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Jul 20, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: July 20, 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.

"Places I Haven't Been" by Evan… read more

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Jul 19, 2011

Amazing Carved Crayons by Pete Goldlust

created at: 12/01/2010

created at: 07/19/2011

We've seen intricately carved pencils before, as well as Crayolas sculpted into the twelve Chinese zodiacs, and these hand-carved, boldly colored crayons from artist Pete Goldlust are equally… read more

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Jul 18, 2011

Gallery Worthy Harry Potter Art

So, last week, in my epic marathon of singleguyness, and in an attempt to replenish my to-be-read pile, and the Twitterverse exploding about the final film, I decided something, pretty revolutionary for me.

I'm gonna read all the Harry Potter books. For the first time. In order, and fast, so I can then watch the movies, and be up to date with the rest of the Western world. My sweetheart had them all (but the third one, I discovered yesterday), andI was able to score the audiobooks from my local library, and have been reading while home, and listening while doing some long bike rides. (Trail only, one earphone in, just talk, no music. Be safe… read more

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Jul 18, 2011

The Evolution of the Geek

created at: 07/18/2011

Sure, when thinking of the word "geek," it's easy to conjure up images of less-than-attractive guys, obsessed with technology or role playing games or fantasy novels. But, I believe that anyone who's passionate about stuff is gonna be a geek about something, whether sports, celebrity gossip, music, or even… read more

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Jul 15, 2011

Robert Montgomery's Text Installations

created at: 12/01/2010

If you've spent even a tiny amount of time on ManMade, you'll know I'm a big believer of the beauty of type, letters, and words in art projects. Something special happens when the visual component of the letters meets their message, all happening in an actual, physical location.

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Jul 14, 2011

34 Incredibly Awesome Business Cards

Back in the heyday of business card exchangin' and rolodexes, classic was the game: Cillian Braille on bone, eggshell with Romalian type, or raised Pale Nimbus on white.

But, in the days where everything's online and most people can just folks they meet to "Google me," all bets are off, and folks are producing some seriously creative business cards.

Interactive cards, edible ones, foldable, cutable, those with games and those with free favors, it'll make you think differently about letterpress… read more

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Jul 14, 2011

Funny and True: The Generic, Post-Industrial Snobby Hipster Craftsman

created at: 07/14/2011

Comedian Russ Armstrong profiles Stevenson Birtch, a character he created to explore an emerging stereotype: the flannel-wearing, loft-meets-workspace living post-contemporary craftsman who does things like, "make woven belts out of reclaimed Civil War horse saddles," and builds all his own tools using smaller tools, that he also made himself. And you know, whittles his own toothpicks, and pulps his own toilet paper.

You know the type.

Watch the video.… read more

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Jul 14, 2011

Home Tour: Masculine, Mid-Century, Techno-Industrial Loft

To say Christopher and Javier's home looks like a nightclub isn't really accurate. Sure, their downtown loft is replete with an extensive music collection, a well-outfitted DJ setup, and plenty of tech-y lighting solutions, but it's also bright, cheery, and full of mid-century design icons and bold shocks of color.

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Jul 13, 2011

A Face a Day

You know that game you sometimes play when you're standing in line or waiting at the airport? The one where you imagine the life stories of the people standing around you, or guess why that old guy is carrying a bouquet of flowers, or where someone might be traveling, or why?

Other people do that, right?

Sandra Reichl's Face a Day does the same: illustrations of faces from all walks of life, with a brief one or two sentence description that brings the mugs to… read more

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Jul 13, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: July 13, 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.

Famous People Popsicles in matching flavors… read more

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Jul 12, 2011

Remarkable Photographs of Individual Grains of Sand

created at: 07/12/2011

All those inspirational sayings about an individual grain of sand may have something to them afterall. The Daily Mail reports, "Viewed at a magnification of over 250 times real life, tiny grains of sand are shown to be delicate, colourful structures as unique as snowflakes. When seen well beyond the limits of human eyesight, the miniature particles are exposed as fragments of crystals, spiral fragments of shells and crumbs of volcanic… read more

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Jul 11, 2011

The Many, Many Varieties of Beer

created at: 07/11/2011

The newest offering from the clever artists at Pop Chart Labs is worthy of a toast, indeed.

Includes not only 89 varieties of beer, but more than 200 recommended and representative brews so you actually know what and how to taste them. Add in a dozen glassware suggestions, and you've got six square feet of beer-soaked goodness. 

See it in aread more

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Jul 08, 2011

What Would Don Draper Do?

created at: 07/08/2011

I like Mad Men as much as the next guy, but I'm a bit skeptical of the classic, manly role model conversation that the show seems to be sparking, especially among "men's" websites. 

But, I do think this flowchart from Matthew at the Oatmeal is spot on, both mimicking the idea that Don Draper's antics should be in any way normative, and recognizing how easy it is to imagine...well, just… read more

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Jul 07, 2011

The World Map of Useless Stereotypes

I'm an enormous fan of Christoph Niemann's work, and, were I less scrupulous, would probably post every nearly every update from his Abstract Sunday series for the New York Times.

But! I found this one particularly thoughtful, as it both comments on the actual truths it presents, and the crazy map-making infographic phenomenon that's happening about the internet.

Oh, and it's pretty funny.

You must see in full scale to to really… read more

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Jul 07, 2011

Read This. It's Funny: A Reflection on Rock, Paper, Scissors

created at: 07/07/2011

I bookmarked this weeks ago, and stumbled acrossed it this morning.

With the size of this sea of text, it's a bit tough to read, but give it a shot. It'll make you… read more

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