Posts Tagged ‘ San Francisco ’

Ya Boiii, Danny Jones’s Photography.


Danny Jones is a 3D Designer in SF, specializing in 3D interaction and visual design.  His latests collections of artworks have been even more stunning that the rest, and his talent is undeniable.  Check the method from his latest collection.

Ant-Man & The Wasp: Get Your First Look.


Ant-Man was a fun movie but the sequel looks waaaay better. Marvel Studios has released the first trailer for Ant-Man and The Wasp today and it gives us our first look at what to expect from the movie. There’s no mention of Janet Van Dyne here but we do get plenty of other big reveals, including a sneak peek at The Ghost, details on what happened to Scott Lang after Captain America: Civil War and more.

Even more interesting is getting to see The Wasp in action. Her powers clearly work a lot differently to Ant-Man’s and her wings and blasters both look pretty formidable as she takes on some goons.  It looks like director Peyton Reed is really upping the ante in terms of what we’ll see visually in Ant-Man and The Wasp because buildings, vehicles, and even a Pez dispenser shrink and increase in size here. What do you guys think of this first trailer for the sequel? Sound off below.

Risk One Forever.


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We regret to inform that our friend Marques Lewis, better known as DJ RISK ONE from San Francisco, passed away today after a long battle with Cancer. We send our thoughts and prayers to him and his family at this time. Your spirit will live on. Rest In Peace. #RiskOneForever

Whats The Last Synaesthetic Art Installation You’ve Seen?


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Now I know “synaesthetic” may sound like a made up word, but its definition goes as such – Surreal visuals and an engaging soundscape create an immersive space capturing the essence of motion, color and sound to visualize a synaesthetic experience of letting go and losing oneself in the creative process.  This is exactly what “Collide” has managed to do. “Collide” is a site-specific installation commissioned by Dolby Laboratories in San Francisco.  It is an interesting exploration of the senses by transforming recorded motion data into abstract visuals and sound. By mixing, reversing and eliminating restrictions of time and space, a new vision of the human body and mind is discovered. The work is a multisensory experience exploring the subjects from an emotional perspective, examining the feeling of being immersed in the creative process and attentive to the present moment as the senses combine and become one.

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“Collide” was inspired by the phenomenon of synaesthesia, the union of senses. The digital art installation combines original chamber music and painterly visuals to reinterpret recorded motion data and act as a conductor for the musical score composed for the installation.  The 62-foot long digital ribbon screen situated in the lobby of Dolby Laboratories, acts as a window into a dream-like and abstract creative world. Ephemeral figures emerge out of a colourful void and fade into a surreal environment where movements appear in an abstract landscape of shape and colour. Using the onsite 54-channel speaker system, sound travels through the space, immersing visitors as they become part of the experience.

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Following the inspiration of a collision of senses, visuals of the piece have a core influence of the composition and performance of the music. Stemming from a curiosity of an experience in virtual reality that affects the physical world, a soundscape was created using virtual reality as a compositional tool and source of inspiration.  To record the composition for the soundscape, a trio of cellists wore virtual reality goggles to immerse themselves in the abstract visual world of “Collide”. The musicians played the compositions written for the piece while the animations took the role of conductor. The animations provided visual inspiration for the musical score by dictating dynamism, intensity, rhythm as well as melodic figures. By separating the visual and acoustic reality, the players were isolated in different visual worlds while playing in the same physical room. Visually they were separated by the format of the animations but were connected by the collective sound audible in the room in that moment to create a new format for compositional performance.
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Creative Direction: Cedric Kiefer
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The Gold Blooded Warriors.


 

golden-state-warriors-playoffs-denver-nuggetsThe Golden State Warriors have been on a war path since the start of the 2015 season, which has now culminated to a trip to the NBA Finals.  The city of Cleveland hasn’t won a professional sports championship since 1964 (or a year before Golden State coach Steve Kerr was born).  With Curry as their MVP they had the momentum to get into the post season, and the added depth in the entire team provided by their supporting players, these NBA Finals will be one to remember.  There’s nothing like an entire region getting behind their team to help boost the confidence, and I’m sure the Warriors will appreciate 99.7 Now’s Shan Berries tribute to her team.  The Warriors entire the finals tonight with their first game against the Cleavland Cavaliers, and make sure to share the song ‘Gold Blood’ with your fellow fans.

