Jesse Tyler Ferguson Knows Style
How does Modern Family’s style Jesse achieve his look? According to the man himself, it’s a combination of exercise, leafy green vegetables and tying the occasional bow tie. According to legendary nerd Wil Wheaton, “The very best How To Tie A Bow Tie video I’ve seen on the Internet, and I’ve watched a lot of them.” That’s one hell of a testimonial.
Items you will need,
- A buttoned collared shirt
- A bow tie
And here’s some written directions to further complicate matters for you,
- Pop your collar up and place the bow tie around your neck with one side slightly longer.
- Wrap the longer side over the front and cross it and bring it up through the top, tighten it accordingly.
- Take the longer end and throw it over your shoulder, out of the way.
- Grab the shorter end and fold it inwards to create the bow tie shape.
- Take the longer end from your shoulder over the front of the bow tie shape.
- Take the shorter end and fold it, look for the hole created just behind it.
- Take the longer end, fold it inward and push it through the hole.
- Use your pointer finger and grab the loop and tighten it accordingly.
While we’re not sure if any of those highly progressive stats about bow ties are true, we certainly agree with Jesse that learning how to tie one can up your style considerably. If you’re committed to about an hour worth of failure on average, you too can learn the timeless art of tying a bow tie. Go find yourself a mirror and get cracking.
The Powerslayer by Velvetware is revolutionizing the way people change their portable devices by eliminating the ability to waste energy when chargers are not in use — a problem we’ve been facing throughout the country for over the past decade. Made from high grade materials, the Powerslayer is designed to quickly charge your devices as needed without overcharging or wasting energy.
The Powerslayer pushes out 2 Amps of power and uses a software programming that manages the power distribution, “eliminating energy waste and promtoing long-term battery performance. The product is also manufactured right here in the good ol’ USA! Check out the video below for some additional info:
Velvetwire Powerslayer from Tolleson on Vimeo.
Chances are you know very little of Brooks Wheelan, even as an occasional viewer of Saturday Night Live. Recently cast a featured player on Saturday Night Live during their 39th season, Wheelan doesn’t always make it into sketches but the lesser known comedian is no doubt talented. Check out his video below.
2013 from brooks wheelan on Vimeo.
Wheeler had this to say about his indie film debut,
I filmed a second or so from each day last year. My friend, Rory Scovel, made a similar video in 2012 so I copied him. I picked a very lucky year to film. I started it off as an LA stand up comic with an engineering day job, and through a crazy turn of events, I ended it working at Saturday Night Live. This was a very fortunate year.
Side note: if you only film one second out of your day and put it to music, it looks like your day was much cooler than it actually was.
We’re similarly inspired to make a video following this format but it’s safe to say we’re not cut out to be engineers and chances are even worse we get a phone call from Lorne Michaels anytime soon.
Kudos to you, Wheelan. This awesome video makes us all want to see you in more sketches during the second half of SNL’s 39th season.
There is a very real petition to deport Justin Bieber from the US. With more than 100,000 signers and counting, the White House must now – and most hilariously — deliver an official response.
A far more polarizing Canadian export than maple syrup, Justin Bieber obnoxiously made national news when he was arrested for driving under the influence in Miami earlier this month. Certain “news” outlets (biting Crooked Manners commentary!) even interrupted elected officials to provide updates on the whole ordeal.
Emerging details revealed that Bieber got a fever when officers tried to detain him, inquiring, “What the f*** did I do? Why did you stop me?”, passionate words only a concerned American citizen would express when their right to drag race using an expired license through a densely populated metropolis under the influence of alcohol consumed prior to the legal drinking age is unjustly violated. The only problem is Justin Bieber isn’t actually an American citizen.
Well, America didn’t take too kindly to the Bieb’s erratic behavior and are now collectively calling for the feds to revoke his green card. Don’t let the haters get you down, JB — sometimes people just don’t understand endangering the lives of innocent people for the sake of flaunting your own affluence is worth major swag points.
Will Bieber be packing his bags? Not if the Beliebers have anything to do with it.
If anyone had any belief that the Grammy Awards were a legitimate music awards show prior to last night, they probably tossed it out the window. From cutting off Queens of the Stone Age and Nine Inch Nails to showing Taylor Swift dancing with her friend in the front row any chance they got, the 56th Grammy Awards had a list of things disproving it’s authority as a night celebrating music.
The most annoying happening of the awards show, however, was Kendrick Lamar losing to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis in literally every category they were both nominated in, including Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song, and Best Rap Album.
Mackelmore Texts Kendrick Lamar:
And here’s the caption to Mack’s picture above:
My text to Kendrick after the show. He deserved best rap album… I’m honored and completely blown away to win anything much less 4 Grammys. But in that category, he should have won IMO. And that’s taking nothing away from The Heist. Just giving GKMC it’s proper respect.. With that being said, thank you to the fans. You’re the reason we were on that stage tonight. And to play Same Love on that platform was a career highlight. The greatest honor of all. That’s what this is about. Progress and art. Thank you. #grammys
Was this an attempt by Mackelmore to stay somewhat classy or a chance for the mainstream white guy to rub it in? Tell us what you think in the comments below!
In order to ring in the New Year, Dubai just set fire to the world’s largest firework display in history. And boy, oh boy, was it something to behold. Check out the video below.
Dubai’s Largest Firework Display, 2013
Dubai has always had a penchant for doing things big — real big — as evident from the Burj Khalifa. Billed as the tallest man-made structure in all of existence, the Burj Khalifa took center stage as the region inked yet another claim to fame in the history books. The 2013 display officially made the Guinness World Record book.
This might be the first time we’ve paid credence to Dubai’s explosive firework display, but this is an annual treat. Known for putting on the best show every single year, organizers set off an estimated 50,000 fireworks in the short span of six minutes — that’s essentially 100,000 fireworks per minute. Truly mind-boggling.
