14 Dec 08:39

El meme definitivo del año: Simón Pérez y Silvia Charro hablando de las hipotecas A TIPO FIJO

by Mohorte

Tipo Fijo

Es 14 de diciembre de 2017 y YouTube, inesperadamente, acaba de recibir el mejor vídeo del año. No lo ha producido ningún youtuber, no lo ha subido ninguna cuenta con millones de seguidores, no habla de nada remotamente sexy. Son dos señores economistas hablando de algo muy aburrido: hipotecas. Y sin embargo, es el auténtico hito tardío del año.

Quédate con sus nombres: Simón Pérez y Silvia Charro se han convertido en la nueva sensación memética de la red gracias a ocho minutos de pura intensidad narrativa. ¿De qué otro modo podrían mantenerte pegado a la pantalla escuchando diatribas sobre los tipos de interés y el Euribor? Su efusividad, su amplia variedad de registros interpretativos y su claro aspecto recién salidos del after ha logrado que la economía mo-le.

Mola tanto, de hecho, que si no estás comprando una hipoteca A TIPO FIJO ya mismo, como machaconamente repiten cada minuto en el vídeo, es porque ya estás de camino a la discoteca más cercana. Porque no sabemos si lo más fascinante del vídeo es el poso de sabiduría en sus protagonistas o su indudable conexión con el yo juvenil de todos nosotros. Simón y Silvia te cuentan las hipotecas como contarías tú a tu padre que no has vomitado por los cubatas, sino por la pizza de recena a las 6 de la mañana.

El vídeo pertenece al largo serial de entrevistas que Periodista Digital, un medio underground y enfocado a la economía y a la política, lleva subiendo mucho tiempo. Todo ellos con bastante poco recorrido. Hasta que llegaron Simón y Silvia: "a tipo fijo" es una de las tendencias más intensas a esta hora de la mañana en Twitter, y el vídeo se ha colocado el #14 en YouTube (con lo que tiene de meritorio, habida cuenta el tema) con más de 110.000 visualizaciones. Un hit.

Dado lo surrealista de la producción, hemos intentado buscar en YouTube otros rastros de tan magnas estrellas que entrevean un futuro mediático en la plataforma. De Simón hay bastantes vídeos: su calidad como experto en hipotecas (A TIPO FIJO, recuerda) le ha llevado a realizar tutoriales y a charlar con otros colegas en Periodista Digital.

Una de sus más magistrales intervenciones, sin embargo, la dejó en Intereconomía. Interpelado por un espectador por su filiación política, Simón respondió estas frases para la historia:

A ver señores, yo soy neoliberal capitalista, no tengo ideología, me vendo al mejor postor. ¿Lo entendemos o no? Mi ideología es el dinero. Punto. Soy el máximo exponente de esta sociedad, del siglo XXI. Broker, a ver si nos enteramos. ¡No soy demócrata, no creo en la democracia, no creo que el poder tenga que residir en la mayoría! ¿Vale? PUNTO. No voto, no he votado en mi vida. Ni soy españolista ni soy de derechas por ser neoliberal, creo en la libertad de mercado y de los agentes económicos, creo que el estado ser un mero árbitro... Soy humano en mis ratos libres, no cuando trabajo.

Lamentablemente, pocas referencias tenemos de Silvia Charro, auténtica estrella del asunto.

¿Por qué? Porque Charro a las hipotecas fijas es Al Pacino a Scarface: un titán interpretativo tocado por la varita del histrionismo en cuyas expresiones faciales caben todas las emociones del planeta. A la vez. En su vaivén permanente en la silla y en sus contrarréplicas a su compañero, Internet ha encontrado, quizá, al diagrama definitivo de alineamientos en D&D. O mejor aún, al eufemismo que todos anhelábamos: vas a tardar pocos días en preguntar a tus colegas si van a tipo fijo o variable en Nochevieja.

Así que recuerda: es importante que te lances al mercado inmobiliario, y que lo hagas A TIPO FIJO. Si Simón y Silvia, los héroes que merecíamos, nos han enseñado algo hoy, es eso. Eso y que mejor no mezclar. Bueno, y también que después de una comida de empresa lo mejor es echarse una buena siesta.

Actualización: Silvia Charro ha respondido en un vídeo grabado desde la cama y en pijama, al más puro de estilo Chenoa, ante el gigantesco viral generado. Agradece nuestro "odio" y a la gente que "le doy asco". Interpreta el viral como una crítica, cuando en realidad es una enorme muestra de amor, y dedica sus palabras a sus repentinos "archienemigos". Hay quien dice que el vídeo es parte de un branded. Que el meme es a propósito. Nosotros tenemos nuestras dudas.

