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Jan 23, 2015

The DIY Ethos: Learning to Code 101 for Non-Programmers

created at: 01/19/2015If you're a living person in the workforce today you've probably considered the use of learning to code at some point. This article takes a look at the why's, where's, and how's of getting started with a new coding language.    

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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 12, 2015

Organize This: How to Make a Wood Crate Charging Station

In Process Charging Station

We all have a space crowded with charging cables, and the inevitable accessories that accompany our tech. this easy to make charging station allows for clean and easy access without the clutter.  

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Jan 12, 2015

This Is Your New Favorite Beer App

created at: 01/11/2015I don't know about you guys, but it took me years to get a sense of what kinds of beers I liked and disliked...and why. Now, with some experience, I have a fairly good idea, but I was pretty impressed with this new app, Next Glass, which keeps track of which beers you enjoy and recommends others based on similar tastes.   

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Dec 23, 2014

7 Netflix Hacks You've Probably Never Heard Of

Netflix Hacks The holidays are a perfect time to catch up on all those movies and TV shows you've been waiting to binge watch. But as everyone knows, it's hard to find something everyone in the family wants to watch and it's easy for things to spiral out of control when facing the paralysis of endless options provided by Netflix. No more.   

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Dec 22, 2014

DIY Idea: You Should Frame Up Your Flat Screen

Framed Flat ScreenWhile that flat screen looks much better than the massive tube model that used to be there, hanging it on the wall doesn't make it blend in. This simple reclaimed lumber frame makes it into something worth starting at.  

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Dec 08, 2014

How to: Make a Simple + Clever iPhone Tripod Mount

created at: 12/08/2014

Looking to do some marathon gift opening hyperlapses or Christmas light display stop-motions this holiday season? Check out this easy and affordable way to mount your smartphone to a basic tripod. 

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Nov 13, 2014

Giveaway: Win a Free Dremel Idea Builder 3D Printer from The Home Depot ($1000+ value)

created at: 11/12/2014This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.

I use a lot of sharp things in my projects ... and I have the scars on my hands to prove it. See, most of my creative work involves taking some raw material, cutting it, shaping it, and then putting it in relation to other cut and shaped materials. A piece of hardwood through the table saw, paper cut by scissors, a carrot chopped by a chef's knife, a linoleum carving block sliced away for printmaking. Each uses different techniques, but are all, at their core, intentional material manipulation.   

Hey, don't forget to scroll all the way to the bottom to learn how you can win your very own Dremel Idea Builder 3D Printer!


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Nov 10, 2014

Make a Facebook "Like" Light for Your Office

Make your own Facebook Like Light

When you own a new, small business, checking your Facebook page for Likes has a drug-like draw to it. Checking your phone every 10 minutes for an update is a quick way to kill your battery, and perhaps your nerves. Enter this brilliant invention from RedPepper, a lamp that lights up every time someone likes your page!    

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Nov 07, 2014

How to: Simplify Your Wallet

8 Apps To Slim Down Your WalletIf you've ever been mugged (or accidentally lost your wallet in a river like I've actually done,  TWICE), you know the insane pain it can be to replace everything. While there's a good case to be made for why you should immediately photocopy the contents of your wallet, there are lots of other great ways to reduce the fat wad in your pocket and streamline your life with redundancies to spare.   

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Nov 06, 2014

How To: Make Your Car Feel Like The Future

Transportation Technology Incorporated People MoverMany of us would love to live in the future. And with the exception of the fact that we're still waiting for Jarvis to arrive and put Siri to shame, there's so much incredible technology out there that it isn't hard to feel like we already do.   

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Oct 29, 2014

Guy Creates an Amazing DIY Engagement Ring Box

Amazing Ring Box

Reddit user curtisabrina pulled out all the stops when he wanted to give his girlfriend a ring. He built the entire thing from milling the wood to machining the metal parts. This is one of the most fascinating things I've ever seen. Someone should tell Tiffany and Co. about this fella.    

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Oct 26, 2014

Making Headlines with the Hendo Hoverboard [Yes, It Actually Works!]

Hendo HoverboardAlright we gotta talk about hoverboards for a second. They're awesome, we'd all use one if they functioned like Marty McFly's, and for the most part they've been a dream of the future. In fact, every couple years there's some tiny innovation that doesn't amount to much or there's a viral hoax to let us down like Tony Hawk's HUVr prank earlier this year. No more.   

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Oct 20, 2014

Is Your Tailgate Ready for #Techgating Season?


Football is back in season. For some of us, it's the all-consuming, stark-raving crazy best time of the year. For others, it's time to make some random fantasy league picks and hope we don't get embarrassed too badly.

But whether you're a rabid fan or rueful bystander, I think everyone can agree on the merits of tailgating. Eating good food, getting outdoors, and hanging out with friends should be on every guy's list of things to do this weekend. 

Recently, AT&T got in touch with us to let us know about their #Techgating tour. They're stopping at select games around the country with the AT&T Fan Zone Tour Truck, which is decked out with

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Sep 16, 2014

How to: Turn a Vintage TV into a Modern Media Center

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I'm a total sucker for stuff like this. We've all seen that old television from the post-atomic, retro-future design era with an awesome case, but less than stellar image quality by today's HD standards. 

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Jul 21, 2014

How to: Take Bright and Sharp Photos with Your Smartphone

They say the best camera is always the one you have on you...meaning that it's better to be able to take a picture in the first place to capture the moment, rather than worrying about which gear you should use.

For most of these days, that camera has become our smartphone, with lenses and megapixels and editing options that have dwarfed the digital point-and-shoots from only a few years ago.   

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Jul 11, 2014

Weekend Project: Make a Wooden iPad or Tablet Case

Sometimes, a project is born from a flash of inspiration. Sometimes, from a desire to work with a specific material or amazing length of wood or side of leather. But most times, a project is born from the fact that you don't have one, and you'd like to.   

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Jun 25, 2014

How to Be a Gentleman in the 21st Century

Chivalry isn't dead in 2014. It's just, you know, different. In the era of smart phones at dinner and social networking breakups and Google glass and streaming media and cigarettes that aren't really cigarettes but still kinda are, the be-a-good-guy rules still apply, they just need to be updated a bit.    

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Apr 30, 2014

Blow My Mindsday: April 30, 2014

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


A very thorough guide to the surprisingly not-so-simple act of: tucking in your shirt.   

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Apr 28, 2014

Retro Technology LEGO Kits by Chris McVeigh

Designer and LEGO artist Chris McVeigh, the mastermind behind these LEGO ornament sets, presents his latest series of builds: retro technology, including old tube televisions, Ataris, rotary telephones, vintage cameras, and an NES.    

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