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This bag is NOT on sale

Frequent visitors to our store know that we very rarely offer discounts. Today, on Cyber Monday, theannual day of online discounts, might be a good time to explain why. We'd love to hear your thoughts at the end of this post.
Generally, I understand why discounts sound great (You: more products; us: more sales), but I don't feel it's the best solution for either of us in the long run. First, being against discounts doesn't mean we're against low prices. We regularly turn products down because we feel they're too expensive. And we offer many items below the suggested retail price. But discounts are different. Many of them are foolish because items are marked up, just to be marked down again. Other discounts force somebody to eat the margin. Often the quality suffers. Other times it's a compromise in the way things are made, one that affects both humans and environment. (e.g. by producing in countries where standards for both of these are low) Looking at the…

A New Hue

Philips Hue smart LED light bulbs

The home automation market is ripe with innovation, but it’s the smart LED light bulb that appears to be high on the list of priorities for many electronics companies. In the last six months, a number of companies have begun marketing their own connected LED bulbs, not only offering control over luminescence but also impressive energy-saving characteristics and the ability to connect them with other smart devices in the house. The Next Web has covered the LIFX Kickstarter project in the past but there are also solutions from Greenwave Reality and Insteon that have enjoyed media coverage in recent months. Dutch electronics giant Philips decided it wanted a piece of the action and launched its new Hue product, a set of three connected bulbs capable of displaying a full spectrum of color using just a smartphone app. Philips gave us the chance to play with its new connected bulbs – are they worth their $199.95 price tag? Read on to find out. Design Philip…

Ke$ha Has Bra Made Of Teeth

Gross Or Eccentric? Ke$ha Has A Bra Made Out Of Her Fans' Teeth By 

Playing into this writer's theory that Ke$ha is orchestrating a fantastic prank on us all and is just waiting to yell, "PSYCH!" at any moment, the singer revealed recently that she has a bra made of fans' teeth. That she requested they send to her. So she could make a bra out of them. Teeth. From fans.

She explained, "I asked for them to send me their teeth and I got, like, over 1,000 human teeth...I made it into a bra top, and a headdress, and earrings, and necklaces. I've worn it out!" To prove the validity of her claim, she posted a picture of her in her headdress/crown for her new albumWarrior — and, truth be told, girl is wearing a headdress made of teeth.

Hopefully years from now, after Ke$ha has had a robust and satisfying career, she will be enjoying her retirement, surrounded by a brood of grandchildren, and she'll end her nightly story by saying, "…

Black Friday - Texas Style

TheSan Antonio Express-Newsreportsthat a mall shopper who brandished a handgun on a dude trying to cut in line was within his rights, according to police, because he had a permit for the weapon and was using it in self-defense.
San Antonio police officers were called to the Sears location around 9pm on Thanksgiving Day, before the turkey was even cold, in response to a call about a shooting. When they arrived, they detained Jose Alonzo Salame, 33, who was holding a black 9 mm semi-automatic handgun with a black holster. "We dont see this very often," Officer Matthew Porter said, adding that Salame did not break the law by displaying the weapon. "He was within his rights." Police confiscated the gun, which was loaded and had one round in a chamber, the report says.Salame reportedly showed proof that he had a concealed handgun license, and he told officers that he pulled the gun out to defend himself because he was punched in the face by Alejandro Alex, 35. Mr. Salame did…

Black Friday

Two Days Under Our Belts – Anatomy of Black Friday
November 24, 2012 By Marshal Cohen, Chief Industry Expert
According to the two-day results from The NPD Group study, Anatomy of Black Friday, we have some encouraging numbers to share:
1) Twice as many shoppers this year plan to shop on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
2) The Doorbusters really worked. So far, 27.6 percent of consumers that shopped Black Friday stated they bought Doorbuster items (compared to 22 percent last year). It was evident that retailers planned better by having more merchandise in stock. And, yes, many stores are planning to continue with Doorbusters today.
3) Other highlights: 68 percent of shoppers stated they will continue to shop for the holidays after the Black Friday weekend is over – an important indicator for retailers wondering how much more time consumers plan to spend in stores. This is on par with the last two years, which was 67 percent in 2010, and 69 percent in 2011.
Traffic was up in several retail chann…

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Skyfall Filmmakers 3D-Printed This Rare Aston Martin So They Wouldn’t Damage the Original
Andrew Liszewski These days filmmakers often turn to computer graphics for scenes of destruction that would otherwise be too expensive or dangerous to stage in real life. But Skyfall posed a different problem. Namely that the effects crew didn't want to damage a priceless 1960 Aston Martin DB 5 that appeared in the original Bond film 50 years ago.
So instead of turning to 3D graphics, they turned to 3D printers.
The effects crew modelmakers called on a company called Voxeljet, who used a massive 3D printer with a capacity of 283 cubic feet to reproduce three 1:3 scale models of the Aston Martin. Each pseudo-miniature was actually assembled from 18 individual components so that they could be assembled with real-life functionality such as opening doors, trunks, and hoods. Unfortunately one of the models met its untimely death in an elaborate Hollywood-esque explosion, but its sacrific…

Daddy, What's a wallet?

Hindsight is 20/20.  Foresight is a mobile payment ready merchant.   It won't be long before the way you shop and pay will be forever changed.  With a handful of start-up companies battling to be your next mobile wallet, it is almost certain one of them will have you leaving your old leather bound version of a wallet at home. We know a Mobile payment to be an alternative payment method, where instead of paying with cash, check or credit cards, a consumer can use their smart phone to pay.  Mobile money is already being used to pay for music, videos, subscriptions, and other digital goods.  There are also several services that allow for mobile payments including transportation fares and in Dubai you can pay the parking meters electronically.  Soon every merchant will be equipped with a mobile payment option.  Pilot cities like Austin, and merchants like Macy's are already testing this technology. Samsung is right, "The next big thing is already here",  keeping your co…

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101 Ways to be More Creative

101 Tips on How to Become More Creative By Michael Michalko | Oct 27, 2012
Synopsis Tips to change your usual mental thinking patterns.

1. Take a walk and look for something interesting.
2. Make metaphorical-analogical connections between that something interesting and your problem.
3. Open a dictionary and find a new word. Use it in a sentence.
4. Make a connection between the word and your problem.
5. How is an iceberg like an idea that might help you solve your problem?
6. Create the dumbest idea you can.
7. Ask a child.
8. Create a prayer asking for help with your problem.
9. What does the sky taste like?
10. Create an idea that will get you fired.
11. Read a different newspaper. If you read the Wall Street Journal, read the Washington Post.
12. What else is like the problem? What other ideas does it suggest?
13. What or who can you copy?
14. What is your most bizarre idea?
15. List all the things that bug you.
16. Take a different route to work.
17. Make up and sing a song about t…

Rise of Real Icons

‘Real’ Men’s Style Icons As many of you point out without fail or misinformation, the majority of the style icons in our eponymous series suffer from the fatal flaw of being styled by someone other than themselves. Our new ‘Real Icons’ series is set to feature some of the best dressed, and well known, gents in the industry and guaranteed to represent purely original and eclectic style.
Each of these true style icons should be seen as an encouragement for us to follow suit; forming a unique identity based on your own background, jobs, past times and interests. After all, that is what true style is, isn’t it?
Thankfully, there are men with serious style credentials who fit this bill. Whereas in the past, actors, musicians and artists found themselves being the poster boy for many a fashion house or ad campaign, these ‘real’ style icons, which includes the likes of Nick Wooster and Lino Leluzzi, are now known first and fo…