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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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Jul 07, 2011

Famous Works of Art as Face Paintings

20-year-old photographer Andy Alcala pays homage to notable artists such as Rene Magritte, Jasper Johns, and Banksy by reimagining some of their most famous works...on his own face.

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Jul 06, 2011

Light Painting with a Roomba

Long exposure light painting photography will never cease to be amazing. From Picasso's early experiments with a flashlight to current artists making hand drawn animations with LEDs, combining actual spaces with impossible images is simply captivating.

And it doesn't just have to be hand drawn, either. There's an entire Flickr group dedicated to creating light paintings with Roomba vacuum… read more

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Jul 06, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: July 6, 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.

I do this… read more

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Jul 05, 2011

Monkey Steals Camera and Takes Hilarious Self Portraits

It sounds like an Onion headline, but it's actually true!

"Visiting a national park in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, award-winning photographer [David] Slater left his camera unattended for a while. It soon attracted the attention of an inquisitive female from a local group of crested black macaque monkeys, known for their intelligence and dexterity.Fascinated by her reflection in the lens, she then somehow managed to start the camera. The upshot: A splendid self-portrait."

Most amazing to me: these things are all… read more

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Jul 05, 2011

IKEA Stonehenge

 

We may not know its original purpose, but thanks to the IKEA-alike HËNJ instructions, we at least know how it was put together. 

Surprisingly enough, not with giant allen wrenches. Though I like the connections that can be made here. "Where the lingonberries live, and they do jam well?"

Keep reading, though. The best… read more

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Jul 01, 2011

LEGO Breakfast Robot Makes Tasty Pancakes!

If you thought PeeWee Herman's Rube Goldberg breakfast machine was impressive, check this thing out.

The Pancake Bot is built from LEGO bricks and gears, and uses air pressure to deliver pancake batter to the griddle in all kinds of designs.

See it in action in this… read more

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