Saturday Linkages: I’m tired of doom, let’s garden and make things . . .

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Onesmus Mwangi’s homemade helicopter.

Gardens
Thomas Rainer’s amazing garden http://landscapeofmeaning.blogspot.com/2013/05/pleasure-garden.html?spref=tw …

Container planting: intuition vs. reality: http://ow.ly/1WWQXg

Praise for Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land http://j.mp/ZekBDm

DIY
Small Batch Strawberry Rhubarb Jam + Rhubarb Recipes from the Archives http://www.foodinjars.com/2013/05/small-batch-strawberry-rhubarb-jam-rhubarb-recipes-from-the-archives/ …

A home-brew helicopter in Africa: http://www.afrigadget.com/2013/05/30/kiambu-chopper-et-al/ …

Small batch artisanal high-fructose corn syrup: http://boingboing.net/2013/05/30/small-batch-artisanal-high-fru.html …

Nolita’s Little Free Library http://www.stereotank.com/Little-Free-Library …

Fitness
Is It Better to Walk or Run? http://ow.ly/lyt12

Activate
Demand Home Depot, Lowe’s stop selling bee-killing poisons. Click to take action: http://bit.ly/13mU9GQ

Help the EFF save podcasting from a patent troll: http://boingboing.net/2013/05/30/help-the-eff-save-podcasting-f.html …

Disaster porn and elite panic: the militarized lie of savage disaster aftermath: http://boingboing.net/2013/05/27/disaster-porn-and-elite-panic.html …

Modified Wheat Is Discovered in Oregon http://nyti.ms/11pSRG9

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Saturday Linkages: A Log Lounge, Tiny Apartments and Poop Scrubbing People

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Log chair via Decor Hacks.

DIY
Log Lounge Chair http://decorhacks.com/2013/05/log-lounge-chair/ …

Luxury trash Chandelier http://www.recyclart.org/2013/05/luxury-trash/ …

Tiny Apartments
Freedom Rooms: Micro Apartments Designed by Prisoners | Designs & Ideas on Dornob http://dornob.com/freedom-rooms-micro-apartments-designed-by-prisoners/ …

Manhattan shoebox apartment: a 78-square-foot mini studio http://lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/2013/05/manhattan-shoebox-apartment-78-square.html#.UZzSuJnl-0s.twitter …

Questioning 3d Printing
3D Printing in the Home: Fad, Fantasy, or the Future? : TreeHugger http://www.treehugger.com/gadgets/3d-printing-in-home-fad-fantasy-future.html …
Laxative ad promises tiny poop-scrubbing people for your colon: http://boingboing.net/2013/05/21/laxative-ad-promises-tiny-poop.html …
Keeping Fit
Susan Orlean: The Power of Walking While Working http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/05/20/130520fa_fact_orlean?mbid=social_retweet …

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Saturday Linkages: The Usual Suspects–Goats, Bikes and Tiny Houses

3D printed slug trap. Via Modern Farmer.

3D printed slug trap. Via Modern Farmer.

Small House Living
Tiny Cabin With Fold-out Porches http://lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/2013/05/tiny-cabin-with-fold-out-porches.html#.UZO74lkyivE.twitter …

Spherical Tree Tents for Temporary & Permanent Dwelling | Designs & Ideas on Dornob http://dornob.com/spherical-tree-tents-for-temporary-permanent-dwelling/ …

Tokyo’s Tiniest Apartments are Like Expensive Little Closets | Designs & Ideas on Dornob http://dornob.com/tokyos-tiniest-apartments-are-like-expensive-little-closets/ …

DIY
Wooden Boat Building http://lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/2013/05

DIY garden gear made with a 3d printer: http://modernfarmer.com/2013/05/diy-garden-gear-made-with-a-3d-printer/ …

3D Printed Track Bike http://www.dudecraft.com/2013/05/3d-printed-track-bike.html#.UZO-C2bKjeA.twitter …

