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Feb 14, 2011

Where Hipsters Get Their Crazy Glasses...

created at: 02/14/2011

Our programming/site-building guru Bruno was searching for a fresh pair of sunglasses to take on his upcoming trip to Mexico, and found Giant Vintage, a site full of rather interesting eyeshades.

No doubt, you've wandered the streets, noticing groups of plaid and mustachioed cool kids wearing all kinds strangely fascinating glasses, and wondered, "where do they get those things?"

Apparently, they get… read more

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Feb 14, 2011

Fastener Category Chart

created at: 02/14/2011

ManMade reader Sean sent in this cool link from Bolt Depot: an exhaustive chart of every type of fastener, including bolts, screws, nuts, and washers. It also includes a helpful description of drive and head types for screws and bolts.

This should be quite useful for anyone who regularly sorts through there hardware bins, looking for just the right piece, and especially helpful for… read more

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Feb 11, 2011

A Workshop Gets a Scrub

Friends, I'm taking the day off to give my basement space a much needed cleanup day. My chip collector filled up, so my tools have been spraying chips and sawdust every which way, and it needs a bit of love. We'll be back Monday with all sorts of good, handmade content.

Enjoy your weekend. Tell someone you love… read more

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Feb 10, 2011

Adventures in Sous Vide: Adobo Rubbed 6-Hour Pork Loin

created at: 02/10/2011

So, my girl got me the best Christmas gift of all time this year: a PID temperature controller, vacuum sealer, and a copy of Thomas Keller's Under Pressure. Which meeeaans.... I can now cook sous vide!

Sous vide [French for "under vacuum"] involves cooking food in airtight bags in temperature controlled water for long periods of time...essentially slow-poaching everything at an exact temperature. Since the food never rises over the desired doneness, it can never get overcooked! Neat, huh?

Of course, I played around in the week between Christmas and New Year's, but since it involves so much gear, I put it away with the decorations. But in the last few weeks, with all the crazy snow and ice, I've been staying inside, and really learning how to… read more

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Feb 10, 2011

100 Years of Times Square

created at: 02/10/2011

I've spent the last hour or so mesmerized by Lilek's vintage post card tour of Times Square since 1904. Gathering images of all the iterations of Broadway and Seventh Ave between West 42nd and 47th, its fascinating to see this tourist trap become the neon-coated New Year's Eve party it is today...and decide whether its always owned that role in the city's identity.

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Feb 10, 2011

Valentines Worth Hanging on the Wall

created at: 02/10/2011

Normally, I'm a Valentizer Scrooge, but this year, I've been thinking a bit differently. I dunno, I guess I just figure there's never a bad time to tell someone you care. 

Of course, I'll still never do roses and chocolates, but after whipping up my own Valentine's Day "card" that belongs on the wall, not in an envelope, I started paying attention to other thoughtful/not cheesy… read more

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Feb 10, 2011

Chris in the Latest Issue of ReadyMade Magazine

created at: 02/10/2011

Hi friends - Next time your at the bookstore or newsstand, pick up the latest issue of ReadyMade (51, looks like this), and turn to page 44 to see an article by, well, me!

In it, I confess my love for big heavy kitchen tools made of rock and why… read more

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Feb 09, 2011

Dollargami : $1 Paper Art

created at: 02/09/2011

One Christmas (maybe 1990 or '91?), I got a 'cool things for kids to do' book, and spent several of the awkward hours at the uncomfortable side of the family's gathering trying to follow the step-by-step directions and perfecting the dollar bill ring.

These dollar bill origami projects are a lot cooler than… read more

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Feb 09, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: February 09, 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.

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Photographer Jason Lee is the coolest dad ever

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Tyler gets a suitcase containing the only two things… read more

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Feb 09, 2011

The Splendiferous Array of Culinary Tools

created at: 02/09/2011

Do you know the difference between a chinoise and spider? Do you know when to use a mezzaluna or a melon baller? Can you name at least 50% of the tools in your own kitchen drawers at this very minute? Do you want to use the word "splendiferous" as often as… read more

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Feb 08, 2011

The Best Knitted Art You've Ever Seen

created at: 02/08/2011

Thomas C. Chung is a fine artist, and has come up with some of the best conceptual fiberarts I've ever seen. And I've seen a lot of yarnstuffs.

