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Jul 06, 2010

Fang: The Freestanding Bottle Opener

created at: 07/06/2010

I will never get tired of useful things that are cleverly designed.

And the Fang bottle opener by Vitamin satisfies that category perfectly. The little dude stands on his own, then uses his chompers to open your beverage...which is way better than using your own. Comes in nine different patterns, or my favorite - just plain… read more

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Jun 30, 2010

Fifteen Great iPhone Apps for Men

 

A gentlemen surely loves his technology. But more importantly, gentlemen are passionate about being productive, and finding ways to better their lives and those of others through access to knowledge and resources.

And, in 2010, those bits of knowledge and resources are often stored digitally, and accessed via that beloved technology. And so, with that in mind, ManMade friend The Art of Manliness has created a masterlist of fifteen great iPhone apps.

The round-up features classic manly how-to stuff, like Tie-a-Tie Deluxe

Reference options, like cocktail recipes or Weber's On the Grill app

Or… read more

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Jun 29, 2010

Star Wars Pancake Molds

<i>Star Wars</i>™ Pancake Molds

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, some genius realized you can make reusable, non-stick pancake molds and put a face on those flapjacks. And then, just a bit ago, someone decided, as clever-minded designers often do, to make a Star Wars version, complete with Yoda, Darth Vader, and a stormtrooper.

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"Our Star Wars molds couldn’t be easier to use. Just place them with their handles up on a preheated griddle then pour in your batter. After the first side has set, remove the molds and flip the pancakes. Serve a stack drenched in your favorite syrup – and let the adventures begin."

Has anyone had… read more

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Jun 28, 2010

Stick With Me, Baby! Customize Your MacBook's Apple with Stylish Stickers

created at: 06/28/2010

It used to be that you could simply show up at a coffee shop and whip out you silver PowerBook or just-cleaned white iBook and totally outshine the black Dells and Compaqs of those surrounding you, desperately trying to keep their wi-fi connected.

But, with the homogenization of MacBooks and Pros under a single design, and the fact the Apple's laptops are outselling PCs in higher education settings, we're swimming in a sea of silvery style.

Which is not a bad thing...but admit it, design blog readers - that white logo on polished aluminum in front of a Scandanavian white wall with perfectly placed colorful magazines is getting… read more

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Jun 23, 2010

This Toothbrush Wobbles, But It Won't Fall Down.

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Guess what everyone I know is getting for Christmas this year.

Why, a DEWS toothbrush, designed by  Ryan and Harc, of course. It's weighted at the bottom, like a Weeble or a Bozo the Clown inflatable punching bag, so that it will never let the bristles go below the surface. This does three things, I imagine: 1) Keeps everything nice and sanitary, 2) adds some style and weight to otherwise flimsy, boring toothbrushes, and 3) makes it into a toy and is therefore awesome.

I mean, look at these things. They're toothbrushes, and yet totally dripping with personality. dews-bw.jpg 

"DEWS does away with concerns about whether your… read more

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Jun 09, 2010

ManMade in the Current Issue of SewHip Magazine!

created at: 06/09/2010

SewHip - "The UK's No. 1 Sewing Magazine" has an article called "Men Do It Too!" in their current issue (no. 17), featuring two male crafters and bloggers, Paul from Dudecraft and yours truly. The five page spread features lots of ManMade original projects and photos, including several from Make It! Mid-Century Modern, the circuit board picture frame, the free Happiness is a Warm Glue Gun poster, and the mid-century birdhouse: created at: 06/09/2010

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Jun 01, 2010

Top Ten: Good, Inexpensive Liquors and Spirits

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I know, I know...It's June 1st, and Cocktail Party Month has just finished up, but this round up of great, inexpensive liquors and spirits is too great not to share. Master food blog Chow has created a great list of tasty and quality liquors that are great for mixing drinks or for entertaining. They'll beat the pants off of the diluted, toxic junk they sell in the grocery store, and are great options for those spirits that you don't generally prefer, but want to keep in your home bar for guests, cooking, etc. A couple bourbons, a few ryes, two tequilas, a rum, and gin, all clocking in under $20.

