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Dec 15, 2011

Gift Guide: Awesome, Handcrafted Gift Ideas for Guys

created at: 12/15/2011

My friend Brittni maintains an amazing handmade marketplace and blog called papernstitch, and while I regularly appreciate her updates and the amazing artisinal objects, the picks are unabashedly, well, girly.

Except for this week, where Brittni's prepared a great collection of handmade and independently produce gifts for… read more

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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… read more

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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'sread more

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Dec 14, 2011

NBC's "Community" Intro Credits in the Style of "30 Rock" and "Parks & Rec"

created at: 12/14/2011To show support for "everyone's (except those with Nielsen boxes) favorite show," James Montalbano reworked the introductory credits of Community, which is struggling to stay on the air, in the style of two other great NBC comedies, 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation.created at: 12/14/2011

The quality of work here is really quite stunning. Watch these… read more

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Dec 14, 2011

Gift Guide: The Best, Under-$50 Stocking Stuffers for People Who Love Food

Buying gifts for food people and home chefs can be a, uh, double-edged fork. On the one hand, there are endless kitchen gadgets and tools our there to play with, but on the other, passionate home cooks are likely to already have lots of the standards.

So, with that in mind, the brilliant food minds of America's Test Kitchen offer this great list of essentials, perfect for stocking gifts, as they all clock in at under… read more

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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,… read more

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Dec 13, 2011

Roundup: 5 Original Holiday Cocktails Using Ingredients You Already Have

created at: 12/13/2011

I love discovering new cocktail recipes, and unique ways to coax different, unique flavors with classic spirits.

But, these days, discovering "new cocktails" on the internet usually means "new fandangled drinks that use a bunch of specialty liqueurs and spirits you don't have and aren't gonna buy a whole bottle of to try a new drink."

So, with that in mind, I decided to come up with five tasty, holiday-ish cocktails using stuff you can find in an average liquor cabinet. Of course, that varies from home to home, but these stick to spirits you've heard of, I promise. Plus, each features a bit of festive pomegranate flavor… read more

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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 toread more

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Dec 13, 2011

How to: Make DIY Stainless Steel Reusable Drinking Straws

Last year, my favorite Christmas stocking gift (besides the candy) was a set of stainless steel drinking straws. I'm a committed straw user, and I love that I can simply wash these and use them indefinitely...plus the experience of drinking a cold beverage though a chilled, heavy straw is...I dunno, pleasant.

Many of my straw-hating friends and family even took to them, prefering the experience over the sensation of thin plastic in their mouths, so I looked into buying some more...and they're like $7.00 a piece.

So, I was quite excited to see this… read more

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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,… read more

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