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Sep 06, 2011

10 Insane Space-Saving Bike Couriers

When I prep for a bike ride, I always do the same song-and-dance: change clothes, put moleskin on foot, change shoes, fill water bottles, sync podcasts, find headphones, get bike, attach computer, stretch, struggle to fit both wallet and keys in my little seat bag, put on gloves, put on glasses, put on helmet, reset computer, go.

And I thought that was an extensive process. Then, there are these… read more

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Sep 05, 2011

How To: Make Bacon Popcorn

created at: 08/29/2011

I love bacon. No surprises there. It’s amazing and it goes with everything—eggs, brussel sprouts, waffles, relish; the list goes on and on...

The truth is: everyone loves bacon. And with good reason. It's salty, smoky, fatty, crispy...and straight delicious So, why not merge it with something equally awesome, like popcorn? That’s right. It's happening, and it's really effing awesome. So, loosen your belt a few notches and get ready to dig… read more

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Sep 02, 2011

The Art of Clean Up: Meticulously Arranging Everyday Objects

created at: 09/02/2011

One last bit of Friday inspiration for those who thrive on symmetry. We are with you. (I am you.)

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Sep 02, 2011

Reconsidering the Moon

It's there. Every night. Interacting with the landscape, shining some sort of glow... And the research about what we understand about the moon is still changing: it might be 200 million years younger than we thought. That's three times as long as the last dinosaur. No small potatoes.

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Sep 02, 2011

How to: Build a Custom Craft Table

created at: 09/02/2011

My friends Lish and Nick are one of those couples that just make sense. They're a great fit - he's a hacker, she's a crafter - and you can tell they really just like each other. Their home has gotta be just one of those places you wanna hang out, especially now that they just built this custom crafting table to house and work on all their… read more

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Sep 02, 2011

The World's Coolest Engagement Photos

Ben and Juliana understand that an engagement is special occassion, and something worth celebrating with photos. And, because it's special, they decided to do more than just look in love in some field with purplish light and soft focus...

Well, sure they start of that way, but then things get… read more

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Sep 01, 2011

David Bowie's "Space Oddity" as a Vintage-y Children's Book

created at: 09/01/2011

David Bowie's Lennonesque "Space Oddity" is one of his earliest singles, and probably his most well-known by the masses. Which is a-okay with me, cause it still sounds amazing: the Stylophone solo, a perfect combo of minor-key verses to a super catchy chorus, the hand claps. It's kinda perfect.

And, now it's made even better...by being turned into a retro-inspired children's book. And you can read the whole thing online. For… read more

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Sep 01, 2011

Ditch the Frame: 5 Alternative Ways to Hang Art

On the hanging art spectrum, there are two extremes. There's the framed, matte-hung art that makes everything from a postcard to a painting look, well, like art. Then there's the bedroom classic of a poster stuck into drywall with thumbtacks or onto cinder blocks with sticky tack.

And in my house...neither really works. Posters look too much like a dorm room, but frames are just a bit too… read more

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Sep 01, 2011

Guy Makes Amazing Chewbacca Suit from Scratch

Even if you're not huge into Star Wars, or a fan of dressing up like characters from movies and comic books (I'm not either), you gotta appreciate the care and creativity that goes into creating such an ambitious project. The boots include stilts that get the wearer up to wookie… read more

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Sep 01, 2011

Nine Iconic Pop Culture Sweaters

Found Item Clothing, those culture historians that showed us how to age new t-shirts into worn and loved favorites, now present "Nine Famous Sweaters," a curious new collection, "spotlighting famous sweaters and cardigans from film, television, and music. Featured below are 9 memorable examples of the form, as illustrated by our crack squad of graphic artists (and conceived by yours truly with a nod to the NYT).

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Aug 31, 2011

How To: DIY Pantry Recycling Center Makeover

I know it's not cool to say so, but I hate recyling. Or maybe it's more accurate to say I'm incompetent at it. I forget to take it out on time, I get plastics and papers mixed up, and trash things when I should recycle them and vice versa. So it's no surprise that our kitchen recycling area has long been an embarrassment:

created at: 08/31/2011

That's how our 'recycling center' used to look. Note the problems: 

  1. General disaster
  2. Sorting?
  3. Shallow pantry means the doors won't close when it's in this state
  4. How many brown paper bags does a guy need?

