With the universal adoration of OkGo's "This Too Shall Pass," March 2010 will forever be the month of the Rube Goldberg machine. So, feast your primed mechanical brains on this - an automatic breakfast machine.
Reminscent of the intro to 1985's Pee Wee's Big Adventure, the machine creates a complete breakfast of fresh-squeezed oj, an omelet, coffee and toast.
This day-in-age, a simple embossed logo and your name in a classic serif simply won't do. We're in the era of digital networking, and in order to make a business card work, it needs to stand out.
Bofthem has figured out a way to do just that: do-it-yourself scratch off printing.
"Gulp" by Tim Fishlock is a lampshade made from "three thousand translucent drinking straws interwoven to form a dense, spherical lampshade. Made from one continuous length of interconnected straws, you could – if you possessed Dyson-like suction – put one end in a drink and gulp it down through the other. Each piece takes seven days to make and is made to order. Gulp is available in a strictly limited edition of 50."
Dana from MADE came up with this boy's sweater vest tutorial, which repurposes an adult sweater and "[turns] your little man into the gentleman he was meant to be."
"If you were to take the best engineers in the world and asked them to design a perfect plug for a child's airway, you couldn't do better than a hot dog."
So, the American Academy of Pediatricians have called for the redesign of the hot dog. And since its an entirely processed product, any shape is game. The folks at Fast Company set off to redo the hot dog, with these criteria:
- Esophagus-sized cylinders and spheres = bad, very bad
- Fit within existing buns for "authentic"-ish experience
- Look for opportunities [to] increase sense of play
- Enhance condiment-to-hot dog engagement
After thinking through the designs below, they came up with the spiral dog above, and did a mock-up in green Play-doh.
Forget about Cool Citrus Basil and Cocoa Butter...all the cool zombies wash their decaying flesh in cherry-scented o-positive. "Now you can bathe yourself in true horror movie style, and recreate your favourite scenes from Dracula, Psycho, and Twilight with our ultra realistic bag of blood shower gel."
Every craft and medium requires the right tool for the job. And while most men won't need a Shape-A-Dart for altering patterns to match the proper cup-size, we do love us some gear, and sewing notions are no exception. Here are ten tools - beyond the obvious needle/thread and sewing machine/bobbin combos - you'll never regret buying.
1. Seam ripper. I hate to admit it, but this is the sewing tool I use the most. One doesn't nail every stitch every time, and there's simply no better way to get it out and start fresh. These are also great for ripping apart clothing for fabric hacking and reuse.
2. Tailor's chalk/Marking Pen As a pencil is to woodworking, tailor's chalk is essential to proper seamster-ing. You gotta be able to mark what your doing - where to sew, where to cut, where to pin, and tailor's chalk, in both white (for dark fabrics) and blue (for lighter ones) is my favorite medium, as it rubs right out. They also make markers and pencils for special projects and fabrics - a water soluble pen is handy for special projects (like embroidery) when you need drawing control.
No matter what your medium - art, illustration, sewing, knitting, soldering, voodoo doll making - you gotta have someplace to do it. Many of us work in basement, garages, offices, closets, kitchen tables, and from boxes in couches.
But, as I've advocated before, a designated workspace to store and organize your supplies, whatever they are, can help one be more productive and inspired.
I'm really digging this design by Randofo, which was built, in his words, as a
"simple work table for my home studio so that I could have a surface upon which to work and document projects. I tried to keep the design as simple as possible as I only have a limited arsenal of power tools, a small vehicle for transporting materials and little patience for woodworking."
I especially like the white surface - which is great for documenting and taking step-by-step photos. I wonder if the effect could be recreated with a secondhand, white dry-erase board supported by 3/4" plywood.