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Jobs jobs jobs

MTV Networks has a long long list of great job opportunities -including some freelance- for its US locations.

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Good luck!

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Lisbon Tiles

Lisbon has probably the most beautiful and imaginative tiles. They became an art form and today they still remain a very important part of the country's architecture.

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Here you can find 64 different -and really nice- patterns to download and save as wallpapers.

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Found Cameras and Orphan Pictures

Do you recognize these photos? They may be yours. Ifoundyourcamera is a wonderful site where you can actually recover your lost camera with a little help of those who found it by publishing some of your -hopefully not too embarrassing- images.

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In any case, looking at strangers' photos is always entertaining.

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Free grunge

Is there anything better in life than getting free awesome stuff?
Outlaw Design Blog has found and put together the best 63 grunge fonts for you.

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The best of the best? Yes my friend, you can download your favourites for free!

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Bringing the farm to the city.

It has always been a dream of mine to have a farm. In the meantime, I have been trying to think of ways to bring the farm to the city. Here is an interesting video involving urban beekeeping. This is giving me some ideas...


Via Boing Boing

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From Hash to Bushwalk

If you have some extra time today and want to feel young and cool, here is the latest guide to the black art of lacing.

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Via Priya Khatri

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Master of masters

The maestro, the man, the ruler, the sovereign. One of the greatest designers ever, Stefan Sagmeister, shares with us some very wise and influential thoughts.

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Things I’ve learned in my life so far:

• Everything I do always comes back to me.
• Complaining is silly. Either act or forget it.
• Thinking life will be better in the future is stupid. I have to live now.
• Being not truthful works against me.
• Organizing a charity group is surprisingly easy.
• Drugs feel great in the beginning and become a drag later on.
• Over time I get used to everything and start taking it for granted.
• Money does not make me happy.
• Traveling alone is helpful for a new perspective on life.
• Assuming is stifling.
• Keeping a diary supports my personal development.
• Trying to look good limits my life.
• Worrying solves nothing.
• Material luxuries are best enjoyed in small doses.
• Having guts always works out for me.

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If we can't pronounce it, we shouldn't eat it

Here’s the ingredients list for a Happy Meal that contains nuggets, fries and a Hi-C beverage:

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White boneless chicken, water, food starch-modified, salt, chicken flavor (autolyzed yeast extract, salt, wheat starch, natural flavoring [botanical source], safflower oil, dextrose, citric acid, rosemary), sodium phosphates, seasoning (canola oil, mono- and diglycerides, natural extractives of rosemary). Battered and breaded with: water, enriched flour (bleached wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), yellow corn flour, food starch-modified, salt, leavening (baking soda, sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate, calcium lactate), spices, wheat starch, whey, corn starch. Prepared in vegetable oil (may contain one of the following: Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, partially hydrogenated corn oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness), dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent. Water, high fructose corn syrup and/or sucrose, citric acid, ascorbic acid, potassium benzoate (to protect taste), modified food starch, natural flavors (vegetable source), glycerol ester of wood rosin, yellow 6, brominated vegetable oil, red 40. Potatoes, vegetable oil (partially hydrogenated soybean oil, natural beef flavor (wheat and milk derivatives), citric acid (preservative), dextrose, sodium acid pyrophosphate (maintain color), dimethylpolysiloxane (antifoaming agent), salt. Prepared in vegetable oil (may contain one of the following: Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, partially hydrogenated corn oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness), dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent.

Yummy and perfect for kids!

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Times Machine

This "Times Machine" can take you back to any issue from Volume 1, Number 1 of The New York Times, from September 18, 1851 to present.

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Not all articles are free, but still good to know that we can have access to such historical archive online.

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Wieden + Kennedy

Wieden + Kennedy is seeking for people who can turn thrash into pixelated heat. Old-fashioned thinking for the modern world and vice versa. People whose migraines are made of words and pictures.

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This advertising company has offices in Portland, New York, Amsterdam, Tokyo, London, Shanghai and Delhi.
Click here to apply.

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Vintage Science

The old days where design was more important than production.

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Here you can find an awesome flickr set of Vintage Science Book Illustrations.
Innocent, colorful, simple and useful.

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Backing up your music

Afraid of losing all those wonderful mp3’s you love?
Here is a tip that can save a Mac’s user life.
iTunes has actually a feature called "Back Up to Disc." To find it, just go to the File menu. As you can see, there are different options.

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You can change the format of the CD you want to burn into data disc instead of audio CD in the iTunes preferences, and fit up to 1000 songs per disc. Great deal!

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Fight the Gypsy Kids

For a while, last summer, there was some funny goings-on. Cash and jewelery was going missing from Fabricanti flats. Some blamed it on the Treviso Gypsy Kids, others on one another. Since, Spring is just around the corner it's time to think about safeguarding your belongings. Here's a great new invention for just that:

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The "Brief Safe" is an innovative diversion safe that can secure your cash, documents, and other small valuables from inquisitive eyes and thieving hands, both at home and when you're traveling.

