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Jul 29, 2014

Roundup: 9 DIY Hammock Projects to Help You Enjoy Your Summer

Maybe I'm getting old. Maybe I've been overly influenced by those images of the dad in Calvin and Hobbes or Homer Simpson. Perhaps it's those memorable times I've spent in Latin America, where they really know how to use 'em. Or maybe - hopefully not, but maybe - it's all those completely and horribly generic Father's Day cards I have to pick through each June to find the right one for my dad.

But, I think a hammock is a damn fine way to spend a summer evening, and every man should have one.read more

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Jul 29, 2014

The Surprisingly Fascinating History of the High Five

created at: 07/29/2014

The high five is a clear communicative gesture. While you can shake hands with someone you might not really agree with or downright loathe at the time, the high five is reserved for someone with whom you're on the same page. Even if it's after a small disagreement, the resolute high five communicates that, at the end of the day, your a team.

So, where did the high five come from?    read more

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Jul 28, 2014

How to: 5 Tips for Making Better Grilled Pizza This Summer

In the summer (and the winter, if you can swing it), there's no better tool for cooking homemade pizza than your outdoor grill. It's simply the hottest domestic heat source you can get your hands on, and turns out that crispy, smokey charred crust that makes great pizza actually great. (Note: works awesome for your wok,… read more

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Jul 28, 2014

Dress Shirt Fabric 101: What's the Difference Between Pinpoint, Poplin, Twill, and the Rest?

When I was a young man, I worked my fair share of restaurant server jobs, in which I was required to wear a 100% cotton, white Oxford cloth, dry-cleaned only, and heavily starched. As anyone who's actually carried very many plates covered in leftover sauce wearing a white shirt on a double shift, you needed to own at least four to five of these guys for use in an average week.

Needless to say, none of my shirts ever got dry cleaned or starched (save for that spray can of Niagara), and after realized what happened to real Oxford cloth after wearing for fifteen minutes, none of them were a 100% cotton,… read more

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Jul 24, 2014

​How to Build Your Own Altoids Tin Survival Kit

created at: 07/24/2014

The Altoids Tin kit is a DIY classic. I'm almost nostlagic for the early days of the make/hack/indie craft blogosphere, where it seemed like every week, there was a new project and collection of stuff you can smush into one of these ubiquitous containers.

But, throwback-ish or not, it's also a darn good project, and something to consider… read more

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Jul 24, 2014

Creamlapse: A Mesmerizing Time-Lapse Video of Melting Frozen Treats

 

A perfect - and curiously engaging - video to watch on a summer… read more

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Jul 24, 2014

Holiday Inn: Along the Journey to Extraordinary [Sponsored Video]


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Millions of people come through the doors at a Holiday Inn every year. Every one of them is on a journey. Every one of them has a story to tell. Learn more about some of these extraordinary guests here 

Brought to you by Holiday Inn, making your journeyread more

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Jul 23, 2014

This is Brilliant: How to Create a Cold Smoker from a Tin Can

In my line o' work, I'm lucky to come across hundreds of creative DIY projects and ideas each week, and I'm always inspired. But every once in a while, I discover a truly clever project that reminds me why I do this work in the first place, and gets my DIY heart all aflutter. This is one of them.   

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Jul 23, 2014

How to: Create a Simple, Custom Tool Roll

For many projects, a proper tool box is overkill, plus your tools just bounce around inside,… read more

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Jul 23, 2014

Blow My Mindsday: July 23, 2014

created at: 04/17/2013

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

A chef's knife should be the sort of thing you buy once in your life, and use… read more

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