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Sep 01, 2011

Nine Iconic Pop Culture Sweaters

Found Item Clothing, those culture historians that showed us how to age new t-shirts into worn and loved favorites, now present "Nine Famous Sweaters," a curious new collection, "spotlighting famous sweaters and cardigans from film, television, and music. Featured below are 9 memorable examples of the form, as illustrated by our crack squad of graphic artists (and conceived by yours truly with a nod to the NYT).

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Aug 31, 2011

How To: DIY Pantry Recycling Center Makeover

I know it's not cool to say so, but I hate recyling. Or maybe it's more accurate to say I'm incompetent at it. I forget to take it out on time, I get plastics and papers mixed up, and trash things when I should recycle them and vice versa. So it's no surprise that our kitchen recycling area has long been an embarrassment:

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That's how our 'recycling center' used to look. Note the problems: 

  1. General disaster
  2. Sorting?
  3. Shallow pantry means the doors won't close when it's in this state
  4. How many brown paper bags does a guy need?

Well, after an inspiring trip to my local True Value store, I decided this was a solvable situation. I searched the internet far and wide for some recyling bins I could just buy, but our 10-inch-deep pantry made that very difficult.

When I spotted some sheets of white corrugated plastic at True Value (we're in their 2011 Blog Squad), a lightbulb went off: I could… read more

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Aug 31, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: August 31, 2011

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Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web. Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

Lobster shell motorcycles.… read more

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Aug 31, 2011

The Six Ways You'll See Your Dad

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Whether good, strained, or non-existant, we're all defined and informed by our relationships to our parents, and the father-son one in particular. But, if you're able to be in touch with your dad throughout your life, you'll note, of course, that such a relationship changes, and you see him with a new set of eyes every few… read more

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Aug 31, 2011

14 Alternative Uses for Beer

Through a strange turn of events, I find myself with some awful beer in the fridge. I didn't buy it, and I'm not gonna hate on a brand online, but it's one of those: gross, flavorless, and I won't drink it. It's not worth the calories, even if it is light and basically water.

I could save it for the next time I have guests with different tastes...but honestly, I don't wanna waste the fridge real estate. I already made a fruit fly trap, but there are still seven cans (that's right, cans)… read more

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Aug 30, 2011

This Weekend I Made: DIY Magic Wands, a Table from Trash, and Some Seriously Tasty Kimchi

I was lucky enough to escape town on Thursday and Friday, and get in a tiny trip before the official end of summer and at least pretend like I got to go on vacation. So, after a day of seriously awesome roller coasting and generally ignoring work related things, I came home rested, refreshed, and ready to make stuff. So I did.

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Magic Wands. A few months ago, my uncle picked up a very old lathe from a friend who's dad owned it before he passed away. My uncle offered it to me, and it took a bit to get things working again, but I finally got it running and all the collets and morse tapers figured out, and fired it up. 

It should here be noted that I have never used a lathe, and had zero idea what I was doing. So, I started with some blocks from the scrap bin, and just started learning to use the tools. I wasn't really ready to turn something useful, so I just took my time spinning down different spindles and tapers, and just learning what's possible. By the time I was done, I had some pretty thin cylinders that, well, resembled a magic wand. So, though I'm no geek crafter or con attender, I thought my niece and nephew might like to have a wand each to stupefy and expelliarmus each other, so I finished 'em as such. You guys, turning is fun, and delightfully messy. Expect more… read more

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Aug 30, 2011

How To: Repair Denim Jeans at Home

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Denim jeans were invented to be the pants of hard work: durable, long lasting, and flexible. And most of a pair of jeans do last that long; has anyone ever had the part covering your shin or calf shread? But denim does tend to wear along stress points: the knees, the cuffs, the crotch, and the inner thigh.

If you've made a significant investment in a pair that are just worn in these high friction areas, they can be easily repaired at home. Andrew Chen of 3Sixteen and the Self Edge shop shows you how to fix 'em up good as new in this helpful… read more

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Aug 30, 2011

The Go-To Snacks of Literary Greats

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As I type this, it's 12:07p where I live. Which means, according to this blogger body, it's time to stand up, stretch, walk around a bit, and grab a snack. If there's one thing I've learned from working at home, it's that I won't remember to eat an actual lunch until it's too late, so I've gotten into this groove where I eat breakfast as early as I can, then have little mini-meals thoroughout the day. It actually helps me to eat smaller portions at dinner time, and I find I'll choose healthier munchies in general. Win… read more

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Aug 30, 2011

Stocking is the New Planking

Have you heard? The latest internet photo phenomenon is "stocking," or, recreating stock photo images with your own camera.

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Aug 29, 2011

Famous Lives in Minimalist Pictogram Flowcharts

Hundreds of books have been written about each subject in Milan-based design agency H-57's minimalist pictogram posters, but there's something equally striking about how the vintage graphic imagery can convey the lives of characters as diverse as Marie Antoinette to Jesus to Michael Jackson.

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