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Maryna Linchuk Is Gardening

  • Kempt Staff

Newman’s Own: A PTO reader makes a monumental discovery: he’s just stumbled upon a cache of Paul Newman’s suiting. (And it fits.) [Put This On]

Secret Formula: Sizing up the chances of Formula 1 taking hold in America, as it gears up for its big stateside return next month in Texas. [Vanity Fair]

Day Dreaming: Archival Clothing digs up some old photos of dapper nappers. [Archival Clothing]

Going Bust: The cast of MythBusters runs down the craziest myths they’ve ever tackled. [The Atlantic]

A Few Possibilities for the Time Cloak

  • Geoff Rynex

Last week, Cornell physicists introduced the world to something called the time cloak—a series of lasers and lenses that bends time to make things invisible.

For scientists and supervillains alike, it’s a pretty big deal—but while the scientific world is caught up in a frenzy of discovery, we thought it was our duty as responsible bloggers to point out the dangers of this powerful new technology.

In that vein, we offer a few loosely researched cautionary tales...

Our three troubling scenarios, which may resemble a few movies you’ve seen»

A Gentleman’s Guide to the Lab Coat

Lab Coat

The lab coat can be a tricky item to navigate, but we’ve finally found a blog post to teach us the finer points with a few movie stills. Our favorite quote, concerning Independence Day: “Unkempt hair is a great style for any academic pursuit, but throw it together with a fresh white lab coat and you, sir, have got yourself a look.” We’ll leave that one to the professionals.

Defending Baldness


Truly, today is a great day for humanity.

In easily the most earth-shaking discovery of the 21st century, scientists appear to have stumbled onto a cure for baldness.

Specifically stress-related baldness in lab mice but, you know, baby steps. And on the off-chance this actually pans out and the current generation of youths never has to face down the sheer-pated scourge, we’d like to weigh in while there’s still time.

We’ll miss it. We swear.

Don’t get us wrong; there are plenty of guys with a real genetic gripe, gracefully fighting the good fight with shampoos and fedoras. But then there are the Picassos of the world, wearing their clean skull with pride and scoring one for the Aging Male everywhere. We can’t help but feel a pang of loss at the prospect of a world without them. We’d prefer this problem be solved with style rather than science—and we don't mean hats. Whither Ed Harris?

Ana de la Reguera is Watching Squirrels

Mavis Lives: Jeff Tweedy penned a tune for Mavis Staples, and it’s pretty good. But does this mean he’s forgotten about Levon? [Pitchfork]

On the Page: The chaps at Secret Forts dig up Kerouac’s typewriter and manuscript scroll for On the Road. [Secret Forts]

One More for the Road: Science is a wash on the hair of the dog as a hangover cure. We’re pretty sure whatever else they’re working on is less important. [Good, Bad and Bogus]

Tile by Tile: We just found our new favorite delftware-covered power plant. Those crazy Dutch… [Inhabitat]

Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down


The metallic frame above is a microscopic look at the miraculous substance known as whiskey, as rendered by the fine folks at Bevshots. (They seem to want us to put it on our wall, but we’ll politely ignore that part.) There are a half-dozen others where that came from—including vodka, sake and an unusually colorful margarita—all blown up to magnifications you haven’t seen since chemistry class. Needless to say, we’ll be raising a glass to science later this evening.

Rebecca Hall is Half Undone


Ms. Hall: Never underestimate the power of the sundress. [The Moment]

Cave People: Seattle’s Blackbird celebrates the life of Dugout Dick, one of the Northwest’s most prolific cave-dwelling hobos. His beard, in particular, was the stuff of legend. [Blackbird]

The Morning After: A troubling survey of your hangover-fighting options. Apparently tea is not the cure-all we thought it was. [Lifehacker]

They Call it Boobquake: Step 1: an Iranian cleric blames earthquakes on bared cleavage. Step 2: a media-savvy feminist organizes a cleavage rally in D.C., dubbed “Boobquake,” to call his bluff. Step 3: a massive earthquake rocks Thailand on the day of the rally. It was totally worth it. [Gawker]

Get Happy


It’s the human condition: We spend our lives in pursuit of happiness with no guide or direction as to what will fulfill us spiritually. We waste time on shallow pleasures, stumbling blindly towards a suggestion of joy, but lacking the means to even comprehend our own needs.

Clearly, this is a job for the iPhone.

Track Your Happiness (via PSFK) is an iPhone app that spot-checks your general well-being at random points throughout the day and after a few months, produces a fully rounded assessment of your emotional hot spots. You may discover you’re fairly reliably buzzed a few hours after a gym visit. After a six-hour Twilight Zone marathon? Not so much.

Use it right, and it might just lead you to a more balanced and fulfilling life…provided you can stop playing Tetris long enough to work it out.

Ashes to Ashtrays


Shalom: Shalom Harlow blips onto our radar via Vogue Nippon. [Refinery29]

Being Blunt: The ten finer points of cigar etiquette. We’d suggest, as an addendum, “Don’t ash on her cat.” [Luxist]

Mill Work: Woolrich Woolen Mills collections are always worth a look. [Selectism]

Going Quantum: Scientists build the world’s first quantum computer, potentially unleashing infinite processor power and breaking the codes that protect internet finance. But it still won’t run Vista. [Gizmodo]

And Everybody Knows…


Dangerous: Miles Aldridge explores the world of the femme fatale. We are duly intrigued. [Refinery29]

It’s My Favorite Crayon: The Journal forsees a distopian future of pink suits and magenta kitchen appliances. [WSJ]

Marmoset There’d Be Days Like This: Marmosets join the growing list of flourescent housepets. Take notice, Petco. [BoingBoing]

Fine Art: Sculpture and liquor come together in the first masterpiece of the new millenium. [Gizmodo]

Measure for Measure


Precision has always been a popular look among the design crowd, so it was only a matter of time before scientific glassware caught on…

This beaker-style tumbler is from the ruckl’s Engineering Collection (via acquire), and the numbers etched on the side aren’t just for show. Those are the exact measurements and specs of the item itself, which should come in handy when you get around to making that bespoke coaster.

At the very least, your mixology will get a lot more precise.

The Rise of the Farmer Woman


Although it may be outclassed by its French counterpart, the American *Playboy* is still good for something: science.

A pair of econometricians have pored through the *Playboy* archives with an eye to economic trends and confirmed a preexisting theory that in times of economic crisis—like now, for instance—men like their women a little taller, a little older, and a little more muscular. In short, we want farmer women to help us till the soil after the revolution comes.

We debate the merits of the farmer woman»