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May 31, 2013

That One Time When I Shaved My Beard and Made Silly Faces...

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I guess it's because it's basically summer. The weather is hot, I'm officially in the groove of bike season, so I decided it was time to say goodbye to the beard.   

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May 31, 2013

The Rise and Fall of Charm in American Men

This month's issue of The Atlantic features an article exploring how most contemporary men don't have much a relationship (either good or bad) to the "amoral virtue" of masculine charm.   

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May 29, 2013

What to Watch on Netflix: A Flowchart

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With the television season winding down and the theaters full of mostly superheroes, summer is the time for going back into the archives, and catching a quality series or some films you may have missed. These days, that's easier than ever with online media streaming services, but with algorithms making recommendations, there are likely things that you'll totally love that have never showed up in your "Recommended" section.   

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May 24, 2013

A Note to Self...


A note to self - May 24, 2013:    

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May 02, 2013

Reports from the Pantone and Lowe's "Color with Confidence" Event in NYC

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So...how was your weekend? Mine? Fantastic. I was fortunate to spend it in New York City, at the "Color with Confidence" Event from Pantone, Valspar, and Lowe's. It was organized to celebrate the release of a new line of PANTONE UNIVERSE paint collection at Lowe's, which means...

You can now get paint in Pantone colors at your local home improvement center. Design nerds rejoice! 

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Apr 18, 2013

How to: Make Friends in a New City

I got married a few months ago, err...sorta. You can read the full story here, but the point is: my life has changed quite a bit since starting ManMade, and I'm steadily evolving into what - when I look back on it in a few years - will be remembered as the beginning of a new chapter. And in this new season, we're having some very serious discussions about going on an adventure and moving to a totally new city. 

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Apr 15, 2013

Beards are Good For You: Science Says Facial Hair Makes You Healthier and Helps Prevent Aging

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Attention, ManMakers! For your fun fact of the day: beards are good for you! A recent scientific study from the University of Southern

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Apr 11, 2013

Advice to Young Men from an Old Man

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Several years ago, a fascinating, and perhaps compelling, post appeared on San Francisco's Craigslist titled, "Advice to Young Men from an Old Man."   

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Apr 08, 2013

A Better Way to Screw: The Surprisingly Fascinating History of the Phillips Head Driver

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These days, there are a multitude of screw and driver styles lining the hardware stores: torx and square, and Supadriv and star-bit and the like. But less than a century ago, there was but one - the single slot. So begins the surprisingly interesting story of Henry F. Phillips, the Portland, Oregon-based inventor of the Phillips screw drive.

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Apr 04, 2013

What Good Shall I Do This Day?

In his autobiography, Benjamin Franklin outlines a "Precept of Order," a single page in his journal and memoirs that outlines how he should spend his day, "the following scheme of employment for the twenty-four hours of a natural day."

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Apr 04, 2013

Wanna Be a Better Blogger? ManMade is Teaching an Online Workshop!

Hey, hey! If you're a blogger yourself, or you're thinking about starting one and wanna do it right from the get go, you should check out this online course I'm teaching on growing your readership and staying organized.

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Apr 03, 2013

How to: Have the Best Day Ever (Hint: It Involves Spending More Time Here...)

There are about 960 usable minutes in everyday, provided you get enough sleep, and a new study suggests there's a much better way to spend it. And the number one item on the list? If you wanna be happier, you should be having more sex.   

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Mar 18, 2013

If You Could Only Drink One Beer for the Rest of Your Life, What Would It Be?

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For some, a question like "if you could only drink one beer for the rest of your life, what would it be?" is easy to answer. In any given week, they normally only drink one kind of beer - a crisp and easy pilsner from one of the major U.S. breweries, or a local lager found in grocery stores.

For the rest of us - who see new restaurants and travel destinations as a chance to discover new beers and wouldn't think of ordering the same thing twice in a sitting - the question is increasingly complicated.    

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Mar 04, 2013

On Paying Too Little: Why Saving Money Isn't Always Better

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I mentioned last week that I'd traveled to my hometown for my grandmother's funeral, and to help begin the process of cleaning and organizing her home where she'd lived for the last fifty-two years. I found all sorts of interesting stuff (more to come soon), most of which was still as functional as when my grandparents bought it decades ago, with only a bit of dust or rust to show.

So, when I stumbled across this old booklet in a filing cabinet, I was particularly drawn to the quote on the back, which begins, "It's unwise to pay too much...but it it's worse to pay too little."   

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Feb 26, 2013

A ManMade Interview on the Pinterest Blog

Hello, ManMakers! This week has taken a bit of a surprising turn - I've traveled back to my home town for some unfortunate family business. My grandmother passed away, and we're currently planning the funeral, services, as well as beginning the work of dealing with her affairs, the estate, and her home, where she lived with my grandfather and her family since 1960. 

So, regular updates will be sparse for a bit, but I wanted to share this fun collaboration I worked on with the cool folks at Pinterest. 

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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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Feb 13, 2013

So, What's the Deal... Do You Actually Celebrate Valentine's Day?

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Last week, a great friend sent me a message asking if I could hang out this week, while he's on a bit of work break. I replied with a "Sure, I'm free on Tuesday and Thursday evenings." 

Him: Thursday is Valentine's Day.
Me: Oh, right. Are you going to do something?
Him: Yeah, aren't you?
Me: Let's make it Tuesday.        

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Feb 11, 2013

Knitting Behind Bars: How Crafting is Transforming the Lives of Male Convicts

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Here's a little man-crafting feel-good story for your Monday morning: Good.is reports on how knitting has had an incredible positive impact on a group of male prisoners. Whether you're well-versed in the fiber arts or not, this can't help but make you smile.   

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Jan 25, 2013

Celebrating 100 Years of the Erector Set

Many of my earliest creative memories are sitting on that awful burnt orange rug in our basement floor, listening to LPs on my brown plastic Fisher Price record player, and putting together [seemingly] elaborate edifices with construction toys. Honestly, though the specifics have been slightly updated, it's basically how I spent last evening - in the basement, listening to music, and putting stuff together.

See, both my parents were science teachers, and I always had many more engineering-style toys than action figures, and while many kids love their LEGOs, I was always into the (sadly discontinued) Construx and Ramagons, and that kinetic masterpiece, the Erector set.  

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Jan 11, 2013

Note to Self...

Whatever this weekend holds for you, 

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