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How To Draw Mickey Mouse
Mauricio Abril shows four easy steps on how to draw Mickey Mouse. via Tastefully Offensive
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Hey, +Ultimaker & +Erik de Bruijn !

Seen this? 
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That was a really well done review!
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Behold the Cult of Done!! 
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Quoting again: "The plaintiffs for this lawsuit are limited to Stratasys stock holders, and anyone out there who only owns a 5th gen Makerbot will sadly be ignored in this lawsuit".
Still unfair (the customer pays it all in the end whatever the outcome!), but anyhow a good thing if there is the slightest possible chance they fix their ugly broken business for future customers... What a pity, what a waste. This will make again some good advertising for valid competing products :)
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Pretty cool. I've never even heard of these before..

(I didn't read the instructions - just jumped down to the video and watched it)
 
Learn how to build a hydraulic ram pump in 9 steps.
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A basic device that basically converts the velocity energy of a larger water flow into static energy in a smaller water flow,  pumping the small flow to a point higher that the inlet elevation.   You just have to have a goodly flow going down stream (to waste?) to force a smaller amount to where you want it.
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I'd never even heard of let alone eaten pickled garlic before so when I stumbled across a recipe, I had to try. Pretty easy: peel 10 heads, dump them in salt water, leave alone for a while. Something like that. They sat on the counter for a week and have been in the fridge for about a month now.

The recipe said, very clearly, that I should not be alarmed if they turned blue or green. It said this is a normal thing. 

So.. For the first week or so, I checked them regularly and wondered if that was a tinge of blue.. or is that bit turning green? No.. Wait.. It's just next to the lettuce. Never mind. 

I guess I gave up and haven't really paid attention because this picture is what I just noticed. And yes, despite the recipe I am somewhat alarmed and am not sure what I'm going to do with these.

If you make pickled garlic and are wondering if they have turned blue or green, they absolutely have not. You will, without a doubt, know it when it happens.
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I'm still ignoring them.. 
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I've been making pickles for the last 5-6 months. 

If you love pickles (and who doesn't?) and have never made them, you should give it a shot - it's surprisingly easy. 

The recipe here is the one I've been using. Honestly, my plan was to start with this then branch out to others but these are just soooo good, I'm still making them. I did turn up the garlic & red pepper but that's it (and I'm back to the stock recipe, which really is just the right amount of spicy).

The video has a bug - he says to trim the stem end but it's really the blossom end that needs to be trimmed. Cut 1/4 inch of both if you're not sure.

Aside from the result, I like the sciency bit behind this. They're fermented, courtesy of friendly bacteria, but you don't have to add a culture or any such thing - they apparently just pick the right bugs up from the environment.. 
Get this all-star, easy-to-follow Dill Pickles recipe from Alton Brown
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At DBZ:Resurrection... w00t!
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This totally made my day.  Seriously happy to see this return.

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Cartoonist Berkeley Breathed Announces the Return of the Beloved Comic 'Bloom County' After a 25 Year Hiatus
After a 25 year hiatus, cartoonist Berkeley Breathed announced today the return of Opus, Bill the Cat, Milo Bloom, Steve Dallas and the rest of the misfit residents of the Bloom County comic strip ...
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I only hope I won't have to keep going to Facebook to read them.
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Visited the Hokusai exhibit at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts today. http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/hokusai

Katsushika Hokusai is supposedly one of, if not the most famous Japanese artist of all time and the MFA has one of the most extensive collections of his works. The exhibit was pretty cool - definitely recommended if you're in the area.

This sorta just a picture dump from my new phone, which I'm still trying to figure out - bit of mixed quality on these pictures.. 
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I guess this is pretty awesome but I find it strangely creepy, too.. 
 
A da Vinci Surgical Robot Delicately Stitches Skin Back Onto a Grape
In a video from 2014, a da Vinci surgical robot controlled by a surgeon carefully stitches skin back onto a grape. In 2011 the system was used to fold and launch a tiny paper airplane, and even lac...
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