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Apr 21, 2016

What's Good for April 2016: What We're Reading, Watching, and Listening To

What's Good April 2016

Welcome to What's Good, ManMade's monthly Show and Tell day, where we let you know what we've been reading, watching, and listening to. 

Here's what's good this month ...

 

Reading

Chris:

I recently finished "King Dork" by Frank Portman. It's a "young adult" book, meaning it's about and appropriate for teenagers, but I loved it. Portman, to me, will always be Dr. Frank, the singer/guitarist/songwriter of the Mr. T Experience, my very favorite band from the 80s/90s Bay Area/Gilman Street/Lookout Records punk rock scene.

The book is about growing up, and rock and roll, and literature, and relationships, and all the good things coming-of-age… read more

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Mar 24, 2016

What's Good for March 2016: What We're Reading, Watching, and Listening To

Mason & Dixon by Thomas Pynchon
Welcome to What's Good, ManMade's monthly Show and Tell day, where we let you know what we've been reading, watching, and listening to (and where you can share with us too!). We're going to be doing this series once a month throughout 2016, and I'm really excited about it! No more vacantly staring at Netflix wondering what to press play on; we'll all have a bunch of good recommendations to pick from... 

Here we go!

Reading

Chris:

I just finished "Geek Love" by Katherine Dunn. It's a (sorta) Oregon novel by a Portland-based author, and I finally decided to settle down with it this winter. I was into it for the first 60%, but admit to rushing… read more

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Mar 18, 2016

A Second Chance for Secondhand: A Guide to Giving Used Furniture a Complete Makeover (with Help from Valspar)

How to buy and fix up secondhand furniture
Buying used furniture is a bit of an art. It takes a practiced eye to know what's well-built, has good lines, or simply isn't worth your time and money. But it feels pretty awesome to find a diamond in the rough and turn it into a polished gem. 

This month we got inspired by Ace Hardware's 31 Days of Color and decided to bring you our Total Newbie's Getting-Started Guide to Fixing Up Old Furniture. We'll tell you what to look for in a used piece, how to spot something with great potential, and even walk you through the basics of a furniture makeover (including help choosing the right color).… read more

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Mar 15, 2016

Emergency Weekday Meal: Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

ManMade Spaghetti Aglio e Oglio Recipe

Your kid is sick; your wife has a late meeting; the two-hundred dollars in groceries you bought last weekend was ephemeral. Enter: spaghetti aglio e olio. Spaghetti with garlic and olive oil. Sounds almost pointlessly simple, but if you make it right, it's deceptively good. Fast, easy, and you always have the ingredients on hand. Here's how:

ManMade Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

  • 1 lb. dried spaghetti
  • Olive Oil (the better, the better)
  • Garlic (fresh if you can; I always keep a jar of minced garlic around just in case)
  • Chopped Parsley (optional but makes a noticeable difference)… 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

 

We spent a… read more

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Feb 26, 2016

Good Books and Where I Read Them

Good books and where I read them
Every book you read leaves two stories with you; the story told in the book, and the story of its reading. Here are some of my favorites:… read more

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Feb 09, 2016

Gifts for Your Girl on Valentine's Day

ManMade Valentine's Day gift roundup
Whether you're into it or not, Valentine's Day is 'round the corner and now's the perfect time to make a plan. Let's be clear: you don't have to do gifts for Valentine's Day. But you should do something thoughtful, caring and personal. If romantic expressions aren't your forté, a nice gift can go a long way instead. 

To help you out, we've rounded up a few Valentine's Day favorites we think will be a hit this year. If there's a woman to tell I love you, then these are a good way to go. … read more

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Jan 14, 2016

On Jumping into A Frozen Lake with Your Five-Year-Old Daughter

Frozen lake

The cold nylon of my swimming trunks crackles beneath snow-pants. My wool socks are damp, pooled around my ankles, snow finding its way down the top of my untied boots. My daughter and I are looking for the sauna. It's 8pm in a far-northern latitude; moonless and black. The snow is gray and luminescent as we puff through drifts, crunch over ice. 

She's giddy. And terrified. Her first time, in a new swimsuit her mom packed, with questions about how it will all work. 

"Will it hurt, Dad? Is it dangerous?"

I tell her it won't, and it isn't, even though I don't really know (being a first-timer myself).

And finally we find it. A hundred years… read more

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Dec 08, 2015

Essential Toolbox: A Reciprocating Saw is the Tank in Your Toolbox

Reciprocating saw buyers guide

Cut galvanized pipe. Vibrate a concrete mold to get the air bubbles out. Re-set PVC plumbing. Shave down an LVL header. Strip nails from hundred-year-old lumber. Flush cut wood and metal. Plunge cut into walls and cabinets. Demolish a kitchen. Rip out a toilet. Cut a clawfoot tub in half so you can lower it out a second story window. Trim your trees. Cut down a Christmas tree. Free a horrible laminate countertop from its cabinet base.

reciprocating saw flush cutting a nail

I have used my reciprocating saw (also known by it's brand name, Sawzall) for almost all of those things, and some more I can't even remember. Are there other tools for each of those things? Sure. Are there… read more

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Dec 04, 2015

Worth the Splurge: Quality Gifts to Invest In

 Gift guide: 10 heritage gifts that will stand the test of time

Look, I'm about to admit a deep, dark secret, so if you're not into that, you may want to move along. I am terrible at giving gifts. Maybe it's because I didn't get a ton of them when I was growing up, or maybe I'm just a cheapskate at heart and don't want to admit it. But when faced with investing in a gift of truly high quality, somehow my brain falls back to, "Wouldn't you rather have three or four of these crappy, cheaper things?"

No. Nobody wants those crappy, cheap things. One hundred gifts from the dollar store might be good for a few laughs, but they are - at the end of the day - just a hundred little pieces of junk. So, here are some ideas for gifts you can give (or, if you're lucky, receive) that are timeless, extremely well-made, and will have an impact no quantity of worthless chotchkies could ever have.

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