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Apr 12, 2012

Handmade Wooden Nintendo Controller Coffee Table, Actually Works

Venice, CA-based woodworker Charles Lushear has completed a noble undertaking: he's built a 42" x 18.25" all hardwood coffee table in the visage of an original NES controller. Maple, walnut, and mahogany provide for natural color variation (light, dark, and medium, respectfully), and the whole case is held together by strong, perfectly cut dovetail joints.

Oh, and it also functions as a WORKING NESread more

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Apr 12, 2012

How to: Coffee-Stained iPad Smart Cover

Simeon from Two Lives Left just snagged a new iPad 3, and with it, a warm leather smart cover. He says, "I’m not too careful with my cover. I chose the leather cover thinking the more scuffed and damaged it got, the better. I wanted it to look worn. Unfortunately after only two weeks of use it did start to look worn — on one side only."

The asymmetry simply wouldn't do for Simeon, so he decided to give his leather the worn-in look he was hoping it'd develop. So, he stained it.… read more

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Apr 11, 2012

Beards, the Infographic: Get a PhD in Facial Hair

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Friends and ManMakers: I present an infographic. About beards.  … read more

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Apr 11, 2012

55 Inspiring Typographic Quotes for Creatives

created at: 04/11/2012

 

Usually, I don't care much for things that are full of what they are: Hollywood movies about Hollywood, hip-hop songs about being a rapper. But, I have a soft spot for all the great type-based 'motivational' sayings that have all over the design blogosphere. I think it's mostly because I'm surprised that I can be moved by such visuals, actually inspired, certainly more than cheesey script-y phrases from the craft store or those photos of mountains with some definition that hung in everyone's office in the 90s. (Okay some of these have mountains too, but they're awesome read more

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Apr 11, 2012

DIY Idea: Simple Scrap Wood and Bent Nail Bottle Opener

created at: 04/11/2012

Pop quiz time! There are six types of simple machines that have been identified for the last four hundred years. How many can you… read more

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Apr 11, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: April 11, 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.

Scottish artist Rob Mulholland installed six life-size mirrored translucent sculptures in the woods. He used a "plexiglass derivative called PMMA, these sculptures simultaneously distort and reflect light, allowing for these ghostly images to appear almost… read more

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Apr 10, 2012

5 Commandments of Making Great Sandwiches

created at: 04/16/2013

You've heard the worn-out phrase "the greatest thing since sliced bread." But, really, this overused comment only highlights a deeper observation; that being, why sliced bread is such a great invention in the first place.created at: 04/10/2012
It is, of course, because sliced bread leads to sandwiches. They are, perhaps, Western culture's greatest culinary achievement, named after an aristocratic gambler, John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, who requested that his valet bring him his meat tucked between two slices of bread so that he could continue to eat while playing cards, without getting his cards greasy or put them down to dine.

Whether that story is true or not, no one can deny the magic of combining baked grains with other food stuffs to create a portable, all-in-one-bite package. Nearly every Western culture has its variation: the pizza, the taco, the flatbread wrap, so one thing's for sure: the combo of a grain-based dough, some meat and veggies, a little sauce, maybe a bit of cheese, is better than simply sliced bread. It's the greatest thing in the world.  … read more

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Apr 10, 2012

A Note to Self...

Note to self:… read more

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Apr 10, 2012

Brass Knuckle Meat Tenderizer

created at: 04/10/2012

Truth: I've never punched another human being. Been punched? Yes. Did it hurt? Yes. But made a fist and landed it on human flesh? Never. And don't plan to. I'm a maker, not a… read more

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Apr 10, 2012

From Here On...: A Manifesto for a Visual Culture

The French summer photography festival Rencontres d'Arles offers, "From Here On..." a creative manifesto for the visual/curation/maker/editorial/right now… read more

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