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Nov 18, 2010

NYU Professor Gets a Camera Implanted in the Back of His Head

Your mom may have threatened that she had eyes in the back of her head, but if Wafaa Bilal has kids, he'll be telling the truth.

The assistant NYU photography professor is about to have a camera implanted into the back of his head. The thumbnail sized camera will be thread through his skin in a similar manner to a piercing.

 

"The project is being commissioned by a new museum in Qatar. But the work, which would broadcast a live stream of images from the camera to museum visitors, is sparking a debate on campus over the competing values of creative expression and student privacy. [He] intends to undergo surgery in coming weeks to install the camera, according to several people familiar with the project.

For one year, Mr. Bilal's camera will take still pictures at one-minute intervals, then feed the photos to monitors… read more

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Nov 17, 2010

How To: Make Your Own McRib

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I, myself, have never had a McRib sandwich, McDonald's limited run sandwich first introduced in 1981 but I certainly know it's cult-like following that has inspired sites like the McRib locator, and moves folks who would never otherwise go inside a McDonald's to make interstate pilgrimages. 

It's currently in restaurants nationwide for the first time in sixteen years, but there soon come a time where it won't. And then what?

Why you make your own, of… read more

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Nov 17, 2010

Canstruction: Amazing Sculptures from Canned Goods

created at: 11/17/2010

Being as we're in the midst of football season, you could head to any megamart, and no doubt see some unnecessarily large stack of soda or beer cans styled after your local team. Those displays tend to come on a little strong, but the idea isn't all bad, is it?

Enter Canstruction, an "event that challenges local engineers, architects, contractors and students to create massive, innovative structures using the canned good to raise awareness and food donations for the hungry. The NYC winners are currently being showcased at the World Financial Center through November 22nd, where the public can peruse the can-creations and even participate by dropping off their own canned food donations!"

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Nov 17, 2010

Mirror Gadget Turns iPhone into a Handheld 3D Theater

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A brief look at my local movie showtimes indicates there are currently nine films available in 3D format in my neighborhood. Nine. This craze, for some reason, has no indication of stopping.

So, it's interesting to see some inventiveness beyond $13.00 ticket prices and disposable glasses. "i3DG is a playful analog extension to an iPhone or an iPodTouch, converting its 2D display into a layered 3D view. Using the old technique of placing a half-silvered mirror at a 45-degree angle in front of an image, in a new context, the project extends upon 3D displays and iPhones. As a peripheral gadget, i3DG can support a wide range of different applications, from  3D videos and animations to accelerometer-based… read more

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Nov 16, 2010

The Origin of the Beatles Logo

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Today, Apple announced that the Beatles catalog is now available on iTunes. Most people reacted by saying, "the Beatles weren't on iTunes?" and the rest said, "If you're a Beatles fan, then you already have most of their catalog in your iTunes library."

But, here's a bit of Beatles news worth mentioning: the new book Just My Type: A Book About Fonts contains a chapter “The Serif of Liverpool,” discussing the origins of the Beatles famous logo, forever emblazoned on Ringo's kick… read more

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Nov 16, 2010

ManMade Top Ten: Men's Scarf Patterns

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As the cold season inches even closer, we're moving straight through jacket weather into heavy-duty winter wear. We happen to think that a scarf is an essential piece of gear for the dashing guy in winter, and love them even more when they're handmade.

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A scarf is often a first project for beginning knitters or crocheters, and understandably so - it's straight, repetitive, and inherently practical.

So, here's a list of our favorite knittable scarves that'll suit the modern man, all of which come with… read more

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Nov 16, 2010

How To: Make a Mod Chandelier for Under $10.00

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My friend and fellow blogger Capree has an amazing dining room, where she created this awesome hand painted branch wall. Her hard work is accented by her spectacular light fixture, which is a single bulb surrounded by thin metal rods that jut out at artfully random angles, the Twig Light by Fire Farm.  

I loved it so much, I decided to take a stab at recreating it myself. And I did! I don't know how to weld, so I knew I couldn't make one from metal, and I was worried about holding everything in place for glue to dry, but I figured out a workable solution that only took me about two hours, start to finish. As it turns out, the whole thing ended up costing me less than $10.00 USD, as well, which is a lot of lamp for the… read more

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Nov 15, 2010

Cool, Free Modern Thanksgiving Printables

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Only the most virile of haters would be opposed to adding a little seasonal festiveness to your Thanksgiving table. It's just that most of us with tastes that lean towards contemporary have a hard time finding cool, modern-looking Thanksgiving decor items. Even the master crafters at Etsy haven't really been able to translate the aesthetic...Most of its harvest-y, country, or just straight dated.

So, this cool collection of modern, free printables from Hostess blog is a breath of fresh air. Yep, the orange and brown still abound, but do so in geometric stripes and dots. Includes: place cards, buffet labels, drink tags, dessert toppers, napkin rings, and bottle… read more

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Nov 15, 2010

New Conceptual Novel Tells its Story by Cutting Away the Text of Published Work

I don't think Jonathan Safran Foer is my favorite author, but whenever anyone asks me what they should read, I give them the names of his first two novels, Everything is Illuminatedand a personal favorite, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. His non-fiction work, Eating Animals, tops my Christmas list this year, so I was pretty fascinated when I spied his latest project: Tree of Codes

It was "created by slicing out chunks of text from Foer’s favorite novel, The Street of Crocodiles by Polish author Bruno Schulz. The result is a spare, haunting story that appears to hang in negative space on the… read more

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Nov 12, 2010

Seriously Delicious Cocktails for Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is now less than two weeks away, and while those of us behind ManMade are excitedly gathering recipes and decor ideas, we thought we'd use this format to offer another sort of round-up: some fantastic Thanksgiving cocktails. Whether you need them to deal with your family, want to find something to complement your favorite side dishes, or just want to live in a day-long toast to gratitude, there's no reason that wine should be the only beverage served alongside your spread this year.

So, we present a series of festive, fall cocktails that'll help make your meal a success, whether you overcook the turkey or… read more

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