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Digital Hoarders

Super Storage: Best External Desktop Hard Drives

From the Archives: The best desktop hard drives have, to steal a phrase from our favorite genie, “phenomenal saving power; itty bitty stylish case[s]“. Should you need a little extra room (actually, a lot of room) to move large files from one place to another, or or if you’re storing files temporarily for some other reason, look no further than these, the best external desktop hard drives around.

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Timekeeping Royalty

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, A King Among Watches

From the Archives: To refer to the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak as a mere icon is to almost willfully ignore the importance of the watch, the line it inspired, or, indeed, the genre that it gave birth to. Few, if any, timepieces have so thoroughly altered the industry or impacted our conception of watchmaking as the Royal Oak, and for good reason. This timepiece didn’t just save a company. It single-handedly created an entirely new class of watch.

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A Reverence for the Overlooked Classics and what they Inspire

GP & Petrolicious Present: The Collector Series

Vintage is in something fierce. You can blame the cliche and assign Mad Men all you want. But vintage is deeper than that. A stretch of tough times and the “planned obsolescence” of today has refocused our attention to history even more than ever. New doesn’t always equate to better and some things really don’t work like they used to. The Collector, a new Octane series in partnership with the classic car experts at Petrolicious, acknowledges the automotive gems of yesteryear that have gone overlooked for one reason or another. As a series, the selections we’ll share stand as both a group of savvy buys we’d base our personal car collection around and as a source of inspiration for life in the wake of ownership.

Over the next eight weeks, we’ll be publishing a series of companion stories each Monday developed to cover the two sides of the collector’s coin. On Petrolicious, you’ll see pristine examples of each sublime vehicle and hear from their owners. Here at GP, we’ll share a mix of new and classic items that draw inspiration from these undervalued icons, allowing you to channel each vehicle’s influence regardless of what’s sitting in your garage.

Head to Petrolicious to read The Collector: Part One, 1970 Datsun 240Z then peruse the kit it inspired.

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Good talks, bad hours

Introducing: Late Plates

We love breaking bread with exciting people, and a pint of good beer never hurt a conversation. It’s in this spirit that we’re launching a new series, Late Plates, presented by Miracle Whip, in which we interview great minds, talents and professionals over America’s best late-night eats.

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Love, Hate and Caramel Waterfalls

Letters to GP: April 2014

You guys really like to write. We’re talking real letters here, longer and broader in scope and, in a few cases, more passionate than we’ve ever received before.

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Everyday Carry Essentials: The Flashlight

You think your smartphone can light your way in a pinch — until you’re alone and the library’s/church’s/old cabin’s/hospital morgue’s circuit breaker trips. Avoid learning the hard way and check out Everyday Carry‘s guide to the best EDC flashlights. They’ve put together a list of eight small-but-mighty suggestions that are bound to come to the rescue one of these days.

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Off the treadmill, off the road

Switchback Sprinters: 10 Best Trail Running Shoes

From the Archives: After a long day at the office, pounding pavement is just more work. Get in a pair of trail running shoes and get off road.

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Grip-N-Go With the Best of 'em

Five Great Multitools for Filling Out Your Toolbox

From the Archive: You’re not the guy who has a frequent buyer card at Sears, so you can’t always find the perfect tool in your less-than-organized garage. Perhaps a versatile multi-tool would be your best ally. Multi-tools have been around for twenty years, and they’re not going away anytime soon. Today’s multi-tools are better than ever, with innovative designs that are only limited by the imagination. If you’re wondering what all-around multi-tool to purchase, we have five of the best full-sized multi-tools on the market today.

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A tough ticker with a rich service history

The Seiko 6105, an Iconic Watch of the Vietnam War

From the Archives: Produced from 1968 to 1977, the Seiko 6105 combined toughness, an influential design and a rich history of use among service members in the Vietnam war.

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A father-and-son Mustang project car

Raising a Stallion

From the Archives: My dad and I are alike in a lot of ways — the way we fall asleep in chairs and lose our hair, for instance — but our love of cars has bound us for as long as I can remember. Not long ago I sent my dad a handful of questions about what makes me a car guy and asked him to write quick responses; I got back six pages. (Dad and I also like to tell stories.) And so I realized this story is best told in tandem, with excerpts of his answers interspersed with my own. Together, they are the story of our similarities and our passions, and of the car that is, as my dad put it, “a mild street rod imported from the junction” of the two of us.

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A Guide to a Rhode Island's Capital

Seeking Providence

Good things come in small packages. You’re thinking about Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever puppies. Focus for a second. We’re talking about Providence, RI. Although it’s a city of only 182,000 people spread over 25 square miles, it has the hotels, restaurants, bars, theaters and government-codified milk beverages to punch well above its weight class. Seeking Providence is your guide to a long weekend in Rhode Island’s capital city.

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The Handiest of Tools for Under $350

Everyday Carry Essentials: The Knife

A man’s everyday carry (or “EDC” in web-speak) is a fascinating window into the soul. Seeing what someone keeps close at hand can speak in obvious ways to their lifestyle, interests and values. Everyday-Carry.com is the leading community for all things EDC-related, so when it came time to find an expert on the best pocket knives to own under $350, the answer was obvious. If you’re in the market for a new blade without blowing your inheritance, their guide on The Best Pocket Knives Under $350 is an excellent resource worth checking out.

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4 Wheels, 5 Skills

Driver’s Education 2.0

From the Archives: Becoming a skilled driver is about more than going fast and having the will to beat everyone else. Understanding physics, driving the line well and having hours under your belt in both your vehicle and the track or road on which you’ll drive all play key roles in maximizing your abilities. The fastest and most comprehensive way to improve these things? Opening up your mind and your wallet to a reputable driving school. Here are our picks for the five best.

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Best of Show

Best Watches of SIHH 2014

From the Archives:Every year we come away from Salon International Haute Horlogerie, the world’s most prestigious watch show, feeling privileged and awed. After we’ve returned home and slept off the jetlag, we like to poll our team of Timekeeping contributors for their picks from the preceding week. So with our further ado, here are our favorite watches of SIHH 2014.

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The road less traveled, the snow well-conquered

Sidecars & Snow: A Mountain Ride with Ural Motorcycles

Given the chance to ride motorcycles in the winter, a sane rider might politely decline, but what’s life without a few two three-wheeled thrills? On a recent invitation by Ural Motorcycles we did just that, responding “yes, please” (pronto) while simultaneously reaching for our bags, and multiple changes of underwear. Next stop, cold and soggy Seattle.

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Wisdom for Maturing Gracefully

Better With Age

In Bradbury’s “No Particular Night or Morning”, Clemens is a billion miles from home in a spaceship, conversing with a peer about life. “We’re all fools”, he says, “all the time. It’s just we’re a different kind each day… I think the only way we can grow and get on in this world is to accept the fact we’re not perfect and live accordingly.” Fools or not, time can yield both quality and wisdom. Our #betterwithage discussion examines issues of maturity in wine, beer, cheese, cigars and life.

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True friends stab you in the front

Keep Friends as You Get Older

From the Archives: Like many things in life, maintaining friendships turns out to be more work than originally expected — not that it’s unpleasant work, but there’s more to it than paying for the 30-rack of Bud or lending the car for a Wendy’s run at midnight. Friends require time and attention, commodities that seem ever more scarce as we get older. We asked GP staffers in their 20s, 30s and 40s — the age range of our crew — to weigh in on the challenges and triumphs of keeping friends as they get older.

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26.2 Miles Starts With One Step

The Marathon Journal

Marathons are a rite of passage for runners. Some plan their year around it. Some travel to distant lands to compete. Some run them once and then switch to lawn bowling. Whether you want to join the club, learn what makes marathoners tick or just buy some energy gels to snack on, our Marathon Journal takes you inside the cult-like world of long-distance running.

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Marathon man

The Complete Guide to Running Your First Marathon

From the Archives: In the marathon origin story, Pheidippides runs from Marathon to Athens to deliver a message of victory and then promptly dies. Though we’ve come a long way since 490 BC, running 26.2 miles is a feat, and doing it can be taxing on the body. Still, with the right training anyone can do it. Looking to join the club? We’ve got some tips, tricks and advice from experts to get you most of the way there. You’ve still got to run the damn thing.

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Falling into the game

GTA V and the Power of Immersive Digital Worlds

From the Archives: GTA V heralds a new era of gaming, one in which top studios will attract gamers by focusing on their interactions with the digital landscape — i.e., by creating more immersive worlds.

