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Movie about Venezuelan revolutionary Ilich Ramirez Sanchez

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By Christine Utterberg in New Film on Tuesday 27 September 2011

Carlos tells the epic tale of Venezuelan revolutionary Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, who in the 1970s and 1980s led a worldwide terrorist organization. Ilich, going by the code name Carlos, quickly gained notoriety for his terrorist acts, including a raid of the 1975 OPEC meeting in Vienna, before eventually being arrested in the 1990s.

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Su Blackwell’s Book Sculptures

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By Christine Utterberg in New Art on Friday 23 September 2011

I’ve noticed that a recent trend among paper cut art is book sculptures but Su Blackwell’s book-cut sculptures far exceed most that I’ve seen. Reminiscent of pop-up books, Blackwell literally uses the subject of each book to make her own sculptural version. I love how each three-dimensional piece so beautifully captures the book.

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Bohemian Rhapsody played on a Ukulele

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By Christine Utterberg in New Music on Friday 26 August 2011

Jake Shimabukuro, a musician from Hawaii, spoke at TED last year and shared his thoughts on the ukulele: ‘The world would be a much happier place if everyone played the ukulele’. I can’t argue with him after seeing his amazing rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody on the tiny instrument.

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Crumpled City Maps by Palomar

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By Christine Utterberg in New Products on Wednesday 17 August 2011

When you move to a new city or travel a lot, you tend to develop an aversion to maps. They’re usually too clumsy to carry around all the time, become tattered with frequent use, and the unfolding-refolding alone can drive you crazy. Then there’s Palomar’s Crumpled City Maps.

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A Take Away Show with Argentine band Onda Vaga

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By Christine Utterberg in New Music on Wednesday 17 August 2011

La Blogothèque’s series, The Take Away Shows, is my favorite place to watch impromptu performances from a great selection of indie musicians. I fell in love with the Argentine band Onda Vaga after watching this video shot on the streets of Buenos Aires. The song doesn’t kick off right away, but trust me, wait for […]

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A Museum Of Letters in Berlin

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By Christine Utterberg in Cool Travel on Friday 12 August 2011

The Buchstabenmuseum is definitely one of the more interesting museums I’ve been to in Berlin. It’s a small museum dedicated to the preservation of typefaces that are used in signage.

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Olek’s incredible crocheted art

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By Christine Utterberg in New Art on Thursday 11 August 2011

Bikes, text messages, objects found in her apartment … there seems to be nothing that artist Olek can’t crochet.

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A short film made by an Octopus

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By Christine Utterberg in Video on Monday 8 August 2011

During one of his diving adventures in New Zealand, Victor Huang tried to get a close-up shot of an octopus. However, the octopus wanted a closer look at the camera. After a quick struggle, the octopus swam off with Huang’s video camera while it was still recording. Huang eventually did get the camera back from […]

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Vienna’s Hammock House

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By Christine Utterberg in Architecture on Saturday 30 July 2011

Wanting to create a space where the public could chill out, the architect team of Heri and Salli designed Flederhaus in Vienna. Created for the MuseumsQuartier, this house-shaped structure invites people to come in, relax in one of its many hammocks and enjoy their surroundings from a new point of view. If only all public spaces were this inviting.

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Buck Stacking game

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By Christine Utterberg in New Products on Friday 29 July 2011

Don’t mistake this little buck for just another design accent. Made out of resin, this game comes with 30 other antlers that can be stacked on top of each other. Try to add as many antlers as you can without making them tip over and tumble down. Sold by Huset.

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Korean jazz singer Youn Sun Nah covers Enter Sandman

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By Christine Utterberg in New Music on Tuesday 26 July 2011

Youn Sun Nah is not your typical jazz singer. Yes, being Korean does add to her unconventional appeal in the world of modern jazz. But what is really interesting about her is the way she uses her powerful voice.

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Log Bowls by Loyal Loot Collective

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By Christine Utterberg in New Eco on Tuesday 26 July 2011

Loyal Loot Collective makes this stunning collection of bowls made out of logs. A variety of fallen and discarded trees are locally collected, repurposed into bowls, and then finished in a beautiful range of colors.

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Yowayowa’s Levitating self-portraits

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By Christine Utterberg in New Photography on Tuesday 26 July 2011

Natsumi Hayashi goes by the name of Yowayowa camera woman and what she likes to do with her camera is take pictures of herself levitating. In a world full of bloggers taking pictures of themselves in cute poses and cute outfits, Natsumi is a refreshing change.

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