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Dec 01, 2017

Hey, ManMade Readers: Can You Please Help Me Pick a New Remote Control?

Hi, all. Chris here. I spent a bunch of time trying to research something last night, and I'm still not sure I'm any more informed than I was before I started. So, I thought I might solicit the very smart and helpful ManMade audience, and let the experts weigh in.

My household needs a new remote control. We've been using the stock one that came with our receiver, plus all the individual remotes for our streaming devices. Currently, it requires at least two of them to select a source, start a show or movie, and ride the volume. The main remote, which used to work with most features, has been slowly dying, and now it can't even select a source or change the volume. I tried opening it up and cleaning the contacts, but it didn't really make a difference. So, new remote time. 

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Jun 14, 2016

21 National Parks You Should Be Following on Instagram Right Now

Fun fact of the day: a whole heap of National Parks (and National Monuments, Recreation Areas, and the like) each have their own regularly updated Instagram accounts. If you think about it, it makes sense; what these spaces have to offer - nonstop visual inspiration, scenic landscapes, education, and a cure for your wanderlust - work excellently for the format. It's exactly the kind of stuff you want to see for a little midday motivation. 

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This year, the US National Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary, so we're sharing our favorite National Parks and related accounts to help you find the perfect spot for your next adventure.    

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Apr 20, 2016

How to: Find All the Music from Your Favorite Movie and TV Shows

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Right now, the three TV shows that my wife and I are in the midst of - Love, Togetherness S2, and Girls S4 share one (though probably more) thing in common: they all make great use of music. Good scores, yes, but also amazing pop songs that give each show a cohesive vibe, emotional weight, and has me reaching for that Shazam button non-stop.

Of course, with the way movies and TV shows work, they play four bars of a song to set the tone, then drop the music so the actors can be heard and the story moved forward. So, by the time the phone is grabbed and the app opened, the opportunity is usually lost. Sure, you can pause and rewind, but that

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Nov 19, 2015

You Can Make This: Modern DIY Internet Radio Player

Finished Internet RadioI'm a big fan of internet radio. It's customizable, high quality, and increasingly easy to use. Here's a project for those with a bit of tech savvy mixed in with your DIY prowess.  

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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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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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Apr 21, 2014

Site of the Day: The Stupid Trendy Cocktail Bar Name Generator

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We've all seen them. We're walking around some urban gathering of boutiques, restaurants, and the like, and we stumble across some new bar with an aesthetic that inspires us to say..."Man, that's going to look so 2012 in a couple of years." You know the place: the bartenders arm garters, everything's served in mason jars, and there's probably a meat cleaver in the logo.   

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Dec 18, 2012

Video: A Delightful History of the Animated GIF, in 2 Minutes

The Atlantic blog offers this tribute to the animated GIF - the once maligned but now embraced moving "still" photo. Last week, there was an entire festival dedicated to the GIF as "high art." 

This two-minute video was produced in conjunction with the festival. It "chronicles the graphic interchange format’s journey from the late 1980s through the dot com bubble up to today’s multi-platform media world -- in claymation. Not only did the GIF pave the way for future digital art memes, but even the savviest of media creators cannot decide whether to pronounce it with a hard or soft ‘g’."

The answer? "Inventor Steve Whilhite pronounced it

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Nov 14, 2012

Cool Site of the Day: The Infinite Jukebox Remixes Your Favorite Songs to Play Forever

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The Infinite Jukebox is a new project by Paul Lamere that allows you to upload any song to be remixes on-the-fly into an infinite loop, playing the song forever.  

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Oct 17, 2012

Where the Internet Lives: The First-Ever Look Inside Google's Data Centers

This week, for the first time ever, Google shared their insides. The company allowed photographer Connie Zhou to capture the tubes and boxes and servers and wires that make up a whole heap of the internet.    

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Oct 10, 2012

How to: A Guide Not to Sucking So Bad on Instagram

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"Instagram," says Casey Neistat. "You're doing it wrong."  

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Sep 19, 2012

Google Launches a "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" Search Tool

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The search giant is mixing it's quality algorithms and sense of humor by adding a "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" into their standard search bar.  

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Sep 06, 2012

Neighbors Communicating by Humorous Wi-Fi Network Names

I live on a fairly densely populated street, and they're currently twelve Wi-Fi networks available to my computer. And every one of them is either named after the hardware that emits it (2WIREXXX or NETGEAR X#%*!) or a standard, "Amy's WiFi." Which used to be okay, until I saw this humorous collection of cleverly and often passive agressively named Wi-Fi networks that neighbors are using to get their points across.

   

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Jul 17, 2012

Typewiches: A Site about Sandwiches and Typography

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Jackie, you and I are on the same page. That page being: some things are way more than just the sum of their parts. And in this case, those parts are two of our very favorites: type and sandwiches.

Typewiches is a new project by Jackie Ngo, a "hungry lady, who loves Sandwiches,

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Jun 20, 2012

Cool Site of the Day: Build Your Own Monster

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Polish design studio Hipopotam offers the coolest site you'll find this week: a custom, make your own monster generator called Bubols.

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May 07, 2012

Timewaster of the Day: Translation Party

created at: 05/07/2012

As if you needed something else to play with on the internet, Translation Party is a fascinating look at how there continues to be plenty of tasks that machines can't do as well as the human brain. You simply type in a phrase, and

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Mar 22, 2012

"Inception" Explained (by the World's Coolest Website)

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It's been nearly two years since the release of 2010's mindbender Inception, and folks are still trying to navigate exactly what went down among all the shared dream architecture.

Enter: Inception Explained, one of the most clever and attractive combinations of HTML, CSS, and Javascript. The site walks you through each level and key plot point, helping you keep track of what each character was accomplishing at each level, with some supreme programming.  

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Jan 13, 2012

SNL's Stefon Now Doing Reviews on Yelp

created at: 01/13/2012Stefon Zolesky is easily Saturday Night Live's best recurring character since Mary Katherine Gallagher. (Save for perhaps Tina Tina Chaneuse, who is no more.) As Weekend Update's "city coorespondant," Stefon is regularly invited to share tourism tips for families and holiday visitors, but his references quickly devolve into absurd parties and under-under-underground nightclubs, with characters as DJ Baby Bok Choy, a "giant 300 pound Chinese baby, who wears tinted aviator glasses and he spins records with his little ravioli hands”.

So, good news people - Stefon is now doing Yelp reviews

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Jan 11, 2012

Ten Podcasts You Should Be Listening to Right Now!

created at: 01/11/2012

Over the last five years, the podcast has grown from that sorta strange, internet-interview-radio thing that no one really knew what to do with to some of the most engaging and informative, and often hilarious, media available. Most often for free.  

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