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22nd September 2014

HOCUS POCUS! I did say that I would have more weekly features and I only end up having this one. Oh, Well. An Welcome to another weekly edition of “It’s Monday! What are you reading?” 

This weekly meme involves me talking about the book I’m reading and then you can get involved by replying with the book that you’re reading!

This week I’m reading The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey.

I did plan to read this much more earlier but only got round to it now. :) I haven’t read much of it yet but I am liking it so far. I’m not yet blown away by it but am liking it so far. Cassie seems like such a great character and ALIENS! ALIENS!

What about you? What are you currently reading?

There’s a new OS for the iPhone. It’s called iOS 8. Why? Apple won’t say.

Regardless, we’ve got a new Tumblr app out today that takes advantage of iOS 8’s improved sharing features. Make a photo post right from your Photos app, for example. Or a link post right from Safari. Couldn’t be easier.

Also: Posts are now the full width of the screen. That means photos are 3% larger than before. Sounds like a little, feels like a lot.

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EYES IN FILM: 2014 EDITION

"I am eye. I am a mechanical eye. I, a machine, am showing you a world, the likes of which only I can see." 
— Dziga Vertov

Left to right, top to bottom:

Man With a Movie Camera
 (Dziga Vertov, 1929)
Un Chien Andalou (Luis Buñuel, 1929)
Meshes of the Afternoon (Maya Deren/Alexander Hammid, 1943)
The Lost Weekend (Billy Wilder, 1945)
Spellbound (Alfred Hitchcock, 1945)
The Spiral Staircase (Robert Siodmak, 1945)
Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder, 1950)
Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
Peeping Tom
 (Michael Powell, 1960)
Goldfinger (Guy Hamilton, 1964)
Woman on the Dunes
 (Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1964)
Alphaville
 (Jean-Luc Godard, 1965)
Repulsion (Roman Polanski, 1965)
The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming (Norman Jewison, 1966)
2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
McCabe & Mrs. Miller (Robert Altman, 1971)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Tobe Hooper, 1974)
Deep Red
 (Dario Argento, 1977)
Rubens
 (Roland Verhavert, 1977)
The Spy Who Loved Me (Lewis Gilbert, 1977)
All That Jazz (Bob Fosse, 1979)
Blade Runner
 (Ridley Scott, 1982)
Goodfellas
 (Martin Scorsese, 1990)
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (Francis Ford Coppola, 1992)
Hard Boiled (John Woo, 1992)
Cube (Vincenzo Natali, 1997)
Titanic
 (James Cameron, 1997)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
 (Terry Gilliam, 1998)
Requiem for a Dream
 (Darren Aronofsky, 2000)
Donnie Darko (Richard Kelly, 2001)
Mulholland Drive
 (David Lynch, 2001)
Vanilla Sky
 (Cameron Crowe, 2001)
Gangs of New York
 (Martin Scorsese, 2002)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
 (Peter Jackson, 2002)
The Magdalene Sisters (Peter Mullan, 2002)
Minority Report (Steven Spielberg, 2002)
The Fountain
 (Darren Aronofsky, 2006)
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
 (Julian Schnabel, 2007)
Hunger (Steve McQueen, 2008)
Splice
 (Vincenzo Natali, 2009)
Let Me In (Matt Reeves, 2010)
Hugo (Martin Scorsese, 2011)
Looper
 (Rian Johnson, 2012)
Prometheus (Ridley Scott, 2012)

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FINDING A STYLE IDENTITY

by Alan Cornett

Finding your own style is about communicating through clothes what you want to project about yourself. We might think of Tom Wolfe’s white suits or Andy Warhol’s Brooks Brothers button downs and jeans as examples of iconic style identities, representing respectively Wolfe’s immaculate, clinical detachment from his subjects and Warhol’s insouciant delight in the visual library of the everyman. At the same time, a style identity ought to be about comfortable self-expression. We shouldn’t be dressing up for a part, playing someone we’re not.

My own style identity developed in two great leaps forward. The first was the discovery of Bruce Boyer’s book of style essays, Elegance, on a bookstore remainder table when I was a junior in college. I ordered my first Brooks Brothers classic button down oxford shirts, and tossed aside my jeans for khakis. These were simple steps, yet for me at the time, groundbreaking.

Like so many men of my generation, it was the Internet that taught me how to wear coat and tie. Most Internet sartorialists find their stylistic lodestar in either Britain or Italy, with a stubborn sect of dissenters holding on to American Trad style. Classic American, and Southern, style is descended from British style, so turn to London was natural for me.

Today my casual wardrobe is essentially Southern preppy that is informed strongly by an English country look. While fundamentally conservative, the style allows for splashes of boldness, from plaid madras in summer to red corduroy trousers in winter. But the more formally I dress the more I drift toward London.

The seeds of my style were there all along; it reflects my tastes, interests and ideas about myself. But the knowledge and the insight of others armed me with the tools to express it. Traditional clothes echo my more traditional mindset. My love for history finds expression through the incorporation of vintage items such as cufflinks, neckties, fedoras, and overcoats. An influence from London channels a lifelong Anglophilia. Thus, despite my appreciation for their quality construction, the Hermes silk shirts and the Dolce & Gabbana trousers weren’t kept around long. They were sent along to others who would appreciate them.

Settling into a comfortable personal style identity isn’t meant to freeze us in sartorial amber. Instead it gives us a home in which to continue to experiment, while protecting us from being tossed to and fro by the winds of fickle fashion.

THE NEW BLACK, SAME AS THE OLD BLACK

By S. Charlie Weyman

“If you’re in the fashion world — and I have one foot in it — at some point you have to come to terms with black. Black can be very chic, and guys who are into tradition are generally not into chic.” – Alan Flusser

It was only five years ago when menswear bloggers declared that nobody should wear black. Black leathers were said not to acquire the beautiful patina that makes an old and much-rubbed pair of brown shoes so well loved, and black fabrics were considered unflattering to most complexions. The wind seems to blow in the opposite direction these days, as my Tumblr feed is overcast with black bombers, black jeans, and black boots.

Black clothing has a rich history.

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