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May 30, 2012

Cactus Made of 20,000 Thumbtacks

created at: 05/29/2012

When I was a little kid I was obsessed with cacti. In fact, I had quite a sizable cacti collection, unfortunately all of them died one night when my family was moving. I left them outside one night and, lo and behold, a thunderstorm came along and drowned them all. I was devastated.

I've since recovered from the infamous cactus massacre, but I still love those prickly plants. So when I came across this cactus made out of thumbtacks I was immediately smitten.   … read more

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May 30, 2012

The Process: How Josh Finkle Makes His Beautiful Handwood Toys

created at: 05/28/2013

The work of Ohio-based artist and designer Josh Finkle ambles beautifully between the digital and the physical, the sketch, the prototype, and the manufactured product. He created these stunning hardwood toys of extinct animals, using a variety of wood species to add color and detail. He captured the creation process … read more

01931

May 29, 2012

Free Download: Life Advice from Ron Swanson

Quick, master the Command+P keystroke… read more

01930

May 29, 2012

The No-Fuss Dessert Generator

ManMade favorite Mark Bittman, who previously brought us The Everyday, Anytime Egg-Combination Generator, offers a new tasty flowchart: the No-Fuss Dessert Generator.    … read more

01929

May 29, 2012

Famous Artists Dissected in Their Own Painting Style

For a recent ad campaign for Brazil's Museu de Arte de São Paulo art school, ad agency DDB Brazil "dissected" famous artists, mimicking the painters own style and techniques. So, Van Gogh's insides are colorful and impressionistic, Picasso's bold but not-quite-cubist, and Dali's are a straight psychadelic organ-melting fest.   … read more

01928

May 29, 2012

Handmade Wooden Cassette Tape Coffee Table

Woodworker and designer Jeff Skierka created this incredible "Mixtape" hardwood coffee table from maple and walnut. It's a perfect 12:1 replica of the classic cassette tape, and is completely reversible, so you display sides A & B.   … read more

01926

May 25, 2012

How to: Make Beer Sorbet

Beer. As you prepare dinner, while you eat dinner, and now, after dinner, in your dessert.

Beau Daley, a stay-at-home dad and food tinkerer, came up with… read more

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May 25, 2012

Brand Spirit: Mass Marketed Items Reduced to Their Purest Forms

Imagine you went to a big box discount store, picked up a bunch of small items covered in their own logos, brand identities, and promotions, took them home, and spraypainted them matte white.

Andrew Miller, of the New … read more

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May 24, 2012

How to: Roll Up Your Shirt Sleeves, the Right Way

created at: 05/24/2012

Sorry, Mr. President. I appreciate your willingness to unwind, loosen up, and not always have a tie on, but it looks like you're wearing oxford cloth swim fins.

It's hard enough to dress sharp in the colder months, but you can thankfully invoke the layers. But when it's hot, it can be extra tough to not look like you're hanging out at the pool, or, worse, the skatepark with teenagers. It takes a very special person to pull off the short-sleeved button-up, and a polo isn't quite right for many occassions. … read more

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May 24, 2012

Finally, A Sewing Kit for Men

created at: 05/24/2012

If you go to any craft store and head to the "notions" section and check out the sewing kits and boxes, you will notice they: 1) are made of wicker and look like a kitten should be poking its head out of the lid, or 2) they are covered in flowers. Big, ornate, fancy flowers. I've been looking for years, and I've had to settle for storing my sewing gear in an old tackle box.

Design student Sean Gardner noticed the same thing, and decided to do something about it.

He created Oxford.   … read more

01922

May 24, 2012

Meat Researchers Discover a New Steak Cut, Seek to Patent It

created at: 05/24/2012

A collection of "meat specialists" have discovered the first new cut of steak from the beef carcass in years. It may also be the last possible new steak, ever.

Dubbed the "Vegas Strip Steak," it was "deveioped" by meat expert Tony Mata and reseachers at Oklahoma State University. The cut is hidden inside the animal in part commonly ground for hamburger, and the team has sought a patent to protect their work.… read more

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May 23, 2012

To the Rescue...

created at: 05/23/2012

This is a… read more

01921

May 23, 2012

The Most Common Comma Mistakes, and How to Avoid Them

I'm the sort of guy who likes to learn to do things well.  If I make a cut on the table saw, I want it to be the best cut. If I set out to create a tasty meal, I want to do my best knife work, get the crustiest sear and the perfect seasoning. You call it obsessive perfectionism, I call it trying my best. Same same.

And I write and edit for a living, so I wanna use the English language as best as possible. (Yes, I started that particularly vulnerable sentence with and and used the colloquialism wanna.) So, I tend to love the various grammar geek posts and misused words infographics about the blogosphere, especially when there's new stuff to learn.

And this, my friends, is an especially good one. If you know all these tricks to proper comma usage, particularly that trickster identifier-name syntax, you deserve… read more

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May 23, 2012

Video: Turning a Giant Jawbreaker on a Lathe

created at: 05/23/2012

To be filed in your "I Didn't Know This Was Possible" folder - you can turn a jawbreaker on a lathe with traditional woodworking skews and chisels.

Doing so highlights what's so fun about eating jawbreakers in the first place: the many laminiated layers of color, which slowly get revealed as the candy is removed.… read more

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May 23, 2012

How to Make Cupcakewurst: Cake-Filled Sausages with all the Fixings

The image you're looking at is of a cupcake-sausage, grilled and served on a "long john" doughnut bun and a rasperry topping ketchup.

Okay now that that's out of the way, this project, … read more

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May 23, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: May 23, 2012

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.

French artist Sylvain Meyer reorganizes natural landscapes and woodlands to imbue them with a sense of pattern and texture.   … read more

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May 22, 2012

The 10 Best Sandwiches from Around the World

created at: 05/22/2012

Food writer extraordinaire Jonathan Gold has taken on a monumental task: cataloging the world's best of the world's best food. He says, "Let us pause to consider the sandwich, that magnificent unit of consumption, a construction so minimal that its form may be expressed as: Bread. Not-bread. Bread again...… read more

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May 22, 2012

Take the Think Invisible Challenge: Can You Recognize These Pop Culture Images?

Think Invisible is a playful new challenge developed by Adri Bodor & Mark Szulyovszky that challenges you to recognize popular images revealed through three circular "portholes."

   … read more

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May 22, 2012

New Collection of Star Wars Cufflinks

I maintain that all men should have at least one dress shirt with link cuffs, single for the minimalists and French for the snazzier. I also maintain that on said dress shirt you should wear cufflinks beyond simple metal or glass buttons, something with a sense of humor. Like, perhaps, this brand new line featuring all things Star Wars.    … read more

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May 22, 2012

Concrete Business Cards

created at: 05/21/2012

I've long been a fan of business cards that are so unique that they become, essentially, impractical. The blogosphere is rife with interesting business cards, but this is the first time I've seen concrete business cards. Impractical? Maybe. But the awesomeness of these makes them total worth it.   … read more

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