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This knob allows you to see everything on the other side of the door in the glass ball, so you know what you’re getting yourself into when you choose to enter….

It is designed by an architect who has this awesome site for his firm:

http://www.hideyukinakayama.com/

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I’m totally posting an email from Mary, one of our contributors, as though it was meant to be a post. Hope she doesn’t mind….

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Here’s an informative exchange, “The Cost of Free”, from The Guardian blog between singer/songwriter Helienne Lindvall and author Cory Doctorow about copying and free content. It’s a great read for anyone who’s interested in these topics or anyone who may be distributing their own work, for money or no. Some of the comments are useful, too.

Fair warning: it stirs up a bit of drama.

There is a response as well: “The Real Cost of Free”.

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Imagine a lovely cake, iced pretty and smelling scrumptious. Imagine taking a plate in one expectant hand and a knife in the other, then cutting into the cake, removing a slice… and seeing a PIE INSIDE.

When I was in high school, a few friends and I worked together on a project for Marketing class in which we had to come up with a product, make it, and market it. Other kids made t-shirts and who knows what else, but we came up with an idea so exciting that it stayed in our minds for years: pie in a cake.

Pie. Inside of a cake. There is only one word to accompany such an idea: AWESOME.

We soon realized, however, that given time constraints and our limited abilities, pie-in-a-cake would go the way of pipe dreams. Instead, we came up with Jello Pie (which involved red Jell-O in a graham cracker crust); it tasted pretty good, and we made a funny commercial for it, which perhaps someday I will post here. I remember doing pretty well on the project, but that is neither here nor there.

Pie-in-a-cake, the dream, was lost in the sands of time—or so I thought, until I met my great friend Mary (a contributor to this little blog). Our friendship was cemented when, after (for some unremembered reason) I told her about pie-in-a-cake, she assured me that we would make it.

And make it we did. It took some careful planning and creative maneuvering, but it was worth it.

Here, in a few illustrated steps, is our journey.

Originally we thought a cherry pie inside a chocolate cake would be just the thing, but we didn’t have access to a lot of from-scratch baking supplies, and the store only had white cake. So we decided to go with white cake and a blueberry pie.

1. Get the stuff. You’ll need everything it takes to make a small pie and a big(ger) cake.

2. Make the cake batter and make the pie crust (simultaneously if possible).

Pie crust, pie filling, cake batter, icing. Disregard the apples; we were going to make another pie afterward.

3. Put some batter at the bottom of the baking pan so that the pie crust stays put and gets hidden in the middle of the cake (we didn’t want it to fall out when we lifted out the cake).

4. Set the pie crust in it and make the pie. We pre-baked the bottom portion of the pie crust.

After doing the fancy lattice work—which we thought was important to do despite the fact that it would get lost in the pie—we baked this for about ten minutes (just so the top portion of the crust would brown).

5. Bake the top layer of the cake, then pour batter over the pie and bake that. That is the bottom layer, and you’ll have to watch it bake rather than precisely following the cake’s instructions.

This was a thrilling moment for us. Also, notice the baked top layer (to the left).

6. Decorate! (If your baked layers don’t hide the pie, hide it with icing!) Serve!

"Why, look! A lovely cake! Wait a minute..."

"Is that a PIE in my cake?"

Chloë with the finished pie-in-a-cake.

Mary would like to offer you some pie-in-a-cake, and some delight. Did we mention that it was delicious?

My high school friends can be proud of Mary and I, for we lived the dream.

And now you can too.

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[UPDATE: We are now officially one of the top-three providers of egg puns to the Internet! Check it out:

And now for the original post…]

Anyone else remember that old PSA “This is your brain on drugs”? (I saw a hilarious spoof once: “this is your brain… with ham… and scallions” but I can’t find it anywhere.)

Well this is your brain on egg puns. It’s an email thread that played out over a day at work and it began when my friend Brian ran a few ideas past us for his blog, The Daily Mixed Metaphor. Brian and I used to have day-long pun wars all the time, but this is the only one I ended up keeping. Sometimes the jokes are quite a stretch but you have to give us credit for determination and ingenuity.

From: Brian
To: Chloe; Jennifer; Mary
Subject: Cracking mixed metaphors

You can’t walk on eggshells without cracking a few eggs.

