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Take it or leave it?

The Burning House

We’re all materialistic to some degree. Let’s face it, that’s why you come to this site (besides the bombastic and articulate writers, of course). We would never advocate loving objects more than our loved ones or even the act of living itself — then again, did you see that 90-inch Sharp behemoth?. Examining the things…

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Our first annual summer read-down

Summer Reading List: 12 Best Books to Beat the Heat

Ah, the summer heat. Take it or leave it, the dog days are anigh. Time for frenzied vacation logistics, thanking (and re-thanking) the good men who invented air conditioning, and of course a damn good book. From a collection of short stories by one of our favorite childhood authors to an emotionally exhausting murder mystery…

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Mischief managed

Sony Wonderbook

If you’re considering sneaking some Adderall into your favorite kid’s midday snack, you should take a peek at the Sony Wonderbook first. Recently unveiled at E3, the educational tool is an augmented reality pad consisting of only 12 pages that leverage the PS3’s PlayStation Eye camera to create the ultimate version of the pop-up book…

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Hope, Change, Donkeys

Presidential Campaign Posters: 200 Years of Election Art

Excited for this year’s upcoming election? Neither are we. Or we weren’t, that is, until we checked out Presidential Campaign Posters: 200 Years of Election Art ($27), an illustrated history of our country’s presidential election campaign propaganda. The Library of Congress-published tome features 100 removable, ready-to-frame campaign posters, each with a brief description of the…

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Click forth

Click: Selectism & High Snobiety

Need some high style and good design in your life today? Then head on over to Selectism, and its must-bookmark brother, High Snobiety. Our good friends have ensured your otherwise mundane day of RSS-reader clicking will be remarkably improved by visiting their new digs, which feature an all-new design, full-screen galleries, turbo-fast performance, handsome typography…

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Seth Godin is Kick(Start)ing His Way to Publishing a New Book

Kickstarter: The Icarus Deception

Writer and Entrepreneur Seth Godin’s new book, The Icarus Deception: Why Make Art? sounds positively inspired. Sounds? Yup, that’s because the book has yet to be published — Godin is raising funds via Kickstarter for publishing. Evidently, plenty of others agree because as of opening this morning, with more than 1,500 backers pledging in excess…

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Briefings: Pasta, Vampires, Beer Machines, Mosquitos, and Euro 2012

Our attention this week was on things practical rather than academic: eating carbs, drinking beer, watching sports, and protecting ourselves from vampires with Victorian-era slaying kits. Remember: practical. It’s a big and complicated world. We’re at tips [at] gearpatrol.com if you think there’s something we should know about.

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This ain't the Oscars, and that's fine by us

Vimeo Awards 2012

The Vimeo Awards Thursday night kicked off Vimeo’s 2012 Festival weekend in New York with a goofy, off-the-wall bang. In attendance at the NYU Skirball Center were some of your Gear Patrol compadres, lending nicely into the creative sandwich of talented and upcoming filmmakers. We missed the red carpet, but managed to land ringside seats…

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Keep Calm and Churchill On

Churchill Style: The Art of Being Winston Churchill

There are men, and then there are men. As one of most prominent statesmen of the 20th century, Winston Churchill easily defines the second category. Churchill is well known for his contributions to British (and world) history as the Prime Minister who willed the Limeys through WWII. His life and contributions have been accordingly documented…

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Briefings: Protests in Quebec, Hammer Biennial, The Meteorite Market, America’s Best Bars, and a Spiked Arnold Palmer

We trust you had a good long weekend filled with plenty of burgers and brews. What you missed: Quebecers banging on pots and pans en masse, and not because they didn’t get enough to eat this weekend. This, plus the best Arnold Palmer you’ve ever mixed on the porch, in this week’s Briefings. It’s a…

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A new reason to dine in

Modernist Cuisine at Home

Have a date this weekend you want to impress and can’t get a reservation at Alinea? If you have some cooking chops, or a partner that’s attracted to unproven culinary hubris, we suggest making a romantic dinner for two with the help of Modernist Cuisine at Home ($140). The take home version of the James…

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Briefings: Gatsby, The History of Chicken, Blood Money, Cheese Disasters, and Fishing Holes

We’re not ignoring the “Skyfall” trailer; we’re watching it for the third time right now. But a new adaptation of Gatsby seems somehow important, American — a story handed down to the next generation, a role bestowed on DiCaprio by Redford, a soundtrack with Irving Berlin for one with Kanye and Hov. A cautionary tale…

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A definitive read on the indefinite

The Mastery of Time: A History of Timekeeping

Writing a half-decent book on watches is no small feat, but authoring a history of time? That requires a level of prowess and dedication beyond the reach of most, but Dominique Fléchon, historian and expert in fine watches has done just that. His book, The Mastery of Time: A History of Timekeeping ($63) casts much…

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No Payne, No Gain

Max Payne 3

It’s been nearly 10 years since a video game pulled us through the living nightmare that was the life of Max Payne. Much to the pleasure of fans worldwide, everyone’s favorite tormented soul is back and so is Bullet Time. Max Payne 3 (PS3, Xbox 360, PC) continues where the second installment left off, with…

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Fitness in the Digital Age

Bruce Perry’s Fitness for Geeks

The vast majority of us are guilty of taking better care of the various gadgets around us than we do our most personal hardware: our body. Bruce Perry’s book focuses on the only thing that really matters: making you the healthiest person you can be, not transforming you into a hulking tower of meat and…

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Neeson vs. man eating wolves. Need we say more?

