January 25th, 2020

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Community Building Tip: Public Art

For my current set of tips, I'm using the list "101 Small Ways You Can Improve Your City."

9. Forge a fancier garbage can. If there isn’t money in the municipal budget for murals or street art, there’s still creative ways to beautify the streets. Providence, Rhode Island, turned everyday urban hardware such as fences and trash cans into colorful creations with the help of a local nonprofit, The Steel Yard. By commissioning artists to create striking bike racks and railing, the city gets more exciting, eye-catching infrastructure.

See also:

https://www.streetscapes.biz/products-bike-racks-artistic-c-13084_13028.html

https://www.streetscapes.biz/products-bike-racks-artistic-hoop-c-13084_13079.html

http://www.architectureartdesigns.com/30-eye-catching-public-benches/




https://weburbanist.com/2012/02/07/trash-can-art-28-garbage-cans-that-belong-in-a-gallery/

http://drinkingfountains.blogspot.com/2015/03/minneapolis-artist-designed-drinking.html

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Community Bulletin Board Ideas

Someone asked about this, so I compiled a list ...

Community bulletin board:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_bulletin_board
 
http://communityhowtoguides.org/preview.php?guide_id=124
 
These instructions are for school but apply to any type of thematic billboard:
https://www.instructables.com/id/Classroom-Bulletin-Board/
 
This is for the office:
https://snacknation.com/blog/office-bulletin-board-ideas/
 
DIY Ideas:
https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Bulletin-Board
 
https://kaboom.org/resources/enhancement_projects/how_build_bulletin_board
 
https://homesthetics.net/diy-bulletin-board-ideas/
 
Mostly school billboard images:
https://www.pinterest.com/bultrebe/community-bulletin-board/
 
https://www.supplyme.com/collections/high-school-bulletin-board-ideas
 
https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/blog-posts/amanda-nehring/12-ways-make-your-bulletin-boards-pop/
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Warblers

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Birchbenders Keto Pancake Mix

Well, that was a complete disaster.  >_<  

We bought the Birchbenders Keto Pancake Mix because it's very low-carb and contained recognizably decent ingredients.  Unfortunately they do not add up to recognizably decent pancakes.  The stuff turns brown but it doesn't actually cook.  It won't hold together.  Even after I managed to scrape them more-or-less onto the raw side and eventually out of the pan, the texture was nothing like pancakes.  More like warm mush in a crunchy shell.  The blueberries made them marginally edible.  I wound up feeling like I should apologize to the blueberries. my_partner_doug drowned his in maple syrup.

There is a trick to making good hoecakes, especially when you've moved continents or planets and have to adapt to what's available locally.  This stuff is still at the stage of "Well, we had some stuff so I mixed it together and heated it and this is the result."  :P

I may try again mixing this with Bisquick, since we don't like wasting things.  It wasn't bad, just ... didn't perform well at all.