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  • 10 Must-See Bands At CMJ 2014

    Next week, more than 1300 bands will play shows all around New York City during the 5-day 2014 CMJ Music Marathon. With shows going on all over the place, all day long, it can be tough to figure out who to see. But instead of becoming overwhelmed and hiding at home all week, let this list serve as a starting point for what you should check out. We tried to showcase some bands from all different genres, too, so you have an idea of all the different music that awaits you.

  • This Running Back Has a Chance To Break One of the NFL’s Most Coveted Records

    This year, we celebrate 30 years since Eric Dickerson’s unprecedented NFL season when he rushed for 2,1305 yards in his second season with the Los Angeles Rams. That set the bar high, very high. Since then we’ve seen the likes of Emmit Smith, Barry Sanders, AP, Marshall Faulk and a handful of other running backs fall short of Dickerson’s coveted record, but this year an unlikely candidate may surprise us. DeMarco Murray of the Dallas Cowboys has rushed for 785 yards, 180 yards more than Dickerson had at the same point in 1984. However 130.8 yards per game, he will end up with 2,093 yards and fall short of the record as Dickerson rushed for at least 175 yards in a game four times in the final ten games. Murray will need to stay more than consistent and his style of play combines ground and pound with finesse which is remarkably like Adrian Peterson’s style the year he came within inches of breaking Dickerson’s record, but what Murray has over Dickerson is consistency, having rushed for at least 100 yards in all six games so far. On the other hand, Dickerson had two games with less than 50 yards during more »

  • Photographer Takes Images Of People Doing Shots. Not Pretty.

    The second after we rip a shot of liquor, we’re are at our darkest moment. Unless you were born in the tough as nails era of the wild west, taking a shot doesn’t taste very good. To anyone. I don’t care who you are, it just sucks. Whether you realize it or not, your face looks about as disgusted as it’ll ever look. Sour, grimaced and disgusted all in one facial reaction. UK photographer Tim Charles has managed to capture the fleeting reactions of his subjects in his new photo series called ‘Shot Face’, a humorous look at something we all see our friends make every time the “Mike Hancho” at the bar decides everyone should get drunker quicker. Check out his entire series here for more. =

  • The London Beer Flood, 200 Years Ago [Link]

    Although a beer flood sounds like something out of an amazing dream, London actually experienced such an occurrence and it was quite the nightmare. On October 17, 1814, a giant vat of porter exploded and beer flooded the streets of London, killing eight. On the 200th anniversary, take a look back and the learn the causes and effects of the bizarre disaster.

  • 10 Things That Happened When the Kansas City Royals Last Won the World Series

    The 1985 World Series is known for two things: Don Denkinger’s infamous blown call and the last time the Kansas City Royals reached the pinnacle of baseball. It was a long drought that spanned 29 years, 5 Presidents, and 4 Major League Commissioners. But that slump ended when the Royals swept the Orioles to earn a World Series berth. 29 years is a long time. So what was the world like last time the Royals were in the big show? Let’s take a look.

  • Wrigley Begins Demolition of Iconic Bleachers for Stadium Rehab

    In the first phase of the park’s four-year, $575 million “1060 Project” renovation mission, Wrigley’s iconic bleachers were torn down. In a project to expand stadium capacity by 300 seats in the left and right field bleachers along with the addition of more concession stands and more room for fans on the concourse, the stadium will be expanded to reach the edge of the sidewalk on Sheffield and Waveland avenues. The first phase is on pace to be finished by opening day on April 6th in their opener against the St. Louis Cardinals. Along with the seat expansion, the Cubs have plans to also add clubhouse upgrades, batting tunnels to compete with other major league clubhouses, new restrooms, concessions, seats, restaurant and retail areas for fans, along with a hotel.   Photos via: Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune

  • A Seamless Mashup Of Star Wars And Everyday Life [17 Photos]

    With the JJ Abrams Star Wars movies on their way, you can guarantee that a whole new generation will become enamored with the Star Wars universe and all the characters and spaceships contained within. But for us older folks, nothing can compare to our love of the original trilogy. Photographer Thomas Dagg was a fan of the original Star Wars movies and the imaginative escape they provided when he was a kid. With this photo series, he revisits those feelings by inserting iconic characters or props into mundane scenes of everyday life. Is that Darth Vader on the bus? I think I spy some tie fighters in formation…These photos prove that even in our boring, grown-up world, there’s still some room for imagination.

  • We Can’t Stop Watching This Japanese USB Lighter Commercial [Video]

    A couple years ago, Jii, a Japanese company that produces a lighter that is powered via USB charge, became Internet famous for their bizarre commercial. But like most things on the web, we quickly forgot about it. But apparently Jii is still a thing and they’re still producing wacky commercials. This soccer-themed cartoon is impossible to figure out (what does soccer have to do with smoking?) but we can’t stop watching it. We don’t even smoke, but for some reason we have been hypnotized into desiring this device.

