Month: October 2019

A Top Head Coach Admitted Something Ridiculous On College GameDay

first_imgESPN College GameDay logo.A top college football head coach admitted something pretty ridiculous on ESPN’s College GameDay this morning.The head coach, Louisville’s Bobby Petrino, says he doesn’t know how to use Google.Seriously.The Cardinals’ head coach was asked to reveal the last thing he googled and he responded by saying he doesn’t know how.“You’re going to have to show me how to get on Google,” he replied.This seems absurd – has he never been on the internet in general!?! – but college football head coaches often like to act like they have no knowledge about anything that isn’t football related.If Petrino does get on Google at some point this season, he should stay away from googling “college football hot seat rankings.”Louisville, after all, is off to a 2-4 start this season.last_img read more

New Sideline Photo Of Urban Meyer vs. Michigan Is Going Viral

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Much had been made about Urban Meyer’s health status in recent weeks, with Ohio State’s head coach not looking so great during an overtime win over Maryland.This all went away on Saturday, though.Ohio State’s head coach appeared to be just fine on the sideline during the win over Michigan.There were no shots of Meyer falling to his knees or looking extremely anguished during the win against the Wolverines.Instead, Meyer looked like this:Urban Meyer’s body language on the sidelines stopped being a concern at the exact same time his team started absolutely thrashing people. What a funny coincidence. pic.twitter.com/H3iF3gLaIq— Tom Orr (@TomOrr4) November 25, 2018That’s quite the change from this:Urban Meyer does not look well. Seriously. pic.twitter.com/3GwIW49bsO— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) November 17, 2018Ohio State improved to 11-1 with the win over Michigan, which dropped to 10-2.The Buckeyes will face Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday night.last_img read more

Miami Quarterback Has A Message For QB Transfer Tate Martell

first_imgtate martell holds a football during a campCORONADO, CA – MAY 27: Tate Martell of Ohio State University attends Steve Clarkson’s 13th Annual Quarterback Retreat on May 27, 2017 in Coronado, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)Tate Martell has officially arrived as the University of Miami.The former Ohio State quarterback has transferred into the Hurricanes’ program following two seasons with the Buckeyes. Martell opted to transfer out of Ohio State’s program after Georgia five-star quarterback Justin Fields decided to transfer to OSU.Martell, a rising redshirt sophomore, will reportedly attempt to gain immediate eligibility at Miami for the 2019 season.The former Ohio State quarterback has hired a lawyer and will be seeking a waiver from the NCAA to be able to play right away. It’s unclear at this point if Martell will be granted that waiver, but those close to him feel he has a strong case, mostly centered on Ohio State’s coaching change.Martell will be joining a crowded quarterback room at Miami.One of those Miami quarterbacks, four-star Jarren Williams, isn’t backing down from any competition.“Nothing excites me more than competition!” Williams tweeted.Nothing excites me more than competition ❗️— Jarren Williams (@Jarren2Williams) January 18, 2019Williams, a dual-threat quarterback, was ranked the No. 5 pro-style QB in the country coming out of high school by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Martell, if he’s made eligible for the 2019 season, will be one of a couple of quarterbacks competing for the starting job, along with Williams.Miami opens its 2019 schedule on Aug. 31 against Florida.last_img read more

Malaika Arora and Sara Ali Khan nailing a tough workout will make you want to hit the gym RN

first_imgMalaika Arora and Sara Ali Khan nailing a tough workout will make you want to hit the gym RNIn a video posted by Namrata Purohit, Sara Ali Khan and Malaika Arora can be seen working out on the Cadillac reformer and they are giving us some serious Monday motivation.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 21, 2019UPDATED: January 22, 2019 08:11 IST Malaika Arora and Sara Ali Khan at the gymMalaika Arora is one of the only celebs in B-Town who is known for their healthy lifestyle and great physique. The diva is often spotted heading to the gym and is often seen nailing Pilates session with her trainer Namrata Purohit.Now, it seems like Malaika has found a new gym enthusiast to nail tough workout videos with and it is none other than Sara Ali Khan.In a video posted by Namrata, the Simmba actor and Malaika can be seen working out on the Cadillac reformer and they are giving us some serious Monday motivation.Namrata posted the video with the caption, “‘Back’ with my strong #PilatesGirls @saraalikhan95 @malaikaaroraofficial killing it and giving us some serious Monday motivation.”In proper synchronised moves, the duo can be seen doing core-strengthening and muscle strengthening exercises.For their workout routine, Malaika and Sara both were seen rocking gym shorts and a tight bun. While Malaika paired her shorts with a black slogan sports bra, Sara wore it with a pastel pink tank top over a sports bra.The two divas truly slayed the workout routine with their killer moves.While Sara is still enjoying the success of her recent film Simmba, Malaika is having the best time of her life with rumoured boyfriend Arjun Kapoor.advertisementALSO SEE | Sara Ali Khan and Janhvi Kapoor show how to nail gym fashion in similar outfitsALSO WATCH | Malaika-Arjun to make it official soonGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKrishna Priya Pallavi Tags :Follow Malaika AroraFollow Sara Ali Khan Nextlast_img read more

Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL review: A Pixel for everyone

first_img Shweta Ganjoo New DelhiMay 21, 2019UPDATED: May 23, 2019 09:08 IST 8/10HIGHLIGHTS Earlier this month Google launched Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL smartphones.The Google Pixel 3a costs Rs 39,999 in India.The Google Pixel 3a XL costs Rs 44,999 in India.Everything comes at a price. And if it is a flagship smartphone, then the price is very high. So, we are now seeing a new trend. With top-end phone prices soaring high, smartphone market is witnessing the emergence of something new: smartphones in the price range of Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000 that offer a premium experience but with some compromises. This trend, on one hand, has encouraged companies like OnePlus to push up upwards and introduce pricier phones like OnePlus 7 Pro with better features, whereas some other phone makers, like Google is doing with the Pixel 3a, have introduced somewhat cut-down down versions of their flagship devices. The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, launched at Google I/O 2019 earlier this month, in that way are the less pricier Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL.The newly launched Google Pixel 3a and Google Pixel 3a XL, as one would understand, are the more affordable version of the Google Pixel 3 and the Google Pixel 3 XL, that we reviewed last year and are available in India for Rs 71,000 and Rs 83,000 respectively.Being the younger sibling of the Pixel 3 smartphones that have been lauded for their camera performance means that they are quite similar to the flagship devices. But like I said everything comes with a price. And the price for getting relatively affordable Pixel smartphone, in this case, lies in small sacrifices like the absence of water and dust resistance coating, an older processor and the lack of Corning Gorilla Glass — there is Dragon Glass layer, though — protection among other things. Yet, there is an upside to this. The Pixel 3a smartphones gain the famous 3.5mm jack that went away from the Pixel smartphones two years back with the launch of the Google Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL smartphones.advertisementFirst a quick glance at the top specs of the Pixel 3a smartphones.SpecificationsScreen: 5.6-inch full HD+ gOLED display for Pixel 3a; 6.0-inch full HD+ gOLED display for Pixel 3a XLProcessor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 chipsetRAM: 4GB RAMStorage: 64GB memoryOperating System: Android 9.0 PieCamera: 12.2MP rear camera with dual pixel phase detection, 8MP front-facing cameraConnectivity: Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth 5.0Battery: 3,000mAh with 18W fast charging for Pixel 3a; 3,700mAh with 18W fast charging for Pixel 3a XLLooks like Pixel 3If there is one thing to say about the newly launched Google Pixel 3a smartphones, it is that they look like Pixel 3 smartphones, feel like Pixel 3 smartphones, but they aren’t Pixel 3 smartphone. They look so much similar to the original Pixel 3 smartphones that it is almost impossible to see the differences. Yet, if you take a closer look, you would realise what makes the Pixel 3 smartphones at least 30 grand pricier than their recently hatched, ahem, Pixel 3a siblings. First things first. The Google Pixel 3a smartphone measures 6.0×2.8×0.3 inches and weighs 147g. In contrast, the Pixel 3 measures 5.7×2.7×0.3 inches and it weighs 148g. Similarly, the Pixel 3a XL measures 6.3×3.0x0.3 inches and weighs 167g. In contrast, the Pixel 3 XL measures 6.2×3.0x0.3 inches and it weighs 184g. At the front there is an OLED display, which shows resplendent colours, and at the back there is a dual finish body along with the Google logo, the fingerprint sensor and the single rear camera setup that is characteristic to the premium budget Pixel smartphones. Like I said, nearly indistinguishable.Yet there are subtle differences. The Pixel 3a smartphones come with a plastic back as against the glass back in the Pixel 3 smartphones. While Google has maintained the texture of the design at back and to a naked eye the difference is none, when you take a closer peek or when you feel the Pixel 3a smartphones in your hands, you would understand that the glass body is one of the most important factors that help you distinguish the premium sibling from the mid-budget one.In addition to this, the Pixel 3a smartphones also miss out on the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection (in the front and at the back) and the IP68 dust and water resistant coating that make the Pixel 3 smartphones more resilient and immune to their surroundings. There is tough Dragon Layer glass on the screens of the cheaper Pixels, but usually we see this glass on much more affordable phones.The Pixel 3a smartphones look so much similar to the original Pixel 3 smartphones that it is almost impossible to notice the differences.While these small compromises may make the Pixel 3a smartphones not seem like a perfect suitor, it has one thing that the pricier Pixels lack: the 3.5mm jack. A lot of people still apparently want the jack in their phone, and Google grants this wish by including one in its budget smartphones.advertisementGoodbye notchAs far as the display of the Pixel 3a smartphones is concerned, it is another way you can distinguish the Pixel 3a smartphones from the Pixel 3 smartphones. The Google Pixel 3a comes with a 5.6-inch full HD+ OLED display. On the contrary, the Pixel 3 comes with a 5.5-inch full HD+ OLED display. Similarly, the Pixel 3a XL features a 6.0-inch full HD+ OLED display while the Pixel 3 XL comes with a 6.3-inch full HD+ OLED display. Again, nearly indistinguishable.The difference between the two smartphones is outside the specs. The Google Pixel 3 smartphones, as we all know, embrace the notch trend. They house an earpiece along with a dual front camera setup with 8MP wide-angle and lenses in the front. Contrary to that, the Pixel 3a smartphones show a blatant disregard for the notch as they bring back large bezels on the top and on the bottom – just like more mainstream and cheaper smartphones. The thick bezels on top harbour an earpiece and an 8MP front camera. The display of the Pixel 3a smartphones is bright and well lit, which makes using the phone easy even under the bright Delhi sun. The colours seem natural and they put barely any strain on the eyes even when the brightness is maxed out, all of which account for an comfortable viewing experience.Piece of a PieOne reason you should prefer Google’s Pixel smartphones over any other Android smartphone is the features that are exclusive to its flagship devices and the software, which gets updated as soon as Google rolls out an update to its mobile operating system. This means lesser delays in getting improved functionality, quicker security patches and faster fixation of issues with