Items can be hidden right under their noses with these specially-designed briefs which contain a fly-accessed 4" x 10" secret compartment with Velcro® closure and special markings on the lower rear portion.

Leave the "Brief Safe" in plain view in your laundry basket or washing machine at home, or in your suitcase in a hotel room — even the most hardened burglar or most curious snoop will "skid" to a screeching halt as soon as they see them — wouldn't you?

Made in USA.

One size.

Color: White (and Brown).

via Boingboing

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How to save a YouTube video

Diego has written a summary how to save a YouTube clip on your hard disk:

1. Get a free extension for Firefox called VideoDownloader here: https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/2390/

They explain everything you need to know about the extension in that website.

2. After downloading the videos (usually they are .flv Flash videos) you'll probably need to convert them to a more useful format like Quicktime .mov, you can do it with iSquint or VisualHub, get them here: www.isquint.org

There are also some web-based apps on the net which let you point at a HTTP address with the video you want and they automatically do the conversion for you online, they don't have a progress bar or anything though so it sucks because you never know if it's running or not. That's why I like the other method better.

Thanks Diego.

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Alphabet

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We did not die. We just got stronger. Here' s E.

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Don't waste my time

It's my turn to leave Fabrica.... But of course, one last bit of crap before I go. I'm asked to fill in some random paper with dates and signatures. As everyone else, I hate other people wasting my time. So instead of wasting it on the monkey-work I was asked to do, I spent it creating this tool. Enjoy your time guys! Don't let others waste it.

Fabricabullshitskipper

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Useful Stuff: Logorrhea

Logorrhea


Don't you hate when you are told something very important on iChat and then you close the window and it's gone? Logorrhea (nice name uh?) helps on that situation.

It's a small utility that lets you search through all your chat history. It requires you to enable saving your chats though, which can be done on the iChat settings window.

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Logorrhea lets you browse all your old chats, either browsing by person or searching for words. It's free, and very useful; I would say a lifesaver, sometimes.

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Useful Stuff: iStumbler

Istumbler

We all know that we are not allowed to install any kind of internet service in our flats. For some of us, that is a big big inconvenient, especially for those geeks up there in Interactive Department.

As wireless networks expand, more and more families and business decide to install wireless access points. That makes us lucky, as the only way for us to have internet in our flat is "stealing" it from our neighbors... And what makes us especially lucky is the fact that most people are totally clueless about wireless security, so they just buy this "magic device" that makes internet work anywhere in the house, they plug it in, and they forget about it.

That is great for us, as it usually means password-free wireless networks ready to be joined. The problem is that the wireless range of those devices is usually quite limited, and it's hard to find out in which part of our apartment we are getting wireless signal...

iStumbler is quite helpful in those situations (for mac people). You only need to launch it, and it will start looking for wireless signals continuously. That means we can slowly walk around our apartment, trying to find a spot with wireless range, or where the signal is stronger. We can usually join a network (if it's open) as long as the signal strength is over 20. Otherwise the computer might refuse to join it.

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iStumbler also looks for Bonjour and Bluetooth devices in range, but that might not be less useful for the not-so-geeks fabricanti.

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Convert in a Click

This is not a joke.

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"Do you need to change religion to grab the chance for a career outlook? Are you going to work abroad? Getting a new customized god is easy with Plug'n'Pray. A new spirituality and a new respectability can be yours at a mouse click."

Visit Plug and Pray here.

via Guillermo

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How to make friends:

You can craftily make yourself, or others, look better by using math! So long, lonely Trevisian nights.

From the BBC: "Scientists believe they have worked out a formula to calculate how "beer goggles" affect a drinker's vision."

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An = number of units of alcohol consumed
S = smokiness of the room (graded from 0-10, where 0 clear air; 10 extremely smoky)
L = luminance of 'person of interest' (candelas per square metre; typically 1 pitch black; 150 as seen in normal room lighting)
Vo = Snellen visual acuity (6/6 normal; 6/12 just meets driving standard)
d = distance from 'person of interest' (metres; 0.5 to 3 metres)

Keep this equation with you, wallet or purse works great, so you know when to or when not to strike.
And read here for a better understanding.

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Alphabet

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We have come to letter D.

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We need cups not ichat

ichat is the primary means of communication amongst the Fabricante. Then comes the mailing list, the phone and then talking face to face. But guess what's way cooler than all of those - cans!

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"The Cup Communicator allows ‘live’ communication in the same way as a 2 way radio does but it is no longer a mobile device like a walkie talkie. The product would be used in the home, on your desk at the office, in schools or colleges, in villages or apartment blocks to link together social groups."

We need these.
via we make money not art

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Alphabet

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Here is fridays C. Have a nice weekend!

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Alphabet

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Here is the second letter of the alphabet. And it's still friday.

