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Aug 29, 2011

How To: Make a LEGO Skull

These days, it's more common to have several series of specialized LEGO contraptions (pulleys, gears, ray guns, etc), rather than a collection of bricks to be assembled into all sorts of shapes and… read more

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Aug 29, 2011

15 Design-y Calendars for 2012

created at: 08/29/2011

I know, I know...it's still August. School has just started, and the sun is still out for more than a measely eight hours.

And yet, the slow descent into the end of the year has begun. The world has already begun to talk about fall and its morph into the holiday season. Events are already being planned for 2012, and you need a place to put them.

Thankfully, the 2012 calendar season has… read more

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Aug 25, 2011

Artist Paints Himself to Hide in Plain Sight

created at: 12/01/2010

Look closely. Can you see Chinese artist Liu Bolin inside his photographs? It's not Photoshopping or clever masking...it's actual paint. At least ten hours of it.

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Aug 25, 2011

Free Music Alert: Stroked (A Tribute to This Is It)

Ten years ago. Summer of 2001. I graduated high school...(and no, Facebook friends, I'm not going to the reunion.) And that summer, as it should be, was a time of serious transition...getting ready to go to college, saying goodbye to the folks you know you'd probably never see again, and putting away, as they say, the childish things. That was also the summer that i gave pop radio it's last chance to...you know, not suck. This was before mp3 players, and certainly, our carshighschoolerscanafford didn't have CD players. This was the summer of Lifehouse, Good Charlotte, Creed, and Train. But, there was one record, one that was worth keeping on the Top 40 just in case, before switching over to 97x or all those mixtapes.

That record was the Strokes' Is This It, which celebrates its ten year anniversary this summer. What was interesting most to me, is that it represented the emerging garage rock/post-punk revival of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Hives, The Vines, etc. We were all into punk rock in high school, so it followed that the music that first followed the original punk rock movement found a new energy after we all kinda grew out of mohawks and safety… read more

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Aug 25, 2011

Toast Your Buddies with 16 Great Beer Gifts

created at: 08/25/2011

So, you know how people always joke about how hard it is to buy gifts for your dad, husband, or brother? Everybody falling back on tickets to a game or some "manly" personal accessorie.

But, I wanna talk about what you give your male peers and friends. Like, there's no way I'ma give my buddy a wallet for his wedding, or my brother-in-law a tie. What are supposed to give to guys in your own age bracket, with whom you're perfectly comfortable talking about relationships and feelings, but who's preference in aftershave is never your… read more

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Aug 25, 2011

Free Printable: Disguise Kit

Quick! Download, print, and cut. Immediately.

Cause, you know, you're gonna need it at some… read more

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Aug 24, 2011

How To: Take 360° Photographs

Take a look at these awe-(and dizziness?) inducing 360° photographs, and you'll likely think it's the product of some multi-thousand dollar lens, or at least some very clever photoshopping.

Turns out, it's not. You can create the effect with even the most basic of point-and-shoot cameras and a… read more

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Aug 24, 2011

A Neon Tower Made of 30,000 Post-It Notes

There's been plenty of playing around with über office staple the Post-It, but none so...well, solid.

"Over 30,000 Post-its were assembled into a series of "bricks" and joined together into layers which were stacked on top of each other to create fluorescent towers. Amazingly, the pieces are only secured with their own adhesive; there's no additional glue in the entire structure. Even Shimada was surprised by how strong the Post-its were whenread more

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Aug 24, 2011

The Titanic Taxonomy of Wrestler Names

Pop Chart Labs, the design geniuses who brought us The Many, Many Varieties of Beer and the Splendifurous Array of Culinary Tools, offers a graphic exploration of 382 noms de guerre of professional… read more

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Aug 24, 2011

How To: Make a DIY R2D2 Scooter or Bike Helmet

The simple, giant Tic-Tac with arms shape of everyone's favorite astromech droid, R2D2, is ripe for translating the bleepblooper's visage onto all sorts of similarly shaped objects, such as desk lamps, pumpkins, and mailboxes.

But, my favorite, by far, is this clever (and safe!) R2D2 treatment of a scooter helmet. Like the best craft projects, it looks way more complicated than it is: some clever taping and spraypaint, and just a single addition of PVC pipe. Genius,… read more

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