its mobile OS updates. This is true for the Pixel 3a smartphones as well. The Google Pixel 3a smartphones, just like their elder siblings – the Google Pixel 3 and the Google Pixel 3 XL – come with the latest version of the company’s mobile operating system – Android 9.0 Pie – and the promise of getting the next gen Android OS – Android Q. They also come with some of the Pixel’s characteristic features such as the Now Playing, Active Edge feature for accessing the Google Assistant, display colour modes and the notification dots, which make using Pixel 3a smartphones an absolute delight to use.Then there is the Digital Wellbeing feature that gives you a premium flagship smartphone like experience by giving you a minute-by-minute account of the time that you have spent on various apps. There are also features such as Wind Down, which turns the colours grey depending on your night light schedule and the Flip to Shhh feature, which actives the Do Not Disturb mode when you flip the phone, that make it an ideal fit for anyone.advertisementThe real stunner, however, are the shots captured in the low-light conditions where the colours are absolutely stunning.There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor inside both the Google Pixel 3a and the Google Pixel 3a XL smartphones, coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage space. While the RAM and storage in the Pixel 3a smartphones is the same as that in the Pixel 3 smartphones, it is a slower processor that waters down the overall Pixel experience, as I like to call it, in the Pixel 3a smartphones. Notably, the fingerprint is fast and I mean really fast (and flawlessly accurate, each time), the overall experience is comparatively cold. You can notice some lag even while clicking the Night Shots, which by the way are uh-mazing. This I presume is because of the processor. Like I had said in the beginning, everything comes with a price. And so it is possible that Google chose to include Snapdragon 670 processor instead of a newer Snapdragon 710 chipset in order to include other premium Pixel-y features while keeping the overall cost under Rs 50,000.Gorgeous night shotsPixel smartphones are known for their camera quality. Google’s artificial intelligence (AI)-based algorithm that is used in the Pixel smartphones is one of the best image processing software in use. It is this software that has helped Google’s premium budget Pixel smartphones race ahead of the competition at a time when smartphones with a triple rare camera setup have become a norm. Google brings the same technological prowess that powers its pricier Pixel devices to its budget Pixel 3a devices.Both the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL come with a 12.2MP rear camera with Sony IMX363 sensor – the same one that is inside the Google Pixel 3 smartphones. On the front, the two smartphones sport an 8MP camera. Camera specs aside, the new Pixel 3a smartphones, just like their pricier siblings, produce some amazing insta-worthy shots. In the images captured in the indoor lighting conditions, the new Pixels capture images in clarity and vibrancy that is devoid of noise or distortion. Similar is the case for the images captured in the outdoor lighting where the newly launched Pixel devices capture natural colours.The images captured in indoor light using the front camera too carry the same clarity. However, the images captured by the Pixel 3a smartphones carry a subtle tone. So, if you like your images to be extra bright you will have to make the necessary adjustments.IMAGE SAMPLESThe real stunner, however, are the shots captured in the low-light conditions where the colours are gorgeous. The colours are brightened – thanks to Google’s image processing algorithm – with no noise and a slight flare. The overall images look balanced and bright. The only issue I noticed is that of the camera lag while processing images, especially the ones captured in low light condition. It takes 1-2 seconds to capture and process images in the low-light conditions. Sometimes, cloudy weather conditions too can increase the image capturing and processing time, but barring that the camera works flawlessly.Long live the king… oops …PixelBattery is to a smartphone what fuel is to a car. A smartphone with a bigger battery and more efficient battery management system can last for longer durations and ensure that your smartphone doesn’t run out of juice when you need it the most. The Google Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL smartphones that were launched earlier this month fare well in this department.The Google Pixel 3a comes with a 3,000mAh battery while the Pixel 3a XL comes with a bigger 3,700mAh battery. Once completely charged, the Pixel 3a XL can go without juice for almost two days under normal conditions. This means that you can scroll through Instagram, respond to WhatsApp messages, make your calls and watch addictive food videos on Facebook and your Pixel 3a XL smartphone will support you for a time close to two days. When drained completely, the Pixel 3a XL goes from 0 to 39 per cent in 30 minutes. This means that if you are low on battery, a 30 minutes of charge can easily get you home. It takes the smartphone nearly 2 hours to charge completely.Should you buy Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL?Absolutely yes, if you want a phone with great camera. The newly launched Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL smartphones offer the very best of the original Pixel 3 smartphones at a considerably low price. They have a design that is deceivingly similar to the Pixel 3 smartphones and key ‘Pixel-y’ features such as Active Edge, Now Playing and Digital Wellbeing that work flawlessly. They also offer a fantastic camera experience that is close to flagship Pixel phones. And the best of all, even though they are a bit pricey, they don’t cost a fortune like the Pixel 3 smartphones.True, there are some sacrifices to be made — no water resistance — but like I had said in the beginning of this review, some compromises can be tolerated if in return you are getting the Pixel experience under Rs 50,000. So, if you are comfortable with ignoring what is missing, the Google Pixel 3a and the Google Pixel 3a XL are a total catch!Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL review8/10ProsLong BatteryGreat cameraPixel softwareConsNo IP ratingPlastic bodyOld CPUGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShweta Ganjoo Tags :Follow GoogleFollow Google Pixel 3aFollow Google Pixel 3a xl Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL review: A Pixel for everyoneThe newly launched Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL smartphones offer the very best of the original Pixel 3 smartphones at a considerably low price.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Only a fool would be tempted to bat like Rohit Sharma, says KL Rahul

