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May 18, 2010

ManMade Video How To: Shake the Perfect Margarita

created at: 05/14/2010

Margaritas are simple drinks, though most of us wouldn't know it. We've been weaned on the sweetened, frozen, bright green slushies that replaced the classic margarita in Tex Mex restaurants in the 1970s.

But a real margarita, made not from a mix but 100% pure agave tequila, orange liqueur, and fresh lime juce, is all about brightness and freshness. As such, use a silver or blanco tequila, so the oak-aged flavors of a reposado or an añejo don't interfere with the high-end crispness of the Cointreau and the kick of fresh-squeezed lime. If you do need a little sweetener, dissolve just a touch of sugar in the lime juice before shaking...but try the original, at least once, and see what… read more

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May 11, 2010

ManMade Video How To: The Perfect Martini, Stirred Not Shaken

Turns out, James Bond had it all wrong. A martini is a drink that contains only spirits, and benefits quite a bit from stirring rather than shaking. Stirring creates a heavy, silky feel on the tongue, and avoids what connoisseurs called "bruising" the drink (integrating air bubbles). Of course, it's all about how you like it, but we hope you'll give this classic-style martini a try.

created at: 05/11/2010

Just remember: a 3:1 gin (or vodka) to vermouth ratio keeps things refreshing, cold and… read more

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Apr 27, 2010

Excellent Stop Motion Short: "Drive on Chairs"

created at: 04/27/2010

Over the last few years, there's been a trend in filmmaking and commericial work towards using frame-by-frame stop motion techniques to animate, well, animated objects, namely human beings. And I say great! It looks cool, adds an element of humor, and provides for wacky situations to place persons without the need for CGI.

"Drive on Chairs," produced by Nissan to share their hope for a zero-emissions vehicle, has all of those features, plus a bit more, like a blinking orange as a turn… read more

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Apr 22, 2010

Thirteen Minutes Totally Worth Your Time: Up There, A Short Documentary On the Art of Hand-Painted Advertising

created at: 04/22/2010

Before the days of pixels and vinyl printers and lots and lots of waterproof glue, there were hand-painted advertisements, scaled with care and painted by hand on the facades of buildings. A few handpainted ads still go up each year in New York and L.A., and "Up There" catalogs a bit of their experience.

created at: 04/22/2010

It's a lilting film, with lots of super shallow depth of field, plenty of color processing, and a evolving soundtrack by The Album Leaf, and there's no hiding the involvement of Stella Artois. But its commercial overview is handled quite well, really, and it's kinda of nice to see a major corporation sponsor a piece of art that at least SEEMS like its not totally meant as an ad itself. And it clocks in at just under 13:00, which makes it perfect for an inspiring, mid-day… read more

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Apr 20, 2010

ManMade Video How-To: Make a Faux-Wood Deer Head Silhouette

created at: 04/19/2010

Inspired by a conversation with a close friend, who maintains that no masculine decor is complete without a) wood, and b) taxidermy, I decided I did indeed want a mounted deer head in my space. But I like making stuff, and to be honest, I'm not really keen on all the steps that go into actually making my own mounted ten-point bust...namely, killing a deer and stuffing it.

So, I… read more

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Mar 11, 2010

ManMade Video How-To: Make a Custom, No-Sew Tool Belt from Repurposed Fabric

created at: 03/10/2010

The most efficient way to get your creative work done quickly is to keep your tools and gear within an arms reach. And if YOU move around, then so do your arms, so the best soiutions keep your goodies ON your person...like a tool belt.

And if your project is framing a house, then a traditional Bob Vila-style tool belt will do just fine. But if your arsenal involves items other than a hammer and drill, its often tough to find the perfect place to put  your tools.

So, make that perfect place. A tool belt is only as useful as its ability to store the things YOU use on your projects. ManMade went to hang out with fabric master Amy D. to see if we could create a durable, customized tool belt on… read more

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Mar 03, 2010

A Music Video for ManMakers: This Too Shall Pass

created at: 03/03/2010

Thriller...pshaw. That only required yellow contacts and a bunch of dancing. This, my friends, is the most ambitious music video of the last thirty years.

"When OK Go said they were building a giant Rube Goldberg machine for the new video for 'This Too Shall Pass,' we knew they would have one heck of a surprise in store. Still, the new clip, which debuted Monday evening, went beyond our already lofty expectations. Beginning with a simple toy truck running into dominoes, the nearly four-minute chain reaction is, to put it plainly, astonishingly complex and incredibly fun. "

Pay attention: there's no… read more

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Feb 25, 2010

ManMaker: Johnny Kelly's Paper Cut Animation

created at: 12/01/2010

created at: 02/11/2010

I can't imagine a better way to spend two minutes than watching Johnny Kelly's "The Seed." It's an animated voyage of a single apple seed,  through its natural life cycle: germination to fruit, digestion and back to the ground.

created at: 02/25/2010

Watch it, and then check out the equally interesting making of feature, which shows the process of combing the paper stop motion with 2D… read more

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Feb 08, 2010

ManMade Video How-To: Mount Your Laptop to your Exercise Equipment.

created at: 2010/02/07

In the last decade, many folks have stopped subscribing to cable television, magazines, and the newspaper. We've quit writing down recipes on index cards, sending most letters, using the telephone, and going to the local video store. Many no longer work in a traditional office, as they can do everything they need from home. Because now, you can simply send and recieve all of that information on your computer.

Which means, we spend ALOT of time in front of a computer. And that doesn't make us lazy, necessarily. In fact, it actually means we can be more productive - in concentrating our work and communication into a laptop, we can keep ourselves moving while we get our work done simply by connecting our computers to the average home exercise… read more

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Feb 03, 2010

Free Printable Poster: Happiness is a Warm Glue Gun

created at: 2010/02/02

ManMade is not even a month old yet, but we're thrilled to have so many of you interacting with us and letting us know what you think.

So, to say thanks, we're offering a free poster that you can download [PDF] and print off at… read more

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Jan 20, 2010

The Ten Commandments, Stop-Motion Style

See!? I knew God liked mashed potatoes.

created at: 2010/01/20

This unbelievably enjoyable and smile-inducing stop motion short is the first in the series of The Ten Commandments, animated by Chris Mckinlay, Patrick Beechinor and Justin Longoz. They begin with number five, Thou Shall Not… read more

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Dec 27, 2009

Excellent, Free Photography How-To Videos

Even if you're not a devoted Nikon disciple, they're offering some great free how-to videos that appeal to anyone interested in digital photography.

created at: 2009/12/27

My three faves are these by Joe McNally, who's the kinda guy from whom you just wanna… read more

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