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Discover Literary Oddities in the Weird Book Room on AbeBooks

Discover Literary Oddities in the Weird Book Room on AbeBooks
Welcome to AbeBooks' Weird Book Room - heralded by the New York Times, Canada's Globe and Mail, The Times of London, and The Guardian (UK) as the finest source of everything that's bizarre, odd and downright weird in books. Everyone's talking about it - author Neil Gaiman is even tweeting about it, posting a link and suggesting his followers: "Go to this link and gaze on the titles and be made happy. Trust me. It'll work". With new titles added periodically - including five recently-added, delightfully odd books about tractors - we have an excellent selection of crazy and strange titles for sale by our booksellers, about every oddball aspect of life you could possibly imagine (and a few things you couldn't). We invite you to not only revel in our collection of literary oddities but to also send us your suggestions. Thanks to everyone who has submitted weird books!

Gift Ideas for poor creative souls (6) You know how it goes, a friend calls you and invites you to dinner at the last minute. OMG! What gift can you take?! You scrabble around the cupboards trying to find a box of chocolates or a bottle of wine but find that most of the chocolates have been eaten and the wine has gone. I thought this was a wonderful idea. You could make a few of these and keep them to one side for just such an occasion. Supplies: Patterned paper-one 12 x 12" sheet. These directions will give you one flower. 1. 4. 5. Tip: For single sided paper. 6. Note: Florist tape is stretchy, just play with it and pull gently but firmly as you move down the stem. 7. Note, you will have to play around with the height of the petals, and where on the petal you start your tape. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. For tutorials on how to market yourself online, go here.

The Book Cover Archive Flame Painter Flame Painter Gallery Flame Painter is a unique paint program, it belongs to my 'I am an Artist' experimental project. I think with tools which inspires you, everyone can be an artist. You can try it here, change different brush settings and paint your own flame paintings. When you change the background from black to white, the palette changes from additive to subtractive and the feeling of the painting is very different. Tools: Click here for Flame Help in German . COLOR - brush color SATURATION - brush saturation OPACITY - brush opacity C - color cycling [ on | off ] P - color per pixel [ on | off ] FADE - fade in/out [ on | off ] SIZE - brush size SOFT - brush softness CENTER - global forces FOCUS - local forces CHAOS - very chaotic parameter NOISE - crazy noise parameter ERASER - eraser tool SAVE - opens painting in a new popup window for saving (press Right Button > Save Picture As...) Keyboard Shortcuts: [ spacebar ] - clear screen [ Z ] - undo / redo last step Save Picture:

creamed onions with bacon and chives Could anything be simpler than creamed onions? I mean, it’s cream, and then it is onions. And you cook them together. The end. Or perhaps the beginning of another piece of evidence that I can take the simplest thing and make it, er, long-winded. Next up, finding pearl onions. Then I got to peeling them because I wanted to make them for a pot-luck where my friends planned to “practice” some of their Thanksgiving dishes. I never finished peeling them in time to make them for the dinner party, because better things distracted me, but that’s neither here nor there. And the onions? One year ago: Sweet Potato Buttermilk PieTwo years ago: Home Fries, Apple Pancakes and a Fennel, Proscuitto and Pomegranate Salad I was just daydreaming about yesterday.Three years ago: Pumpkin Waffles and Creamy White Polenta with MushroomsFour years ago: Shrimp Cocktail + Artichoke Potato Gratin Creamed Pearl Onions with Bacon and Chives Adapted from Thomas Keller’s mother

Artist-Designed Interiors: Art Hotel Bedroom Designs « Dornob Each room design has a name and was created by a single artist – beyond there the similarities end and the remarkable differences begin.The Fox is an art hotel featuring everything from abstract minimalist black-and-white rooms to creatively colorful over-the-top interiors. With over 20 contributing artists and 60 unique rooms to stay in, the Fox Hotel has something for ever visitor and is certainly a great source for interior design inspiration – even for people who can not make the trek to Copenhagen. In some of the rooms, the focus is on patterns, contrasts and visual relationships that are more abstract and aesthetic. In other rooms, shapes, patterns and figures tell stories or evoke more particular reactions that span the scope of spatial experience. There are some lessons that can be learned from the variety of interior designs at an offbeat location like an art hotel.

