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Jul 30, 2014

Care Inspires Care, Celebrating our Caring Impact Together [Sponsored Video]


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Jul 29, 2014

Roundup: 9 DIY Hammock Projects to Help You Enjoy Your Summer

Maybe I'm getting old. Maybe I've been overly influenced by those images of the dad in Calvin and Hobbes or Homer Simpson. Perhaps it's those memorable times I've spent in Latin America, where they really know how to use 'em. Or maybe - hopefully not, but maybe - it's all those completely and horribly generic Father's Day cards I have to pick through each June to find the right one for my dad.

But, I think a hammock is a damn fine way to spend a summer evening, and every man should have one.read more

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Jul 29, 2014

The Surprisingly Fascinating History of the High Five

created at: 07/29/2014

The high five is a clear communicative gesture. While you can shake hands with someone you might not really agree with or downright loathe at the time, the high five is reserved for someone with whom you're on the same page. Even if it's after a small disagreement, the resolute high five communicates that, at the end of the day, your a team.

So, where did the high five come from?    read more

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Jul 28, 2014

How to: 5 Tips for Making Better Grilled Pizza This Summer

In the summer (and the winter, if you can swing it), there's no better tool for cooking homemade pizza than your outdoor grill. It's simply the hottest domestic heat source you can get your hands on, and turns out that crispy, smokey charred crust that makes great pizza actually great. (Note: works awesome for your wok,… read more

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Jul 28, 2014

Dress Shirt Fabric 101: What's the Difference Between Pinpoint, Poplin, Twill, and the Rest?

When I was a young man, I worked my fair share of restaurant server jobs, in which I was required to wear a 100% cotton, white Oxford cloth, dry-cleaned only, and heavily starched. As anyone who's actually carried very many plates covered in leftover sauce wearing a white shirt on a double shift, you needed to own at least four to five of these guys for use in an average week.

Needless to say, none of my shirts ever got dry cleaned or starched (save for that spray can of Niagara), and after realized what happened to real Oxford cloth after wearing for fifteen minutes, none of them were a 100% cotton,… read more

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Jul 24, 2014

​How to Build Your Own Altoids Tin Survival Kit

created at: 07/24/2014

The Altoids Tin kit is a DIY classic. I'm almost nostlagic for the early days of the make/hack/indie craft blogosphere, where it seemed like every week, there was a new project and collection of stuff you can smush into one of these ubiquitous containers.

But, throwback-ish or not, it's also a darn good project, and something to consider… read more

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Jul 24, 2014

Holiday Inn: Along the Journey to Extraordinary [Sponsored Video]


Scott didn't know how tough he was. Then one day, life tested him. An accident changed his life forever, but it didn't take away his spirit. With a supportive team and a drive to push the limits of what was possible, he went on to compete in one of the world's toughest races—the Ironman.


Millions of people come through the doors at a Holiday Inn every year. Every one of them is on a journey. Every one of them has a story to tell. Learn more about some of these extraordinary guests here 

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Jul 23, 2014

This is Brilliant: How to Create a Cold Smoker from a Tin Can

In my line o' work, I'm lucky to come across hundreds of creative DIY projects and ideas each week, and I'm always inspired. But every once in a while, I discover a truly clever project that reminds me why I do this work in the first place, and gets my DIY heart all aflutter. This is one of them.   

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Jul 23, 2014

Blow My Mindsday: July 23, 2014

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

A chef's knife should be the sort of thing you buy once in your life, and use… read more

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Jul 22, 2014

How to: Make a DIY Concrete Insulated Cup

Wait, what? A concrete insulted cup? Yep This is perfect to keep your drinks nice and cool while trying to beat this fantastic heat, and keep things looking plenty… read more

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Jul 21, 2014

Create Your Own "Lightweight" DIY Sliding Barn Door from Scratch

created at: 07/21/2014

Coming across someone who simply loves their closet doors is a rare find, indeed. Whether a rental or your own home, most closets are covered in plastic-y faux wood, cheesy 80s mirrors, crazy slats, or old veneer and brass knobs that haven't been updated since they were installed in the… read more

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Jul 18, 2014

The Definitive Guide to Rolling Up Your Shirt Sheets

created at: 07/18/2014

Hey, guys. (News flash!) It's summer, and (science lesson!) it's hot outside. And whether we like it or not, (fashion tip!) it can often be tough to dress for summer and not look like a slob. Which means...(time travel!)at some point in the very near future, you're gonna have to roll up your… read more

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Jul 18, 2014

The Modern American Man, Charted

created at: 07/18/2014

This summer, All Things Considered has been looking at the lives of men in America, and so far, the research seems to indicate that the new American man doesn't look much like his… read more

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Jul 17, 2014

The Daily Routines Of 26 Of History's Most Creative Minds

created at: 07/17/2014

When researching his book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, author Mason Currey discovered that many great writers, thinkers, and authors kept specific records of their daily schedules, and how they handled the work, administrative tasks, leisure, rest, and exercise balance that will always characterize the creative… read more

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Jul 17, 2014

The Bacon Method: Make Crispy, Perfect Bacon Every Time

created at: 07/17/2014

BaconMethod.com is a web site dedicated to one thing and one thing only: helping you turn out perfect bacon. The Bacon Method is relatively simple, and is a variation on… read more

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