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Dig into hard ice cream with this pointed-tip scoop


I think the ice cream scoop we'd been using for years wasn't really an ice cream scoop. It was a disher, and was more suited for scooping mashed potatoes than ice cream. When the trigger mechanism on it finally broke, I happily got rid of it and replaced it with the OXO Good Grips Solid Stainless Steel Ice Cream Scoop ($15). This surprisingly heavy scoop is made from a solid chunk of stainless steel with a comfortable rubber grip, and comes with a pointed end that digs right into hard ice cream, especially if you run hot water over it. It's supposedly dishwasher safe but why put it in the dishwasher? Just rinse it and dry it with a towel.

Comcast-Time Warner merger dead

comcass comcast donkey Good.

DROKK! 2000AD goes DRM-free

All of 2000AD's comics, including their flagship Judge Dredd comic, are now DRM-free in all apps and forms!

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David Ogilvy’s 1982 memo “How to Write”

"How to Write" was a memo from ad man David Ogilvy, which he sent to everyone who worked for him in 1981.

The better you write, the higher you go in Ogilvy & Mather. People who think well, write well.

Woolly minded people write woolly memos, woolly letters and woolly speeches.

Good writing is not a natural gift. You have to learn to write well. Here are 10 hints:

  1. Read the Roman-Raphaelson book on writing. Read it three times.
  2. Write the way you talk. Naturally.
  3. Use short words, short sentences and short paragraphs.
  4. Never use jargon words like reconceptualize, demassification, attitudinally, judgmentally. They are hallmarks of a pretentious ass.
  5. Never write more than two pages on any subject.
  6. Check your quotations.
  7. Never send a letter or a memo on the day you write it. Read it aloud the next morning—and then edit it.
  8. If it is something important, get a colleague to improve it.
  9. Before you send your letter or your memo, make sure it is crystal clear what you want the recipient to do.
  10. If you want ACTION, don't write. Go and tell the guy what you want.

[Via Lists of Note, Open Culture]

Beautiful time-lapse video of Chile volcano eruption

Calbuco erupted Wednesday after 42 years of silence. More than 1,500 local residents were evacuated. [via] chilevolcano

Fiskars trowel for $.84 on Amazon


I don't know how long this deal will last, but Amazon is currently selling this Fiskars Composite Trowel for $0.84 with free Prime shipping. That's 92% off the standard price of $10.

TV's Al Roker walks into camera, blames Bob

Chaos grips The Today Show this morning, where Bob is back from vacation and we gotta lot goin' on.


Fast, accurate paper and fabric cutting with a rotary cutter

I purchased my first rotary cutter (a 28mm) in the fall of 1979. These are basically round razors on handles; they allow for precise cutting of fabric, paper, cardboard, etc.

In the years since then I have purchased larger and smaller diameter cutters (they come in four sizes; which one you choose depends on how many layers you want to cut), ergonomic cutters and brands other than Olfa.

I keep coming back to the Olfa cutters because of the high quality and user-friendliness. I am especially happy with the ergonomic design – for its lock open/lock closed feature for the blade and for the fact that I can cut accurately while seated (my spinal stenosis makes standing to cut painful).

These are quality tools and well worth the expense. Be sure to purchase a self-healing cutting mat (there are many brands and sizes on the market) — this will protect and prolong the blade sharpness on your cutter as well as protect the surface on which you are cutting. -- Linda Schiffer

Mickey Mouse Treasures book – pockets, pouches and fold-outs filled with removable replicas of Disney memorabilia

The Mickey Mouse Treasures is literally a treasure trove of Mickey artifacts. Contained within the hard-cover book’s 63 pages are pockets, pouches, and fold-outs containing removable replicas of select Disney memorabilia from the Walt Disney Archives. This is as close as anyone can get to handling the real items without actually rummaging through the archives (not without SUPER special permission). Every item has been scanned and printed (front and back, inside and out) as is, showing every detail and decades of age.

The replica items represent the history and evolution of Mickey Mouse throughout the decades. Examples include an animation cell and background, a letter from Eleanor Roosevelt suggesting a cartoon idea, a Mickey Mouse Club membership mailer, a “Fantasia” premiere theater program, and much more. These gems supplement the plethora of additional images and photos found on the book’s pages, along with a brief written history by Robert Tieman.

While the book may be short on words, a picture is worth a thousand of them. Turn those pictures into three-dimensional replicas, and you have a book that you can “read” for years to come. When you’re ready to rest your eyes, the book and its treasures are safely stored within a hard slip cover. – Robert Nava

See sample pages from this book at Wink.

Games Not Allowed


Kurt Vonnegut's "Shapes of Stories" as an infographic poster


Graphic designer Maya Eilam has created a print of her infographic on The Shapes of Stories by Kurt Vonnegut. You can buy one in her Etsy shop.

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Make Ascii art with Playscii

playscii_shot1 Available for Windows, Linux and (soon) OS X.

Get your medical marijuana card online

id-cardA quick web consultation and $95 will get you a doctor's letter of recommendation for medical marijuana.

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There are 15 cities in China with over 10 million people

How many of these Chinese megacity names do you recognize? I recognize maybe five, probably four.

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Inside Islamic State's spookocracy

The leaked secret strategic plans of Samir Abd Muhammad al-Khlifawi -- who served in the Iraqi army under Saddam and later masterminded the Islamic State -- reveal the surveillance at the heart of Islamic State's military success.

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Iridescent insect sculptures from ewaste

UK artist Julie Alice Chapell's Computer Component Bugs sculptures are iridescent, intricate assemblage sculptures made from ewaste.

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Those paintings of every president hanging out together

reepubs To be honest I find them a bit creepy.