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When times are tough…

In this economy, even Mario’s had to find part-time work besides invading castles and saving the...

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In your walls, Invading

Spotted in a design school’s stairwell — defend your...

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Things Real People Don’t Say About Advertising

contributed by Leroy James Have you ever wanted to ‘generate content for major brands’? Have you ever found an ‘interstitial’ really, really ‘dope’? Perhaps you’d love to find out if your ‘user experience’ is living up to a corporation intentions. Then this is the site for you: Things Real People Don’t Say About Advertising!...

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Caught in a Bad Project

Lab students are overworked and underpaid, everyone knows that. So each year, to help alleviate all the accumulated stress from badly labeled vials and translating text on white papers from an obscure dialect, Baylor College of Medicine’s Molecular and Human Genetics labs create video skits for their annual retreat. This year’s “Bad Project”, a Lady Gaga parody of “Bad Romance” brought the house down. Hui Zheng Lab, You...

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Tetris as Art

contributed by Cacodaemonia You really can’t call yourself a nerd/geek/dork (possibly not even a human?) unless you’ve played Tetris. Created on June 6, 1984 by Alexey Pajitnov, Tetris has become one of the most well-known and reinvented games ever. Some variation of Tetris has been ported to nearly every gaming system and handheld device since the 1980s. All seven puzzle shapes in Tetris are composed of four segments, and each unique shape is assigned its own color. These two features lend themselves exceptionally well to use in a wide variety of stylin’ arts and...

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More Fun that a Calculator Wristwatch

contributed by Leroy James Within the last couple of years thanks to the invention of the cellphone, and now the smartphone, many calculators have fallen by the wayside. These days when you walk into an Office Depot the calculator section is at best slim pickings. Vintage Technology has, so far, the web’s largest vintage calculator gallery at over 550 calculators and counting from over 120 different...

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Double Rainbow All The Way

Over 5 million people have been enamored by the Double Rainbow video, even prompting a catchy auto-tune song and a CNN web interview with the creator. Although we’re not quite as ecstatic about spotting rainbows, we have to admit that they are pretty badass examples of the spectrum of light. Jumping on to the bandwagon, we’ve collected some awesome double rainbow photographs from...

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The Planets Plus Star Wars

After five sold out concerts in January, the Houston Symphony heads back to the stars with The Planets Plus Star Wars. The concert is the product of a collaboration with NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and award-winning producer/director, Duncan Copp, to craft a film of the latest, high-definition planetary images that will accompany a live performance of Gustav Holst’s suite, The Planets. Assistant Conductor Brett Mitchell will take the conductor’s podium for this concert. The Planets will be performed on the second half of the evening, while the first half is comprised of famed composer John Williams’ beloved film anthems: Star Wars, E.T. and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Tickets: $22-$109 Dates: July 16-July 17, 2010 Times: 7:30pm Jones Hall for the Performing Arts 615 Louisiana Houston, TX 77002 (information from...

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This Post Is Now Diamonds.

So, say you’re Bob From Marketing. You’ve already received your promotion for creating one of the most successful commercial campaigns of your career, but you just have to out-do yourself. What do you do? That’s right. I’m talking about @OldSpice. If you’re a twitterbug (I just made that term up. One nickel to my paypal account every time you use it. Thanks.) you’ve already figured out what Bob did. Here are the ingredients for his amazing commercial-sauce. Build a fake bathroom and hope no one confuses it with a real one Hire Isaiah Mustafa for an entire day several days (Apparently this thing is still going! Say goodbye to your productivity.) Get your creative team to just chill and write down random things Scope out Twitter and YouTube for comments Have a video-editing robot Have a GIANT box somewhere with just tons and tons of props Phase 1: Spend all day coming up with ridiculous things to say in response. Phase 2: ??? Phase 3: Profit. The Old Spice twitter account went from only a few thousand followers to about 32,000+ in a 20-hour span of time. I’ve watched every single response (that I clicked on) and here are my top 7. Why 7, you ask? I had 900. I trimmed it down. Watching these, assuming you don’t get the 502 server error fromYouTube. Isaiah Mustafa talks to himself. y*2-(the universe)(microwaves) * (white bloodcells)/√romantic feelings + (∂black holes = MNA) + (N = N0 (½)n) == “Thank you” Try stuffing a steak into a celery stalk When robots converse: Underwater Brand Manager I seriously want a machine-gun/butterknife My personal favorite: The end result of all this is that I, in a manly non-bro-rape way, would love to have a drink with Isaiah Mustafa, Craig Allen and Eric Kallman. If you’re looking for more information than you can handle about this whole thing:...

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Hipsters Mix Tape

contributed by Leroy James This was meant to be a highlight of what new bands and music are out this summer and has instead morphed into a Greatest Hits of my most played songs on my iPhone right now. Try not to play this near any American Apparels or midnight bike rides because it’s so exciting that it’ll set hipsters ablaze. Trust me, irony is highly flammable. WTFSummerMix.mp3 Los Saicos – “Demolicion” Wavves – “Post Acid” Big Boi – “Shutterbug” Woven Bones – “Your Sorcery” S4lem – “King Night” The Cool Kids – “Volume 2” Young Money – “Bedrock” Das Racist – “You Oughta Know” M.I.A. – “Born Free” Sleigh Bells – “Rill...

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