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May 18, 2010

Teenage Mutant Venn-ja Diagram

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_VhdC-5Gg7Ok/S_DIfpdBpbI/AAAAAAAAADs/llWoPG8L7uU/s1600/VENNWORLDS.pngYesterday's choice find from Nathan Pyle  inspired me to check out more of the artist's clever work, and I just had to share this one. Though they've become a bit retro-cliche, Ninja Turtles still warm the heart of anyone near my generation.

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May 17, 2010

Where Do Cursors Come From? Why, the Cursor Forest, Of Course.

created at: 05/17/2010

There are millions of computers produced each year...let's hope the cursors are harvested with sustainable practices.

And don't even get me started on the emissions of the spinning beach ball of death… read more

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May 17, 2010

50 Downloadable Papercraft Robots

created at: 05/17/2010

Botropolis has assembled this massive collection of papercraft robots that you can download, print, cut and assemble. I love projects like this because they're active and crafty, but the inspiration is built-in and they don't require tons of materials and time.

created at: 05/17/2010

Bots include everything from retro atomic imagery to characters from classic sci-fi movies to contemporary takes on mechanical mans - there's even one featuring… read more

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May 14, 2010

Bread Shoes

Okay - begin clever quips...now.

How about, "We these shoes, no one minds putting their foot in their mouth..."

Or..."If German peasants had taken to wearing these shoes, Hansel and Gretel could have been much more efficient finding their way back..."

They're edible, but not wearable, but if left out, they'll dry themselves and stick around forever.

Bread Shoes designed by twin designers R&E Prasapaliauskas

[via Design For Mankind]

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May 14, 2010

Smartphone-Powered Lego Robot Can Solve Rubik's Cube Faster than Anyone*

*Well, almost anyone, as the current record holder can solve one in under 20 seconds.

Motorola Droid Lego Robot Solves A Rubik's Cube Faster Than You CanBUT, this Motorola Droid-power Lego robot can solve on in 25 seconds, which is less time than it takes me to remember how to SPELL Rubik's Cube (Hint: there's no C...)

"he Mindstorms robot was programmed using a Motorola Droid, which runs on an Arm A8 processor clocked at 550MHz, to show the speed of their chips. A specially-built app takes a photo of the cube's side facing the camera, with the commands being sent to the Mindstorms robot over… read more

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May 14, 2010

Boarding Pass/Fail - Stylish Airline Boarding Pass Re-Design

0tylerthomps011.jpgThe airline boarding pass...

You've seen then. Hard to read. Difficult to interpret. Generally aesthetically offensive. Probably not even functional unless you work for the airlines and know all the tricks.

Squarespace Creative Director Tyler Thompson had also seen them, and was equally frustrated, and decided to do something about it...0tylerthomps03.jpg

"So I took out my Moleskine and started sketching. I tried to remember my previous trip through John F. Kennedy Airport and when and why I needed to reference my boarding pass. It seemed like I first needed to know which flight I was on. I put the gate right next to this, but made the… read more

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May 13, 2010

Wind-Powered Knitting Machine

Harvesting wind-power with a tiny-turbine at home might not produce enough electricity to power your refridgerator, or, heck, charge your mobile phone...But, Merel Karhof has harnessed its ability to create rotational energy to knit infinite yarn tubes, which wrap around ones neck perfectly.

wind knitting facotry logo

"With the power of the wind, a knitting machine knits from the outside towards the inside of a building. The knitted material is harvested from time to time and rounded-off in individually packaged scarves. Each scarf has its own label which tells you in how much time it has been knitted and on which… read more

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May 12, 2010

169 Best Optical Illusions

created at: 05/12/2010

Sick of that duck/rabbit combo thing, or vases and faces? Sure you are, but optical illusions are still totally sweet.

Good thing Scientific American thinks so too, and they've collected 169 sweet, contemporary optical illusions that will melt your mind in all sorts of new ways. And they provide just enough science to help you understand what's going on without totally ruining the… read more

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May 11, 2010

The World's Creepiest Taxidermy

 

Hell Cat

One of the first email forwards I ever recieved (so...1996?) was a photo of a stuffed mouse who'd had some sort of bird feet grafted onto him.

"That," I said, "Is the scariest non-alive animal contraptration I've ever seen..."

Turns out, I was waaaaaaay wrong. Environmental Graffiti has scoured the web and come up with a postmodern taxidermy primer, which, either by design or default, is quite creepy. Which makes sense: animal combinations (sphinx, griffin, minotaur, mermaid, etc) have been the stuff of myths and legends since the earliest cultural… read more

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May 08, 2010

Creative Jell-O Shots

created at: 05/03/2010

The Jell-O shot - creating tiny flavored gelatin cups using vodka, tequila, or rum in the place of water - actually dates farther back than most of us would imagine... i.e. college campuses sometime in the 50s and 60s. The earliest recorded recipe, called "Punch Jelly," is found in the Bon Vivant's Companinion, writted by Jerry Thomas in the early 1860s.

Which means that the straight-up cherry or lime powder mixed with cheap liquor approach is a little antiquated, and could use an update.

Enter My Jello Americans, some youngsters from Philadelphia, who are committed to "the future of the Jello shot."

Featuring recipes like:

Ants on a Log

Horchata

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May 06, 2010

What The F%&K Should I Make For Dinner?

created at: 05/06/2010

Nothing says "home cooked meal" like swear words in black Helvetica on… read more

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May 05, 2010

Typographic Moustaches

fontstaches by Tor Weeks

Having a bit of trouble distinguishing the personalities of various typefaces? Perhaps this will help a bit - "FontStaches" (which should really be typefacestache, but we'll forgive).

It's amazing how much a simple 90-degree rotate gives a character we rarely use so much vibrance and… read more

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May 04, 2010

Craft Fail: "Creative" Pet Grooming

"Now tell me, which one of these dogs would you want to have as your wide receiver on your football team?" - Buck Laughlin, Best in Show

PinkCoyote.net is the home of Sandy Paws, a creative pet grooming outfit in Yuca Valley, California. Their crowning achievement is Cindy the poodle, whom they've made up to be a Ninja Turtle, a chicken, a shark, a camel, a dragon, a peacock, as well outfitted in a  Pac-Man and Grateful Dead theme.

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May 03, 2010

One Dozen Unique, Food-Loving Tattoos

created at: 05/03/2010

If you asked the question, "Do you love food?" most people would say yes. It's the backbone of our culture, and an occassion to meet with friends and loved one, for learning about health and nutrition, and is a passionate hobby for many.

created at: 05/03/2010

If you asked these twelve individuals the same question, they'd better say yes...cause they'll be bearing their commitment to comestibles on their skin for the rest of… read more

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Apr 28, 2010

Handmade Haiku: Even My Shiniest Scissors Seem Dull in Sun Like This

created at: 01/13/2010

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