Matt Maldre

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A positive approach to negative criticism

What do you do with negative criticism? Our first reaction might be to dismiss words that tear us down.Instead of ignoring the negative criticism, I …

Why I enjoy non-slip stickers for stairs

I’m not sure why, but I’m finding it fascinating doing a Google image search for: stair non-slip stickers. I work at landmark Tribune Tower building …

Image Search

Transit tokens as investment

Philadelphia is retiring their transit tokens. I urge people to go and buy as many tokens as you can. They will be worth the investment 20 years from …

Selling

Reaching out in outer space

The reality of space. Real objects. Real textures. Thousands of miles away, images brought back to Earth. To our computer screens.I love the caption …

IWU: Push past the boundaries of your creativity

My four years as an art major at Illinois Wesleyan University were some of the best years of my life. The students and professors taught me how to …

Glass Art

Discovering an urban wildlife book through a Twitter battle

When one alternative Chicago newspaper pokes fun at another alternative Chicago newspaper, you get some fun (and I ended up finding a really cool …

Googling 19 consecutive equal signs

A Google search for 19 consecutive equal signs yields zero results.Maybe 19 is too many. Let’s try a lower number. Googling ten equal signs also …

Printing

The Mona Lisa transition on Google Images

I love how the results for Mona Lisa on Google Images first start off with all serious, normal images. And then as you scroll down, the images get …

Mona Lisa

The official hashtag for a book could be its ISBN number

Every book should have its own hashtag, so we can follow conversations about the book on Twitter.I’m looking to tweet quotes from an awesome new book …

Olympic athletes that play the violin

Which Olympic athletes that play the violin?Six athletes from the 2018 Winter Olympics list playing the violin as one of their hobbies. Spanning …

Hobbies

Spring tulips break ground for my last year working in Tribune Tower

Since 2010, I’ve photographed the budding tulips across from the Tribune Tower. A quick trip across the street to Walgreens and I get the pleasant …

The City

Google suggests Mister Rogers to me

People freak out about Google following you around and making creepy suggestions. But here is a story about a very nice suggestion from Google.My …

Tiny snowflakes remind me to carry a macro lens

Seeing tiny snowflakes embedded in ice makes me wish I still carried my iPhone macro lens with me. This photo is a bit blurry, but you kinda get the …

Idea: Selling sample paper packs on Amazon

Selecting paper on Amazon is hard. You can’t see the paper in person. What is the texture like? Will your printer accept the paper? Or will it be too …

Selling

Youtube kicked me out of their partner program

Youtube has a new rule to be able to make money off your videos. You must have 4,000 watch hours in the previous 12 months and 1,000 …

Hot Wheels

Two minutes on Dominican flag from a Walgreens window

I stood in a Walgreens dish soap aisle for two minutes recording a video of the store window. Why? Because this Walgreens, in the historic Wrigley …

Analysis of my six favorite cereals

Cereal, cereal, cereal. The standard quick meal not only for breakfast, but for any time of day! National Cereal Day was last week. Yeah, I’ve been …

Secret Rooms Installed Inside Abandoned Manhole Covers on the Streets of Milan | Colossal

<p>In this new series of outdoor installations artist Biancoshock has turned abandoned manhole covers on the streets of Milan into cramped miniature …

Kintsugi: The Art of Broken Pieces | Colossal

<p>Kintsugi (or kintsukuroi) is a Japanese method for repairing broken ceramics with a special lacquer mixed with gold, silver, or platinum. The …

The Ingenuity and Beauty of Creative Parchment Repair in Medieval Books | Colossal

<p>Another day, another collection of fascinating discoveries from medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel who previously introduced the internet to his …

Music streaming now counts for gold, platinum records

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the American music industry organization, has decided to start factoring in streaming of music …

Streaming

Thank goodness for Hulik Yalik bringing us the appearance of natural terrain to slate tiles. Comic by Ben Katchor in the October issue of Metropolis | Funny | …

Rid this city. | Funny

I want Miniature Loaves of Bread! Ben Katchor in Metropolis Magazine, September 2015 | Funny | Pinterest | Cartoon

The term "killer whale" is messed up! (Pie Comic by John McNamee) | Funny | Pinterest | Killer whales, Comic and Funny gifs

We summon the 4 elements... (Pie Comic by John McNamee) | Funny | Pinterest | Summoning, Fun comics and Funny things

Razors, Lady Razors. (Pie Comic by John McNamee) | Funny | Pinterest | Pies, Funny pictures and Hilarious