links for 2011-07-11

  • Finding vector graphics is easy, they are everywhere, posted daily on certain sites, but are they useful? Now that is a big question. From what I’ve seen when I was looking for elements that could possibly be used in certain projects, there are very few free vector graphics that could actually be worth it. The most common of these are represented by the ornaments that can be inserted in projects like posters, for example. There are also a lot of vector icons, mostly minimalistic, but some pretty detailed icons too. The ones that I find the most useful are the templates for various projects, with which you can have a presentation model for a client, in order for him to see how a print would look on the final product. Last but not least, the illustrations also have a part in this play, some people use it, others ignore them. I’m not very fond of them, but maybe you’ll like them better.
  • Frugal living blog Squawkfox's make-it-yourself Starbucks Frappuccino includes cost breakdowns, lots of photos, and a secret ingredient that can deliver your caffeine guilty pleasure for a fraction of the price.

    A lot of people love Starbucks Frappuccinos, a blended concoction of coffee, milk, and sugar, but at $3.86 for a classic tall they're a spendy as a daily habit. According to Squawkfox, all you need to make your own is a blender, ice, Starbucks coffee, milk, sugar, and the secret ingredient, xanthan gum, a popular food thickener (key to replicating the texture of the drink).

    Squawkfox was able to mimic the famous budget-busting drink for $0.32 per 12oz serving which saves you 92% versus the one with the siren on the cup. See the full post for details.

    (tags: diy dining news)
  • When we reach the age of two, we start to have a few questions about our bodies. At first they're simple. 'Will that toy fit into the wet hole in the middle of my face?' But as we mature, the questions become more complex and too numerous for any reasonable human being to answer. It's no coincidence that around this time, your parents ship you off to school where someone is payed to give you answers.

    Unfortunately, many of the answers you get there are lies that seem specifically designed to make the world around you seem boring. Because how else are they going to get you to stop asking so many damn questions? For instance, you probably still believe …

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