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May 20, 2015

The 10 Commandments of Typography

The first rule of typography is never use Comic Sans. The second rule of typography is NEVER USE COMIC SANS.      

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Apr 15, 2015

15 Words To Deepen Your Vocabulary

 

created at: 04/15/2015

Words have the power to move people, to motivate and inspire beyond the daily drag of life. I've been journaling life a bit more lately and I find myself loving the dim corners of the English language. Here are few of my favorite words.  

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Jan 14, 2015

Perspective: An Alternative Look at the Things You Think You Understand

 Tj Cosgrove, a friend of ManMade and maker of the $15.00 photo light project,  has started a new video series called Perspective*. 

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Jan 13, 2015

The Invention of the Aeropress

It's pretty amazing really. The Aeropress is a small, $25 plastic contraption that supposedly can produce the best cup of coffee one can make at home (or the office) without a multi-thousand dollar professional espresso machine. At its core, the Aeropress is two tubes that create a vacuum, 

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Sep 16, 2014

Guy Tries Simple Living Experiment By Building a Home in a Dumpster

Dr. Jeff Wilson, professor at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, has been living in a 36-square-foot dumpster. It's part research, part social experiment, and part to learn how to "to gradually transform the dumpster into 'the most thoughtfully-designed, tiniest home ever constructed.' "   

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Sep 02, 2014

Tip of the Day: How to Be a Better Reader

This morning, on my bike ride, I saw a sight I hadn't noted in a few months: dozens of kids walking down the sidewalk, new backpacks and lunch boxes in hand, waiting for the new year to begin. So, in honor of back to school season, why don't we all take a moment to learn how to be better readers. And by learn how to be better readers, I mean: avoid falling down the internet rabbit hole and ending up with thirty browser tabs every time you need to look something up.     

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Aug 21, 2014

Apparently, Everything We Think We Know about Hangovers is Wrong...

You may have been told that the less desirable effects of alcohol - the disturbed sleep, the morning-after headaches, the drama in your gut - come from dehydration, or impurities from barrel aging, or mixing spirits, wine, and beer in a single session. I've always thought (or, um, learned) that it's the sugar in sweeter drinks that does the deed, coupled with the dehydrating effects...but, even if you DO drink water, or don't have multiple spirits, the effects can still be intense.

Turns out - we've got it all wrong. 

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Aug 19, 2014

Inside the Weird World of Disposable Razors

Johnny Davis takes a look at the wild, wonderful world of the thirty-four billion dollar disposable razor market. The subtitle, I thinks, says it all:   

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Oct 17, 2013

Why Do We Eat Popcorn at the Movies?

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They seem to go hand-in-hand. Whether on the couch with your latest Netflix mailing and a bowl, or a buttered bucket at the multiplex, popcorn and movies are...well, as classic of a combo as peanut butter and jelly. 

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Sep 23, 2013

The Surprisingly Fascinating History of : The T-Shirt

"In 1904, the Cooper Underwear Company ran a magazine ad announcing a new product for bachelors. In the “before” photo, a man averts his eyes from the camera as if embarrassed; he has lost all the buttons on his undershirt and has safety-pinned its flaps together. In the “after” photo, a virile gentleman sports a handlebar mustache, smokes a cigar and wears a “bachelor undershirt” stretchy enough to be pulled over the head. 'No safety pins — no buttons — no needle — no thread,' ran the slogan aimed at men with no wives and no sewing skills."   

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Sep 16, 2013

How 500 Years of Weird Condiment History Designed the Heinz Ketchup Bottle

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The ketchup bottle, that eight or so inches of clear glass and familiar logo that sits on every formica diner table across the U.S., serves as a prime example of invisible design: most of us don't even notice it, but when it becomes time to use it, its put into play and works exactly as intended. 

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Aug 13, 2013

The Evolution of American Barbecue

If there was ever a truly American food tradition, my vote goes to barbecue. This unique culinary tradition is quite a hot button issue in the "barbecue belt," which extends from the Carolinas through Tennessee and Georgia then into Missouri/Kansas and Texas. 

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Aug 12, 2013

The Subtle Mysteries of Dinosaur Sex

Look...I'm totally willing to admit that this has nothing to do with crafting...or men...or DIY stuff. But, it's one of the more fascinating things that's captured my attention in a long while, and I think you'll enjoy it too.

The question is: If dinosaurs ruled the earth for 130 million years, they had to reproduce. And since they have some of the least babymaking features, how, exactly, did they do it?    

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Jul 01, 2013

Brand Awareness: Decoding the Fascinating History and Imagery of Cattle Branding

I know we all know this, but it's never not interesting to me to recall that our modern notion of "brand" - small companies and giant corporations, logos and awareness and identities - were born from those literal brands: distinct identities burned with a hot iron stamp.   

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Jun 28, 2013

Who Made That?

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This morning, I totally got caught up exploring this stunning interactive article from The New York Times Magazine "Innovations Issue." Entitled "Who Made That?" it's a fascinating

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Jun 25, 2013

Atlas of True Names: A World Map with Locations Replaced with their Original Meanings

Okay...phew. I know that's a somewhat strange post title, but this project is fascinating and totally worth sharing, if not eloquently. The "Atlas of True Names" is a series of maps that substitutes the official names for cities, states, countries, and geographic areas with the meaning of their names in their original language....etymological topography!

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Jun 05, 2013

Fun Fact of the Day: Why Coffee is Called Joe

Meet Joe. As in a "cup of..." I always thought this colloquial term was a corruption of "java" or the name's generality, the everyman. But it turns out, there was a very specific Joe from whom the nickname was derived:  

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May 10, 2013

Menswear Named After Real Men: 10 Jackets, Shirts, and Hats With Surprising Etymologies

Sure, we've all heard that the sandwich was supposedly invented by The Earl of Sandwich at a Card Game, and know that sideburns were named after Civil War General Ambrose Burnside. But! Did you know that the cardigan was named after an Earl as well, and the leotard dubbed for a real person named - get this - Guy Leotard?    

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Feb 16, 2013

Infographic: 21 Emotions For Which There Are No English Words

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You know when someone asks you what your thinking about, and you just can't find the term? Or, when you're asked how you feel about something, and you have to start it with a caveat or an "I don't know" before searching for the best approximation?

Chances are, there are words for those situation, they're just likely not in the English dictionary.   

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Jan 31, 2013

A Rare Historical Scotch, Back on the Rocks

In 1907, Ernest Shackleton and his crew set out to reach the South Pole, taking all the gear, food, and fuel necessary to keep the team alive in the extreme climate. The Antarctic explorer also brought something else with him, cases 

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