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May 20, 2011

Funny Hundred Dollar Bills

Meet Your Franklin seeks to be an "international, bearer of a cultural reflexion." As such, it invites you to re-create a symbol of modern society: the $100 bill, y'all.

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May 19, 2011

How To: Make a Custom Bass Drum Head (or my nephew gets the best birthday present ever)

created at: 05/19/2011

I have a three year old nephew, and I think he's totally awesome. Not in the "all little kids are adorable way," but in the "this kid has got crazy personality way. He knows that he's funny, and is very smart about using his presence, face, and words to be entertaining and smart.

So, I wanted to get him something special that he could continue to use once all the dumptrucks and Buzz Lightyear Jr. action figures wore out. His favorite thing to do when he comes over is to play around with all my musical instruments and noisemakers. So, I headed to the toy store, and saw this mini-drum set on clearance, I knew I had to get it.

Of course, I couldn't just wrap up the box and hand it to him - my brother-in-law would never have been able to put it together and tune it. (He's lovingly known for his lack of rhythm. He's talented in lots of other ways.)

So, I put in together in my living room, tuned it up, and then the wheels started turning. (Okay, and let's be honest. I also couldn't stop playing it for a couple of days). He loves the Beatles, and his geek dad has got him watching Star Wars, and I certainly can't ever leave stuff alone. So, I knew I has to customize the kit… read more

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May 19, 2011

The Quarter Life Crisis?

It hits you hard. One day, you've realized those things you've clung to for the last decade aren't actually what you're going for. Perhaps, for previous generation, such enlightments really didn't come until middle age, when there are often kids, mortgages, and stock options involved.

But for an increasing number of young adults, mega-life changes hit in your… read more

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May 19, 2011

30 Alternative and Unusual Uses for Aluminum Foil

created at: 05/19/2011

When I was a kid, aluminum foil had three connotations: that awesome foil ball on Pee Wee's Play House, the roll we used to make robot costumes, and that stuff that I accidentally put in the microwave one time and blue sparks shot all over. That was a fun day.

Turns out, there's a solid thirty other things you can do with it, in the kitchen, garage, garden, office, and, of course, when making… read more

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May 19, 2011

Download: Beautifully Designed, Pay-What-You-Can/Free Typefaces

created at: 05/19/2011

Lost Type Co-Op is a "Pay-What-You-Want Type foundry, the first of its kind. Founded by Riley Cran and Tyler Galpin, originally in a whirlwind 24 hour adventure to distribute a single typeface, Lost Type has blossomed into a full fledged foundry, distributing fonts from designers all over the world, with its unique model."

So, upon downloading, you're invited to pass along what you can, directly to the designer. If for you that's nothing, you can enter $0 and download for… read more

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May 18, 2011

When the What? Hilarious, Clever Hand Drawn Timelines

When the What? is an outstanding collection of hand drawn timelines created by Jim Darlington. My fave? The Time-Traveling Fictional Bar… read more

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May 18, 2011

How To: Make DIY Veggie Chips for Tasty, Healthy Snacking

created at: 05/18/2011

I work from home, meaning I never keep regular hours, and can always/never been at work. And though I do try, it also means I rarely eat regular meals. Most often, I split my nutrition into six or eight tiny, half-meals...or, you know, snacks. And sometimes, I need those to be crispy, salty snacks. And rather than stuff my self with no-good-for-you, processed junk foods all day, I try to satisfy those cravings with something a bit better for me.

Like veggie chips. And now, with this awesome collection of recipes from Chow, I'ma just make my own in bunches, and munch all… read more

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May 18, 2011

Super Mario Bros. Comes to Life on the Street (Video)

created at: 05/18/2011

German artist and techmeister Andreas Heikaus created the best undergraduate thesis project ever: multiple levels of the original Super Mario Bros. coming to life atop the urban landscape. 