 

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Super Hero Hipster Families?


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Phillip Sevy, illustrator extraordinaire has created a new spin on super hero universes.  There have been different iterations of heroes and villians, with Marvel’s Zombie collection, or alternate universes in DC comics, but Sevy has put a simpler spin on things… Hipsters.  See the worlds of Batman, Spiderman, and the X-Men re-imagined through the lenses of a hipsters horn-rimmed glasses.  Looks to us like they’re all just chilling in San Francisco.

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Barensfeld Architecture Ramps Hilgard Garden Terrace


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Nestled between neighboring townhouses, the ‘Hilgard Garden’ by San Francisco-based Barensfeld architecture takes advantage of its sloping topography with a series of angular terraces. Located in Berkeley, California, the brief called for an outdoor living and entertaining area, as well as an accessible seating spot at the top of the site. Based on a japanese maple sculpture park, a layered platform structure gently cascades down the steep landscape, referencing outstretched deciduous trees and navigating the change in elevation.

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Watch Ken Block Tear Up San Francisco.


Screen Shot 2014-02-05 at 5.25.03 AMFor readers who don’t reside in the Bay Area, or who may not be familiar with San Francisco’s topographic features, this video shows you what regular driver have ALWAYS wanted to do in our fair city.  There isn’t a man, woman, or child who hasn’t dreams of doing what Ken Block and his drift car do so well in one of his latest stunt videos.  From shutting down the Bay Bridge, to drifting on a moving barge, Block reminds us why he’s the best in the world at what he does.  Check the method below.  And for any local drivers who have seen the tire marks in the middle of the top deck of the Bay Bridge, and wondered what maniac left those there… it was Ken.

Apple iWatch Concept By Todd Hamilton


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Since smart watches have been all the rage on the tech scene, designers have been introducing concepts, but until now, we hadn’t really come across one that was all that impressive. The Apple iWatch concept from Todd Hamilton certainly caught our attention though. The San Francisco based designer has taken on obvious design cues from the Nike FuelBand, opting for a vertical screen orientation. All of the Apple iPhone functions we have become familiar with over the years are still intact – tap to use Siri, the traditional swipe to unlock, pull down notifications, home button on the left side, and volumes on the right hand side.

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San Francisco Loft by Lineoffice Architecture


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The aim of this project was to meet the functionally separate domestic requirements of the owner in a space that would feel completely open and uninterrupted. After the existing space was cleared two programmed sculptural elements were inserted into this multi-sided ‘spine’ that moves from one end of the loft to the other and  also a solid form that contains the necessarily enclosed bath and laundry areas. The spine houses everyday domestic components like storage, dresser drawers, kitchen cabinets, etc., while navigating the subtle boundaries between the entry, sleeping, kitchen and main living areas. The solid form is carved away using steel and walnut doors and panels to reveal points of access to the bath and laundry room. These impressions on the otherwise blank plaster walls of the solid echo the materials and proportions of the more articulated spine. The material character of these elements like blackened steel, painted and walnut veneered casework, black granite and translucent glazing was selected to complement and showcase the existing doug-fir columns, beams and ceiling without overpowering the space.

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Batkid, The City Of San Francisco Is Safe Again


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The streets of San Francisco are safe once again thanks to a duo of masked heroes. When legendary superhero Batman couldn’t save the day all on his own today, he enlisted the help of Batkid, a miniature version of the Dark Knight, himself. What he lacked in stature, he made up for in heart, as the young hero brought peace back to the city after the villainous Riddler took the city, and one woman, hostage. Batman and Batkid swooped in to untie the damsel in distress, disarming the bomb she was attached to. The real question remains, who is Batkid? Rumors have it, Batkid’s true identity is 5-year-old Miles Scott, whose real life is even more inspiring than that of Batkid. Miles has been battling leukemia since he was 18 months old, and is finally in remission. City of San Francisco and Make-A-Wish did an amazing thing for making this incredible day possible.

