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Rolling Through the Bay is an abstract toothpick sculpture of San Francisco. It has about 100,000 of toothpicks. The amazing part, is that is has four ping pong ball paths that roll through different landmarks of San Francisco. I have spent about 3000 hours on it over a period of 34 years and the only glue I use is Elmer’s.  
via Singularity Hub, which has videos
Pop-up books by their very nature are intended to surprise and delight. They bring elements of animation and visual depth to what is normally a two-dimensional page, so that as readers, our assumption of a flat, static expanse is completely disrupted by the added stimuli of motion, shadow and form.
I recently acquired a two-volume set by Charles H. Baker, Jr. - The Gentleman's Companion. Of particular interest here is Volume II, Being an Exotic Drinking Book or, Around the World with Jigger, Beaker and Flask  
Most of us can only dream about sailing around the world once – let alone spend fourteen years and three trips like the inestimable Charles H. Baker, Jr. But I’m going to have a great time mixing the drinks here and hopefully I shall live to tell the story. My goal here: to spare no cost in mixing all 267 of the aforementioned potations and reflecting on my experiences along the journey.
Collectors Frenzy
Collectors Frenzy is a record price guide for collectors and dealers to get a general idea of how much an LP is worth. The price of LPs are constantly fluctuating due to supply and demand, so as buyers and sellers it can be difficult to determine whether you are over paying or under selling your records. Collectors Frenzy is a record price guide to help you obtain fair market value for your LPs.  
How does Collectors Frenzy work? It gathers completed auction data off of E-Bay on a regular basis giving you the most accurate and up to date prices on LPs. To retrieve this data simply type in an artist name, album title, etc into the search bar located on the right side to search for items containing those key words. To sort the data simply click on the drop down and select the method of sorting you prefer.
Michel Dozois is pinning the success of his two-year old company on the dubious thrills of watching ice melt.  
When courting new clients, Dozois, the owner of Los Angeles's Névé Luxury Ice Company, sits them down for a simple experiment. He fills two Old Fashioned glasses with ice—the first with conventional cubes, the second with his company's "ice rock," a single large cube, which takes up about 50 percent of the glass—and tops them with a dram of good whisky (his spirit of choice is Laphroig). Dozois then asks the potential clients to sit back and wait, allowing nature to take its course.  
About every seven minutes, he asks the client to take a sip—first of the conventional drink where the ice is rapidly melting, then of the drink made with the sturdy opaque brick of Névé ice. The second shows minimal dilution; it's essentially whisky served neat, but much, much colder.  
cc: some dude/some chick
Whether it’s at the newsstand or surfing the blogosphere, we see a lot of pictures of celebrities. But nothing captures a celebrity quite like artwork made by fans—especially if that fan is made of hundreds of cheetos or thousands of BBs.
Unofficial video made by FroschYankee from the movie Adrenaline Rush (The Science of Risk).  
Absolutely stunning B.A.S.E. jump footage.
I was talking to my girlfriend about a tense interaction between our cat, Phineas Maple Jarman, and the kitten we naively adopted from the Humane Society to be his new best friend, whom we have tentatively named “Sir Arthur Duckworth.” In mid-stupid-sentence, I saw Oden’s face on a SportsCenter update. It took a second to register, but the words “miss the season” and “microfracture surgery” registered somehow. Why are they reporting that again? Did the tapes get mixed up? I went to my email inbox and there it was. “TRAIL BLAZERS CENTER GREG ODEN TO UNDERGO MICROFRACTURE SURGERY FRIDAY.” My first thought was “that poor bastard.” My second thought was “it’s really over, isn’t it?” My third thought was “Oh, f**k, I really don’t want to walk or ride my bike to this press conference in the rain.”  
I don’t drive. And if you’re in Portland, you know that today was the worst for being out in. People say “coming down in buckets” (not to be confused with the basketball cliché “raining buckets,” which, now that I think about it, seems more appropriate for weather), but today you looked at the corner of any given building, it actually looked like there must be a dude shoveling buckets of water down the side. It was ugly. So I borrowed the girlfriend’s car, put the wipers on high and drove silently, carefully down to the Rose Garden—parking a couple blocks away because I don’t know where I’m supposed to park for these things.
We love sex toys and we’re not alone. That’s right…a majority of women now own a sex toy and almost half of all men have used a vibrator according to a recent study featured in the NY Times. So sex toys deserve their own day.  
Once relegated to dark and seedy truck stops, sex toys have since made appearances on hit TV shows including Sex and the City and Oprah, and movies including The Ugly Truth starring Katherine Heigl and Burn After Reading starring Brad Pitt and George Clooney.  
Since sex toys primary purpose on this planet are to facilitate human sexual pleasure, and almost half of you have used one, we couldn’t think of a better reason to make a day out of it.  
To celebrate, we’re giving away 1000 vibrators to the first 1000 people who enter their info at SexToyDay.com at 11AM EST/8AM PST on November 4th, 2010. Sex Toy Day gives you an opportunity to experience the joy of sex toys completely risk free. There is no cost for the toy or for shipping. It will be shipped with complete discretion in a plain white padded envelope from Sawhorse Enterprises.
‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. I am ‘injecting’ USB flash drives into walls, buildings and curbs accessable to anybody in public space. You are invited to go to these places (so far 5 in NYC) to drop or find files on a dead drop. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your files and date. Each dead drop contains a readme.txt file explaining the project. ‘Dead Drops’ is still in progress, to be continued here and in more cities. Full documentation, movie, map and ‘How to make your own dead drop’ manual coming soon! Stay tuned.  
Dead drop (Wikipedia)  
In the meanwhile drop some files here!  
87 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY (Makerbot)  
Empire Fulton Ferry Park, Brooklyn, NY (Dumbo)  
235 Bowery, NY (New Museum)  
Union Square, NY (Subway Station 14th St)  
West 21st Street, NY (Eyebeam)
I plan to post DJing tutorials, gear reviews, album reviews, interviews and so much more about the electronic scene, so look out!  
What Is The Best DJ Laptop?
The Sign Painter movie is currently in Production as of March 2010. This documentary is about sign painters in America. Those who were and still are walking the streets and using their talent to get a message across. You see their work daily on windows, sandwich-boards, boats, cars, billboards, in businesses, playgrounds, farmers markets and even theme parks to name a handful of spots.  
Who are these people? Where did they learn their trade and is it a dying craft? Directors Faythe Levine & Sam Macon will bring you their story over the next few years and document the process here on this blog.
Roger Ebert states : "Beware! You can get lost in this site. And never be found again. Ahhh ....hahahahahahaha!"  
--some amazing images  
Via --->Top 10 reasons I want to be cremated
October 2010 is Big Draw month in twenty countries and on five continents. Launched in 2000, this annual initiative has grown from 180 events in the UK to over 1500 worldwide. The Campaign aims to use drawing to connect visitors with museum and gallery collections, urban and rural spaces – and the wider community – in new and enjoyable ways.  
Every Big Draw season offers unlimited scope for those who love to draw and those who think they can’t.
An online archive dedicated to the magic of the vinyl seven inch single.  
Discuss, rate, research or simply admire some of the 72,831 UK released records we have on our database so far, or help add some more.