You also can’t put all your eggs in one basket without cracking a few eggs.

Don’t count your chickens before you’ve cracked a few eggs.

From: Chloe
To: Brian; Jennifer; Mary
Subject: RE: Cracking mixed metaphors

Brian, you’re cracked. What an egghead you are.

From: Brian
To: Chloe
Cc: Jennifer; Mary

Omelettin’ you slide, this time, Filson.

From: Chloe
To: Brian

That was a pretty good yolk.

From: Brian
To: Chloe

I’m glad it didn’t go huevo-ver your head.

From: Chloe
To: Brian

You know, underneath that hard shell of yours there’s a pretty funny guy.

From: Brian
To: Chloe

You keep telling me that ova and ova, but I don’t believe it.

From: Chloe
To: Brian

Well don’t worry, becauzygote lots more where that came from.

From: Brian
To: Chloe

Egg puns are a dime-a-dozen, aren’t they?

From: Chloe
To: Brian

Yeah, as far as egg puns go, this language is pretty well oeuf.

From: Brian
To: Chloe

Well, just try to look at the sunny side.

From: Chloe
To: Brian

Trying to think of all these puns is really scrambling my brain.

From: Brian
To: Chloe

Are you saying you’ve been beaten?

From: Chloe
To: Brian

Never! Just sayin’ it’s the end of the day and the brain is starting to feel a little fried.

From: Brian
To: Chloe

Well, if you have a really good one to end the day with, then lay it on me.

From: Chloe
To: Brian

My quichetion is: do YOU have a really good one to end the day?

From: Brian
To: Chloe

When I said they were a dime a dozen, I think I was wrong- I only got up to a leaven.

From: Chloe
To: Brian

Some of these puns have been pretty rotten.

From: Brian
To: Chloe

Well, nest time we’ll have to do better.

From: Chloe
To: Brian

If I’m right, we can do better, but if  I’merengue, we can’t.

From: Brian
To: Chloe

With a little more effort we can hatch some real doozies.

From: Chloe
To: Jennifer; Mary
Cc: Brian
You guys have no idea. This is eggzactly what Brian and I do all day.

From: Brian
To: Chloe; Jennifer; Mary

I’ve spent the better portion of the afternoon hunting for good puns.

From: Mary
To: Chloe

Haha, well, you have my benedict-ion; these are pretty funny.

From: Chloe
To: Brian; Jennifer; Mary

OK kids, at this point I bow out; it’s time to leave. Smell ya later!

From: Brian
To: Chloe; Jennifer; Mary

P.S. : 100 points to anybody if they can use “albumen” in a pun. I was wracking my brain but I got nothing.

From: Mary
To: Brian; Chloe; Jennifer

Cockney accent: “Albumen pun, eh???”

Does that pass? I think it all boils down to whether you can guess what it means or not…

From: Chloe
To: Mary; Brian; Jennifer

Do you mean “a bloomin’ pun”? Do I get any points for guessing correctly (if I did)? That would be eggcellent.

From: Mary
To: Jennifer; Chloe; Brian

Yes, Chloë! That went over easy.

Guys guys guys I have news!!!!  Hens forth—ahem—

[Editor’s note: At this point, Mary told us some good news, but I’m not going to publish it here. Suffice to say, it’s awesome that despite her hatred of puns, she announced her news with a pun. What, you couldn’t figure out that she hates puns? Well, she does. She only participated in the pun threads because she is so competitive. Or so she claims.]

From: Chloe
To: Mary; Jennifer; Brian

By Chicken’s Ovate Spheroid! How eggciting, Mary. Congrats.

From: Chloe
To: Mary; Jennifer; Brian

On an egg-related note, this hilarious video, entitled “Egg Song”, was for a time rel-egg-ated to the recesses of my memory, but it has now appropriately resurfaced. I recommend it for your viewing pleasure and general mirth, when you have a chance.

From: Mary
To: Chloe

I need a break. You?

From: Jennifer
To: Chloe; Mary; Brian

Ahhh!! Don’t you people work?!?!

Nice one, Jennifer. The mother hen gets the last word.

Another great thing about this thread is that Brian and Mary are vegans.

If you leave a comment, it had better include an egg pun.

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