Summer has a frustrating tendency to overstay its welcome, and after spinning our wheels on our

Summer has a frustrating tendency to overstay its welcome, and after spinning our wheels on our 150th iteration of canvas sneakers, chinos and short-sleeves since Memorial Day, we’re welcoming any and all chillier mornings out there, along with the chance to head out in boots, jeans and multiple layers. Included in those layers is our single favorite piece in the whole wide world of menswear: the shacket. That’s a unnecessary (but fun) portmanteau to describe a button-down with the look of a shirt and the heft of a jacket, which dominates shoulder month seasons. Shirt jackets, like much of modern menswear, hail from a 20th-century cocktail of working man’s clothing and armed forces-commissioned fabrics. As consumers have come to reconsider fast-fashion, conscious, creative brands have pulled these looks from sepia photographs and revived them with fabric blends more durable (and environmentally conscious) than anything our ancestors ever sweat into. The result is a classic look, and a garment ideally suited for days ranging from crisp to freezing and occasions ranging from the workplace to Thanksgiving. Shirt jackets are vague enough in designation that some simply resemble thic...

Every product is independently selected by (obsessive) editors. Things you buy through our links may earn New

Every product is independently selected by (obsessive) editors. Things you buy through our links may earn New York a commission. Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.) And while we’ve written before about a bunch of suitcases and travel accessories before — including expert-recommended rolling luggage, the best travel backpacks, and even the best personal carry-on bags for flying — here we’ve rounded up the best hardside luggage as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon. “For the price I paid, $120, I don’t think there’s a better suitcase on the market,” says one of the roughly 2,400 reviewers to give a five-star rating to Samsonite’s Winfield 2. “It looks good, has a quality name, and will fit in with other business travelers (who’ve often paid 4-5 times the price).” Another reviewer says this suitcase can handle “lots of hauling over cobblestones an...

Underground mines require protective apparel due to the exposure to harsh conditions. Image: Blundstone

Underground mines require protective apparel due to the exposure to harsh conditions. Image: Blundstone The journey of Blundstone’s rise to the pinnacle of workplace safety footwear has been characterised by decades of innovation, consultation and research. Safe to Work writes. The harsh Australian landscape, with its extreme weather fluctuations that range from sweltering heat to icy winds, makes the country’s inhabitants vulnerable to health and safety risks. Add this to a typical mine site environment, where heavy machinery spits out chemicals and materials by the second, and it can be a dangerous mix. One of the keys to maintaining staff safety at mine sites is ensuring clothing can withstand the rigours of a variety of conditions. Since 1870, safety boots supplier Blundstone has capitalised on its specialised knowledge of the Australian landscape, having been owned and operated in Tasmania for nearly 150 years. The combination of local understanding, constant innovation and a global supply chain means the company is in a unique position to capture the Australian mining market. Blundstone’s ability to tap into a plethora of ideas, materials and designs across its internatio...

Rob Papen’s most bread-and-butter synth yet sounds the business and holds its own sonically against pricier

Rob Papen’s most bread-and-butter synth yet sounds the business and holds its own sonically against pricier competitors. The latest softsynth in Rob Papen’s ever-expanding range is remarkable for being… well, unremarkable – in a conceptual sense, at least.  You see, B.I.T. (which stands for ‘Back In Time’) is a straight-up, “pure” virtual analogue modelling synth – something that has never existed in the Papen catalogue until now.  All of the great man’s previous synths have been based on ‘digital’ oscillators, and while their extensive sampled waveform libraries invariably include single-cycle analogue shapes, it is nonetheless surprising that it’s taken this long for one of the industry’s most prolific developers to get round to building the kind of back-to- basics synth that the majority of the competition cut their technological teeth on. Analogue throughoutB.I.T. (VST/AU/AAX) is a two-oscillator virtual analogue mono/polysynth with an additional noise oscillator (white or pink) and a sub oscillator slaved to Osc 2.  The selection of 11 waveforms available to the main oscillators includes eight standard shapes (square, sine, triangle, HalfSine, SineSaw, etc) as well as...

