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Dec 19, 2014

Five Poems Every Man Should Know...and Reference

For the last couple years, I've had a framed tattered page I tore out from an old book of poetry (pictured below) that I picked up at a garage sale in Minnesota when I was a boy. I've taken it with me wherever I've moved, usually displaying it on my desk, although occasionally on a shelf or bedside table. The poem is titled SEA-FEVER and came from a poetry collection called Salt-Water Poems and Ballads by John Masefield, first published in 1902.  created at: 12/14/2014 The poem expresses the yearning for the grey seas from the perspective of a presumably landlocked rover, and was one of my initial inspirations for rafting the Mississippi River.

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Dec 19, 2014

How to Simplify Your Wardrobe [Sponsored Post]

created at: 12/18/2014
This sponsored post is brought to you by the Quicksilver® Card from Capital One®

We are all busy – but knowing how to maximize your time where it counts will put you ahead of the game. Gain valuable minutes in the morning by creating a closet that's as organized as all of the toys in your garage. Here are four ways you can simplify your wardrobe right now:

 

1. Invest in Closet Organizers

Spend your next Saturday building out your closet with shelving and other organizing models to make room for all of your clothes. Be sure to build enough shelving to properly fit all your sweaters and more delicate fabric pieces that may… read more

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Dec 18, 2014

Brewed Part IV: Fermenting and Finishing Your Homebrewed Beer

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Once that lid is on the fermentation bucket, it seems like everything is complete. This final part of the series looks into what happens during the fermentation period, and the final step before you can sit back and enjoy a handcrafted beer.  

Primary FermentationPrimary Fermentation As the yeast begins the very important (almost magic) job of converting the sugars into alcohol, quite a few things need to… read more

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Dec 18, 2014

A New Type Of Linguistic Tree

Linguistic MapI've always believed that it's impossible to truly understand a culture without having a firm grasp on the language. Natural linguistic differences lead to differing linguistic thoughts and perceptions of the world, and those differences can have lasting impacts on the evolution of cultures. For the brief period of time that I was a Classics major in college I put a lot of time into my Ancient Greek and Latin, with the exciting result that I was able to maneuver my way through Italy speaking nothing more than bastardized Latin. 

Linguists tend to draw a basic language tree to chart out the evolution of languages over time, but the image… read more

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Dec 18, 2014

The Process: Check Out This Mid-Century Modern Inspired Rocking Chair

created at: 05/28/2013

Rocking Chair

Mid-Century modern decor has been making a comeback in recent years, and 2014 in particular saw a big resurgence in the industrial design world. The designs are often simple and sleek, with angular repetitions bespeaking an industrial creator. However, that doesn't mean the style can't be earthy or… read more

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Dec 17, 2014

Holiday Guide: 7 Last Minute Things to Do Before Hibernation

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Freaking out because you haven't finished everything you need to do on your list? No worries! We have some last minute tips for… read more

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Dec 16, 2014

Make This: A Simple Leather Covered Notebook

Leather Covered NotebookI don't remember when it happened, but one day I decided to write. I took a simple journal and filled it up with my thoughts, dreams and goals. A basic notepad was nice, but after a while something like that became so personal it was only natural to upgrade such a personal item.  … read more

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Dec 15, 2014

10 Simple Style + Grooming Habits to Incorporate into Your Daily Routine

created at: 12/08/2014

To look your best, you don't need $3000 suits, seven-step, Patrick Bateman-esque face cream routines, or eating obscure Eastern Mediterranean melon extract. It's about a routine of basic hygiene habits, a little creativity and DIY ingenuity, and some plain old common… read more

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Dec 15, 2014

Talk: What Are Your Essential Holiday Traditions?

HOLIDAY TRADITIONS

Each year I find myself looking back at the traditions I had as a kid during the holidays.  What exactly makes this season so great? Like most great experiences, it's actually little things that add up to something special. It's the music, the cold weather, the family coming together, and the smell of a pine tree in the living room.  Here's a look at a few holiday traditions everyone should… read more

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Dec 15, 2014

How Bourbon Is Made

created at: 05/28/2013

Ever wonder how America's great bourbon is made? Like, from what it's made, and how does it become liquid, and if it's distilled, why is it brown?Bourbon - Gear PatrolThese guys went on a five-day blitz through twelve distilleries and cut together this video as a visual guide through the entire process.   

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Dec 11, 2014

How to Shoot Fireballs From Your Hands

created at: 12/08/2014 Okay, so this is less of a "how-to" and more of a "buy-this-contraption-and-shoot-fireballs-from-your-wrists" kind of post. Behold PYRO, whose actual tagline is "Shoot Fireballs From Your Empty Hand"...    

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Dec 10, 2014

5 Seasonal Drinks to Make for Your Next Holiday Get-Together

Pumpkin Buttered Rum

I'm always looking for a great seasonal drink to match the theme of our get-together. This winter weather calls for a few creamy, spiced, and even buttery drinks to help brighten up the season. Here are 5 drinks guaranteed to usher in some holiday… read more

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Dec 10, 2014

Students Build a DIY Wooden Roller Coaster in Center of Campus

A group of MIT students designed and built a handmade roller coaster in their East Campus to demonstrate the physical principles like g-force and the engineering considerations that make these kinds of things actually work...and… read more

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Dec 10, 2014

Blow My Mindsday: December 10, 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.

created at: 12/10/2014This close-up photo of the grooves of a vinyl record, showing how it actually works. The… read more

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Dec 09, 2014

Solid Holiday Gift Ideas for the Outdoorsman

Hi ConsumptionWith the holiday music beginning its rapid descent upon us, I figured it was time to put together a good holiday gift list for myself and maybe even come up with something to share with all of you. 

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