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Jul 22, 2016

The Surprisingly Fascinating History of the High Five

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So, where did the high five come from?           

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Jun 02, 2016

Learn To Drive a Stick-Shift on a Classic Car -- For Free

created at: 06/02/2016Yesterday I had the wonderful experience of driving a manual Fiat up and down a single-lane highway through the mountains of California with a special lady I was trying to impress. Luckily I only stalled the car at two points, but I think stalled it about 8 times at both of those points and that is not an exaggeration. It was fairly emasculating for me, but she seemed to enjoy my shame...   

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May 26, 2016

9 Awesome Podcasts for Makers, Crafters, Artists, and Designers

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Podcasts. You know 'em. You listen to 'em. You're moved by them. You laugh and are entertained by them. But are you inspired by them? Do they light a fire under your butt and make you want to get into your work space as fast as possible? Do they make you want to complete your workout faster so you can get home and make stuff? Do they make you thankful for your creative bent, and the creative work of others?   

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Apr 19, 2016

How to Drink Vodka Like a Russian

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It's an interesting contrast. Vodka is among the most simple and pure of spirits, distilled many times to show off the basic essence of its grain (or potatoes) and water source. But perhaps there's no other bottle that carries with it such a variety of contexts in which its imbibed. Because of its straight-forward, back-to-basics presentation, you can drink vodka like, say, a college student who wants to mask the taste. Or a James Bond-inspired martini drinker who hasn't learned about gin yet. Or for its, um, less-hangover-y nature and overall lower impact to your systems the next morning. And countless other ways.

Or, you could drink vodka like those people who invented it - those from Northeastern Europe, where long, cold winters mean grapes won't really grow, and the best source of sugar to ferment and distill are hardy cereal grains.    

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Apr 13, 2016

10 TED Talks Every Guy Should See

If you're a consistent reader of ManMade, you're probably someone who's investigated a fair number of TED talks. From classics like Do Schools Kill Creativity? and The Psychology of Evil, I'm guessing you've been around the proverbial TED Talk block. So now, here are 10 great ones on to add to your list, and 8 of them are one's I'd never heard of before.   

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Mar 25, 2016

Why Aren't All Cocktails Served in the Same Glass?

created at: 03/20/2016As any quality chef will tell you, presentation is of vital importance. And it's no less true when it comes to the pairing of cocktails and glassware. Each glass has its own connotations of class and style, completely aside from its own functionality, and so here's a little history behind it all.   

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Feb 29, 2016

The Library that Kept Shackleton Sane while Stranded in Antarctica

If you've ever entertained the question of which books you'd take to keep you sane on a deserted island, you'll want to check this out.   

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Feb 25, 2016

How One Woman Makes Prosthetic Pinkies for Ex-Yakuza Members

Ritualized finger-shortening, or “Yubitsume”, is the ancient tradition of cutting off the end of one's own pinky finger just above the joint to atone for mistakes. Traditionally this was done on the left hand making it harder for the culprit to wield a katana properly; the ritual was then so eagerly adopted by the Japanese mafia that ex-mafia members have an incredibly hard time re-integrating into society due to the stigma against their obvious deformity.   

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Feb 11, 2016

4 Great Books for your DIY Library

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Outside the blogs like this one, books are a great way to get new ideas and sharpen your skills. All too often, I find nothing but outdated crafting and how-to books with black and white pictures and outdated power tools.    

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Dec 18, 2015

How to: Memorize Anything

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The art of the memory palace (or method of loci) dates back to Ancient Rome with rhetorical treatises on how to memorize anything based on the art of visualization and associating the things needing to be remembered with those imagined spaces. Believe it or not, this is still one of the most famous methods used by Memory Champions today (yes that is a real thing).   

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Nov 17, 2015

How Manholes Are Made (It's Not What You'd Think)

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I've recently become fascinated by the artistry that goes into objects that I interact with on a daily basis but normally consider too quotidian to think about. And manhole covers definitely fall into that category.  They're an essential part of any city's infrastructure and their design and manufacture isn't something that should be overlooked. And now, thanks to this National Geographic short, you can pull back the curtain and see how the majority of manhole covers in the US are made... in India.    

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Oct 08, 2015

Where Does the Phrase "Made from Scratch" Actually Come From?

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I was reading Justin's piece from earlier today on building an electric guitar from scratch, and the title got my wheels spinning. What does "made from scratch" actually mean? Is it slang for some cheap material like sticks or straw? Is it related to using "scratch" as colloquialism for money? 

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Aug 31, 2015

Decoding the Secret Language of Street Signs and Fonts

Words words words, as the Bard said. All around us and packed with meaning despite the fact that many of us never stop to think about the other design aspects of the world around us. But that's where this little city exploration tour from Quartz comes in to unpack the hidden meaning behind everyday street signs. 

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Jul 22, 2015

Blow My Mindsday: July 22, 2015

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Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

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Perhaps you've seen this go by this week, but I'm pretty fascinated with this theory on why time seems to go by so much quicker as you get older. 

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May 20, 2015

The 10 Commandments of Typography

The first rule of typography is never use Comic Sans. The second rule of typography is NEVER USE COMIC SANS.      

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Apr 15, 2015

15 Words To Deepen Your Vocabulary

 

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Words have the power to move people, to motivate and inspire beyond the daily drag of life. I've been journaling life a bit more lately and I find myself loving the dim corners of the English language. Here are few of my favorite words.  

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Jan 14, 2015

Perspective: An Alternative Look at the Things You Think You Understand

 Tj Cosgrove, a friend of ManMade and maker of the $15.00 photo light project,  has started a new video series called Perspective*. 

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Jan 13, 2015

The Invention of the Aeropress

It's pretty amazing really. The Aeropress is a small, $25 plastic contraption that supposedly can produce the best cup of coffee one can make at home (or the office) without a multi-thousand dollar professional espresso machine. At its core, the Aeropress is two tubes that create a vacuum, 

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Sep 16, 2014

Guy Tries Simple Living Experiment By Building a Home in a Dumpster

Dr. Jeff Wilson, professor at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, has been living in a 36-square-foot dumpster. It's part research, part social experiment, and part to learn how to "to gradually transform the dumpster into 'the most thoughtfully-designed, tiniest home ever constructed.' "   

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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.     

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