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Sep 20, 2011

Iconic Movie Sunglasses

I went to the dentist last week (no cavities! hooray!) and whilst waiting being getting cleaned by my threateningly good-looking hygentist (it's sorta weird...not gonna lie) and having the dentist come through for the final check, I pawed through the slightly outdated magazines in the rack on the cubby. I smiled when I saw the above image from the late April issue of the New York Times Magazine...sunglasses from classic… read more

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Sep 20, 2011

Moments in Time: Tiny Scenes Atop Moving Watch Hands

created at: 12/01/2010


Artist Dominic Wilcox has created "Moments in Time," a series of sculptures in which tiny persons interact atop the hands of a watch. The little guys do move along with the clocks' regular timekeeping, making for unique animations of poignant and amusing imagined situations.

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Sep 19, 2011

How to: Make a Clock from Junk Mail

I once heard that it takes 300 points of contact to be swayed by a piece of print advertising (that you're not already seeking out). That means a political candidate has to call, be seen on a TV ad, or send you junk mail 300 times in order for that technique to be effective.

And other than coupons or sale annoucements, I can't imagine, in this day and age, where postage is expensive, and we're touched by thousands of ads before we even check the mail, that sending stuff to a mailbox is helpful.

And yet, still it comes. So, turn that waste upside down, and make… read more

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Sep 19, 2011

9 Incredible Book Sculptures

Some folks freak out everytime they see some traditional form of media made into something else - books, vinyl records, and the like. As someone who has altered these things into many a how-to project, I constantly recieve comments about how "sad it is that books are no longer valued" or "instead of ripping up albums, try listening to them." Folks, my entire home is filled with books. And records. And lots of old furniture, plenty of heirlooms, and even a few cassette tapes. I get it. But, not all old things are worth saving.

Or, better yet, sometime a thoughtful transformation… read more

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Sep 19, 2011

Handmade Wooden iPod

created at: 09/19/2011

No, no. That's not a protective case. And it certainly isn't CNC-milled or cut with a laser. It's a handmade wooden iPod Nano.

When Josh got a new iPod for Christmas, he couldn't just throw the old one away. So, he did what anyone would do - made it a wooden enclosure, complete with contrasting click… read more

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Sep 19, 2011

On the Importance of Commas

created at: 09/19/2011

My friend Tim has just completed a first draft manuscript of a book, and I'm reading it to provide initial feedback. The content is great, but we definitely disagree on a stylistic difference: the Oxford comma. You know, that last one before the and in a series. He says it's outdated, but I'm all for it. Though its usefulness was debated this summer, it's still here to stay. And here's… read more

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Sep 16, 2011

DIY Idea: Make a Tree Branch Coat Rack

created at: 09/16/2011

It's been crazy windy in my neighborhood this week. So much so that I've had to turn around early from two bike rides, and head outside at sunrise to pick up my recycling from all over the street in my pajamas.

But there's one good thing about windy weather: all the sticks, branches, and limbs that show up on the sidewalk, ready to be taken home and made into… read more

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Sep 16, 2011

Just in Time for Fall...Butternut Squash Gratin

created at: 09/16/2011

Whether you've had your scarf and sweater ready to roll for weeks as you gear up for apple picking time, or are still trying to squeeze in a couple more days of shorts, sandals, and blockbuster watching, you can't deny it: fall fell this week. The world, as you look out the window, just looks different than it did two weeks ago. Really. Look outside. Right now.… read more

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Sep 16, 2011

What are Continents and How Many are There?

created at: 09/16/2011

A bit of education for your Friday morning: Speaker and blogger/video maker Colin Grey explores the seemingly straight-forward question how many continents are there? As his charming and entertaining video points out, things get a little more complex when you talk geography, culture, or… read more

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Sep 15, 2011

How to: Make a Modern Industrial Coffee Table

Though its the element that we use the most, and usually the largest, the tabletop isn't really the tough part when it comes to building DIY furniture. It is, most of the time, something solid and flat, that likely comes from a solid, flat sheetgood product that is then simply cut to size. The challenge is always in the other stuff: the legs, the base, etc. It's pretty easy to cut and glue wood or acrylic materials. But shaping, bending, and welding metal is a whole 'nother skill set that's way bigger than just picking up a circular… read more

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