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Oct 20, 2011

Guy Makes a Skateboard Deck Out of Popsicle Sticks (and You Can Too!)

created at: 10/20/2011

Here's your DIY interesting fact for the day: popsicle sticks are made from baltic birch. Which is an exceptionally good material for plywood - it's very strong, holds hardware well, and is the go-to material for around the shop jigs, fixtures, and furniture, as well as hobby projects like model aircraft.

So, what's an enterprising maker to do? Create a section of laminated, steam-bendable DIY plywood from the craft store staple, perfect for making a longboard skateboard from… read more

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Oct 20, 2011

How to: Make a Bloody Brain Cap

created at: 10/19/2011

Mmm…brains. Halloween is quickly approaching, and that can mean only one thing: the zombies are coming. Heck, even the CDC wrote an article about how to prepare for a zombie apocalypse!

Technically speaking, this gory brain cap is probably the worst thing you could wear when the zombies arrive, but it would definitely be a great costume for Halloween if the brain-eaters aren't… read more

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Oct 19, 2011

How to: Make Homemade Sriracha Hot Sauce

At the risk of saying something that'll probably make you roll your eyes and scream, "No kidding" with considerable volume, sriracha is amazing and addictive stuff. This decidedly American sauce has its roots in Thai and Vietnamese condiments, and is know for its iconic rooster. A perfect balace between spicy, tangy, and garlicky, it's surprisingly versatile, working equally well in Mediterranean and Latin dishes as those from Southeast… read more

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Oct 19, 2011

A New Spin on Typographic Maps: Continent Prints

Using well-chosen and hand-sized type to convey cartographic relationships has been quite the trend over the last few years. I believe ORK posters were the front runners, and their work continues to be amazing. 

But I love this fresh, reduced approach from Orange… read more

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Oct 19, 2011

Yes, That's Pasta. Penne Sculptures by Eliza Tyrrell

created at: 10/18/2011

So we all probably made our fair share of macaroni art when we were kids. Remember? You'd glue pieces of pasta to a piece of paper and excitedly proclaim it was a portrait of Ninja Turtle (or maybe that was just me)? Well Eliza Tyrrell has raised the bar for macaroni art with her undulating pasta… read more

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Oct 19, 2011

How to: Make Fanged Pumpkins!

Even if I carved a jack-o-lantern this year, I dunno where I'd put it in my house. It'd have to sit on the floor somewhere, out of sight, making it not worth the effort. (Which, as you might guess...is why they don't get carved at my house.)

But, a family of tiny little gourds with oversized fangs and eerie red eyes. Those I can… read more

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Oct 19, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: October 19, 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.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Noses, hilariously subtitled, " God is the artist. I just find the Ninja Turtle in his… read more

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Oct 18, 2011

How to: The Ultimate Homemade Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

created at: 10/18/2011

Over the weekend, my friend Laura, a M.D.-to-be in her intern year, came for a visit, and we did what we always do: we baked.

Normally, I cook a lot, but I do savory food: go to the market, see what's in the fridge, saute/roast/grill, season, go. It's more intuitive, tasting as you go, adding/subtracting, etc, etc. But not baking. That's science, friends. It's chemistry, not really open to interpretation unless you really know what you're doing. Neither of us do it regularly without the other.

But, when we're together, it's time. Music + crossword puzzles + coffee + good times.

And this weekend, we nailed it with this fresh… read more

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Oct 18, 2011

Free Music Alert: Tom Waits' New Album, "Bad As Me"

created at: 10/18/2011

I first encounter Tom Waits around age 12. It was a Saturday night, and I had just finished [secretly] watching my newest obsession, Saturday Night Live. I flipped the channel to what I now understand was Austin City Limits, and saw this single dude at the piano, telling some story about rum and making the audience laugh and laugh. 

And then, he began singing.

I wish I could say I was some savant, and got what he was doing right away. But, I did not. I wasn't repelled by it, but I most certainly did not continue to watch beyond an additional minute or two, and even considered that it might be a joke, another late night comedy farce, a character he… read more

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Oct 18, 2011

Super Rare Albino Cyclops Shark Photos

At first glance, this seems like either: 1) an internet hoax complete with Photoshopping, 2) an eco-minded art project, or 3) a muppet.

But, it turns out, it's a real shark, a rare albino, one-eyed dusty shark, shown above next to typical member of its… read more

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