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Apr 10, 2012

From Here On...: A Manifesto for a Visual Culture

The French summer photography festival Rencontres d'Arles offers, "From Here On..." a creative manifesto for the visual/curation/maker/editorial/right now era.   … read more

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Apr 09, 2012

Embroidered Mixed Media Collages by Jose Romussi

created at: 12/01/2010

created at: 04/09/2012

Jose Romussi is a Chilean artist who creates these stunning mixed media collages using vintage photographs and thread.

created at: 04/09/2012    

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Apr 06, 2012

Be a Good Man.

As you go into this weekend, into this spring season, and into… read more

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Apr 06, 2012

Did You See This? All of Mitch Hedberg's Sandwich Ads

created at: 04/06/2012

Last week marked the seventh anniversary of the death of comedian Mitch Hedberg, the absurd comedian know for his perfectly crafted one-liners and non-sequiters.

To commemorate the cult comic, Laughspin dug up some little known and somewhat obscure radio ads that Hedberg did for Midwest-based sandwich shop, Jimmy John's.   … read more

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Apr 05, 2012

Please Discuss: How Do You Feel About Chest & Body Hair?

created at: 04/05/2012

I'll admit...that's a pretty unlikely photo to accompany a post on ManMade. But, bear with me. (Get it?)

It's a screenshot of the funniest site I've found this week, a Pinterest page entitled, "Hairy Chests I Want to Cry On," by comedian Stacey Nightmare. It includes, not surprisingly, some fine, manly chests, but the real gem is Stacey's commentary, including captions like,

  • Elliott Gould. I want to shrink down to the size of a thimble & frolic on his chest like a young lamb in the springtime.
  • Mike Rowe, I can't decide if I want to cry on your chest hair or lay eggs in it.
  • Lee Majors. Remember the Six Million Dollar Man? They paid him by the chest hair.
Okay, you get it. It's funny, but it also serves as a helpful, perhaps even encouraging, reminder: In the era of when nearly every Men's Health magazine cover has featured some ripped dude with a torso as smooth as his equally-waxed bottom, some people think having body hair is something that comes along with being a guy.
So, let's discuss.  
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Apr 04, 2012

How to: Sharpen a Pencil...Like a Champ!

created at: 04/04/2012

"Just because something makes you smile or laugh ... doesn't mean it's a joke."

Word to the skeptical: don't be. Artisinal pencil sharpening is a very real thing. You may have heard of David Rees, a political cartoonist who also runs ArtisinalPencilSharpening.com, a site where you can send in a pencil (or David can provide one) and he'll sharpen it by hand, for $15.00.

Now, David has released a book How To Sharpen Pencils: A Practical & Theoretical Treatise on the Artisanal Craft of Pencil Sharpening for Writers, Artists, Contractors, Flange Turners, Anglesmiths, & Civil Servants (with a forward by John Hodgman), and is currently on tour with workshops and sharpening services, often on the same bill as some awesome comedians.

If you get the idea of a hand sharpened pencil, but aren't quite down to pay $15.00 for the service, David has graciously provided his technique. For free.

It's the kind of thing you simply gotta see.  … read more

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Apr 04, 2012

The Worst Album Covers of All Time

Tastebuds, a new dating site that makes suggestions for potential partners based on what kind of music you like (huh...), has assembled a collection of the "Worst Album Covers of All Time." While I can't validate if these are hands down the absolute worst covers ever printed, as I've seen plenty equally awful in the bargain bins at thrift stores and garage sales, these are certainly among the most ill-conceived. Ever.

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Apr 04, 2012

A Pie Chart about Pie

created at: 04/04/2012

The clever designer/cultural historians at Pop Chart Labs are back with their latest endeavor: a collection of pie charts. About pies.   … read more

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Apr 04, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: April 04, 2012

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.

Squirrel Monkey created this engaging video that imagines what Facebook would look like if it were around in the 90s. Click play to watch the video in all it's VHS-taped, dial-up, Netscape-logged-in goodness.

See more at BuzzFeed

Australian spiders, fleeing floodwaters, have covered an entire field in a snow-like blanket of webs

Burger King released this clever ad in the Netherlands

Allan Benton makes some of the most amazing smoked food products in the US: his… read more

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Apr 03, 2012

Irrefutable Logic: Cliff Clavin on Why Beer Makes You Smarter

The world's greatest "regular," Cliff Clavin, explains his "buffalo theory" of how beer makes you smarter.    … read more

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Apr 03, 2012

Sandwich Cake: Awesome or Disgusting?

created at: 04/03/2012

Cake purists out there may not approve, but I think this savory, Scandinavian-style sandwich cake called a smörgåstårta looks incredible. Layers of bread separate creamy fillings, and a frosting made of sour cream and cream cheese tops it off.  

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Apr 02, 2012

Photos of Food Spinning at 33 RPM

Sometimes, the simplest ideas are the most effective. For his 33 RPM series, Swedish photographer Phillip Karlberg does nothing more than place various tasty dishes on top on a turntable and snap an image. And the results? Fan-tastic.

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Apr 02, 2012

If Dogs Could Send Text Messages...

created at: 04/02/2012

I'm not a pet owner. A lifetime full of extreme allergies to nearly anything that moves eliminates it as an option. But I think the idea of a dog trying to communicate through the already truncated format of text messages is likely the funniest thing I'll see today.

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Mar 30, 2012

The Everyday, Anytime Egg-Combination Generator

Sometimes, while spending a hour finely slicing vegetables for soup or kneading a dough, or specifically, whipping a meringue to make ice cream, mousse, or, more-or-less, any dessert I actually make, I muse on how so many dishes couldn't exist without the unique white-and-yolk properties of eggs. Or rather, it's precisely because we have eggs and the work the way they do that we have these dishes in the first place; and if chickens popped out some entirely different foodstuff, our culinary traditions would be rather different, because they would have been based on the properties of this other thing, rather than the egg. It is indeed incredible, and edible.… read more

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Mar 30, 2012

The Best of the 2012 Peep Diorama Contest

created at: 03/30/2012

Every spring, the Washington Post hosts a Peep diorama contest, and every spring, I get all excited about it and then regret not entering. This year's entries play with some of the most iconic cultural images of the last twelve months: the Republican debates, the royal wedding, Occupy Wall St., Downton Abbey. Like it or not, this is how Spring 2011-Winter 2012 looked, and will be remembered. In marshmallow. With sugar.… read more

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