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Jul 06, 2015

How to: Maintain a Beard in Summer

created at: 07/06/2015Beard trends go in and out as they always do, and it's easy to think of beards as simply being bound to a single season. But as my bearded buddy Ian (pictured above) pointed out to me, this doesn't have to be the case.    … read more
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Jun 19, 2015

9 Tips for Jumpstarting Your Morning and Improving Productivity

I've never been a morning person. Or rather, I've never been a waking up person. I've recently been trying to work my schedule forward because I've discovered firsthand how immensely more productive I can be when I take advantage of those early hours.   … read more

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Jun 10, 2015

11 Seriously Good Gifts You'll Actually Want to Give Your Dad for Father's Day (and a Giveaway!)

Father's Day Gift Guide

What gifts did you receive from your father? Did he teach you to play chess? How to hike down a steep hill, feet turned sideways? How to go camping and sleep in the back of a 1977 Chevrolet Monza hatchback, looking up at the sky for shooting stars?

If you've got a dad, grandfather, husband, or even a son (who's a dad), you probably have lots of reasons to say thank you to that person. Here's a list of things I'd love to give (or receive) this Father's Day. 

For this gift guide, we teamed up with Duluth Trading Company, makers of quality apparel, backed by a No-Bull Guarantee. We've tried a bunch of their stuff, and are recommending some of it here, because we think it's worth recommending. Read on to the bottom to find out how to enter to win one of three Duluth Trading Co. gift cards!… read more

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Jun 03, 2015

Hot Dogs of The World: 40 Distinctive Global Styles to Make This Summer

created at: 06/03/2015

Hot dogs were a huge staple of my youth and often the unit of measurement to describe how hungry I was ("Yeah guys I'm down to chill, I just need like three hotdogs first"). I usually opted for the standard ketchup and mustard, but when it comes to accessorizing this traditional American classic, it's a worldwide free for all.   … read more

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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.      … read more

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May 18, 2015

12 Life Lessons from Michael Caine

These "Life Lessons" from famous people go around the internet from time to time (and I've even posted some before) but this article from Jack Archer has truly practical advice that's all the more enjoyable to listen to coming from a master of cool...   … read more

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May 13, 2015

ManMade Guide: How To Make the Best Cold Brew Coffee at Home

created at: 04/16/2013

You can buy cold brew coffee at a coffee shop. But, if it happens to be from a certain Seattle-based java-serving monolith named after a Melville character, or an pink and orange East Coast chain known for selling fried rings of dough for, uh, "placing" into your coffee, then what you're actually getting is cold coffee...that is, hot coffee that's been iced down.

How to make the best cold-brew coffee

Cold brew is an entirely different beast altogether. And with the weather warming up, it's time to cool our coffee down. Or, more accurately, never heat it up to begin with. … read more

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May 12, 2015

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Fountain Pens

I'm a big believer in pen and paper. I like apps just fine, but I'm a fan of having personal stationary - it makes me that much more likely to actually follow up with kind words and thanks. And a great pen is just as important.   … read more

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Apr 06, 2015

The US Forest Service's Vintage Cocktail Guide

Little known fact: in addition to preserving our wildlife and preventing forest fires, the US Forest Service is surprisingly chock full of cocktail experts. Cool Material recently discovered this 1974 Cocktail Construction Chart detailing their favorite cocktails and how to make them.    

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Feb 05, 2015

A Beginner's Guide to Great Podcasts

created at: 02/05/2015

I think it's incredibly hard to make an argument for casually browsing talk radio in the modern age when there are so many amazing podcasts on any subject a man could want. There are even podcasts (many of them) that are entirely devoted to simply bringing you a fascinating assortment for random information for those of you who really like browsing. According the PBS, the number of unique monthly podcast listeners has tripled over the last five years to 75 million, and there's never been a better time to jump on board. I personally listen to podcasts pretty much whenever I'm cleaning, driving, or working out, and so I figured I'd give a shout out to some of my favorites that other men might be interested in as well.   … read more

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Dec 17, 2014

Holiday Guide: 7 Last Minute Things to Do Before Hibernation

credit: MMortah [http://www.flickr.com/photos/mmortah/8395365738/]

Freaking out because you haven't finished everything you need to do on your list? No worries! We have some last minute tips for you.… 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 it. 

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Feb 10, 2014

ManMade Guide: How to Celebrate a Rad (and Not Cheesy) Valentine's Day on a Budget

Gentlemen, Cupid is in the hood. What are you going to do? Freak out? Nah, that's for amateurs. In this guide, we're showing you how to rock V-Day like a pro.   

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Oct 30, 2013

Food Preserving 101: An Easy Introduction to Process Canning

Easy canning guide

With fall in full swing, the world is full of harvest produce. And the best way to preserve that abundance? Canning time! Learn how to do it at home with easy step-by-step guide.… read more

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Aug 07, 2013

How to: Select the Best Sunglasses for Your Face

With summer in its twilight, and stores making space for the new fall styles, this season is actually a great time to snag a new pair of sunglasses. There are all kinds of 25-40% off sales happening now, and you'll still have months to wear them. (I'm sure I wear mine as much in winter as summer. The light bouncing off snow is bright, and the skin-damaging UV rays of the winter sun are just as strong."   … read more

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Jun 13, 2013

ManMade Guide: Step Up Your Homemade Cocktails with Your Own DIY Infused Spirits

Studies have shown that a well-stocked liquor cabinet increases the chance of feeling awesome (studies conducted by ourselves over the weekend). This includes having several custom, home-infused spirits: one bottle suddenly has multiple options and flavor profiles.

How to infuse your own spirits

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Mar 07, 2013

How to: Buy a One Suit and Make It Work for Multiple Occasions

created at: 03/07/2013

Those of you in the financial or business sector have got this covered, but for those who don't wear one to work everyday, it doesn't make sense to have a closet full of suits if you only wear one five or six times a year. So, here are some quick tips for the rest of us - the recent college grad, the artist, the programmers - on buying one suit and dressing it up and down to wear it multiple ways.    … read more

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Mar 13, 2012

Men's Winter Style Survival Guide

created at: 03/13/2012

Okay, I know. "Chris," you're thinking, "It's nearly the middle of march. Winter's over, man! Spring has sprung."

Precisely. The stores are full of spring clothing now, meaning that all the winter stuff is on a significant discount. So now's the time to stock up on some high-end winter essentials that were (likely) previously out of your budget, but are now much more affordable. … read more

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Aug 12, 2011

10 Things Every Guy Should Know about Laundry

I didn't really learn a lot about "domesticity" as a kid. We didn't have shop or home ec in my high school, and my family weren't huge cooks or builders or sewers. All my interest in those sort of things came later, when I decided I wanted to learn.

But the one thing I got from my family? How to get stuff clean, and in particular, how to do laundry. I remember my first year of college, studying in the residence hall laundry room, and getting asked over and over by my dormmates, "What am I supposed to do now?"   … read more

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Jul 07, 2011

Creative Gift Guide: 77 Tools and Design Gifts for Makers and Artists

created at: 07/07/2011

For me, summer is that most creative and productive of seasons. It's a good 10° in my basement workspace, so it's not tough to head down there and start making stuff. Plus, the long days, good light, and warm weather means you can work outside more, paint dries faster, and everything's just a bit more inspiring.   … read more

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