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Black Friday - Online

On Black Friday, the Real Fight Was Online Retailers Tried to Amp Up Their Websites—But Get More In-Person Traffic, Too
ByPAUL ZIOBRO and SUZANNE KAPNER - Wall Street Journal Updated Nov. 29, 2013 11:30 p.m. ET

Brick-and-mortar retailers mounted a furious defense on Black Friday to head off incursions into one of the industry's biggest shopping days by such online rivals as Inc. The tactics were evident in stores and on websites as millions of holiday shoppers lined up to spend their dollars on highly touted deals.
Chains like Macy's Inc. opened on Thanksgiving for the first time, and giants like Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Target moved their deals earlier Thursday, shifts intended to retrieve valuable shopping time that had been ceded to e-commerce, where the doors never close.
Best Buy Co. kept some deals hidden until customers showed up at stores, and retailers put more deals on the Web to better compete with Amazon on its own playing field. In the early predawn hours…

Black Tie Dressing

Dressing For The Occasion: Black Tie

IntroductionTuxedo, dinner suit, black tie, cravat noir… 

Call it what you will, this formal code of dress is probably the smartest ensemble most modern men are expected to don during their sartorial career.With a lack of regular occasions to wear black tie nowadays, many younger gents may be unfamiliar with the art of effectively executing the look.In the United Kingdom, the tailored component of a black tie ensemble is known as a dinner suit. 

The name is self-explanatory; it was your uniform at the dinner table, and evolved as a more casual alternative to white tie (tailcoats and all).Black tie was exclusively an evening dress code, and remains so. Six o’clock or when darkness fell (whichever occurred first) was your cue to don your dinner suit.

We’re all familiar with the look of a tuxedo (US vernacular) from black and white films, but how do you put this look together and what are the finer details of its component parts?With party season upon us,…

Batteries & Turkeys

How Many Batteries Would It Take to Cook a Turkey? Warnings... a) for geeks only; b) do not consume the batteries.  DJK

What I Really Want...

What I Really Want for Christmas by Bill Gates November 26, 2013

Let me explain what I mean. I’m touched that people think to send holiday treats. It’s a fun tradition. My team at the office always looks forward to the flavored popcorn that one of our partners sends every year. So I don’t want to sound ungrateful or deprive my colleagues of caramel corn. But I can’t help thinking that the money spent on these gifts could go to people who need it more than I do. For example you might know about Heifer International, a non-profit that lets you buy an animal for a family in need. Send Heifer $30 and someone gets honeybees. $120 buys a pig. There are lots of other options too. You can even give an animal or other donation in someone else’s name. So if you’re looking for a gift to send your clients and partners this year, you could donate to a group like Heifer on their behalf. They will get a card acknowledging your gift. They’ll have to go get their own cookies, but on the bright side, t…

Windows Go High Tech

Retail Windows Go High Tech for the Holidays Saks, Barneys Bypass Santa's Workshop for 3D Projection Mapping, Sensory Light Shows By:   Published: November 27, 2013 - AD AGE

The sign in front of Barneys' holiday windows in Manhattan offers a warning: Windows could cause seizures. Beware. Christie Barneys' display uses black and white light, 3D projection and mirrors to illuminate an icicle sculpture Christie Barneys' virtual sleigh ride The black-and-white light show in Barneys' holiday windows, unveiled last week at its flagship store, is that startling. As retailers try to keep up with technology, some are chucking the Christmas Village this holiday season for 3D projection mapping, dramatic light shows and mobile-to-window technology. Barneys concentrated on mirrors and 3D projections, while Saks Fifth Avenue revived its light show and unveiled an interactive mobile…

Making a Hermès Tie  Women's Wear Daily

The Making of the Hermès Tie

Since its introduction in 1949, the Hermès silk necktie has set the standard. It is a staple of CEOs, politicians, and royalty. Michael Bloomberg has worn one while opening New York fashion week. Less brave politicos such as John Kerry and Bill Clinton reputedly wear Hermès ties in private, sensitive to being called out for not wearing garments made in the U.S.A. Prince Charles is a devotee, while designerMichelle Smith, founder of the Milly fashion line, sold one to Jackie Onassis during her days as a shopgirl. It was a present for Henry Kissinger.
“The tie is not an accessory but a product we pay great attention to,” says Christophe Goineau,creative director of Hermès men’s silk department. “The entire men’s silk department is devoted to it.”
After bags and scarves, the cravat is the biggest seller for Herme…

