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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.

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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


Nov 12, 2010

Learning the History of Stop Motion through Stop Motion

created at: 11/12/2010

Chloe Fleury has creative a very watchable short stop motion animation film about...the history of stop motion animation.

Now, what do you think about that?

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Nov 11, 2010

Stephen Colbert Teaches Martha Stewart about Domesticity

created at: 11/11/2010

Growing up in a Roman Catholic household with eleven brothers and sisters, Stephen Colbert learned a thing or two about creating delicious, wholesome meals on a budget.

Last night, he showed Martha Stewart everything he knows.

From yellow mustard on saltines, to Wonderbread with mayo and Kool-Aid, this is funny regardless of your politics, or your opinions on Martha Stewart.

created at: 11/11/2010

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Nov 05, 2010

Massive 58-inch MultiTouch iPhone Table

I'm still young, so I haven't yet had trouble seeing things on or manipulating my iPhone. Thought, that doesn't mean I wouldn't like a giant 58" version of it as my dining table.

"Table Connect for iPhone is a superb project which makes an exact copy of the iPhone onto a huge 4 feet 10 inch table.  All of the same mulitouch movements (swipe, pinch, etc.) apply.  We have seen some epic DIY furniture before, but nothing comes close to this fully functioning 58″ capacitive multi-touch surface."

Check out the video:    

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Nov 04, 2010

Art in Progress: The Passion and Patience of Printmaking

created at: 11/04/2010Today, we're enthralled by "Layers" a short film about artist and illustrator Jake Early  and his serigraphs, made by Steven Holmes.

created at: 11/04/2010

The film documents Early's process of printing by hand: the cutting of film, burning screens, mixing custom ink colors from scratch, and printing each color by hand.

Click through to watch it.   

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Oct 28, 2010

Mini Cannon Explodes with Awesomeness

created at: 10/28/2010

We have no idea if this is the world's smallest functioning and firing cannon, but as far as we call tell, it's the only one that's been captured and uploaded for all to see.

It's built of brass, and can fire tiny steel balls (3.2mm/0.126inch) with enough accuracy and strength to pierce an aluminum can, break an egg and shatter a light bulb from over three feet away. "The cannon was built and works exactly like the antique cannons of Napoleon's time or the mortars used in the American Civil War."

Click through for two videos of it in action:   … read more


Oct 25, 2010

Build Anything: Clever Short that Puts LEGOs Everywhere!

created at: 10/25/2010

Build Anything is a super short film/advertisement that replaces real objects with tiny LEGO versions.

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Oct 25, 2010

The Best Thing I Ever Done: A Short Documentary about the Best Pizza (?) in New York City

I've been to Di Fara's pizza in Brooklyn once. It was very, very tasty, and I waited more than an hour for it.

Many have dubbed it the best pizza in New York City, and perhaps in North America. Filmmaker Margaret Emily MacKenzie created this fascinating short film about Di Fara and its owner/chef, Dom DeMarco. "Hailed as the 'godfather of Brooklyn pizza,' for forty-five years Domenico DeMarco, Italian émigré and father of seven, has been slinging pizzas in his legendary corner shop, Di Fara. Employing five of his children, Dom works tirelessly from morning until night hand crafting each and every pizza himself while his kids take orders and manage the mob of devoted pizza aficionados. The Best This I Ever Done is a portrait of DeMarco and his beloved pizzeria, an exploration of his rise to fame and an ode to pizzaioli who take their time to 'make it right.'"


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Oct 20, 2010

Vincent: An Eerily Delightful Animated Short by Tim Burton


created at: 10/20/2010

With the exception of Ed Wood, I do my best to avoid Tim Burton movies. (Well, and PeeWee's Big Adventure, but that doesn't really qualify). Sure, they've got the visuals down, but dude can't tell a story...After six minutes, I'm boooooooard.

Thankfully, Burton's first animated short, Vincent, last's just that long. It's a stop-motion treatment of a Burton's eponymous poem about a macabre little boy obsessed with Vincent Price (who narrated) and Edgar Allen Poe. No surprise there, but it's quite fun to watch each year around Halloween time.

created at: 10/20/2010

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Oct 19, 2010

MakerLegoBot is Made of Lego, and Makes Things Out of Lego

created at: 10/19/2010

Which came first? The Lego-Created MakerLegoBot, or the MakerLegoBot Lego-Creation?

Engadget reports, "The machine takes input from a PC running MLCAD, a sort of industrial design tool for blocknauts, and then churns out anything you like -- so long as it is comprised of 1x2, 2x2, 3x2, 4x2, and 8x2 bricks. These are fed by the machine and methodically placed in exact position, as shown in the video below."   … read more


Oct 18, 2010

A Beard Film: Stop - Motion Facial Hair


created at: 10/18/2010

How'd they do that!?

A short-stop motion feature that wonders what might happen if your shaving cream allowed you to grow a beard rather than get rid of it.

Very fun to watch, and to try to figure out how they accomplished it.

created at: 10/18/2010

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Oct 14, 2010

DIY Spacecraft Videos Shot from 19 Miles above Earth


created at: 10/14/2010

At ManMade, we will always support the DIY efforts that allow folks to live out the things they love. Especially when it involves outer space. 

We were super excited when Robert Harrison took still photos with a digital point and shoot attached to a giant weather balloon, and think this latest effort by photographer Luke Geissbuhler is simply amazing. 

"Geissbuhler spent eight months fine-tuning a miniature spacecraft that could withstand the extreme conditions of the edge of space. He also had to get approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration.


In order to be able to retrieve the footage, the device would have to survive extreme weather conditions, sub-zero temperatures and a potential water landing." … read more

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