Life, Clue, Hungry Hungry Hippos: we’ve never met a board game we didn’t like.
Still, Scrabble’s our favorite.
We’re not alone in our Scrabble obsession, either. Some folks memorize Scrabble-admissable words like uey, muhly, and zo, but have no idea what they mean.* Some even earn their bread on the Scrabble tournament circuit.
Sadly, Scrabble sets are often abandoned due to missing tiles. Fortunately, an unplayable game can be salvaged by turning it into a kickass picture frame/bulletin board/slice of awesome.
Whip out the old X-acto knife and transform that subpar board into a superlative piece of wall candy — we’ll show you how.
* uey: a U-turn
We love tips like these.
Our pal David over at Strobist has been using his iPhone along with the MyLite app (free) as a teeny-tiny, palm-sized, always-there softbox.
It’s no strobe, and it’s sure not gonna light up a room, but for a gentle kiss of light at that key moment, it does just the trick.
Works great in long exposures (think light painting), or when the light’s just fading away at twilight.
Photo Credit: Jess Baumung
p.s. Do you follow @photojojo on twitter? We use it to post up nifty photo finds the instant we see ‘em!
One of our readers, Sandy Weisz, sent us this idea for a calendar made out of number photos. He said it sounded perfect for us because:
What, are you kidding? We LOVE this!!
It’s typography! It’s photography! It’s design! And it looks freakin’ stunning.
Plus we can rearrange the numbers each month, so we’ll never need to buy a calendar ever again. We’re so in love right now.
Our parents are still complaining about the Year of the Box. That was the year they got us this really big, fancy, expensive toy for The Holidays, and (rotten little squirts that we were) we had more fun playing with the box it came in.
It wasn’t really our fault, it’s just that you can make such great stuff out of cardboard boxes. Forts, spaceships, hats, even picture frames!
Oh yes, that’s right, cardboard picture frames.
Big urbane one-of-a-kind picture frames that will make you the envy of all the other kids on your block. (Well, the figurative kids anyway. Real ones aren’t that big on interior design.)
No matter what we get this year, weâ€™re going straight for the box it comes in and making a whole wall full of these hip frames.
Listen up, young whippersnappers: when we were your age, we had to trudge fifteen miles to work every day. Barefoot. With wild raccoons biting our ankles the whole time.
And if we wanted to have photos on our fabric, we had two options: glue and thumbtacks.
But all you young punks have to do is choose a photo and have Spoonflower print it on cloth for you. Your very own photo-print fabric: yards and yards of it.
And we suppose you rapscallions will make clever things with your fancy photo fabric:
Young people these days with their shoes and photo cloth and raccoon-free commutes.
What’s the world coming to, dagnabit?
We’re gonna call it now — the flatbed scanner’s headed the way of the landline, the fax machine, and (dare we say it) the polaroid.
Sure, it’s probably got a few more years in it, but if you’re like us, you’re already using your scanner about as often as your thermal-paper fax.
Why fight it?
With a bit of foamcore and bit of Sunday afternoon, you’ll turn your flatbed into a frankenstein camera, ready to take ghostly images anywhere. Learn how in this video tutorial from our pals at Make.
p.s. Wow. You guys pulled out all the stops for the Get Outside! Nature Contest. We are seriously impressed. photojunky35 wins the TrekPod Go! and RollsUp and benmorrow each win a T’Pod. And don’t miss these Honorable Mentions: the-ninth, ange, scattered1, lyndsey matthews, and Leigh. Amazing work, everybody.
Published on November 6, 2008 — See more DIY
We love Halloween.
The costumes, the candy, the parties: we love it all. What other holiday is completely devoted to making you feel like you never have to grow up?
And what better way to celebrate your arrested development than plunging your hand into a pumpkin, scooping out its guts, and carving scary faces on it?
We’ll tell you what better way: carving your own scary photos onto that pumpkin instead of the usual triangle eyes and pointy teeth. All you need is a scary picture and a little know-how. Read on for the full details on how to make your own photo pumpkins.
p.s. New contest! Submit your macro and zoom photos for a chance to win free rental lenses! Enter here by Sunday, October 26!
Published on October 21, 2008 — See more DIY
It’s purple. It’s solar-powered. And we’ve got one right here at the Photojojo Workatorium.
What could it be? Why, it’s a super-duper GPS camera bike with special Flickr sauce!
It has a built-in camera mounted on the handlebars that takes pictures as you ride, then automatically geotags and uploads them to its very own Flickr stream.
The only downside to this brilliant bike is that only 20 of them were made, and most of them are already in the clutches of the digerati.
So, how can you get your mitts on one? Choose one of the following:
If you answered B or C, we like you. If you answered A, we raise a suspicious eyebrow at you and move the bike to extra-extra-secret coordinates.
Published on October 16, 2008 — See more DIY
We’ve been hearing a lot about the R-Strap lately, but we thought, “Really? It’s just a camera strap. What’s the big deal?”
Turns out it’s a really smart design. The strap hangs diagonally across your chest like a messenger bag, so:
The smart bit is the little slider attachment that allows you to glide the camera up the strap to your eye so you can take a picture. The camera moves, but the strap doesn’t. See it in action here.
It’s really clever, and we’re kind of kicking ourselves for not thinking of it first.
Added bonus! For all of our thrifty brethren out there, we’re including a couple of ways to make one yourself. Either way, your neck will thank you.
p.s. For every pink-themed photo added to the Pink 2008 Flickr group this month, Yahoo! will donate 1 euro to breast cancer charities. Add your picture and make a difference!
Photo credit: iBallz
On July 2, 1982, “Lawnchair Larry” Walters strapped himself into a lawnchair tied to 45 helium-filled weather balloons, and floated away into the sky.
14 hours later, after disrupting flight paths at LAX and blacking out a Long Beach neighborhood by floating into some power lines, he shot the balloons with a pellet gun and returned unharmed to terra firma.
Don’t do what Larry did.
If you really want to see the view from on high, do what David Trawin did instead: hang a camera from a bunch of balloons and send it aloft to take pictures for you.
Read on for full instructions on how to make an aerial balloon camera rig, in Part Three of our continuing quest to get our cameras higher and higher into the air.*
*What will be next? Dirigibles? Trained eagles? Sending candygrams to the Air Force until they let us borrow a fighter jet?
Published on September 22, 2008 — See more DIY
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