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Wish list: Patagonia Insulated Powder Bowl Jacket
Wish list: Patagonia Insulated Powder Bowl Jacket

Waterproof, windproof, and breathable. Enough said.Some people have a “to-do” list, while others have “books-to-read” lists. Well, I have added a new jacket to my continually growing list of winter shells: Patagonia Powder Bowl Jacket.For me, there’s nothing more exciting than waking up in the morning and taking a look outside the window to find a blanket of fresh snow, blue skies, and the endless possibilities of first tracks.

5 Ways You Can Help Your College Go Green
5 Ways You Can Help Your College Go Green

Hey guys, let’s get rid of those trays! Photo: Totsie14Adapt these ideas from my alma mater and help your college go green.Earlier this week, I received a copy of the alumni magazine from my undergrad alma mater, Emory University.Believe it or not, it’s always an interesting read, and it’s often packed with inspiring stories.

Book Review: First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria
Book Review: First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria

I wondered if the author could pull off writing about two different travel experiences and a love story without losing the narrative, but author Eve Brown-Waite engrossed me with a style that is refreshingly down-to-earth.First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria is a compelling story of a woman who falls in love—in more ways than one—in Ecuador and Uganda.

Shock, Sink, Freeze: Casio’s EX-G1 Camera is Built for Endurance
Shock, Sink, Freeze: Casio’s EX-G1 Camera is Built for Endurance

Drop it down the chimney or bury it in the snow – this camera can handle it.class>The newly released EX-G1, first in Casio’s new EXILIM® brand of digital cameras, is built to endure shock, water, dirt, and frigid temperatures, all wrapped up in a slender 0.78 inch package.According to the press release, the company is determined to “create digital cameras suitable for top athletes and adventurers.

Localwashing: Shop Locally at Your Neighborhood Corporate Store
Localwashing: Shop Locally at Your Neighborhood Corporate Store

The culture of shopping locally is engulfed by corporations all over the world.I know that there are quite a few of us out there that try to stay local when traveling. And by “stay local,” I don’t mean literally staying smack in the middle of town (though that may be part of the agenda).Rather, I’m saying that many of us like to experience the place we are visiting by eating the local foods, shopping at the local stores, and frequenting local coffee shops and bars.

Affordable Gifts for Gadget Lovers
Affordable Gifts for Gadget Lovers

If the Black Friday discount still wasn’t enough to put an iPod on your gift list, try these ideas for the gadget lovers in your life.class>GelaSkinsChances are someone on your list already has an iPhone, Blackberry, Kindle, iPod…For all of these and more, GelaSkin offers an artistic way to protect the front and back from scratches.

Television Is Not The Truth
Television Is Not The Truth

You don’t watch TV. I know that. But sometimes, it’s nice to get a reminder that television is brainwashing and sucking the lives out of millions of people around the world at this moment.Above is a clip from the 1976 film Network, with the transcript of the rant below. And if you haven’t checked out Throw Away Your TV yet, head over there now.

Technology Bytes: Check Out E-Books from the Library
Technology Bytes: Check Out E-Books from the Library

If heading up to your library and checking out a book is too much trouble, how about getting online and temporarily downloading it – free and legally?class>Whether or not you’re a fan of e-readers like the Kindle or nook, they aren’t going anywhere. According to The New York Times, you might even be able to soon check out e-books from your local library.

Scotty & Fiddy Prove They Can Hitchhike To 50 States In 50 Days
Scotty & Fiddy Prove They Can Hitchhike To 50 States In 50 Days

For all those naysayers out there (wasn’t there a few?) who thought Scotty and Fiddy from Hitch50.com couldn’t make it to Hawaii, you’ve been proven wrong. They finally made it through their journey, hitchhiking 50 states in 50 days and have the gratuitious jump shots to prove it.It’s a stunning turn of events that can only be described as a Hollywood-style ending.

A Newbie’s Guide To Surfing
A Newbie’s Guide To Surfing

Surfing isn’t just an activity – it’s a life philosophy.At one time or another, everyone has visions of becoming a beach bum. They dream of lounging under palm trees, inspecting stray coconuts, and evenings spent sitting around bonfires as a dread-locked guitarist deftly strums a tune.Perhaps most of all, they dream of riding a surf board, skin bronzed, muscles toned, hurtling down a wave and laughing in the face of bitter death beneath the surface.

