Incredible and Geeky Cross-Stitching by Cross-Stitch Ninja

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Video games and cross-stitch have proved a natural fit; after all, the individual stitches are essentially pixels rendered in floss. Cross-Stitch Ninja takes geeky cross-stitch to another level, making not just perfectly colored video game maps and snarky samplers, but also intricate comic book pages and patent illustrations.

Just check out this amazing recreation of a page from The Walking Dead

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You can see more of CSN's incredible work on Flickr

3D-Print an SLR Camera for $30

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This project requires access to a 3D printer and a CNC cutting tool, but with the right equipment and skills, you can print yourself a nice analog camera for about $30. Maker Leo Marius created this 3D-printed analog camera for his design school graduation project, and now he's posted the instructions along with his open-source files on Instructables. It's a neat blend of analog and digital technology—and if a part breaks, you can always print off a new one.

3D Printed Camera: OpenReflex  [Instructables via Inhabitat]

Famous Books That Were Originally Self-Published

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Mental Floss has a great little list of culturally significant books that were originally self-published and went on to massive success. There's certainly a lot of romance to the vision of Walt Whitman helping to set the type for Leaves of Grass, and I think a lot of us can commiserate with Charles Dickens' experience in self-publishing A Christmas Carol—a process that was much more difficult and much more expensive than he anticipated.

5 Famous Books That Were Originally Self-Published [Mental Floss] 

The Importance of Finding Your Talent and Passion in Life

This video from the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (better known as the RSA) reminds us how important it is to find our "element"—the thing in life that makes us tick, that makes us sing, that makes us contribute to the grandeur of human experience—even in the face of self-doubt, naysayers, and those obnoxious people who ask, "How are you get a job doing that?"

Plus, it has cats, which makes it doubly great.

[via Laughing Squid

Free Event: Collage Party Tonight at SHARED in SoMa

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If you're a fan of scissors and glue, co-working space SHARED is having a collage party tonight, June 19, from 6:30-9:30pm at 739 Bryant Street.

We’re having a cut & paste party with special guest, Mike Sparkle Hogan. We’ll provide the basics: scissors, various magazines, cardboard backings to collage into, paste sticks, some basic wine and crackers, a little music and YOUR IMAGINATION. Feel free to BYO scissors and magazines too.
We will share unique techniques of collage art, utensil tips, theme ideas, and so on.

The event is open to SHARED members and non-members alike. If you'd like to go, shoot an RSVP to membership@shared-sf.com.

 Collage Party [SHARED]

Add your biking wisdom to the New York Times' bike map

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Now that the Citi Bikes bicycle sharing program has launched in New York, the New York Times has gone predictably bike-crazy. But I'm a big fan of their new interactive map feature, which allows cyclists to post quick tips about riding around different spots in their city. Know a great short cut? A traffic light you should never, ever run?

 New York city is developing a healthy map of biking advice, but the Bay Area's is still pretty sparse. Although I have to agree, Milvia Street in Berkeley is crazy fun to feel beneath your tires.

Your Biking Wisdom in 10 Words  [NYT]