Webdesigner Depot: Why brutalism boosts conversions.
Linked for the title. I picture a little dude and a big dude. “Hey, Lenny.” Little dude points me out to big dude. “He ain’t buyin’. See if he wants a knuckle sammich instead.”
Coolist: The 18 Best Electric Guitars for Rockers of All Levels.
Three months to Xmas.
NY Mag: Ballerinas Hate This Kendall Jenner Video for Vogue España
“Speaking from experience, ballet is much less about ‘running around’ and ‘just not caring’ and much more about broken toenails, blisters, and the grueling pursuit of perfection.” When you get to be 56, as I am, the great span of years between myself and being 20 makes itself manifest. So there is that filter. The other is, the whole concept of this video is ill-advised. The narrative is 16-year-old fluff, the visual acting 8-year-old mannerisms - not a 20-year-old ‘top model’ narrative. Or at least I hope not. It’s ... uncultured, even. I’d had four different jobs by 20, working to get through school, to make a living. Life gets real. Fast. Hers is unreal, and Vogue’s framed it in disrespectful ways. People should act their age, don’t you think? You don’t buy ballet slippers - you earn them. She’s been terribly ill-served by the director here.
CycleEXIF: 8 Miles And Ridin’ - Detroit Bicycle Company x Williamson.
COPPER. Plating, of course. Otherwise you’d rest on the handlebars and they’d bend down to the front axle. Here’s your steampunk bike, kids.
DP Review: Fujifilm goes medium format - What you need to know about the GFX 50S.
Shoulder shrugs. First thing I think of. If Fuji’s beautiful color rendition translates to 50MP, this’ll be a stunner.
DP Review: Leica-branded instant camera rumored to launch soon.
Even at this price point, this’ll end up the “poor photographer status symbol”. They’ll sell thousands.
DP Review: Samyang goes Premium with MF lens range.
Interesting. Some Samyangs have been stellar, at a stellar price point. Watch the reviews.
The High Hidden Costs of Fast Fashion.
It shocked me, the first time I engaged in a conversation and found that others buy clothes, wear them straight from the store, and then throw them away or give them to ‘charity’ to assuage their consumer mindset. I can’t even. First thing I do is wash ‘em. Those flame retardants aren’t good.
No wonder I keep coming across such badly-manufactured stuff in clothing stores. I have Ralph Lauren Polo shirts I’ve been wearing for decades, that still iron up like new.
Camera slides, without rails. Pricey, but if engineered well, worth every penny.
Amazon.com: Pendleton Rainier National Park Full Blanket.
Pendleton has made a whole series for all the National Parks.
Return of the Cafe Racers: Gear Review - Ruby Helmets Castel.
$1200 buckeroonies? Sheesh.
Teespring: Vote2016() by Techdirt.
HAH! Sure to offend everyone. I like it.
DP Review: Kipon introduces reducer to fit Nikon F and Leica R lenses to Micro Four Thirds bodies.
Hmmm. Uses optics. That usually sounds warning bells (quality) ...
c|net Roadshow: You can buy one of Elio’s three-wheeled ‘cars’ for $7,000*.
Of note. Turn down the video upon visiting.
Atlas Obscura: Forest Burns After Man Set Used Toilet Paper Ablaze.
“Attempting to be extra fastidious, he then lit the toilet paper on fire. Then he watched, presumably horrified, as the toilet paper began to light the whole forest on fire.” Old thinking. If you want to be fastidious, pack it out. Wag bags and the perennial fave ‘poop shovel’ are indicated. Can’t find it at the moment, but there also used to be a tube you could dump human ejecta in and compress.
ArtDaily: SITE Santa Fe opens second installment of reimagined biennial series.
Always fun to see Santa Fe galleries in the national news. Hasn’t been happening as much as in the past.
The Atlantic: McRib Everlasting.
Ah, once upon a time I was a slave to their slimy, artificial delicious-horribleness. Probably the overload of sugar/salt. Always felt like a disgusting coronary-in-a-bun. I’d practically have to do penance afterwards.
NY Post: For the love of God, stop dressing like crap.
“It’s enough to make you long for the days when high-end restaurants had loaner ties and blazers for forgetful dudes, and you could be turned away from a club for a slack outfit. Style, low budget and comfort aren’t mutually exclusive. Keep that in mind if you’re older than 12.” Yeah, I’ve been getting more conservative with clothes of late. Some things are just not appropriate.
Catapult: The Forgotten History of Banana Republic.
I bought my Israeli Paratrooper Bag from Mel in the Princeton store, in the beginning of the 80’s, just prior to the Gap purchase.
BackBlaze/Hard Drive Failure Rates: The Results from 68,813 Hard Drives.
Autoweek: The best of the Monterey auctions
Here’s your car, Emmett. Not exactly perfectly art-deco, but close enough. Gorgeous.
Electralube Light Bulb Lubricant.
File under “things I never knew I needed.”
Whiteker: Suicide Squad debut on track to shatter Box Office record for August.
Of course it will. First, the whole premise is fun, not weighted down with backstory (except perhaps Leto’s Joker). And every young hormonal male in America wants to see Margot Robbie play Harley Quinn. The tragedy of her circumstances is lost on them - they’ll probably even get their girlfriends to come, to “larn sometin’”.
Hodinkee: The ‘Dirty Dozen,’ A Collection Of 12 (Mostly) Inexpensive Military Watches.
Beware. Many watches of WWII vintage have radium dials. Enough to set off geiger counters, and perhaps give you accelerated skin cancer. And you could get thrown in the slammer for carrying WMDs.
The Nation: Obama Administration Has Brokered More Weapons Sales Than Any Other Admin Since WWII.
“Why do other major US exports—from Hollywood movies to Midwestern grain shipments to Boeing airliners—garner regular coverage while trends in weapons exports remain in relative obscurity?” Big, big business.