What does a cool teen look like today? When you ask somebody in that demographic you will probably get a bunch of different answers, but the ones that I thought were the cutest.

Be aware that those asked lived in the south so things like hunting and camouflage and who has the biggest truck are extremely popular.

But some other things are:

  • Snapchat
  • Being funny, it seems, at my school at least, that if you're funny and can make a good joke every now and then, you're popular
  • Being smart isn't considered nerdy, people actually seen to appreciate the "nerds"
  • Instagram. The more followers you have= the more popularity.
  • Sperrys, vans, basketball shoes (even if you don't play basketball...?)
  • things like partying. And there are these things called barn parties that are really cool right now... It's just a party at a barn
  • And as I said before any kind of hunting is extremely popular
  • And when it comes to cars it's either who has the biggest truck or sportiest car

My old jansport backpack which I havehad for probably ten years is starting to fall apart and I'm looking for a new one to replace it. I have a few requirements which :

  • minimalist design
  • black or grey
  • Small ("women's") size
  • at least two sections (main compartment and front compartment
  • enough room to hold 5 notebooks, a 1 inch binder, and a thin laptop
  • laptop sleeve built in (this would be nice, but it's no big deal if it doesn't have one)
  • built to last a few years
  • under $150

I was looking around at the local stores and only found really big backpacks.

Everlane is definitely better construction and much more comfortable for carrying anything more than some notebooks and a laptop or more.

Still, I love the look of the kanken, and the durability seems great. I found a pretty good deal for the kanken big on amazon, so I might end up buying it.


I had one of these in a bar in Copenhagen while I was going through Europe during my college years, they are called Mezcal, and I asked the bartender for the recipe.

  1. 1.5oz Mezcal
  2. 0.75oz Fresh Lime Juice
  3. 0.75oz Small Hand Foods Pineapple Gum

Stir on ice, strain into cocktail Coupe.

Otherwise, look up the Oaxacan Old Fashioned and the Division Bell.


I do Los Feliz to Santa Monica every day so I'm an expert. Traffic starts building up around 6 - 6:30am heading west on the 10. Give yourself an hour for both appointment times, although if you left at 6:30 it might take you 45mins ish. These times don't include parking, checking in etc, so add in more time for that. Can you get earlier appointment times?

If you can leave the house anytime before 6am the freeways are all green and you sail!

Can't speak for the opposite commute because I never head back east that time. But on Google maps you can see what typical traffic looks like at any time, you can use that to judge.

The 'East Side' is a reference to the 'West Side' and in no way suggests that it's part of East LA. Anything west of the 405 is the West side and East of that is the East Side, not East LA. It makes perfect geographic sense and most people know what you're talking about when you say it. If you look at a map the West Side is clear, South LA is Clear, Central LA is marked in Korea Town, it only makes sense to refer to the area East of Normandy as East.

Considering how much regentrification is expanding toward Boyle Hights it's all going to get lumped together anyway.

The best streets that head that way are Olympic, Pico, and Venice.

Olympic gets bogged down a bit near Century City, but it's a wide road with 3 lanes in each direction. I usually take Normandie, (no left turn during rush hour) make a right on Wilshire, make a left on Crenshaw and a right on Olympic.

The bottleneck with the 10 starts at Crenshaw to Robertson at the 9am when I used to have this awful East->West commute. I used to get around it by getting off early to take Adams all the way to the freeway entrance at Robertson in Culver City.

I avoid the 10, but if you want to take the 10 give yourself lots of time.

When you're on Normandie, you have to pay attention. It's supposed to be 2 lanes, but it's a lot like Wilton (another great street that will take you to Wilshire) but sometimes cars park in one of the lanes and sometimes a dumpster is in the way. The Normandie and Melrose intersection can be tough because there is a left turning lane to get on the 101S, so that bogs down the south traffic on Normandie. You can also take Edgemont til it dead ends at Melrose, go right and then make the left to Normandie too.

It's always different but getting out of Los Feliz/Hollywood is the hardest part.

Stay away from Vine, there's a school and that will mess you up and piss you off. Ditto for Western, that street is bumper to bumper all day long.