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: Only a fool would be tempted to bat like Rohit Sharma, says KL RahulIndia vs Bangladesh, World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma’s opening partner KL Rahul says that looking to emulate the India vice-captain would be nothing short of being foolish.advertisement Next Indo-Asian News Service BirminghamJuly 3, 2019UPDATED: July 3, 2019 09:08 IST Rohit Sharma is on a different planet when he gets going: KL Rahul. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma top-scored for India with 104 off 92 balls vs BangladeshRohit and KL Rahul’s 180-run stand was India’s highest opening partnership in World CupsIt was also the highest opening partnership by any pair at the ongoing World CupOn his day, India vice-captain Rohit Sharma makes batting look easier than a walk in the park and with four centuries to his name, the 2019 edition of the World Cup has seen him in fine flow. But his opening partner K.L. Rahul says that looking to emulate the stylish batsman would be nothing short of being foolish.”You would be a fool to be tempted to bat like Rohit because he is in a different class. He is on a different planet altogether when he gets going. He made it look really easy (against Bangladesh) when really it wasn’t anything of the kind. The pitch was two-paced, up and down, not coming on to the bat, but from the way he played, you would not have known.”We expect it from him and he is delivering every time. To bat with him is really easy because he takes the pressure off you. He keeps getting the boundaries and the scoreboard keeps ticking, I just have to keep there with him. It is great fun.”He has scored the most runs for the team, but everyone else has chipped in and we have talked about that as a team, to keep the contributions coming from the middle order and at the death,” Rahul explained.Commenting on his own form, Rahul said: “Personally, I feel I have been going well, but am not fully satisfied as I haven’t carried on after some of the starts. When I say ‘convert’, I mean getting to, say, 35 or 45 overs as often as I can because in these conditions it is the set batsmen who can do the most damage.”advertisementThe Men in Blue have now qualified for the semis and Rahul said that the boys did enjoy a bit of a party in the dressing room after the win over Bangladesh at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground.”We did enjoy a bit of a celebration after the game,” he said. “We are two steps away from winning the trophy and that has been a dream we have worked towards for the past four years.”We put in a clinical performance, we batted and bowled well, and we have this winning momentum. Now we have to make sure we keep our heads up and our eyes on what is happening.”Also Read | India vs Bangladesh: MS Dhoni did what was right for the team, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | World Cup 2019: This is the best I have seen Bangladesh play, says Sachin TendulkarAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Rohit SharmaFollow KL RahulFollow India vs Bangladeshlast_img read more

