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"Canned beans and ramen noodles night after night"

Budget Bytes is a weblog/recipe collection I use every single week. It has priced-out ingredients for each recipe and often recipes stay under about $1.50/serving, which is nice for those of us on tight budgets. [more inside]
posted by thegears at 12:15 PM Jun 16 2018 - 60 comments [219 favorites (52 in the past 24 hours)]

Bike a scarf in five minutes or less

The Cyclo Knitter is the perfect contraption for those cold waits at a train station when one has forgotten their book. Design student George Barratt-Jones's invention, a five minute stationary bike ride on the machine knits up a simple scarf to cozy in or give away. Watch the bike-scarf-er in action or read more about the design process and construction. [more inside]
posted by hapaxes.legomenon at 9:20 AM Jun 17 2018 - 17 comments [46 favorites]

No one leaves home unless/home is the mouth of a shark.

The deeply-personal Home, by British-Somali poet Warsan Shire, has become a rallying call for refugees and their advocates. Listen to her read it. An earlier version of the poem, Conversations About Home (at a deportation centre), featured an unusual typographical style. Watch her read it. [CW: sexual abuse]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:47 PM Jun 16 2018 - 9 comments [34 favorites (33 in the past 24 hours)]

When Gays Wanted to Liberate Children

"Rearing children should be the common responsibility of the whole community. Any legal rights parents have over ‘their’ children should be dissolved and each child should be free to choose its own destiny."
posted by latkes at 9:00 AM Jun 17 2018 - 12 comments [28 favorites]

Feminize Your Canon

The Paris Review's new monthly column, Feminize Your Canon seeks to explore the lives and works of women writers who have achieved less attention and/or appreciation than one might think they ought. First up: Lapham's Quarterly's Emma Garman profiles 20th-Century British novelist, poet, and reviewer Olivia Manning. [more inside]
posted by The Wrong Kind of Cheese at 6:50 PM Jun 16 2018 - 15 comments [49 favorites (27 in the past 24 hours)]

"there is no such thing as negative visibility"

A Clear Look at the Issue of Resolution
Steve Yedlin, ASC [previously] offers an intriguing demonstration on how capture formats, pixel counts and postproduction techniques affect image quality and why simply counting Ks is not a solution when selecting a camera.
[more inside]
posted by Bangaioh at 4:24 AM Jun 17 2018 - 12 comments [25 favorites]

Adding Color Evokes Empathy

The Passionate Photo Colorizers Who Are Humanizing the Past
“I love how colorized photos enable me to imagine these guys walking around today,” one commenter remarked. “I feel like I saw this guy at the store,” wrote another.
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posted by hilaryjade at 9:37 AM Jun 17 2018 - 23 comments [24 favorites]

To speak of modern things in an ancient voice

"I watched these pothole crews going up and down my street, and there was a defiant pothole in front of my house that was just staying, that wasn't being fixed. I thought I should fill it in." That was mosaic artist Jim Bachor in 2014, when his 87-year-old neighbor stood lookout as Bachor turned an eyesore into eye candy. Just look at what he pothole vigilante has been up to since then. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 7:02 PM Jun 17 2018 - 9 comments [24 favorites]

Patriotic Patriarchy: Working for the Man

Utopia and work - "The utopianism of full employment is so entrenched, as a seemingly uncontested common sense, it's difficult to imagine a different utopian horizon. But there is one, which emerges from at least three different theoretical and political traditions." (via) [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 3:03 PM Jun 17 2018 - 3 comments [22 favorites]

Confessions of a Disk Cracker: the secrets of 4am

As of February 2018, 4am has deprotected 1673 Apple II software titles, and that number is still climbing.
posted by So You're Saying These Are Pants? at 5:28 PM Jun 16 2018 - 23 comments [41 favorites (19 in the past 24 hours)]

