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With Daleks being the biggest Who based toy, (now in multiple colours, gotta own em all) it can be hard for some parents to buy the toy especially with news of '100 days to Christmas to go'.
Well good news for them and any cosplayers out there, since the internet now comes with official blue prints for Dalek construction. Though I assume you can't build an army of these and take over the universe.
"These ancient, official BBC build-your-own-Dalek blueprints were rescued from the defunct Doctor Who FTP archive. Distributing out of print Dalek blueprints is arguably what the Internet was made for. "-Boing Boinghttp://www.boingboing.net/2010/09/16/official-bbc-diy-dal.html With Daleks being... more
It shoots about 20-30 feet in distance, you gotta make one for yourself.
This is adorable: a tiny charcoal BBQ grill using an Altoids Sours tin, two metal computer fan guards, and some sheet metal screws for legs. It looks like it fits one regular-sized briquette. As one of the commentors notes, this is great for marshmallows, but you could also cook a shrimp at a time.
http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/09/altoids-mini-bbq/?pid=192This is adorable: a tiny charcoal BBQ grill using an Altoids Sours tin, two metal... more
Brett Erlich scored the How-To & DIY prize back in April, and now his award statue has finally arrived! After some time spent rubbing it on himself, he decided he wanted other people to experience that joy. Now he needs your help picking a viral video that deserves serious recognition.
Embed the best viral video you've seen in comments and name the award you think it deserves. Brett will pick his favorite and shower the winner with all kinds of internet love and accolades!
To see Brett's trip to the Awards earlier this year, check out Current "Brett Travels to the Webbys" travelogue:
Viral Video Film School is a recurring segment on the weekly television show infoMania. In each episode of VVFS, Professor Brett Erlich teaches you valuable skills in the discipline of Viral Video making. So sit down, take notes, and try not to piss him off. For more Brett visit http://current.com/viral-video-film-school-im/ and Current TV.
infoMania is a half-hour satirical news show that airs on Current TV. The show puts a comedic spin on the 24-hour chaos and information overload brought about by the constant bombardment of the media. Hosted by Conor Knighton and co-starring Brett Erlich, Erin Gibson, Ben Hoffman, Bryan Safi and Sergio Cilli, the show airs on Thursdays at 10/9c on Current TV.
Go to http://current.com/infomania for more, and make sure to check out our Facebook profile for special features at http://facebook.com/infomania.Brett Erlich scored the How-To & DIY prize back in April, and now his award statue... more
Among certain indie filmmakers and indie film investors there is considerable doubt regarding the necessity of a theatrical release. Both entities may feel a direct release to DVD or new-media format will suffice, thus sparing the expense of a money-losing theatrical release. Unfortunately, such thinking neglects the primary reason for a theatrical release: advertising.Among certain indie filmmakers and indie film investors there is considerable doubt... more
The article has gathered 15 amazing online websites that will have your desk decluttered. Now with just a few clicks, organizing papers, books, notes, and even your internet surfing is as easy as moving a mouse. Throwing out the junk you don’t need any more is harder.
http://www.onlinemasters.org/15-amazing-online-websites-that-will-have-your-desk-declutteredThe article has gathered 15 amazing online websites that will have your desk... more
In a society that values success over sanity, being a perfectionist is somewhat desirable. Check out these top 10 signs to see if you’re a perfectionist.
:http://www.onlinecertificateprograms.org/blog/2010/top-10-signs-youre-a-perfectionist/In a society that values success over sanity, being a perfectionist is somewhat... more
This 13-year-old “Spider-Boy” named Hibiki Kono announced to his parents and teachers that he would build a device to let him climb walls just like Spider-Man. Like all great minds he was greeted with doubt and ridicule. Now Kono is showing them all how wrong they were.
Read more: http://www.whitespace.bz/ws/web/forms/pulse/PulseMainArticle.aspx?id=499This 13-year-old “Spider-Boy” named Hibiki Kono announced to his parents... more
Add some stylish shelf and towel space to your bathroom for the big fat price of NOTHING!
