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Nov 07, 2011

Cool Site of the Day: Bohemian Rhapsicord Turns "Bohemian Rhapsody" Into a Playable Instrument

created at: 11/07/2011

While the image above works as a pretty amazing piece of digital art on its own, its actually the entire five minutes and fifty-eight seconds of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" mapped out into playable component parts.

It's cleverly dubbed "Bohemian… read more

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Nov 07, 2011

DIY Furniture: An Awesomely Inspiring How-To Book

created at: 11/06/2011

I don't buy a lot of how-to books these days. It's not that I dislike reading, but rather I tend to go to web for most of my instructional needs. Sometimes, however, I come across a book that looks so amazing that I just need to get it. That's how I felt when I discovered DIY Furniture: A Step-by-Step Guide by Christopher Stuart. It's now at the top of my reading list; I plan on ordering a copy… read more

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Nov 04, 2011

Family Room Makeover: A New Face for a Funny Fireplace

For our latest True Value blog squad project, we decided to tackle our fireplace. In our 1960s-ish family room addition, the fireplace takes up a lot of visual attention, and its size and placement make it clear the previous owners built it as a focal point. Here's what we were dealing with:

Our old fireplace, yuck!

(Note: this picture is about four years old)

Last year we decided to paint the fireplace white, but it still lacked some appeal.So, it's not surprising we often chose to 'hide' the fireplace by stacking our daughters various toys in front of it:

What? There's no fireplace here...

The list of things we didn't like about this thing would go on and on. Here are a… read more

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Nov 04, 2011

Free Music Alert: The Flaming Lips Release a 24 Hour Song

created at: 11/04/2011

When you've created a quadruple album in which all four records are meant to be played on four stereos simultaenously, created an original musical film entitled Christmas on Mars, and become one of most inventive and interactive touring bands (while creating a crazy, sci-fi'd Art Deco home), what's left?

Well, you compose a musical adventure that lasts twenty-four hours, and stream it for free on theread more

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Nov 04, 2011

Michael Bayhem: The Correlation Between Explosions and Moneymaking

created at: 11/04/2011

Every summer, Michael Bay makes a new incredibly expensive movie, full of fire and always terribly reviewed. And yet, the studios still let the guy keep making them, 'cause apparently folks still go see 'em, and their, despite their $200,000,000 budgets (yes, that's two hundred million dollars), they still make money. Lots of money.

And, interestingly enough, it seems that their profit continues to be related to, well, how many explosions… read more

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Nov 03, 2011

Angry Birds, Mario Kart, and Duck Hunt Transformed into Horror Movies

created at: 11/03/2011

In honor of last week's Halloween festivities, the team at G4 have "released a series of short films that transform classic videogames Mario KartAngry Birds and Duck Hunt into delightfully gory horror… read more

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Nov 03, 2011

MicroWhat: Before and After Photos of Things Being Microwaved

You've done it. Microwaved something just to see what would happen? As long as its safe and metal-free, and you're willing to clean up the mess, it can be hours of (basically) free fun. Well, except for the radiation poisoning and all the other crazy stuff that comes from… read more

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Nov 03, 2011

Clever Minimalist Movie Posters

Arkansas-based artist Matt Owens recently completed a series of well-designed and tongue-in-cheek minimalist movie posters of some of his favorite films.

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Nov 03, 2011

The "Quick Brown Fox" Pangram Gets an Upgrade

created at: 11/02/2011

Anyone that has looked at samples of different fonts is probably familiar with this phrase that contains all 26 letters of the alphabet: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

If you really think about it, though, jumping over a lazy dog isn't all that impressive. A fox that truly is quick could inevitably do something more impressive than that! Well let me introduce you to new and improved version of The Quick… read more

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Nov 02, 2011

How to: Make an Easy, Vintage-Inspired Vector Graphic Banner

created at: 11/01/2011

Well, it's November and that can mean only one thing: the Holidays will be here before we know it. So to kick off the holiday spirit (I know, I know…we're all still recovering from Halloween parties…), I've put together a little tutorial explaining how to create a holiday scarf banner using Adobe Illustrator, similar to the one pictured above. If you don't have Illustrator, you can also use any of the number of freeware vector graphic softwares available for download.

So without further stalling, let's jump right in,… read more

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