New Year’s Resolutions

It’s a week for formulating New Years resolutions and I have two that stem from reading Ferran Adrià’s A Day at elBulli . Adrià is one of the main proponents of “molecular gastronomy” (though he rejects the term) a style of cooking that involves not just unusual ingredients, but the creation of entirely new forms of cooking. Think dry ice, freeze drying and culinary thoughtstylings such as “Spherification.” B...

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Ikea Hack: Ancient Greek Couch

Call me pretentious and crazy. When it came time to replace our dog-damaged living room couch I decided to recreate an ancient Greek/Roman couch using scavenged and inexpensive materials. A broken child’s bed, some cheap table legs from Home Depot and an Ikea cushion make for a quick and easy project. If I were to make two more of these couches and a low table I’d have the complete ancient dining room or “triclinion.” Wh...

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Sundiner

..., a 1960s era portable record player. Dig that groovin’ temperature dial.  The instructions are printed on the inside cover. I can almost taste the heavy nitrites in those 1960s hot dogs. For more vintage solar thoughtstylings see Life Magazine’s “Solar Power Back in the Day.”...

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Radical Beekeeper Michael Thiele Ventures Into New Territory

...g the driving.” I have to say that several years ago, after I first began working with bees under the tutelage of radical beekeeper Kirk Anderson, I had odd, visionary dreams very much in line with Thiele’s outre thoughtstylings. And I was never prone to those sorts of dreams until bees entered my life. It was as if the bien really did open some sort of new viewpoint or gateway. It’s my hope that the same gate opens for many ot...

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Saturday Linkages: Fueling Up

...m-mar k-frauenfelder-editor+in+chief-of-make-magazine-and-this-is-how-i-work  … Free Heat for Your Home: Homemade Briquettes and Logs http:// naturalbuildingblog.com/free-heat-for- your-home-homemade-briquettes-and-logs/  … Thoughtstylings Mark Bittman: A Simple Fix for Farming http:// nyti.ms/VjNlZb Fueling up: http:// we2our2.blogspot.com/2012/10/fuelin g-up.html  … Health The Island Where People Forget to Die http:// nyti.ms/S3Mitk Bikes...

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Saturday Linkages: Repair is Beautiful

DIY Beauty of overwrought repair: http://boingboing.net/2013/01/14/beauty-of-overwrought-repair.html … Custom Map Murals Make for Excellent Contextual Wall Decor | Designs & Ideas on Dornob http://dornob.com/custom-map-murals-make-for-excellent-contextual-wall-decor/ … Vintage DIY: Wired Staffers’ Favorite Classic Gear Manuals | Wired Design | http://Wired.com  http://www.wired.com/design/2013/01/owners-manuals/ … Thoughtstylings T...

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Saturday Linkages: Don’t seek the truth – just drop your opinions

...t-bottomed Sailboat http:// lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/2012/10/small- flat-bottomed-sailboat.html#.UH78qIIo7TY.twitter  … Car Tent for stealth city camping: Geekologie http://www. geekologie.com/2007/06/car-te nt.php  …  Thoughtstylings Heirloom Apples, Heritage Orchards & Cideries Bring Back Food Diversity and Jobs to Our Communities http:// j.mp/VkvZvh World Food Day: A Franciscan Prayer Service on Behalf of Farmers, Farmworkers ...

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Incandescent, Compact Fluorescent or LED?

...al quality of LED light. They are not so good for lighting an entire room. Many compact florescents (CFL) will have short lifespans if you put them in sealed, enclosed or recessed lighting fixtures. You also have to check the label and perhaps even call the manufacturer to figure out if a CFL will work in a horizontal, base-up or base-down fixture. CFLs perform poorly if turned on and off without at least 15 to 30 minutes to warm up. CFLs contain...

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How to save tomato seed

...paper plates. Tomato seeds stick to paper towels, so if you use those you may end up having to plant the seeds on their little bits of towel. Once they are bone dry, transfer to envelopes or glass jars for storage. Be sure to label! *I just lost a batch to germination. I blame the heat. It didn’t seem like they’d be fermenting that long, but after I drained my seeds I saw the tiny little white nubbins poking out of the seeds. Now I...

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