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May 24, 2010

On the Record: Free Album Download - Get Em Mamis "TerAwesome"

created at: 05/11/2010

If you like hip hop, even the tiniest bit, you like the Get Em Mamis. Those of us outside Baltimore that have heard the female duo Roxzi and Symphony probably did so via two singles included in Season 4 and 5 of The Wire. In the fall of 2009, the group released their lastest mixtape, TerAwesome, for free.

Baltimore hip hop goes is self-described by its creation of rhythms that are hard to dance to, and TerAwesome proves the rule - wild shuffles and stutters, slinky and busy percussion and honeycomb synth lines provide the bed for some of the most innovated lyrical… read more

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May 20, 2010

Free Printable: Save Bookmark

 

When your pageturning gets just a bit too analog, download and print yourself this free "Save" bookmark. Perhaps it'll make you feel a bit more like you have an iPad or a Kindle, but still the benefit of physical… read more

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May 17, 2010

ManMade Giveaway: Everything You Need to Make Great Cocktails At Home!

created at: 04/19/2010

ManMade wants you to throw your own cocktail parties, and we'd like to help.

So, during the two weeks of May 17 - 30th, we're giving away a Home Bar Essentials gift kit that includes over $100 of great tools to make it happen. All you'll have to do is grab some glassware and bring the spirits.

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The goodies include EVERYTHING on ManMade's Top Ten Essential Bar Tools, plus plenty of extra stuff thrown in for fun. If you win, you'll recieve:

  • Professional-grade Boston shaker set
    •   28 oz metal beaker
    •   16 oz mixing glass
  • Hawthorne strainer
  • Long bar spoon
  • Bartender's… read more
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May 13, 2010

Hyperactivitytypography from A to Z: An Activity Book for Type Lovers

created at: 05/13/2010

Fans of typography now have a coloring/activity book to take with them on their long trips to Switzerland to study the masters. Hyperactivitytypography from A to Z is filled with puzzles, games and busy-work-of-the-best-kind all involving type design and the history of the printed word.

created at: 05/13/2010

It was written and designed by Studio 3, fifteen third-year students at the Westerdals School in… read more

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May 13, 2010

The Zombie Table: A Product You Can Really Get Behind

created at: 05/13/2010

Sooner or later you're gonna find yourself in this situation:

You're at home, watching educational programming or perhaps reading up on the latest antics on ManMadeDIY.com, and BANG! BOOM! The zombies have already chewed through the font door.

What to do? What to do?

It's simple, says the "Safe Bedside Table." Simply untwist the removable leg that serves as a club and weild the top like a shield, and consider… read more

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May 12, 2010

Rain Drum: An Umbrella that Creates Instant Drum Beats in Use

Ladies and gentlemen - presenting the only umbrella you'll ever want to use again.

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"Rain Drum" by South Korean designer Dong Min Park, is a personal rain cover that contains five waxed surfaced, each of which are tuned to the frequency of a piece of a trap drumkit - kick, snare, hi-hat, tom, and crash. And since Mother Nature is always random, you'll be treated to a fresh beat each time you keep… read more

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May 11, 2010

On the Record: New Music from the New Pornographers and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros are Still Great

created at: 05/11/2010

Last Tuesday brought us "Together," the fifth album by Canadian powerpop supergroup, The New Pornographers, and I scooted out to the record store to grab my copy just before the hail and freezing rain hit over the weekend.

created at: 05/11/2010

After listen four: it's good. Really good. Besides a few more noticeable R&B references (the just-behind-the-beat pizzacato strings that open the album on "Moves," for example) it doesn't really push into any new territory. And its doubtful that any fans will really care. The formula is great - super catchy, soaring melodies mixed with the odd dissonant chord or change, and arrangements that provide… read more

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May 10, 2010

The iRetrofone

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The iRetrofone is a functioning iPhone dock with a working handset receiver. It's quite fun, and I think I'd actually use it, though it costs twice as much as an 8GB iPhone 3G itself at $195.

Does anyone know if picking up the reciever answers the phone, or do you still have to do the… read more

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