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Jun 14, 2010

Innovative Tactics of Bike-Friendly Cities

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As more turn to bicycling for more than just recreation, city and regional planners are rethinking roadways to accomodate all those using bikes to get to work, shopping, and to each other.

The best cycling cities (see here for Bicycle mag's top fifty list - my city came in at #34, but the ManMade/Curbly HQ in Minneapolis/St. Paul scored #1) have already been implementing lots of choice options. AOL's Rented Spaces has assembled a cool list of innovative tactics, including bike lane and sharing programs, and my favorite, the bike box, cycle triggerable traffic light programs already established in Portland.

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Jun 11, 2010

A Recipe For a Smoky "BLT".... for Vegetarians

2010_05_18-BLT.jpgThe three things I love most about summer are, in order: 1) That it stays light outside until nearly 10 p.m., 2) Permission and reason to grill outside until nearly 10 p.m., and 3) the fresh local food that I grill outside until nearly 10 p.m. Okay, so perhaps my summer evenings tend to look mostly the same...but of course they do! All that fresh local produce deserves its time in the sun (boo...), and where I live, the two superstars are local sweet corn and crazy awesome tomatoes.

So, you might imagine I end up with tomato sandwiches and grilled cobs at least three nights a week. And most often, my tomato sandwiches are the standard BLT  - why improve on a classic? But last night, I tried this  vegetarian tomato sandwich from Country Living, and i gotta say... it's totally a keeper. Made with beefsteak tomatoes, rustic bread, smoked bleu cheese, and rosemary mayo, it gets it right on all… read more


Jun 09, 2010

BP Logo Gets a Current Events-Related Redesign

created at: 06/09/2010

Twelve weeks in, and the response to the United State's worse ecological disaster is being rated worse than that to Hurricane Katrina. In light of current events, Aaron Draplin has given British Petroleum's logo a little… read more


Jun 04, 2010

Dude Makes A DIY Tattoo Gun from a Sony Playstation

created at: 06/04/2010

Prison-style tattoos are a long-standing tradition: some India ink, a ballpoint pen, needle, and plenty of time.

'Cept its 2010, and its time to up the ante. And it seems this British inmate certainly has:

"The detainee stripped down a [Sony Playstation Console] and attached its motor to a ballpoint pen with its tip sharpened to drive ink into the skin. His home-made gizmo was seized along with a tattoo magazine from his room at Brook House Immigration Removal Centre near Gatwick, West Sussex.Sources claim he charged other detainees to use it - but officials denied this.A source said: It was a truly bizarre piece of DIY,read more


Jun 03, 2010

Drainspotting: Unbelievable Painted Manhole Covers from Japan


How did I not know about this?!

Apparently, there's a movement in Japan that paints manhole covers (gender inclusive term is peopleholes? sewerholes?) with bold hues and imagery, providing crazy bursts of brightness and color along city streets.

Blogger Remo Camerota has been cataloging the movement at Drainspotting, and his work has just been turned into a book and iPad app.


"The covers are part of a 20 year beautification program between the cities and various foundries to make manhole covers that reflect the particular culture of the city in which it's located. In an interview with Nagashima Foundry president… read more


May 28, 2010

Chewed to Bits by Giant Turtles! Vintage Men's Adventure Magazines

Before Maxim and Esquire, there was a previous generation of men's magazines. Pulpy, violent, and equally sex-obsessed as the current publications, these men's adventure magazines feature fantastic headlines like: "Why Foreign Girls Make Better Wives and Lovers," "Cannibal Crabs Craw to Kill," and "I'm Teaching My Kid to Fight Dirty."  

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May 27, 2010

Duct Tape Converse Sneakers

We've seen wallets and raincoats, but this, friends, deserves a prize of some sort.

"They're sweaty, the tape doesn't stick well to the canvas, but man, that's a pair ofread more


May 26, 2010

Amazing Paper Plane Installation

created at: 05/26/2010

"I Fly Like Paper Get High Like Planes" is an installation by artist Dawn Ng. She remarks, "[It's] core to my ongoing study of home. Having spent the past 8 years away, I have become obsessed by the notion of home and particularly intrigued by the origin of the word nostalgia which from two Greek roots, nostos, "returning home" and algos "pain."...Symbolic of travel, each paper plane carries this universal desire to leave or return home." [sic]

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It seems to be a series of rows of paper airplanes that are not suspended from the ceiling, but attached like a horizontal garland of sorts from a single point of origin.

