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Dec 23, 2010

And we're out...

created at: 12/22/2010

And with that, my friends, it's Christmas time, and I'm gone.

So, one last time:

Merry Christmas!

I hope you all have an amazing holiday, and here's wishing you the warmest of celebrations.

See you next week!


Dec 23, 2010

Falling Water Gets the Gingerbread Treatment

created at: 12/22/2010

It was bound to happen: the U.S.'s most famous architectural accomplishment meets the holidays most beloved architectural tradition. 

Melodie of Garden Melodies reworked the Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece for the 2010 Gingerbread Festival in Orem, Utah.

created at: 12/22/2010

Unfortunately, she lost to this… read more


Dec 22, 2010

Playing with Your Food: The Amazing Work of Sarah Illenberger

created at: 12/22/2010

Merry Christmas to me, friends. I'm totally jazzed by these humorous, conceptual art pieces by Berlin-based Sarah Illenberger.

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Dec 21, 2010

Amazing Photos from Last Night's Lunar Eclipse

created at: 12/21/2010

There's some fascinating stuff going on in the sky this week: not only was there a full moon last night, at the beginning of the winter solstice, there was also a full fledge lunar eclipse, the first time since 1638. No wonder the idea of light in this season of darkness has spanned cultures and religious communities for thousands of years.

It didn't hit my city until 3:13a, and while I'd like to have stayed awake, I was too exhausted from my Home Alone marathon. Plus, it was super cloudy, and the buzz around town was that there wasn't much to see.

But, thankfully, there are lots of talented photographers from all different time zones, and they're happily sharing their eclipse… read more


Dec 21, 2010

2010's Best Albums Get a Typographic Treatment

created at: 12/21/2010

Illustrator and graphic designer Richard Perez, aka Skinny Ships,  assembled his list of favorite albums from 2010, and redid their covers in his own style, with amazing hand drawn letters.

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Dec 20, 2010

Let it Dough!

created at: 12/20/2010

The always amusing Christopher Niemann has published his latest musings, just in time for the holidays.created at: 12/20/2010

And it only gets better from… read more


Dec 20, 2010

Steampunk R2-D2 Made from Recycled Materials

created at: 12/20/2010

UK artist Amoebaboy has created what's not only my favorite R2D2 DIY project, but my favorite Steampunk one as… read more


Dec 16, 2010

ManMade's 2010 Modern Rock Holiday Mixtape!!!

created at: 12/16/2010

Over the past few years, I've sorta developed an obsessive hobby of trying to find non-Andy Williams or Nat King Cole Christmas songs to soundtrack the kind of holiday that I've come to love as an adult.

I've now got a collection of almost 400 (nearly a day's worth) of holiday and winter songs by indie and modern rock artists, as well as a few classics that get ignored by soft rock stations, that have come to sound like Christmas to me.

I've assembled a free playlist of some of my favorites; just click the play button below and settle in for a long winter's… read more


Dec 16, 2010

If Angry Birds Debuted in 1992

created at: 12/16/2010

Okay, I admit it. I, like nearly every other touch phone owner, have a bit of a problem with Angry Birds. It's not that I play it very often, during every second of free time, it's that when I do open it up, I have a hard time putting it down. For, like, hours. I've forbidden myself from starting after 9:00p.

"As a physics-based game, Angry Birds is similar to those well worn '90s games Worms and Lemmings, and lends itself well to a retro reimaging with blocky pixels," says London-based Penny Designs, and they've done just that.

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Dec 15, 2010

Sketchy Santas

created at: 12/15/2010

PerhapsWandering through the shops, scurrying to finish your gift list, you've no doubt stopped in front of the line of families, looking at that guy in red, and wondered, "What sort of person has the time or motivation to play the mall Santa Claus?" Or, perhaps you're a parent, and the question becomes much more serious: "Would I let my kid sit on that guy's lap?"

created at: 12/15/2010

We've all seen some great Santas in our time, and we've seen some absolutely terrifying ones as well. Your new favorite Tumblr blog, Sketchy Santas, captures those in the later category, reminding all of us just how vulnerable the holiday season can be.

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Dec 14, 2010

Holiday Download Freebie: Typographic Gift Tags

created at: 12/14/2010

After completing my typographic gift wrap tutorial, I randomly Googled the term to see what else might come up. I found lots of weird, and surprisingly expensive, specialty paper sheets, but also came across this cool holiday freebie.

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Dec 13, 2010

The Hierarchy of Beards

created at: 12/13/2010

Dude, everyone knows the Queen's Brigade isn't as awesome as the Flapwings.

Oh, you didn't? Then you, my friend, need to get a copy of "The Hierarchy of Beards."

Beards have been part of humanity's hairy history… read more


Dec 13, 2010

Getting Lost in [a Tower of] Good Books

created at: 12/13/2010

While you're checking out some of the best reads from 2010, have a look at these stunning photos of a twisty tower of books in Tel Aviv.

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Dec 10, 2010

Steve Kamb's Epic Quest of Awesome

created at: 12/10/2010

Steve Kamb has created quite a to-do list for himself. Besides managing the regular-guy health site Nerd Fitness (duly subscribed), he's created the Epic Quest of Awesomeness, a nine-level improvement plan that doesn't focus on making tons of money, sexual conquests, or other BS men's magazine goals, but on simply being healthy and doing cool things to make Steve and the world a better place. The Nintendo-inspired 'level-up' terminology he uses is pretty apt: each accomplishment is like a four-line Tetris, or a Fire Power flower.

He says, "Welcome to my Epic Quest of Awesome! I’m traveling all over the world, going on… read more


Dec 09, 2010

2010: The Year in Books

created at: 12/09/2010

Sports fans remember the year in wins, music fans in what records were released, and for avid readers, the year is measured in books.

But in the midst of the "Best ofs" and "Top Tens" for 2010, a great read is still a great read, regardless of what the New York Times says or when it was released. So "might it also be an opportunity to look back, reflect, and share? We hope so, and so, for a seventh year, The Millions has reached out to some of our favorite writers, thinkers, and readers to name, from all the books they read this year, the one(s) that meant the most to them, regardless of publication date. Grouped together, these ruminations, cheers, squibs, and essays will be a chronicle of reading and good books from every era. We hope you find in them seeds that will help make your year in reading in 2011 a… read more

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