- New releases: Fiction Vixen (romance) and Dear Author (romance)
- Book and publishing news from Dear Author.
- Bookity linkity from Smart Bitches.
- Bookity and writerly linkity from Becky Black.
- Linkity from Inkophile.
- There’s a new Connie Willis book on the way! 🙂
- What did Charlotte Bronte think of Emma by Jane Austen?
- The guilt of classic literature… (via Roya)
Think, Do, Make, Learn
- “How the Rubik’s cube juggler tricked the internet“.
- Things got real on BART’s Twitter recently. (via wilwheaton)
- “30 happy little facts about Bob Ross“.
- Male seahorse giving birth.
- “Is solitude a key element of creativity?“
- Look out, New Zealand, pizza-delivering robots are coming to get you!!
- “Australia’s 10 most dangerous animals“.
- If you’ve ever wondered how long it would take a vampire to drink your blood…
- How does your city sound?
- Yes! Randall Munroe (xkcd) is going to make material for high school textbooks.
- LEGO is releasing an adult clothing line.
- The summarized results of every Mythbusters episode in one place.
- “This is why you don’t ask the internet to name things“.
- Working Difference Engine.
- 24 chicken recipes.
- 14 recipes for potatoes.
- 12 granola recipes.
- Potato risotto.
- Ethiopian-style spinach and lentil soup.
- Sweet and spicy braised cabbage.
- Broccoli stalk slaw.
- One-bowl oat muffins with figs and hazelnuts.
- Vegan chocolate-almond chia pudding.
- Tahini cookies.
- Jelly bean mimosas.
- A story about a very non-HAL-like artificial intelligence.
- London, the city become asteroid.
- Hyperlapse tour of Paris.
- Explore an antique roll top desk.
- LEGO Batman Movie trailer.
- The possibility of an Amelia Earhart LEGO set. (via The Mary Sue)
- Star Trek: The Next Generation play set.
- Tiny Rube Goldberg machine.
- Whale art. (via agentpantybunches)
- Minneapolis City Hall.
- Taking a letterpress printing class.
- Yes, this. And this.
Cool or Wha…?
- Strawberry Shortcake Oreos.
- Twix butter?
- Pumpkin spice K-cups.
- Make your Roomba look like R2-D2.
- Automated Easter egg decorating.
- Photos of Disney’s abandoned water park.
- Slurpee-flavored doughnuts.
- Fried chicken-flavored ice cream.
- Odd Peeps flavors.
- Food-flavored lip balms.
- Meat vending machine.
- “Man arrested for not returning…VHS rental in 2002“.
- Smartphone gun.
- If you need to change your baby in a dungeon…
- What birds are really thinking. (Keep scrolling…)
- “5 how-to comics for socially awkward people“. (via jedi-seagull)
- Four sets of identical twins and a time travel prank.
- That mug…
- A-ha! (via jedi-seagull)
Fun with Washi: 35 Ways to Instantly Refresh Your Home, Accessories, and Packages with Washi Tape by Jessica Okui. I saw it on the shelf at the library and was curious… Pretty sure I won’t make any of the projects in this book, but some of them were quite imaginative, such as using washi tape as nail art or to make a fake headboard for your bed…
Washi Tape: 101+ Ideas for Paper Crafts, Book Arts, Fashion, Decorating, Entertaining, and Party Fun! by Courtney Cerruti. This was much better than the previous washi tape book I skimmed through. (Hey, they were beside each other on the shelf at the library, what can I say…) Some of the ideas in this book included covering switch plates, marking cables and chargers, making bandaids and binder clips more fun, adding color to glass cups and vases, and many more.
Making Mini Books: Big Ideas for 30+ Little Projects by Kathleen McCafferty. Pretty much what the title says – the projects in this book are for books that are a few inches across down to earring-sized books. While many of the projects exceeded my personal acceptable fiddliness level, there were a couple (such as the matchbook-style notebooks) that seemed as if they’d make great gifts.
Bookcraft: Techniques for Binding, Folding, and Decorating to Create Books and More by Heather Weston. This book provides a bit more history of various book forms and includes some more unusual forms, such as carousel and tunnel books, along with how to use paper cutting and folding techniques in the books you make.
Urgent 2nd Class: Creating Curious Collage, Dubious Documents, and Other Art from Ephemera by Nick Bantock. Somewhat interesting, but not engaging. I would hardly consider this to be an “art class”, as the back-of-the-book blurb asserts.
“The big kitty loves me very much!” -Mayhem
“Her persistence wears me down…” -Chaos, resignedly