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Sep 12, 2011

ManMade Giveaway: Win a Sprocket Rocket and Fritz the Blitz Flash Camera Kit from Lomography ($150+ Value)

In the world of DSLRs and Instagram followers, panaromic stitching software, and Hipstamatic apps, it's easy to forget that the world of contemporary photography still seeks to be endless exposure interpretation of traditional analogue photography.created at: 09/09/2011

"The evolution of mankind has brought with it a whole host of technical achievements; the light bulb, the first car, the power of flight and even putting a man on the moon – but none of these can be compared to the unveiling of the Sprocket Rocket! ...Lomography is proud to present to you a sleek and retro miracle in analogue photography! We're pushing the boundaries of technical evolution with the world's first panoramic camera dedicated entirely to sprocket holes.

But wait, there's more! The Sprocket Rocket is the first analogue camera to be fitted with a reverse gear, allowing you to rewind and remix your photos! Travel back in time with our ultra-convenient dual scrolling knobs. Feel like overlaying a brand new moment on top of that beautiful shot you took last week? The Sprocket Rocket can make it happen! Dance, dart and flutter between frames to your heart's content. As if this wasn't enough, it's also fitted with a super wide-angle lens enabling you to open up your world and snap those breathtaking panoramas. Don't be fooled by its small and compact shape, the Rocket can fit more in a single frame than you ever thought… read more

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Sep 09, 2011

How To: Make Chai Pear Infused Vodka

created at: 09/08/2011

I love to explore new places to eat and drink. You only live once, so I try not to spend time eating at too many places twice. That rule is bent, of course, if the food and drinks are phenomenally delicious (or if it’s the neighborhood Chinese take out spot).  Thankfully though, I live in New York and finding new restaurants and bars isn’t usually a problem. But this summer I found a little Italian restaurant while on vacation that definitely required me to break my rules, for drinks anyway. You’d probably think that an Italian restaurant equals Pinot Grigio and deep red wines, but not this place. They had liquor infusions lined up at the bar that left made my cocktail tastebuds drooling.

Today’s liquor infusion is an ode to those. It’s one of my favorite liquor infusions and will surely become one of… read more

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Sep 09, 2011

Deep Fried Bubblegum. It [Too] Is a Thing.

This year, the summer State Fair continues to outdo itself. First deep fried Kool Aid, then deep fried sticks of butter. And now? Fried bubblegum. As award-winning deep fry master Abel Gonzales remarked upon inventing the butter trick...."Where do you go from here?"

Apparently, to the dime store… read more

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Sep 09, 2011

How To: Buy and Use Your First Sewing Machine

Hands down, the most popular question that ManMade readers email me (other than: I wanna make my boyfriend/husband/partner/brother/son something for X holiday. What should I do?) is from guys interested in buying and learning to use their first sewing machine. Usually, I have a little spiel I do about buying old metal machines with simple stitches. And now, I'll throw a link to this helpful little… read more

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Sep 09, 2011

You Are Not a Photographer...

You Are Not a Photographer is a relatively new Tumblr blog that finds images from folks who've bought themselves a DSLR (or not) and have decided to create a "photography business" on Facebook. Not just post photos, but considered themselves professional photographers. For hire.

You've kinda got to take there word for it, but they do go out of their way to include warnings like, "Before you ask, yes, this is on a Facebook page of someone advertising their photography business and no it’s not a contest entry or something," withread more

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Sep 08, 2011

9 Way Guys Pee

There are a lot of things that make men and women unique: the way we make decisions, the ways we're percieved in culture, the best ways to exercise for our bodies...and, of course, the way we go to the bathroom. And just because men can use their flies doesn't mean it's… read more

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Sep 08, 2011

How to: DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe (at Home and on the Cheap!)

It's September, friends, and for many, that means the return of the fall favorites, the Pumpkin Spice Latte. Though rumor has it that you can actually get these year 'round if you just ask, they're certainly just right for autumn time, and the kind of thing you wanna drink this time of year. And it turns out, you can make them at home. So, whether you want to enjoy instead of braving the blustery autumnal winds, or wanna save some serious cash, you can whip some up any day of the week, at home and on the… read more

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Sep 08, 2011

16 Fun Mustache DIY Crafts and Projects

I'm sorta on the fence with the mustache crafts. On the one hand, they're plenty trendy, and on the other, they sorta know their silly, and embrace it. Which is important, cause anyone that takes crafting too seriously is cruising for a glue gun-induced bruising. So, while I'll probably never create an original mustache-y craft how-to, I'm more than happy to share the clever work of… read more

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Sep 07, 2011

DIY Recipe: How to Make Vanilla Almond Milk from Scratch

created at: 09/06/2011

I’m all about fugality when it comes to making things at home. If I can save a few bucks here and there, I’m for it, for its own sake. And then there's the other obvious benefit to being crafty in the kitchen: you know exactly what’s going into your food. 

Such items like nut and soy milks can get pretty expensive, and though they may be quoted as organic, there are still additives to extend shelf life. The result is a lackluster product that usually falls short of the “make at home” kind of stuff. Which, on the other hand, is rich, creamy, and will keep a few dollars in your pocket to splurge on some really awesome summer produce or other seasonal… read more

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Sep 07, 2011

How To: Make Crunchy Asian Pickled Green Beans

created at: 08/29/2011

I’ve been doing a lot of canning this summer because I really like the combined elements of food and craft. Plus, there’s something to be said about looking at a cupboard full of preserved fruits and vegetables in your kitchen during the middle of some future snow storm. There’s no better feeling. But what about your lonely fridge that’s craving some of-the-moment produce right now? That's what fridge pickling is for. No bulky canning tools, worrying about acidity levels, or boiling water necessary. Instead, you replace those with the satisfaction of getting to eat your produce the next day by following a few simple steps

Some people like to pickle cucumbers, but to me there is nothing better than a crunchy pickled green bean. Add some Asian flavors, and you won't be able to keep your hands out of… read more

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