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The Porsche 356 is one of the most memorable pre-911 cars from the marque, it’s the car that was tweaked for American tastes by North American importer Max Hoffman – a man who convinced Ferry Porsche that the 356 needed a name as Americans wouldn’t by a car with a number. The “Speedster” was the result, other changes to the 356 include a reworked body, interior and instrumentation to bring the base cost of the car down to a point where it could compete with the likes of Jaguar and Austin-Healey.
As a result of these cost cutting measures, price tag on the 356 Speedster went from $4,284 USD to just $2,995 USD, suddenly making it an accessible sports car for a much larger percentage of the population. This car is one of those early originals, the “Pre-A” designation is for 356s that were built before the “A” model revision came into place in late-1955. The “A” cars had larger 1600cc engines and a slew of other modifications but many true marque enthusiasts prefer the simpler, Max Hoffman originals.
This 1955 Pre-A is fitted with a period correct 70 bhp, 1500cc, SOHC, air-cooled flat four-cylinder engine with two Solex 40 carburettors. It also has the factory spec four-speed manual transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes fitted. The engine isn’t the original, it’s a slightly upgraded sports variant that produces an additional 15hp at the rear wheels – this means that it won’t fetch quite the same price at auction as a number matching example, making it a solid opportunity for investment.
Lamborghini concludes their celebration of their 50th anniversary by throwing themselves a bit of a wild party, coming in the form of this Egoista Concept. In addition to chiseled carbon-fiber bodywork, the Egoista is a one-seater, which is the perfect demonstration of the translation of its name from Italian: selfish. From within, power comes from a 5.2-liter V10 producing just over 600 hp, easily propelling this lightweight and sharp vehicle down the track.
New Watch Dogs PS4 gameplay preview.
Watch Dogs is an open world video game in which players control a man named Aiden Pearce (voiced by Noam Jenkins), who can hack into various electronic devices tied to the city’s central operating system (ctOS), allowing various methods for the player to solve numerous objectives. Examples include hacking into people’s phones to retrieve bank data and steal funds, triggering malfunctions in equipment to distract other characters and hacking into traffic lights to cause collisions. Players can also receive information on civilians via augmented reality feeds, providing the player with information on demographics, health and potential behaviour. Objectives showcased in presentations include finding specific targets to kill, evading the police and following potential victims in order to stop their would-be killers. Combat utilizes a combination of stealth components and parkour, along with the mechanics of a cover-based third-person shooter. The game features an elusive online multiplayer element in which another player can control surveillance cameras in an attempt to hack the main player.
Nike Golf has officially unveiled Tiger Woods‘ latest signature golf shoe, the TW’14. The shoe is an evolution of last year’s model and keeps in with the Nike’s Free concept. Nike Golf will also provide NIKEiD users the chance to customize their very own TW’14 on June 7. The TW’14 will release on June 7 in its Black/Reflective Silver-Varsity Red colorway.
Daft Punk‘s highly anticipated ‘Random Access Memories’ is currently available for streaming now via iTunes.
With the release of Daft Punk’s new album Random Access Memories just around the corner. Highsnobiety thought it’s time for a quick visual history showcasing the development of the duo’s iconic identity. Starting in 2001, with their second studio album Discovery, Daft Punk transitioned from wearing novelty Halloween masks to the iconic robot helmets we all know today. From that point on, the duo have gone through as many visual changes as they have albums. Though Guy-Manuel and Thomas’s overall vibe has stayed constant, the helmets are tweaked and costumes grow more stylish with each passing release. Case in point: today they are decked out in custom Saint Laurent Paris clothing designed by Hedi Slimane.
Infographic by Highsnobiety.com
Leave Adderall to the undergrads—a new wave of pills are helping successful professionals sharpen their minds and get an edge. Whether you’re looking to stoke productivity, memory, or motivation, there’s a bespoke brain booster for you.
For years, Jonathan Reilly, a 41-year-old biomedical engineer based in Los Angeles, would start his workday in a fog. “I’d come into my office feeling like I had woken up at four to take someone to the airport,” he says. “It took me twice as long to accomplish anything important.” But now he walks into his regular 8 a.m. meetings with crystal-clear focus and enough energy to drive through an intense 12-hour day at the office. Plus, he’s always in a good mood.
Reilly isn’t high or wired on caffeine—he’s taking a pill called Nuvigil. “It’s made me feel awake for the first time,” he says. “I don’t mean ‘awake’ like going to Burning Man and taking acid, or being on speed, where you just think you’re smarter. I’m much more creative and much more productive. If I’m project- managing, it’s like seeing the matrix. It makes it easier to put the pieces together to come up with a complete picture.”
