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Dec 02, 2010

The Ultimate Guide to the 2010 Holiday TV Schedule!

Only during the holiday season do we allow ourselves to consume things we never would otherwise: namely, too many calories and terribly cheesy television and movies.

created at: 12/02/2010

But when its Christmas, that's okay. Normally, most of us wouldn't watch the same programs, intended for children, year after year, but buddy, when the Grinch is on, I'm watching.

And in 2010, no one needs to spend hours in front of the television, waiting for that magic moment when Home Alone comes on (Kevin, you're such a disease). Take a minute to look at these great schedules, then set your DVRs or other recorders, and have them available for whenever you get around to wrapping those… read more

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Dec 02, 2010

Must See Music Video: Jonathan Coulton's "Shop Vac"

created at: 12/02/2010

The songs of Jonathan Coulton aren't novelty music, but they don't really ask to be taken seriously. Songs like "Re: Your Brains" and "Code Monkey" feature humorous lyrics , but the melodies are really quite complex (from a songwriting standpoint) and unbelievably catchy. In many ways, they serve the same function that children's music did to us as kids: funny bone-tickling ear candy.

This new take on one of Coulton's most awesome is perfect ManMade material - super cool kinetic typography, lots of clever brand references, and...it's a song about a Shop Vac.

You simply gotta watch… read more

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Dec 02, 2010

How To: Make the Perfect Snowball

Admit it: if you live in a snow-receiving climate, you make at least one snowball a season. Sometimes the closest tree is your target, sometimes its your significant other (which, if you can get away with it, means that individual is a total keeper), and sometimes its just to see how far you can throw it. But if you have gloves, and there's snow, you're gonna make one

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But then there are those icy orbs that never seem to form...they fall apart in your hands, or stay in a weird rectangle the whole time, or disintegrate not two feet in front of you. "It's the snow, it's the snow!" you shout. Which, sometimes it is, but that doesn't mean its not something a little… read more

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Dec 02, 2010

A Curious Breakfast: Start Your Day Off Right...with Papercraft Food!

created at: 12/02/2010

French design collective Paper Donut created "A Curious Breakfast" for a contest sponsored by Arjowiggins, which the paper company hosted to demonstrate the amazing things that can be done with their products.

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Dec 01, 2010

How To: Make a DIY Geek Power Tie (from Scratch)

Take this one to the bank: never give a guy a tie for Christmas. Ever. 

Unless, of course, it's a handmade tie, that you not only sewed, but did so from a handmade pattern on fabric that you designed and printed yourself, that is.

Says author Michele Beschen, "When I was asked to share a project that was geared towards geeks and dudes, I immediately started contemplating the many interesting ways I could incorporate code into something. I don’t even know what much of that tech jargon means, but I sure like how it looks — the text, the symbols and the layout. I played around with different ideas and just kept seeing it on a tie: not a stuffy, business-like tie, but a tie that looks great worn loose and casual with a vintage short-sleeve button down. Keep your dude in stylish duds this holiday season, and add a little personality with this "power of code" tie that you can create in an… read more

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Dec 01, 2010

The Incredible Book Carvings of Brian Dettmer

created at: 12/01/2010

American artist Brian Dettmer rescues trashed books headed for the landfill and creates unbelievable paper sculptures. "With the precision of a brain surgeon, he teases books into something else, graphic statements of an expressionist talent that is truly awesome."

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Dec 01, 2010

How To: Make a DIY Sling Camera Strap


In the last two years, there's been a huge increase on the digital SLR camera scene - prices are dropping, megapixels are becoming more affordable, and the availability of introductory models means that anyone who has even a moderate interest can take really, really good pictures for fractions of what it would have cost even five years ago.

Though with the increase in flexibility and quality, convenience and portability take a hit. A DSLR can take amazing vacation, candid, and art (and step-by-step how-to!) photos, but they don't slip into your pocket very easily. Which means your stuck with an expensive object hanging from an… read more

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Nov 30, 2010

How To: Make a "Sliceform" Christmas Tree

Sliceforms are "are geometric models constructed from interlocking sets of planar pieces," basically a 3D model made of flat pieces, creating a grid. Mathematically-minded folks, of course, can create super complex structures with the technique, but it can be scaled down to make simpler structures, like this 3D Christmas… read more

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Nov 30, 2010

A Bagel Romance...

created at: 11/30/2010

Some tasty humor on a dreary day; from the Mount Royal bagel factory in… read more

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Nov 30, 2010

How to: Make a Jenga Pistol

created at: 11/30/2010

Nothing is more stressful than the shakes and tremors of the towering wooden edifice that is a great game of Jenga. All the middle ones have been removed, leaving that one on the side that if you just work quickly and carefully enough, you might be able to...

Shudder.

Matthias Wandel's Jenga pistol, on the other hand, can knock out an entire level, dropping the entire structure, in less than 1/20 of a second.

Watch this video to see it… read more

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Nov 29, 2010

How To: Make an Industrial Menorah from Pipe Fittings

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This year, Chanukah starts on December 1st, this Wednesday night. As for most holidays, we wanted to find appropriate decor to match the ManMade goals - guy-friendly, contemporary, and handmade.

