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Feb 04, 2015

How They Made It: The French Connection's Infamous Car Chase Was "Dangerous," "Life-Threatening," and Filmed Entirely Without Permits

The French Connection The classic scene is a cinematic tour de force as hardened detective Jimmy Doyle (Gene Hackman) manically steers his 1971 Pontiac LeMans through crowded New York City streets in pursuit of a bad guy on the run in an elevated train above him. Unlike today's filming methods, much was left to chance as pedestrians were poorly controlled (though thankfully unhurt) and the scene even features at least one unplanned car crash (2:41 in the video below).   

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Feb 03, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: Why Every Man Should Own a Speed Square

Each week in 2015, ManMade is sharing our picks for the essential tools we think every creative guy and DIYer needs. We've selected useful, long-lasting tools to help you accomplish a variety of projects, solve problems, and live a hands on lifestyle that allows you to interact with and make the things you use every day. 

created at: 02/03/2015
I always like a tool whose name indicates its purpose. Oh, what's a screwdriver do? A citrus squeezer? How about a box cutter? The function is all right there in the name. 

In many ways, a speed square falls right into the category. It tells helps you determine "square" - that is, when one edge or line is exactly 90° to another, and it helps you do it quickly. Done. Right?… read more

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Feb 02, 2015

Tiny House Tour: Evan's Rustic, Timber-Filled Shelter

Tiny House

The tiny house movementhas been gaining so much steam in the last decade that it's easy to parody, but I'm continually blown away by the innovative and stylish decor people come up… read more

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Feb 02, 2015

How to: Make a "Groundhog Day" Alarm Clock

created at: 02/02/2015

In honor of Groundhog Day, the holiday (?) occurring every February 2nd (that's today), and the 1993 cult film Groundhog Day, Randy of the Instructables Design Studio managed to created his own take on Groundhog Day alarm clock. The hack results in a DIY'd version of the one of the film's most iconic images, the clock radio on Phil's nightstand that awakes him each morning at 6:00a, playing Sonny and Cher's "I Got You… read more

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Jan 30, 2015

5 Amazing Nacho Recipes You Should Totally Make This Weekend

created at: 01/30/2015

No matter which team you rooting for this weekend, or whether you care about football or the Super Bowl at all, I think we can all agree on one thing: nacho are amazing. They get our vote for the ultimate TV-centric party food; whether watching the game or French La Nouvelle Vague cinema, they beat out wings (but just by a hair), cause you can do most of the prep work ahead of time, and they don't involve big, messy pots of scalding hot oil while trying to cook for a crowd. Deep-frying doesn't mix with beer consumption very well,… read more

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Jan 29, 2015

The Process: Crafting a Mid-Century Modern Walnut Coffee Table from Scratch

created at: 05/28/2013

Hobbyist woodworker Jesse McKee of Dallas, Texas recently finished up a seriously awesome project: a mid-century modern-inspired walnut coffee table complete with storage and visible box joints that show off the piece's handcrafted origins. 

Jesse says, "[This is] a common mid century design that I added some of my favorite details to. Mainly the box… read more

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Jan 29, 2015

Manly Skills: Archery Like You've Never Seen

created at: 01/29/2015

I've worked on and off for the past decade as a theatrical fight director and stunt coordinator and so I've spent a lot of time investigating historical uses of weaponry. Lars Andersen has spent years investigating and perfecting his period archery skills to attain an unparalleled level of… read more

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Jan 28, 2015

ManMade Essential Toolbox: You Should Own a Serious Cordless Drill/Driver

Each week in 2015, ManMade is sharing our picks for the essential tools we think every creative guy and DIYer needs. We've selected useful, long-lasting tools to help you accomplish a variety of projects, solve problems, and live a hands on lifestyle that allows you to interact with and make the things you use every day. 

created at: 01/28/2015

I'm not going to insult you. You know the cordless drill/driver is the most useful, popular, and can't-live-without-it portable power tool in the DIYer's arsenal. It can do everything from drilling holes to driving screws to twisting wires to drilling bigger holes, and mixing paint, all in with a completely cord-free, clip-it-to-your-tool-belt ease. I wouldn't hang a picture or a shelf without one (or two) and its certainly a tool that gets touched on nearly every project.

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Jan 28, 2015

Blow My Mindsday: January 28, 2015

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.


Apparently, video game addiction is a very serious problem, and it's destroying people's… read more

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Jan 27, 2015

6 Tasty Inforgraphics about Your Favorite Beverages

Mixology of Martinis

Who doesn't love information beautifully laid out into a colorful infographic? I've wrangled up some of the best charts regarding our favorite beverages of the adult kind for your viewing pleasure. Heck, you might even learn… read more

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Jan 27, 2015

10 Common Laundry Mistakes Men Should Never Make

created at: 01/27/2015It's important to invest in high-quality style staples that will last a long time, and be easy to wear in variety of settings. And! It's just as important to take care of those staples properly, keeping them clean and stain-free, and storing each piece well, so its ready to go and wrinkle-free when the time is right.  … read more

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Jan 26, 2015

How to: Make a Simple Wooden Puzzle Storage Box

This is a fun, basic storage box DIY project to stash some secret goodies, or to set on the coffee table for a solid conversation starter. The construction is surprisingly simple, with no fancy cuts involved, just accurate cuts and square… read more

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Jan 26, 2015

The Process: Building a Custom Teardrop Trailer from Scratch

created at: 05/28/2013

There's something about a custom trailer that can't be imitated by fiberglass and plastic. This inspiring look at a custom teardrop trailer build will have you looking for a spot in the shop big enough to make your own.   Teardrop Trailer

Years ago I used to cruise over to the coast to getaway and enjoy the ocean. During those trips I'd turn into a vagabond, living out of my car with the seats folded down and trunk… read more

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Jan 26, 2015

The New York City Subway by Stanley Kubrick, 1946

NYC SubwayIn 1946, an 18 year old boy named Stanley Kubrick took these photos of life on the New York City subway for LOOK magazine. As LOOK's youngest photographer at the time, Kubrick published more articles than any of their other photographers in his five year stint.   

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Jan 23, 2015

Weekend Project: How to Make a Concrete + Walnut Nightstand

Two visually striking materials - molded concrete and live-edge walnut - get combined to make this industrial/modern/awesome-looking nightstand project, complete with both visible and hidden storage.… read more

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