Cornhole is the perfect backyard game. It's got a leg up on other lawn games like croquette since it's you can play it one-handed with a drink in the other, without ever having to actually leave your conversation. On the other hand, it also lets you to get as competitive as you want with it (unless you're me and your brother-in-law has to limit how excitable you're allowed to get for the onlooker's sake)...
I thought I knew all the best backyard games, until I found out about kubb (pronounced 'koob'). It was like nothing I'd ever seen, but once I understood the rules and played a game, I was completely sold?
Also known as Viking chess, it's one part strategy, one part skill, and the rest is just plenty of luck. With a standard 4x4 and a few lengths of dowel you can make your own set in an afternoon, and enjoy it for the rest of your life.
Have some room in that backyard? Why not fill it up with something everyone can enjoy like this backyard bowling alley. Take a look here.
Full disclosure: I have never played Settlers of Catan (simply due to time constraints). But I have watched the insanity, passionate rivalry, and joy it has brought to so many of my friends as to be able to endorse it as a great way to spend a couple of hours.
Have you ever heard of card juggling? You know, it's like in the old timey cowboy movies, where the rowdy grizzled guys are sitting in a salon, and they invite the new young gun to gamble with them, thinking they'll take all his money, but then he sits down and takes the deal and starts flipping cards left and right, thereby showing them and the audience that he's actually really good at poker and is about to school these dudes. Right. Like that.
Photographer Candice Milon created this awesome series for French men's magazine Sport & Style: she neatly folded and organized iconic outfits of male movie characters, shot against colorful backdrops.
Think you know manly movie fashion? Try to name them all.
Whether you're excited for Moonrise Kingdom to show up in your local theater, or frequently pop in your beloved DVDs of Rushmore or The Royal Tenenbaums, the next time you watch a Wes Anderson film, you simply have got to bring these Wes Anderson bingo cards along.
Think Invisible is a playful new challenge developed by Adri Bodor & Mark Szulyovszky that challenges you to recognize popular images revealed through three circular "portholes."
In honor of last week's Halloween festivities, the team at G4 have "released a series of short films that transform classic videogames Mario Kart, Angry Birds and Duck Hunt into delightfully gory horror flicks."
I make routine visits to the hardware store. At least weekly, usually more. I'm at the craft store multiple times a month, and a regular at the fabric shop, art supply emporium, and every thrift store on the high street (Which, in my city, is actually called High St.)
Doing what? Well, finding supplies to make stuff, of course. I'm constantly sourcing materials to cut out, slice up, reconfigure, then glue or sew back together to make something else entirely.
John Austin, on the other hand, takes a different approach, and heads straight to the office supply store.
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."
Designer Ian Obermuller has released, Fontroduction, a series of lessons and games for designs students, or anyone interested in typography.
Like you and me.
There are lots of interactive demonstrations about anatomy and x-heights and tracking vs. kerning, but the real fun is in the quiz, which, thankfully, doesn't punish you for any incorrect answers. Not that I got any...(yes I did.)
I was first introduced to the MFK game by a friend at a summer job in college, at one of those we-just-got-off-at-2:00-am-and-we're-all-totally-alert-and-can't-fall-asleep-until-the-sun-comes-up sorta hang outs. We were sitting outside on the roof his six-story building, and he submitted, "Chris, MFK game. Veronica from the Archie comics, Josie, of and the Pussycats, or Velma from Scooby Doo."
I had to admit, I didn't quite understand what was being suggested at first, but I learned quickly, and got to know my co-workers pretty well by the end of the night.
The game works like this. "Every quiz features three people united by a common
Of course, you can't stand Comic Sans, and now...you can kill it. Agency Fusion provides this fun, free, and pretty challenging opportunity to, well, shoot it.
The game is timed, but you get infinite ammo and no punishment for missing, so I'll suggest, having spent too much time goofing with this already, this technique: if one a track pad, use your dominant hand to aim, and your other to just press the button as fast as you can.