Saturday Linkages: Meditation Pods and Zombie Lawn Gnomes

Doesn’t everyone need a vintage 1970s meditation pod?

DIY
How To Build Your Own Trippy Meditation Pod http://www.popsci.com/diy/article/2012-09/how-make-your-own-trippy-meditation-pod-1970 
 
Robin Wood Makes Wooden Bowls With Hand Tools in UK http://lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/2012/09/robin-wood-makes-wooden-bowls-with-hand.html#.UGX1GKP6FNw.twitter 

Skate Villa: Skateboard-Friendly Hunting Lodge Conversion | Designs & Ideas on Dornob http://dornob.com/skate-villa-skateboard-friendly-hunting-lodge-conversion/  

Open source brick machine: the evolution: http://boingboing.net/2012/09/21/open-source-brick-machine-the.html 

Nature
A classic work of entomology, available online in French and English: http://boingboing.net/2012/09/28/a-classic-work-of-entomology.html  

Health
Mark Bittman: Is Alzheimer’s Type 3 Diabetes? http://nyti.ms/TykL5o

Bikes
Cyclists are safe and courteous, and your disdain for them is grounded in cognitive bias: http://boingboing.net/2012/09/26/cyclists-are-safe-and-courteou.html  
 
Is It Time for Interbike to Dump Las Vegas? http://streetsblog.net/2012/09/24/is-it-time-for-interbike-to-dump-las-vegas/#.UGO40NlOI-0.twitter  

???
Zombie lawn-gnomes feast on a pink flamingo: http://boingboing.net/2012/09/26/zombie-lawn-gnomes-feast-on-a.html  

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Saturday Linkages: From The Woodsman Workout to Crafting With Your Cat

Yes, it’s the woodsman workout. Via the Art of Manliness.

Gardening
My new favorite botanic garden – in Mexico! | Garden Rant http://gardenrant.com/2012/09/new-favorite-botanic-garden-in-mexico.html 

Deconstructing the cornmeal myth: http://ow.ly/1Owd1F

DIY
Build-It-Solar Blog: DIY Solar Water Heating System in Southeastern Pen… http://www.builditsolarblog.com/2012/09/diy-solar-hot-water-heating-system-in.html?spref=tw 

Indie Furniture: DIY Construction Made Accessible & Hip | Designs & Ideas on Dornob http://dornob.com/indie-furniture-diy-construction-made-accessible-hip/  

2 boards, 1 seat: http://dornob.com/2-boards-1-seat-simple-diy-two-plank-chair-construction/ 

Food Preservation
FreshTech Jam and Jelly Maker Review http://www.foodinjars.com/2012/09/freshtech-jam-and-jelly-maker-review/ 

Cats ‘n Crafts
Catification: Creative Table Leg Cat Scratcher http://jacksongalaxy.com/2012/09/08/catification-creative-table-leg-cat-scratcher/ 

Book on Crafting With Your Cat: Kitty Jones Kitty Crafts link

Fitness
The Woodsman Workout | The Art of Manliness http://artofmanliness.com/2012/09/19/woodsman-workout/  

Things to worry about
Warmer Temperatures-New USDA Zone Map Already Obsolete http://www1.ccny.cuny.edu/advancement/news/Warmer-Temperatures-Make-New-USDA-Plant-Zone-Map-Obsolete.cfm 

Why I don’t Worry Too Much About Organic Fruits and Veggies: http://ow.ly/1OwcYb 

GMO-birthed “Superweeds” Oh joy. You http://www.theawl.com/2012/09/weeds- 

The cat food crisis: http://casaabyayala.tumblr.com/post/29369258284/la-crisis-de-la-comida-para-gatos-parte-1-the-cat-food 

Bermuda Dunes woman’s garden for eating has some neighbors hissing http://mydesert.co/ST0UO6 

Waiter, There’s Arsenic in My Rice http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2012/09/waiter-theres-arsenic-my-rice  via @motherjones 

Preppin’
Rugged All-Terrain Trailer Home for Off-Road Adventures | Designs & Ideas on Dornob http://dornob.com/rugged-teardrop-trailer-home-for-radical-off-road-adventures/   

Earthquake proof desk: http://dornob.com/really-robust-earthquake-proof-desk-survives-smash-tests/  

Just Plain Cool
And Now, the Skatepark House http://www.core77.com/blog/architecture/and_now_the_skatepark_house_23466.asp  

Wild Huts in the UK http://lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/2012/09/wild-h 

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Fewer Linkages Today But More To Come

Not the usual link dump today since I was away all week at the National Heirloom Exposition in Santa Rosa. I camped, so the only tweeting I heard came from actual birds.  I’ll blog about the many talks I went to this week, but until that time, here’s some info from two of the speakers I heard at the conference.

