Mike Newman

About: Managing Editor at Cool Material

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Google Maps PAC-MAN

Well, say goodbye to your work day. Google Maps just transformed certain locations into playable PAC-MAN levels. All you have to do is go to Google Maps, figure out where you can play (there are clues here), punch in one of those locations and either hit the PAC-MAN pin or click the PAC-MAN button at the bottom left ... continue reading
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8 New Beers You Should Know

When you hit your local liquor store or brewery in search of some new beers to try, there are a few we’d recommend keeping an eye out for. Some of these are brand new, some are seasonals making their return, and some were just announced for future release. So next time you’re out scouting some potential fridge-dwellers, ... continue reading
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Pop Chart Lab’s Beer Prints and Products SPONSORED

Learning about beer doesn't have to involve a boring textbook. Beer is fun, so shouldn't learning about it be as well? Pop Chart Lab creates incredible prints and products—growlers, glasses, coasters, bar towels, and bags—that offer up stunning doses of brew-related knowledge. Whether you want an eye-catching print of all the breweries in the United States, a colorful Venn diagram of ingredients, or an incredibly detailed wall map of beer styles, Pop Chart Lab has you covered. Every item marries data and design and makes beer education enjoyable and eye-catching. ... check it out
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Mad Max Power Wheels

We don't care if this is an April Fools' Day prank, Think Geek, we want you to put down your Dr. Who Umbrella TV Remote and make these damn things. Think Geek gave every kid's favorite quasi-adult vehicle the Mad Max treatment for April 1, and, while we're grown men, we really, really want one. Power Wheels Desert ... continue reading
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The New ‘Mad Max’ Trailer is Insane

If the first couple of Mad Max: Fury Road trailers got you excited for the movie's May 15 release, the latest will have you waiting in line for tickets. The most revealing trailer yet highlights the Wild West dystopian feel George Miller so artfully crafted. And seeing as how trying to describe Mad Max is a fool's ... continue reading
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10 New Books You Should Know

Whether you read on a tablet, Kindle, or still prefer the smell of a freshly cracked paperback, finding your next great book is never easy. You could never read all the new releases each week, so it helps to know what's worth your time. Here are a handful of new titles we think deserve a space on your eReader or on ... continue reading
MORE: Features, Books.
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Tuesday Link Roundup

1 Stanislav Liepa (NSFW) - Stanislav Liepa 2 The Watches of the US Presidents - Hodinkee 3 Jay-Z's Spending Habits - Medium 4 Sneaker Art - Cool Material 5 25 Under 25: The Young Leaders of Style - Complex 6 How Walter White Went From Chemistry Teacher to Meth King Pin - Vanity Fair 7 What You ... continue reading
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This Mini EDC Pen is Just 2″ Long SHOP

You never have a pen when you need one. That’s a fact. But it’s not because you’re forgetful; it’s because pens are funny-shaped objects that jut from pockets, jab legs, and turn you into a drafter when tucked behind your ear. This is why we fully endorse slapping the Mini Brass EDC Pen on your keychain. At ... continue reading
$55 buy MORE: Gear, EDC, Pens.
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Customize Your MacBook With LEGO

Pop into any coffee shop and you'll see a gaggle of MacBooks covered in unique stickers. That sort of customization has always been a bit permanent for us. The Brik Case, which is billed as 'The World's Most Customizable MacBook Case,' allows you to cover your cover in LEGO bricks and other popular toy blocks. Case ... continue reading
$35 buy MORE: Tech, Apple, Brik Case, LEGO, Macbook.
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Sneakers Turned Into Works of Art

Plenty of sneakerheads already consider certain footwear pieces of art. Phil Robson (aka FILFURY) takes the idea one step further. As highlighted by Quartz, the British artist snaps pictures of sneakers and then digitally mashes them up into something new and interesting. Robson starts by thinking of what each sneaker ... continue reading
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Topo Designs Mountain Pack

Your standard backpack isn't durable enough for the outdoors, and your average camping pack is a bit too utilitarian for everyday use. With that in mind, Topo Designs created the Mountain Pack. Durable and lightweight enough to take hiking or climbing, yet attractive enough to use as an everyday backpack. The Mountain ... continue reading
$189 buy MORE: Gear, Backpacks, Topo Designs.
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The Sunday Hangover

1 Gregorio Campos Photography (NSFW) - Instagram 2 Around the World in 18 Offensive Gestures - Digg 3 10 Fun Ways to Play with Fire - Youtube 4 This Year’s ‘DWR Champagne Chair Contest’ Winners - Design Notes 5 Dream Sequences in the Movies - Vimeo 6 Loneliness of Sofia Coppola - Vimeo 7 ... continue reading
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The Weekend Agenda

Every Friday we’ll get you hooked up with some solid weekend plans. These are the things we think you should watch, read or do over the next few days. 1 LOOK AT THIS: Carlos Nunez Photography - Carlos Nunez 2 READ THIS: My Quest to Reengineer a Legendary Beer in a Dirty Kitchen - Wired 3 MAKE THIS: Pork ... continue reading
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