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Oct 25, 2010

Incredible Knitted Skeleton

created at: 09/21/2010

We've seen our fair share of knitted anatomy before, but none so ambitious or well executed as Transcending the Material by Ben Cuevas. "The installation piece Ben Cuevas chose to showcase at The Wassaic Project features a knitted skeleton seated atop a pyramid of Borden’s condensed milk cans and a cloud of screen prints on Plexi glass suspended above it. The knitted skeleton is seated in the lotus position. The prints are of disembodied anatomical parts photographed in high resolution with diagrammatic illustrative overlays. Ben conceives of the piece as a reference to material culture and Wassaic’s local history (The Borden Company had a condensed milk factory in Wassaic) and a meditation on transcendence."

All of which is very, very cool, but that knitted skeleton, oh, that knitted… read more

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Oct 22, 2010

Ask Me About My Zombie Shirt

created at: 10/22/2010

I recently spied this clever design as an embedded ad in my RSS feed reader. I'm pretty sure it's the first one I've ever clicked on.

"Ask me about my zombie shirt... BAM! Instantly turn into a zombie by flipping this shirt over your head."

It's like an instant… read more

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Oct 21, 2010

Ink Too Permanent? Try an LED Tattoo Instead

created at: 10/21/2010

Let's face it, friends. Unless your a true body art enthusiast, tattoos are just...well, dated.

Until now, at least. Turns out, scientists at the University of Illinois have figured out a way to install super tiny LEDs in human skin. "The university team has allowed LEDs to be placed under the skin while allowing for stretching and twisting by as much as 75 percent. As the whole substrate is encased in thin silicon rubber, the ‘LED tattoo’ is also waterproof."

And it ain't just for looking sharp, either. "The uses are numerous. As well as becoming the latest in tattoo evolution, sub dermal illumination could also aid in the monitoring of wounds, spectroscopy, colour-coding robots and photodynamic drug… read more

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Oct 21, 2010

Geeking Out for Halloween: Star Wars Jack-O-Lanterns

 

created at: 10/21/2010

NPR's All Tech Considered blog takes a look at Noel Dickover, a hobbyist pumpkin carving master, who's created some amazingly detailed Star Wars themed jack-o-lanterns. "For Halloween and Star Wars geeks alike, it's truly a harmonic convergence of awesomeness."

As Noel says, "There's a difference between carving a pattern on a pumpkin, and a pumpkin sculpt.  In the case of R2-D2, or the Deathstar, for instance, the pumpkin "is" the object, not just a portrait.  So in thinking about carving R2-D2, I absolutely had to have a fairly tall, completely cylindrical looking pumpkin.  I found one that weighed in at right around 40 lbs. Without this, there's no way I could have gotten the detail I was looking… read more

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Oct 20, 2010

35 Incredible and Creative Bookshelves

created at: 10/20/2010

No fancy talk. No clever intros. Bookshelves are cool, and these are some of the best we've seen.

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Oct 20, 2010

Freaking Sweet High-End iPad and iPhone Paintings Curated into Art Show

created at: 10/20/2010

Artist David Hockney began experimenting with painting fresh flowers on his iPhone when he first got the smartphone and the Brushes app in 2009. Soon, his closest friends were receiving email attachments of original digital nature, including curator Charlie Scheips. Now, with over 600 "paintings", Scheips has arranged for a gallery show of Hockney's work.

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Oct 19, 2010

The Sunday Barbecue Cut Out Set

created at: 10/19/2010

There's not too many toys that make me wanna to live in them. Barbie's dream house is a definite no-way, and while I definitely wanna visit Castle Grayskull, it seems kinda dank and drafty.

But I might be convinced to enter a miniaturizing ray chamber if my ultimate destination were this: The Sunday Barbecue Cut Out Set by Argentinean illustrator Maxim Dalton.

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Oct 18, 2010

How To: Make Zombie Felties!

created at: 10/18/2010

Just in time for Halloween, Nicola Tedman and Sarah Skeate offer Zombie Felties:How to Raise 16 Gruesome Felt Creatures from the Undead . It's an awesome collection of scary, disgusting softies makeable with minimum sewing skills.

created at: 10/18/2010

From the product description, "Nicola Tedman and Sarah Skeate awaken their inner George A. Romero and focus their creative attention on the malleable, fuzzy softness of felt inside Zombie Felties: How to Raise 16 Gruesome Felt Creatures from the Undead. Inside, crafters will find instructions for more than 15 zombie creatures, including a Romero-esque Day of the Dead Zombie. Additional Zombie Feltie projects include: Zombie Bride, Zombie Puppy, Vampire Zombie, Zombie Bunny, Folklore Zombie, Zombie… read more

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Oct 18, 2010

The World According to San Francisco

created at: 10/18/2010

Culture-blogger and artist Generic1 imagines what the world might as mapped by a San Francisco-based… read more

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Oct 15, 2010

Free Online Font Challenge: TypeWar

created at: 10/15/2010

The super fun Font Game has become my first choice for time passing during those waiting-in-line sessions. Here's a similar challenge - TypeWar. It only gives you two typefaces as options, but a mere single character to inform your… read more

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Oct 15, 2010

Hipster Dinosaur Coloring Book

created at: 10/15/2010

Somewhere in the last few weeks, making fun of hipsters became more prolific than the irony-clad, mustache filled trend itself. Which was sorta funny for a bit, but at what point does the cultural response become even more pathetic than the ridiculousness of the subculture it mocks?

So, with that in mind, we at ManMade promise that this very post will be the latest hipster mocking piece we do. 

Well, unless its very,… read more

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Oct 13, 2010

A Collection of Free Desktop Wallpaper Cheatsheets for Creatives

created at: 10/13/2010

I have a terrible time keeping track of instructional documents and handbooks on my computer. They don't go in the "documents" folder, cause that's where the documents I create go, right? Do I organize them by content, or by form? Plus, how am I ever gonna remember to actually open them and read after downloading?

So, I'm loving these desktop backgrounds that put the info right out there. It's already hard enough to find good looking wallpapers, but one's that help you make good looking stuff yourself? Why, yes I will,… read more

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Oct 13, 2010

Move Over Cupcakes - High-End Cookies Are the New Sweet Sensation

created at: 10/13/2010

There's no doubt that baked goods underwent a revolution in the first decade of the Twenty-First century. The 1980s and 90s gave us fashionable restaurant pastries with intricate sugar sculptures and artistic chocolate towers. But the last ten years saw a return to roots; the kind of baked goods your grandma would make, except executed much, much better.

The humble cupcake, saved from crusty dryness by whole new approaches, was certainly the darling of the aughts, but from the looks of things, the cookie is taking over.

Just look at these trendsetting sweets from Japan's… read more

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Oct 12, 2010

The Value of a Dollar: Photos of What $1.00 Can Get You

created at: 10/12/2010Photographer and former chef Jonathan Blaustein visited a certain, very famous fast food chain during the recent economic downturn. "'On one menu they had a cheeseburger for a dollar,' he said. What caught his eye, though, was another menu, which featured a double cheeseburger for the same price. That additional piece of meat, and the extra slice of cheese, somehow didn’t change the price."

And so began The Value of a Dollar, his 2008 series of photographs of food bought for a single $1.00 bill.

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Oct 11, 2010

Wood Species Indexed in a "Book" Library

created at: 10/11/2010

Awkward title, I know, but it's kinda difficult to actually describe what's happening here. The World Woods Library is an effort to help folks collect a diverse catalog of wood species, a xylarium, in the form of wooden books.

Each species gets its own edition, with the English name carved into the spine, and the Latin genus and species on the… read more

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