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Making Faux Leather from Kombucha!

Some of the work that citizen biohackers and biohacking makerspsaces are doing is truly impressive. In this video, the folks at the makerspace/bio lab, Scihouse, embark on a series of experiments to turn kombucha, that strange, fermented mushroom tea beloved by hippies and hipsters, into a viable …

22 lessons from Stephen King on how to be a great writer

Renowned author Stephen King writes stories that captivate millions of people around the world and earn him an estimated $17 million a year.<p>In his …

Creative Writing

How Composer Daniel Hart Brought 'A Ghost Story' To Life

The best film scores walk a delicate line: They help propel the story, guide an audience's emotions and are also often a distinct character, with a role and voice as important as any actor's — but they also have to do all that without getting in the way, or drawing too much attention.<p>For the deeply …

103 Things You Should Always Throw Away

Nothing will have you feeling more refreshed than decluttering your living space from unnecessary stuff. Here are all the things you can and should …

Minimalism

LOT-EK slices shipping-container stack to form Williamsburg home

New York studio LOT-EK has built a family home in Brooklyn by stacking shipping containers, and cutting them at an angle to create terraces stepped …

Architecture

Birth of the iPhone: How Apple turned clunky prototypes into a truly magical device

The world had never seen anything like the iPhone when Apple launched the device on June 29, 2007. But the touchscreen device that blew everyone’s minds immediately didn’t come about so easily.<p>The iPhone was the result of years of arduous work by Apple’s industrial designers. They labored over a …

Product Design

Learn the Double-Stitch Technique to Handsew Leather

<b>Get the Book!</b> The first comprehensive guide to applying digital design techniques to traditional leatherwork .<p>Though its history dates back to the dawn of civilization, leatherworking remains an enjoyable and useful skill even in the age of 3D printers. And while you can spend a lifetime learning …

Sewing

How Should A Suit Fit? An Essential Guide

Ever wondered ‘how should a suit fit’? If you’re going to go to the trouble of wearing a suit, you don’t want it to look average. You don’t want it …

Men's Fashion

Recards, Wonderfully Clever Birthday and Christmas Cards That Play Small Vinyl Records

Recards are special greeting cards that allow you to construct a manual turntable from the packaging and a needle to then play a fun birthday or …

Vinyl Records

How 2 Theater Geeks Turned Their Passion Into a Hot Startup

On a wet, late-October evening, Merritt Baer and ­Brian Fenty sat in the audience of <i>Tick, Tick … Boom!</i>—an off-Broadway musical about a SoHo waiter …

The Invention of Ambient Music

On YouTube, there is a clip of David Bowie submitting to an interview on German television, apparently in 1997. The sound quality’s a bit sketchy. Bowie has a translator, speaking to him through an earpiece. I do not, and can’t quite tell you what’s going on. But two minutes in, a few familiar …

This Startup Delivers a Live Orchestra to Your Apartment

Not everyone has the money—or the energy—to dress up and go out to enjoy a night of classical music at the symphony. If you want to listen to a live …

Celine Dion

Decoding the Screenplays of The Shining, Moonrise Kingdom & The Dark Knight: Watch Lessons from the Screenplay

"A screenplay isn't meant to be read," said no less a directing-screenwriting auteur than Stanley Kubrick. "It's to be realized on film." The quote …

The early rejection letter received by rock icon Bono from U2

From pop icon Madonna to Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, the early rejection letters received by some of today’s most successful artists are read aloud by a group of up-and-coming creatives in this inspiring video series.<p>The video above details a rejection letter received by Paul Hewson – now …

The scientists who make apps addictive

Tech companies use the insights of behaviour design to keep us returning to their products. But some of the psychologists who developed the science …

High-Tech Digital Mirror Turns Your Face into a 3D Canvas

Facial projection mapping doyen Nobumichi Asai's has created a breathtaking face-generating 'mirror' installation.<p><i>GIF by the author, via</i><p>When it comes to projection mapping the human face, Japanese artist Nobumichi Asai has been creating some truly spectacular work. The lastest development in his …

Django Reinhardt Demonstrates His Guitar Genius in Rare Footage From the 1930s, 40s & 50s

In one of my favorite Woody Allen films, <i>Sweet and Lowdown</i>, Sean Penn plays Emmett Ray, a fictional jazz guitarist who embodies the titular qualities …

Inside the Eye-Popping Labyrinth of ‘Doug Aitken: Electric Earth’

As his mid-career survey opens at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, the acclaimed artist speaks with The Creators Project.<p>A sense of place can’t help but spring from the multidisciplinary work of artist Doug Aitken. Via video installations, sculpture, photography, and architectural design, the …

Art

How to See All of Broadway's Best For a Fraction of the Price

Ready to go on a theater-filled journey? I know, I know — Broadway tickets are so expensive, right? Well, not if you know what you're doing. I'll be the first to admit that it's easier to see Broadway shows for a lower price if you live in New York and aren't pressed for time like a tourist with …

Making of Japanese handmade paper of Kyoto Kurotani

Observing the craftsmanship in 18 workshops around Kyoto, Japan, filmmaker Kuroyanagi Takashi recorded how Japanese <i>washi</i> — Ganpishi, Kozogami, …

How Broadway Contributed to Its Own Cell Phone Problem

It's great that Lin-Manuel Miranda is publicly shaming folks who use their cell phones. I applauded Patti LuPone doing it during a show. I was in the audience at <i>She Loves Me</i> a few weeks ago when Laura Benanti stopped the show while someone picked up her phone. Applause. This is all great. What …

Bob Dylan Reads From T.S. Eliot’s Great Modernist Poem The Waste Land

As a recent piece in <i>The Independent</i> notes, “students of literate songwriting” are unsurprised to find references to T.S. Eliot scattered throughout …

Oxford’s Free Course Critical Reasoning For Beginners Will Teach You to Think Like a Philosopher

When I was younger, I often found myself disagreeing with something I’d read or heard, but couldn't explain exactly why. Despite being unable to …

Watch: Tony Zhou on the Coen Brothers’ Use of Shot/Reverse Shot

Tony Zhou covers a lot of ground in his latest video essay, which examines the Coen brothers’ use of shot/reverse shot. Noting that they prefer to …

Carter Burwell on writing the soundtrack to the Coen brothers’ career | Little White Lies

Carter Burwell has been responsible for carving the sonic architecture of some pretty notable films over the last 30 years. Despite regular …

Layer by Layer Reconstructions of Old Master Paintings | Conservation Lab

At the University of Delaware, Brian Baade teaches students to appreciate the labor-intensive ways of the Old Masters.<p><i>In art institutions across the globe, time machines and investigation rooms exist behind closed doors. Dusty artworks go in and come out looking centuries younger; artists’ secrets</i> …

Watch Charles & Ray Eames’ Powers of Ten, the 1977 Film That Put the Scale of the Universe into Brilliant Perspective

All our childhood homes contained books we couldn't quite explain. I remember feeling particularly mystified, though not displeasingly so, by a slim …

Value of Prince's $300-million estate is expected to soar in coming years

By any measure, Prince was rock star royalty. That includes his wealth.<p>The prolific musician leaves behind a vast legacy of genre-bending albums and gender-bending fashion statements — and an estate said to be worth about $300 million, making him one of the most valuable entertainers in the …

Something Rotten! Will Celebrate First Year on Broadway with Series of Events

The celebration includes specially priced tickets, a concert evening and more.<p>The Tony-nominated musical <i>Something Rotten!</i> will celebrate its first …

Golden Globes