Texas man survives lightning strike that blew socks, shoes off his feet

SPRING, Texas (KTRK/CNN) – A Texas man is recovering after he was struck in the feet by lightning and employees at a veterinary hospital rushed to his rescue. The normal routine of walking his dogs was almost life-ending Thursday for Alex Coreas. He and his three German Shepherds were headed to their car at Meyer Park in Spring, Texas, when lightning struck Coreas’ feet. Surveillance video from Stuebener Airline Veterinary Hospital shows Coreas instantly collapse. His frightened dogs run away. Less than a minute later, Christy Mittler and Bill Wilson, employees at the vet hospital, rushed outside to help.The situation did not look good: Coreas was not moving nor breathing, and his clothes were charred. “We rolled him over, and we were sweeping out his stuff. We were knocking him on his back, telling him, ‘It’s OK. You got hit by lightning,’” Mittler said. Coreas was flown to the hospital, where he is now recovering. His family says he is in pain but expected to be OK. They set up a GoFundMe to help pay for his hospital bills and recovery. “He’s like, ‘Just let them know I’m so thankful for everything that they did,’” Coreas’ girlfriend ...

Vial Cap Sealing Machines Market 2019 Size, Status and Industry Outlook – Flexicon, Cozzoli Machine, Cropharm, M.G. Industries

MarketInsightsReports has published a report entitled Global Vial Cap Sealing Machines Market Research Report 2019 that is a detailed observation of several aspects, including the rate of growth, technological advances and various strategies implemented by the main current market players. The report is based on a collective analysis of data, which is obtained through primary and secondary research. It provides a systematic approach to the current and prospective scenario of this market. https://www.marketinsightsreports.com/reports/10071492871/global-vial-cap-sealing-machines-market-professional-survey-report-2019/inquiry?source=ukiahpost&mode=72 Key Players Profiled In The Vial Cap Sealing Machines Market Report Are The Adelphi, Closure Systems International, Dynamic Engitech, Flexicon, Cozzoli Machine, Cropharm, M.G. Industries, N K Industries, R-V Industries, Shenzhen Penglai and Others. Vial cap sealing machines manufacture the seals for glass as well as plastic vials. Both glass and plastic vials are majorly used in pharmaceutical, chemical, and food industries. Owing to their increased usage, the demand for vial cap sealing machines is increasing. Glass has traditional...

11 Rain Ponchos That Are Functional & Actually Cute

Getting rained is the worst — and the prospect is made even drearier when you consider that most rainwear is more utilitarian than fashionable. However, it is possible to find rain ponchos that are actually cute — and what could be better than the prospect of staying dry and feeling good, too? Chances are, you’ve worn a rain poncho at some time in your life; be it at a music festival, amusement park, or on vacation. Sure, they do their job of protecting you from getting soaked — but by the time you decide that looking kind of silly is preferable to catching a chill, you probably already look like a drowned rat. With the addition of the poncho, it’s likely you might resemble a drowned rat wrapped in a plastic bag. Poor you. But don’t worry, I’ve been there too: As a child I had to wear an ugly poncho at Disneyland Paris, which, for some inexplicable reason, was bright yellow. I feel your pain. Now you’re a grown ass woman, it’s high time you stopped putting up with ghastly ponchos and found yourself one that you actually like. The days of terrible ponchos are over and we have entered into a new era. Stylish ponchos really do exist — here are so...

This festive season, we hand-pick the latest home decor offerings and best deals from fifty top

This festive season, we hand-pick the latest home decor offerings and best deals from fifty top lifestyle brands. From home furnishings and accessories to gadgets, here’s a comprehensive guide to your Diwali shopping. Address Home A contemporary take on classic and eclectic styles, Address Home’s festive collection offers vases, votives, candles, hurricanes, mirrors and cushions in a mix of bright hues like orange, pink and red, besides classic off-white and gold. www.addresshome.com Arttdinox Arttd’inox has unveiled a series of stylish, contemporary home decor products and serveware in 100 per cent stainless steel. The Pink City collection is inspired by the art and architecture of Jaipur. The Doric range is a contemporary collection with a mix of stainless steel and wood, while the Dance of Nature boxes are another nod to Indian heritage and are decorated in traditional warli art. Also on offer are Pinch Vases and products such as nut bowls and t-light holders designed by Suneet Verma. Prices range from Rs 1,000 to Rs 45,000. www.arttdinox.com Asian Paints Through their new Ezycolour consultancy campaign, Asian Paints will provide experts to help you choose the perfect colours...