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Three top chronographs go head to head

The Column Wheel Chronograph Shootout

From the Archives:The popularity and prevalence of chronographs might just make one think that it is an easy watch complication. Something about the asymmetrical cases — those buttons poking out from under a shirtsleeve — and the gauge-like dials with tachymetric scales and multiple subdials seems irresistible to men everywhere. So when we recently got our hands on three of the best available in-house built automatic column wheel chronographs from three legendary companies — Zenith, OMEGA and Girard-Perregaux — it presented an opportunity we couldn’t pass up. We’ll call it a shootout — loosely.

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Today's the last day to sign up for the Affordable Health Care Act

PSA: Beat the Deadline for Insurance

Today is the final day of the six-month open enrollment window for medical coverage under the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare. Help spread the word.

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Intentionally Stranded in a City of Gridlock

One Less Car in Los Angeles

From the Archives: Navigating LA, which is known for its vastness and interlocking freeways, without a car is akin to a New Yorker pulling his vehicle from storage to run errands in midtown for a few hours. It’s crazy. It doesn’t even seem like an option. But what if I made it an option? I decided to try the unthinkable: live in LA for one week while my car sat in the driveway. The goal: see just how dependent I was on my car — and determine just how much I could buck that dependency.

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Island hopping in the North Atlantic

72 Hours: Nova Scotia

From the Archives: My bartering skills need work. Hungry and in search of fresh seafood at the farmer’s market, I sidestep locals blocking my beeline to the solitary oyster stand. Splayed out in front are seven mammoth slurpers of the Ruisseau variety. Countless foam coolers offer the promise of more, but there’s sad news: the baker’s half-dozen of bivalves will have to do. They are the last around. Then it happens: a huge shipment shows up with more oysters than I could hope to shuck. I blurt “gimme twenty” from behind a smile, newly-minted (molded?) plastic Canadian dollars flying from my pocket. If this were Seattle or Hong Kong I’d swear it was a setup, but in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, victory is mine.

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A look beyond the usual suspects

Baggage Claim: 10 Modern Takes on the Commuter Bag

From the Archives: Once you’ve got your bike, which you should by now, the next step is to pick up the appropriate accessories. For commuters, second only to a helmet is a suitable bag that holds the necessities and, beyond that, meets specific, personal work- or looks-related criteria. The next thing to consider is the style of bag — backpack, messenger or something else entirely? We’ve got all of the above, with a preference toward backpacks.

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Time to get hammered

Nailed It: 5 Best Hammers

From the Archives: Of all the tools in a man’s workshop, his hammer is perhaps the most personal. Chances are you still have your first forged striker, but we’ll forgive you an upgrade; it really is time. You’d be surprised how much hammer tech has come, but in the end, it’s still all about hitting the nail on the head. Here are five of our favorites for beginners to the most hardened steel swingers out there — whether you loop it, or let it hang from a belt is entirely up to you.

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No sleep til Basel

Preview: BaselWorld 2014

For one week a year, the center of the timepiece universe revolves around Basel, a quiet Swiss city that sits astride the borders of France and Germany. Whereas January’s Salon Internationle Haute Horlogerie is a more intimate, almost quaint affair with its handful of high-end brands, BaselWorld, the world’s largest watch show, is a raucous mosh pit of over a thousand brands, 100,000 visitors and a whole lot of schnitzel. This year, the show is earlier than usual, running from March 27th through April 3rd. And we’ll be there.

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Rising to the top

Best of BaselWorld 2013

From the Archives: On the eve of BaselWorld 2014, let’s take a last look at the best timepieces from last year’s Watchapalooza, BaselWorld 2013.

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RACING WITH LEXUS F AT FUJI INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

The Arrival of the New Lexus F Line

From the Archives: Lexus, when it was created in 1989, was itself a halo brand. Today Lexus is pushing its own groundbreaking products — that is, incredible vehicles — to reach new automotive heights. We were recently invited to experience those new halos, several of the company’s latest F models, this time at the very same proving grounds on which they were first developed: Fuji International Speedway.

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34 Beers. 5 Rounds. 1 Winner.

Introducing the Mass-Market Beer Tournament

We got down from our high horse, if only for a second, to judge the best of the generic, watery and cheap mass market beers. How exactly? It has to do with seeding a total of 34 beers into four divisions and holding an NCAA-style tournament of blind tastings in order to declare a winner. Read on for all the details and a preview of next week’s madness.