Archive for the ‘High Tech’ Category
In season one of the underground hit show, Downton Abbey, you may have come across the acute obsession to detail in clothing and appearance. To our delight, cufflinks played a large part in this Victorian obsession. When Matthew Crawley comes to Downton, he finds himself put-off by the amount of attention he receives from the household servants. He can’t fathom the need for a footman, someone to dress him “like a dog” everyday, and innocently appeals to dismiss their superfluous services.
But after a seemingly cordial run-in with the head of the household, he grows to understand that everyone “needs to play his or her part” and it’s quite wrong to dismiss servants when they want to do their job. He questions Crawley, asking if when he takes over the Downton domain, will he dismiss the numerous staff members simply because of Crawley’s taste, or will he realize that they’re place in at Downton, they are an integral part of the household, and their living must not be taken lightly.
It’s then, and only then, does Crawley open up to the idea of being waited on by servants. One of these tasks include PICKING OUT CUFFLINKS and PUTTING THEM ON. “I think these are too formal for the occasion. Can you pick another pair?” “Would you like the crescent ones, sir? I think they are much more suitable.” Such a wonderful moment captured in film…
“The Downton Abbey estate stands a splendid example of confidence and mettle, its family enduring for generations and its staff a well-oiled machine of propriety. But change is afoot at Downton — change far surpassing the new electric lights and telephone. A crisis of inheritance threatens to displace the resident Crawley family, in spite of the best efforts of the noble and compassionate Earl, Robert Crawley (Hugh Bonneville, Miss Austen Regrets); his American heiress wife, Cora (Elizabeth McGovern); his comically implacable, opinionated mother, Violet (Maggie Smith, David Copperfield); and his beautiful, eldest daughter, Mary, intent on charting her own course. Reluctantly, the family is forced to welcome its heir apparent, the self-made and proudly modern Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens), himself none too happy about the new arrangements. As Matthew’s bristly relationship with Mary begins to crackle with electricity, hope for the future of Downton’s dynasty takes shape. But when petty jealousies and ambitions grow among the family and the staff, scheming and secrets — both delicious and dangerous — threaten to derail the scramble to preserve Downton Abbey. Created and written by Oscar-winner Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park), Downton Abbey offers a spot-on portrait of a vanishing way of life.”
1. The Coupons that Say Spend $25 get $10 off., but the Fine Print Reads: (Does not apply to sale items, clearance items, jewelry, cosmetics, handbags, shoes, clothes, watches, men’s wear, children’s wear, home goods, furniture, women’s wear, or anything in the store. Just throw this coupon away. It’s essentially good for nothing)
2. You Ask for…. a gift box and they give you one 10 sizes too large for your purchase. Then they look at you unsympathetically and say “Sorry. We’re out of the smaller ones. Come back next season.” I mean really, what the heck are you going to do with a coat box for a scarf??
3. You go to the mall the DAY after Christmas and the sweater you spent $50 on is now only $15, the video game you bought your son is 20% off, and literally everything you purchased is on sale. And I’m talking about a big sale. There goes another $200 on…markups.
4. You come across that horrible gift Aunt Zelda gave you in JCPenneys and realize it was only $5, marked down to $2. Thanks Aunt Z. Really feeling the love.
How Many of these are you Guitar cufflinks of committing so far?
5. The unbearable hot flashes you get while shopping because you have not just two shirts on, but an under shirt, a heavy pea coat lined with shearling, two pairs of socks, and a hat (which you can’t take off because your hair is an utter disaster). Then you strip down in the store to just one shirt and have to carry it all the rest of the shopping trip. (If you’re a man, you have to hold all of these layers for the lady, including the heavy coat.) Seriously, where are the coat checks??
6. The moment of panic when you’re standing in the middle of a department store and completely forget 1. why you’re there 2. who you’re shopping for 3. what they specifically asked for a few weeks before. You then proceed to the “candle” section because it’s generic enough and everyone needs another Yankee candle.
7. The moment of panic when you’re standing in the middle of a parking lot, strapped with five shopping bags, keys in hand, and completely forget….where you parked the car. So you idly wonder the parking lot, pretending you know exactly where your going, pressing the “alarm” button on the keytag, praying that you’ll hear it or see the flashing lights, smiling all the way so no one knows you forgot where you parked your car, and eventually hit straight panic mode and start running because you realize you’re going senile.
Our brains are literally rewired by our excessive daily technological usage. There is no denying this. We have yet to even see its full effects on the human brain because, well, we are still in the “thick” of it. It will be many years from now before we can see it’s repercussions. Kind of like testing a new drug and the FDA only sees it’s negative effects ten years later. But this doesn’t mean technology is bad. Not in the least.
It’s just a simple truth that Westerns have grown accustomed to the availability of electronics. Our “progressive” population has grown considerably in the name of technology, albeit the majority of medical, scientific, and industrious revolutions come in the wake of a brand new technology.
Or your brain on technology?
The New York Times reported in 2010: “Scientists say juggling e-mail, phone calls and other incoming information can change how people think and behave. They say our ability to focus is being undermined by bursts of information. These play to a primitive impulse to respond to immediate opportunities and threats. The stimulation provokes excitement — a dopamine squirt — that researchers say can be addictive. In its absence, people feel bored.”