Goats, Just Goats
Goats in the house: modernfarmer.com/2013/05/farmer-mistakes-goats-in-the-house/ …

Moving
Susan Orlean: The Power of Walking While Working http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/05/20/130520fa_fact_orlean?mbid=social_retweet …

Streetfacts #4: Children Have Lost the Freedom to Roam http://www.streetfilms.org/streetfacts-4-children-have-lost-the-freedom-to-roam/#.UY_N3AF95YU.twitter …

Mexitech 3D tortilla printer “miMasa3000″ available soon: http://boingboing.net/2013/05/16/mexitech-3d-tortilla-printer.html …

Bikes
As CicLAvia proves, Angelenos are eager to get out of their cars and onto bikes | http://OregonLive.com  http://www.oregonlive.com/cycling/index.ssf/2013/04/as_ciclavia_proves_angelenos_a.html …

“The Spokesman” A Great 3-Minute Video About Bikes http://is.gd/axokof

Mounted Handlebars http://decorhacks.com/2013/03/mounted-handlebars/ … via

Gutter Cloud http://decorhacks.com/2013/03/gutter-cloud/ …

Gross
Ignoring Bee Crisis, EPA Greenlights New ‘Highly Toxic’ Pesticide | Common Dreams https://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/05/09-3#.UY_JscCQt6N.twitter …

Shell’s racist pesticide ad, 1957: http://boingboing.net/2013/05/13/shells-racist-pesticide-ad.html …

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Saturday Linkages: Cheapskates and Controversy!

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What happens when you Instagram airline food. Photo by John Walton.

Cheapskates
Three Friends Make An Attempt to ‘Live Below the Line’ http://thebillfold.com/2013/05/three-friends-make-an-attempt-to-live-below-the-line/ …

How to make a cake pan banjo: http://boingboing.net/2013/05/10/how-to-make-a-cake-pan-banjo-u.html …

Controversy
Is Michael Pollan a sexist pig? http://www.salon.com/2013/04/28/is_michael_pollan_a_sexist_pig/ …

In Defense of Michael Pollan (Or, How Sexism Allegations Boost Web Traffic) http://huff.to/16ougcC 

When Master Gardeners Break the Rule and say they’re Master Gardeners | Garden Rant http://gardenrant.com/2013/04/when-master-gardeners-break-the-rules-and-say-theyre-master-gardeners.html …

Containers make lousy houses: http://lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/2013/05/containers-make-lousy-houses.html#.UYf3intXlQc.twitter …

Instagramming Your Food May Signal Bigger Problem, Researcher Says http://huff.to/18Tnzw8 

Will Google Glass End Distracted Driving?: http://blog.esurance.com/will-google-glass-end-distracted-driving/#.UYSRC4KyvdI.twitter …

Bikes
Bicycle hackers of 1948: http://boingboing.net/2013/05/08/bicycle-hackers-of-1948.html …

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Saturday Linkages: Naked Gardening, Ticks, Walking in LA and Eating Giant Rats

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Couple gets booted out of the first world naked gardening day.

Watch out for the nettles . . .
World naked gardening day–May 4: http://www.wngd.org [Editors note: NSFW and no we won't be participating in WNGD, but I once saw a neighbor doing so while I was walking our dog a few years ago.]

Making Things
Paul Elkin, Maker of Many Things http://lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/2013/04/paul-elkin-maker-of-many-things.html#.UYSMGz1dyX8.twitter …

The Climbing rope lamp http://www.recyclart.org/2013/05/the-climbing-rope-lamp/ …

Tiny Houses Give Slum Dwellers a Safe Home in Just One Day | Designs & Ideas on Dornob http://dornob.com/tiny-houses-give-slum-dwellers-a-safe-home-in-just-one-day/ …

Subtle Site Strategy: Garden Wall Home Has Hidden Depths | Designs & Ideas on Dornob http://dornob.com/subtle-site-strategy-garden-wall-home-has-hidden-depths/ …

