Estonian 2 Kroon bills for fun

I paid $1.88 for a 2 Krooni from Estonia. The Kroon is—was—Estonian’s form of currency. The word “kroon” translates to “crown”. (Kroon is singular, Krooni is plural. Please excuse me if I use the wrong form in this post.) Paying $1.88 for a 2 Kroon bill sounds like a deal, right? Yeah, I’m pretty much …

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Enhanced weekly electricity reports

Every week ComEd, my electricity company, sends me a report on how much electricity I’ve used in the past week. This report is very helpful, because it compares this week to last week. If I changed any of my electricity habits, like not running the dehumidifier, I can see the impact right away. Why weekly …

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Unusual Little People sets

Little People has sets for The Office, Masters of the Universe, and WWE! The princess castle will never be the same again.

8 ways to enhance an art museum

How would you reimagine an art museum? The Art Institute of Chicago called on teens to reinvent and vamp up the museum experience. The competition, Re:Imagine, asked for ideas to make the museum more engaging and multi-sensory, using any creative methods. 52 wonderful ideas were submitted. Eight of them really stood out. Concepts like scratch-n-sniff …

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Gamification of Google Arts & Culture

Google Arts & Culture is such an incredible resource. You can virtually explore through the galleries of art museums, view artwork up close, make your own collections, search through topics, explore by color. There’s so many things you can do. Google made a fun way for people to explore through the wide functionality. As you …

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A rubber stamp with Munch’s “painted by a madman” graffiti phrase

Today I ordered a rubber stamp with Edvard Munch’s “painted by a madman” phrase. When he painted “The Scream”, the original artwork wasn’t received very well by a critique of local artists. One of the folks at the critique questioned his sanity. So upset by this criticism, Munch went home and hand-wrote “Can only have …

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MAR 10 is MARIO day

I saw on National Day Calendar that today is National Mario Day. Now I know why it’s on March 10. Funny how National Day Calendar’s page doesn’t mention anything about how MAR 10 looks like MARIO. I love little word plays like this. It’s like May 4th being Star Wars day (aka “May the 4th …

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Color palette generator

Every day I check the Eiffel Tower webcam. Many days the colors are pretty nice. I’d like to grab a quick color palette to tweet with my @EiffelLive Twitter account. Today’s Eiffel Tower view is peaceful. Gray and white tones. I’m trying out some color palette generators on MacOS. I know they exist on the …

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Why did I illuminate Winslow Homer with free internet fonts?

Yesterday I set out to illuminate Homer’s paintings using a silly font-selecting method: Pick the free fonts based primarily on their name alone. What was my motivation? One of my friends asked, “I am curious why you underwent this exercise Matt”. I asked myself the same question as I was doing this. A handful reasons …

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