Man Made DIY


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Mar 06, 2012

Touch-Sensitive DIY Mario Block Lamp Kit

created at: 03/05/2012

I came across this touch sensitive Super Mario Brothers question mark block lamp on Etsy the other day and was really excited because...well, I'm a geek who grew up in the 80s. I mean, how cool is it that you can "punch" that infamous 8-bit block hanging from the ceiling and it lights up?

But when got me even more excited was when I learned that Bryan Duxbury, the creator of the lamp, also sells DIY kits so you can make your own touch sensitive 8-bit block lamp!   … read more

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Mar 05, 2012

The Man's Guide to Scarves: Why You Should Wear One and 7 Ways to Tie It

created at: 03/05/2012

I was a late adopter of the scarf. I wasn't opposed, I just didn't have any, and so didn't wear one. And then, I found myself in New York the week before Christmas, in the middle of a snowstorm, walking about in thirty mile per hour winds, and my coat and gloves just wasn't cutting it. So, I snagged a scarf from a street vendor, and wouldn't you know it:

Scarves really, really work.   … read more

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Mar 05, 2012

IKEA Hack: How to Make a DIY Lightbox for Tracing on the Cheap

created at: 03/05/2012

I have a built-in lightbox in one of my office worksurfaces, and it's one of my top three favorite features. Since having it, I've found all kinds of useful ways to take advantage of it, and it's now a tool I find indispensible. 

But, head to your local art store, and you can expect to pay a minimum of $100 for … read more

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Mar 05, 2012

Guess the Process: Color Spectrum Waves

created at: 03/05/2012

Artist Julio Radesca has created Lambda, an interactive "display case" that invites the viewer to touch the sculpture, generated morphing shapes and color relationships.

Can you guess from what basic everyday material he made it?   read more

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Mar 02, 2012

How to: Make Homemade Oreo Cookies

I'm a regular crossword puzzle do-er, and am always learning more about the vocab and nuances and well, stock answers, of the medium. There are a few standard clues that tend to come up over and over again, "Peter Fonda 1997 role" (ULEE), "Sewing case" (ETUI), and what's probably the most occuring crossword fill of all time, ORE and its partner OREO. Look at all those vowels and the wonderful R.

So, of course, I get it, and then I'm craving Oreos for the next three days. (The only thing worse is DONUT.)   … read more

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Mar 02, 2012

How to Make Your Bed in 30 Seconds

created at: 04/16/2013

I wasn't always a bedmaker. It wasn't until I was living in the dorms in college, and my bed also had to serve as the sofa, chair, desk, laundry-folding area, and dining table that I got in the habit of the daily bedclothes readjusting. And my bed needs it, cause I sleep like a freaking tornado and things end up in impossible places.

It's a habit I'm glad I've held onto. Research shows that people who make their bed are actually happier. And because… read more

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Mar 02, 2012

Video: The World's Largest Rope Swing

created at: 03/02/2012

A bunch of brave souls went to Corona Arch in Moab, Utah and rigged up, presumably, the world's largest rope swing. The rope was anchored to the rock in five different places using some seriously heavy duty gear. The swing itself is 150 ft, and the intial free fall 130 ft. And the best part: they captured everything with stunning quality in this beautiful video.

created at: 03/02/2012

Click play to watch this amazing footage, and then be sure to check out the equally interesting making of below:   … read more

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Mar 01, 2012

How to: Make Your Own Suspenders

created at: 03/01/2012

As the editor of a male-oriented blog, I often get asked about my opinions on manly things, like how I feel about backwards baseball caps, or whether anyone should still have a goatee in 2012. (For the record: Against and absolutely not, respectively.)

Often, those questions bring up classic fashion items that are seeing a comeback, such as the bowtie, or suspenders. And in short? I'm for 'em.  … read more

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Mar 01, 2012

40 Awesome Quotes on Innovation and Creativity

created at: 03/01/2012

I'm not really a "quotes" kinda guy. (See what I did there?) I don't have a phrase in my email signature line, and I struggled every time when I was in a small group in grad school and we had to choose a quote or phrase that best describes our outlook. (You'd think I'd just have picked one to make those [twenty-four!] first days of class easier...note to 22-year-old self.)   

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Mar 01, 2012

Ice Typography

Canadian artist Nicole Dextras has created an amazing series of three-dimensional words fabricated by hand in ice. The installations, "speak to how the viewer’s gaze frames and informs the landscape. The installations have varied from 8-foot high ice letters on the Yukon River to 18-inch high letters set in downtown Toronto." 

The letters are then left to let the temperature of the space to affect their meaning, altering their scope through the melting process.… read more

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