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Feb 22, 2011

The Ugliest Home Offices in the U.S.

created at: 02/22/2011 finds and curates terrible pictures of homes from real estate listings around the Phoeniz, Arizona metropolitan area. This means these are actual houses, and folks are actually trying to sell these places.

Yesterday, they published a killer roundup of some seriously awful home… read more


Feb 22, 2011

Isle of Tune is the Best Game/Music Sequencer Ever

created at: 02/22/2011

Okay, okay; no, this doesn't have anything to do with crafts, or design, or making stuff, but I'm sort of in love/totally addicted to Isle of Tune. It's a music/loop sequencer that adds components and parts by visually representing them within a… read more


Feb 22, 2011

Hipster Bingo!

created at: 02/22/2011

It happens to me all the time. I'm hanging out in the cool kid part of town, and I spy a group of youngsters, clad head to toe with the standard hipster fare: low v-neck t-shirt? Check. Bandana as accessory? Now where's the one with the fanny pack...

Oh, there read more


Feb 21, 2011

Book Art Photography by Thomas Allen

created at: 12/01/2010

created at: 02/21/2011

Photographer Thomas Allen has come up with what may be the ultimate, "Why didn't I think of that?" project.

He cuts up the people-heavy covers of pulp fiction novels and creates mini-dioramas, allowing the characters to interact with others from different works, and with the books… read more


Feb 21, 2011

ManMade Gets a Newsletter

February marks the one year anniversary of ManMade, and I couldn't be more grateful for the successes we've had and the community we've created. Over the year, I've heard from lots of readers that they'd like a newsletter, and so....

created at: 02/21/2011

Now we have… read more


Feb 18, 2011

Top Shelf Bottles with Drool Worthy Design

created at: 02/18/2011

The liquor store is not the place to be showing off fancy design work. I'm pretty sure that you could put an Eames lounge, Frank Gehry builiding, and the Mona Lisa in my neighborhood carryout, and I'd find them as dingy as can be.

BUT! Lurking between the boxes of wine and the 99 bottle opener end caps, you can actually find some pretty amazing product… read more


Feb 17, 2011

How to: Make Your Own Möbius Table


created at: 02/17/2011

A Möbius strip is a looping figure with only one side and edge. The Möbius table takes its inspiration from that mathematical surface with a continuous, undulating base, which "flares and narrows in six arcs, creating a look of poised animation." 

Maker and furniture designer Sean Michael Ragan created his own version of the Möbius table from hardware store parts and without resorting to fancy woodworking techniques or complex… read more


Feb 16, 2011

10 Creative Uses of the New Facebook Profile

created at: 02/16/2011

A few months ago,  Facebook got a makeover, allowing more and bigger photos to appear on the Facebook page (you know, so you can see how badly your high school friends have aged immediately, instead of having to click though).

Of course, some clever souls decided to take advantage of these new features, and turned their profiles into custom pieces of… read more


Feb 16, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: February 16, 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.

created at: 02/16/2011

@QueueNoodle is a Twitter account that lets you know when Netflix Watch Instantly movies are about to expire, so you watch them while they're still available.

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Feb 16, 2011

"Back to the Future" Recreates Photos from Decades Past

created at: 02/16/2011

Buenos Aires-based photographer Irina Wearing has unveiled her new project, "Back to the Future," which recreates vintage photos by placing the same [now older] subject in the same composition. 

created at: 02/16/2011

She says, "I love old photos. I admit being a nosey photographer. As soon as I step into someone else’s house, I start sniffing for them. Most of us are fascinated by their retro look but to me, it’s imagining how people would feel and look like if they were to reenact them today... A few months ago, I decided to actually do this. So, with my camera, I started inviting people to go back to their future."

created at: 02/16/2011

This one's prolly my fave. Makes me wish… read more


Feb 15, 2011

The United States of Good Beer

created at: 02/15/2011

A few months ago [while hanging paper snowflakes all over my living and dining room as I recall], I watched the film Beer Wars on Netflix (it's still there, streaming). As a film, it's merely just another brick in the wall of essay/documentarys that explain why corporations are bad for independent businesses and artists, but it reminded me of what we've all learned: there's lots of good beer out there, and it can be hard to find.

"Three companies—Coors, Miller, and Anheuser-Busch—account for an astonishing 78 percent of the United States market, with 70 percent of beer wholesalersonly selling Anheuser-Busch products. As Jim Koch of the Boston Beer Company (makers of Sam Adams) said in the movie, "It's as if all we know about food, we learned from McDonald's!" 

In prep for the Super Bowl, the Houston Chronicle got into the "states represented by ____" craze with this chart, a rather crude map with cutout photos and a poor gradient backdrop showcasing beers by states. Thankfully, the good folks at got a hold of the idea, and created a chart worth… read more


Feb 14, 2011

Supercomputer Takes on Jeopardy Champs Tonight!

created at: 02/14/2011

These days, Jeopardy is the only show I watch on live television. Sometimes, I'll leave the news on while I'm cooking dinner or working on projects, but everything else comes through DVR, Hulu, Netflix, etc...

And, tonight, at 7:00p on my local network (yours will vary, of course), the guy in the middle will look a little different. Cause he's a refridgerator sized super… read more


Feb 14, 2011

Pick Your Cupid

created at: 02/14/2011

In honor of Valentine's Day, New York Times contributer Ji Lee created this clever update on the classic cupid.

And… read more


Feb 14, 2011

Fastener Category Chart

created at: 02/14/2011

ManMade reader Sean sent in this cool link from Bolt Depot: an exhaustive chart of every type of fastener, including bolts, screws, nuts, and washers. It also includes a helpful description of drive and head types for screws and bolts.

This should be quite useful for anyone who regularly sorts through there hardware bins, looking for just the right piece, and especially helpful for… read more


Feb 11, 2011

A Workshop Gets a Scrub

Friends, I'm taking the day off to give my basement space a much needed cleanup day. My chip collector filled up, so my tools have been spraying chips and sawdust every which way, and it needs a bit of love. We'll be back Monday with all sorts of good, handmade content.

Enjoy your weekend. Tell someone you love… read more

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