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Jul 09, 2012

Don't Be a Dick: The False Virtues of the Classic Alpha Male

Be a good man.

For many guys in the twenty-first century, aspiring to the "good" part is easy...it's the man part that seems tough. Those who've never been much moved by abstract virtues that aren't sensitive to one's specific context can find it tough to embrace their masculinity without becoming an arrogant jerk.  

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Jul 09, 2012

How to: The Sandwich of the Year

Recently, chefs all over the United States have been turning back to the classics and dressing up comfort foods - duck confit macaroni and cheese, shrimp and grits with circulator-poached eggs and radish kimchi, braised short ribs on everything.

And now, chefs take on the ultimate home cooked comfort food classic:  

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Jul 09, 2012

The United Shapes of America

XKCD, which describes itself as a "webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language," offers the United Shapes of America, a "map of things states are shaped like." (Try saying that three times fast.)  

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Jul 09, 2012

Brazilian Soccer Team Changes Jerseys Until Fans Donate Blood

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Vitória, the second-division soccer team from Brazil, changed their uniforms around for their upcoming season. The team, nicknamed the "Red and Blacks" because of their red and black striped jerseys, is promoting blood donation. So, to the surprise of fans, they changed the red stripes in Vitória's jersey's to white but they'll be filled in again with red, stripe by stripe, as blood donations increase.  

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Jul 06, 2012

How to: Make Tastier DIY Tonic Water at Home (Perfect for Gin!)

When I was a kid, we weren't allowed to drink soft drinks much at home, so my mom would often by club soda and lightly fruit flavored sparkling waters for a treat. They sat at the side of the fridge, and I learned the colors - blue for regular, pink for raspberry, and green for lemon lime. One day - a new flavor showed up (yellow!), and I was excited to give it a try.

And it was the worse thing I ever tasted.   

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Jul 06, 2012

Exploded Photography of Everyday Objects

Photographer Adam Voorhes has been experimenting with exploded photography, and the results are this amazing series of images of each element of the whole object separated out into its component parts.

   

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Jul 05, 2012

How to: Give Your Digital Photos a Retro Analog Effect

With Instagram and Hipstamic and infinite other smartphone apps, it's quite easy to run a snapshot through a filter or four, and come out with something that with deeply saturated colors, vignette-y borders, selective focus, and all the other trappings of film and old cameras.  

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Jul 05, 2012

Current Map of Facial Hair Growth

San Francisco-based cartoonist and animator Ric Carrasquillo obviously understands the importance of having a personal and clever "about" page on his website, so he whipped up some humorous sketches that tell the reader a little more about himself. Like this,

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Jul 05, 2012

Wood Pile Art: When Chopping Logs Isn't Challenging Enough

created at: 07/02/2012

Anyone who has ever meticulously stacked a wood pile knows that there's an art to stacking logs, but can a wood pile itself be a work of art? You betcha. Hungarian artist Gyula Várnai created this wonderful installation that depicts a man crouching down made entirely out of logs.  

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Jul 02, 2012

Why You Should Spiral-Cut Your Hot Dogs for Grilling

created at: 07/02/2012

The humble hot dog has been experiencing a renaissance lately: chefs are adding gourmet toppings and custom sauces, creating entire composed dishes in one bite. But, at home, it doesn't always make sense to make braised short ribs, three different purees, and a pickled slaw or two just to put on top of some store bought hot dogs.

So, if you wanna make your home-grilled hot dogs extra special this summer, opt for a physical, rather than a recipe change: spiral-cut it.  

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