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13 Dec 23:15

Construction Workers Deal Swift Justice to Entitled Woman After She Refuses to Move Her Car

Construction Worker's Deal Swift Justice to Entitled Woman After She Refuses to Move Her Car

This selfish lady absolutely got what was coming to her.

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14 Dec 06:02

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14 Dec 15:30

Airdrie residents question 'unethical' price hikes for overnight gas

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15 Dec 18:58

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Focus

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14 Dec 09:46

Bimetallic Ag-Pt sub-nanometer supported clusters as highly efficient and robust oxidation catalysts

by Fabio R. Negreiros, Avik Halder, Chunrong Yin, Akansha Singh, Giovanni Barcaro, Luca Sementa, Eric C. Tyo, Michael J. Pellin, Stephan Bartling, Karl-Heinz Meiwes-Broer, Sönke Seifert, Prasenjiy Sen, Sandeep Nigam, Chiranjib Majumder, Nobuyuki Fukui, Hisato Yasumatsu, Stefan Vajda, Alessandro Fortunelli

A combined experimental and theoretical investigation of Ag-Pt sub-nanometer clusters as heterogeneous catalysts in the COCO2 reaction (COox) is presented. Ag9Pt2 and Ag9Pt3 clusters are size-selected in the gas phase, deposited on an ultrathin amorphous alumina support, and tested as catalysts experimentally under realistic conditions and via first-principles simulations at realistic coverage. In situ GISAXS/TPRx demonstrates that the clusters neither sinter nor deactivate even after prolonged exposure to reactants at high temperature, and present comparable, extremely high COox catalytic efficiency. Such high activity and stability are ascribed to a synergic role of Ag and Pt in ultranano-aggregates, in which Pt anchors the clusters to the support and binds and activates two CO molecules, while Ag binds and activates O2, and Ag/Pt surface proximity disfavors poisoning by CO or oxidized species.

14 Dec 18:33

Goodbye, net neutrality—Ajit Pai’s FCC votes to allow blocking and throttling

by Jon Brodkin

Enlarge / Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai arrives for his confirmation hearing with the Senate Commerce Committee on July 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty Images | Chip Somodevilla )

The Federal Communications Commission voted today to deregulate the broadband industry and eliminate net neutrality rules that prohibit Internet service providers from blocking and throttling Internet traffic.

The repeal of net neutrality rules became a near-certainty about a year ago when Donald Trump won the presidency and appointed Republican Ajit Pai to the FCC chairmanship. Pai and Republican Commissioners Michael O'Rielly and Brendan Carr provided the three votes necessary to overturn the net neutrality rules and the related "Title II" classification of broadband providers as common carriers.

Democrats Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel provided bitter dissents in today's 3-2 vote. Despite the partisan divide in government, polls show that majorities of both Democratic and Republican voters supported the rules, and net neutrality supporters protested outside the FCC headquarters before the vote.

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14 Dec 11:01

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14 Dec 13:42

Menage a 3 - Kiss and tell

by tech@thehiveworks.com
13 Dec 23:44

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15 Dec 00:01

Palladium-Catalyzed Borylation of Aryl Sulfoniums with Diborons

by Hiroko Minami, Shinya Otsuka, Keisuke Nogi and Hideki Yorimitsu

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ACS Catalysis
DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.7b03841
15 Dec 19:13

Cross-Coupling of Primary Amides to Aryl and Heteroaryl Partners Using (DiMeIHeptCl)Pd Promoted by Trialkylboranes or B(C6F5)3

by Sepideh Sharif, Jonathan Day, Howard N. Hunter, Yu Lu, David Mitchell, Michael J. Rodriguez and Michael G. Organ

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DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b09488
16 Dec 13:12

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15 Dec 09:12

Novel perylene diimide-based polymers with electron-deficient segments as the comonomer for efficient all-polymer solar cells

J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7TA09930D, Paper
Ming Liu, Jing Yang, Yuli Yin, Yong Zhang, Erjun Zhou, Fengyun Guo, Liancheng Zhao
Two novel acceptor-acceptor (A-A) type polymeric electron acceptors, PPDI-DTBT and PFPDI-DTBT, which contain perylene diimide (PDI) and fused PDI (FPDI) with electron deficient 4,7-dithienyl-2,1,3-benzothiadiazole (DTBT) units, respectively, are designed and synthesized to investigate their application in all-polymer solar cells (all-PSCs).
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15 Dec 18:42

Have a Cozy Weekend.

by Joanna Goddard

Gingerbread Cookies by Yossi Arefi

What are you up to this weekend? Tonight we are having our Cup of Jo holiday party with games, pizza and cookies at our apartment, and tomorrow we’re taking the boys to see these crazy Christmas lights.… Read more

