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How to Fold a Shirt in Under 2 Seconds

June 13, 2013

One of the best albums I’ve gotten in some time.

Taken on May 24, 2013 at 09:07PM

May 24, 2013

Google Glass from the Eyes of a Toddler

May 21, 2013

Incredible Photo of a Tree That Had Its Bark Blown Off by Lightning

Lightning Blasts Bark off Tree

Recently, redditor Fidget08 snapped this photo of a tree with its bark blown off in Dubuque, Iowa. According to Fidget08, the bark was blown off by lightning last night.

via reddit, Hypervocal

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How to Make a Fake Google Driverless Car

At the “F.A.T. Gold” show in April, the Free Art & Technology collective unveiled a fake Google driverless car, complete with a mock lidar sensor on the roof. They then drove the car on the streets of New York City, much to the confusion of pedestrians and motorists. For anyone interested in making their own fake Google driverless car, Randy Sarafan has posted an Instructables tutorial on how to 3D print a fake lidar (or “LieDar”) sensor. Back in 2010, F.A.T. also made a fake Google Street View car.

Fake Google Driverless Car at F.A.T. Gold

photo by Scott Beale

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May 20, 2013

Creative and Ridiculous Ways to Open a Beer

Clip Nation has put together an amusing compilation video of creative and ridiculous ways to open a beer. A full list of the clips used, in order of appearance, can be found on YouTube.

Some techniques are more effective than others.

via Tastefully Offensive

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Rules For Freelancers, A Witty Comic Showing How to Be a Victorious Freelance Artist

Rules for Freelancers

Rules For Freelancers” is a witty comic on Incidental Comics by Grant Snider showing us how to be a victorious freelance artist. Grant drew the comic for Red Lemon Club, a website that shares creative and useful information.

The secret to success in any creative field includes a cape, a Holden Caulfied hat, and a small herd of trained elephants.

via Laughing Squid

May 7, 2013

Illustrations of Historical Figures as They Might Appear Today

How historical figures would appear today

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare is an arty hipster and Marie Antoinette a vain celebutante in this illustration series that imagines famous historical figures as they might appear in the present day. The illustrations are from the British television series Secret Life Of.

How historical figures would appear today

Elizabeth I

How historical figures would appear today

Marie Antoinette

How historical figures would appear today

Henry VIII

How historical figures would appear today

Admiral Lord Nelson

via MetaFilter, Neatorama

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May 6, 2013

The Habits of Highly Boring People: Chris Sauve at TEDxCarletonU

May 3, 2013

A Wedding Dress Made of Divorce Papers


For a school project, 15-year-old art student and aspiring fashion designer Demi Barnes from England has created a wedding dress made from 1,500 photocopied divorce papers in an effort to be “ironic.” She’s stated as saying, “Originally I was going to make it out of newspapers and magazines, but I thought using divorce papers was a lot more interesting. I think a lot of people rush into marriage quickly and then get divorced – it’s a statement.”

photo by Arthur O’Hara via this is Sussex

via policymic, Fashionably Geek

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Brigands, Nerds and Dread Pirates Print Series by Chet Phillips

Im Not Crazy

I’m Not Crazy” – The Big Bang Theory

Austin, Texas-based illustrator Chet Phillips released a series of prints that pay tribute to films and TV shows starring brigands, nerds and dread pirates: The Big Bang Theory, The Princess Bride, Firefly and O Brother, Where Art Thou?. The illustrations feature iconic quotes, objects, and a lead character the featured film or TV show. All of the prints are available to purchase on his Etsy store. We have previously written about Chet and his Coen brothers print series.

As You Wish

As You Wish” – The Princess Bride

I Aim To Misbehave

I Aim To Misbehave” – Firefly

Man of Constant Sorrow

Man of Constant Sorrow” – O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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Filing Cabinet Stealthily Swallows Printer Paper

After wondering why everything they printed kept disappearing, a music class watched the printer in action in this video uploaded by James Prescott. The class discovered that all the pages were falling straight into the crack of the filing cabinet drawer below.

via Daily Picks and Flicks

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May 1, 2013

President Obama on Simplifying

I love this bit from Michael Lewis’ profile of Obama in Vanity Fair in which Obama gives Lewis some practical advice for a hypothetical situation that in 30 minutes they would switch roles and Lewis would become president of the United States:

You also need to remove from your life the day-to-day problems that absorb most people for meaningful parts of their day. “You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits,” [Obama] said. “I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.” He mentioned research that shows the simple act of making decisions degrades one’s ability to make further decisions. It’s why shopping is so exhausting. “You need to focus your decision-making energy. You need to routinize yourself. You can’t be going through the day distracted by trivia.” The self-discipline he believes is required to do the job well comes at a high price. “You can’t wander around,” he said. “It’s much harder to be surprised. You don’t have those moments of serendipity. You don’t bump into a friend in a restaurant you haven’t seen in years. The loss of anonymity and the loss of surprise is an unnatural state. You adapt to it, but you don’t get used to it—at least I don’t.”

via Shawn Blanc

My view right now explains how good this day is.

Taken on April 28, 2013 at 05:20PM

April 28, 2013

Eagle Day 2013 from my usual press box perch.

Taken on April 26, 2013 at 09:15AM

April 26, 2013