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Jul 15, 2011

How to: Dress Like the Royal Tenenbaums

There've been plenty of classic films to find men's style inspiration: James Bond, Steve McQueen, heck, perhaps even the simplicity of the Blues Brothers. (I'd never thought of it before, but I do have one suit, black, and wear with a white shirt, and a black tie. Hmm...) 

And, then, there's The Royal Tenenbaums, with it's vintage and memorable characters, and...their wardrobes. "Luke Wilson's Richie Tenenbaum is a benchmark for the scruffy classics crowd—his camel suit and expensive shoes complement, rather than compete, with his past as a hapless tennis star. Not to mention his chic luggage set and pet falcon—all highlyread more

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Jul 14, 2011

34 Incredibly Awesome Business Cards

Back in the heyday of business card exchangin' and rolodexes, classic was the game: Cillian Braille on bone, eggshell with Romalian type, or raised Pale Nimbus on white.

But, in the days where everything's online and most people can just folks they meet to "Google me," all bets are off, and folks are producing some seriously creative business cards.

Interactive cards, edible ones, foldable, cutable, those with games and those with free favors, it'll make you think differently about letterpress… read more

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Jul 14, 2011

Funny and True: The Generic, Post-Industrial Snobby Hipster Craftsman

created at: 07/14/2011

Comedian Russ Armstrong profiles Stevenson Birtch, a character he created to explore an emerging stereotype: the flannel-wearing, loft-meets-workspace living post-contemporary craftsman who does things like, "make woven belts out of reclaimed Civil War horse saddles," and builds all his own tools using smaller tools, that he also made himself. And you know, whittles his own toothpicks, and pulps his own toilet paper.

You know the type.

Watch the video.… read more

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Jul 14, 2011

Home Tour: Masculine, Mid-Century, Techno-Industrial Loft

To say Christopher and Javier's home looks like a nightclub isn't really accurate. Sure, their downtown loft is replete with an extensive music collection, a well-outfitted DJ setup, and plenty of tech-y lighting solutions, but it's also bright, cheery, and full of mid-century design icons and bold shocks of color.

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Jul 13, 2011

Must-Grill Vegetables Become Meals in Themselves

Yeah, I know. The idea of grilling vegetables isn't new. Everyone who does outdoor cooking knows those hot grates are a perfect space to heat and char up some sides to go with that main course, or that some Tuscan grilled veggies, a bit of cheese, and a loaf of bread makes a perfect summer meal for two.

But what about taking grilled veggies seriously, opting for thick, meaty cuts that make you forget about grilled meats… read more

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Jul 13, 2011

A Face a Day

You know that game you sometimes play when you're standing in line or waiting at the airport? The one where you imagine the life stories of the people standing around you, or guess why that old guy is carrying a bouquet of flowers, or where someone might be traveling, or why?

Other people do that, right?

Sandra Reichl's Face a Day does the same: illustrations of faces from all walks of life, with a brief one or two sentence description that brings the mugs to… read more

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Jul 13, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: July 13, 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.

Famous People Popsicles in matching flavors… read more

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Jul 12, 2011

What Happens When You Hear What You Smell

Synesthesia is a neurological experience where your sensory perception becomes scrambled and one sensory experience becomes confused with another. So those who suffer from it may “see” sound or “hear” smell.  "There are several different types of synesthesia; some people describe seeing colors when they listen to sounds, or tasting words when they speak. Although strange, it’s hardly a handicap. Many creative people have synesthesia and use it to their advantage, including singer/songwriters Tori Amos and Billy Joel."

Wanna know what it feels like?

The video team Terri Timely sought to capture the experience in this… read more

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Jul 12, 2011

Remarkable Photographs of Individual Grains of Sand

created at: 07/12/2011

All those inspirational sayings about an individual grain of sand may have something to them afterall. The Daily Mail reports, "Viewed at a magnification of over 250 times real life, tiny grains of sand are shown to be delicate, colourful structures as unique as snowflakes. When seen well beyond the limits of human eyesight, the miniature particles are exposed as fragments of crystals, spiral fragments of shells and crumbs of volcanic… read more

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Jul 12, 2011

How to: Build a Water Rocket from Plastic Bottles

As a kid, my favorite checkout line toy was always the water rocket. You know, that egge shaped thing you'd fill with water, then attach to the little tube, and pump the plunger to force air into it so it'd shoot up crazy high and fast? My sister always liked the Silly Putty, and we both enjoyed the sidewalk chalk and a good, old fashioned squirt gun fight, but the water rocket? That made an impact. It shot up in the air with surprise. And, you could show off how strong you were by putting some muscle into that pressure… read more

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