A very different take on bees: www.gaiabees.com

From Sonoma Compost, information on:

How to compost: http://www.sonomacompost.com/Documents/Simple-Guidelines-to-Composting.pdf

A temperature/turning chart: http://www.sonomacompost.com/Documents/Temp-Turn%20Sheet1.pdf

Saturday Linkages: How to Wrap a Sari, Scotts Behaves Badly and America’s Finest Bathrooms

 

DIY

Tea House in Santa Cruz Built of Recycled Wood http://lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/2012/09/tea-house-in-santa-cruz-built-of.html#.UEktM61phus.twitter 

Bad Behavior

Scotts Miracle-Gro Fined $12.5M For Bird-Killing Pesticides | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innov.. http://bit.ly/TykEUI  

And this article from MNN explains why Scotts poisoned the seed: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/judge-accepts-scotts-miracle-gro-guilty-plea-in-bird-seed-case

Dear Scotts: Just Try, One Time, Not to be So S***y. | Garden Rant http://gardenrant.com/2012/09/dear-scotts-just-try-one-time-not-to-be-so-shitty.html 

Your cellphone is a tracking device that lets you make calls: http://boingboing.net/2012/09/04/your-cellphone-is-a-tracking-d.html 

The Unusual

Argentine Man Builds Giant Guitar-shaped Forest to Commemorate his Lost Wife | Inhabitat – Sustain.. http://bit.ly/NYOjks

America’s best public bathrooms: http://boingboing.net/2012/09/07/americas-best-public-bathroo.html 

The history and science of meringue, from a new book by Linda K. Jackson and Jennifer Evans Gardner: http://boingboing.net/2012/09/04/the

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Saturday Linkages: Can Gardens, BOLs and Attack Geese

Can Garden. Via Recyclart.

Gardening

Cans Garden http://www.recyclart.org/2012/08/cans-garden/  

Design Like a Pro: Sure Tips for Great Plant Composition – Fine Gardening http://shar.es/7EdXl

DIY

Recycled metal barrels http://www.recyclart.org/2012/08/recycled-metal-barrel/ 

DIY Surfboard Bike Rack // http://korduroy.tv/shows/surf-sufficient/diy-surfboard-bike-rack 

80ft Tube Made From VHS Tape http://www.dudecraft.com/2012/08/80ft-tube-made-from-vhs-tape.html 

Prepping

Developing Raw Land into a Homestead or BOL Over Time | The Survival Podcast http://bit.ly/NoacJJ

Beekeeping

Bees in a Paris park: http://www.backwardsbeekeepers.com/2012/08/viewer-mail-bees-in-paris-park.html 

Yow!

Apple granted patent for location-based camera phone disabling: http://boingboing.net/2012/08/30/apple-granted-patent-for-locat.html  

U.S. Public Libraries Weather the Storm – Boing Boing http://boingboing.net/2012/08/30/u-s-public-libraries-weather.html 

But will training change anything? California slaughterhouse reopens with promise of new training | barfblog http://barfblog.foodsafety.ksu.edu/blog/155926/12/08/28/will-training-change-anything-california-slaughterhouse-reopens-promise-new-tra#.UD7gjmGEwSQ.twitter 

Bill would allow sale of homemade foods http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-homemade-food-20120829,0,6759357.story  

Opposing view: FDA rules won’t do much good – http://USATODAY.com  http://usat.ly/O3s3I8#.UDkEpQRgbAk.twitter  

Just Plain Weird
 
Attack goose!: http://boingboing.net/2012/08/28/attack-goose.html 

Breast cancer surgeon rides child’s pink bike to get through traffic jam for surgery: http://boingboing.net/2012/08/27/breast-cancer-surgeon-rides-ch.html 

Pooping 2.0: http://fivegallonideas.com/toilet-stool/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=toilet-stool 

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Saturday Linkages: From Plastic Bottle Kayaks to Canine Staircases

Kayak made from plastic bottles. Via Lloyd’s blog.

