We travel to San Mateo, on a Friday afternoon, to voluntarily rock our bodies.
Josh Courage, whose name alone inspires perspiration, had us down to his house of pain and suffering. We went willingly. We fought hard. He told us we did well (he’s generous). Our lungs burned and the lactic acid flowed like a flooded Mississippi (if we had our STR/KE MOVEMENT gear on, like Josh, it may have gone better). Below, he gives us a run down of the hazy workout we completed. We remember some of it (resting, water breaks), rather fondly.
A veteran shaver’s take on why the way shaving once was is the way it always should be.
Our good friend Jesse Jacobs, of Samovar Tea, recently tipped us off to his father's encyclopedic knowledge of all things shaving. We opened up a line of conversation with Leonard, and he responded with one of the more articulate and concise explanations of where shaving has been, how it got to where it is, and the merits of practicing the way it once was.
Essentially, his argument is bookended by two poignant statements. The before: "shaving was drudgery and not a very enjoyable part of my morning schedule," and the after: "rather than being drudgery, it's become a favorite part of my morning routine." Follow his progression, and enjoy a quick grooming primer from a veteran shaver…
Lifehacks from cigarette packs—unlikely, but still extremely useful.
How to extract a splinter "Fill a wide mouthed bottle with hot water nearly to the brim, and press affected part of hand tightly against mouth of bottle. The suction will pull down the flesh, and steam will soon draw out the splinter."
In the Information Age, if we don’t know how to do something we turn to the Internet. Don’t know how to remove a screw that’s been rounded off? Need to open a wine bottle and don’t have a corkscrew? For these and countless other issues, there’s usually a simple solution hidden in plain sight. Lifehacks make us feel productive—we marvel at our collective ingenuity. In fact, there’s an entire organization dedicated to them.
Tom Kundig doesn’t build over or around boulders, he builds through them.
Tom Kundig is one king of American architectural design. For over three decades he has been collecting some of the highest design honors in his field including the National Design Award from the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. One of his more recent endeavors, “The Pierre,” is yet another example of his genius.
“The Pierre,” which is French for rock, offers a fitting title for this modern home. Located on the shores of the San Juan Islands, WA, the owner’s infatuation with a stone outcropping provided an intriguing challenge for Kundig. Often viewed as a formidable hindrance to any architectural plan, many choose to build over, around, or even away from such an impediment. Not Kundig. He went right through it.
“There is an intrinsic connection between a man and his beard."
I cultivate this beard not for the usual given reasons of skin trouble or pain of shaving, nor for the secret purpose of covering a weak chin, but as pure unblushing decoration, much as a peacock finds pleasure in his tail. – Steinbeck
On a farm outside of Minneapolis, MN, the very essence of manliness is being considered, analyzed, and documented, hair by masculine hair. Joseph D.R. OLeary is taking sittings and his subjects, from all over the country, are offering their facial accoutrements for his lens’ dissection.
Every weapon, uniform, and artifact is under lock and key. Well, until 2018.
What if I told you there was a place just outside of Washington DC whose collection could rival some wings of the Smithsonian? You’ve probably never heard of the US Army Center of Military History (CMH) but that all changes, now. In fact, our fingers are crossed that they can build the proposed museum by 2018.
Some quick stats on the building to whet the appetite. The CMH is 60,000 square feet, houses an incredibly 16,000 pieces of art, countless artifacts and a priceless weapons collection that predates the Revolutionary War. To ensure everything is properly preserved, the facility is kept at an even 70 degrees Fahrenheit with constant humidity. In fact, the air particulates are as small as 1/32 the width of a human hair.
Equipped for a rainy weekend getaway, we keep you cool and dry in the Emerald City.
Current Seattle forecast: rain. Seattle twelve month forecast: rain. Don't let a little drizzle stop your trip to the Emerald City, there's appeal despite the clouds. SAM's got open doors (and a dude with a hammer), and with Ballard as hip boomtown there's enough to drink away the glib weather.
If you're planning a trip, don't miss the deconstructed coffee (espresso + steamed milk + macchiato) at Slate, a game of bocci at Von Trappes (and a few beers), and visit our favorite whiskey bar, Canon. Sandwiches and rock abides at The Other Coast, and if you plan early, you may grab a bite at the obnoxiously popular The Walrus and the Carpenter (get there early, like opening at 4:00PM). Or, slip down the street for a taste of Oaxaca, at La Carta de Oaxaca (and dessert: Hot Cakes).
From The Comeback to Filson High Country, this week’s Diversions + Tunes has it all.
1. THE GREAT COMEBACK: Fair warning: Kiwis, this is gonna hurt. All the facts on how we kept the Cup. / WSJ
2. THE OTHER AUSTIN: SXSW just launched into their music/movie/art extravaganza. Here, a look beyond the show. / Bearings
Tom Sachs builds things with wood—like handguns, Lunar Modules, and McDonald’s.
Tom Sachs is a sculptor. Like Donatello, Michelangelo, Rodin. And, as with the great sculptors of times past, Tom Sachs makes things that depict the cultural consciousness of our time. Things like: Barbie Slave Ships. The Apollo 11 Lunar Excursion Module. A McDonald's cart.
Though his form may not be bronze or marble, his art is no less high. His constructions ring with a cultural heft—a Barbie ship “examines the links between slavery (control of the body) and advertising (control of the mind).” Which works, if you think about it. And that’s maybe the key to Tom Sachs' sculptures, they make you think about it.
Volkswagen’s Combination Motor Vehicle, the Kombi, now puts its life in our hands.
"Volkswagen Brazil—the last country where the vehicles were still being made—ceases production of the classic Kombi van…" - CNN
The Type 2 was approved in 1949 as the second model in Volkswagen’s lineup; the Type 1 was the Beetle. It began rolling off the Wolfsburg line in 1950. Sixty-three years and five generations later, Volkswagen Brazil was the last factory making the Kombi. The manufacturer ended production on the final day of 2013.
The Kombi was the longest-produced model in automotive history with 3.5 million vehicles sold.
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