Man Made DIY


Feb 03, 2011

Behind the Scenes: How Skateboards are Made

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created at: 02/03/2011

I imagine I've spent a total of three minutes on a skateboard in my entire life. But, with their bent plywood construction and screenprinted original artwork, there's plenty reason they end up as art objects and media for contemporary designers.

What I love about this video is that each of the French company Rekiem decks are made by hand: hand lamininated, formed, cut on the bandsaw, sanded, and profiled with a trim router. While I'm sure some companies uses mechanized systems (or do they?), each Rekiem skateboard is its own woodworking project.

created at: 02/03/2011

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Feb 01, 2011

Total DIY Fails from Classic Television

created at: 02/01/2011

Admit it: mistakes can be funny...especially when they're someone else's.

We’ve all had our moments of DIY failure. I have. From the contact paper stencil that I melted with spray-paint just last month to the time my parents were out of town for the weekend and my sister and I decided to spruce up their bathroom.

We were 17 and 14 respectively. Yeah. Imagine how that might have gone...

I’ve had plenty of epic fails. (The more you try, the more you learn, right?) To make you (and me) feel better, I’ve rounded up three of my favorite TV DIY fails for your enjoyment.… read more


Jan 14, 2011

Jeff Bridges visits the Little Lebowski Store

created at: 01/14/2011

On Wednesday night, I caught the last 3/4s or so of a new American Masters on PBS on Jeff Bridges, entitled Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides

It was actually pretty fascinating, and the highlight includes the actor's visit to the Little Lebowski Shop in Greenwich Village.

created at: 01/14/2011

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Jan 13, 2011

Guy Makes Entire Village Community out of Recycled Junk

created at: 01/13/2011

Inhabitat reports, "'Once Upon a Time in Knoxville' is a new documentary about Rollo, a man who erected a small town of buildings using recycled windows, doors, beams and shingles from forklift pallets and old house trailers. He’s created his own building style dubbed 'Appalachian Gothic,' from which he was inspired to create a low-tech, low-consumption community."

Click to watch this fascinating trailer:   … read more


Jan 12, 2011

How To: Get the Perfect Straight Razor Shave

created at: 01/12/2011

Jakob went to visit Ernest and Olivia's Old-Fashioned Barber Shop in New York's West Village, and got all sorts of professional tips for getting the best shave from a straight razor.   … read more


Jan 10, 2011

One Last Holiday Post: Pranksters Gift Wrap their Friend's Entire Home

created at: 01/10/2011

I know, I know. The holidays are over...even I took down all my seasonal decor over the weekend. 

BUT! This kind of awesomeness is worth watching, year-round. Plus, we figure these guys actually completed this after Christmas, and grabbed all that terrible gift wrap when it was 90% off.   

created at: 01/10/2011

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Jan 03, 2011

CYMKilla: Hip Hop Photoshop Tutorials

created at: 01/03/2011

Face it. It's 2011, and Photoshop tutorials need more street cred.

Enter CYMKilla, the Photoshop master pixel pushin’ eye thrillah, who, along with his crew Masta Bevel,  Filter Phil, DJ Dodge, MC Burn, and Rastorvizer, will get you 'shoppin' right.


So crop that tongue and sit's about to get educational.

Check out the video:   … read more


Dec 23, 2010

World's First Eel-Powered Christmas Tree

created at: 12/22/2010

Even with newer LED string lights, nearly all of our electricity bills go up during the holiday season. Of course, that wouldn't be the case if you had an eel that sent an 800 watt zap to power your tree each time it moves.

See how it works in this video:

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Dec 22, 2010

The Biggest Drawing in the World

created at: 12/22/2010Using a GPS-enabled briefcase as a pen, Erik Nordenankar created a self portrait across the face of the entire globe. With the help of DHL, Erik created the 110664 km portrait in 55 days and with a continuous stroke.

Check out the video to see how it was done:   

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Dec 17, 2010

Christmas 2.0: The Digital Nativity

created at: 12/17/2010

I hate all those email forwards that try to update folk tales and ancient narratives into contemporary language. I mean, I hate email forwards in general, but those ones in particular. The cheesy clip art, the fact that Snow White and Moses always say "OMG", the repetitive jokes...and mostly that they aren't funny.

But, for some reason, I find this take to be clever. I appreciate the various approaches to the social networks and digital tools, love that Melchior checks in with Caspar and Balthazar to see what they got the baby, and think the message is clear: "Times change...feelings remain the same."

Really, you want to watch the video:   

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Dec 17, 2010

The Top Ten YouTube Videos of 2010

created at: 12/17/2010

According to YouTube, it was a year of the Old Spice guy, multiple rainbows, and hiding children and wives. The official YouTube blog has gathered their top ten most watched videos of 2010.

"It’s time to rewind back through the YouTube videos that people in the U.S. and around the world were watching and searching for in 2010. These lists of most-watched videos reflect the people, places and events that captured our collective attention and imagination throughout the year. During 2010, you all watched more than 700 billion YouTube videos, and uploaded more than 13 million hours of video."

Watch them here:   … read more


Dec 16, 2010

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly Take on Bing and Bowie's "Little Drummer Boy"

created at: 12/16/2010

Sometime in the early 2000s, some genius low-level worker at RCA decided it'd be a brilliant idea to re-release the "Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth" collaboration by David Bowie and Bing Crosby from Crosby's 1977 holiday television special in the US. In the last five years or so, it's moved from a mostly unknown gimmick to, dare I say, the standard pop rendition of "Little Drummer Boy" on holiday radio.

Comedians Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly have re-created the entire scene, shot for shot, and play it straight for a full five minutes, proving that there's plenty of humor in staying small.

See both videos below:    … read more


Dec 07, 2010

The Tesla Touch Allows Users to "Feel" Virtual Textures

Normal touchscreen devices operate by passing just a small bit of current through the users finger or stylus...which is why you can't work your fancy smartphone with your mittens on, or when your hands are particularly cold.

But the Teslatouch uses "an electrostatic force [that] physically attracts the finger (almost like a magnet) to the interactive surface. Additionally, the input signal is uniformly propagated across the touch surface; therefore, the resulting tactile sensation is spatially uniform."

I'm not entirely sure what all of that means, but this video that shows it in action is completely awesome:   

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Dec 02, 2010

Must See Music Video: Jonathan Coulton's "Shop Vac"

created at: 12/02/2010

The songs of Jonathan Coulton aren't novelty music, but they don't really ask to be taken seriously. Songs like "Re: Your Brains" and "Code Monkey" feature humorous lyrics , but the melodies are really quite complex (from a songwriting standpoint) and unbelievably catchy. In many ways, they serve the same function that children's music did to us as kids: funny bone-tickling ear candy.

This new take on one of Coulton's most awesome is perfect ManMade material - super cool kinetic typography, lots of clever brand references,'s a song about a Shop Vac.

You simply gotta watch this video:   … read more


Nov 29, 2010

The TurBacon Epic: A Pig Stuffed with 7 Different Meats

created at: 11/29/2010

I have no commentary, so just the facts:

A 20 lb. pig, stuffed with an 8 lb turkey, a 6 lb duck, a 4 lb chicken, a cornish hen, a quail, a bacon and croissant stuffing, held together with bacon and sausage glue, and a glaze of 6 lbs. of butter and Dr. Pepper.

79,046 calories, 6892 grams of fat

I *guess* I appreciate the ambition, but I'm more impressed that they got the cooking times and temperatures all figured out.

And what sort of gravy for this guy? 

See it all in the video below:   … read more

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