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Sep 16, 2011

What are Continents and How Many are There?

created at: 09/16/2011

A bit of education for your Friday morning: Speaker and blogger/video maker Colin Grey explores the seemingly straight-forward question how many continents are there? As his charming and entertaining video points out, things get a little more complex when you talk geography, culture, or… read more

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Sep 15, 2011

How to: Make a Modern Industrial Coffee Table

Though its the element that we use the most, and usually the largest, the tabletop isn't really the tough part when it comes to building DIY furniture. It is, most of the time, something solid and flat, that likely comes from a solid, flat sheetgood product that is then simply cut to size. The challenge is always in the other stuff: the legs, the base, etc. It's pretty easy to cut and glue wood or acrylic materials. But shaping, bending, and welding metal is a whole 'nother skill set that's way bigger than just picking up a circular… read more

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Sep 15, 2011

You Look at Me Like You've Never Seen a Neo-Hipster Before...

created at: 09/15/2011

Literary journal McSweeney's imagines a level of post-trend, neo-hipsterism, they likes of which can't even be imagined by the current tank top wearing generation. "The reality is just that I’ve reached a new level of meta-irony that will take you awhile to understand, that’sread more

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Sep 15, 2011

Vintage Posters for Modern Movies

It's a match for the ages. Accessibility to powerful digital creative tools, exposure to amazing design inspiration, and a generation raised on pop culture have produced the inevitable - thoughtful, and better designed posters for beloved contemporary films thataren't intended to sell tickets, but honor the film and be beautiful as original works of art.

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Sep 14, 2011

How to: Make Typographic String Art

created at: 09/16/2011

In the late 60s and 70s, string art became a popular paint-by-numbers-y way for the masses to get crafty. Head to your local thrift store, and you'll likely find a few, in all their harvest gold glory. Usually sold in kits, these guys involved strategically placed nails or pins that were connected by string or yarn to create geometrical shapes or mathematical patterns. 

But, I'm not really into geometrical shapes or mathematical patterns. I'm into letters, so I decided to create some original string art with a typographic twist. It's super fun, easy-to-make, and infinitely customizable. Plus, it's my favorite kind of project, where the supplies come from both the craft shop and my local True Value hardware store (we're a part of the 2011 True Value Blog Squad!).

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Sep 14, 2011

DIY with a Purpose: Making the World's Least Expensive "Light Bulb" from an Upcycled Plastic Bottle

created at: 09/14/2011

Every once and while, some brilliant soul comes up with such an clever solution to a problem, it's simplicity and perfection is awe inspiring. Things are commonly accessible, but not common sense. Coupled with the fact that this one improves the lives of third world persons and saves energy they don't have to spare, I think this might be my favorite DIY project of the… read more

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Sep 14, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: September 14, 2011

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. Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

High speed photos of impacts and stuff blowing up will never get old. Yep, that's an apple, and there's more where that came… read more

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Sep 13, 2011

Cocktail 101: How to Stock a Home Bar (A New Approach)

Knowing the basic recipes for a few classic cocktails, and the proper way to shake or stir them up, is a classic guy skill. But they rely, of course, on a first step: having the proper home bar staples around so you can show off your cocktail-making skills whenever you have guests… read more

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Sep 13, 2011

Shopping Men's Clothing at Target: What to Buy, What to Avoid

If I haven't gone on record before, allow me to do so now. I love Primer. Andrew and company are dedicated to exploring what it's like to be a guy in the twenty-first century, avoiding both the nastiness of men's magazines and old-timey stereotypes of lots of men's motivational content. They take the same approach that I attempt with ManMade, focusing on style and fashion, health, generally, being a good… read more

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Sep 13, 2011

Typographic Birdhouses

created at: 09/13/2011

Not only does this go in my "Why didn't I think of that?" file, it belongs at the very top. I've often made cool, mod places for birds to hang out (like this contemporary birdhouse, a more complex mid-century modern one, and this minimalist bird feeder). I love making stuff with a bold, typographic punch, and I certainly have all the tools and knowhow to pull these… read more

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