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Dec 12, 2011

December Madness: The Tournament to Crown the Worst Christmas Song Ever!

created at: 12/12/2011

The holiday season is full of awesome seasonal sounds - Phil Spector/The Ronette's perfect version of Sleigh Ride, plenty of Darlene Love, and the whole of ManMade's modern holiday mixtape. (2011 edition coming this week!)

But it also means the less-desirable holiday music...the schmaltz, the breathy vocals, the Josh Groban.    … read more


Dec 12, 2011

Super Tiny Food Art!

created at: 12/01/2010

created at: 12/12/2011

All food is better in mini form! Or on sticks. Perferably both.

Artist/chef Mr. Fang makes these incredible miniature food creations, each small enough to fit on a quarter.created at: 12/12/2011

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Dec 09, 2011

Amazing Photos of Paint Being Dropped into Water

The cover of my tenth grade chemistry book was featured three graduated beakers full of blue liquid, into which bold, colorful liquids were being dropped, blooming and swirling wih clouds. I used to stare at it during tests when I'd forget my stoichiometry; perhaps to calm myself, or maybe because I was hoping I'd magically absorb the info inside.

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Dec 09, 2011

Cheeseburger Wrapping Paper Set

There's only one thing better than getting a nice, tall stack of gifts...getting a nice, tall stack of cheeseburgerly wrapped gifts. The project is the first effort of Gift Couture,… read more


Dec 08, 2011

50 Unexplainable Black and White Photos

Earlier this year, the internet begat a fascinating new web project, Black and White and WTF?

The site is a collection of very bizarre, and usually unexplained images from photography's earliest days, and it's charm centers on the fact that photos in those days were not commonplace and quite expensive. These images were just bizarre things that someone captured with a camera phone, but intentional situations captured or created by professional photographers...or, very weird and wealthy amateurs. 

Over the last six months,… read more


Dec 08, 2011

Googly-Eyed Street Art

created at: 12/04/2011

I love how simple it is to transform mundane objects into hilarious, Muppet-like creatures. All it takes, really, is a set of eyes (in this case, styrofoam balls with pupils drawn on them).  

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Dec 07, 2011

Weapons of Mass Creation

Illustrator Justin Kamerer has recently released posters of this amazing series of art: Weapons of Mass Creation. (You get it, right?) Featuring a clever treatment of visual art, music, and cooking tools, the works explore how technology… read more


Dec 07, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: December 7, 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.

The "taking a picture of myself in the mirror with my smartphone" trend gets a humorous update by replacing the camera with... a Pop Tart.   … read more


Dec 06, 2011

The Chromatic Typewriter Prints Colors with Its Keys

Artist Tyree Callahan hacked into a Underwood Standard typewriter from 1937 to create this absolutely amazing piece, dubbed the Chromatic Typewriter. The "typebars" are replaced with ink pads, and the keys given a corresponding color. From the duo of tones on each key, it looks like the artist even preserved the "shift" option.

As a scultpture, it's plenty striking, but the piece actually works to create original "paintings" by typing on the keys:   … read more


Dec 06, 2011

People and Their Fish Twins

The human brain is an incredible thing, but the fact that this series even occured to NYC-based photographer Ted Sabarese is mind-blowing.

Or perhaps he just saw that episode of The Simpsons where Homer's face seems to be the spokescreature for a Japanese soap company, but it's really just a fish and a lightbulb.

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Dec 05, 2011

This is Your Brain on Art School: Brilliant Advertising for Creative Education

The College for Creative Studies has released this amazing series of ads that show parents the dangers of letting your kids experiment with art.

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Dec 05, 2011

Original Artwork...Drawn By Trees?

Artist Tim Knowles has created a series called, "Tree Drawings", in which he connects pens and brushes to the branches of trees, allowing their natural sway in movement in the wind to create the design.

The results are amazing, and quite surprising. Check them out:

created at: 12/05/2011

created at: 12/05/2011

"A series of drawings produced using drawing implements attached to the tips of tree branches, the wind’s effects on the tree, recorded on paper.  Like signatures each drawing reveals the different qualities and characteristics of each tree."

Reminds me a bit of the bicycle drawing machine.

Tree Drawings [Tim Knowles]


Dec 05, 2011

Brilliant Space-Saving Idea: A Completely Foldable Kitchen

created at: 12/03/2011

It's pretty unbelievable what is able to pass as an "apartment" these days. One of the key requirements of a modern apartment, obviously, is that it has a kitchen (is that so much to ask for?).

I know people here in NYC who live in glorified closets, with kitchens consisting of a sink, a hotplate and a fold out ironing board that doubles as a counter. For anyone who's living in similar circumstances, I'd suggest looking to this foldable kitchen for inspiration on how to save some space.  

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Dec 02, 2011

A Peek at Manhattan's 2011 Holiday Windows

Every holiday season, there are some things you can always count on: Santa Claus will always wrap up the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, some adult contemporary crooner will release another album full of the same ten songs, and the windows of Midtown's historic department stores will be decked out like the best of 'em.

If don't find yourself in NYC this December, the New York Times has some excellent photographs from Barney's, Sak's, Bergdorf's… read more


Dec 02, 2011

Scale Models of Neglected Buildings Made From Photographs

created at: 12/01/2011

Growing up in Iowa, I saw countless abandoned barns and shacks along the roadside that were slowly being consumed by nature. The peeling paint, rotting boards and collapsed roofs were oddly…beautiful. This series of small scale models of neglected buildings by Ofra Lapid reminds me of the same type of surreal beauty.   … read more

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