Hard Linen Cover Journals from SHINOLA Detroit

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Design

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This, is a SMALL HARD LINEN JOURNAL from a company based in Detroit, called Shinola.

The American-made journals, handcrafted in Ann Arbor, MI, are made from entirely US-sourced components. Smyth sewn binding, a superior binding technique that greatly improves overall durability and extends the lifespan of the journal, while enabling the pages to lie perfectly flat. Acid-free paper from sustainably-managed American forests.

* I first got hip to Shinola, actually, about 2 1/2 years ago. A buddy of mine had moved to the D and he knows that I am in to watches. He’d seen some advertisement around town and he forwarded me their website. If I recall correctly, at the time, they just made watches and they were starting the bike thing. Maybe they were making other stuff already, but their website wasnt fully flushed out. Either way, I just remembered the watches. I thought there were a little bit pricey for a brand that I’d never heard of but I thought they were beautiful. I kept an eye on Shinola, signed up for their mailing list but never bought anything from them.

I hadn’t planned on going out to Detroit any time soon, I’ve never been there, and didn’t have anything coming up… so it was going to be difficult to get my hands on one of the watches to look at. So, as they started making other products, I’ve waited until I saw something that would be a good entry product. Then, I saw their journals. And I ordered 4 of them. Two of the small ones and one medium. I’d going to say that these are perfect. They are out-standing. If the rest of their products are made with this attention to detail and craftsmanship, this company is going to be around and be around for a generation.

Something like this, is important to us. As you know. We are based in Los Angeles. We are heavy on this Los Angeles and America thing. We take pride in Bumpy Pitch shirts are All-Los-Angeles-Everything* and we love that Shinola is repping Detroit like they are.

I happened to find their youtube page today and saw this nice video on the journals. Wow, so much going in to making these books. Check that video out, and then there is a video at the end of the post that gives you some background on the Shinola story and fills in the “wheres” and the “whys”.

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Edwards Brothers Malloy is a family run printing business that has been a premier maker of books and journals since 1893. Shinola’s hard and soft cover journals are made here, in Ann Arbor, with only the highest quality materials and utmost attention to detail.

I’ll be buying more things from SHINOLA. And I will definitely be buying one of their watches. Now, I just need to fill my journals with brilliant things…

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This video here is from Mashable from about 6 months ago.

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Behind Detroit’s economic troubles, there are dedicated citizens looking to resurrect Detroit as the Great American City. And when there’s a will, there’s a way. Jacques Panis is one of the individuals helping to make Motor City a Great American City once again. – Mashable

* We aren’t 100% LA, but basically 99%. We’ve done a few collabs over the course of time that we’ve been around that have not been exclusively Los Angeles based for a myriad of reasons – but we make sure to exhaust every possible chance before going in a different direction.

** Love the name. I have a feeling that it goes pretty deep. Especially with Detroit and what it was, what it appears to be to outsiders, and what it actually is… and they you take the old saying. I have a feeling there is some of that in there.

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Premier League Saturday Recap and Highlights : 1 · 31 · 15

Filed under: EPL News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | English Premier League Highlights, Highlights

Hull City 0 – 3 Newcastle: Second-half strikes from Sammy Ameobi and Yoan Gouffran ensured John Carver’s reign as permanent Newcastle head coach got off to a flying start with a 3-0 victory over Hull at the KC Stadium.

Team Match Report (Hull City) (Newcastle)

Crystal Palace 0 – 1 Everton: Romelu Lukaku’s early Everton goal ends Crystal Palace winning streak

Team Match Report (Crystal Palace) (Everton)

Liverpool 2 – 0 West Ham United: Daniel Sturridge scores on Liverpool return in win over West Ham

Team Match Report (Liverpool) (West Ham)

Manchester United 3 -1 Leicester City: RvP, Falcoa and Wes Morgan’s own goal provided United with a 3 goal lead at half time to which they cruised to a result in the second half.

Team Match Report (United) (Leicester)

Stoke City 3 – 1 Queens Park Rangers: With goals in the 21st, 34th and 90th minute, Jon Walters scores the hat trick for Stoke City defeating QPR.

Team Match Report (Stoke) (QPR)

Sunderland 2 – 0 Burnley: Jermian Defoe gets first Sunderland goal in the home win over Burnley

Team Match Report (Sunderland) (Burnley)

West Bromwich Albion 0 – 3 Tottenham: Tottenham’s Harry Kane who I am still mad at for what he did to Chelsea further enhanced his growing reputation with two goals in a convincing 3-0 win over West Brom in the Premier League.

