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Apr 28, 2011

Moby Has a Castle: The Musician's Masculine Mid-Century Style

created at: 04/28/2011

Moby, once the epitome of urban, NYC musician type, has a new home: a castle in the Hollywood Hills. And? It's pretty awesome.

It has a turret built for the original owner's pet monkey, the Rolling Stones slept here for a bit, plenty of adult films have been shot around the pool, and possesses a killer tiki bar.

"There is also what he calls the “penultimate” Hollywood view, for which you have to go up the stairs to the master bedroom. Be careful: Moby’s one rule is no shoes on the rug. O.K., now plop down on the rumpled bed. Looking through the window straight ahead, you can see the canyon fall to the Hollywood Reservoir; to your right and up the hill is the famous Hollywood sign. If he were a Hollywood producer and wanted to impress some actress, Moby says, he’d useread more

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Apr 28, 2011

Styrofoam Cup Typography

I'm the last person to recommend the use of polystyrene, but I can't help but smile at this stylish, clever update on the high school classic. Our local schools didn't have chain-link fences when I was a kid, and this wasn't a tradition we embraced in high school. (Maybe cause there weren't any girls?) So, this is a relatively new tradition in my eyes, and from now on, it's gotta look like this. Class presidents and rally girls: take… read more

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Apr 27, 2011

Why Many of Us Work Best at Coffee Shops

created at: 04/27/2011

I'm typing these very words at a local bookstore/coffee shop. Whenever I have "just-computer" work to do, I try to get out of the house/workshop as much as I can, and often, those days are my most productive of the week. (Provided the wi-fi is reliable). For me, working in public provides just enough distraction: the low din of coffee grinding, the unique and often boring conversations, moms trying to keep their kids from screaming or getting them to eat lunch.

Turns out, there are lots of folks just like me. The Atlantic reports that while telecommuting is a relatively new phenomenon, the need to write and get work done away from the office is not. The author states,

There is... a long history of people - especially writers - working from a favorite coffee shop or cafe rather than an office. Today we tend to associate the phenomenon with the Paris of Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, or the coffeehouses of Vienna at the turn of the 20th Century. The poet Peter Altenberg was even known to have mail delivered to hisread more

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Apr 27, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: April 27, 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.

created at: 04/27/2011

Toddler Barack Obama dressed as a pirate for Halloween, in an NYTimes feature on his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham.  

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Fully working,… read more

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Apr 27, 2011

The Differences Between Mac and PC Users: An Infographic

created at: 04/27/2011

The folks at Hunch have been researching the different ways the Mac OS and Windows users understand themselves and the computer products they use everyday. They've presented their findings in a fascinating infographic that's definitely worth checking… read more

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Apr 26, 2011

Movie Parts Posters

Canadian graphic designer and artist Emma Butler created her Movie Parts poster series as a response to reductive representation of pop culture pieces craze. She says, "This poster series was inspired as an alternative to the ever-popular "minimalist movie poster" trend currently floating about on the web. On the opposite end of the spectrum, these posters are made up of all the memorable parts, pieces & props that feature in some of my favourite movies."

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Apr 26, 2011

In Case You Haven't Heard, Sitting Is, Like, Really, Really Bad for You

Of course, exercise is good for you. Movement is best. Being sedentary all day is, of course, the opposite. Duh, right?

But it's not just non-activity that's harmful. The actual position of sitting, like in a chair, is, basically, the worse thing you can do to your body. Even if you engage in regular exercise, even daily, it might not be enough to counteract the damage from resting on your rump all the livelong… read more

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Apr 25, 2011

The Edible Color Palette

Blue No. 1. Yellow No. 5. Red No. 40. "Without them, soft drinks would be clear, Cheetos would be beige, Froot Loops would just be Cheerios, and Easter eggs wouldn’t be nearly as much fun."

Such begins IDSGN's fascinating look at the actual colors that go into those foods that you'd like to say you don't eat, but color your tongue all the same.

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Apr 25, 2011

Oh My Goodness, These Wonderfully Creepy Sculptures are BANANAS!

created at: 12/01/2010

Some sculptures opt for clay, some welded steel, and some plain old garbage. Japanese artist  y_yamaden's medium of choice?

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Apr 22, 2011

Infographic of the Day: Pizza Consumption Around the World

Did you know that men who wear muscle shirts when answering the door are three times more likely to order pepperoni pizza than any other kind?

Or perhaps that 17% of all restaurants are pizzerias? Or that 93% of U.S. citizens eat pizza at least once a month?

You will once you check out this sweet infographic from… read more

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Apr 22, 2011

Children Dressed as Mr. T

I'm pretty sure the title says it all on this… read more

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Apr 22, 2011

10 Food Television Shows You Should Be Watching Right Now

The explosion of the "food porn" T.V. scene has finally calmed down. The Food Network has dissolved into two separate channels, with the Cooking Channel featuring actual cooking, and the original Food Network with "Cupcake Wars" and Guy Fieri driving around with sunglasses on the back of his head.

Which means two things: 1) the best cooking and food-related shows have weathered the storm, sticking around and 2) you can't just flip on a single channel when you're feeling hungry and want to know what to make. Turns out, the best food shows span across channels like PBS (duh), Bravo, ABC, and, one little guy left on the Food Network (Nice job,… read more

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Apr 20, 2011

Take The Test: Can You Hear Me Now?

How about now? No? What's wrong with you?

created at: 04/20/2011

Is it possible that I only speak on a frequency you can't hear? No. But it's likely that when you take this fun hearing test, there will be frequencies inaudible to you. And if you're over 25, it's cause you're old. Or cause you listen to a lot of music. 

"Here is a list of tones that go from 8Hz all the way up to 22,000Hz. It’s fairly common for people who are over 25 years of age to not be able to hear above 15kHz, so this will help you find out where your high frequency hearing cuts off.

Musicians have a much higher risk of hearing loss that most people do, and manyread more

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Apr 20, 2011

How Do You Know Dictators are Bad? They've Written Terrible Books!

I mean, I guess it makes sense: The kind of person who violently claws and maims one's way to evil autocracy is likely the kind of person who can get themselves published.

And by "published," I mean, write a really terrible book and get it printed. Name a despot, and dude's got a book. A bad one.

  • Muammar al-Gaddafi - Hallucinogenic stream of consciousness
  • Saddam Hussein - erotic allegorical fiction
  • Kim Jong Il - revolutionary film criticism
  • Joseph Stalin - Georgian pastoral odes
  • Ayatollah Khomeini - Persian mystical poetry

And the… read more

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Apr 20, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: April 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.

Five generations of Batman, chillin'read more

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