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May 16, 2018

Check This Out: The Museum of Online Museums

HQ of the Museum of Online Museums. (Photo credit: chicagomag.com)

 

Author Seth Godin, in his book We Are All Weird, argues that the Internet era has busted open the starting gate and let the tribes out: information has truly become democratized, so now it's much easier for niche interests to connect and collect. One great example of this is the MoOM, or Museum of Online Museums. Coudal Partners, a Chicago design firm who created the famous Field Notes brand of notebooks with design guru Aaron Draplin, have run the site for about 10 years, which is basically just a big list of links, and in it you'll find the full gamut of niche stuff: from major institutions' virtual presence, like Amsterdam's famous art collection at the Rijksmuseum, to the most overlooked stuff like Manhole Covers of the World, it feels like it's all here. 

If you're a designer looking for visual inspiration, a novelist on the hunt for a random detail to spark a story, or a just fan of vintage eggnog labels, look no further than this treasure trove. I first discovered it way back in college and, though I did waste a lot of time combing through it, I was also able use it to do a lot of research on package design.

Read on for some of my favorites in the collection!

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May 31, 2016

The 100 Greatest American Films

created at: 05/31/2016

I think lists like these are always worth a look. Not because they offer a whole bunch of new ideas, of course. You already know what number one is, you can easily name the filmmakers whose work occurs the most, and you'll certainly get a passing score on what makes the top twenty-five.

But it's fascinating to see how the rest of the list shakes out. What order are
Vertigo, Psycho, North by Northwest, and Marnie? Does Taxi Driver rank higher than Raging Bull and how far ahead are they from Mean Streets? And how many Billy Wilder movies did make the cut?

This list comes from the BBC, and the opinions come from critics around the world, so it's interesting to see how international criticism weighs in on the ranking.    

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Sep 05, 2014

The 200 Perfect Music Recordings

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For the past few weeks, The New Yorker magazine's music critic, Sasha Frere-Jones, has between tweeting the names of (seemingly) random-but-awesome song names and images, all tagged #perfectrecordings. Then, this week, he shared links to a series of free 

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Aug 27, 2014

15 Modern Classic Books You Should Read Right Now

created at: 08/27/2014

I know "summer reads" are the cultural icon: books to be read on the beach, on long car trips, during a much needed week off work. But, I'm always more of a fall reader... Summers are for magazines and research for all the outdoor activities and bike trips and all-day grilling sessions and staying out during the long days and evenings. 

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Apr 26, 2012

The 1̶0̶0̶ 7 Foods You Should Really Eat Before You Die

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There's a current micro-meme that's found its way all over Facebook and the blogosphere, in which there appears a relatively generic alphabetical list of somewhat less-than-dominant foods with the title, "The 100 Foods You Should Eat Before You Die."

In the words of Time magazine's Josh Ozersky, the list "looks like it took about six minutes to think up. You could have created the whole thing while listening to 'Aqualung.' It’s simply a bunch of unconnected foods, listed alphabetically, without any kind of qualifier.

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Mar 19, 2012

20 Men You Should Be Following on Pinterest

created at: 03/18/2012

To tell you that Pinterest is hot these days would be like saying football is a sport. Duh. We all know that. But one complaint I've heard from a lot of guys is that Pinterest lacks one thing: men.

According to Mashable, nearly 70% of Pinterest users are female. So, for many guys who are on Pinterest, that means they get flooded with recipes for fancy desserts, photos of hair, and a ton of jewelry and fashion pins.

Well fear not, fellow dudes, because I've compiled a list of 20 male Pinterest users that you should follow. These guys have good taste, pin often, and, like I said, are guys.

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Dec 09, 2010

2010: The Year in Books

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Sports fans remember the year in wins, music fans in what records were released, and for avid readers, the year is measured in books.

But in the midst of the "Best ofs" and "Top Tens" for 2010, a great read is still a great read, regardless of what the New York Times says or when it was released. So "might it also be an opportunity to look back, reflect, and share? We hope so, and so, for a seventh year, The Millions has reached out to some of our favorite writers, thinkers, and readers to name, from all the books they read this year, the one(s) that meant the most to them, regardless of publication date. Grouped together, these ruminations, cheers, squibs, and essays will be a chronicle of reading and good books from every era. We hope you find in them seeds that will help make your year in reading in 2011 a fruitful one."

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Aug 20, 2010

The 50 Best Cookbooks of All Time

created at: 08/20/2010

The London Observer has taken on a mighty big project: selecting the fifty best cookbooks, ever. So far, they've published the first forty, and are relying on readers to help them select the top ten.

The selections range from classic international books from Madhur Jaffrey and Diana Kennedy, to contemporary works from Momofuku's David Chang and vegetarian master Yotam Ottolenghi.  

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Apr 12, 2010

8 Great DIY iPhone Apps

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Modern technology can often make us crazy, but lends itself to some pretty increased productivity if you can get it figured out.

And beyond keeping track of your calendar, contacts, and best score on some Tetris rip-off, your smartphone can actually help you improve your craft, art, and all around DIYness.

DIYLife has assembled a collection of iPhone apps - both free and low-cost (the most is $4.99). "Whether you're painting a wall or building a piece of furniture, it always helps to have an assistant. But an assistant who fits in your pocket and can go anywhere? Now that's a DIYer's dream.With that desire in mind, we scoured Apple's iTunes App Store for the handiest and most innovative iPhone applications. Below are our eight favorite apps, each under $5. Think of each one as your very own pocket-sized assistant." 

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