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Jun 01, 2012

The Bottle of Wits: "The Princess Bride" Wine Packaging Design

There's nothing like one of your favorite things from childhood (The Princess Bride) joining hands with something you love as an adult (great design) for the purpose of something you like plenty (wine) at something you strive to support (independent movie theaters).

Enter The Bottle of Wits, which is each of those beloved things, and probably more.   … read more


Jun 01, 2012

Happiness is a Warm Chimney Starter

created at: 06/01/2012

And by warm, we mean unbelievably blistering, seethingly ablazing.   … read more


Jun 01, 2012

Rust In Peace: Mesmerizing Photos of Things Getting Old with Style

Rust In Peace is a [completely addicting] collection of images of classic, well-made objects that have aged to a patina that makes them even more amazing.

   … read more


Jun 01, 2012

The Best Bars in America

You usually can't tell what kind of bar you're in within the first five minutes. You've got to sit for a minute, watch the other patrons, let the jukebox play a few selections, let the bartenders do their thing, perhaps even order some food. Sure, you may know you're in a dive by the general smell and look at the place, but it'll take a round or two to know whether you're in a great dive.   … read more


May 31, 2012

It's Time to Be Less Productive. No, Really.

"Productivity — the amount of output delivered per hour of work in the economy — is often viewed as the engine of progress in modern capitalist economies." But, what if, our drive to be more productive, to generate more output with fewer people, actually has met its ilmitations. What if it's time to actually shoot to be less productive? What if we can actually improve the quality of our lives, the professions of others, the economy, and our relationships, by seeking to be less efficient?   … read more


May 30, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: May 30, 2012

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.

Beijing-based artist Wang Zhiyuan created this thirty-six foot tall, multicolored tornado of trash, built… read more


May 30, 2012

Cactus Made of 20,000 Thumbtacks

created at: 05/29/2012

When I was a little kid I was obsessed with cacti. In fact, I had quite a sizable cacti collection, unfortunately all of them died one night when my family was moving. I left them outside one night and, lo and behold, a thunderstorm came along and drowned them all. I was devastated.

I've since recovered from the infamous cactus massacre, but I still love those prickly plants. So when I came across this cactus made out of thumbtacks I was immediately smitten.   … read more


May 30, 2012

The Process: How Josh Finkle Makes His Beautiful Handwood Toys

created at: 05/28/2013

The work of Ohio-based artist and designer Josh Finkle ambles beautifully between the digital and the physical, the sketch, the prototype, and the manufactured product. He created these stunning hardwood toys of extinct animals, using a variety of wood species to add color and detail. He captured the creation process … read more


May 29, 2012

Free Download: Life Advice from Ron Swanson

Quick, master the Command+P keystroke… read more


May 29, 2012

The No-Fuss Dessert Generator

ManMade favorite Mark Bittman, who previously brought us The Everyday, Anytime Egg-Combination Generator, offers a new tasty flowchart: the No-Fuss Dessert Generator.    … read more


May 29, 2012

Famous Artists Dissected in Their Own Painting Style

For a recent ad campaign for Brazil's Museu de Arte de São Paulo art school, ad agency DDB Brazil "dissected" famous artists, mimicking the painters own style and techniques. So, Van Gogh's insides are colorful and impressionistic, Picasso's bold but not-quite-cubist, and Dali's are a straight psychadelic organ-melting fest.   … read more


May 25, 2012

Brand Spirit: Mass Marketed Items Reduced to Their Purest Forms

Imagine you went to a big box discount store, picked up a bunch of small items covered in their own logos, brand identities, and promotions, took them home, and spraypainted them matte white.

Andrew Miller, of the New … read more


May 24, 2012

Meat Researchers Discover a New Steak Cut, Seek to Patent It

created at: 05/24/2012

A collection of "meat specialists" have discovered the first new cut of steak from the beef carcass in years. It may also be the last possible new steak, ever.

Dubbed the "Vegas Strip Steak," it was "deveioped" by meat expert Tony Mata and reseachers at Oklahoma State University. The cut is hidden inside the animal in part commonly ground for hamburger, and the team has sought a patent to protect their work.… read more


May 23, 2012

To the Rescue...

created at: 05/23/2012

This is a… read more


May 23, 2012

The Most Common Comma Mistakes, and How to Avoid Them

I'm the sort of guy who likes to learn to do things well.  If I make a cut on the table saw, I want it to be the best cut. If I set out to create a tasty meal, I want to do my best knife work, get the crustiest sear and the perfect seasoning. You call it obsessive perfectionism, I call it trying my best. Same same.

And I write and edit for a living, so I wanna use the English language as best as possible. (Yes, I started that particularly vulnerable sentence with and and used the colloquialism wanna.) So, I tend to love the various grammar geek posts and misused words infographics about the blogosphere, especially when there's new stuff to learn.

And this, my friends, is an especially good one. If you know all these tricks to proper comma usage, particularly that trickster identifier-name syntax, you deserve… read more

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