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18 Sep 03:36

Mexican Designer Ricardo Seco Puts Out Epic Huichol-Inspired New Balances for NYFW

08 Sep 16:17

If You Care About Women and Still Support the NFL, You Are a Hypocrite

SuburbanKoala

Between this and concussions, I am struggling with this issue. I stopped playing fantasy football, but, honestly, I never really enjoyed it and the moral thing was just a little push

If You Care About Women and Still Support the NFL, You Are a Hypocrite:
It’s been well-established that NFL leadership doesn’t give a shit about women, but with newly-released footage of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee in the face prior to being gently wrist-slapped with a two-game suspension, one has to wonder: do NFL fans give a shit about women?
17 Sep 19:37

A Portrait of the Alt-Bro as a Young Dumbass

SuburbanKoala

Too close to home

A Portrait of the Alt-Bro as a Young Dumbass:
It’s 11AM on the 4th day of Spring Break. He’s reading Steppenwolf at a minimal loft cafe that sells tote bags and leather notebooks and beard lube. He’s dr
17 Sep 15:06

Alison Bechdel just won a MacArthur Foundation ‘genius’ grant. She’s already changed the way we talk about film.

Alison Bechdel just won a MacArthur Foundation ‘genius’ grant. She’s already changed the way we talk about film.:
With three little questions, Alison Bechdel challenged the way we think about gender in film.
05 Sep 18:30

T.S. Eliot’s Childhood Summer Vacation Home Hits Market for $1.34 Million

SuburbanKoala

Commune?

T.S. Eliot’s Childhood Summer Vacation Home Hits Market for $1.34 Million:
T.S. Eliot may have lived in London for most of his adult life but as a child, during vacations, he and his family would travel to the city of Gloucester, Mass., to enjoy the summers. And now, you can claim the “Wasteland” poet’s holiday home for $1.34 million.
05 Sep 17:39

The list: Jonathan Gold's 101 Best Restaurants - 2014 - Los Angeles Times

SuburbanKoala

I love that he is snarky and pompous and sweet and reasonable

The list: Jonathan Gold's 101 Best Restaurants - 2014 - Los Angeles Times:
High-end restaurants construct entrees out of what used to be considered weeds. Uni has replaced foie gras as the go-to luxury. And when you ask a local food-obsessive about her favorite restaurants, she is far more likely to mention a Thai noodle shop or a renegade taquero than she is anything with a Michelin star. Welcome to the Los Angeles restaurant scene, 2014. — Jonathan Gold
20 Aug 20:18

On the Street…..The Fortezza, Florence

by The Sartorialist
SuburbanKoala

Is that dude a priest? Or has fashion coopted that too?

On the Street…..The Fortezza, Florence

21 Aug 13:56

On the Street……Cortona, Italy

by The Sartorialist
SuburbanKoala

Love her

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I love the knits and denim skirt but it’s all about the attitude.

28 Aug 00:44

Science Headlines I Would Like To See More Of

SuburbanKoala

The ocean is totally fine and full of water and fish

Science Headlines I Would Like To See More Of:
Science headlines I think we’d all appreciate seeing every now and again.
18 Aug 19:05

Reality Bites and the slackers of 1994 all but ruined me

SuburbanKoala

Not new. but a pretty clever and orderly take on the issue.

Reality Bites and the slackers of 1994 all but ruined me:
In 1994, I was a soft-brained 16-year-old—soft in many respects, really. Of mind and of body, of cushy suburban surroundings, of 1990s thrift-shop flannels and T-shirts so baggy I could have curled up inside them and gone to sleep (which was all I wanted to do at age 16, anyway). How fortuitous tha
18 Aug 16:52

Slurpees in mason jars

Slurpees in mason jars:

Authenticity, Repurposed, in a Mason Jar

By CLAIRE MARTINAUG. 16, 2014

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Part of Douglas M. Leybourne Jr.’s vintage jar collection. In the 19th century, he says, such jars “meant survival.” CreditAdam Bird for The New York Times

Maybe you’ve sipped a beer from a Mason jar. Or fished out a pickle swimming in brine from one. Or dined under illuminated clusters of them, dangling in chandelier formation, at a restaurant — especially if you dined in Brooklyn.

You might like to use Mason jars to stash your dwindling supply of Cheerios or to chill fresh lemonade. Or maybe the one that’s perched on a glass stem and marketed as the “redneck wineglass” is more your speed. (Not to worry, martini drinkers, there’s a version for you, too.)

