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Dec 20, 2010

Let it Dough!

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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

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Dec 20, 2010

Steampunk R2-D2 Made from Recycled Materials

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

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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

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Dec 16, 2010

If Angry Birds Debuted in 1992

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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?"

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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

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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

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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

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Dec 13, 2010

Getting Lost in [a Tower of] Good Books

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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

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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

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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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Dec 08, 2010

New Retro-Futuristic Boombox Blasters from TDK

created at: 12/08/2010Yeah, sure, I like having every song I own in my pocket, able to be plugged into my car, several spots in my house, or any number of hotels, friend's homes, etc. But, many of use still miss the day where listening to music in public took effort. Where you'd have to run extension cords outside, tune the radio, or get enough D batteries to juice your huge Radio Raheem-style boombox.

Thankfully, the folks at TDK have heard our prayers. The same folks who's blank cassette tapes were iced out by the MP3 revolution are releasing a new take on shoulder-mounted magic. "Currently there are two models, the 3 Speaker Boombox and the 2 Speaker… read more

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Dec 07, 2010

25 Surprising Knitted Objects

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I've seen plenty of knitted and crocheted versions of real world things, and usually, the appropriate reaction is a warm, smiley feeling, rather than a shock.

But a knitted life-sized motorcycle? Illegal drugs?… read more

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Dec 06, 2010

A Rock and Roll Map of Manhattan

 

created at: 12/06/2010"If you’re sick of hearing Frank Sinatra tell you that he wants to be a part of it, or Alicia Keys gushing about how these streets will make you feel brand new, then rejoice – here’s an alternative musical history of the Big Apple."

Flavorwire has made fairly complete guide to Manhattan via the rock and roll lyrics it inspired. The above infographic is nice, but the actual by-neighborhood guide is much more… read more

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Dec 06, 2010

The Masculine Glam Home of Joel McHale

Comedian Joel McHale, host of The Soup, has got to be raking it in with the NBC comedy Community, and thus, has a pretty amazing home in the Hollywood Hills.

The style is a bit Hollywood regency, a bit bravura, but still maintains a masculine feel, sorta like if King Midas had a safari hunting lodge circa… read more

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Dec 03, 2010

Bicycle Drawing Machine

created at: 12/03/2010

Remember that part in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, where the candy master hops on that bike, which stirs the "gives it a little kick" solution in the inventing room?

He sings: In springtime, the only pretty ring time; Birds sing, hey ding, a-ding, a-ding; Sweet lovers love the spring

That was always my favorite part. 

Anyway, bikes that do other stuff are cool. Especially this drawing machine bicycle by Joseph… read more

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