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Mar 21, 2011

Advice from a Rapper

Each week, Jessica Wright offers some well-designed advice from some of hip hop's greatest MCs. Motivation til the break-a, break-a dawn!

"In between all of the cussing, Cristal drinking and ass bouncing, in some rap songs, there lies inspirational words of advice to help you get through the day...Get ready, cuz you day's bout to get a whole lot betta. You feel… read more

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Mar 21, 2011

11 Must-Own Classic Men's Fashion Staples

"Fashion is a fickle beast, a constantly changing and forever-costly passion. However, with a careful mind to building a wardrobe around time-tested pieces, even the slimmest budget can inject your wardrobe with huge style returns for comparatively minimal costs." Thankfully, there are some standards...those menswear pieces that have been around for sixty years, and seem as classy and well-cut asread more

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Mar 18, 2011

The World's Most Average Faces

The "World of Facial Averages" project assembles thousands of images to create computer composites of the average face of citizens of different parts of the… read more

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Mar 18, 2011

How To: Balance an Egg

There's a myth that maintains it's only possible to balance a raw egg on its end on the vernal equinox.

Guess what: Totally not true.

But, with the spring equinox occurring on March 20th, it's still a fun trick to learn and impress your… read more

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Mar 18, 2011

Amazing Urban Quilts by Amy Ahlstrom

The care and technique that goes into a handmade quilt is second to none, but the aesthetic often leans towards the floral and traditional...

Not so with the "urban quilts" of Amy Ahlstrom, which are hyper-modern and bold examples of fiber art. "Drawing upon her background as a graphic designer and comix illustrator, Amy digitally photographs the visual details of cities—street art, signs, and architectural details—and collages these images via computer into quilt designs. The resulting quilts, crafted of raw silk and cotton, are tactile visual postcards of urban environments. "

Amy's artist statement says:

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Mar 18, 2011

Eerily Beautiful Mug Shots from 1920s Australia

The above image is a mugshot of a criminal on the day of his arrest. And the story that accompanies it is classic… read more

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Mar 17, 2011

A Brief History of Title Design

created at: 03/17/2011

Like a lot of creative-minded folks, I like films. A lot. And, like most of my kin, I try to watch carefully about the filmmaking as much as a care about the story or whether or not I'm simply "entertained." And, who's in a movie isn't nearly as exciting as how that info is presented.

One of my favorite new blogs, The Art of the Title Sequence, has assembled an awesome reel of the best of title design throughout the centuries, from early "talkies" through master Saul Bass and the best of recent films.

I've watched this guy three times already. I love how some just need mentioned because they're so iconic (Anatomy of a Murder, Saturday Night Fever), and some are explored a little deeper, such as the final Enter the Void, which is a must-see that's on Netflix streaming right now

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Mar 17, 2011

"A Knitted Wonderland" Yarn Bombing at Blanton Museum

In honor of SXSW festival, street fiber artist KnittaPlease has installed a sanctioned yarn bombing of the Blanton Museum in Austin.

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Mar 17, 2011

A Visual Compendium of Notable Haircuts in Popular Music

created at: 03/17/2011

There are plenty of rock and roll haircut silhouettes that most would be able to identify: Aladdin Sane-era Bowie, the thirty-year bowlcut of Johnny Ramone, the octopus braids of Coolio. But, the latest offering of Pop Chart Labs invites you to go a bit… read more

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Mar 17, 2011

How To: Make Homemade Nutella

Everyone who loves Nutella can tell you the story of the first time they tasted it. While some of us may have grown up eating this chocolate-y, nutty spread, many sought it out after reading about it, seeing it in a recipe, or with the help of some tastebud loving friend. Me? I first tried it in a restaurant when I was in college, warmed into a ganache-y type thing as a dipping sauce for sopapillas. If only it were a bit more… read more

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Mar 16, 2011

If You Watch It Backwards...

If You Watch It Backwards is the latest single-subject Tumblr blog which details the plot lines of movies and television shows in reverse.

Such as these gems:

If you watch The Exorcist backwards it’s about a girl who’s very sick until she eats some pea soup and finally gets better.

If you watch Toy Story 3 backwards, it’s a tragedy about a gang of toys who go through hell just so they can wind up in a home where they are neglected.

If you watch Harry Potter backwards, it’s about a young wizard who gets sent into witness protection after aread more

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Mar 16, 2011

Seriously Bizarre Family Photos

I'm not much into passing along photos of people who aren't necessarily attractive, or who might have had less-than-timeless hair in the 80s, or where one or two of the subjects get caught their not-so-great expressions. Those things are nobody's fault, and people should not be made to feel bad about themselves online.

However...this collection is something entirely different. The majority of these family photos aren't fascinating because of the folks in them, but because they're...well, a bizarre idea for a family photo.

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Mar 16, 2011

How To: Fold a Shamrock from a Dollar Bill

Just so you know, it's really, really hard to find a St. Patrick's Day themed how-to project that's not 1) for kids 2) super cheesy or 3) for kids and super cheesy. 

But, this easy Shamrock dollar bill is kinda fun. I say fold a couple of fives and use them to pay for your green beers tomorrow. Not that you would actually buy green beers. Cause that's… read more

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Mar 16, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: March 16, 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.

created at: 03/16/2011

Kuhl Design Guild installs a twisty slide inside a home

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Mar 15, 2011

Anatomy of a Cupcake

The cupcake craze may be over, but tasty snacks and clever concepts will never get… read more

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Mar 15, 2011

How To: Make Homemade Milk Liqueur

When I first saw this recipe on @Leethal's tweet, I was a bit shocked, thinking "you can leave milk out for three weeks, mixed with bacteria and yeast-loving sugar, and still drink it?" I mean, I've made some overnight cultured creams and yogurts, but this seemed wild.

And then I thought about it a bit more, and realized that the vodka, even in equal parts to the nutrient rich, germ happy milk and sugar, must be bacteriostatic enough to prevent anything from growing in there. (You like that? Bacteriostatic? See?! I paid attention in high… read more

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Mar 15, 2011

366 (Emily Dickinson's Miraculous Year)

created at: 12/01/2010

Spencer Finch's installation 366 is "based on the year 1862, Emily Dickinson's annus mirabilis, when she wrote an amazing 366 poems in 365 days. It is a real-time memorial to that year, which burns for exactly one year. The sculpture is comprised of 366 individual candles arranged in linear sequence, each of which burns for 24 hours. The color of each candle matches a color mentioned in the corresponding poem; poems in which no color is mentioned are made out of natural paraffin." 

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Mar 15, 2011

Beard Madness: A Facial Hair Bracket

It's March, and that means folks all over who know little about sports and are never otherwise into "gaming" are filling out their college basketball brackets, slowly eeking one team down the stairsteps to victory.

Illustrator Grant Snider created his take on a seasonal bracket, "Beard Madness", in which the final sixteen all-time facial hair masters battle it out for best beard. This year, there's the absurdist children's entertainer roundup of Raffi vs. Shell Silverstein, the wizardry of Dumbledore vs. Gandolf, Marx v. Darwin, and, my favorite, Fidel Castro vs. the winner of Osama bin Laden against a… read more

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Mar 14, 2011

Breakfast Club

Breakfast still lifes...

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Mar 14, 2011

How To: Make a Seed Bomb

Spring keeps hinting it's going to show up around my house: the sun will say hello for a hour or two, the birds will test out their morning songs before disappearing, and I haven't seen one of those awful, gross and gray snow piles in the last few days. I'm looking out the window, and I can almost hear that suite from Peer Gynt that they always played in Bugs Bunny cartoons.

Sounds likes it to drop a… read more

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