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Apr 05, 2012

How to: Make All-American Bottle Cap Wall Art

created at: 04/05/2012

On their own, bottle caps are tiny little works of art: circular canvases that conveys a beverage's message almost as directly as its flavor. It's no wonder that folks have been collecting these unique expressions for as long as crown cork cap has been around.

So, since its sort of a shame to throw them away, don't. Start saving them, get a few from your friends and family, make friends with a bartender, and resurrect them into some topographic wall… read more

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Apr 05, 2012

Song Map: A Road Map of Song Titles

Many a song has been written about "the road." From bluesmaster Robert Johnson's Faustian deal with the devil at the crossroads to a good twenty-five percent of the Bob Dylan and Paul Simon songs in the sixties, many tunes memorialize specific places, or the journey along them.

English design firm Dorothy collected 390 song titles and organized them into a singular, incredible road… read more

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Apr 04, 2012

How to: Sharpen a Pencil...Like a Champ!

created at: 04/04/2012

"Just because something makes you smile or laugh ... doesn't mean it's a joke."

Word to the skeptical: don't be. Artisinal pencil sharpening is a very real thing. You may have heard of David Rees, a political cartoonist who also runs ArtisinalPencilSharpening.com, a site where you can send in a pencil (or David can provide one) and he'll sharpen it by hand, for $15.00.

Now, David has released a book How To Sharpen Pencils: A Practical & Theoretical Treatise on the Artisanal Craft of Pencil Sharpening for Writers, Artists, Contractors, Flange Turners, Anglesmiths, & Civil Servants (with a forward by John Hodgman), and is currently on tour with workshops and sharpening services, often on the same bill as some awesome comedians.

If you get the idea of a hand sharpened pencil, but aren't quite down to pay $15.00 for the service, David has graciously provided his technique. For free.

It's the kind of… read more

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Apr 04, 2012

The Worst Album Covers of All Time

Tastebuds, a new dating site that makes suggestions for potential partners based on what kind of music you like (huh...), has assembled a collection of the "Worst Album Covers of All Time." While I can't validate if these are hands down the absolute worst covers ever printed, as I've seen plenty equally awful in the bargain bins at thrift stores and garage sales, these are certainly among the most ill-conceived. Ever.

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Apr 04, 2012

A Pie Chart about Pie

created at: 04/04/2012

The clever designer/cultural historians at Pop Chart Labs are back with their latest endeavor: a collection of pie charts. About… read more

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Apr 04, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: April 04, 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.

Squirrel Monkey created this engaging video that imagines what Facebook would look like if it were around in the 90s. Click play to watch the video in all it's VHS-taped, dial-up, Netscape-logged-in goodness.

See more at BuzzFeed

Australian spiders, fleeing floodwaters, have covered an entire field in a snow-like blanket of webs

Burger King released this clever ad in the Netherlands

Allan Benton makes some of the most amazing smoked food products in the US: his… read more

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Apr 03, 2012

Irrefutable Logic: Cliff Clavin on Why Beer Makes You Smarter

The world's greatest "regular," Cliff Clavin, explains his "buffalo theory" of how beer makes you smarter.… read more

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Apr 03, 2012

DIY Idea: Vintage Suitcase Drawer Dresser

Have you ever wanted to put your laundry away more? Designer James Plumb came up with this stylish, masculine dresser for the Salone 2011 at Galleria Rossana Orlandi. His frame is made from iron, but I'm thinking this design could easily be translated to a DIY effort.

To make your… read more

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Apr 03, 2012

Sandwich Cake: Awesome or Disgusting?

created at: 04/03/2012

Cake purists out there may not approve, but I think this savory, Scandinavian-style sandwich cake called a smörgåstårta looks incredible. Layers of bread separate creamy fillings, and a frosting made of sour cream and cream cheese tops it off.… read more

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Apr 02, 2012

An Very Fine Introduction to Whiskey

created at: 04/02/2012

Ah...whiskey. It's mostly just grains, mashed up and fermented, then distilled and aged a bit.

But, when you think of all the different grains - barley, rye, malted barley, malted rye, wheat, corn - plus all these distinct flavors that occur during the fermenting proces and, particularly, the aging process, which results in the various kinds of whiskey - like bourbon, Canadian whiskey, single malt Scotch, blended Scotch, Tennessee whiskey, Irish whiskey, Japanese whiskey...it's a lot to get your mind… read more

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