Man Made DIY


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Apr 03, 2012

DIY Idea: Vintage Suitcase Drawer Dresser

Have you ever wanted to put your laundry away more? Designer James Plumb came up with this stylish, masculine dresser for the Salone 2011 at Galleria Rossana Orlandi. His frame is made from iron, but I'm thinking this design could easily be translated to a DIY effort.

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Apr 03, 2012

Sandwich Cake: Awesome or Disgusting?

created at: 04/03/2012

Cake purists out there may not approve, but I think this savory, Scandinavian-style sandwich cake called a smörgåstårta looks incredible. Layers of bread separate creamy fillings, and a frosting made of sour cream and cream cheese tops it off.… read more

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Apr 02, 2012

An Very Fine Introduction to Whiskey

created at: 04/02/2012

Ah...whiskey. It's mostly just grains, mashed up and fermented, then distilled and aged a bit.

But, when you think of all the different grains - barley, rye, malted barley, malted rye, wheat, corn - plus all these distinct flavors that occur during the fermenting proces and, particularly, the aging process, which results in the various kinds of whiskey - like bourbon, Canadian whiskey, single malt Scotch, blended Scotch, Tennessee whiskey, Irish whiskey, Japanese whiskey...it's a lot to get your mind… read more

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Apr 02, 2012

Photos of Food Spinning at 33 RPM

Sometimes, the simplest ideas are the most effective. For his 33 RPM series, Swedish photographer Phillip Karlberg does nothing more than place various tasty dishes on top on a turntable and snap an image. And the results? Fan-tastic.

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Apr 02, 2012

If Dogs Could Send Text Messages...

created at: 04/02/2012

I'm not a pet owner. A lifetime full of extreme allergies to nearly anything that moves eliminates it as an option. But I think the idea of a dog trying to communicate through the already truncated format of text messages is likely the funniest thing I'll see today.

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Apr 02, 2012

The Originals Factory: A Paint-Dripping Robot that Makes Abstract Paintings

The Originals Factory is a work by Tel Aviv-based artists Liat Segal & Assaf Talmudi. It's essentially "a DIY robot, built and programmed to create landscape paintings in the style of American abstract expressionism." This work-in-progress seeks to fuse together and "[question] digital, mechanic and plastic approaches to art, abstraction and originality."

Click play to watch a video of these thing… read more

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Mar 30, 2012

The Everyday, Anytime Egg-Combination Generator

Sometimes, while spending a hour finely slicing vegetables for soup or kneading a dough, or specifically, whipping a meringue to make ice cream, mousse, or, more-or-less, any dessert I actually make, I muse on how so many dishes couldn't exist without the unique white-and-yolk properties of eggs. Or rather, it's precisely because we have eggs and the work the way they do that we have these dishes in the first place; and if chickens popped out some entirely different foodstuff, our culinary traditions would be rather different, because they would have been based on the properties of this other thing, rather than the egg. It is indeed incredible, and… read more

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Mar 30, 2012

The Cricket Pop-Up Trailer

The entire U.S. has had one bizarre winter. In my state, it's been the sixth warmest winter on record, and the entire world began to bloom in mid-March, instead of the normal late April, seven weeks later.

And yet, it hasn't helped my sense of spring fever. Sure, I've been able to start bicycling earlier this year, and my garden is already planted, whereas normally we have to wait until Mother's Day. But that sense to get out; to leave the house behind, to explore and be at the mercy of things you can't control? Still as strong as ever.

And these unbelievable trailers by Cricket are not… read more

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Mar 30, 2012

The Best of the 2012 Peep Diorama Contest

created at: 03/30/2012

Every spring, the Washington Post hosts a Peep diorama contest, and every spring, I get all excited about it and then regret not entering. This year's entries play with some of the most iconic cultural images of the last twelve months: the Republican debates, the royal wedding, Occupy Wall St., Downton Abbey. Like it or not, this is how Spring 2011-Winter 2012 looked, and will be remembered. In marshmallow. With… read more

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Mar 29, 2012

How to: Make Guinness Chocolate Brownies

I like pie. I like cake. I really like cookies, and I'm quite partial to milkshakes.

But I love brownies. Like cantsaynowontstopeatingthem love brownies. They're dense and chewy, a bit bitter, and the perfect mix between baked goods and candy: all of the sugar and none of the calorie-wasting flour. (Which I'll deny saying when we start to talk pizza crust, so don't even… read more

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