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Archive for “February 2007”


Wednesday 2/28/2007
Etymology of “simple”

“c.1220, ‘humble, ignorant,’ from O.Fr. simple, from L. simplus ‘single,’ variant of simplex. Sense evolved to ‘lowly, common’ (c.1280), then ‘mere, pure’ (c.1303)…” READ ➲

Posted in February 2007 | Simplicity



Wednesday 2/28/2007
Resurrecting George Washington’s booze

“As everybody knows, he was first in the hearts of his countrymen. But did you know that George Washington was also a moonshiner who deserves to be first in the hearts of America’s whiskey drinkers?” MORE ➲

Posted in February 2007 | Whiskys



Wednesday 2/28/2007
ZineWiki

Let’s end things right, with a link to ZineWiki, the ‘zine encyclopedia that anyone can edit: “ZineWiki is an open-source encyclopedia devoted to zines and independent media. It covers the history, production, distribution and culture of the small press.” MORE ➲

Posted in February 2007 | Underground 'zines



Wednesday 2/28/2007
What caused the Mad Hatter to go mad?

“The origin of the phrase, it’s believed, is that hatters really did go mad. The chemicals used in hat-making included mercurious nitrate, used in curing felt. Prolonged exposure to the mercury vapors caused mercury poisoning.” MORE ➲

Posted in February 2007 | Men's hats



Tuesday 2/27/2007
Simplicity and the 80/20 rule

“A few people have been talking about Simplicity recently. How it is overrated. How it makes your product rubbish. Bollocks. Simplicity is not about how few features you have. It’s about feature selection.” MORE ➲

Posted in February 2007 | Simplicity



Tuesday 2/27/2007
Iconic Hats

For example: “The Top Hat: If the bowler connoted a more democratic future, the top hat, most certainly represented, in the words of hat historian Colin McDowell, ‘…the power of political conservatism and the rule of the status quo.’ The top hat traces its origins to the tall sugar loaf hats of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance.” MORE ➲

Posted in February 2007 | Men's hats



Tuesday 2/27/2007
The American Whiskey Trail

“Welcome to the home-place of the American Whiskey Trail. Here you can begin an educational journey into the cultural heritage and history of spirits in America, [including] links to many of America’s most famous operating Distilleries as well as important historic sites connected to the history of distilling and spirits in our country. Each site has a unique story to tell and all are open to the public for visits throughout the year.” MORE ➲

Posted in February 2007 | Whiskys



Tuesday 2/27/2007
Zine Saver

chickfactor“At first there were hundreds like you; by the beginning of the ’90s, there were thousands like you. And then the Internet came along. And as the Internet did to many, many things, it turned the world of zines upside down. Zine writers now had to choose to stay underground or go virtual (or both), and then Factsheet Five went away, leaving in its wake such a persistent clamor for its return that founder Gunderloy no longer gives zine-related interviews.” MORE ➲

Posted in February 2007 | Underground 'zines



Monday 2/26/2007
Find My Big Hat Size

Hat sizer
“Do you have trouble finding a hat to fit your big head size? Tired of the great lie portrayed by the ‘one size fits all’ hat? …We have made it easy for you to find your head size. Print this big hat measuring tape and cut it out to measure the size of your head. You will need to measure the largest part of your head, just above your ears.” MORE ➲

Posted in February 2007 | Men's hats



Monday 2/26/2007
Whisky and Orthodox Jews

“On the surface, it would seem as if there are no kosher issues with Scotch, since all of the ingredients of Scotch (water, barley, & yeast) are natural – there are also no kosher issues with the malting, mashing and distillation processes. It is during the maturation process that problems arise…” MORE ➲