Team Match Report (West Brom) (Tottenham)

Chelsea 1 – 1 Manchester City: Chelsea hold Manchester City to draw to retain five-point lead

Team Match Report (Chelsea) (City)

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Daniel Sturridge Scores Minutes After Liverpool Comeback

Filed under: EPL News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | English Premier League Highlights, Highlights, Soccer News, Videos

~~  Love seeing Daniel Sturridge find the back of the net just minutes after coming on as a Liverpool substitute after a six month injury layoff…..

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MLS Live Back & Available For 2015 Season – Special Discount

Filed under: Highlights, MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights, Soccer News

MLS Live

~~  There were a lot of questions about what was going to happen with MLS Live when the new television deal was announced months ago….  Now everything has been clarified and they’re even dropping a ‘Special Discount’ while confirming that ESPN will NOT offer its own package.

via MLSSoccer

MLS LIVE is back for the 2015 season. You can now start or manually renew* your subscription for a special, limited-time preseason price of just $64.99. (Offer ends Feb. 23) Your subscription will begin immediately and lasts until December 31, 2015. Start your subscription or sign into your account to renew.

MLS LIVE will be the sole out-of-market online streaming service for fans in 2015. ESPN will not offer its own package in 2015.


MLS LIVE is the perfect companion to your cable subscription. With MLS LIVE you can watch hundreds of out-of-market regionally televised matches not available with your cable package. It’s the best way to keep track of your hometown team while you are at school or living in another state. In short, MLS LIVE makes every game a nationally televised match.


MLS LIVE is available on your computer, Android phone or tablet, iPhone, iPad, Roku, Apple TV, and Google’s Chromecast Media Player. Watch multiple matches at once using the “multi-game” feature within the web browser version of MLS LIVE. Or, log into each of your devices to watch different matches simultaneously.

Your subscription also includes access to an archived version of every regular season match so you can relive your favorite moments from the year, anytime.


All subscriptions include access to five years of archived MLS matches using the web version of MLS LIVE. You can watch the full match or a condensed version.

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Nike Free Flyknit Chukka – Volt / Black

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Kicks

Nike Chuk0

~~ If you forced me to choose just one pair of #Kicks to rock, I’d have a tough time choosing between Jordan 1′s and these Flyknit’s….

A good look at the Volt / Black color way drop in the Nike Free Flyknit Chukka, spotted and available over at CaliRoots.

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Watch :: The Official Game of Thrones Season 5 trailer

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Trailers, TV

Its here. I’m excited. There is ONE scene this season that cost over $200k. Its a scene I want to see and not just because Cersei Lannister is getting naked in it. I want to see all of this and I want to see it right now.

Added on January 30th, 2015 by

Trailer :: LA Galaxy and StubHub to allow TAILGATING in 2015

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Food, LA Galaxy, MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights, Stadiums

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LA Galaxy forward Alan Gordon stakes out his spot for the home opener against the Chicago Fire.

Today the LA Galaxy announced something that many Angelenos will be verrry happy about. Starting with the 2015 MLS season opener against Chicago, StubHub Center will feature an enhanced tailgating experience for all Galaxy games, allowing fans extended opportunities for pre-game festivities in designated StubHub Center parking lots. Click the link for the full presser:

LA Galaxy to enhance tailgating experience at StubHub Center – LAG

* If you go to the link, the rules seem pretty generic and won’t be getting in the way of a really good time. Standard stuff, no underage drinking, no excessively loud music, no RV’s or oversized vehicles, etc. But this, in reading the rules, is actually my favorite because the wording is awesome, “Public intoxication and alcohol impaired behavior will be addressed aggressively by law enforcement.” aka, the “tailgating ambassadors” will not be f***ing around!

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Diadora N.9000 NYL Blue/Grey

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Sneakers


It seems like we don’t hear all that much from Diadora anymore. They used to make some of my favorite boots. Diadora even made my list of my favorite boots over the years. But sadly, they just don’t seem to be around in the capacities they used to be. But they are releasing these Blue/Grey N.9000′s that are heat. Subtle colorway and the stitched diadora branding on the back is a very good look. Retailing for $130 at Sneaker Politics.


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