Using AR to Actuate a Second Head

I first met my now-friend Thomas Edwards at an Artomatic opening (DC’s annual art free-for-all). He had an awesome piece, called Sycophant. It was a mannequin head on a track that ran along a wall in a hallway, detecting and following people, and saying things like: “I love your hair,” “Have you lost weight?,” and my favorite, “I want to lick you.”

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Unscrewed by Ed Sobey

Every time I see some great mechanical, hydraulic, or electromechanical contraption left by the side of the curb for trash, I think about all of the great raw materials inside that I could use. Ed Sobey’s new book, Unscrewed, gives sage advice regarding how to mine the gold in them thar heaps of broken appliances.

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Baby Shower Donut Tower

My friend, illustrator and cartoonist Vanessa Davis, put together this fabulous baby shower donut tower for a friend’s baby shower recently. Notice that there are two different sizes of toy babies adorning this masterpiece: the big Kewpie-style babies on their bellies, and the tiny pale babies perched atop some of the donuts. The rhyming title […]

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Fire Art in the Gallery?

When you think of fire art, you likely think of art on the desert playa or the Flaming Lotus Girls at Maker Faire. Here’s some fire art worthy of a gallery setting (think of that call to the insurance company). These pieces were presented as part of the 2011 Combustion Art Competition Awards, held at a recent meeting of the Combustion Institute.

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Good Old Pegboard Organization Systems

Image by Lajos Geenen, Readymade There’s a good reason why pegboard has been around forever, and is such a common solution for organizing tools. It’s inexpensive, easily painted, and so simple to customize with a variety of readily-available hooks. DIY Life has a nice round-up of ways to use pegboard for crafty and cooking storage. […]

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