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The Rise and Fall of John DeLorean by Suzanne Snider

By 1999 John DeLorean was bankrupt and swimming in $85 million debt, but he still hoped that his namesake De Lorean car would eventually come back into style. The thought wasn’t entirely absurd – Volkswagen was enjoying phenomenal success with its ‘new’ Beetle and the retro-styled PT Cruiser was a hit for Chrysler. Then again the De Lorean Motor Company’s signature car, the DMC-12, only had a ten to 11-month run of less than 9,000 cars. In other words, the 1982 De Lorean car was retro by 1983. By 1985 the De Lorean was a joke in Back to the Future, so dated it made for a perfect time machine.

Paul Rand: The Complete Designer

Steve Jobs praises the legendary creative problem solver in this 1993 interview.

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Even if you haven’t broken a law, it’s 100% legal for police to seize your property. It’s called civil asset forfeiture, and police have abused it for years. Following confiscation, cops partner with the feds and put the goods up at auction, bringing bonus money back into their departments. Taking advantage of the virtual goldmine that awaits them in public, some police have gone as far as waiting outside a bar hoping that a patron would come out a little drunk so that they could seize his Mercedes.

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The Deepest Dig by Brooke Jarvis

The bottom of the ocean is the most remote, least understood place on Earth. But that isn’t stopping us from mining it.

Logos, Trademarks, and Mascots

For his latest exhibition Likelihood of Confusion, former intellectual property lawyer and full-time artist Alfred Steiner subverts pervasive logos using meticulously drawn objects and the Freudian method of free association.

On view at Joshua Liner Gallery through November 15th, 2014.

Keeping Busy Creating

“Cody Hudson & The Art of the Side Hustle” a 2-part documentary by Jared Eberhard for Vans.

Cody Hudson has a day job as a graphic designer and is also a creative collaborator with several independent brands. He discusses a need to create art even if no one sees it. Cody tours his studio and the city of Chicago, highlighting examples of his favorite work.

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The Self-Made Man by John Swansburg

The story of America’s most pliable, pernicious, irrepressible myth.

“The rotund rapper explains his franchise strategy”

aka How Rick Ross Built A Wingstop Empire. On that note, it’s once again time for Forbes Magazine’s annual list of The World’s Highest Paid Hip-Hop Acts

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Larry Ellison Bought an Island in Hawaii. Now What? by Jon Mooallem

How the tech billionaire came to own 87,000 acres, three hotels, a wastewater treatment plant, a cemetery and 380 cats.

From Shuttlecocks to Picking Stocks

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The upgraded Jack Purcell Cross Stitch Leather sneaker presumably follows the path of its creator Jack Purcell, who left a career as a world champion badminton player to become a successful stockbroker.

Free Market NYC >>> Black Market China

The demographics of the iPhone line have changed over the years.

 

Everything Is For Sale on the Black Market!

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Even the blood from survivors of the Ebola virus, which is referred to as “convalescent serum.”

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The Entrepreneur Who Wants to Save Paradise by Diana Saverin

Douglas Tompkins—the founder of Esprit and The North Face—is using his fortune to build massive national parks in Chile and Argentina. But what he sees as philanthropy, local ranchers see as meddling.

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How to Succeed in Silicon Valley Without Really Trying by Noam Scheiber

Tech investors gave Seth Bannon millions of dollars, even though they knew almost nothing about him

The Stress of Art Handling

Rolling up and removing Picasso’s “Le Tricorne” from the Four Seasons restaurant inside the Seagram building, where it had been left untouched for 40 years.

Conspiracy Theory Rock

Apparently this animated piece of funny by Robert Smigel was banned from Saturday Night Live after just one airing.

via, openculture

The Cigarette Century

James Bosnack’s invention of the cigarette-rolling machine in 1880 helped propel the early 20th century economy forward, making the mass-production of cigarettes a “Potent Symbol of Velocity for the New Modern Age.” 

via, laughingsquid

How To Break Into Heavy Metal (Without Getting Screwed)

“I only liked to pick up prostitutes who talked to me through the passenger window.”

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Jim Norton shares a lifetime of sex solicitation and makes a case for legalized prostitution. Protecting the women is key, and “pimps should be thrown down an elevator shaft.” He doesn’t mention tax dollars though, which is interesting since new streams of money and opportunity usually open up the eyes of even the most disagreeable people.

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