$3 ebooks from Daniel Pinkwater

16 Apr

Children’s author, essayist and hero of literature Daniel Pinkwater has revived his classic backlist as a line of DRM-free ebooks! Each one is only $3, and there are some astoundingly good titles in there.

via Massive haul of Daniel Pinkwater’s brilliant, hilarious, life-changing books as $3 ebooks – Boing Boing.

Two-Ingredient Biscuits

22 Mar


  • 2 1/4 cups commercial or homemade self-rising flour, divided
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream, divided
  • Butter, softened or melted, for finishing


3. Fork-sift or whisk 2 cups of the flour in a large bowl, preferably wider than it is deep, and set aside the remaining 1 ⁄ 4 cup. Make a deep hollow in the center of the flour with the back of your hand. Slowly but steadily stir 1 cup of cream, reserving 1 ⁄ 4 cream, into the hollow with a rubber spatula or large metal spoon, using broad circular strokes to quickly pull the flour into the cream. Mix just until the dry ingredients are moistened and the sticky dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl.

via Two-Ingredient Biscuits | The Splendid Table.

Local (Kansas City) Book Printing and Self Publishing Solutions

8 Feb

Local Book Printing and Self Publishing Solutions | Kansas City AlphaGraphics.

Lettra Letterpress Paper

8 Feb

Some paper to use in case you ever want to roll your own business cards.


Lettra Letterpress Paper | Business Stationery Paper | Crane.com.

DIY Ultimate Note-Taking Notebook

8 Feb

I’m still waiting for the Livescribe pen to come down in size and price, but then I’ll be all about rolling my own notebooks with specially-printed Livescribe dot paper.

DIY Ultimate Note-Taking Notebook.

Adventures in Drobo-land: upgrading to a Drobo 5N

8 Feb

I’ve been considering starting a Plex server and am interested in the Drobo. Here’s a write-up from one of my favorite blogs:

Running the local Plex server on my Drobo 5N is also awesome. It took no time to turn it on and lets me connect to the Drobo direct from any of the Roku 3′s I use for my TV viewing. There are a number of other 3rd party plug-ins like this for the 5N. I’m really thrilled!

via Adventures in Drobo-land: upgrading to a Drobo 5N – Boing Boing.

Creating a font from a classic comic

8 Feb

Once I had enough characters picked out to work with, I brought the art into Adobe Illustrator and began creating vector objects of each character. Many typographers would autotrace these, but I always create the objects point by point. The time invested is hours versus seconds, but the results are far superior.

Obviously, there are a lot of characters on your keyboard that don’t show up very often, or at all, in comic book lettering. But it’s important to me that a finished font contain these things—brackets, a plus sign, accents, etc. It’s a matter of craftsmanship and pride in the end product.

via Creating a font from a classic comic – Boing Boing.


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