Polaroid is Back in Business.

by Chris Gardner

Dateline February 2008: Polaroid announces they're getting out of the Polaroid business.

Dateline October 2009: No, they're not.

"After all the difficulties and changes of ownership during the last years, the new management of Polaroid now understands the source of the brand's attraction - which is surprisingly not based in digital cameras but in Dr. Edwin Land's groundbreaking 1948 invention of Instant Photography, which he...

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Give Local Foods a New Use with a Farmer's Market Facial.

by Chris Gardner

Food. It's for eating. And local foods are for eating, too...and, if you please, taking care of your body. "The farmers’ market food doesn’t just nourish your body, it can also nourish your skin,” says Celtic Naturals founder Angela Buckley. “The skin is our largest organ and it’s important to care for it.” So, head to your farmer's market, grab a blender, and get to scrubbing.

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8 Ways to Customize Your Billy Bookcase.

by Chris Gardner

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To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Billy Bookcase system, Ikea is not only issuing a book, but a special grafitti-ish version covered in Shakespeare quotes. [Perhaps the source of the "Billy" name those thirty years ago?]

But the Swedish manufaktürer isn't the only one gettin' in on some customized Billy-ness. For year, decorators, DIYsters, and other Ikea Hackers have been given these classics some color and flair. The Guardian Online has...

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Ikea News: The Billy Bookcase Book.

by Chris Gardner

Billy, the book

The Billy Case System, the world's most sold bookshelves [I got four, how many do you?] is turning thirty this year. To celebrate? Ikea is releasing a book to celebrate its release: "Billy, 30 Jahre Jung."

You don't even need Swedish 101 to figure the title out, but if you have passed your intro to German courses, here's some text from Stilsucht: "BILLY – das meistverkaufte Regal der Welt. 41 Millionen Stück sind bisher eingeladen...

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Fabulous and Fire Resistant

by DIY Maven

<i>By Barbara Thornburg</i>

Located in Malibu, CA, this weekend get-away was designed with an emphasis on sustainability and fire resistance. Owners and architects Nick Roberts and Cory Buckner incorporated a 'noncombustible shell' and 'deep-set fire-resistant windows' into its construction. The couple's interest in fire resistance comes from personal experience. In 1993, a wild fire consumed the 4000 sf they were living in at they time. They escaped the fire with 3 carloads of belongings and moved into Cory's parent's house 30 minutes away. A week later, fire destroyed that house too.

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Ceiling Fan/Sound System

by DIY Maven

created at: 2009-10-16

This ceiling fan has a secret. It's a fan AND a sound system. Hunter teamed up with Soundolier to make the ConcertBreeze, a wireless 2.4 GHz sound system that is 'compatible with most audio sources, including mp3 players, televisions, stereos and satellite radios'.

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Ten Alternative Uses for Tennis Balls.

by Chris Gardner

Tennis ball with lock and keys
They're green. They're fuzzy. And there's at least ten other ways to use 'em beyond bouncing on the court. Volley on over to This Old House. and check 'em out.

1. Erase scuff marks.
2. Protect a padlock.
3. Remove a broken lightbulb.
4. Cushion the blow.
5. Install a parking guide.
6. Open a jar.
7. Make a hitch cover.
8. Collect change for tolls.
9. Keep a door open.
10. Get a better grip.

Via.


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