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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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Aug 06, 2014

Campfire 101

Don't let the back-to-school sales fool you, there's still plenty of summer left. And campfire season lasts well into the autumn, and weather permitting, can make cool winter nights bearable, allowing you to hang out outside even when it gets dark at 4:30 in the afternoon.… read more

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Aug 06, 2014

How to: Make a Pendant Lamp from a Baseball Bat

Here's a cool take on the you-can-make-anything-into-a-lamp project: a sleek, hanging pendant lamp made from an upcycled baseball bat.… read more

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Aug 05, 2014

Men's Style: How to Make the Most of a Budget Wardrobe

created at: 08/05/2014

When it comes to getting the most from an everyone-has-a limited clothing budget, the two most helpful questions to think about are "what's the best men's style value in terms of long-lasting quality vs. price" and "on what should I save, and on what should I invest?"… read more

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Aug 05, 2014

An Alarm Clock that Wakes You Up by Brewing a Cup of Coffee

Over the weekend, the park down the street hosted a "Movies in the Park," and the main feature? Back to the Future. (Instagrammed here and here.) Fans and anyone in Sellwood park that night will recall the opening scene, pre-guitar amp… read more

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Aug 04, 2014

The Art of the Shave

Whether its our birthright or our burden (or, like most things, somewhere right in between) men gots to shave they faces. While we've been doing it for years, there's always room for improvement, to both care for your skin, minimize cutting, and getting the finish you… read more

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Aug 04, 2014

How to: Make a Modern Wooden Planter Stand

created at: 08/04/2014

This is a good one. Justin and Kayla from Home Coming Minnesota came up with simple way to turn basic cedar planks from the home improvement store into a modern outdoor planter stand to bring in some weather-resistant style to their… read more

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Aug 04, 2014

How to Draw: A Guide for Makers, Crafters, and Designers

Despite advances in technology, most projects still begin where great projects always begin: with a pencil and a piece of paper.… read more

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Aug 01, 2014

Use the Summer Cocktail Generator to Make Just the Right Drink

created at: 08/01/2014

Summer is the best time for trying all kinds of new, cold drinks. While winter drinks almost always warm you up, summer cocktails are much more context-specific: are you hanging out in the backyard on super hot day? Enjoying an early evening cookout? Staying out for fire-lit evening? There's the right drink for that.… read more

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Aug 01, 2014

Weekend DIY Project: How to Stretch Your Own Canvas for Custom Art

created at: 08/01/2014

A stretched canvas is - poetically and literally - a blank space on which to apply original creative works: paintings, screen prints, photo transfers, spray painted stencils. They're a great way to add some custom wall art to your space, matched to the vibe of the room, it's color scheme,… read more

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Jul 31, 2014

Maximizing the Bare Minimum: A Primer on Ultralight Backpacking

One of the single most direct ways to get outside more this summer, take more trips, and spend more time exploring: take less stuff. After all, the point of hiking, camping, and backpacking is to get away from material things in the first place. And whether you want to spend a few nights in the woods, or tackle a specific, well-loved thru-hiking route - you don't need 75 lbs worth of stuff on your back (and your feet) to do… read more

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Jul 31, 2014

Grilling a Steak over 2100°F Flowing Lava

They say the key to a great steak is a great crust. And the key to a great crust is lots of high, direct heat. And the key to lots of high, direct heat? A stream of flowing lava, of… read more

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Jul 30, 2014

Your Favorite 'Craft' Whiskey is Likely Made in a Huge Factory

Huh. The Daily Beast shares that most bottles of 'craft' whiskey - those determined by branding using phrases like "small batch," "handcrafted," "artisanal," and always with a local designation, probably come from a huge, macro distillery in Southern… read more

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Jul 30, 2014

Blow My Mindsday: July 30, 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.

Colorado-based illustrator Ryan Putham pays homage to some of his favorite film characters by laying out their most iconic… read more

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