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Feb 18, 2014

World Backpacker Documents His Adventures with a Huge Back Tattoo

created at: 02/18/2014

Backpacker Bill Passman has a goal. An understandable goal for any adventure traveler: he wants to visit every country on Earth, and see what there is to… read more

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Feb 17, 2014

How Many Ways are There to Tie a Tie? About a 177,000 More than You'd Think...

created at: 02/17/2014

I know how to tie a tie in three different ways...though I really only use the one (Half Windsor). I figured there were, oh, seven or eight other ways to do it, and perhaps I'd learn them at some point Turns out, I was way off on that number. By about, oh, a hundred and seventy seven thousand one hundred and thirty five. Ish.… read more

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Feb 11, 2014

5 Ways to Fix that Worn Out Piece of Clothing

old denim shirt patch idea

Face it. Sometimes, clothing wears out. Even hard working denim...… read more

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Feb 11, 2014

Will It Beard?

"Will It Beard?" is a new series by art director Pierce Thiot and his wife Stacy. I'm guessing you can figure out what it's all about.… read more

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Feb 10, 2014

Before and After: Adding DIY Legs Gives this Mid-Century Dresser a Total Transformation

created at: 02/10/2014

As a full time DIY blogger and editor, I see my fair share of furniture makeovers. Dresser makeovers, in particular, since their strong bones and relative low-level of use make them great fodder for a redo.

In a seriousness and sincerity - this is absolutely, 100% my favorite furniture makeover project I've ever come across online, or in print. 

Check out this… read more

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Feb 07, 2014

How to: Make a Secret Compartment Plywood Lamp

Delno, a maker from the Twin Cities, MN, built this guy above...which looks like a simply plywood box with a lightbulb inside. But, the project is actually a great experiment in hiding secret compartments inside plywood....and this rather small shape is clandestinely housing a surprising amount of stuff. 

Look at all that hidden… read more

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Feb 07, 2014

Good News: Socializing in Pubs with Friends is Good for Men's Health

It's comes as a surprise to no one, but there's now some official scientific evidence that drinking with your friends is has a positive impact on your mental health.… read more

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Feb 06, 2014

A New Twist on the DIY Standing Desk - How to Build a Wall-Mounted Work Station

I've gone on record countless times about my love of the standing desk, the research I've seen on the perils of sitting all day, and my own personal solution for long days on the laptop: the 5-second standing desk (on which I'm currently working.)… read more

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Feb 06, 2014

Turning Hardwood Bowls from Fallen Trees

created at: 05/28/2013

I love reading this story of Yale faculty member Scott Strobel, who takes fallen trees from the Yale campus and mills them into large hardwood blanks, which he turns (literally) into hardwood bowls.

Dr. Strobel, who serves as vice president in addition to overseeing lab work in biochemistry and… read more

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Feb 05, 2014

Blow My Mindsday: February 5, 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: 02/05/2014

 Portland-based illustrator Richard Perez has created "Coen Cast," a collection of stylized illustrations of his favorite characters from Coen brothers… read more

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Feb 04, 2014

The Typography of Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey"

created at: 02/04/2014"Typeset in the Future" is a new blog by Dave Addey that's "dedicated to fonts in sci-fi." For his inaugural post, he sets about dissecting the type in (what Chris thinks is) the greatest science fiction film ever made, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Released in 1968, the film represents breakthroughs in both set design and typography, of which it takes full advantage.… read more

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Feb 03, 2014

How to Clean Old Paintbrushes

We've all got 'em...in the garage, in the basement, on a piece of newspaper on your work table behind you even though you finished that project two weeks ago and already promised yourself you'd clean it up three times. (Ahem, Chris.)… read more

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Jan 29, 2014

Blow My Mindsday: January 29, 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.


"Sea is for Cookie"... The internet is… read more

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Jan 28, 2014

Free Downloads: Tons of Vintage Illustrations from the British Library

 

I just stumbled across a link to the British Library's Flickr page, which has over a million (seemingly) copyright free images and illustrations available for browsing and… read more

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Jan 27, 2014

Hey, ManMakers - These Scissors Cost $2.20... and Can Cut Through a Penny

created at: 01/27/2014

A wise word to crafters, artists, and makers of all kinds: I just learned about trauma scissors, which are inexpensive as can be, and will cut through all sorts of materials: fabric, metal, leather, balsa wood...and supposedly,… read more

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