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Jun 22, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: June 22, 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.

Well, I know what I'm doing… read more


Jun 22, 2011

The Arty Bollocks Generator

created at: 06/22/2011

You know when you go to an artist's website or museum, and they have their artist statement or exhibit explaination, and it's full of nice fancy language? Those are hard to write. One, because you're in a museum, and you have to sound smart; and two, it's hard to write about a visceral, sensory experience. I'm not gonna break out the old "it's like dancing about architecture..." trope, but it's, well, kinda like...hopscotching for social justice? Napping for typography? Riding bikes for cancer? (Actually, they do that... Speaking of which, I gotta get into… read more


Jun 21, 2011

Diagram of Geek Culture

Regarding passions, hobbies, preferences, etc, I've come to believe one thing: everybody's a geek about something. It's just that some areas, like sports, fashion, cars, celebrities, are more socially acceptable. But, knowing a lot about the things you're passionate about is awesome, and I'm glad folks get excited.

So, while I think it's only fair that most informed people own the geek title, I still think Julianna's concept map is tops.

Click here to see it in all its… read more


Jun 21, 2011

Summer Ales and Winter Lagers: Why are Beers Seasonal?

created at: 06/21/2011

Whenever I'm out and about, and opt to have a beer, my go-to move is to ask, "What are your seasonals." They way I figure it, the independent and micro breweries that craft seasonal beers do this as their profession. It's their job to match the flavors and textures of beer to those of the season - the weather, the ingredients available, the kind of food we eat. And while I have a few year-round staples, I've found I always get what I want by inquiring re: seasonals.… read more


Jun 20, 2011

Deep Fried Kool-Aid. It's a thing.

created at: 06/20/2011

It's June, which means it's fair season. And fair season means it's putting-weird-things-in-the-deep-fryer season.

Surely, plenty of both solid sweet and savory items have taken a turn in the fryer, but what about liquids? Like Kool-Aid?

Apparently, it can… read more


Jun 20, 2011

Bold, Graphic Art Made from Electrical Tape

created at: 12/01/2010

created at: 06/20/2011

The first time I ever played with colored PVC (electrical) tape was in decaling my Pinewood Derby car in Cub Scouts. I didn't win any races, but I did get prizes for best design. Go figure.

It was one of the few successful collaborations between my grandfather and I, so that was notable in itself, but I remember getting reall excited that you could cut designs out of this stuff and make your own little single color stickers. Ever since then, a five-pack of colored PVC tape has stayed in my craft-y toolbox, ready to be used for both sticking stuff together and making it look awesome.

That said, Chris Hosmer is way better at it than me. The Shanghai-based designer creative bold, graphic portraits exclusively from electrical tape on cardboard, drywall, skateboard decks, and… read more


Jun 16, 2011

Playing with Potholes

Canadian artist couple Claudia Ficca and Davide Luciano have creative MyPotholes, a series of photographs that places the useless and often harmful pothole into all sorts of inspiring and productive contexts.

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Jun 16, 2011

Cartoon Dads as Beer Cans - Guess Them All!

In honor of Father's Day, EveryGuyed and Moxy Creative whipped up this homage to animated dads, depicted as beer cans.

Can you name them… read more


Jun 14, 2011

Typographic Movie Posters

created at: 06/14/2011

Hot on the heels of the minimal movie poster trend, artist Patrick Svensson has reduced the imagery even further by limiting his strokes to basic typographical characters.

Can you guess what they are, just by looking at the… read more


Jun 14, 2011

Awesome People Hanging Out Together

created at: 06/14/2011

These days, our supermarket aisles are saturated with images of celebrities posing in the same places. Some reality TV contestant with some heiress, some basketball star and R&B singer smooching, etc. So many, in fact, that we forget the cool things that can happen when actual cool people know each other and hang… read more


Jun 13, 2011

A Taxonomy of Wine Labels

created at: 06/13/2011

Most of us by wine by the label. I mean, sure, you look at the grapes and the region and the year. And the price, and perhaps that little piece of paper that the store tapes to the shelf if it scores higher than an 80 by Robert Parker or Wine Spectator. But, like with any food or drink, its usually the label that draws you in and gives you the info you… read more


Jun 09, 2011

Infographic of the Day: The Psychology of Hoarders

created at: 06/09/2011

I was in the home of a hoarder once. In college, I went on a spring break service trip to the Rio Grande valley, and we were working on building a school playground. A woman came out and asked if a few of us would lend a hand moving some heavy objects. My buddy Justin and I agreed, and followed her to her home.

When we entered, it was stacked floor to ceiling with file crates, storage bins, and more than anything, plastic grocery bags filled with never opened items, and labeled with masking tape. The "heavy objects" she needed us to move were Rubbermaid bins, stacked six or seven high, because the item she thought she wanted was in the bottom bin. It turned out it wasn't.

She was a very sweet and gracious woman, and even offered to make us lunch. It was a pretty eye-opening experience, one that I'm actually thankful to have experienced… read more


Jun 09, 2011

Bacon Ipsum: A Meatier Lorem Ipsum Generator

created at: 06/09/2011

Bored with Lorem Ipsum copy? Then you must give the Bacon Ipsum generator a… read more


Jun 08, 2011

Glowing Balls Of Light Created in Camera (No Photoshop!)

created at: 12/01/2010

created at: 06/08/2011

Austrailian photographer Denis Smith uses a moving light source to create these long-exposure shots, inserting a glowing sculptural element into traditional landscape… read more


Jun 08, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: June 8, 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.

From I Love Belgium, "Known as the painter of deserts, Jean Vérame’s work has taken place in the rocky wastes of uninhabited deserts in Egypt, Morocco and Chad…" You've got to see the rest of… read more

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