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Patagonia And New Belgium Brewing California Route Lager


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To help celebrate its 40th anniversary, Patagonia has teamed up with New Belgium Brewing Company to produce a limited edition lager it can call its own. The California Route Lager is an organic lager brewed with a heady blend of Hallertau and Cascade hops blended with organic Munich malt. The California Route Lager will only be available once, and will be released in select markets in the U.S. including Boston, New York City, Chicago, Boulder, Denver, Seattle, Portland, Santa Monica, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Cardiff and Ventura.

San Francisco Will Be Turned Into Gotham City on November 15th.


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San Francisco is a city known for hosting some pretty off-the-wall events that transform the entire city. From a massive Valentines Day pillow fight, to having one of the most colorful Halloween celebrations ever, SF gets ” out there”. But on November 15th, the city will go through a transformation from San Francisco to in Gotham City for one of its most courageous heroes.

A five-year-old Miles is fighting a battle against leukemia and thanks to the Make-A-Wish foundation, he will get the chance to fulfill his dream being the real life Dark Knight. Along with a grownup Batman sidekick, Miles will get a call from the police chief and jump into his very own Batmobile to defend the city against some of his fiercest foes – including the Riddler and Penguin. Thousands of volunteers already signed up to play along.

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Make-A-Wish Bay Area describes the plot line of the day:

After rescuing a damsel in distress from the cable car tracks in Nob Hill, and capturing the Riddler in the act of robbing a downtown vault, Batman will eat his lunch at the Burger Bar in San Francisco – directly above Union Square. While at Burger Bar, he will get a call on his batphone to go to the window – where he will look down and see a huge group of volunteers jumping up and down asking for Batman’s help. Why?

Because the Penguin will be kidnapping a famous Gotham City mascot! The getaway car will be visible on Union Square (a convertible so that everyone can see what is happening), and the chase will be on!

After catching the Penguin, Batman will make his final stop at City Hall, where the Mayor and the Police Chief of Gotham City will thank him and give him the key to the city. We plan on having hundreds of volunteers and donors collected to cheer and thank our Batman!

The Make-A-Foundation will provide more details and updates on the event soon. Check their page as Miles’ big day draws nearer for ways you can help: Miles’ Wish

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Love Letter To The Fog of San Francisco


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California-based photographer Simon Christen spent two years capturing footage for this four-and-a-half minute video, which he describes as a “love letter to the fog of the San Francisco Bay Area.” Click on the picture below to watch the video.

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Apple’s new iOS7 gives iPhones, iPads a facelift


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Apple unveiled a dramatic re-design to its iOS software, which runs the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, at a developer’s conference in San Francisco. The software, which is expected to be available to consumers in the fall, is slicker and more showy.

The 10 most Instagrammed places of 2012


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Instagram, the photo-sharing app, has released a list of the most photographed places in the world via the app in 2012, with Suvarnabhumi Airport topping the chart.According to IG, over 100,000 photos were taken via Instagram at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, over the last year, making it a surprise winner.Interestingly another Bangkok landmark, the Siam Paragon shopping mall, took second place in Instagram’s most photographed places in 2012

Overall, locations in the US were popular among Instagram users, with American landmarks occupying seven of the top ten locations, including five in Southern California. Strangely enough, landmarks that have been a traditional favorite for photographers such as the Statue of Liberty in New York, the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin or London’s Big Ben did not appear on the list, though Paris’s Eiffel Tower did make an appearance in eighth place — behind Dodger Stadium and LAX.

