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Apr 12, 2012

Handmade Wooden Nintendo Controller Coffee Table, Actually Works

Venice, CA-based woodworker Charles Lushear has completed a noble undertaking: he's built a 42" x 18.25" all hardwood coffee table in the visage of an original NES controller. Maple, walnut, and mahogany provide for natural color variation (light, dark, and medium, respectfully), and the whole case is held together by strong, perfectly cut dovetail joints.

Oh, and it also functions as a WORKING NES CONTROLLER.   … read more

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Apr 11, 2012

Beards, the Infographic: Get a PhD in Facial Hair

created at: 04/11/2012

Friends and ManMakers: I present an infographic. About beards.      … read more

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Apr 11, 2012

55 Inspiring Typographic Quotes for Creatives

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Usually, I don't care much for things that are full of what they are: Hollywood movies about Hollywood, hip-hop songs about being a rapper. But, I have a soft spot for all the great type-based 'motivational' sayings that have all over the design blogosphere. I think it's mostly because I'm surprised that I can be moved by such visuals, actually inspired, certainly more than cheesey script-y phrases from the craft store or those photos of mountains with some definition that hung in everyone's office in the 90s. (Okay some of these have mountains too, but they're awesome mountains.)   … read more

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Apr 11, 2012

DIY Idea: Simple Scrap Wood and Bent Nail Bottle Opener

created at: 04/11/2012

Pop quiz time! There are six types of simple machines that have been identified for the last four hundred years. How many can you name?   … read more

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Apr 11, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: April 11, 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.

Scottish artist Rob Mulholland installed six life-size mirrored translucent sculptures in the woods. He used a "plexiglass derivative called PMMA, these sculptures simultaneously distort and reflect light, allowing for these ghostly images to appear almost liquid."   … read more

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Apr 10, 2012

A Note to Self...

Note to self:    … read more

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Apr 10, 2012

From Here On...: A Manifesto for a Visual Culture

The French summer photography festival Rencontres d'Arles offers, "From Here On..." a creative manifesto for the visual/curation/maker/editorial/right now era.   … read more

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Apr 09, 2012

Embroidered Mixed Media Collages by Jose Romussi

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Jose Romussi is a Chilean artist who creates these stunning mixed media collages using vintage photographs and thread.

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Apr 06, 2012

Be a Good Man.

As you go into this weekend, into this spring season, and into… read more

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Apr 06, 2012

Did You See This? All of Mitch Hedberg's Sandwich Ads

created at: 04/06/2012

Last week marked the seventh anniversary of the death of comedian Mitch Hedberg, the absurd comedian know for his perfectly crafted one-liners and non-sequiters.

To commemorate the cult comic, Laughspin dug up some little known and somewhat obscure radio ads that Hedberg did for Midwest-based sandwich shop, Jimmy John's.   … read more

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Apr 05, 2012

Please Discuss: How Do You Feel About Chest & Body Hair?

created at: 04/05/2012

I'll admit...that's a pretty unlikely photo to accompany a post on ManMade. But, bear with me. (Get it?)

It's a screenshot of the funniest site I've found this week, a Pinterest page entitled, "Hairy Chests I Want to Cry On," by comedian Stacey Nightmare. It includes, not surprisingly, some fine, manly chests, but the real gem is Stacey's commentary, including captions like,

  • Elliott Gould. I want to shrink down to the size of a thimble & frolic on his chest like a young lamb in the springtime.
  • Mike Rowe, I can't decide if I want to cry on your chest hair or lay eggs in it.
  • Lee Majors. Remember the Six Million Dollar Man? They paid him by the chest hair.
Okay, you get it. It's funny, but it also serves as a helpful, perhaps even encouraging, reminder: In the era of when nearly every Men's Health magazine cover has featured some ripped dude with a torso as smooth as his equally-waxed bottom, some people think having body hair is something that comes along with being a guy.
So, let's discuss.  
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Apr 04, 2012

How to: Sharpen a Pencil...Like a Champ!

created at: 04/04/2012

"Just because something makes you smile or laugh ... doesn't mean it's a joke."

Word to the skeptical: don't be. Artisinal pencil sharpening is a very real thing. You may have heard of David Rees, a political cartoonist who also runs ArtisinalPencilSharpening.com, a site where you can send in a pencil (or David can provide one) and he'll sharpen it by hand, for $15.00.

Now, David has released a book How To Sharpen Pencils: A Practical & Theoretical Treatise on the Artisanal Craft of Pencil Sharpening for Writers, Artists, Contractors, Flange Turners, Anglesmiths, & Civil Servants (with a forward by John Hodgman), and is currently on tour with workshops and sharpening services, often on the same bill as some awesome comedians.

If you get the idea of a hand sharpened pencil, but aren't quite down to pay $15.00 for the service, David has graciously provided his technique. For free.

It's the kind of thing you simply gotta see.  … read more

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Apr 04, 2012

The Worst Album Covers of All Time

Tastebuds, a new dating site that makes suggestions for potential partners based on what kind of music you like (huh...), has assembled a collection of the "Worst Album Covers of All Time." While I can't validate if these are hands down the absolute worst covers ever printed, as I've seen plenty equally awful in the bargain bins at thrift stores and garage sales, these are certainly among the most ill-conceived. Ever.

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Apr 04, 2012

A Pie Chart about Pie

created at: 04/04/2012

The clever designer/cultural historians at Pop Chart Labs are back with their latest endeavor: a collection of pie charts. About pies.   … read more

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Apr 04, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: April 04, 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.

Squirrel Monkey created this engaging video that imagines what Facebook would look like if it were around in the 90s. Click play to watch the video in all it's VHS-taped, dial-up, Netscape-logged-in goodness.

See more at BuzzFeed

Australian spiders, fleeing floodwaters, have covered an entire field in a snow-like blanket of webs

Burger King released this clever ad in the Netherlands

Allan Benton makes some of the most amazing smoked food products in the US: his… read more

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