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The Late Movies: "Put This On," A Series About Men Dressing Like Grownups

I've been a fan of Put This On for years: I first linked to them way back in 2009 after chipping in a few bucks to help fund their first episode. Explained simply, it's a show for men about how to dress like a grownup. Sometimes this is as simple as explaining how to tie your shoes (you're probably doing it wrong), how to wash jeans properly (you're definitely doing it wrong), or even how to fold and pack a suit when you're traveling (points for trying, Mr. Wrinkly!). Beyond these tips, the show interviews men's style icons and explores cultural phenomena related to clothing. Best part? It's all free online. So if you're a guy, and you're wearing a tee-shirt right now (admit it), maybe you'd like to dress up a little? Here's the series to date (all of Season 1, plus the first episode of Season 2, which debuted today):

1. Denim

Including some life-changing tips regarding Woolite Black.

2. Shoes

"It's possible you've been tying your shoes wrong your whole life." Very possible.

3. Work

Who knew Paul Feig was such a snappy dresser?

4. Grooming

Listen up, gents: here's the right way to shave.

5. Tradition

On pocket squares: "When God made jackets, he put a pocket there." The pocket is not there for your phone.

6. Body

Have you ever worn a custom shirt, or do you buy off the rack? As James Ellroy once told me, a custom shirt will last you the rest of your life -- it's worth it.

7. Personal Style

Including an interview with Gay Talese, the rare man with his very own lapel style. Plus, a meeting of the Corduroy Appreciation Club -- attendees must wear at least two corduroy items.

8. The Melting Pot (Season 2, Episode 1)

Featuring a detailed investigation of the 'Lo Heads, enthusiasts of Polo Ralph Lauren menswear.

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Check out the Put This On site for links to their podcast, blog, and the Put This On Gentlemen's Association -- a subscription pocket square service. Seriously. Not even I am that fancy, and y'all know I roll deep fancy.

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What Pop Culture Gets Wrong About Dissociative Identity Disorder
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From the characters in Fight Club to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, popular culture is filled with "split" personalities. These dramatic figures might be entertaining, but they're rarely (if ever) scientifically accurate, SciShow Psych's Hank Green explains in the channel's latest video. Most representations contribute to a collective misunderstanding of dissociative identity disorder, or DID, which was once known as multiple personality disorder.

Experts often disagree about DID's diagnostic criteria, what causes it, and in some cases, whether it exists at all. Many, however, agree that people with DID don't have multiple figures living inside their heads, all clamoring to take over their body at a moment's notice. Those with DID do have fragmented personalities, which can cause lapses of memory, psychological distress, and impaired daily function, among other side effects.

Learn more about DID (and what the media gets wrong about mental illness) by watching the video below.

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Hate Red M&M's? You Need a Candy Color-Sorting Machine
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You don’t have to be a demanding rock star to live a life without brown M&M's or purple Skittles—all you need is some engineering know-how and a little bit of free time.

Mechanical engineering student Willem Pennings created a machine that can take small pieces of candy—like M&M's, Skittles, Reese’s Pieces, etc.—and sort them by color into individual piles. All Pennings needs to do is pour the candy into the top funnel; from there, the machine separates the candy—around two pieces per second—and dispenses all of it into smaller bowls at the bottom designated for each variety.

The color identification is performed with an RGB sensor that takes “optical measurements” of candy pieces of equal dimensions. There are limitations, though, as Pennings revealed in a Reddit Q&A: “I wouldn't be able to use this machine for peanut M&M's, since the sizes vary so much.”

The entire building process lasted from May through December 2016, and included the actual conceptualization, 3D printing (which was outsourced), and construction. The entire project was detailed on Pennings’s website and Reddit's DIY page.

With all of the motors, circuitry, and hardware that went into it, Pennings’s machine is likely too ambitious of a task for the average candy aficionado. So until a machine like this hits the open market, you're probably stuck buying bags of single-colored M&M’s in bulk online or sorting all of the candy out yourself the old fashioned way.

To see Pennings’s machine in action, check out the video below:

[h/t Refinery 29]

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