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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:

How to Completely Anonymize Your BitTorrent Traffic with BTGuard 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

Knoema - Home 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.

Unlock Root Roots Nearly 250 Android Devices in One Click [UPDATED] I can't tell whether you're being sarcastic or not. This was a really tough one. I don't like the way this app does a lot of things. If its code was indeed stolen, I'd like to know from whom, and how—how does one steal code if something is closed source? From what I can see, it looks like he used exploits from other apps without crediting, which made people mad. That said, it worked for me and it's ridiculously simple to use. What I'd really like to see is this app become a bit more "legitimate", if the stolen code claim is true (and if the 250+ phones claim is true), since the community could probably really use something like this. Though there IS something to be said about rooting becoming so easy that people no longer understand what they're doing, and cause more problems because of it. No sarcasm... Yeah, the potential for bricking alone makes me think that rooting should be difficult. I really don't think bricking is as prevalent as people think it is.

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.

How to Be an Audiophile on the Cheap This is a terrific post. It's such a bummer to see people brush off "audiophiles" because they think quality sound is out of their price range. Even for people uncomfortable with DIY solutions, like myself, relatively cheap, superb audio is extremely possible. If you do your research you shouldn't have any trouble building an incredible system from scratch (receiver, source, speakers and cables) for well under $1,500. I've just gotten hooked by cheap audiophilia myself, so I thought I'd share some of my findings: Stereophile's "The Entry Level" Column: [] Stephen Mejias write a terrific monthly column about his experience ditching his expensive gear to try out notable cheaper equipment. CNET's Audiophiliac Blog: This covers a lot of pricey gear, but also hits on great budget components a lot. If you're going the vinyl route, you can't go wrong with the Musical Fidelity V-LPS phono preamp for $99. Marantz PM 5004 ($450) Record Player: CD Player: