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Sep 10, 2014

Blow My Mindsday: September 10, 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.

Inside a dry lakebed in Death Valley National Park a set of rocks seem to move themselves "across the flat dirt in the heart of the hottest, driest place on earth." Many of the rocks are over 600 pounds, but leave trails as if they've snaked themselves across the dry lake… read more

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Sep 09, 2014

Seriously...This is the Best Drinking Snack of All Time

created at: 09/09/2014

There is bar food and there is drinking food. Bar food tends to center around the deep fryer and the reheating of frozen goods within, and it can certainly be delicious, and also horrible.

Drinking food, on the other hand, is designed to be a foil against your beverage, a complement. The beverage enhances the food, the food the beverage, and everyone has a good time. 

This is not a recipe for chicken wings, or for putting pretzels in a bowl. But it is an amazing, and unbelievably simple, snack that you certainly need to make the next time you bust out the… read more

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Sep 09, 2014

How to: Make a Sharp and Sleek Skinny Tie from a Regular Tie

Any guy who's visited a thrift store or a secondhand shop can attest to the ties. Some are hideous, but some are great - unique, but subtle patterns, or an lived-in color combo that can bring your getup together.

There is, of course, the problem of size and the insane widths that used to pass for stylish. But! Snag that vintage necktie anyway, cause its easy to… read more

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Sep 08, 2014

How to: Make a DIY Leather Six-Pack Carrier for Your Bike

Here's a clever DIY project that solves a need, looks sharp, and can be completed in under 30 minutes with just a few tools. It's a leather frame strap, designed to attach a six pack to your bike's top tube for easy… read more

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Sep 08, 2014

Woodworker Creates Awesome Stop-Motion Videos of Furniture Making Itself

Woodworker and film maker Frank Horvath maintains an excellent YouTube channel discussing some of the details, tools, and design aspects that goes into his craft. 

Over the last year, he's released two of these stunning stop-motion animated videos telling the story of furniture being milled, cut, shaped, and assembled, without dialogue...or human… read more

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Sep 05, 2014

Weekend Project: Make the Ultimate DIY Wood Burning Camp Stove

created at: 09/05/2014

When I bought it ten years ago, my backpacking stove cost me more than $100, and each time I fly to a destination trip, I've got to scout a local outdoor store to get my fuel bottles filled or source some disposable canisters.

The DIY Mountain Ranger Camp Stove, on the other hand, is made from (maybe) $5 in new materials and some recyclables and relies on found fuel - small twigs, sticks, and brush, to produce a very hot flame, very quickly. 

So. As we often find on ManMade, the DIY option makes a… read more

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Sep 05, 2014

The 200 Perfect Music Recordings

created at: 09/05/2014

For the past few weeks, The New Yorker magazine's music critic, Sasha Frere-Jones, has between tweeting the names of (seemingly) random-but-awesome song names and images, all tagged #perfectrecordings. Then, this week, he shared links to a series of… read more

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Sep 04, 2014

How to: Make a DIY Waxed Canvas "Brown Bag" Lunch Bag

The brown paper sack is iconic, and pretty cool looking, and waxed canvas is an incredibly durable material. Put them together and what do you got? This great DIY project from Anna Makes.… read more

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Sep 04, 2014

The Process: Take a Colorful Video Tour of the Crayola Factory

created at: 05/28/2013

Pop quiz: how many crayons do you think the Crayola factory produces each day? I'd have said something like: 500,000. 

Turns out, I was way, way wrong. The answer?    … read more

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Sep 03, 2014

How to: Make Nashville Hot Chicken at Home

To my mind, the hot chicken tradition of Nashville, TN is among the most amazing regional food traditions for three reasons: 1) it's amazingly local, native to a few neighborhoods in a single city, rather than a general area 2) it's amazingly (yet justifiably) spicy, and 3) the recipes have been amazingly secretive.

Moreover, it's incredibly, incredibly delicious, and I've never had anything… read more

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Sep 03, 2014

A Handmade Coffee Routine Can Seriously Improve Your Creativity

The act of making an intentional cup of coffee in the morning - not just pressing a button or grabbing a to-go cup from your neighborhood shop or street vendor - has, no doubt, benefits to the flavor of your coffee. But, like many good and simple things in life, it could have a positive impact on your creativity and productivity as well.… read more

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Sep 03, 2014

Blow My Mindsday: September 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.


Austin Beerworks has released an update on the multi-can beer container: the 99-pack. Yes, it's real.… read more

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Sep 02, 2014

How To: Make an Industrial Chic Bookshelf from Hardware Store Parts

One key to giving any room in your house a warm, masculine texture: clever use of materials. This DIY bookshelf project nails the multi-media look with basic iron and wood materials from the home center, but resulting in a storage piece greater than the sum of its parts.… read more

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Sep 02, 2014

Tip of the Day: How to Be a Better Reader

This morning, on my bike ride, I saw a sight I hadn't noted in a few months: dozens of kids walking down the sidewalk, new backpacks and lunch boxes in hand, waiting for the new year to begin. So, in honor of back to school season, why don't we all take a moment to learn how to be better readers. And by learn how to be better readers, I mean: avoid falling down the internet rabbit hole and ending up with thirty browser tabs every time you need to look something up.… read more

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Aug 28, 2014

How to: Make a Hanging Leather Strap Planter

The notion of a DIY hanging pot is nothing extraordinary - just do a Pinterest search and you'll find hundreds...maybe thousands.… read more

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Aug 28, 2014

Photo Essay: Slot Canyoneering in Zion National Park

Zion National Park, in Southern Utah, is one of the most incredible places in the U.S., and likely the world. Its awesomeness is also not a secret, so its super crowded in the summer. It's relative proximity to the Las Vegas airport and the Grand Canyon means its packed with tourists, so much that you can't even drive in the park - you must take the park's shuttle. (Which, by the way, is actually kinda… read more

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Aug 28, 2014

The Process: Crafting a Wooden Bucket from Scratch

created at: 05/28/2013

Two summers ago, for my birthday, we took a trip to Bourbon country in Kentucky.

One of the highlights - among the distillery tours and great Louisville restaurants and sites - was a cooperage tour: viewing the factory that makes the barrels in which the bourbon… read more

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Aug 27, 2014

How to: Make Easy Large Scale Wall Art with Custom Frames

created at: 08/27/2014

This post could be titled: "who doesn't want a giant dinosaur print in a frame you made yourself on your wall?" Cause, that's what's a-happening here,… read more

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Aug 27, 2014

15 Modern Classic Books You Should Read Right Now

created at: 08/27/2014

I know "summer reads" are the cultural icon: books to be read on the beach, on long car trips, during a much needed week off work. But, I'm always more of a fall reader... Summers are for magazines and research for all the outdoor activities and bike trips and all-day grilling sessions and staying out during the long days and… read more

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Aug 27, 2014

DIY Typographic Clamps

You know those internet things where everything you love gets summed up in one place? This is one of those for… read more

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