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Feb 25, 2010

ManMaker: Johnny Kelly's Paper Cut Animation

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I can't imagine a better way to spend two minutes than watching Johnny Kelly's "The Seed." It's an animated voyage of a single apple seed,  through its natural life cycle: germination to fruit, digestion and back to the ground.

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Watch it, and then check out the equally interesting making of feature, which shows the process of combing the paper stop motion with 2D handdrawn animation.

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Feb 24, 2010

How To: Fold a Paper Pinhole Camera

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In 1979, the Czechoslovakian magazine ABC mladých techniků a přírodovědců [An ABC of Young Technicians and Natural Scientists] published a cut-out paper camera known as the Dirkon - from dirk- the Czech word for pinhole, with -kon, from the Japanese photo masters Nikon.   

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Feb 24, 2010

Barbots 2010! Cocktail Making Robots for the Classy Geek

ManMade reader Stephen sent in this heads-up on an awesome sound festival that happened last week: BarBot 2010, a cocktail party served by RoboBartenders. Imagine the soundtrack - a little 8-bit bossa nova? Some Switched-On Esquivel! or Moog-y Martin Denny?

"BarBot is a celebration of cocktail culture and man-machine interface. Get a drink from an actual robot. Chat up a snarky electronic bartender. Listen to some graceful tunes being played by robotic music makers. And, after downing your sixth martini, you can finally admit that it’s the geeks who shall inherit the earth."

It seems like the original cocktail making robot fest is Roboexotica in Germany, where the robots above and below - Hobot and Bar2D2-  were featured.http://www.roboexotica.com/images1/Bar2D2--JamiePrice.jpg  

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Feb 24, 2010

Handmade Haiku: Casting On Crash Cymbals

created at: 01/13/2010

24 February, 2010: Casting on Crash Cymbals.

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Feb 23, 2010

How To: Make an Eight Pack of Crayon Rockets!

John Coker loves rockets, and couldn't help but notice the similarities between a rockets aerodynamic shape - long skinny body, pointed nose cone, etc - and a classic Crayola crayon.

So he got to thinking...And after ten years, he finally figured it out.

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Feb 23, 2010

Knitted Frog Dissection

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I love thinking about the lab instructions for this knitted biology project: "Okay now find the mesentary and the pancreas...use your scapel to cast on, and then your number 5 needle to lift up the purled oviducts."  

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Feb 23, 2010

What Type are You? Determines Your Characters Based on Your Character

created at: 02/22/2010

Graphic design giants Pentagram have built an impressive, European-accent fueled exploration of determing one's typesetting based on personality...a typography typology, if you will.  

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Feb 22, 2010

ManMaker: Michael Johannson

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created at: 02/11/2010

Michael Johansson is a Swedish artist who works with recognizable found materials and secondhand objects, but rather than welding and gluing items together, simply organizes items with a natural, Tetris-like connectable affinity for each other into geometric shapes.

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Some experts from his artistic statement:

"I am fascinated walking around flea markets finding doubles of seemingly unique, though often useless objects I have already purchased at another flea market...

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Feb 22, 2010

Code Organ Turns Websites into Sweet, Sweet Music

created at: 02/21/2010

Ever wondered what your website SOUNDS like?

CodeOrgan analyzes the content of a website, and then uses a complex algorithm to select synth lead, chord, and drum loops to match.

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Feb 22, 2010

Sriracha Embroidery

Nothing says brand loyalty like some full scale embroidered logo art.

created at: 02/21/2010

Sriracha, or "Rooster sauce" (as the servers in my favorite local Vietnamense joint love to call it) is a hot condiment made from ripe, red chiles, garlic, sugar, salt, and vinegar, and has achieved a  cult-like status in the U.S., and in Christ(ine)'s house, who "[eats] it on pretty much everything."

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