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Mar 16, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: March 16, 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.

created at: 03/16/2011

Kuhl Design Guild installs a twisty slide inside a home

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Mar 15, 2011

366 (Emily Dickinson's Miraculous Year)

created at: 12/01/2010

Spencer Finch's installation 366 is "based on the year 1862, Emily Dickinson's annus mirabilis, when she wrote an amazing 366 poems in 365 days. It is a real-time memorial to that year, which burns for exactly one year. The sculpture is comprised of 366 individual candles arranged in linear sequence, each of which burns for 24 hours. The color of each candle matches a color mentioned in the corresponding poem; poems in which no color is mentioned are made out of natural paraffin." 

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Mar 15, 2011

Beard Madness: A Facial Hair Bracket

It's March, and that means folks all over who know little about sports and are never otherwise into "gaming" are filling out their college basketball brackets, slowly eeking one team down the stairsteps to victory.

Illustrator Grant Snider created his take on a seasonal bracket, "Beard Madness", in which the final sixteen all-time facial hair masters battle it out for best beard. This year, there's the absurdist children's entertainer roundup of Raffi vs. Shell Silverstein, the wizardry of Dumbledore vs. Gandolf, Marx v. Darwin, and, my favorite, Fidel Castro vs. the winner of Osama bin Laden against a… read more


Mar 14, 2011

Breakfast Club

Breakfast still lifes...

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Mar 14, 2011

Sad Etsy Boyfriends


The situation is easy to imagine...some young, talented crafter decides to have a go at selling some of her handmade wares, and starts whipping up knit caps en masse. She finishes each piece, then realizes that hats look good on heads, not tables, and so must enlist the help of her man. He's no model, of course, but he loves her, and is willing to cooperate, however hesitantly (as so many of my own lovely friends have leant theirs hands [literally] to step-by-step photos).

And thus: Sad Etsy… read more


Mar 14, 2011

ManMade Giveaway: Win One of Two Craftsman Impact Drivers

created at: 03/13/2011

This week, I'm excited to be giving away two impact drivers from Craftsman! I've been playing with both of these models for the past few weeks, and have been plenty impressed.

created at: 03/13/2011

A powerful cordless drill/driver is an essential tool for basically everyone, and this latest generation of dedicated drivers compliment them perfectly. They're more lightweight than a drill, and are able to focus all their power on the torque needed to drive fasteners, rather than sharing it with another function like drilling holes. Plus, it's great to have two tools so you don't have to keep switching out bits. Your drill bit or counter sink can stay… read more


Mar 11, 2011

What Dr. Seuss Books Were Really About

Fresh on the heels of Better Book Titles, Buzz Feed interprets the inherit ethical lessons in the illustrated books of Dr. Seuss. You know, just in case you didn't get it.

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Mar 11, 2011

Free Music Alert: Download a Playlist of the Best of SXSW

created at: 03/11/2011

The South by Southwest Festival in Austin begins today, showcasing the best of contemporary music, art, film, and technology. In honor of the event, iTunes is offering a free 21-song playlist features artists performing at the event.


I'm listening to mix right now, and I gotta say: there's some stuff here that's gonna have a big impact in 2011. You want to know these… read more


Mar 10, 2011

Super Tiny Things that are Super Amazing

Mark 10:25 suggests, "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God." (NRSV) While scholars are debating whether or not the "eye of a needle" actually refers to an ancient geological impasse, artist Anatoly Konenko has created an entire caravan the easily glide through:

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Mar 09, 2011

Automatic Tattoo Machine Inks Arms at Random

created at: 12/01/2010

Artist Chris Eckert has a fondness for automating religious imagery, such as the auto rosary and the auto acolyte.

His latest project is Auto Ink is a random tattoo machine that highlights the exclusivism of any religious… read more


Mar 09, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: March 09, 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.

Muppets with People Eyes is just that...and it's awesome.


Filmmaker James Knott spent three months producing this thirty second time-lapse short of grapes… read more


Mar 08, 2011

National Geographic Creates a Real-Life "Up"-Inspired Floating House

Toys probably don't actually go on adventures, cars can't really talk, and monsters don't actually power their world based on children's screams, but as it turns out, Pixar's floating house from Up is actually possible in the real world.

Created for the upcoming series How Hard Can it Be?, on "March 5 at dawn, National Geographic Channel and a team of scientists, engineers, and two world-class balloon pilots successfully launched a 16' X 16' house 18' tall with 300 8' colored… read more


Mar 08, 2011

Top Ten: Cool Stuff Made From Beer...Stuff

There's a surprising amount of DIY-able material available from a six-pack. There's, of course, the beer itself (might I suggest a Guinness float for St. Patrick's Day?), and then there's the bottle, the bottle cap, the cardboard sleeve, or perhaps the cans, their tabs, and the case packaging.

All of this is ripe fodder for making… read more


Mar 08, 2011

Sponsor Spotlight: Krrb - Be Neighborly

created at: 03/08/2011

Hello, ManMakers. I'm happy to be working with, a new site for local commerce. Krrb is a safe place to buy, sell, trade and give to your neighbors — locally and in-person. Krrb puts you at the center of your stomping grounds and displays all that you and your neighbors have to offer. is an all-new online venue made exclusively for local and in-person commerce. Think of Krrb (pronounced 'curb') as an all-in-one garage sale, flea market and local classifieds where second-handers, crafters, collectors, artists, designers, artisanal food-makers and common folks can easily connect — taking advantage… read more


Mar 07, 2011

Where the Ink Meets the Skin: A Gallery of Typographic Tattoos

created at: 03/07/2011

When you set about getting your skin stained with some permanent art, you better believe you gotta pick the right typeface. "From ampersands to poetry verses, Body Type 2: More Typographic Tattoos presents a spectrum of word and letterform tattoos collected by art director, design critic, and photographer Ina Saltz. Many of the personal stories behind these permanent inscriptions are poignant, surprising, or both; in Body Type 2, Saltz pairs tattoo images with tattoo stories to good… read more

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