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Jun 28, 2011

The Burger of the Future

Dave Arnold, Director of Technology at the French Culinary Institute, has imagined a burger of the future. What's so different? Oh, well, it begins with gluing strips of bacon together with Activia RM, then making a ketchup and veal stock gel with calcium lactate gluconate, which is then cut into a little circle and stuffed inside a patty made from short ribs and chuck. Then, the patty is deep fried, cooked with butter in an immersion circulator, then grilled on a makeshift charcoal grill, while toasted rye, pickles, cheese, and the bacon sheet are all cut into perfect circles. The sandwich is assembled, and when cut, the ketchup/stock gel explodes onto the plate.

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Jun 28, 2011

Five Modern Clock Screensavers to Hip Up Your Computer

 

Screensavers are a tough bit. On the one hand, they're good for your computer, they save energy, and they provided security. On the other, well, it's tough to find an attractive one. One that's simple, not distracting, and doesn't look like, well, the screen saver that came with your operating system.

But don't set it to black just yet. May I suggest installing one of these awesome, mod clock screen savers?… read more

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Jun 28, 2011

How To: Make a Reading Lamp from a Recycled Book

Steve Hoefer came up with this DIY, literal take on the book light. "Friends have regularly recommended books as being particularly illuminating, but I admit that after opening them I was as in the dark as ever. Since I’m not one to let a good metaphor go unmolested (and because design schools seem to constantly create designers who’s job it is to make ugly lamps) I made… read more

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Jun 28, 2011

Hilarious Responses to Well-Meaning Signs

Signs, generally, are intended to help people, provide information, or make special requests. While most of us go through the streets noticing them, yielding to their advice when necessary, a few enterprising individuals, armed with art supplies, see a different take...another option, if you will.    

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Jun 27, 2011

How To: Make 24 DIY Photography Soft Boxes

It would be amazing if everyone had a perfect, clean space full of just-right light all day long, everyday in which we could take photos. But the reality is, sometimes the weather cooperates and sometimes it doesn't, some people have good windows and others don't, etc, etc. To make up for a less-than-ideal photo environment, photographers often rely of soft boxes, which provided color-balanced, even, diffused light, just like the perfect, overcast-y day that makes the best photos. 

And they're awesome...and pretty expensive  for a relatively simple device. Which means, of course, that you can make your own. Twenty four of 'em, as a matter of… read more

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Jun 27, 2011

Broccoli Treehouse

A wonderful thing. Created by… read more

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Jun 27, 2011

The Value of Following Passion in a Jobless World

"Despite the economy, don't abandon enthusiasm. Your deep, serious desires might be what saves you."

I don't often get terrifically philosophical or motivational-y on ManMade, but when I do, it's usually a variation on, "Make stuff, and do the work you love." Which, of course, is a scary thing in the 2011 U.S. economy, with around a 10% unemployment rate, and many folks who working in jobs that do not reflect their skill sets, training, or education.

But, while it may see frivolous to seek to do the work you love, it's actually essential to improving our economy. The Atlantic reports, 

Passion, despite how often we… read more

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Jun 27, 2011

How Your Father's Taste in Music Influences What You Listen to Today

created at: 06/27/2011

Musical choices are a peculiar thing, with all your combined tastes making perfect sense to you, and hardly anyone else. (What? I can trace the lineage of David Bowie to the Spice Girls...can't you?)

But, chances are, your musical tastes are at least a little influenced by the stuff your parents listened to. So, in honor of Father's Day, Sonos made a chart to help you source your influences. "There’s no end to the reasons why you listen to the music you do today, but we’re willing to bet that more than a few of you were subjected to your father’s music at some point in the past (or present). So that leads to the question: what do dear old dad’s listening habits say about the artists in your repertoire? In honor of Father’s Day, we tried our hand at finding out."

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Jun 24, 2011

"Grown Ups" Swaps the Heads of Parents and Children

created at: 06/24/2011

Photographer Paul Ripke, art director Florian Schmucker, and production company POP have teamed up for this new series of children and parents switching heads, dubbed Kindsköpfe. ("Grown Ups" in German)

created at: 06/24/2011

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Jun 24, 2011

24 DIY Camping Projects, Recipes, and Tips

We're in the full swing of summer, and it's high season to run away for the weekend. And when it's not in the budget to be jetsetting around the world, there's nothing more festive or wallet-friendly then a trip to a local state or national park for a weeking under the stars. A couple bucks for site fees, a tank of gas, and a grocery cart full of roastables, and you're… read more

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