Okay, so maybe this was a bit over the top — but who cares? This easily beats the local city display by a mile — which is coincidentally about half the size of the Burj Khalifa. Hopefully that adds a little perspective.
So, what’s the next record you’ve set your eyes on, Dubai? Just make sure the camera is recording and send it our way.
Happy trails, 2013.
Get a load of the Shure SE112 headphones, the budget-friendly buds that will send your current pair to bed. With an attractive price tag of $50, Shure takes your sound to new levels without breaking the bank.
Shure has been considered a leading manufacturer for sound equipment, having pioneered some of the earliest in-ear stage monitors for musicians. If you’re unfamiliar with the brand, they’re made from quality materials that typically warrant a $200 price tag on average.
Sharing some of the very same DNA as its higher-end predecessors, the Shure SE112 still sound amazing despite the dramatic difference in pricing. If you’re looking to upgrade the standard headphones that shipped along with your phone, this might very well be your meal ticket.
One element of concern is lack of replaceable cables associated with this particular pair — many of the products within Shure’s inventory have this feature which ensures an increased span of life. Although we keep coming back to it, the $50 price on Shure’s SE112 headphones at least promises you’re not down & out when they inevitably bite the dust.
This is a good opportunity for any music lovers to scrounge up some of that extra Christmas cash and buy something you really wanted this year!
Android has announced that they are entering the streaming television market. Roku, Google Chrome, and Apple TV have been offering this service for sometime now and the Android TV Box doesn’t appear to improve on any of the three’s designs. The one thing that the Android TV Box does have is four USB ports.
Apple TV first entered the market in 2010 and several companies have followed suit. Most notably Roku, which delivered essentially the same streaming services for the lower price tag of 79.99 Then, earlier this year, Google made headlines with the Chromecast stick which can be wirelessly hooked up to virtually any tablet, phone, or laptop.
The Android TV box resembles the Apple TV almost identically, they are both sleek boxes with their logo emblazoned on the top. The Android TV box offers a robust remote which in my opinion is far better than the simplicity of the Apple TV remote which I am currently using as I type out this blog post.
Despite it’s benefits I doubt this product will be a success, when Google announced it’s Chromecast Tech blogs like mashable and techcrunch were giddy at this new service. The announcement of the Android TV was met with little fanfare and virtually no coverage.
Additionally, why would they launch this service so late during the holiday season. Now Android is even missing out on the old fogeys who would purchase the wrong service for their kids.
The Fitbit Force is currently the hottest activity tracker on the market right now. One of the most popular gifts this Christmas, Fitbit Force virtually flew off store shelves around the country. We eventually had our chance to see what makes this tracker tick, just in time to shed a few of those holiday pounds. The Force helps you keep your fitness in check.
What makes the Fitbit Force so popular is without question the simplicity. Its slender design is smaller than most watches and easily stays out of your way during daily activities. The features are practical and reliable, arguably the most accurate in terms of activity trackers. With a price tag of just $129.99, it won’t cost you an arm and a leg either.
Where Fitbit Force really hits its stride is with its smartphone integration. Downloading the free application allows users to set goals, count calories and even chart your sleeping patterns. One of my favorite features is the ability to set silent alarms, perfect for waking up without disturbing your partner in the morning.
How deep you want to get with Fitbit is entirely up to you. Users are offered personal workout and meal plans for $49 per year, serving as somewhat of a digital trainer. While we haven’t experimented with this yet, users can take advantage of a 7-day trial without submitting any payment information. It’s certainly worth a look for anyone looking for serious tracking.
Ultimately, Fitbit Force is an excellent reminder to keep yourself moving throughout the day and constantly find new motivation. If you’re one of the millions eyeing improved fitness entering the new year, this is easily one of the best activity trackers on the market.
The best games of 2013
Grand Theft Auto V
Rockstar’s most ambitious entry in the storied and controversial franchise yet, GTA V quickly became the highest grossing video game of all time. It’s hardly doing the game a disservice to refer to it as a veritable blockbuster.
Retaining the same edgy humor and witty social commentary, GTA V expands upon the tried and true formula and blends innovative new features like a rotary of characters to control. Missions have had the stakes raised even further, something that would have sounded impossible if we didn’t already know it to be true.
This is the most engrossing GTA yet, giving players the opportunity to customizable options from cars to clothes. It would be downright criminal not to have GTA V on the year end best of list.
The Last Of Us
Almost more movie than video game, Naughty Dog has once again pushed the boundaries in terms of what the latter can accomplish. There’s perhaps no scene more memorable from this year — hell, maybe ever — than the heartbreaking opening sequence that begins The Last Of Us on such a somber note.
With some of the best voice acting you’re likely to find, what makes the game so successful is its heart — something that would not be possible without the convincing acting. Intuitive gameplay that allows for crafting your own weapons from things you forage during an Apocalyptic Earth is cool and all, but story is kind in The Last Of Us.
Whereas GTA V allows gamers to be lost in an urban world with endless entertainment opportunities, The Last Of Us ushers the gamer into a world with rich characters we deeply care for, making it potentially the hardest game to put down of the year.
Bioshock Infinite is not only the best game of the year, it’s a profound achievement that resonates throughout the entire gaming community. Expanding on the world that Irrational developers created with Bioshock, Infinite daringly probes the bloodier side of American history and confronts the issue of race — a subject matter considerably bold for a vehicle like gaming.
The floating city of Columbia is every bit eye candy as it is a foreboding presence. Not since the likes of Skyrim have gamers been treated to such a rich visual experience. The world is brimming with intricate details that confront the gamer with uncomfortable issues and mind-bending rhetorical questions about society as a whole. For a video game to accomplish such things is remarkable.