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Sep 05, 2011

How To: Make Bacon Popcorn

created at: 08/29/2011

I love bacon. No surprises there. It’s amazing and it goes with everything—eggs, brussel sprouts, waffles, relish; the list goes on and on...

The truth is: everyone loves bacon. And with good reason. It's salty, smoky, fatty, crispy...and straight delicious So, why not merge it with something equally awesome, like popcorn? That’s right. It's happening, and it's really effing awesome. So, loosen your belt a few notches and get ready to dig… read more

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Sep 02, 2011

The Art of Clean Up: Meticulously Arranging Everyday Objects

created at: 09/02/2011

One last bit of Friday inspiration for those who thrive on symmetry. We are with you. (I am you.)

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Sep 02, 2011

Reconsidering the Moon

It's there. Every night. Interacting with the landscape, shining some sort of glow... And the research about what we understand about the moon is still changing: it might be 200 million years younger than we thought. That's three times as long as the last dinosaur. No small potatoes.

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Sep 02, 2011

How to: Build a Custom Craft Table

created at: 09/02/2011

My friends Lish and Nick are one of those couples that just make sense. They're a great fit - he's a hacker, she's a crafter - and you can tell they really just like each other. Their home has gotta be just one of those places you wanna hang out, especially now that they just built this custom crafting table to house and work on all their… read more

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Sep 02, 2011

The World's Coolest Engagement Photos

Ben and Juliana understand that an engagement is special occassion, and something worth celebrating with photos. And, because it's special, they decided to do more than just look in love in some field with purplish light and soft focus...

Well, sure they start of that way, but then things get… read more

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Sep 01, 2011

David Bowie's "Space Oddity" as a Vintage-y Children's Book

created at: 09/01/2011

David Bowie's Lennonesque "Space Oddity" is one of his earliest singles, and probably his most well-known by the masses. Which is a-okay with me, cause it still sounds amazing: the Stylophone solo, a perfect combo of minor-key verses to a super catchy chorus, the hand claps. It's kinda perfect.

And, now it's made even better...by being turned into a retro-inspired children's book. And you can read the whole thing online. For… read more

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Sep 01, 2011

Ditch the Frame: 5 Alternative Ways to Hang Art

On the hanging art spectrum, there are two extremes. There's the framed, matte-hung art that makes everything from a postcard to a painting look, well, like art. Then there's the bedroom classic of a poster stuck into drywall with thumbtacks or onto cinder blocks with sticky tack.

And in my house...neither really works. Posters look too much like a dorm room, but frames are just a bit too… read more

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Sep 01, 2011

Guy Makes Amazing Chewbacca Suit from Scratch

Even if you're not huge into Star Wars, or a fan of dressing up like characters from movies and comic books (I'm not either), you gotta appreciate the care and creativity that goes into creating such an ambitious project. The boots include stilts that get the wearer up to wookie… read more

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Sep 01, 2011

Nine Iconic Pop Culture Sweaters

Found Item Clothing, those culture historians that showed us how to age new t-shirts into worn and loved favorites, now present "Nine Famous Sweaters," a curious new collection, "spotlighting famous sweaters and cardigans from film, television, and music. Featured below are 9 memorable examples of the form, as illustrated by our crack squad of graphic artists (and conceived by yours truly with a nod to the NYT).

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Aug 31, 2011

How To: DIY Pantry Recycling Center Makeover

I know it's not cool to say so, but I hate recyling. Or maybe it's more accurate to say I'm incompetent at it. I forget to take it out on time, I get plastics and papers mixed up, and trash things when I should recycle them and vice versa. So it's no surprise that our kitchen recycling area has long been an embarrassment:

created at: 08/31/2011

That's how our 'recycling center' used to look. Note the problems: 

  1. General disaster
  2. Sorting?
  3. Shallow pantry means the doors won't close when it's in this state
  4. How many brown paper bags does a guy need?

Well, after an inspiring trip to my local True Value store, I decided this was a solvable situation. I searched the internet far and wide for some recyling bins I could just buy, but our 10-inch-deep pantry made that very difficult.

When I spotted some sheets of white corrugated plastic at True Value (we're in their 2011 Blog Squad), a lightbulb went off: I could… read more

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