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Dec 28, 2011

The Done Manifesto: 13 Rules for Maximizing Your Creativity

Perhaps it's the end of the year, and you're searching for a resolution of sorts. Maybe you've noticed you're not using your time as well as you used to. Or, most likely, you're a productive, creative person, and you're always looking to find the best ways to do what you do best:… read more

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Dec 28, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: December 28, 2011

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.

The hashtag of the 2011 has to be: #firstworldproblems, an attempt to explore and poke fun at those little things that we find inconvenient, yet are unbearably trivial in light of their origins in privilege and especially when compared to actual struggles facing those all over the… read more

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Dec 27, 2011

How to: Dress for a Job Interview

Knowing how to present yourself for a job interview can be tricky business...in the era of startups, social media, and the ever evolving workspace, it can be hard to know what sort of work environment with which you're seeking to be involved. Underdress for a traditional business position, and you're off the list before it even starts. And the reverse - show up is a three-piece to a relaxed atmosphere, and the team will certainly wonder if you're a good fit.

This helpful graphic offers the two options you'll wanna have around, no matter what the interview. It… read more

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Dec 27, 2011

Amazing Handcrafted Quilted Beards

The Postiche Collection, a limited edition catalog, features these intriguing hand-quilited beards by Julian Wolkenstein and Paul Sharp.

 

The project… read more

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Dec 26, 2011

Weaving Forest: A Rudolph-Approved Art Installation

created at: 12/25/2011

Shanghai-based multidisciplinary design studio Super Nature created this (very merry) art installation called Weaving Forest for the Detour 2011 festival in Hong Kong. The installation consists of two giant wooden reindeer sculptures and a series of smaller structures connected by long strings of… read more

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Dec 22, 2011

I Went to the Christmas Story House! Check Out My Photos :)

created at: 12/21/2011

Last March, while visiting friends in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland, my friend casually remarked, under his breath, with a bit of scorn, "Oh, and there's the A Christmas Story house." 

"Excuse me? Did you say the Christmas Story house?"

"Yeah," he replied, "people actually line up to go there."

"You mean, you can actually line up to go there? And see it?" 

People have different priorities, I guess. But I knew my gift to myself (well, to my relationship) come December was determined, and last weekend I went. And it was incredible. 

Couple that with some very freshly fallen snow, and a very, very good meal at a Michael Symon restaurant, and a Christmas day in Cleveland is about as festive as it gets.

Wanna see what it looks like?… read more

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Dec 21, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: December 21, 2011

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.

2011 saw some major eruptions by some of the world's biggest active volcanoes. The Atlantic features some amazing photographs capturing the steam, ash, toxic gases, and… read more

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Dec 20, 2011

The 100 Best Songs of 2011

Okay... I know. Anytime you start making "best of" lists, you're tredding into dangerous territories. No single list could possibly cover the breadth of music releases, critics are always biased, etc, etc.

Got it. But, if there's anyone who you can actually trust to share, explore, and digest the full spectrum of a year's releases, it's the people that made this… read more

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Dec 15, 2011

The 45 Most Powerful Images of 2011

created at: 12/15/2011

Photography blog FStoppers features some seriously incredible photographs from over the last calendar year. I know a whole lot happens every year, but it seems that 2011 was particularly packed with political events, natural disasters, and major news stories.

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Dec 15, 2011

12 Things You Probably Didn't Know About "Home Alone"

created at: 12/15/2011

Okay, sure: if forced to look at it critically, I could probably admit that Home Alone isn't that great of a movie.

But every year, just after Thanksgiving, it's the most perfect thing ever, as it traditionally accompanies the decoration of my Christmas tree, and I, through a mouthful of candy cane, can practically reenact the whole thing.… read more

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Dec 15, 2011

Guy Makes a Water-Powered Jetpack to Swim Like a Dolphin

As Core77 notes, this is simply, "too good not to post."

Jet-ski master Franky Zapata has created the "Dolphin Jetpack." a water-powered apparatus that allows him to soar over the water and into the air like (you guessed it) a dolphin.

It seems like an internet hoax, but it really looks to be legit. Check out… read more

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Dec 14, 2011

Free Music: ManMade's 2011 Modern Rock Holiday Mixtape

created at: 12/14/2011

Dear friends -

Last holiday season (ManMade's first Christmas!), I created a mix of some of my favorite "alternative" Christmas songs, and it was a decidely huge hit with readers. The emails asking for another this year began in October, so seeing as it's the season for giving, my gift to you: the ManMade 2011 Modern Rock Holiday Mixtape!

Over the past few years, I've sorta developed an obsessive hobby of trying to find non-Andy Williams or Nat King Cole Christmas songs to soundtrack the kind of holiday that I've come to love as an adult. I've now got a collection of almost 600 (thirty-five hours worth) of holiday and winter songs by indie and modern rock artists, as well as a few classics that get ignored by soft rock stations, that have come to sound like Christmas to me. I've assembled a free playlist of some of my favorites; just click the play button below and settle in for a long winter'sread more

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Dec 14, 2011

Infographic: How Bikes Can Solve Our Biggest Problems

Even though the winter weather might make two-wheels the last place you want to be, bicycles are, without a doubt, a win-win-win-win-win situation. They're healthier for the rider, healthier for the environment, cost less to own and operate than cars, and most importantly, they're fun to ride.

Fast Co. has created an excellent infographic exploring how riding bicycles can address some of the biggest problems in the US - economic struggles, health care,… read more

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Dec 13, 2011

What Children's Drawings Would Look Like If Painted Realistically

Okay, I admit that's an awkward title, but check out this project by illustrator Dave DeVries:

"The Monster Project" had its origins in the artist's family. "My niece Jessica often filled my sketchbook with doodles. While I stared at them, I wondered if color, texture and shading could be applied for a 3D effect. As a painter, I made cartoons look three dimensional every day for the likes of Marvel and DC comics, so why couldn’t I apply those same techniques to a kid’s drawing? That was it… no research, no years of toil, just the curiosity of seeing Jessica’s drawings come toread more

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Dec 13, 2011

25 Skills Every Man Should Know

created at: 12/13/2011

Esquire magazine has assembled its ultra-list of "25 Skills Every Man Should Know." We appreciate the diversity of the list: sure, it includes stereotypically "manly" things like "Skin a moose" and "fell a tree," but also plenty of ManMade-y stuff,… read more

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