The top 40 blogs listed in the article that will help you learn more about the electric car conversion movement. These blogs have all the information you’ll need if you decide to “take the plunge” and go electric, and you should definitely give them all a close look.
http://onlinecolleges.org/diy-electric-cars-40-top-blogs-for-learning-about-the-electric-car-conversion-movement/The top 40 blogs listed in the article that will help you learn more about the... more
Fortunately, enterprising individuals know that venues exist to make their job search that much easier to deal with - and the following few exist as some of the more common strategies they attempt.
http://www.onlinedegree.net/101-ideas-to-improve-your-career-when-no-one-will-hire-you/Fortunately, enterprising individuals know that venues exist to make their job search... more
What better way to spend one’s time than to take the most average, mundane networking tool and turn it into a weapon that could potentially sever one’s jugular?What better way to spend one’s time than to take the most average, mundane... more
Some DIY because they’re control freaks, others do it because they’re on a budget. Whatever your reason, fixing or building something yourself has a rewarding feeling that doesn’t come with writing a check.
Link: http://mastersinpublicadministration.com/100-best-twitter-feeds-for-homeowner-diy-ideasSome DIY because they’re control freaks, others do it because they’re on a... more
DIY types with a bit of space to spare – even a windowsill will do! – may want to take their pharmaceutical pursuits one step further and create for themselves a garden full of traditional herbs and plants.
Link: http://pharmacytechniciancertification.net/80-incredibly-healthy-healing-herbs-you-can-legally-grow-at-home/DIY types with a bit of space to spare – even a windowsill will do! – may... more
Tasty, frosty beverages an an essential part of beating the summer heat. Grab an old bike crank arm and craft the best brew and bottle opener around.Tasty, frosty beverages an an essential part of beating the summer heat. Grab an old... more
This is a video tutorial on how you can booby trap a DVD case so that when someone opens it, the disc will come flying out with force hitting them right in the face!This is a video tutorial on how you can booby trap a DVD case so that when someone... more
It can be a nightmare for some producers to keep presenters within the time schedule, and as neatorama states have used many signals over the years to help them 'wrap it up'. Now some cruel man has invented the wrap it up box with flashing lights and elevator music. The idea was inspired by a Dave Chapelle sketch.
Te how to is here: http://www.spikenzielabs.com/SpikenzieLabs/wrapitup.htmlIt can be a nightmare for some producers to keep presenters within the time schedule,... more
A great video of a easy to make fun hang glider you can make fly by simply pushing it through the air by your hands (bad tech description, makes more sense in the video)
If you watched the video and loved the glider, daily what supplies a link to the pattern. win.A great video of a easy to make fun hang glider you can make fly by simply pushing it... more
Here are 50 excellent writing exercises to help cultivate your creativity and craft, from brainstorming to beating writer’s block and remembering your motivation.
Link : http://www.onlinedegreeprograms.com/blog/2010/50-excellent-writing-exercises-to-cultivate-your-creativity-craft/Here are 50 excellent writing exercises to help cultivate your creativity and craft,... more
Take an art show comprised entirely of works found in the trash, a soapbox derby, countless bands, guerilla theatre interventions, conceptual art pieces, picnics in strange places, video screenings and parades and you get a pretty interesting festival. Remove participation fees, unethical sponsorships, a heavy corporate presence and any form of censorship and replace those negatives with an inclusive community-based approach to the arts and you get the International Infringement Festival.
Created in Montreal in the summer of 2004 and thrown together in just a few months, the festival has managed to survive long enough to enter its seventh year and spread to various communities around the world as varied as Bordeaux, France and Ottawa, sometimes planting roots and continuing. This year, there are four stops on the Infringement circuit: Brooklyn, which already happened in May; Montreal, which gets underway in late June; Hamilton (for the first time) in early July; and Buffalo in the end of July and early August.
“When I first conceptualized this festival it was as a culture-jam against the now-trademarked Fringe Festival,” says Donovan King, still an active infringer in Montreal, “I had no idea whether it would be a one-off or if it would take on a life of its own. I am pleased to see that it has, which means there is a need for this type of critical arts event.”
In its birthplace, the festival is gearing up for another event. This year the fest will feature a Dumpster Dive Art Drive where found objects are turned into works of art while wine is served from a brown paper bag in an alley, a series of picnics in unusual places, the now-infamous street theatre experiment Car Stories (whose getting kicked out of the Fringe prompted the creation of the Infringement) and more traditional indoor music and theatre shows inside established and not-so-established makeshift venues.
