John wanted to watch Watson take on the Jeopardy champs this week, but wasn't a cable subscriber. With only 30 minutes til the IBM behemoth was set to swamp Ken and Brad, he got creative...and watched the show, for… read more
Buenos Aires-based photographer Irina Wearing has unveiled her new project, "Back to the Future," which recreates vintage photos by placing the same [now older] subject in the same composition.
She says, "I love old photos. I admit being a nosey photographer. As soon as I step into someone else’s house, I start sniffing for them. Most of us are fascinated by their retro look but to me, it’s imagining how people would feel and look like if they were to reenact them today... A few months ago, I decided to actually do this. So, with my camera, I started inviting people to go back to their future."
This one's prolly my fave. Makes me wish… read more
It was a productive weekend at my house. We had our first thaw since mid-December, so I emptied all the dead potted herbs that were too frozen to come out, cleaned out the garage, got my bike and Vespa back in order, vacuumed out my car, and had a make-your-own pizza party with my niece and nephew.
And, seeing as it's citrus season, I wanted to have another go at homemade limoncello. I had a half bottle of grain alcohol left from the vanilla extracting I did for Christmas presents, and filled it with the zest of 12 lemons (there's about 1000ml of spirits in the bottle). I'm amazed by how yellow it is, even after only a few minutes. Next step: wait 45 days, then dilute and sweeten it up!
I also installed a new bandsaw blade, and to test it, I decided I needed some wooded arrows. Not the kind you shoot, but the ones that point out stuff. (Which, of course, recalls a favorite Mitch Hedberg joke... "Imagine being killed by a bow and arrow. That would suck, an arrow killed you? They would never solve the crime. "Look at that dead guy. Let's go… read more
A few months ago [while hanging paper snowflakes all over my living and dining room as I recall], I watched the film Beer Wars on Netflix (it's still there, streaming). As a film, it's merely just another brick in the wall of essay/documentarys that explain why corporations are bad for independent businesses and artists, but it reminded me of what we've all learned: there's lots of good beer out there, and it can be hard to find.
"Three companies—Coors, Miller, and Anheuser-Busch—account for an astonishing 78 percent of the United States market, with 70 percent of beer wholesalersonly selling Anheuser-Busch products. As Jim Koch of the Boston Beer Company (makers of Sam Adams) said in the movie, "It's as if all we know about food, we learned from McDonald's!"
In prep for the Super Bowl, the Houston Chronicle got into the "states represented by ____" craze with this chart, a rather crude map with cutout photos and a poor gradient backdrop showcasing beers by states. Thankfully, the good folks at Good.is got a hold of the idea, and created a chart worth… read more
New York-based artist Holton Rower (and friends) create these boldly colored abstract works called "Pour" paintings from...you guessed it: pouring paint.
While playing with the fact that paint is a liquid is nothing new, it's fascinating that these works are so engaging. It's obvious how they were created, and the effect is something we all experimented with in elementary school art class. Plus, I love that these pieces are necessarily also 3D sculptures, as there needs to be an added element of height from which to let the paint flow.
Watching these things in process is amazing; they serve as both paitings and kinetic sculptures. Check… read more
These days, Jeopardy is the only show I watch on live television. Sometimes, I'll leave the news on while I'm cooking dinner or working on projects, but everything else comes through DVR, Hulu, Netflix, etc...
And, tonight, at 7:00p on my local network (yours will vary, of course), the guy in the middle will look a little different. Cause he's a refridgerator sized super… read more
In honor of Valentine's Day, New York Times contributer Ji Lee created this clever update on the classic cupid.
And… read more
I'll admit it; I have a particular penchant for miniatures. Not small things, but tiny versions of normal-sized stuff. Generally, I like things that play with scale, I like the "how do they do that?" aspect, and, c'mon, mini things are adorable!
So, I love these super cool tiny books, which made from matchbooks and actually serve as office supply storage, are a quick DIY project who's reward just keeps on giving. Put these on your desk, and there's no way you won't be… read more
Our programming/site-building guru Bruno was searching for a fresh pair of sunglasses to take on his upcoming trip to Mexico, and found Giant Vintage, a site full of rather interesting eyeshades.
No doubt, you've wandered the streets, noticing groups of plaid and mustachioed cool kids wearing all kinds strangely fascinating glasses, and wondered, "where do they get those things?"
Apparently, they get… read more
ManMade reader Sean sent in this cool link from Bolt Depot: an exhaustive chart of every type of fastener, including bolts, screws, nuts, and washers. It also includes a helpful description of drive and head types for screws and bolts.
This should be quite useful for anyone who regularly sorts through there hardware bins, looking for just the right piece, and especially helpful for… read more
Friends, I'm taking the day off to give my basement space a much needed cleanup day. My chip collector filled up, so my tools have been spraying chips and sawdust every which way, and it needs a bit of love. We'll be back Monday with all sorts of good, handmade content.
Enjoy your weekend. Tell someone you love… read more
So, my girl got me the best Christmas gift of all time this year: a PID temperature controller, vacuum sealer, and a copy of Thomas Keller's Under Pressure. Which meeeaans.... I can now cook sous vide!
Sous vide [French for "under vacuum"] involves cooking food in airtight bags in temperature controlled water for long periods of time...essentially slow-poaching everything at an exact temperature. Since the food never rises over the desired doneness, it can never get overcooked! Neat, huh?
Of course, I played around in the week between Christmas and New Year's, but since it involves so much gear, I put it away with the decorations. But in the last few weeks, with all the crazy snow and ice, I've been staying inside, and really learning how to… read more
I've spent the last hour or so mesmerized by Lilek's vintage post card tour of Times Square since 1904. Gathering images of all the iterations of Broadway and Seventh Ave between West 42nd and 47th, its fascinating to see this tourist trap become the neon-coated New Year's Eve party it is today...and decide whether its always owned that role in the city's identity.… read more
Normally, I'm a Valentizer Scrooge, but this year, I've been thinking a bit differently. I dunno, I guess I just figure there's never a bad time to tell someone you care.
Of course, I'll still never do roses and chocolates, but after whipping up my own Valentine's Day "card" that belongs on the wall, not in an envelope, I started paying attention to other thoughtful/not cheesy… read more
One Christmas (maybe 1990 or '91?), I got a 'cool things for kids to do' book, and spent several of the awkward hours at the uncomfortable side of the family's gathering trying to follow the step-by-step directions and perfecting the dollar bill ring.
These dollar bill origami projects are a lot cooler than… read more
Do you know the difference between a chinoise and spider? Do you know when to use a mezzaluna or a melon baller? Can you name at least 50% of the tools in your own kitchen drawers at this very minute? Do you want to use the word "splendiferous" as often as… read more
Thomas C. Chung is a fine artist, and has come up with some of the best conceptual fiberarts I've ever seen. And I've seen a lot of yarnstuffs.… read more
The new Tumblr blog Nerd Valentine subtitles itself, "Valentine's Day gift ideas for the nerd in your life."
And, it delivers. But! I don't really find the picks to be particularly directed at geek culture fans. I mean, some of it isa little tech-heavy, but what isn't in 2011? I just think they're good, solid, well-designed, and thoughtful picks. Unless I'm a nerd and don't… read more