Nankin Tamasudare

I would like to know how to make the traditional Japanese Storytelling Mat known as Nankin Tamasudare. I wanted one for myself but for some reason they are priced at hundreds of dollars here in the USA. They can only be found at sellers of "magic supplies". Here is a link to what I am talking about  http://muza-chan.net/japan/index.php/blog/nankin-tamasudare. Can anyone help? Ed

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PhD design research study on Furbys - Please participate!

Are you interested in electronic companions such as Hasbro's Furby? Do you like storytelling? If so, I would like to extend an invitation to take part in my research study. The Stories Tell Objects Project aims to understand the role that storytelling plays in people’s interactions with electronic companions - such as Hasbro’s Electronic Furby - and the relationships we form with them. Participation in this study involves responding to scenarios depicting Furbys, and/or completing two brief questionnaires. If you would like to learn more, or are interested in participating in this study, please visit: http://www.storiestellobjects.net/ Thanks! Catherine Caudwell caudwecath@myvuw.ac.nz PhD Candidate School of Design Victoria University Wellington 6011 New Zealand

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(newsletter) Cheap Welding, Squid Hat, Telekinetic Pen...

Dec 11, 2008 Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } Welcome back! Get your tools ready for the biggest building competition of the year!The Craftsman Workshop of the Future Contest is open to any project that uses tools. Share your amazing ideas, and win a $20,000 Sears gift card! Craftsman is also giving you the chance to show off your workspace in the Workshop of the Future Contest: Show Your Space contest! Simply post pictures of your current space, or the space you wish you hand, and you're entered to win a weekly Craftsman tool prize! See who won this week!This is the last week to submit your best creation powered by AA, AAA, C, or D batteries for the SANYO eneloop Battery Powered Contest! The contest closes this Sunday! Homemade Holidays are here again! Decking the halls with some crafty creations? Enter them in the Homemade Holidays: Holiday Decorations Contest and win a sweet Dremel kit! Sending personalized cards to friends and loved ones? Enter them in the the Homemade Holidays: Holiday Card Contest and win some cool prizes! See who won a prize in the Homemade Holidays: Holiday Treats Contest! We've worked out a special deal for the Instructables community to get the Telekinetic Pen Kit from the Maker Shed for 20% off until Dec. 19. After ordering, use this coupon code to get the discount: TELEPEN Telekinetic Pen! by Kipkay Chocolate Peppermint Bark by canida Wearable Toy Piano by mikamika LED Projector by PuffMag1cDrag0n Any project that uses tools is eligible! Closes for entries this weekend! Cheap Welding for Punks by TimAnderson Popup Christmas Card w/ Money Pocket by belsey Water Flow Sensor and Ambient Display by staceyk Make Amazing Fire Starters by sleepismything92 Peanut Butter / Chocolate Cookie Balls by Bloonie Nintendo Keyless Entry System by action_owl Framed Color Changing LED Art by obeyken Make Your Pregnant Partner Happy by schmeese Homemade Holidays Contests Share how you send the perfect message Show off your crafty creations and win a Dremel kit! Glass Etched Glasses by evey5268 DIY Squid Hat by goosezilla Make a City Storyteller's Backpack by faizzohri Make Borax Crystal Decorations by otterhopdotcom Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup2","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); }

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Antibiotic resistance and factory farming

