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Feb 28, 2011

The Year 2000, as Imagined in 1910

Acid Cow has located a series of twenty-three illustrations from 1910 that imagine what the world would look like in the year 2000.

The designs are full of automated machines and personal flying machines and of course, the requisite automatic learning machine and motorcycles with built-in rifles and bullet… read more

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Feb 28, 2011

Getting at the Truth of "Exit Through the Gift Shop"

I don't care what happened at the Oscars last night, Exit Through the Gift Shop was among the most engaging and well-crafted films of 2010. Straight up. (Also, Winter's Bone, Please Give, and Another Year deserve more credit...)

But, Oscar or not, the question still remains. Is Mr. Brainwash an actual, self-sustaining artist, or an elaborate, decades-long project by Banksy and Shepard Fairey, or somewhere in between?

The L.A. Times reports, "The movie is anchored by two of the least reliable narrators in memory: Banksy, the anonymous British street artist; and Thierry Guetta, an eccentric French émigré to… read more

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Feb 25, 2011

Better Book Titles

Better Book Titles is a Tumblr blog that reimagines book titles based on their actual content.

The results are a little smug, kinda reductive, and plenty hilarious.

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Feb 25, 2011

Completely Awesome Wooden Wall Treatment from Upcycled Shipping Pallets

created at: 02/25/2011

"Mom and Her Drill" is just that: Katy's a cool mom of three who works as an engineer during the day, and builds and paints all kinds of cool stuff by night.

She recently completed this amazing wall treatment made from recycled shipping pallets, and the results are… read more

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Feb 25, 2011

Outrageous Vintage Advertising

It's no surprise that our language, sensitivity, and lifestyle values have shifted a bit since the heyday of vintage advertising.

But its still pretty fun to see the crazy $#*& these people came up with.

   

And it just… read more

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Feb 24, 2011

Tipsy at the Oscars: Cocktails for Academy Award Nominees

created at: 02/24/2011

This Sunday brings us the *hmphrl Academy Awards (it's eighty-something, right?), and again, they'll be a bunch of self-congratulation, and the best movie won't actually win Best Picture.

Which is tedious enough to make you want to drink...a film-inspired cocktail,… read more

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Feb 24, 2011

How Apple MacBooks are Made

created at: 02/24/2011

This morning, Apple announced a new generation of MacBook Pros. Cool enough.

BUT! With it came a new promo video that details the manufacturing process of Apple's laptop design, which demonstrates the MacBook as a "quite remarkable engineering achievement. It's truly the result of hard work, of innovation, of attention to every detail."

Starting with a piece of… read more

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Feb 24, 2011

A Typeface Made from Photoshop Windows

Okay, so this is super hard to explain, but just watch the video. It's super cool.

"114.psd Type is a simple typography which I designed once again thanks to Mac OS X. The idea for this type came in when seeing that this operative system memorizes the position of any file or window when you minimize and maximize it. So I created 114 photoshop files (I only used six colors, I played with all possibilites in RGB with the numbers 0 and 255, excepted 0,0,0 and 255,255,255). Then I placed and ordered the files in the right position before minimizing them on the dock. And finally I captured the screen maximizing every… read more

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Feb 23, 2011

The Evolution of Video Game Controllers

PopChartLabs is back with another stunner: The Evolution of Controllers. Tracking "eighty-two species and nine genera over four decades," they've traced the… read more

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Feb 23, 2011

Smash It Up! Ceramics Meet a Gruesome End

I'm no scientist, but I'm pretty sure that if you hit a ceramic vase with a baseball bat, or whacked it with an ax, or stabbed it with a screwdriver, it'd probably suffer something fierce in the shape/integrity department.

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