A Periodic Table of Elements and a Clicky Link overload in this week's reader photos #Reader Round-up#bathrooms#bed nooks#bedrooms#beds#closet#eco-conscious#gallery wall#gardening#geeky#Pinterest#plumbing#seeds#water March 5 | Cat Rocketship Hi, Homies! I'm glad to see you today. I picked out these photos from the Offbeat Home Flickr pool, and I thought maybe we could sit down and look them over together, mmkay? This is an ACTUAL Periodic Table of Elements. Each pocket has a sample! Source: core77.com via Offbeat Home on Pinterest PinkFriday inhabits a bed nook. God, I love bed nooks. They satisfy my want for cosiness. AnnabelVita attempted her first gallery wall -- it turned out great! Me? My seeds came in the mail last week. Getting them sprouted now! Speaking of gardening, here's an idea for the small gardeners: use two step stringers to create a tiered planter. whitewatercrafting.com via Offbeat Home on Pinterest Drgnsyr shot this rad garage. Yours? A neighbor's? Who says offbeat has to be urban? Clicky links: extended edition! I am a HUGE Avatar: The Last Airbender fan. Its follow up, The Legend of Korra is coming to Nickelodeon this summer, and it is rumored to be steampunky. Want to use less water in the shower? Try the water pebble: it monitors how much water goes down the drain upon first use, then provides feedback about how you're doing during subsequent showers. A yellow glow means watch out! Wonder Woman Watermelon Soup! Did you know you can borrow ebooks from the library on your Kindle, Nook, iPhone, or other e-reader? I hadn't thought about non-flower ways I could attract pollinators to my neighborhood until I saw this insect hotel. The US Federal government released new guidelines recently requiring all federal landscaping to be sustainable. The mandate also sets expectations about native plants and water usage. This light, inspired by wind chimes, doesn't make sound but is instead CHARGED by the wind! Why DO old buildings matter? A post from Heavy Houses. Lastly, all the ways to follow Offbeat Home: Facebook, Twitter, email delivery, Pinterest, and our Flickr pool. If you want to submit to Offbeat Home, click here now! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Cat Rocketship I was the Managing Editor of Offbeat Home for a year and a half. I have a rich Internet life and also a pretty good real life. Hobbies include D&D, Twitter, and working on making our household more self-reliant. I also draw things. PREVIOUS A recipe for squirrel melts: You MUST try them! NEXT I want this mustached juice machine man Toggle comments [ 17 ] Super cool periodic TABLE of elements! It says that each pocket contains a sample. I'm wondering: really? Some elements are really hard to get/expensive and some do not exist long enough to be put in a jar. Plus others are pretty toxic or explosive in household setting. So really? Or just a product made from or picture in each pocket? 6 agree Reply My question exactly. I'm guessing something inert/solid that has the element, or a representation of it 3 agree Reply In the original article, there's a video where he goes through some of the samples, some of which are indeed rather expensive: http://www.core77.com/blog/furniture_design/science-themed_furniture_design_theo_grays_periodic_table_table_21849.asp In short, the table's owner (co-founder of Wolfram Research) has been collecting element samples for many years and has a pretty impressive collection including rare, dangerous, and hard to find samples. 4 agree Reply Confession: Scott just started a job at Wolfram and told me about seeing the table, JUST before the Core 77 article went up. They are real! But he keeps some of the expensive samples in a safe, and the radioactive samples are in lead-lined cases. 2 agree Reply I'm so jealous your seeds arrived, I've been incredibly impatiently awaiting mine. 3 agree Reply I took a dead log and drilled holes into it last year for mason bees, and lots of bees nested in it. Mason bees are better pollinators than honey bees and are being killed off in a many places by invasive insects and pesticides. The Internet is full of descriptions of how deep and spread apart holes should be for mason bee homes. You can make them out of lots of household items, too. It could be a great neighborhood-improvement project to make them and put them in little nooks and crannies in your area. 5 agree Reply How do you get other people on board for bee-encouragement? I know bee allergies are a serious matter, but as soon as I mention bees, someone is inevitably like EEW I HATE BEES I'M ALLERGIC I KILL THEM WHEN I SEE THEM. I've always idly wished to keep bees, but in my semi-urban area, I could see getting grumpy complaints pretty quickly. 2 agree Reply This reminds me of this crazy news story a couple of years back. There was this elderly beekeeper in the south of Norway who was sued by his neighbours because, apparently, his bees pooped on their expensive cars and boats. (Well, I realize this might not seem so crazy if you're used to people suing other people over just about anything.) Bee poop is slightly acidic, but as far as I know it should not be very damaging to cars or boats, but it might really grump up your neighbours. 2 agree Reply It's funny you say that, Dootsie; I am allergic to bees! I went into anaphylactic shock and almost died after a bee sting as a kid. For one thing, some bees sting more than others and from what I remember, mason bees are not big on the stinging. Otherwise, I'm not sure how you get your neighbors on board since my way to overcome fear is education and that is what helped me. I would say, your property, you have bees if you want. Your neighbors will likely benefit and depending on how big your operation is and how close your lots are, they might never realize you have a hive. 1 agrees Reply There are some really easy ways to keep bees from even being noticeable — one being that bees like to fly in straight lines, so if you put the hive behind a fence or a building they'd have to fly over, they're likely to fly over anyone's immediate vicinity. I forget the others :p EDIT: I looked the others up! 1 agrees Reply That was a neighborhood garage that I passed while taking my "daily" walk. It just looked like it belonged on this blog. I wish I knew the people who lived there because they must be awesome. Oh, and we actually ARE an urban neighborhood; Atlanta just has more trees that any other city I've seen. 1 agrees Reply I don't get it. What is the point of encouraging bees onto your property if you have nothing to pollinate/feed bees with? And yeah, I would not be happy if my neighbor decided to start a huge bee population. I realize that in some areas the bee population is too small and plants are suffering. But seriously, I'd prefer to keep the population reasonable on my back porch. 1 agrees Reply Bees and other pollinators (including moths, butterflies, and BATS!) travel miles from home for food. In addition, a learned beekeeper knows there are ways to keep urban bees safely. Me personally? I want to encourage pollinators in my area because I like to do what I can to encourage a balanced ecosystem. I know. That sounds nerdy. But that's my goal for my home's greenspace: to be as rich/natural as possible. A good bug population means healthier plants, more birds, squirrels, raccoons, mantises… 1 agrees Reply Cat, i totally read "mantises" as manatees then… and was like… i love manatees… i want manatees in my yard….. but i don't have a pool… 2 agree Reply Yes to borrowing ebooks! The majority of libraries do this. The trick is to find out whether you can get cards from other library systems as well – for example, I'm part of the Timberland Regional Library system in Olympia, WA, and because of that, I'm able to have a card from both Pierce County (Tacoma) and King County (Seattle). Because collections can differ, even in ebooks, this lets you have several accounts going at once. Best part is, they all use Overdrive and Adobe software, so your books all go to the same place. And you don't have to have an ereader – they work on your computer, too. And audiobooks! Don't forget those! Supporting this system is great – the more you check out, the more ebooks will show up for loan! Can you tell I'm a librarian? I should shut up now. 1 agrees Reply Librarians welcome! My mom's a librarian, and my dad is a former-principal-turned-library-working-retiree. PREACH IT, COMRADE. (As a result of this family history I am an incurable book hoarder.) 1 agrees Reply I noticed that Amazon Prime (totally worth it for me, btw) has started letting Kindle owners "borrow" books for free instead of buy them. I think the "catch" is that you can only have one checked out at a time, but it sounds awesome to me. 1 agrees Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. 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