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Dec 17, 2010

Christmas 2.0: The Digital Nativity

created at: 12/17/2010

I hate all those email forwards that try to update folk tales and ancient narratives into contemporary language. I mean, I hate email forwards in general, but those ones in particular. The cheesy clip art, the fact that Snow White and Moses always say "OMG", the repetitive jokes...and mostly that they aren't funny.

But, for some reason, I find this take to be clever. I appreciate the various approaches to the social networks and digital tools, love that Melchior checks in with Caspar and Balthazar to see what they got the baby, and think the message is clear: "Times change...feelings remain the same."

Really, you want to watch the… read more

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Dec 17, 2010

The Top Ten YouTube Videos of 2010

created at: 12/17/2010

According to YouTube, it was a year of the Old Spice guy, multiple rainbows, and hiding children and wives. The official YouTube blog has gathered their top ten most watched videos of 2010.

"It’s time to rewind back through the YouTube videos that people in the U.S. and around the world were watching and searching for in 2010. These lists of most-watched videos reflect the people, places and events that captured our collective attention and imagination throughout the year. During 2010, you all watched more than 700 billion YouTube videos, and uploaded more than 13 million hours of video."

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Dec 16, 2010

ManMade's 2010 Modern Rock Holiday Mixtape!!!

created at: 12/16/2010

Over the past few years, I've sorta developed an obsessive hobby of trying to find non-Andy Williams or Nat King Cole Christmas songs to soundtrack the kind of holiday that I've come to love as an adult.

I've now got a collection of almost 400 (nearly a day's worth) of holiday and winter songs by indie and modern rock artists, as well as a few classics that get ignored by soft rock stations, that have come to sound like Christmas to me.

I've assembled a free playlist of some of my favorites; just click the play button below and settle in for a long winter's… read more

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Dec 16, 2010

Great Handmade Gifts for Guys

 

created at: 12/16/2010It's true - it isn't easy to find cool gifts for guys. Roundups and wish lists are generally reduced to practical clothing items (the standard tie), video games and media (which are cool, but expected) or tools and gadgets. And handmade items? Even more difficult.

But, if you know where to look, there are lots of cool items out there, all of which can still show up at your house before Christmas Eve. Tomorrow's free shipping day for plenty of places, so make those decisions… read more

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Dec 16, 2010

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly Take on Bing and Bowie's "Little Drummer Boy"

created at: 12/16/2010

Sometime in the early 2000s, some genius low-level worker at RCA decided it'd be a brilliant idea to re-release the "Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth" collaboration by David Bowie and Bing Crosby from Crosby's 1977 holiday television special in the US. In the last five years or so, it's moved from a mostly unknown gimmick to, dare I say, the standard pop rendition of "Little Drummer Boy" on holiday radio.

Comedians Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly have re-created the entire scene, shot for shot, and play it straight for a full five minutes, proving that there's plenty of humor in staying small.

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Dec 16, 2010

If Angry Birds Debuted in 1992

created at: 12/16/2010

Okay, I admit it. I, like nearly every other touch phone owner, have a bit of a problem with Angry Birds. It's not that I play it very often, during every second of free time, it's that when I do open it up, I have a hard time putting it down. For, like, hours. I've forbidden myself from starting after 9:00p.

"As a physics-based game, Angry Birds is similar to those well worn '90s games Worms and Lemmings, and lends itself well to a retro reimaging with blocky pixels," says London-based Penny Designs, and they've done just that.

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Dec 15, 2010

How To: Make a Tree Branch iPod Dock

created at: 12/15/2010

I sorta have a problem with reading the wish lists and gift guides of my fellow design and DIY bloggers. I can't help it; I love getting a peak into the real lives or my peers, as well as the opportunity to learn about cool new stuff.

This year, I kept noticing one item pop up in lots of lists: the Enchanted Forest iPhone Dock from Anthropologie. It's a fun nature-meets-technology way to stand and display your iPod or iPhone. It's awesome, but at $100, it's a lot to pay for something that doesn't have speakers, a clock, or even a way to plug it into the wall. Of course, the fact that it's 100% wood and doesn't sport any fancy electronics means something else:

It's easy to make one at home.

If you've got a drill, some sort of saw, and a spare iPod USB cable, you can whip one up in an hour or two for absolutely free! I'm pretty sure this is the world's best Christmas gift for iPhone owners, especially cause it's handmade! I'm giving mine to my sweetheart (she's been banned from ManMade and all its networks until… read more

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Dec 15, 2010

101 Simple, Worthwhile Appetizers to Make in Under 20 Minutes

created at: 12/15/2010

I mostly hate party food. I mean, I like parties, and I love food, but somehow when I gather with others, all the options are sour cream and canned mushroom soup laden glops on my paper plate. And if I ever hear another person remark, "You put grape jelly in your meatballs!?!?" like it's some big secret, I may scream.

But not all is lost. Turns out, you can make tons of scrumptious, fresh, and (most importantly) edible finger foods. And by tons, I mean 101. The NYTime's Mark Bittman has created this master list on which you'll find stuff that'd be perfect for any upcoming Christmas or New Year's events, but worth keeping around to reference for a gathering in any… read more

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Dec 15, 2010

Sketchy Santas

created at: 12/15/2010

PerhapsWandering through the shops, scurrying to finish your gift list, you've no doubt stopped in front of the line of families, looking at that guy in red, and wondered, "What sort of person has the time or motivation to play the mall Santa Claus?" Or, perhaps you're a parent, and the question becomes much more serious: "Would I let my kid sit on that guy's lap?"

created at: 12/15/2010

We've all seen some great Santas in our time, and we've seen some absolutely terrifying ones as well. Your new favorite Tumblr blog, Sketchy Santas, captures those in the later category, reminding all of us just how vulnerable the holiday season can be.

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Dec 14, 2010

How To: Quick and Easy Hand-Printed Wrapping Paper

created at: 12/14/2010

I'm still keeping up with my handmade only Christmas gifts this year, which, if you ask me, means I also gotta create my own wrapping paper. I added a typographic punch to brown craft paper, and made a super fast hand drawn snowflake paper, but decided I needed a little color under my tree. Not wanting to spend a ton of time, I whipped up several sheets of mod hand-printed paper in under an hour. 

Here's how to… read more

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