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16 Dec 08:07

Your business

by David M Willis
15 Dec 16:31

The Shirk Report – Volume 452

by twistedsifter

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Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find 20 funny images, 10 interesting articles and 5 entertaining videos from the last 7 days of sifting. Most images found on Reddit; articles from Facebook, Twitter, and email; videos come from everywhere. Any suggestions? Send a note to submit@twistedsifter.com

 

20 IMAGES

Friday!
Taking the fast lane to work
I am my father’s son
Rattled me to my core
He ate one of Dad’s ‘special’ brownies and now we’re at the vet
He also ate one of Dad’s brownies
When nobody reaches for the dish you brought to dinner
OMG the prof accidentally posted the exam answers!
Not all heroes wear capes
This guy
And this guy
High five | Fist bump
[incoming dad joke] Wrong on so many..
My favorite Christmas ornament
Breathe it in boys
Viva la revolución!
She skipped walking and went straight to driving
What’s in a name?
Oh
Until next week

 

10 ARTICLES

Time: The 25 Best Inventions of 2017
6-year-old made $11 million in one year reviewing toys on You Tube
Alaska Got 15 Inches of Snow in 90 Minutes Last Week
How a Dorm Room Minecraft Scam Brought Down the Internet
Jim Simons: The Numbers King
The fax of life
Virginia’s $40 Toll Road Better Be the Future of Driving
The Flat-Pack, Can-Do Opener: 38+ Uses for the “Best Army Invention Ever”
The Dutch “Tulip Mania” Bubble (aka “Tulipomania”)
Former Facebook exec says social media is ripping apart society

 

5 VIDEOS + that’s my sister!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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14 Dec 17:55

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Pie

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Photoinduced Co-CF3 Bond Activation Enables Arene C-H Trifluoromethylation

by Caleb F. Harris, Christopher S. Kuehner, John Bacsa, Jake D. Soper

Visible light capture activates a thermodynamically inert CoIII-CF3 bond for direct C-H trifluoromethylation of arenes and heteroarenes. New trifluoromethylcobalt(III) complexes supported by a redox-active [OCO] pincer ligand were prepared. Coordinating solvents, such as MeCN, afford quasi-octahedral [(SOCO)CoIII(CF3)(MeCN)2] (2), but in non-coordinating solvents the complex is square pyramidal [(SOCO)CoIII(CF3)(MeCN)] (3). Both are thermally stable, and 2 is stable in light. But exposure of 3 to low-energy light results in facile homolysis of the CoIII-CF3 bond, releasing ●CF3 radical, which is trapped by TEMPO● or (hetero)arenes. The homolytic aromatic substitution reactions do not require a sacrificial or substrate-derived oxidant because the CoII byproduct of CoIII-CF3 homolysis produces H2. The photophysical properties of 2 and 3 provide a rationale for the disparate light stability. Design principles for photoactivation of other strong M-CF3 complexes for catalysis are discussed.

15 Dec 12:42

Want to really understand how bitcoin works? Here’s a gentle primer

by Timothy B. Lee

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The soaring price of bitcoin—the virtual currency is now worth more than $250 billion—has gotten a lot of attention in recent weeks. But the real significance of bitcoin isn't just its rising value. It's the technological breakthrough that allowed the network to exist in the first place.

Bitcoin's still anonymous inventor, who went by the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, figured out a completely new way for a decentralized network to reach a consensus about a shared transaction ledger. This innovation made possible the kind of fully decentralized electronic payment systems that cypherpunks had dreamed about for decades.

As part of our recent efforts to shed light on the mechanics of the popular cryptocurrency, today we'll provide in-depth explanation of how bitcoin works, starting with the basics: how do digital signatures make digital cash possible? How did Nakamoto's invention of the blockchain solve the double-spending problem that had limited earlier digital cash efforts?

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14 Dec 18:29

35 DIY Gifts for Men [Updated for 2017!]

by AoM Team

Anyone can open their wallet and plop down cash for a nice present. But the gifts that mean the most are the ones people make for you; knowing someone spent their time crafting something just for you is truly special.

Plus, in a very consumeristic culture, many homemade gifts can be made on the cheap and help you cross numerous people off your list without going into debt.

Over the years we’ve published many guides on how to make various items that are not only fun to use yourself, but would also be great Christmas presents. Below, we’ve gathered the best ones into one big list. These DIY gifts are things that men will enjoy both making and receiving. Some of these homemade gifts are really easy and inexpensive to make, while others require a bit more skill, time, and investment in materials. We’ve made sure to indicate the difficulty level, time required, and cost on each one so you can gauge whether a project will fit in your wheelhouse, schedule, and budget. (Numbers are rough estimates and will depend on what materials and tools you already have on hand and your skill level.)

