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Jul 14, 2010

The Perfect Pour - An Infographic for Any Coffee Drinker

created at: 07/14/2010

Design studio Plaid has created this mod infographic illustrating perfect coffee drink recipes. Click through for a full sized, printable… read more

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Jul 13, 2010

How To: Affordable Wall Art Idea

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Guy couldn't decide what color to paint his wall...so he went with all of them.

Inspired by  Amirko’s ‘Change It’ Wall Design Concept, Guy used a bit of clear tape (we're thinking something like this) to mark off the squares, and then filled them in with a total of twenty-seven shades. We love how it's not just a straight, blended spectrum, but how the pixels vary in tone, in an awesome controlled… read more

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Jul 12, 2010

How To: Tie a Traditional Necktie into a Bow Tie, No Cutting or Sewing Required

created at: 07/12/2010

I don't own any bow ties (heck, I hardly own any normal ties), but I'm a bit curious to know what I'd look like in one. Orville Redenbacher or Kanye? PeeWee Herman or this precious hipster?

But, again, I don't own a bow tie, and short of buying one just to experiment, I guess I'll never know.

Or, perhaps i will. Turns out, you can indeed tie a traditional, long necktie into a bow tie. My bet is that a skinnier tie made of light fabric will work best, to compensate for the extra length, but the end results look pretty… read more

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Jul 09, 2010

How To: USB Bike Generator that Charges Your Gadgets with Infinitely Renewable Energy...The Human Body

Final ResultsModern technology has made cycling a fantastic experience - you can plan and check routes with your smartphone, and bring along tiny digital still and video cameras to catalog your experience. I use the great EveryTrail app on my iPhone to calculate routes and speed, but keeping it connected to GPS is a huge battery drain. Wouldn't it be great if you could not have to worry about killing the batteries of these guys whilst on your ride?

Turns out - you can, and power lies in your own two feet. With a little DIY muscle flexing, you can build a USB generator that's 70% efficient in converting your pedals into the energy needed for powering and charging your devices.Final Results

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Jul 06, 2010

How To: Fold Origami Post-It Boxes

Origami Post-it boxBored at work with access to the office supply closet?

Well, then, you, my friend, need to grab a few sticky notes and whip up some of these Post-It note origami boxes. Perfect for storing staples, paper clips, thumbtacks, or just looking adorable there on your… read more

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Jul 01, 2010

How To: Make Melty, Amazing S'mores...Sans Campfire.

IMG_0215I'm so crazy pumped for my camping and canoeing trip this holiday weekend that I can barely sit still. And, oh, buddy, you better believe I'll be making some smokey and toasty s'mores over the campfire. See, I live in the city, and city with very strict open flame laws (I think it's actually illegal to light a match on the sidewalk), so a blazing campfire is quite a treat. I get to be around one around once a year, which is about how many s'mores a year I can stand, so it all works out.

If you wanna join me on my trip, I'll gladly make you one with my reknown two level heat technique, but if you're staying urban this summer - don't worry. Here's two tricks for making great melty s'mores that are totally worth the calories, at… read more

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Jun 30, 2010

101 Fast Recipes for Grilling

With July 4th on tap for this weekend, we're so deep into grilling season our tongs barely have time to cool down between uses.

Gratefully (ha!), Mark Bittman has assembled a massive collection of grilling recipes that can be prepared super quickly, with "vast majority [taking] less time to prepare and grill than it takes to watch your coals turn white. [Or] If you use gas, they’re still almost as fast as heating up the grill..."

Bittman begins with veggies and fruit, moves through meat, nails fish and shellfish, kills kebab, slays salads, bangs out burgers, sandwiches, and breads, and comes to a close where any meal should -… read more

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Jun 30, 2010

DIY Customized Concrete Bookends

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Last week was my birthday, and I vowed to do three things at twenty-eight - learn to make great Thai food at home, become at least moderately proficient in Adobe Illustrator, and learn to make stuff from concrete.

I've been meaning to, and I've played a bit with it for outside stuff, but I just haven't found a great way to apply it to something small-scale.

But, having seen these cool DIY concrete bookends, I think I've found my project.

First, they're bookends, and who doesn't need more of those. Second, they use tiny found objects as reliefs or ornaments. The article's author, Benita, opted for a serif-y, Roman B, but… read more

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Jun 28, 2010

Interior Design for Men, Made Easy

If there's anything we've tried to promote on ManMade, it's that guys and girls alike should make things that make their lives better. And this is never more true than when in reference to designing the spaces you in which we live and work. Unfortunately, as Dave Odegard points out, "It's no secret that the apartment of a single guy isn't much to look at. Whether just out of college or several years into the real world, most guys don't even attempt to shake the dorm room look of plain white walls, movie posters, centerfold pullouts, and hand-me-down furniture."

