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Mar 29, 2012

Ceramics for Breakfast: The Glide Toaster

With the exception of a few aesthetic developments, there's been very little to no change to the design of the home toaster: a little lever, some heated wires, and after a few minutes, toast pops out. But, back when the appliance first came around, "eating toast was a social activity that took place on the breakfast table."

This totally different take on the toaster seeks to re-engage… read more

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Mar 29, 2012

The Best Facial Hair in the Civil War

created at: 03/29/2012

Some say the U.S. Civil War was fought over slavery. Others say it was really about Northern and Southern lifestyle values. But, 150 years later, with the results clearly determines and the effects established, the real question is:

Which side had the better facialread more

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Mar 29, 2012

Roundup: 5 Design-y Bicycle Accessories

created at: 03/28/2012

 

Spring is here and that means ones thing: time to take your bicycle out of storage and start riding again. Bicycles, like cars, can serve as an extension of who we are, so it's only fitting that we accessorize our bikes appropriately. This post highlights 5 designy bike accessories to give your ride a little extra flair and… read more

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Mar 28, 2012

Take a Video Tour of Nick Offerman's (Ron Swanson's) Workshop

created at: 05/28/2013

Nick Offerman, the actor who portrays TV's current greatest character, Ron Swanson on Parks & Recreation, is an active woodworker who supplemented his income while getting established as an actor by making custom furniture. 

Known for using huge, live-edge slabs of walnut in tables, as well as building canoes and fancy mustache combs, the Offerman Woodshop is as cool as you'd think it would be.

In a recent issue of Fine Woodworking, Nick tells the story of getting his start in building theatre sets in Chicago, but upon moving to LA, translated his rough carpentry skills to fine woodworking and furniture making. They shot an excellent video of the space, which is the stuff of dreams for any… read more

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Mar 28, 2012

Beer for Dessert: 5 Tasty Beer Float Recipes

Root beer floats work for a very specific reason: they contain lots of complex bitter and aromatic flavors that balance not only their own sweetness but the creaminess of ice cream. Know what other drink has plenty of complex bitter flavors and aromatic notes? Actual beer.

Having just passed the St. Patrick's Day...season[? Is that a thing?], you know doubt saw all sorts of folks going on about a Guinness & vanilla ice cream float, which is actually pretty delicious. But with these five recipes, you'll be rocking variations on the combo all… read more

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Mar 28, 2012

Where Are They Now? Humorous New Photos of Horror Villains from the 70s and 80s

It's always fun to discover the child actors we knew as kids, and see how they grew up alongside of us. Or perhaps even envision what the characters they portrayed might be doing now. Photographer Federico Chiesa takes a similar route, but explores what might have happened to the bad guys from some classic horror and sci-fi movies. After all, you can't get stabbed and shot and caught on fire over and over again without some consequences.

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Mar 28, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: March 28, 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.

Conceptual photographer Philippe Ramette creates these vertigo-inducing self portraits without the use of Photoshop or any other manipulation. All the perspective-shifting and world-turning happens in the camera.

Though, he says, if you… read more

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Mar 27, 2012

Roundup: 5 DIY Modern Easter Egg Tutorials

created at: 03/27/2012

It will come as no surprise that I'm not really into the imagery of Easter. In fact, I mostly hate it. I mean...I like spring (a lot), I'm into finding stuff, and I definitely like candy, but all the nauseating Paas (Paaseating?) chickens and bunnies, the pastel colors, and the bows (what about Easter recollects bows?) don't do much for me.

But...I absolutely love dying Easter eggs. Always have, since I was a kid. I imagine it's because my parents were both teachers that worked in the summer as well, so spring break was the only time we all had off, so Easter egg-dying usually happened while traveling and brought along… read more

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Mar 27, 2012

How to: Make Perfect Pork Belly in 3 Easy Steps

created at: 03/27/2012

For years, at least in the U.S., pork belly was simply understood as proto-bacon, that sumptuous, boneless cut from a pig's stomach that was destined to be cured, smoked, and sliced up for breakfast. And everything else.

But, we've finally caught up to the rest of the world, who've been taking advantage of this unique,… read more

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Mar 27, 2012

A Secret Compartment in the Stairs...Just for Alcohol!

When architecht Eric Schiller was inspecting the oak staircase in his Victorian-era home in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY, he noticed a curious rectangle on the landing, an out of place solid slab amidst the planking of the floorboards. He located a small thumbhole, and lifted the slab to… read more

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