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Jul 25, 2011

How I Spent My Totally Awesome Weekend

created at: 07/25/2011

So, you know those days when it's late Sunday night, and you realize that you totally wasted your free time over the weekend? Like, no projects, no friends, no special meals, no resting, no reading...just cataloged hours down the internet rabbit hole, maybe some laundry, and justa buncha driving?

Then, you know those other weekends, when it's Monday morning, and you're like, "Wow. What a full and awesome couple of days that was."

I had one of those this week.

Okay, well, to be fair, this was an "extended" four-day weekend for me. (No posts on Thursday and Friday. Did you notice?) For my birthday gift, my mom organized a trip to Columbus, IN, which is a small town of 40,000 people that has, like, sixty major examples of modern architecture. All the churches, elementary schools, public buildings, even the jail are contemporarily designed works of art. Six of the buildings are national historic landmarks. The library was designed by I.M. Pei, the church across the street by Eliel Saarinen, and the local bank branch… read more

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Jul 25, 2011

How To: Make a Custom Leather Wallet from Scratch

For years, I've been saying [to myself, and probably to you at some point] "Man, I need to learn how to work with leather." I mean, that's like the historic manly craft, right? I kinda have to. 

Well, I believe I've found the project that's gonna get me there: this custom leather travel wallet project by Jepsen… read more

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Jul 25, 2011

Map Paintings by Ingrid Dabinger

Canadian artist Ingrid Dabinger finds playful figures, faces, and scenes inside the natural geography and landscape of maps, and brings them to life as the backdrop for her acrylic paintings.

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Jul 25, 2011

21 Google Plus Circles You Can Actually Use

Like most internet people, I've been playing around with Google Plus for the last few weeks, and, like most internet people, I'm still trying to figure out how it works.

My circles are unorthodoxly organized, I guess. I have two, and they are:

created at: 07/25/2011

It makes as much sense to me… read more

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Jul 20, 2011

Shake: Still Photos of Dogs in Motion

created at: 07/20/2011

There are those things in life of which most of us will never tire. Like: seeing things that move super fast captured with high-speed cameras, or that funny thing that dogs always do where they turn their heads to the side, as if to say, "Say what?!"

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Jul 20, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: July 20, 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.

"Places I Haven't Been" by Evan… read more

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Jul 20, 2011

How to: Build a Rustic Wooden Coffee Table (from Scratch!)

I know, I know. Your $20 Ikea coffee table is fine. But, the thing is, I'm old now. I just turned 32, and 32-year olds have beautifully crafted, handmade, coffee tables. I think it's something we're legally compelled to do. Look it up on Wikipedia.

created at: 07/20/2011


To start out our project, we needed some pretty wood to form the top and second shelf of the table. While at an antiques fair in Massachusetts, my lovely wife found three sets of wooden cigar rollers. Since they came in sets of two, we'd have three for the two levels of coffee table goodness.

created at: 07/20/2011

Next, we needed the rest of the crap to put it all together. It's best, when doing a… read more

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Jul 19, 2011

Emptiness Captured: Beautiful Video of Last Weekend's Carmageddeon

created at: 07/19/2011

Even if you don't live in Southern California (I don't), I'm sure you heard about the shutting down of the 405 in LA to demolish the Mulholland Bridge. These clever folks even had a dinner party:

Anyway, filmmaker Ross Ching captured the vast, barrenness of the empty lanes of traffic in this… read more

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Jul 19, 2011

Amazing Carved Crayons by Pete Goldlust

created at: 12/01/2010

created at: 07/19/2011

We've seen intricately carved pencils before, as well as Crayolas sculpted into the twelve Chinese zodiacs, and these hand-carved, boldly colored crayons from artist Pete Goldlust are equally… read more

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Jul 18, 2011

Gallery Worthy Harry Potter Art

So, last week, in my epic marathon of singleguyness, and in an attempt to replenish my to-be-read pile, and the Twitterverse exploding about the final film, I decided something, pretty revolutionary for me.

I'm gonna read all the Harry Potter books. For the first time. In order, and fast, so I can then watch the movies, and be up to date with the rest of the Western world. My sweetheart had them all (but the third one, I discovered yesterday), andI was able to score the audiobooks from my local library, and have been reading while home, and listening while doing some long bike rides. (Trail only, one earphone in, just talk, no music. Be safe… read more

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