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Posted: November 10, 2010 in more articles

Fallout New Vegas Might Work Now

from Rock, Paper, Shotgun by Alec Meer

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Obsidian’s high-selling (five million in its first month, they say) Fallout 3 expandosequel New Vegas might be somewhat, ah, divisive, but it’s certainly got plenty of earnestly enthusiastic fans. And they will certainly be glad to hear that a megapatch landed yesterday, purporting to finally fix up a ton of the RPG’s infamous bugs. It doesn’t look like this is going to be a KOTOR 2 situation, thankfully – Obsidian/Bethesda seem pretty keen to get this slightly battered watch ticking properly again.
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9:33 AM (21 minutes ago)

Carey Mulligan Has No Trouble Filling Her Social Schedule

from PopSugar by Allie Merriam
Carey Mulligan had yesterday off from shooting Drive with her costar Ryan Gosling, so she took the afternoon to visit a friend’s house in LA. She was spotted on her way out smiling and giving her pal a hug, though there was no sign of her rumored boyfriend Tom Sturridge. Carey’s had lots of enviable male company lately, whether on or off set, and she is apparently especially fond of working with Ryan. She spent an evening last week alongside Britannia Award winner Michael Sheen, then she participated in a roundtable discussion with her fellow young actors Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield.

 

 

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9:32 AM (22 minutes ago)

A Recipe to Replace Corn Syrup: How To Make Cane Syrup

from The Kitchn by Emma Christensen

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2010-11-10-DIYCaneSugarSyrup.jpgWe’ve been searching high and low for something to replace the corn syrupcalled for in some of our favorite baking recipes. Something less processed, and ideally, easy to make at home. We’ve finally found it.

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9:30 AM (23 minutes ago)

Gadgets : MicroSD Card Reader Watch

from ThinkGeek :: What’s New

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Classy watch with a microSD card reader built inThis handsome watch doubles as a MicroSD card reader, but you wouldn’t know it at first glance. Slide your tiny data card into the side and connect the watch to your computer via USB to retrieve your data, then easily transform it back to a simple watch. $15.99
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9:30 AM (23 minutes ago)

Geek Toys : Haikubes

from ThinkGeek :: What’s New

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Create captivating haikus with a roll of the diceCreate captivating haikus with a roll of the dice. A set of 63 word cubes. Perfect for individual inspiration or as an after-dinner game with friends or family. $17.99
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9:28 AM (27 minutes ago)

CW Keller Plywood Furniture

from Design Milk by Eleanor

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CW Keller has unleashed some updated mid-century inspired plywood furniture for the home and office. This New Hampshire-based company builds all their furniture from sustainable, LEED-compliant plywood, with the skill of US-based craftspeople dedicated to each item, start-to-finish.

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9:21 AM (34 minutes ago)

Daytime! Daytime! MineLARP

from Rock, Paper, Shotgun by Alec Meer

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Minecraft is, of course, a 100% accurate recreation of the experience of building your own structures, weapons and clothes as an attempt to survive in a wild and hostile land. If you had to do it in real life, it’d be just like that. Don’t believe me? Well, let Gary Bigham: Pro Larper demonstrate…

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9:05 AM (49 minutes ago)

Electric carving knife + router table = DIY upholstery foam saw

from MAKE Magazine by Sean Michael Ragan

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And quite an effective one, too, judging by this video from YouTuber Designbyg. Rain Noe, who brought us last week’s build-your-own-couch postcompares it favorably to a $200 professional upholstery foam saw.

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9:00 AM (55 minutes ago)

7 Easy Ways to Decorate the Table with Burlap

from The Kitchn by Regina Yunghans

Burlap is an inexpensive material that at once lends a seasonal color and texture to the holiday table. If you’re entertaining for Thanksgiving and are looking for some ways to add layers to the tabletop without spending a lot of money, check out these ideas:

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8:58 AM (57 minutes ago)

How Well Do You Know Your Toms?

from PopSugar by PopSugar
We’re testing you to see how well you know the difference between some of our favorite same-named celebrities! You already tried the Jessicas and Ryans, and now it’s on to Hollywood’s Toms – Brady, Cruise, and Hanks. Good luck!

