DIYEG Roundup: Dec. 4, 2016

Currently listening to: I’ve had the original cast recording of Hamilton going during walks to and from work over the past couple of days. I had actually bought it off iTunes months ago but somehow neglected to put it on my phone so I could actually, y’know, listen to it. It’s just as brilliant as everyone has been saying it is, and really kind of heartbreaking near the end. Just make sure you listen to it in order; the first morning I tried to listen to it, my phone was still on shuffle and it didn’t make nearly as much sense.

Currently watching: As I write this on a Sunday evening waiting for Chinese food to be delivered, my wife and I just returned from a screening of Almeida Theatre‘s production of Shakespeare’s Richard III starring Ralph Fiennes. Man, was this ever intense! Fiennes held the audience spellbound right from his opening monologue; you could hear a pin drop in the theatre. Aside from that, though, we’ve been watching a lot of Drunk History lately, both the episode where Lin-Manuel Miranda gets drunk and retells the story of Alexander Hamilton without all the songs, as well as an episode on food that featured Lyric Lewis telling the story of Julia Child’s days as a spy before becoming a beloved TV chef. We’ve been quoting “against blood” and “I don’t wanna bite it!” to each other for a couple of weeks now.

Currently reading: I actually just finished reading I’m Just A Person by Tig Notaro. Tig is someone we’d always watch on late-night TV shows, but reading this book has given me a whole new appreciation for her. Spoiler alert: She was diagnosed with C. difficile, her mother passed away suddenly, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and she broke up with her girlfriend — all within about a year. Oh, and in between, she managed to put most of that into a stand-up comedy set that was nominated for a Grammy award. It’s a quick read, but a powerful one that will make you want to give your entire family a hug — like, right away.

Also going on this week in the world of DIY and YEG:

  • Woodworking king, beard impresario and man who serves as inspiration for this blog Nick Offerman did an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on Reddit this past week, where touched on a number of different subjects, including brown liquor, joinery, facial hair care. Here’s a link. I’ve found the best way to navigate these AMAs is to click on the username of the person answering the questions (in this case, NickOfferman), find an answer that sounds interesting, then click on “context” underneath the answer to read the question and the answer without any other extraneous comments from other Reddit users.
  • Speaking of Mr. Offerman, his book Good Clean Fun introduces us to one Jimmy DiResta, a designer, artist and video producer with whom he has collaborated several times. Offerman directs his readers toward DiResta’s YouTube channel, which has a number of fascinating videos detailing various projects. Here’s one where he details a trip to the Rochester Maker Faire — the highlight of which has to be a look at some of the insane things Stan Munro builds out of toothpicks:
  • Sticking with Mr. Offerman and his eponymous woodshop, they recently held their first-ever Pleasure Faire in mid-November, and by the looks of this recap on their blog, it was a big hit!
  • After posting a recent entry on this here blog on repair cafes to Facebook, someone commented that I should check out ENTS — that’s the Edmonton New Technology Society. I remembered hearing something about this before, but that comment was a a good jog of the memory. It’s not exactly a repair cafe like I was talking about in my post, but rather a “hackerspace,” giving members “a place to create, build, repair, and otherwise work on projects.” But I bet if you had something you were looking to get repaired, the folks at ENTS would probably be able to help out, or at least point you in the right direction.
  • If you’re looking for a fairly simple DIY project, but one that could come in super handy over the upcoming Christmas holidays, check out almost makes perfect’s guide to making photo recipe cards. Someone in the comments mentioned adding magnets to the back and sticking some of the recipes you make most often to the fridge for quick and easy reference. Smart!
  • And if you’re looking for a recipe to put on one of those cards, check out Karlynn’s Banana Gingerbread Loaf on the Kitchen Magpie. It’s a festive flavour, and and another way to use up those overripe bananas that pile up in the freezer.

Any other cool projects or recipes you’ve come across? Let me know in the comments below.


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