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Jun 01, 2011

DIY Flood Levees in Action

If you've been hanging out on the internet for the past week or so, you've likely seen one of these images of homes surrounded with a heavy mounded ring of earth and sand, and that ring surrounded by miles of water. These photos are quite striking, especially seen in contrast with one another.

The Daily Mail has rounded up a collection of these amazing photographs that you simply gotta… read more

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Jun 01, 2011

My Life is Complete

created at: 06/01/2011

When the little notification thing popped up on my phone this morning, I was, err, a little… read more

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May 31, 2011

Lawn Care for Lazy People

created at: 05/31/2011

Something very strange has happened to me last week. I - one who came to fore in the oh-so-green and manicured lawns of the suburbs, who daily cut lawns in order to finance bicycle and first guitar purchases, who is deathly allergic to grass, and hates the idea of using all that gasoline to keep a non-native plant from growing - got an urge to mow the grass. As an urban apartment dweller, I don't have a plot of land to take care of, and what little space I do have is filled with veggies.

But, I just felt a brief, passing twinge to welcome summer with a Walkman-serenaded stroll up and down rows and rows of green, staining my shoes in the… read more

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May 31, 2011

Beer Can (and Should!) Be a Key Ingredient in Lots of Tasty Cocktails

Beer is meant to stand on its own. Whether it's ice cold or cellar temp, from a draft or a bottle (or, gah, cans), in a frosty mug or a fancy snifter, it doesn't ask to play well with others. It's not an ingredient, but a finished product.

Except, it does work well in cocktails. "Beer has taken on a new and nuanced role… read more

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May 31, 2011

Sitting Still Will Make You Sad. Solution? Move!

Anyone who's ever met me knows I'm no athlete. I mean, I'm a pretty active cyclist and rock a pretty mean game of kickball, but I have no idea how many pushups I can do, and have never touched a supplement, unless my daily vitamins count.

But, I am a huge believer in not sitting still. I learned long ago that moving around, no matter how little, can make for a whole different day. Stand while you work, take the long way, bounce around a bit while you cook and clean, and walk whenever you can.

In a grumpy mood? In that so-angry-we-can't-even-talk place with your partner? Move. It'll change.… read more

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May 27, 2011

Pop Culture Quiz: Play Name that Movie with Clockbusters

created at: 05/27/2011

Veer, a stock image company, has a fun new game - Clockbusters - that tosses up three related images from its collection, and then challenges you to name the movie which they… read more

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May 27, 2011

Literally Unbelievable: Fake News Stories Taken Seriously on Facebook

The Onion is well-known for its ability to create humorous fake news stories that still manage to comment on the truth of contemporary experience.

Though, not everyone knows that. Like these users on Facebook, who seem to honestly share Onion news headlines with their friends, who are equally… read more

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May 26, 2011

How To: Customize Your Apartment without Angering Your Landlords

created at: 05/26/2011

As you might imagine, I'm sorta of lease-limit pusher. I mean, I do read them. I do take their advice to heart, and sometimes, when I'm breaking it, I do recall, "Oh, yeah. I think I'm specifically not supposed to do this."

But those moments are rare. See, I try to find ways to customize my space that aren't direct violations of my lease. Whereas it does say, "Don't paint," it does NOT say "Don't Mod Podge hundreds of little paint samples to the wall." So, I did. (See above)

See, what my landlord's don't seem to understand (they're an elderly retired couple, not a corporation) is that this is my home. It's an investment to you, but I live here. I work here. I entertain here, have holidays here. And while it might be funny to you that I had to pull everything two feet from the wall so you could "treat for pests," [read: have a 6.5 ft tall 80-year-old man spray some Raid around] and then tell me you'd do it again two weeks later, only to change your mind and not come for 13 more days, my entire life was shrunk by 65% for nearly a month...

What was I saying? Oh, right. There are lots of things you can do to customize your rented space without violating your lease. Except, ingnore the holes in the wall thing. All can be fixed. Email me if you… read more

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May 26, 2011

A Portrait Made from 13,138 Dice

Subversive artist and designer Tobias Wong died last summer, at the young age of 35. Or, 13,138 days. To celebrate his friend, artist Fredrick Swain created Die, a portrait of Wong using 13,138 dice. He says, "The idea of a die itself was appropriate—the randomness of life. It felt like [a medium] he would use. Because [Tobias] was a very street-level force, I thought it was appropriate [to install] the portrait on the floor. Its not something I wanted to suspend on the wall; I wanted it to be right there on the floor where you almost interact with it.The idea of every decision you make and everything you've done in your life, defines who you are. All of those days symbolically makes up the image of Tobi."

Wow. Just...wow.

Please, please watch this video in… read more

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May 26, 2011

Infographic of the Day: Sitting is Killing You

created at: 05/26/2011

Here at ManMade, we're big proponents of not sitting all day during work hours. Especially as bloggers and editors, where we're more naturally inclined to...sit all day during work hours.

We've covered the dangers before, even offering this easy solution to create a standing workspace.

But in case you're not quite convinced, take a look at this… read more

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