Tab Sweep 18

In which I post, with little or no comment, a variety of unrelated things that are cluttering up my browser and/or newsreader…

Drawn has an interview with Shaun Tan, creator of the strange and wonderful book Tales from Outer Suburbia. Kathy bought it for Henry and they’ve been reading it together.

Hey, look! Seattle is famous. Oops. (via My Ballard.) Oh, and we had an earthquake, too. Has the Viaduct Collapsed Yet?.

How convenient. Wikipedia has a List of confidence tricks. Use only for good.

Have you been searching high and low for a copy the 1914 classic Sam Loyd’s Cyclopedia of 5000 Puzzles Tricks and Conundrums (with Answers)? No? Me either, yet I found it anyway. Good stuff.

Someday I’ll write a post about my recent coffee brewing explorations. For now, you’ll have to make do with this incredibly thorough history of the vacuum coffee pot. We’ve been brewing mostly AeroPress coffee lately, but I still have a soft spot for vac pot coffee.

I vaguely remember having a (probably drunken) conversation during college about the saying “it’s all Greek to me.” What do people who speak Greek say? Well, now I know.

I generally think most “is it art?” discussions are ultimately fairly pointless. Would having an answer change anything? Still, that doesn’t mean they’re not interesting anyway. Are games art?

Man, I wish every airport had one of these. (via This is not your practice blog.)

I’m definitely going to have to give these recipes for homemade “Girl Scout Cookies” a try. I’m not sure I buy the “treats you feel good about eating” angle, though. There’s nothing good-for-me about Girl Scout Cookies available 12 months a year. (via Slashfood.)

Speaking of recipes, remember Jim Lahey’s amazing No-Knead bread that made the rounds following a NY Times article a couple years ago and is still quite the rage? The same technique also works for pizza dough. We tried it tonight and it was amazing: the best pizza dough with the least work. Yum.

Yippee! Andy Richter Controls the Universe is finally coming to DVD! (via gedblog.)

The greatest video game-inspired love song of all time is now available on iTunes. If you’ve never played Mario Kart, it will probably make absolutely no sense, but you still might enjoy it.