Man Made DIY


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Jul 09, 2012

The United Shapes of America

XKCD, which describes itself as a "webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language," offers the United Shapes of America, a "map of things states are shaped like." (Try saying that three times fast.)   … read more

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Jul 09, 2012

Brazilian Soccer Team Changes Jerseys Until Fans Donate Blood

created at: 07/08/2012

Vitória, the second-division soccer team from Brazil, changed their uniforms around for their upcoming season. The team, nicknamed the "Red and Blacks" because of their red and black striped jerseys, is promoting blood donation. So, to the surprise of fans, they changed the red stripes in Vitória's jersey's to white but they'll be filled in again with red, stripe by stripe, as blood donations increase.   … read more

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Jul 06, 2012

How to: Make Tastier DIY Tonic Water at Home (Perfect for Gin!)

When I was a kid, we weren't allowed to drink soft drinks much at home, so my mom would often by club soda and lightly fruit flavored sparkling waters for a treat. They sat at the side of the fridge, and I learned the colors - blue for regular, pink for raspberry, and green for lemon lime. One day - a new flavor showed up (yellow!), and I was excited to give it a try.

And it was the worse thing I ever tasted.   … read more

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Jul 06, 2012

Exploded Photography of Everyday Objects

Photographer Adam Voorhes has been experimenting with exploded photography, and the results are this amazing series of images of each element of the whole object separated out into its component parts.

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Jul 05, 2012

How to: Give Your Digital Photos a Retro Analog Effect

With Instagram and Hipstamic and infinite other smartphone apps, it's quite easy to run a snapshot through a filter or four, and come out with something that with deeply saturated colors, vignette-y borders, selective focus, and all the other trappings of film and old cameras.   … read more

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Jul 05, 2012

Current Map of Facial Hair Growth

San Francisco-based cartoonist and animator Ric Carrasquillo obviously understands the importance of having a personal and clever "about" page on his website, so he whipped up some humorous sketches that tell the reader a little more about himself. Like this,… read more

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Jul 05, 2012

Wood Pile Art: When Chopping Logs Isn't Challenging Enough

created at: 07/02/2012

Anyone who has ever meticulously stacked a wood pile knows that there's an art to stacking logs, but can a wood pile itself be a work of art? You betcha. Hungarian artist Gyula Várnai created this wonderful installation that depicts a man crouching down made entirely out of logs.   … read more

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Jul 02, 2012

Why You Should Spiral-Cut Your Hot Dogs for Grilling

created at: 07/02/2012

The humble hot dog has been experiencing a renaissance lately: chefs are adding gourmet toppings and custom sauces, creating entire composed dishes in one bite. But, at home, it doesn't always make sense to make braised short ribs, three different purees, and a pickled slaw or two just to put on top of some store bought hot dogs.

So, if you wanna make your home-grilled hot dogs extra special this summer, opt for a physical, rather than a recipe change: spiral-cut it.   … read more

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Jul 02, 2012

Soft Sculptures by Margarita Cabrera

Mexican-born artist Margarita Cabrera has created this compelling line of "soft sculptures," in which she replaces the parts of everyday items such as cars, appliances, and backpacks with fabric and thread. In doing so, the "threads left exposed serve as a reminder of the labor involved in the manufacturing of this subject matter. Sagging vinyl imbues the work with an anthropomorphic quality that references the harsh nature of worker’s realities."   … read more

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Jul 02, 2012

How to: Make an Outdoor Table with a Built-in Cooler

A fantastic, easy project for summer: add a built-in cooler to a wooden picnic table to store drinks, keep condiments cool, and, generally, be an outdoor dining, grill-dominating mastermind.… read more

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Jul 02, 2012

The NYC Subway Stairs that Make Everybody Trip [Video]

created at: 07/01/2012

New York City's subway system is full of unpredictable excitement. Most of the action happens inside the trains, or at least on the subway platforms. Dean Peterson, however, decided to explore a quirk that people encounter as they're leaving the subway station: a single step on a stairway that's a fraction of an inch higher than the others. It's just high enough so everyone trips on it.   … read more

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Jun 28, 2012

Make like a Treehouse and Leave: 6 Droolworthy Arboreal Abodes

Even with the 100° temperatures, the unrelenting scorch of the sun and frightful humidity, I've still got a case of cabin fever. Like, the kind of fever where the only solution is an escape to an actual cabin, preferably one built in a tree.   … read more

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Jun 28, 2012

Awesome Aerial Data Maps Reveal Life in the United States

The new PBS series America Revealed explores the day-to-day lives and habits of 300 million U.S. citizens. "Viewers will discover a fascinating new perspective on the hidden patterns and rhythms of American life, by looking through the eyes of individuals who all play a part in keeping America fed, moving, powered and making goods."

Including this amazing takes on data visualization, highlighting trends, distributions, and travel paths of all sorts of fascinating topics:

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Jun 28, 2012

Fun Fact of the Day: Mister Rogers' Mom Knitted All of His Cardigans

created at: 06/28/2012

As if the guy couldn't be more endearing, here's something to warm your crafty heart: Mister Rogers' famed cardigans, which he pulled out of the closet to start each episode, were all knitted by hand...by his mom.   … read more

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Jun 27, 2012

The Anytime Summer Drink Generator

created at: 06/27/2012

The summer season invites us to try new things: visit new places, read a different kind of book, try a new recreational activity, see a movie we wouldn't otherwise be caught dead in simply because the theater cranks it's AC down to 65 degrees...

And, of course, new flavor experiences. Specifically, new cocktails. This Summer Cocktail Generator pairs three base spirits with just a few basic modifiers and mixers to create all kinds of classic cocktails, each of which are exactly what you want to drink during the warmer months.     … read more

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Jun 27, 2012

Real Hot Chocolate

Toronto-based photographer Dorota Pankowska wanted some hot chocolate. So, she made some.   … read more

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Jun 27, 2012

Humorous Travel Posters for Staycations

For those of you not planning a summer getaway this season, consider these humorous, vintage-style "travel posters" for lazy people, or for those who take their breaks at home. They seek to inspire you to check out the exotic locales and activities...of your own house.   … read more

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Jun 27, 2012

How to: Make a DIY Tape Dispenser for Your Workshop or Studio

I just went downstairs to check: I have fourteen rolls of tape in various states of use, haphazardly stacked in piles and hanging from random protusions, each equally covered in sawdust and many in paint and woodstain. A few of them are repeats: I have no less than four 1" 3M ScotchBlue rolls started, likely because I wasn't able to find them when in the midst of a project. Clearly, I need a better solution.   … read more

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Jun 27, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: June 27, 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.

created at: 06/27/2012

In 2005, New York artist Jason Polan drew every single piece of art on display to the public in the MoMA...and in 2012, he did it again.   … read more

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Jun 26, 2012

How to: Practical Advice for Wearing a Suit

created at: 06/26/2012

Austrailian tailor and bespoke designer Patrick Johnson gives some solid, practical advice on buying and wearing a suit, including choosing a versatile option that can be worn in multiple ways, and adding your own personality to such a relatively blank slate.   … read more

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