- Blodeuedd’s giving away a copy of To Love a King by Shona Husk. Closes October 12. US & Canada.
- New releases: Fiction Vixen (UF/romance) and Tor.com (PNR)
- Book and publishing news from Dear Author. And some from Smart Bitches.
- Dear Author revisits the idea that books are “special”.
- “Data breaches and why I’m angry” from Dear Author.
- The Dear Author/Jane Litte Legal Defense Fund.
- VacuousMinx on the toxicity of Twitter.
- Book and writerly linkity from Becky Black.
- Adobe security failure regarding library patrons’ privacy… plus snooping around to find out what other ebooks you have on your computer. UGH.
- “12 works of literature recreated in LEGO“.
- The Sesame Street Twilight parody.
Think, Make, Learn, Do
- “15 things you might not know about Minnesota“.
- The evolution of marriage equality in the US. xkcd compares acceptance of interracial marriage and same-sex marriage in the US. (Hover cursur/long-press for additional text.)
- The Google Street View camel.
- Apparently talking to Siri or other voice-activated devices while you drive may be a dangerous distraction.
- What would happen if you spent a nanosecond on the surface of the Sun?
- How to train your smartphone’s predictive keyboard better.
- “The thinking fan’s guide to the 2014-2015 NHL season“.
- Twin Peaks will return in 2016.
- The Halloween Masterpost – recipes, playlists, DIY projects, movies, etc.
- 100 amazing facts.
- You can bake the cookie dough from cookie dough ice cream…
- Chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream.
- Cinnamon spice rice krispie treat s’mores.
- Pumpkin snickerdoodles.
- Apple crisp stuffed baked apples. (via The Kitchn)
- Cornbread salad.
- Napa cabbage wedge salad with apples and buttermilk dressing.
- Baked potato casserole.
- Slow cooker chicken tikka masala.
- One-pot chicken cacciatore.
- Skillet baked steel cut oats with maple glazed apples. (via The Kitchn)
- 17 pumpkin recipes.
- 15 hangover-soothing recipes.
- Pumpkin recipes from Gluten-Free Goddess.
- Peanut butter chocolate shortbread bars.
- Tamale pie.
- Sweetened condensed milk.
- Knit a Doctor Who tie. (via CRAFT)
- Knit arm warmers based on those seen in Outlander.
- How to dry block uneven knit ribbing.
- Knitting linkity from kmkat.
- Animation summarizing the first four seasons of Game of Thrones in under a minute.
- How much it would cost to raise Calvin from Calvin & Hobbes.
- The intersection of kitchen and book.
- Star Wars LEGO diorama.
- All all the couch gags (554) from 25 years of The Simpsons.
- Linkity from kmkat.
Cool or Wha…?
- Bleeding skull candles. (via wilwheaton)
- Batmobile slippers. (via The Mary Sue)
- 20 Queen songs mashed up in under a minute.
- Sailor Moon sanitary pads.
- The Toronto Maple Leafs have a giant deodorant stick Zamboni.
- Deep-fried Starbucks pumpkin spice latte. (via The Kitchn)
- Baby snow leopard! Kitten on a potato! Baby black jaguar! Baby penguin! Egret! Red panda and baby! Baby fennec! Baby lions! Lion and babies! Baby clouded leopard!
The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook: Revolutionary Techniques, Groundbreaking Recipes by America’s Test Kitchen. What I liked the most about this cookbook is its approach to gluten-free cooking. Instead of just providing recipes, America’s Test Kitchen explains what they tried that didn’t work as they developed each recipe. Maybe that doesn’t sound like a big deal, but gluten-free cooking (especially baking) requires a completely different sort of cooking chemistry than what most people are familiar with. Because they explained what the challenges of each recipes were, what they tried, why they tried it, and how successful the results were, I learned more about gluten-free cooking from this cookbook than I’d learned in my previous 18 years of being gluten-free. While the baking recipes use a flour blend developed by America’s Test Kitchen (which can be made in bulk for less than buying flour blends), each recipe also includes adaptations for using two different commercially available flour blends.
Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World by Anne Jamison. I’ve officially given up on this one – I just haven’t been in the mood to read academic writing. Might never be in the mood to do that, actually. 🙂
The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles de Lint. Illustrated by Charles Vess. A young girl who lives in the Ozarks wanders deep into the woods and ends up on a very unexpected path. Charming illustrations follow her journey, as she learns about friendship. consequences, and standing up for herself.
I have no idea where May’s head is in this picture. That’s her front paw to the right of Chaos’ nose, but other than that… o.O