Guys. The Fourth of July's just around the corner. The solstice has come and gone. You may not know it yet, but we are sliding inexorably downhill toward bleakest winter. In these moments of utmost despair, I find comfort in a good book, song, or bleary-eyed binge Netflix binge session.
Here, without further melodrama, is What's Good on ManMade this month:
Welcome to What's Good, ManMade's monthly Show and Tell day, where we let you know what we've been reading, watching, and listening to.
Here's what's good this month ...
I mostly recently finished Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking, and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way. If you're wondering if you really can fill two hundred pages on the subject of firewood, the answer is an absolute yes. The felling and chopping aspects are definitely interesting, but what most compelled me was the exploration of what building and stacking of these wood piles each year means for these cultures. It's a fascinating look that I suspect most
HGTV’s® new series Flipping the Blockputs teams to the test in a renovation competition. With a cash prize of $50,000 on the line, contestants must remodel and transformrun-down condos in a race to add the most value to their space. Judges and HGTV stars Nicole Curtis (Rehab Addict) and Scott McGillivray (Income Property) will select teams to win weekly prizes, while host and licensed contractor Josh Temple will guide the teams throughout the design and renovation process.
HGTV’s®Flipping the Block premieres July 20th at 9/8c. To meet the teams and watch behind-the-scenes interviews, be sure to go to hgtv.com/flippingtheblock. Join the
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.
This Sunday, season five of Breaking Bad, easily one of television's top five dramas ever, begins, and those in the know are understandably excited.
Unfortunately, like most of television's top shows, it's kinda tough to jump in with four seasons behind you, even if you do know the basic premise of the show (which you do, because you know how to use the internet.)
The new PBS series America Revealed explores the day-to-day lives and habits of 300 million U.S. citizens. "Viewers will discover a fascinating new perspective on the hidden patterns and rhythms of American life, by looking through the eyes of individuals who all play a part in keeping America fed, moving, powered and making goods."
Including this amazing takes on data visualization, highlighting trends, distributions, and travel paths of all sorts of fascinating topics:
As if the guy couldn't be more endearing, here's something to warm your crafty heart: Mister Rogers' famed cardigans, which he pulled out of the closet to start each episode, were all knitted by hand...by his mom.
If you're looking for a new craft project, might I suggest making pixel art with Perler beads. Remember those things from when you were a kid? The little plastic beads that you arrange on a pegboard and then fuse together with an iron? Perler bead pixel art is great fun because it's geeky, nostalgic and it's a blast to see how realistic you can make things with just a few colors and beads.
Over the weekend, Saturday Night Live finished it's thirty-seventh season, including a heartfelt goodbye dance for Kristen Wiig.
To honor the many, many cast members from the past four decades, CableTV created what is likely the world's loooooongest infographic, featuring
Phew...what a weird post to try to title. But one look at these photos, and you'll get exactly what German ad agency Jung von Matt created for Danish toy brick makers, LEGO. (Yeah, they're from Denmark. Neat, huh?)
Depending on who you are, the worlds captured in "reality TV" can feel just like home, or like they're on another planet altogether. But even more interesting? That there are that many shows about the same eight topics.
"It's not your imagination — there really are that many reality shows about swamps, weddings, Louisiana, and cake. And here's visual proof: The following Venn diagram maps the overlapping relationships between reality shows.
To show support for "everyone's (except those with Nielsen boxes) favorite show," James Montalbano reworked the introductory credits of Community, which is struggling to stay on the air, in the style of two other great NBC comedies, 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation.
The quality of work here is really quite stunning. Watch these videos:
I hadn't heard the news, but apparently NBC has shelved its current most creative and original series, Community. It hasn't been cancelled, but new episodes are not being produced, and it's time slot will be filled by the returning 30 Rock. And yes, Whitney is still airing, albeit not on Thursdays.
To show support for the inventive series, Vulture has created an old fashion poster campaign.
I like Mad Men as much as the next guy, but I'm a bit skeptical of the classic, manly role model conversation that the show seems to be sparking, especially among "men's" websites.
But, I do think this flowchart from Matthew at the Oatmeal is spot on, both mimicking the idea that Don Draper's antics should be in any way normative, and recognizing how easy it is to imagine...well, just read it.
Sorry I haven't written much in the last few weeks. I was doing a pilot for the New York Television Festival, and it ate all my time like Cookie Monster at the Keebler factory.
That said, I thought I might write a couple DIYs on different aspects of DIYing a pilot which, except for the script, is run the same way a short film is.
So I'll start with a really general overview by offering a few tips and tricks:
1. Start with a good script. Even if the script isn't amazing, make sure it's something you're interested in doing. You'll be putting time and money up, so you should be at least 80% on board with the writing. If you can't find a
The explosion of the "food porn" T.V. scene has finally calmed down. The Food Network has dissolved into two separate channels, with the Cooking Channel featuring actual cooking, and the original Food Network with "Cupcake Wars" and Guy Fieri driving around with sunglasses on the back of his head.
Which means two things: 1) the best cooking and food-related shows have weathered the storm, sticking around and 2) you can't just flip on a single channel when you're feeling hungry and want to know what to make. Turns out, the best food shows span across channels like PBS (duh), Bravo, ABC, and, one little guy left on the Food Network (Nice job, Alton.)