Choice: A Major Life Update

Written March 2018 Let me tell you about the year I decided to stop shaving—my legs, my armpits, you name it. I was a budding feminist and had heard the talk about how shaving legs was just a cultural construct created by the patriarchy to sell razors, and after seeing my brother-in-law’s girlfriend sporting armpit curls and shaggy legs at a family wedding, the idea wouldn’t leave my mind. The fear of social upheaval—rude comments,[…]

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Shinto, Zen, and the Art of Japanese Furniture

Thumbnail: NakashimaWoodworker.com As an island nation with a history of isolationism broken only occasionally by periods of trade and ideological exchange with foreign nations such as China and Korea, it is no surprise that Japanese furnishings maintained such a strong and continuous Japanese identity from antiquity until the modern era. Long after many other nations had taken up the Western style of sitting on raised chairs, the Japanese people—nobility and peasantry alike—continued to function as[…]

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How to Build Your Asian Pantry – One Recipe at a Time

Have you always wanted to try cooking Asian Food, but get overwhelmed by the number of new ingredients you’d have to buy just to try one recipe? And who wants to spend $10 on a bottle of special sauce when you only need a teaspoon of it! In this guide, I’ve organized all of our favorite recipes so that each one only uses one or two new ingredients, so you can build your Asian Pantry[…]

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Maker-Modern: Case Studies

To read the original Maker-Modern article, go here. Disclaimer: Unless noted, I have no real knowledge of the engineering or manufacturing processes used on any of the following products. My comments are not meant as critiques of the products themselves, but simply potential engineering issues that might easily be overlooked by an inexperienced “maker.” It is quite possible that the manufacturers have resolved the issues I mention by innovative (if not apparent) means. This is[…]

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Maker-Modern: the Good, the Bad, the Homemade

What do “live edge” dining tables, reclaimed barn wood and cement bar stools have in common? They’re all common products of the Maker-Modern style, characterized by the use of rough/salvaged/natural-form materials, often used in naïve ways that result in poor quality and reduced longevity. The Modern movement, which had its start in the late 1800s and culminated in the workshops of designers like Charles and Ray Eames, Frank Lloyd Wright and the Bauhaus, was society’s attempt[…]

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The Making of a Bra (or two) – Part 2.1

Quick update, as people have been asking me what happened to the bra project. So, I spent a day measuring my breast size every few hours and it turns out that between waking up full of milk and going to be mostly empty (and all the filling and emptying throughout the day) my breasts range in size by a factor of 4 cm. That’s huge! Like 2-3 bra sizes huge! So, the bra project has been[…]

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George H. Brimhall Memorial Essay Contest: Courage in the Face of Convention

This essay won a $500 Honorable Mention in the Brimhall Memorial Essay contest at BYU this year. I’ll be writing a post about the process in the future.  “I’m going to drop out of BYU.” As the words came out of my mouth, I could hardly believe them. I had been ranked #2 at my high school graduation and I was attending BYU with a full-tuition scholarship from a prestigious organization. I had also recently[…]

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Fondant Dragon Cake–With Fireworks! — Part 2

Missed Part 1? Read it Here. After getting the fireworks it became apparent that I was going to need to redesign my castle. The original concept had been to do one tall, skinny tower for the dragon to wrap around, but the fireworks I got were too long to fit well inside a skinny tower. So I hit the drawing board. After satisfying myself with the proportions of my sketch I set to work on[…]

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Fondant Dragon Cake–With Fireworks! — Part 1

Our friend Braydn had a birthday at the end of June. Since he’s planning on moving to Washington at the end of the summer, he decided to throw a massive, week-long birthday bash so he could spend as much time with his Utah friends as possible before he goes. The last day of the bash, which fell on his birthday proper, was a BBQ pool party and he asked the guests to help bring food and[…]

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The Making of a Bra (or two) – Part 2

(Missed the beginning? Go back and read Part 1.) After a Google search for local, non-chain fabric stores and a visit to the only one in town that stocks apparel fabrics (unfortunately they didn’t have any lace or power net), I begrudgingly made my way to the local big box chain, where I picked up some black and white spandex (the closest thing I could find to a true power net) and the rest of the[…]

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