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Apr 08, 2010

8-Bit Pink Floyd: "The Dark Side of the Moon" in Chiptune

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"Have you ever wondered what Dark Side of the Moon would sound like if Pink Floyd had written it for [Nintendo] instead of for a rock band?" Of course you haven't, but Brad Smith did.

So, he created "Moon8," which is the entire album sequenced, arranged, and then played on the original Nintendo Entertainment System.  I've never been much into Dark Side of the Moon, and don't know much about chiptune music, but I've got heaps of respect for this one.

But props aside, I have no idea what I'm talking about, so I'll leave the proper critique to G4's Rick Damigella. "Not only does MOON8 sound good, it transcends sounding like music done for a video game. Sure, the tones are undeniably old-school NES, but nothing has been done to tweak the music to sound like it actually came from a game. This is a chiptunes recreation in its purest sense...

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Apr 08, 2010

ManMaker: The Crazy Good Notebooks of Jason Grube

 

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Jason Grube is a designer and illustrator from Tacoma, Washington, whose work finds great balance between clean digital logos and fun, handdrawn textures. His sketches have a healthy dose of precision, and his computer-based work have a wonderful sense of playfullness and movement.  

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Apr 07, 2010

How To: Make an Urban Camouflage iPad Case from a Composition Notebook

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If I bought a $600 gadget with a giant glass screen that's intended to be mobile, I'd wanna protect it, and do so in way that doesn't scream "I just bought a $600 gadget with a...etc, etc"

And so did Matt Silver, so he whipped up this gem: a simple, low-cost iPad case made from a recycled composisiton notebook.

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Apr 07, 2010

A Bit of Inspiration: Couch Surfing

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Sometimes, there are those works that just capture everything you love, and for me, "Couch Surfing" by Tim MacPherson gets it right. Its playfulness is supported by its mundane surrounding, its cleverness is a strong as any, and it (presumably) existed just long enough to get the perfect shot. And I don't care if I sound mushy and nostalgic - on a warm spring day, its just right.

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Apr 07, 2010

Fight Club Soap

The next time you have a subterranean, cathartic bro-battle, and you need to clean your wounds, don't reach for just any pink bar of soap. Go for the real (replicated) thing.

"Replica Fight Club Soap bar cast in useable soap and colour matched with safe soap dye.Absolutely not made in the same way they were in the film."

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Apr 06, 2010

How To: Build a Model Hubble Telescope

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Hubblesite.org is offering three awesome, free how-tos to recreate model Hubble telescopes. There's excellent instructions and lots of free printable parts and decals "These models aren’t working telescopes – you can’t peer at the sky with them. But they can give you an up-close look at the telescope’s structure and a challenging project to engage your model-making skills."

The first is the easiest to make, and uses a short length PVC pipe to support the main structure. The other two save you a trip to the hardware store, and are pure paper, created without special materials (though you'll need a few supplies from your stash).

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Apr 06, 2010

Manly Cupcakes for Manly Men

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The cupcake craze may be oh-so-2007, but still, those little guys are delicious.

And according to David Arrick, they no longer only belong in the realm of princess birthday parties, feminine tastemaking blogs, and episodes of Sex in the City. " 'One day I was walking in the West Village by a cupcake place. There was a dad sitting with his little girl at this princess table, all girly and pink. The dad looked at me through the window and just rolled his eyes,' he says. 'That was my 'ah-ha' moment. Who says cupcakes have to be feminine?' "

They seem pretty intense, too - many are soaked in spirits, and each come topped with a masculine pattern. And they're sold in "rounds" of four, six, and twelve.

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Apr 05, 2010

Alternative Uses for Easter Candy

With all of the eggs located (and re-hid and found again) and the baskets torn apart, the pinnacle of the Easter season passed us sometime yesterday in the early afternoon. But we still have the warm thoughts of new birth and spring time in our hearts, and tables and baskets and countertops full of seasonal candy.

And you could slowly pick away at it, one jelly bean at a time: or, you could improve on the simple pickout, unwrap, munch, regret formula that usually comes with post-holiday sugar bombs. Here's a few ideas:

Cadbury Creme Eggs Benedict

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A very, very, VERY sweet take on the savory breakfast classic involving a cake doughnut base, a brownie slab, and oozing Cadbury creme egg, some buttercream Hollandaise, served with a side of poundcake homefries. Whoa.

 

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Apr 02, 2010

How To: Super Quick and Easy Large-Scale Modern Painting

NOTHING fills up a blank wall like a large scale art piece. And nothing can cost more than... a large scale art piece.

Unless you're hip to this sweet sweet idea by Nerissa and Pete from the New Domestic. With the help of a bit of extra thin painter's tape, they were able to translate a digital design into an abstract painting with a huge impact.  

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Apr 02, 2010

Peep Show : The Best Easter Candy Dioramas the World Has Ever Known

created at:  04/02/2010Marshmallow peeps - those eternal reminders of the Resurrection (and by eternal, we mean standing alongside Jesus, cockroaches, and Twinkies in their outlasting the Armaggedon) - happen to be sized just right to be sugary-squeezed into dollhouse furniture.

Which makes them perfect fodder for endless entertaining dioramas featuring bold yellow bunnies and cruchy cyan chicks. For the last four years, the Washington Post has been hosting a contest, calling for all sorts of creative scenarios to place these neon sugar-coated 'shmallows.

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"Our annual Peeps diorama contest is a cultural barometer -- a three-dimensional essay on the state of the nation's collective consciousness, a sticky finger on the pulse of what's popular. This year's 1,100-plus entries told us what's on your minds once again, and we sifted through that flood of submissions, painstakingly narrowing the contenders in our fourth annual contest down to 50, then down to five, and finally down to one"

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That "one" this year is "Eep," a homage to "Up" which recreates Carl's house from popsicle sticks and the thousands of balloons in Peep parts.

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