Well, after an inspiring trip to my local True Value store, I decided this was a solvable situation. I searched the internet far and wide for some recyling bins I could just buy, but our 10-inch-deep pantry made that very difficult.

When I spotted some sheets of white corrugated plastic at True Value (we're in their 2011 Blog Squad), a lightbulb went off: I could… read more

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Aug 31, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: August 31, 2011

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web. Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

Lobster shell motorcycles.… read more

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Aug 31, 2011

The Six Ways You'll See Your Dad

created at: 08/31/2011

Whether good, strained, or non-existant, we're all defined and informed by our relationships to our parents, and the father-son one in particular. But, if you're able to be in touch with your dad throughout your life, you'll note, of course, that such a relationship changes, and you see him with a new set of eyes every few… read more

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Aug 31, 2011

14 Alternative Uses for Beer

Through a strange turn of events, I find myself with some awful beer in the fridge. I didn't buy it, and I'm not gonna hate on a brand online, but it's one of those: gross, flavorless, and I won't drink it. It's not worth the calories, even if it is light and basically water.

I could save it for the next time I have guests with different tastes...but honestly, I don't wanna waste the fridge real estate. I already made a fruit fly trap, but there are still seven cans (that's right, cans)… read more

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Aug 30, 2011

This Weekend I Made: DIY Magic Wands, a Table from Trash, and Some Seriously Tasty Kimchi

I was lucky enough to escape town on Thursday and Friday, and get in a tiny trip before the official end of summer and at least pretend like I got to go on vacation. So, after a day of seriously awesome roller coasting and generally ignoring work related things, I came home rested, refreshed, and ready to make stuff. So I did.

created at: 08/30/2011

Magic Wands. A few months ago, my uncle picked up a very old lathe from a friend who's dad owned it before he passed away. My uncle offered it to me, and it took a bit to get things working again, but I finally got it running and all the collets and morse tapers figured out, and fired it up. 

It should here be noted that I have never used a lathe, and had zero idea what I was doing. So, I started with some blocks from the scrap bin, and just started learning to use the tools. I wasn't really ready to turn something useful, so I just took my time spinning down different spindles and tapers, and just learning what's possible. By the time I was done, I had some pretty thin cylinders that, well, resembled a magic wand. So, though I'm no geek crafter or con attender, I thought my niece and nephew might like to have a wand each to stupefy and expelliarmus each other, so I finished 'em as such. You guys, turning is fun, and delightfully messy. Expect more… read more

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Aug 30, 2011

How To: Repair Denim Jeans at Home

created at: 08/30/2011

Denim jeans were invented to be the pants of hard work: durable, long lasting, and flexible. And most of a pair of jeans do last that long; has anyone ever had the part covering your shin or calf shread? But denim does tend to wear along stress points: the knees, the cuffs, the crotch, and the inner thigh.

If you've made a significant investment in a pair that are just worn in these high friction areas, they can be easily repaired at home. Andrew Chen of 3Sixteen and the Self Edge shop shows you how to fix 'em up good as new in this helpful… read more

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Aug 30, 2011

The Go-To Snacks of Literary Greats

created at: 08/30/2011

As I type this, it's 12:07p where I live. Which means, according to this blogger body, it's time to stand up, stretch, walk around a bit, and grab a snack. If there's one thing I've learned from working at home, it's that I won't remember to eat an actual lunch until it's too late, so I've gotten into this groove where I eat breakfast as early as I can, then have little mini-meals thoroughout the day. It actually helps me to eat smaller portions at dinner time, and I find I'll choose healthier munchies in general. Win… read more

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Aug 30, 2011

Stocking is the New Planking

Have you heard? The latest internet photo phenomenon is "stocking," or, recreating stock photo images with your own camera.

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Aug 29, 2011

Famous Lives in Minimalist Pictogram Flowcharts

Hundreds of books have been written about each subject in Milan-based design agency H-57's minimalist pictogram posters, but there's something equally striking about how the vintage graphic imagery can convey the lives of characters as diverse as Marie Antoinette to Jesus to Michael Jackson.

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Aug 29, 2011

How To: Make a LEGO Skull

These days, it's more common to have several series of specialized LEGO contraptions (pulleys, gears, ray guns, etc), rather than a collection of bricks to be assembled into all sorts of shapes and… read more

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