Think about how Angry Birds literally transforms the idle doctors waiting room office…
“The technology is rewiring our brains,” said Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse and one of the world’s leading brain scientists. She and other researchers compare the lure of digital stimulation less to that of drugs and alcohol than to food and sex, which are essential but counterproductive in excess. Technology use can benefit the brain in some ways, researchers say. Imaging studies show the brains of Internet users become more efficient at finding information. And players of some video games develop better visual acuity”
“More broadly, cellphones and computers have transformed life. They let people escape their cubicles and work anywhere. They shrink distances and handle countless mundane tasks, freeing up time for more exciting pursuits. For better or worse, the consumption of media, as varied as e-mail and TV, has exploded. In 2008, people consumed three times as much information each day as they did in 1960. And they are constantly shifting their attention. Computer users at work change windows or check e-mail or other programs nearly 37 times an hour, new research shows”
The nonstop interactivity is one of the most significant shifts ever in the human environment, said Adam Gazzaley, a neuroscientist at the University of California, San Francisco.
“We are exposing our brains to an environment and asking them to do things we weren’t necessarily evolved to do,” he said. “We know already there are consequences.””–By MATT RICHTEL, for The New York Times, Published: June 6, 2010.
So we’ve had our “Industrial Revolution.” Well ladies and Gents, we are in the midst of the new big era: the Technology Revolution. Where will it take us next?
There are certain staples that every woman wants for Christmas and yes, they fall in the general categories one might expect: jewelry, body care, clothing, make up, perfume, shoes, handbags, and specialty boutique items (i.e. knick knacks from her favorite store, thoughtful items, etc). Don’t fret gentlemen, Ms. Cufflink is here to help!
Elegant Jewelry: Christian Circle Cufflinks
Let’s start with her favorite beauty store, Sephora. The Deluxe Fragrance Sampler For Her $50 ($96 Value) From Sephora is perfect for an indecisive man AND woman. Basically you get a load of samples to test, try, and indulge in on your own time. It comes with a Full Size Perfume Voucher, so once you pick your favorite scent, simply take your voucher back to the store and pick up a full size bottle of perfume. Then you can make joint decisions together about your favorite “her” scent just for her.
A unique piece of jewelry from Etsy.com. There’s no point in burning money at Tiffany’s this season. Get her something different and original! Etsy is one of many cool websites to find trinket treasures at affordable costs. Here’s a sample photo of their “jewelry” page:
Bags, bags, bags…
For The Down to Earth Girl:
For The Hipster/Cool Lady:
Wear These When You Give Your Mom Her Gifts: Mom Tattoo Cufflinks
And then maybe splurge a little on one of the hottest handbag designers, Michael Kors:
For the Luxurious Lady:
A Holiday Dress! Getting her a dress to wear to a holiday party is thoughtful and shows her that you want her to feel sexy. Plus you get to show her what you think is sexy through style. Note: will look amazing with above Michael Kors bag…just sayin’
JUST TRUST ME CUFFLINKS ON THIS ONE:
Yesterday we got an email from a man residing in Astoria, Queens. Thought we’d share:
Lately the state of the economy has been getting to me. As a New Yorker, although I wasn’t a part of “The Rent is Too Damn High Party,” but I was tempted to be. I won’t disclose my political affiliations, because it’s not relevant here, but like I said, things are getting shaky around here. My rent went up again last month, the price of coffee is rising, subway rides are now $2.25, cabs have an extra dollar attached to them, and when I visit my cousin in NJ I have to pay TWELVE dollars to get back in the city. Something’s gotta give right? I love buying your cufflinks and follow your blogs, but money is tight these days. Have any advice about saving money so I can stay looking fresh everyday?
Yes, we hear you. Boy do we hear you! Thank you for your support over the years and we hope things will get better for you! As New Yorkers, we are experiencing the same price changes as you, and are here to offer some savvy tips on saving a buck or two so you can re-route it to buying things you really love: like cufflinks! (And other fashionable goods that add to your “fresh” look).
Coffee. Instead of paying for a grande or a venti coffee at Starbucks, order a size down but say you want it in a larger cup. Normally when a person fills up a cup for you, they over pour anyway, and the “leave some room” part of the order pinches out your extra coffee. So simply ask for a bigger cup. Example Convo:
Use Google Phone. Instead of wasting your cellphone minutes, if you have free wi-fi on your cell, get a google number and have people call you there. That way you won’t ever go over on your minutes and can possibly change your plan to lower the minutes/monthly price. Yeah.
Share wi-fi with your neighbors! If you’re a New Yorker, save the extra $30-50 bucks a month by sharing internet with Joe down the hall. That is, assuming you know your neighbors. If not, don’t even bother. It would just be awkward.
Use Groupon, Living Social, Woot, etc to purchase haircuts, pedicures, dinners, lunches, brunch…and more! If you’re thinking of going to Brunch Sunday with your significant other or a small group, look into Groupon for pre-paid lunches and drinks. You will even find new restaurants out of the deal and try something new!
Retailmenot.com and other “checkout code” websites. We’ve personally saved a lot on internet purchases through typing in special codes at check-out. Different codes can be acquired at random sites throughout the internet, but one of the most popular is retailmenot. If the code doesn’t work, it’s nobody’s loss, continue on with the purchase.
Never grocery shop while your hungry. Everything will look appealing and appetizing. You’ll end up spending way too much on that gourmet cheese only made in Switzerland or those organic berries that your mouth is watering for. Suddenly, the curry mix you pass every other week will call out your name and…you get the point.
Drink more water. And don’t be afraid of tap water. Studies have shown that plastic bottles harbor bacteria and ALSO most of these “natural” spring water sources contain more bacteria than your average city water. NYC is especially good with their water sanitation and produces a surprisingly good potable water. So grab your metal water bottle, turn on the tap, and drink your money!