In lieu of Adderall and eight-balls, hard-charging professionals are turning to a new class of nootropics (a type of smart drug) to score an edge at work. It’s a category of substances that includes prescription analeptics like Nuvigil and Provigil, as well as less-potent supplements like New Mood and Alpha Brain (both are sold on Amazon.com for around $30 a jar) that are made of vitamins, amino acids, and antioxidants, which purportedly stimulate your brain receptors. Devotees say nootropics are a wholly different experience from energy drinks, as they give you a mental edge, increasing memory, intelligence, motivation, and concentration—without the jitters or crashes that can come with stimulants.
“These drugs are being used in industries where there’s less room for failure and immediate results are expected,” says Roy Cohen, a career coach in New York City and the author of The Wall Street Professional’s Survival Guide. “These people thrive on accomplishment—it’s in their DNA. It’s incredibly seductive to have this potential for guaranteed peak performance.”
Joe (not his real name), 26, a banking consultant in Chicago, started taking Alpha Brain while getting his M.B.A. and continued to use it as a study aid before his CPA exam. “I’d retain more information than I would if I hadn’t taken it,” he says. Alpha Brain’s still his go-to before presentations, which used to make him nervous. “It gives me confidence,” he says. “I feel like I’m working on my optimal levels while I’m on it.” (His brother, a lawyer, agrees. “My brain feels a little cleaner,” he says.)
That clarity is key, say users, who feel like they’re actually doing something good for their mind, as opposed to simply getting hopped-up so they can push through another all-nighter. And while most of these guys would rather not skip a dose, they say they can miss a day with no ill effects.
Many users have found that their physicians will prescribe Provigil or Nuvigil if they contrive complaints of frequent jet lag or excessive fatigue. But those with less-flexible doctors have better luck online—although it’s illegal, you can order a month’s supply of these drugs for about $90 (usually imported from India).
So have these guys actually found a magic pill? Emily Deans, a psychiatrist in private practice outside Boston, cautions that, in high enough doses, smart drugs may affect your temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure and advises seeking a prescription. Supplements, unlike prescription- or pharmaceutical-grade drugs, can be prepared with varying amounts of active ingredients—meaning two pills from one jar may be three times the strength of two of the same pills from a different jar. Deans says to be especially careful of the plant-derived supplements that contain Huperzine A (as Alpha Brain does). “This ingredient can make you more alert or sharpen thinking,” she says, “but if you take too much at once, you can make yourself psychotic.”
Even Deans admits, though, that some guys could benefit from brain drugs. “I don’t know if it’s ethical to recommend, but for students using it to study or surgeons trying to stay up all night long, a [prescription nootropic] might be useful,” she says. “If they were willing to not burn the candle at both ends for too long, it might help people do a better job.”
For four months, when he couldn’t get a prescription, Reilly missed Nuvigil’s effects. “I was getting up later in the day and getting less done,” he says. He recently started taking it again. “I enjoyed the person I was more when I was taking it, so I decided this is something that should be part of my life.”
Smart Drugs Available in the Vitamin Aisle
These common vitamin-store supplements are nootropics, too, according to nutritionist Rania Batayneh, author of The 1:1:1 Diet.
THE SUPPLEMENT: DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid found in fish and seaweed.
THE PAYOFF: Improves memory by strengthening communication between brain cells.
THE SUPPLEMENT: Passionflower, a flowering vine.
THE PAYOFF: Promotes relaxation by reducing blood pressure.
THE SUPPLEMENT: Turmeric, a spice used in mustards and curries.
THE PAYOFF: Reduces performance anxiety by curbing the stress hormone cortisol.
THE SUPPLEMENT: Theanine, an amino acid found in green tea.
THE PAYOFF: Helps with focus by upping dopamine levels.
5 Ways to Train Your Brain
Drug-averse? You can keep your mind agile with games instead. Science long held that the brain couldn’t grow new cells, but that’s been proved wrong. You can continue to create them and connect them until the day you die, upping memory, clarity, and perhaps intelligence. “But you have to force the brain to grow,” says Cheryl Deep of the Brain Neurobics program at Detroit’s Wayne State University. Try these simple mental exercises.