MS Dhoni has to evaluate where he stands: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgMS Dhoni has to evaluate where he stands: Sourav Ganguly to India TodayFormer captain Sourav Ganguly wants MS Dhoni to ask himself if he can continue to be the match winner that was in his prime for Team India.advertisement Next Rasesh Mandani MumbaiAugust 26, 2019UPDATED: August 26, 2019 17:25 IST MS Dhoni was slammed by critics for his performances in the recent Cricket World Cup (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSourav Ganguly firmly believes that MS Dhoni must decide himself on when he wants to retireDhoni is currently on a two-month break from cricketLt. Col Dhoni recently completed a 15-day stint serving for the Territorial Indian ArmySourav Ganguly was MS Dhoni’s first captain when he made his debut for India in 2004. Four years later when Ganguly was playing his last Test match in 2008, Dhoni was in charge and allowed his captain to lead India to victory in the closing moments of the Test match against Australia in Nagpur.But in between those moments of romanticism, a pragmatic Dhoni had led the charge in easing out Ganguly from limited-overs cricket to build a young side.Now with the 38-year-old MS Dhoni’s future uncertain, there is little room for sentiment left on the discussion table.Ganguly too takes the businesslike approach of talking about the famed ex-captain’s future.”Every big player has to hang up his shoes. That’s sport. Look at football, Maradona had to quit. There hasn’t been a bigger player than him. Tendulkar, Lara, Bradman.. everyone had to quit. This is the way system has been and will be. So this scenario will come for MS as well,” Ganguly told India Today.The selectors and the team management were unequivocally behind Dhoni’s utility for India’s World Cup campaign in England. Things did not finish as per plan for India or Dhoni. It was expected that Dhoni would call it quits with the next 50 over World Cup in 2023 and Rishabh Pant well placed to replace Dhoni in the T20 format.But word from the Dhoni camp is that he isn’t going away just yet which prompted chief selector MSK Prasad to say, “Retirement is purely individual. A legendary cricketer like Dhoni knows when to retire. But what is the future course of action, what is the road map is in the hands of the selection committee.”advertisementOn more than one occasion, the ultimate finisher failed to close out games and up the ante in closing stages while setting up targets in the World Cup.Ganguly wants the great man to ask himself if he can continue to be the match winner that was in his prime.”He is at that stage of his career where he has to evaluate where he stands. He has to decide if he can win matches for India. If he can continue to contribute like MS Dhoni, not someone else.”Because with players like MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, until they play, there will be expectations that they will play like in this way and win matches in this fashion. I think Dhoni has to make this decision. Only a player knows how much fuel is left in the tank and how much of his match-winning ability is intact,” he says.But with Rishabh Pant learning the tricks of the trade in shorter formats and Dhoni not getting any younger, Ganguly says Indian cricket should get accustomed to life minus the legendary cricketer from Ranchi.”Indian cricket will have to get used to the fact that MS Dhoni won’t be playing forever and he won’t be around for too long. But I believe this decision has to be taken by Dhoni himself,” Ganguly concluded.Also Read | Virat Kohli joins MS Dhoni as India’s most successful Test captainAlso Read | Captaincy just a responsibility I am fulfilling: Virat Kohli on equalling MS Dhoni’s record in Antigua TestAlso Read | Watch: MS Dhoni spotted at Jaipur Airport in a brand new lookAlso Read | MS Dhoni-Stephen Fleming best captain-coach combo in the world: Shane WatsonFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Sourav GangulyFollow MS DhoniFollow Indian cricket teamlast_img read more

