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Jul 18, 2011

Gallery Worthy Harry Potter Art

So, last week, in my epic marathon of singleguyness, and in an attempt to replenish my to-be-read pile, and the Twitterverse exploding about the final film, I decided something, pretty revolutionary for me.

I'm gonna read all the Harry Potter books. For the first time. In order, and fast, so I can then watch the movies, and be up to date with the rest of the Western world. My sweetheart had them all (but the third one, I discovered yesterday), andI was able to score the audiobooks from my local library, and have been reading while home, and listening while doing some long bike rides. (Trail only, one earphone in, just talk, no music. Be safe… read more

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Jul 18, 2011

How to: Make a Bendy Straw Rocket Launcher

Sometimes, the most fun craft projects are just stylish reinterpretations of the stuff you already know about.

'Member how fun it is to (still) shoot your straw wrapper across the table at your significant other, because she's awesome, and doesn't care about stuff like that, and will probably shoot hers back at you? Well, why not apply the same principle, and make a… read more

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Jul 18, 2011

The Evolution of the Geek

created at: 07/18/2011

Sure, when thinking of the word "geek," it's easy to conjure up images of less-than-attractive guys, obsessed with technology or role playing games or fantasy novels. But, I believe that anyone who's passionate about stuff is gonna be a geek about something, whether sports, celebrity gossip, music, or even… read more

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Jul 15, 2011

Weekend Project: How to Make a Succulent Table from a Recycled Pallet

This straightforward DIY table has all the essential elements: upcycling, pallets, woodworking, plants, power tools, all wrapped up in a perfect mid-summer vibe.

Megan says, "Can you believe that our latest DIY project was once just a couple of junky pallets and some scrappy table legs?  Crazy…if I didn’t have photos, I wouldn’t believe it myself.  Not too long ago, we whipped out a coffee table sized succulent table out of an old shipping crate.  Now we scaled it… read more

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Jul 15, 2011

Robert Montgomery's Text Installations

created at: 12/01/2010

If you've spent even a tiny amount of time on ManMade, you'll know I'm a big believer of the beauty of type, letters, and words in art projects. Something special happens when the visual component of the letters meets their message, all happening in an actual, physical location.

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Jul 15, 2011

How to: Dress Like the Royal Tenenbaums

There've been plenty of classic films to find men's style inspiration: James Bond, Steve McQueen, heck, perhaps even the simplicity of the Blues Brothers. (I'd never thought of it before, but I do have one suit, black, and wear with a white shirt, and a black tie. Hmm...) 

And, then, there's The Royal Tenenbaums, with it's vintage and memorable characters, and...their wardrobes. "Luke Wilson's Richie Tenenbaum is a benchmark for the scruffy classics crowd—his camel suit and expensive shoes complement, rather than compete, with his past as a hapless tennis star. Not to mention his chic luggage set and pet falcon—all highlyread more

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Jul 14, 2011

34 Incredibly Awesome Business Cards

Back in the heyday of business card exchangin' and rolodexes, classic was the game: Cillian Braille on bone, eggshell with Romalian type, or raised Pale Nimbus on white.

But, in the days where everything's online and most people can just folks they meet to "Google me," all bets are off, and folks are producing some seriously creative business cards.

Interactive cards, edible ones, foldable, cutable, those with games and those with free favors, it'll make you think differently about letterpress… read more

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Jul 14, 2011

Funny and True: The Generic, Post-Industrial Snobby Hipster Craftsman

created at: 07/14/2011

Comedian Russ Armstrong profiles Stevenson Birtch, a character he created to explore an emerging stereotype: the flannel-wearing, loft-meets-workspace living post-contemporary craftsman who does things like, "make woven belts out of reclaimed Civil War horse saddles," and builds all his own tools using smaller tools, that he also made himself. And you know, whittles his own toothpicks, and pulps his own toilet paper.

You know the type.

Watch the video.… read more

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Jul 14, 2011

Home Tour: Masculine, Mid-Century, Techno-Industrial Loft

To say Christopher and Javier's home looks like a nightclub isn't really accurate. Sure, their downtown loft is replete with an extensive music collection, a well-outfitted DJ setup, and plenty of tech-y lighting solutions, but it's also bright, cheery, and full of mid-century design icons and bold shocks of color.

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Jul 13, 2011

Must-Grill Vegetables Become Meals in Themselves

Yeah, I know. The idea of grilling vegetables isn't new. Everyone who does outdoor cooking knows those hot grates are a perfect space to heat and char up some sides to go with that main course, or that some Tuscan grilled veggies, a bit of cheese, and a loaf of bread makes a perfect summer meal for two.

