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Austin had to leave town for five days for work, so I decided to go stay with my parents so that our contractors could have full, round the clock access to make some serious progress (and so I could do an insane amount of laundry, enjoy a daytime nap without hearing a nail gun, and devour home cooked meals like it was my job).
We are always on the lookout for little ways to save money, and regularly share clever tricks and methods to make do with less. All that is well and good, but I keep returning to this one basic way to keep to your budget....
Without warning, hundreds of thousands of dead fish have been floating to the surface of Lake Cajititlan in the Mexican state of Jalisco over the past week. Local authorities claim the deaths are part of a “natural cycle,” but state authorities disagree, saying that the phenomena is due to “poor management” of the lake. This isn’t the first time this has happened either – 10 tons of fish were found dead in the same lake last October. Is this really an annual event, or yet another occurrence caused by the harmful activities of humans?
Five trends that will redefine great service in 2015 and beyond.
by Bill Pearis
Spanish artist Cráneo Prisma records under the name Holögrama, using synthesizers to accommodate "the most lysergic acid sounds and turn stained with nice melodies." It's also a little like Suicide (or Spacemen 3) but with a positive spin. Holögrama's debut album, Waves, will be out October 28 via Trouble in Mind and you can get an early taste via the blissed-out "In Your Head" which makes its premiere in this post. Stream it and check out album art and tracklist, below...
If you're still reeling from the idea that YouTube stars can cultivate teen fandemonium comparable to 90's era boy bands—get ready, because it's happening again.
Vine stars—the niche, digital media celebrities who have gained popularity over fleeting, six second clips—have caught on like wildfire amongst teen girls.The Jack and Jack Digitour tourbus
Meet Jack and Jack. Jack Gilinsky, 17, and Jack Johnson, 18, are two teens from Omaha, Nebraska, who garnered fame by creating humorous six-second clips together on Vine. The duo, who arrived in San Francisco last week as a part of their DigiTour tour, have amassed 4.3 million followers on Vine. And these followers, almost exclusively from the teen girl set, showed up to the sold-out tour venue in droves.
Jack and Jack are also part of a bigger group of Vine stars called Magcon, a collection of 10 Vine celebrities—nine of which are white, teen boys. The makings of your standard boy band fare.Ecstatic fans of Jack and Jack
The response to these Vine stars are overwhelming, and just a little perplexing as to exactly why stars like Jack and Jack have found fame. Fans told ReadWrite they're passionate about the pair because Jack and Jack are "fun," and they love the fact that the boys are good friends.Lines wrapped around San Francisco's Regency Center
Vine stars like Jack and Jack often start as popular users of the medium and then branch off into other forms of digital media after hitting stardom. The pair is partnered with Fullscreen—a YouTube multi-channel network that operates as an agency for digital media stars—to feature in the network's series of concerts and tours.Fans create signs while waiting to get inside
So what exactly can certain Vine stars, people known more for personality and relatability, showcase at a concert or show? After gaining popularity on the video app, Jack and Jack started creating pop music singles, which they perform at their live shows.A Jack and Jack hypeman gets the crowd excited for the show
The novelty of these kinds of digital media stars can leave many of the higher ups confused about to handle the burgeoning popularity. Leashes are held Hollywood-tight on these new stars, many of whom were just everyday teens who stumbled into fame.
I was not allowed press access to either the venue or for an interview with Jack and Jack because of a dispute between their agency and the DigiTour organizers. When asked if the boys could make their own decisions for interviews, DigiTour said that the boys have no choice in the matter.Two fans bring signs of Jack and Jack's childhood photos
This type of A-list exclusivity is strange for stars birthed from digital media—a particular kind of fame that is built on accessibility, not exclusion. But discovering talent on mediums like Vine and YouTube is not a bad idea for Hollywood types looking to create the next great boy band. After all, the success of many manufactured boy bands are built firstly on personality and attractiveness.Jack and Jack DigiTour bus
Teen girls undeniably love Jack and Jack, and are as passionate about the Vine stars as they would be towards, say, groups like One Direction. Where might we expect the next boy band phenomenon to originate from?
Images by Stephanie Chan.
