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Mar 22, 2011

You'll Never Guess How These "Stones" are Made

Take a quick look at the photo above. From what do you think the stones are… read more

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Mar 21, 2011

Advice from a Rapper

Each week, Jessica Wright offers some well-designed advice from some of hip hop's greatest MCs. Motivation til the break-a, break-a dawn!

"In between all of the cussing, Cristal drinking and ass bouncing, in some rap songs, there lies inspirational words of advice to help you get through the day...Get ready, cuz you day's bout to get a whole lot betta. You feel… read more

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Mar 18, 2011

The World's Most Average Faces

The "World of Facial Averages" project assembles thousands of images to create computer composites of the average face of citizens of different parts of the… read more

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Mar 18, 2011

Amazing Urban Quilts by Amy Ahlstrom

The care and technique that goes into a handmade quilt is second to none, but the aesthetic often leans towards the floral and traditional...

Not so with the "urban quilts" of Amy Ahlstrom, which are hyper-modern and bold examples of fiber art. "Drawing upon her background as a graphic designer and comix illustrator, Amy digitally photographs the visual details of cities—street art, signs, and architectural details—and collages these images via computer into quilt designs. The resulting quilts, crafted of raw silk and cotton, are tactile visual postcards of urban environments. "

Amy's artist statement says:

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Mar 18, 2011

Eerily Beautiful Mug Shots from 1920s Australia

The above image is a mugshot of a criminal on the day of his arrest. And the story that accompanies it is classic… read more

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Mar 17, 2011

"A Knitted Wonderland" Yarn Bombing at Blanton Museum

In honor of SXSW festival, street fiber artist KnittaPlease has installed a sanctioned yarn bombing of the Blanton Museum in Austin.

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Mar 17, 2011

A Visual Compendium of Notable Haircuts in Popular Music

created at: 03/17/2011

There are plenty of rock and roll haircut silhouettes that most would be able to identify: Aladdin Sane-era Bowie, the thirty-year bowlcut of Johnny Ramone, the octopus braids of Coolio. But, the latest offering of Pop Chart Labs invites you to go a bit… read more

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Mar 16, 2011

If You Watch It Backwards...

If You Watch It Backwards is the latest single-subject Tumblr blog which details the plot lines of movies and television shows in reverse.

Such as these gems:

If you watch The Exorcist backwards it’s about a girl who’s very sick until she eats some pea soup and finally gets better.

If you watch Toy Story 3 backwards, it’s a tragedy about a gang of toys who go through hell just so they can wind up in a home where they are neglected.

If you watch Harry Potter backwards, it’s about a young wizard who gets sent into witness protection after aread more

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Mar 16, 2011

Seriously Bizarre Family Photos

I'm not much into passing along photos of people who aren't necessarily attractive, or who might have had less-than-timeless hair in the 80s, or where one or two of the subjects get caught their not-so-great expressions. Those things are nobody's fault, and people should not be made to feel bad about themselves online.

However...this collection is something entirely different. The majority of these family photos aren't fascinating because of the folks in them, but because they're...well, a bizarre idea for a family photo.

Then… read more

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Mar 16, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: March 16, 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: 03/16/2011

Kuhl Design Guild installs a twisty slide inside a home

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Mar 15, 2011

366 (Emily Dickinson's Miraculous Year)

created at: 12/01/2010

Spencer Finch's installation 366 is "based on the year 1862, Emily Dickinson's annus mirabilis, when she wrote an amazing 366 poems in 365 days. It is a real-time memorial to that year, which burns for exactly one year. The sculpture is comprised of 366 individual candles arranged in linear sequence, each of which burns for 24 hours. The color of each candle matches a color mentioned in the corresponding poem; poems in which no color is mentioned are made out of natural paraffin." 

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Mar 15, 2011

Beard Madness: A Facial Hair Bracket

It's March, and that means folks all over who know little about sports and are never otherwise into "gaming" are filling out their college basketball brackets, slowly eeking one team down the stairsteps to victory.

Illustrator Grant Snider created his take on a seasonal bracket, "Beard Madness", in which the final sixteen all-time facial hair masters battle it out for best beard. This year, there's the absurdist children's entertainer roundup of Raffi vs. Shell Silverstein, the wizardry of Dumbledore vs. Gandolf, Marx v. Darwin, and, my favorite, Fidel Castro vs. the winner of Osama bin Laden against a… read more

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Mar 14, 2011

Breakfast Club

Breakfast still lifes...

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Mar 14, 2011

Sad Etsy Boyfriends

 

The situation is easy to imagine...some young, talented crafter decides to have a go at selling some of her handmade wares, and starts whipping up knit caps en masse. She finishes each piece, then realizes that hats look good on heads, not tables, and so must enlist the help of her man. He's no model, of course, but he loves her, and is willing to cooperate, however hesitantly (as so many of my own lovely friends have leant theirs hands [literally] to step-by-step photos).

And thus: Sad Etsy… read more

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Mar 14, 2011

ManMade Giveaway: Win One of Two Craftsman Impact Drivers

created at: 03/13/2011

This week, I'm excited to be giving away two impact drivers from Craftsman! I've been playing with both of these models for the past few weeks, and have been plenty impressed.

created at: 03/13/2011

A powerful cordless drill/driver is an essential tool for basically everyone, and this latest generation of dedicated drivers compliment them perfectly. They're more lightweight than a drill, and are able to focus all their power on the torque needed to drive fasteners, rather than sharing it with another function like drilling holes. Plus, it's great to have two tools so you don't have to keep switching out bits. Your drill bit or counter sink can stay… read more

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