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Mar 15, 2016

Take A Virtual Tour Through A Never-Built Frank Lloyd Wright House

Might I interest you in taking a free-roaming tour through a Frank Llyod Wright home that was never built? That's impossible you say? Nonsense. With all of our advances in digital mapping and 3D printing, imagining something is now almost as good as actually building it.   … read more

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Mar 14, 2016

It's Pi Day! The Tastiest, Math-iest Holiday of the Year!

Celebrate Pi day!
Pi is a mathematical constant that ... wait ... are you telling you don't know what π is? Oh, ok, good. I was worried for a second. 

Pi is awesome! It's a number that never ends, whose digits never show a pattern. The digits of π are random, but they're related to all kinds of distinctively non-random stuff, like the circumference of a perfect circle. And more! Like this:

Pi equals four times the sum 1 – 1/3 + 1/5 – 1/7 + 1/9 – 1/11 + ... The appearance of this formula alone is cause for celebration. It connects all odd numbers to pi, thereby also linking number theory to circles and geometry.
Why Pi Matters, The New Yorker

 

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Mar 14, 2016

Happy Pi Day 2016! Here's Why You Should Love (and Celebrate) π

Happy Pi Day 2016

Say hi to π. It's world’s most well known, most controversial number, and it has been baffling and delighting mathematicians for literally thousands of years. As you probably learned in junior high, pi (or π)  is the mathematical constant used to show the relationship between the radius of a circle and the circle’s circumference, usually abbreviated to 3.14159. But, pi is both an irrational number (meaning it cannot be represented exactly as a fraction) and a transcendental number (meaning it is not the root of any non-zero polynomial having rational coefficients). The fraction 22/7 is used most often for representing pi as it is accurate to… read more

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Mar 11, 2016

How to: Craft an Entire Settlers of Catan Game From a Single 2x4

Full disclosure: I have never played Settlers of Catan (simply due to time constraints). But I have watched the insanity, passionate rivalry, and joy it has brought to so many of my friends as to be able to endorse it as a great way to spend a couple of hours. 

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Mar 10, 2016

What Made The Aeron Chair An Icon?

The Aeron, named after the Celtic god of war combined with aeronautics and aeration, is perhaps the most ubiquitous office chair ever produced. Initially created as a breakthrough in ergonomic design by Don Chadwick and Bill Stumph for Herman Mailer, the Aeron was so successful that its image was quickly co-opted by the dotcom bubble and associated with 90's web startup corporate excess. Even before its initial unveiling in 1994, the Aeron chair had already been acquired the Museum of Modern Art for its permanent collection. Why?   … read more

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Mar 10, 2016

How to: Make a Custom Leather Luggage Tag

created at: 06/11/2014

Working with leather can be as complicated as you want it to be. You can get involved in stitching ponies and floral stamps and swivel knives, or you can keep things simple with pre-cut shapes and the alphabet.   … read more

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Mar 10, 2016

Weekend Project: How to Build a Rustic Headboard with Built-In Hidden Storage

Weekend project? On a Thursday? Yep, and for two reasons: one, I'll be out of town tomorrow, doing a weekend intensive course and dive program to get my SCUBA certification. But two, and most importantly, this storage headboard project is exactly the sort of thing you could put together in a weekend. … read more

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Mar 10, 2016

Masculine Bedroom Design Inspiration: Shades of Gray

Bedroom inspiration

Sometimes we forget that our bedroom is one of the key areas of our living space - if not the most important. If you're still sporting an 1998 edition IKEA duvet and mismatched pillows that were hand-me-downs from your previous roommates, then it's time to upgrade. … read more

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Mar 09, 2016

Eastern Tradition In Western Hands - A Japanese Apprentice Bladesmith

created at: 03/07/2016The journey of an apprentice is a long and hard road, with many hours of thankless work under a master that at some point will hopefully be surpassed in skill and knowledge. Here's an interview with a Western student learning Japanese bladesmithing from an Eastern expert.   … read more

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Mar 09, 2016

How to: Dye Your Own Minimalist Easter Eggs

As far as holidays go, Easter isn't the most stylish. I mean, with all the pastels and baby birds and neon plastic grass, it's definitely not a season for the design-minded.

Unless, of course, you break things down into their most simple parts. Take the Easter egg; its ovoid shape is the definition of nature's penchant towards efficiency, and the dyeing with natural, real world colors gives the whole thing an amazing sense of organic texture. 

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Mar 08, 2016

How to: Make a DIY Leather USB Drive

If you're going to tote something around with you every day, you might as well make it look great and reflect who you are.   … read more

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Mar 08, 2016

How to: Make the Ultimate Homemade Tonic Water

Finished Drink Want to up your entertaining game? Start with some homemade tonic water and you'll be sure to make an impression. The ingredients are a bit hard to find, but they're definitely worth the effort.   … read more

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Mar 08, 2016

Forget Tiny Homes -- How About A Renovated Airplane?

created at: 03/08/2016

We've written before about the tiny house movement, especially people who have opted to live in the minimalist spaces that have mobility, but this is whole new take on the lifestyle. Bruce Campbell (not this guy) of Oregon, has lived in a renovated Boeing 727 for over 15 years and is now looking build another in Japan...   … read more

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Mar 08, 2016

How to: Print a "One Sheet of Paper" Book By Hand

Artist, writer, and teacher Andrew Salomone came up with this creative way to print an eight-page book from a single sheet of paper. … read more

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Mar 07, 2016

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 first. … read more

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Mar 07, 2016

Marble-Powered Masterpiece - You've Never Seen Music Done Like This

Marble MachineMusic is a strange thing, instruments by themselves are just well-made sculptures, but in the hands of a creative, they come to life. Here's an instrument that comes to life like you've never seen.   … read more

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Mar 07, 2016

How to: Turn a Vintage Wooden Box into an Upcycled Bicycle Crate

Have you ever stumbled across an old wooden crate at your local flea market and wondered "what can I do with that"?  Here's one option - turn it into a unique and functional accessory for your around-the-town cycling. … read more

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Mar 07, 2016

7 DIY Projects For Your Old Books

If there's a category of things I constantly have too many of, it's books. Stacks on stacks on stacks. I have to purposefully keep myself from entering used book stores since I know I already have literal piles of books at home begging to be read, not to mention stacks of books I've already read that I don't intend to hold on to. If you're past the book lamp or clock, here are 7 next-level DIY projects for those books ready to be recycled.   … read more

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Mar 04, 2016

How to: Repurpose an Old Office Cart into a DIY Rolling Bar Cart

created at: 04/29/2013

Every man's home or office needs a good place to stash the booze. Unless you have to hide it away in a desk drawer somewhere, I prefer to go the way of Mad Men and have it on display in the classiest way possible. Unfortunately, a nice bar cart can cost hundreds of dollars, so I decided to do a little hunting for an old Cosco cart I could repurpose into my own classy moonshine wagon.… read more

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Mar 04, 2016

How to: Cook The Perfect Steak with A Blowtorch

A properly blowtorched steak is more delectable to the taste buds than it is manly-sounding to the ears. I thought this was a fun gimmick when I first encountered it, but it turns out, blowtorching a steak to perfection is actually not that uncommon. Chefs often do it to thinly sliced steaks after preparing them sous vide, which is wonderful rabbit hole entirely worth travelling down.   … read more

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