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Mar 19, 2012

20 Men You Should Be Following on Pinterest

created at: 03/18/2012

To tell you that Pinterest is hot these days would be like saying football is a sport. Duh. We all know that. But one complaint I've heard from a lot of guys is that Pinterest lacks one thing: men.

According to Mashable, nearly 70% of Pinterest users are female. So, for many guys who are on Pinterest, that means they get flooded with recipes for fancy desserts, photos of hair, and a ton of jewelry and fashion pins.

Well fear not, fellow dudes, because I've compiled a list of 20 male Pinterest users that you should follow. These guys have good taste, pin often, and, like I… read more

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Mar 19, 2012

Famous Cartoon Characters Reimagined as Minimalist LEGO Art

Phew...what a weird post to try to title. But one look at these photos, and you'll get exactly what German ad agency Jung von Matt created for Danish toy brick makers, LEGO. (Yeah, they're from Denmark. Neat, huh?)

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Mar 19, 2012

How to: Make a DIY Woodgrain Laptop Skin

I'm always a fan of the interaction between nature and technology...and nothing quite captures that interaction like an attempt to warm up the sleek designs of tech gear with a little warmth from the natural world: like my own project the tree branch iPhone dock or the tree limb magnets for your sleek kitchen appliances, or this great handmade wooden iPodread more

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Mar 19, 2012

Red Hong's Coffee Cup Ring Drawings

Shanghai artist "Red" Hong Yi, enjoys finding all sorts of interesting ways to draw...without any traditional drawing utensils. She previously created a portrait of NBA icon Yao Ming by bouncing a basketball dipped in paint, and recently perfected a means of using the rings left by a coffee mug.

The results are incredibly detailed, and her ability to find contrast in the color values and intensity is… read more

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Mar 16, 2012

How to: Make Modern, Colorful Wall Art (on the Cheap!)

Interested in adding some color to your home, but your landlords won't let you paint? Me too...(except I usually just paint, and ask for forgiveness later.)

Instead of grabbing a gallon at the… read more

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Mar 16, 2012

Infographic of the Day: Geek vs. Hipster

created at: 03/16/2012

Geeks and hipsters. Both wear glasses and t-shirts. Both are equally obsessed with minutiae, and are recognizable from a mile away. If only you could tell which is which...

Enter this infographic,… read more

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Mar 16, 2012

A Pen That Can Write for 7 Years

created at: 03/15/2012

 

Pens aren't exactly known for their longevity. A Bic that lasts a year usually seems like some sort of act of god. Well the ever-innovative people of Switzerland have developed a pen that, assuming you don't lose it, will last 7read more

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Mar 16, 2012

At Home with Steve McQueen: Newly Released Intimate Photos from 1963

In 1963, photographer John Dominis visited the Palm Springs home of Steve McQueen and his first wife, Neile Adams. Over the span of three weeks, the photographer shot more than forty rolls of film, capturing intimate photos of the couple daily life that reinforce why the actor continues to be upheld as an interesting paradigm of masculinity. 

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Mar 15, 2012

How to: Give Your Wall a Total Textural Makeover with Pennies!

created at: 03/15/2012

ManMade reader Lizzie has a "manly husband," Ryan, that she often sends here to trick him into doing DIY and decor projects. It's even worked several times, she says. "In fact, he 'allowed' me to take his fingerprint the other day so that I can make some fingerprint art which is the coolest thing ever.  They're all Illustrator'd up and ready to print!"

As apartment dwellers, Lizzie and Ryan were facing the standard the rental-agreement-says-you-can't-do-anything-awesome-to-where-you-live woes. Unless, of couse, it's temporary. So they came up with this awesome copper penny wall treatment that gives tons of color, texture, and detail to the space. And when they're ready to move? They can just take out a few nails and it's like they were never there.

Lizzie was gracious enough to share the process here, so read on to see how they completed this awesome… read more

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Mar 15, 2012

Why Grass Seed is Way More Interesting than You'd Think: Reports from the Pennington Seed "Seed for Yourself" Summit

created at: 03/15/2012

Over the past weekend, I was fortunate to be invited as a guest of Pennington Seed to attend the Seed for Yourself Summit near Albany, Oregon. As someone who lives in the city and is thankful I haven't had to care for a green lawn since I gave the responsibility back to my dad when I left for college, I admit I knew very little nothing about grass seed, how to grow it, or why some is better than others.
But now, I've been schooled, and I'm popping around the neighborhood goin' "See that? That's tall fescue, it goes dormant in the winter, which is why it looks like straw;" and, "Perennial rye grass right there, cause it has untoothed parallel sides and prominent parallel veins on the upper surface."

See? I learned something. And...grass seed is pretty fascinating… read more

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