ART
The Make Your Own Franklin Project

Cleverly defaced dollar bills have been spread among the artsier social networks like Tumblr a lot on the last few months. Often funny, creative, or evocative of a statement, the bills cause a pause. Writing on one is automatically an act of rebellion, since it is illegal. It toes the fine line of a law that isn’t often enforced, and it’s arguably a rather tame thing to do.

While you may not have to pay a fine or serve jail time for defacing a dollar bill, that dollar is forced out of circulation and destroyed, a problem for the economy and a waste. Well, a group of French graphic designers and artists have come up with a solution. Thanks to Vincent Desdoigts, Etienne Leccore, and Martin Joubert, anyone can use their template of a one hundred dollar bill and modify it as they please. The aim of the game is to collect as many creative redesigns and virtual defacements as possible. There are no rules in regards to subject. They only ask that submitters send in their work at a uniform size so that visitors can see the finer detail.

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Two Minutes That Will Point Out Those Addictions

An average weekday night: Reading one of five half read books, eight minutes into seeing if Charlotte will finally cut loose the infamous bad kisser on Sex and the City, Kings of Leon raging in the distance and simultaneously commenting on Facebook while tweeting out to the ‘Don’t think anyone is even out there to read this’ world.

With so much at our fingertips, is there any real doubt that it can be quite difficult to escape from all media and human contact? A night of relaxation, let alone just two minutes of closing the door on subtle distractions that have become vital to our every day way of living?

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If Mary Went Digital

Can you imagine how Mary and Joseph's story would have played out if they were high tech geek users? Now, you can. Check out this ridiculously clever and creative YouTube video that displays the digital story of the Nativity. Some of the social media includes Facebook, Twitter, GMail, Foursquare and Google maps.

Holiday cheers to the creator!

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Don't Let History Pass By

The icy breeze that not even shoulder to shoulder stiffness can bring warmth to. The vibrant multicolored streamers, confetti and blissful celebration that's heard at the strike of midnight around the world. Traditions are different but the countdown is not.

All take notice of New Year's Eve, and for good reason. The new year brings a new beginning, change and the hope that this year could be the year.

The ball drop's 1907 premiere in Times Square marks the headquarters on where to tune in on Dec. 31. Others are rejoicing in every direction though and hopefully, EarthCam will be back for its 15th year in broadcasting what all have to offer.

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E-Book On Your Email

Most people can spend hours every day checking their email inbox without ever coming away with any useful information. The good folks at the DailyLit are looking to change that. After a quick (and free!) registration process you can have a wide selection of books emailed to you section by section.

The book selection ranges from classics like "Dracula" and "Robin Hood" to books on parenting and politics. Classic writers such as Leo Tolstoy and Walt Whitman are featured prominently alongside quirky authors like Kurt Vonnegut and Keith Laumer. While the selection isn't quite as vast as Amazon or Barnes and Noble, the DailyLit offers up the classics and, of course, you can't argue with the price.

LIFESTYLE
Santa's Got Style

Not even mid December and already the white bearded men have been doing their jolly duties by ho ho hoing down the pavements of New York.

Ever taken a closer look to fully see the resemblance between the fake Santa's and good ole Saint Nick?

...Think below the gut.

Mr. Clause wears a black belt while the clones wear white.

Turns out the bell ringing men wear a white belt to show they are Santa's helpers and friends. We wouldn't want to get them confused now, now would we?

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Money Makes the World Go Round

Bills, bills, bills. Money is spread about everyday and the travel the green slip makes from A to B can be quite surprising. Wonder where your dollar bills have been and where they might be headed? Just ask our number one friend, George.

At Where's George, anyone can find out how a dollar has made its way from one pocket to the next. Just type in the bills serial number and current zip code. There's a second option to plug in details to later see where your current dollar in hand ends up too.

Tracking where bills go could be fun. Tracking the germs on those bills would not.

COOL SH!T
Don't Let History Pass By

The icy breeze that not even shoulder to shoulder stiffness can bring warmth to. The vibrant multicolored streamers, confetti and blissful celebration that's heard at the strike of midnight around the world. Traditions are different but the countdown is not.

All take notice of New Year's Eve, and for good reason. The new year brings a new beginning, change and the hope that this year could be the year.

The ball drop's 1907 premiere in Times Square marks the headquarters on where to tune in on Dec. 31. Others are rejoicing in every direction though and hopefully, EarthCam will be back for its 15th year in broadcasting what all have to offer.

CHARITIES
Food On Foot This Holiday Season

Get involved this holiday season with some of the most rewarding charities.

The nonprofit Food on Foot organization began in March 1996 when a man decided to take action and help Hollywood's poor and homeless. With the distribution of just one meal, the charity has now grown to serving 250 meals each week to those with low-income and who are homeless or disabled.

To ensure food security, Food on Foot took on a challenge in 1999 that actually got those in need involved and a recruitment for homeless volunteers began. With every fill of two garbage bags, volunteers are able to receive $10 food gift cards. The charity also helps giving volunteers the resources and steps toward living a better life and getting off the streets.

LIFESTYLE
November Snow on Streets of New York

Kicking up the heels and walking on the sidewalks of New York. First comes cement, then comes puddles, then comes...snow? Wait, but its November.

This past week those that took the 23rd route between 5th and Broadway got the chance to experience the winter season without having to wait until December. Turning the corner there were two big grass areas without the green. Snow covered bushes, small trees and it was beginning to melt.

On Monday and Tuesday morning tourists and New Yorker's took pictures with friends, and dogs and their owners walked through the blankets of white like it was any ordinary day.