DIY

How To Turn A Mason Jar Into A Fermenting Crock – FARMcurious http://www.farmcurious.com/how-to-turn-a-mason-jar-into-a-fermenting-crock/ 

Kayak Made from Recycled Bottles in Argentina http://lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/2012/08/kayak-made-from-recycled-bottles-in.html#.UDPAXX9HYUs.twitter 

Paper Bag Flooring http://www.dudecraft.com/2012/07/paper-bag-flooring.html 

Shadowy Profiles http://www.dudecraft.com/2012/08/shadowy-profiles.html  

Spicy Storage Solution Frees Up Stacks of Cupboard Space http://dornob.com/spicy-storage-solution-frees-up-stacks-of-cupboard-space/  

How To Cover Up Dings in Wooden Furniture Home Hacks http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-cover-up-dings-in-woode-109198  

Design

Forget Doggie Doors: Home Remodel Has Canine Staircase http://dornob.com/forget-doggie-doors-home-remodel-has-canine-staircase/  

Beekeeping

Happy Bees Equals Happy Beekeeper, and How To Treat Bee Stings. – http://www.backyardecosystem.com/backwards-beekeeping/happy-bees-equals-happy-beekeeper-how-treat-bee-stings/ 

Whatever happened to common sense? 

Not to be outdone by Canada, another city wants to ruin an urban garden. Please help! http://chn.ge/RimMiZ 

What do USDA inspectors do? Undercover video shutters another dairy cull slaughterhouse in Calif. | barfblog http://barfblog.foodsafety.ksu.edu/blog/155879/12/08/21/what-do-usda-inspectors-do-undercover-video-shutters-another-dairy-cull-slaught#.UDO_tI5mjXk.twitter 

Bakers Green Acres vs. Michigan DNR – Family Farm Under Attack: http://youtu.be/843yH_0RMIA

Do companies really need babysitters? China stiff-arms FDA on jerky pet treat testing, reports show | barfblog http://barfblog.foodsafety.ksu.edu/blog/155901/12/08/23/do-companies-really-need-babysitters-china-stiff-arms-fda-jerky-pet-treat-testi#.UDa6kfTHEpw.twitter  
   
Gardening

Letting Things Go in the Garden (on purpose) http://shar.es/77QaJ 

Community 

A vivid account of life in The Late Suburban Age: http://www.nfb.ca/film/radiant_city/ 

RT @theurbanologist: Tourists & Angelenos alike will find this 1907 map of streetcar routes in LA most helpful: http://ow.ly/dbzO0

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Saturday Linkages: Making Things and Herding Ducks

Herding ducks. Via The Tangled Nest.


DIY
Simple Swiss fences for the homestead: http://dirttime.com/?p=2687 via Practical Parsimony

Build-It-Solar Blog: Comparing the Performance of Two DIY Solar Water Heaters http://www.builditsolarblog.com/2012/07/comparing-performance-of-two-diy-solar.html?spref=tw 

Build-It-Solar Blog: Using Your Lawn Sprinkling Water to Cool the House… http://www.builditsolarblog.com/2012/08/using-your-lawn-sprinkling-water-to.html?spref=tw 

New video series from MAKE: “DiResta”: http://boingboing.net/2012/08/15/new-video-series-from-make.html 

Inspired By. . . SunRay Kelley http://lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/2012/08/inspired-by-sunray-kelley.html#.UCwiEif7Ek0.twitter 

Cooking and Preserving
Canning 101: Learning to be Flexible http://www.foodinjars.com/2012/08/cannin

Step Up the S’more: 7 Ideas for Campfire Treats by Chris Rochelle: Chocolate Cake Baked in an Orange http://www.chow.com/galleries/315/step-up-the-smore-7-ideas-for-campfire-treats-by-chris-rochelle/7324/chocolate-cake-baked-in-an-orange  

Fowl
How to Herd Your Chickens (or ducks) http://shar.es/v87HU 

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Saturday Linkages: Now With Catagories (and Skateboarding Goats)

