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Mantry: a curated selection of items for the modern man.
While it’s hard to figure out exactly what Mantry will include, it bills itself as a subscription service and guide for the modern man. Prices haven’t been disclosed just yet, but I’d expect to see it somewhere in between Birchbox ($10/delivery) & Quarterly ($25/delivery.) Complete with a logo that could be from Hipster Branding and a well-designed Tumblr, this is something to watch.
United Noshes: one meal per UN member, Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.
United Noshes is a project that aims to cook one ‘feast’ from every United Nations member and permanent observer from A-Z. After carefully researching recipes, the food is prepared in traditional ways and shared with friends. To see the countries and feasts thus far or to sign up to attend a meal with these Brooklyn-dwellers, visit UnitedNoshes.com.
This desk will be disappointed if you don’t draw all over it.
Whether you’re a meticulous note-taker or a seemingly random doodler, the “Post-Itable” desk is for you. Only problem? It was created a few years ago as part of a competition. If you’re not up for a DIY project, Miguel Mestre, a Lisbon-based designer, has a similar desk that he created, with prices available upon request.
Source The Atlantic
CakeHealth: the best free way to manage your health care.
It’s like Mint but for health care. In their own words, “CakeHealth brings all your health care plans together online so you can easily track your health spending - without the paperwork.” The interface is beautiful and simple. Still, the service is new and I had trouble syncing with my own insurance account.
Carat: The brilliant app that increases your battery life by showing what other apps to kill.
Built by scientists at UC Berkley, this app quietly runs in the background, collecting anonymous data and providing tips on how to help your battery life. (For example, “Kill Skype: Expected improvement 1h 15min 42s.”) Worried about how much battery life will be wasted by this app? The team says, “Carat uses almost no energy, and the longer you use it, the better recommendations get.”
Great brands are about fusing product and service.
As Nick Law said about R/GA’s work with Nike, “It’s all about functional integration.” This article does a great job of exploring how to think about holistic experiences between brands and their products and services, with 5 actionable tips.
Why women still can’t have it all.
Anne-Marie Slaughter gives us an in-depth look at why the work-life balance is hard to, well, balance. After reading her essay, I couldn’t help but think that this wasn’t just about women - but also men. It’s about societal shifts and struggles that if we haven’t encountered yet, we’ll likely encounter in the future. A lengthy but worthwhile read.
The slow web.
Like the slow food movement, the slow web has many definitions and articulations. In Jack Cheng’s own words, “Timely not real-time. Rhythm not random. Moderation not excess. Knowledge not information. These are a few of the many characteristics of the Slow Web. It’s not so much a checklist as a feeling, one of being at greater ease with the web-enabled products and services in our lives.” An interesting commentary on how we interact with the web today and what the future might hold.
In short: “They’re looking for chumps.” But really, it’s all about gullibility/perceived gullibility.