There are many more DIY projects and crafts we hope to get to this coming year, and the years after that. So each holiday season we’ll update and republish this list with links to more ideas!

Crankshaft Lamp

The crankshaft is an integral part of a car’s engine. It also makes for a sweet benchtop light for the automobile enthusiast in your life. You can add some virility to a garage, workshop, or man room by making a lamp out of old car parts. 

Although the basic idea is straightforward, there are a ton of ways to customize this project to fit the space and style of the lamp’s recipient. Use this example as a guideline, and alter as you see fit. 

  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Time: One weekend
  • Cost: $100

Homebrewed Beer

  • Difficulty: Intermediate 
  • Time: ~8 hours active; 2-4 weeks fermentation time
  • Cost: ~$50 

Small batch craft beer has enjoyed tremendous cultural popularity in the last several years, both in the commercial and DIY realms. If you already have a homebrew setup, $50 will get you a kit that will make about 50 bottles of beer, which translates to about 8 6-packs to gift to friends, coworkers, and/or family members. Take it up a notch by having your own labels printed; there are a number of options online, just Google it. If you don’t have the homebrew equipment, that’ll set ya back about $100, but will last many years. 

Leather Hatchet Sheath

  • Difficulty: Intermediate 
  • Time: ~4 hours 
  • Cost: $50 

Few tools are as versatile as the hatchet. While there are a number of modifications that could be made to personalize this leather hip sheath, this tutorial is intended to keep everything as straightforward and simple as possible so that someone who has only minimal experience working with leather can still be successful. 

Char Cloth

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  • Difficulty: Easy 
  • Time: ~1 hour 
  • Cost: ~$5, you likely have all supplies on hand

Char cloth has been used to make fires for centuries, and for good reason — it’s lightweight, compact, easy to make, and highly effective in igniting tinder. Just a single spark or point of heat can start it burning. Char cloth can thus be a life-saver in survival situations and makes an excellent addition to one’s camping supplies or bug out bag. And outside its fire-making benefits, making some is actually a pretty fun little science experiment! This project makes for a great stocking stuffer for the camping/outdoors aficionado in your life.

DIY Spice Blends

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  • Difficulty: Easy 
  • Time: ~1 hour 
  • Cost: $10, you may have some of the raw supplies handy

Cooking outside is one of the great pleasures in life — especially when your grub turns out savory and delicious. While salt and pepper are often all you need to grill a great meat, you can enhance the outdoor cooking experience by using personally created spice blends that will become signature flavor profiles in your home. If your friends have praised your dishes before, and wanted to know your secret recipe, gift it to them for Christmas.

Pocket Notebooks

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  • Difficulty: Easy 
  • Time: ~1 hour 
  • Cost: the price of a six-pack

The benefits of a pocket notebook are numerous, as are the number of great men who’ve utilized them. This project is cost-effective, only takes about 20 minutes, and allows for ample personalization for the fellow you’re making these for. Pick his favorite brew or craft soda, and turn it into a handy-dandy notebook he can take with him anywhere.

Pyrography Project

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  • Difficulty: Intermediate 
  • Time: 1-2 hours, depending on project 
  • Cost: $30

If you’d like to try your hand at a woodworking project for a loved one, pyrography — aka woodburning — is a great way to get introduced. You’re working with wood, but with minimal measuring and cutting; you’re simply using a hot pen to burn an artistic design into a piece of wood. It carries a distinct masculine vibe, and the possibilities for personalization are endless. Use a rustic cabin scene (as pictured above), go with a sports logo, or even burn a favorite manly quote. The tools are affordable, and once bought, will last years and years, meaning after your start-up costs, all you really need is scrap wood to make new gifts each Christmas.

Homemade Bacon

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  • Difficulty: Advanced 
  • Time: 6 hours active, weekend for whole process 
  • Cost: $50

Every man loves bacon. That’s just science. Before now, though, you were resigned to buying it in a store. Little did you know, bacon can be a homemade delicacy. Making your own bacon is fun while also a bit challenging; most of all it takes a bit of elbow grease and patience. In the end, however, you have a product that’s better than anything store-bought. It makes for an excellent gift, just don’t keep it under the tree for too long.

