Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Title Design: The Making of Movie Titles

They all start out as sign painters!

Floating 'prenup house' can be split in two if a marriage doesn't work out

With divorce rates steadily increasing, some newlyweds are drawing up prenuptial agreements before tying the knot.

But one firm has set out to help divorcees avoid a real estate battle with a new design that easily splits the home in two - and lets them sail away from each other.

Called Prenuptial Housing, this floating house consists of two independent structures that separate if the couple should split up, resulting in two equal units that can float away from each other. [Continue]
It would be more fun if the house stays together but has a gymnasium divider type wall that will physically split the house in half in case of a divorce.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Thai Ice Cream Sandwich

When some people see that we serve an ice cream sandwich on a hot dog bun, they think we’re being cheeky. Nope, this is more or less what you get in Thailand: a squishy, doughy white platform for ice cream (or “ai tiim,” as it’s pronounced there) drizzled with chocolate syrup and sweetened condensed milk, and dusted with crushed peanuts. (I do, however, omit the more-common-than-you-might-imagine topping of corn kernels, though add some if you’re up for it.) [Continue]
I think the lack of different textures would bother me.

The Fake Vinegar In British Fish and Chip Shops

Odds are that the honey and saffron in your pantry are also fake.

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Right Way to Bribe Your Kids to Read

My children need to read this summer. They’re in the middle of a long vacation from school, and I want them to enjoy it — but I also want them to be able to pick up their education where they left off when school starts again in the fall.

Kids who read over the summer lose fewer skills than kids who don’t. This is especially important for children from low-income families and those with language problems, like my younger daughter. When reading is difficult, so is almost everything else. As new readers move from decoding text to fluency, every subject from math to history becomes more accessible, but practice is the only way to get there.

My kids (15, 12, 10 and 10) have an enviable amount of time to read, and plenty of books to choose from. Yet it’s already clear that beyond a late August dash to fulfill their assignments, very few pages are likely to be turned unless I do something. But what? [Continue]
No supper until they finish Finnigans Wake!