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Sep 24, 2010

20 Mustaches That Changed History

"When in the course of human events a mustache comes along that truly changes things, Aaron Perlut is there to celebrate."

Perlut is the chairman of the American Mustache Institute and is currently coordinating the AMI's third annual "Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year" award. The self-proclaimed Dr. of Nuclear Mustachology was recently interviewed by the Atlantic monthly, saying, 

As a young man I grew up surrounded by mustaches in my family, but I was always intimidated to grow them, even though I could from a very young age, because of the public pressures against it--because they weren't cool, they weren't hip. There was a certain stigma attached to people with mustaches, that you weren't professional or intelligent, and I commited myself to working for an organization that battled against that... [We hope to achieve] an equal playing field for people of Mustached American heritage. I got off the phone earlier today with a gentleman who told me he was told that he could have a job that he wanted, if he shaved his mustache....We recently saved the job of a young man who was a college student working at a restaurant, whose employers told him that he would either shave his mustache or lose his job that he was using to pay his tuition at the University of Georgia in Athens. There is a pattern of discrimination against people who are different from whatever the norm might be at the time in this country, and facial hair is no exception.
Didn't think facial hair choices could incite so much… read more
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Sep 24, 2010

How to: Make a DIY Wood Hard Drive Enclosure

I just can't help myself - I'm simply a sucker for any attempt to incorporate natural textures into technology. Warming up the digital experience is the best of both worlds, in my book, and reinterpreting what contemporary tools can be, well, it's just plain fun.

So, of course, I'm loving this natural teak enclosure for a portable hard drive. The handmade look of decorative wood with cables and LEDs bleeping out can't be… read more

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Sep 24, 2010

A Chess Set Made from Hardware Store Supplies

It's amazing, really. You work with hardware pieces all the time - rounded tops of bolts, the strong facades of a flanged hex nut - and note them for the mechanical fasteners they are. But when a sculptor and avid chess player walk through the hardware store...well:

When I saw the little bin containing two different types of castle nuts,I immediately thought of rooks. At the time my three sons and I hosted a weekly chess club,so chess was on my mind a lot. With my boys in tow,I returned with graph paper and we computed what sorts of bits we might want (we didn't know for sure) for each type of piece and how many in total. An hour later, after poring over numerous bins and waiting for the clerk to saw the threaded rod into measured lengths (for kings, rooks,and bishops), we went home with about fifteen pounds of loot, including spray paint for the black… read more

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Sep 23, 2010

Easy DIY Wall Art: Pyramid Painting

created at: 09/23/2010

I recently spied the new book DIY Art at Homeat my local library, and immediately added to my pile. It features 28 projects, all of which can be translated to pretty large scale wall art on the cheap.

 

Women's Day recently featured a full project from the book - a geometric triangle pyramid-y piece created with potato printing. The stamp is inked up every few rounds, so you get different levels of opacity as you continue to print. This is a pretty unique effect for such limited… read more

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Sep 23, 2010

Infographic: The Grand Taxonomy of Rap Names

created at: 09/23/2010

Nothing has the potential to be both scarily informative and joyfully hilarious as the infographic. The presentation of lighthearted information in the most serious of flowcharts or graphs simply never gets old. 

So we are, of course, loving this "Grand Taxonomy of Rap Names" from PopChartLab. The designers have arranged "266 sobriquets from the world of rap music" by their lexical and semantic characteristics. The results are visually stunning, quite educational, and all around awesome.

Click through for an expandable (readable)… read more

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Sep 23, 2010

Amazing Skulls Carved from Produce

 

Artist Dimitri Tsykalov has carved this juicy and creepy series of skulls from fresh fruits and vegetables.

Whether the images point out the results of the wasteful attitude we take towards food, the evils of the factory farming system, or its just that the freshness makes them look crazy scary...we're… read more

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Sep 22, 2010

How To: The Ultimate Guide to Cooking Bacon

Cooktop, microwave, oven, grill, campfire...each heat source does something amazing to every omnivore's guilty pleasure, bacon. And to get the most out of your hard-earned pork belly, it takes just a bit of knowledge to master perfectly rendered bacon, cooked to however you like… read more

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Sep 22, 2010

Massive Super Mario Bros. Pushpin Mosaic

created at: 09/22/2010

Students from the CIS Student Association of the University of the Fraser Valley created this enormous mosaic, using more than 17,000 pushpins as pixels to create the Super Mario Bros.-themed… read more

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Sep 22, 2010

ManMade Exclusive Interview: Scotty Albrecht and "Something Mistaken for Nothing"

created at: 12/01/2010

Brooklyn-based artist Scotty Albrecht has an amazing new show at the Curiousity Shoppe in San Francisco called SomethingMistakenForNothing.  Scotty is a graduate of The Art Institute in Philadelphia, when Scott is not working on web-design projects for his clients, he enjoys drawing, painting, screen-printing, and wood-working. With a strong sense of color and typography, his aesthetic can be described as clean and modern with retro appeal.

created at: 09/22/2010

SomethingMistakenForNothing is an amazing mixture of woodworking, color illustration, and original typeography that's got us drooling. Scotty was kind enough to answer a few… read more

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Sep 21, 2010

How To: Hotel-Inspired Wall Unit from Hardware Store Parts

created at: 09/21/2010

I mentioned yesterday that we'd just released the third Make It! publication, entitled Make It! Hardware Store Decor. It aims to help folks create home design pieces using only items from the home improvement store. So, as you might imagine, my eyes and ears have been tuned to looking for creative use of materials and hardware supplies.

So, I'm definitely digging this wall unit made only from black pipe and pine 1x stock. Inspired by a piece at the Ace Hotel, Morgan created this installation for around $200. "The other side of the living room needed something large. A statement piece I think real designers would call it. Well, I… read more

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