But until several years ago, the simple Mason jar was more likely to be found in the nooks of grandmothers’ pantries than on retailers’ shelves. It was salvaged from near extinction by businesses eager for a homespun aesthetic in a sturdy, affordable package — many of them hoping to lure the millennials who have fetishized the jars in photographs on Instagram and Pinterest.

All of this has given a boost to Jarden Home Brands, one of the country’s leading manufacturers of Mason jars. It says that sales of one of its Mason jar lines, Ball brand jars, have doubled since 2001, and that overall sales for the company’s home-preserving products have jumped 25 percent in the past two years.

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Eric Prum, left, and Josh Williams created the Mason Shaker, a cocktail shaker that incorporates a Mason jar. CreditOzier Muhammad/The New York Times

Though the Mason jar has become a symbol of hipness, it started as a necessity. In 1858, John Landis Mason found a way to preserve fruits, vegetables and other perishables when he devised a lid that screwed to the threaded-glass lip of a jar over a rubber ring that sealed previously boiled contents.

“A hundred and fifty years ago, these jars meant survival,” says Douglas M. Leybourne Jr., a Mason jar expert and collector, and the author of books in a series called “The Collector’s Guide to Old Fruit Jars.” “You have a house full of people, and it’s wintertime. You couldn’t go down to the store — there wasn’t one.”

Initially, the jars were handblown and infused with substances like iron oxide and cobalt, producing shades of amber and a hue that Mr. Leybourne calls “Vicks VapoRub blue.” (These jars now fetch up to $30,000 apiece on the collectors’ market.) But, eventually, manufacturers dispensed with the colors in favor of a clear view of the food inside.

After Mr. Mason’s patent ran out in 1870, about 500 other jar makers adopted it, including Ball and Kerr, which for decades stamped their glass creations with the date of the original patent — Nov. 30, 1858 — and marketed them as Mason jars.

Billions were sold.

“The demand was incredible,” says Mr. Leybourne, who himself has a collection of more than 2,000 vintage fruit jars.

The jars retained their popularity throughout the early 20th century, with sales spiking during the Great Depression and World War II, when the federal government urged people to cultivate victory gardens so more food could be allocated for the troops.

In the 1950s and ’60s, however, the jars’ market began to fade. “That’s when canning took a turn south,” says Chris Scherzinger, president and chief executive of Jarden Home Brands, based in Daleville, Ind., which currently makes Ball- and Kerr-brand Mason jars.

The culprit was science, specifically refrigeration and the new value placed on mass-produced food made by “men in white coats,” according to Nancy F. Koehn, a historian and professor of business administration at Harvard Business School.

The rise of grocery products like Tang, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese and TV dinners threatened to extinguish the canning tradition and take down the Mason jar industry as well. Up through the 1990s, “there was a level of, I think you’d say, category maturity, where it was very low or no growth,” Mr. Scherzinger says.

People sought out the comfort and utility of the jars during the Y2K panic of late 1999, when many people feared that computer systems would fail at the dawn of the year 2000, bringing down electricity and water services. Ball-brand jar sales surged that year, but leveled off again when predictions of exploding nuclear power plants didn’t pan out.

The turning point in the recent history of the Mason jar was the start of the recession in 2008. “People stay home,” Mr. Scherzinger says of that time. “They don’t go out as much. They kind of go back to what the core of their roots are.”

At the same time, an aversion to processed food was intensifying. More people became focused on self-sufficiency and eking out as much value as they could from what they bought — and at a reasonable cost. Jarden sells a case of a dozen 16-ounce jars for $11.99 on its website. (Generic 16-ounce jars in the Mason style can go for less: $5.22 on one site.)

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Cellia Smith worked on the packing line at a Jarden Home Brands factory in Muncie, Ind.CreditChris Bergin for The New York Times

“Everywhere I look as I study consumers, I see this growing quest for more and more control,” Ms. Koehn says. “Control not only over where stuff comes from and what it’s made of, but how it’s made.”

The personalized food movement, as Mr. Scherzinger calls it, began to emerge. According to him, 82 percent of Jarden Home Brands’ customers have their own gardens, and many patronize farmers’ markets.

“They want to get their hands dirty; they want to be involved in the process, selection and the making of their food,” he says. “And canning is an extension of that.”

The darlings of that movement are members of the millennial generation, and Jarden has aggressively marketed to them. It has stepped up its presence on Facebook — its page has attracted more than 500,000 fans — and its website offers a Pinterest-like look, with boxescontaining product photos, videos and recipes.

Mr. Scherzinger also says the idea of publishing your own content online has parallels to the canning of food products. “It’s a natural extension of the idea of participation and creation,” he says. “I can’t create my own iPhone, but I can certainly create my own food.”