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Feb 08, 2011

Nerd Valentine: Awesome Gifts for Anyone

 

The new Tumblr blog Nerd Valentine subtitles itself, "Valentine's Day gift ideas for the nerd in your life."

And, it delivers. But! I don't really find the picks to be particularly directed at geek culture fans. I mean, some of it isa little tech-heavy, but what isn't in 2011? I just think they're good, solid, well-designed, and thoughtful picks. Unless I'm a nerd and don't… read more

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Feb 08, 2011

Making Perfect Cocktails: An Infographic

created at: 02/08/2011

Months ago, I featured "The Perfect Pour," an infographic of coffee recipes that I still look up all the time for reference.

This week, I found its new, very good friend: "Fancy… read more

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Feb 07, 2011

A Single Guy Organizes His Closet

created at: 02/07/2011

Closets: A Logical Fallacy

Premise 1) Closets have doors that close

Premise 2) Normal human beings can not see through closed doors

Premise 3) It's not necessary to keep things clean that normal human beings cannot see

Conclusion :: P1 and P2 = mostly true; P3 = argument

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Feb 07, 2011

Shoot, That's Fun: Art Made from Bullet Holes

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Talk about the creative process...

Walt Creel creates original artwork with a deadly weapon. The Birmingham, Alabama-based artist uses a .22-caliber rifle to make pointilist portraits of southern wildlife onto 4x6-foot aluminum panels.

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"My main goal was to take the destructive power away from the gun. To manipulate the gun into a tool of creation and use it in a way that removed it from its original purpose, to deweaponize it."

Click through to… read more

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Feb 07, 2011

How To: Make an Adjustable Bow Tie

created at: 02/07/2011

There are two kinds of bow ties: there's the fancy ones, that you actually need to tie every time and balance and fit perfectly in collar. And then, there's the other kind: the adjustable, pre-tied kind used in rental tuxedoes, restaurant server uniforms, Halloween costumes, and occassional forrays into Redenbacher-ness.

And unless you're a major bow tie officianado, the latter is most likely your best bet.

So, let's… read more

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Feb 04, 2011

All Blown Up: How to Create Custom Large-Scale Artwork

This ManMade guest post was written by K. Faith Morgan

Finding art for your home can be tough task: you can go the dorm room approach and frame a poster, take the generic route and settle for the weird Tuscan-paintings from the housewares store, or invest in an original piece, which can be costly.

But check out these options, which each take something tiny and blow them up to featured proportions:

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Blueprint (Desire to Inspire)

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Playing Cards (Blueprint Magazine)

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Envelope (Southern Living Magazine

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Stamp (Design*Sponge

You likes? Cool, let's make our own.

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Feb 04, 2011

Valentine's Day Card and Gift Guide for Guys

created at: 02/04/2011

While I always advocate making gifts for your loved ones, especially for B-side holidays like Valentine's Day, it's not always the most feasible option: the timing's bad, a lack of original ideas, or perhaps you're DIY skills aren't quite up to snuff.

In those cases, of course it's okay to buy something; just don't head to the card store at the mall.

Instead check out some of these cool card and gift options for… read more

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Feb 04, 2011

Free Download: "Arrested Development" Paper Dolls

created at: 02/04/2011

Kyle Hilton got a bit distracted from an illustration project that was due soon. And by distracted, I mean he did what the best of us have: he started watching an entire season of Arrested Development. Inspired by his choice procrastination, he started another illustration project: paper dolls of the show's memorable moments.… read more

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Feb 03, 2011

How to: Make a Cork Board World Map

This ManMade guest post was written by K.Faith Morgan

created at: 02/03/2011

You can't beat an awesome piece of wall art that is sure to strike up lots of conversation, and allows you to preserve your memories. This cork map art like a real world Where I've Been for your analog wall. (Is that weird that a website is now the reference point for a project like this?!)

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