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Apr 03, 2012

Irrefutable Logic: Cliff Clavin on Why Beer Makes You Smarter

The world's greatest "regular," Cliff Clavin, explains his "buffalo theory" of how beer makes you smarter.    

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Apr 03, 2012

Sandwich Cake: Awesome or Disgusting?

created at: 04/03/2012

Cake purists out there may not approve, but I think this savory, Scandinavian-style sandwich cake called a smörgåstårta looks incredible. Layers of bread separate creamy fillings, and a frosting made of sour cream and cream cheese tops it off.  

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Mar 23, 2012

Turn Your Kettle Grill into an Outdoor Pizza Oven

created at: 03/23/2012

The Kettle Pizza extension is a stainless-steel sleeve designed to fit over a standard 22 1/2" Weber-style charcoal grill, turning it into a charcoal or wood-burning pizza oven. 

On first thought, I saw this, and immediately began to drool. And then I saw the price, and got to thinking, and flipped the other way towards complete skepticism. And now...

I'm not sure if this is a good value, or not. So, let's discuss.

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Mar 21, 2012
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Mar 20, 2012

32 Truths for Mature Humans

created at: 03/20/2012

Sometimes, being a grownup means you have all kinds of additional opportunities. Sometimes, being a grownup means you have all kinds of additional responsibilities. But, most importantly, being a grownup means you get to learn some basic truths about how the world works and the nature of the human condition. Like:

I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computers history if you die.

There's no worse feeling than that millisecond you're sure you are going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.

I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

Map Quest really needs to start their directions on #5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

   

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Mar 15, 2012

Why Grass Seed is Way More Interesting than You'd Think: Reports from the Pennington Seed "Seed for Yourself" Summit

created at: 03/15/2012

Over the past weekend, I was fortunate to be invited as a guest of Pennington Seed to attend the Seed for Yourself Summit near Albany, Oregon. As someone who lives in the city and is thankful I haven't had to care for a green lawn since I gave the responsibility back to my dad when I left for college, I admit I knew very little nothing about grass seed, how to grow it, or why some is better than others.
But now, I've been schooled, and I'm popping around the neighborhood goin' "See that? That's tall fescue, it goes dormant in the winter, which is why it looks like straw;" and, "Perennial rye grass right there, cause it has untoothed parallel sides and prominent parallel veins on the upper surface."

See? I learned something. And...grass seed is pretty fascinating stuff.  

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Mar 07, 2012

How Do You Cite a Tweet in an Academic Paper?

Keeping up with the expanding sources in the digital information era, the MLA has issued a standarized format for citing tweets. After all, some importnant info breaks on Twitter first, and a good academic needs to have a legit Works Cited page.

   

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Mar 01, 2012

40 Awesome Quotes on Innovation and Creativity

created at: 03/01/2012

I'm not really a "quotes" kinda guy. (See what I did there?) I don't have a phrase in my email signature line, and I struggled every time when I was in a small group in grad school and we had to choose a quote or phrase that best describes our outlook. (You'd think I'd just have picked one to make those [twenty-four!] first days of class easier...note to 22-year-old self.)   

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Feb 28, 2012

How to: "Live the Hemingway"

created at: 02/27/2012

If you ask me, there are few better examples of the quintessential man than Ernest Hemingway. Sure, he had some flaws, but damn, he was a cool dude.

Last summer, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Hemingway's passing, the good folks at 1000memories created this great poster titled Live the Hemingway.  

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Feb 14, 2012

Streamlining Physical Media: What's the Status of Your CD and DVD Collection?

created at: 02/14/2012

Last weekend, in an effort to reorganize my media collection to make space for new books, I sorted through at least three hundred CDs and a hundred DVDs and cut my collection by at least seventy-five percent.

The collection which I, on the day before, had understood to have been already pared down to the bare minimum. Every year of my post-college life, I've forced myself to go through and get rid of records and movies and books that I simply don't use anymore. Everytime, it's hard and sad, and I feel better afterwards, but I imagine: okay...that's it. These are my essential collection. And the next time, I'm able to cut back even more.

So, I'm curious: In the era of streaming media and the cloud and huge hard drives, what's the status of physical entertainment in your home? Do you still buy CDs and DVDs, or only digital downloads? Have you made the switch from paper books to an eReader? Do you find it easier to get rid of newer purchases, or things you've owned for a while?  

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Feb 08, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: Special Anniversary "Blow My Yearsday" Edition

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

So, it has been 52 weeks since the Blow My Mindsday series began, and it's easily the most popular weekly post series on ManMade. It's also the only weekly post series currently, but I've gotten so much good feedback about it, I've been hesitant to start another to compete. So today, I thought it'd be fun to look back over the last years worth of blown minds, and pick some of my very favorites. (See the first ever Mindsday here)

I Like Big Butts and I Cannot Lie, but Is There an Evolutionary Reason as To Why?  

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Feb 07, 2012

What I Made and Did Over My Totally Awesome Weekend...

created at: 02/07/2012

You know how there's those weekends when it's Sunday night, and you look up, and you're like, "Man, what did I do with my time?" This was definitely not one of them.

Some weekends are for resting, and some weekends are for doing awesome stuff and making all kinds of things. This was (as I'm sure you're guessing) the latter.