The jars’ revival has also been stoked by entrepreneurs who are incorporating them into product designs. Eric Prum and Josh Williams, two friends who graduated from the University of Virginia in 2008, just as the economy was starting to decline, had been in the habit of storing cocktails in Mason jars for the catering business they started as students. In 2012, they created and began selling a cocktail shaker they called the Mason Shaker.

“The functional side of it is that the Mason jars are heavy in weight, and they can withstand cocktail shaking and muddling ingredients,” Mr. Prum says. Beyond that, the glass is clear, which means that customers can see its contents while they froth up their drinks.

He also liked that Ball-brand Mason jars, which they went on to use, have always been made in the United States. It was a priority to provide jobs to American workers at a time when unemployment was climbing, he said. The two men’s company, based in Brooklyn, has sold more than 100,000 Mason Shakers since its founding, through its website and retailers like Williams-Sonoma, Anthropologie and Sur la Table. The retail price is $29.

But big corporations are also jumping on the trend, stuffing sugary, high-calorie treats into Mason jar knockoffs — and causing some to wonder whether the jar’s 150-year run as a symbol of wholesomeness may be nearing its expiration date.

Red Lobster now serves strawberry shortcake in a plastic version of the jar. And this summer, after picking up on Mason-jar chatter on social media, 7-Eleven began selling a plastic replica outfitted with plastic neon lids and straws as receptacles for its Slurpees. Laura Gordon, vice president for marketing and brand innovation at 7-Eleven, says the jar’s “combination of simplicity and an emotional, fun nostalgia” makes it “a perfect fit for us.”

The Slurpee-filled plastic Mason jar is part of 7-Eleven’s strategy for courting younger consumers. “We really do believe the millennials are striving for a combination of what’s real and also that moment of going a little bit against the grain so they can show their individuality,” Ms. Gordon says. The company sells the jars for $2.99, and she says “they’re going fast.” A recent article on the blog LAist about the 7-Eleven promotion carried the headline “7-Eleven Killed the Hipster: You Can Get Slurpees in Mason Jars With Mustache Straws.”

Mr. Leybourne, who has spent the last 20 years cataloging vintage Mason jars and other fruit jars in his books, isn’t bothered by some of the less conventional uses for the item he calls a functional antique.

“They’re an excellent storage jar,” he says. “I saw a half-gallon one filled with M&Ms.”

To Ms. Koehn at Harvard, the marriage of the solid, built-for-the-ages Mason jar and the scientifically engineered Slurpee is “strangely interesting.” The quest for authenticity in the midst of the digital revolution draws people to the comforting rhythms of home life, she says.

Many people, she says, will “want the damn jar more than they want the Slurpee.”

15 Aug 13:36

On the Street…..Astor Place, New York

by The Sartorialist
SuburbanKoala

shared mostly for the shot with everyone staring at her

On the Street…..Astor Place, New York

07 Aug 15:12

Crown Heights restaurant: 'Stop and Frisk your appetite!'

SuburbanKoala

Got that WMD. It'll mass destruct your ass

Crown Heights restaurant: 'Stop and Frisk your appetite!':
Crown Heights’ Chop Chop Grub Shop put up a SLIGHTLY ill-advised chalkboard this weekend inviting people to ‘Stop and Frisk your appetite!’
22 Jul 20:12

Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart - obituary - Telegraph

Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart - obituary - Telegraph:
Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart was a witch who raised unicorns, taught mathemagics and spell-casting, and preached the gospel of ‘polyamory’
14 Jul 19:34

Move Over, New Orleans. Denver Has The 'It' Dessert | Baumkuchen Cake | Ruth Tobias

SuburbanKoala

Put all the Spit Cake in my face

Move Over, New Orleans. Denver Has The 'It' Dessert | Baumkuchen Cake | Ruth Tobias:
With its doughnut-like texture, Baumkuchen cake is like no other, and Denver resident Heather Alcott worked tirelessly to bring it to her city.
05 Jun 22:32

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvV8A1iYg1s

SuburbanKoala

#Roniweek

23 May 18:22

How Craft Distilling Lost Its Spirit

SuburbanKoala

The Atlantic yuppie-hipster click-bait

How Craft Distilling Lost Its Spirit:
Too many stills, too little expertise
23 May 18:12

Get Your Beer Goggles Here! Baseball Team Hosts Tinder-Themed Game Along With $1 Brews

SuburbanKoala

Would observe

Get Your Beer Goggles Here! Baseball Team Hosts Tinder-Themed Game Along With $1 Brews:
The Saint Paul Saints helped their fans get on base with “Tinder Loving Care Night,” featuring a live on-field version of the dating app…
23 May 12:27

Confessions of a Prep-School Feminist

SuburbanKoala

Why write this?

