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The Golden Girls as Legos: A Must Have Collectors Edition for Every GG Fan

Tuesday 10.29.2013 , Posted by

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Although The Golden Girls finished its last episode in 1992, it stays in our hearts forever and syndication has helped keep the younger generations in the loop on the 4 sassiest old ladies in sitcom history. For many of us who were alive for the original airing, it was during our youth, when playing with toys was our primary concern. Brent Benedetti brings two wonderful memories from that era together in this glorious Lego set of Dorothy Zbornak, Rose Nylund, Blanche Devereaux, and Sophia Petrillo. The whole limited edition set can be yours if you check out his Etsy page. Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty will look down from heaven with smiles on their faces as you proudly display your new Lego set. With Christmas just around the corner, I can think of nothing better to get that die hard Golden Girls fan who has everything! [Read more...]

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A Magical Hand-Built Cabin of Re-Purposed Windows for $500

Monday 10.28.2013 , Posted by

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For some creative people, there’s no better way for finding inspiration than getting away from it all and taking in a good view. This small cabin is the perfect location… and inspiration in and of itself. Hand-built by photographer Nick Olson and designer Lilah Horwitz, the charming little structure was built with a front wall of old, repurposed windows in varying sizes and when completed cost an amazingly low $500 (plus a LOT of scrounging). [Read more...]

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Just Bolt it On: Smart, Powered Bicycle Wheels are on the Way

Thursday 10.24.2013 , Posted by

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NPR recently wrote about how, in almost every european country, bikes are outselling new cars – and that’s exciting news for anyone who wants to see bikes become a more dominant means of transportation. But, unless you’re a spandex sporting bike nut, most people don’t want to arrive at work dripping in sweat. Enter two exciting new, and funded, projects for powered bicycle wheels that are simply smart: the Copenhagen Wheel and FlyKly. How do you get extra power? Simply pedal like any normal bike. [Read more...]

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Who Knew that Disposable Plates Could be Stylishly Designed? Biodegradable TableWare by Wasara

Tuesday 10.22.2013 , Posted by

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Have you seen what the kids are eating their peanut butter and jelly sandwiches off of these days?  I have fond memories of hot summer days eating lunch sandwiches from the classic round paper plates with ruffled edges. Those plates were great! Except that they stuck together…. and they were kinda ugly… and I threw away about a bazillion into landfills from ages 5 to 13. Ahh, yes… the 90s.  The Millennial kids are better than that. They are growing up in an age where people are environmentally aware and design conscious (hopefully).  Wasara has reinvented the ‘disposable’ paper plate with their collection of beautiful AND biodegradable tableware bringing us a tad closer to lifestyle perfection. [Read more...]

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Paper Goes Viral: Cellular Sculptures By Charles Clary

Monday 10.21.2013 , Posted by

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Germs never looked so clean-cut until they met artist Charles Clary. A painter and papercrafting artist originally from Tennessee, Clary uses an Xacto knife to dissect hundreds of colorful sheets, which he stacks to create beautiful molecular reliefs. Resembling delicate microbial colonies that contaminate the walls they touch–while simultaneously evoking sound waves, fractals, and topographical landscapes–his works transform simple two-dimensional surfaces into pulsing, surreal structures.  [Read more...]

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The Aeromobil Flying Car Makes its First Flight… and it’s Seriously Sexy

Sunday 10.20.2013 , Posted by

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It’s official: the future is here. You might remember a few weeks ago when I asked “Where’s my flying car?!” I detailed many of the past and present designs that have tried to take the automobile skyward, but I missed one example that has just made its first flight – and it’s a seriously stunning machine! [Read more...]

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This Map of Internet Usage Shows Why China is a Sleeping Internet Giant

Monday 10.14.2013 , Posted by

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The internet is a massive place, but not as massive as the world population. This map, created by Mark Graham and Stefano De Sabbata using data from The World Bank, puts some of the internets demographics in perspective while creating a rather stunning picture of just how big China ranks on internet traffic and how much room it still has to grow. [Read more...]

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How Creatives Work: Frank Lloyd Wright

Monday 10.14.2013 , Posted by

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Frank Lloyd Wright was a complex individual to understand. He was celebrated as a genius architect, which he undoubtedly was, but he was also an incredibly complex and flawed individual.

Wright is undeniably on the top of the list of great architects of history. He designed some of the greatest buildings of the twentieth century including Fallingwater, The Guggenheim Museum, The Imperial Hotel, the Johnson Wax Office Building, and his groundbreaking Prairie Style and Usonian houses. His buildings were an attractive organic-looking alternative to the boxiness of conventional Modernism. He used natural materials, preserved ornament, and hand-craft in construction. He emphasized the horizontal over the vertical, against the grain of the growth of skyscraper oriented cities which he detested. [Read more...]

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Forget The Outdoors! Stay in this Indoor Campground

Friday 10.11.2013 , Posted by

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Have a fear of spiders, dirt, or maybe just the outdoors? Then this type of camping is definitely for you! This 6458 square foot (600 square meter) German warehouse has been turned into a faux-campsite, complete with vintage camping trailers for accommodation. The brainchild of hotelier Michael Bonner, the colorful place features 15 differently themed caravans restored to their old-school glory. Themes include a proper british caravan called Big Ben (with perfect armchairs for an afternoon tea) and the mountain cabin themed Jägerhütte (no shooting required: it comes with furs!). [Read more...]

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Bringing Sexy Back to Biking: High Heeled Cycling Shoes

Thursday 10.10.2013 , Posted by

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Riding your bike is one of the easiest ways to reduce your carbon foot print, but what’s the point of riding if you can’t show off the shapely calf muscles you’ve built up by commuting this way? Ask any lady the best way to strut sexy gams and nine out of ten will tell you: stilettos. Before now high heels and bicycles never mixed, but we’ve found some amazing images that bring you the best of both worlds. That’s right- pumps for bikes- and we’re not talking about the type that puts air in your tires- we mean high heeled shoes that bring sexy back to your daily commute! Everyone knows that beauty is pain, so who in their right mind would want to take off the heels they’ve been wearing all day at work to slip into hideous traditional biking shoes that look like an adult version the shoes you wore in kindergarten before you learned how to tie? [Read more...]

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