While giving various artists a platform to express themselves politically or just plain perform and have a good time regardless of their notoriety or economic capacity, the Montreal fest also has a culture-jamming cell that carries out direct guerilla theatre interventions. In the early years, most of this theatrical critique was directed at the St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe and their policy of charging artists, though since 2007, the cell has focused more on other targets like the corporate spam which is sadly now a regular part of the St-Laurent street fair:
This is all possible thanks to the time generously donated by volunteer organizers and a bit of financial support from ethical companies. The festival has very strict criteria as to what types of businesses can and can’t sponsor the event. Those criteria along rules that you can’t charge artists to participate, that you must be run democratically, that artists keep 100% of their box office and that you should try and seek out critical artists with something to say are the only regulations Infringement organizers or would-be Infringement organizers have to follow.
The rest, including the length of the festival, the number of artists that perform, the types of venues provided (if any) and the tone and theme of the event are decided locally based on what the local community needs. The Buffalo Infringement, for example, has a different approach to the hands-on intervention politics practiced by some in the Montreal festival.
“Political issues are tackled by the artist not the fest,” says Jason Klinger, a visual artist and one of the fest’s organizers, “we provide the soapbox, pun intended.”
The pun refers to a soapbox derby open to all artists which the BIF is trying for the first time this year. It is one of what promises to be around 1000 individual performances, up from last year’s rough total of 600.
Many of those acts, if history shows anything, are bound to be politically progressive in nature or at the very least quite unique. I still remember Subversive Theatre’s version of The Exception and the Rule in 2007, staged as a moving street theatre piece and in particular the part where the show had to dodge two other Infringement acts happening in the streets at the same time. The following year, someone named Nobody ran for president at the festival. Nobodys is now the name of one of their more grassroots venues. They’ve also hosted fire shows in the park since 2005.
This year’s slate includes returning infringers The Blood Thirsty Vegans and Anal Pudding, local noteable Eric Starchild and quite a few up-and-coming or unknown artists. Like in Montreal, the Buffalo Infringement has seen its fair share of first-time performers.
Spread out over the Allentown and Elmwood Village neighborhoods, Buffalo is hands-down the largest stop on this year’s Infringement circuit. In what was once a city of millionaires, local independent artists are now breathing new life into a community hit hard economically when the steel industry left town a few decades ago. It is them who welcomed the Infringement with open arms when Subversive’s Kurt Schneiderman first brought it to town in 2005 and it is them who continue to nurture the fest.
“I think there are a lot more artist per capita,” says Long Island native Curt Rotterdam, another Buffalo organizer and infringer since 2006, of his adopted home, “some people left. Artists stayed. Buffalo has a certain charm, maybe it’s the water.”
Klinger adds: “it’s supported because the arts community is very DIY here and they enjoy that about the fest. After all we are the city of good neighbours.”
Just a quick bike ride across the border and down the road a bit from Buffalo, Gary St-Laurent is busy booking bands for Hamilton’s first-ever Infringement to be held this July. While music is generally a large part of any Infringement Festival, in Hamilton, it accounts for the vast majority of performances.
“The Hammer’s a musical oasis and the fest reflects this reality,” says St-Laurent, “so far, only three acts are not musical: Car Stories from Montreal, a dance troupe from Oakville and an Improv comedy troupe from here.”
St-Laurent, also a co-founder of the Infringement in Montreal along with conceptualizer King and the author of this post, plans to bring some musical acts from his former home to town including Ashtray Heart, K-Man and the 45’s, Richard Lahmy and E.J. Brule. They will join local infringers and maybe some talent from Buffalo as well at the roughly 200-capacity This Ain’t Hollywood, an up-and-coming venue that will serve as the epicenter of the festival.
That doesn’t mean it’s the only place where people will be infringing. As luck would have it, the first Friday of the fest coincides with the wildly successful Art Crawl which features vernissages, buskers and a soapbox for political rants. St-Laurent plans for the festival to be a big part of this, much like how the annual College Street Block Party is part of the Infringement in Buffalo.
Integrating with the community and collaborating with other like-minded groups and events is a core part of many an Infringement festival. Rather than employ a top-down approach of festivals having to operate a certain way across the board, each local group of Infringement organizers, provided they adhere to the mandate, are free to tailor their fest to the needs of their community.
Continue reading: http://artthreat.net/2010/06/infringement-festival/
For more on the 2010 Infringement circuit or to find out how you can start a festival in your community, please visit infringementfestival.com. or www.infringebuffalo.org
Jason C. McLean is a cofounder of the Infringement Festival, and can be found at jasoncmclean.com.Take an art show comprised entirely of works found in the trash, a soapbox derby,... more