Mike Newman

About: Managing Editor at Cool Material

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The Transparent Speaker Sponsored

Instead of adding knobs, unnecessary features, and other knickknacks to make a better speaker, People People did the exact opposite. The Swedish design agency stripped one bare to create the most beautiful speaker you've never laid eyes on. The glass box holds just the premium audio components and nothing else. The active 2.1 Transparent Speaker comes ready for Wi-Fi devices like Apple's AirPort Express so you can stream music, or plug in your device using the speaker's 3.5mm mini-jack. Pick one up from TheBlueprint.com and you'll get free US shipping, just be prepared for every guest to comment on how awesome it is. ... check it out
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Inside the Red Bull Global Rallycross

With vehicles competing that can go 0-60 in under two seconds, you'd think the rides in the Red Bull Global Rallycross were running on Red Bull-infused fuel themselves. We checked out the latest race in the series to get some behind-the-scenes shots of the drivers getting their cars in check and then tearing through ... continue reading
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The Pelican Clip Keeps Your Keys Nearby SHOP

The simple design of the Pelican Clip makes it an unassuming but useful addition to your everyday carry. Constructed out of stainless steel, the clip is perfect for suspending your keys or other accessories right from one of your belt loops. Use it to have your pocket flashlight nearby, a knife at the ready, or just so you don’t have to dig through your bag for your keys. ... check it out
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101 Places to Get F*cked Up Before You Die

Nothing against Fodor's or TripAdvisor, but sometimes we want a travel guide that isn't so focused on museums, churches, and where to buy locally-made wicker. 101 Places to Get F*cked Up Before You Die is your booze-heavy guidebook and party bucket list in one. And while it sounds all fun and games (and it is), the ... continue reading
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Mad Max: Fury Road – Official Trailer

There are some movies that just need to be left alone: anything from Tarantino, The Godfather, and Waterworld (because we just can't sit through that again) are a few that come to mind. Mad Max is close to this territory as well, but after seeing the trailer for the Tom Hardy-led reboot, we're going to wait on passing ... continue reading
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The Log Tote Can Carry More Than Just Firewood

With the good looks of an open-air weekender, the Winters Session + CampWell Log Tote is just about the most dapper way to carry around some firewood. Constructed from durable 18 oz waxed cotton canvas, you can rest assured jagged branches won't lay waste to your tote. Each sports vegetable tanned, undyed leather handles ... continue reading
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The Sunday Hangover

1 From Anastacia With Love - Tumblr 2 Hobo Nickels from Shaun Hughes - eBay (via The Awesomer) 3 How to Pair Beer with Food - Digg 4 Characters and their Drink of Choice - Cool Material 5 More Bar Bets You’ll Always Win - Youtube 6 The History of Video Game Controllers - Fubiz 7 What It Looks ... continue reading
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These Ray-Bans Are Made With Denim

Hate wearing your Canadian tuxedo on a sunny day? Need a way to protect your eyes without killing your indigo vibe? Ray-Ban has you covered. The latest rendition of their classic Wayfarer is clad in denim. Perfect for pairing with some beat-up Levi's. The company took layers of denim and fused them onto the frame of ... continue reading
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Hot Tub Time Machine 2 – Red Band Trailer (NSFW)

When Hot Tub Time Machine came out, we didn't know what to expect. Frankly, it sounded ridiculously awful. It wasn't. The gang is back—minus John Cusack—for another dip. If it lives up to the first, or even just this trailer, it's gonna be amazing.
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Turn Your Disposable Lighter Into a Pocket Torch

You know those cheap lighters you pick up from the register at the gas station? Well, they can do more than just light up a few Marlboros. With the Soto Pocket Torch, any one of those disposable lighters can be turned into a powerful little torch that can crank out a 2,300-degree blue flame. And despite what you might ... continue reading
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