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Oct 27, 2011

This is Indexed: Life in Charts on Index Cards

On this dark, rainy fall day, I'm feeling all warm and gooey inside having spent the morning with This is Indexed, a project by Jessica Hagy in which she catalogs life, relationships, and culture in line graphs and Venn diagrams, which she draws each morning.

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Oct 27, 2011

Tim Burton Designs New Balloon for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Though Tim Burton's creations usually find their annual heydays during the Halloween season, this year, the filmmaker's dark, macabre aesthetic will be sticking around for another few weeks. This year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will feature B.Boy, a Burton-designed balloon, mixing it up with Snoopy, Kermit the Frog, and the Keith Haring guy that started showing up a few years… read more

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Oct 27, 2011

Cool Site of the Day: Online Stencil Generator

created at: 10/27/2011

Strix, the same clever team that brought us the Ransom Note Generator, has released The Stencil Generator. It allows you to upload any photo (or even provide an image URL) and create a stencil for internet graffiti, or to print and cut for an actual piece of… read more

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Oct 26, 2011

How to: Make a DIY George Nelson-Inspired Outdoor Slat Bench

created at: 10/26/2011

When my neighbor, Gina, moved in next door, a standalone porch swing appeared on our shared patio. The thing was at least thirty years old, and had been outside for just as long, and showed the wear of snowy winters, blazing hot summers, and all the rainy days in between. Not that it was likely much to look at when it was new.

It was, in every way, an eyesore. 

But, my goodness, if that thing wasn't useful. I'm sure I sat on it a good fifty times more often than she did. I took to enjoying my breakfast on it, and built a little morning routine around sitting outside, reading the week's New Yorker before I started my day. I used it to prepare for my bike rides: changing shoes, making adjustments, etc. And my friends and I would eat dinner out there, and watch thunderstorms. Boy, it was ugly, but it made me appreciate my patio, and got me out there frequently.

Then, Gina did the unthinkable: she got married, had a baby, and moved away. And, with her, away went the porch swing. And though I love my current neighbor (Hi Jillian!), she brought no shared furniture to the arrangement.

So, I figured it was time to make some outdoor seating of my own. For inspiration, I turned to the most iconic of mid-century bench designs, the Platform Bench by George Nelson (1946). It was created from easy-to-find 1x6" cedar decking, making it quite inexpensive to build, and safe for outdoor use. 

Wanna make one,… read more

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Oct 26, 2011

Fear.Less: Beautiful Wooden Art Examining Horrible Violence and Crime

created at: 10/25/2011

Daniel Ting Chong and Jordan Metcalf joined forces to create a playful, but sobering, series of objects that examines crime and violence in South Africa, committed both by criminals and law… read more

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Oct 26, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: October 26, 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.

2,000 suspended dandelions...just imagine both the kind and level of work that it would take to pull this… read more

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Oct 25, 2011

What Is Daylight Savings Time and Why Do We Observe It?

created at: 10/25/2011CGP Grey, the clever, educational movie maker that brought us What are Continents and How Many are There? video is back with an seasonal piece on Daylight Savings Time.

How did it start? Why do we do it? Does it make sense to maintain such a complicated system in the era of global communication and business?

Watch the video and find… read more

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Oct 25, 2011

Amazing Collection of Vintage Spray Paint Cans

Artist Roger Gastman has assembled a new book called, Tools of Criminal Mischief, which features, among other things, this amazing collection of vintage spray paint cans.   

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Oct 25, 2011

Extreme Typography: 160,000 Granite Letters Encased in Concrete

created at: 10/24/2011

If you've ever agonized over the precise kerning and leading of a few stubborn letters, just be thankful that you didn't have to do it with over 160,000 3-dimensional letters that are then embedded in concrete. For most people, such a daunting endeavor would be a one-way ticket to an acute case of typography-induced… read more

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Oct 25, 2011

How to: Make Homemade Fresh Mozzarella in 30 Minutes

created at: 10/24/2011

Aged cheeses are the products of artisans - years of tradition, techniques and cultures passed down through generations, carefully crafted environments that all the milk to become all it can.

Fresh cheeses, on the other hand, are an entirely different story. They're created from fresh milk, acid, rennet, and salt, and can be produced easily at home. They'll likely be tastier than supermarket brands, probably less expensive, and certainly way more fun.

A few days ago, ManMade showed you how to create your own fresh curded cheese at home (queso fresco, paneer, feta), and today, Ella from Make Cheese demonstrates an easy way for fresh, handcrafted and handstretched… read more

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