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25 May 2011

Holy Man-Crafts Batman...literally!

It's a good week to be a Batman fan. Just one day after filming began on The Dark Knight Rises, along comes a new viral campaign in support of the flick that has already given way to our very first look at Tom Hardy as the villainous Bane! And, apparently, we have some tech-savvy fans to thank for getting the image to us sooner than later. It seems they managed to figure out that the spectrum of an audio file at the Dark Knight Rises website says #thefirerises, a hashtag that opens up a Twitter account, which when tweeted out slowly creates the above picture. Thankfully, they found a way to speed up the process and provide us with the big reveal now. Ahh. July 20, 2012, can't come soon enough!

In celebration of this first peek at The Dark Knight Rises, I offer you some Batman inspired crafts, all of which you can make yourself or purchase on

21 May 2011

A Very Manly Craft...Via

Today's craft comes from an unlikely source; Summer is just around the corner. The time for flip-flops and short shorts is coming. So what are we all to do with those bulky winter hoodies? Why turn them into clever laptop sleeves of course!

19 May 2011

Manly Product Feature: Goat's Milk Soap

World Market's Goat's Milk Soap is made with goat's milk, pure vegetable oils and contains no additives or preservatives. Goat's milk is well known as a natural moisturizer for soothing dry or aging skin. It will get you clean at the end of a long day at work, whether you are an accountant or a construction worker. Scents include Mangosteen, Sandalwood, Lavender, Red Jasmine, Green Seaweed or Lemongrass (my personal favorite). Available at World Market stores everywhere for around $4.99

Dawes: Four Man Band

Dawes is an American rock band comprising brothers Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith, Wylie Gelber, and Tay Strathairn, hailing from Los Angeles, California.Dawes is part of the Laurel Canyon sound, whose influences include Crosby, Stills, and Nash and Neil Young, among others, centered in the North Hills area of Los Angeles.The band recorded their debut album, North Hills, in Laurel Canyon in a live setting to analog tape, resulting in a sound that Rolling Stone magazine called "authentically vintage". Dawes' sophomore effort, entitled Nothing is Wrong, will be released on June 7th. Check out for more info and to hear some of the new album!

Scrabble Tile Pendant

Today's craft is one that the whole family can enjoy (mom, dad, brother, sister, and even uncle Bob). Scrabble is a game that has stood the test of time...but what do you do when your scrabble board has seen better days and you have to get a new one? You use the old tiles to make very fashionable (and gender neutral) pendants. All you need is a little Modge-Podge (which you can get at any craft store), an image printed off of your computer (some mustache clip-art perhaps?), a scrabble tile, and some imagination.

15 May 2011

Summer:The Season of the Beard?

The eternal summer question is almost upon us – to shave or not to shave? A lot of men grow “winter beards,” either under the assumption it will help keep their necks warm or as part of growing contest with their friends. The assumption that facial hair will keep your face warm in the winter is as wrong as the assumption that leads to too many cases of springtime shaving – that a beard will be hot and uncomfortable in the summer. While a beard does serve to keep your neck warm in the winter, the problem is snow and ice accumulating on your face fuzz during long walks or sojourns into the outdoors. Then you get inside, the ice melts and you have a cold, wet beard. Obviously, it’s easy enough to deal with this by simply wiping the snow and ice off your face before you go inside, but it’s important for potential shavers to realize that this same quality works in your favor in the summer. Your beard will help keep you cool for a while after you jump into the pool, pond or puddle in an attempt to fight off the summer heat.

