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May 23, 2012

The Most Common Comma Mistakes, and How to Avoid Them

I'm the sort of guy who likes to learn to do things well.  If I make a cut on the table saw, I want it to be the best cut. If I set out to create a tasty meal, I want to do my best knife work, get the crustiest sear and the perfect seasoning. You call it obsessive perfectionism, I call it trying my best. Same same.

And I write and edit for a living, so I wanna use the English language as best as possible. (Yes, I started that particularly vulnerable sentence with and and used the colloquialism wanna.) So, I tend to love the various grammar geek posts and misused words infographics about the blogosphere, especially when there's new stuff to learn.

And this, my friends, is an especially good one. If you know all these tricks to proper comma usage, particularly that trickster identifier-name syntax, you deserve… read more

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May 23, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: May 23, 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.

French artist Sylvain Meyer reorganizes natural landscapes and woodlands to imbue them with a sense of pattern and texture.   … read more

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May 22, 2012

The 10 Best Sandwiches from Around the World

created at: 05/22/2012

Food writer extraordinaire Jonathan Gold has taken on a monumental task: cataloging the world's best of the world's best food. He says, "Let us pause to consider the sandwich, that magnificent unit of consumption, a construction so minimal that its form may be expressed as: Bread. Not-bread. Bread again...… read more

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May 22, 2012

Take the Think Invisible Challenge: Can You Recognize These Pop Culture Images?

Think Invisible is a playful new challenge developed by Adri Bodor & Mark Szulyovszky that challenges you to recognize popular images revealed through three circular "portholes."

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May 22, 2012

Concrete Business Cards

created at: 05/21/2012

I've long been a fan of business cards that are so unique that they become, essentially, impractical. The blogosphere is rife with interesting business cards, but this is the first time I've seen concrete business cards. Impractical? Maybe. But the awesomeness of these makes them total worth it.   … read more

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May 21, 2012

Infographic: 37 Years of Saturday Night Live

created at: 05/21/2012

Over the weekend, Saturday Night Live finished it's thirty-seventh season, including a heartfelt goodbye dance for Kristen Wiig.

To honor the many, many cast members from the past four decades, CableTV created what is likely the world's loooooongest infographic, featuring… read more

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May 21, 2012

Colorfully Painted Manhole Covers from Japan

created at: 05/21/2012

A few years ago, I discovered the amazing tradition of graphic and painted manhole covers in Japan

Over the weekend, I found the mother lode.    … read more

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May 18, 2012

DIY Idea: Handmade Steampunk Shaving Box

created at: 05/18/2012

If you're going to take the time and effort to learn to use classic shaving equipment like a safety razor and lather brush, then you need an equally classic box and storage system.

So thought Zorwick, a maker from the Netherlands, who whipped up this hardwood, brass, and copper shaving kit using materials from the hobby shop, and an old thermometer, copper bowl, leather… read more

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May 18, 2012

Happier Meals: Chefs Turn a Big Mac into Five-Star Cuisine

Four Toronto chefs embraced the challenge to turn McDonald's most famous dish into high-end haute cuisine. They were given a combo meal: Big Mac, french fries, Coke, and plenty of free condiments, and could add no extra ingredients other than oil and water.

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May 17, 2012

The 15 Best Sports Logos of All Time

created at: 05/17/2012

Earlier this month, the New Jersey Nets moved to the new Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn, New York, and got a brand new logo by partial owner, Jay-Z. The logo is a basic black-and-white treatment, with the shield motif, basketball, and team name from the previous incarnation reduced to a two-dimensional plane inspired by old public transporation signs. It wasn't super well-recieved by professional designers, who explain, "the logo family is technically worthless and embarrassing. … read more

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May 17, 2012

Incredible Photos of Gale-Force Winds Directly to the Face

Fun fact of the day: the term "gale-force" refers to winds scoring betwen 8 and 10 on the Beaufort windspeed scale, or about 40-65 miles an hour. That's tree-uprooting strength.

Lithuanian photographer Tadao Cern has gathered more than one hundred individuals, blown these gale-force winds in their faces, and snapped a still photo of their visages going all wacky.

And it's awesome.  

 

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May 17, 2012

Tiny Boats Sailing on a Sea of Bedsheets

The work of Guatemalan photographer Luis Gonzalez Palma explores his mixed Latin and Mayan heritage. In his latest series, Ara Solis, he explores the relationship of colonialism and the draw towards exploration and adventure. "The photographer retains his center of attention on his cultural background through these figurative representations. It appears to be symbolic of the European migration to the west and settlement in the Americas with a dream.

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May 16, 2012

25 Handy Words That Simply Don’t Exist In English

created at: 05/16/2012

By some estimates, there are around 170,000 words in current use in the English language. The latest, twenty-volume edition of the Oxford English Dictionary records 171,476 words in current use, with 47,156 outdated words, and countless techinal terms, neologisms, and common words borrowed from other languages.

And yet, there are still those ideas that you wanna express, and simply can't find the right term...cause it doesn't exist. In English, at least.

But other languages have all kinds of interesting concepts and vocab words for things you just need to descibe. These terms don't have an English equivalent, but after reading this list, you'll sure wish they did.    … read more

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May 16, 2012

I Love Having You at Home...

A lovely illustrated… read more

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May 16, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: May 16, 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.

Dutch design firm Elroy Klee built these handmade LEGO "wigs" out of monochromatic bricks, customizing each piece to the models head, who then had to balance the work… read more

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