Some of the negative reviews are funny in their own right, but hearing chefs like Andrew Zimmern deliver them is hilarious.
WARNING: This video contains some profanity.
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Some of the negative reviews are funny in their own right, but hearing chefs like Andrew Zimmern deliver them is hilarious.
WARNING: This video contains some profanity.
Check it out:
We recently brought you the following chart from the Brewer's Association, the industry group for craft breweries, showing the growth of beer since 1887.
If you're a beer aficionado, you have to love seeing the big comeback in the number of breweries there are.
But that's not the only chart that beer drinkers will love.
The Brewer's Association has shared more of their data, and there's a ton of cool stuff in there.
Here are 9 more charts beer drinkers will love...
While the Cannes Lions Festival is about celebrating the most creative advertising in the world, it's also about celebrating period.
The swanky ad awards show is known for its parties. And word on the street is that some of them were pretty scandalous.
Advertising magazine Campaign reported rumors that M&C Saatchi held a party at Villa Michel, where Leonardo di Caprio stays in Cannes, last night that showed French porn on loop in "a naught basement area."
M&C Saatchi didn't respond to a request for comment.
The agency's name has been in the news recently because it was co-founded by Charles Saatchi, who made headlines after he was photographed choking his celebrity chef wife Nigella Lawson.
In fact, some people think that the scandal might be why M&C is staying quiet about the "porn room."
Although the basement entertainment wouldn't be completely surprising.
M&C Saatchi did, after all, create a campaign titled "Porn is moving to .XXX":
Email LStampler@businessinsider.com if you have any information about the crazy things that happened at Cannes.
In the realm of personal finance, you hear some advice so often it becomes almost robotic. For example, spend no more than than one-third of your income on housing, or save at least six months of living expenses for emergencies.
Putting those words into action is the hard part.
Just one out of five Americans said they have more than $100 saved up for the unexpected, according to a recent survey by CashNetUSA.
Nationwide, about half of adults have at least $800 tucked away, though people in their 50s are notably having a harder time than those in their 40s. The over 50 sect saw a 10% decline this year, compared to a 9% bump for the 40 sect.
As a rule, $1,000 seems to do the job for most basic emergencies (car trouble, ER visit, etc.). But the whole reason experts advice saving six times that figure is to give yourself cushion for the long-run. You don't want one broken arm to derail your entire savings account.
Ideally, we are fans of the six month's expenses rule, however daunting it may be. Take your rent/mortgage + meals + bills + transportation and multiply that by six to get a rough estimate of your goal.
Then, start small. The simplest way is to automate your savings with each pay period (shoot for 10%) so you won't even have to think about it. Soon enough, you might find you don't miss the extra cash as much as you thought you would. And if you can't possibly imagine finding an extra 10% to dedicate to savings every two weeks, trust us, sites like Mint.com will prove otherwise. Once you've started tracking your expenses and can finally see exactly how many times you eat out or hit up the grocery store each week, you'll probably find some extra fat to trim.
Check out the infographic below to see how the rest of the country's savers are doing:
Sure, you can spend your days in the Hamptons lounging on the beach, but come night you've got to eat—or nibble, if you want to keep up that bathing suit body.
This season the area is filled with a bevy of new options, from stylish haunts that will be popping champagne for their first ever brunches to a few old favorites that are back with new-and-improved decor and menus.
Click through our slideshow to see what's new on the scene this summer (note: this article makes for excellent reading while on the Jitney).
After 25 years of playing host to high-profile diners like Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Steven Spielberg, Gwyneth Paltrow, Richard Gere and Martha Stewart, the restaurant upped its own glamour with an interior overhaul. The house’s charm remains intact, but it gained panache in the form of new black-walnut tables, leather banquettes and high-tops by the bar. New dishes include salad with breakfast radishes and toasted hazelnuts in an herb vinaigrette; arugula and kale salad with grapefruit and avocado vinaigrette; sea scallop crudo with ramp aïoli, pea vines and black salt; and seared Broken Arrow Ranch antelope with spring vegetable hash, enhanced with produce from Nick and Toni’s garden. Who knows - you may be in the bathroom line next to Alec Baldwin.
Chef Mathais Brogie arrived from Stockholm to take the reins at this Scandinavian-accented restaurant this summer. He's kept standards like lamb meatballs with sheep ricotta gnudi, and herring three ways with pickled red onion, sour cream, Vasterbotten cheese and potato. New offerings range from iced watermelon soup with feta cheese, sage and mint to Long Island chicken with summer bulghur, pistachios and curry caper butter to marinated lamb with spicy carrot and fiddlehead ferns.
