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Jul 06, 2010

How To: Fold Origami Post-It Boxes

Origami Post-it boxBored at work with access to the office supply closet?

Well, then, you, my friend, need to grab a few sticky notes and whip up some of these Post-It note origami boxes. Perfect for storing staples, paper clips, thumbtacks, or just looking adorable there on your… read more

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Jul 06, 2010

Fang: The Freestanding Bottle Opener

created at: 07/06/2010

I will never get tired of useful things that are cleverly designed.

And the Fang bottle opener by Vitamin satisfies that category perfectly. The little dude stands on his own, then uses his chompers to open your beverage...which is way better than using your own. Comes in nine different patterns, or my favorite - just plain… read more

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Jul 01, 2010

How To: Make Melty, Amazing S'mores...Sans Campfire.

IMG_0215I'm so crazy pumped for my camping and canoeing trip this holiday weekend that I can barely sit still. And, oh, buddy, you better believe I'll be making some smokey and toasty s'mores over the campfire. See, I live in the city, and city with very strict open flame laws (I think it's actually illegal to light a match on the sidewalk), so a blazing campfire is quite a treat. I get to be around one around once a year, which is about how many s'mores a year I can stand, so it all works out.

If you wanna join me on my trip, I'll gladly make you one with my reknown two level heat technique, but if you're staying urban this summer - don't worry. Here's two tricks for making great melty s'mores that are totally worth the calories, at… read more

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Jul 01, 2010

Cool Site: Ransom Note Generator

created at: 07/01/2010

I've been meaning to create one of those photo signage fontsets from scratch, but, at this point, it'll be pretty tough, having found The Ransom Note Generator.

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Jul 01, 2010

Killer Snakes Become Cobra Burgers!

So, out of kindness, the above picture is the only one I'll keep above the jump.

I've long said the only thing I'd never try, at least one bite of, is snake. And turns out, having seen Life's fascinating and slightly terrifying exposee on the Indonesian cobra burger trade, I was totally right.

Yet, I do encourage you to click through, and check out the additional images of the catching and processing (seems like it's a free range process), but just know, they're snakes. *Shudread more

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Jun 30, 2010

101 Fast Recipes for Grilling

With July 4th on tap for this weekend, we're so deep into grilling season our tongs barely have time to cool down between uses.

Gratefully (ha!), Mark Bittman has assembled a massive collection of grilling recipes that can be prepared super quickly, with "vast majority [taking] less time to prepare and grill than it takes to watch your coals turn white. [Or] If you use gas, they’re still almost as fast as heating up the grill..."

Bittman begins with veggies and fruit, moves through meat, nails fish and shellfish, kills kebab, slays salads, bangs out burgers, sandwiches, and breads, and comes to a close where any meal should -… read more

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Jun 30, 2010

DIY Customized Concrete Bookends

Concrete Bookends

Last week was my birthday, and I vowed to do three things at twenty-eight - learn to make great Thai food at home, become at least moderately proficient in Adobe Illustrator, and learn to make stuff from concrete.

I've been meaning to, and I've played a bit with it for outside stuff, but I just haven't found a great way to apply it to something small-scale.

But, having seen these cool DIY concrete bookends, I think I've found my project.

First, they're bookends, and who doesn't need more of those. Second, they use tiny found objects as reliefs or ornaments. The article's author, Benita, opted for a serif-y, Roman B, but… read more

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Jun 30, 2010

Fifteen Great iPhone Apps for Men

 

A gentlemen surely loves his technology. But more importantly, gentlemen are passionate about being productive, and finding ways to better their lives and those of others through access to knowledge and resources.

And, in 2010, those bits of knowledge and resources are often stored digitally, and accessed via that beloved technology. And so, with that in mind, ManMade friend The Art of Manliness has created a masterlist of fifteen great iPhone apps.

The round-up features classic manly how-to stuff, like Tie-a-Tie Deluxe

Reference options, like cocktail recipes or Weber's On the Grill app

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Jun 29, 2010

Your Digital Desktop Comes to Life: The Art of Analog Computing

Web design firm Meltmedia have created a hilarious and engaging video that asks, "What if the digital tools we use everyday exist in physical and analog space?"  The Art of Analog Computing reminds us how digitally interfaced our entire lives and workspaces really are.

"The premise of this short film is to represent the digital tools and interfaces we use daily in an analog way. In the analog office, your computer desktop becomes your actual desk, your inbox gets flooded with Spam cans, the server runs past you multiple times a day (and perhaps crashes every now and then), and Twitter users follow each other around… read more

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Jun 29, 2010

America's Manliest Cities....Please Discuss.

created at: 06/29/2010

Combos (the filled preztel/crackery things) and researched Bert Sperling have just released the second edition of "America's Manliest Cities." The winner this year is Charlotte, North Carolina, with my own city of Columbus, Ohio in number two, and Kansas City, MO coming in third.

So, check out how they determine this: there are five criteria in which a city can be ascribed up to 100 points, based on per capita figures. They are the availability or consumption of

  • Sports - professional major league sports teams (football, baseball, basketball and hockey), the number of nearby NASCAR tracks and events, NHRA events, local drag… read more
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