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Feb 22, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: February 22, 2012

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.

Cloud Gate by Anish Kapoor (you know..."the bean" in Chicago) is one of the U.S.'s most recognizable and beloved public art installations. Currently, Chicago-based design firm LuftWerk "have capitalized on the sculpture’s reflective properties by turning it into a canvas for a choreographed light show titled Luminous Field."   … read more

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Feb 21, 2012

Switcheroo: Couples Pose for Clothes-Swapping Photographs

Switcheroo is a project by Vancouver-based, and self-taught, photographer Hana Pesut, wherein she invites couples to pose for unique, clothes-swapping diptychs.

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Feb 21, 2012

Colorful Photos of the Real Life "Simpsons" House

A long, long time ago, before the advent of blogs and Twitter and Pinterest and other cool ways to share photos with your friends and followers...back in the time of silly things like email forwards and live chat rooms, somebody built a real life version of 742 Evergreen Terrace...the house from The Simpsons.   

created at: 02/21/2012

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Feb 20, 2012

"Star Wars" Characters Meet Street Fashion

He Wears It is a mashup project by Hong Kong-based designer John Woo. The artist illustrates your favorite male Star Wars characters wearing stylish mens clothing from fashion designers and labels. 

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Feb 17, 2012

Cooking with Beer: 14 Recipes Featuring Stouts, IPAs, and More!

Beer = excellent for drinking with food. Right? Yes. Okay...

But, it also had unique properties that lend themselves to many awesome cooking techniques and recipes. It's carbonated brings texture, the bitterness of hops can cut through other strong flavors, and the maltiness is a perfect match for lots of proteins, like beef, cheese, and many beans.

If you're not cooking with beer… read more

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Feb 17, 2012

Stunning Trompe L'Oeil Alphabet Photography

New York-based photographer Bela Borsodi uses clever perspective to create trompe l'oeil typography inside these brilliant installation images.

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Feb 16, 2012

Awesome Photos from the World's Largest Dodgeball Game

created at: 02/16/2012

For the third year in a row, the University of Alberta has broken the Guiness record for the world's largest dodgeball game. Nearly 5,000 (4979) participants gathered on February 3rd, beating the previous record of 4,488. I think the yellow team won.   … read more

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Feb 16, 2012

Infographic of the Day: Tattoos in the USA

I'm super impressed with design student Paul Marcinkowski's tattoo infographic project, completed for a course in editorial design.

The work is amazing, but the facts are equally fascinating. Did you know only… read more

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Feb 15, 2012

Seeing Skulls: Trompe L’oeil Installations by James Hopkins

created at: 12/01/2010

British artist James Hopkins arranges related, everyday objects to create these trompe l’oeil perspectives of skulls...

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Feb 15, 2012

Famous Nude Paintings Get Photoshopped to Reflect Contemporary Beauty Standards

In her Venus project, Italian artist Anna Utopia Giordano asks, "What would have happened if the aesthetic standard of our society had belonged to the collective unconscious of the great artists of the past?"

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Feb 15, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: February 15, 2012

created at: 04/17/2013

"Where's the Pixel" is the best browser game...um, ever. The rules? Find the single black pixel. That's it.    … read more

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Feb 15, 2012

Classic Mac OS iPhone Interface

created at: 02/14/2012

I'm a sucker for anything "retro Macintosh". So I'm loving this Classic OS style reimagining of the iPhone interface by designer Anton Repponen (he calls it iOS '86. Fitting, no?).  

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Feb 14, 2012

Streamlining Physical Media: What's the Status of Your CD and DVD Collection?

created at: 02/14/2012

Last weekend, in an effort to reorganize my media collection to make space for new books, I sorted through at least three hundred CDs and a hundred DVDs and cut my collection by at least seventy-five percent.

The collection which I, on the day before, had understood to have been already pared down to the bare minimum. Every year of my post-college life, I've forced myself to go through and get rid of records and movies and books that I simply don't use anymore. Everytime, it's hard and sad, and I feel better afterwards, but I imagine: okay...that's it. These are my essential collection. And the next time, I'm able to cut back even more.

So, I'm curious: In the era of streaming media and the cloud and huge hard drives, what's the status of physical entertainment in your home? Do you still buy CDs and DVDs, or only digital downloads? Have you made the switch from paper books to an eReader? Do you find it easier to get rid of newer purchases, or things you've owned for a while?   … read more

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Feb 14, 2012

Venn Diagram of Interconnectivity of Reality TV Show Topics

Depending on who you are, the worlds captured in "reality TV" can feel just like home, or like they're on another planet altogether. But even more interesting? That there are that many shows about the same eight topics.

"It's not your imagination — there really are that many reality shows about swamps, weddings, Louisiana, and cake. And here's visual proof: The following Venn diagram maps the overlapping relationships between reality shows. … read more

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Feb 14, 2012

NPR Valentines: Expressions of Love for Public Radio Fans

Nothing says "I love you" like a clever pun or an esoteric reference to something you and your sweetheart enjoy together. So, NPR is offering a collection of public radio-themed Valentine's. If you haven't secured a greeting yet, and your Valentine will get any of these, then you're good to go with just passing this along. Trust me.

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