Olympic is still good for coming back. Highland going north is hell on earth. Ditto for Vine so stay off those at night too. Vine past Melrose going south is ok (it turns into Rossmore at some point). Any of the streets with entrances or exits to the 101 stay away from. Santa Monica, Western, Highland, Vine are the main arteries to the 101. Surprisingly, Wilshire is never that bad, until you get into Beverly Hills.

Then you hit that demilitarized zone known as the Santa Monica/Wilshire intersection. Many a good man has not survived that area. Normandie goes right by the 101, but if you can squeeze past there you will be ok. It's the only street I've found that can get that far south. When you pass Melrose and get to the top of the hill, you can look ahead and see the traffic down Normandie.

If it's bad, I make a right on Beverly and then a left on Rossmore (Vine) to Wilshire.

They key is to go south and avoid Hollywood traffic and Santa Monica Blvd. Pico and Olympic are much more free flowing, but not perfect. I would take Olympic over Pico. I would give yourself 1 hour to get there and 1 hour and 15 minutes to get back.

However, between 8-9am is the worst time to get anywhere in LA, so give an extra 15 minutes during that time.


I am going to provide some simple car care tips for your vehicle since keeping it clean and in good order is very important during the winter.

There are a number of things that you should keep in mind. Keep on eye on your car's exterior, and underbody. Salt and road grim will quickly destroy your hard work.

Washing your car

You should wash your car ideally every week, but not all of us have the time to dedicate.

So, the next best thing is two weeks. If that isn't do-able, once a month, but after that, you're on your own buddy.

To wash your car, simply employ the two bucket method.

Now, for most of you, you don't care about your car much, so, you won't be needing the foam gun or the clay bar. But you will need everything else.

Washed Your Wheel Wells!

You must work on your wheels, and more specifically, your wheel wells.

You have to get that hose up in there under your wheel wells and above your tires, in the suspension, everywhere, and get rid of all that road grime and sand and muck.

You will know you're doing it right when your hand is covering in brown sludgy water full of sand and you'll see it on the ground too.

Maintain Your Wheels

Cleaning your wheels is simple, get some wheel/rim cleaner, and spray liberally (haha) onto your wheels and rims.

Do one at a time, because this stuff works fast and dries fast.

You'll know you're doing it right when you're wheels have no cleaner left on them.

After this, rinse off your wheels extremely well.


Now for the hardest part, the undercarriage, a place that most forget to clean and the moan that it is rusty.

Your car is looking spiffy, amazing, shiny, but now we need to clean the down under, between it's legs.

I mean wheels.

You might need to sit on the floor for the best results, but anyways, take that hose/sprinkler, and shove it under your car, and try and wash every part of it. It would help if you had some ramps for your car to drive over, but it's not necessary.

Most of the salt will be under your wheel wells, washing the under carriage is just an extra step that should be taken in the winter.

Finally A Wax

Wax. Now now, waxing is not hard. We'll use the boring easy method, it's called spray waxing.

Spray waxing involves you firstly drying your car completely. After it's dry, crack open the nozzle and spray down one panel (not too much, not too little). Then massage your paint with the lubricating wax.

Once it's pretty much all gone, you're done that panel.

Now finish the whole car, it will take max 30 minutes to do the whole thing.


Pros of doing this are simple, you are taking care of your vehicle, you are keeping it cleaner, and you are prolonging the life of your body as well as frame.

By doing this, you are also keeping the streets cleaner simply by not tracking grime everywhere.


There is a new study that shoes children prefer to read books on paper rather than screens.

I feel like it's so trendy right now to say you prefer paper books to ebooks. "The feel, the paper, the smell...", etc.

I mean it's fine if that's your opinion, but I think the best medium is the one that lets you ignore it to focus on the content, and for me, that's my Kindle.

What I would like to see is people becoming more encouraged to use recycled paper in the first place, allowing that industry to become more profitable, allowing them to reduce prices and compete better against the traditional paper that trees are specifically cut down for.

Outside of nostalgia, books really do have a lot of good interface qualities... but I have this thin portable device with my entire library in it. It wins.