Want to know where the latest MRSA strains are coming from?Not the hospitals- it's factory farms. I know the basics of antibiotic use in factory farming, but seeing the statistics is still appalling. It makes me particularly happy to have scored 55lbs of venison from my uncle this weekend.The bit on testing reminds me of the bit about Mad Cow- US farmers who want to test 100% of their livestock aren't allowed to basically because 1) it would make the untested animals look bad, and 2) they might find something. One BSE-infected cow (or at least proof of such) could shut down US beef exports entirely. Anyway, back to MRSA:The Union of Concerned Scientists estimates that at least 70 percent of the antibiotics used in America are fed to animals living on factory farms.Raising vast numbers of pigs or chickens or cattle in close and filthy confinement simply would not be possible without the routine feeding of antibiotics to keep the animals from dying of infectious diseases. That the antibiotics speed up the animals' growth also commends their use to industrial agriculture, but the crucial fact is that without these pharmaceuticals, meat production practiced on the scale and with the intensity we practice it could not be sustained for months, let alone decades.Public-health experts have been warning us for years that this situation is a public-health disaster waiting to happen. Sooner or later, the profligate use of these antibiotics -- in many cases the very same ones we depend on when we're sick -- would lead to the evolution of bacteria that could shake them off like a spring shower. It appears that "sooner or later" may be now. Recent studies in Europe and Canada found that confinement pig operations have become reservoirs of MRSA. A European study found that 60 percent of pig farms that routinely used antibiotics had MRSA-positive pigs (compared with 5 percent of farms that did not feed pigs antibiotics). This month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a study showing that a strain of "œMRSA from an animal reservoir has recently entered the human population and is now responsible for [more than] 20 percent of all MRSA in the Netherlands." Is this strictly a European problem? Evidently not. According to a study in Veterinary Microbiology, MRSA was found on 45 percent of the 20 pig farms sampled in Ontario, and in 20 percent of the pig farmers. (People can harbor the bacteria without being infected by it.) Thanks to Nafta, pigs move freely between Canada and the United States. So MRSA may be present on American pig farms; we just haven't looked yet.I love Michael Pollan's work. If you haven't read The Omnivore's Dilemma you should. Many of his books started as pieces for the NYTimes magazine: here's a list of books and articles, with links. He's much more of a storyteller than a straight-up reporter, and despite the often dire subject matter his stories are simply fun to read. He's also a journalism prof at UCBerkeley right around the corner from Instructables.

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Art Outside 2009 | 3-Day Art & Music Festival

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION ENDS SEPT. 14thHigh-tech wizardry. Make-and-take craft tables. Fire dancing. Eco-chic fashion. Film shorts by creators such as Don Hertzfeldt, Run Wrake, and Andy Gately of Austin Underground Film Festival. With 50+ concerts on three different stages. Whatever your artistic want is, we've got it! And to get it, all you have to do is step outside.One of Texas' most anticipated annual art events. Presented by Art Seen Alliance, Art Outside's three-day art and music festival happens this year October 9-11th. Nestled inside the beautiful grounds of Apache Pass, located just East of Austin and centered between Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio, Art Outside brings you over 100 artists across all media. From visual artists like Meres One, Casey Warr, and Joe DiPrima of ArcAttack, to musical sets by The Vandelles, Suzanna Choffel, Fort Knox Five, Freq Nasty Santogold's producer and collaborator, and many more. Including live performances by Firegroove, Reggie Watts, and Helios Jive with interactive earth friendly projects for kids, storytelling, and stand-up comedy, Art Outside offers creative thrills for everyone. Gates Open: Friday, October 9th at noon. 3-day passes are now available for Art Outside attendees. All children 12 and under will receive free admission. In addition to camping grounds for full-weekend participants, Apache Pass offers RV parking, music performance areas, a cantilevered stage, artist tents, and on-site shower facilities. Apache Pass camp grounds will allow families, small parties, and singles to experience an all-out art and music adventure, so indulge your creative spirit during the day, and sleep under the stars at night.Check out the full lineup here: http://www.artoutside.org*visit website for full line-up/line-up is subject to changes, additions & modifications.As if live music, interactive art activities, film and comedy are not enough, Art Outside attendees can also enjoy drinks by Treaty Oak Rum and food by Austin's Spider House Cafe, Cheer-Up Charlies vegan treats, Ararat Middle East fusion cuisine, and goodies by The Happy Vegan Baker. Sponsors for this event are Dr. Bronner's, The Onion, Montana Paint, and MAKE Magazine.Tickets will sell fast, so to reserve your spot for Art Outside visit: https://beticketing.com/_U2_add.php?eid=100909AOWith a tradition of showcasing groundbreaking talent on breathtaking grounds, Art Outside has hosted artists and art appreciators since 2004. Founded on the grounds of Austin's own Enchanted Forest, Art Outside began as a small gathering of creative souls, and has expanded into a destination event for visitors near and far. To learn more, please visit http://www.artoutside.orgExperience the art, OUTSIDE!The AO09 Team|Art Seen Alliance http://www.artseenalliance.com

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