We’re all gonna die!
You Won’t Believe What’s In Your Turkey Burger http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2013/04/theres-fecal-bacteria-your-ground-turkey …

The Rise of the Tick http://shar.es/lr7aE 

Nobody Walks in L.A.: The Rise of Cars and the Monorails That Never Were http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/paleofuture/2013/04/nobody-walks-in-l-a-the-rise-of-cars-and-the-monorails-that-never-were/#.UX_mJ2g5vmA.twitter …

Rat sandwich?
Meat from a 20-lb swamp rat: http://boingboing.net/2013/04/29/meat-from-a-20-kb-swamp-rat-t.html …

Bread Magazine, a magazine devoted to . . . bread: http://bread.insanelyinterested.com/back-issues/

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Saturday Linkages: Tall Bikes, Za’atar and So Much More

tall bike at Ciclavia

Growin’
Why Your Supermarket Only Sells 5 Kinds of Apples http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2013/04/heritage-apples-john-bunker-maine …

Taming the Wild Thyme: A Visit to a Za’atar Farm in Lebanon http://ow.ly/kqeoi 

New Farmer’s Almanac for 2013: http://boingboing.net/2013/04/21/new-farmers-almanac-for-2013.html …

Plants as Education: Kit Brings Gardening Back to the Masses http://dornob.com/37885/ 

Fortrait #4 “Subterranean Breakfast Nook” http://lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/2013/04/fortrait-4-subterranean-breakfast-nook.html#.UXnyUt75KCs.twitter …

Buildin
Temporary Housing for Displaced Fukushima Residents http://lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/2013/04/temporary-housing-for-displaced.html#.UXnyPtA6AAs.twitter …

A Biodegradable and Sustainable Home by Torsten Ottesjö: http://ifitshipitshere.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/hus-1-a-biodegradable-and-sustainable-home-by-torsten-ottesjo/ …

Designin’
Caddis fly larvae coaxed into building cocoons out of precious metals and gems – Boing Boing http://boingboing.net/2013/04/23/caddis-fly-larvae-coaxed-into.html …

Altered Appliances: Bake Your Own Edible Dishware | Designs & Ideas on Dornob http://dornob.com/altered-appliances-bake-your-own-edible-dishware/ …

DIY Bacon: http://www.smallanddeliciouslife.com/the-bacon-life/

Bees in slow-mo! http://www.smallanddeliciouslife.com/dance-of-the-honey-bee/ …

A house in Alabama, a yard in Africa: #JoeMinter and 400 years of African-American history: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/25/garden/joe-minters-african-village-in-america.html?ref=garden … pic.twitter.com/qx07xlvDa4

Bikin’
Here’s what it feels like to ride a 14.5-foot-tall bike http://grist.org/list/heres-what-it-feels-like-to-ride-a-14-5-foot-tall-bike/#.UXl2JmJoeY0.twitter …

Bikesnob on self driving cars: http://bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com/2013/04/this-just-in-off-to-cleveland-then-im.html …

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Saturday Linkages: Roach Racing, Bedding the Farmer and Eating Like Goats

roach racing

Vintage ad for cockroach racing set: http://boingboing.net/2013/04/16/vintage-ad-for-cockroach-racin.html …

It’s raining, it’s pouring, it’s a good time for a site assessment… http://ow.ly/1VjdSq

Bedding the Farmer: At Greenmarkets, Lust Blooms Among the Rutabagas http://observer.com/?p=296706 

Saint Hildegard’s Cookies of Joy http://thetanglednest.com/2013/04/saint-hildegards-cookies/ …

Sun Hives: pollination and health before honey – Boing Boing http://boingboing.net/2013/04/15/sun-hives-pollination-and-hea.html …

Genetically modifiying people to eat like goats: http://www.ediblegeography.com/cyborg-digestion/ … via @tomfurt

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Saturday Linkages: Hiding Spots, Bedbugs and Rodents of Unusual Size

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Francesco Morackini’s stealth prohibition kit. Via Dornob.

