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Knot a Problem

Knot like Kammeier...

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The Windsor. The Four-one. The Half-Windsor. These are all tie basics that you will learn about in most style ‘textbooks’, but when you get all tried and bored of them, or want to do something on a special date just to impress that someone special, here are 3 exotic tie-knots that you can try out. They are super unconventional and super cool! 1) The Eldredge Knot

Forget a Word? Make a Fist.

Study: Forget a Word? Make a Fist PROBLEM: Sometimes a word is on the tip of your tongue, and it's so close a slight breeze would blow it out. But it doesn't come. Why? Maybe because you were sitting there with your hands just hanging open like a paper doll.

Making a fist with one hand has been shown to increase activity in the brain on the opposite site of your body about 90 seconds later. Right-hand clenching (which activates parts of the brain's left hemisphere) has been associated with experiencing emotions of the sort controlled by the left brain (those involved in "approach," e.g., happiness and anger). Left-hand clenching, meanwhile, is believed to bring on "withdrawal" emotions (e.g., sadness and anxiety). We also know that athletes perform better under pressure when they make a fist with their left hand. What other cognitive functions can we mess with by making fists?

METHODOLOGY: Researchers at Montclair State University led by Ruth Propper gave …

X Wing Fighter in Times Square

Fly higher. DJK The newest addition to the grand list of Coolest Things Ever is being unveiled in New York today: the Lego X-Wing, the largest Lego model ever built. The model of the classic Star Warsfighter being unveiled in Times Square has a wingspan of 44 feet and comes complete with R2-D2 and a full range of sound effects. It’s a super-duper-sized version of Star WarsLego starfighter set #9493 and was made with 5,335,200 Lego bricks.

3D Printed Pizza

3D-Printed Pizza Brings Us One Step Closer to Meal-in-a-Pillby Colin Schultz NASA, those great engineers of tomorrow, just put $125,000 behind work intended to build a 3D food printer—a device that will be able to crank out “nutritionally-appropriate meals” from a mix of oils and powders, says Christopher Mims for Quartz. The money is going to a mechanical engineer, Anjan Contractor, who will build a prototype of the machine. “Contractor’s vision,” says Mims, “would mean the end of food waste, because the powder his system will use is shelf-stable for up to 30 years, so that each cartridge, whether it contains sugars, complex carbohydrates, protein or some other basic building block, would be fully exhausted before being returned to the store.”Laid down layer by layer using a waterless mix of carbohydrates, protein and nutrient, according to Contractor, the device should be able to make meals out of pretty much any source of these essential foodstuffs—plants, bugs, seeds, whatever.NASA…

Life Rafts Repurposed As iPhone Cases

Spray-on clothing

Silly string or innovative fabric technology? You decide. Djk Sustainable Spray-On Clothing Technology Turns Into Fabric Instantlyby Diana Adams Over the past few years, spray-on body paint that looks like clothing has gotten popular. It’s even starting to show up in television ads and other marketing endeavors. This is the first time though that I’ve seen actual spray-on clothing. In other words, this isn’t body paint. It’s actual clothing that comes out of the can in spray format, but solidifies on the body in a techno-fabric kind of way. Since the “fabric” can be broken down into a liquid and re-used over and over, this could become popular in the future.This technology, called Fabrican, is based on 15 years of research by fashion designer Manel Torres and particle engineer Paul Luckham. Just like you’d expect, the liquid turns into this type of fabric the moment it’s sprayed on something. From what I’ve read, this technology is already being used for a variety of purposes. Although…

Nike Specks

Nike Free Woven "Navy Specks" A perfect seasonal shoe in the making, the Nike Free Woven emerges in time for summer’s hot days and breezy nights. A dark, navy blue color serves as the shoe’s base color with a bit of pop courtesy of colored specks injected into the woven upper. A flexible Free 3.0 outsole caps off a perfect shoe with a low stance and unhindered movement. Look for the shoe at select retailers in the near future.

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Made in Detroit, really!