Friday was one of the first nights of 2012 that it actually felt like winter...which, seeing as it was February, I kinda like. I like it when my spine aches from shaking cause it's cold.

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Feb 06, 2012

That One Time When I Injured Myself with the Table Saw...

created at: 02/06/2012

So...if I had my preference, I would never admit this to anyone that hadn't seen me in bandages. I'd keep it as my own little secret, and try to come off as a professional, and never have to be vulnerable online. Cause that's what you do with embarrassing information, right? Curate it out of your internet identity, and only take photos of your house when its clean and full of interesting items and cups of tea?

Except...I don't really believe that. I believe in authenticity, and telling the whole story, and being willing to geek out over something amazing and admitting you're not too cool to get obsessed with new ideas, and all that stu

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Jan 31, 2012

Are There Any Great Non-Cheesy Love Songs Out There?

created at: 01/31/2012

I'm not opposed to the idea of Valentine's Day. I actually quite like it. I mean, I understand and sympathize with the argument that you shouldn't need a greeting card-sponsored single day of the year to tell someone you love them. Sure. Yeah, duh. Nobody actually only does that on Valentine's Day. And if you do, you're a butthole, and Valentine's Day isn't really for you, is it?

But there is an appeal of having a day of the year dedicated to reflecting on where your love life might be. If you're in a long-term relationship, having a marker to see how it might have grown and changed over the years is at least interesting, if not helpful, if you're open to it. If you've spent the last few V-Days with different folks, or with no one in particular, it might be somewhat painful, but could also serve as a way to reflect on the role of all relationships in becoming who you are, and what you actually really want from them.

The problem, of course, is in the execution of Valentine's Day. I'm not much for red roses and babies breath, but that's only an aesthetic problem, cause I think flowers are generally kinda cool. I can go without stuffed animals and factory candies, but am always a fan of sharing thoughtful cards and handwritten messages, and being intentional about all sorts of intimacy. (You know what I'm getting at.)

But the one place where I think we really need to rethink Valentine's Day? The love song. And that's where I need your help.  

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Jan 31, 2012

Update: The ManMade Beard - Week One Progress

created at: 01/30/2012

Previously on ManMadeDIY.com: Chris wonders whether or not he should stop smooth skinning it for the winter and grow a manly beard. Reader response is decidely positive, with 82% of voters saying, "Go for it." (Grow for it?) Chris keeps on not shaving.

So, there's my face. Seven days of not shaving, and the half-beard I have to show for it. 

Thankfully - the worst is behind me: most of the itching has subsided. Well, some, at least. I've stopped touching my face and thinking there's a furry creature attacking my head. And most importantly, I'm passed that weird inbetween stubble stage where my beard looks like it belongs on an 80s movie villain and I should have a ponytail and wear a white blazer with the sleeves rolled up and a giant cross earring.

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Jan 25, 2012

The Rise and Fall (and Further Fall) of Hipster Bashing

The days of giggling, LATFHing, and even hipster bingo are now, decidely, over. "But, really?" you say? "There's just so many of them, and they're so easy to point out, and the look is sooo ridiculous."

You're right. And that's the point. With the total cultural saturation of hipsterdom, the joke? It's over. This is a group that have been defined by the ability to be mocked, and the masses - those culturally aware enough to know it's a thing, but then not purposely avoid defining themselves thereof - are the only ones perpetuating the stereotypes.

   

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Jan 24, 2012

Bolster Your Creative Output by Activating Your "Red Zone"

In football (as in American football, the brown ellipsoid one) there's a special section of the field dubbed the "red zone," that space betweent the twenty-yard line and the goal. And...a game's outcome is often determined by either team's performance in this zone. As they're pros, they can often get into the space, but if they're not able to get top notch results once there, they'll likely lose.

Turns out...the same rules apply to creativity and getting great work done. And it has nothing to do with how hard you work, or what you actually produce in your job.

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Jan 23, 2012

Help Me Decide: Should ManMade Grow a Beard?

created at: 01/23/2012

So, I just got back from a week of traveling and learning at the (excellent) Alt Summit, and with airports and hotel rooms and red-eye flights, and (let's be honest) general vacation-brain and laziness, I haven't shaved for a few days.

And...I'm thinking about keeping it, and growing a beard. So, I thought I'd see what you thought, and I hope you'll share your vote.        

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Dec 28, 2011

The Done Manifesto: 13 Rules for Maximizing Your Creativity

Perhaps it's the end of the year, and you're searching for a resolution of sorts. Maybe you've noticed you're not using your time as well as you used to. Or, most likely, you're a productive, creative person, and you're always looking to find the best ways to do what you do best: create.

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Nov 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving from ManMade and Debbie Downer!

created at: 11/23/2011

Hello, hello, friends. I'm happy to wish all a Happy Thanksgiving. This year, I'm struck by how thankful I am to have a job that I love, exploring the handmade and design scene, making cool stuff, and sharing them with the ManMade and Curbly audiences.  I was able to make my dream come true before I even hit thirty, and I'm incredibly, incredibly grateful.

So, thanks to all of you for reading our sites, and for allowing me to do this full time. 

Here's an old favorite of mine; enjoy it, and be grateful that all of your friends and family aren't so negative. (Hopefully!)

created at: 11/23/2011

   

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