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Garb: Staples

Some never-go-out-style essentials every man should have.<p>Converse Jack Purcell ($60). Converse French Terry Crew ($48). Filson Red Label Briefcase …

Clothing

Garb: Southern Travel | Uncrate

If you're venturing down South this summer, we have the wardrobe to help you keep your cool no matter how hot things get.<p><i>This edition of Garb is</i> …

Travel

Boatpack

Roof boxes are a necessary evil from time to time — so why not make sure they do something more for you than just carry your stuff? The Boatpack …

Boats

The Best Made Shop

New York, New York<p>Longtime readers of Uncrate will likely recognize the name from the company's axes, belts, and other implements. The Best Made Shop …

When Big Dogs Go Bad

<b>No reason in the world</b> not to like Bill Clinton generally these days. He's slipped comfortably into the role of elder statesman. He put the Democratic ticket into hyperdrive at the convention last year. He knows more — and is interested in knowing more — about more stuff than any 200 other people …

Economics

Let The President Work His Mighty Magic

<b>I am not entirely dismissive</b> of the notion that the president has not done all he can with the powers (persuasive and otherwise) bestowed upon him by virtue of his having been elected president, you know, <i>twice already.</i> I believe he has not done enough to break the power of weaponized lunacy in the …

Wall Street

Welcome to the Billionaires' Club, Mr. Cucinelli

<b>Taking your company public</b> can be a perilous venture, one that may not pan out as you expect (just ask Mark Zuckerberg). But the risk certainly paid off for Brunello Cucinelli, founder of the eponymous label known for its sophisticated sportswear and tailored clothing made from top-notch fabrics. …

Men's Fashion

Hand-Drawn Chart: Quality of Sex vs. Firmness of Surface

* Recently, a poll found that people have a tough time having sex on memory-foam mattresses. (Perhaps unsurprisingly, the poll was conducted by a company that manufactures spring mattresses.) Some respondents likened their frustrated screwing to being "stuck in quicksand."<p><i>For a bigger, even easier</i> …

Polling

On War Powers

<b>Way back in 1998</b>, when I was hanging around John McCain for an <i>Esquire</i> profile, we fell into conversation in his office about how the country's war powers — which, in the Constitution, are clearly and specifically lodged with the Congress — had leached over the years to the executive branch, and how …

Political Science

The Game of Thrones Dossier: Mance Rayder

<i>Each week, we'll take a deeper look at one character or group of characters from Game of Thrones who play a prominent role in the most recent episode.</i><p>One thing the show hasn't stressed quite enough is the amazing fact that Mance Rayder, a former brother of the Night's Watch, is now leading the …

TV Series

The Price of Insults — Around the World

North Carolina

Tesla Model S: The electric car company is a little bit Apple, a little bit Google, and about to be huge.

Tech writers love to compare Tesla to Apple. As Steven Johnson pointed out earlier this year—and as many other writers have as well—Elon Musk’s …

Declining American mobility: An ongoing mystery.

America is a very big country, and traditionally it's also been a very <i>mobile</i> country. But during the past 20 years, people have started moving much …

North Carolina Tesla ban? Bill would prevent "unfair competition" with car dealerships.

From the state that brought you the nation’s first ban on climate science comes another legislative gem: a bill that would prohibit automakers from …

May CBO update: The deficit is way smaller than we thought.

The Congressional Budget Office just did a new series of baseline budget deficit projections (PDF) and they're a lot lower than the old ones. The …

McCain’s à la carte cable bill is bad deal for consumers.

Briefly a maverick again, Sen. John McCain wants to require that cable companies offer their channels to consumers on an à la carte basis. It’s nice …

The World's Thinnest Coke Machine Can Slide Under Your Bed

Coca-Cola promotes its Diet Coke as the perfect soft drink for those looking to keep a slim figure. And to further drive that point home, the sugar …

The 10 Most Useful LEGO Bricks

These are the exciting bricks that open up whole new possibilities in LEGO building. In my experience, the most useful bricks are those that change …

We Still Use the Same Words We Did 15,000 Years Ago

A team of scientists has unearthed evidence that suggests some of the words we use today could be 15,000 years old—meaning that Ice Age humans would …

Fitbit Flex Review: Peer Pressure Sucks

Fitbit's One is arguably one of the best activity trackers available today and, yet, less than seven months since it hit the street, Fitbit has …

This Tiny Hand-Built House Is Fit for a Very Small King

Who says you need a big house with an expansive yard to achieve the American Dream these days? One Washington State resident has found her perfect …

How Photographers Retouched Pictures Before Photoshop

Since Adobe Photoshop was launched in 1989 photographers have had it easy, being able to tweak images to their heart's content without getting their …

Now Is a Horrible Time To Buy a Laptop

So your trusty laptop is starting to show its age. No one can blame you for wanting a new one, but we've got just one piece of advice: <b>WAIT</b>. This is a …

MacBook Air

Why So Many Beer Bottles Suddenly Look So Different

You'd know a can of Budweiser anywhere. Like many other major brands, whether it's Coca-Cola, M&Ms, or BMW, Bud's red and white packaging is …

Zact: This Is How Every Wireless Plan Should Work

Maybe someday we'll all have contractless phones. And hopefully, we can all ditch preset plans for fluid ones that fit like a glove every month. …

Your Gmail, Drive, and Google+ Storage Is Now One Big 15 GB Chunk

It used to be that you'd have 10 GB of storage for your Gmail account, and 5 GB to share between your Google Drive and your Google+ pictures. Not …

10 Japanese Micro Homes That Redefine Living Small

If you listen to the architect Kengo Kuma, the craze for <i>kyosho jutaku</i>, that distinctly Japanese variant of the micro home, started in the thirteenth …

Town Reinvents Homebuilding With Flat-Pack Houses Under $150k

Holland has always had a progressive take on affordable housing, especially where apartments and co-housing are concerned. But a new government …

Why Your Ears Pop (And What to Do If They Don't)

Flying sick was a bad choice. Your congested ears refuse to pop and now you're stuck on a cross-country flight, cruising at 30,000 feet of …