Prepping meets modern design
Cheeky Kitchen Objects Hide a stealth prohibition kit| Designs & Ideas on Dornob http://dornob.com/cheeky-kitchen-objects-hide-a-provocative-secret-function/ …

Hiding in Plain Sight: Brilliant DIY Safe in Overlooked Spot | Designs & Ideas on Dornob http://dornob.com/hiding-in-plain-sight-brilliant-diy-safe-in-overlooked-spot/ …

Obviously Secret: 8 Great Hiding Spots in Ordinary Objects | Designs & Ideas on Dornob http://dornob.com/obviously-secret-8-great-hiding-spots-in-ordinary-objects/ …

130 Square Foot Micro Apartment in Paris | Inthralld http://inthralld.com/2013/04/130-square-foot-micro-apartment-in-paris/ …

Bedbugs!
How a Leafy Folk Remedy Stopped Bedbugs in Their Tracks http://nyti.ms/12H9HDI

Gardening
All About Gabions : Cheap Retaining and Other Garden Features http://shar.es/JHCQS 

New killer compost problem–Imprelis: http://ow.ly/1UWcBj

How to protect plants from frost: http://ow.ly/1UMWLG

Farmers tackle pests with colas: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3977351.stm …

Rodents of Unusual Size – a documentary about 20-lb rats in Louisiana – Boing Boing http://boingboing.net/2013/04/09/rodents-of-unusual-size-a-do.html …

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Saturday Linkages: Beer Caps n’ Plants

beer cap bathroom floor

Beer cap floor via Dude Craft.

DIY
Beer Cap Bathroom Floor http://www.dudecraft.com/2013/04/beer-cap-bathroom-floor.html …

Lecture on stone-wall building, with miniature stone wall built: http://boingboing.net/2013/04/02/lecture-on-stone-wall-building.html …

Plants!
Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land http://j.mp/12r218m

Transmitted light photos of houseplants: http://plantsarethestrangestpeople.blogspot.com/2013/04/exceptionally-pretty-pictures.htmlntsarethestrangestpeople.blogspot.com/2013/04/except… …

grounded design by Thomas Rainer: Noel Kingsbury: The Ghost in the Machine http://landscapeofmeaning.blogspot.com/2013/04/noel-kingsbury-ghost-in-machine.html?spref=tw …

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Saturday Linkages: Poison, Pee and Plagiarism

Google Map birdhouse

Birdhouse shaped like a Google Map icon. Via Dornob.

For the birds
Avian Accommodations: Google Map Pin-Shaped Birdhouses | Designs & Ideas on Dornob http://dornob.com/avian-accommodations-google-map-pin-shaped-birdhouses/ …

Thar she blows . . .
Here’s to No-Blow Gardens | Garden Rant http://gardenrant.com/2013/03/heres-to-no-blow-gardens.html …

DIY
Pure Salvage: 10 Eclectic Tiny Homes Built with 99% Scrap | Designs & Ideas on Dornob http://dornob.com/pure-salvage-10-eclectic-tiny-homes-built-with-99-scrap/ …

Poison
Umm…what exactly is botulism? (Part I) http://wp.me/p2TfI0-64 

The case of the poison potato: http://boingboing.net/2013/03/25/the-case-of-the-poison-potato.html …

Pee
How To Use Pee In Your Garden http://www.nwedible.com/2013/03/how-to-use-pee-in-your-garden.html …

Plagiarism
Jane Goodall’s Troubling, Plagiarized, Error-Filled New Book, ‘Seeds of Hope’ http://thebea.st/X9k58O 

???
Hard times for Marshmallow farmers!: http://youtu.be/h9RfuD1Im4U 

Vegan Black Metal Chef, A Vegan Cooking Show Like No Other http://laughingsquid.com/vegan-black-metal-chef-a-vegan-cooking-show-like-no-other/ …

The Archdruid Report: The Illusion of Invincibility http://thearchdruidreport.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-illusion-of-invincibility.html?spref=tw …

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