Plyometrics Box

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  • Difficulty: Intermediate 
  • Time: 2-3 hours 
  • Cost: $30

Plyometric exercises are designed to increase speed, power, and explosiveness and are a great supplement to a regular strength training routine. Gym-goers likely have access to plyo boxes, but if working out in your garage, getting your hands on a box from one of the many fitness companies out there is going to cost a pretty penny. An unassembled box can cost you $125 plus $20 in shipping. And you still have to put the thing together when it gets to you! Sheesh. Thankfully, Jerred Moon from End of Three Fitness (who previously showed us how to make a DIY Prowler Sled) showed me how to make my very own plyo box for a fraction of that. For the fitness buff in your life, this gift is a must.

Pocket Square

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  • Difficulty: Easy 
  • Time: 1 hour 
  • Cost: $5; you may have all the supplies at home

Every suit needs a pocket square. It helps a gentleman stand out and actually have some personality with his style. They can get expensive, though, costing anywhere from $10-$30. Isn’t it just a piece of fabric? Indeed it is! Which is why you can make your own handsome pocket square for a fraction of that.

After first attempting multiple methods, I came to the conclusion that there would be just one I’d recommend: hem tape. With some cheap hem tape and an iron, turn any square of fabric into a pocket square for the dapper gent in your life.

Container Candle

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  • Difficulty: Intermediate 
  • Time: 1-3 hours, a few more hours for wax to fully settle 
  • Cost: $40-$50, but that cost will get you up to 10 candles

Candles can add a masculine or romantic ambiance (depending on what you’re going for) to any room, and can truly be very meditative and thought-provoking. The downside, though, is that they’re dang expensive. A high-quality 6oz candle can run you $20-$30, and even more if it has a luxury brand name attached to it.

Turns out homemade candles cost just a few bucks each, smell and burn just as well as the expensive ones, and make for a fairly easy project that won’t take you more than a couple hours. They make for great additions to a workspace or den, and will fit nicely into any stocking!

Book Clock

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  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time: ~1 hour
  • Cost: $10-$15

From pocket watches to grandfather clocks, men have long held a fascination with keeping time in stylish and classic ways. What better way to do so than turning a handsome hardcover book into a working clock? This project is similar to what Brett did a couple years back with turning a hardcover book into a secret safe. Instead of stashing this on a bookshelf and hoping it’s not seen, however, this project is meant to be proudly displayed in your home or workplace. Coming in at around $10 and a few hours of your time at the most, this makes for a great DIY Christmas gift for your fella to decorate an apartment or man room.

Bottle Drinking Glass

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Difficulty: Easy
Time: <1 hour
Cost: Most people have all the supplies handy, otherwise ~$15

If you enjoy craft beer, what better way to imbibe than out of a drinking glass made from your favorite brew bottle? What’s great about this project is how versatile it is. Use 12oz bottles to create a set of tasting glasses, use 22oz bottles to make more of a standard tumbler, or even use mini bottles as shot glasses. It’s cheap, fast, and uses items that can be found in most households. And did I mention you get to play with fire?

Beard Oil

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Difficulty: Easy
Time: 30 minutes
Cost: $20-$30 for starter supplies, which will make over a dozen bottles

Just as the hair on one’s head needs to be taken care of, so does the hair on one’s face. While beard oil is making a comeback in many men’s shops and retail websites, it’s spendy. You’re looking at paying between $10-$20 for a 1-2 oz. bottle (you only use a few drops at a time). While that amount will last awhile, you can make it on your own a little more cost effectively, and even concoct your own holiday-themed recipes. While the startup costs are similar to buying a bottle or two, you’ll get at least a dozen bottles from your DIY supplies, and get to easily cross off the names of all your bearded brethren from your shopping list.

Cigar Box Guitar

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Difficulty: Advanced
Time: 1-2 days
Cost: $30 (just for parts; does not include tools required)

The cigar box guitar has a long history of providing rich entertainment to those who were musically inclined but didn’t have the funds to buy nice instruments. Recreate this old musical tradition for Christmas for your loved one. Sure, it’s a complex task for those with no woodworking experience, but it provides a fulfilling endeavor for those willing to give it a shot.

Flavored Toothpicks

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Difficulty: Easy
Time: 5 minutes to prep, ~48 hours to “marinate”
Cost: $15 (for toothpicks and a couple bottles of essential oils)

While chewing on toothpicks is enjoyable on its own, you can make it an even better experience by flavoring them. While flavored toothpicks have started to show up in retail environments, they’re going to be far more expensive than just making them at home. As a bonus, the cost estimate will yield at least a few batches, so you can make these for multiple gentlemen.

Wooden Bottle Opener

  • Difficultly: Intermediate
  • Time: About an hour
  • Cost: $5

These handsome and rustic handmade bottle openers make great gifts for the craft beer or soda connoisseur in your life. Not only do they open bottles, they even catch your bottle cap as you remove it and stick to your fridge for easy access. You could easily make one out of scrap wood that you have lying around the garage or shop — this is a truly frugal crowd-pleaser.

