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Oct 04, 2011

Wanna Live Forever? Become a Noun (A Song/Video about Eponyms)

created at: 10/04/2011

On a recent episode of Morning Edition, NPR's Robert Krulwich, of RadioLab fame, paired up with his colleague, Adam Cole, to write a clever song about eponyms, the people who serve as namesakes for actual items, like General Burnsides (sideburns), Harold Bluetooth, or Amelia Bloomer.

The video is great - awesome Monty Python-esque animation, a catchy tune, and quite informative. Click play to… read more

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Oct 03, 2011

How to: Peel a Head of Garlic in 10 Seconds

The brilliant staff of Saveur magazine have discovered a brilliant way to peel an entire head of garlic in a mere ten seconds. Not just a clove, but the whole head. And the whole process is fingertip free, so you won't get the pungent allium aroma all over your heads.… read more

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Oct 03, 2011

Spooky, Abandoned Victorian LEGO Houses

Just in time for the Halloween season, LEGO artist Mike Doyle has completed his masterpiece, "Victorian on Mud Heap" made using only actual LEGO bricks. Its five and a half feet tall, six feet wide, and uses more than 100,000 pieces, taking more than 600 hours to complete.

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Oct 03, 2011

ManMade Giveaway: Win a 10" Compound Miter Saw from Craftsman ($199 value)

Whether you're framing a house or just framing a picture, a miter saw is a pretty essential power tool to own. And this week, we'd like to help you get your hands on one! We're giving away a Craftsman MiterMate 10" miter saw ($199 value), a really cool, innovative product that reduces setup time, and achieves results with fewer miss-cuts.

The Craftsman MiterMate 10" miter saw

Read on to see how to enter, but first, here's some info… read more

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Sep 30, 2011

The Studley Tool Chest

The Studley Tool Chest, built by piano and organ maker Henry O. Studley is surely one of the greatest records of U.S. craftsmanship. Built in the early 20th-century, this masterpiece is only 39x20x9", built stows and organizes more than 300 hand tools.

Check out this video tour by New Yankee Workshop host Norm… read more

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Sep 29, 2011

De-Signs: Photos of Real Signs with Words Erased

Artist and writer Austin Kleon has a new project in which he adapts his visual poetry to a new format: road and street signs. He dubs them De-signs (get it), and defines them as:

de-Signs = iPhone photos of signs with some of the words erased. 

Simple enough. And… read more

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Sep 28, 2011

Mutant Guitars

Dateline: Summer, 1995. Thirteen-year-old Chris is reading Guitar World magazine, as all budding suburban musicians were wont to do at such an age or era. Cover likely featured 311 or the Presidents of the United States or some such group.

Enter wow moment: Rick Nielsen and his crazy checkerboard five neck guitar, which for some uninformed adolescent who'd never actually heard Cheap Trick, was pretty mindblowing. I later became much more informed about their merit, but dude could still play.

'Cept now, a custom five necker has nothing on this hand built sculptures by Indonesian artist Rudi… read more

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Sep 28, 2011

Dear America: 50 States, 50 Photographs

created at: 09/28/2011

Fashion brand Zara has recently released Dear America: 50 States 50 Photographers, a collection of, well, fifty photographers of fifty states, one a piece.

The site is well done, with a lovely, lilting scrolling Flash reel and an interactive zoom… read more

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Sep 28, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: September 28, 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.

Artist Wim Devoye creates intricately carved vehicle tires. The texture on this one is… read more

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Sep 27, 2011

How To: Make Homemade (and Healthful) American Cheese

Most of us wouldn't admit it freely, but American cheese is awesome. No, it's not the ultimate expression of what milk and time can do, but you can't deny it's uniqueness and nostalgia. It's likely the first cheese that many of us in the U.S. ever tasted, and you can't deny its melt-ability on a burger or grilled cheese.

But, it's not quite cheese...that is, innoculated and pressed milk. "Instead, it’s either a blend of cheese and additives, or it’s a highly processed mixture of ingredients such as water, milk, milkfat, milk protein, whey, food coloring, flavorings, and… read more

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