This devil is far more frightful than even our most fiendish 4×4 dreams.
Jeeps usually come with the devil inside, standard issue. But the crafty folks who welded together El Diablo—well, when they do devil, they do devil big (they’re from Texas).
This isn’t the peacemaking, clean and polished Jeep x Filson, and it’s not the full-romping, full-paycheck Full Metal Jacket Jeep (a Jeep over $100K seems a little antithetical to us). It is, as hell usually breeds, a Jeep that follows—or burns—its own path, in its own red, hellish light.
From life in a Black Hole to Casey Neistat, this week’s Diversions + Tunes has it all.
1. EARLY OLYMPICS PHOTOS: Starting with numero uno in 1924 in Chamonix, France. / Airows
2. ARE WE LIVING IN A BLACK HOLE?: Scientists think that we might be the product of another, older universe—our mother universe. / Nat Geo
Self taught photographer, Paul Zizka, finds nature’s beauty in the dark.
People like Paul Zizka are a rare breed. An adventurer turned self-taught professional photographer, he has quietly become one of the most respected mountain landscape and adventure photographers in Canada. We interviewed Paul to get a grasp on his unique perspective.
Moving to Banff, Alberta, from his home in Quebec City eight years ago, Paul quickly fell in love with the surrounding landscape of the Canadian Rockies. He purchased his first DSLR camera, and with the guidance of a number of photography books, he began to take his photography seriously. If you would have asked him eight years ago if he ever thought this would be his career path, the answer would be no. “Everything happened rather quickly from the moment I moved to Banff,” he explained.
Fear not: no beards were harmed in the making of this post.
Pierce Thiot has worms in his beard. And umbrellas. And little Lego men. He’s stuck spaghetti and pencils and balloons and crayons. His mother, he says, is “very proud.”
What began as a mother-hosted, grandchild-headlining talent show, has moved to a social media phenomenon (other accounts relate that WIB? began prior to the talent show, with Thiot “storing his pen in his beard at work.” [source]).
Nine years in the making, Chris Burkard’s new book is a global celebration of adventure.
Chris Burkard has already taken you to Russia, and now, he wants you to come explore the coastal reaches and pitch perfect breaks of Alaska, the Caribbean, Chile, Christmas Island, Iceland, India, Japan, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Norway, Mexico, and Russia (but hey, you’ve already been there).
Burkard, the senior staff photographer for Surfer magazine, spent the past nine years trotting the globe with wetsuit and camera in hand, and he’s compiled it into a mammoth sized photo book, Distant Shores, which arrived on my desk earlier this week. And so, with a small groan of the foot-and-a-half spine, I opened the hallowed pages of his work.
One of GQ’s Best New Designers sits down to talk shop—as in: his new shop in Japan.
The fifth post in a series that's like a vulcan mind meld between us and the Tastemakers of today.
The fact that Todd Snyder is from Iowa, went to Iowa State University, and sewed and cut his way through college at Des Moines, Iowa, retailer Badowers, may seem like a bit of an anomaly. Because, well, if you've heard of Todd Snyder, you're not thinking of sunsets over corn fields and long, flat open spaces. If you know the name Todd Snyder, you're thinking something a little more NYC.
But in his recent collaboration, with Champion Athletics, the Iowa makes a little more midwest sense. Snyder, a GQ Best New Menswear Designer, brings the American grit of 100% cotton sweatwear back to workout/casual gear, and they're now making waves. We wanted to sit down with him and check in, to see what—these days—makes this rural-born, city-bred designer tick.
Architecture, music, painting, sculpture (and more) were once a part of the Olympics.
International Olympic Committee founder, Frenchman Pierre de Coubertin (above), believed the arts were an integral part of capturing the spirit of the Ancient Olympics, where the arts as well as religion played roles side by side with the games. All told, art competitions were a part of the modern Olympic games for a period that covered 36 years (7 separate Olympics).
First appearing in the Games of the V Olympiad (the 1912 Summer Olympics), held in Stockholm, the arts competitions covered 5 disciplines: architecture, literature, music, painting, and sculpture. That first year, competitors from 4 nations took home medals: Italy, the United States, Switzerland, and France. Perhaps curiously, Pierre de Coubertin took home the gold medal for his literary piece Ode to Sport.
How a little town in Connecticut became the mecca of sports news.
Bill Rassmussen lost his job with the New England Whalers in 1978. He and his son, Scott, both huge sports fans, both trying to figure out Bill’s next step, got stuck in a traffic jam in August of that year. While sitting on the highway, they hatched a plan for a 24-hour sports channel. At that time, there were no 24-hour networks. None.
The Rasmussens bought some land in the middle of nowhere, Connecticut – a sleepy little town named Bristol. An unlikely partnership with Getty Oil gave the network enough funding for something new – something that had yet to be proven in the media landscape: Satellite. Securing a transponder on RCA SATCOM 1 allowed the young network a foot in the door with an emergent audience – one that cared enough about sports to follow more than their local team.
Research’s done, now’s the fun part: go out and travel. Here’s what to expect. Part 2 of 2.
Super-travelers Ian Webster and Magda Biernat have just returned from a journey that took them from Antarctical to Alaska. A year ago they wrapped up shop, put up a "Will Return in 365 Days" sign, and with their circumnavigating-the-globe knowledge, they set sail for southern shores (well, actually they flew).
They've now completed the trip, a zig-zag, country hopping journey back northward, and we caught up with them as they were crossing the States one last time—returning to New York from their last stop at the tip-top of Alaska. The two gave us some essentail advice on preparing for the trip (see: The Travel Starts Now), but we also wanted to get a gameplan for what to expect on the road.
Antarctica to Alaska is a whole lot closer than you’d think. We’ll explain. Part 1 of 2.
Last year, husband and wife duo Ian Webster and Magda Biernat traveled the entire length of the Americas—from Antarctica to Alaska by way of Argentina, Uruguay, the Amazon, Galapagos Islands, Central America, the Continental States—you get the idea. By way of: everywhere.
It was a year of travel, to the North via the South, and every leg of the trip was captured by the discerning eye of Magda and the vibrant musings of the two. The New Yorker got in on the travels and posted updates as the pair made their way, but we wanted to hear something else. We knew the two held a storehouse of knowledge on travel, what it took to take a year off from "real life," and how to travel round the world (yes, they did that a few years back). And we wanted to pull back the curtain and get to the operations of this thing. We wanted to know whether these supertravelers were human, and wanted to know whether we could become supertravelers, too.
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