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Sep 02, 2011

The World's Coolest Engagement Photos

Ben and Juliana understand that an engagement is special occassion, and something worth celebrating with photos. And, because it's special, they decided to do more than just look in love in some field with purplish light and soft focus...

Well, sure they start of that way, but then things get… read more

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Sep 01, 2011

David Bowie's "Space Oddity" as a Vintage-y Children's Book

created at: 09/01/2011

David Bowie's Lennonesque "Space Oddity" is one of his earliest singles, and probably his most well-known by the masses. Which is a-okay with me, cause it still sounds amazing: the Stylophone solo, a perfect combo of minor-key verses to a super catchy chorus, the hand claps. It's kinda perfect.

And, now it's made even better...by being turned into a retro-inspired children's book. And you can read the whole thing online. For… read more

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Sep 01, 2011

Guy Makes Amazing Chewbacca Suit from Scratch

Even if you're not huge into Star Wars, or a fan of dressing up like characters from movies and comic books (I'm not either), you gotta appreciate the care and creativity that goes into creating such an ambitious project. The boots include stilts that get the wearer up to wookie… read more

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Sep 01, 2011

Nine Iconic Pop Culture Sweaters

Found Item Clothing, those culture historians that showed us how to age new t-shirts into worn and loved favorites, now present "Nine Famous Sweaters," a curious new collection, "spotlighting famous sweaters and cardigans from film, television, and music. Featured below are 9 memorable examples of the form, as illustrated by our crack squad of graphic artists (and conceived by yours truly with a nod to the NYT).

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Aug 31, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: August 31, 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. Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

Lobster shell motorcycles.… read more

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Aug 30, 2011

This Weekend I Made: DIY Magic Wands, a Table from Trash, and Some Seriously Tasty Kimchi

I was lucky enough to escape town on Thursday and Friday, and get in a tiny trip before the official end of summer and at least pretend like I got to go on vacation. So, after a day of seriously awesome roller coasting and generally ignoring work related things, I came home rested, refreshed, and ready to make stuff. So I did.

created at: 08/30/2011

Magic Wands. A few months ago, my uncle picked up a very old lathe from a friend who's dad owned it before he passed away. My uncle offered it to me, and it took a bit to get things working again, but I finally got it running and all the collets and morse tapers figured out, and fired it up. 

It should here be noted that I have never used a lathe, and had zero idea what I was doing. So, I started with some blocks from the scrap bin, and just started learning to use the tools. I wasn't really ready to turn something useful, so I just took my time spinning down different spindles and tapers, and just learning what's possible. By the time I was done, I had some pretty thin cylinders that, well, resembled a magic wand. So, though I'm no geek crafter or con attender, I thought my niece and nephew might like to have a wand each to stupefy and expelliarmus each other, so I finished 'em as such. You guys, turning is fun, and delightfully messy. Expect more… read more

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Aug 30, 2011

The Go-To Snacks of Literary Greats

created at: 08/30/2011

As I type this, it's 12:07p where I live. Which means, according to this blogger body, it's time to stand up, stretch, walk around a bit, and grab a snack. If there's one thing I've learned from working at home, it's that I won't remember to eat an actual lunch until it's too late, so I've gotten into this groove where I eat breakfast as early as I can, then have little mini-meals thoroughout the day. It actually helps me to eat smaller portions at dinner time, and I find I'll choose healthier munchies in general. Win… read more

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Aug 30, 2011

Stocking is the New Planking

Have you heard? The latest internet photo phenomenon is "stocking," or, recreating stock photo images with your own camera.

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Aug 29, 2011

Famous Lives in Minimalist Pictogram Flowcharts

Hundreds of books have been written about each subject in Milan-based design agency H-57's minimalist pictogram posters, but there's something equally striking about how the vintage graphic imagery can convey the lives of characters as diverse as Marie Antoinette to Jesus to Michael Jackson.

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Aug 25, 2011

Artist Paints Himself to Hide in Plain Sight

created at: 12/01/2010

Look closely. Can you see Chinese artist Liu Bolin inside his photographs? It's not Photoshopping or clever masking...it's actual paint. At least ten hours of it.

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Aug 25, 2011

Free Music Alert: Stroked (A Tribute to This Is It)

Ten years ago. Summer of 2001. I graduated high school...(and no, Facebook friends, I'm not going to the reunion.) And that summer, as it should be, was a time of serious transition...getting ready to go to college, saying goodbye to the folks you know you'd probably never see again, and putting away, as they say, the childish things. That was also the summer that i gave pop radio it's last chance to...you know, not suck. This was before mp3 players, and certainly, our carshighschoolerscanafford didn't have CD players. This was the summer of Lifehouse, Good Charlotte, Creed, and Train. But, there was one record, one that was worth keeping on the Top 40 just in case, before switching over to 97x or all those mixtapes.

That record was the Strokes' Is This It, which celebrates its ten year anniversary this summer. What was interesting most to me, is that it represented the emerging garage rock/post-punk revival of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Hives, The Vines, etc. We were all into punk rock in high school, so it followed that the music that first followed the original punk rock movement found a new energy after we all kinda grew out of mohawks and safety… read more

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Aug 25, 2011

Free Printable: Disguise Kit

Quick! Download, print, and cut. Immediately.

Cause, you know, you're gonna need it at some… read more

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Aug 24, 2011

A Neon Tower Made of 30,000 Post-It Notes

There's been plenty of playing around with über office staple the Post-It, but none so...well, solid.

"Over 30,000 Post-its were assembled into a series of "bricks" and joined together into layers which were stacked on top of each other to create fluorescent towers. Amazingly, the pieces are only secured with their own adhesive; there's no additional glue in the entire structure. Even Shimada was surprised by how strong the Post-its were whenread more

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Aug 24, 2011

The Titanic Taxonomy of Wrestler Names

Pop Chart Labs, the design geniuses who brought us The Many, Many Varieties of Beer and the Splendifurous Array of Culinary Tools, offers a graphic exploration of 382 noms de guerre of professional… read more

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Aug 23, 2011

Crazy and Hilarious Vegetable Faces

In the late 1990s, there was the brief phenomenon of How Are You Peeling?, in which some guy realized that fruits and veggies sometimes look like faces when they unevenly spurt from the calyx of their flowers. Calendars and email forwards ensued. You remember. 

Then, Carl Kleiner, the mastermind behind those amazing photos of ingredients from the IKEA cookbook, decided to play with the above idea...but, you know, make it way… read more

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