The Manual’s Austin City Guide to SXSW

first_img The Ultimate Brewery Tour of Austin, Texas You just arrived in Austin, TX for famed music, film and interactive conference SXSW. Sure you have tons of bands to see and parties to attend, but Austin is also an wonderful city that needs to be explored for its amazing restaurants, shopping and natural beauty. Ditch the travel guide and listen up: we visited this incredibly eccentric and cultured city and asked some locals to give us an insider’s look on where to eat, drink and shop. Take a look at our recommendations below and get the most out of your SXSW journey.ShopSTAGAs the “modern-day general store for every man,” it doesn’t get better than STAG fellas. Stocking everything from clothing, antiques, accessories and grooming essentials from the best and brightest brands, they pair high end with low, mix vintage classics with new collections and meld the unexpected with the nostalgic. And with brands like Billykirk, Burkman Bros and Kika NY, it’s the one-stop-shop for everything cool.Service MenswearIf STAG represents the East Coast, Service Menswear definitely holds down the West. Swimwear brands like Onia and Paste will have you ready to dive into Barton Springs, and street wear like RVCA and Vans have your outdoorsy side covered.Room Service VintageIf thrifting is more your thing, stray from the string of vintage haunts on South Congress to find much better deals. There are a ton of great stores, but Room Service Vintage was a personal favorite. With everything from cowboy boots to barware to vintage Playboys, you could spend hours searching every nook and cranny.EatSalty SowWe are huge fans of the nose to tail food movement, and you can get a delicious taste of it at Salty Sow. Serving local and sustainable ingredients in a modern farmhouse atmosphere, the seasonal menu changes daily depending on what is available that very second. Dishes like Candied Pork Belly with collards and soy balsamic syrup are complemented by an extensive wine, beer and cocktail list. Disclaimer: not for vegetarians or those looking for a light meal.Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-QAs pork rib enthusiasts, we did our research before heading down south and conjured a list of BBQ places to try. But friends living in Austin suggested we ditch the hyped joints and hit this tried and true spot, and the locals are always right. Order at the counter, cafeteria style, by the rib, slice or pound. Tell the crew you’re a newcomer and they’ll let you try before you buy.Torchy’s TacosYou WILL want to eat five, but start with two and take it from there. Sink your teeth into a Democrat – shredded beef barbacoa topped with avocado, queso fresco, cilantro & onions – or go for a Dirty Sanchez – scrambled eggs with fried poblano chile, guacamole, escabeche carrots & shredded cheese – if you get down like that. This delectable outpost has become a small Texas chain, but visit the Trailer Park location and eat al fresco.DrinkThe Driskill Hotel BarIf you’re looking for a good date spot or just a strong cocktail in a swanky lounge, the Driskill Hotel bar is the epitome of Southern charm. Pony hair upholstery, stained glass ceilings and a haunted grand staircase lend ambiance as a live bluegrass band provides the entertainment.Rio RitaHead to the East Side of Austin for, in our opinion, pretty much the best bar patios in the country. But our favorite has to be Rio Rita for a colorful backyard and killer cocktail menu. You won’t regret ordering the Bloody Mary, or any of their concoctions for that matter. Try the sinus-clearing habanero shot if you dare.BarbarellaIf you’re looking to dance and go a little HAM, Barbarella is the place to drop it like it’s hot. Unpretentious for a club, busy nights feature three DJs – upstairs, downstairs and patio – so you can choose your own musical adventure.ChillBarton Springs PoolEven though the icy waters of Barton Springs might be too cold to swim in this time of year, grab some friends and relax on the grassy hill while taking in the view.The Oasis on Lake TravisThis incredible lookout spot may be a 30 minute drive from Austin city proper, but it’s worth the time spent on the road if you need a break from SXSW madness. Stay to eat or just come for a view of the sunset. Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quiltlast_img read more