Yarr, if it’s gold you be seeking, to England you should go: a German artist has buried $16,000 worth of gold bullion in the sand of the Outer Harbour beach in Folkestone – and anyone is welcome to come search for it during the Folkestone Triennial. As part of an art project entitled Folkestone Digs, Michael Sailstorfer buried the 30 bars of gold under the sand of the beach as part of a participatory art project which he hopes will attract many people to the area at low tide on Thursday, Sept. 4 to search for it. “It’s about people coming to the beach and digging and possibly finding hidden treasure,” Triennial curator, Lewis Biggs told The Guardian. “Some people will get lucky, some people will not get lucky – and that’s life.”
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For anyone who moves to New York City’s West Village, it’s location, location, location – after all, you’re just a stone’s throw from some of the city’s best restaurants and shops. But that premium on location means you sometimes have to settle for a smaller space with a challenging layout. So two years ago when Alisa Richter, of Small Girls PR, and Barrett Sheridan found this apartment, they decided to address the difficult layout by keeping the apartment’s decor pared down. The result is a space that is a true style compromise. Alisa says that it if it were left completely up to her, the space might look like a professor’s library in rural Maine. She has a tendency to bring home things like vintage model ships and vintage flags – she once found a pristine 1950s Helene Curtis vanity on the sidewalk and carried it twenty blocks home. To keep her collecting in check, she and Barret have a running joke that if it looks like it belongs on the set of a Wes Anderson movie, it’s probably too “twee” for the apartment. Alisa likes to call it her “twee restriction.” Twee restrictions aside, it was important to the couple that their space be both dog friendly and great for entertaining groups. So they kept it clean and modern, which works for a small space like this one, and Alisa’s love for everything vintage is kept to little touches – like an elephant on a table or a vintage typewriter tucked in a corner – throughout the space. Quite the attractive compromise. -Amy
Photography by Charles Aydlett
Image above: “The bedroom is probably my favorite room. It’s full of light and filled with mementos from our travels. We didn’t want it to feel overly girly, so we swapped out an ornate glass chandelier for this industrial light fixture with Edison bulbs,” says Alisa.
Image above: “The vintage table is from Pippin Home, I found it on a sourcing trip with my good friend, interior designer Danielle Arps. She has immaculate taste so I knew it was a good find. The little elephant figurine is from a trip Barrett and I took to Thailand.”
See more of this NYC apartment after the jump!
Renovation by: Melanie and George
Location: North Carolina
Last year my husband, George and I decided that we were sick of living paycheck-to-paycheck. We wanted a chance to get out of that lifestyle and a chance for George to pursue his art full-time. So we somehow got the crazy idea to live in an Airstream.
Now you see it, now you don't. This little magic trick is more common with something that's not typically easy to hide: a swimming pool. Still rare but becoming more common, hidden pools come in different varieties: decks (or lawns!) that slide back or fold up, and even floors that drop. A hidden pool costs on average 30% more than a traditional in-ground pool.
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German duo Piemont are about to unleash their debut release on legendary label Toolroom Records, their new single “Crowned” will be released next monday September 8th and the track itself is a perfect slice of organic house that jacks along with a soulful and stellar groove.
The iPhone contacts app enables users to store more information than simply a number and name, but it's still not perfect. While Android phone owners are able to customize their contacts and call lists, and even add text subject lines to phone calls, Humin is an iOS app that lets users add relationship context and social media details to their contacts.
Memory isn't perfect, and it seems to fail at the most inopportune moments, especially if your work requires you to meet and remember scores of new recruits, clients and old acquaintances each week. Through Humin, users can attach contextual details whenever they add a new contact — for example, 'Lives in New York', 'Met with John' or even 'Patriots fan'. Using GPS, the date and time of the first encounter can also be logged. The app also works with Facebook and — in the future — LinkedIn accounts, meaning that information such as what position they hold at which company is not only added, but updated whenever their online profiles are.
Rather than trying to remember an acquaintances name, Humin lets users simply search for the details they can remember. If they know they met the person last week, they can simply search their 'met last week' list and easily pull up some details to use for friendly conversation. The app's calendar function enables users to remind themselves of who they'll be meeting and when, and it also notifies them of who lives in the city they're visiting when traveling.
Watch the video below to learn more about the app:
Humin makes contacts list better reflect the more complex relationships we have with all the people we meet, whether they're fleeting connections or not. The app is free to download from the App Store. Are there other ways for busy people to keep track of all the people in their network?