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Dec 01, 2010

The Incredible Book Carvings of Brian Dettmer

created at: 12/01/2010

American artist Brian Dettmer rescues trashed books headed for the landfill and creates unbelievable paper sculptures. "With the precision of a brain surgeon, he teases books into something else, graphic statements of an expressionist talent that is truly awesome."

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Nov 30, 2010

A Bagel Romance...

created at: 11/30/2010

Some tasty humor on a dreary day; from the Mount Royal bagel factory in… read more

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Nov 29, 2010

Amazing Post-It Note Art

created at: 12/01/2010

created at: 11/29/2010

Artist Don Kenn sums up his work and life thusly: "BORN IN DENMARK 1978. I WRITE AND DIRECT TELEVISION SHOWS FOR KIDS. I HAVE A SET OF TWINS AND NOT MUCH TIME FOR ANYTHING. BUT WHEN I HAVE TIME I DRAW MONSTERDRAWINGS ON POST-IT NOTES... IT IS A LITTLE WINDOW INTO A DIFFERENT WORLD, MADE ON OFFICE SUPPLIES."

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Nov 24, 2010

Make White Castle Turkey Stuffing

created at: 11/24/2010

I've never tried this recipe for turkey stuffing made from White Castle sliders...as a matter of fact, I've never actually eaten anything from White Castle (other than a diet Coke that one time after the fireworks), even though their headquarters aren't two miles from my house.

But, still, it does have the makings of classic turkey stuffing - bread from the buns, onions, hamburger subbed for sausage, then flavored with celery, sage, thyme, and… read more

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Nov 23, 2010

My 2010 Thanksgiving Menu

created at: 11/23/2010

It took me a couple of days, but I finally figured out what I'll be making for Thanksgiving.

For the first time, I'm veering away from trying to do the traditional items as best as possible. I grew up eating frozen Butterball, Stove Top stuffing, and perservative-laden green bean casserole Thanksgivings, so I spent my first two years on my own seeking to do the sage/celery heavy Thanksgiving as best as I could.

But this year, I'm ready for something else, and so I'm gonna embrace my beloved Mexican and Latin flavors and infuse them into the Thanksgiving classics.

Here's what I'm thinking:

Appetizers: Southwestread more

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Nov 23, 2010

Skateboarding in the 1970s Was So Rad...

There are certain cultural phenomena that just capture an era spent in the city: the Harlem Renaissance, the RnB in Detroit in the late 50s and early 60s, the punk rock and new wave movements of CBGBs.

And the advent and development of skateboarding in Southern California is as evocative as any. Cataloged in the amazing Dogtown and Z-Boys, we're equally lucky that  "Hugh Holland was around to capture the magic. Holland’s collection of photography in Locals Only chronicle the youth skateboard scene from 1975-1978 with everything from action shots to playful candids, all in the sun-faded glory you can expect from photos in this… read more

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Nov 18, 2010

Vintage Globes Get an Artsy Makeover

created at: 11/18/2010

Designer and master decoupage artist Wendy Gold's new series, "Imagine Nation," fresnens up vintage globes with no-longer accurate geography.

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Nov 18, 2010

May the Force (of Typography) Be with You

created at: 11/18/2010

ASCII art has come a loooong way, like so far, perhaps even from a galaxy far, far away...

Terrible, I know. Anyway, these are cool. Especially that Rockwell W for the… read more

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Nov 18, 2010

NYU Professor Gets a Camera Implanted in the Back of His Head

Your mom may have threatened that she had eyes in the back of her head, but if Wafaa Bilal has kids, he'll be telling the truth.

The assistant NYU photography professor is about to have a camera implanted into the back of his head. The thumbnail sized camera will be thread through his skin in a similar manner to a piercing.

 

"The project is being commissioned by a new museum in Qatar. But the work, which would broadcast a live stream of images from the camera to museum visitors, is sparking a debate on campus over the competing values of creative expression and student privacy. [He] intends to undergo surgery in coming weeks to install the camera, according to several people familiar with the project.

For one year, Mr. Bilal's camera will take still pictures at one-minute intervals, then feed the photos to monitors… read more

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Nov 17, 2010

How To: Make Your Own McRib

created at: 11/17/2010

I, myself, have never had a McRib sandwich, McDonald's limited run sandwich first introduced in 1981 but I certainly know it's cult-like following that has inspired sites like the McRib locator, and moves folks who would never otherwise go inside a McDonald's to make interstate pilgrimages. 

It's currently in restaurants nationwide for the first time in sixteen years, but there soon come a time where it won't. And then what?

Why you make your own, of… read more

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Nov 17, 2010

Canstruction: Amazing Sculptures from Canned Goods

created at: 11/17/2010

Being as we're in the midst of football season, you could head to any megamart, and no doubt see some unnecessarily large stack of soda or beer cans styled after your local team. Those displays tend to come on a little strong, but the idea isn't all bad, is it?

Enter Canstruction, an "event that challenges local engineers, architects, contractors and students to create massive, innovative structures using the canned good to raise awareness and food donations for the hungry. The NYC winners are currently being showcased at the World Financial Center through November 22nd, where the public can peruse the can-creations and even participate by dropping off their own canned food donations!"

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Nov 16, 2010

The Origin of the Beatles Logo

created at: 11/16/2010

Today, Apple announced that the Beatles catalog is now available on iTunes. Most people reacted by saying, "the Beatles weren't on iTunes?" and the rest said, "If you're a Beatles fan, then you already have most of their catalog in your iTunes library."

But, here's a bit of Beatles news worth mentioning: the new book Just My Type: A Book About Fonts contains a chapter “The Serif of Liverpool,” discussing the origins of the Beatles famous logo, forever emblazoned on Ringo's kick… read more

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Nov 15, 2010

New Conceptual Novel Tells its Story by Cutting Away the Text of Published Work

I don't think Jonathan Safran Foer is my favorite author, but whenever anyone asks me what they should read, I give them the names of his first two novels, Everything is Illuminatedand a personal favorite, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. His non-fiction work, Eating Animals, tops my Christmas list this year, so I was pretty fascinated when I spied his latest project: Tree of Codes

It was "created by slicing out chunks of text from Foer’s favorite novel, The Street of Crocodiles by Polish author Bruno Schulz. The result is a spare, haunting story that appears to hang in negative space on the… read more

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Nov 12, 2010

Moustaches Make a Difference

created at: 11/12/2010

created at: 11/12/2010

Without his signature handlebar, Mario was merely a plumber. The same is true for Salvador Dali, who, minus his signature facial hair, was simply a crazy person.

Or, so says Moustaches Make a Difference, a TBWA campaign for Movember, the month in which folks grow moustaches for mens' health… read more

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Nov 11, 2010

Nashville Musician Shingles His Roof with Records

created at: 11/11/2010

Jazz instrumentalist Matt Glassmeyer needed a roof for his porch. As a musician, he knows plenty about vinyl albums, and has a history of inventing clever items: "the shuitar (an acoustic drum machine-like instrument made from an acoustic guitar body), the buzzophone (tenor saxophone played with a custom trumpet-like buzzing mouthpiece), and amplified contra-alto clarinet."

So, Matt put his creativity to work and came up with an idea for his… read more

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