Cruise on a Murksli Longboard

first_imgDo you still use skateboarding as your normal mode of transportation? Are you looking for a board that’s a little more unassuming than your standard skateboard with flashy graphics? Check out Murksli skateboards. The company was founded in 2009, and is currently based in Slough in the United Kingdom. Each longboard is handcrafted from mountain maple wood, and then covered with walnut-tree root layers, giving it a more refined look that is perfect for cruising around the city streets. Here’s a rundown of of their board styles:–Murksli KRUZER is our most versatile shape. A longboard by its size with a distinctive and convenient tail. Made for city cruising as well as for some hill-bombings.–Murksli SLIDER is a well-balanced and responsive freeride board. Whether you’re doing powerslides or just cruising around, Five will give you an amazing all-around control over your ride.–Murksli ERA is inspired by the golden-era of skateboarding. It’s our take on the skateboard shape of the ’80s. You can cruise, ride pools and basically do any trick with this little baby.–Murksli MIKRO is a perfectly shaped street cruiser. Ideal length with the right amount of concave and subtile, rounded tail makes sure you’ll be cruising the streets in full control.–Murksli DROP is our take on the pintail longboard shape, designed for joyful carving and cruising. Its surf-inspired slightly concave shape gives you extra grip and control. Ideal for beginners who want to learn how to ride those concrete waves.So if you’re in search of super cool longboard, may we suggest getting a Murksli?For more information, visit murksli.com. Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie Vanderhall’s 2020 Carmel GT Is a Race-Ready, 3-Wheel Go-Kart Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Editors’ Recommendations This 1949 Barn Find Coupe Was Resurrected As a 638-Horsepower Hellraiser last_img read more

No Vacancy: LA’s Strangest, Best, and Most Exciting Speakeasy

first_img The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers Editors’ Recommendations It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat There are certain things about No Vacancy that must remain secret until you visit. For example, the entrance and everything it entails. No Vacancy takes its speakeasiness seriously in the best way possible– once you make it inside, you’re not just in a hidden bar, you’re in an alternate reality with surprises around every corner. Oh, and great booze. The Houston brothers, who are behind other LA favorites like Harvard & Stone, La Descarga, and Break Room 86 just to name a few, have a knack for creating whole worlds and histories for their bars. This time, they took one of the city’s oldest Victorian homes, built in 1902, and created No Vacancy at the Juniper Hotel, giving you the feeling you’ve traveled back in time to a delightfully creepy hotel. It’s all deeply colored woods, plush red velvets, oriental rugs, and leather furniture– such attention to detail suggests the 20th century inhabitants have just stepped out. The Houstons carefully maintained the home’s leaded glass windows, gas lamps and fireplaces, adding bars where a kitchen may once have been. Cocooned in this rich fantastical world, it’s almost impossible to remember it’s 2016 outside.A lobby area, complete with mailboxes for “guests” bleeds off into a large bar room, keep an eye out for the phone booth, which is now the photo booth, and stop by the gift shop of sorts where you can often find a psychic on hand. Then head out to the expansive patio, complete with its own bar and fireplaces. The patio feels like you’re at a Roaring 20’s Hollywood party. String lights looping across the space give way to a thicker wire running across like a tightrope. Because it is a tightrope. No Vacancy has tightrope walkers, live music, burlesque dancers, and even fire eaters. It’s an outlandish spectacle Gatsby himself would approve of.Booze is an equally important part of the experience and some of the finest bartenders, Adrian Biggs, Julian Cox, and Simon Ford among them, were brought in to create the perfect drinks for the Prohibition-era theme. The Dirty Dozen they call them, and in keeping with the Juniper Hotel name, gin is heavily featured. If you’re not sure where to start, order the China Doll: Caprock Gin, jasmine water, lemon juice, coconut jasmine cream and egg white. Tiny details like garnishes of edible flowers set this place apart from most other mixologist hotspots and make the $10-$14 per drink a bit more palatable.Dress code (no flip flops, athletic clothes, hats or loud colors) is strongly suggested, though not mandatory, but you really won’t want to look like a slob at this place. Come early or you risk standing in line, not just to get in, but also for drinks. Then again, there is much to distract you, so the wait won’t feel so tedious. Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App last_img read more