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Jan 03, 2011

The 20KRKR...Or, How to Make a Rocking Chair from Shipping Pallets and Cardboard

created at: 01/03/2011

"Every year, the Rural Studio, a program of Auburn University's architecture school, located in Hale County, Alabama, pursues a research project called the 20K House.  [They] build a house on a budget of $20,000 that can be a sustainable, safe, spacious, dignified replacement for the mobile home. Each prototype is then documented and will hopefully become a model that can be replicated across the rural south for low-income homeowners."

created at: 01/03/2011

This year, the 20K house featured a fine front porch, a staple of Southern culture, and Wholman wanted to create a porch-worthy rocking chair with the same spirit of the 20K challenge. He came up with this incredible design, which forms the chair from upcycled shipping pallets and cardboard… read more

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Jan 03, 2011

The Quest for a Beard of Every Type

created at: 01/03/2011

Dyers.org has collected the very fine beard type chart below, and its founder, Jon Dyers, has embarked on a quest to sport each and every one.created at: 01/03/2011

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Dec 31, 2010

Welcome 2011

created at: 01/03/2011

Enjoy your holiday weekend, friends. Have fun, be safe, and be resolute to creativity.

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Dec 30, 2010

Dress Up Your Dip - The Ultimate Bacon Tomato Guacamole

created at: 12/30/2010

One of my favorite Christmas gifts this year was Rick Bayless's new book, Fiesta at Rick's. And the very first recipe inside? Bacon and Tomato Guacamole.

Though you made not have thought of it, it certainly makes sense. The BLT is a classic, and salty bacon and creamy avocado are some of the staples of California cuisine. 

So, last night, I tried it. And it's definitely better than I thought it would be. It doesn't just taste like regular guac with some crumbled bacon. The addition of the bacon makes the tomatoes, even crummy December tomatoes, stand out, and the use of canned chipotles is a welcome switch from fresh… read more

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Dec 29, 2010

Fourteen Famous "Man Caves"

created at: 12/29/2010

As we've remarked before, guys simply love to have a space of their own. Tree houses, workshops, garages, bars... being a man brings a strong sense of place. And it's true for all kinds of men, from average guys to some of the world's best known.

So, here's a collection of some of the working and relaxing spaces of some of Western society's most well known gents: presidents, famous authors, inventors, scientists...all of whom have made a pretty big impact.

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Dec 29, 2010

Crazy Close-Up Images of Snowflakes

created at: 12/29/2010

On first glance, what do you make of these photos? The remains of an abandoned alien planet? A forest of mutant broccoli? The stuff in between your couch cushions?

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Dec 28, 2010

The Twenty Worst Songs of 2010

created at: 12/28/2010

The Village Voice team have assembled their thoughts on the twenty worst songs of the year.

On top, Train's "Hey Soul Sister" which is the only "rock" song to be on Billboard's Top 100 list for theread more

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Dec 28, 2010

The Wall St. Bull Sculpture Gets a Crafty Makeover

created at: 12/28/2010

Street artist Agata Olek gave Wall St. a present for Christmas: he crocheted a custom yarn shell for its Charging Bull sculpture.  "The iconic Charging Bull sculpture was itself an illegal installation when Arturo Di Modica initially installed it in front of Wall Street in 1989 following the crash of… read more

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Dec 28, 2010

If Holden Caufield Had an iPod (Free Mixtape)

created at: 12/28/2010The fine minds at Flavorwire are beginning a new series that creates the imagined playlists of famous literary characters whose stories take place well before the possibility of quick and share-able digital mixtapes.

They've begun with Holden Caufield, that indifferent sloucher about whom all of your friends in high school (or perhaps you) were obsessed. "There are about a million songs about him, which are pretty well documented, but  what would the fellow listen to himself? He would surely think pop music is completely phony, and probably wouldn’t be interested in anything anyone he knew liked, but he’s an asocial, introspective depressive, so we’re pretty sure he’d get a kick out of some of the same songs that got us through our teenage years – if he’d like anything at all, that… read more

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Dec 28, 2010

You're a Comic Sans Criminal

created at: 12/28/2010

Hating the typeface Comic Sans has become oh-so au currant in the design-as-a-hobby early 2010s. 

But I'm not interested in making fun of others. I'm interested in helping them.

Enter Comic Sans Criminal, a new site, that despite calling offenders criminals (I does have nice consonance), offers an educational and beautifully presented argument on why Comic Sans isn't the best choice for,… read more

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Dec 27, 2010

The Top Twenty Worst Photoshop Disasters of 2010

created at: 12/27/2010

With powerful digital tools comes anatomically believable Photoshop responsibilities... or something like that.

Photoshop Disasters have assembled a list of their top twenty most biologically or geographically impossible touch-ups… read more

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Dec 27, 2010

The CMYK EP

created at: 12/27/2010

Musician James Blake recently issued the CMYK… read more

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Dec 27, 2010

Six Ice Hotels to See Before They Melt

created at: 12/27/2010

Twenty years ago, the Jukkasjarvi hotel in Sweden began accepting reservations. And twenty years ago, it melted. Then, nineteen years ago, it was back. 

Of course, the Jukkasjarvi hotel is made of ice. And while its the first and still the largest, there are lots of ice hotels this winter worthy of drool. Just don't do it for too long, cause it might freeze.created at: 12/27/2010

"If you're imagining simple igloos and snow caves, think again: Ice hotels are an extraordinary, otherworldly exercise in sculpture… read more

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Dec 23, 2010

And we're out...

created at: 12/22/2010

And with that, my friends, it's Christmas time, and I'm gone.

So, one last time:

Merry Christmas!

I hope you all have an amazing holiday, and here's wishing you the warmest of celebrations.

See you next week!

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Dec 23, 2010

Falling Water Gets the Gingerbread Treatment

created at: 12/22/2010

It was bound to happen: the U.S.'s most famous architectural accomplishment meets the holidays most beloved architectural tradition. 

Melodie of Garden Melodies reworked the Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece for the 2010 Gingerbread Festival in Orem, Utah.

created at: 12/22/2010

Unfortunately, she lost to this… read more

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