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Books for People With Alternative Interests | In the back corner of an alley in the city where I live, there is a little noticed book shop. I have an understanding with the owner, and he knows the sort of books that excite me. My tastes are rather different from his normal customers, and suitable material is hard to find. I remember the first time I walked into the store, and asked in a hushed voice “Do you have any old books from around 1900? A short while later, I was walking down the street with a discrete brown paper parcel that held copies of books with provocative titles like ‘Machineries Handbook’, ‘Modern Electric Wiring’ and ‘Handbook of Embroidery’. While I still love antique volumes filled with practical advice, and my heart still flutters when I catch a glimpse of leather poking out from underneath a pile of knitting patterns, it isn’t always appropriate to launch headlong into a pile of books. Tags: Books, Craft, Crochet, making, Upcrafting, workshop

HTML for Babies Book The 100 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You The Wordle of this list! (Click image to enlarge) One of the most popular posts on Edudemic in 2010 was The 35 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You and I felt it might be time for an update to that list for 2011. There were more than 900 submissions but many were duplicates. Do-It-Yourself Book Press By Hamish MacDonald UPDATE:Hamish has started a DIY Book podcast! Back in 2000, I wrote an article for this website about how to produce your own book. The original article was called “DIY Book Production.” Generally, self-publishing involves an inverse relationship of work to money: The more work you’re willing to do, the more money you can save; the more you want to just skip to an end product, the more it’ll cost you. Self-pub: Four times more options than in 2000. There may have been other ways to do it, but having written a book about Y2K, I didn’t have the time to find out. Offset printingPrint-on-DemandHand-bound hardcoversPerfect binding Here’s a summary of each (with special emphasis on the ones I like!) Offset printing. Offset printing is a high-volume printing method that uses large machinery to transfer text and images from metal plates to rubber pads then finally to paper. Cynthia pipes in: I second that recommendation wholeheartedly. What you need: Print-on-Demand. How I do it:

painting on ceramic and porcelain I have a file box full of tear sheets of projects I’d like to try. In January 2006 (yes, that was nearly 5 years ago) I pulled out an article from Martha Stewart Living on Dot-Painted China. The minute I saw it, I knew I wanted to try it. I’ve meant to do if for quite a while now but I was stuck at finding the paint. I’ve gone to a few of those paint your own pottery places and honestly am usually disappointed with the results. Supplies: China, Ceramic, Porcelain….it needs to be able to go in the oven and cook at 350. Pebeo Paints: Porcelaine 150 1.2 paint pen – for larger dots Porcelaine 150 0.7 paint pen – for smaller dots Porcelaine 150 paint (comes in a small little round container) Porcelaine 150 outliner (comes in a small tube with fine point end) There is also a little set that that has applicator bottles and fine point end you can attach to the bottle. You can get the paint at Micheals,, and other craft stores. 1,000,000 ways to make this cute as a gift.

The Ayn Rand Institute: A Brief Biography of Ayn Rand During her own lifetime, Rand became a famous and controversial figure. A best-selling author, she also carried her message to university classrooms, to Hollywood, to Congress, to the editorial page, to talk shows and radio programs. Her presence has only increased since her death in 1982, as her philosophy has become more well-known. Today, her books have sold in the millions, and she's the subject of an Oscar-nominated documentary, a U.S. postage stamp, university courses, and a philosophical society devoted to the study of her thought. Fueled by her vision of man as a heroic being and by the original philosophy behind it, more and more people, from all walks of life, from businessmen to students to professors to athletes to artists, are saying the same thing: "Ayn Rand's writings changed my life." — Ayn Rand, “To the Readers of The Fountainhead,” The Fountainhead

25 Things You Should Know About Word Choice 1. A Series Of Word Choices Here’s why this matters: because both writing and storytelling comprise, at the most basic level, a series of word choices. Words are the building blocks of what we do. 2. Words are like LEGO bricks: the more we add, the more we define the reality of our playset. 3. You know that game — “Oh, you’re cold, colder, colder — oh! 4. Think of it like a different game, perhaps: you’re trying to say as much as possible with as few words as you can muster. 5. Finding the perfect word is as likely as finding a downy-soft unicorn with a pearlescent horn riding a skateboard made from the bones of your many enemies. 6. For every right word, you have an infinity of wrong ones. 7. You might use a word that either oversteps or fails to meet the idea you hope to present. 8. Remember how I said earlier that words are like LEGO, blah blah blah help define reality yadda yadda poop noise? 9. Incorrect word choice means you’re using the wrong damn word. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. Am. 15.

