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Mar 07, 2012

How Do You Cite a Tweet in an Academic Paper?

Keeping up with the expanding sources in the digital information era, the MLA has issued a standarized format for citing tweets. After all, some importnant info breaks on Twitter first, and a good academic needs to have a legit Works Cited page.

   

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Mar 06, 2012

Minimalist Wood Etchings of Mitch Hedberg Jokes

Sometimes, there are just those works of art, films, books, and records that are just an embarrassment of riches, and simply contain everything you love. For me, this series of Mitch Hedberg quotes, burned into plywood with minimalist illustrations and great typography is about as good as it gets.

     

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Feb 22, 2012

6 Rules of Modern Movie Poster Design

Artist Travis Pitts has created a little visual primer for design promo posters for modern Hollywood movies.

Be sure to check out the fine print, which provides helpful suggestions like, "modern children's movies require blue sky, clouds, and the same font treatment as wacky comedy. All that is needed of the character is a peeking tease, and some element to imply that the character is coming "to the big city" or into the real world, and, commonly, in 3-D."  

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Feb 14, 2012

Venn Diagram of Interconnectivity of Reality TV Show Topics

Depending on who you are, the worlds captured in "reality TV" can feel just like home, or like they're on another planet altogether. But even more interesting? That there are that many shows about the same eight topics.

"It's not your imagination — there really are that many reality shows about swamps, weddings, Louisiana, and cake. And here's visual proof: The following Venn diagram maps the overlapping relationships between reality shows.

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Feb 14, 2012

NPR Valentines: Expressions of Love for Public Radio Fans

Nothing says "I love you" like a clever pun or an esoteric reference to something you and your sweetheart enjoy together. So, NPR is offering a collection of public radio-themed Valentine's. If you haven't secured a greeting yet, and your Valentine will get any of these, then you're good to go with just passing this along. Trust me.

   

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Feb 10, 2012

(My) Funny Valentines - Humorous Valentine's Day Cards You'll Actually Wanna Give

Everybody knows Valentine's Day is silly, manufactured by the greeting card and candy companies, and that people in real relationships don't need a special day to say, "I love you."

True. So, send one these clever, pun-y V-Day, and get points for both not falling into the trap, and being thoughtful anyway.  

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Feb 10, 2012

Friday Fun: What's Your Animal Name?

If you need a five-minute pickmeup as you finish up work before gliding into the weekend, take ten seconds to figure out your "animal name" with a few friends. Post it in the comments below!

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Feb 09, 2012

"Mad Men" Subway Posters Get Humorous Tags, Alterations, and Mashups

A few week's ago, AMC released an advertising campaign in New York City's subway system to promote the latest season of its beloved Mad Men. Keeping with the show's minimalist intro, the art contains a giant white canvas with a falling silhoutted man, with the words "March 25"

That's right. A giant white piece of paper inside subway stations. You can imagine what comes next.  

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Feb 07, 2012

Baby Octopus

created at: 02/07/2012

If you've been waiting for someone to give you that one blog post that's gonna make today a great one...this is me, obliging.  

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Feb 03, 2012

If Oscar-Nominated Movie Posters Told the Truth

  

The 2012 Oscar nominations have been announced going on two weeks now, and the general reaction from the public continues to be sorta...meh.

To address the hype, or lack thereof, TheShiznit has adapted this season's nominated films' posters to, as they say, 'tell the truth.' "In the interests of transparency, we've shopped the posters for this awards season's biggest movies so they're a little more honest about their content."

   

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Jan 30, 2012

Clever and Beautiful Typographic Posters by Tom Davies

created at: 12/01/2010

Artist, designer, and educator Tom Davies loves to play with letters - often evoking self-refrencing typographic terminology and history to create humorous, beautifully designed posters.

   

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Jan 26, 2012

Patton Oswalt Snubbed for Oscar Nomination, Responds with Hilarity on Twitter

created at: 01/26/2012

On Tuesday morning, Patton Oswalt awoke to learn that, despite the potential buzz, he had not been nominated for his solid performance in Young Adult. 

So, he did the next best thing: he hit up Twitter, and imagined a scenario in which he and other performers snubbed for the awards, such as Tilda Swinton, Albert Brooks, Ryan Gosling, Kirstin Dunst, and Leonardo DiCaprio rent out Legoland for an alternative soiree.  

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Jan 26, 2012

Eerily Beautiful Taxidermy Lamps

created at: 01/25/2012

That's right. The day has finally come…taxidermy meets interior lighting. Personally, I wouldn't be too keen on having a couple of dead squirrels hanging on the wall above my bed, but that's just me. Oh and just wait until you see the rat swarm lamp...  

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Jan 17, 2012

Pizza Boomerang: A Bizarrely Awesome Video

created at: 01/16/2012

Ok. Where do I begin? Pizza Boomerang, a video created by Barcelona-based Sofa Experience Communications, is without doubt the strangest video I've ever seen. After I watched it for the first time, I was confused...I couldn't decide if I was elated by how amazing it was or deeply disturbed by how, well, disturbing it was. There's really not much else I can say about this. Words can't quite describe what it's like to watch PIzza Boomerang, so I'll leave it at that.

created at: 01/16/2012

One thing I should mention, however, is that it's NSFW...or at least one particular scene is. So if you're feeling adventurous, and the kiddies aren't watching (seriously, I wouldn't want to have to explain the plot to a child), then sit back and enjoy the show.  

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Jan 13, 2012

SNL's Stefon Now Doing Reviews on Yelp

created at: 01/13/2012Stefon Zolesky is easily Saturday Night Live's best recurring character since Mary Katherine Gallagher. (Save for perhaps Tina Tina Chaneuse, who is no more.) As Weekend Update's "city coorespondant," Stefon is regularly invited to share tourism tips for families and holiday visitors, but his references quickly devolve into absurd parties and under-under-underground nightclubs, with characters as DJ Baby Bok Choy, a "giant 300 pound Chinese baby, who wears tinted aviator glasses and he spins records with his little ravioli hands”.

So, good news people - Stefon is now doing Yelp reviews

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Jan 11, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: January 11, 2012

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. 

Teresa Wozniak created this amazing typographic collection of New Year's resolutions...

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Dec 29, 2011

The Rise and Fall of the Goatee

Comic artist Jen Sorenson offers a history of the goatee, from its roots in an actual goat, through bohemian couture, and ending with the fact that its a trend that really, really needs to be done.

Please, let it be done.   

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Dec 28, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: December 28, 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 hashtag of the 2011 has to be: #firstworldproblems, an attempt to explore and poke fun at those little things that we find inconvenient, yet are unbearably trivial in light of their origins in privilege and especially when compared to actual struggles facing those all over the planet.  

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Dec 21, 2011

A Brief History of Santa Claus

created at: 12/21/2011

CGP Grey, the clever guy who brought us "What Are Continents and How Many Are There?" and "What is Daylight Savings Time and Why Do We Observe It?' sets his sights on St. Nick, exploring a brief history of Santa Claus, or rather Father Christmas and St. Nicholas, and the amalgamation they begat.

created at: 12/21/2011

Click play to watch this fascinating video. It's three minutes very well spent:  

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Dec 14, 2011

NBC's "Community" Intro Credits in the Style of "30 Rock" and "Parks & Rec"

created at: 12/14/2011To show support for "everyone's (except those with Nielsen boxes) favorite show," James Montalbano reworked the introductory credits of Community, which is struggling to stay on the air, in the style of two other great NBC comedies, 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation.created at: 12/14/2011

The quality of work here is really quite stunning. Watch these videos:

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