- 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
Welcome back to Art Journaling Monday! 🙂
- Purple scribble doodle.
- Abstract landscape.
- Glitter Bee.
- Another more purple scribble doodle.
- Dramatic contrast.
- Great list of art journal prompts.
- The lower-level bathroom at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts…
- Letterpress printing at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts.
- New releases: Fiction Vixen (romance), Dear Author (romance), and AAR (romance)
- Book and publishing news from Dear Author.
- Book linkity from Smart Bitches.
- “Against the ‘serious reader’“.
- “A lost HP Lovecraft manuscript was recently rediscovered. The work was commissioned by magician Henry Houdini.“
- The adult coloring book craze… Presidential candidate coloring books.
- 40 “H” words.
- Resources for improving your handwriting.
- Pantone bookshelves.
Do, Think, Learn, Make
- Learn more about Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
- And then learn more about Bill Nye the Science Guy.
- Web ads on mobile do indeed use up your data.
- Follow the “this might answer your question” link if you’re curious…
- President Obama has no more fucks to give and it is glorious. Hamilton at the White House with the President.
- The different kinds of cuts used in movies.
- First Avenue’s influence on Minneapolis music in the 80s.
- More on the whole transporter/quantum teleportation problem.
- The Large Hadron Collider is really big.
- How long it takes each planet to orbit the sun. (I’m pretty sure I’ve included this before, but the comment about lazy Neptune makes me laugh every time.)
- “Eat the sun“.
- The science behind 2001: A Space Odyssey.
- There’s an on/off switch for sperm…
- And a bacteria that can now eat plastic.
- Spinach and refried bean quesadillas.
- 10 tropical smoothies.
- 22 main dish salads.
- 20 pie recipes.
- Candy bar coffee cake.
- S’mores waffles. (via Lifehacker)
- Peanut butter stuffed peanut butter cookies. (via gilajames)
- Some photos from the Cloud Cult show at the State Theater I went to on Saturday.
- Winter turning into spring.
- “A horse-lovers’ guide to The Hobbit“.
- The Newtown, Australia, fire station is awesome.
- “Steampunk symphony“.
- You can listen to a thousand hours of old-school jazz free online.
- An app that helps you figure out geological features when you’re in a plane.
Cool or Wha…?
- Lucky Charms chia pudding. (via The Kitchn)
- Cadbury Egg-stuffed croissants.
- “This guy can solve 3 different Rubik’s Cube[s] while juggling them at the same time“.
- Bento watch.
- Potato-chip flavored soda.
- Peeps Fest. (via elvenenchantress)
- Oh, we’re so wild here in Minneapolis, eh.
- Autocorrected weekend plans.
- 17 St Patrick’s Day autocorrects.
- St Patrick’s Day Cake Wrecks.
- Captain America: Civil [Thumb] War. (via stars-benn)
- Millenium Falcon parking problems.
- “Ohio farmer spends 4 hours writing massive anti-Trump message in cow manure“. (via itstartledme) (Ok, Ohio is wilder than us.)
Map Art Lab: 52 Exciting Art Explorations in Mapmaking, Imagination, and Travel by Jill K Berry & Linden McNeilly. Loved! Definitely need to buy my own copy because the library copy is just bristling with “try this” bookmarks.
Making an Impression: Designing and Creating Artful Stamps by Geninne Zlatkis. Pretty good book about getting started carving rubber stamps, although it was definitely focused more on using the templates provided by the author than on actually designing or creating stamps.
Hawkeye, Volume 1: My Life as a Weapon by Matt Fraction, David Aja, Javier Pulido, & Alan Davis. I’ve been intrigued by the out-of-context Clint Barton snippets I’ve seen on tumblr, so I decided to check out the actual comic book. I did skip the Young Avengers comic in the back – probably would’ve read it if it had been in the same style as the rest.
*looking winsome* -Mayhem