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Mar 02, 2010

How To: Knit a Pair of Men's Socks

As last week's Handmade Haiku intimated, I haven't yet mastered the skill sets to make myself a super - knitter, but when I do, oh, buddy, am I going to make a pair of socks for myself.

Warm, snuggly, and with the moisture - wicking power of wool! I especially love all the details: the contrast color in the toes and heels, the fun 70's racing stripes, and the cuff on the top.  

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Mar 02, 2010

Jell-O-Scapes: A Very Jiggly San Francisco

Take a look at the photo above. Recognize it?

It's the San Francisco skyline, as viewed from Alcatraz. Now taste it.

If you could, it would explode like a fruity rainbow atom bomb, cause it be made of Jell-o.  

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Mar 01, 2010

How To: Recreate the Very Manly Home of Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong - the U.S. cyclist who has become a household name for his Tour de France performance and ubiquitous yellow bracelets - has retired into a Spanish colonial outside Austin, Texas. It's pretty gigantic, and contains all the elements of traditionally masculine decor - lots of wood, leather, and warm colors.

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Mar 01, 2010

Typographical Mohawk

Oded Ezer, an Israeli typographical artist (with whom I first became familiar last spring in Paola Antonelli's A Typographer's Guide to the Galaxy) created this unique headpiece for a lecture at London College of Communication.  

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Feb 26, 2010

How To: Sew a Pair of Boxer Shorts

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During Valentine's Day season, a whole bunch of craft and style blogs did round-ups of special, handmade ladies undergarments. I kept my eyes open for an article on underwear for the gents, but it never surface.

So I did some research, and this is best of the free how-tos out there.  

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Feb 26, 2010

Oscar Movie Poster/Food Mashups

In honor of the upcoming 82nd Academy Awards, Photographer David Gartner has created Oscar-food mashups based on this year's Best Picture nominees.

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The titles include "A Serious Manwich" and "The Blind Side Salad" as well as "Precious, Based on a Novel by Bombay Saphire,"  and "Avatunatartare."

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Feb 26, 2010

How To: Dress Like You Know What You're Doing

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Here's a different sort of "how to" for ManMade...instead of actually creating something, it's a more of a "what to aim for...:"

But a creative guy has every chance to be a sharply dressed guy, and this very thorough article from LifeHack.org offers some pretty helpful tips, like

  • Pants should almost touch the ground without your shoes on
  • Shirts with button-down collars are not dress shirts.
  • You need more than one pair of shoes, but not too much more.     

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Feb 25, 2010

How To: Upcycled Tape Dispenser.

As it turns out, a standard 14 - 15 ounce can of veggies or tomato sauce has nearly the same diameter as the internal cardboard ring of a roll of masking tape. So, it makes a perfect roll on which to build all kinds of DIY tape dispensers.

3 Roll Masking Tape Dispenser

  

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Feb 25, 2010

ManMaker: Johnny Kelly's Paper Cut Animation

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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.

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Watch it, and then check out the equally interesting making of feature, which shows the process of combing the paper stop motion with 2D handdrawn animation.

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Feb 24, 2010

How To: Fold a Paper Pinhole Camera

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In 1979, the Czechoslovakian magazine ABC mladých techniků a přírodovědců [An ABC of Young Technicians and Natural Scientists] published a cut-out paper camera known as the Dirkon - from dirk- the Czech word for pinhole, with -kon, from the Japanese photo masters Nikon.   

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