The top ten most photographed places in the world via Instagram in 2012 were:

01.    Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) Bangkok, Thailand
02.    Siam Paragon (shopping mall) Bangkok, Thailand
03.    Disneyland Park Anaheim, California, USA
04.    Times Square New York City, New York, USA
05.    AT&T Park San Francisco, California, USA
06.    Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), California, USA
07.    Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California, USA
08.    Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
09.    Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA
10.    Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California, USA

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NOTION PEOPLE : Vote To Help Them Win


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If you have not heard of this band you are missing out. NOTION PEOPLE is a three piece band from San Francisco that started sometime in 2011. They recently recorded their full-length album at Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland California.  Anthony Jurado is a music-producer, guitarist, web-developer and graphic designer. Grant Gilliland is a freelance illustrator, painter, and is a wicked bass player. Trevor Morris is an engineer, music-producer, and is currently working on video game sounds, who plays drums for NOTION PEOPLE. They all have something to bring to the table while they all enjoyed making NOTION PEOPLE happen, and they hope that you are entertained.  [Please click on the picture above to visit there site]

Right now NOTION PEOPLE  needs your help, they are trying to win a contest that ends on NYE. The San Francisco based site, The Deli helps local artist to promote and helps these emerging artists to get exposure. So please take the time and vote for NOTION PEOPLE by clicking on the picture below which will take you to the polls for the artist of the month on the Deli and please vote for the awesome SF band NOTION PEOPLE!

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Snoop Dogg Releases Smokeable Song Book


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Rapper Snoop Dogg is reportedly releasing a smoke-able lyrics book called “Rolling Words”. The book’s content is entirely printed on rolling paper, made with the help of San Francisco-based agency, Periera & O’Dell. The book features lyrics of Snoop’s classic songs from “Gin & Juice”, “Nuthin’ Like a ‘G’ Thang”, “Beautiful” to “Drop It Like It’s Hot” and many more. “Rolling Words” is packaged in a hemp-like cover with the spine that doubles up as a match-striking surface. The pages are also perforated for easy tearing. The Doggfather himself said that he created the book for one reason: “So people can always remember, you can roll with an expert or you can roll with Snoop.”

Check out more info about the book:

San Francisco Time Lapse – Empty America


The “Empty America” series, directed by Ross Ching begins in San Francisco. From the Golden Gate Bridge to Fisherman’s Wharf to Lombard Street to Ghirardelli Square to the Bay Bridge – get a good look at some of San Francisco’s most iconic landmarks (wiped empty of tourists and traffic). It’s a series that was initially inspired by Matt Logue’s photo series “Empty LA”.

Future Releases 

October 22nd – Seattle
October 29th – New York City
November 5th – Washington D.C.

Getting Your ‘Daily Dose’.


The images above and below come from a marvelous fashion blog titled “Daily Dose”, but let me take a second to explain myself before I get a new gang of emails.  It’s a well known fact that I’m not a fashion expert, (last week I met with the former president of CBS, Sir Howard Stringer, and was wearing sweat pants and a ‘where the white girls are‘ T-shirt.)  However, this doesn’t impede my ability to spot an incredible fashion source when I see one.  Francesca Grosso, the site’s primary writer has an incredible eye for style, and 100% of her posts are equally eye catching to fashionistas or guys like me who run around business meetings in sweat pants.  Click any of the pictures to see more from ‘Daily Dose’.

Loiter Squad – Episode 1/Odd Future Afterparty In San Francisco.


Just like many other 18-15 year old males in the U.S., I’ve become a fan of most of the programming on Adult Swim (the off the wall late night programming that comes on Cartoon Network).  As the line up has changed over the years, I’ve had many different programs to look forward to, but a few months ago I got a bombshell dropped on me that Odd Future would be getting their own Adult Swim programming slot.  The people reading this not totally familiarized with O.F. might not understand just how ridiculous that concept seems, but you will soon.  I’ve managed to get my hands on the first episode of the show ‘Loiter Squad’, and not only is it pure unadulterated hilarity, it’s also exact what Adult Swim needed to keep their line-up fresh.  Check the method below.