The health-oriented spot in the middle of East Hampton has always been packed for breakfast with regulars like Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, Jay-Z and Ron Perelman. Bill Clinton celebrates his birthday there every August with an organic carrot cake. Current owner Barbara Layton has broadened her dinner offerings, and the nighttime scene is gaining momentum. Check out pan-roasted, sesame-crusted tofu or tempeh with steamed edamame, shiitake mushrooms, and red quinoa, or savor the grilled organic salmon with asparagus, oyster mushrooms, crisp polenta and a tomatillo sauce. Organic cocktails like the cucumber-lime margarita or pomegranate martini are made with fresh juice, and when the lights go down and the candles glow, the dining room becomes surprisingly romantic.
Geeks read books that probe dreams, envision life on Mars, posit hyperspace, reconstruct history, remake the world and reshape the notion of what it means to be human, or even just alive.
The great geek works of fiction inspire engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs to dream their biggest dreams — or at least to muster the courage to light the way toward the future.
These great books deserve to be celebrated. If you haven't read all of them, you should.
One of the most celebrated works of science fiction ever, William Gibson's 1984 novel Neuromancer, is devoid of white-collar, IBM-like engineers. Instead, Gibson's novel is populated with washed-up freelance hackers who associate with nefarious corporate shills wanting dirty deeds done dirt cheap inside the infinite blackness of "cyberspace." All this burst on the public consciousness at a time when most of the planet had no desire to own a computer and couldn't even imagine the World Wide Web, still a decade away.
Neuromancer gave dystopia a good name. Gibson's work included the saved consciousness of individuals (in both RAM and ROM states), cybernetic implants, holograms, AI, cloud computing and ninjas. Gibson's "cyberspace" inspired a legion of hackers.
John Brunner's fast-paced 1975 novel features, among other things, "worms" (a term Brunner coined) propagating through massive cloud-like computer systems. It also includes hero hackers, real-time global connectivity, prediction markets, a mobile workforce, genetic engineering, identity theft, cougars and an economy and culture largely guided by Big Data and related algorithms. It is one of the most prescient works of speculative fiction ever written.
In The Shockwave Rider, smart people adopt various online personas in part to elude the government surveillance state. They also take pharmaceuticals to help them cope in a world of continuous change.
The many works of Robert Heinlein have inspired at least two generations to unleash their inner geeks, hone their tech skills, and to focus less on the business side of things than on where real change happens: in the basement or in the garage, where all the equipment is.
Heinlein's works laud tinkering, inventing and science. His novels, no matter how speculative, were always well-grounded in science. As a forerunner of the soft libertarianism that pervades Silicon Valley, Heinlein was always ready to challenge the standards of his day, and clearly favored individual liberty over all else.
Stranger in a Strange Land (1961) is one of Heinlein's most popular works. The protagonist, Valentine Michael Smith, is quite literally an outsider: the son of astronauts, raised by Martians, he possesses psychic and teleportation abilities - along with highly provocative views on sex, religion, relationships, and those who control government and religion. This book is also where we get the word "grok" from. Go for the uncut version.
In 1979, Arthur C. Clarke wrote this novel about the construction of a space elevator using "hyperfilament." Instead of using rockets, payloads and people - including space tourists - could take the space elevator up to a satellite in geostationary orbit. The plan succeeds despite a man-made hurricane from a hijacked weather-control satellite, which destroys the Earth base station.
Clarke was never one to shy away from suggesting how his visions could actually be realized during or shortly after his lifetime. Since its publication, NASA has repeatedly discussed Clarke's concept, and a successful Kickstarter project from last year is exploring the feasibility of a limited space elevator.
In 1989, Dan Simmons released Hyperion. High school geeks have never stopped devouring it. Though set in the 28th century, core elements of the world Hyperionenvisions - including instant interstellar space travel, AI, galaxy-spanning connectivity, and implants that alter body, mind and emotions - will arise sooner than later. At MIT and Google, NASA and Genentech, for example, geek readers are already working on technologies that connect man and machine, that link the human brain with computing, and which may propel humanity beyond the solar system.
A dense, literary work, Hyperion deftly takes the reader on a journey through time, space and almost-magical worlds (possibly insufficiently distinguishable from advanced technology) via a plot that mirrors the The Canterbury Tales of the 14th century.
