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T.S.A. Communication

The perfect gift for a world traveler (or anybody who wants to go to jail) – Evan Roth‘s T.S.A. Communication

From the Web site:

T.S.A. Communicationis a project that alters the airport security experience and allows the government to learn more about you then just what’s in your backpack. Thin 8.5 x 11 inch laser-cut sheets of stainless steel comfortably fit in your carry on bag, simultaneously obscuring the contents you don’t want the TSA to see while highlighting ideas you do want them to see. Change your role as air traveler from passive to active.

Here is what the T.S.A. see on the x-ray monitor:

I hope they are customizable one day because those aren’t the comments I really had in mind…


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DIY #3: ‘Stache It Out

Moustaches are powerful tufts of hair. 

Luckily not everybody can grow one, but that shouldn’t stop anybody from harnassing it’s power.  That’s where the finger ‘stache comes in…



  1. Draw a moustache on the side of your clean pointer finger with a Sharpie marker
  2. Place same finger under your nose on your top lip (now do you see why I suggested the finger be clean?)
  3. Voila!

If you aren’t into drawing on yourself you can always use this pre-made moustache masterpiece, but I’m warning you that it won’t be as much fun! 

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When you’re shrimpy on the smaller-side like myself (and most people under the age of 12), the Fuck the Rain Umbrella by Anton Schnaider makes a statement.


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On The Rocks

Check out these stone ice cubes made of Nordic Rock.  Nordic rock is mined from ancient Swedish pollution-free base rock.  It is supposedly the purest way of cooling your drink because stones don’t melt which means your beverage wont get diluted with potentially unclean water.  Dont you agree they look pretty hardcore… although eerily similar to a sugar cube of pumice stone?  (Ew… sorry for that visual)  If that wasn’t enough, they are also reusable which makes them all eco-friendly ‘n shit… so whats not to love?

Buy them here.

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Fantasy Island

I used to know a girl named Angela (that is actually her name… I didn’t change it to protect her identity) who shared with me that her favorite animal was a unicorn.  And she was serious.  And we are no longer friends.  In that order.

But the joke is on me.  Not only do they exist, it turns out they are quite vicious…

The Avenging Unicorn Play Set

The kit includes an obviously pissed-off unicorn, 4 magical horns and 3 figures to impale. 

I would love to have been a fly on the wall during that product development meeting.  I image it went something like this…

Hasbro Creative Director addressing the group: 

“I want this toy be a fun/kitchy way to release aggression… we can have the unicorn stab a man in a suit since everybody hates The Man, and a princess because high-maintenance women are a pain in the ass… aaaaaaaand a mime just to add a bit of fantasy.  And don’t let me forget to design the unicorn’s eyes to look deranged because I don’t want to scare people into thinking that ALL unicorns are dangerous.  Oh and while we’re at it, lets design their mouths open like a proper blow-up doll so that we can precondition them to want the Leprechaun Sex Doll we are coming out with next month.”

Buy it here.



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Wallace & Gromit… Fashionistas?

For my twelfth installment of All Things English… let me break down my Wallace & Gromit obsession for you.  As a child I enjoyed their antics but when I was in college I found a W&G alarm clock that rang with “Morning Gromit!  Time for walkies!” in his famous English accent.  At that moment, my affection for them turned to full blown love which clearly is what Harvey Nics is banking on with their new rock-star ad campaign for their soon-to-open Bristol store

Wallace is wearing an Alexander McQueen navy cashmere and silk suit,
Dolce & Gabbana fitted white shirt and a Giorgio Armani tie. 
Gromit is in a navy silk
Paul Smith scarf.

Wallace is in all Paul Smith and Gromit’s scarf is by Duchamp.

Lady Campanula Tottington is wearing an Alexander McQueen dress,
Christian Louboutin heels and a bag by Zagliani.

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Le Cool Publishing is a completely independent publishing company that is dedicated to creating guidebooks filled with the most awesome underground experiences that reflect the city’s true flavor rather than the “hippest or latest” lemming crap.

I am excited to report that as of this May, the London version was published… putting it in my ninth installment of All Things English.

Designed by Jeremy Leslie at John Brown, A Weird and Wonderful Guide to London is the gateway to a city of freaks and wonders, of the kind you hear whispered about in dark corners, but were never quite sure existed. Edited by Mat Osman, it takes you by the hand and leads you throughout the city, from New Cross to Mayfair, opening closed doors and revealing secrets that might just change your life. 

Here’s a sneak peek…

Buy it or any of the other European cities including Barcelona, Madrid, Amsterdam or Lisbon) here.


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Lightning Strikes

I didn’t really understand what thunder and lightning was until I moved to NYC.  The summer storms there rocked my Malibu-bubble world… in a good way.  And just when I didn’t think that lightning couldn’t get any cooler, somebody caught a strike using the slow-motion setting on their camera…

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The Power Of Three

I have been a bad blogger and my excuse is even lamer… I am dog/cat/house-sitting at a place that has super crappy spotty Internet connection.  I curse Linksys!  But I am back on track, my friends, and am in fine form after an excellent morning that consisted of the following:

  1. I got totally lost a little bit turned around on my way into the office (I’m not familiar with the neighborhood in which I am pet/house sitting)… but luckily for me, my iPhone map application guided me smoothly from god-only-knows-where-point-A to point B.  I have a feeling my iPhone and I are going to have a very happy relationship together… (cue the doves).
  2. As I walked into the office with two of my coworkers, we literally almost got stuck in this doorjam as we unintentionally attempted to walk through it at the same time.  I don’t think I have ever laughed this hard before 8:30am on a Monday.

  1. It was released across AP that scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed artificially engineered materials (called metamaterials) that redirect light rendering the objects/people they cloak INVISIBLE!  My dream to be a fly on the wall (or Harry Potter) just might come true…



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It’s Happy Hour Somewhere

I just read Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler.

I have to be honest, the first few chapters of her book were totally lost on me.  I had come to the conclusion that 95% of her comedic brilliance is in the delivery which doesn’t always translate well in print.

As you can imagine, I was pretty disappointed… I mean first of all, it’s Chelsea.  And even though I need not say more, I will… #5 for Hardback Nonfiction on the New York Times Best Sellers List.  How could I not be like everybody else (bite your tongue)?!?!

But after the first 40 pages I pulled myself together and channeled my inner-Chelsea, which lets face it, wasn’t too hard – and read that book like it was meant to be read… with a cocktail in hand.  (Insert truth: it was a Starbucks grande, extra-hot, non-fat latte but come on… it was 9am on Sunday)

Anyway, I finished the book in about three hours and laughed literally out-loud (it’s totally acceptable… I live alone) too many times to count.  Net net, I recommend the book to anybody who needs a laugh and is not easily ever offended.

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