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Sep 23, 2011

A Drinking Man's Intro to Wine

I've gone on record here before about while wine is traditionally the pair-with-food accompaniment, beer and cocktails are equally tasty and complimentary to thought-out dishes.

But, of course, wine is still pretty darn awesome, albeit a bit intimidating. Once you learn the difference between lagers and ales, and get used to what hops and malt taste like, you can make your way around beer. But wine can be a whole 'nother planet to… read more

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Sep 23, 2011

3-D Printers, Explained

created at: 09/20/2011

The DIY scene has certainly changed in the last ten years, and a big component of that shift is the availability of small-scale manufacturing tools like CNC routers, laser cutters, and most recently, 3-D printers. Now, loyal readers know that ManMade is not a hacker/maker/tech site, but rather, a craftier companion to those. But, anyone in the scene can attest that these things are popping up everywhere, so I figure it might be good to learn about 'em a… read more

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Sep 22, 2011

ManMaker Profile: Dennis de Groot, Graphic Designer Extraordinaire!

created at: 12/01/2010

My wife and I were recently in Amsterdam. I know, I know, our lives are amazing. But that's not the focus of this story.

 

created at: 09/22/2011One evening we went to cozy little bar with some outdoor seating. While we were there, two guys sat down on the bench next to us, over looking a canal,like all seats in Amsterdam do.

created at: 09/22/2011

One of the guys, it turned out, worked in publishing. He'd just brought a print of his client's new book, "Bare Essentials", and was showing it… read more

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Sep 22, 2011

Eames Lounge Gets an Unexpected Makeover

created at: 09/20/2011

The Eames lounge chair is a standard in many a manly room. It's welcoming shape, perfect height, and oh-so-essential ottoman make it a main supporter, but not a major focal piece in any room. It does it's job, and it does it well, but doesn't demand attention...well, other than when you have someone over for the first time and they say, "Oh my gosh, you have an Eames lounge?!"

Which is why Ana's makeover of a chair she knabbed for free and an ottoman she found for $10 is so unexpected...and yet, kinda… read more

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Sep 22, 2011

Awesome Dad Makes Amazing Lunch Bags for His Son, Everyday

There's a lot I could say about my less-than-ideal relationship with my dad growing up, but I prefer to focus on the things I really value. Like how much he taught me about the history of rock and roll and R&B, and that he showed he cared by making a bagged lunch for me every day until I graduated high school. (We didn't have a hot lunch service; everybody brown bagged… read more

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Sep 22, 2011

The Inconstant Gardener: Misadventures in Landscaping

A part of me retches at the very word 'landscaping', as if the 1/4-acre parcel I inhabit on the vast surface of our billions-of-years-old planet somehow requires a few hours per weekend of my inexpert, indifferent care. Come on; any scaping we do to the land will be obliterated by the pitiless passing of time. We might as well lie under our beds 'scaping' dust into piles.

Still, that's a tough argument to make to your neighbors when they walk past your overgrown garden, over the shin-high weeds in the sidewalk cracks, and through the 'native habitat restoration' area you call your front lawn. They don't have to say much, but even at a distance you can see the raising of eyebrows.

Our unlanscaped landscape 

Not that I care that much what they think; horticultural conformism be damned. But seriously, this summer the front of our house was getting to a point that would make even the most hardened iconoclast a little embarassed. 

So, with a shrug of my shoulders and a roll of the eyes, we decided to finally do a little landscaping. It's been at least five years since we've done so much as weeding in the front, so things were a little, um, hairy. Read on to see how we improved it, and watch a video of… read more

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Sep 20, 2011

How to: Make a Woven Wooden Lamp

I love materials. All of them. After all, crafting is about taking some raw material and either cutting it, spreading it, shaping it, or attaching it to something else, right? I especially love when materials take an unlikely shape, like when felt becomes rigid, or wood maleable. Like this woven wooden lamp, which is constructed from actual wood, all balled up and soft. I may never be able to bend plywood at home, but this? This I can do. 

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Sep 20, 2011

Iconic Movie Sunglasses

I went to the dentist last week (no cavities! hooray!) and whilst waiting being getting cleaned by my threateningly good-looking hygentist (it's sorta weird...not gonna lie) and having the dentist come through for the final check, I pawed through the slightly outdated magazines in the rack on the cubby. I smiled when I saw the above image from the late April issue of the New York Times Magazine...sunglasses from classic… read more

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Sep 20, 2011

Moments in Time: Tiny Scenes Atop Moving Watch Hands

created at: 12/01/2010


Artist Dominic Wilcox has created "Moments in Time," a series of sculptures in which tiny persons interact atop the hands of a watch. The little guys do move along with the clocks' regular timekeeping, making for unique animations of poignant and amusing imagined situations.

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Sep 19, 2011

How to: Make a Clock from Junk Mail

I once heard that it takes 300 points of contact to be swayed by a piece of print advertising (that you're not already seeking out). That means a political candidate has to call, be seen on a TV ad, or send you junk mail 300 times in order for that technique to be effective.

And other than coupons or sale annoucements, I can't imagine, in this day and age, where postage is expensive, and we're touched by thousands of ads before we even check the mail, that sending stuff to a mailbox is helpful.

And yet, still it comes. So, turn that waste upside down, and make… read more

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