit holders in two New York counties.
Comment gagner deux barres de Wi-Fi avec une canette ?
Une vidéo réalisée par Minute Hacks en partenariat avec HackCollege.com permet d'améliorer sa réception d'Internet sans fil pour un budget minimal.

youtube

See Yemen through my eyes - Nadia Al-Sakkaf
See Yemen through my eyes - Nadia Al-Sakkaf View full lesson: ed.ted.com As political turmoil in Yemen continues, the editor-in-chief of the Yemen Times, Nadia Al-Sakkaf, talks at TEDGlobal with host Pat Mitchell. Al-Sakkaf's independent, English-language paper is vital for sharing news -- and for sharing a new vision of Yemen and of that country's women as equal partners in work and ch
How to Spruce Up Your Holiday Table
How to Spruce Up Your Holiday Table New Year's Eve is around the corner, and if you're thinking about hosting a dinner party, we've got all the ingredients for a beautiful table. WSJ's Elizabeth Holmes talks with Pilar Guzmán, editor in chief of Martha Stewart Living. From: WSJDigitalNetwork Views: 17 0 ratings Time: 05:42 More in Howto & Style
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Echinacea - Purple Coneflower Watercolor Original by SharonFosterArt
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65.00 EUR
***PLEASE NOTE!! This item is made to order - allow 5 days plus postage time. As they are hand illustrated there will be slight differences to pictures shown. You will be emailed a picture of your plates before transaction is completed!****

Caring for your plate:
They should really be considered a decorative item - amazing on a wall or to display dry foods - this is because cutlery can scratch the image. Do not stack on top of each other without putting something protective in between.
The porcelain pen company claim that the item will be dishwasher and microwave safe after fixing. I suggest however that you treat it with care - gentle wash.


Process:
I draw directly onto the plate - I rarely draw first on paper so you will be the only one to own this exact drawing! I use porcelain pens - the image is then fixed onto the plate by baking in the oven.


Measurements:
Each plate is : 9 1/2 inches x 9 1/2 inches (24cm x 24cm)

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