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Oct 06, 2011

How Many Slaves Work for You?

created at: 10/06/2011

Slavery Footprint is a fascinating and well-designed exploration of how the things you consume affect workers, or more accurately, bonded laborers, namely, the people who pick and mill your cotton, mine the metals for your gadgets, and harvest your coffee beans. Similiar to eco-footprint and other surveys, the webquest asks you a series of questions about the items you own and consume to determine your slavery… read more

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Oct 06, 2011

Cut Vinyl LP Portraits of Famous Musicians

Madrid-based artist artist Alejandro de Antonio has applied the cut vinyl record approach to portray the actual rock stars represented on the albums.

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Oct 06, 2011

Bad Apples

created at: 12/01/2010

It's only three weeks into fall, and my life has already gone apple crazy. I've made apple sauce, apple butter, and started my first batch of hard cider. I'm probably munching at least two out of hand a day, and this weekend? The pies, crumbles, and crisps begin.

So, this morning, this fascinating piece by John… read more

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Oct 05, 2011

The Most Popular Infographics on the Internet

If 2010 and 2011 were the year of any online phenomenon, they were the height of the infographic - highly visual organizations of, well, things that make you go "huh..."

Designer Alberto Antoniazzi pays homage to the trend by organizing their most popularread more

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Oct 05, 2011

A Connect-the-Dots Life of Michael Jackson

created at: 10/05/2011

Austrailian artist Thomas Pavitee has created an amazing interactive art experience: a connect-the-dots journey through the life of Michael Jackson, which includes the extremes of his physical transformation, from early 70s Jackson 5 frontman to late aughts This Is It Michael.

Check out this video to see… read more

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Oct 04, 2011

A Visual Compendium of Notable Haircuts in Hollywood: How Many Can You Name?

created at: 10/04/2011

At first glance, this latest entry from PopChartLabs seems like more of the same...methodically organized, reductionist interpretations of popular media. I mean, how many haircuts can there be, really, beside Travis Bickle, Hedwig, and any iteration of Pam Grier in the 70s?

Turns out, a lot. And, yeah maybe, it is quite similar to other work, but who cares? It's pretty… read more

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Oct 04, 2011

Wanna Live Forever? Become a Noun (A Song/Video about Eponyms)

created at: 10/04/2011

On a recent episode of Morning Edition, NPR's Robert Krulwich, of RadioLab fame, paired up with his colleague, Adam Cole, to write a clever song about eponyms, the people who serve as namesakes for actual items, like General Burnsides (sideburns), Harold Bluetooth, or Amelia Bloomer.

The video is great - awesome Monty Python-esque animation, a catchy tune, and quite informative. Click play to… read more

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Oct 03, 2011

How to: Peel a Head of Garlic in 10 Seconds

The brilliant staff of Saveur magazine have discovered a brilliant way to peel an entire head of garlic in a mere ten seconds. Not just a clove, but the whole head. And the whole process is fingertip free, so you won't get the pungent allium aroma all over your heads.… read more

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Oct 03, 2011

Spooky, Abandoned Victorian LEGO Houses

Just in time for the Halloween season, LEGO artist Mike Doyle has completed his masterpiece, "Victorian on Mud Heap" made using only actual LEGO bricks. Its five and a half feet tall, six feet wide, and uses more than 100,000 pieces, taking more than 600 hours to complete.

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Oct 03, 2011

ManMade Giveaway: Win a 10" Compound Miter Saw from Craftsman ($199 value)

Whether you're framing a house or just framing a picture, a miter saw is a pretty essential power tool to own. And this week, we'd like to help you get your hands on one! We're giving away a Craftsman MiterMate 10" miter saw ($199 value), a really cool, innovative product that reduces setup time, and achieves results with fewer miss-cuts.

The Craftsman MiterMate 10" miter saw

Read on to see how to enter, but first, here's some info… read more

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Sep 30, 2011

The Studley Tool Chest

The Studley Tool Chest, built by piano and organ maker Henry O. Studley is surely one of the greatest records of U.S. craftsmanship. Built in the early 20th-century, this masterpiece is only 39x20x9", built stows and organizes more than 300 hand tools.

