From the Bookshelf: The Drunken Botanist

If you know me or are a regular reader of this blog, you would know that I am an amateur home brewer, an enthusiastic (although easily distracted) gardener, and a true lover of books. So you can imagine my delight when, for my birthday, my sister-in-law presented me with this beautiful book called The Drunken […]

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From the Bookshelf: Walking Your Octopus

We have recently acquired a manual of utmost utility and detail, entitled Walking Your Octopus: A Guidebook to the Domesticated Cephalopod. This esteemed volume, bound in a textured teal cover with real metal corners, illustrates in vibrant detail the benefits of fraternizing with the aforementioned cephalopod, including tips on care, feeding, and socializing your charge. We […]

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From the Bookshelf: Books for Getting Started with Home Brewing

Like any great and interesting hobby with a long and glorious tradition, getting started with home brewing means beefing up our library shelves with more books. Here are the ones we’ve acquired so far: Beer Craft: Six-Packs from Scratch by William Bostwick and Jessi Rymill This adorable volume is about the size, shape, and bright […]

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From the Bookshelf: New Steampunk Books from AnomalyCon!

Good morning, Internetters! AnomalyCon, Denver’s annual Steampunk convention, always has a really terrific vendor room with costume pieces, modded weaponry, leatherwork, hats, gears, tea, handmade jewelry, and all sorts of other steampunkerrific awesomeness. Each booth has so many unique items packed into such a small space that we generally spend a lot time shopping there, […]

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From the Bookshelf: When Helping Hurts

Right now, I am reading a book called When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor… And Yourself. I’ve been thinking a lot recently about what it really means to love people, and I think it has a lot to do with helping them. If we love our friends, we don’t just […]

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Our 2013 Garden Plan

Good morning, Internet. I trust you have all had your coffee. Yesterday, after reading books on urban or suburban homesteading skills (like making your own yogurt, keeping bees, growing food, etc), I became very inspired and drew out a Master Plan for our little yard. We have a corner lot with a very small house […]

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