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Aug 15, 2012

Jack Daniel's Meets the Signpainter

Tennessee-whiskey juggernaut Jack Daniels (their Old No. 7 is the best selling whiskey in the world) is creating a new annual tradition where they team up with independent artists and craftsmen to create poster artwork and an ad campaign around the theme of "independence." 

They collaborated with Derek McDonald,

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Aug 15, 2012

A Video Supercut of Famous Movie Sunglasses

Our friends at Found Item Clothing just whipped up this supercut of their favorite movie sunglass scenes.  

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Aug 13, 2012

Gotye Parodies Remixed by Gotye Himself [VIDEO]

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Ok, I know, you've probably seen more parodies and covers of Gotye's Somebody That I Used To Know than anyone should have to endure BUT this one is different. Why? Because Wally De Backer (a.k.a. Gotye) himself was so impressed by the outpouring of creativity that he created this remix of "Somebody" covers.  

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Jul 24, 2012

Le Miroir: A Life Story as Told by the Bathroom Mirror [VIDEO]

created at: 07/22/2012

 

Le Miroir (The Mirror) is a short film by Antoine Tinguely and Laurent Fauchère (credited as Ramon and Pedro) that depicts the life story of a boy growing up into an old man. The unique part of this piece, however, is that the entire story unfolds as the man is standing in front of his bathroom mirror.  

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Jul 19, 2012

Fold Me You Will: Make an Origami Yoda from a Single Sheet of Paper

If the elementary school rumors are to be believed, it's only possible to fold a single sheet of paper a maximum of eight times. This fun origami project takes a solid eighty-two folds, and makes one seriously sweet little Jedi master that would look excellent perched on top of your desk, a shelf, or anywhere that needs a pop of handmade color.  

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Jul 02, 2012

The NYC Subway Stairs that Make Everybody Trip [Video]

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New York City's subway system is full of unpredictable excitement. Most of the action happens inside the trains, or at least on the subway platforms. Dean Peterson, however, decided to explore a quirk that people encounter as they're leaving the subway station: a single step on a stairway that's a fraction of an inch higher than the others. It's just high enough so everyone trips on it.  

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Jun 18, 2012

Legacy of Cool: A Film about the Versatility, Ruggedness, and Ubiquity of Denim

The Legacy of Cool is a new film about all things denim: its longevity, pervasiveness, cultural impact, and the fact that it's basically the coolest fabric of all time.  

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Jun 12, 2012

Bottle Cap Blues: Unique (and Dangerous) Ways to Open a Beer

What do a nail gun, machete, wheelchair, dead animal skull, holiday tinsel, and your belly button all have in common?

Easy. They're all clever and potentially very, very unsafe ways to open a bottle of beer.

Filmmaker Chris Sumers got together with his buddies and filmed dozens of unlikely ways to pop a bottlecap.

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May 31, 2012

The Process: The Art and Science of Building a Handcrafted Guitar

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Alma Flamenca is a short film that condenses, "pieces of wood, love, knowledge and 299 hours of work," into three minutes, detailing the beautiful process of building a flameco-style guitar.

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May 15, 2012

Kids Recreate the "Sabotage" Music Video by the Beastie Boys

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To pay tribute to Beastie Boys Adam "MCA" Yauch, filmaker James Winters, along with wife, kids, and nephew, made a shot-by-shot recreation of one of the 90s most iconic music videos, the Spike Jonze-directed "Sabotage"...starring children.   

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May 07, 2012

City Diorama on an iPhone [Video]

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I love coming across a stellar piece of student work. It just makes me excited that there's always a new crop of amazing artists and designers coming along to inspire us with their risk taking and creativity.

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Los Angeles-based animator Mike Ko created this stunning video of an animated city scene that takes place on top of an iPhone as one of his graduation pieces from Otis College of Art and Design. The 24 second long video, which is at the end of this post, took 3 months to complete, start to finish.  

