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Julia Is Too Tired to Climb Onto the Carpet

Behind the Screws: See the inside of a Rolex without accidentally hitting one with a hammer. [You Have Broken the Internet]

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]

Marta has the Beach to Herself

Only PBR, Please: Apparently Orvis makes a wool beer coozie. Sometimes, that’s all you need to know. [10engines]

After Paper: Esquire makes a pretty handsome iPad, as it turns out. [Mashable]

A Girl and a Gun: From the department of answered prayers: Al Pacino will be starring in a Phil Spector biopic for HBO, penned by David Mamet. We can’t wait. [NYTimes]

Water Free: Some day soon, we will all be using drip-free umbrellas. [Yanko Design]

Mr. Fry, We Presume

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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.

Ruby is Being Hypnotized

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Very Sleepy: The lads at Vice test the gullibility of their models. [Vice]

It’s Happening: LCD’s James Murphy shares his wisdom and karaoke picks—specifically Lou Rawls’ “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine.” Well done. [Opening Ceremony]

The Top is Down: Steve McQueen’s ’58 Siata 208S (that translates to “beautiful red convertible”) has found its way to eBay. Commence yearning. [Autoblog]

Padding: What to expect from your iPad. Apparently it makes a lousy tennis racquet. [CrunchGear]

Ironworks

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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.

Jennifer Lopez is a Big Sofia Loren Fan

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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]

Amanda Norgaard Counts as an Earthly Delight

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Back to Nature: Dazed and Confused lets loose an editorial dubbed “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” which might be our favorite title for a magazine editorial ever. [Fashion Copious]

Children, Wake Up: Spike Jonze may be making a movie with the Arcade Fire—if he doesn’t overdose on twee before he can finish it. [/Film]

Blowing Minds, Changing Lives: The iPad scoffs at your silly paper book. Get ready for the future, people. [TechCrunch]

All the Way to the Banksy: Banksy pops up in Los Angeles, where he is needed most. [Hypebeast]

Anna Kendrick is Suspicious of her Stylist

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The Beautiful People: Paper Mag unveils their roundup of the year’s beautiful people. Anna Kendrick, naturally, qualifies. [Paper Magazine]

Padded Out: John C. Abell gazes into the future, riffing on the iPad release. We’re guessing he’s not a flash fan… [Epicenter]

Understanding Comics: Tim Heffernan big ups the sprawling Love and Rockets series, quite possibly the Great American Underground Comic. Get on it, people. [Esquire]

Not Happening: We’re pretty open-minded, in general, but we just don’t see the coonskin cap coming back. Not ever. [Racked]

The Wild Blue Yonder

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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]

Amanda Seyfried is Not as Big an Abba Fan as You Might Think

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Mamma Mia!: Amanda Seyfried takes a moment away from the art world to pass through Esquire’s boudoir. [Esquire]

Just Say No: A thorough case for not buying an iPad—even though they’re shipping the first ones today. Restrain yourselves. [TechCrunch]

Liberated: Liberty of London sells out its first New York pop-up shop in two days. There's a lesson in there somewhere...[Racked]

Friends of Kempt: The fine folks at Hickoree’s pick up one of our favorite chicken-oriented humor magazines. [Hickoree's Hard Goods]

Pocket Sized

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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.

Then, of course, we saw this…

Anja Rubik is an Amateur Shepherd

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Sheep is the New Black: We’re not sure we follow the plot of this sheep-based editorial…but that’s Vogue Nippon for you. [Fashion Copious]

Padding: The iPad backlash begins in earnest. Get ready to learn what bezel means. [Gizmodo]

God Bless America: A state-by-state look at the vodkas of America. There are many, many more than you thought. [Valet]

Fare Thee Well: The world is one beard short tonight, now that Jon Hamm has shaved off his muzzle for SNL. Light a candle. [Vulture]