No longer the sole province of huge government organizations or private defense companies, getting into space is being revolutionized by private companies. SpaceX is leading the charge with their reusable rockets, but in a sign of how far technology can filter down, Joe Barnard is building his own — albeit on a smaller scale. While Joe hasn't successfully landed a rocket yet, he's getting closer every day, along with learning a lot in the process.
Shanghai is known for is modern towers but if you look below its skyline, there's a wealth of Art Deco treasures. Defined by its geometric forms and gold accents, the architectural style rose to fame in the 1930s and was the epitome of glamor and luxury. Take a tour of two of the city's most notorious Art Deco buildings, the Grand Theatre and the Paramount.
Born in Hawaii, the OluKai ʻAlapa Li Sneaker embodies the island lifestyle. The shoes feature breathable mesh uppers with waterproof leather details. Paired with a wet-grip outsole and an easy-off drop-in heel, they're basically made for long days at the beach. If surfing isn't on your itinerary, their lightweight, moisture-wicking footbed supports any activity. Just like all of their shoes, each pair is hand-crafted and a portion of the proceeds will go to support the Ama OluKai Foundation.
Presented by OluKai.
You already know StockX is the place for limited edition sneakers and streetwear, but they also offer a wide selection of quality timepieces. Their open marketplace has everything from the most sought after Rolex Submariner and Omega Speedmaster, to more accessible options like the Casio G-Shock. After you find the perfect watch, buyers can place bids using real-time data provided alongside the product. There's no reason to stress about quality because once you've made a purchase, StockX will authenticate and verify the condition before shipping it out.
Presented by StockX.
Although we all might think we're beer experts, Garrett Oliver actually is. While sampling a variety of pilsners, IPAs, and dark Lagers, the Brooklyn brewmaster uses his particular set of skills the decipher between cheap brews and the expensive stuff.
Aston Martin's upcoming Valkyrie hypercar is anticipated to be one of the highest-performing and technologically advanced cars ever to be sold to the public. Designed by F1 aerodynamic ace Adrian Newey, currently employed by the Red Bull F1 team, the Valkyrie is an uncompromising race car for the road. But the heart of any car is the engine and legendary British manufacturer Cosworth was tasked with building the 6.5-liter V12. Carfection got an early look at the naturally-aspirated, 1,000 horsepower unit during testing on Cosworth's dyno, in all its 11,000-plus RPM glory.
For those that grew up in late '70s and '80s, the graphic designs of NASA are some of the most memorable of the period, appearing on everything from hats to the Space Shuttle. This reprinting of the NASA Graphics Standards Manual celebrates this outstanding identity system, which was used from 1975 to 1992. Recreated for public use for the first time from the personal copies of the original designers, Richard Danne and Bruce Blackburn, it covers the logo, placement, color schemes, and other design standards that helped capture the imagination of a generation and make the American space agency a lasting, iconic part of our legacy of exploration. Included are scans of Danne's personal copy of the original manual, a forward from Danne, an essay by Christopher Bonanos, reproductions of the original NASA 35mm slide presentation, and scans of the 'Managers Guide', a follow up booklet distributed by NASA. Each copy is individually wrapped in a foil static shield, adding even more nostalgic rocket-age flair to this iconic design reference.
220 pages / 129 Image Plates / 9.5" x 11.5" / Hardcover
Combining time-honored techniques with modern materials, Weiss Watch Co. is the only watchmaker designing, engineering, and assembling nearly every function and detail of their watches in the United States. This re-imagined edition of their flagship Standard Issue Field Watch boasts a refined design that is thinner and better for daily wear. One solid piece of surgical grade stainless steel is machined and polished by hand to create the case, while sapphire crystals on the front and back add strength and display the precise mechanical movement. The in-house manual-wind movement is comprised of over 100 Swiss parts that are hand-finished and assembled in Los Angeles. The mechanical watch features a classic black dial with small-seconds complication and hands made of steel, finished with black oxide treatment and filled with lumed paint for increased legibility in low light conditions. And the dial and subdial are machined from a single piece of naval brass before being hand painted. The Field Watch is finished with a waterproof, leather-lined black canvas strap for a dial/strap combination that is exclusive to Uncrate. Each one is individually numbered and arrives in a custom-built California pine wood box that is built by hand in the USA. Unlike the normal made-to-order process of purchasing a Weiss timepiece, our limited release is available for immediate shipment.
Uncrate is an Authorized Dealer of Weiss Timepieces, extending the full Weiss Watch Company 2-year warranty.
Case Diameter: 38mm / Case Thickness: 9.7mm / Strap Width: 20mm / Depth rating: 100 meters
The distillation process behind booze is always fascinating but the techniques used for Aviation Gin are downright unbelievable. From sunrise meditations to serenades by Sarah McLachlan, owner Ryan Reynolds reveals the extreme measures his distillers go through the ensure each bottle of Aviation Gin is impeccable.
When John F. Kennedy kicked off the space race by announcing the goal of landing on the moon by the end of the decade, it was one of the biggest crunch times in history. The newly-formed NASA faced the nearly-impossible task of not only getting there but designing and building the multitude of systems required to make the trip. On December 21, 1968, Apollo 8 launched and put three astronauts in orbit around the moon. Flying on largely untested equipment, the mission was a success as the crew spent Christmas watching the Earth rise over the horizon of the moon.