Humanity has spread across the galaxy thanks to the creation of instant interstellar travel via "farcaster" - think Star Trek's transporter with unlimited distance and without the messy de-materialization. As with a fully connected Earth, a connected galaxy profoundly alters the economy and shifts power to those most capable of manipulating and managing technology - the TechnoCore.
Prominent in the book is the Shrike, a deadly humanoid-like creature that appears across the various stories within the story, and may remind geek movie action fans of Predator.
Is there any programmer in Silicon Valley - or anywhere, possibly - that has not memorized Isaac Asimov's "three laws of robotics?" Asimov's work takes place in the 21st century, and intelligent robots are everywhere, taught to value human life above all else.
Engineering students that have read I, Robot over the past 60+ years have come surprisingly close to achieving Asimov's vision. The "positronic brain" is, in our world, the microprocessor - which continues to advance. Great strides have been made in artificial intelligence, even if in forms not imagined by Asimov. Robots - as pets, vacuum cleaners and autoshop welders - do surround us, albeit rarely in human form.
A collection of related short stories, I, Robot not only correctly scouted out much of the present that surrounds us today it inspired geeks to create it. See, for instance, the rescue robots battling it out in DARPA's virtual robotics challenge.
And although Asimov wrote these stories in America in the 1950s, they feature the extremely smart Dr. Susan Calvin, expert in physics, cybernetics and psychology.
While not as fun as Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson's 1999 novel Cryptonomicon inspired readers to explore the opportunities presented by complex maths, coding, cryptography - and erasing one's digital footprints.
Its heroes are World War II codebreakers and, in an overlapping story, 1990s computer programmer entrepreneurs. The 1990s team takes advantage of outside funding, brings together a group of savvy computer, telecom and math experts - and start-up veterans - and works to build a global digital currency. In the world of Cryptonomicon, it's always better if you were smart and tech-savvy.
Cryptonomicon is a long work, filled with codes, ciphers, scripting, multiple characters - some of them historical figures - and the challenges of tackling major computing problems under incredible time restrictions. Geeks, hackers and engineer-entrepreneurs are revealed to be not only cool, but even world-saving.
Great Books Remain
When Amazon's Kindle was released, Steve Jobs scoffed at the very idea of it:
It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don’t read anymore.
Wrong. Geeks read. The do-ers, the hackers, those boys and girls who stumble upon a great novel and know, from that very day, that it will always leave a mark.
No doubt, great works such as those by Connie Willis will be rediscovered by a new generation of budding geeks, via Kindle or in whatever format they are distributed. More recent works, from the Harry Potter series, to the accessible and referential works of John Scalzi, to Jo Walton and her alternate world fantasies, will likewise come to influence generations of smart, determined world-builders.
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The Food Network has dropped Paula Deen from its lineup, according to Talking Points Memo reporter Hunter Walker.
Several other news outlets including the Associated Press have since confirmed the news.
Here's the statement from a spokesman: "Food Network will not renew Paula Deen's contract when it expires at the end of this month."
Deen has been under fire this week for apparently making racist comments. She's being sued by the former manager of her Georgia restaurant, Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House, and a lawsuit deposition came out earlier this week that included some incriminating quotes from Deen.
She released two videos this afternoon on YouTube apologizing for her mistakes and for canceling a planned Today show appearance this morning.
This isn't the first scandal Deen has faced. She was heavily criticized when people found out that she had type 2 diabetes and had been hiding it from her fans and bosses at the Food Network. She didn't come clean until she signed a seven-figure endorsement deal with drug company Novo Nordisk.
Deen is best known for her very calorie-heavy, Southern dishes.
She also works with the QVC network, and it's unclear whether they still plan to continue their relationship with her.
New York City can be stiflingly overwhelming in the summertime. No matter how hard our A.C. units work or how many walks we take in Central Park, it's still easy to feel claustrophobic at times.
We put together a list of five great places New Yorkers can escape to this summer without spending a fortune. And since most New Yorkers don't have cars, these getaways are all easily accessible by public transportation.
Open every weekend until the end of September, Governor's Island is the perfect place to spend a Saturday afternoon. Ferries leave Manhattan at 10 AM, 11 AM and then every half hour from the Battery Maritime Building, on the corner of South and Whitehall Streets. With vast expanses of green grass, a circular biking or walking trail and spectacular views of lower Manhattan, Governor's Island can't be missed.