1. Use your computer mouse with your nondominant hand.
2. Turn the analog clock you use the most upside down.
3. Wear your watch on the opposite wrist (up the cognitive boost by turning it upside down, too).
4. Avoid the word the in a conversation.
5. Chew gum (FYI: The brain stimulation lasts only while you’re chewing).
The 1967 Toyota 2000GT was limited to approximately 351 units, 62 of which were made as left-hand-drive models. Five-speed transmission, 150 horsepower, dual overhead cam, and a top speed of 135mph. A model of the 2000GT was sold for $1.2 million dollars by Ontario-based RM Auctions — effectively earning it the title as the world’s most expensive car from an Asian brand.
I freakin’ love this mech samurai warrior by Darren Bartley aka fightPUNCH from the United Kingdom. Check out more of his amazing work here.
This animation is by Renato Gonzalez. A student from chile, this character is from a new short film, Model inspired in an artwork by Josh Nizzi. Modeled in Maya, rendered with MentalRay. Post production done in Photoshop.
Most of us are on the Internet on a daily basis and whether we like it or not, the Internet is affecting us. It changes how we think, how we work, and it even changes our brains.
We interviewed Nicholas Carr, the author of, “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains,” about how the Internet is influencing us, our creativity, our thought processes, our ideas, and how we think.
Selfie in style! We’re proud to announce that Brooklyn’s own indie powerhouse Fool’s Gold Records has teamed up with us for a limited-edition collection of iPhone 5 cases. Based off our best selling Solo Wallet (a custom molded iPhone 5 shell with integrated card slots and camera hole), this slim, protective case comes wrapped in genuine leather embossed with a unique all-over print design based on the bespoke wallpaper from Fool’s Gold’s Williamsburg storefront.
Land Rover introduces the LXV Special Edition of the coveted Defender as part of the 65th anniversary celebrations of the rugged SUV. The design is derived from the original Defender Hard Top, with a 2.2 liter diesel engine and a a six-speed manual transmission - capable of 120 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. Elements that make this a unique design is the “LXV” logo and orange contrast stitching throughout the interior applied to the luxurious leather used throughout while the exterior features a Santorini Black paint job with contrasting Corris Grey accents, further contrasted by the 16-inch Sawtooth alloy wheels.
Call of Duty: Ghosts – There are those who wear masks to protect themselves. And there are those who wear masks to protect us all. See the world premiere of Call of Duty: Ghosts May 21st.
The latest in the Roshe design is the Nike Roshe Run Metric – a fragmented, geometric version of the minimalist shoe. With blacked-out uppers in a cracked, mosaic tile-like makeup. Keep a look out for more color ways dropping.
The Monitor over-ear headphones from Marshall, are now available for sale. Priced for $200, the Monitor features the embossed script logo, black vinyl leather ear cups, 40mm drivers, and Marshall’s proprietary Felt Treble Filter system that lets you change the sound for different high-end uses. Marshall also threw in other goodies, too, including a popular 3.5mm pass-through jack to share your music, a detachable part-coiled cable, an in-line remote, noise isolation technology, and a snazzy carry bag and box.
After weeks of rumor and speculation, Microsoft has confirmed that it will be holding an event on Tuesday, May 21 at 10am PST to unveil its next-generation Xbox, commonly referred to as Durango or Xbox 720. The event will take place at the company’s Redmond, Washington campus. More details to follow.
Coming together to create a piece that combines the best in audio technologies with premium craftsmanship, Monster and watchmaker Hublot have unveiled the “Inspiration Hublot” luxury headphones at Baselworld 2013. Featuring Pure Monster Sound tuned by Beats By Dre audio engineer Noel Lee, the design includes ControlTalk Universal and Monster’s heavy duty Pro Link cable while boasting noise-cancelling technology and craftsmanship that includes a combination of leather and rubber along the headband, specially created carbon fiber ear cups, and a brushed aluminum finish. Finished with genuine leather ear pads, the clean black-on-black Inspiration Hublot headphones will be available later this summer both at Hublot boutiques and select retailers across the globe.
The Lamborghini Miura is hands down one of our favorite vehicles of all time. Produced in limited quantities, only 764 to be exact, the supercar was considered by many to have started the whole trend of high performance two seaters sporting the mid-engine configuration.
Unfortunately for us the vehicle was not only limited, but it was produced back between 1966 to 1972 making it nearly impossible for anyone to get their hands on one. Although the Italian auto maker has never unveiled plans to resurrect the beloved model, the Lamborghini Miura GT Concept takes a look at what this late 1960s sports car would look like in 2013. The concept was created by graphic designer Alexander Imnadze, and equips the sports car with modern day technology like LED lighting, and the aggressive body lines found on current day Lamborghinis.