Posts by: Tyler Vendetti

I don’t typically condone the destruction of books but this guy makes it look almost cool.

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Human beings were built to swim. In fact, the only things preventing us from living in the water are our lack of gills and the prospect of never being able to watch television again. So, to make up for not being born with a shark fin and webbed feet, we have developed other ways to enjoy the endless oceans, some of which are not so normal.

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The current economy is stuck in a real-life Catch 22: while the need for a vacation is increasing due to the rising stress caused by the cut-throat nature of the job market, the costs of embarking on such escapes are steadily moving out of reach. With all work and no play, Americans today are becoming high-strung and harder to deal with. Like New Yorkers in the winter, we’re all turning into snappy, stressed-out, soul-sucking monsters.

So here’s a solution. Staycations, as they’ve come to be called, are defined as “a period in which an individual or family stays and relaxes at home, possibly taking day trips to area attractions.”* Staycations give you the reprise that you need to stay sane without completely draining your wallet. So book a week off, toss out your business phone and give some of these Staycation ideas a try.

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If you thought the Hidden Pond Tree Spa we featured few months ago was impressive, check out this Cabin House! If living here counts as camping, sign me up!

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Maybe I’ve been living under a rock for the past 19 years but up until this point, I was under the impression that mustaches were definitely not cool. Unless found on the upper lip of Robert Downey Jr. or Brad Pitt (and even that is pushing it), mustaches are not stylish in any way, shape or form.

Or so I thought.

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If my mother taught me anything over the years it’s if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, create it yourself. Which brings me to Watermark Tees. I don’t know about you but every time I open my closet, I find less and less clothes that I actually want to wear. (Whether or not my taste is dampening or someone is stealing my clothes when I’m not home is still in question.) One solution that I stumbled upon (literally, I found it on StumbleUpon) is Watermark Tees, a creative, DIY project that allows you to create stylish summer clothes without scouring the mall for hours.

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Stairway to heaven anyone?

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In a world where Facebook holds 10,000 times more photos than the Library of Congress and the amount of pictures we take in two minutes surpasses the number of photos the whole of humanity took in the 1800s, it’s hard to say that the meaning of a photograph isn’t changing. With applications like Instagram and Picnik growing at an unstoppable rate, the art of photography is transforming rapidly (and not for the better, some may say). Telephones. Sunglasses. Latte foam. Practically everything is being photographed these days, leaving many to wonder if the very significance behind “good” photography is deteriorating.

That’s where Abstract Photography steps in.

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At 7 p.m. tonight, Boston’s popular alternative radio station, WFNX, will be shut down. The station, previously owned by Phoenix Media, was sold to Clear Channel earlier this year, putting hipsters and indie lovers (was that repetitive?) in a frenzy.

But I’m not here to talk about who will take over the 101.7 slot (a Spanish talk show, I heard, which is useless because everyone knows I only speak Spanglish at best) or how the closing represents the end to quality music (which cannot be said as long as Adele is still pumping out tunes). What intrigues me the most about this situation is WFNX’s announcement to stay live…on the internet, at least.

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Someone spent way too much time in the toy box.

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I was told the other day that 1/3 of Boston’s population is composed of students. 1/3. Considering Boston’s population is now well over 600,000 people, that calculates to about 200,000 students in the city alone. This would not be as significant if it were not for all the student-run businesses that have sprung up as a result, including the small concert-cafe known as Cafe 939.

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If only I knew how to do this during high school. My classes would have been much more interesting.

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Escape the heat at some of these MA beach spots. Find the best beaches close to you, no matter where you live!

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The rumors you heard are true: Olives in Charlestown has finally reopened. Two years after a grease fire shut it down, this Mediterranean eatery is making a comeback with a redesigned menu, staff and setup. If you’ve never eaten at Olives before or you’re a skeptic of change, I’m about to tell you why it is essential that you make this Todd English venue the location of your next date night.

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Guess we’ll never know…But maybe that’s the secret?

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