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Jun 29, 2011

Awful Library Books

Mary and Holly are public librarians in Michigan, and as part of their jobs, regularly weed out bizarre, odd, outdated, or "should be reconsidered" books to maintain a "current and relevant collection." They publish their findings on Awful Library Books, and my friends, it's awesome.

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Jun 29, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: June 29, 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.

Birds with arms... I guess somebody had to do it? I like this… read more

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Jun 28, 2011

Hilarious Responses to Well-Meaning Signs

Signs, generally, are intended to help people, provide information, or make special requests. While most of us go through the streets noticing them, yielding to their advice when necessary, a few enterprising individuals, armed with art supplies, see a different take...another option, if you will.    

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Jun 27, 2011

Broccoli Treehouse

A wonderful thing. Created by… read more

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Jun 27, 2011

The Value of Following Passion in a Jobless World

"Despite the economy, don't abandon enthusiasm. Your deep, serious desires might be what saves you."

I don't often get terrifically philosophical or motivational-y on ManMade, but when I do, it's usually a variation on, "Make stuff, and do the work you love." Which, of course, is a scary thing in the 2011 U.S. economy, with around a 10% unemployment rate, and many folks who working in jobs that do not reflect their skill sets, training, or education.

But, while it may see frivolous to seek to do the work you love, it's actually essential to improving our economy. The Atlantic reports, 

Passion, despite how often we… read more

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Jun 27, 2011

How Your Father's Taste in Music Influences What You Listen to Today

created at: 06/27/2011

Musical choices are a peculiar thing, with all your combined tastes making perfect sense to you, and hardly anyone else. (What? I can trace the lineage of David Bowie to the Spice Girls...can't you?)

But, chances are, your musical tastes are at least a little influenced by the stuff your parents listened to. So, in honor of Father's Day, Sonos made a chart to help you source your influences. "There’s no end to the reasons why you listen to the music you do today, but we’re willing to bet that more than a few of you were subjected to your father’s music at some point in the past (or present). So that leads to the question: what do dear old dad’s listening habits say about the artists in your repertoire? In honor of Father’s Day, we tried our hand at finding out."

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Jun 24, 2011

"Grown Ups" Swaps the Heads of Parents and Children

created at: 06/24/2011

Photographer Paul Ripke, art director Florian Schmucker, and production company POP have teamed up for this new series of children and parents switching heads, dubbed Kindsköpfe. ("Grown Ups" in German)

created at: 06/24/2011

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Jun 24, 2011

The Heroic Beards of the Marvel Universe

The D.C. lot are a clean shaven bunch - see the strong, beardless chins of Superman, Batman, Captain America, and AquaMan. The Marvel fellows, on the otherhand, are blessed with beards of all… read more

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Jun 23, 2011

Ten Myths about Introverts

created at: 06/23/2011

It comes as no suprise that many artists and creative types are introverts. Creativity is all about ideas, and artists connect to others on the basis of ideas. Which is, basically, the definition of introversion - one views the world from the inside, and draws energy from being alone or with a small group of people, and then uses that energy to operate within the outside world.

The concern is, most introverts don't know they are, and so they don't do the work that restores them and take the time to reenergize. Creative work allows for that rest to happen, even if we're crazy… read more

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Jun 23, 2011

Hyper-Realistic Embroidered Portraits

created at: 12/01/2010

Me: Wait...those are embroidered?

Other Me: Yeah.

Me: Like, with a needle and floss?

Other Me: Yep.

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Jun 23, 2011

Guy Builds the World's Tallest Sandcastle

created at: 06/23/2011

Ed Jarret has recently completed the world's tallest sandcastle on a beach in Farmington, CT. It took about six weeks to pile up the sand, and eleven days to sculpt it into shape. It's constructed from more than a million pounds of sand and 5,000 hours of combined labor, it sits at 35 ft. tall, and was built entirely to raise cash for charity.

Click play to watch a timelapse of this guy being… read more

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Jun 22, 2011

Help! I Need a New Book. Please Recommend (and Win Free Stuff!)

created at: 06/22/2011

I'm normally a pretty active reader, but for some reason, I'm voracious this summer. I regularly keep both a stack of to-be-reads and a ongoing list (Listography is awesome), and I'm gonna kill that tonight. Dead. All checked off. That's never happened before.

So, I need a new book, and I figured I might as well ask you fine people for… read more

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Jun 22, 2011

People You Know...When They Were Young(er)

created at: 06/22/2011

I'm no celeb-o-phile, but for some reason, it's fun to look at pictures of famous people when they were young. Not like yearbook pictures of a-list celebs, but, like, youthful art photos and headshots of established actors. Part of it must be, for those of us born after their movie careers started, it's cool to see that the people that you wanna hang out with now were probably awesome back in the day, too. 

created at: 06/22/2011

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Jun 22, 2011

How To: Make Custom Pop Up Cards

Sometimes, a card from the grocery store will do. (Grandma.) Sometimes, some stationery from an independent designer is right on. (Non-artsy sibling.) A handmade card is always tops for those you like and with whom you have inside jokes. (Good friend.) But, what about when you need a kick-butt, custom card for those closest to you, that deserve the next step.

Why, you gotta take things into the next… read more

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Jun 22, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: June 22, 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.

Well, I know what I'm doing… read more

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