Harry Potter Redesign Redesigned The Harry Potter book covers to look like classic Penguin Books. Thanks everyone for your overwhelming interest in these! Time will tell if anything happens with them... Kongregate: Play free games online How To Turn Google Translate Into Google Beatbox For reasons inexplicable, a “Today I Learned” thread on Reddit has turned into a treatise on how to make Google Translate beatbox for you, among other things. It must have taken some intense experimentation for Redditor Harrichr to get here but he somehow stumbled upon the following combination of steps. 1) Go to Google Translate 2) Set the translator to translate German to German 3) Copy + paste the following into the translate box: pv zk pv pv zk pv zk kz zk pv pv pv zk pv zk zk pzk pzk pvzkpkzvpvzk kkkkkk bsch 4) Click “listen” 5) Be amazed :) Since the original post both the thread and meme have expanded into slight tweaks and variations, including Technocopter, Helicopter and Dubstep. YCombinator user iamdave actually posted a guide to making your own beats: zk = suspended cymbal bschk = snare pv = brush bk = bass tk = flam1 vk = roll tap kt = flam2 kttp = flam tap krp = hi hat tap pv = short roll th = better hi hat thp, ds = instant rimshot. Image:

Strawberry Margarita Jell-O Shooters Strawberry Margarita Jell-O Shooters Margarita Jell-O Shooters ~ A fun farewell to summer and a festive edition to your Sunday football tailgate party or gatherings. For another Jello shooter variation like this one, check out my Lemon Drop Jello Shooters cut into the shape of lemon wedges and my Rocky Candy Shooters shaped just like the rock candy you loved as a kid. Strawberry Margarita Jello Shooters As many of you know, my Lemon Drop Jell-O Shooters are my issued dish from my girlfriend who holds the annual tailgate kickoff amongst our friends. This year with Matt being in the hospital, I sent them forward to the gathering in our absence. Now that we can finally make the next one in two weeks, she has again requested Jell-O shooters. That being the case, I opted to try what you see here. Besides how cute and fun are these? Printthis recipe Saveto recipe box Yield: Makes 24-30 Shooters Ingredients: 24-30 Strawberries Margarita Mix Directions: Strawberry Prep: A few notes: Leave a Comment

A Moment of Jen posted by Jen at 9/21/2010 06:01:00 PM Back in August, when Jodi Picoult tweeted about the New York Times’ predilection for reviewing the fiction of white men, people wondered: is this true? A few weeks after the #franzenfreude conversation began, the bloggers at Slate’s ran the numbers…and found that they’re even worse than regular readers of the paper might have guessed. Of all of the fiction the New York Times reviewed last year, only 38 percent was written by women. Of all the novels that got the coveted double reviews, 72 percent were written by men. When you consider popular fiction, the numbers get even worse. According to blogger Scott Lemieux, in the time period Slate considered, eleven best-selling male authors, including Stephen King, John Grisham and Dan Brown, got the double whammy of the daily and the Sunday review. Where, wondered Ruth Franklin of The New Republic, is the outrage? It sent a reporter to cover Jonathan Franzen’s book party. Tokenism is not allowed.

Beyond McLuhan: Your New Media Studies Syllabus - Christina Dunbar-Hester - Technology Editor's Note: A new generation of scholars is trying to come to new understandings of how technology and society shape each other. Christina Dunbar-Hester is among those young lions from her position at Rutgers School of Communication & Information. Here, she walks you through her PhD-level class on technology and media. Along the way, she distills a quarter century of academic work that goes far beyond pop culture's standard takes on how our world changes. It's tempting to see new technologies, especially new media technologies, as drivers of political and social change. "Technology is society made durable." In this course we ask, how can we think about media technologies in a smart and critical way? In order to answer these questions (or at least deeply consider them), the course starts with an introduction to theories of technology and technological change, drawn primarily from the scholarly field of Science & Technology Studies. Week One: What is technology? Week Seven: Users

FOOD - VERY Festive Halloween Cookies | Zandland Blog - Powered by Zandl Group Pretty amazing Halloween cookies: Martha Stewart had a pretzel recipe on her show last week, but we found a cookie version that came out beautifully. Click here for larger versions of the images, straight from our kitchen. LADIES FINGERS RECIPEYield: 5 dozen (we found the batch to be a little less than 5 dozen)1 cup butter, softened1 cup powdered sugar1 egg2 tsp almond extract2 tsp vanilla2 2/3 cups flour1 tsp baking powder1/4 tsp salt3/4 cup whole blanched almondsraspberry jelly In bowl, beat together butter, sugar, egg, almond extract and vanilla. Working with one quarter of the dough at a time and keeping remainder refrigerated, roll a scant tablespoon full (I used a 1 oz. cookie scoop) of dough into a thin log shape about 4" long for each cookie. Place on lightly greased baking sheets (or use silicone sheets or parchment); bake in 325F oven for 20-25 minutes or until pale golden. Meanwhile, melt jelly over low heat in a small saucepan.

Bookshelf Porn Rising Women Leaders The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Community Leadership programs equip talented professionals with intensive training, active networks, and meaningful resources to shape their careers, innovate within their companies, and engage in community change. The CCL programs explore and reveal the individual and collective talents of individuals from business, not-for-profit, and public service sectors. History In 1982, City Manager Steve Bernard proposed the Leadership Grand Rapids (LGR) program to the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, and in response, the Chamber appointed a steering committee. The program was officially established in 1984, and the inaugural Leadership Grand Rapids class graduated from the program in 1986. Inside Grand Rapids, a 2 ½ day orientation program, was introduced in 1996. In October of 2007, the Download GR program was launched to serve young professionals in their early to late twenties.