Walking the Walk | ShinolaMay 13th, 2013 | Categories: AccessoriesCyclingDetroitWatches | by Michael Williams
The demise of Detroit has been widely documented, almost to the point of nausea. I grew up hearing a similar song in Cleveland. If you live there or are from there, it makes you want to fight even harder. I can understand how Detroit feels; that underdog spirit is what makes me fly the Cuyahoga flag high every chance I get. What’s crazy is what is really going on in the Motor City. There’s a beginning of change and some pretty astonishing things are happening. The road is long, but the desire to rebuild is there. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens to this great American city. A few years ago Steven Alan (the man) introduced me to a few guys who had an ambitious plan to start making watches, bicycles, leather goods under the long mothballed shoe-polish brand Shinola. As much of the product as possible would be made in America, that’s what they told me. Made …

Tie Dimples

From North by Northwest to His Girl Friday to Charade, Cary Grant was the ultimate mid-century icon, owning the silver screen in his grey flannel suits as he played both the everyman and the man everyone wanted to be. Born Archibald Leach in Bristol, England, Grant was one of the last fixtures of Hollywood's sartorial golden era. And it wasn't just that his suits always fit flawlessly, or that he was blessed with a look that could make an entire movie house swoon. It was that everything Grant wore, he wore with purpose. In our current age of Hollywood stylists and "leading men" who can't even dress themselves, Grant's attention to detail is not only admirable, it's enough to make you nostalgic for the days of good ol' black and white.
Plus: HOW TO ACHIEVE THE TIE DIMPLE FOR YOURSELF >>>
Take this shot from 1947, for example. From the cufflinks to the peak lapels to the tilt of the hat, the details alone could fill an intro level textbook on cl…

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Best Made Co.

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I’ve been meaning to go and see the Best Made Co. offices for at least the past two years. Communication flew back and forth, I just never seemed to make it over there, and not for lack of desire to check it out. Further confusing the whole situation was the fact that I basically walked by the place on my daily walk for years. I have no excuses. Well, it now seems that my procrastination has paid off, because by the time I found myself on White Street in NYC the studio had morphed into the first full-blown Best Made Co. shop that opens its doors today. Housed in a quintessentially skylighted TriBeCa space —which was previously used by it’s former tenant for crafting fine art— the handsome well-designed nook of outdoorsy-ness occupies most of the space with a new loft and catwalk in the back that will still serve as the Best Made Co. offices. The front of the store is open to the public during the week, with a larger offering opening up for the weekends. The store off…

Gatsby Acceptability Over Accuracy

The details of the new film's wardrobe aren't historically accurate, but its costumes successfully convey the glamour and decadence of the era for a 21st-century audience.

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Feathered headpieces? Check. Long strings of beads? Check. More Brooks Brothers than a Princeton reunion? Check. Spectator shoes, cloche hats, and Bakelite bangles? Check, check, check. The Great Gatsby delivers the fashion clich├ęs of the 1920s (and a few from other eras) that we expected to see.
But they don't look quite as we expected to see them. The colors are richer, the dresses more bespangled, and the flappers less perky. This Gatsby isn't theGatsbyof John Held, Jr. cartoons, nor is it Boardwalk Empire. It's darker, grittier, and much sexier than the priggish Fitzgerald could have imagined. It's a 21st century Gatsby, set in the 1920s, which, paradoxically, ups its connection to the decadent period it depicts. If you want historically accurate costumes, you'll be better…

Brand Thinking

Brand Thinking: Seth Godin, Malcolm Gladwell, Dan Pink, and Other Mavens on How and Why We Define Ourselves Through Stuffby 
“The modern version of introspection is the sum total of all those highly individualized choices that we make about the material content of our lives.”
The art of the interview may be nearly obsolete, but a handful of its contemporary masters still hold its fort. One of them is Debbie Millman who, besides being an extraordinaryartist andmodern-day philosopher, is also a maven of design and branding who has spent nearly a decade interviewing some of today’s most revered designers, writers, artists, anthropologists, and various other thought leaders on her Design Matters radio show, which earned the prestigious Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in 2011. Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits (public library) is the equally fantastic follow-up to the 2007 anthology How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer, culling and synthesizing some of her finest …

Doodling is Good

Doodling Increases Focus and Recall

It turns out that your daydreaming doodles of infinite awesomeness not only help with long meetings, but can also help you remember what goes on during the meeting. In a study, scientists asked subjects to recall what they'd just heard in recordings—with some having doodled throughout, others not. The doodlers demonstrated significantly higher recall than the non-doodlers. "People may doodle as a strategy to help themselves concentrate," said study co-author Jackie Andrade, a University of Plymouth psychologist. "We might not be aware that we're doing it, but it could be a trick that people develop because it helps them from wandering off into a daydream." A Sketchy Brain Booster: Doodling
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/02/doodlerecall/ Good news, doodlers: What your colleagues consider a distracting, time-wasting habit may actually give you a leg up on them by helping you pay attention. Asked to remember names they…