Archive for August, 2010

Interactive video from Arcade Fire takes you down memory lane

When Google Maps first launched, I was blown away by the ability to look at neighborhoods via satellite. The Arcade Fire’s newest video, featuring the song “We Used To Wait,” has taken the Google Maps application one step further by incorporating HTML5, transforming the web experience into an interactive tour. After entering the home address of where you grew up, sit back and enjoy your urban adventure. The video is aptly named The Wilderness Downtown, and is best viewed in Google Chrome; make sure you close all other browsing windows and exit other programs before attempting to watch. (via Wired)

Arcade Fire's newest video

So many ways to live a life, how do you choose just one?

The United States is a country with more lifestyles than some countries have television channels and I think that sometimes we’re all too quick to take for granted the freedom of choice that exists. That’s what Jake Stangel’s photography collection reminds me as I flip through the beautiful images. Be a devout cold weather surfer in Oregon, a city slicker in NYC or a farmer helping the nation’s children grow up strong. And why choose just one? You’ll probably live long enough to sample a few different flavors.

Vintage inspired glasses only $95 and pays it forward

I seriously love finding new online shops that enable me to buy with confidence and feel good about my purchases. Not to mention, seeing UPS roll up to your door is WAY BETTER than visiting some bullshit big-box retailer. Enter Warby Parker. They’re a new alternative to trying on and buying glasses. First off, their style is totally cool. Think Brooklyn professional meets Silverlake hipster. And while shopping for new specs is tough and very personal, WP offer several perks to make it stress-free.

First up, you can upload a photo of your face and virtually try-on any pair. It’s a cool option but still not there yet. Realizing that, WP allow you to pick up to 5 pairs for home try-on and they cover shipping both ways. Yup, I did just that and within the comforts of my own home (and opinions of friends who came over) I immediately realized tortoise trumps black. Three days later there was a UPS slip on my mailbox and a new pair of frames on my face. Not to mention, customer service was outstanding and all frames cost just $95. As if that wasn’t enough, they rock the TOMS Shoes model, for every pair of glasses purchased, WP donates a pair to someone in need. Yup, seeing just got a whole lot better!

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