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September 30 at 10:31am

Wall Doodling Puzzle

About two weeks ago we stumbled upon Rinpaeshidan, a drawing team in Japan. We can’t get enough of them. There is something kind of magical on their willingness to draw on top of each other.

This is a good idea they had: to make a four panel drawing that they can switch around the panels like a puzzle. Check out their website too for more good stuff. I think we will be seeing a lot from this crew.


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September 29 at 10:20am

Cool Buildings #4: Symbiotic Villa


About a year ago we saw a really great exhibit at The Guggenheim Museum, one of the coolest buildings ever built.  It was on the architect Zaha Hadid who probably is the foremost designer of cool buildings today.

She unveiled this building a couple of weeks ago and the Dezeen blog has many more photos of it here.  Check it out.


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September 28 at 10:26am

The Most Impressive Subways EVER!


Granted it’s hard to beat NYC. As Wired pointed out awhile back: “It’s got 468 stations, 842 miles of track and twice as many daily riders (5 million) as every other rapid-transit system in the United States combined.” That said, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Paris, & London are all pretty darn impressive. Check them, and several others, out here.

And as good as these subways are, Crooked Brains has a post on Subway Stations that could be even better. Check it out!

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September 27 at 10:18am

Classic Comedy #2: The Eating Machine

Not eating your vegetables?  Not a member of The Clean Plate Club yet?  Better hope the parents don’t pull a page out of the Modern Times guide.

Charlie Chaplin was the first true king of comedy on film.  Sure his movies are silent, but all you need to do is watch in order to laugh until your sides hurt.
In this clip, The Little Tramp has gotten a job at a new factory, which for then was the height of modernity.  For some reason, those in power always want to find ways to be more efficient, particularly when it comes to others.  They pick Charlie to test out their latest idea…
Unfortunately I couldn’t find a clip that wasn’t messed with, so you must endure the Blue Danube Waltz as the slapped on score here…  To get the true pleasure, go back to the original and watch MODERN TIMES (recommended viewing).


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September 26 at 8:57pm

Papercraft: Pop Up Flower Card

Looks pretty simple and quick.  We have yet to try it at home though…


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September 24 at 10:43am

Chemical Experiment #1

Do you know what Mercury Thiocyanide looks like when you burn it?  How would you describe this?  I am afraid that some language may be inappropriate…

Of course you can’t do this at home unless you get your Parent’s permission… and a big chunk of mercury thiocyanide!

Thanks Charles!


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September 21 at 7:08pm

Wacky Houses From Kitchen Utensils


Enviromental Graffiti showed us a variation on yesterday’s Hi-End Junkbots post, with a series of fantasy habitats made from discarded kitchen appliances and utensils.  As my son said quite sometime ago “Everything is Art”.  

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