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May 14, 2012

How to: Make an 8-Bit Pop-Up Greeting Card

created at: 05/14/2012

In this era of ever-increasing electronic communication, paper mail and greetings have become ever more important and meaningful, when done well. Especially, if it's a custom card you made yourself.  

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May 01, 2012

A Postcard-Writing Rube Goldberg Machine in a Vintage Suitcase

"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.  

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Apr 23, 2012

Vintage Baseball Logos from 1956

created at: 04/23/2012

Baseball fan site the Eephus League of Baseball Minutiae discovered these awesome illustrated logos of major league teams, circa 1956.  

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Apr 17, 2012

How to: Dean Martin's Hamburger Recipe

created at: 04/17/2012

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.  

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Apr 13, 2012

Take a Tour of Don Draper's New (Not) Bachelor Pad

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.  

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Apr 12, 2012

Handmade Wooden Nintendo Controller Coffee Table, Actually Works

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.   

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Apr 06, 2012

The 1-Bit Camera iPhone App

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!"  

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Apr 04, 2012

The Worst Album Covers of All Time

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.

   

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Apr 04, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: April 04, 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.

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.

See more at BuzzFeed

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

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Mar 26, 2012

How to: Make 3D Papercraft Space Invaders!

created at: 03/26/2012

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."  

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Mar 23, 2012

How to Undress Like a Man, or a Woman: Hilarious & Helpful Life Advice from 1937

created at: 03/23/2012

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

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Mar 06, 2012

Touch-Sensitive DIY Mario Block Lamp Kit

created at: 03/05/2012

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

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Feb 28, 2012

Cool Photos: Skateboarding in New York in the 1960s

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.

   

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Feb 15, 2012

Classic Mac OS iPhone Interface

created at: 02/14/2012

I'm a sucker for anything "retro Macintosh". So I'm loving this Classic OS style reimagining of the iPhone interface by designer Anton Repponen (he calls it iOS '86. Fitting, no?).  

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Feb 02, 2012

The Cartoon Color Wheel

created at: 02/02/2012

Here's a quick mid-day pickmeup that'll make you smile: the clever minds at Slate have organized some classic, interestingly-hued cartoon characters into an interactive color wheel.  

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Jan 26, 2012

Vintage Photographs Become Sci-Fi and Super Heroes

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.

   

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Nov 21, 2011

Back to the Future II: Recreates Photos from Decades Past (Again)

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?

Back to the Future 2 (2011)

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Nov 16, 2011

Super Mario Brothers-Inspired Map of NYC

created at: 11/15/2011

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.

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Nov 10, 2011

Awesome "Retro Modern" Superhero Illustrations

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."

 

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Oct 21, 2011

Amazing Super Mario Bros. Wedding Invitations

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." 

   

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