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Jan 25, 2012

The Rise and Fall (and Further Fall) of Hipster Bashing

The days of giggling, LATFHing, and even hipster bingo are now, decidely, over. "But, really?" you say? "There's just so many of them, and they're so easy to point out, and the look is sooo ridiculous."

You're right. And that's the point. With the total cultural saturation of hipsterdom, the joke? It's over. This is a group that have been defined by the ability to be mocked, and the masses - those culturally aware enough to know it's a thing, but then not purposely avoid defining themselves thereof - are the only ones perpetuating the… read more

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Jan 25, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: January 25, 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.

Artist Chris Plascik created a typographic drawing every day for four years, and has been able to release a coffee table book of 1,000 of them using crowd-sourced… read more

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Jan 25, 2012

Cooking up a Rainbow

created at: 01/24/2012

It's not that often that I'm wowed by a TV commercial, but today I am. This ad for Lurpak, a Danish brand of butter (margarine?), is really great. The narrator's voice is a little strange, but I guarantee after watching this you'll be singing "Chop chop chopread more

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Jan 24, 2012

What Happens in Bookstores at Night

created at: 01/24/2012

You sit down. Read a magazine. Have some tea. Chat up that cute bookseller with the glasses.

And then, you go home, and the bookstore closes, and that, my friends, is when the real fun begins.

Watch the video below to see what really happens. (Trust me, you'll… read more

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Jan 24, 2012

Bolster Your Creative Output by Activating Your "Red Zone"

In football (as in American football, the brown ellipsoid one) there's a special section of the field dubbed the "red zone," that space betweent the twenty-yard line and the goal. And...a game's outcome is often determined by either team's performance in this zone. As they're pros, they can often get into the space, but if they're not able to get top notch results once there, they'll likely lose.

Turns out...the same rules apply to creativity and getting great work done. And it has nothing to do with how hard you work, or what you actually produce in… read more

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Jan 24, 2012

How the Glock Became America's Gun of Choice

While guns, Glocks or otherwise, are not necessarily masculine and a topic for ManMade, the genres in which is so often appears - nearly every crime film, ganster lore, hip-hop lyrics - certainly cross our paths from time to time. And supposedly the standard issue service weapon for two-thirds of U.S. police forces.

So, the real question is...why? What about the glock allowed it to permiate into Hollywood films and rap lyrics? Do actually criminals prefer the glock, or is it just the fictional… read more

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Jan 24, 2012

How to: Make DIY Boomerangs from Recycled Boxes

created at: 01/24/2012

 

Cheap styrofoam toy-store boomerangs have given generations of Americans, children or otherwise, the mistaken impression that building and throwing boomerangs is very difficult. This flies in the face of reason: Using less-than-ideal materials, human beings have been building, throwing, and catching boomerangs for more than 11,600 years. Boomerangs are absurdly easy to make--this is an ideal project to keep kids busy in a pinch. Learning to throw one is just a little tricky, but most of the trick is in properly tuning the… read more

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Jan 23, 2012

Help Me Decide: Should ManMade Grow a Beard?

created at: 01/23/2012

So, I just got back from a week of traveling and learning at the (excellent) Alt Summit, and with airports and hotel rooms and red-eye flights, and (let's be honest) general vacation-brain and laziness, I haven't shaved for a few days.

And...I'm thinking about keeping it, and growing a beard. So, I thought I'd see what you thought, and I hope you'll share your vote.… read more

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Jan 23, 2012

I See Dead People: Famous Album Covers Minus Bygone Band Members

Artists Jean-Marie Delbes Hatim El Hihi have created their latest project: Live! I See Dead People, a collection of album cover photographs with the no-longer-living band members digitially removed.

The technique is outstanding, and the effect quite poignant.

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Jan 23, 2012

Casualties of War Toy Soliders

created at: 01/22/2012

Casualties of War is a sobering series of plastic toy soldiers by the design collective Dorothy. At first glance, they might seem like ubiquitous green army men, but when you look closer you'll see that they are actually depicting the personal hell that returning soldiers endure after coming back from combat.… read more

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