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Jan 26, 2012

Artist Nicholas Ruiz Creates Bow Ties from Recycled Objects for the MoMA

When Queens, NY-based artist Nicholas Ruiz had finished up the work for the Picasso: Guitars 1912–1914 exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, Ruiz decided to pay tribute to the artist by creating a custom bowtie from guitar picks and super glue for the exhibit opening. 

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Jan 26, 2012

Patton Oswalt Snubbed for Oscar Nomination, Responds with Hilarity on Twitter

created at: 01/26/2012

On Tuesday morning, Patton Oswalt awoke to learn that, despite the potential buzz, he had not been nominated for his solid performance in Young Adult. 

So, he did the next best thing: he hit up Twitter, and imagined a scenario in which he and other performers snubbed for the awards, such as Tilda Swinton, Albert Brooks, Ryan Gosling, Kirstin Dunst, and Leonardo DiCaprio rent out Legoland for an alternative… read more

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Jan 26, 2012

Eerily Beautiful Taxidermy Lamps

created at: 01/25/2012

That's right. The day has finally come…taxidermy meets interior lighting. Personally, I wouldn't be too keen on having a couple of dead squirrels hanging on the wall above my bed, but that's just me. Oh and just wait until you see the rat swarm lampread more

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Jan 25, 2012

The Spirituality of Boomerangs: On Making Something from Nothing...

My favorite project to build with anyone--including my son--is the fast-catch boomerang. First off, boomerangs--in their flight pattern and behavior--are just really beautiful and exciting; even a toddler gets that.  But slightly older folks--from about elementary age on up to retirees--are just thrilled when they see you make a working boomerang out of a piece of scrounged poster board.  By the time you hit first grade you've probably already grown jaded about the boomerangs: You've gotten a cheap foam one as a party favor or a little present from an uncle, and it never worked, and you basically assumed that boomerangs were… read more

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Jan 25, 2012

The Rise and Fall (and Further Fall) of Hipster Bashing

The days of giggling, LATFHing, and even hipster bingo are now, decidely, over. "But, really?" you say? "There's just so many of them, and they're so easy to point out, and the look is sooo ridiculous."

You're right. And that's the point. With the total cultural saturation of hipsterdom, the joke? It's over. This is a group that have been defined by the ability to be mocked, and the masses - those culturally aware enough to know it's a thing, but then not purposely avoid defining themselves thereof - are the only ones perpetuating the… read more

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Jan 25, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: January 25, 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.

Artist Chris Plascik created a typographic drawing every day for four years, and has been able to release a coffee table book of 1,000 of them using crowd-sourced… read more

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Jan 25, 2012

Cooking up a Rainbow

created at: 01/24/2012

It's not that often that I'm wowed by a TV commercial, but today I am. This ad for Lurpak, a Danish brand of butter (margarine?), is really great. The narrator's voice is a little strange, but I guarantee after watching this you'll be singing "Chop chop chopread more

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Jan 24, 2012

What Happens in Bookstores at Night

created at: 01/24/2012

You sit down. Read a magazine. Have some tea. Chat up that cute bookseller with the glasses.

And then, you go home, and the bookstore closes, and that, my friends, is when the real fun begins.

Watch the video below to see what really happens. (Trust me, you'll… read more

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Jan 24, 2012

Bolster Your Creative Output by Activating Your "Red Zone"

In football (as in American football, the brown ellipsoid one) there's a special section of the field dubbed the "red zone," that space betweent the twenty-yard line and the goal. And...a game's outcome is often determined by either team's performance in this zone. As they're pros, they can often get into the space, but if they're not able to get top notch results once there, they'll likely lose.

Turns out...the same rules apply to creativity and getting great work done. And it has nothing to do with how hard you work, or what you actually produce in… read more

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Jan 24, 2012

How the Glock Became America's Gun of Choice

While guns, Glocks or otherwise, are not necessarily masculine and a topic for ManMade, the genres in which is so often appears - nearly every crime film, ganster lore, hip-hop lyrics - certainly cross our paths from time to time. And supposedly the standard issue service weapon for two-thirds of U.S. police forces.

So, the real question is...why? What about the glock allowed it to permiate into Hollywood films and rap lyrics? Do actually criminals prefer the glock, or is it just the fictional… read more

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