Tag Archives | High-Quality

…It’s Things Thursday: Sk8 Wallet?

Sk8 Wallet

Do you love skateboarding, and wish you could incorporate that love into every part of your style?

Well then, Sk8 Wallets will bring you one step closer to that dream by turning your favorite board into a custom wallet.

Each wallet is individually handcrafted from a new or recycled skateboard deck, and if you send them yours, they’ll fit it to the wallet’s rectangular shape, plane and edge-sand the deck to its thinnest point, and then fuse it to a high quality black nylon wallet for a fashion accessory that’s both sleek and durable, with endless amounts of custom style.

[Gorilla Vinyl – Sk8 Wallet]

[Via: Uncrate]

…It’s Website Wednesday: Flickr Panda?

Flickr Panda

Flickr’s “Explore” is Flirkr’s front page, “an introductory collection of ever-changing photos to show people the kinds of things inside the site”.

However, Explore can only highlight about 500 images per day, and since there are five thousand new images uploaded to Flickr every minute, plenty of high quality images never make it onto Explore.

To help highlight some of the other images that Flickr users have submitted, Flickr created the Flickr: Panda, a rainbow vomiting panda that spews photos from its mouth at a rate of about one every two seconds, or 43,000+ photos per day.

It might not be the front page, but how often can you say that your photo was spit up by a rainbow spewing panda bear?

[Flickr – Panda]

…It’s Website Wednesday: Naked & Angry?

Naked & Angry

Naked & Angry is skinnyCorp’s latest venture (the guys behind Threadless) and they’re hoping to take Threadless’ success and expand it into other areas of design.

Their stated goal of Naked & Angry is “to create high quality products from patterns submitted and chosen by the brand’s audience”.

    Anyone can come to Naked & Angry and submit a pattern design to be voted on by other Naked & Angry users. The design will be scored for 14 days at which time it will be given a final score. The highest scoring designs will be manufactured and products will be created inspired by the patterns. The winners will receive a $750 cash prize and 1 free Naked & Angry item.

Their first series of objects was a set of silk neckties, and they’ve now moved on to hand screened wallcoverings, so you can see that the product line is going to be diverse. Apparently their plans include everything from ties and tops to pillows and belts to socks and sweaters to wallpaper, so if you can put a pattern on it, Naked & Angry will turn it into a competition.

Naked & Angry Ties

New patterns will be chosen every season, and the goal is 5-15 various new items at a time.

Will Naked & Angry ever equal the success of Threadless?

My guess would be no, because I can’t imagine that the market for neckties and wallpaper is nearly as big as the market for t-shirts, but regardless, it seems like a great idea, and a great place to check out if you’re looking for something really unique with a handmade touch.

[Naked & Angry]

…It’s Movie Monday: Black Gold?

Black Gold

Black Gold is “a story about coffee and trade”.

    Multinational coffee companies now rule our shopping malls and supermarkets and dominate the industry worth over $80 billion, making coffee the most valuable trading commodity in the world after oil.

    But while we continue to pay for our lattes and cappuccinos, the price paid to coffee farmers remains so low that many have been forced to abandon their coffee fields.

    Nowhere is this paradox more evident than in Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee. Tadesse Meskela is one man on a mission to save his 74,000 struggling coffee farmers from bankruptcy. As his farmers strive to harvest some of the highest quality coffee beans on the international market, Tadesse travels the world in an attempt to find buyers willing to pay a fair price.

    Against the backdrop of Tadesse’s journey to London and Seattle, the enormous power of the multinational players that dominate the world’s coffee trade becomes apparent. New York commodity traders, the international coffee exchanges, and the double dealings of trade ministers at the World Trade Organization reveal the many challenges Tadesse faces in his quest for a long term solution for his farmers.

It looks like a fascinating film, and definitely brings light to an issue that few Americans consider while waiting in line at the local Starbucks.

[Black Gold]

…The MacHeist Bundle is back?

MacHeist II Bundle

For a great deal on a bunch of high-quality Mac apps, head on over to MacHeist and check out this year’s bundle.

Featuring $343.75 worth of software for only $49, highlights include Cha-Ching, iStopMotion, CSSEdit, Pixelmator, and more.

Each application features a test run option, so you can try before you buy, and 25% of your purchase goes to a charity of your choice.

It’s not exactly free ninety-nine, but 85% off sure is a tough deal to pass up.

[MacHeist II – Bundle]