Although many low-lying areas in the Rockaways were heavily damaged by Superstorm Sandy, many have been restored and are ready for the tourist season. Take the recently-restored A train to the 90th street stop, get off and walk just an easy few blocks to the beach. Parts of the boardwalk have been rebuilt, and many restaurants are open for the season as well.
$45 will get you a ticket on the Seastreak ferry from Pier 11 to Sandy Hook and a free ride on a bus that will take you directly from the ferry landing to the beach. The half-hour trip is a beautiful one, and the beautiful white beaches of this popular New Jersey spot are well worth the cost of your ticket. A fresh seafood meal is a must for this day trip spot.
Just north of West Point, this picturesque Hudson Valley town is full of charm and is a perfect way to escape the city heat this summer. Take Metro North's Hudson Line from Grand Central station (trains depart frequently) and get off at the Cold Spring stop. The trip takes just about an hour and a half, but it's well worth it: the train tracks run north along the Hudson, and the ride is filled with spectacular views of the river. Once you've arrived, take a leisurely walk around Cold Spring's historic harbor area or shop in the quaint Mom & Pop stores that line Main Street. Then enjoy a quiet dinner at one of its many restaurants.
$26.70 will buy you a round trip ticket on the Short Line Bus to and from Bear Mountain State Park, one of the Hudson Valley's most beautiful natural secrets that is just a little over an hour away. For those who feel like getting a little adventurous (and a little sweaty), a hike around the park is the perfect weekend activity. Take in the beautiful sights and be back in the city in time for dinner.
SEE ALSO: Hit The Hamptons In A Seaplane
Amid the pristine beaches and resorts of Hawaii, there is a major Marine Corps base of critical importance to U.S. Pacific operations.
The Marine Corps Base at Kaneohe Bay is home to U.S. Pacific Command, Marine Corps Forces Pacific, and the Pacific division of Special Operations Command, including thousands of active-duty fleet Marines from the 3rd Marine Regiment and Marine Aircraft Group 24.
One of the lucky Marines stationed there is Sgt. Reece Lodder, an award-winning Marine Corps combat correspondent, who recently took to the skies to photograph Marine helicopter operations over Kaneohe Bay.
Lodder was kind enough to share images from his trip.
Philadelphia, while it has its own historical American charm, may not be the first city to come to mind when you think of stellar skyline views. But when you're chowing down at some of their finest rooftop establishments, you might just think otherwise.
The folks over at Zagat came out with a list of 10 hot rooftop bars and restaurants in Philadelphia. They're bursting with charm, flavor, and fun, and they're perfect for summer.
Stratus Lounge sits on top of an early twentieth century building in the Historic District of Philadelphia. The rooftop bar of the Hotel Monaco, Stratus Lounge owes its expertly crafted cocktails to resident mixologist Bess Gulliver, who gives the drinks a global twist.
Thirteenth Street is a busy hub of excitement in Center City, and is also home to The Corner restaurant and bar. Just like the name implies, you get a great overall view of downtown Philly while dining on exquisite American bites like pork belly sliders and duck pastrami.
In the summer, enjoy fabulous cocktails in this place's park-like outdoor patio. Day or night, the view from this rooftop bar is to die for.
On Friday, Paula Deen was put on the chopping block at the Food Network and fired after admitting she used the N-word.
Instead of talking — which has caused quite the controversy for the Southern TV chef — Deen should have just stuffed her mouth shut with one of her calorie-filled dishes.
Chocolate pizza, butter cake ice cream, and Krispy Kreme pudding. Welcome to Paula Deen’s recipes, where Candyland gumdrop dreams come to fruition.
If you’ve ever skimmed through the 121 recipe pages on Paula Deen’s website, you’ll come across some ridiculous concoctions.
We’ve skimmed through the more than 3,000 food offerings and picked out 10 of her unhealthiest recipes.
Get 'em while they're hot.
Now, you can take your lasagna on the go. In case, you know, you ever wanted to drink meat and cheese out of a thermos.
Have you ever wanted to ingest a cup of butter?
When the recipe begins with, “1 cup butter, softened, plus more for baking dish,” we can already feel our arteries clogging.
Deen tells us this is what summer tastes like:
“Spread a thick layer of mayonnaise on corn, and dust with cheese, chili powder, salt, and pepper.”
No, Deen. This is what a heart attack feels like.
Last month’s taped deposition in which celebrity chef Paula Deen admitted she has used the N word and hoped to have a “very southern style wedding” with an all-black waitstaff for her brother isn’t the first time the Food Network host has frankly discussed her evolving views on race with a unique mix of self-reflection and obliviousness.