Posted in February 2007 | Whiskys



Monday 2/26/2007
DIY Nike Style: Zines and the corporate world

“What do corporations expect to reap in return from their zines? Not direct sales. Filled with the typical zine fare of rants, comics, interviews with musicians, and poetry, U Don’t Stop—like most other astroturf zines—doesn’t openly sell its patron’s products… When I called Wieden & Kennedy’s Jimmy Smith and asked him why the Nike logo was conspicuously absent from U Don’t Stop he explained that… the goal is to create an association between the brand and ‘something cool they can get into,’ that is, a genuine grass-roots alternative culture.” MORE ➲

Posted in February 2007 | Underground 'zines



Monday 2/26/2007
Simplicity quotes

Albert Einstein: “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” MORE ➲

Posted in February 2007 | Simplicity



Friday 2/23/2007
Japanese Aesthetics, Wabi-Sabi, and the Tea Ceremony

“The primary aesthetic concept at the heart of traditional Japanese culture is the value of harmony in all things. The Japanese world view is nature-based and concerned with the beauty of studied simplicity and harmony with nature.” MORE ➲

Posted in February 2007 | Simplicity



Friday 2/23/2007
Welcome to the Zany World of the ‘Zine…

“The ‘zine revolution basically kicked off in the early 1980s due to a confluence of several factors. There had been many underground papers in the 1960s, such as the San Francisco Oracle, but they always remained local, almost parochial, affairs. The new ‘zines linked ‘underground’ elements, subcultures, and countercultures across the country (and the world.)” MORE ➲

Posted in February 2007 | Underground 'zines



Friday 2/23/2007
How to pull a rabbit out of your hat

“To perform this trick, the magician needs a black top hat, a white rabbit, an outfit with which a top hat would not clash, a bag of charcoal, and a hammer (in case of emergency or rabies). If the magician will be performing the trick again at a later date, rabbit food is also required.” READ ➲

Ha! What a bunch of B.S.!

Posted in February 2007 | Men's hats



Friday 2/23/2007
How Alcohol Works

“In 1997, Americans drank an average of 2 gallons (7.57 liters) of alcohol per person. This translates roughly into one six-pack of beer, two glasses of wine and three or four mixed drinks per week. About 35 percent of adults don’t consume alcohol, so the numbers are actually higher for those who do — alcohol is an amazingly popular social phenomenon.” MORE ➲

Posted in February 2007 | Whiskys



Thursday 2/22/2007
The Whiskey Rebellion

“This 1794 insurrection was caused, in part, by the lack of federal courts (which necessitated trips to Philadelphia for trial), large numbers of absentee landlords, lack of protection from the Indians, lack of access to the Mississippi River and the high excise tax on whiskey. President George Washington ordered 12,000 to 13,000 troops to the Washington Pennsylvania area. This was the first test of the power of the new government.” MORE ➲

More information at Wikipadia’s Whiskey Rebellion.

Posted in February 2007 | Whiskys



Thursday 2/22/2007
Miller Hats

A Miller hat“Miller Hats is the world’s largest online men’s hat store, and also offers a tasteful variety of women’s and children’s Hats. We have been in the hat business for over 30 years, are family owned and operated, and committed to providing our customers with quality hats and unsurpassed service. Miller Hats sells only those hats that meet our superior standards; and will therefore provide you, the customer, with years of wearing pleasure.” SHOP ➲

Posted in February 2007 | Men's hats



Thursday 2/22/2007
The Complexity of Simplicity

“Many of us carry a few preconceived notions about simplicity. We assume things that are easy to use don’t have a lot of options and, as a result, shouldn’t appear cluttered when we first encounter them.” MORE ➲

Posted in February 2007 | Simplicity



Thursday 2/22/2007
Fall of Autumn Press

This looks like a great ‘zine distro and independent media resource featuring a store, interviews and more. MORE ➲

Posted in February 2007 | Underground 'zines



Wednesday 2/21/2007
Cranbrook Art Museum Exhibitions: Zine Scene

“The goal of this exhibition is neither to fight the nature of zines nor to pander to them. In the spirit of the zinesters’ notion of community and self-expression, the material in the exhibition is presented in a democratic fashion. Zine Scene is an experiment in the possibilities of exhibition structure.” MORE ➲

Posted in February 2007 | Underground 'zines



Wednesday 2/21/2007
Halfbakery: The Edible Hat

“Useful for situations where you are on the losing end of a wager involving the consumption of one’s cranial apparel.
Comes in a variety of flavours and forms including baseball caps, berets and sombreros.” READ ➲

This is a great idea. If you can prove me wrong I’ll eat my hat.

