Man Made DIY


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Sep 07, 2011

The World According to an Alcoholic...

...Or, at least to someone that doesn't know a lot about geography and likes to imbibe.… read more

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Sep 07, 2011

Macro Photos of Spray Paint Cans

Okay, so I try not to write blog posts that go like, "holy cow, look at these close-up macro photos of spray paint cans," but...

Holy cow, look at these close-up macro photos of spray paint… read more

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Sep 07, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: September 7, 2011

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: 09/07/2011

Dinosaur light paintings. And there are a lot… read more

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Sep 06, 2011

Why Men Die Before Women... (14 Photos)

I know, I know...this is a little email forward-y. But, I've made a lot of mistakes when DIYing and making stuff, and have had to start over from silly errors, or being underly cautious. I guess it makes me feel better to know that at least I didn't do this:

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Sep 06, 2011

Incredible Handmade Paper Objects and Gadgets

UK artist Jennifer Collier creates "fabrics" from recycled paper, and then uses them to recreate household objects. "The papers are treated as if cloth, with the main technique employed being stitch; a contemporary twist on traditional textiles. The papers themselves serve as both the inspiration and the media for my work, with the narrative of the books and papers suggesting the forms."

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Sep 06, 2011

10 Insane Space-Saving Bike Couriers

When I prep for a bike ride, I always do the same song-and-dance: change clothes, put moleskin on foot, change shoes, fill water bottles, sync podcasts, find headphones, get bike, attach computer, stretch, struggle to fit both wallet and keys in my little seat bag, put on gloves, put on glasses, put on helmet, reset computer, go.

And I thought that was an extensive process. Then, there are these… read more

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Sep 02, 2011

The Art of Clean Up: Meticulously Arranging Everyday Objects

created at: 09/02/2011

One last bit of Friday inspiration for those who thrive on symmetry. We are with you. (I am you.)

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Sep 02, 2011

Reconsidering the Moon

It's there. Every night. Interacting with the landscape, shining some sort of glow... And the research about what we understand about the moon is still changing: it might be 200 million years younger than we thought. That's three times as long as the last dinosaur. No small potatoes.

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Sep 02, 2011

The World's Coolest Engagement Photos

Ben and Juliana understand that an engagement is special occassion, and something worth celebrating with photos. And, because it's special, they decided to do more than just look in love in some field with purplish light and soft focus...

Well, sure they start of that way, but then things get… read more

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Sep 01, 2011

David Bowie's "Space Oddity" as a Vintage-y Children's Book

created at: 09/01/2011

David Bowie's Lennonesque "Space Oddity" is one of his earliest singles, and probably his most well-known by the masses. Which is a-okay with me, cause it still sounds amazing: the Stylophone solo, a perfect combo of minor-key verses to a super catchy chorus, the hand claps. It's kinda perfect.

And, now it's made even better...by being turned into a retro-inspired children's book. And you can read the whole thing online. For… read more

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Sep 01, 2011

Guy Makes Amazing Chewbacca Suit from Scratch

Even if you're not huge into Star Wars, or a fan of dressing up like characters from movies and comic books (I'm not either), you gotta appreciate the care and creativity that goes into creating such an ambitious project. The boots include stilts that get the wearer up to wookie… read more

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Sep 01, 2011

Nine Iconic Pop Culture Sweaters

Found Item Clothing, those culture historians that showed us how to age new t-shirts into worn and loved favorites, now present "Nine Famous Sweaters," a curious new collection, "spotlighting famous sweaters and cardigans from film, television, and music. Featured below are 9 memorable examples of the form, as illustrated by our crack squad of graphic artists (and conceived by yours truly with a nod to the NYT).

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Aug 31, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: August 31, 2011

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

Lobster shell motorcycles.… read more

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Aug 30, 2011

This Weekend I Made: DIY Magic Wands, a Table from Trash, and Some Seriously Tasty Kimchi

I was lucky enough to escape town on Thursday and Friday, and get in a tiny trip before the official end of summer and at least pretend like I got to go on vacation. So, after a day of seriously awesome roller coasting and generally ignoring work related things, I came home rested, refreshed, and ready to make stuff. So I did.

created at: 08/30/2011

Magic Wands. A few months ago, my uncle picked up a very old lathe from a friend who's dad owned it before he passed away. My uncle offered it to me, and it took a bit to get things working again, but I finally got it running and all the collets and morse tapers figured out, and fired it up. 

It should here be noted that I have never used a lathe, and had zero idea what I was doing. So, I started with some blocks from the scrap bin, and just started learning to use the tools. I wasn't really ready to turn something useful, so I just took my time spinning down different spindles and tapers, and just learning what's possible. By the time I was done, I had some pretty thin cylinders that, well, resembled a magic wand. So, though I'm no geek crafter or con attender, I thought my niece and nephew might like to have a wand each to stupefy and expelliarmus each other, so I finished 'em as such. You guys, turning is fun, and delightfully messy. Expect more… read more

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Aug 30, 2011

The Go-To Snacks of Literary Greats

created at: 08/30/2011

As I type this, it's 12:07p where I live. Which means, according to this blogger body, it's time to stand up, stretch, walk around a bit, and grab a snack. If there's one thing I've learned from working at home, it's that I won't remember to eat an actual lunch until it's too late, so I've gotten into this groove where I eat breakfast as early as I can, then have little mini-meals thoroughout the day. It actually helps me to eat smaller portions at dinner time, and I find I'll choose healthier munchies in general. Win… read more

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