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Feb 07, 2012

Baby Octopus

created at: 02/07/2012

If you've been waiting for someone to give you that one blog post that's gonna make today a great one...this is me,… read more

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Feb 07, 2012

Age Maps: Split Portraits of People as Children and Adults

Age Maps is a series by photographer Bobby Neel Adams in which he juxtaposes two photos of the same individual at two different times in their lives. And he does it all in analog, no Photoshopping involved. "For each subject, Adams takes a childhood photo and a current photo, prints them at the same proportions, tears them in half, and glues the halves together. He says that this is to 'telescope the slow process of aging into a single picture,' and that 'a jump of time is established at the tear.' "

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Feb 07, 2012

The Original LEGO Patent from 1958

created at: 02/07/2012

When I first saw this picture of the original LEGO patent from 1958, I couldn't help but marvel at how complex it makes a single brick appear. I mean, I realize patents need to be thorough...but… read more

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Feb 06, 2012

That One Time When I Injured Myself with the Table Saw...

created at: 02/06/2012

So...if I had my preference, I would never admit this to anyone that hadn't seen me in bandages. I'd keep it as my own little secret, and try to come off as a professional, and never have to be vulnerable online. Cause that's what you do with embarrassing information, right? Curate it out of your internet identity, and only take photos of your house when its clean and full of interesting items and cups of tea?

Except...I don't really believe that. I believe in authenticity, and telling the whole story, and being willing to geek out over something amazing and admitting you're not too cool to get obsessed with stuff, and all that junk.

So here it is: I hurt myself on the table saw. Like soft pink flesh meets forty teeth-per-inch carbide tipped blade spinning at 3000 RPM.

To clarify: any table saw injury is bad news. (At least, when it's running. I regularly stub my toes on it, or bang into it when moving stuff around, but that's just cause I'm a spaz.) And as far as table saw injuries go, I was very, very lucky. I still have ten fully functioning fingers...though one is a bit out-of-commission right now. But (see above), those *&#$ers are dangerous, and no matter how lucky you get and grateful you feel (I was and I do), it's no small potatoes.

If you wanna hear the story, read on. There are a few photos of post-stitches injury. They're not gratuitous, nor bloody, or particularly gross, but do be aware if you're not much… read more

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Feb 06, 2012

Books Carved into Intricate 3D Landscapes

created at: 12/01/2010

created at: 02/06/2012

See these images? Those are books. Books, people.

They're the work of Guy Laramée, a Montreal-based artist, who has been exploring the erosion of cultures through interdisciplinary works for the last… read more

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Feb 06, 2012

Illustrated Proposals for New Humorous Beverages

created at: 02/05/2012

If beer cans with color-changing mountains make you laugh and groan at the same time, then I think you'll enjoy this cartoon/illustration/infographic (I dunno what to call it) by lunchbreath. It's a series of "unsolicited proposals for new and wonderful beverages", and is conveniently divided up into four categories for your viewing pleasure...… read more

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Feb 03, 2012

How to: Make Typographic Paper Cut Art

At first glance, this fun DIY project might seem pretty straightforward: You type some stuff on a piece of paper, print it out, then cut it with a craft knife.

And then you realize, if you tried that, you've ruined it before you even finish the first letter, because it's impossible to cut things out and have them still be stuck together in a single sheet...

Unless, of course, you know what… read more

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Feb 03, 2012

If Oscar-Nominated Movie Posters Told the Truth

  

The 2012 Oscar nominations have been announced going on two weeks now, and the general reaction from the public continues to be sorta...meh.

To address the hype, or lack thereof, TheShiznit has adapted this season's nominated films' posters to, as they say, 'tell the truth.' "In the interests of transparency, we've shopped the posters for this awards season's biggest movies so they're a little more honest about their… read more

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Feb 02, 2012

The Cartoon Color Wheel

created at: 02/02/2012

Here's a quick mid-day pickmeup that'll make you smile: the clever minds at Slate have organized some classic, interestingly-hued cartoon characters into an interactive color… read more

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Feb 02, 2012

Please Go Vote to Help a Local Firehouse Win a Brand New Kitchen Makeover

created at: 02/02/2012

Sheridan Fire District

This month, IKEA and The Family Handyman magazine are hosting this worthy contest, The Rescue Remodel. Previously, 1000s of local firehouses were nominated to receive a complete kitchen remodel. The top five have been selected, and now it's your turn to vote! "The firehouse with the most votes will receive a truly heroic kitchen renovation valued at $25,000. And since it’s all from IKEA, it will be full of smart and innovative ideas to make their lives a little bit easier so they can better protect our… read more

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Feb 02, 2012

How to: 5 Tips for Getting Great Bokeh

If you don't know "bokeh" as a vocabulary word, you certainly know their effect: the attractive blurry, bubbley thing that happens to lights in photographs (and movies) with a shallow depth-of-field. In out-of-focus areas, each point of light takes on the shape of the aperture, most often a round disc. 

You can actually take advantage of this distortion, to produce these circles on purpose...which can look pretty… read more

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Feb 02, 2012

"Big Lebowski" Prints that Will 'Really Tie the Room Together'

created at: 02/01/2012

There are few, if any, movies that I have seen more than The Big Lebowski. Seriously, it was basically played on a loop all four years I was in college. For me, it's really the defining film of my generation. Or at least my coming of age years.

Etsy seller Visual Etiquette has created an expansive series of prints based on quotes and scenes from the movie that will "really tie your room… read more

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Feb 01, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: February 01, 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.

created at: 02/01/2012

Brussels-based artist Fabian Strain finds vintage photos, and reimagines them with....oh, you get the point. Pretty bizarre, pretty… read more

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Feb 01, 2012

Cabin Porn - Droolworthy Doses of Escapism

created at: 01/31/2012

As some of you may know, I live in the concrete jungle of New York. Honestly, it can be overwhelming sometimes. I miss nature, hiking, and all things rustic. Well, I just discovered a Tumblr blog that will help cure those melancholy nostalgic states: Cabin Porn. That's right…nothing but photo after beautiful photo of fantasy-inducing cabins. Please try not to drool on your keyboard...… read more

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Jan 31, 2012

Are There Any Great Non-Cheesy Love Songs Out There?

created at: 01/31/2012

I'm not opposed to the idea of Valentine's Day. I actually quite like it. I mean, I understand and sympathize with the argument that you shouldn't need a greeting card-sponsored single day of the year to tell someone you love them. Sure. Yeah, duh. Nobody actually only does that on Valentine's Day. And if you do, you're a butthole, and Valentine's Day isn't really for you, is it?

But there is an appeal of having a day of the year dedicated to reflecting on where your love life might be. If you're in a long-term relationship, having a marker to see how it might have grown and changed over the years is at least interesting, if not helpful, if you're open to it. If you've spent the last few V-Days with different folks, or with no one in particular, it might be somewhat painful, but could also serve as a way to reflect on the role of all relationships in becoming who you are, and what you actually really want from them.

The problem, of course, is in the execution of Valentine's Day. I'm not much for red roses and babies breath, but that's only an aesthetic problem, cause I think flowers are generally kinda cool. I can go without stuffed animals and factory candies, but am always a fan of sharing thoughtful cards and handwritten messages, and being intentional about all sorts of intimacy. (You know what I'm getting at.)

But the one place where I think we really need to rethink Valentine's Day? The love song. And that's where I… read more

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