Beef Jerky

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time: 15 minutes plus 24 hours for marinating and up to 24 hours for drying and cooling
  • Cost: Varies

Beef jerky is a great manly stocking stuffer. Homemade beef jerky is even better. Check out this recipe from Tim Ferriss on how to make the best beef jerky in the world. Experiment with different spices to create a unique flavor perfect for your recipient’s palate.

Restore an Heirloom Axe

  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Time: Varies
  • Cost: $10-$20

Heirloom axes are all the rage these days, but buying a new one can set you back more than 200 smackaroos. Yeesh. So why not restore an old one to be like new instead? With a bit of elbow grease and time, you can give someone a handsome and fully functional heirloom quality axe for less than $20. This is the perfect gift for a suburban man with an inner Paul Bunyan.

WWII Field Phone Bluetooth Receiver

  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Time: 4 hours to several days, depending on skill level
  • Cost: $50-$150

Perfect for the World War II buff in your life. Pick up an old WWII surplus field phone on eBay and turn it into a bluetooth handset that can be used to make and receive calls. Your recipient will feel like Eisenhower commanding the troops on D-Day whenever he’s calling Terminix to reschedule his extermination service. This project requires moderate soldering skills and some rudimentary knowledge of electronics, hence the “Hard” difficulty rating.

Shoe Shine Box

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time: About an hour
  • Cost: $10

Every man needs a shoe shine box. If you know a gent without one, make him this nifty shine box based off a design from a 1950s Popular Mechanics article. This shoe shine box is pretty simple. What makes it “nifty” is the two free-turning dowels placed inside the box. After you’ve given your shoes a good polishing, the dowels serve as rollers for your polish cloth for buffing your shoes to a mirror shine. This is a cheap and easy project to try. I’ve had several readers send me pics of their finished shoe shine boxes and they all look great. If you decide to do this project, send me a pic via Instagram or Twitter. I’d love to see it. (That goes for these other projects too!)

Turn an Old-Time Radio Into an iPhone Speaker

  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Time: Hours to weeks, depending on skill level
  • Cost: $30-$100

Old-time radios are cool, but they often only play AM radio, and of course can’t play digital tunes, which limits their use. Give an old-time radio new life by modding it into an iPhone speaker; the result is an audio device with 1940s charm and 21st century technology. If you’re new to electrical tinkering, this project may take you a bit longer. But I’m not kidding when I say this: if you’ve never done any type of electrical projects, you can do this. Give it a go and you’ll end up with a truly one-of-a-kind gift.

Slingshot

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time: About an hour
  • Cost: $5

A great gift for kids and big kids (i.e., grown men) alike. This sling shot costs less than $5 to make and takes just an hour of your time. You’ll get serious “Cool Uncle” points if you make this for your nephew or niece.

Dining Room Table

  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Time: Two weeks
  • Cost: $125-$200

Want to really impress your wife this Christmas? Make her a dining room table with your own two hands!

A few years ago, AoM reader and fellow Okie, Tuck Oden showed us how to do just that. I have been surprised and delighted by the number of men who actually took action on that article and made this table. I still get emails from folks showing off the manly fruits of their labors. Tuck’s total cost for wood, hardware, and stain was less than $200, and that included the chairs he bought for it.

A Manly Bar of Soap

  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Time: It takes about two hours to make a batch, but you’ll then need to let them “rest” for four weeks so saponification can occur
  • Cost: 75 cents a bar

Instead of forking over $9 for a bar of “artisanal” soap, make a big batch of your own for less than $.75 a bar. Former AoM contributor Bryan Schatz showed us how to create a manly bar of soap filled with coffee grounds and walnuts — it smells good and can easily clean off whatever gunk you get on your hands.

If you’ve seen the movie Fight Club, you’ll know that soap making is a dangerous and volatile process. So take your time and use adequate protection while making your manly, coffee-scented soap.

Leather Wallet

  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Time: 2-3 hours
  • Cost: Varies

Wallets have been popular Christmas gifts for men for a century. Instead of buying an expensive one from the wallet rack at some department store that will wear out in a few years, make someone a wallet that will last their whole lives. The fine gents at Ezra Arthur gave us step-by-step instructions on how to make a handsome and incredibly durable wallet. They even provide a printable blueprint that you can use to measure and cut your leather.

