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Cranky on the Web (September 15 – 19) and Some Reading Material for the Next Week

Usually when I go on vacation, I try to either write a bunch of posts myself or wrangle up some... Read More

OpenKnit: DIY Digital Clothing Loom Disrupting Fast Fashion

Got an hour to kill? Knit yourself a jumper with the open-source digital loom called OpenKnit. OpenKnit is the open-source digital fabrication tool that will knit you a jumper in under an hour. The brainchild of Gerard Rubio, a designer based in Barcelona, OpenKnit uses Knitic software designed by Mar Canet and Varvara Guljajeva. OpenKnit [...]Show More Summary

Let's Groove Tonight!

"Awww yeah... this new rug gets me one step closer to making my own Earth, Wind & Fire-inspired music video! All I need now are a few funky friends, some sweet '80s special effects, and a form-fitting sparkly space suit."...

Video Interlude : Watch How Bill Cosby Put Ben's Chili Bowl on the Map

Here's a short video about Washington, DC's 56-year-old icon Ben's Chili Bowl, which opened in 1958 on what owner Virginia Ali calls the city's "Black Broadway." Ali reflects on the restaurant's days during segregation and its ongoing friendship with...

Making the Great Climate March Last More Than Just One Day

On Sept. 21, two days before the UN Climate Summit, what's being billed as a historic demonstration of support for action on global warming will take place in the streets of New York. Organizers expect over 100,000 participants to turn...Show More Summary

Laguna Beach Is Turning 10 This Month–See The Cast Then & Now

Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County debuted 10 years ago this September (the 28th, to be exact). Doesn't it feel like just yesterday LC, Lo and co. were planning the black and white party and Kristin was whining "STEEEE-PHEEEEN??" We...Show More Summary

An Open Letter to My Veterinary Colleagues

Please share far and wide because we only have until Monday to get our voices heard. Dear veterinarians,  I imagine you have noticed things have changed a bit for us in the last ten years or so. A decade ago, you could look in the “Help Wanted” section on VIN or AVMA classifieds and have your pick […]

APW Happy Hour

Hey Apw, Well. Who else was up late last night watching the Scottish election results roll in? Sleepy yawn. My thoughts are with the people of the (still seemingly quite) Great Britain, as they ponder the state of things today. Scotland has a lot to be proud of today, with turnout and participation levels we can’t even dream of. Show More Summary

Why Do We Need Ballet to Be a Sport?

In late July, the athletic wear company Under Armour unveiled a new ad campaign featuring gorgeous badass ballerina Misty Copeland of the American Ballet Theater. The campaign, titled “I Will What I Want,” immediately became the subject of much publicity and discussion all over the Internet. Show More Summary

This S’mmmores Cocktail Is The Perfect Way To Say ‘Peace Out, Summer!’

You guys, we hate to break it to you, but summer is officially over next week (Tuesday, to be exact). Beach trips and BBQs won't come around for another 300 something days. So since this is your last weekend to live the good life, we suggest doing something to celebrate and say goodbye. Show More Summary

Cowspiracy Documentary: “The Film That Environmental Organizations Don’t Want You to See”

Cowspiracy Official Trailer from First Spark Media on Vimeo. Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a feature-length environmental documentary following a San Francisco filmmaker as he investigates the most destructive industry facing the planet today:

How to Dress for a Job Interview: A Guide for Men

Do you have trouble deciding what to wear for your job interviews? Well, you've come to the right place. First impressions can go a long way, especially when it comes down to the way you appear in front of your employer. You want toShow More Summary

First Australian ISOFIX child seat restraint on sale in days

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  Just hours after ISOFIX was given the official Australian tick of approval by the ACCC, Maxi-Cosi has announced it will be first to market locally with ISOFIX-compatible child car seats. Earlier today, the infant car seat maker unveiled two models that will be sold under the ISOGO label, Euro (above) and Hera (below) – and they’ll be [...]

Shop Moschino’s Barbie-Inspired Spring 2015 Collection, It’s Fantastic

Jeremy Scott's spring 2015 collection for Moschino hit the runway yesterday, and it was all Barbie-inspired. Like, old school '80s Barbie: glitter, ruffles, oversized bows and lots and lots of PINK. Remember, this is the man who turned McDonald's into high fashion last season. Show More Summary

7 Creative Ways To Tell Someone To Fk Off (Without Swearing)

I don’t think I heard my mom swear much until I was over twenty. I don’t know if it was her über-Midwestern upbringing, or if that would be too precious a stereotype to apply to a woman who also raised me on action movies (like explosions-action-movies), who owned and read Steven King’s entire oeuvre, who [...]

Aussie policeman victim of explosive poo trap

My cousins lived next to a big cow pasture in Platteville, WI, when we were all kids. Those boys knew how to have a good time in the country, and when my brother and I came to visit one year, they divulged the fun that could be had by rigging cow patties (that's a pile of poo, for you city slickers) with little firecrackers. Show More Summary

Where cats fit in the pet kingdom

Cats are a particular kind of pet. I don’t mean that they are particular about things (though they are.) I mean that they are pets who are very good at certain purposes, and not at all good for other needs … Continue reading ?

Video Interlude : Watch a Trailer for Beer Documentary Brewland

Here's the trailer for yet-another beer-focused documentary: According to its Indiegogo page (which is currently seeking $65,000 in funds), Brewland specifically seeks to define how people define craft beer in America today, plus, as one interview subject says, "what...

Sea of Change: A Company That Views Seaweed as an Infinitely Nourishing Gift From the Seas

There are more than 400 kinds of edible seaweed. The Great and Wonderful Sea of Change Trading Company, based in Northern California, wants to get as many of those vegetables into your diet as possible. In 2012, the founders visited the Sonoma coast and discovered the wonderful variety of seaweed that had gathered in one small cove. Show More Summary

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