But what about taking grilled veggies seriously, opting for thick, meaty cuts that make you forget about grilled meats… read more

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Jul 13, 2011

A Face a Day

You know that game you sometimes play when you're standing in line or waiting at the airport? The one where you imagine the life stories of the people standing around you, or guess why that old guy is carrying a bouquet of flowers, or where someone might be traveling, or why?

Other people do that, right?

Sandra Reichl's Face a Day does the same: illustrations of faces from all walks of life, with a brief one or two sentence description that brings the mugs to… read more

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Jul 13, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: July 13, 2011

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.

Famous People Popsicles in matching flavors… read more

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Jul 12, 2011

What Happens When You Hear What You Smell

Synesthesia is a neurological experience where your sensory perception becomes scrambled and one sensory experience becomes confused with another. So those who suffer from it may “see” sound or “hear” smell.  "There are several different types of synesthesia; some people describe seeing colors when they listen to sounds, or tasting words when they speak. Although strange, it’s hardly a handicap. Many creative people have synesthesia and use it to their advantage, including singer/songwriters Tori Amos and Billy Joel."

Wanna know what it feels like?

The video team Terri Timely sought to capture the experience in this… read more

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Jul 12, 2011

Remarkable Photographs of Individual Grains of Sand

created at: 07/12/2011

All those inspirational sayings about an individual grain of sand may have something to them afterall. The Daily Mail reports, "Viewed at a magnification of over 250 times real life, tiny grains of sand are shown to be delicate, colourful structures as unique as snowflakes. When seen well beyond the limits of human eyesight, the miniature particles are exposed as fragments of crystals, spiral fragments of shells and crumbs of volcanic… read more

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Jul 12, 2011

How to: Build a Water Rocket from Plastic Bottles

As a kid, my favorite checkout line toy was always the water rocket. You know, that egge shaped thing you'd fill with water, then attach to the little tube, and pump the plunger to force air into it so it'd shoot up crazy high and fast? My sister always liked the Silly Putty, and we both enjoyed the sidewalk chalk and a good, old fashioned squirt gun fight, but the water rocket? That made an impact. It shot up in the air with surprise. And, you could show off how strong you were by putting some muscle into that pressure… read more

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Jul 11, 2011

10 Ways to Dress Up and Improve a Frozen Pizza

created at: 07/11/2011

My special someone is out of the country for the next eleven days. I can certainly fend for myself nutritionally, but, I'm probably not going to get too culinarily ambitious. I find I either want to cook for lots and lots of folks (hence my two dinner parties over the weekend), or not really mess with it. I mean, who I am gonna impress and treat? Myself? Nah. Plus, I gotta do all the cleanup myself.

So, while I promised myself I won't get take out every night, I'm prolly not gonna make a big mess in the kitchen with fancy fixings. And, probably at least once, when spending an evening huddled away in the basement working on a project, I'll resort to that single-guy staple: the frozen pizza.

Not that I like frozen pizza, of course. But, it does do in a pinch, requires little effort and clean-up, and sorta feels like a treat. But that bland blagh from a box doesn't have to be all bad. Especially if you take it up a notch with some fresh ingredients and clever… read more

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Jul 11, 2011

The Many, Many Varieties of Beer

created at: 07/11/2011

The newest offering from the clever artists at Pop Chart Labs is worthy of a toast, indeed.

Includes not only 89 varieties of beer, but more than 200 recommended and representative brews so you actually know what and how to taste them. Add in a dozen glassware suggestions, and you've got six square feet of beer-soaked goodness. 

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Jul 08, 2011

I Freaking Love These: Retro Electronics Made from Paper

I try my best not to just throw up pretty pictures and go on and on about how much I love them, but for these paper sculptures of vintage electronics, I have to make an exception.

Cause I do. Love them, I… read more

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Jul 08, 2011

What Would Don Draper Do?

created at: 07/08/2011

I like Mad Men as much as the next guy, but I'm a bit skeptical of the classic, manly role model conversation that the show seems to be sparking, especially among "men's" websites. 

But, I do think this flowchart from Matthew at the Oatmeal is spot on, both mimicking the idea that Don Draper's antics should be in any way normative, and recognizing how easy it is to imagine...well, just… read more

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Jul 07, 2011

The World Map of Useless Stereotypes

I'm an enormous fan of Christoph Niemann's work, and, were I less scrupulous, would probably post every nearly every update from his Abstract Sunday series for the New York Times.

But! I found this one particularly thoughtful, as it both comments on the actual truths it presents, and the crazy map-making infographic phenomenon that's happening about the internet.

Oh, and it's pretty funny.

You must see in full scale to to really… read more

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