Question 1 of 10

Which Tom was NOT born in California?

Tom Brady
Tom Cruise
Tom Hanks

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8:41 AM (1 hour ago)

Cookware Made In the USA CHOW

from The Kitchn by Emily Ho

2010-05-12-BundtPan.jpgThese days it can be hard to find anything made in the USA, but a number of big cookware manufacturers have remained stateside. CHOW recently posted a list, and we have a couple to add, plus some online resources for finding more.

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8:41 AM (1 hour ago)

Cooks Source (Sort Of) Issues Weirdest Semi-Apology Ever Food News for Wednesday, November 10

from The Kitchn by Faith Durand

2010_10_04-FoodNewsJournal.jpgIn today’s food news, via our friends at Food News Journal: A wrap-up (sort of) to that Cooks Source debacle from last week. Plus, states consider banning alcoholic energy drinks, Publisher’s Weekly lists their top cookbooks of the year, and Italy re-brands their tap water.

Read on for more news of the day via Food News Journal.

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8:31 AM (1 hour ago)

Hot Pants Smokin’ by White and Butong

from Design Milk by Jaime

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Hot Pants Smokin’ is a sculpture of concrete and light realized in Uppsala, Sweden executed by White Arkitekter and Butong for the biannual Uppsala Lighting Festival (Allt Ljus på Uppsala). The title refers to a song by James Brown.

From the designers:

Uppsala is situated in northern Europe, as far north as Alaska or Greenland. Through the dark month of November this glimmering structure stands in one of the busiest shopping streets of the Swedish city.

“This is a lighting festival. But as architects we wanted to explore form and material containing light, rather than focusing on the lighting equipment,” says Jacob Melin. “We wanted to make a mysterious and archaic object, in some ways contrasting to the commercial and mundane part of the city where it stands.”

The material used is translucent concrete from Butong, mounted into 48 unique frames of thin steel profile. This low-tech BIM-project was developed working with physical models using steel rods joined by small magnetic balls. The rods were then numbered and measured, and L-profiles were cut ten times their lengths and welded into triangles. Each sheet of Butong was cut into shape with a knife in it’s wet state before being fixed in place in its frame. The filled triangles were then welded together into five boxes, lights were installed and finally the structure was screwed together on the site.

Daniel Ljung took care of the design of the lighting and Philips sponsored with lights. Two smoke machines regularly emit smoke which help to catch the light in the air.

The result is a 3.5-meter high sculpture that may remind of a pair of glittering disco pants, a starry gate or a space-age Stone Henge. It is placed in a pedestrian street, and it’s legs seem to be caught in the middle of a step.

Architecture can be interactive without buttons to press. Some choose to walk through, while others circle. Kids stop to peek inside, or pierce new and bigger holes in the structure where the concrete is paper-thin, letting more light out from the inside. “We choose to leave the crusts without protective layer, letting the sculpture transform throughout the month,” says Lars Höglund.

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Architect: Jacob Melin of White Arkitekter
Construction and Co-design: Lars Höglund and J-C Violleau of Butong
Location: S:t Persgatan, Uppsala, Sweden
Lighting: Daniel Ljung
Event: Uppsala Lighting Festival 2010
Client: Uppsala City and Uppsala Kommun
Photographs: Per Lundström
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8:16 AM (1 hour ago)

Ma’amoul Cookies and a Beet Gratin with Gruyére & Thyme Delicious links for 11.10.2010

from The Kitchn by Faith Durand

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2010_11_10-Slinkage.jpgPlus a cute tea-towel and a silverware spinner.

