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Apr 19, 2011

Infographic of the Day: The Illustrious Omnibus of Super Powers

Did you know there are no less than four superheroes with the ability to "stretch and elongate body?" Or that there's at least two heroes with "Shazam!-based" powers, or a dude that can shoot glue all over his enemies?!

You would, of course, if you took a look at "The Illustrious Omnibus of Super Powers," a new infochart from PopChartLabs.  

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Apr 14, 2011

PLAYMOBIL Apple Store Playset

Marketing research has proven that brand loyalty starts young. Infants can recognize the Tide logo before they even know what laundry is, and are primed to love CocaCola before their old enough to drink it.

Enter the PLAYMOBIL Apple Store playset, which introduces your kids to the magic of the world's most ravenous brand snobbery. 

  

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Apr 04, 2011

De-3D Glasses

 

I just thought back, and I'm blown away by home many 3D movies I've seen over the last 18 monthes. Granted, most of them were animated features that I saw at the dollar theatre, and all of them were because 3D was the only way I could see them at all. Since the trend doesn't seem like it's dying anytime soon, it's likely time that someone came up with a solution to de-3D 3D projections so that they appear just like normal films.

ThinkGeek has done just that.

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Mar 31, 2011

Free Download: Mini Paper Turntable Calendar

created at: 03/31/2011

How's this for genius? Inspired by Jazz Appreciation Month in April, the clever minds at the Curiousity Group designed this free, downloadable calendar which features a tiny little vinyl album with a cutaway that reveals the date!

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Mar 28, 2011

Tea Robot

created at: 03/28/2011

There are few things in life that just are just so right that you think they were made for you.

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Mar 23, 2011

An All-In-One Yard Care Tool

As a teenager, I was the yard care master. As the only son and grandson in my family, I managed lawns, shrubs, and trees for most of my family and half the block. It wasn't summer unless my entire life was stained with grass, and I learned to love music when listening to my bright red My First Sony cassette Walkman and the tapes I'd make from albums from the library.

Then, I got real summer jobs in college. And now, I'm an urban dweller, and don't even own a lawnmower, let alone a hedge trimmer, edger, weed whacker, and the like. But someday, I'll have a garage, and a yard to care for, and a whole pegboard full of powered lawn care tools.

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Mar 21, 2011
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Mar 15, 2011

Anatomy of a Cupcake

The cupcake craze may be over, but tasty snacks and clever concepts will never get old...  

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Mar 14, 2011

Essential Cookbooks for the Serious Home Chef

Over the weekend, I rode by bike over to the secondhand book store. I often get in trouble here, since it's even more tough not to overload on goodies when they're much less expensive [and recycled, I tell myself!], so when I go by bike, I know I'm limited to just the few that can fit on my wheel rack.

I decided to live dangerously, and hung out a bit in the Food and Wine section (this and the Art/Design aisle are serious tempters for me), and noticed one thing:

There are a $%*load of cookbooks out there.

Sure, I know folks have different types of expectations when it comes to food, and even if you're not good at it, nearly everyone prepares some sort of food for themselves.

But, oh my, the genericness and redundancy of so many of these was overwhelming...I escaped a potentially credit-crushing trip with two very lucky finds (why anyone would sell these back is a mystery) - David Chang's Momofuku cookbook and Anthony Bourdain's The Nasty Bits. I've checked out Chang's tomb several times from the library, and it's never gotten old, so finding it for $7.99 was pretty amazing. I'm headed to my local Asian market in a few hours to get started...

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Mar 01, 2011

Top 20 Tech Accessories for Health and Fitness

created at: 03/01/2011

Today's is the first sunny, snow-free day we've had since November. Don't get me wrong, it's only 34° F out there, but I don't care. I can see the grass, albeit khaki, and the sun. On the same day. Hallelujah.

So, I'm already scheming about how I can get outside. Anyone that knows me can attest that I'm not much of an athlete, and I'm a total wreck with a basketball, but I'm a pretty active cyclist, and certainly have been jonesing for the roads to clear so I can ride. 

And, in 2011, even the most natural of tasks like using our muscles to move around can take a technological spin. On a bike ride, I have a digital, wireless bike computer that tells me how fast I'm going and keeps track of other stats. And when I'm not riding on the trail, I use GPS on my phone to track my route, elevation, speed, etc. So, while sometimes technology can hinder your desire to get exercise (looking at you, Netflix), it also has the potential to improve it greatly.  

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Feb 23, 2011

The Evolution of Video Game Controllers

PopChartLabs is back with another stunner: The Evolution of Controllers. Tracking "eighty-two species and nine genera over four decades," they've traced the ancestry of

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Feb 18, 2011

The 7 Best Style and Dress Sites for Guys

created at: 02/18/2011

A ManMade man is well-dressed man, I've always said. Or, I've probably said that. At least once.

ManMade has always been about taking an intentional approach to the things your do, buy, and use, and clothing definitely fits in that category. So whether your a cutting-edge fashionisto (is that a word?) or just trying to look sharp for cheap, the internet is here to help. 

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Feb 14, 2011

Where Hipsters Get Their Crazy Glasses...

created at: 02/14/2011

Our programming/site-building guru Bruno was searching for a fresh pair of sunglasses to take on his upcoming trip to Mexico, and found Giant Vintage, a site full of rather interesting eyeshades.

No doubt, you've wandered the streets, noticing groups of plaid and mustachioed cool kids wearing all kinds strangely fascinating glasses, and wondered, "where do they get those things?"

Apparently, they get them here.  

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Feb 10, 2011

Chris in the Latest Issue of ReadyMade Magazine

created at: 02/10/2011

Hi friends - Next time your at the bookstore or newsstand, pick up the latest issue of ReadyMade (51, looks like this), and turn to page 44 to see an article by, well, me!

In it, I confess my love for big heavy kitchen tools made of rock and why they're

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Feb 09, 2011

The Splendiferous Array of Culinary Tools

created at: 02/09/2011

Do you know the difference between a chinoise and spider? Do you know when to use a mezzaluna or a melon baller? Can you name at least 50% of the tools in your own kitchen drawers at this very minute? Do you want to use the word "splendiferous" as often as possible?

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