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Dec 08, 2014

How to: Make a Simple + Clever iPhone Tripod Mount

created at: 12/08/2014

Looking to do some marathon gift opening hyperlapses or Christmas light display stop-motions this holiday season? Check out this easy and affordable way to mount your smartphone to a basic… read more

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Dec 07, 2014

How to Improve Your Sleep Schedule: An Man's Guide to Feeling Rested

created at: 12/07/2014  I developed pretty intense insomnia during my junior year in college. Admittedly, I was a way-too-involved workaholic at the time, but even when my life chilled out a bit more, I still had lots of trouble sleeping. Like, intense months of sleep issues. So I've spent a lot of time investigating ways to improve my sleep schedule and here are some of the top tips I've found…      

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Dec 05, 2014

How to: Make a Home State Wooden Ornament

created at: 11/30/2014

What's a perfect holiday season without a little bit of DIY? If you're from the south, like me, there's a lot of pride in showing from what state you hail. It's a badge you wear on your heart and... on basically everything else. Here in Tennessee, it's not uncommon to see the state shape on shirts, hats, drink koozies, posters, tattoos and more. So, I thought I'd carry that pride into the holiday season with a state pride Christmas tree… read more

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Dec 05, 2014

How to: Make a DIY Typographic Advent Calendar

created at: 11/28/2012

As a kid, I loved making those paper ring garlands to help count down the days to Christmas. They weren't much, just strips of red and green construction paper, one looped inside another and held together with a swipe of glue stick, but, buddy, I loved the ritual of ripping those suckers off as soon as I woke up every morning.

So, for this holiday season, I wanted to embrace the idea of a countdown craft, but update it to something a bit more adult, a bit more masculine, and reusable season after… read more

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Dec 05, 2014

DIY Holiday Idea: Easy 3D stars

3D stars

As we dust off our Christmas decorations, there are plenty of great memories being pulled out of the weathered boxes. But some of the holiday hangings just don't have much cheer left in the faded colors or scratched finishes. Give an early gift by making a set of these 3D stars that bring a touch class to the… read more

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Dec 04, 2014

ManMade's 2014 Guide to Gift Card-Less Holiday Giving

created at: 12/02/2014

You owe it to your friends and family to be a good gift giver. Rule number one: cool it with the gift cards ... there's always a better solution. Below is our list of ideas to spark your true gifting spirit, sponsored by our friends at the Murphy-Goode Winery (who believe in serious wine, serious fun, and doing good).

Every gift says something to the recipient. Another $25 to spend at Amazon says, "I'm lazy" and doesn't capture season's spirit. No one will be moved because you stopped by that end cap before exiting the grocery store.

ManMade Gift Guide 2014 - Sponsored by Murphy Goode

Instead, give something that shows you actually care. Here are some gift card-alternatives with enough appeal to give to nearly anyone… read more

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Dec 04, 2014

Amazing Macro Photos of... Dried Whisky?

Phoenix, AZ photographer Ernie Button has been experimenting with this amazing shots of dried single malt Scotch whisky under a microscope. Really? Really.… read more

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Dec 04, 2014

How to Cook a Fish Like Ernest Hemingway (Hint...There's Bacon)

Ernest HemingwayIf there's one thing you should read by Ernest Hemingway, it's his bizarrely specific hamburger recipe (just kidding, go read For Whom The Bells Tolls. Do it now). But what's less known is the number of other unique recipes the simplistic author kept at his disposal.   

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Dec 03, 2014

How to: Make Smoked Cocktail Garnishes for Extra Flavorful Drinks

created at: 12/03/2014

Looking to add a little of the "roasting on open fire" flavor to some of your seasonal libations? Check out this cool technique for making smoked cocktail garnishes to add some toasty, earthy notes to your drinks.… read more

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Dec 03, 2014

Blow My Mindsday: December 3, 2014

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: 12/03/2014Scientist take a serious look at what's actually happening when you mix orange juice and toothpaste, and why it tastes so very, very bad.… read more

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Dec 02, 2014

Brewed, Part II: Preparing for Brew Day

created at: 12/02/2014

While the first brew can be intimidating with so many items to collect, at this point the time has come to lay it all out and prepare for brewing. Let’s take a look at the pieces we need for a fast and easy brew… read more

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Dec 02, 2014

How to: Sew a Simple Linen Apron

We've said it before, and we'll say it again - every man needs an apron. Especially this time of year, when you gotta keep all that gingerbread and egg nog of your nice holiday sweater.… read more

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Dec 01, 2014

7 Winter-Themed Movies Every Man Should See

created at: 12/01/2014

We'll never be the ones to hate on the holiday standards, but sometimes, we need a fa-la-la and sentiment-free movie night this time of year. So, check out this list of classic, masculine films set in the frozen winter months that will really remind you how frightful the weather outside can… read more

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Dec 01, 2014

Protect your Home from Mice This Winter without Breaking the Bank [Sponsored]

created at: 12/01/2014

Brought to you by Tomcat

You'd do almost anything to keep your home rodent­free... short of renovating it. Don't worry about pulling out the big bucks to get rid of unwanted critters. Check out this list of cheap and effective tips to mice­proof your home this… read more

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Dec 01, 2014

Super Flemish: Modern Superheroes as 17th Century Portraits

Super FlemishIf you're a comic book / sci-fi junkie with a penchant for period garb / historical re-imagination, this art exhibit will be right up your alley. Behold: Super Flemish - a new series of photographs by French photographer Sacha Goldberger depicting our favorite superheroes and villains re-contextualized through a 17th century lens.   … read more

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Nov 25, 2014

How to: Make a New Candle from All Your Spent Ones

Turn all your old candles into a new candle

As a man, I fully endorse candles. If you look beyond the Yankees and Bath and Body scents you can really find some invigorating scents. My personal favorites smell like camp fires, tobacco and patchouli.… read more

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Nov 25, 2014

Not Your Average Pallet Table

Table made from pallets

I must admit. I'm not a big fan of the palette wood "revolution." It's a limiting product and it involves a lot of labor to get the result you want. However, I stumbled across this table that approached pallets in an amazing way and it totally got me buzzing for a nice pile of the stuff.… read more

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Nov 25, 2014

Brewed: The Basics of Home Brewing Beer

Brewed Homebrewed Beer LogoBrewing beer in my closet has been a recent hobby of mine, and like most my hobbies it has expanded into a bit of an obsession. Although I'm no expert on the subject, I've made enough mistakes to serve as a useful warning to others. So, in this four part series we'll walk through what it takes to make a handmade batch of frothy, fermented goodness.… read more

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Nov 24, 2014

Quick and Easy DIY Project: Make a Faux Wood Grain Mouse Pad

created at: 11/24/2014

A super simple office project, requiring but two ingredients and ten minutes of work? We'll take it.… read more

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Nov 24, 2014

Closer Look: Check Out What I Made This Weekend

created at: 11/23/2014

Last Saturday was a weekend day like every other, starting with the traditional pancakes and then on to the workshop for a few hours of DIY projects.  Here's a look at what I worked on in the… read more

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