For those of you who are unaware of the O.F. movement, let me just open up your mind to the situation.  The group is led by rapper/producer Tyler, The Creator, and includes rappers Hodgy Beats, Earl Sweatshirt, Domo Genesis and Mike G, singer Frank Ocean, producers Left Brain, Syd the Kyd and Matt Martians, and other non-musical members, notably Jasper Dolphin, Taco and L-Boy (that appeared in the ‘Loiter Squad’ episode above.)  Their music is a crowd hyping force to be reckoned with, and anyone who wants proof of this needs to go no further than San Francisco.  O.F. is gathering at 330 Ritch on April 9th for a night of intoxicated skullduggery courtesy of Above Ground.  Click the pic below for tickets.

The Odd Future/Undefeated Listening Party.


For anyone in the S.F. Bay Area, check out the O.F. listening party over at Undefeated in S.F. on 516 Hayes St.

 

The 10 Best Cities For Young People To Find Jobs In The U.S.


Being self employed now a days is a hard thing to do, but its almost a necessity because of the job market (or lack there of).  But certain cities have better odds of you getting your hands into some real work.  Take a look at the list of top 10 cities that can offer better opportunities for work.

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10. – San Antonio, TX

They say that everything’s bigger in Texas, and in San Antonio, the job market certainly is. The unemployment rate for the San-Antonio-New Braunfels area is just 6.6 percent, with the city at a low 7 percent. The Milken Institute recently named San Antonio the nation’s best-performing city in its ranking of 200 metro areas, thanks in part to extensive oil drilling projects in Eagle Ford Shale — which in 2010, generated 6,800 full-time jobs and $311 million in salaries and benefits, according to researchers at the University of Texas at San Antonio. This month, Boeing also announced a plan to move aircraft and maintenance work from Wichita to San Antonio in 2013.

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9. – Portland, OR

All you have to do to see that Portland is hip is turn on the TV — IFC’s recent hit, Portlandia, paints the city as a haven for hipsters, artists and creatives. Startups are booming here — Fast Company named the “Silicon Forest” as one of the best places to launch a startup in 2010, and the city itself is a trusty friend to startups, giving them city-sponsored events, like the Portland Incubator Experiments, to help draw investors. We’re not surprised that this hip city added 12,000 jobs from November 2010 to November 2011 and has an unemployment rate of just 6.5 percent for 25-34-year-olds.

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8. – Honolulu, HI

It seems that Honolulu is home to much more than just beaches and hula skirts. According to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, visitor spending rose 15.6 percent to 1.1 billion in October, which is good news for Hawaii’s largest city and state capital, home to top companies like Hawaiian Airlines and the University of Hawaii. The unemployment rate for 25-34-year-olds is just over 6 percent, and at 9.3 percent for 20-24-year-olds, it’s the 9th best city for that category, as well.

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7. – New Orleans, LA

Post-Katrina, the “Big Easy” has built an impressive hub for jobs, with the unemployment rate at just 5.5 percent in the New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner area and just 5.9 percent in the city itself. Private companies like Tulane University and Pan-American Life Insurance help keep the economy going, but it’s the city’s tourist appeal that really brings jobs. In 2010, New Orleans hosted 8.3 million visitors, the most since the flooding. And the recent return of three major cruise ships promises to keep business afloat. The city added 9,000 new jobs in 2011, and major retailers like Walmart and Costco are planning to open new locations there in 2012.

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6. – San Francisco, CA

When you think of cities popular for young people, San Francisco of course comes to mind. A cornerstone of startup culture, the city is the birthplace of tech favorites like Twitter, Yelp, Dropbox, Wikipedia, and StumbleUpon, and added 18,000 jobs between November 2010 and November 2011. Plus, a new program, the Civic Startup Accelerator is working to pair top startup companies with City Hall to get new and innovative technology worked into the government sector — and famed angel investor Ron Conway has already agreed to advise the program. It’s no surprise that the unemployment for San Francisco County is 5.4 percent for 25-34-year-olds.

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5. – Washington, D.C.

It’s no surprise that the nation’s capital is an epicenter for jobs. Between government, tourism, finance and lobbying, there’s no shortage of industries. But much of the growth is happening in the private sector — the Washington Post’s annual list of top companies in the area, the Post 200, is dominated by defense companies, government contractors, information organizations, hotel companies and financial firms, with names like Geico and Hilton Worldwide topping the list. These firms and others give the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria area an unemployment rate of just 5.4 percent for 25-34-year-olds.

