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Mar 08, 2012

The Dollar Shave Club - Get Monthly, Inexpensive Razors in the Mail

I haven't tried this out for myself, but the video alone is worth a watch. It's a pretty simple deal, actually, but it seems to make sense. Get quality, generic-branded razors in the mail every month with a low subscription fee. At $9 a month for the fanciest blade, it's still cheaper than buying a pack at the store.

Dollar Shave Club razor pricing options

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Mar 07, 2012

How to: Make an iPad or eReader Case from a Recycled Book

created at: 03/07/2012

This afternoon, the internet is all abuzz about the unveiling of the iPad 3, with its 4G LTE support and new home buttonless design. If you'll be standing in line to get a new one, or are simply interested in a unique, handmade an recycled solution to house your current tablet or eReader, then… read more

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Mar 07, 2012

7 Things Guys Don't Know About Their Skin

For three years, grades K-2, I got away with it. At least weekly, I'd come up behind my friend Zach and whisper, "You're epidermis is showing." He'd become frazzled, and run to the bathroom. He tried to ask his parents what-in-the-world I was talking about, but he could never remember the actual Greek word once he got home. And I guess they weren't hip enough to know the joke setup.   … read more

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Mar 07, 2012

How Do You Cite a Tweet in an Academic Paper?

Keeping up with the expanding sources in the digital information era, the MLA has issued a standarized format for citing tweets. After all, some importnant info breaks on Twitter first, and a good academic needs to have a legit Works Cited page.

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Mar 07, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: March 7, 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.

So, this fractal mineral art is an actual geological find. As in, made by nature, colors and everything.… read more

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Mar 06, 2012

Free Music: New Songs from 100 Bands Performing at South By Southwest 2012

created at: 03/06/2012

The 2012 South By Southwest festival is scheduled to feature more than 2,000 musical acts, plus many more impromptu shows in various parking lots and sidewalks. Meaning, if you listened to only one three-minute song by every band, you'd have invested more than 100 hours, and, unless you're a music journalist who gets their music hand-delivered, a whole bunch more time and money locating and purchasing each song.

Enter The Austin 100, a streaming collection of "100 handpicked festival highlights and thrilling discoveries in a meaty but digestible microcosm of SXSW."   … read more

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Mar 06, 2012

How to: Extract Your Own DNA

created at: 03/06/2012

Nope, it's not a joke, or a gross reference. Using common household ingredients, you can extract your DNA from your cells, and see the genetic material that make you...you. No fancy or expensive labratory equipment necessary.

Watch the video below to see how it's done:  … read more

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Mar 06, 2012

Minimalist Wood Etchings of Mitch Hedberg Jokes

Sometimes, there are just those works of art, films, books, and records that are just an embarrassment of riches, and simply contain everything you love. For me, this series of Mitch Hedberg quotes, burned into plywood with minimalist illustrations and great typography is about as good as it gets.

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Mar 06, 2012

Touch-Sensitive DIY Mario Block Lamp Kit

created at: 03/05/2012

I came across this touch sensitive Super Mario Brothers question mark block lamp on Etsy the other day and was really excited because...well, I'm a geek who grew up in the 80s. I mean, how cool is it that you can "punch" that infamous 8-bit block hanging from the ceiling and it lights up?

But when got me even more excited was when I learned that Bryan Duxbury, the creator of the lamp, also sells DIY kits so you can make your own touch sensitive 8-bit block lamp!   … read more

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Mar 05, 2012

The Man's Guide to Scarves: Why You Should Wear One and 7 Ways to Tie It

created at: 03/05/2012

I was a late adopter of the scarf. I wasn't opposed, I just didn't have any, and so didn't wear one. And then, I found myself in New York the week before Christmas, in the middle of a snowstorm, walking about in thirty mile per hour winds, and my coat and gloves just wasn't cutting it. So, I snagged a scarf from a street vendor, and wouldn't you know it:

Scarves really, really work.   … read more

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Mar 05, 2012

IKEA Hack: How to Make a DIY Lightbox for Tracing on the Cheap

created at: 03/05/2012

I have a built-in lightbox in one of my office worksurfaces, and it's one of my top three favorite features. Since having it, I've found all kinds of useful ways to take advantage of it, and it's now a tool I find indispensible. 

But, head to your local art store, and you can expect to pay a minimum of $100 for … read more

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Mar 05, 2012

Guess the Process: Color Spectrum Waves

created at: 03/05/2012

Artist Julio Radesca has created Lambda, an interactive "display case" that invites the viewer to touch the sculpture, generated morphing shapes and color relationships.