In her 2006 memoir “It Ain’t All About The Cookin’,” while describing her early experiences with race, Deen wrote at length about growing up in the segregated South. Among her recollections was an incident from her youth where she hit a black girl “with a bolo bat” and the girl’s mother wound up in jail. She also wrote about a time later in her life when she attempted to make a “Sambo burger” on her TV show and had to be dissuaded by producers.
In the book, Deen, who was born in 1947, frankly wrote about her youth in Albany, Ga., where she “never thought” about the fact she was living “in the mix of what was fixin’ to be a huge social change.”
“It was happening right under our noses: our local African-Americans were claimin’ their right for fair and equal treatment and some white folks were inspired to rethink old ways,” wrote Deen. “Still, I hardly noticed.”
Deen described having regrets about the way she treated some of the black people she encountered as a child. The recollections are candid, but perhaps more revealing than Deen knew or intended.
In one passage, she detailed a particularly troubling experience she had at the age of 10 with a “real nice black woman” who “often babysat” her and that woman’s child:
“This one day she had brought her little girl to work, and that child had many big, fat blisters on her hand, probably from helping out her momma. Something about those blisters just attracted me and I remember hitting those little hands with a bolo bat, and it busted her blisters good. It was pretty satisfying.
I don’t know why I did it. I have a hard time thinking I did it out of meanness. But her mother—I can’t remember if she slapped me across the face or she spanked me or both—but either way, now I know I sure had it comin’.
Well, still I was heartbroken and I went running to find my Grandmother Paul and Granddaddy and my momma. And my granddaddy had the woman arrested for hitting me. The little black girl’s momma went to jail.
All this time it’s bothered me.
It was me who deserved to be sittin’ in that jail for breaking a little black girl’s blisters in 1957.”
Though she said she and her family felt like the civil rights movement “didn’t have nothin’ to do with us,” Deen said she did have some black friends as a child.
“I played with the kids of the black women who took care of me and they were my friends,” she wrote.
In her book, Deen was introspective at times, such as when she recalled seeing segregated buildings.
“Remembering now, it just shocks me,” she said of Jim Crow. “I’m plain horrified that things could have been that way and I was so blind I didn’t get that it was wrong.”
According to Deen, the senior class of her high school was “the first class in our neck of the woods to be integrated.” Though Deen said, as far as she knew, “no one harassed” the “five black girls” who entered her class, she also noted “no one was particularly tight with them either.” In the memoir, Deen described regretting that she did not do more to welcome the black women into her school:
“I felt a little sorry for them, but you know why? For all the wrong reasons. I felt their families had to have been paid or somethin’ to convince them to put their girls in such a hard position—the only black girls in our all-white school. My parents wouldn’t have put me in an all-black school. I’m so embarrassed and ashamed to admit it to y’all that I thought that. Those families were pioneers. They were so effin’ brave. … The five girls hard to be majorly lonely. … I so wish I could take back my actions then. If I could do it all over, I’d have dragged them all into cheerleadin’, I’d have shared my lunches with them, I’d have held them to my heart.”
Along with these incidents from her youth, Deen also wrote with a surprising lack of self-awareness about a situation that occurred after she began her television career when she wanted to make a recipe she called the “Sambo Burger” on her show:
“I’ll never forget the day I was doing hamburgers, and I was cookin’ what ended up being called a Beau Burger, which was topped with a fried egg. Actually I wanted to call it a Sambo Burger. It came about when this motorcycle-driving, long-haired lawyer named Sam told me about his favorite little hamburger joint owned by a guy named Beau. When Sam was out tooling along on his cycle, he’d stop off for the best burger in town, topped with a fried egg, some melted cheese, a load of grilled onions—out of this world! One day, Sam was on my set because we were doing a show about motorcycles, and we were standin’ around talking about these burgers and I told him, ‘Sam I am going to do that burger on the show. We’ll call it after you—the Sambo Burger. You know—Sam, Beau. Sounds great, doesn’t it?’”
Deen claimed her producers forced her to rename the burger.
“My producers said no—I had to find another name, because some people associated the name with an old children’s book that was insulting to black people,” wrote Deen. “So we called it a Beau.”