Videojet unveils fibre laser for high-speed marking applications

To meet manufacturers’ demands for high-speed applications such as bottle cap printing and pull tab engraving, coding, marking and printing company Videojet Technologies has introduced a 100W fibre laser to complete its existing range of fibre laser marking systems. The Videojet 7610 extends application coverage for manufacturers and has been specifically designed for high-speed beverage manufacturers who need power and speed when marking high-contrast codes on hard plastics and metals, such as aluminium cans. The 7610 laser can mark more high legibility codes up to 122% faster than previous Videojet 7310 20W fibre lasers, Videojet claimed, meeting the demands of high-speed packaging operations. In addition to faster line speeds, the new 100-Watt fiber laser has a large marking window that provides more time to mark, increasing product throughput and maximising productivity. “Our new 7610 has improved speeds on a range of substrates, allowing manufacturers to mark more products at the same great print quality,” says Sascha Ammesdoerfer, laser business manager for Videojet Technologies. The high marking speed capability of the 100W fibre laser allows manufacturers to mark highly ...

A large part of crafting is making your mark and, for some, that’s in the form

A large part of crafting is making your mark and, for some, that’s in the form of customization. When an iron and a decal don’t cut it anymore, it’s time to upgrade to a heat press machine. Heat press machines utilize aluminum heating elements to print designs on material. Once fabric is sandwiched between the plates. The temperature is set and pressure is applied to transfer the graphic and, in minutes, you have a one-of-a-kind design. Some people use heat press machines for craft projects, whereas, for others, their business revolves around customized products. Ready to make an impression? Take a look at our buying guide on heat press machines. We’re including our favorite model, the Fancierstudio Power Heat Press, Industrial-Quality 15″ x 15″, which lasts for years of use for the savvy crafter or small-business owner. Considerations when choosing heat press machines How it works To make a custom-printed shirt, set your heat press machine to the appropriate setting and have your decal ready. Simply position the shirt in the press and the decal on the shirt ink-side down, close the machine, and wait a few seconds for the transfer to complete....

The PiKon is a 3D printed ‘astro-cam’ powered by a Raspberry Pi. Designed to demonstrate what

The PiKon is a 3D printed ‘astro-cam’ powered by a Raspberry Pi. Designed to demonstrate what budding scientists can do with disruptive, accessible technology like 3D printing, this is a replica of a Newtonian reflecting telescope which uses a Raspberry Pi camera instead of a conventional lens. The apparatus can be put together relatively quickly with the help of several 3D printed components and some basic telescope-ey things like a mirror. So without further ado, let’s put together your new sky-seer! The guide recommends starting with the mirror assembly, which should be assembled before attaching the mirror itself. The Mirror Mount and Base are first connected by placing three 8mm nuts through the Mirror Base, then through the springs. After that, the bolts go through the Mirror Mount and then into the 8mm nuts, secured in place buy the hexagonal holes in the Mirror Mount. First, the lens of the Raspberry Pi camera needs to be removed – but make sure that when you do, the ribbon cable remains attached to the PCB. After that, the camera can be attached to the Camera Mount with four 2mm nuts and bolts. After that, we can assemble the focusing mechanism: it consists of a cog, a ...

Gray Eagle ER to carry glide munitions and air launched effects

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems is upgrading its MQ-1C Gray Eagle Extended Range (ER) unmanned air vehicle (UAV) to be able to carry and launch the Dynetics GBU-69/B Small Glide Munition, as well as so-called future air-launched effects. Improvements in the aircraft’s external capacity – which is being increased to 680kg (1,500lb) across hardpoints on both wings, as well as on its centreline – will allow the UAV to carry more payload than before. Air-launched effects are UAVs that are carried and deployed from aircraft to be used in a variety of roles, such as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), loitering munition or electronic warfare applications. The US Army wants its Future Armed Reconnaissance Aircraft and Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft, as well as legacy platforms the Gray Eagle ER and Boeing AH-64 attack helicopter to be able to deploy and control such systems. “What it allows is for the Gray Eagle to be stand-off,” says Chris MacFarland, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems’ director of US Army programmes. “In other words, behind the friendly side of the flock, and have stand-in capabilities to either stimulate or disintegrate the enemy’s air d...

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