HOWTO build an Endor Speeder Bike/rocking horse
AKA, how to win parenting forever. Read the rest
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
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)
Tutti Frutti Pencils
by Princeton Architectural Press
12 double-sided pencils, 6 colors
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
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
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
Flashback posted a terrific set of photos taken by official cruise ship photographers in the 1990s. Read the rest