When Superstition Works

When Superstition Works Some boost the illusion of control and can even boost performance
ANGELA CHEN - Wall Street Journal
Nov. 25, 2013 7:16 p.m. ET
Even if you scoff at Friday the 13th and aren't wary of black cats, you're probably still superstitious. Angela Chen takes a look at the research to prove people are superstitious, and whether superstitions can actually be beneficial. Photo: Getty Images. It starts when people try something different—Pepsi instead of Coca-ColaKO +0.05% a blue tie instead of the old red one—and find that something good happens. Soon, without realizing it, someone who wouldn't think twice about, say, walking under a ladder or traveling on Friday the 13th begins to associate their new behavior with good luck—and starts reaching for the Pepsi again and again. Such "conditioned superstitions" can develop when people believe there is something they can do to control a situation, despite there being no rational reason to think so, say…

Cunningham Gold

A rare street-fashion vignette, often observed on Fifth Avenue in Midtown, is a group of strangers, attracted by one another’s highly individual style of dress, who pause on their way to work to inquire of their clothes. The tradition may vanish, as one member of the group is moving to California. At times, they spontaneously try on one another’s look. Last week, nature provided a backdrop only it could create. In Central Park, a “Brigadoon” mist settled over the lake, and cascades of willows framed the Bow Bridge. All over the city, the ginkgo tree proved once again as the leaves fell that Manhattan streets are indeed paved with gold.

Digital Lollipop!

Virtual taste, added to the marketing toolbox. DJK

How many licks does it take to get to the bottom of a digital lollipop? That’s the question you could soon be asking yourself thanks to a team of researchers at the National University of Singapore who are trying to build a digital lollipop that can simulate taste.

While it might sound complicated, the technology is relatively simple. When the lollipop, which is made of a silver electrode, touches the tip of the tongue it reproduces four well-known tastes: salty, sweet, sour or bitter. Together these flavors can create different simulations close to the real thing.
The research is being led by Nimesha Ranasinghe, a Ph.D. research scholar in the university’s department of electrical and computer engineering. He hopes that people will one day be able to lick their television or smartphone to taste virtual things.

Mr. Ranasinghe told New Scientist th…

Lose Weight Instantly

It's all how you see it...

From Fat To Fit In 5 Minutes Apparently, someone once said the camera never lies. Whoever that was obviously didn’t really think too much about the importance of very simple elements like lighting, posing and clothing. Melanie Ventura, an Australian fitness instructor (pictured above) has demonstrated very easily the importance of these elements that most of us as photographers are aware of but don’t always consider. Simple, basic technique can absolutely transform the people you shoot. Read on to find out more. I’ve just spent last week working with Lindsay Adler on some very interesting material for a Kelby lesson she was teaching on how to highlight and bring out the strongest side of the people we shoot. Whether you are dealing with a heavy set individual, someone with glasses (and issues of reflections in their lenses), someone with challenging (large or wide) or asymmetrical features, oily or shiny s…

Google Glass No-No's

Google Glass: What You're Not Supposed to Do There are certain things you won't be encouraged to do wearing one of these. Those are the things I did. By A.J. Jacobs Published in the December 2013 issue
Google Glass mayor may not transform the future. But one thing is beyond question: It elicits mighty strong reactions in the present.

The first week I got my tiny new face computer, I wore it to a barbecue and sat down at a table to eat pasta salad. "That is the most annoying thing in the world," snapped a mom of twins, pointing at my new gadget from across the table.

"I disagree," I responded.

"No, really. It is."

"One second," I said. I tapped the black frames with my finger to turn the device on. "Okay, Glass, Google 'What is the most annoying thing in the world?'
In the miniscreen perched above my right eye, an article popped up. I clicked on…



A team at MIT has what it says is the most waterproof material ever, taking inspiration from the plant and insect world. The scientist heading up the research, Professor Kripa Varanasi--he brought us LiquiGlide, squeezing every last drop out of our ketchup bottles last year--says this new super-hydrophobic surface could be used in next-generational waterproof clothing, and revolutionize the energy and travel industries. Airplane engines, for example, could use the material to fly planes through extremely cold conditions. Tiny ridges similar to those found on both nasturtium leaves and the wings of theMorpho butterfly were added to a silicon surface, which made the water droplets bounce off up to 40% faster than existing waterproof substances. The more intersecting ridges you have, the…

Anatomy of $2000 Sweater

Knit Sticker Shock: Why Sweaters Can Cost $2,000By

Designer fashion is exorbitantly expensive, with the spring 2014 collections seeing a leap in prices. Christina Binkley takes a look why prices are so extreme for one hot look of the moment: the chunky sweater. Photo: F. Martin Ramin for The Wall Street Journal.
The basic sweater has a new, fancy price tag. Prices for designer fashion have been creeping up in recent seasons. The spring 2014 collections will feature even higher prices, retailers say. This winter, the price hikes have hit the comfy, cozy sweater. Designers' prices for this simple staple have climbed well over $1,000. A decade ago, one could expect to pay between $600 and $800 for a great natural-fiber sweater. The high price of designer goods isn't isolated to sweaters. It's not difficult to spend five figures on a cocktail dress. A new label…