Dear Clusterflock: What was the most comforting condolence sentence you ever heard?

Stolen from Metafilter. I don’t have a MeFi account, so I can’t even favorite things over there, much less comment. So I figured I’d re-pose the question here.

The MeFi thread is great, but bring tissues. I loved this one most:

My uncle, Albert Crary, was an extraordinary man. Not only was he an explorer and scientist of both poles (The Crary Mountains in Antarctica were named by him and the A.P. Crary Science and Engineering Center at McMurdo Station was named fo him) but he gathered stories like no one I’ve ever met. At his public memorial in Washington DC at, I believe, the Cosmos Club, speaker after speaker got up and told about his staunchness, his incredible endurance, but most importantly, they all told a funny story about him: The time he fell off the ice shelf and what he said to the preacher after his rescue when the preacher came looking for a good sermon. The time he went shopping for supplies in South America when they were running a geophysical line across a South American swamp. The time my father put my brother up to calling him and acting like a dumb reporter asking the stupidest questions imaginable about the ice island T3.

Months later, we had a private memorial in his hometown of Canton, New York. One-by-one his nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends got up and told more stories. To all of us he’d been the source of fun, support and laughter when we were growing up – he never let any of us take ourselves too seriously, but he was always there when anyone needed help. When my turn came, I got up, told my story and then said this:

Everyone deserves an Uncle Albert, we were just fortunate enough to have had one.
posted by BillW at 5:23 PM on March 30

(Via the wonderful Ed Yong.)

Caulk art.




Soylent is definitely a permanent part of my diet. Right now I only eat one or two conventional meals a week, but if I had any money or a girlfriend I would probably eat out more often. I’m quite happy with my bachelor chow. I don’t miss the rotary telephone and I don’t miss food.

(via Vice)

(and Rob Rhinehart’s Blog)

Solar Death Ray

With its incredible heating power, the television solar beam is not for the inexperienced, and should only be built and used by capable adults.

(via inhabitat)

I bet some dick said it was a “call to action”

Somebody better find the god damned web guy’s email address and get him to change the year on the copyright notice, because lord knows the we’ll be fucked if someone copies and pastes this shit onto another fucking website even though they’re going to anyways if they feel like it, and like this is in any way legally actionable if they do.

(via @asimone)

Spoiled Rotten

I shop for beer seconds. Buying returned meat is another smart way to stretch a grocery budget. Read more

Eden: A Hacker Brand For Remaking Your iPhone With Wood


Creating Eden, as the line is called, involved tackling an unusual challenge: figuring out how to package a warranty-voiding, specialty-screwdriver-requiring process as something an average person would feel comfortable tackling.

(via Co.DESIGN)

My online marketing scheme

Spam names I have not used recently:

Jimmy Tightpants
Nova Scosche
Wheeling Mountainbridge
Anne Tickwiddy
June Waterpark
Mark Getsett
Read more

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(via NBC News PhotoBlog)

Headline of the day

Short Penis No Obstacle for ‘Spermcasting’ Barnacles

Neil Young with Booker T and the MGs, 2002-style

Neil Young, Booker T. Jones, Duck Dunn, and folks.

The America I want to love — and which I sometimes do.

Incisions, incisions, incisions …

1 of 21 prints we made for the Rome launch of Ark Codex at Stamperia del Tevere.

headline of the day

Student Wins Election Through Innovative Dick-Complimenting Campaign

smoke signals

Steal Like An Artist

The trailer for Austin Kleon’s soon to be released Steal Like an Artist:

I hate book trailers, so I made a cute dog video disguised as a book trailer…

(thanks, Chris)

from the comments


Regarding artistic farting.

from the comments

Carole Corlew:

Erica, kale will grow very nicely in a container. It likes the cold, as you know. I don’t have personal experience with deer (rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, birds and lately a raccoon!). But I have heard of some things that can help if you don’t have a tall fence.

Fragrant bars of soap hung from branches or a bamboo stick, etc., about 30 inches from the ground. Think Irish Spring. Or human hair (ask a barber for trimmings) in mesh bags three feet off the ground. Plant spray made of three raw eggs in a gallon of water. Supposedly deer hate that. Also, row covers can help for a while, anyway.

I’ve also had success with mirror mobiles. I had one that was just a long fishing-wire string with small round mirrors attached. I laced it from a piece of wire protruding from a fence and nothing bothered my garden for ages. It would swing around in the sun and wind and it must have freaked out the varmints. Then the Iowan managed to knock it off onto the brick walk and broke a lot of it.

So I bought some very thin fishing wire and a bunch of little mirrors from a craft store. One mirror, glue, attached to the back of an identical mirror. Either one string or attach multiple strings to, say, a wire hanger, which is not pretty but will do the job. Speaking of, you also might string fishing wire between posts in the garden because supposedly that confuses deer.

Good luck!


A short film by Alistair Banks featuring the art of Etsuko Ichikawa.

I can’t remember if I’ve already shared this particular project, but it never hurts to revisit good art.

DIY, Growing Food in Winter

These are lettuce and pea seeds I put in last week. They are growing in my back yard, in a plastic container that held spinach. Yes, it is cold. And it freezes and sleets and ices up, still. But this is winter gardening and people do it even in colder climates than northern Virginia.

You just wash a plastic container that has a lid, punch some holes in the top and bottom, put in some soil (I use a seeding mix) and sprinkle in seeds. Water, close the container, label it with a permanent marker. Place it outside in a sunny area. Now you have a greenhouse environment for your seeds to grow. I may need to transplant these into a larger container before it gets warm enough to plant in the garden.

I also have some flowers and pampas grass sprouting.

Your seeds really want to grow, even in harsh conditions. Like us, they are animated by the life force.

from the comments

Carole Corlew:

It’s not possible to duplicate hush puppies that had been deep fried in an iron kettle perched on a wood fire outdoors. With the hand-cranked ice cream under a tree, still in freezers covered by newspapers. The freezers had to be repacked in fresh ice and salt and covered with newspapers and towels, left alone for a while. This “ripened” the ice cream, or hardened it. Absolute ambrosia.

from the comments

Carole Corlew:

Miss Nell would start her cooking shows with, “Now as everyone knows I hate to cook so let’s get started and get out of this kitchen.”

From the Archives & Archivists (A&A) List digest:

Subject: Storage of a grass skirt
Date: Sun, 5 Feb 2012 20:43:43


Wanted to ask if anybody has any recommendations about how to properly
store a grass skirt?

Thank you!

R.I.P. Don Cornelius (1936-2012)

Don Cornelius checked himself out, it would appear.

See him here — doin’ it to death — with Mary Wilson in the Soul Train line dance.

T-Rex Trying…

Hugh Murphy’s tumblr documenting The Unfortunate Trials of The Tyrant Lizard King.

(thanks, Amy)

Five Minutes with Jason Kottke

From a five minute interview with Jason Kottke at The Verge:

You wrote a post about David Foster Wallace’s idea of the Decider a few years ago. Since then, has anything changed when it comes to your process?

It’s much easier to find interesting things to read and look at online than it used to be…the web is now largely filters on top of filters on top of filters. So I don’t have to sift through as much stuff as I used to. But also around the time I posted that link, I got much better at blogging. I don’t know if the 10,000 hours thing kicked in or what, but what used to take me 6-8 hours to do now takes me 2-3 hours.

(via @tcarmody)

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