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May 31, 2012

It's Time to Be Less Productive. No, Really.

"Productivity — the amount of output delivered per hour of work in the economy — is often viewed as the engine of progress in modern capitalist economies." But, what if, our drive to be more productive, to generate more output with fewer people, actually has met its ilmitations. What if it's time to actually shoot to be less productive? What if we can actually improve the quality of our lives, the professions of others, the economy, and our relationships, by seeking to be less efficient?   … read more

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May 30, 2012

Father's Day Gift Guide: Design-y Gifts for Dads

created at: 05/30/2012

There's not much help out there for poor souls seeking advice for Father's Day gifts. Stores and advertisers haven't really gotten over the golf and/or grilling card, the necktie, the crummy multi-tool set, or the everpresent aftershave.

Your dad does not want these for Father's Day. I promise.   … read more

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May 30, 2012

How to: Make a Banana Peel Hat (for a Banana)

Cause honestly, how can you NOT make one of these the next time you enjoy a banana?   … read more

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May 30, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: May 30, 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.

Beijing-based artist Wang Zhiyuan created this thirty-six foot tall, multicolored tornado of trash, built… read more

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May 30, 2012

Cactus Made of 20,000 Thumbtacks

created at: 05/29/2012

When I was a little kid I was obsessed with cacti. In fact, I had quite a sizable cacti collection, unfortunately all of them died one night when my family was moving. I left them outside one night and, lo and behold, a thunderstorm came along and drowned them all. I was devastated.

I've since recovered from the infamous cactus massacre, but I still love those prickly plants. So when I came across this cactus made out of thumbtacks I was immediately smitten.   … read more

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May 30, 2012

The Process: How Josh Finkle Makes His Beautiful Handwood Toys

created at: 05/28/2013

The work of Ohio-based artist and designer Josh Finkle ambles beautifully between the digital and the physical, the sketch, the prototype, and the manufactured product. He created these stunning hardwood toys of extinct animals, using a variety of wood species to add color and detail. He captured the creation process … read more

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May 29, 2012

Free Download: Life Advice from Ron Swanson

Quick, master the Command+P keystroke… read more

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May 29, 2012

The No-Fuss Dessert Generator

ManMade favorite Mark Bittman, who previously brought us The Everyday, Anytime Egg-Combination Generator, offers a new tasty flowchart: the No-Fuss Dessert Generator.    … read more

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May 29, 2012

Famous Artists Dissected in Their Own Painting Style

For a recent ad campaign for Brazil's Museu de Arte de São Paulo art school, ad agency DDB Brazil "dissected" famous artists, mimicking the painters own style and techniques. So, Van Gogh's insides are colorful and impressionistic, Picasso's bold but not-quite-cubist, and Dali's are a straight psychadelic organ-melting fest.   … read more

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May 29, 2012

Handmade Wooden Cassette Tape Coffee Table

Woodworker and designer Jeff Skierka created this incredible "Mixtape" hardwood coffee table from maple and walnut. It's a perfect 12:1 replica of the classic cassette tape, and is completely reversible, so you display sides A & B.   … read more

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