Friday Finds 8.26.11

In this edition of Friday Finds, a collection of magazine covers featuring Steve Jobs, a video for all those who've ever dreamed of flying, a new product for all the Tron fans out there, and much more!

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Diana: 10 Greatest Steve Jobs Magazine Covers of All Time

The most shocking tech news of late is Steve Jobs's resignation from Apple. "I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come," Jobs said in a letter. As a tribute to Jobs and his innovations, scroll through this listing of the best magazine covers he's appeared on over the years and check out all of his covers here.

Aaron: The Muppets for Wilkins Coffee

These ads that Jim Henson and a pair of puppets did for Wilkins Coffee in the late 1950s are hilarious and strange and weirdly violent. Super strange direction for an ad campaign, but that wonderfully cracked, Henson humor comes through loud and clear.

Jaime: Speedflying Video

This video is so much like a recurring flying dream I have that it's uncanny... Except THIS IS REAL. Talk about extreme sports. These guys strap on skis and a skydiving parachute and soar through the air from mountain peak to mountain peak, reaching speeds of up to 90 miles per hour and zipping through narrow rock walls, touching down every so often into remote and untouched powder before floating back up again. It's thrilling and terrifying to watch.

Everett: Loose Leaf Editions

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If you haven't picked up Edition #1 of Loose Leaf Editions, @Tomcrabtree tweeted earlier this week that they have gone down to $60. Pick one up while you still can!!!

Miyoko: Mythic Paint

Mythic's cans have an old-timey appeal that is hard to turn away from. It's non-toxic, zero VOC cred only sweetens the deal.
Mythic's cans have an old-timey appeal that is hard to turn away from. It's non-toxic, zero VOC cred only sweetens the deal.
Did you know that a "no-VOC" paint can still have VOCs in it? Yup. According to EPA regulations, a manufacture can call a paint no-VOC if it has less than 5 grams per liter of VOCs (a low-VOC paint is defined as less than 50 grams per liter of VOCs). I've heard a lot about Mythic paints recently, which contain zero VOCs, and had the chance to visit a house that was painted with the brand's products as well as visit a great shop that sells them. Not only are the paints completely non-toxic but the company has design going for it too. Keep your eye out for upcoming stories featuring Mythic.

Kathryn: Chester Wallace Bag

Bag by  <a href="http://www.chesterwallace.com">Chester Wallace</a>.
Bag by Chester Wallace.
Over the past month, I spent a lot of time looking at this fabulous find in our color room, adjusting the image in preparation for printing, and making sure it looked as great as it's designed to be. And I couldn't take it anymore: I -had- to have one in my hands! So I emailed Patrick Long and ordered one of my own. When it arrived, I beamed. I haven't stopped. Friends, I must confess: it is far tastier than any photo could lead you to believe.

The Chester Wallace bag, one of the products featured in our roundup of American-made originals in our October issue, is perfect. Perfect. It's sturdy enough to stand on its own, is constructed and hand-sewn with care, has just the right number of pockets, affords me the choice of handles or strap, and the canvas is surprisingly soft and supple. Find your own at chesterwallace.com or at a stockist near you. You too shall swoon!

Julia: Old S.F.

Be prepared to get lost in Old S.F.'s vintage photographs. Here's a circa 1915 shot showing the stationery Department at the City of Paris department store.
Be prepared to get lost in Old S.F.'s vintage photographs. Here's a circa 1915 shot showing the stationery Department at the City of Paris department store.
This site provides you with a detailed interactive map where you can click on a specific location and see a historical photo. I only moved to San Francisco a month ago, and this is one of the many neat discoveries I have found while trying to learn the layout of the city.

Jordan: Tron Lightcycles IRL

The Lightcycle via Core 77.
The Lightcycle via Core 77.
Sure, this makes sense. Hammacher Schlemmer will be producing these actual-in-real-life lightcycles—with seemingly impossible hubless wheels, natch—from Tron, designed by Parker Brothers Choppers. Unnecessary? Perhaps. Badass? You bet. via Core77.

 

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