great inventions, bests, lists, TIME.com, Kickstarter, Cronuts: Kickstarter brought several to market. Cronuts, really?
In 2013 a new fusion food joined the ranks of the ice cream cake and the turducken. The cronut—made of croissant-style pastry that’s fried like a doughnut, filled with cream and topped with glaze—transfixed foodies when New York City chef Dominique Ansel started selling it in May. His recipe inspired imitations around the world, and customers proved willing to wait hours for a taste; scalpers were even hawking the $5 treats for up to $40.
The 3Doodler is a new kind of pen that doodles in three dimensions instead of two. Essentially it works like a 3-D printer, melting and cooling colored plastic to create rigid, freestanding structures in any shape imaginable (sort of like a hot-glue gun but better). Invented by Maxwell Bogue, Peter Dilworth and Daniel Cowen at the Boston-based toy company WobbleWorks, the 3Doodler raised over $2 million on Kickstarter (they were shooting for $30,000) and can be preordered online for $99.
An Olympic-size pool designed to float in the less-than-crystal-clear East River, the Plus Pool kills two birds with one stone: it cleans the river water and gives New Yorkers a place to swim. Its unique filtration system scrubs the water as it floats through it, while its distinctive plus-sign shape isolates different wings for different activities. Designed by Dong-Ping Wong, Archie Lee Coates IV and Jeffrey Franklin, the pool could make it possible for New Yorkers to dive into clean river water for the first time in 100 years. So far the $15 million project has been funded by Kickstarter, but the team is still raising money to get the pool up and floating by the summer of 2016.
Best Tweets, lists, Twitter: Too much Ryan Gosling and I not sure why Huffpost needs to make a list of best posts by women …
What Women Said On Twitter This Week.
I hope my children live one day to see the first female Santa
Atlanta History Center, Swan House, Hunger Games:
The Atlanta History Center’s Capitol Tour experience offers visitors an opportunity to pay tribute to Atlanta’s burgeoning film industry as well as Swan House’s new chapter in cinematic history. http://ow.ly/qTwHr
Love unites all, whether created or uncreated. The heart of God, the heart of all creation, and our own hearts become one in love. That’s what all the great mystics have been trying to tell us through the ages. Benedict, Francis, Hildegard of Bingen, Hadewijch of Brabant, Meister Eckhart, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Dag Hammarskjöld, Thomas Merton, and many others, all in their own ways and their own languages, have witnessed to the unifying power of the divine love.
The Swan House at the Atlanta History Center was one of many Georgia set locations used during the filming of the movie The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
Just so you know … H&M opens at Northlake Mall | CharlotteObserver.com.
39 Democrats, Fix Obamacare, Washington Wire – WSJ:
The 39 House Democrats who voted to reinstate sales of insurance policies canceled under the Affordable Care Act had this in common: Most are being targeted by the House Republican campaign arm for their position on the health law.
The National Republican Congressional Committee has gone into overdrive, tailoring news releases around about dozens of Democrats like Reps. Ron Barber (D., Ariz.) and Patrick Murphy (D., Fla.), who are thought to be vulnerable in the 2014 elections. Friday’s vote showed the pressure appears to be working.
“I would imagine that there would be more and more attacks coming for months on end,” Mr. Murphy, a freshman, told reporters shortly before voting in favor of the Republican-led bill.
The 39 Democrats were four more than the 35 who voted for a GOP bill in July to delay the laws’ mandate on businesses – the previous high water mark in Republicans’ efforts to win Democratic support for rolling back the health care law. The 39 Democrats also tracked closely with the roughly 40 Democrats facing pressure from the NRCC.
George W. Bush: This is an old one. But, personally and politically, I think this was a mistake.
There will be two notable absences at Wednesday’s commemoration to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington: George H.W. and George W. Bush.
Both former presidents were invited to participate in Wednesday’s celebration, which will feature speeches from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial by President Obama as well as former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. But both Bushes are dealing with health issues and decided it best to skip the event.
“He’s doing fine, but he’s not able to get up to Washington this week,” said Freddy Ford, a spokesman for George W. Bush, who is still recuperating after undergoing surgery this month for an arterial blockage.
Ford stressed that the younger Bush’s recovery is going well, and that Bush even managed to stop by the Southern Methodist University’s football practice on Tuesday