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The Crystals of Mystery

I recently inherited some items from my grandfather. That’s not quite right. I was recently given some memorabilia from my grandfather’s career at NASA that had probably been sitting in a drawer for decades because I showed interest. I’d know that he’d worked for NASA for most of his career …

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Downtown Turkeys: Wildlife Lives Just Down the Street.

Most of the time it seems like we humans have managed to wall ourselves off from the environment pretty effectively. We have built sturdy houses, moved into towns and cities, and found any number of ways to hide out from nature. But every once in a while we catch glimpses …

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‘Tis the season for spiced cranberry liqueur

One of my favorite things about this time of year is festive libations. For a few years, I’ve made a hobby of liqueur and infused liquor making and November – January brings a  challenge: cranberry liqueur. Sometimes my cranberry liqueur was too tart, too sweet, too much like Robitussin, and sometimes …

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Art of the Gaps: What is the origin of life on Earth?

Part of being human is having the drive to question the mysteries of the world around us. That questioning has led us to many answers over the millenia. Some of the biggest gaps in human knowledge have been answered by arbitrary communal consensus. These diverse myths and stories entertained and …

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No Longer Food Friday: Moldy Bread.

Look, I know that it is called Food Friday, and that we are expected to write posts that have some delicious aspect to them; but I’m going to go in a slightly different direction this week. A while ago, I bought some individual bread loaves (because they are cheap and …

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Armoring for Cosplay 1 – Hitting Things with Hammers

I quite like hitting things with hammers. More specifically, sheet metal. I’ve made posts in the past about my projects, but I’ve had a lot of requests to do a tutorial. Not being one to shy from pandering, I bring you the first in a series on making costume armor …

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EL wire for beginners.

I love lights on things, as evidenced by my company Lumen Electronic Jewelry.  Never enough blinky. I’ve been wanting to do something with EL wire for years but always assumed it would be difficult. To my surprise, it wasn’t that difficult at all.  I am an elementary level seamstress, so …

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Fungal Food: Chicken of the Woods

I’m going to start this post off with a warning: Never ever ever eat a mushroom you don’t know what is. Like, seriously; if you are 95% sure of what you are picking, put it back down and walk away or get somebody knowledgeable to help you figure out for …

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