“Jeeves” For the Modern Dandy.

The other day at a job interview I was called a “Dapper Dandy” by one of the interviewers. Now the fact that she actually said this to me after I walked in the room, was pretty questionable, and considerably unprofessional, but the fact is I was dressed up for a hot summer day. While the other candidates in the waiting area were all wearing black wool suits, I was wearing a seersucker jacket, light grey pants, white shoes, shirt and tie. Did I mention it was 100 degrees outside? It was, and the heat index was close to 110? Sorry, I am not going to wear a black wool suit on a 100 degree day for anyone unless they are dead and I’m attending their funeral. So, I guess I was a bit of a “Dapper Dandy”, and I’m cool with that.

All of this brings me to the object below. The “Jeeves” valet. Incase you don’t know what a clothes valet is, a valet is usually a floor standing wooden rack designed to hold your wrinkle prone clothing while you are not wearing them. For the most part they are the same uninspired piece of furniture your grandfather might have had in his bedroom or office.

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So the Jeeves Valet a much better looking version of the afore-mentioned clothes valet. Jeeves is a functional, beautiful,high-end luxury piece of furniture your clothes would love to rest on. And since I am such a dandy, I’m trying to justify how I could willingly drop between $400.00 and $1000.00 on an item to hold my linen sport coat or suit. Frankly I can’t, but it doesn’t stop me for lusting after this sculptural piece of furniture with its clean lines, geometric shape, and beautiful finishes.

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If you  are in need of Jeeves, and have the means in which to acquire it, I think you should because it’s a pretty amazing upgrade to an old standard.

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SNOW CREEK RD.

If I had an extra $450,000 in cash just laying around I’d be tempted to pull the trigger on this property listed by Paul Kaplan in Palm Springs. Yes this is small at just 756 square feet. Yes it needs a boat load of cosmetic work. That’s why I said $100,000 more than the asking price. But look at how cool this space is and how amazing it could be with a little TLC and a vision to take it back to the year it was built; 1961. I really love the sky light that runs the length of the A-Frame roof line. Try and look past the clutter and the current decor. This could really be an amazing space with less furniture and a bunch of updates.

The editorial below the images is from the listing page.

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“Here is Your Chance to Own a Piece Of Incredible Bohemian History. Snow Creek Village is Nestled in the Beautiful San Jacinto Mountains and less than 10 Miles from the Modernist Center of Palm Springs. 39 Eclectic Homes Dot the Scenic Wilderness. Artists, Writers & Musicians have all called Snow Creek Home. This Unique, one of a kind 1 Bedroom/1Bath hand hewn A-Frame House with Loft was built in 1961. A Stunning Celestial Glass Peak Greets You Inside with Rock and Wood Walls & A Large Granite Fireplace. Detached Studio Space sitting on an Incredible .73 acres with a Rock Stream Koi Pond & An Above Ground Jacuzzi. Mature Eucalyptus, Bamboo & Citrus Trees Abound.”

Who’s Voice is That Anyway?

Ever wonder who is behind the overhead announcement at a train station, airport, or other public venue? Neither have I really, but after watching the short film below I’m probably going to wonder about it a lot more. Produced by the New Yorker, this is the story of the man behind New York City’s subway announcements.

Out of the Jar.

Out of the Jar by Gestalten is a new book about the best, and some of the most unusual spirits from small distillers around the world. These are spirits made by a new generation of distillers who are using combinations of rare fruits, herbs, grains and spices to reinvent and reinterpret high octane recipes for alcoholic drinks. The book features distillers that are crafting these by hand from the distllery to to bottling the final product. The video above introduces a hands-on whiskey maker from a prohibition-era distillery in Brooklyn, a passionate mezcalero who doesn’t chicken out from an unusual recipe, and a Berlin-based artisan whose rum is taking the world’s best cocktail bars by storm.  It’s a nice little video short with quality production value, and it makes me want to go find some of the booze featured here.

K-1 Stationary Kit For Those Who Still Write Letters and Such.

One thing about setting up a home office is you get to search for all sorts of cool office accessories. This morning while looking for desk accessories, lamps, cable management, and bulletin boards I came across the K-1 stationary kit designed by Maxim Scherbakov. The look reminds me of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s “Memphis School” led by Etore Sottsass. According to Scherbakov the K-1 kit is based on Soviet construction toys. I love the retro vibe, and I can almost get behind the copper, but not quite. Sorry bad brass and copper fixtures from my youth have scarred me deeply and I have a hard time embracing the retro warm metal revival going on. None the less this is a beautiful set of desk accessories.

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“K-1 means “Konstruktor-1″. The name was inspired by Soviet construction toys. K-1 is a construction set for a stationery and also It has modular system with a wide range of variations. Every kit part has it’s own unique function and colaborate with each other. For instance a little casket box could transform into phone stand. All kit parts are fitting together, so anyone can build their own stationary system and than modify and playing with it. The main basis element is a pencil case and other elements are adjusted to it. All set made of maple, white marble and copper.”
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The Interactive Golf R Movie.

This is a great use of interactive technology, and user engagement. VW has launched a new site to promote the new Golf R that allows visitors to create their own movie featuring the new car. The premise is pretty simple. You make car noises, and the site builds a video based on them from a series of prerecorded clips.

Working with Michael Winslow the man of 10,000 sound effects, the trailer is pretty compelling. The YouTube video directs you to the site where you can create your own experience and then share it through all of the standard social media channels and at http://rrr.vw.com as well. It’s a pretty fun concept, and watching the peoples expressions as they make the car sounds is a riot.

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Hey Siri, Turn Off My Phone.

One of my pet peeves is texting while driving, or you are driving a late-model car that has Bluetooth yet you still have your phone slapped to the side of your head. I don’t care what anyone says or thinks, you can’t text and pay attention to your driving at the same time. No one can, and since to many people won’t learn that until they have an accident, Sony has come up with a very clever PSA that will turn your phone off for you.

Created by Saatchi & Saatchi Sweden, the Sony ads that take advantage of the “Hey Siri” listening feature on your phone and ask it to turn on Airplane Mode. It’s not fool proof, your phone has to be plugged in, and the listening feature has to be turned on, but you have to hand it to Sony for giving it a shot.

Now if we could just get hand set makers to set up a driving feature that turns off text messaging if you are moving faster than 10 miles an hour…