The Online Knitting Reference Library: Download 300 Knitting Books Published From 1849 to 2012

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No need to scramble to the fallout shelter, friends.
That massive boom you just heard is merely the sound of thousands of crafters’ minds being blown en masse by the University of Southhampton’s Knitting Reference Library, an extensive resource of books, catalogues, patterns, journals and magazines—over seventeen decades worth.

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11 Shakespeare Tragedies Mapped Out with Network Visualizations

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Every story has its architecture, its joints and crossbeams, ornaments and deep structure. The boundaries and scope of a story, its built environment, can determine the kind of story it is, tragedy, comedy, or otherwise. And every story also, it appears, generates a network—a web of weak and strong connections, hubs, and nodes.

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Download Beautiful Free Vintage Easter Cards from the New York Public Library

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‘Tis the season when bunnies temporarily upend cats as rulers of the Internet.

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An Inside Look at How the Fantastic “Wintergatan Marble Machine” Makes Music with 2000 Marbles & 3000 Handmade Parts

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Swedish musician Martin Molin’s Marble Machine, above, looks like the kind of top heavy, enchanted contraption one might find in a Miyazaki movie, galloping through the countryside on its skinny legs.

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Download 650 Soviet Book Covers, Many Sporting Wonderful Avant-Garde Designs (1917-1942)

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Americans like to pride ourselves on the numerous ways our pop culture penetrated the Soviet Union and seduced its youngsters, sending them to bed with dreams of Mickey Mouse, Billie Holiday, Elvis, and Star Wars.

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Brazil Gives Out Books That Double as Subway Tickets, Promoting Literacy & Mass Transit at Once

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One of the things I miss about living in a city with a subway system is the myriad thoughtful design elements that go into managing a perpetual flow of tourists and commuters. New York’s subway map presents us with an iconic tangle of interlocking tributaries resembling diagrams of a circulatory system.

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55 Covers of Vintage Philosophy, Psychology & Science Books Come to Life in a Short Animation

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We all know that toys come alive at night, but what about mid-century vintage paperback covers, such as you might find in the psychology or philosophy sections of a dimly-lit used bookstore?
Watching 55 minimalist covers from graphic and motion designer Henning M.

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100,000+ Wonderful Pieces of Theater Ephemera Digitized by The New York Public Library

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Living in New York, it’s not unusual to encounter ardent theater lovers who’ve carefully preserved decades worth of programs, tickets, and ephemera from every play they’ve ever seen. These collections can get a bit hoarder-y, as anyone who’s ever sorted through the belongings of a recently departed lifelong audience member can attest.

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M.C. Escher’s Perpetual Motion Waterfall Brought to Life: Real or Sleight of Hand?

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Since M.C. Escher bent minds in the 20th century with his Möbius strips, metamorphoses, and impossible objects, other artists have been trying to bring his creations to life. And the advent of computer illustration, then animation, has made it all the more possible.

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Watch a Luthier Birth a Cello in This Hypnotic Documentary

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It’s always interesting to see how things are made—crayons, Fender Stratocasters, cartoon eggs…
The documentary above takes you through the creation of a cello in the Barcelona workshop of master luthier Xavier Vidal i Roca. (To watch with English subtitles, click the closed caption icon — “CC” — in the lower right corner.

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