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Cook Your Cupboard

Imagine that you’re cleaning out the back recesses of your kitchen pantry and discover there a you-don’t-know-how-old can of Haggis, a can of tomato paste, a half-eaten box of orzo pasta, a bag of Funyuns and a container of orange-flavored dessert syrup. What can you do with them? Well, you could throw them all away. Or you could take a photo and post it on the cool Tumblr blog Cook Your Cupboard. There you’ll get advice from cooks — some expert, some very much not — on creative dishes you can prepare with your pantry finds.

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Baby Name Finders

Spot Cool Stuff is having a baby! Thus far we’ve been absolutely perfect parents. We’ve read all the popular parenting books. We’ve aced all the baby classes. We’ve stocked up on all the right baby gear. We’ve made lots of lazy morning deposits into our sleep bank.

Unfortunately, other moms and dads have uniformly advised us to enjoy our parenting perfection now, because it surely won’t survive first contact with our actual real life child. And, already, we see our first chance make a horrible life-ruining parenting mistake: picking the name. Do we go with something mainstream like Sophia or John? Something trendy like Liam or Jasper? Something out of the box like Boomer, Snoopy or, say, Triangles?

As Spot Cool Stuff often does when we have a question, we turn to the internet for the answers. And after exhaustive research, we still haven’t settled on a baby name. But we have found the four baby name generator websites we like best. Here they are, in rank order:

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Architectural Criticism Crowdsourced

Fans of Spot Cool Stuff’s architecture posts—especially those who wish we’d be able to publish them more frequently—would do well to check out Open Buildings.

The goal of the Open Buildings website: collect as much information as possible about the world’s cool architecture.

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Cool Websites For Home Remodeling & Redecoration

House remodeling and decoration has been part of owning a home for as long as there have been homes to own. (Even back in the caveman days we can imagine Mrs. Caveman working to remodel the fire pit area while Mr. Caveman sought to improve his spear storage area.) In today’s real estate market fixing up a current home is an especially desirable option when compared to the difficulties of selling your house and buying a new one.

Here are our favorite websites for finding a contractor, finding home remodeling inspiration and finding new home furnishings:

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Read ‘Em And Smile

How should we categorize Breed ‘Em And Weep? This blog from Berkshires writer Jenn Mattern is ostensibly about the trials and tribulations of motherhood but, really, it is about so much more.

We could see putting Jenn’s blog under our Quirky category because how else would you describe, say, an imagined couple’s therapy session between Obama and McCain? It could go under Communication because Jenn has written the world’s wisest words on how to talk to a sad person. Humorous could work too, because virtually every post of Jenn’s has a comic touch, as could Community, because Breed ‘Em And Weep has a loyal group of readers who form friendships through her site.

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