  • The uKeg Pressurized Growler

    Rejoice you craft beer loving, home brew enthusiasts, you can now enjoy Trevor from 3C’s freshest batch of squash spice ale without the time taking the freshness away from it’s flavor. GrowlerWerks uKeg has created the world’s first growler that keeps your beer fresh as long as you need, fits in your refrigerator, and can be taken with you where ever you go.  The uKeg comes with an advanced regulator keeps oxygen out, carbonation in, and automatically regulates pressure, selector Dial so you can choose your desired carbonation level, from zero or “Off” up to 20 psi, a dispenser Tap that easily pours beer anytime, without needing to remove the cap, and has a taplock to prevent dispensing, sight Glass – shows the contents of the uKeg and how much is left. Keep track of more than one type of beer and a CO2 Cartridge with a 8g food-grade CO2 cartridges are low cost (less than $1 ea.) and readily available online, at stores, or your filling station. Lasts for 1 growler fill.

  • Visualizing Blood Alcohol Content [Infograpic]

    There’s nothing wrong with drinking, but it’s easy to lose track of how much you’ve had. And it’s hard to know how much is too much. This infographic may surprise you with just how many drinks it takes the average man or woman in your weight range to be legally intoxicated (spoiler alert: it’s not a lot for most of us). So learn about what blood alcohol content does to you, then go out and have some fun tonight. But be responsible, because chances are you won’t survive a .914 BAC.

  • Garry Winogrand Captured New York’s Streets 50 Years Ago [25 Photos]

    Born in New York City in 1928, Garry Winogrand became famous for capturing the streets of his home city. From the 1950s until his untimely death from cancer in 1984, Winogrand photographed the regular people on the streets of cities across America, but his most iconic photos are of New York. After is his passing, more than 2500 rolls of undeveloped film were found. Some of those posthumous prints are in this gallery along with some of his most famous work from the tens of thousands of prints he made during his life. A traveling exhibit from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery was recently on display in New York City. If you missed it, you can catch it in Paris at The Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume.

  • Alexis Ren Pool Party FTW [Photos]

    Any regular reader of RSVLTS knows that we are drinking the Alexis Ren cool-aid lately. This girl is a star on the rise and we’re all in. She recently teamed up with photographer Lucas Passmore for a pool party themed shoot which we know you’ll enjoy.

  • A Look Inside LeBron’s Opulant $17 Million Miami Estate [Photos]

    The King is selling his palace! Former Miami Heat dribbler Lebron James hightailed it back to his hometown of Cleveland this year, leaving his palatial  mansion empty. Now, it’s on the market with a very regal price tag: $17 million! Overlooking the open bay in Coconut Grove, FL, the King’s palace is being marketed as “the most opulent estate in the Miami area.” The contemporary compound features a swank chef’s kitchen, sommelier’s wine cellar, office, custom theater, guest home and private master rooftop sun deck. Perfect for taking in the waterfront locale and the Miami vibe, glass doors open to covered terraces throughout the sprawling home. In James’ palace, luxury isn’t just reserved for the indoors. Outside, the property is just as luxe, with a summer kitchen, 4,500 square feet of entertainment space, an infinity-edge pool, and a private concrete dock, with room for two 60 foot yachts. Walled and gated for the utmost privacy, James’ estate is a state-of-the-art fortress with every amenity under the Florida sun!

  • Two GIGANTIC Snakes Spotted On A New York City Subway Train [Photos]

    Snakes on a plane? Fuggedaboutit. In New York City, surprised subway riders discovered two snakes on a train. Eric Hertzog said he got on the C train at Canal Street this week and saw the man with the snakes. One snake was hanging from the railing, while another was between his legs. The man started playing with the snakes, Hertzog told NBC 4 New York. One passenger nearly sat beside the reptiles, but ran to the other side of the car when he realized the snakes were there, Hertzog said. The man put the snakes in bags and then into his backpack before exiting at 14th Street, Hertzog said. Hertzog posted the photos on his Instagram account (below). Other than service animals and working dogs for law enforcement, the MTA prohibits bringing animals on trains unless “enclosed in a container and carried in a manner which would not annoy other passengers.” Loading View on Instagram Loading View on Instagram This article originally appeared at nbcnews.com. Copyright 2014.

