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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]


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Brought to you by Holiday Inn, making your journeyread more

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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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Jul 16, 2014

Blow My Mindsday: July 16, 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.

How to: Make Your Own Candy Dot Portrait. Artist Nathan Sharratt walks your through the process of taking a photo of… read more

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Jul 15, 2014

A Complete History of the Super Soaker

"Wetter is better." Never has a marketing campaign worked so well on yours truly. The original Super Soaker 50 was the true great gift lust (well, that and a by-then unpurchaseable Fireball Island game) my version of Ralphie's Red Ryder. And nothing was sweeter than that moment on my [9th? 10th?] mid-June birthday...which is a pretty great time to get a giant pressurized neon water gun.… read more

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Jul 14, 2014

Coffee Cups from Around the World

created at: 07/14/2014

Henry Hargreaves is a professional food photographer, and gets plenty of opportunities to travel to countries across the globe. At each new place, Henry takes the chance to document an interesting cross-cultural phenomenon: to-go coffee cups.… read more

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Jul 11, 2014

Weekend Project: Make a Wooden iPad or Tablet Case

Sometimes, a project is born from a flash of inspiration. Sometimes, from a desire to work with a specific material or amazing length of wood or side of leather. But most times, a project is born from the fact that you don't have one, and you'd like… read more

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