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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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Dec 12, 2011

How to: Make Homemade Grenadine for Tastier Holiday Cocktails

created at: 12/12/2011

Pop quiz! What is grenadine?

Until a few years ago, I woulda said, "Um...it's that cherry stuff they put in my lemon-lime soda as a kid."

And I would have been wrong.

See, the "grenad-" in grenadine, and the "grenad-" in grenade are actually the same etymological root, and refer to a fruit that has little to… read more

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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… read more

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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… read more

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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… read more

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Dec 09, 2011

How to: Make Colorful Snowflakes from Trash!

created at: 12/09/2011

The clever Michele of Michele Made Me shows you how to cut these intricate, colorful snowflake, created from something we all have way too much of… read more

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