  • Your Local Mall Can’t Compare With This Turkish Seaside Marvel [14 Photos]

    Yalikavak was one of Turkey’s major sponge fishing ports but has since become known as a tourist destination for its bustling towncenter. Now the town’s marina, a beautiful Mediterranean-style structure composed entirely of travertine, has been converted by Emre Arolat Architects into a shopping destination without compromising the classic construction. Stores, restaurants, and even a hotel will fill the complex. It’ll be the classiest place on Earth to eat one of those Auntie Anne’s hot dog/pretzel hybrids! For more info on the project, checkout the submission at the World Architecture Festival, where the project recently won in the “shopping” category.

  • You Won’t Believe Why Florida’s Governor Refused To Debate [Video]

    Last night Florida Governor Rick Scott debated former governor and current Democratic candidate Charlie Crist. However, Gov. Scott was seven minutes late to the debate. Was he sick? Did he have car trouble? Some sort of emergency? Nope. He was mad because Crist had a fan beneath his podium. Scott’s camp of dolts insisted that the rules called for “no electronic devices” which Crist violated with his electric fan. Apparently Scott is not aware that most of the English speaking world does recognize a difference between electric and electronic devices based on complexity and Crist’s $10 fan seems to be a basic, “electric” device. Crist also was quick to point out the absurdity of the situation but didn’t volunteer to give up his fan and get things started. Basically, this non-debate sums up everything wrong with politics when your candidates are both spoiled babies. Good luck, Florida!

  • To Avoid Creating Public Panic New York City Firefighters Are Banned From Saying “Ebola” On The Radio

    Since emergency radio channels are monitored by civilians and media New York officials have forbidden firefighters from using the word ‘Ebola’ on the radio. Instead, they must use the code letters ‘F/T’, as in Fever/Travel, when reporting a 911 called has a fever and travel history to West Africa, as a means to prevent panic in case Ebola turns up in NYC. The secret code is intended to hide any potential cases of Ebola from members of the public or media who are monitoring emergency radio channels. ‘Just like you can’t say bomb on an airplane, we can’t say “Ebola”, a source told the New York Post. Despite the two nurses contracting the virus, officials in New York are confident that first responders can treat potential patients without falling ill. FDNY medics who respond to at-risk patients have been told to wear polyethylene-coated paper gowns, gloves and face masks with plastic eye visors, officials said. Officials were given a memo laying out a 19-step process for putting on and then safely removing and disposing of their protective gowns and gloves. The FDNY also has a dozen elite ‘Haztec’ workers in each borough designated to deal with potential Ebola patients who more »

  • These Book Covers Feature Clever Typography

    Letterer, illustrator, typographer, and web designer Jessica Hische originally garnered attention for her website Daily Drop Cap where she illustrated a different letter of the alphabet daily or at least regularly, ultimately culminating in 12 complete alphabets. Recognizing her talent and how the typographic style was reminiscent of book covers of old, Penguin Books commissioned Hische to design the covers for their Penguin Drop Caps series. 26 classic works of literature make up the series and each features a clever illustration of the author’s initial. Our favorite is Lord of the Flies with poor Piggy’s broken glasses forming the “g.”

  • 50 Times That New York City’s Bad Elmo Was The Biggest Creeper In America [Photos]

    Elmo is a American institution so how it’s possible that creepy bums in Times Square can use his iconic likeness to lure unsuspecting tourists to take photos for money? It is quite astounding. Especially when Times Square Elmo has a criminal rap sheet that includes assault on children, racial slurs and drug dealing, just to name a few. Here are some of Bad Elmo’s finest moments in Times Square.

  • Axe Bat

    The shape of a baseball bat hasn’t changes since it’s introduction to the game 150 years ago, why is that? The glove has been transformed time and time again, tailoring sizes and webbing to position players, making it an optimal size to catch a fly ball or field a ground ball for a quick release. So why has the baseball bat not been looked at for improvements? Well it has now. Bruce Leinert a former New York Woodworker had an idea to change the game over 20 years ago, after an idea stemming from a Ted Williams quote opened his eyes to change the game of baseball forever. In Williams’ 1971 book The Science of Hitting, Ted Williams said that a hitter’s wrists, at the point of contact, should be “square and unbroken … just as when you hit a tree with an ax.” Right then and there Leinert built himself the first bat with an axe handle in two hours. Now twenty-four years later, he a signed a 20-year licensing deal with Baden Sports, a family-owned sporting goods company based in Washington. We had a chance to try out the Axe Bat Avenge and were incredibly impressed with it’s more »

