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Nov 01, 2010

Sculptural Facial Hair and Other Beard Weirdness

created at: 11/01/2010

At first glance, you might wonder, "why on earth would anyone do such things with their beard?" But, think about it for a sec. If you had facial hair worth sculpting, you'd probably do it to.

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Oct 28, 2010

Paper Crafted Shoes by Mike Leavitt

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created at: 10/28/2010

Yes, of course we love these paper renderings of sneakers, perhaps even a bit more than the Shoeburger.

They're all created by Seattle-based artist Mike Leavitt, who says, "Everyday and urban objects are just my pallette for replicating modern landscapes of life, somewhere between a painterly impression and ironic conceptual art statement. I simply think of these as 'big kid toys', as if adults can still play make-believe too. Though each object is an original sculpture hand-made from scratch, each is somewhat functional and durable enough for even a bit of light… read more

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Oct 27, 2010

Mad Men Mr. Men

created at: 10/27/2010

The Poke styles up everyone's favorite Mad Men characters as those from the Mr. Men series, the series of forty-eight British children's books from the 1970s.created at: 10/27/2010

There's even a free book, Mr. Sterling Gets Angry available to read online. Trust us, you wanna see… read more

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Oct 27, 2010

Drink-It-Yourself Xylophone Made from Beer Bottles

created at: 10/27/2010

Fresh off the heels of Tuned Pale Ale, designer Sam Gensburg created this brilliant packaging for Southern Bells Brewery. "Closed, the packaging is a traditional 6 pack, but opened, and laying flat .. a glass xylophone. Buy two for a full octave."

It seems as if the bottles are corked, and two of the toppers include wooden mallets with which to play your drinking… read more

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Oct 26, 2010

8-Bit Lo-Res Makeup is Hi-Res Clever

 

created at: 10/26/2010

This morning, we're infinitely inspired by this pixelated Halloween costume from… read more

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Oct 25, 2010

The Hierarchy of Candy

 

created at: 10/25/2010

It's nearly Halloween, and at this point, we may as well just give up on our healthy eating until the new year. Obviously, they're are heaps of Christmas food traditions, one really great classic meal for Thanksgiving, but on Halloween, we indulge in the booty of the beggar's night: candy.

Any kid who participated knows the ritual: dump out your wares on the ground and sort - favorites, edibles, and piles to be traded. In that spirit, Cohen created the Candy Hierarchy, a "taxonomy is based on (even more) years of research and debate, on thorough testing and re-testing, on statistical comparison and quality measurement, on focus group testing, and on a series of FTIR scans that reveal various hydrocarbon peaks and… read more

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Oct 25, 2010

Incredible Knitted Skeleton

created at: 09/21/2010

We've seen our fair share of knitted anatomy before, but none so ambitious or well executed as Transcending the Material by Ben Cuevas. "The installation piece Ben Cuevas chose to showcase at The Wassaic Project features a knitted skeleton seated atop a pyramid of Borden’s condensed milk cans and a cloud of screen prints on Plexi glass suspended above it. The knitted skeleton is seated in the lotus position. The prints are of disembodied anatomical parts photographed in high resolution with diagrammatic illustrative overlays. Ben conceives of the piece as a reference to material culture and Wassaic’s local history (The Borden Company had a condensed milk factory in Wassaic) and a meditation on transcendence."

All of which is very, very cool, but that knitted skeleton, oh, that knitted… read more

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Oct 22, 2010

Ask Me About My Zombie Shirt

created at: 10/22/2010

I recently spied this clever design as an embedded ad in my RSS feed reader. I'm pretty sure it's the first one I've ever clicked on.

"Ask me about my zombie shirt... BAM! Instantly turn into a zombie by flipping this shirt over your head."

It's like an instant… read more

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Oct 21, 2010

Ink Too Permanent? Try an LED Tattoo Instead

created at: 10/21/2010

Let's face it, friends. Unless your a true body art enthusiast, tattoos are just...well, dated.

Until now, at least. Turns out, scientists at the University of Illinois have figured out a way to install super tiny LEDs in human skin. "The university team has allowed LEDs to be placed under the skin while allowing for stretching and twisting by as much as 75 percent. As the whole substrate is encased in thin silicon rubber, the ‘LED tattoo’ is also waterproof."

And it ain't just for looking sharp, either. "The uses are numerous. As well as becoming the latest in tattoo evolution, sub dermal illumination could also aid in the monitoring of wounds, spectroscopy, colour-coding robots and photodynamic drug… read more

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Oct 21, 2010

Geeking Out for Halloween: Star Wars Jack-O-Lanterns

 

created at: 10/21/2010

NPR's All Tech Considered blog takes a look at Noel Dickover, a hobbyist pumpkin carving master, who's created some amazingly detailed Star Wars themed jack-o-lanterns. "For Halloween and Star Wars geeks alike, it's truly a harmonic convergence of awesomeness."

As Noel says, "There's a difference between carving a pattern on a pumpkin, and a pumpkin sculpt.  In the case of R2-D2, or the Deathstar, for instance, the pumpkin "is" the object, not just a portrait.  So in thinking about carving R2-D2, I absolutely had to have a fairly tall, completely cylindrical looking pumpkin.  I found one that weighed in at right around 40 lbs. Without this, there's no way I could have gotten the detail I was looking… read more

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Oct 20, 2010

35 Incredible and Creative Bookshelves

created at: 10/20/2010

No fancy talk. No clever intros. Bookshelves are cool, and these are some of the best we've seen.

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Oct 20, 2010

Freaking Sweet High-End iPad and iPhone Paintings Curated into Art Show

created at: 10/20/2010

Artist David Hockney began experimenting with painting fresh flowers on his iPhone when he first got the smartphone and the Brushes app in 2009. Soon, his closest friends were receiving email attachments of original digital nature, including curator Charlie Scheips. Now, with over 600 "paintings", Scheips has arranged for a gallery show of Hockney's work.

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Oct 19, 2010

The Sunday Barbecue Cut Out Set

created at: 10/19/2010

There's not too many toys that make me wanna to live in them. Barbie's dream house is a definite no-way, and while I definitely wanna visit Castle Grayskull, it seems kinda dank and drafty.

But I might be convinced to enter a miniaturizing ray chamber if my ultimate destination were this: The Sunday Barbecue Cut Out Set by Argentinean illustrator Maxim Dalton.

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Oct 18, 2010

How To: Make Zombie Felties!

created at: 10/18/2010

Just in time for Halloween, Nicola Tedman and Sarah Skeate offer Zombie Felties:How to Raise 16 Gruesome Felt Creatures from the Undead . It's an awesome collection of scary, disgusting softies makeable with minimum sewing skills.

created at: 10/18/2010

From the product description, "Nicola Tedman and Sarah Skeate awaken their inner George A. Romero and focus their creative attention on the malleable, fuzzy softness of felt inside Zombie Felties: How to Raise 16 Gruesome Felt Creatures from the Undead. Inside, crafters will find instructions for more than 15 zombie creatures, including a Romero-esque Day of the Dead Zombie. Additional Zombie Feltie projects include: Zombie Bride, Zombie Puppy, Vampire Zombie, Zombie Bunny, Folklore Zombie, Zombie… read more

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Oct 18, 2010

The World According to San Francisco

created at: 10/18/2010

Culture-blogger and artist Generic1 imagines what the world might as mapped by a San Francisco-based… read more

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