Speaking of Watches…: Nixon’s just getting more and more classic. [Hypebeast]
Screen Fever: Looking at your iPad an hour before bedtime is what’s keeping you from getting to sleep. Stop it. Honestly. [CrunchGear]
Our Lead Character Will Be Named Blake Manley: If you’ve ever dreamed of e-publishing a romance novel, now might be the time. Not that we’ve ever considered that. But if we had, this would be important news. Theoretically. [Fast Company]
The celebrity memoir’s a little creaky under the best of circumstances, but Stephen Fry can always be counted on to provide a shakeup.
Along with the British wit’s newly released The Fry Chronicles, Mr. Fry is offering a tricked-out iPod/iPad version that might be the best thing web publishing’s produced so far. The trick is a visual index that lets you skim through 112 different self-contained chunks of the book, according to whatever you’re looking for.
So if you want to track down every last reference to Fry’s days in a comedy duo with House, all you have to do is highlight the “Hugh Laurie” tag and skim through the highlighted sections. For his musings on comedy…well, there’s a tag for that too. It’s how a lot of people were likely to read the book anyway. The new tech just makes it easier, with a little credit down to Fry for not making the world read his tome cover-to-cover.
Although if you did, we’re sure he’d be appropriately grateful.
Our favorite photoset of the day comes from courtesy of Japan’s enduring commitment to quirk—particularly regarding manhole covers. Apparently Japanese municipalities have been known to get quite creative with the iron platters, and a book/iPad app—dubbed Drainspotting—has finally come along to catalogue the most interesting ones. At their best, they’re a modern channeling of the old block print aesthetic, but even the cartoonish ones are worth a look. If you don’t feel like shelling out for the print copy, there’s a pretty good survey here.
Italian Vogue Bats 1000: We believe she’s wearing a chandelier of some kind. [Fashion Copious]
So Many Cardigans: New York Magazine takes on the global dominance of Uniqlo. The money line: “They have chosen fabric, rather than fashion, as the area where they want to excel.” Sounds like a solid plan to us. [NYMag]
Hopefully It Won’t be Called the G-Pad: Google tablet. Act like you know. [TechCrunch]
The Egg Did it Last Season: A chicken fashion show, brought gloriously to life. [Whim Quarterly]
The Water is Cold: The gentlemen at World’s Best Ever just turned us onto our new favorite photoblog. [Wicked Wink]
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Future of Mobile Harping: Apple unveils the iPad’s killer app, a music program called the Air Harp. Just like that, the venerable harp industry gets turned on its head. [TechCrunch]
Looking Patchy: A gentleman’s guide to madras. [Valet]
Suffering Whiplash:Mickey Rourke gets booted from the Iron Man 2 poster, presumably because he was upstaging Mr. Downey. [/Film]
We’re not much for the high-profile gadget hustle, which is why we’ve given the iPad circus a pretty wide berth this week. But we will say that, as men of style, we’re glad its’ not pocket-sized.
The past couple years have seen a flood of slightly-too-large plastic bricks arrive on the market, each indispensable enough to pose a serious threat the shape of the American pocket. In case you’ve forgotten, we’ll say it again: the less you have in your pants, the better they look. You’re running a risk with anything larger than a RAZR. (Remember those?) But that kind of logic doesn’t do very well against the draw of an iPhone.
Which is why we were happy to see this year’s gamechanger is too large to fit into anything other than a bag. Surely this time around, we could have a gadget that didn’t deform the world’s pant legs or violate any unspoken laws of decorum.