Since Wednesday,when the deposition Deen gave was first reported on by the National Enquirer, the celebrity chef has been under fire. She recorded the deposition as part of a discrimination suit filed by a former employee of one of the restaurants she owns. The employee, Lisa Jackson, claimed she was subjected to racist and sexist behavior by Deen’s brother, who runs the restaurant and is suing Deen, her companies, and her brother, Earl “Bubba” Hiers. Lawyers for Deen and Hiers, denied the allegations, which include black employees being forced to use separate restrooms and entrances.
On Friday, Deen released a video statement addressing the deposition.
“I want to apologize to everybody for the wrong that I’ve done. I want to learn and grow from this,” said Deen. “Inappropriate, hurtful language is totally totally unacceptable. I’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way, but I beg you, my children, my team, my fans, my partners. I beg for your forgiveness. Please forgive me for the mistakes I’ve made.”
The Food Network said Wednesday that it will “continue to monitor the situation.” A spokesperson for the network told TPM they had no update on that statement Thursday. On Friday, Deen’s publicist and the network did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the excerpts from her book.
This story was originally published by Talking Points Memo.
Remember lugging around your Dad's brand-new Nikon & telephoto lens during the family trip to the Kennedy Space Center? Those days are over.
Most mobile phones have 8.0 megapixel cameras. They produce high-definition video and photos that can become beautiful 8 x 10s. And if you really want to accessorize your phone with additional lenses and sound gear, they'd all fit into your pocket.
It's easier than ever, but you still need to know what you're doing. Here's a primer:
1) Shoot with a plan — try to tell the story of your trip, don't just randomly point and shoot. Capture the place (wide shot), the scene (medium shot) and the characters (close-ups).
2) This is so obvious, but it must be said. Make sure to turn your phone 90 degrees to record video in landscape instead of portrait to take full advantage of the frame.
3) If you're trying to focus on a specific person or object, move in closer - don't zoom.
4) Centered is the most unflattering angle of a person (including yourself!) you could possibly take. It makes your nose look flat and face appear wider than it is. Try capturing subjects slightly off-center.
5) Rule of Thirds; Most consumer cameras have this function built in as a guide, but it' easy to remember. If the frame is broken up into a grid of 9 squares place your subject against the background to the right or left of center on one of the cross-hairs between two squares. It allows for the most information to be included in the shot and is typically the most visually appealing.
6) Take lots and lots of CLOSE UPS of people posed and candid; architectural/monument details are often stunning; food looks great before it's consumed and really try to restrain yourself to capturing only special/unique meals.
7) When shooting landscapes try placing the horizon in the bottom half of the frame.
8) Stop Motion: Try capturing a moment with rapid fire photos instead of video. When you get home you can either pull them into iMovie or Movie Maker to make a short video or print them out with iPhoto to make a flipbook.
9) Use the app Vine for capturing video. 6 seconds of that street parade in Barcelona is really all you need.
10) Give your images/video some legs and pick up either a mini-tripod or dolly.
11) Sound is fifty percent of the moving image experience so for those willing to take audio into account, consider buying a external microphone.
Bonus: A cool concept can't hurt. For inspiration, check out one of the coolest short travel videos ever:
When Zack Snyder set out to make "Man of Steel" he wanted to make it as realistic as possible.
To accomplish that, Snyder set out to use practical locations for filming and also used a handheld camera to deliver a "gritty, embedded journalistic documentary style."
While a lot of the film takes place in Clark Kent's hometown of Smallville, Kansas; however, no filming occurred in America's heartland.
Rather, most of the production took place in Illinois.
If you haven't seen the film, there are some mini spoilers.
(Source: "Man of Steel" production notes)
(Source: "Man of Steel" production notes)
The 31st Annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade will kick off at 1 PM on Saturday with more nipple tassels, body paint, and elaborate mermaid tails than ever.
This year's parade was in jeopardy after damage costs from Superstorm Sandy left organizers scrambling for parade funds, but a successful Kickstarter campaign raised $115,000 for the show to go on.
The ocean-themed celebration is the largest art parade in the world, with thousands of participants flocking to Brooklyn each year to march through the streets in their finest and most scandalous Mermaid attire. This year parade organizers expect more than 750,000 spectators — record numbers — to line the parade route.
A world without honeybees would also mean a world without fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.
Nearly one-third of the world's crops are dependent on honeybees for pollination, but over the last decade the black-and-yellow insects have been dying at unprecedented rates both in the United States and abroad.
Pesticides, disease, parasites, poor weather, and the stress of being trucked from orchard-to-orchard to pollinate different crops all play a role in the decline of managed honeybee populations. A lack of bees threatens farmers who depend on these nectar- and pollen-eating animals for their pollination services.
