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Feb 24, 2012

Video: 170,000 Bouncy Balls Going Down a Hill in San Francisco

created at: 02/23/2012

I am completely and utterly obsessed with this video. It's actually an advertisement for the Sony Bravia TV from 2005 [Edit: I had originally said this was from 2010, but was kindly corrected by a number of astute readers], however I never saw it, so it's new to me (and hopefully some of you). 

created at: 02/23/2012

Here's the premise: 170,00 bouncy balls are bounced down a hill in San Francisco, creating a cascade of colorful chaos. It's truly a beautiful site to behold (slow motion helps). And for all you skeptics out there that are thinking it's just CGI: take a look at the video at the end of this post that shows how this super ball stunt… read more

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Feb 23, 2012

How to: Make a Leather Lunch Tote

Quick story...which I've probably already told somewhere on ManMade before, but I can't seem to find it.

I packed my lunch every day when in school, from first grade to my final senior exams. Well, rather, my dad packed my lunch for me. It was something we shared, and one of the greatest gifts my father ever gave me. In elementary, I was one of only four or five kids who got to line up early because we weren't lunch ticket users. The "packers" always got teased for some reason (kids are weird), but I also felt kinda cool and special.

He and I were always quite different, but I remember opening the fridge every morning to see a… read more

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Feb 23, 2012

Anamorphic Geometric Installations by Felice Varini

created at: 02/23/2012

Swiss artist Felice Varini has been experimenting with optical illustions for nearly thirty years, and from the impressive scale and experience of these anamorphic installations, I think it's say to say he's figured it out.

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Feb 23, 2012

How to: Make a Secret Flask Inside Everyday Items

created at: 02/23/2012

Maker and artist Mike Warren has invented "the Gentleman's Ski Pole," a clever option to add a small, concealed flask inside the handles of his skiing stocks.

But what he's really done is show all of us how to secretly stash a DIY flask inside of anything you can imagine: a walking stick, a book, a portfolio or breifcase...

If it's got some solid material, you can put a flask in it. And, oh, should you put a… read more

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Feb 23, 2012

Surreal Photos of Shrink Wrapped People

created at: 02/23/2012

When I first saw these photos by Japanese photographer Hal, I wasn't sure what to think...I mean, don't some people do this sort of things recreationally?  But after closer inspection I realized the whimsy in these unique, but bizarre, photos.… read more

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Feb 22, 2012

How to: 3 Ways to Punch a Hole in a Leather Belt

created at: 04/16/2013

Sooner or later, you're gonna have to do it. It may be because you lost a little weight, and now it's time to notch over one more, and you're plumb out of holes. Maybe it'll be due to the fact that different pairs of pants sit on your body at different places. Or it may be that you'll simply had that belt for a little while, and the leather has stretched a bit. 

created at: 02/22/2012

But, at some point, you're gonna have to punch a hole in a belt. And if you do it right, it can look perfectly in line with the others, like it's been there the entire… read more

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Feb 22, 2012

6 Rules of Modern Movie Poster Design

Artist Travis Pitts has created a little visual primer for design promo posters for modern Hollywood movies.

Be sure to check out the fine print, which provides helpful suggestions like, "modern children's movies require blue sky, clouds, and the same font treatment as wacky comedy. All that is needed of the character is a peeking tease, and some element to imply that the character is coming "to the big city" or into the real world, and, commonly, in… read more

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Feb 22, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: February 22, 2012

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.

Cloud Gate by Anish Kapoor (you know..."the bean" in Chicago) is one of the U.S.'s most recognizable and beloved public art installations. Currently, Chicago-based design firm LuftWerk "have capitalized on the sculpture’s reflective properties by turning it into a canvas for a choreographed light show titled Luminous… read more

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Feb 22, 2012

Video: LED-Covered Snowboarder Rides through the Dark of Night

created at: 02/22/2012

OK, this is just plain awesome. Fashion photographer and filmmaker Jacob Sutton shot this eerie video of a snowboarder in the Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France in the dead of night. But the snowboarder was wearing a specialized suit that was completely covered in LED lights.

The illuminated "waves" of snow carved by the snowboard are so surreal. This counter-intuitive way of lighting a scene (or rather lighting the subject and not the scene) is really incredible.

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Feb 21, 2012

How to: Make Tasty DIY Cocktail Bitters at Home

If you're not already aware, cocktail bitters are aromatic infusions that are used to give mixed drinks an incredible depth of flavor. Think of them as the spice cabinet for your home bar. Many of the standard flavors - Angostura, Peychaud's - originated as tonics to settle stomachs and cure sickness.

If you're also not aware, artisinal bitters have exploded on the cocktail and home mixology scene, and all the cool kids are mixing up their own. These make an awesome weekend project, as well as a great gift to give to your friends as favors or… read more

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