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Aug 18, 2011

Frisky Garden Vegetables: A Collection of Scandalous Produce

Most days, I'm convinced Mother Nature has an active sense of humor, and often, she's downright funny. Or perhaps its the veggies themselves. Or even, it's so strange when produce doesn't look like that exact perfectly shaped, blemish free ideal we're so used to seeing at the megamart, our minds immediately… read more

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Aug 18, 2011

How to: DIY Painted Guitar Makeover

Most musicians remember their first instrument. If you're a peer of mine, meaning you bought your first guitar sometime between 1993-1997, from some small local music store, and you honed your chops on grunge and classic rock covers, it was probably an off-brand Stratocaster copy, which was most likely black and had a high chance of being covered with stickers. When I taught guitar lessons when I was in graduate school, I was amused/glad to see that adolescents still basically by the same instruments on their first time… read more

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Aug 18, 2011

Pixelated Push Pin Portraits

created at: 12/01/2010

Artist Eric Daigh uses red, black, yellow, and blue push pins to create photo-realistic art portraits. His work really takes advantage of the "realistic far away/geometric up close" phenonomenon that happens with "pixelated" art. I love the variations in distortion that are visible in the above photo.

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Aug 17, 2011

9 Must-Make Salsa Recipes to Match Any Dish

created at: 08/17/2011

It's no secret here on ManMade that I'm eternally in love with the food and flavors of Mexico. I just think there's something about the flavors of chiles, corn, lime, and cilantro that simply meshes with my palette.

And while I love a tender, toothsome fresh tortilla as much as anyone, and I'll gladly give an unnecessary bodily organ for a slow roasted cochinita pibil, the defining characteristic of Mexican flavors, for me, is… read more

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Aug 17, 2011

Jim Henson's Non-Muppet Passionate Personal Side Project

I was fascinated to read idsgn's piece on Jim Henson's non-puppet oriented, Oscar-nominated animation/live action side project, Time Piece. Skylar says, "Recently I had the opportunity to see Jim Henson’s Fantastic World, a new exhibit at New York’s Museum of the Moving Image. Not surprising, the exhibit is heavily Muppet focused, but it doesn't end there. The exhibit spans Henson’s entire career from early sketches to his pioneering television work.

 

Among the many classics, one piece really stood out to me: a short film from 1965 titled Time Piece. Produced, written, directed by,… read more

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Aug 17, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: August 17, 2011

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.

The new trend at this year's state fairs? Deep fried butter. Check out the video to learn more, and maybe decide it's not as bad as it sounds...… read more

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Aug 17, 2011

Genetic Portraits: Split Family Faces

Quebec City-based photographer and designer has created a photo series dubbed Genetic Portraits, which explores how much family members really do resemble each other. He photographs combinations of siblings and/or their parents, and then meld their split faces together to create a spectrum of portraits that span the eerily normal to the eerily shocking.

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Aug 12, 2011

10 Things Every Guy Should Know about Laundry

I didn't really learn a lot about "domesticity" as a kid. We didn't have shop or home ec in my high school, and my family weren't huge cooks or builders or sewers. All my interest in those sort of things came later, when I decided I wanted to learn.

But the one thing I got from my family? How to get stuff clean, and in particular, how to do laundry. I remember my first year of college, studying in the residence hall laundry room, and getting asked over and over by my dormmates, "What am I supposed to do… read more

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Aug 12, 2011

Infographic: A Quick and Comprehensive Guide to Typography

created at: 08/11/2011

Noodlor offers this free and helpful graphic guide to understanding type.

This section on choosing a typeface based on the message you want to convey is particularly… read more

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Aug 11, 2011

Album Covers Come to Life with Sleeveface

I first discovered Sleeveface/sleevefacing/holdingupLPcoverssothesingersfacelookslikeitsyours over a holiday break a few years ago, and I basically spent the entire day after Christmas scouring through the entire archive.

Since then, the phenomenon has grown amazingly, resulting in a quite organized website, and a book! So, now, you can be like, "Oh, I wanna see a Ramones album," and...here you go.

The trend is defined as "one or more persons obscuring or augmenting any part of their body or bodies with record sleeve(s) causing an illusion." I'm pretty sure you can figure out the rest from the photos. Fun, right?

The choices range from classics:

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