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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 solid aluminum,… 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 the day."

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Feb 17, 2011

"Uppercut" Will Make You Smile, Scare the Crap Out of You

created at: 02/17/2011

Drea Cooper & Zackary Canepari of California is a Place offer a unique view into a fascinating social expression, a fight club for computer geeks.

"In Silicon Valley we have the highest concentration of aggressive people in the United States. And it's a place where all life has been reduced to working in a cubicle and then after work going out to have a Merlot at the Fromage bar. I'm kind of looking for something a little more primitive, a little more basic, something that appeals to the essential nature of a man."

This video is endearing and terrifying. Excellent work.   … read more

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Feb 15, 2011

Amazing "Pour" Paintings by Holton Rower

created at: 12/01/2010

created at: 02/15/2011

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.

created at: 02/15/2011

 Watching these things in process is amazing; they serve as both paitings and kinetic sculptures. Check out this video:… read more

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Feb 03, 2011

Behind the Scenes: How Skateboards are Made

created at: 05/28/2013

created at: 02/03/2011

I imagine I've spent a total of three minutes on a skateboard in my entire life. But, with their bent plywood construction and screenprinted original artwork, there's plenty reason they end up as art objects and media for contemporary designers.

What I love about this video is that each of the French company Rekiem decks are made by hand: hand lamininated, formed, cut on the bandsaw, sanded, and profiled with a trim router. While I'm sure some companies uses mechanized systems (or do they?), each Rekiem skateboard is its own woodworking project.

created at: 02/03/2011

This video is truly worth watching:   … read more

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Feb 01, 2011

Total DIY Fails from Classic Television

created at: 02/01/2011

Admit it: mistakes can be funny...especially when they're someone else's.

We’ve all had our moments of DIY failure. I have. From the contact paper stencil that I melted with spray-paint just last month to the time my parents were out of town for the weekend and my sister and I decided to spruce up their bathroom.

We were 17 and 14 respectively. Yeah. Imagine how that might have gone...

I’ve had plenty of epic fails. (The more you try, the more you learn, right?) To make you (and me) feel better, I’ve rounded up three of my favorite TV DIY fails for your enjoyment.… read more

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Jan 14, 2011

Jeff Bridges visits the Little Lebowski Store

created at: 01/14/2011

On Wednesday night, I caught the last 3/4s or so of a new American Masters on PBS on Jeff Bridges, entitled Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides

It was actually pretty fascinating, and the highlight includes the actor's visit to the Little Lebowski Shop in Greenwich Village.

created at: 01/14/2011

Click play to watch the video:   … read more

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Jan 13, 2011

Guy Makes Entire Village Community out of Recycled Junk

created at: 01/13/2011

Inhabitat reports, "'Once Upon a Time in Knoxville' is a new documentary about Rollo, a man who erected a small town of buildings using recycled windows, doors, beams and shingles from forklift pallets and old house trailers. He’s created his own building style dubbed 'Appalachian Gothic,' from which he was inspired to create a low-tech, low-consumption community."

Click to watch this fascinating trailer:   … read more

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Jan 12, 2011

How To: Get the Perfect Straight Razor Shave

created at: 01/12/2011

Jakob went to visit Ernest and Olivia's Old-Fashioned Barber Shop in New York's West Village, and got all sorts of professional tips for getting the best shave from a straight razor.   … read more

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Jan 10, 2011

One Last Holiday Post: Pranksters Gift Wrap their Friend's Entire Home

created at: 01/10/2011

I know, I know. The holidays are over...even I took down all my seasonal decor over the weekend. 

BUT! This kind of awesomeness is worth watching, year-round. Plus, we figure these guys actually completed this after Christmas, and grabbed all that terrible gift wrap when it was 90% off.   

created at: 01/10/2011

Click through to watch the video:    … read more

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Jan 03, 2011

CYMKilla: Hip Hop Photoshop Tutorials

created at: 01/03/2011

Face it. It's 2011, and Photoshop tutorials need more street cred.

Enter CYMKilla, the Photoshop master pixel pushin’ eye thrillah, who, along with his crew Masta Bevel,  Filter Phil, DJ Dodge, MC Burn, and Rastorvizer, will get you 'shoppin' right.

 

So crop that tongue and sit back...it's about to get educational.

Check out the video:   … read more

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Dec 23, 2010

World's First Eel-Powered Christmas Tree

created at: 12/22/2010

Even with newer LED string lights, nearly all of our electricity bills go up during the holiday season. Of course, that wouldn't be the case if you had an eel that sent an 800 watt zap to power your tree each time it moves.

See how it works in this video:

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Dec 22, 2010

The Biggest Drawing in the World

created at: 12/22/2010Using a GPS-enabled briefcase as a pen, Erik Nordenankar created a self portrait across the face of the entire globe. With the help of DHL, Erik created the 110664 km portrait in 55 days and with a continuous stroke.

Check out the video to see how it was done:   

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Dec 17, 2010

Christmas 2.0: The Digital Nativity

created at: 12/17/2010

I hate all those email forwards that try to update folk tales and ancient narratives into contemporary language. I mean, I hate email forwards in general, but those ones in particular. The cheesy clip art, the fact that Snow White and Moses always say "OMG", the repetitive jokes...and mostly that they aren't funny.

But, for some reason, I find this take to be clever. I appreciate the various approaches to the social networks and digital tools, love that Melchior checks in with Caspar and Balthazar to see what they got the baby, and think the message is clear: "Times change...feelings remain the same."

Really, you want to watch the video:   

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Dec 17, 2010

The Top Ten YouTube Videos of 2010

created at: 12/17/2010

According to YouTube, it was a year of the Old Spice guy, multiple rainbows, and hiding children and wives. The official YouTube blog has gathered their top ten most watched videos of 2010.

"It’s time to rewind back through the YouTube videos that people in the U.S. and around the world were watching and searching for in 2010. These lists of most-watched videos reflect the people, places and events that captured our collective attention and imagination throughout the year. During 2010, you all watched more than 700 billion YouTube videos, and uploaded more than 13 million hours of video."

Watch them here:   … read more

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