We have few planned defenses against a honeybee disaster. The Farm Bill, passed on June 10, 2013, allocates less than $2 million a year in emergency assistance to honeybees.
"The bottom line is, if something is not done to improve honeybee health, then most of the interesting food we eat is going to be unavailable," warns Carlen Jupe, secretary and treasurer for the California State Beekeepers Association.
Honeybees as a species are not in danger of extinction, but their ability to support the industry of commercial pollination, and by extension, a large portion of our food supply, is in serious danger.
Whole Foods recently imagined what our grocery store would like in a world without bees by removing more than half of the market's produce. Here, we also take a purely hypothetical look at how the human diet and lifestyle would change if honeybees and other bee pollinators disappeared from our planet one day. This is the worst case scenario — it's possible that human ingenuity and alternate pollinators can mitigate some of these outcomes, but not necessarily all of them.
An investor is selling his awesome ranch outside Boulder, Colorado for $16.9 million, the WSJ reports.
There's really no downside on this one. The ranch is called 4 Rockin G Ranch and is 10,600 acres of gorgeous land with a killer 4 bedroom, 5 bathroom main house.
Yes, there's a pool. Yes, there's guest house (and a guest cottage). Yes there are horse stables — gym, sauna, we could go on.
Bill Fandel of Telluride Sotheby's Realty has the listing.
1. We've said it before and we'll say it again: Fit is everything. Even the world's most expensive suit will look bad if it isn't tailored to the contours of your body.
2. Some think button-down collars are for casual wear only, but they can work great with dressier looks as well.
3. Polka dots are a great way to bring energy to a suit. Make sure they're big enough to be recognizable, but not so large that they're goofy.
4. A tried-and-true pattern like herringbone or glen plaid in a muted shade makes an impression without crossing into the realm of garishness.
Left: Suit ($3,595) by Isaia. Shirt ($550) by Kiton. Tie ($150) by Alfred Dunhill. Belt ($295) by Ermenegildo Zegna. Shoes ($660) by Church's.
5. Visible stitches around the edges of your lapels (called pick-stitching) aren't necessarily a sign of a well-made garment anymore. However, they can be an attractive decorative flourish—as long as they're subtle. No contrast stitching!
6. Some say you shouldn't cut the stitching in your jacket pockets, because putting objects in them will cause your jacket to lose its shape. Don't listen. It's pointless to have nonfunctional pockets, and a concert ticket or a business-card holder certainly won't do any damage.
7. Some think three-pieces are stodgy, but when the waistcoat is cut close to the body and hemmed to the belt line, you'll look slim and modern.
8. Your tie bar should never be wider than your tie.
9. The difference between classic and cliché is often in the material. The timeless appeal of this gray suit begins with its super-luxe cashmere wool.
Right: Suit ($9,900) by Brioni. Shirt ($145) by BOSS Black. Tie ($225) by Isaia. Tie bar ($70) by Paul Stuart. Pocket square ($75) by Polo Ralph Lauren. Shoes ($1,015) by Hermès.
10. Always unfasten your jacket buttons when you sit. No exceptions.
11. Never fasten the bottom button of a double-breasted jacket (unless it has only a single row of buttons).
12. Avoid over-accessorizing. If you're already wearing a pocket square and a tie bar, you'll want to reconsider that clever lapel pin.
13. When wearing corduroy, steer clear of fusty wide wales, but don't go so narrow that the material starts to look like velvet.
14. A dark, patterned pocket square provides a welcome visual anchor to a light-colored suit.
15. When it comes in a sandy tan rather than the usual rust or chocolate brown, this cold-weather suit gets a dose of sunny energy.
16. Save the bulky shock-resistant sports watch for the gym or your outdoor-adventure excursions. It has no place with a suit.
17. Save yourself some embarrassment: Always remove the stitching on the vents and the label on the left sleeve before wearing a new suit.
18. It's fine to flip up the collar of a casual cotton jacket, but when you're dressed more formally (say, in a black suit), you should always leave the collar down.
19. When you go without a tie, it's best to keep your shirt collar on the smaller side.
20. Call attention to special suit material—like this marled wool—by keeping your accessories to a minimum.
21. Tailoring your pants a little bit short will add distinctiveness to your simple look.
ADVICE FROM A SUIT MAKER
Patrick Grant, the owner of the Savile Row fixtures Norton & Sons and E. Tautz, shares his tailoring tips.
