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Mar 19, 2013

Wake Up Your Bedroom: 7 Tips to Create a Modern Masculine Retreat

A bedroom is often the most overlooked room in the house. You spend the big money on the rooms your guests will see - quality, lasting furniture for the living room, a dining table for hosting - or on practical pieces, like small appliances in the kitchen, or setting up your media gear for music all over your home.   … read more

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Mar 18, 2013

If You Could Only Drink One Beer for the Rest of Your Life, What Would It Be?

created at: 03/18/2013

For some, a question like "if you could only drink one beer for the rest of your life, what would it be?" is easy to answer. In any given week, they normally only drink one kind of beer - a crisp and easy pilsner from one of the major U.S. breweries, or a local lager found in grocery stores.

For the rest of us - who see new restaurants and travel destinations as a chance to discover new beers and wouldn't think of ordering the same thing twice in a sitting - the question is increasingly complicated.    … read more

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Mar 14, 2013

Pantone Pairings: Classic Flavor Combinations as Color Swatches

David Schwen, a Minneapolis-based designer and art director, has been experimenting with a new theme on his Instagram feed, featuring commonly paired ingredients as Pantone swatches.    … read more

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Mar 13, 2013

Blow My Mindsday: March 13, 2013

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.


Swiss photographer Fabian Oefner creates this stunning images by… read more

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Mar 11, 2013

New National Geographic Blog Features Unseen Rare and Amazing Photos from Their Archives

National Geographic has launched a new Tumblr blog - Found - which shares some seriously incredible vintage photos from the magazine's vast archives.   … read more

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Mar 06, 2013

Inspiring Photos of Neatly Arranged Collections

Portland, Oregon-based photographer Jim Golden photographs these compelling collections of themed objects. You might have seen a few similar "things organized neatly" pieces floating about the internet, but I think Golden's work contains more than just thoughtful spacing and color themes:   … read more

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Mar 06, 2013

Blow My Mindsday: March 6, 2013

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. 

Just the way I like it. … read more

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Mar 05, 2013

Life Advice from Ron Swanson: "People Who Buy Things Are Suckers"

created at: 03/05/2013

Ron Swanson - TV's favorite craftsman - offers some tongue-in-cheek inspiration for makers of all sorts. 

Click play to watch the video below:   … read more

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Feb 26, 2013

A ManMade Interview on the Pinterest Blog

Hello, ManMakers! This week has taken a bit of a surprising turn - I've traveled back to my home town for some unfortunate family business. My grandmother passed away, and we're currently planning the funeral, services, as well as beginning the work of dealing with her affairs, the estate, and her home, where she lived with my grandfather and her family since 1960. 

So, regular updates will be sparse for a bit, but I wanted to share this fun collaboration I worked on with the cool folks at Pinterest. … read more

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Feb 20, 2013

Video: Crafting a Handmade Chair from Scratch

created at: 05/28/2013

My friend Jamie of Design Milk got an awesome chance to share this look at designer/maker Daniel Moyer crafting a custom chair from a huge slab of walnut milled just for him. The video strikes a perfect balance: it's just long enough, the music's great,

and each scene walks you through the process of tree to final finish. With just enough workshop envy. Watch it below:   … read more

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Feb 17, 2013

Daily Dishonesty: Typographic Illustrations of the Lies We Tell Every Day

"Daily Dishonesty" is a fun illustration series by artist Lauren Nicole Hom. Each features a typographic take on one of those little mistruths that we tell ourselves to make sure we enjoy our day. 

Sometimes they… read more

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Feb 16, 2013

Infographic: 21 Emotions For Which There Are No English Words

created at: 02/21/2013

You know when someone asks you what your thinking about, and you just can't find the term? Or, when you're asked how you feel about something, and you have to start it with a caveat or an "I don't know" before searching for the best approximation?

Chances are, there are words for those situation, they're just likely not in the English dictionary.   … read more

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Feb 13, 2013

So, What's the Deal... Do You Actually Celebrate Valentine's Day?

created at: 02/13/2013

Last week, a great friend sent me a message asking if I could hang out this week, while he's on a bit of work break. I replied with a "Sure, I'm free on Tuesday and Thursday evenings." 

Him: Thursday is Valentine's Day.
Me: Oh, right. Are you going to do something?
Him: Yeah, aren't you?
Me: Let's make it Tuesday.        … read more

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Feb 13, 2013

Blow My Mindsday: February 13, 2013

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.

WTF, Evolution? is a new educational humor blog that shares some of nature's most unlikely creations, like this guy, the … read more

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Feb 13, 2013

Blow My Mindsday: February 20, 2013

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. 

"Down for the Count" chart shows the number and means of deaths in Quentin Tarantino movies. And Pulp Fiction is among… read more

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