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Aug 22, 2014

How to Host an All-Out Backyard Barbecue, Part III: Bringing it All Together - The Big Reveal

How to Host an All Out Backyard Barbecue
This week, we're sharing the ultimate guy's guide to backyard entertaining. We've covered preparing your backyard and getting ready for guests, as well as some easy DIY tricks to improve the space and create the right vibe. Then, we shared some ideas for the food - moving beyond hamburgers and hot dogs to create some seriously tasty grilled goodies, as well as tips for finding the right wine to bring everything together.

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Aug 22, 2014

Weekend Project: Make DIY Typographic Cocktail Recipe Coasters

created at: 08/22/2014

My pal Shauna from FairGoods came up with this clever DIY coaster project: some bold type on the front for visual interest, and your favorite cocktail recipes on the back for… read more

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Aug 21, 2014

How to: Make a DIY Wooden Lawn Game Set

Kubb (also spelled "koob") - sometimes known as Viking Chess - is a Scandinavian lawn bowling game that, like its brethern bocce, horseshoes, cornhole, and the like - involves two teams standing on opposite sides of a field throwing things at other things. And those things they throw - the game pieces - are some basic wooden shapes...meaning, it's a super easy DIY project you can make at… read more

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Aug 21, 2014

Apparently, Everything We Think We Know about Hangovers is Wrong...

You may have been told that the less desirable effects of alcohol - the disturbed sleep, the morning-after headaches, the drama in your gut - come from dehydration, or impurities from barrel aging, or mixing spirits, wine, and beer in a single session. I've always thought (or, um, learned) that it's the sugar in sweeter drinks that does the deed, coupled with the dehydrating effects...but, even if you DO drink water, or don't have multiple spirits, the effects can still be intense.

Turns out - we've got it all… read more

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Aug 20, 2014

How to Host an All-Out Backyard Barbecue, Part II: The Food and Drinks

created at: 08/21/2014

This week, we're sharing the ultimate guy's guide to backyard entertaining. In Part I, we created the game plan: getting your outdoor space ready to go, invites, music and entertainment.

Part II is about the centerpieces of any get-together: food and drinks. To help, we partnered with Murphy-Goode, a Sonoma winery that makes great wines for occasions just like this one: good times, good friends, and good food. Read on for lots of tips and ideas to make it happen.   

How To Host an All Out Backyard BBQ

Table of Contents

Planning the Menu

Cooking for a Crowd: A cookout is not a dinner party. No courses, no place-cards, no roast-carving.… read more

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Aug 20, 2014

Blow My Mindsday: August 20, 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. 


Apparently, there's a highly beneficial time to enjoy your morning coffee... and it's not as soon as you wake up. Fast… read more

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Aug 19, 2014

Inside the Weird World of Disposable Razors

Johnny Davis takes a look at the wild, wonderful world of the thirty-four billion dollar disposable razor market. The subtitle, I thinks, says it… read more

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Aug 19, 2014

DIY Idea: Make Glowing Resin-Inlayed Wooden Shelves

Industrial designer and jeweler Mat Brown came up with this awesome technique for taking a split, live-edge length of chesnut wood, and rather than fixing its flaws, decided to highlight their natural character. By making them glow in the dark.read more

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Aug 18, 2014

How to Host an All-Out Backyard Barbecue, Part I: The Plan

Being a party-goer is easy: you show up, eat food, drink drink, have fun, and go home. Nice. But sometimes you need to return the favor, do your part and be a good guy. Sometimes, it's gotta be your turn to host.