Posted in February 2007 | Men's hats



Wednesday 2/21/2007
This Is Broken

“A project to make businesses more aware of their customer experience, and how to fix it.” VIEW ➲

Posted in February 2007 | Simplicity



Wednesday 2/21/2007
Hangovers

“The formation of formaldehyde and formic acid from the breakdown of methanol is thought to be the true culprit of hangover symptoms. People who metabolise methanol faster suffer more… The severity of hangover symptoms diminishes in the order of brandy, red wine, rum, whisky, white wine, gin, vodka, and pure ethanol, according to one study.” MORE ➲

Posted in February 2007 | Whiskys



Tuesday 2/20/2007
Whisky.com Complete Guide to Scotch Whisky

“Whisky.com is the largest site in the world about Scotch Whisky. Here you will find extensive information about Scotch Whisky brands, distilleries and more!” PARTAKE ➲

Posted in February 2007 | Whiskys



Tuesday 2/20/2007
Re: Origin of the phrase “Throwing your hat in the ring”

“It comes from the boxing ring. In the early 19th century, when boxing was quite popular, one who wished to challenge a boxer would throw his hat into the ring… he phrase soon came to be used figuratively to mean ‘to enter a contest’ and then ‘to enter a political contest.'” MORE ➲

Posted in February 2007 | Men's hats



Tuesday 2/20/2007
Gates, Jobs, & the Zen aesthetic

“A key tenet of the Zen aesthetic is kanso or simplicity. In the kanso concept beauty, grace, and visual elegance are achieved by elimination and omission. Says artist, designer and architect, Dr. Koichi Kawana, ‘Simplicity means the achievement of maximum effect with minimum means.’ When you examine your [presentation] visuals, then, can you say that you are getting the maximum impact with a minimum of graphic elements, for example? When you take a look at Jobs’ slides and Gates’ slides, how do they compare for kanso?” MORE ➲

Posted in February 2007 | Simplicity



Tuesday 2/20/2007
ACC ‘zine

ACC“ACC was a black & white labor of love dedicated to everyone who cared deeply about freestyle bikes (now generally referred to as BMX), skateboarding, silly haircuts and unpopular music… The ‘zine ran from 1988 to 1993. It was started after I injured my hand in a freak hedge trimmer accident (don’t ask). I couldn’t ride my bike for a month or so. During summer. Seemed like forever.” MORE ➲

This was my main contribution to the world of ‘zines. ACC stood for Atomic Circle of Chaos. I did 14 issues, plus several spin-off ‘zines.

Posted in February 2007 | Underground 'zines



Monday 2/19/2007
The Simplicity Forum

“The Simplicity Forum is a think tank of academics and authors, activist and artists, educators and entrepreneurs who seek to promote simplicity in our work and practice it in our lives. Together we are committed to achieving and honoring simple, just and sustainable ways of life.”

Posted in February 2007 | Simplicity



Monday 2/19/2007
Whisky literature

Whisky BaronsThis page features a good list of books about whisky. VIEW ➲

Posted in February 2007 | Whiskys



Monday 2/19/2007
A World of Zines Makes Way to Duke Collection

“Ordinarily, a person searching for the irreverent, self-published products known as ‘zines’ would have to go to an alternative bookstore, a music store or a hip diner. Now, these counterculture materials also can be found at a more scholarly location: the Rare Book, Manuscript and Special Collections Library at Duke University.” MORE ➲

Posted in February 2007 | Underground 'zines



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