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Sunday Sweets: COOKIES!!

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We all love cake best here, of course, but have you noticed how cookies have started going 3D?

(By Modesta's Rainbow, Russia)

It's a whole 'nother dimension of sugary goodness!! And I approve.

 

Besides, who could resist a pastel rainbow of stand mixers?

(By 1 Fine Cookie, video tutorial at the link)

I want to fill those little cookie mixing bowls with sweet cream, then eat one whole with one big CHOMP.

 

Speaking of chomping: Beware, for here there be dragons:

Cookie dragons!

(By Lucky Penny Cookies, no longer in business)

This reminds me of a laser-cut wood puzzle - and that piping work is phenomenal.

 

You already know how I feel about the dreaded cupcake cake (ptooie!), but cookies? COOKIES TOTALLY WORK:

(By Rocking Horse Sugar Decor, Idaho)

See? Gorgeous and fun and no sticky icing all over your hands. I'm especially loving this design and colors; it's just so HAPPY, and each cookie is a pretty piece all on its own.

 

You're not going to believe this, but these baby rattles are actual rattles:

(By Julia M. Usher, video tutorial here.)

They're made of cookies, and filled with candy! So you could use them as gender-reveal cookies.

Seriously, my mind? Blown. Just look at all that piping detail!

 

Next we've got a starry pastel dreamland that has my inner 8-year-old squealing:

(By Sugar Cat, Taiwan)

Eeee! SO CUTE.

 

Here's one for confused cake lovers:

(By Zoe Clark Cakes, Australia)

Cookies that look like mini cakes! D'awwwww.

 

Confession Time: I find this frog cookie absolutely ribbeting:

(By Sweetopia, tutorial at the link)

Those sugar gem water droplets are so clever, love that extra sparkle.

 

Here comes another cookie... mosaic? Cookie puzzle?

(By Melissa Joy Fanciful Cookies, Wisconsin)

Whatever you call it, I'm digging the puzzle-piece effect, and how you can stack them to make a pretty centerpiece.

 

And finally, the sweetest little fairy houses:

(By De Koekenbakkers, The Netherlands)

I couldn't eat this; I'd want to wear it on my sweater like a fancy fairy pin. Or I'd put it on my desk so I could stare at it all day. Mmmmm.

Happy Sunday, everyone! I hope these made you smile!

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Lynne Cox is an accomplished American open water swimmer. Twice, she held the record for the fastest crossing of the English Channel. Cox was the first woman to swim the Cook Strait and the first to swim the Straits of Magellan and around the Cape of Good Hope. Cox swam the Bering Strait from American soil to Soviet soil in 1987, at the height of the Cold War. 

Look at her. 

I know open water swimming isn’t really glamorous, but Lynne Cox is arguably one of the greatest overlooked athletes of the 20th century. 

And quite possibly a mutant. 

She can withstand water temperatures that you or I would die from because of her training and her body’s unique reaction to cold (you know how the blood will leave your fingers and toes when it’s cold, to preserve heat? her whole body does that, pooling her blood in her core and insuring her body temperature stays toasty where it counts).

She funded the Bering Strait swim herself, clearing out her bank account when she couldn’t get corporate sponsors. After she succeeded (to almost everyone’s surprise: if you get in the Bering Sea without serious gear you generally just die) Gorbachev mentioned her during treaty talks with Nixon: “Last summer it took one brave American by the name of Lynne Cox just two hours to swim from one of our countries to the other. We saw on television how sincere and friendly the meeting was between our people and the Americans when she stepped onto the Soviet shore. She proved by her courage how close to each other our peoples live.“

She wasn’t just the first woman to swim the Strait of Magellan. She was the first person to make it across. 

On top of setting multiple world records, she swam a mile+ to the coast of Antarctica, in just a bathing suit, and did not die. 

She’s swum over 50,000 miles. 

And look at her. This is a photo from when she was young, at the peak of her career and setting records all over the world. She is a great athlete. She is a human who can do things most humans would die trying. I’m sitting here at 1 AM getting all teary eyed because this is the first time I’ve looked up a photo of her and I am so surprised, so gratified, so overwhelmed to find out that this world record setter, this literal superhuman, has nearly the same body type as me. 

Since they wouldn’t let her be a fantasy creature in a video game, she just did it in real life, I guess.

Anyone who thinks there is just one athletic body type isn’t paying attention during the Olympics opening ceremonies.

Her body type is optimized for her sport. The shape of her body and the presence of fat both provide insulation to keep her core warm while she swims.

A lot of open water swimmers aren’t this chunky, but that’s because most of them are actually triathletes, and their body type is a compromise between the ideals for the different sports.

There really is no one way to be fit and athletic. For some reason, we tend to get ourselves hung up on the body type of track and field athletes, especially that of marathon runners (who tend to carry almost no extra fat) as the ideal.

Dude HOLY FUCK she’s a badass.

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Does Your Dog Bite?

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Behold the theorbo, an enormous baroque lute

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"People complain a lot about the space that I take up", says Lutenist Elizabeth Kenny

[Kenny] explains how and why the theorbo was developed in the 17th century, what it was used for, and what it's like to carry it around on the train.

More fabulous videos of ancient and obscure instruments await at the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment YouTube channel.

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Why you definitely want to be on Star Trek: The Cruise IV

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I've just returned home from Star Trek: The Cruise, a truly extraordinary fan event for lovers of Science, Science Fiction, and the future.

You really want to be on the next one.

Longtime Boing Boing friend Wil Wheaton headlined the third annual cruise, which this year featured stars from every series of Star Trek from The Next Generation onwards. They, along with thousands of die-hard Star Trek fans took over an entire cruise ship for a week (flying the flag of the United Federated of Planets no less), Taking part in everything from photo and autograph sessions, Science Lectures from experts in the fields of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Game Shows, Q&A sessions, and even a narrated performance of the Scopes Monkey Trial transcript.

But the real reason you should go isn't one of those events.

There's a unique culture behind Star Trek. Gene Roddenberry's optimistic vision of a utopian future attracts a certain type of fan, and there's something special about putting thousands of like-minded people and the actors who portrayed their most beloved Star Trek characters on a ship for a week. Wil Wheaton put it best in his initial address during our sendoff:

"I have been a fan of Star Trek my entire life. [...] I learned everything that was important to me from the values that Star Trek taught me: I learned to be honest, I learned to be honourable, I learned to be kind. My whole life I've wanted to live in that world that we imagined when we worked on Next Generation, and that I loved to watch when I was a little boy. We came close to it working on Next Gen, we got to pretend that we were in that world, but we have got this great opportunity over the next six days to *actually* create the world that Star Trek promises, because we all have the same influences. I think we have an opportunity for the next six days to get away from the worst person on the planet, and I'm really excited about that!"

Regardless of your views on Discovery's Klingons, who was the better captain, or insert-your-favourite-trek-argument-here, you'll find like-minded folks on the cruise. There are also several cosplay-friendly events hosted throughout the voyage. If you've ever wanted to be on a ship surrounded by folks in Starfleet uniforms and insignias, this is the place for you.

Next year, for the 25th anniversary of Star Trek: Voyager, the cruise is going to be headed up by Kate Mulgrew (Captain Janeway), and currently has representation from every TV version of Trek from The Original Series to Discovery - more than 20 cast members are slated to attend.

Here are some shots and video I took from Cruise III. See you next year!

Photos and video: Ken Snider, CC-BY-SA

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Pretend You're a Statue! Quick!

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