"Melvin the Mini Machine" is a suitcase- (well, two suitcase-) sized Rube Goldberg machine that, when executed, creates a postcard, sending well wishes from Melvin himself.
It is, like all kinetic art, better viewed in motion, so take a look at the video to see it in all it's adorable action.
Dean Martin - actor, singer, comedian, and all around cool guy, was apparently a pretty active chef at home, cooking meals for friends, family, and fellow famous people.
His favorite hamburger recipe "Martin Burgers" was recently discovered, on Dino's own stationery, signed by the man himself. It speaks for itself.
The current season of Mad Men finds Don Draper married, and far away from his Conneticut colonial of yore and pathetic, dreary one-bedroom from last season and finally living in what mid-century fans and men everywhere have been waiting for: a warm and colorful bachelor-ish pad with a sunken living room, deep walnut cabinets, a built-in TV, a very, very impressive home bar.
Venice, CA-based woodworker Charles Lushear has completed a noble undertaking: he's built a 42" x 18.25" all hardwood coffee table in the visage of an original NES controller. Maple, walnut, and mahogany provide for natural color variation (light, dark, and medium, respectfully), and the whole case is held together by strong, perfectly cut dovetail joints.
Oh, and it also functions as a WORKING NES CONTROLLER.
1-Bit Camera is a new 99¢ iPhone app that captures wonderful black and white 1-bit images. Photos taken with the app will have the same look as the original Apple OS form 1984, as well as the Gameboy Camera, a highly sought-after collectors item.
"In an age of ever-increasing megapixels and bit depth it is now painfully clear;
It is not the number of pixels that matters, but the quality of those individual pixels!"
Tastebuds, a new dating site that makes suggestions for potential partners based on what kind of music you like (huh...), has assembled a collection of the "Worst Album Covers of All Time." While I can't validate if these are hands down the absolute worst covers ever printed, as I've seen plenty equally awful in the bargain bins at thrift stores and garage sales, these are certainly among the most ill-conceived. Ever.
Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.
Squirrel Monkey created this engaging video that imagines what Facebook would look like if it were around in the 90s. Click play to watch the video in all it's VHS-taped, dial-up, Netscape-logged-in goodness.
Australian spiders, fleeing floodwaters, have covered an entire field in a snow-like blanket of webs
Burger King released this clever ad in the Netherlands
Allan Benton makes some of the most amazing smoked food products in the US: his hams and bacon are legendary. See how he
ManMade reader and all around good guy Jeff from Laboratory 424 in Spokane, WA wrote in to share this awesome retro-inspired papercraft project. He says,
"We like to be prepared for an alien invasion...Nerf guns loaded, extra rations of nachos packed away, and a Klingon dictionary in the back pocket. Unfortunately, such preparations tend to be forgotten in the routine of day-to-day life. As a subtle reminder, we created giant, 3-D, papercraft Space Invaders on our walls, and just so everyone is prepared, we show you how to build your own."
I just stumbled across this fascinating "how-to" from a 1937 issue of Life magazine on the proper way to take off your clothes in the bedroom. One must be sure to avoid the "hideous climax of slovenliness" when removing a shirt, or that cardinal bedroom Don't: scratching oneself, even though, "many men break this rule."
Rather, you should go about it like "this Adonis," who
I came across this touch sensitive Super Mario Brothers question mark block lamp on Etsy the other day and was really excited because...well, I'm a geek who grew up in the 80s. I mean, how cool is it that you can "punch" that infamous 8-bit block hanging from the ceiling and it lights up?
But when got me even more excited was when I learned that Bryan Duxbury, the creator of the lamp, also sells
Retronaut has curated a killer collection of photos of folks in New York City in the 1960s experimenting with the then latest trend - the skateboard.
LA-based artist Alex Gross came across a collection of cabinet cards from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. With them, he did what any of us would do...
He turned them into mixed-media super heroes.
Buenos Aires-based photographer Irina Wearing has released a second installment of her amazing "Back to the Future" photo series, which "recreates vintage photos by placing the same [now older] subject in the same composition."
This time, her global vision has expanded to include Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, and various U.S. cities.
Yeah, that was the Berlin wall. Powerful stuff, right?
I'll admit it: I'm one of those New York City residents who can't get enough of NYC inspired artwork and maps. I also happen to be a bit of a pixel art obsessed nerd, SO I couldn't be more excited about a map than I am with this Super Mario Brothers-inspired map.
French artist and illustrator Grégoire Guillemin created these incredible "retro modern" superhero posters, taking clear influence from Bauhaus and Art Deco movements and 1930s advertising. He says, "As the name suggests, this is an "exercise in style" or rather a confrontation between two cultures: a personal culture forged during my childhood through comics books (among others things) and a professional culture nourished with the beginning of advertising."
Spouses-to-be Esther Tanouye and Ryan Watkins asked their pal Larry T. Quatch to design an 8-bit, Super Mario Bros. themed wedding invitation, and buddy, did he ever.
Though the photos aren't great, the "details and nods to the original video game are impeccable. It's only upon closer inspection that one identifies the couple's last names in place of the Nintendo logo. Once the Nintendo cartridge-shaped invitation is opened, there are more nostalgic surprises including three question block cards - one for the wedding registry, one for directions to the wedding, and one for your RSVP and dinner selections."