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Apr 20, 2012

The Science of Why "The Cinnamon Challenge" Is Nearly Impossible

created at: 04/20/2012

In case your not a teenage boy at a sleepover, or some college kids with a webcam, the "cinnamon challenge" is the inheritor of plenty of betyoucan'tdothis dares: eat five saltines in a minute, or drink a gallon of milk in an hour. The task sounds simple: eat a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, without drinking anything to wash it down. And now, in the era of the internet, it's become both a trend among junior high and college kids and an online meme.  

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Apr 19, 2012

Stupid Things Happening in Super Slow Motion

created at: 04/19/2012

If you've ever wondered what it'd look like to grill an aerosol can over high heat, cut a soda bottle in half with a chainsaw and pitchfork, or microwave a bottle of red wine (this one's particularly insane) all in slow motion, then simply click play on the video below.

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Apr 11, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: April 11, 2012

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Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

Scottish artist Rob Mulholland installed six life-size mirrored translucent sculptures in the woods. He used a "plexiglass derivative called PMMA, these sculptures simultaneously distort and reflect light, allowing for these ghostly images to appear almost liquid."   

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Apr 04, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: April 04, 2012

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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.

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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 28, 2012

Take a Video Tour of Nick Offerman's (Ron Swanson's) Workshop

Nick Offerman, the actor who portrays TV's current greatest character, Ron Swanson on Parks & Recreation, is an active woodworker who supplemented his income while getting established as an actor by making custom furniture. 

Known for using huge, live-edge slabs of walnut in tables, as well as building canoes and fancy mustache combs, the Offerman Woodshop is as cool as you'd think it would be.

In a recent issue of Fine Woodworking, Nick tells the story of getting his start in building theatre sets in Chicago, but upon moving to LA, translated his rough carpentry skills to fine woodworking and furniture making. They shot an excellent video of the space, which is the stuff of dreams for any maker. Check it out:  

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Mar 21, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: March 21, 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.

This is the sun. Yes, that sun. Photographer Alan Friedman used

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Mar 15, 2012

Artist Puts a Camera on a Spinning Drill to Capture Some Far Out Video

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French designer and artist Oscar Lhermite secured a compact digital camera to a cordless drill and filmed the results of the lens spinning. Since the camera is capturing about fifteen frames per second and the spinning at 1,200 f.p.s., the resulting blurred video becomes what the artist calls, "seeing the world in a circular gradient."

When I first saw the setup, I imagined the resulting images to be some kind of whirly, wacky video, but it's exactly the opposite. The difference in speed produces an evolving, ethereal kaleidoscope-like pulsing orb that changes as the light and colors are altered.

Be sure to watch through until Lhermite takes the camera outside and captures the streetlights:  

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Mar 14, 2012

Video: "Fresh Guacamole," a Charming Stop-Motion Short by PES

Adam Pesapane, known as PES, is a talented animator known for his use of real 3D objects to suggests the colors and shapes of, er, other actual things. You may know his excellent "Spaghetti Western," or the "Human Skateboard" commercials from a few years ago.

This week, PES, released another short, "Fresh Guacamole" in which a grenade filled with Play-Doh and a billiard ball avocado, a baseball/gaming dice onion, and Monopoly house jalapeño get mashed to become a tasty guac served with fresh poker chips.

Click play to watch the video:  

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Mar 12, 2012

Video: This is Your Brain on Love

created at: 03/12/2012

Recently, filmmaker Brent Hoff and The Stanford Center for Cognitive and Neurobiological Imaging hosted the 1st Annual Love Competition. Contestants from ages 10 to 75 were invited to spend "five minutes in an fMRI machine, thinking deeply about love and allowing the imaging technology to measure activity in their dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin/vasopressin pathways. 


If you think this sounds unromantic, you’ll want to reserve judgment."

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Click play to watch is (not really) surprisingly touching short film:

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