Find out when the clothes you love are on sale with Hukkster.
[Fashion / Tools / Technology]
Another great fashion + tech innovation, Hukkster is all about the deals you want to know about instead of the deals various retail brands want you to know about. I’m the classic case of deal overload: I don’t want to miss out when something I love is on sale, but I just get too. many. emails. I’ve started deleting the emails as the come in because I can’t bear to unsubscribe. But Hukkster could solve my problem. Hukkster lets you “Hukk” (think pin/bookmark) a piece of clothing and then choose an alert: “on sale” or “25” off or “50% off.” Then, in theory, I’ll get an email when that item goes on sale. I say “in theory” because Hukkster is currently in beta mode and not accepting new users. Still, I’m excited ;)
Find out when the clothes you love are on sale with Hukkster.
Mode-sty: the shopping site for ladies who want to leave something to the imagination.
[Culture / Fashion / Tools / Technology]
"In the real world, there is a huge population of women who - for reasons related to work, religion or even just personal taste - seek out clothing on the conservative side," writes Colleen Taylor for TechCrunch. Mode-sty is a flash sale site that aims to cater to these women, providing fashion choices for under $200 that are a bit more conservative while still being on trend. Thanks to Eliz for sharing this gem!
Repeat after me: Your company needs a mantra.
[Communications / Work Life]
It’s true. Your company needs a mantra. Not just goals, but something people can latch onto. 72 & Sunny (a west coast advertising agency) has a mantra: “Be brave and generous.” It’s something that employees can rally around. It’s not a mission statement but instead, “short, sweet and swallowable.”
Stop motion in an Excel doc.
[Arts / Music / Technology / Entertainment]
Using Excel cells shaded different colors, “Mystery Guitar Man” has created a stop motion music video. It kind of reminds me of this ACDC thing from a few years back that was created to break through firewalls of corporate environments. You’ll have to see ‘em for yourself. Totally awesome.
Try tech before you buy with YBUY.
[Gadgets / Tools / Technology]
Been wanting a new espresso machine, but not sure how much you’ll actually use it? YBUY is a subscription based service that lets you try the coolest gadgets before committing to a purchase. For $24.95/month, you’ll get a new product each month (or skip a month with no charge) that you can test: from iPads to FitBits to Blenders and even air purifiers. All of the products have been curated by experts and tested by the product team to ensure they’re the best in class. If you like the product, your trial/subscription fee goes towards the total purchase cost and if you don’t like it, you can return it using pre-paid shipping.
Discover America with Roadtrippers.
[Apps / Tools / Technology / Travel]
Roadtrippers is a web app that provides you with the best places to stop when you’re traveling from point A to point B. After entering in your destination (and your start point) you can populate the map with attractions, entertainment, history, shopping, sports, etc. And you can even choose how far out of the way you’re willing to travel. I don’t have any road trips planned, but this app kind of makes me wish I did.
Copyright wars & the rules of transformation.
[Art / Culture]
A story on copyright and its “extraordinarily slippery”-ness. With remix culture being such a huge part of the digital world, this was an especially fascinating read.
Brewster: your personalized address book.
[Apps / Tools / Technology]
Brewster is an app that takes your Facebook and Twitter connections, as well as your address book contacts, and builds an interconnected address book. The best part of it? The app does all the work. Brewster’s algorithms pay attention to who you’re calling, texting or even tweeting and builds smart lists, including favorites or recently contacted. But the brilliance doesn’t end there - Contacts are tagged creating new ways to search. Looking for someone who you used to work with, or someone who is in PR (from within your contacts) becomes a cinch.
The future of storytelling.
[Media / Culture / Communications]
This 11-page report on the future of storytelling comes from Latitude, an international research consultancy. From best practices to insights on how to take advantage of larger cultural & storytelling trends, this report is packed full of information that anyone in communications would find interesting.
Twitter Bots: Social media’s black market
[Technology / Tools / Social Media / Culture]
If you work in social media, you’re no stranger to Twitter bots. But if you don’t, you may be surprised to know that many people, including celebrities and marketers, buy Twitter followers. While great brands are focusing on engagement, many people just want the numbers. And that’s where buying followers comes into play. There are services on the internet where you can pay for what many call Twitter Bots (short for Twitter Robots) to follow any given username. This article from Fast Company highlights StatusPeople, a web app which aims to showcase how many followers of any given account are real vs bots. Another Fast Company article dives into the girls in the profile images of these Twitter bots. Both articles are quite interesting and informative, even for Twitter experts.
The epic YouTube mashup of all Gotye covers. By Gotye himself.
19 food tips you need to know. From BuzzFeed.
I know, I know, food tips from BuzzFeed? But they are. And they’re good. From frozen grapes to chill wine without watering it down to how to open those pesky pistachios.
Summer science: What’s a meteor shower?
While we’re talking about space, head on over to NPR.com to hear from NPR Science correspondant Joe Palca on what a meteor shower is. (And for other summer science fun, like how to toast the perfect marshmallow!)
A look around Mars.
If you, like me, are still thinking about the Mars Curiosity (and Bobak Ferdowsi’s awesome hair), you might like these virtual tours of Mars.
Caskers: a new way to discover craft spirits.
I’ve been a huge fan of Club W - Maybe it’s the New Yorker in me that loves subscriptions, but it’s fun getting a few bottles of small batch wine delivered to your door without having to think too much about it. (It’s also a great talking point!) Caskers isn’t a subscription service, but like Club W, they provide introductions to small batch spirits - and give you the deets on who’s behind the bottle you’re ordering.