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Apr 19, 2013

3 Books That Will Turn You Into a Cocktail Connoisseur

There comes a time in every man's life when, offering a rum and coke to your guests simply doesn't cut it. You may be able to fake your bar knowledge with a few recipes from Google, but that can only last so long. Like a scout needs a map to wander the world , a true modern connoisseur needs some solid cocktail books to guide his journey.

This roundup will take your bar skills to a whole 'notha level. Let's get to it!

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Apr 18, 2013

How to: Make a DIY Wooden Cabinet from Upcycled Flooring Scraps

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For any DIY enthusiast, the clearance bin at the DIY store is a regular stop. This project, the Oddstock Floored Wardrobe was designed and built to take advantage of that bin. Brazilian teak prefinished hardwood flooring was found on clearance for an irresistible price. The box had apparently been returned from a large flooring job.

To make use of all the boards, they were cut to short, mitered pieces and arranged in a chevron pattern. Metal tile flooring dividers were used to hide the board edges, trimming out the doors. A simple box deep enough to house clothes on hangers was placed on Queen Anne legs for a romantic look. After many searches for the right door handles, utilitarian garage door handles were chosen because of their large size and casual appearance. A coat hook and mirror were added to the inside of the door for accessories.

You can change the look to be more modern by using straight legs instead. Fill the bottom with shoes or boxes and add shelves if you like, or try other types of wood flooring and experiment with different patterns. … read more

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Apr 18, 2013

How to: Make Friends in a New City

I got married a few months ago, err...sorta. You can read the full story here, but the point is: my life has changed quite a bit since starting ManMade, and I'm steadily evolving into what - when I look back on it in a few years - will be remembered as the beginning of a new chapter. And in this new season, we're having some very serious discussions about going on an adventure and moving to a totally new city. … read more

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Apr 17, 2013

How to: Make an Egg Sandwich Like a Culinary Genius

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The awesomeness of the grilled cheese sandwich is not only confirmed internationally, as nearly every culture that eats bread and cheese has a version in their tradition, but also scientifically. University of Wisconsin food science professor Scott Rankin says,   … read more

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Apr 17, 2013

Jaw-Dropper of the Week: Google Street Video Hyperlapse

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This hyper-lapse Google Street video is one serious ride. Before you press play, make sure to put away any sharps objects near you (just in case you pass out).

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Apr 17, 2013

Blow My Mindsday: April 17, 2013

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Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

Remember Dippin' Dots? They're kinda fun, but also taste mostly icky. In which case, we introduce DIY Alcoholic Dippin' Dots: The Hangover from the Future.   … read more

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Apr 16, 2013

How to: Make Your Own DIY Smoked Cocktails

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Some anthropologists argue that just one dominant feature separates humans from the rest of the animal kingdom: we use fire and heat to cook our food. Like salt, smoking has long been a means of preserving food, and over time, we've learned that it also tastes pretty awesome as well. Those flavors are why we're still willing to use the grill and light fires when we have access to electric heating elements: the taste just can't be matched.

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Many drinks and spirits come with smoky qualities - lots of teas, coffee, beer, and whiskeys. But you can also smoke entire cocktails or mixed drinks to add a whole other level of flavor and complexity. As my friend Mike remarked after trying one of my smoked Old Fashioneds, "I don't know if I can ever drink a regular one again."   … read more

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Apr 16, 2013

DIY Idea: Make a Wood and Leather Pendant Lamp

created at: 04/08/2013

The Konkret lamp by Danish designer Jonas Edvard has some serious potential to add that missing cool/Scandinavian factor to your space.… read more

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Apr 15, 2013

Beards are Good For You: Science Says Facial Hair Makes You Healthier and Helps Prevent Aging

created at: 04/15/2013

Attention, ManMakers! For your fun fact of the day: beards are good for you! A recent scientific study from the University of Southern … read more

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Apr 15, 2013

How To: Make Your Own DIY Remedy for Spring Allergies

created at: 04/15/2013

I love spring as much as the next guy, but I'm trying to write this post without sneezing my brains out. Are you too popping antihistamines as we speak? Don't worry - I feel ya. Spring might be your friends' favorite season to stop and smell the roses, but for some of us, spring means a whole lotta pain. And tissues.… read more

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