Life's Too Short - Val Kilmer as Batman

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What kids around the world eat for breakfast

What kids around the world eat for breakfast

Children all over the world eat cornflakes and drink chocolate milk, of course, but in many places they also eat things that would strike the average American palate as strange, or worse.

Yet another fascinating photo essay about people around the word and what kind of stuff they have. In this case the people are kids and the stuff is what they're having for breakfast.

Jon's Bushcraft

Jon's Bushcraft

On jonsbushcraft.com, Jon shares his knowlege of how to make stuff (cordage, cups, fire, canoes) out of things you find in the woods.

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How Far Would You Go? Finishing a 50 Year Old Embroidery Project

I have been working steadily to complete the unfinished stitching (UFOs or unfinished objects among stitchers) of my Mom and her mom. I completed the Welcome embroidery and it is framed and welcoming people into a loving home.  I feel happy that this piece did not end up half stitched in the Savers or Goodwill.  I see things like that in thrift stores and I do not buy them unless they are the coolest design I have ever seen.  I do not feel compelled to save those pieces.  I do feel compelled to finish the stitching started by the women in my family and shepherd that stitching into a good home.

How far would you go to finish a UFO? 
There was a massive house cleaning and a high quality linen tablecloth about one quarter stitched came to light. My mom began it a lifetime ago.  Began stitching a color scheme she was not wild about for someone, someone who is not around and is definitely not on the Christmas card list.  Enough.  It was nothing she was going to ever pick up again.

But, it was really nice linen which is virtually indestructible. It was not yellowed or stained.  I liked the black, red and gray color scheme.  So, I figured I would get busy and finish this piece of linen that had been stored and forgotten for at least 50 years.  

And, lo and behold, there is one less UFO in the world!  

Now, who wants a cool linen tablecloth in black, red and gray, 52" by 70"?  

Finished tablecloth

Aerial view of half the cloth

corner and pattern

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Aspirational, Starring Kirsten Dunst

Hooray for smartphones.

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So You Want To Be a Farmer...

So You Want To Be a Farmer…

Many small farms take in apprentices or interns (a largely semantic distinction) for a growing season. According
 to Thistlethwaite, this is an all but mandatory step in your farm journey. And not just for one season. She suggests apprenticing for three to four years before you even consider starting your own farm. This will not only provide a basic knowledge base, but also ensure that farming is something you enjoy. “[Apprenticing] is gut check time,” she says. “It gives you the chance to ask yourself: ‘Is this really who I am?’”

The author apprentices on a farm for a season and learns that farming is hard work and risky.

I am already certain I don't want to be a farmer. An apprenticeship sounds kind of fun, though.

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Ronna & Beverly

Ronna & Beverly

Ronna & Beverly are my new favorite podcasters. Here's a random sample. It doesn't matter which episode you listen to first. They're all hilarious.

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Oganaich Uir A Rinn M'fhagail - Julie Fowlis

The lyrics to this lovely song can be found here, in Gàidhlig and English.

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Sandia Foothills

Sandia Foothills

When Borat Came to Town

You should watch this.

From IMDb:

A look at what happened after Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006) was filmed in the Romanian village of Glod. It follows the life of one girl who longs to escape the poverty as foreign lawyers arrive with the promise of suing 20th Century Fox for millions of dollars.

You don't need to see Borat to appreciate this.

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