American Apparel



American Apparel makes plain t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, hooded sweatshirts, pants, underwear, swimwear, etc. They are self-proclaimed as “sweatshop free”, manufacturing everything in downtown LA. They recycle thousands of tons of fabric each year, and all workers have access to cheap healthcare, massage and yoga facilities, and receive an hourly wage around $12. Last year they made $250 million, and in seven years, have opened nearly 30 retail stores worldwide, although they sell a large quantity of goods online direct from their website or to other small businesses that use AA shirts as canvas for their own designs.

All this aside, they make great shirts. The fabric is extremely soft, the stitching is clean and durable, and they’re cut to fit – no cookie-cutter beefy T’s with scratchy labels. You won’t have to go out of your way to pay for their threads either: t-shirts sell for $15-25, collared shirts for around $40.

Oneoff Clothing is one aforementioned small business, whose innovative approach allows you to customize AA swag yourself, giving you choice of garment, color, and design. They also resell many (but not all) AA products unadorned, passing along at least a portion of their wholesale discount. Most notable in my opinion are the plain t-shirts for $10 ($5 less than direct from AA, and a substantial savings if you’re looking to fill out your wardrobe).

I’ve been hearing and reading about them for a couple years now, but only recently purchased a couple shirts myself, and was very satisfied (their sizes run small though, I should have ordered mediums). A few have questioned their seemingly spotless business ethic, but in the end no one disagrees on their quality:

American Apparel



American Apparel makes plain t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, hooded sweatshirts, pants, underwear, swimwear, etc. They are self-proclaimed as “sweatshop free”, manufacturing everything in downtown LA. They recycle thousands of tons of fabric each year, and all workers have access to cheap healthcare, massage and yoga facilities, and receive an hourly wage around $12. Last year they made $250 million, and in seven years, have opened nearly 30 retail stores worldwide, although they sell a large quantity of goods online direct from their website or to other small businesses that use AA shirts as canvas for their own designs.

All this aside, they make great shirts. The fabric is extremely soft, the stitching is clean and durable, and they’re cut to fit — no cookie-cutter beefy T’s with scratchy labels. You won’t have to go out of your way to pay for their threads either: t-shirts sell for $15-25, collared shirts for around $40.

Oneoff Clothing is one aforementioned small business, whose innovative approach allows you to customize AA swag yourself, giving you choice of garment, color, and design. They also resell many (but not all) AA products unadorned, passing along at least a portion of their wholesale discount. Most notable in my opinion are the plain t-shirts for $10 ($5 less than direct from AA, and a substantial savings if you’re looking to fill out your wardrobe).

I’ve been hearing and reading about them for a couple years now, but only recently purchased a couple shirts myself, and was very satisfied (their sizes run small though, I should have ordered mediums). A few have questioned their seemingly spotless business ethic, but in the end no one disagrees on their quality:

CommonMedia

Founded by Jeff Reifman, a former Microsoft manager, CommonMedia is an online community and family of websites for news, politics, music, and video.

CommonBits provides downloadable political media, including regular Daily Show excerpts (no worries, Jon Stewart says it’s cool). CommonFlix and CommonTunes collect freely available music and video and organize it by category, popularity, and age. Much of this content is distributed via BitTorrent, which provides for efficient, decentralized file sharing.

CommonTimes is a social news aggregator that pulls together current events and discussion into an intuitive and easy to navigate interface.

All of CommonMedia’s services are also available as RSS subscriptions, so you can easily keep track of whatever strikes your fancy. Podcasting is supported as well (previously mentioned).

CommonMedia

Founded by Jeff Reifman, a former Microsoft manager, CommonMedia is an online community and family of websites for news, politics, music, and video.

CommonBits provides downloadable political media, including regular Daily Show excerpts (no worries, Jon Stewart says it’s cool). CommonFlix and CommonTunes collect freely available music and video and organize it by category, popularity, and age. Much of this content is distributed via BitTorrent, which provides for efficient, decentralized file sharing.

CommonTimes is a social news aggregator that pulls together current events and discussion into an intuitive and easy to navigate interface.

All of CommonMedia’s services are also available as RSS subscriptions, so you can easily keep track of whatever strikes your fancy. Podcasting is supported as well (previously mentioned).

Klute

AKA Tom Withers, an undeniable fixture in the Drum and Bass scene for the last ten years, and founding father of the record label, Commercial Suicide.

His latest album, No One’s Listening Anymore, released on both Commercial Suicide and Breakbeat Science as an LP and 2-CD set, is considered by many to be his masterpiece. The decadent voice of Kiyomi (seen above) is featured throughout the album, generously adding exotic flavor. I dig “Torrential Pain”, “Empty Tank”, and “Coconut Teaser” from the first CD, and “Make A Stand”, “Acid Rain”, and “Second Skin” from the second, just to name a few.

You can download a couple free mixes via drumandbass.at, and while I can’t provide direct links, there is a lot of streaming audio to be had over at Drum & Bass Arena – just do a search:

Klute

AKA Tom Withers, an undeniable fixture in the Drum and Bass scene for the last ten years, and founding father of the record label, Commercial Suicide.

His latest album, No One’s Listening Anymore, released on both Commercial Suicide and Breakbeat Science as an LP and 2-CD set, is considered by many to be his masterpiece. The decadent voice of Kiyomi (seen above) is featured throughout the album, generously adding exotic flavor. I dig “Torrential Pain”, “Empty Tank”, and “Coconut Teaser” from the first CD, and “Make A Stand”, “Acid Rain”, and “Second Skin” from the second, just to name a few.

You can download a couple free mixes via drumandbass.at, and while I can’t provide direct links, there is a lot of streaming audio to be had over at Drum & Bass Arena — just do a search:

Firefox

You!* (over 25% of you.) Are you using Internet Explorer to view this site? Do you know that many new websites (including this one) don’t display correctly in IE, given its sparse support for current web standards? I’m just saying … if a browser is a browser to you, take it from someone to whom it isn’t. Firefox is faster, newer, and more advanced than Internet Explorer, and it’s free. That’s it … step into the light …

*Mac users may be excused – Safari works well too.

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Randall Munroe

Long have great thinkers been searching for meaning, logic – anything – in the seemingly infinite stream of numbers that is pi. Enter Randall Munroe:

Randall Munroe

Long have great thinkers been searching for meaning, logic — anything — in the seemingly infinite stream of numbers that is pi. Enter Randall Munroe:

Firefox

You!* (over 25% of you.) Are you using Internet Explorer to view this site? Do you know that many new websites (including this one) don’t display correctly in IE, given its sparse support for current web standards? I’m just saying … if a browser is a browser to you, take it from someone to whom it isn’t. Firefox is faster, newer, and more advanced than Internet Explorer, and it’s free. That’s it … step into the light …

*Mac users may be excused — Safari works well too.

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