The Grey

Whether he’s starting an Irish Revolution, fighting kidnappers, mentoring Batman, or starring in a George Lucas debacle, we love us some Liam Neeson. In The Grey, Neeson plays John Ottway, a remote oil company worker (with a very particular set of skills, of course) whose plane goes down in an Alaskan blizzard. Ottway leads the…

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End of a terror

Zombie Mall Experience

Like you, we’ve watched the brain-eating zombie apocalypse theme get played out — zombie movies, zombie television programs, zombie costumes, books about zombies (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is only slightly less tiresome than Austen’s original). However, Wish brings a fresh take on the meme with the Zombie Mall Experience, thrusting you from mindless observer…

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Briefings: Weedless in Amsterdam, A Kenyan Runner, Good Drives, Cycling in Brussels, and Exploding Cars

Life is filled with surprises, like the Netherlands tightening its marijuana laws even as we relax ours in the States. What’s next — freedom of religion? Geez. News about that, plus things on wheels (bikes, exploding cars) and people who run really fast, in this week’s Briefings. It’s a big and complicated world. We’re at…

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Briefings: Snooker, Fishing, Reading, Cooking, and the James Beard Awards

In a perfect world we’d spend every week playing snooker, fishing, drinking cocktails, reading children’s books, and eating a meal with mom. We’re allowed approximately two of these weeks in America. Make the most of them. It’s a big and complicated world. We’re at tips [at] gearpatrol.com if you think there’s something we should know…

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Pocket Rocket

Great Planes F-86 Sabre Jet

An aviation icon of the Korea conflict, and the bane of the MiG-15 (Russia-piloted or not), the North American Aviation F86 Sabre Jet was America’s first transonic fighter jet and the first designed with a swept wing to counter the leading edge compression wave of near-supersonic flight. Now wannabe fly-boys can unleash their inner “Maverick”…

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Timeless advice

The Gentry Man: A Guide for the Civilized Male

The relentless pursuit of sartorial, intellectual, philosophical, and physical excellence is all codified in The Gentry Man: A Guide for the Civilized Male. Inside this manly bible, readers will find highlights from all 22 issues of Gentry Magazine published from 1951-1957 that some of our older readership might remember as the spiritual predecessor to GQ…

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Goes for the nuts first

Haywire

Think of Mallory Kane (played by MMA Fighter, Gina Carano) as Jason Bourne with a functioning memory and some sweet heels. Carano comes alive in this action-thriller by acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh. As hired heavy for a private black bag ops firm working for the United States Government, Kane is betrayed by the very people…

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Briefings: Patagonia, NBA Analytics, Wine Crime, and Recipes for Spring

This week we’re reporting from Edinburgh, UK, and seeing things through the traveler’s lens (more on Edinburgh in the coming weeks). In that spirit, this week’s picks are all about seeing familiar things from a different perspective. We’ve also got two recipes that celebrate the changing of the seasons, which is exactly what happened this…

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Driver's tale continues...

Driven by James Sallis

Tailgating the Oscar-nominated film noir Drive; inspired by James Sallis’s dark novel of the same name; comes the sequel Driven. Sallis’s new novel picks up with the lead character, the enigmatic “Driver”, seven years later as he attempts to transform himself from part-time stunt driver and full-time getaway driver to upstanding citizen, Paul West. In…

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Briefings: The Great GoogaMooga, Optimism, Kevin Costner, Alabama Shakes, and Damsels in Distress

Sometimes it feels like there’s this prevailing attitude of cool indifference, not taking things too seriously, blase raised to the nth power. We’re glad to see signs of change. For one thing, Kevin Costner had a good conversation with Esquire about shoving people against fences and not being able to afford chocolate milk. For another,…

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Get your head in the clouds

WeVideo

Unless you’re a serious editor, investing the time and money to learn Avid or Final Cut can be a boondoggle, but now you don’t have to. WeVideo (Free+) is a simple video editing application that handles all your basic movie-making needs, and has three things going for it the big guys don’t: it’s online, it’s…

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Briefings: Digital Film, Sea Slugs, CGI Tupac, The Italian Mob, and Stuttering

Most of the time we agree with Dylan: You better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone, for the times they are a-changin’. But even as we embrace new technology all the time, there seems to be a broad cultural clinginess to nostalgia. Clinging to the old way like an abalone clings to the…

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What hurts and how to fix it

The Athlete’s Guide to Home Remedies

If you’re actively living your life, some kind of injury is inevitable. The trick is to find a happy medium between daily doctor appointments, and “toughing it out” until the injury gets nasty. That’s why we were happy to find The Athlete’s Guide to Home Remedies ($16) – a book by Jordan D. Metzl, M.D., a physician…

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Briefings: Oak Ridge, Smokeable Books, Hormone Therapy, Saveur’s Las Vegas, and an App for Local Events

This week is mainly about things we like to know about but are fairly comfortable observing from afar: a formerly secret town in eastern Tennessee where the government enriched uranium; Snoop Dogg’s new book/package of rolling papers; and new developments in the world of hormone replacement therapy, which, well, we’re glad to know it’s there……

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Dinner is served

Kitchit

Having a hard time getting a seat in Yountville? Instead of constantly hitting the redial button for reservations, the chefs-for-hire team at Kitchit offers a different solution that will have you feeling right at home. The San Francisco-based web company brings some of the top chefs in the country — including those of The French…