Confessions of a Prep-School Feminist:
As a half-Catholic, half-Jewish girl from Ohio, I myself was neither particularly mischievous nor particularly preppy.
23 May 16:31

Male Gaze Falls On Buffalo Chicken Bites

Male Gaze Falls On Buffalo Chicken Bites:
BINGHAMTON, NY—Patrons at Thirsty’s Tavern and Grill confirmed Monday that the objectifying male gaze has fallen upon a $6.95 plate of buffalo chicken bites, resulting in the menu item being treated as if it serves no purpose beyond providing …
16 May 18:57

Rice Lands QB By Sending Recruiting Letter To His Cat

Rice Lands QB By Sending Recruiting Letter To His Cat:
Quarterback J.T. Granato committed to Rice yesterday, his decision perhaps helped by a letter from the Owls’ offensive coordinator to his cat, Kitty:
13 May 02:19

Rock band Procol Harum blamed for abducting Nigerian schoolgirls in terrorist group mix-up

SuburbanKoala

I'm not the only one

Rock band Procol Harum blamed for abducting Nigerian schoolgirls in terrorist group mix-up:
A ROCK band from the 1960s has been blasted on Twitter for abducting nearly 300 schoolgirls after a name mix-up with a Nigerian terrorist group. (Latest News,rock band,procol Harum,Nigeria,Nigerian,terrorist,group,300,school girl,schoolgirls,Boko Haram,Procol Harum,porcal harum,procol harum,band mix-up,mistake,boko harum,boko haram,Twitter,nigeria,kidnapping,abducted,abducting,300 girls,300 schoolgirls,US)
10 May 14:01

Brooklyn's Magnificent Broken Angel House Is Gone, Condos Coming Soon

SuburbanKoala

Bummer

Brooklyn's Magnificent Broken Angel House Is Gone, Condos Coming Soon:
Broken Angel’s facade has been taken down, condos will be on the site by 2015.
08 May 19:21

Eat, Pray, Crib | Buy author Elizabeth Gilbert's beautiful home. - eatpraycrib.com

SuburbanKoala

still not sure if this is satire or not.

Eat, Pray, Crib | Buy author Elizabeth Gilbert's beautiful home. - eatpraycrib.com:
Dear Ones — I’m selling my beautiful perfect house. Why? Because I’m a restless person and I need to move all the time. It’s time to move, then! Otherwise, there is no sane reason to sell this exquisite and lovingly renovated “four-over-four” Italianate Victorian house that was built in 1869 by the great-grandson of John Reading (the first governor of New Jersey and a hero of the Revolutionary War.)
08 May 12:50

Sturtevant, Uncompromising Progenitor of Appropriation Art, Has Died

SuburbanKoala

RIP Sturtevant

Sturtevant, Uncompromising Progenitor of Appropriation Art, Has Died:
Sturtevant, whose repetitions of now-iconic Pop and Minimal artworks in the 1960s anticipated the rise of appropriation art more than a decade later and formed the core of one of the most radical and beguiling artistic practices of the past 50 years, has died in Paris. Artforum confirmed the news. Published reports put her age at…
05 May 17:47

Great Art in Ugly Rooms

SuburbanKoala

So necessary

05 May 13:19

The Largest Vocabulary in Hip hop

SuburbanKoala

Wu-Tang

02 May 21:16

Another Solid Reason Not to Do a Mud-Obstacle Run

SuburbanKoala

The guy who started tough mudder told me about it at a dinner party in 2009, and I laughed at him. Now he is really rich.

Another Solid Reason Not to Do a Mud-Obstacle Run:
Endurance races that involve electrical shocks, ice baths, and pools of stagnant farm water are acutely popular. No one tells you about the bowel infections.
02 May 19:28

Boston's Shame: Racist Tweets About P.K. Subban a Disgrace

SuburbanKoala

This also happened after the Joel Ward goal in 2011. Boston!

Boston's Shame: Racist Tweets About P.K. Subban a Disgrace:
Following his Game 1 double overtime goal, Montreal Canadiens’ defenseman P.K. Subban was the subject of many racial tweets. And it’s damaging Boston’s image.
02 May 12:25

1/23/2014 - WOW (Work-In-Progress) :: Calendar :: BRIC

SuburbanKoala

This is old, but new to me. Opera about Milli Vanilli.

1/23/2014 - WOW (Work-In-Progress) :: Calendar :: BRIC:
Created by Joe Diebes, Christian Hawkey and David Levine PLEASE SEE ADDITIONAL DATES BELOW!BRIC continues its inaugural season with a