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An imperative pull to have at least a conceptual connection to the technology and contraptions in everyday life.

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Feb 24, 2012

Fashion Made Affordable: 8 Money-Saving Style Tips for Men

created at: 02/24/2012

If we were all millionaries, we'd all look stylish everyday. Not necessariy fancy, but we'd be able to afford whatever we needed to fit our particular body types and look our best, whatever that may be. 

But, we're not. Well, I'm not. (If you are, feel free to email me at Chris @ manmadediy.com. I have lots of interesting ideas for you.) But in the days of the internet and online shopping, we've now access to all sorts of deals that we'd never be able to take advantage of… read more

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Feb 24, 2012

Friday Fun: How to Fold a Miura-Ori

"Chris," you're saying. "What's a Miura-ori?"

Well, it's that thing. In the picture. A sheet of paper that has been folded to open and close in a single motion. " A Miura sheet has only one degree of freedom, and can be thought of as having only two states: fully open, or fully closed. Since reversing one fold in the sheet (that is, making a “mountain” into a “valley”) requires reversing all of the adjacent folds as well, the Miura sheet feels as though it has a memory, and is very resistant to deformation."

i just made three...and it's crazy fun to learn and just fold and unfold over and… read more

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Feb 24, 2012

Video: 170,000 Bouncy Balls Going Down a Hill in San Francisco

created at: 02/23/2012

I am completely and utterly obsessed with this video. It's actually an advertisement for the Sony Bravia TV from 2005 [Edit: I had originally said this was from 2010, but was kindly corrected by a number of astute readers], however I never saw it, so it's new to me (and hopefully some of you). 

created at: 02/23/2012

Here's the premise: 170,00 bouncy balls are bounced down a hill in San Francisco, creating a cascade of colorful chaos. It's truly a beautiful site to behold (slow motion helps). And for all you skeptics out there that are thinking it's just CGI: take a look at the video at the end of this post that shows how this super ball stunt… read more

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Feb 23, 2012

How to: Make a Leather Lunch Tote

Quick story...which I've probably already told somewhere on ManMade before, but I can't seem to find it.

I packed my lunch every day when in school, from first grade to my final senior exams. Well, rather, my dad packed my lunch for me. It was something we shared, and one of the greatest gifts my father ever gave me. In elementary, I was one of only four or five kids who got to line up early because we weren't lunch ticket users. The "packers" always got teased for some reason (kids are weird), but I also felt kinda cool and special.

He and I were always quite different, but I remember opening the fridge every morning to see a… read more

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Feb 23, 2012

Anamorphic Geometric Installations by Felice Varini

created at: 02/23/2012

Swiss artist Felice Varini has been experimenting with optical illustions for nearly thirty years, and from the impressive scale and experience of these anamorphic installations, I think it's say to say he's figured it out.

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Feb 23, 2012

How to: Make a Secret Flask Inside Everyday Items

created at: 02/23/2012

Maker and artist Mike Warren has invented "the Gentleman's Ski Pole," a clever option to add a small, concealed flask inside the handles of his skiing stocks.

But what he's really done is show all of us how to secretly stash a DIY flask inside of anything you can imagine: a walking stick, a book, a portfolio or breifcase...

If it's got some solid material, you can put a flask in it. And, oh, should you put a… read more

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Feb 23, 2012

Surreal Photos of Shrink Wrapped People

created at: 02/23/2012

When I first saw these photos by Japanese photographer Hal, I wasn't sure what to think...I mean, don't some people do this sort of things recreationally?  But after closer inspection I realized the whimsy in these unique, but bizarre, photos.… read more

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Feb 22, 2012

How to: 3 Ways to Punch a Hole in a Leather Belt

created at: 04/16/2013

Sooner or later, you're gonna have to do it. It may be because you lost a little weight, and now it's time to notch over one more, and you're plumb out of holes. Maybe it'll be due to the fact that different pairs of pants sit on your body at different places. Or it may be that you'll simply had that belt for a little while, and the leather has stretched a bit. 

created at: 02/22/2012

But, at some point, you're gonna have to punch a hole in a belt. And if you do it right, it can look perfectly in line with the others, like it's been there the entire… read more

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Feb 22, 2012

6 Rules of Modern Movie Poster Design

Artist Travis Pitts has created a little visual primer for design promo posters for modern Hollywood movies.

Be sure to check out the fine print, which provides helpful suggestions like, "modern children's movies require blue sky, clouds, and the same font treatment as wacky comedy. All that is needed of the character is a peeking tease, and some element to imply that the character is coming "to the big city" or into the real world, and, commonly, in… read more

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Feb 22, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: February 22, 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.

Cloud Gate by Anish Kapoor (you know..."the bean" in Chicago) is one of the U.S.'s most recognizable and beloved public art installations. Currently, Chicago-based design firm LuftWerk "have capitalized on the sculpture’s reflective properties by turning it into a canvas for a choreographed light show titled Luminous… read more

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