How to Host an All-Out Backyard Barbecue - Part 1

That's why we're creating the ultimate man's guide to backyard entertaining. We're skipping the burgers and hot dogs, but saving the grill-power and the open flame. This is no fancy dinner party with flowers and special place settings and specialized utensils. But it is an event for grown-ups (read: no kegs) who want to get together and enjoy a great evening of good grub, tasty wine and… read more

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Aug 18, 2014

Rigsketball: A Short Film about Rock Bands Playing Hoops Attached to a Tour Van

Rigsketball - noun - ˈ[rigːs.kɪt.bɔːl] - "a band basketball tournament played on a regulation basketball hoop that's bolted to [a tour]… read more

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Aug 15, 2014

Weekend Project: Make a Custom Drill Bit Rack

created at: 08/15/2014

As any DIYer knows...the longer you've been making stuff, the more stuff you gather. But not just tools - all the accessories and add-ons that make tools into mutil-tasking, multi-purpose creative machines.

No tool represents that versatility like the drill/driver. And nothing else racks up extra parts: twist bits, brad-point bits, hole saws, Forstner bits, spade bits, hex drivers, sanding drums, and the like. There are a lot of things that work by being chucked in and spinning at 1000s… read more

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Aug 15, 2014

It's Time You Learned About Watches

I've really been enjoying these illustrated walkthroughs from NeedSupply's blog, where they venture in-depth to explore the history, mechanics, and materials that we use everyday. The… read more

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Aug 13, 2014

How to: Make the Perfect DIY Cocktail Muddler (for $5.63)

created at: 08/13/2014

There are two routes home cocktail enthusiasts tend to take when choosing a muddler: the mini-baseball style that sits on the check-out counter and the local liquor store (which suck), and then there's the handmade, lathe-turned muddler made from some exotic South American hardwood that can cost you as much as $60 or $80.

Or, you can get the performance of the second for the price of the… read more

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Aug 13, 2014

A Handy-Dandy Guide on How NOT to Be a Jerk at Restaurants

Dining out is one of life's simple pleasures. You shouldn't do it all the time, but it's a great treat when the time is right. But it's also a dialog - between you and the restaurant; between your table and the kitchen; between your server, your tablemates, and the rest of the dining… read more

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Aug 12, 2014

How to Build a Beautiful Patina on Leather Shoes and Boots

A new pair of shoes is a great thing, especially a quality pair with leather uppers that you plan to break in and wear for… read more

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Aug 12, 2014

Inventories of War: The Clothing and Gear of Soldiers from 1066 to 2014

The Telegraph UK features a recent photo exploration of the "kit" - the gear and clothing - carried by common soldiers for the last 1000… read more

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Aug 11, 2014

How to Make Quinine Syrup for a Better Gin and Tonic

created at: 08/11/2014

Last summer, I shared my favorite trick for instantly upgrading your gin and tonic: use a better tonic water.

And what's the best… read more

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Aug 11, 2014

How to: Make DIY Rustic Masculine Candles

How to make a reusable rustic candle. Photos: Gabriel Cabrera

Can't get into the floral smells and garish artwork of storebought candles? Nope, us either. So  we came up with our very own DIY version to make a reusable rustic candle that any guy can be proud to burn in his home. (Or log… read more

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Aug 11, 2014

Hit the High Seas with the National Geographic Channel

Brought to you by the National Geographic Channel 

As a spinoff to the highly-popular Wicked Tuna series, the National Geographic Channel is pitting some of Gloucester, Massachusetts’ finest fishermen against a new group of captains from North Carolina’s Outer Banks in the new series Wicked Tuna: North vs. South.

When the bluefin tuna season comes to an end in Massachusetts, the northern captains decide to try their luck in the Outer Banks. As the crew hits the high seas and ventures into uncharted territory, they are not only faced with unpredictable weather and dangerous water, but some very protective local Outer Bank captains whose families have fished the area for generations. Watch as the northern captains conquer new styles of fishing, treacherous waters and the wrath of the southern captains. 

The new series premieres on the National Geographic Channel on Sunday, August 17 atread more

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Aug 07, 2014

Party Time

created at: 08/06/2014

Hi friends - I'll be off the computer for the rest of the week to party. And by party, I mean to work. I'll be getting ready for an upcoming awesome backyard entertaining series for… read more

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