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Sep 27, 2011

When Street Art is Attacked by the Government, Artist Tags the Sky

Recently, the Los Angeles City Council put a moratorium on murals, meaning that all public art, whether graffiti, tagging, installations, or legal commissioned artwork is now outlawed. Experts are calling the ban "unconstitutional," but the council is still spending more than $10 million dollars on "graffiti abatement."

In response, street artist Saber, known for the world's largest graffiti, uh, installation, hired a skywriter to avoid the streets altogether. 

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Sep 26, 2011

How to: Pac-Man Halloween Garland

created at: 09/26/2011

Unless you're ready to go full out, it's kinda hard to decorate for Halloween. Anytime I've tried, my house has looked like 1) a crappy, half-finished haunted house, 2) like the clearance aisle at the discount store on November 2nd, or 3) like a kindergarten classroom.

But, wait. Hold up. What about something that's Halloween-y, but doesn't resort to overplayed imagery, and even includes a bit o' nostalgia and pop culture imagery to… read more

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Sep 26, 2011

The Coolest Origami...Ever?

Artist Dinh Truong Giang is a Vietnamese-born artist and architecture student, currently living in Virginia. He's mastered a version of Japanese paper folding called "wet folding," which allows the paper creations to feature curved and sculpted lines, rather than the angles of traditional origami.

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Sep 26, 2011

Humorous Musings on the Past and Future of Famous Logos

Stocklogos.com reviews the histories of famous logos, and imagines what they might look like in the future. Some, like the Starbucks above, notes the evolution of the design, which seeems to just be continuously zoomed in with each update. Others are a commentary on the company's performance and presence in its field, as when the ubiquitous Google just becomes search:

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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.

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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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