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8:04 AM (1 hour ago)

Make: Ultimate Workshop & Tool Guide

from MAKE Magazine by Collin Cunningham

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MAKE Magazine’s special Ultimate Workshop and Tool Guide 2011 reveals the top tools and tricks for today’s DIY “maker” workshop — not just woodworking, but metalworking, electronics, robotics, computerized milling, 3D printing, and more. Whether you need a gift for the do-it-yourselfer who loves technology, or you want to rev up your own workshop in 2011, this guide shows you how.

Packed with step-by-step photo instructions and reviews of more than 200 tools for the modern maker, the special issue includes:

  • How to build a MakerBot 3D printer to print your own plastic parts and prototypes
  • An exclusive visit to MythBusters’ Adam Savage’s new personal workshop
  • What you need to get started in hobby electronics
  • How to make heirloom-quality “workhorses” with mortise-and-tenon woodworking
  • How to solder and desolder
  • Organize a “hackerspace” with other makers and stock it with high-tech tools
  • The Maker’s Ultimate Tools and Buying Guide to help you build nearly anything, by inventor Saul Griffith, a MacArthur Fellowship winner
  • How to build your own strong workbenches and storage
  • Amazing workshops, from Mister Jalopy’s garage to Nathan Myrhvold’s lab
  • A hide-away workbench for small spaces
  • The Barrage Garage: an all-purpose workshop, built from the ground up and stocked with basic tools and materials
  • Computerize your cutting: make your own CNC router for less than $800 
  • Reviews of more than 200 tools including:
    • Gadgets and Multitools
    • CNC and 3D Fabrication
    • Electronics and Robotics
    • Workspaces
    • Metalworking and Machining
    • Woodworking and Construction
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Plus you’ll get the Maker’s Bill of Rights, the Rocketman’s Garage, and more, in MAKE’s Ultimate Workshop and Tool Guide — available now in the Maker Shed, and at local newstands.

 

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8:00 AM (1 hour ago)

Perpetuum: Win 30-Day Timecodes, Launch

from Rock, Paper, Shotgun by Jim Rossignol

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Sandbox robo-MMO Perpetuum is launching on the 25th of November. It’s in open beta at the moment, so anyone can drop in and check it out, but Avatar Creations have also supplied us with a dozen one-month time codes for some of you to play for a free for a month after launch. Want one? If so, you can email us here with an explanation of what your purpose would be, if you were a robot. The best robo-roles will win the prizes. The usual rules apply.

Also, there’s some resplendent robo-biff in the launch trailer, below.
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8:00 AM (1 hour ago)

Alicia and Swizz Have an Adults-Only, Kiss-Filled Evening Out!

from PopSugar by Allie Merriam
Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz left baby Egypt at home yesterday as they headed out to celebrate November’s GQ at the Trump Soho in NYC. Swizz, who just scored a new job as the first-ever producer-in-residence at NYU, is featured in the magazine showing off his love of bow ties. He and Alicia had to call it a night on the early side, as Swizz had to report to the university this morning. Alicia and Swizz brought their son out in the Big Apple three weeks ago, shortly after he was born in mid-October. The happy couple married last August and have been sticking close to home with their newborn, while Alicia’s experience as a mom inspires her to write new songs. It’s her prior music, though, that just earned Alicia nominations at this year’s People’s Choice Awards.

 

 

To see more of the happy couple, just read more.

 

 

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7:46 AM (2 hours ago)

Geek Toys : Rubber Bandit Rubber Band Shooting Pen

from ThinkGeek :: What’s New

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Sure it’s a pen, but it’s also a covert rubber band launcher. Score!It looks like a pen – heck, it is a pen. But it’s also a great rubber band shooter. Just click and sprong – off fires a rubber band. $4.99
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7:46 AM (2 hours ago)

Gadgets : Olde Tyme Writing Set

from ThinkGeek :: What’s New

4 people liked this
Time to send e-mails the old fashioned way – writing them.A wonderful way to bring back the hand-written missives of yore. Complete with feather, wooden pen handle, ink, seven nibs, and a pretty display/storage box. $24.99

 

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