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4. – Boston, MA

This historic haven is also a haven for jobs, with the unemployment rate at a cool 4.8 percent in the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy area and just 5 percent in the city proper. With Harvard, one of the nation’s top universities, employing about 18,000 people in the area, it’s no surprise, but there are plenty of businesses booming from technology, like iRobot, a robotics company most famous for Roomba, to the environment — Clean Harbors, Inc. was ranked by the Boston Globe as a top company — it was instrumental in containing the BP oil spill. The area added over 50,000 jobs in 2011, and the passage of a new casino bill promises to bring even more jobs to the area.

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3. – Fort Worth, TX

Dallas’s neighbor has a seriously sunny economic disposition, with an impressive 4.7 percent unemployment rate for 25-34-year-olds in the city and 5.1 percent in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area. In 2011, the area added over 57,000 jobs and in 2009, Site Selection magazine named Dallas-Fort Worth the country’s third most active market for corporate relocations. The area is home to the corporate headquarters of a number of household names, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Radio Shack, Pier 1 Imports, and Motorola. Of course, it’s also home to American Airlines, which declared bankruptcy in November.

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2. – Tulsa, OK

It looks like this famed oil capital is continuing to see prosperity. Tulsa beat the national average by nearly 6 points, clocking in at just 4.5 percent unemployment for 25-34-year-olds — and just 6.2 percent in the greater area. Privately-funded local initiatives have helped put this city at the top. The city added over 10,000 jobs in 2011, landing itself on our recent list of 10 Best Cities to Find a Job, and more than 4,000 of those jobs pay an annual income of $50,000 or more, according to the Tulsa Metro Chamber. Add to that extremely low overhead. Due to low rent, energy costs, and taxes, the city is attractive to businesses in aerospace, energy and health care.

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1. – Jacksonville, FL

This military-centric North Florida city might not be the first one that springs to mind, but its low unemployment rate of 2.7 percent in the city and 3.2 percent in the greater area for 25-34-year-olds makes it a clear winner (that’s more than 7 percent below the national rate of 9.4 percent for that age group). The city also had the eighth lowest unemployment for 20-24 year-olds (8.3 percent). Why so many jobs? Three naval air stations supply a steady number of noncivilian jobs, which trickles down to the rest of the community. Plus, the city is home to the largest Toyota distributor in the U.S., and has even seen a recent renaissance in filmmaking, satisfying those creative types.

Absolut London.


Absolut vodka has launched a limited edition bottle called London in collaboration with one of the UK’s leading graphic artists, Gorillaz’ Jamie Hewlett.  Set against a London backdrop, the bottle introduces key characters from the past who have influenced and shaped London’s present fashion scene.  The seven characters encapsulate the city’s diverse heritage, spanning the ages from Dickensian and 18th Century Dandy, through to Pinstripe gent, 60’s chick, SKA , Punk and 80’s Casual.  To celebrate the launch, ABSOLUT will be offering consumer the chance to buy one of only 50 unique ABSOLUT London collectors gift packs on Facebook.  ABSOLUT London will be launching in-store on 1st March in Selfridges and Harvey Nichols and then to general retailers from 1st April.

The World Wide Watch.


Sure, it’s a middle class problem but ever get annoyed by having to change the time on your watch when you enter a new country?  It might not be an issue that afflicts those of us who don’t go travelling that often but this ingenious watch is still perfect for those who wish that they did.  The “All Around the World” watch boasts eight hour hands, which resemble landmarks in major cities. For example, if you’re in New York then you’d use the Statue of Liberty as your hour marker. Minutes are always marked by a pigeon. You know, because they’re a given in every city.

Here’s the full list of cities and landmarks:

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Salt Lake Temple, Utah

Sears Tower, Chicago

Statue of Liberty, New York

Big Ben, London

The Eiffel Tower, Paris

Istambul’s minarets

Red Square, Moscow

There are only 100 watches and each costs £150. You can find out more info, including where to buy here.