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In spite of the fact that my current (and somewhat shoddy) wafflemaker was a birthday gift from a terrible ex (seriously guys, don't give presents with electrical plugs), I love making waffles. Over the years I have made waffles both sweet and savory. (If I recall correctly, my first attempt at savory waffle was a batch of rye waffles with onions and a sour cream topping.)

So I was very excited to come across Waffleizer (tagline: "30 answers to the question 'Will it waffle?'"). I am totally going to go home and make some waffles!

(Well, tomorrow. Tonight is pizza and phone banking. But there will be waffles!)

The Maker, directed by Christopher Kezelos, with music by Paul Halley and creatures by Amanda Louise Spayd.

This reminds me a little bit of Sebastian's Voodoo and a little bit of 9, but it's also it's own thing.


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Mighty Girl is one of the blogs I have been reading since shortly after I discovered blogs, over a decade ago. I love the writing, I love the photos, I love the ideas. Today's post really made me think.

Playing the video and thinking about what it says, this has an awful lot of merit. At the same time, I think there is a lot of privilege in the idea of "just do what you love and the money will follow." It may be true that the money will follow, but life doesn't stop costing money just because you are starting to follow your passion. The "DWYLATMWF" premise assumes that you have a support system to keep you going in the meantime: parents, a significant other, savings, a patron, a government grant... Otherwise what do you eat? Where do you live? How do you pay your medical bills? For anyone who isn't starting out from a position of privilege, Do What You Love is going to be a hell of a lot harder. There are a lot of people for which "Do What You Gotta and Maybe You Can Pay the Bills" feels like an aspiration.

What are your thoughts? How do we make DWYLATMWF realistic for more people? I'd certainly love to make it work in my own life. Is passion enough to build the bridge from that point A to point B, or does it also require circumstances that may be beyond your control.

In my own life, in my own family, I look at how to make this work. What does it take to make this work? What does it mean if you can't?



I am Not a Robot

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I assure you. Most definitely not a robot. I am a human, who does the human things.

These, on the other hand, are some fairly iconic robot faces from the past century, gathered together and illustrated by Daniel Nyari. I don't recognize all of them, but I know most of them.

It's kind of great to see Rosie, Voltron, WALL-E, and a Cyberman all hanging out, ya know?

(OK, maybe that's terrifying, if you really think about it. But great, too.)



Fearful Symmetries

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"Everybody" knows that a more symmetrical face is more attractive, right?

Julian Wolkenstein created a series of carefully neutral portraits, which he then made into two photos each, using the mirror half of each side to complete the face. The results show just how uneven even the most "symmetrical" of face really is, and how odd and off-putting true symmetry can be in a face.

As a continuing project, people are invited to take phone or webcam photos of themselves, mirror them lie Wolkenstein did, and submit the results to echoism. The results are both delightful and bizarre.



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