08 May 2011

Happy Mother's Day

Thanks for always putting up with me Mom...even when I am a little bit of an ass

04 May 2011

Baker's Dozen Eggs (a quick and manly brekfast)

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day (especially when that day is full of final exams before summer break) it gets your mind and your metabolism going. For a quick and easy, all inclusive breakfast-in-a-cup, try these "Baker's Dozen Eggs"

•5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
•12 slices extra-thin whole wheat bread
•1/2 pound prosciutto or Serrano ham, thinly sliced
•12 medium eggs
•Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
•1/4 cup heavy cream
•Chopped fresh chives, for garnish
•1/2 cup grated Parmesan or Manchego cheese, for garnish

1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2.Butter a 12-cup muffin tin. Butter one side of each slice of bread. Press each slice of bread, buttered side up, gently into the bottom of a muffin cup. Transfer to oven and bake for 3 minutes.
3.Gently press ham into each bread cup. Carefully, crack one egg on top of ham. Repeat process until all bread cups are filled. Season each with salt and pepper; top with 1/2 teaspoon cream.
4.Carefully transfer muffin tin to oven and bake eggs until whites are just set, 10 to 15 minutes. Using an offset spatula, remove bread cups from muffin tin and transfer to a serving plate. Garnish with chives and cheese; serve immediately.

03 May 2011

100,00 toothpicks, some glue, and a helluva lot of free time

This amazes me! Thirty five years ago, long before I was even born,an artist Scott Weaver began work on this insanely complex kinetic sculpture, Rolling through the Bay, that he continues to modify and expand even today. The elaborate sculpture is comprised of multiple “tours” that move pingpong balls through neighborhoods, historical locations, and iconic symbols of San Francisco, all recreated with a little glue, some toothpicks, and an incredible amount of ingenuity. The artists says "I have used different brands of toothpicks depending on what I am building. I also have many friends and family members that collect toothpicks in their travels for me. For example, some of the trees in Golden Gate Park are made from toothpicks from Kenya, Morocco, Spain, West Germany and Italy. The heart inside the Palace of Fine Arts is made out of toothpicks people threw at our wedding."

01 May 2011

The Airborne Toxic Event's "All At Once" (a very manly album)

From The Guardian: "The Airborne Toxic Event's 2009 debut pitched itself perfectly between Bright Eyes, the Killers and the Strokes. This time, they've muscled up, nodded to the blue collar and emerged somewhere between Bruce Springsteen, U2 and the Pogues. Frontman Mikel Jollett is as adept at songwriting as guiding his band through such changes: All At Once and Numb are instant, stadium-size anthems, and when the band sound as if they're trying to cover too many bases at once, Jollett's enthusiasm for a killer chorus and a good, dramatic yarn sees him home. The Kids Are Ready to Die's overegged line "I was 13 when I had my first taste of danger" – an age when most of us face no greater peril than falling off a bicycle – ventures towards self-parody, but when the song itself is so strong, it doesn't seem to matter."

TATE is one of the best bands I have ever heard, and by far one of the best live acts I have ever seen (3 hour non-stop musical mayhem last time around). Their new album is pretty fantastic, and they are on tour now. They will be in Cbus two weeks from today (Sunday 15 May) at the Newport Music Hall. Im counting down the days!

Ginger Pear Martini

The martini is a very manly drink. James Bond 007 himself drink them; shaken not stirred. Whether or not you are a fan of the martini, I ensure you that you will love this ginger pear variation. The other night. my boyfriend and I had dinner at Lemongrass, a "fusion bistro" in the short north neighborhood of Cbus (that Ben Folds frequents when he is in Columbus). I had their ginger pear martini, and I enjoyed it soo much that i decided to try and make it...hope you enjoy.


Fresh gingerroot
1 fresh lime
2 canned pear slices in heavy syrup (from 15-ounce can)*
1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) syrup from can of pears
2 ounces (1/4 cup) pear-flavored vodka

Peel skin from ginger with the side of a spoon. Finely grate enough ginger to prepare as many drinks as needed.

To make one cocktail drink: Juice lime and pour into martini shaker. Add two pear slices to the martini shaker. Add thumbnail-sized portion of ginger and muddle ingredients together. Pour syrup from canned pears into shaker. Fill shaker with ice and add vodka. Shake vigorously 10 times and strain into chilled martini glass, making sure to keep solids out of the cocktail.