Design

Small Cabin Plans Online http://lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/2012/08/small-cabin-plans-online.html#.UCFFrqY1GF0.twitter  

How-To: Crackle Paint Finish with Elmer’s Glue http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2012/08/how-to_crackle_paint_finish_wi.html  

Flat pack live/work loft: http://www.spaceflavor.com/Cube_Prefabricated_Home_Live_Work_Loft.html 

Events

Are you pressure cooking, yet?!? Free San Francisco Bay demos lure cooks to the pressure cooker http://shar.es/vxakE  


Cookin’

Pickled Beets with Orange and Coriander. Excellent on a sandwich with goat cheese and pesto. http://fb.me/1HJYF63ww via @nwedible

Gardenin’

Growing chayote: Bury one fruit, get an epic plant http://www.latimes.com/features/home/la-lh-chayote-planting-20120806,0,5571772.story  

Small-garden ideas from Thomas Rainer | Garden Rant http://gardenrant.com/2012/08/thomas-rainer-small-garden-ideas.html 
 

Health

Lesson Burned: Does Sunscreen Actually Reduce the Risk of Cancer? http://shar.es/vlki0

I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried . . . 

Skateboarding goat wins Guinness World Record (video): http://boingboing.net/2012/08/10/skateboarding-goat-wins-guinne.html  

Road rage against cyclist–by an elephant. I reiterate my call for separated elephant lanes, preferably buffered. http://ow.ly/cO6HX via @dudeonabike

Slicing vegetables with thrown playing cards: http://boingboing.net/2012/08/06/silcing-vegetables-with-thrown.html 

Miami restaurant serves up (Salmonella) sushi, sashimi on naked models | barfblog: http://barfblog.foodsafety.ksu.edu/blog/155812/12/08/04/miami-restaurant-serves-salmonella-sushi-sashimi-naked-models#.UB3Nna2ionM.twitter 

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Saturday Linkages: Soil Liming, Vegans Partying, Cats and Couches

Designer Seungji Mun’s cat couch.

Please Stop Liming your Soil Based on the pH! | Garden Rant http://gardenrant.com/2012/07/please-stop-liming-your-soil-based-on-the-ph.html 

Vegans party … at the butcher shop! http://www.latimes.com/features/food/dailydish/la-dd-vegans-party-at-the-butcher-shop-20120801,0,7684645.story 

Small Homes in Working Class Neighborhoods http://bit.ly/NMf0xX

Purr-fect Playground: Human Sofa Doubles as Feline Toy | Designs & Ideas on Dornob http://dornob.com/purr-fect-playground-human-sofa-doubles-as-feline-toy/ 

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Saturday Linkages: Pig’s Milk, Hot Sauce, Clutter

Nettle hot sauce recipe from the Wild Food Lab.

How About a Nice Cold Glass of Camel, Buffalo, or Pig Milk?

Artisinal cocktail movement gets out of hand: Stop the Madness! | Garden Rant http://gardenrant.com/2012/07/stop-the-madness.html  

Yes, there’s a parasite of the day blog: http://dailyparasite.blogspot.com

The Clutter Culture via UCLA Magazine http://magazine.ucla.edu/features/the-clutter-culture/ 

And, how to deal with that clutter: Unf#$&^% Your Habitat: a smart phone ap for messy people: http://boingboing.net/2012/07/25/unfuck-your-habitat-tidy-advi.html 

Compendium of Research Reports on Use of Non-Traditional Materials for Crop Production: http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/compendium/index.aspx  

Cross-contamination: washing chicken or any meat is a bad idea | barfblog: http://bit.ly/M4pybB 

Making hot sauces with wild plants: http://www.urbanoutdoorskills.com/wildfoodlab.html  

How to Restore an Heirloom Axe | The Art of Manliness http://artofmanliness.com/2012/07/17/how-to-restore-an-heirloom-axe/  

Of all the linkages this week this is the most important: please consider helping one of Los Angeles’ bike activists, Shay Sanchez, defeat a terrible disease: Raise Money for Shay’s Kick Butt and Get Better Fund -  http://www.youcaring.com/fundraiser_details?fundraiser_id=1412&url=shays  

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