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May 26, 2010

Eye Candy: The Pacific Pinball Museum


The Pacific Pinball Machine Museum just openned in Alameda, California. The museum is a non-profit organization that features 90 fully playable historic pinball machines, hosts the world's largest pinball gathering (the Pacific Pinball Expo), and creates travelling exhibits featuring the games and the science behind them.

The space has an awesome, classic Coney Island feel, and once you're in, you can play all day for free. "Our new front entrance at 1510 Webster Street, Alameda, CA is open 6 days a week with extended hours on weekends. We now offer 15 woodrails and 20 wedgeheads from Larry Zartarian’s… read more


May 25, 2010

40+ Excellent Free Typefaces for Professional Design

created at: 05/25/2010

There must be tens of thousands of free typefaces online - everything from schoolteacher cursive to graffiti scripts to famous movie fonts can be downloaded for use in personal projects. But, as usual, you get what you pay for, and the majority of these don't have staying power, and only work in specific settings.

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Not so, however, with this great collection assembled by Smashing magazine. It's a list of fine free typefaces (outside the free standards, Arial, Verdana, Calibri) that look mighty fine and would fit in a variety of… read more


May 24, 2010

Good News! Bacon Sandwiches Can Help Cure Hangovers

created at: 05/03/2010The greasy breakfast is a classic post-imbibe trick, and as it turns out, there's scientific data to prove it. The BLT is a perfect food to help your body break down the effects of alcohol faster. The protein and aminos in bacon and the carbohydrates in bread are exactly what you need - in addition to LOTS of water - to begin to get your toxin levels down to normal.Bacon sandwich really does cure a hangover

The same study also proved something else we all know - Cooked bacon is nearly irrestible...

" 'The smell of sizzling bacon in a pan is enough to tempt even the staunchest of vegetarians. There's something deeper going on inside. It's not just the idea of a tasty… read more


May 21, 2010

Nathan Tobiason : Screw Chairs, Wine Tables, and Plinko-Like Coin Bank

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Nathan Tobiason of Revol-Design says this about himself: "My name is Nathan Tobiason. I live in San Diego, California and studied Design at Hampshire College. I design and build functional objects."

Functional objects like segmented furniture, folding tables, and all kinds of recycled goodies. Here's three favorites:

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Screw Chair: "A surprisingly comfortable chair made from scraps of douglas fir and 3,726 drywall screws."

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Wine Table: "Three to fifty-five wine bottles can be used in various configurations with this small clear acrylic coffee table. Wine bottles are press fit onto the table to make stable legs… read more


May 20, 2010

The History and Evolution of the Batman Logo Batman about brand recognition. That symmetrical slash of black, looking neither like a man or a bat, and somehow exactly like both.

The Caped Crusader has been around for nearly seventy-five years, and continues to be reinvented to keep things contemporary. The same goes for his iconic logo - immortalized in Bat Signal, and in the backs of suburban kid heads circa 1990 after the release of the Tim Burton films. (Please tell me I'm not the only one who remembers this)

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May 19, 2010

Superhero Lifestyle: The Space Age Mansion of Iron Man

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There's been a trend in home blogs lately to show the large modern mansions in Hollywood films - the Cullens' home in Twilight, the actual Amityville Horror House , so this recent article about the multi-billion dollar home of Tony Stark.

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'Cept, the house doesn't really exist. "The film’s director Jon Favreau explains that the exterior shots of the house are keyed in on, 'a bluff called Point Dume in Malibu that is a National Park, so people in Los Angeles will recognize it. It’s sort of like the best spot and nobody is allowed to build there, but we put a digital… read more


May 18, 2010

Crazy Vintage Men's Knits

I can always count on my friend Gina from Doe-C-Doe to come up with the choicest vintage patterns and retro-crafts from the depths of the secondhand shops.

She's come through again with "Sweaters for Men," featuring pleather pants, a banjo, and plenty of patterns named after car models from the 1970s.

Thanks, Gina. Keep up the great work.

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