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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? Good deal. Take a peak:

created at: 12/21/2011

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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 lava.   … read more


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 list:   … read more


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. Favorite line:… read more


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 the video:   … read more


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's rocking out!   … read more


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, obesity, … read more


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 to life."


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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, like… read more


Dec 12, 2011

A Candy Coated DSLR

Pentax has released some crazy digital SLR cameras, including a bright red one and a weird robot version, but they've got nothing on this Canon 7D, which looks like it was sprayed with a hose full of Nerds and Skittles. … read more


Dec 12, 2011

December Madness: The Tournament to Crown the Worst Christmas Song Ever!

created at: 12/12/2011

The holiday season is full of awesome seasonal sounds - Phil Spector/The Ronette's perfect version of Sleigh Ride, plenty of Darlene Love, and the whole of ManMade's modern holiday mixtape. (2011 edition coming this week!)

But it also means the less-desirable holiday music...the schmaltz, the breathy vocals, the Josh Groban.    … read more


Dec 12, 2011

Super Tiny Food Art!

created at: 12/01/2010

created at: 12/12/2011

All food is better in mini form! Or on sticks. Perferably both.

Artist/chef Mr. Fang makes these incredible miniature food creations, each small enough to fit on a quarter.created at: 12/12/2011

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Dec 09, 2011

Amazing Photos of Paint Being Dropped into Water

The cover of my tenth grade chemistry book was featured three graduated beakers full of blue liquid, into which bold, colorful liquids were being dropped, blooming and swirling wih clouds. I used to stare at it during tests when I'd forget my stoichiometry; perhaps to calm myself, or maybe because I was hoping I'd magically absorb the info inside.

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Dec 09, 2011

Cheeseburger Wrapping Paper Set

There's only one thing better than getting a nice, tall stack of gifts...getting a nice, tall stack of cheeseburgerly wrapped gifts. The project is the first effort of Gift Couture,… read more

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