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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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Rural Academy Theater: Horse Pulled Theatre Troupe Tours the Mountains of North Carolina

Friday 10.25.2013 , Posted by

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“We wanted to tour at a more human pace and perform in small towns,“ says co-founder Gabriel Harrell. He explains that the typical experience of touring with theater companies involves bouncing between major cities. For him, this is “a way to celebrate the rural, and celebrate small-town life and culture.”

At the lumbering speed of 2.5 miles per hour, the Rural Academy Theater is making their second tour through Western North Carolina. The horse-drawn performance troupe loads all of its supplies, instruments and equipment into a wagon-trailer while a few bicyclists ride alongside the caravan to scout roads and rest stops. Part gypsy, part nouveau vagabond, the troop puts on quite the performance, both on stage and off. [Read more…]

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In Rock-Hard Focus: Make A DIY Concrete Camera

Friday 09.06.2013 , Posted by

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Move over, Holga. Images are quite literally set in stone with this concrete camera, made by New Zealand photography lover and Instructables user amuu. Through amuu’s charming tutorial, any budding photographer can transform ordinary cement into a fully-functioning pinhole camera, complete with tiny wooden shutter and film spool.  [Read more…]

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Only in Japan: Man Spends 11 Years Building Gigantic “Robot” Beetle

Thursday 09.05.2013 , Posted by

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When Hitoshi Takahashi was 50 years old, he decided he was old enough to do whatever he wanted… the result wasn’t your average “buy an RV and hit the road,” instead he spent the next 11 years creating a frightening 36 foot long, 12 foot tall mechanical beetle. Takahashi is the owner of a machine shop in Ibaraki Prefecture’s planned city of Tsukuba. The area is known for it’s many engineering colleges and scientific research centers… so perhaps that all had an influence on him. [Read more…]

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Minuscule Matchbook Art by Joseph Martinez

Thursday 02.28.2013 , Posted by

Minuscule Matchbook Art by Joseph Martinez

Next time you pick up some matches to light your cigarettes, candles or cannabis, think about doing a little art on them. That’s what Joseph Martinez of Denver, Colorado decided to do one day. Taking some oil paint, he carefully created images of celebrity like figures. Whether it was Boba Fett, Willy Wonka or Rick James, Martinez brought them to life on the inside cover of the matchbook. His ability to create such small figures in a clear way is remarkable. [Read more…]

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Visual Bits #381> Weird, Wonderful, & Wacky Things

Monday 02.18.2013 , Posted by

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Visual Bits #342> Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

Monday 12.24.2012 , Posted by

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Visual Bits #337 > Can You Feel The Beet?

Tuesday 12.18.2012 , Posted by

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Earthy European Dwellings Go Off the Grid

Tuesday 11.13.2012 , Posted by

There are so many reasons to head for the country and live lightly on the earth: from protecting our fragile environment, to leaving the speed and stress of city life behind, or just getting to live by your own rules. Photographer Immo Klink has an ongoing project which captures the dwellings of people around Europe who have made the challenging decision to step outside the confines of industrial society, creating their own homes out of the natural world at hand. [Read more…]

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Visual Bits #304 > If You Could, Wood You?

Friday 11.02.2012 , Posted by

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