  • Oregon Ducks Will Wear Throwback Uniforms Wore Against Washington From “The Pick”

    in a mere 16-second turnaround on Oct. 22, 1994, Kenny Wheaton and the Oregon Ducks created pandemonium in the aisles of Autzen Stadium, When Wheaton took a 97-yard interception return against the University of Washington to the house and sealed a 31-20 win and propelled the 1994 Ducks toward their first conference crown in 37 years. In honor of the 20th anniversary of “The Pick,” Nike and the Oregon Ducks have partnered to re-create a modernized version of the iconic 1994 uniform design that the team wore during that glorious moment – a proper tribute to a turning point in the Ducks football history. This modern version of the classic 1994 Ducks uniform features the original number and name font from that year, as well as a modernized bold, iconic stripe to tie in the Classic Green jersey and University Gold pant and helmet. The “UO” logo is featured on the pant, and Duck logo highlights the sleeves. Following this iconic turning point, Oregon went on to play in 17 bowl games over the next 19 years and have the best winning percentage in the Pac-12 (.731), claim shares of five conference championships and finish two years ranked second in more »

  • The 50 Best Craft Beers Every Man Must Try [Link]

    Fall is here and with a new season comes a great time to start trying some new beers—especially because you’ll be stocking up for the winter sooner than you think. But nowadays, when you walk into your local beermonger you are surrounded by thousands of microbrews with punny names that don’t help you figure out the flavor in the slightest. Fear not! For GQ has enlisted the help of 10 different beer experts to guide you through the best craft beers in 10 different categories. Now go and sample a few (or 50).

  • Virgin America’s 6-Hour Flight Sim Video Is Oddly Entertaining

    Virgin America has just come up with the greatest way to advertise their low-fare, but high-quality coast-to-coast flights—with a 6-hour video simulating your flight on one of the other airlines. This Bunuel-tinged epic features long shots of the back of the seat in front of you, annoying neighbors, and pushy flight attendants. It’s frightening how real it is. There are even a few dream sequences to give the film an avant-garde touch. Seriously, if this isn’t deserving of a Criterion Collection release, I don’t know what is. How many years do you give it before it’s playing on loop at the Museum of Modern Art?

  • The Most Expensive Wine In America Is For Sale At A New Jersey Sam’s Club

    Australian wine producer Penfolds has released just 12 bottles of their Block 42 Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon Ampoule. And just three bottles of the $168,000 wine have made their way to America. Where can you buy this most rare of wines? At the Sam’s Club in Freehold, New Jersey, of course! The Ampoule in the wine’s name refers to the sealed glass capsule that contains the wine, seen above. That’s right, that fancy, ultra-modern looking packaging is available in the same place where you can buy mayonnaise by the gallon. And for purchasing the ampoule at the member’s-only warehouse store, you can save $10,000! The Block 42 Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon Ampoule costs just $158,000 at Sam’s Club—that’s over 24,000 gallons of mayonnaise! And even if you get to Freehold and decide not to buy the wine, you can always head over to the Freehold Raceway and blow $150,000 there instead.

  • California Firefighter Shares His Terrifying Battles On Instagram

    California has experienced one of the worst droughts in recent history, with that comes wildfires. Gregg Boydston, a member of the ‘Hotshots’, a team of elite wild-land firefighters has been sharing his experiences of terrifying wildfires. Boyston is also an amateur photographer says, “Originally, I was taking photos to keep my friends and family up to date on what I was doing and what my summer was really consisting of. Then I started posting the photos to my Instagram, where people were really responding to them. Then I started posting them…to show people what the wildland-side of firefighting was like,” Boydston told CityLab. Check out Boydston’s Instagram here.

  • Man Builds Jet-Powered Beetle Because He Can

    In American, we men like our cars big and powerful. That’s why we always giggle a bit when one of our buds buys himself a Volkswagen Beetle. C’mon, the damn car came with a flower vase! But in the hands of a mechanical engineer like Ron Patrick of California, the Beetle can become the most badass car on the road. Patrick has spent about $200,000 fitting a 1500hp jet engine to the back of his VW Beetle. Why did he choose the iconic bug? “Because it looks cool with the jet and it shows it off well.” Well there’s no arguing with that. Patrick has no idea how fast the car will go, since the speedometer only goes to 140 mph. Best of all, and much to the chagrin of California’s finest, the Beetle is totally street legal! And Patrick’s next project? Strapping two jets to his wife’s Honda Metropolitan Scooter. Yup. For more info and photos, check out Ron Patrick Stuff.

  • 20 GoPros Make For Amazing Bullet Time Effects [Video]

    Director Marc Donahue of PermaGrin Films recently toted his 20-GoPro array and Red Epic camera to San Diego United Training Center to capture the True Movement crew. The breakdancers, gymnasts, and parkour athletes are captured with amazing bullet time effects afforded by the 20-camera setup. For more info on the shoot, including some great behind the scenes photos featuring the massive camera array, check out the “making of” article at PetaPixel. So…does anyone have 19 GoPros and a Red Epic camera I can borrow?

 
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