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How To: Make Cider Mill Donuts

Apple Cider Donuts This is one of the things I miss most from the Midwest.

October 28, 2009

How To: Make a Roy Lichtenstein costume

CHARMED: It's the Most Wonderul Time of the Year

How To: Make a Meat Hand

not martha - Meat Hand Yes, it's meatloaf. But the creepiest damn meatloaf I ever did see.

October 25, 2009

How to: Make a brain cake for Halloween

Brain Cake

October 23, 2009

Finally, the universal phone charger

BBC NEWS | Technology | Universal phone charger approved
A new mobile phone charger that will work with any handset has been approved by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a United Nations body. Industry body the GSMA predicts that 51,000 tonnes of redundant chargers are generated each year. Currently most chargers are product or brand specific, so people tend to change them when they upgrade to a new phone.

October 22, 2009

Using the tarot to write your novel

The Tarot as a Tool for Writing Your Novel I fully support this method. I've written stories using tarot cards to decide certain things (character arcs, plot twists, etc). It's fun and oddly liberating. It bears mentioning that Philip K Dick similarly used the I Ching to write "Man in the High Castle," letting the I Ching decide the plot and characters. He found it very helpful, but also incredibly creepy. The novel, of course, is amazing.
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) begins in just a few days, on November 1st, and thousands of would-be authors are registering with high hopes of crossing the finish line on November 30th, novel firmly in hand. The objective of writing at least 50,000 words in 30 days doesn’t seem so daunting, until the sobering thought hits that you have absolutely no idea what you’re going to write about. Or perhaps you do have an idea—one that would look great as a blurb on a book jacket cover–but the plot is eluding you, or you can’t see your novel’s characters very clearly. One solution is to prime your creativity pump by turning to the tarot. Although the tarot is most often used as a tool for divination, tarot cards are also great, practical tools for writing and creative thinking. Corrine Kenner, author of “Tarot for Writers”, explains that well-known writers, such as John Steinbeck and Stephen King, have used tarot cards for inspiration. She adds that Italian novelist Italo Calvino went so far as to call the tarot “a machine for writing stories.” If you’re thinking of writing a novel, you can apply the imagery and symbolism of the 78 cards of the tarot to help you develop plot, conflict, character profiles, dialogue, and scenery, as well as to introduce unpredictable elements. The cards can even serve as a creativity prompt if you hit a brick wall while you’re writing. With a tarot deck beside you, you won’t be starting out with a blank sheet of paper. Instead, you’ll have a world of imagery as your disposal, which, if you allow your imagination and intuition to step forward, will begin to move, speak, and take action. This article will help you get started in using the tarot to write your novel.
*via Jeff Lester*

October 21, 2009

B&N launches worst-named e-reader yet

MOBYLIVES -- Barnes & Noble announces worst product name in recorded history
Barnes & Nobel unveiled its new ereader at an event in Manhattan late yesterday afternoon, and it’s meeting with an overwhelmingly positive responses, most of which, naturally, compare it to the Kindle. Called the Nook — the Nook E-Book Reader, get it? Yep, the Nookie Book Reader! — it will go on sale next Tuesday and begin shipping in late November. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the device will have an e-paper display from E-Ink Corp. and a small, color-touch screen for control and typing, will have wireless internet connection, and run on Google’s Android operating system. It will have two gigs of expandable memory and hold about 1500 books. And it will list at $259 … to the penny, the same price as a Kindle. B&N will also offer subscriptions to “more than 20 newspapers, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal – and eventually expects to offer, in digital form, subscriptions to every major U.S. daily.”

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