Four Generations One Roof: Barn style doors (stage 2) The barn style doors are coming along! They have been sanded, primed & painted white (BM decorators white) I haven’t decided if they will stay white or maybe a light gray color? The room is a bit dark so I’m thinking a light color. Anyway, my new dilemma is what to hang them with! I originally wanted the “flat style” roller barn door hardware like this: HOWEVER……. I plan on hanging them on the bookcase (the middle portion) to hide coats ….I don’t have a convenient coat closet & the kitchen chair is getting tired of being buried with coats! Jessica Bruno We are a crew of four generations all living together under one roof. Was Ayn Rand a Conservative? Was Ayn Rand a Conservative?by Neil Parille Introduction Some years ago I consulted a biographical dictionary for information on Ayn Rand. At the same time, the occasional references to Rand as a conservative call for explanation. Ayn Rand’s “Conservatism” The idea that Rand was a conservative probably results from a focus on her advocacy of capitalism in isolation from the rest of her thought. Another reason Rand might be considered a conservative is that some of her views on moral theory and individual moral issues also find echoes in conservative thought. It is also interesting to observe how Rand allies herself with the middle class in opposition to the intellectuals and the “counter culture.” There are other issues on which Rand sided with conservatives and the middle class. Rand also attacked progressive education and its chief theoretician, John Dewey, both frequent targets of conservatives. Anti-Egalitarianism Equality benefits no one. The State Persecuted? Conclusion

» The 7-Step Write a Book Fast Program Post written by Leo Babauta. I’m often asked about writing (something I’ve done professionally for 22 years), and one of the most common things people want help with is writing a book. I’ve written a number of books, including 110,000 words of a novel in a month (in addition to blogging regularly), and numerous non-fiction books. I’ve written several books this way, and really, it’s the same process I used to write 110,000 words in a month. And trust me, it works. Create a Time Limit. That’s it. Happy writing, my friends.

Deck of Cards-Vintage Wall Decor: Free Digital Downloads Mod Podge’ing paper to pre-stretched canvas is nothing new in the craft world, but deliberately allowing paper to moisten, crinkle, oversaturate, and images to smudge & deteriorate for the sake of art, might be a bit different than you’re used to. The combination of Mod Podge Matte finish for paper and vintage typewriter paper that’s been run through the printer make for a pretty cool effect when laminated to canvas. An effect, that in most cases, would have you in tears, so be warned that this is NOT a project for the perfectionist, we’re going to get messed up on this one to create very cool faux antique wall decor. I found an old and grungy deck of playing cards with fantastic graphics. I gotta tell you, getting my hands on this discarded old pack was seriously just short of a full-on dumpster dive, though I’ll spare you the details. But it just goes to show you that you can find beauty in the least of places. I finished my canvases with a top spray coat of matte varnish. Share

Anguish Languish by Howard L. Chace Here further verse thyme in book firm is the extraordinary version of LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD that Arthur Godfrey read aloud on his program — and made famous. Copyright 1956 by Prentice-Hall, Inc. Introduction 1 Furry Tells Ladle Rat Rotten Hut Guilty Looks Enter Tree Beers Center Alley 2 Noisier Rams Marry Hatter Ladle Limb Sinker Sucker Socks Pants Effervescent Oiled Murder Harbored Pitter Paper 3 Fey-Mouse Tells Casing Adder Bet Violate Huskings, ore Ornery Aboard Inner Gelded Ketch 4 Lath Thing Thumb Thongs Fryer Jerker Alley Wetter Door Oil Gory Mayor Dare Ashy Turban Inner Torn Fur Hazy Jelly Gut Furlough Hive Ban Walking Honor Roil Rut Hurl, Hurl, Door Gong's Oil Hair Hormone Derange The Anguish Languish English words are astonishingly versatile and could readily be made to serve a new and extraordinary purpose, but nobody seems to care about this except SPAL (Society for the Promotion of the Anguish Languish) Policemen and Magicians "Gracious! "Crashes! 1. 2. 3. "Mrs.

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better Than You Normally Do. Writing is a muscle. Smaller than a hamstring and slightly bigger than a bicep, and it needs to be exercised to get stronger. Think of your words as reps, your paragraphs as sets, your pages as daily workouts. Think of your laptop as a machine like the one at the gym where you open and close your inner thighs in front of everyone, exposing both your insecurities and your genitals. Because that is what writing is all about. Procrastination is an alluring siren taunting you to google the country where Balki from Perfect Strangers was from, and to arrange sticky notes on your dog in the shape of hilarious dog shorts. The blank white page. Mark Twain once said, “Show, don’t tell.” Finding a really good muse these days isn’t easy, so plan on going through quite a few before landing on a winner. There are two things more difficult than writing. It’s no secret that great writers are great readers, and that if you can’t read, your writing will often suffer.

DIY: Laundry Room Drying Rack For a long time, I have really wanted one of those drying racks from Ballard Designs. You’ve seen them. They’re so perfect in the laundry room for drying your delicate clothing. I really wanted to save the money and build one myself. I knew I could do it with the right supplies. I even drew my own diagram on a napkin. Here’s a look at the final result: This is the perfect solution for drying all of my delicates! How to Build a Laundry Room Drying Rack + Supplies: 2 x 2’ precut birch (1/2 inch thick)Two 1/2 x 2” poplar boardsTwo 3/8” dowel rods (48” long)Sash lockNarrow loose pin hinges (set of two)D ring hangers for mounting on wallBracketed hinge for side (or chain with small screw eyes)Three white porcelain knobsPrimer and paint of choice Necessary tools: Drill bit set, including 3/8 inch drill bit, screwdriver, framing nails, a hammer, and a saw. Step One: Measure and cut your 1/2 inch x 2 boards to fit the 2 x 2 precut birch. Step Three: Finish assembling your rack with framing nails.