Archive for April, 2017

OK, so here’s the deal, this blog will be eight years old in October, and it is time to mix things up a little.

I love bringing you the random things I find and observe, but I am sitting on a huge treasure trove of content of which I have only skimmed the top heretofore. And that is my love of the arts – specifically film, theatre, music and the visual arts.

So starting soon you will see more posts about my “finds” in the realm of the arts. Things like movie reviews (partnering with the great film review site Letterboxd), my experiences in the theatre, and maybe some musings on a new music find or classic tune.

When it comes to visual arts – something I have shared more about over the years – I will be featuring more artists I admire and inspire me, as well as curating my personal collection or art, and maybe even sharing more of my own work than I have in the past.

But don’t worry, it will all be wrapped up in the Lost Cowboy sensibility you have come to know (if not love) and bookended will all the same content I have been plopping down since day one.

Stay tuned and buckle your seat belts…

aaa1There is no better way to give back than to make a child with a life-threatening condition happy, even if only for a short while. That is what the fine folks at Make-A-Wish do and they deserve our support.

About Make-A-Wish:

“Tens of thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters advance the Make-A-Wish vision to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. In the United States and its territories, on average, a wish is granted every 35 minutes. We believe a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides us and inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve.”

Find out more about Make-A-Wish and how you can help here.

FF: Audaz Watches

You can spend a ton of money on a watch – I am talking your entire 401(k) balance kind of money. I have always thought it was better to have a few relatively inexpensive watches so I could mix it up. Lucky for me, there are many fine watches that cost in the hundreds vs. hundreds of thousands. Great watches like those from the fine folks at Audaz Watches.

About Audaz Watches:

“With Audaz, experience a world of modern sophistication and timeless style. Our watches are designed for the urban man-rugged, resilient, and internationally adventurous. Created with unparalleled attention to detail, Audaz watches draw inspiration from the outdoors. Whether you’re exploring the deep or seeking new heights, define your style with vibrant designs that are built to last. Infusing pure audacity with class, each of our timepieces capture what it means to be free. At Audaz, our ideology is defined by the desire to explore the world and discover invigorating thrills. We embrace flying, diving, climbing, and racing—and it reflects in our unique watch designs.”

I like Audaz’s Gallant collection.

Learn more about Audaz Watches here.

FF: Dan Henry Watches

Meanwhile, the career watch collector Dan Henry has produced a fine selection of watches inspired by his vintage collection – and they are awesome.

About Dan Henry Watches:

“My collection was built from the countless quests that took place in flea markets and local auctions. I was not only hunting for myself, I also had the joy of helping many watch lovers and friends. After 30 years of studying and acquiring more than 1,500 watches, I wanted to share it with the world. I first opened an Instagram account and then put my watches on a dedicated website, Timeline.Watch. Since, my watches received a lot of interest from fellow vintage enthusiasts. At first, it seemed that I could not share more than pictures, as each of these watches was so scarce, and in some cases their rarity had translated into a very high value. Eventually, I came up with a crazy project: make some beautiful watches such as the ones I was lucky to own, but accessible.”

I like Dan Henry’s 1963 collection.

Learn more about Dan Henry Watches and see the entire collection here.

The fine folks at No.1 Rosemary Water say that “evidence suggests that the daily intake of rosemary can help the body stay illness free and in turn contribute to a much longer life.” Sounds good to me. I guess rosemary isn’t just for potatoes anymore.

About No.1 Rosemary Water: “Made with pure fresh rosemary extract, bottled according to the highest ethical standards and available in still or sparkling form, it’s a stimulating, flavourful and tasteful way to enjoy rosemary – a medicinal herb that’s reported to contain unique anti-carcinogenic, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and memory-boosting properties. Inspired by the carefree, long-lived residents of Acciaroli, Italy, No1 Rosemary Water is more than just a beverage. It’s a drink to remember; a taste of the Mediterranean – a toast to your memory, and your future.”

