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Aug 03, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: August 3, 2011

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

George the Great Dane is the world's biggest dog. You definitely wanna see… read more

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Aug 02, 2011

10 Awesome and Hilarious Charts about Movies

Jason Oberholtzer, editor of I Love Charts, recently rounded up his ten favorite movie-related charts for humor site Slacktory.

"Nerds love movies. Nerds love charts. Nerds love combining their loves (bacon unicorns, zombie narwhals). Thus, we get tons of charts about movies at I Love Charts. Here are ten of my favorites."

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Aug 02, 2011

I Went to MoMA and...

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There are those museums or destinations that you visit once in your life: see the permanent collection, perhaps a few special exhibits, and say, "Yep, I'm glad I've been here."

And then there are those museums that necessitate multiple visits; you return there every time you're in a city, or perhaps even maintain a membership if you're close enough. The Museum of Modern Art in New York City is certainly one of the later. You can visit the fourth and fifth floor and never get sick of seeing the actual Matisses and Monets and Jasper Johnses that you know so well from photos, check out the special exhibits, media and design pieces, etc.

It never gets… read more

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Aug 01, 2011

Before and After Photos of...Joggers

When you're the editor of a DIY decor website, you come across a lot of "before and afters" Like, a lot. Like, so many, if I see another shoddy, worn brown piece of furniture with the phrase "before" brandished across it in some curlicue typeface, I very well may just...well, really appreciate this photo series by French photographer Sacha Goldberg. 

In it, he asked random joggers at the Bois de Boulogne park in Paris if he could take a quick post-run photo. A week later, the same folks were invited to come to Goldberg's professional photo studio in their best for an "after" protrait. The results are strangely intimate and understandably… read more

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Aug 01, 2011

If Adult TV Shows Were Remade for Children

Caldwell Tanner imagines what contemporary TV shows aimed at grown-up audiences might look like when restyled and merged with some of the classics from your childhood.

These are fun, though I admit I couldn't place two of 'em at first. (Hint: check the tags at the… read more

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Jul 28, 2011

Home Tour: Antonio Ballatore's Masculine Downtown Loft

"Masculine decor" (whatever that means...) is often so serious: lots of dark colors, too much technology, and not a ton of fun. But, if there ever was a "manly" designer with a sense of humor, Antonio Ballatore is your guy. The fourth winner of HGTV's Design Star and star of The Antonio Project simply gets it, combining color, texture, and good times into some pretty inspired places. His is the only show I watch on HGTV, which, as a full time design and decor writer, is saying something. Dude knows his stuff.

He dubs his downtown LA spot, "Medieval cave dwelling meets modern loft living." And, sure, the guy has a pretty bigread more

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Jul 28, 2011

The 15 Best of Damn You Auto Correct!

Damnyouautocorrect.com is a website that catalogs all those funny, irreverant, and often embrassing things that happen when you send someone a message on the iPhone, and it corrects your spelling or word choice into...well, something you definitely didn't intend.

The editors of the site have rounded up the fifteen most popular from their archives. Not surprisingly, there are a lot of conversations with… read more

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Jul 28, 2011

Ultra Minimalist Children's Stories Posters

There's certainly a canon of beloved [Western] children's stories: those fairy tales, fables, and books that our parents knew, we loved, and are still ripe to pass along to the next generation. My niece and nephew know all about the Wizards of Waverly Place, but they still know what the Tin Man and the Scarecrow each wanted, or what Jack traded in for those crazy beans.

Chicago-based artist and designer Christian Jackson pays homage to that great history by creating, "hyper-minimalistic posters of the children's stories we grew up knowing andread more

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Jul 27, 2011

Rooftopping: Amazing, Vertigo-Inducing Urban Photography

Rooftopping, which the Daily Mail calls, "a new heart-stopping photography craze sweeping across the globe," looks mostly dangerous, and kinda the most awesome thing I've seen in a bit.

"Those brave enough to give it a try must go to the tops of the world's tallest buildings, shimmy to the side and then hang off the edge in a bid to capture the perfect picture.

 

Travel photographer Tom Ryaboi has spent his life dangling from buildings trying to achieve what he calls the ultimate rush. He said: 'When you climb to the top of a skyscraper and open its hatch for the first time, a pure rush of adrenaline hits you as you overlook… read more

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Jul 27, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: July 27, 2011

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

Professional cyclist Georgie Hincapie leg after fifteen heats of the Tour de France.… read more

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Jul 27, 2011

A Handy Map of Hell

You know...in case you need… read more

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Jul 26, 2011

Superhero Dinosaurs

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Artist and Flickr user d.r3sto* has created a clever series of dinosaurs dressed up as superheroes, including Captain Ameritops, Paracyclophus, and AnklyTHORus. 

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Jul 26, 2011

Infographic of the Day: 8 Commonly Misused Words

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I'll admit it. I'm a grammar nerd. Well, at least a syntax geek. I'll often go quite far out of the way to avoid ending a sentence in a preposition, am pretty careful with my whoms, and am often misunderstood due to fact that I keep my lays and lies… read more

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Jul 26, 2011

I Haven't Exaggerated in Like a Million Years

For some reason,… read more

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Jul 25, 2011

How I Spent My Totally Awesome Weekend

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So, you know those days when it's late Sunday night, and you realize that you totally wasted your free time over the weekend? Like, no projects, no friends, no special meals, no resting, no reading...just cataloged hours down the internet rabbit hole, maybe some laundry, and justa buncha driving?

Then, you know those other weekends, when it's Monday morning, and you're like, "Wow. What a full and awesome couple of days that was."

I had one of those this week.

Okay, well, to be fair, this was an "extended" four-day weekend for me. (No posts on Thursday and Friday. Did you notice?) For my birthday gift, my mom organized a trip to Columbus, IN, which is a small town of 40,000 people that has, like, sixty major examples of modern architecture. All the churches, elementary schools, public buildings, even the jail are contemporarily designed works of art. Six of the buildings are national historic landmarks. The library was designed by I.M. Pei, the church across the street by Eliel Saarinen, and the local bank branch… read more

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