Year: 2012

Archiving interesting articles via PDF

I like archiving interesting articles by “printing” them as PDF files. Here’s a cool four-part series “Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies.” All the interesting articles get put into a folder on my computer. When I share the article, I always use the original web link, but often an article is taken down, or the …

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Where to find the stained glass Makit & Bakit Christmas DIY kits

You know those really cool stained glass things you can make? You drop little plastic pellets into a wire frame and then throw it into the oven and the plastic pellets melt. When the entire thing cools down, you take it out and you have a beautiful stained glass ornament. They are fun to make …

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4×4 Scrabble tile

What’s BBHA, EROG, EEPE, RWSD, TICA, IMEL, REDT, JSDO, AHII, VOEL, and ATTY? I don’t think those words appear in the Scrabble dictionary. It would be rad if the words not only worked horizontally, but vertically too. Here’s a couple 4×4 crosswords that works: M A K E A R E A T I P …

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Death Star Librarian

I tweet as the librarian on the Death Star, @atourriten. Come follow me, I tweet very little with that account, so you won’t get overload. Here’s one of my favorite tweets: I miss @the_management tweeting. He must be bogged down with administrative details of the Death Star. That or he got blown up. — Atour …

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91 different ways of saying crazy

Ever call someone crazy in an IM or text? Perhaps you even get a little creative and call that person ker-azee. Now you can never run out of ways to call someone crazee with this list of 96 different spellings of crazy: Alternate spellings cray cray ker-azee crazee crazies Formatting ȼяąƶ¬• √ßȑ√•≈æ√ø ȼřąƶ¬• ςŕά≈æч ČŘ√ÉŻЎ …

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People watch the Muppets for the Muppets, not the humans

Comingsoon.net reports, Ricky Gervais in Talks to Lead The Muppets Sequel. I’m just happy that there is a Muppets sequel. Some of the people commenting on that page are saying how Ricky Gervais is box office poison. But it doesn’t matter what human is in the Muppets movie, because the Muppets movies are about the …

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Kim Beom's "Yellow Scream"

Kandinsky + Munch + Boss Ross + Yves Klein + a touch of Samurai =

Paint screams into your brush strokes. Kim Beom teaches us how to capture screaming in yellow paint. It sounds silly, but this is a captivating video to watch. Five reasons why this video of a Korean artist painting screams is great. Yellow Scream by Kim Beom has: Kandinsky’s methodology. Munch’s expressionism. Bob Ross’s pedagogy. Yves …

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Do a Google image search for your first name

i like how when i google image “Matt” the three results for me are a Brewster Rockit comic, my bulletin board of baseball cards at work, and some iPad painting that I never knew I posted anywhere online.

Name changes: Willis, Macy’s, U.S. Cellular

Don’t call it Willis Don’t call it Macy’s Don’t call it U.S. Cellular But why? Gapers Block sells a five-pack of “Don’t call it that” buttons. The tagline is “Buttons for true Chicagoans.” To complement this pack, I would like for Gapers Block to release a button pack of “Do call it that.” The buttons …

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Special number days with receipts timestamped 07/08/09, 01/11/10, 08/09/10, 11/11/11, 12/12/12

When the numbers in the current day make an interesting combination, it’s always neat to acknowledge that day. For instance, July 8, 2009 is 07/08/09. It’s fun to get a memoir recording that unique date, because it happens only once! And how do you capture a once-in-a-lifetime date? With a printed register receipt! If you …

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Gumspots of the sky

It was quite a challenge trying to re-photograph this pole at the exact same angle. The gumdrops on the sidewalk proved to be a great comparison device. Standing at the pole staring at my iPhone memorizing the exact location of the gumspots, I realized that the sidewalk gumspots are like the nighttime stars providing us …

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