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Dec 07, 2010

How To: Make Typographic Gift Wrap

created at: 12/07/2010

This year, I vowed to only make or buy handmade holiday gifts for my friends and family, and I've kept to it so far. But wrapping these gifts in commercial paper didn't seem to make much sense, so I wanted to create some handmade gift wrap to match. I happen to think a gift wrapped in newsprint is actually quite attractive, and love the look of text on a package, but wanted to put in a little more effort. So I came up with a cool option that's clean, masculine, and maintains the typographic look of the newsprint. Plus, it eliminates the need for any "to:/from" tags, as the recipient's name is right there in tasteful type.

Once I figured it out, it was actually quite easy and quick - less than ten minutes per gift. The unbleached brown craft paper is only $1.25 per roll, and the book pages came from 25¢ war novel at the secondhand shop. To me, this beats the pants off of any mass-produced "Ho Ho Ho" paper in both price and style.

Here's how… read more

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Dec 07, 2010

The Tesla Touch Allows Users to "Feel" Virtual Textures

Normal touchscreen devices operate by passing just a small bit of current through the users finger or stylus...which is why you can't work your fancy smartphone with your mittens on, or when your hands are particularly cold.

But the Teslatouch uses "an electrostatic force [that] physically attracts the finger (almost like a magnet) to the interactive surface. Additionally, the input signal is uniformly propagated across the touch surface; therefore, the resulting tactile sensation is spatially uniform."

I'm not entirely sure what all of that means, but this video that shows it in action is… read more

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Dec 07, 2010

25 Surprising Knitted Objects

created at: 12/07/2010

I've seen plenty of knitted and crocheted versions of real world things, and usually, the appropriate reaction is a warm, smiley feeling, rather than a shock.

But a knitted life-sized motorcycle? Illegal drugs?… read more

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Dec 06, 2010

A Rock and Roll Map of Manhattan

 

created at: 12/06/2010"If you’re sick of hearing Frank Sinatra tell you that he wants to be a part of it, or Alicia Keys gushing about how these streets will make you feel brand new, then rejoice – here’s an alternative musical history of the Big Apple."

Flavorwire has made fairly complete guide to Manhattan via the rock and roll lyrics it inspired. The above infographic is nice, but the actual by-neighborhood guide is much more… read more

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Dec 06, 2010

How To: Make a LEGO Death Star Ornament

created at: 12/06/2010

Master brickster Chris McVeigh offers step-by-step instructions to build your own Death Star… read more

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Dec 06, 2010

The Masculine Glam Home of Joel McHale

Comedian Joel McHale, host of The Soup, has got to be raking it in with the NBC comedy Community, and thus, has a pretty amazing home in the Hollywood Hills.

The style is a bit Hollywood regency, a bit bravura, but still maintains a masculine feel, sorta like if King Midas had a safari hunting lodge circa… read more

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Dec 06, 2010

How To: Make a Silver Ring, from a Quarter

created at: 12/06/2010

Interesting fact for Monday, December 6th, 2010: U.S. quarters manufactured before 1964 are made of silver. Huh.

Even more interesting, that quarter can be transformed into a  silver ring, using a… read more

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Dec 03, 2010

How To: Make Easy Mod Christmas Paper Decor

It's always very obvious when it's December in my house. I simply can't help but add a little bit of holiday cheer to each room.

created at: 12/03/2010But, there's not an inch of greenery, nor Santa Clauses, reindeer, or snowman. My home is really pretty modern, and the traditional Christmas vibe just doesn't match my stuff. So, I have an aluminum Christmas tree and metallic stockings, and to balance all that synthetic industrial-ness, I like to add plenty of handmade elements.

This year, in additional to my infamous paper snowflakes, I wanted more paper decorations that brought in a bit of color. So, I came with two easy how-tos: some mid-century inspiration paper ornaments, and a mod paper garland.

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Dec 03, 2010

Bicycle Drawing Machine

created at: 12/03/2010

Remember that part in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, where the candy master hops on that bike, which stirs the "gives it a little kick" solution in the inventing room?

He sings: In springtime, the only pretty ring time; Birds sing, hey ding, a-ding, a-ding; Sweet lovers love the spring

That was always my favorite part. 

Anyway, bikes that do other stuff are cool. Especially this drawing machine bicycle by Joseph… read more

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Dec 03, 2010

Zombiefied Movie Posters from Hollywood is Dead

created at: 12/03/2010

From the looks of it, zombies are at the height of their fame - mainstream films, television shows, books, and most importantly, the fact that "Brains..." is now a oft-cited mainstay in our popular parlance.

"With these posters from Hollywood is Dead, the trend has spread to some of our all-time favorite films.  The re-imagined movie posters pull a Pride and Prejudice and Zombies on classic movies like Back to the Future, E.T. and Star Wars.  Each poster comes with a frightening design of the original image and new more appropriate tag lines.  And for your holiday gift giving what kid wouldn’t love a poster of the age old classic – The Lethal… read more

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