Altoids Tin Kits

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time: Varies
  • Cost: Varies

The draw of the transformed Altoids tin is hard to put your finger on. Part of it is the satisfying challenge of fitting as much as possible into a small space. Part of it is the delight of being able to carry something cool in your pocket. But any way you slice it, an Altoids tin that’s been converted into something new is a true crowd-pleaser; the post we did on 22 Manly Ways to Re-Use an Altoids Tin has become one of our most popular posts of all time. Any of the kits on that list would make an awesome gift or stocking stuffer. My favorite is the survival kit pictured above, but the games chest, s’mores kit, mini flashlight, first aid kit…well, yeah, truly any of them would make a super cool present for family and friends. And many only require assembly — no skill needed!

Secret Book Safe

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time: 2.5 hours
  • Cost: $5-$10

Make somebody feel like a spy with a secret book safe. This is one of my favorite projects that we’ve done on AoM. I still use the book safe that I made a few years ago for the original post. Creating a secret book safe only costs a few bucks and takes a couple of hours. Select a book to use that reminds you of the recipient, and this gift is bound to delight.

Corn Cob Pipe

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time: If you use artificial ways to dry out the corn cob, it can take about a week for the cob to fully dry. After drying out the cob, expect to spend two hours fashioning together the other parts of the pipe.
  • Cost: $1

If you know a man who smokes an occasional pipe, help him get into the spirit of the season by fashioning him the same kind of pipe that old Frosty the Snowman used. All that’s needed to make a genuine corn cob pipe is an ear of corn, a branch, a pocket knife, and a drill. Shouldn’t require more than a single buck and a few hours to make.

Cribbage Board

  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Time: 5-10 hours, depending on your skill level

Cribbage has a storied and manly history, and it’s the perfect game to play on a cold and snowy Christmas evening. Help another person carry on this manly tradition by making a handsome cribbage board for them. Ethan from One Project Closer showed us how in this step-by-step guide.

Tree Branch Coat Hook

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  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time: An hour
  • Cost: Nil – just your tree branch!

This gift is rugged, manly, and as a bonus, costs nothing but a trip into your backyard! If you get a branch that’s 1-3″ in diameter, with the smaller “hook” branch being 1/2″ or so, it’ll have plenty of strength to hold hats, coats, and whatever else needs hanging. If you’re really feeling crazy, you can line up a few of these on a board and make a whole coat rack.

Roasted Coffee

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  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time: 15-20 min
  • Cost: $6-$10 per pound of coffee

I (Jeremy) may be biased, because I roast my coffee fresh each week, but this is one of the best gifts you can give. It’s cheap, fast, easy, and almost everyone drinks coffee. Buying some green beans from a local roastery (check out Kaladi Coffee Roasters if you’re in the Denver area) or online is the same price, if not cheaper, than buying coffee at the grocery store — unless you’re buying Folgers, which you shouldn’t be doing. I guarantee this is the best coffee you’ll ever drink, so take the plunge and fire up that grill.

Saw Blade Knife

  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Time: A few hours, depending on skill level
  • Cost: Varies

Are you feeling ambitious? If so, this project is for you. First, you need to find an old saw blade. Start with the antique store, then try your elderly neighbors. Next, you’ll need some basic metalworking skills that Darren Bush thankfully outlines in the post. It may take you a while, but when you end up with a beautiful handmade knife, you’ll know it was well worth the effort.

Leather Sheath

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  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Time: 1-2 hours
  • Cost: $10-$20

While this piece was written up with the saw blade knife (above) in mind, this leather sheath can be made for really any object. If you’re new to leatherworking, this is a great starter project, as it doesn’t require much in the way of a previously learned skillset. With a piece of leather, patience, and some basic stitching skills, you’ll have yourself a handsome sheath in no time.

Wooden Tool Carrier

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  • Difficulty: Easy-Intermediate
  • Time: 1-2 hours
  • Cost: $10

Do you often find random tools scattered about the yard, house, and garage? If so, this is the project for you. Most toolboxes/carriers these days are cheap, plastic, and molded for specific brands of tools. This sturdy and rugged tool carrier will last decades, is universally handy, and can even be jazzed up with a stain or a coat of paint.

The post 35 DIY Gifts for Men [Updated for 2017!] appeared first on The Art of Manliness.

14 Dec 19:01

Activation of surface lattice oxygen in single-atom Pt/CeO2 for low-temperature CO oxidation

by Nie, L., Mei, D., Xiong, H., Peng, B., Ren, Z., Hernandez, X. I. P., DeLaRiva, A., Wang, M., Engelhard, M. H., Kovarik, L., Datye, A. K., Wang, Y.

