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Feb 15, 2012

How to: Create a Home Bar from a Vintage Television

The visual appeal of this killer vintage Silvertone television is obvious, but even if it did work, it likely would be rather tough to watch when the average mobile phone has a better resolution, and get likely get more channels.

So, when Dylan and Bethany stumbled across it in a secondhand shop, they took it home, and did what anyone might. They built a bar out… read more

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Feb 15, 2012

Famous Nude Paintings Get Photoshopped to Reflect Contemporary Beauty Standards

In her Venus project, Italian artist Anna Utopia Giordano asks, "What would have happened if the aesthetic standard of our society had belonged to the collective unconscious of the great artists of the past?"

What I… read more

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Feb 15, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: February 15, 2012

created at: 04/17/2013

"Where's the Pixel" is the best browser game...um, ever. The rules? Find the single black pixel. That's it.… read more

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Feb 15, 2012

Classic Mac OS iPhone Interface

created at: 02/14/2012

I'm a sucker for anything "retro Macintosh". So I'm loving this Classic OS style reimagining of the iPhone interface by designer Anton Repponen (he calls it iOS '86. Fitting, no?).… read more

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Feb 14, 2012

Streamlining Physical Media: What's the Status of Your CD and DVD Collection?

created at: 02/14/2012

Last weekend, in an effort to reorganize my media collection to make space for new books, I sorted through at least three hundred CDs and a hundred DVDs and cut my collection by at least seventy-five percent.

The collection which I, on the day before, had understood to have been already pared down to the bare minimum. Every year of my post-college life, I've forced myself to go through and get rid of records and movies and books that I simply don't use anymore. Everytime, it's hard and sad, and I feel better afterwards, but I imagine: okay...that's it. These are my essential collection. And the next time, I'm able to cut back even more.

So, I'm curious: In the era of streaming media and the cloud and huge hard drives, what's the status of physical entertainment in your home? Do you still buy CDs and DVDs, or only digital downloads? Have you made the switch from paper books to an eReader? Do you find it easier to get rid of newer purchases, or things you've owned for… read more

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Feb 14, 2012

How to: Make a DIY Citrus Peel Candle

Perhaps you're staying in tonight, cooking dinner with your significant someone, and you're interested in making the table just-that-much-more special. Or maybe you'll be hosting a dinner party soon, and you really wanna impress your guests. Or, and most likely, you've looked at citrus peel and said, "This smells really good. I should make something with… read more

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Feb 14, 2012

Venn Diagram of Interconnectivity of Reality TV Show Topics

Depending on who you are, the worlds captured in "reality TV" can feel just like home, or like they're on another planet altogether. But even more interesting? That there are that many shows about the same eight topics.

"It's not your imagination — there really are that many reality shows about swamps, weddings, Louisiana, and cake. And here's visual proof: The following Venn diagram maps the overlapping relationships between reality… read more

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Feb 14, 2012

NPR Valentines: Expressions of Love for Public Radio Fans

Nothing says "I love you" like a clever pun or an esoteric reference to something you and your sweetheart enjoy together. So, NPR is offering a collection of public radio-themed Valentine's. If you haven't secured a greeting yet, and your Valentine will get any of these, then you're good to go with just passing this along. Trust me.

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Feb 13, 2012

How to: Stamp Your Own Message on Conversation Hearts

Unless your seven years old, and presenting a gift to that classmate you have a crush on, you not gonna get away with a generic box o' candy this year. (If you are seven years old and giving candy to a crush, you're a total stud, and thanks for reading ManMade).

But playing with the classic treat and getting a personalized message with a handmade custom set of conversation hearts? It can get no… read more

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Feb 13, 2012

Famous Explosions...In Cauliflower

created at: 02/13/2012

Space shuttle Challenger, 1986

Artist Brock Davis, who brought us the broccoli tree house, has re-created a series of famous, newsmaking explosions...in… read more

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