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Jun 18, 2018

How to: A Primer on Keeping a Baseball Scorecard

It's the time of year when grills grace backyards with fragrant charcoal smoke, chins drip with fresh watermelon juice, and the gentle drone of neighborhood lawnmowers beat back that evergrowing green tide. Every day pushes sunset a little later into the edge of night, and in the morning you can smell the dew steaming off from the tips of grass. Summer is here... and it's brought baseball along. 

One of the things I look forward to in the middle of the year is setting aside the latter half of a day, soaking in the ambience of a ballpark while trying to avoid mustard stains on my pants, and adding a new scorecard to my collection. I first started keeping score on a whim several years ago at a Durham Bulls game on the 4th of July, the first baseball game I had been to in about a decade. I'm a pretty obsessive notetaker, so when I gave it a shot...

I was totally hooked. As my poor pregnant wife completely roasted in her outfield seat next to mine (and eventually took solace in the shade near the concessions... sorry Ashley!), I watched the game—no, took part in the game—with an awareness so keen it almost felt like I had picked up several new senses.

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Sep 14, 2016

How to: to Beat Those Boardwalk Games Like A Champ

I wish I could say I loved winning as much as I hate losing (what's up, negativity bias) but unfortunately I can't. So generally speaking I avoid boardwalk-type games that are usually unevenly weighted against the participant, but the recent fervor of state fair mania in my hometown got me thinking about them, when I conveniently came across this...   

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Mar 04, 2016

Upgrade Poker Night With a Classy Set of Cards

Medallion Playing CardsTired of staring at the same boring face cards every Friday night? Upgrade that deck with some much more compelling designs. They may not help you bluff any better, but at least you can give up that ante in style.  

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May 22, 2015

5 Easy Handmade Outdoor Games for Your Next Cookout

Step up your next backyard barbecue with these amazing yard games. I totally flipped out when I saw all these ideas! I didn't even think of making giant wooden dice to play Yatzee or whipping up a bunch of dominoes to play a huge game of crows foot!

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Feb 10, 2012

Friday Fun: What's Your Animal Name?

If you need a five-minute pickmeup as you finish up work before gliding into the weekend, take ten seconds to figure out your "animal name" with a few friends. Post it in the comments below!

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Aug 22, 2011

Free Download: Design-y Activity Books for Creatives

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'Member when you were a kid, and you were about to go on a road trip or had to get your tonsils out, and you got those activity books from the grocery store magazine section with puzzles and word searches?

And, remember how when you're an adult, and the thought on going on a trip is so awesome, that you still head to the magazine section and get those activity books, just cause it feels like vacation?

Well, magazine section no more, my friends, cause I've spotted this awesome collection of design and typeography-themed activity books for creative types.

created at: 08/22/2011   

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Aug 19, 2011

Rock, Paper, Scissors: 2011 Style

A few years ago, the classic three-gesture selection game got a five-part update in the form of "Rock, Paper Scissors, Lizard, Spock." The geeks had a heyday (including this famous little tyke explaining the updated relationships), and then we went back to the regular old kind for all sorts of tasks: deciding who has to go pick up that one grocery store item you forgot, or winning national touraments.

Illustrator Christoph Niemann has decided to give the random-selection tradition a contemporary update, to reflect the current mire of political conversations in the US.

   

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Nov 18, 2010

What to Do on Thanksgiving, Besides Eating

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If you find yourself gathered with others this Thanksgiving, you'll find yourself with 1) a lot of food, and, if you're not cooking, eating, or cleaning up 2) some downtime.

We always think a group of folks gathered is an opportunity to do something together. While watching football may be a popular tradition, there are plenty of other options for all types of personalities and groups. More importantly, when you do stuff together, you might surprised to find that you actually like the people you're gathered with.

Here's a few of our favorites, and we hope you'll post some of yours in comments below.

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Jun 24, 2010

The Original 1979 Pac-Man Drawings Unveiled

"Secret" Pac-Man DrawingsToru Iwatani created the original Pac-Man for Naamco in 1979, and recently shared his original sketches at the Festival of Games in Utrecht, Netherlands."Secret" Pac-Man Drawings

The "秘" means the documents are top secret, apparently.  

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Jun 16, 2010

Stop-Motion Super Mario Made from Sticky Notes

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The advent of digital cameras and animation software has put stop-motion in the hands of the masses, and we couldn't be more thankful. Folks will keep on making great stop-motion, and we'll keep watching them.

created at: 06/16/2010

This Super Mario Brothers recreation was made for bunkasai, the Japanese cultural festival held at most schools to display the students' achievements. By the looks of this thing, this school has plenty to be proud of...    

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May 06, 2010

8-Bit End-Grain Cutting Boards

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At ManMade, we love a nice big end-grain hardwood butcher block. In fact, we love 'em so much that we've made our own and use it three meals a day. It took me about 12 hours of work, so there's no way I'd ever replace it.

Until I saw these guy. Playing off the pixel-like qualities of glued-up butcher blocks, Etsy artist 1337Motif has created retro electronic inspired cutting boards, like PacMan (above) and Space Invaders (below).

  

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Apr 01, 2010

iCade - The iPad Arcade Cabinet

When is an iPad not just a giant iPhone? When it's a giant iPhone inside a sweet vintage-looking arcade game wooden casement and includes a joystick-and-two-button-combo controls. "To use the iCade, gently slide the iPad into the docking cradle. The docking cradle uses a standard 30 pin connector to link the iPad to the professional-grade arcade controls. Once the iPad is in place, launch the iCade App (available free in the App Store April 3rd) and it's game on! We didn't want to take any chances you'd run out of juice during your favorite game, so we included a 10w USB power adapter so you can charge the iPad through any electrical outlet. Now you're all set to make an uninterrupted run on the Dig Dug World Record!"

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