Matador Reader Challenged to Use 20 Obsolete English Words in a Single Poem
Matador Reader Challenged to Use 20 Obsolete English Words in a Single Poem

One of things I love about Matador is how our readers really interact with the articles and use them as a springboard for further discussion of topics, blog posts or even creative pieces. Last week, after we published an article on 20 Obsolete English Words that Should Make a Comeback, a reader emailed me and told me that a friend offered the challenge to use all 20 of the words in a poem.

Is Civilization Based on Beer?
Is Civilization Based on Beer?

That beer led to civilization is the sort of claim you might find on a crappy t-shirt saying, “BEER! Helping ugly people have sex since forever!” But apparently the beer and civilization theory has been around for a while, and now an archaeologist in Canada called Brian Hayden claims to have more evidence for the idea that the desire to brew beer underpinned the development of agriculture.

Gear Review: The Cruising Caddy
Gear Review: The Cruising Caddy

I’m a minimalist when it comes to stuff, but there are two things I can never get enough of: books and bags.Other frequent travelers probably feel the same. A good book and a good bag can get you through a bad situation.The Cruising Caddy is my latest bag, a small tote that’s ideal for filling with essentials for short walks.

Notes on the HuffPo Acquisition Announcement
Notes on the HuffPo Acquisition Announcement

At 12:01 am Sunday Night / Monday morning, Huffington Post published an announcement entitled AOL Agrees to Acquire the Huffington Post.1. Upon reading, my first two thoughts were (a) “how much?” $315 million , and (b) “why AOL, seems like a brand steadily losing relevance.”2. I felt alienated while trying to parse the marketing language of the announcement, which was laced with rhetorical elements that “suggest” more than they actually “tell.

Essential Gear for Your Patagonia Trip
Essential Gear for Your Patagonia Trip

Planning a trip to Patagonia—the southernmost reaches of Chile and Argentina—can be daunting for the novice trekker.Unless you’re talking with Jamie Abish, self-described “adventure capitalist” and owner of Tent and Trails, an outdoor outfitter store in Manhattan. “We can outfit an entire expedition from the store,” Abish says.

From The Editor: Digging Deep in 2011
From The Editor: Digging Deep in 2011

6 AM Myspace shot in BishopAs 2010 draws to a close, we look back at the previous 12 months at Matador Sports.I wrote Matador Sports 2009 end-of-year message at a small wooden desk in my bedroom in Villa Crespo, Buenos Aires. I had joined Matador as Sports’ first editor that June; in six months, I had gone from frantically cobbling together content by myself to working with a talented group of interns, associate editors, and contributors.

My Hometown in 500 words: Oakland, CA
My Hometown in 500 words: Oakland, CA

Oakland. City of Dreams. Photo by anarchosynUnderstanding what makes you love a place, what makes it feel like home, can happen at the weirdest moments. I glare into red brake lights and sigh. Rubberneckers stare across the center divide at the solemn funeral procession.Six days ago, in the middle of a spring afternoon in East Oakland, a wanted parolee resisting arrest opened fire on police, killing four cops.

Different Types of Scarves Photojournalists Wear
Different Types of Scarves Photojournalists Wear

Absolutely loved this cynical post – An Essay on Photojournalists’ Scarves…Or Not – on Travel Photographer Tewfic El-Sawy’s website. It actually wasn’t written by him but was submitted by an “anonymous” photographer.Here’s a snippet:“The first reason for photojournalists wearing scarves is that these instantly and with certainty identifies you as a PHOTOJOURNALIST, and removes you from the pool of suckers known simply as “photographers”, especially “art” photographers.

Notes from The Blue Sky Café
Notes from The Blue Sky Café

Robert Hirschfield reflects on the absence of words between two travelers and how that too can be a kind of presence.WE COULD HAVE have had an interesting conversation. I am sure of it.When you share a month of silence with someone, each of you sitting behind your own banged up tin bowl of sugar, something profound happens.

Peru’s Incan Celebration of Inti Raymi: Cultural Preservation or Capitalistic Exploitation?
Peru’s Incan Celebration of Inti Raymi: Cultural Preservation or Capitalistic Exploitation?

It’s blisteringly hot and I huddle under Gabriel’s hoodie, longing for home, for a bottle of luxuriously thick 60+ factor sunblock, for ice-cream. Below us, richly costumed dancers the size of chess pieces move in precise geometric patterns about the central faux-stone platform. The ruins of Sacsayhuamán provide a stately backdrop.