University of North Texas mug

$10. Designs to reconsider. [h/t Karen!] Read the rest

HOWTO build an Endor Speeder Bike/rocking horse

HOWTO build an Endor Speeder Bike/rocking horse

AKA, how to win parenting forever. Read the rest

Skeletal, poseable life-size critters

Just got a good ole look at these things at Burbank's spectacular Halloween Town; they're poseable, have a nice, grippy matte foam-rubber finish, and are so swell that I may just go back for the whole set! Read the rest

Wireless wall switch remote

Amazon is selling the GE remote wall switch for just $(removed) right now. It's a good solution for being able to turn on a floor lamp (including ones with LED or CFL bulbs) or other electric appliance from across the room. The battery operated switch looks like a regular wall switch (but a bit thicker to hold the battery and radio transmitter). The receiver plugs into any grounded AC outlet up to 100 feet away. Read the rest

Former Florida cop fired for KKK ties got a new job working in a Florida elementary school

The FBI found no criminal wrongdoing, or evidence that any other officers were involved with the KKK.

Toast with spacejam

Source [via Pipedreamdragon)] Read the rest

Chinese theme-park queue-jumping techniques

Mostly they come down to "pretend you don't know it's a queue"; have the old people in your group pitch a tantrum; have the kids in your group go to the front, then "catch up" and board -- from a 2010 issue of In Park magazine: Read the rest

Spend a summer afternoon with a Fantastic Cities coloring book and Tutti Frutti rainbow-colored pencils

Last week on a particularly hot summer day my 12-year-old daughter and her friend decided to avoid the outdoors and spent the afternoon coloring the pages of Fantastic Cities. Not wanting to interrupt their chatter and flow as they filled in the intricate lines of artist Steve McDonald’s amazing urbanscapes, I waited until after dinner, then spent an hour coloring my own page. Fantastic Cities is a beautiful book of detailed pen-and-ink drawings of cities from around the world, including London, Paris, Toronto, Tokyo, San Francisco, New York, Istanbul and many others. And including some slivers of real places mixed with imaginative cityscape mandalas. With books like this, coloring is as much fun for adults as it is for kids!

The colored pencils I used come from Tutti Frutti, with a box design inspired by Italian packaging. The set comes with 12 double-sided pencils with a total of 6 colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple). I’m not sure why they repeat colors rather than give us 24 different shades, but the feel when pressing color to paper is wonderfully smooth and buttery. Unlike a jumbo box of Crayola crayons, Tutti Frutti doesn’t supply you with a pencil sharpener, so make sure you have your own (an automatic sharpener works best).

Fantastic Cities: A Coloring Book of Amazing Places Real and Imagined

by Steve McDonald

Chronicle Books 2015, 60 pages, 11.5 x 11.8 x 0.4 inches (paperback)

$11 Buy one on Amazon

Tutti Frutti Pencils

by Princeton Architectural Press

12 double-sided pencils, 6 colors

$13 Buy one on Amazon

See more sample pages from this book at Wink. Read the rest

If you buy just one 1940s celluloid caterpillar thimble holder

"1940s Celluloid Caterpillar Thimble Holder. US$65.87, 7 bids starting at US$5.00." (Via Notes from a Thimble Psycho) Read the rest

Teletubbies do Die Antwoord's "I Fink U Freeky"

Oh wow. This turns a troubling childhood memory into an even more troubling one.

Killer no-wave LP reissue by Lizzy Mercier Descloux

In the late 1970s, Parisian poet, artist, and singer Lizzy Mercier Descloux made the downtown New York scene with peers Patti Smith and Richard Hell. Descloux's music melded no wave, disco, and minimalism into a funky, dissonant groove. Yes, you can dance to it. Read the rest

T-shirt extols the best response to Twitter trolls

Getting harassed on Twitter? You know what to do. And so does this tank top.

Scientists: Music makes surgery patients feel better

For more than a century, physicians have used music to make patients feel better before, during, and after surgery. A new scientific meta-study looks at the evidence and confirms that yes, listening to music has measurable pain-killing properties and reduces anxiety around surgery. Read the rest

Microfiber ropes for cleaning nooks and crannies

Getting grime out of tight places on my bikes can be a real pain. This microfiber line lets me clean, and shine, even the toughest spots! Read the rest

Fix the broken pieces of this pot, also your life

There's something appealing about putting a broken thing back together, a way of restoring order to the world—or affirming that damaged things are still worth saving.

Woman wears Fitbit during sex, publishes heart rate chart

Reddit user noveltysin put her Fitbit on after 20 minutes of foreplay to record her heart rate during a 8 minutes 59 seconds intercourse session. She added notes to the graph indicating when she changed positions, when her knees gave out, and the time of her orgasm and "aftershock." Read the rest

Fantastic and funny vintage photos from cruise ships

Flashback posted a terrific set of photos taken by official cruise ship photographers in the 1990s. Read the rest

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