Watch the top video first, then check out the one below to see how he pulled it… read more

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May 18, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: May 18, 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.

created at: 05/18/2011

Lexadecimal defines words made from hexadecimal color codes. I know, it's hard to explain, but just go there and check… read more

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May 17, 2011

The Cardigan Abides - The Dude's Sweater is Back

The Dude's Sweater

Remember the first time you saw The Big Lebowski, and all your friends hated it and thought it was boring, but you couldn't stop laughing? Remember how, two years later, in college, it was suddenly everyone's all-time favorite movie?

Yeah, me too. I also remember thinking, "Where can I get that sweater?" Well, now you can; the original was made by Pendelton Woolen Mills, and this year they're bringing it back:

Who is this dude?

Could they have chosen a less 'Dude'-like… read more

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May 17, 2011

Super Duper Sick

created at: 05/17/2011

Friends, I've worked my way through some serious sniffles, tummyaches, and flu bugs over the last few months, but today, the germs have gottent the best of me.

You don't want me writing anything today. Trust me.

Hopefully, I'll be back with you tomorrow. Enjoy your Tuesday!

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May 16, 2011

How To: Make an Earbud Holder from a Credit Card

When it comes to poor headphone storage habits, I'm the guiltiest of guilties. There are currently two strands intertwined in the bottom of my bag, one all tangled up with my phone in my pocket, and at least three pairs snagged on various USB cables, adapters and plugs, and power supplies in the bottom drawer of my desk back at home.

With this clever and easy DIY storage solution, I have no more… read more

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May 16, 2011

The 2011 World's Best Beards!

The 2011 World Beard Championships were held yesterday, and the winner was this one: Of course it features a Norweigan flag and a reindeer!

 Also, don't miss this other amazing beards,… read more

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May 16, 2011

How To: Make Geektastic Pendant Lights from Circuit Boards

If you've hung around the DIY blogosphere for any amount of time, you most likely learned one thing above all others: anything can be made into a lamp.

That, of course, doesn't mean you should turn everything into a lamp...I once saw one created from an old 1970s teddy bear that was so awful I actually had a nightmare about it. Literally, this thing haunted my… read more

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May 13, 2011

Am I Wearing Pants?

created at: 05/13/2011

Okay...so, this is not necessarily for men. In fact, it's specifically not addressed to guys. But as passive observers of the crazy places that women's bottom-oriented clothing are going, it's a good 101 to learning about what in the world is going on.

And it's really… read more

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May 13, 2011

Bicycle-Powered Sewing Machine Makes Cycling Caps (Video)

In this era of fully-functioning computers built into our telephone, high-tech touchscreen surfaces, and 3D televisions at home, it's nice to appreciate the simple machines in our lives. Those made from simple wheels, cogs, chains. I mean, I love my iPhone as much as the next guy, but I'm way more in awe of my bandsaw, the box fan that's keeping my office bearable, and my two favorite machines: my bike and my sewing… read more

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May 13, 2011

How To: Make a Steampunk Mr. Potato Head

Last summer, a Flickr photoset of Spudnik, a handcrafted, Steampunk-style Mr. Potato Head, made its way onto ManMade. Now, even more excitingly, its creator, Sarita, shows you how to make your… read more

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May 13, 2011

Depressing Tax Returns Become Beautiful Rolled Paper Art

Artist Nava Lubelski creates these organic, molecule-like rolled paper installations from tax return… read more

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May 12, 2011

Before and After: Casey's Masculine Loft Makeover

Casey recently bought a unit in the Minneapolis loft where he'd been renting, and gave it a very fine… read more

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May 12, 2011

How To: Make Giant Cross Stitch Wall Art

Recently, ReadyMade hosted the RM100, a "contest to celebrate 100 ingenious and beautiful DIY projects submitted to their host of savvy judges." My favorite of the bunch is this clever, easy, and big-impact oversized cross stitch art. I love the colors, and the 3D effect created with two layers ofread more

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