I am a closet fan of packaging, and read on PSFK that Perrier seems to be making a comment on our age of digital conversation. They have released a new short-run packaging developed by HartlandVilla, a graphic studio based in Paris. Each product is wrapped in packaging that has bubbles of conversation. Qui en savait?
The documentary “Beer Wars,” about how small craft companies like Dogfish are struggling against the machinations of big brewers, has its premiere at the Bell House tonight. Stop by for the screening and a tasting courtesy of Stone Brewing Co., Smuttynose and more, and learn why “angry beer” is better.
Santa Barbara, Calif. has been named the best US city for “good hair days,” while Corpus Christi, Tex. ranks as the place where people are most likely to experience a “bad hair day,” according to an analysis compiled by TotalBeauty.com, which listed the top cities in each category. The study examined average humidity levels, pollution, rainfall, wind speeds, water hardness, demographics, and took into account the number of beauty salons per capita to determine rankings for the cities have the best – and worst – conditions for healthy, stylish hair.
Best Cities for Men: Chicago, Barcelona, San Francisco
Because it strikes the ideal balance between “cosmopolitan” and “comfortable,” Chicago has landed the #1 spot on the list of the world’s 29 best cities for men, according to website AskMen.com
, which recently conducted the analysis. Barcelona and San Francisco
came in at #2 and #3. Cities that round out the top 10 are London, Sydney
, New York City
, Berlin, Hong Kong
, Copenhagen and Paris
Small US cities that have a stable base of industry, a young and educated workforce, plentiful venture capital and a reasonable cost of living are the most conducive to startups, according to BusinessWeek
, which recently collaborated to identify the best small city in each state in which to start a business. The research found that, among other things, proximity to a university was an important factor in city selection. As examples, the cities of Ann Arbor
, Mich., Auburn, Ala., Cambridge, Mass., and Colombia, Mo., all were tops in their respective states
Uniqlo’s Human Vending Machine for their HEATTECH apparel line is set up inTimes Square on a narrow concrete island. Prior to reaching the booth, there is a ’scanning station’ manned with a Uniqlo associate with a hand held thermal camera. Each person’s heat image showed up on an adjacent screen and identified their core body temperature
. After that, visitors proceeded to either a male or female dispenser who were giving away the HEATTECH gear. The reasonably priced line claims to offer warmth from a very thin material. Shirts cost just over $10.
Hotel puts an iMac in every room
Located in the Saint Blaise neighbourhood of Paris’s 20th arrondissement, Mama Shelter has equipped each of its 172 rooms with a 24-inch Apple iMac multimedia center. Gone is the oft-seen (but rarely enjoyed) web access through TV; rather, guests can enjoy HDTV, music, radio, CDs, films, DVDs and of course internet, all through their in-room computer. Computer monitors are also built into an oversized table in Mama Shelter’s entryway, as well as into columns throughout the hotel; wifi, of course, is freely available too. Through a partnership with French tech provider DirectStreams, meanwhile, Mama Shelter offers what it calls the iBooth—also based on the iMac—giving guests the opportunity to make their mark on the hotel by taking instant pictures and seeing them distributed in the lobby and rooms.