Ikea Hackers

“IkeaHackers.net is a site about modifications on and repurposing of Ikea products. Hacks, as we call it here, may be as simple as adding an embellishment, some others may require power tools and lots of ingenuity. ”

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Social Media Propaganda Posters

I’m a sucker for this style of design. I don’t know what it’s called.

The designer, Aaron Wood, has prints for sale on his Etsy shop

http://www.etsy.com/shop/Justonescarf?ref=seller_info

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Forer’s Demonstration

From wikipedia:

In 1948, psychologist Bertram R. Forer gave a personality test to his students. He told his students they were each receiving a unique personality analysis that was based on the test’s results and to rate their analysis on a scale of 0 (very poor) to 5 (excellent) on how well it applied to themselves. In reality, each received the same analysis:

“You have a great need for other people to like and admire you. You have a tendency to be critical of yourself. You have a great deal of unused capacity which you have not turned to your advantage. While you have some personality weaknesses, you are generally able to compensate for them. Disciplined and self-controlled outside, you tend to be worrisome and … Read the rest

Victorian Age Texting

SundayMagazine found a newspaper article from 1890 titled, “FRIENDS THEY NEVER MEET: ACQUAINTANCES MADE BY THE TELEGRAPH KEY. CONFIDENCES EXCHANGED BETWEEN MEN WHO HAVE NEVER SEEN EACH OTHER — THEIR PECULIAR CONVERSATION ABBREVIATIONS”

From 1890: The First Text Messages

It describes the equivalent of text messaging over the telegraph. Given the cumbersome nature of tapping out each letter, it naturally bred a new kind of shorthand language:

Their morning greeting to a friend in a distant city is usually “g. m.,” and the farewell for the evening, “g. n.,” the letters of course standing for good morning and good night. The salutation may be accompanied by an inquiry by one as to the health of the other, which would be expressed thus: “Hw r u ts

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NPR Name

Credit to:

https://liana.tumblr.com/post/95793665/your-npr-name

referenced on:
http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2009/04/whats_your_npr_name.html

“You take your middle initial and insert it somewhere into your first name. Then you add on the smallest foreign town you’ve ever visited.”

I don’t know the populations of all the little foreign towns I’ve been in, but let’s say my name is Mact Ataria… Read the rest

CCCP-2061

Some great examples of retro-futurist “envisionings”

The site: http://ru-2061.livejournal.com/ is devoted to a drawing contest where artists imagine a planet Mars colonized by a thriving Soviet space program in the year 2061.

Not all of the work is good, but some is very good. The second round of the contest, “The Stone Belt” seems to have attracted more talent than the first.

The page is in Russian, but Chrome translates it pretty well.

Russian art is always fascinating to me because the default color palette is just a little different from the American one. It’s hard to put my finger on it, but if you look at, say images taken by Russian satellites:

the blues are shifted a bit toward green and the reds shifted a … Read the rest