We found it in this industrial menorah, or chanukkiah, which was assembled entirely from pipe fittings easily found at the hardware store.

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Nov 29, 2010

The TurBacon Epic: A Pig Stuffed with 7 Different Meats

created at: 11/29/2010

I have no commentary, so just the facts:

A 20 lb. pig, stuffed with an 8 lb turkey, a 6 lb duck, a 4 lb chicken, a cornish hen, a quail, a bacon and croissant stuffing, held together with bacon and sausage glue, and a glaze of 6 lbs. of butter and Dr. Pepper.

79,046 calories, 6892 grams of fat

I *guess* I appreciate the ambition, but I'm more impressed that they got the cooking times and temperatures all figured out.

And what sort of gravy for this guy? 

See it… read more

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Nov 29, 2010

Amazing Post-It Note Art

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Artist Don Kenn sums up his work and life thusly: "BORN IN DENMARK 1978. I WRITE AND DIRECT TELEVISION SHOWS FOR KIDS. I HAVE A SET OF TWINS AND NOT MUCH TIME FOR ANYTHING. BUT WHEN I HAVE TIME I DRAW MONSTERDRAWINGS ON POST-IT NOTES... IT IS A LITTLE WINDOW INTO A DIFFERENT WORLD, MADE ON OFFICE SUPPLIES."

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Nov 24, 2010

How To: The Best Way to Carve a Turkey (Video Instructions Galore!)

created at: 11/24/2010

We don't think carving a turkey is an essential man skill, with grandpa (who didn't have anything to do with the planning or cooking of the meal) standing at the head of the table, steeling his knife and taking all the credit.

Nope, we thinking that properly carving a turkey is an essential people skill, and the best way to take advantage of all the hard work that went into… read more

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Nov 24, 2010

Your Ultimate Guide to Gravy

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Fancy menus, special dishes, and super turkey techniques aside, the thing I'm always most grateful for is mashed potatoes, and plenty of gravy. Put whatever you want in the stuffing or cranberries, but leave my mash the way God intended it, fluffy and creamy, with a huge crater for plenty of gravy, freshly made from pan-drippings.

I've never actually drunk gravy from a glass, as suggested in the photo, but I'm pretty sure I'm not opposed… read more

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Nov 24, 2010

Make White Castle Turkey Stuffing

created at: 11/24/2010

I've never tried this recipe for turkey stuffing made from White Castle sliders...as a matter of fact, I've never actually eaten anything from White Castle (other than a diet Coke that one time after the fireworks), even though their headquarters aren't two miles from my house.

But, still, it does have the makings of classic turkey stuffing - bread from the buns, onions, hamburger subbed for sausage, then flavored with celery, sage, thyme, and… read more

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Nov 23, 2010

My 2010 Thanksgiving Menu

created at: 11/23/2010

It took me a couple of days, but I finally figured out what I'll be making for Thanksgiving.

For the first time, I'm veering away from trying to do the traditional items as best as possible. I grew up eating frozen Butterball, Stove Top stuffing, and perservative-laden green bean casserole Thanksgivings, so I spent my first two years on my own seeking to do the sage/celery heavy Thanksgiving as best as I could.

But this year, I'm ready for something else, and so I'm gonna embrace my beloved Mexican and Latin flavors and infuse them into the Thanksgiving classics.

Here's what I'm thinking:

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Nov 23, 2010

How To: Make a Tree Branch Table

created at: 11/23/2010

I'm a huge fan of bringing in natural elements whilst maintaing a modern aesthetic, so I think this tree branch coffee table is as cool as it gets. Especially since its handmade, and super easy to DIY.

At first, it appears to be a collection of solid branches, but the step-by-step photos reveal its a lot easier (and less expensive) than it… read more

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Nov 23, 2010

Skateboarding in the 1970s Was So Rad...

There are certain cultural phenomena that just capture an era spent in the city: the Harlem Renaissance, the RnB in Detroit in the late 50s and early 60s, the punk rock and new wave movements of CBGBs.

And the advent and development of skateboarding in Southern California is as evocative as any. Cataloged in the amazing Dogtown and Z-Boys, we're equally lucky that  "Hugh Holland was around to capture the magic. Holland’s collection of photography in Locals Only chronicle the youth skateboard scene from 1975-1978 with everything from action shots to playful candids, all in the sun-faded glory you can expect from photos in this… read more

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Nov 23, 2010

PostCarden Brings the Christmas Card to Life

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Christmas card update: Nativity scenes or snow covered farms have been outdated for decades, and even thoughtful phrases like "peace on earth" or "comfort and joy" have grown a little tired over the last few years. But now? Now, non-plant producing Christmas cards are so 2009.

The "Seasons Greetings" PostCarden: "Once opened and unfolded into its log cabin, pop-out the skaters and simply sow the enclosed seeds and add water. In a few days your card will start to grow into a festive forest and will keep for 2 - 3 weeks."

Check out the video of it… read more

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