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Aug 03, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: August 3, 2011

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Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

George the Great Dane is the world's biggest dog. You definitely wanna see… read more

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Aug 03, 2011

Yep...That's a $100,000 Razor

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For years, ladies have had their unbelievably priced items of high design and haute couture: million dollar dresses worn to awards ceremonies ("on loan," of course), or jewel encrusted handbags sewn together with unicorn hair and phoenix feathers. Or something.

Now, the fellows have a chance to own a super, unbelievably expensive high-end product: the Iridium razor by Zafirro, which clocks in at a cool $100,000.

How's it get to cost twice as much as the yearly income of the average U.S.… read more

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Aug 02, 2011

10 Awesome and Hilarious Charts about Movies

Jason Oberholtzer, editor of I Love Charts, recently rounded up his ten favorite movie-related charts for humor site Slacktory.

"Nerds love movies. Nerds love charts. Nerds love combining their loves (bacon unicorns, zombie narwhals). Thus, we get tons of charts about movies at I Love Charts. Here are ten of my favorites."

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Aug 02, 2011

I Went to MoMA and...

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There are those museums or destinations that you visit once in your life: see the permanent collection, perhaps a few special exhibits, and say, "Yep, I'm glad I've been here."

And then there are those museums that necessitate multiple visits; you return there every time you're in a city, or perhaps even maintain a membership if you're close enough. The Museum of Modern Art in New York City is certainly one of the later. You can visit the fourth and fifth floor and never get sick of seeing the actual Matisses and Monets and Jasper Johnses that you know so well from photos, check out the special exhibits, media and design pieces, etc.

It never gets… read more

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Aug 01, 2011

Before and After Photos of...Joggers

When you're the editor of a DIY decor website, you come across a lot of "before and afters" Like, a lot. Like, so many, if I see another shoddy, worn brown piece of furniture with the phrase "before" brandished across it in some curlicue typeface, I very well may just...well, really appreciate this photo series by French photographer Sacha Goldberg. 

In it, he asked random joggers at the Bois de Boulogne park in Paris if he could take a quick post-run photo. A week later, the same folks were invited to come to Goldberg's professional photo studio in their best for an "after" protrait. The results are strangely intimate and understandably… read more

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Aug 01, 2011

If Adult TV Shows Were Remade for Children

Caldwell Tanner imagines what contemporary TV shows aimed at grown-up audiences might look like when restyled and merged with some of the classics from your childhood.

These are fun, though I admit I couldn't place two of 'em at first. (Hint: check the tags at the… read more

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Aug 01, 2011

How To: Make a Magnetic Map Memo Board

I'm just gonna say it: If you can, at least, safely and accurately wield a pair of scissors, it's simply unacceptable to have a plain, straight from the store memo board: either cork, magnetic, or dry erase. There are so many easy ways to make it interesting: make it woodgrain, turn it into bold graphic shape, build a handprinted inspiration board from scratch for way less than the office supply store, or create a double duty DIY dry erase board.

Or, take a cue from Michael, and go straight up vintage… read more

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Aug 01, 2011

10 Essential Books on Typography

Even if you're not a graphic designer, you interact with letterforms all day long. You read, certainly: newspapers, webpages, work documents, signage, advertisements. You use type in your emails, on your blog, at your job, in your art projects. So, "whether you’re a professional designer, recreational type-nerd, or casual lover of the fine letterform, typography is one of design’s most delightful frontiers, an odd medley of timeless traditions and timely evolution in the face of technological progress."

Maria Popova gathers ten essential books on typography, "ranging from the practical to the philosophical to the plain… read more

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Jul 28, 2011

How To: Make Super Easy, Super Quick Low-Cost Graphic Art

Artwork. For my money, it's the number one way to add personality to a room. Sure, a $25 can of paint can make a big impact, but I'll take a white room with loads of art over boldly painted walls any day.

But, of course, you can't just go to the artwork store and scan the aisles until you find just the right piece of scale and color that matches your decor. Real art takes time to create, and fetches appropriately not-cheap prices, and isn't widely available at the local shopping center. Sure, family photos are nice, and an artfully framed poster will do, but don't you dare head to that kitchen and bath supply shop and paw through the faux-Tuscan paintings.

Instead, make your own. Quickly, easily, inexpensively, and no artistic ability… read more

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Jul 28, 2011

Home Tour: Antonio Ballatore's Masculine Downtown Loft

"Masculine decor" (whatever that means...) is often so serious: lots of dark colors, too much technology, and not a ton of fun. But, if there ever was a "manly" designer with a sense of humor, Antonio Ballatore is your guy. The fourth winner of HGTV's Design Star and star of The Antonio Project simply gets it, combining color, texture, and good times into some pretty inspired places. His is the only show I watch on HGTV, which, as a full time design and decor writer, is saying something. Dude knows his stuff.

He dubs his downtown LA spot, "Medieval cave dwelling meets modern loft living." And, sure, the guy has a pretty bigread more

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