Wiki-Food and (mostly) Women

The Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery (previously) in collaboration with the British Library is running Wiki-Food and (mostly) Women, a project aimed at improving and expanding Wikipedia's food coverage, especially (but not exclusively) entries related to women and those outside of the Western gaze. Four edit-a-thons have been held to date, and some of the improved articles include Sophie Coe (historian of chocolate), Anna Wecker (16th century German cookbook author) and the use of charcoal in food.
posted by Vesihiisi at 4:43 AM Jun 17 2018 - 4 comments [18 favorites]

Creative applications of color theory in landscape photography

Photorapher Erin Babnick gives anyone interested in colour and photography a different perspective. Illustrated with some gorgeous examples, this isn't a photoshop tutorial, but rather a way to think about colour.
posted by smoke at 6:40 PM Jun 16 2018 - 13 comments [37 favorites (17 in the past 24 hours)]

It Can Happen Here

It Can Happen Here [more inside]
posted by y2karl at 4:09 PM Jun 16 2018 - 37 comments [43 favorites (16 in the past 24 hours)]

A Handful of Female Glass Artists

Just some really cool women doing some really cool glass artwork, some functional, some not. Check out Chris Wood for her amazing dichroic glass wall panels that sculpt light. If you liked the crystal foxes from Star Wars, you'll love the work of Marta Klonowska who makes lifelike animals from shattered glass. If shoes are more your speed, check out Dellene Peralta's dope work. Finally, the work of Ginny Ruffner opens the world of what it means to create accessible glass art by someone with a disability.
posted by stoneweaver at 2:21 PM Jun 17 2018 - 5 comments [16 favorites]

Urban Hammocking: It's a Thing

Swaying gently in an urban hammock has become increasingly popular as lightweight and more advanced hammock designs have become available. There are photos. There are articles. Sometimes permits are required. [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna at 12:05 PM Jun 17 2018 - 44 comments [15 favorites]

Dress for Success - 2018 Edition

GM's dress code is only two words
While GM’s dress code empowers all employees, it’s particularly impactful for women.
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posted by hilaryjade at 6:04 AM Jun 16 2018 - 144 comments [50 favorites (14 in the past 24 hours)]

In Search Of Forgotten Colors

Sachio Yoshioka is the fifth-generation head of the Somenotsukasa Yoshioka dye workshop in Fushimi, southern Kyoto. When he succeeded to the family business in 1988, he abandoned the use of synthetic colours in favour of dyeing solely with plants and other natural materials. 30 years on, the workshop produces an extensive range of extremely beautiful colours. [more inside]
posted by carter at 4:39 AM Jun 16 2018 - 26 comments [73 favorites (12 in the past 24 hours)]


In Detroit's busiest ER, a man with his own dark past tries to halt a cycle of violence [LATimes] 'In the first year of the program, Winans received a letter from President Obama honoring his achievements as a mentor. He keeps it in his office along with a photograph of himself in a prison uniform and a portrait of his father taken shortly before he was killed.'
posted by riruro at 6:41 AM Jun 17 2018 - 3 comments [11 favorites]

From Little Fanny to Fluffy Ruffles

In the cookie-cutter conservative era of the 1950s, even good, wholesome girls were undressing Elvis, and not just in their minds. During the mid-20th century, the popularity of paper dolls peaked and production boomed like never before. By then, the medium was well-established as a cheap way for young people to make believe: You could be Martha Washington, carefully selecting a regal wardrobe, or a rebellious teen-queen cruising around with famous rock idols. But these simple-seeming toys have a complicated past. [more inside]
posted by MovableBookLady at 8:51 AM Jun 17 2018 - 11 comments [10 favorites]

Get them while they're hot

For centuries -- millennia even -- the biggest goal of Pixar fanatics has been to find the Holy Grail, the rarest of all DVDs to bear the lamp: Made In Point Richmond. Given out exclusively to employees shortly before the studio moved to a larger facility, it was never sold to the public. You could only have a copy if you worked for the company at the time, and though it had grown to a staff of hundreds by the time the disc was printed, it still wasn't as big as it is now.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 5:39 PM Jun 17 2018 - 8 comments [10 favorites]

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