Dave has done a great interview with design Kibwe Daisy of Design for Men,… read more

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Jun 25, 2010

Ultimate Napping: A How-To Guide

http://www.toonpool.com/user/648/files/zzz_hammock_150145.jpgWhether you opt for the post-work siesta, the late morning catch-up, or the classic Sunday afternoon in a hammock, don't hide your napping tendencies. The mid-day nap is scheduled into the daily life of many cultures, and it's routine for most other mammals.

But, if you're gonna take the time to do it, you might as well make sure its efficient. Thankfully, Psychology Today has created the ultimate "snore-by-snore guide to the most efficient, most effective naptime… read more

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Jun 25, 2010

How To: Make a Removable iPad Home from an Apple Macintosh

created at: 06/25/2010

The Macintosh Classic was Apple's first low-end computer...sorta like a predecessor to the iMac - integrated CPU and monitor, intended for average users, and sold for under $1000. Or, in its intent of compact but powerful computing and productivity increase, you might say it's rather the grandparent of Apple's latest, the iPad.

Which makes it the perfect place to house, charge, and use the iPad when at home. If you can get your hands on an old Macintosh, it's a simply gutting and an easy cutting of the facade.

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Jun 24, 2010

IKEA Hack: DIY Bike Storage

created at: 06/02/2010IKEA.com dubs its Broder system, "sturdy storage that goes anywhere."

Looks like they're totally right. Mark and partner from Philadelphia created this super functional single-width unit that store two bikes, helmets, and all the cycling goodies that come with them.

"We needed a way to store our 2 bicycles inside. We are renting and wanted something that didn't screw into the walls or ceiling. We liked the look of the Stolman hack, but when we got to Ikea they had replaced the painted aluminum color Stolman system with a creamy off-white color that we didn't like. We went with the Broder instead and as a bonus this is a much cheaper system - the entire bike rack cost us about $20. You'll need: 1 x Broder long post (80.25" or 204cm), 1 x Broder height extension post and foot, and 2 x packages of Broder front facing brackets."

So, a total of $20 worth of IKEA goodies and some scrap dimensional lumber. Can't be… read more

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Jun 24, 2010

How To: Turn Your Own Handwriting into a Digital Font, Easily and For Free

created at: 06/24/2010

There have been several make-your-own-handwriting-into-a-font apps that have popped up over the last few years, but none have actually convinced me to try it until this new solution from Pilot. See, I actually like my handwriting...when I take the time to do it well. Most of the time, if I find myself actually needing to use pencil and paper,  I just end up getting whatever down as quickly as I can. So, it's pretty inconsistent, and I always figured it'd take me twenty-five tries and lots of white-out to come up with a complete alphabet worthy of digitizing.created at: 06/24/2010

But, Pilot Handwriting's approach is a bit different. The template looks easy to use, and then you can capture it with your built in webcam, and then edit each letter digitally, within the software itself, so no need for the whole scanner and photoshop… read more

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Jun 23, 2010

How To: Make Preserved Lemons

donelemons.jpg"Why preserve a lemon," you're probably asking. Well, cause they're fabulous, and the secret ingredient of North African cuisine. With a jar of these homemade guys, you now have access to a whole new twist on Mediterranean cuisine, without a shred of Parmigiano Reggiano in sight.

Farm City author Novella Carpenter shares this story: "There’s this lemon tree in an abandoned lot a block down the street from my house (and urban farm) in Oakland, CA. For months I’ve walked past and thought, “Damn, that’s a lot of lemons!” Meyers lemons, I could smell them — sweeter than regular lemons... If we didn’t pick them all, they would have gone to waste. It’s also good for a lemon tree to have its fruit picked. Harvesting stimulates it to make more fruit, to flower and go on doing its job. And so we picked almost all of them."

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Still not convinced its worth your time? Just Google it. You want some of this.… read more

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Jun 22, 2010

Crazy Crispy Pizza at Home: No Kneading or Special Oven Required

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Famed NYC breadmeister Jim Lahey's no-knead pizza crust was a total game changer when it was published in the New York Times. Its fantastic: I've used this exclusively for the last two years or so, and really excels on super hot surfaces, like the outdoor grill. But burning a whole batch of charcoal isn't always convenient or practical, and there must be an in-the-oven technique for making great, thin-crust Neapolitan style pizza.

Indeed, there is. My fave food blog Serious Eats has come up with a no-pizza stone required technique for great, crispy pizza in the average home oven, using Lahey's no-knead Co. recipe and the two-pronged approach of a screaming hot inverted cast iron skillet and a blazing… read more

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