Dec 17, 2012

Video: Wakeboarding Through a Cranberry Bog

Along with egg nog and fruitcake, cranberries are amoung the most divisive holiday foodstuffs. Those who like 'em like 'em, and those who don't will likely not change their mind.

But nobody not nobody won't dig on this mesmerizing video of professional wakeboarders Ben Horan and Brian Grubb being pulled through the flooded bogs of Wisconsin, filmed in all its high-speed, colorful wavemaking, undulating goodness.   

A crew from RedBull visited "[traveled] to Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin, for one of the most aesthetically pleasing wakeskating sessions you will ever see. Watch what happens when some of the world's best wakeskaters take

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Nov 29, 2012

How Bryan Nash Gill Makes His Amazing Prints from Cross-Sections of Fallen Trees

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If you've been around the design and craft blogosphere in the last five years, you've probably seen Bryan Nash Gill's "Woodcut" series, where the artist makes large-scale relief prints from crosscut sections of actual tree trunks and limbs.

Gill is about to release his first book of prints,

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Nov 28, 2012

How To: The Trick to Perfect Stovetop Popcorn [Video]

Hands down, stovetop popcorn is my favorite make-at-home snack. It's relatively healthy (whole grains, right?!), can be diverse and customizable, and I simply never don't want some. I've become a proponent of the pop-in-a-stainless-steel bowl method, but after discovering this tips from our buddies at America's Test Kitchen, I might be converted.  

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Nov 26, 2012

Makers: A New Video Series Featuring Artists Making Awesome Stuff

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Makers is a new series of short films by Shwood, themselves makers of super stylish wooden sunglasses.    


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Oct 30, 2012

PUMPKTRIS: A DIY Playable Game of Tetris Inside a Pumpkin

Vancouver, WA-based designer and programmer Nathan Pryor asks, "What do you get when you combine a pumpkin with the classic video game Tetris? Pumpktris! Fully playable, embedded in a pumpkin."

Oh, and get this: the pumpkin's stem acts as the joystick.  

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Oct 29, 2012

Crafting the 1608: An Electric Guitar Designer by Bon Iver and Built from Whiskey Barrels

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Irish whiskey producers Bushmills teamed up with musician Justin Verson of Bon Iver and luthier Gordy Bischoff to create the 1608 - an electric guitar made from spent charred white oak Bushmill's barrels.  

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Oct 25, 2012

How to Grow a Mustache with Nick Offerman


In honor of Movember, a mustache-growing event to raise awareness and funds for prostate and testicular cancer, "classically-trained actor and fine woodworker Nick Offerman," offers his tips for properly growing his best known feature: a serious mustache.  

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Oct 22, 2012

The Making of a Mural: What Really Goes into Creating Large-Scale Art

One of my favorite design and illustration studios, Invisible Creature, recently took on their biggest project to date...literally: a 100'x30' mural on a new wall at the Amazon.com headquarters in Seattle.  

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Oct 12, 2012

The Process: Crafting a Rustic Farm Table

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Dave Ellison is a Rhode Island based furniture maker that builds classic New England farm tables from local and reclaimed woods, giving each piece loads of character and handmade touches.  

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Oct 11, 2012

How to Eat a Cupcake Like a Gentleman

"Apparently," says FoodBeast, "we've been eating cupcakes all wrong."

In turn, they offer a "proper" technique that avoids all the jaw-unhinging and head-tilting awkwardness, and manages to establish a consistent frosting-to-cake ratio.  

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Oct 10, 2012

How to: A Guide Not to Sucking So Bad on Instagram

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"Instagram," says Casey Neistat. "You're doing it wrong."  

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Oct 04, 2012

Crafting a DIY Surfboard from Reclaimed Wood

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Schwood, makers of wood sunglasses and other especially cool bits, created a one-of-a-kind surfboard using reclaimed wood found of the beaches of the Oregon coast.  

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Oct 02, 2012

How to: A Quick and Easy DIY Method to Repair Your Own Denim Jeans

created at: 10/02/2012While 95% of the makeup of a pair of jeans will last for many years, a few particular points are much more vulnerable to wear: ripped seams, worn knees, or the big one, crotch blowout. Fortunately, even big tears can easily be repaired at home for little little money and just a few minutes.  

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Oct 01, 2012

How to: Make a Hexaflexagon - The Most Amazing Thing Math Has Ever Produced!

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Okay...I try not to get carried away with blog titles. And, yes, to all you engineers and mathnerds out there, I'm extremely right-brained, but this incredible thing is something about which everyone can agree. It's freaking amazing, and it'll definitely blow your mind, and probably even break it.  

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Sep 20, 2012

What Happens If a Color-Changing Squid Listens to Old School Hip Hop?

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Many squids, octopuses, and other mollusks (as well as some fish, amphibians, and reptiles) have chromatophores, specialized cells containing pigmentsthat can change the color of the skin. These cells respond to electrical impulses from the muscles, which means they can also respond to specific frequencies in the audible spectrum, namely 100 hz, or the bass frequencies of musical instruments.

Which means...a squid's chromatophores will react and change color with the beat of some deep, grimey beats! To see it in action, check out this amazing video:

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