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== Pack your bagel in a CD spindle ==
(from Boing Boing)
Until now, however, there has been a special provision for â€œgrower groupsâ€ that made certification practical for farmer cooperatives in the Third World, whose memberships can reach into the thousands. Because of the immense logistical demands of inspecting every farm in a large co-op, a compromise was reached: An organic inspector would randomly visit only a portion of the group’s farms each year, usually 20 percent. The grower groups would then self-police the remainder through a manager who made sure they followed the rules. The following year, an inspector would return and visit another 20 percent of the farms. After five years, all farms would be inspected.
But in the ruling made public this month, the National Organic Program overturned that system, saying every farm in a grower group must now be visited and inspected annually — as has been the practice in the United States — rather than only a percentage.
== Pintoids – Pinhole cameras made from Altoid tins ==
(from MAKE Magazine)
Merrill photo has a gallery, kits and a how-to on making your own pinhole camera from a mint tin -
Pintoids are pinhole cameras made from Altoid containers. A piece of pop culture transformed into something useful. An instrument to view the world with a dry, distorted, sense of humor. They tend to create curiously strong images.
The Great Pintoid Adventure is a continuing journey. This first series represents a trip I took with my dog across the northern plains to the north shore of Lake Superior. Imperfections in the negative come from loading film at a campsite each night using a dark bag. Both hands in a dark bag, loading cameras … and it was mosquito season.
Pintoids – Pinhole Cameras made from Altoid tins – Link.
HOW TO – Make your own – Link.Altoid camera kit – Link.
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Make sure your page is big enough to see the years flashed in the lower right corner. Video was made in Roller Coaster Tycoon.
Originally from http://www.speculativebubble.com/
Mr. Burnett never dreamed that his film would get a commercial release. But today â€œKiller of Sheepâ€ is widely acknowledged as one of the most insightful and authentic dramas about African-American life on film, as well as one of the earliest examples of the politically aware black independent cinema that was taking shape in the 1970s.
== Hugo nominees announced ==
(from Boing Boing)
This year’s Hugo nominees are out — congrats to all the great nominees! It’s amazing to see great books like â€œGlasshouse,â€ â€œRainbows End,â€ and â€œBlindsightâ€ on the ballot, along with stories like Ian McDonald’s â€œThe Djinn’s Wife,â€ Bill Shunn’s â€œInclination,â€ Geoff Ryman’s â€œPol Pot’s Beautiful Daughter,â€ Ben Rosenbaum’s â€œThe House Beyond Your Skyâ€ not to mention Neil Gaiman’s â€œHow to Talk to Girls at Parties,â€ Tim Pratt’s â€œImpossible Dreamsâ€ — and the list goes on! An art book by Picacio, a bio of Alice Sheldon, a memoir by Chip Delany; badass movies like Children of Men and V for Vendetta, and a really top-flight list of Campbell nominees! Christ, it’s going to be hard to pick favorites this year.
Michael F. Flynn, Eifelheim (Tor)
Naomi Novik, His Majestyâ€™s Dragon (Del Rey)
Charles Stross, Glasshouse (Ace)
Vernor Vinge, Rainbows End (Tor)
Peter Watts, Blindsight (Tor)
â€œThe Walls of the Universeâ€ by Paul Melko (Asimovâ€™s, April/May 2006)
â€œA Billion Eyesâ€ by Robert Reed (Asimovâ€™s, October/November 2006)
â€œInclinationâ€ by William Shunn (Asimovâ€™s, April/May 2006)
â€œLord Wearyâ€™s Empireâ€ by Michael Swanwick (Asimovâ€™s, December 2006)
Julian: A Christmas Story by Robert Charles Wilson (PS Publishing)
â€œYellow Card Manâ€ by Paolo Bacigalupi (Asimovâ€™s, December 2006)
â€œDawn, and Sunset, and the Colours of the Earthâ€ by Michael F. Flynn (Asimovâ€™s, December 2006)
â€œThe Djinnâ€™s Wifeâ€ by Ian McDonald (Analog, July 2006)
â€œAll the Things You Areâ€ by Mike Resnick (Jim Baenâ€™s Universe, October 2006)
â€œPol Potâ€™s Beautiful Daughterâ€ by Geoff Ryman (F&SF, October/November 2006)
â€œHow to Talk to Girls at Partiesâ€ by Neil Gaiman (Fragile Things)
â€œKinâ€ by Bruce McAllister (Asimovâ€™s, February 2006)
â€œImpossible Dreamsâ€ by Timothy Pratt (Asimovâ€™s, July 2006)
â€œEight Episodesâ€ by Robert Reed (Asimovâ€™s, June 2006)
â€œThe House Beyond Your Skyâ€ by Benjamin Rosenbaum (Strange Horizons, September 2006)
Samuel R. Delany, About Writing: Seven Essays, Four Letters, and Five Interviews (Wesleyan University Press)
Joseph T. Major, Heinleinâ€™s Children: The Juveniles (Advent)
Julie Phillips, James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice Sheldon (St. Martinâ€™s Press)
John Picacio, Cover Story: The Art of John Picacio (MonkeyBrain Books)
Mike Resnick & Joe Siclari, eds., Worldcon Guest of Honor Speeches (ISFiC Press)
Possible addition to Sunday events? Do you have a soldering iron?
== Solder your own wine charms ==
(from Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories)
Here is how you can put together your own extra-snazzy wine charms out of electronic components. They look great, are easy to make, cost next to nothing, and make great conversation pieces. For an added bonus, you can solder them in place, making them semi-permanent yet easily removable.
Wine charms can add a bit of interesting flair to your wine, martini, and margarita glasses. They can be something fun to look at, play with, and (yes) keep track of which one is yours.
Like all the others that you’re likely to come across in a big-box store, the sets that we have used were made (badly, in China) of low-grade cast metal and cost about $2 each. Not to say that certain of these don’t have their appeal, but it still strikes me as wrong in a couple of different ways.
First, there’s the terrible irony of using such cheaply made trinkets to decorate nice wine glasses, doubly ironic since you’re most likely to be using wine charms– and serving the good stuff– when guests are over. Secondly, since wine charms are such a good idea, to use the mass-produced ones is to waste an opportunity for art.
Situations like this are, of course, where the D-I-Y community really begins to shine. You can read detailed instructions about how to make beaded wine charms at Not Martha, or learn how to make charms out of crocheted wire, or go for the
simple and classic version instead.
Here, we’re making wine charms out of electronic components. It’s an easy five-minute project with elegant results. Let’s get started!
== AskPablo: Lightbulb Philanthropy ==
(from Triple Pundit)
Are you concerned about your contribution to the climate change crisis? Are you still unsure about carbon offset programs? Well, you are not alone. While I am a strong believer in the value and importance of offset providers such as…