To improve fuel efficiency, advanced combustion engines are being designed to minimize the amount of heat wasted in the exhaust. Hence, future generations of catalysts must perform at temperatures that are 100°C lower than current exhaust-treatment catalysts. Achieving low-temperature activity, while surviving the harsh conditions encountered at high engine loads, remains a formidable challenge. In this study, we demonstrate how atomically dispersed ionic platinum (Pt2+) on ceria (CeO2), which is already thermally stable, can be activated via steam treatment (at 750°C) to simultaneously achieve the goals of low-temperature carbon monoxide (CO) oxidation activity while providing outstanding hydrothermal stability. A new type of active site is created on CeO2 in the vicinity of Pt2+, which provides the improved reactivity. These active sites are stable up to 800°C in oxidizing environments.

15 Dec 06:04

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15 Dec 15:01

Black Thought’s ten-minute freestyle

by Tim Carmody

Warning: this is the best thing you’re going to see today, even if you already saw it yesterday.

In this clip, The Roots’ MC dishes out an album’s worth of rhymes off the top of head, while hardly stopping to breathe.

For once in his life, Sean Combs may not be exaggerating:

But as his bandmate Questlove pointed out, Black Thought has been doing this for years:

And Genius fulfilled its one true purpose, with fans getting the freestyle transcribed and available the same day.

Update: Aaaaand Genius took the post down, without explanation. So the quoted lyrics you’re about to get are as close to definitive as we have.

What I love about Black Thought’s freestyle is that it does everything hip-hop at its best does. He has the technical virtuosity and improvisation, both of which are first-rate. He toasts, boasts, and roasts. He plays with words, and the words play right back.

But he also tells stories, including this striking one about his mother:

My mother was a working class very lovin’ woman
Who struggled, every dinner could’ve been the last summer
I come home, chasing good-for-nothing half-cousins
And then walk in the crib to the smell of crack cookin’
She was introduced to that substance abuse
On some of the strongest drugs that the government produced

He gets philosophical and abstract. Like, real abstract.

I made the 21-pound for some a new found religion
When money’s put down, it’s only one sound to make
OGs and young lions equally proud to listen
The secret amalgam is an algorithm
Coming from where only kings and crowns permitted
The darkness where archaeologists found
My image in parchment rolled into a scroll
Holding a message for you, it says
“The only thing for sure is taxes, death, and trouble”
The anomaly swore solemnly, high snobiety
Freakonomics of war policy, dichotomy
That’s Heaven and Hades
Tigris and Euphrates
His highness
The apple of the iris to you ladies
As babies, we went from Similac and Enfamil
To the internet and fentanyl
Where all consent was still against the will

He pays homage to rap history:

Maybe I’m the new Rakim
Maybe I’m fat Pharaohe
Undergarments of armor be my intimate apparel
Pre-Kardashian Kanye
My rhyme-play immaculate
Same cadence as D.O.C Pre-accident
Maybe my acumen on par with Kool G Rap and them

And to his own discography:

I hate to say I told y’all, but I told y’all
Things fall apart when the center too weak to hold y’all
I’m just collecting what you owed to my old jawn
You ‘bout to get swooped down on and stoled on

He charms and disarms:

You in the residency of the one they call
King Dada
Ali Baba
The Talented Mr. Trotter
Inside of my right palm, the mark of the stigmata
Big Poppa wig chopper
Emperor Joffrey Joffer
Motherfucka, I’m stronger than the coffee out in Kaffa
All y’all niggas vagina-hop
Remind me of Icona Pop
I step in the booth, I’m a bull inside a China Shop
Mollywopper
Watch another cotton-pickin’ body drop
Every time we rock
Yo they actin’ like it’s Mardi Gras
‘Til the party stop
Skirt off like she that Ferrari drop
So psyched he pumpin’ that Earth, Wind and Fire body I
Cool a product doc
A la Marina, hard-body yacht
You seen another rapper cleaner? Mami, probably not

And sometimes, he just kills it:

How it feel to be the best that did it, I admit it
I’m visiting from planet bring these niggas death in minutes
And y’all know I’m exquisite
Wicked as Wilson Pickett
The sickness I exhibit
I’m too legit to quit it
I don’t fake it ‘till I make it
I take it to the limit, and break it
Never timid, what I’m about, I represent it
Infinite just like Chace is
Been a million places
Conversation is how beautiful my face is
People hating on how sophisticated my taste is
Then I pulled up on these motherfuckers in a spaceship

Even reading this, it’s just too good.

I am a walking affirmation
That imagination
And focus and patience
Get you closer to your aspiration
And just cuz they give you shit
Don’t mean you have to take it
My words capture greatness
Sworn affidavits

Meanwhile, the talented Tariq Trotter himself kept it humble:

Tags: Black Thought   hip-hop   music   The Roots
15 Dec 17:44

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Focus

by tech@thehiveworks.com


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