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IKEA Hacks and Mods

August 3, 2009
Made from 12 $4.99 Lampan Lamps

Made from 12 $4.99 Lampan Lamps

First of all, I apologize for not blogging in a very, very long time! However, I bring you very cool stuff this time. While scouring the internet for methods of cheaply decorating my apartment (without it looking like all the IKEA catalogue clones in NYC) I came across an interesting idea. IKEA “hacks” basically take IKEA’s stuff and modify it to make better stuff. For example, this Lampan lamp made from 12 of the little guys, making a glorious dodecahedron (but 3D) of light! There are many other hacks just like this, which require a simple trip to your local IKEA and some time. More details after the fold!

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Line Describing a Cone

March 4, 2009

Created in 1973 by Anthony McCall, “Line Describing a Cone” is one of my recently discovered favorite works of art.  At its most basic form, it is a 16mm film that shows a dot of light which slowly travels the route of a full circle, leaving a trail along the thirty minute duration.  This may seem mundane, but “Line Describing a Cone” is considered a “solid light film.”  What brings the piece to life is the presence of smoke in the room, illuminating the normally invisible path of light forming a cone with the base on the wall and the point at the projector.  Further, this is a fully interactive piece, presented without seating, allowing the audience to play with the light, blocking it, walking through it, etc.  Originally designed to work with a room filled naturally by dust and casual cigarette smoke from patrons, a fog machine produces the same effect in more recent incarnations.  More pictures after the fold.

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Rasterbator

September 3, 2008
Rasterbator + Art = Awesome

Rasterbator + Art = Awesome

It’s not what it sounds like.  The Rasterbator is a program that creates huge rasterized images from any picture.  It expands the picture and breaks it down into 8.5″ x 11″ pages that are printable from your own printer.  A couple years ago, I took Banksy’s “Chalk Farm Maid” and turned it into a giant poster for my room (pictured above).  The Rasterbator is a really cool way to make giant art that would normally break the bank at Kinko’s or a poster store for pennies on the dollar.  You can also get creative with the images, put them on your ceiling, wallpaper your room, have the images interact with things in your room, etc.  In summation, the Rasterbator is the perfect solution to make your room awesome if you a.) can’t afford posters and/or b.) are sick of the stock, overused posters plastered in seemingly every college dorm.  More pictures of creative Rasterbator uses and a disclaimer after the fold.

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