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Nov 23, 2010

My 2010 Thanksgiving Menu

created at: 11/23/2010

It took me a couple of days, but I finally figured out what I'll be making for Thanksgiving.

For the first time, I'm veering away from trying to do the traditional items as best as possible. I grew up eating frozen Butterball, Stove Top stuffing, and perservative-laden green bean casserole Thanksgivings, so I spent my first two years on my own seeking to do the sage/celery heavy Thanksgiving as best as I could.

But this year, I'm ready for something else, and so I'm gonna embrace my beloved Mexican and Latin flavors and infuse them into the Thanksgiving classics.

Here's what I'm thinking:

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Nov 23, 2010

How To: Make a Tree Branch Table

created at: 11/23/2010

I'm a huge fan of bringing in natural elements whilst maintaing a modern aesthetic, so I think this tree branch coffee table is as cool as it gets. Especially since its handmade, and super easy to DIY.

At first, it appears to be a collection of solid branches, but the step-by-step photos reveal its a lot easier (and less expensive) than it… read more


Nov 23, 2010

Skateboarding in the 1970s Was So Rad...

There are certain cultural phenomena that just capture an era spent in the city: the Harlem Renaissance, the RnB in Detroit in the late 50s and early 60s, the punk rock and new wave movements of CBGBs.

And the advent and development of skateboarding in Southern California is as evocative as any. Cataloged in the amazing Dogtown and Z-Boys, we're equally lucky that  "Hugh Holland was around to capture the magic. Holland’s collection of photography in Locals Only chronicle the youth skateboard scene from 1975-1978 with everything from action shots to playful candids, all in the sun-faded glory you can expect from photos in this… read more


Nov 23, 2010

PostCarden Brings the Christmas Card to Life

created at: 11/23/2010

created at: 11/23/2010

Christmas card update: Nativity scenes or snow covered farms have been outdated for decades, and even thoughtful phrases like "peace on earth" or "comfort and joy" have grown a little tired over the last few years. But now? Now, non-plant producing Christmas cards are so 2009.

The "Seasons Greetings" PostCarden: "Once opened and unfolded into its log cabin, pop-out the skaters and simply sow the enclosed seeds and add water. In a few days your card will start to grow into a festive forest and will keep for 2 - 3 weeks."

Check out the video of it… read more


Nov 19, 2010

How to: Build a Mini Catapult from Office Supplies

created at: 11/19/2010

Quick! Your co-workers are approaching with hand constructed miniature bamboo firing crossbows that shoot bamboo skewers. What do you do?

Why, duck behind your desk and quickly assemble this catapult, of… read more


Nov 19, 2010

How To: Make an Industrial Modern Coffee Table from a Shipping Pallet

created at: 11/19/2010

We love an inventive furniture how to project, especially those that are super inexpensive, take just a few hours, and result in the perfect space to simultaneously put your feet up, display your fave magazines and books, and keep your beverage within reach.

So, as you might imagine, this coffee table made from a free shipping pallet is about as good as it… read more


Nov 18, 2010

Vintage Globes Get an Artsy Makeover

created at: 11/18/2010

Designer and master decoupage artist Wendy Gold's new series, "Imagine Nation," fresnens up vintage globes with no-longer accurate geography.

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Nov 18, 2010

What to Do on Thanksgiving, Besides Eating

created at: 11/18/2010

If you find yourself gathered with others this Thanksgiving, you'll find yourself with 1) a lot of food, and, if you're not cooking, eating, or cleaning up 2) some downtime.

We always think a group of folks gathered is an opportunity to do something together. While watching football may be a popular tradition, there are plenty of other options for all types of personalities and groups. More importantly, when you do stuff together, you might surprised to find that you actually like the people you're gathered with.

Here's a few of our favorites, and we hope you'll post some of yours in… read more


Nov 18, 2010

May the Force (of Typography) Be with You

created at: 11/18/2010

ASCII art has come a loooong way, like so far, perhaps even from a galaxy far, far away...

Terrible, I know. Anyway, these are cool. Especially that Rockwell W for the… read more


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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