I discovered No.1 Rosemary Water on my trip to London and was pleased to see it can be purchased online. I of course tried the sparkling variety.

Learn more about No.1 Rosemary Water here.

One of my favorite subjects for photographs and artwork is the bicycle. I think bikes are the perfect combination of elegant design and practical function, and I love to celebrate them in my own artwork.

I have not really tried my hand at drawing bikes in the past, but I am now inspired to try my hand at it with the wonderful book I found: 20 Ways to Draw a Bike and 44 Other Incredible Ways to Get Around by James Gulliver Hancock.

About 20 Ways to Draw a Bike by James Gulliver Hancock: “This inspiring sketchbook, part of the 20 Ways series from Quarry Books, designed to offer artists, designers, and doodlers a fun and sophisticated collection of illustration fun. Each spread features 20 inspiring illustrated examples of 45 themes – cars, trains, scooters, unicycles, surfboards, sailboats and much, much more–over 900 drawings, with blank space for you to draw your take on 20 Ways to Draw a Bike and 44 Other Incredible Ways to Get Around.”

Not only do I get to learn how to sketch a bike – I get to learn how to draw all sorts of other modes of transport. My inner 10 year old self is leaping for joy.

20 Ways to Draw a Bike by James Gulliver Hancock is available from the fine folks at Quarto books.

 

I am totally geeking out about today’s find, the New Super 8 Camera from Kodak. Yes, an analog film camera from, yes, Kodak – their first new consumer movie camera product in more than 30 years.

Why am I excited? Well first, I fell in love with movie cameras when as a wee lad I inherited an 8mm Kodak Brownie camera from my grandfather and started making movies when I was like 8 years old. I eventually graduated to Super 8 and then video and digital, but I still love the look and texture of film.

Now Kodak has designed a new Super 8 film camera that blends modern technology with the best of the old school medium. And it is totally awesome.

About the New Super 8 Camera from Kodak: “Advised and coached by leading filmmakers while drawing inspiration from Kodak’s past as well as the latest advances in sustainable manufacturing and design. We brought together the best mechanical fabricators on earth. Together with celebrated industrial designer Yves Behar and his team at FuseProject in San Francisco. The result of this collaboration is the first in the next generation of film cameras for a new generation of creators. The first Super 8 camera to feature a digital viewfinder. The viewfinder has also been designed to allow creators to take full advantage of the new top handle design. This film camera connects to an ecosystem of other devices to make it easy to create, share and archive.

Part of the deal with the new camera is that when you purchase the film, you pre-pay for processing – which includes a digital transfer – the best of both worlds. I hope this new camera inspires a new generation of filmmakers to shoot their films on film (70mm is nice).

See more about the New Super 8 Camera from Kodak to be released later this year here.

See what else is up with the fine folks at Kodak these days here.

OK, so the 105th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic was April 15, so I am a little late, but I just had to share the Teatanic Tea Infuser I found from the fine folks at Fred & Friends. Serioulsy, aside from belittling the tragic loss of lives when the great ship went down, the Teatanic (“the unsinkable tea infuser”) is a pretty clever device.

About the Teatanic Tea Infuser from Fred & Friends:

“Fill the hull with loose tea leaves and let it drift to the bottom of your cup. Then enjoy your delicious brew with cream, lemon, or on its own – whatever floats your boat. Teatanic is molded from durable, pure food-safe silicone.”

Seriously, very clever.  Almost as clever as the Gin and Titonic Ice Cube Tray I featured a couple of year back.

http://lostcowboyfound.com/blog/?p=911

Iced tea anyone?

Find the Teatanic Tea Infuser from Fred & Friends here.

See all the cool products from Fred & Friends here.

What a perfect day to end my reports from London – today is Saint George’s Day – honoring the mythical dragon slayer who is the patron saint of England.

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aa1Put your workout routine and obsession with counting your steps to good use – get set up with Charity Miles and raise money for your favorite charity.

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Learn more about Charity Miles and download the mobile app here.