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Inspiring, fun, thought-provoking, and crafty links to round out the week and jumpstart your brain.

I’ve been sneaking in bits of spinning and knitting into my day to help keep my sane. The last few days have been the most I’ve spun since Tour de Fleece. It’s nice to see the bobbin slowly fill up and do something with my hands besides from clicking buttons.

How to turn a file folder into a book. Why have I not made this yet?

How hiring a handyman is like buying a crochet (or knitting) pattern.

And a little deeper, thoughts on (knitting) pattern pricing from Ysolda Teague

NASA developed origami style solar panels.

The Shape of Ideas by Grant Snider

Nina Lindgren’s Sprawling Cardboard Cities

Wish I’d been able to read this article when I first unboxed my spinning wheel

On Comparison 

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Inspiring, fun, thought-provoking, and crafty links to round out the week and jumpstart your brain.

Stumbled across the While She Naps blog and podcast this past week and I’m smitten. Looks like a great resource for blogging, business, and creativity. 

The Writer’s Retreat from Incidental Comics

The middle is what you should fear.

Exploring the world


For today’s awesome science - a synthetic functioning leaf .

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Because one cannot survive on cute cat photos alone. 

3-D Printed Food - NASA gave out a $125,000 grant for the development of a “universal food synthesizer”.I wonder how long it will be before we get a Star Trek style replicator. via Brown’s Edible Examiner

Pretty Vacant - Rietveld Landscape, a Dutch design office, built a foam screen to showcase the space and potential of vacant Netherlands's government offices.   

Oscillate - “My goal with "Oscillate" was to visualize waveform patterns that evolve from the fundamental sine wave to more complex patterns, creating a mesmerizing audio-visual experience in which sight and sound work in unison to capture the viewer's attention.” - Daniel Sierra

A How-To Guide: Accelerated Learning for Accelerated Times - Tim Ferris’s basic method, DiSS, for learning and mastering any skill in a short time period.

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Spend enough time on the internet and you find that there’s more than knitting out there. Hard to believe, I know, but it’s true. 

AGNES the Knitting Robot - Built by Andy Noyes and visiting the UK from Uncanny Valley, AGNES knits a scarf on a circular loom. Only slightly creepy. 

Nanoscale Pressure Systems Mimic Human Skin - While we’re on the topic of robots, they may be getting a human-like sense of touch soon. 

Omelette - An adorable short film by Madeline Sharafian about a loyal dog, a tired man, and dinner. via Lucy Knisley’s Tumbler

Top Score - A new to me podcast with almost 50 episodes to enjoy. Hosted by Emily Reese and presented by Classical Minnesota Public Radio, Top Score takes an in-depth listen of video game soundtracks with composer interviews and track samples. There’s also the added bonus of generally being spoiler free. Listening to this series makes me want to play games that I never would have considered otherwise.