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Friday Alphabet

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Late this friday afternoon Eric Faggin and Amélie Marciasini proudly present the first letter of their respective alphabets. Every week Amélie and Eric will each make a letter and then exchange it with each other. Each in turn will then interpret the other's letter, putting it into a new surrounding or adding a different touch, thus creating an richly varied alphabet that is a mixture of different techniques and styles. This week we begin with the letter A. Eric began with an illustration, and Amélie began with textiles. Here are the resulting A's.

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Cure Hiccups

Yesterday, in our quieted Fabrica building, the topic of curing hiccups by sticking a finger up one's anus came up a number of times. I stumbled upon this today. It seems, maybe, a bit more civil...
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This device (which peculiarly looks like a hands-free version of one of those "cup and string" phones) is a metallic cup with one electrode making contact with your cheek and another electrode making contact with the temple. When the cup is full of water and you begin to drink, an electrical circuit is created, thus stimulating the vagus and phrenic nerves and "reliably interrupting the Hiccup Reflexive Arc."

via Design Corner

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Perfect coffee

Since having moved to Italy, I’ve only brewed one batch of coffee in one of those little silver coffee brewing stove top things. I made the coffee for company and nobody finished their cup, even though the cups here are incredibly small. I think I used too many coffee grounds.

If you’ve ever been in this embarrassing situation, take heed:

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via swissmiss

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Useful Stuff: Slides

Slides

Imagine that you have a folder full of images, where half of them need to be dumped, but some need to be kept. That's quite a tedious process to go through... And Slides!, for Mac OS X, makes it as minimalist as possible.

Drop the folder into Slides! and start deciding what you like and what you don't. Its full screen interface can't be easier; right-key shows next picture, left-key shows previous. If you don't like one pict, press the Delete key, and it will be marked for deletion. If you like it, press right to see the next one. When you're finished deciding, press Esc, and you are done. The good pics are where they where, the bad one are in the trash.

Slides! is a great and lightweight tool for discarding images. The only downside? It is PPC only, so it doesn't work as smoothly as it should on Intel macs. Hopefully it will be ported to Universal Binary soon!

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Useful Stuff: Senuti

Senuti

Apple decided from the beginning that the iPod would be a device where you could drop music into, but never take it out of it. I don't think that's fair. Neither does the author of Senuti.

Senuti is a simple application that allows you to transfer songs from your iPod to your computer. Simple and effective; it does what expected and it does it quick. Great!

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Useful Stuff: Mellel

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Who is next? Mellel for Mac OS X, a lightweight text editor. Microsoft has had his text editor Word available for macintosh as far as I can remember, but I always hated it. We don't get along. I just can't help it, there's always unexpected stuff happening when I start using it. It changes your typeface, it moves images around, page numbering goes crazy, etc.... The list could go on forever. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who is unhappy with Microsoft Word. A few years ago, when I found myself writing my final thesis at university, I knew that I needed an alternative... And I found one.

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Mellel offered me all what I needed. It is simple yet highly customizable if needed; so if you want fancy indexes generated automatically, custom styles, etc, you can get them. I started using it when it was still quite a "young" piece of software, and as updates came along through the years, its has become a very stable word processor. It even imports and exports from/to Word, which makes it easier when your colleagues are still stucked with it. Mellel is offered at 49$ (35$ student discount), and I am very happy I decided to spend that money.

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Useful Stuff: OmniDiskSweeper

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Today, another must-have utility; OmniDiskSweeper for Mac OS X. This uility is meant to help solve a very common problem within computers... As we keep working on them, we create more and more files that we want to have handy. Eventually, no matter how big our hard drive is, we run out of space. The computer starts crawling, the hard drive starts making funny kr-kr-kr-kr noises, and we get impatient. It is a good idea to have around 25% of free space on the hard drive to keep it working at an optimium level. The problem comes when we have to erase stuff... Where do we start from??

OmniDiskSweeper solves this in a very effective way; when launched, it scans every directory in the hard drive and calculates its size, showing a browser with all the directory hierarchy and each folder's size. This makes it very easy to realize within a glance where the big files are, making the decision of what to trash easier.

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Useful Stuff: Adium

This is my first post (hopefully others will come) where I will talk about my most used pieces of software for Mac OS X. Little applications that make my life easier or more comfortable, or stuff that has amazed me somehow. Sometimes they will be shareware, sometimes freeware.

Today I'll talk about Adium.

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Adium is a free and open source instant messaging application for Mac OS X. There have always been many IM (instant messaging) protocols, like ICQ, AIM, MSN, Jabber, etc... With Adium, you don't need an application to connect to each service any more. You can connect to all the accounts you want simultaneously. That means you have a single contact list, that shows you all your online buddies, no matter what IM protocol they use.

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What I really love about adium, is its level of customization. You can configure virtually everything; the looks of it, its behavior, the sounds it produces, etc. You can customize it on your own, or you can get other people's favorite customizations, as it has a great community that has posted hundreds of "xtras" to build Adium after your taste.

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It even has support for Growl. And it is, of course Universal Binary; so it will work fine with PPC and Intel macs. Adium, with its unbeatable price, is a must have.

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