Check out this video tour by New Yankee Workshop host Norm… read more

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Sep 29, 2011

De-Signs: Photos of Real Signs with Words Erased

Artist and writer Austin Kleon has a new project in which he adapts his visual poetry to a new format: road and street signs. He dubs them De-signs (get it), and defines them as:

de-Signs = iPhone photos of signs with some of the words erased. 

Simple enough. And… read more

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Sep 28, 2011

Mutant Guitars

Dateline: Summer, 1995. Thirteen-year-old Chris is reading Guitar World magazine, as all budding suburban musicians were wont to do at such an age or era. Cover likely featured 311 or the Presidents of the United States or some such group.

Enter wow moment: Rick Nielsen and his crazy checkerboard five neck guitar, which for some uninformed adolescent who'd never actually heard Cheap Trick, was pretty mindblowing. I later became much more informed about their merit, but dude could still play.

'Cept now, a custom five necker has nothing on this hand built sculptures by Indonesian artist Rudi… read more

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Sep 28, 2011

Dear America: 50 States, 50 Photographs

created at: 09/28/2011

Fashion brand Zara has recently released Dear America: 50 States 50 Photographers, a collection of, well, fifty photographers of fifty states, one a piece.

The site is well done, with a lovely, lilting scrolling Flash reel and an interactive zoom… read more

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Sep 28, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: September 28, 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.

Artist Wim Devoye creates intricately carved vehicle tires. The texture on this one is… read more

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Sep 27, 2011

How To: Make Homemade (and Healthful) American Cheese

Most of us wouldn't admit it freely, but American cheese is awesome. No, it's not the ultimate expression of what milk and time can do, but you can't deny it's uniqueness and nostalgia. It's likely the first cheese that many of us in the U.S. ever tasted, and you can't deny its melt-ability on a burger or grilled cheese.

But, it's not quite cheese...that is, innoculated and pressed milk. "Instead, it’s either a blend of cheese and additives, or it’s a highly processed mixture of ingredients such as water, milk, milkfat, milk protein, whey, food coloring, flavorings, and… read more

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Sep 27, 2011

Still Lifes Capture What People Would Save in a Fire

This afternoon, I've been totally taken by The Burning House, a public collection of user-submitted photos that answers the question, "If your house was burning, what would you take with you? It's a conflict between what's practical, valuable and sentimental. What you would take reflects your interests, background and priorities. Think of it as an interview condensed into one question."

They're mostly creative folk, so the photos are quite nice, though there's… read more

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Sep 27, 2011

When Street Art is Attacked by the Government, Artist Tags the Sky

Recently, the Los Angeles City Council put a moratorium on murals, meaning that all public art, whether graffiti, tagging, installations, or legal commissioned artwork is now outlawed. Experts are calling the ban "unconstitutional," but the council is still spending more than $10 million dollars on "graffiti abatement."

In response, street artist Saber, known for the world's largest graffiti, uh, installation, hired a skywriter to avoid the streets altogether. 

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Sep 26, 2011

How to: Pac-Man Halloween Garland

created at: 09/26/2011

Unless you're ready to go full out, it's kinda hard to decorate for Halloween. Anytime I've tried, my house has looked like 1) a crappy, half-finished haunted house, 2) like the clearance aisle at the discount store on November 2nd, or 3) like a kindergarten classroom.

But, wait. Hold up. What about something that's Halloween-y, but doesn't resort to overplayed imagery, and even includes a bit o' nostalgia and pop culture imagery to… read more

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Sep 26, 2011

The Coolest Origami...Ever?

Artist Dinh Truong Giang is a Vietnamese-born artist and architecture student, currently living in Virginia. He's mastered a version of Japanese paper folding called "wet folding," which allows the paper creations to feature curved and sculpted lines, rather than the angles of traditional origami.

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