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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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Sep 13, 2011

DIY Idea: Make a Bicycle Valve Key Organizer

I know this sounds like a cheesy setup for a blog post, and it's way too coincidental, but I assure you, it's true: last night, I popped a tube on my bike, cutting my intended 65 mile ride into a short 7.5. I have a spare tube, tire wrenches, and pump with me at all times, which I thought I knew how to use. Turns out, I do not. It was a long walk to the bike shop. (Thankfully, I learned they have classes on how to fix a flat every Thursday at 7p. Guess where I'll be this… read more

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Sep 12, 2011

How to: Make a Mod, Cruelty-Free 3D Deer Head

Part of my modus operandi on ManMade is playing with those iconic, and often stereotypical, images associated with men, masculine decor, and craftsmanship. Certainly, taxidermy goes in that category, and I did my own spin with a faux bois deer head silhouette project last… read more

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Sep 12, 2011

50 Documentaries to See Before You Die

Filmmaking, as an artform, is a powerful medium. It combines visual compostion, photograpy and exposure, dialog, acting, music, symbolism...kinda everything art is about. It can portray mindbending subject matter, like snakes on planes, hot tubs that are actually time machines, and what happens when cowboys meet… read more

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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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