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Prescription coffee mug

I'm not usually one for novelty mugs, but the prescription coffee mug seems to reveal a deep and important truth about my relationship to coffee. It's kind of the caffeine addict's equivalent to the skull on a poet's desk: a reminder of your own mortal fallibility.

Cryptocurrency soap


Liz writes, "I bet you never wished before that you had handmade soap with a glider from Conway's Game of Life, a doge, or the bitcoin logo on it. It's twee. It's vaguely punk rock. It's cryptocurrency soap!"

Cthulhoid damask wallpaper (also fabric & wrapping paper)


Megan Rose "Rosalarian" Gedris has created a cthulhoid damask pattern that's available on Spoonflower as a wallpaper, fabric, and gift-wrap. If you like this, don't miss her zombie brains pattern.

I Love Craft (Cthulhu Damask) (via IO9)

HOWTO season a cast-iron pan -- with SCIENCE


Sheryl Canter's post on the science of cast-iron pan seasoning is a fascinating and practical tale of flaxseed and kitchen chemistry. It's a long process -- you need to season the pan six or so times, each time taking a couple of hours -- but the science is sound and the proof is in the hard, nonstick coating your pan will have when you're done.

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Mezzanine and stairs made out of dismembered pianos


Back in 2012, Tim Vincent-Smith inherited a pair of unserviceable upright pianos. He took these to bits, and using "nose to tail carpentry," used their every morsel to build a staircase and mezzanine in box-shaped room. The deconstruction process was an education into the craft, skill, complexity and ingenuity of piano manufacture, and the end result was a gorgeous piece that enriched the life of Vincent-Smith's client, a cellist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

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Tardis shower-curtain


Thinkgeek's Tardis Shower Curtain would make a dandy complement to their matching shower rack. Collect the whole set! Make your bathroom bigger on the inside than it is on the outside! Be regenerated by your daily ablutions!

Doctor Who TARDIS Shower Curtain

(via The Mary Sue)

Open source furniture


Shareable rounds up 20 Open Source Furniture Designs -- ingenious plans for home furnishings that you can make yourself, improve upon, and share. My favorite is this Never Ending Bench by Félix Lévêque, which you can keep on adding slats to in order to create a seat tailored to your needs. Like many of the pieces, this one comes from the Open Design Contest.

20 Open Source Furniture Designs (via Beyond the Beyond)

Wearable planters: 3D printed translucent jewelry, with plants!


Etsy seller Wearableplanter has a wide range of 3D printed planters: rings, jewelry -- even bicycle vases! They're intended for use with succulents, small flowers, and sprouts. They're watertight and translucent, and you can see the roots through the material.

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Tardis shower-rack

Thinkgeek's Tardis shower rack looks pretty useful -- lots of little shelves and baskets that make it bigger on the inside than it is on the outside -- and, needless to say, it's also awesomely cool. (via The Mary Sue)

Skull chair with brain ottoman


Vladi Rapaport's Skull Chair isn't the first one we've posted (cf: stacking chair; armchair), but it's my favorite so far. Love the subtlety of the skull, the eamesoid styling. Works especially well accompanied by the brain ottoman, made from leather and foam.

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Endor Speeder Bike floaty pen


ThinkGeek's scored a lot of the Star Wars Endor Speeder Bike Floaty Pens sold at this year's Star Wars Celebration Europe. As they note, it depicts "probably the only Biker Scout to actually MISS trees." (via Geeks Are Sexy)

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HOWTO create an invisible Christmas tree


Not Martha's 2010 tutorial for creating a Christmas tree bauble mobile that looks like an invisible tree is great, simple, and disarmingly effective.

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Display case with false bookcase doors


Dan Tappo's seven-year-old son has a "mini-museum" of curios he's collected ("rocks, fossils, marbles, old film canisters"). For Christmas, Dan's built him a secret display cabinet hidden behind a false-front bookcase. He built a set of cheap Ikea shelves, fit hinged doors to it, and then surfaced them with sliced-off book-spines from old discards. Great maker parenting, Dan!

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Brian Ewing's Horror Business: gorgeous, pop-art monster lithos

Brian Ewing's pop-inflected classic monster lithos are great favorites of mine. He's recently refreshed and added to the line for a show called "Horror Business." The lithos go for $50 each.

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Crowdfunding a new location for Phoenix's wonderful Changing Hands bookstore

Safwat sez, "After unsuccessfully trying to sell nude photos on Craiglist (Watch the project video to learn more about that!), Moby-Dick, Frankenstein's monster AND Gregor Samsa turn to crowdfunding to help Changing Hands Bookstore build a new indie bookstore in the heart of Phoenix, Arizona. There's some pretty funny and one-of-a-kind classic-literature based t-shirts, prints and greeting cards up for grabs."

I spoke at Changing Hands on my last book tour and not only were the staff kind and knowledgeable, the store was spectacular. What's more, it was clearly a hub for a community of active readers in Phoenix. They certainly deserve your support! The t-shirts/posters are fab, too. Prints start at $10, tees at $30, and you can get all five tees (and support an amazing bookseller) for $140.

Frank 'N Moby Build a Bookstore (Thanks, Safwat!)