Friday Finds 12.17.2010

We present you with the very last Friday Find of 2010, as we break for the holiday season. See you next year!

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Jordan: Happy Holidays

Wishing you the best damn holidays of all time, from your friendly Dwell editors.

Aaron: Periodic Table of Swearing

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Any foul-mouthed Anglophile, or foul-mouthed Englishman for that matter, will find something to love on this Periodic Table of Swearing poster from the limeys at Modern Toss. More family-friendly entries include element 84 "Who's the Prat in the Corner?" and element 15 "Sod this." Others are decidedly more adult, but have that stellar British blend of the profane, the clever, and the downright absurd. I can't get enough.

Jaime: Photographer Michael Wolf's 'Tokyo Compression' series

Tokyo Compression With an Essay by Christian Schüle 112 Pages 75 Full Color Images 20 x 25 cm Hardcover English ISBN 978-3-941825-08-6 EUR 28
Tokyo Compression With an Essay by Christian Schüle 112 Pages 75 Full Color Images 20 x 25 cm Hardcover English ISBN 978-3-941825-08-6 EUR 28 Image courtesy of Michael Wolf.

Having ridden Tokyo subways myself, I had an almost visceral reaction to these photographs by Michael Wolf, shot from train platforms, of people pressed helplessly against steamy glass doors during rush hour. They're collected in a new book, 'Tokyo Compression,' which you can check out here. Through his lens, the squeezed commuters take on an almost ghostly presence. And you thought your commute was bad?

Miyoko: Time's Person of the Year: All 84!

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This week, Time announced facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg as its 2010 person of the year. Over at Life.com, where the magazine's photo archives have been published, is a slideshow of all 84 of Time's Persons of the Year, starting with Charles Lindbergh in 1927. Did you know Adolf Hitler received the honor in 1938? Followed two years later by Winston Churchill? Among the many notables and many, many American presidents are groups of people. My favorite: "Young People, Questioners of Tradition" in 1966, "U.S. Astronauts, Space-Race Warriors" in 1968, and "U.S. Women, Asserting their Equality" in 1975. We wonder, however, if "The Earth" (1988) really counts as a person (ditto for "The Computer" in 1982) and lament that we didn't take the accompanying quip ("Reminding Us to Keep It Safe") more seriously.

Amanda: Moké by Whitney R. Smith

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According to this September 1955 issue of Popular Science (thanks, Google Books!), architect Whitney R. Smith introduced a craft called Moké, which is a decorative element made by weaving plywood panels together to make a three-dimensional effect. Pretty cool stuff….Jordan, I think this should be your next DIY project for Home Work! via Stopping Off Place

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