Can you guess from what basic everyday material he made it?   read more

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Mar 02, 2012

How to: Make Homemade Oreo Cookies

I'm a regular crossword puzzle do-er, and am always learning more about the vocab and nuances and well, stock answers, of the medium. There are a few standard clues that tend to come up over and over again, "Peter Fonda 1997 role" (ULEE), "Sewing case" (ETUI), and what's probably the most occuring crossword fill of all time, ORE and its partner OREO. Look at all those vowels and the wonderful R.

So, of course, I get it, and then I'm craving Oreos for the next three days. (The only thing worse is DONUT.)   … read more

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Mar 02, 2012

How to Make Your Bed in 30 Seconds

created at: 04/16/2013

I wasn't always a bedmaker. It wasn't until I was living in the dorms in college, and my bed also had to serve as the sofa, chair, desk, laundry-folding area, and dining table that I got in the habit of the daily bedclothes readjusting. And my bed needs it, cause I sleep like a freaking tornado and things end up in impossible places.

It's a habit I'm glad I've held onto. Research shows that people who make their bed are actually happier. And because… read more

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Mar 02, 2012

Video: The World's Largest Rope Swing

created at: 03/02/2012

A bunch of brave souls went to Corona Arch in Moab, Utah and rigged up, presumably, the world's largest rope swing. The rope was anchored to the rock in five different places using some seriously heavy duty gear. The swing itself is 150 ft, and the intial free fall 130 ft. And the best part: they captured everything with stunning quality in this beautiful video.

created at: 03/02/2012

Click play to watch this amazing footage, and then be sure to check out the equally interesting making of below:   … read more

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Mar 01, 2012

How to: Make Your Own Suspenders

created at: 03/01/2012

As the editor of a male-oriented blog, I often get asked about my opinions on manly things, like how I feel about backwards baseball caps, or whether anyone should still have a goatee in 2012. (For the record: Against and absolutely not, respectively.)

Often, those questions bring up classic fashion items that are seeing a comeback, such as the bowtie, or suspenders. And in short? I'm for 'em.  … read more

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Mar 01, 2012

40 Awesome Quotes on Innovation and Creativity

created at: 03/01/2012

I'm not really a "quotes" kinda guy. (See what I did there?) I don't have a phrase in my email signature line, and I struggled every time when I was in a small group in grad school and we had to choose a quote or phrase that best describes our outlook. (You'd think I'd just have picked one to make those [twenty-four!] first days of class easier...note to 22-year-old self.)   

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Mar 01, 2012

Ice Typography

Canadian artist Nicole Dextras has created an amazing series of three-dimensional words fabricated by hand in ice. The installations, "speak to how the viewer’s gaze frames and informs the landscape. The installations have varied from 8-foot high ice letters on the Yukon River to 18-inch high letters set in downtown Toronto." 

The letters are then left to let the temperature of the space to affect their meaning, altering their scope through the melting process.… read more

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Mar 01, 2012

Infographic: Cakes Throughout U.S. History

created at: 03/01/2012

There are many ways to look back through the history of our nation, but none sound as tasty as doing it through cake!   … read more

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Feb 29, 2012

10 Easy-to-Remember Classic Cocktail Recipes that Every Man Should Know

created at: 04/16/2013

There are drinks that are fairly easy to serve, such as beer and wine, as you simply need to open and pour. Many spirits can be enjoyed in nearly the same way: whiskey neat, brandy in a glass, sake warmed. There are the highballs that are fairly easy to figure out: the vodka cranberry, rum and Coke, gin and tonic. There are the drinks that are so open to interpretation, you'll likely never make them the same way twice: the Bloody Mary comes to mind, as does any number of adverturous use-what-you-have mixes. created at: 02/29/2012

But then, there are the classic cocktails, those time-proven combinations that have proven themselves for decades. Besides being tasty, these have emerged as the standards for a reason: they're made from typical ingredients that you can find easily, at any store, and probably should be keeping in your own home bar.

They're so essential, I'm making the claim that every man should have these recipes memorized so he can shake one up at a moment's notice. Trust me, you want to be that guy that knows how to mix drinks: at a get together, after a date, at a work function or meeting. None of these are particularly difficult to commit to memory, and once you've got 'em, you've got 'em, and they'll never go out of style.… read more

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