22. Get a Uniform
"Men do well when they find something that works for them and stick to it, rather than continually try to reinvent the wheel—one of our customers must have 20 double-breasted jackets in the same cut. If you establish your own sense of style, you don't subject yourself to the vagaries of fashion."
23. You Can't Beat English Tailoring
"I definitely have friends who wear Italian-style suits, which are softer and have less structure. But I prefer English tailoring, which gives suits more shape and a well-defined shoulder. To me, it just looks sharper."
24. Mind Your Silhouette
"You can tell a good handmade suit by looking at it from 50 yards off—it's about overall harmony and balance. The trousers should be slim, the shoulders narrow, the waist nipped."
25. Don't Go Too Short
"A suit jacket should come down to the first knuckle on your thumb. Too many people are cutting short jackets now, and they just make men look too heavy in the middle."
26. Keep Your Cuff Buttons Buttoned
"I think undoing the button on your cuff looks kind of naff. It doesn't signify quality anymore because there are plenty of working buttonholes done by machines."
27. Go For Side Vents
"Most of the suits being made on Savile Row have two vents because it's considered almost cheap work to do fewer. A jacket with one vent or no vents uses much less cloth, and it's much less sewing."
28. Gray-Flannel Suits Always Look Good
"They just work brilliantly with everything. They're elegant without being stuffy and look beautifully luxurious."
PLUS: WHAT TO LOOK FOR BEFORE YOU BUY
29. When your jacket is buttoned, you should be able to fit a fist between your chest and the fabric—no more, no less.
30. Before buying a suit online, try it on in a store first to make sure the shoulders fit, as sizing varies widely among brands.
31. Your jacket sleeves should reveal about half an inch of shirt cuff. If they don't, try a short size instead—you could save yourself a trip to the tailor later on.
32. Choose fabric according to how often you'll wear the suit. The most versatile option is a soft but durable wool like super 120 (a measure of yarn fineness; any higher is too delicate for daily use).
33. Your pants should sit at your waist (not your hips). You should be able to fit one finger into the waistband comfortably.
Remember, people see your coat before they see your suit. If you've gone to the trouble of putting together the perfect ensemble, you owe it to yourself to finish the look with the right top layer. Whether you want single- or double-breasted, a classic or a bold color, a solid shade or a pattern, there's a well-cut coat to suit you.
34. A double-breasted overcoat should be slim so it doesn't billow when open.
35. A slightly cropped overcoat will elongate your silhouette.
36. A pattern is a great complement to a neutral suit.
37. Like a gray suit, a gray overcoat is always in fashion.
38. Navy goes with any suit in your wardrobe—including black.
39. Camel will give you the ultimate luxe look.
41. Modernize your winter knit tie by wearing it with a trim, shortened collar.
42. Two variations of the same color always look good together.
43. When you feel creative, pair dark chambray with a bright, spirited tie.
44. The pattern-on-pattern look is office-appropriate without being predictable.
With these updated styles, your biggest problem won't be figuring out how to wear them—it'll be deciding which gorgeous pair to choose.
45. An unexpected color like mossy green will bring out a new dimension in a navy suit. Fratelli Rossetti ($690)
46. The Chelsea boot pairs perfectly with tapered trousers. Banana Republic ($158)47. Worn with a black suit, a black suede captoe delivers a tonal match that will add some texture to your outfit. O'Keefe ($545)48. The black single-monk is the sleekest, most sophisticated, most versatile shoe around.
Church's ($610)49. For a bit of Euro flair, wear a tasseled loafer with pants that graze the middle of your ankle.
Tod's ($625)50. A dark-oxblood shoe is a beautiful complement to a charcoal-gray suit.
John Lobb ($1,640)51. Brogue boots add the perfect rugged touch to your favorite casual suit.
Allen Edmonds ($375)
Don't drag down your outfit with a substandard timepiece—find one that shows you're fully invested in every last detail of your appearance.
52. White face, gold indices, brown leather strap—you can't go wrong.
Movado ($795)53. Oversize, elegantly designed numerals add some panache.
Panerai ($39,800)54. A tank watch, marked by its rectangular shape, spells refinement.
Cartier ($14,200)55. An all-black timepiece is a great match for a solid-black or gray suit.
Bell & Ross ($4,600)56. A watch your grandfather could have worn will look just as great on you.
Omega ($6,800)57. You can wear a chronograph with a suit if it's simple.
TAG Heuer ($5,100)
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