So, pursuing goals too convoluted to explain well on a lazy Sunday, I went to see what I could find about a certain type of data structure (trees) in a certain awesome but increasingly obscure language called Forth
I’m not exactly sure why I find this hilarious, but I do.
from dzho on January 12th, 20140 Comments
So at our last Lightning Talk at Interlock I shared my secret for making the best chocolate chip cookies ever. I’ve since had a few requests for the recipe and I’ve hesitated to give it out not because I think it’s a secret but because baking is a science and with all science it’s not always exact… the recipe will get you close but with so many variables to consider(1) you’ll have to experiment and take notes… just like in real science class.
Also if you are someone who expects perfection the first time then I suggest going to the nearest bakery and just buy your cookies. It’s easier and I won’t have to hear your complaints about how the recipe didn’t work for you.
So here are the recipes and the links for where I originally acquired them. Thank you Alton Brown for teaching me to love the Science of Baking. http://altonbrown.com/
Notice in my image of the recipe they list cups instead of weights for the ingredients… if you want accuracy and consistency in your cookie then use the weight measurements… if you just want to make cookies then consult the photo. For larger view click on the image.
The Chewy (The inspiration for the best chocolate chip cookie ever) http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/the-chewy-recipe/index.html
The Puffy http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/the-puffy-recipe/index.html
The Thin http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/the-thin-recipe/index.html
(1) Humidity, how loose or compact is your flour, what type of butter are you using, how many chocolate chips do you want to use, the size of your cookie scoop, how hot does your oven get, how much patience do you have, who will be eating the cookies (let’s face it you want to impress but not everyone deserves the best).
from Jaimee Lindvay on December 21st, 2013Comments Off
I have an affinity for jewelry, I’ll admit it. I’m a girl, so I feel it’s okay. I have a couple of jewelry boxes already, but some things are difficult to store. Like most women with a thing for jewelry, I have more earrings than I know what to do with. It had gotten to the point where I no longer had room in my jewelry box for any new pieces, and it was becoming more than a little difficult to sort through what I had, despite having organized them into different spaces in the built in storage tray in the jewelry box.
Long story short, it was time for a change,
I decided to make myself a earring storage and display device that I could set out on the top of my dresser, that would allow me enough room to hold all of my current collection, as well as expand it and not have to develop a new storage system anytime soon.
The answer came in the form of upcycling.
I went on Craigslist and looked for used windows for sale. I found a guy who lived not too far from me who had a whole stash of used windows that he had removed from his home as part of a remodeling project. I went to see him, had an awesome conversation with him, and bought several windows from him.
I chose one of the long, slim windows to use for this project. This particular window measures approximately 40″ x 18″. I removed the storm pane from it, brushed off the loose paint with a stiff bristle paint brush, and lightly cleaned the glass (I say lightly because I wanted to keep the rustic look it had. I didn’t want it to look overly done up or commercialized.)
The next step was a quick trip to Home Depot to buy a roll of window screening and some upholstery nails.
After my supply run, I came back to Interlock and got started in earnest. I will fully admit that I did not follow any safety protocols for this project. I wasn’t wearing safety glasses, steel toed shoes, gloves, a hard hat, or ear protection.
Instead, I cut the screen to size with a dull pair of tin snips I had laying around, and propped the window on a padded desk chair to nail the screening on.
I used a basic claw hammer to attach the screening to the wooden window frame. I was actually a bit surprised at how easy it was. I tacked one of the long sides on first, then stretched the screening tight across the frame and tacked on the opposite long side. I stood the window up on the floor to attach the short side and then trimmed off the excess with my snips.
I took the newly screened window home and placed it on top of my dresser, anchoring it in place to protect from feline related accidents/crashes by placing one of my jewelry boxes in front on if and looping a pair of swimming flippers I have hanging from the attached mirror on my dresser over the top corner. Improvised solutions people, they work.
Once it was in place, I hung each pair of hook backed earrings I own onto the screening, setting their backs aside into a small bag.
Here are some pictures of the finished product in place, and covered in earrings.
And here are some close-ups of the tacks attaching the screen to the window frame:
All said, it took about 20 minutes to make, and 20 minutes to fill up with my collection. I have plenty of room to expand into as my collection grows, I can move the whole thing pretty easily, and if I wanted to turn the whole thing 90○ and set it on the floor, propped against the wall, I wouldn’t even have to take the earring off and put them back on, they will just rotate with the window.
I think the total cost of this project was just under $10, so I think it was worth it.
You can do this same thing with a window with no glass, but I like that the panes are still in it, it adds a certain je ne sais quoi.
If you decide to replicate this process, please be careful. If you don’t know what you’re doing, or aren’t sure if you know what you’re doing, ask for help from someone in the know.
Happy Craigslist Hunting!
from phyereneyce on December 3rd, 20130 Comments