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Feb 28, 2011

How To: Make a Laptop Stand from Recycled Books (for under $5.00)

created at: 02/28/2011

Alex Braidwood is a clever fellow. 

Using two retired books, he created this attractive laptop docking station for nestle his laptop and save desktop space when connected to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

"The selection of… read more

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Feb 28, 2011

The Year 2000, as Imagined in 1910

Acid Cow has located a series of twenty-three illustrations from 1910 that imagine what the world would look like in the year 2000.

The designs are full of automated machines and personal flying machines and of course, the requisite automatic learning machine and motorcycles with built-in rifles and bullet… read more

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Feb 28, 2011

Getting at the Truth of "Exit Through the Gift Shop"

I don't care what happened at the Oscars last night, Exit Through the Gift Shop was among the most engaging and well-crafted films of 2010. Straight up. (Also, Winter's Bone, Please Give, and Another Year deserve more credit...)

But, Oscar or not, the question still remains. Is Mr. Brainwash an actual, self-sustaining artist, or an elaborate, decades-long project by Banksy and Shepard Fairey, or somewhere in between?

The L.A. Times reports, "The movie is anchored by two of the least reliable narrators in memory: Banksy, the anonymous British street artist; and Thierry Guetta, an eccentric French émigré to… read more

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Feb 25, 2011

Better Book Titles

Better Book Titles is a Tumblr blog that reimagines book titles based on their actual content.

The results are a little smug, kinda reductive, and plenty hilarious.

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Feb 25, 2011

Completely Awesome Wooden Wall Treatment from Upcycled Shipping Pallets

created at: 02/25/2011

"Mom and Her Drill" is just that: Katy's a cool mom of three who works as an engineer during the day, and builds and paints all kinds of cool stuff by night.

She recently completed this amazing wall treatment made from recycled shipping pallets, and the results are… read more

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Feb 25, 2011

Outrageous Vintage Advertising

It's no surprise that our language, sensitivity, and lifestyle values have shifted a bit since the heyday of vintage advertising.

But its still pretty fun to see the crazy $#*& these people came up with.

   

And it just… read more

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Feb 24, 2011

Tipsy at the Oscars: Cocktails for Academy Award Nominees

created at: 02/24/2011

This Sunday brings us the *hmphrl Academy Awards (it's eighty-something, right?), and again, they'll be a bunch of self-congratulation, and the best movie won't actually win Best Picture.

Which is tedious enough to make you want to drink...a film-inspired cocktail,… read more

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Feb 24, 2011

How Apple MacBooks are Made

created at: 02/24/2011

This morning, Apple announced a new generation of MacBook Pros. Cool enough.

BUT! With it came a new promo video that details the manufacturing process of Apple's laptop design, which demonstrates the MacBook as a "quite remarkable engineering achievement. It's truly the result of hard work, of innovation, of attention to every detail."

Starting with a piece of… read more

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Feb 24, 2011

A Typeface Made from Photoshop Windows

Okay, so this is super hard to explain, but just watch the video. It's super cool.

"114.psd Type is a simple typography which I designed once again thanks to Mac OS X. The idea for this type came in when seeing that this operative system memorizes the position of any file or window when you minimize and maximize it. So I created 114 photoshop files (I only used six colors, I played with all possibilites in RGB with the numbers 0 and 255, excepted 0,0,0 and 255,255,255). Then I placed and ordered the files in the right position before minimizing them on the dock. And finally I captured the screen maximizing every… read more

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Feb 23, 2011

The Evolution of Video Game Controllers

PopChartLabs is back with another stunner: The Evolution of Controllers. Tracking "eighty-two species and nine genera over four decades," they've traced the… read more

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Feb 23, 2011

Smash It Up! Ceramics Meet a Gruesome End

I'm no scientist, but I'm pretty sure that if you hit a ceramic vase with a baseball bat, or whacked it with an ax, or stabbed it with a screwdriver, it'd probably suffer something fierce in the shape/integrity department.

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Feb 23, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: February 23, 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.

The Mississippi River and its tributaries, styled after the famous London Underground… read more

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Feb 23, 2011

If "Animal Beatbox" Isn't One of Top Viral Videos of 2011, I Don't Understand the Internet

created at: 02/23/2011

I'm sure by this point, folks are getting sociology Ph.Ds on email forwards, viral videos, and internet memes. And when they publish their dissertations, I'll be glad to read them, and hopefully be able to understand what it is that captures the popular attention and makes something "viral."

Until then, I'm gonna imagine it's because they're very funny, and stuff that no ones really seen before. So, with that in mind, here is my favorite YouTube video so far this year, and probably ever. And it's an award winner.

The Washington Post reports, "Dolphins, llamas, boars and baboons. Taking the top prize at Australian short film festival Tropfest, the Animal Beatbox by Damon Gameau appropriates animal names for musical awesomeness. A fair warning: The words "dogs and cats" will probably be stuck in your head for the rest of… read more

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Feb 22, 2011

Five Easy DIY Wall Art Ideas

created at: 02/22/2011

The blank white wall. It says classy. It says timeless. It says...

You haven't picked a piece of artwork yet.

Even the cave dwellers understood that blank walls are an instant downer. But artwork, especially the good stuff, can be expensive.

So what's left to do?… read more

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Feb 22, 2011

The Ugliest Home Offices in the U.S.

created at: 02/22/2011

UglyHousePhotos.com finds and curates terrible pictures of homes from real estate listings around the Phoeniz, Arizona metropolitan area. This means these are actual houses, and folks are actually trying to sell these places.

Yesterday, they published a killer roundup of some seriously awful home… read more

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Feb 22, 2011

Isle of Tune is the Best Game/Music Sequencer Ever

created at: 02/22/2011

Okay, okay; no, this doesn't have anything to do with crafts, or design, or making stuff, but I'm sort of in love/totally addicted to Isle of Tune. It's a music/loop sequencer that adds components and parts by visually representing them within a… read more

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Feb 22, 2011

Hipster Bingo!

created at: 02/22/2011

It happens to me all the time. I'm hanging out in the cool kid part of town, and I spy a group of youngsters, clad head to toe with the standard hipster fare: low v-neck t-shirt? Check. Bandana as accessory? Now where's the one with the fanny pack...

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Feb 21, 2011

Book Art Photography by Thomas Allen

created at: 12/01/2010

created at: 02/21/2011

Photographer Thomas Allen has come up with what may be the ultimate, "Why didn't I think of that?" project.

He cuts up the people-heavy covers of pulp fiction novels and creates mini-dioramas, allowing the characters to interact with others from different works, and with the books… read more

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Feb 21, 2011

How To: Make a DIY Nakashima-Inspired Coffee Table

created at: 02/21/2011

George Nakashima was a Japanese-American craftsman and furniture maker who was a powerhouse influence in 20th century furniture design. I've been fortunate enough to sit on and explore many of his actual pieces;the Boston Museum of Fine Arts has several, and you're welcome to actually use them. His mastery of fine joinery mixed with rustic unfinished edges are as good as handbuilt furniture can get, and he's by far the my woodworking idol. (Sorry, Norm...)

created at: 02/21/2011

Nakashima's signature coffee tables feature flat, finely finished tops with raw or "live" edges, resulting in a natural modern look that's pretty… read more

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Feb 21, 2011

ManMade Gets a Newsletter

February marks the one year anniversary of ManMade, and I couldn't be more grateful for the successes we've had and the community we've created. Over the year, I've heard from lots of readers that they'd like a newsletter, and so....

created at: 02/21/2011

Now we have… read more

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