Boris from The Next Web was in an Italian restaurant in Amsterdam and discovered he had no phone reception. The waiter told him that if you put an iPhone in an empty glass, it somehow improves the reception. And Boris found it was true!
Commenters on the post have suggested the same trick also works with dodgy remote controls, and that a glass is also good as an improvised mini amplifier if you’re using your phone to play music.
We find it very dispiriting to see hipster kids venerating alt-celebrities such as Vincent Gallo. Displaying a general contempt for other people isn’t ‘edgy’ or ‘cool’. It’s lazy and narcissistic – which, incidentally, is how we’d describe everything Gallo has done since Buffalo 66.
Save your admiration for people whose life and work display a genuine zest, curiosity and generosity of spirit.
If you’re looking for a preppy kind of sock to wear with the loafers and mary-janes that are popping up everywhere in the shops, head to the kids’ section of department stores or discount department stores.
That’s where you’ll find cool socks in bright colours, sporting frills, bows and bold prints. One of our favourite pairs of socks has a skull and crossbones woven into the front. It came from the little boys’ department at Target.
Large child-sized socks will fit most adult feet, unless you have especially big feet. In that case, you could try shopping for socks in the old-man department.
Our mate Lucy recently made a grievous error when washing two of her favourite jumpers (sweaters, for those playing in the States) – she put them in the machine without checking to see if the hot tap was on. It was… and her knitwear shrank to fit a toddler. People: never wash wool in hot water.
But her boyfriend Jason had an excellent idea… How about buying two identical woollen jumpers (they have to be 100% wool) and deliberately shrinking one in the wash? Then you can give them to a friend or family member who has a small child, as a matching set!
Honestly, plenty of alt parents would think this was pretty cool.
Next time you’re in an op-shop, keep an eye out for two similar-looking wool jumpers or cardigans. Alternatively, you could buy two jumpers in a similar style but contrasting colours (say, red and blue) and then sew on trim or buttons in the opposite colour so they still look like a set.
“Passed a young fauntleroy with anorexic limbs sporting a preppy v-neck woolen knit, super short shorts and a floppy river phoenix blow wave, listening to “Born This Way” on his iPod. God or the Matrix is getting lazy.”
You’ll thank us when you: a) go to France, or other French-speaking place; b) need to impress a Frenchman; c) need to impress a French lady; d) need to impress any other man or lady with your 1337 Frenching skills.
Hahaha, we remember a few years ago when these canvas sandshoes or plimsolls became the hipster footwear du jour, some idiots were paying $40 from Alpha 60. Kmart and Big Dubs usually bottom out at about $7, but Dimmeys and Forges has outdone them all at a measly $3. That’s less than a coffee.
The colours are pretty jaunty, too. Buy yourself a whole rainbow and wear a different pair every day, or wear different colours on each foot like Helena Bonham Carter. We should warn you, though, that wearing these plimsolls is like walking on pancakes, so perhaps you could invest in some foam insoles with the money you’ve saved.
The Dimmeys sale starts today and goes until March 20.
You might be a latte-sipping, inner-urban type, but if you find yourself on a country road trip and get stuck in some rain-soaked ground, do not panic. Try these unbogging tips, adapted from triple j magazine editor Jenny (who has given a nice shout-out to The Hipster Tipster in the current issue). We have added some extra thoughts, based on our own near-bogging experience at last year’s Meredith Music Festival.
1. Don’t floor the accelerator; you will only dig yourself in deeper.
2. Get in low gear. If in a manual car, let out clutch to a near-stalling level.
3. Try to get some traction. You can do this by rocking gears between first and reverse, or tapping the accelerator to bounce the car.
4. As soon as the wheels get some grip, accelerate smoothly out of the rut.
5. If you’re helping the driver push the car out, don’t stand directly behind the bogged wheel/s. You will get showered in mud.
Last year, Melbourne hipsters got pretty excited when early on a Friday evening, the word got around that the Commonwealth Bank ATM on Swanston Street near Flinders Lane was giving out $50 notes when users requested $20 notes.
There was a party atmosphere on Swanston Street that night. People celebrated their newfound wealth by buying rounds of cocktails at Hells Kitchen, expensive leather bags at Fat, and giving buskers $50 notes.
We ignored the text messages telling us to join in, because the thing is – the bank found out. If you’d used the machine and you were a Commonwealth Bank customer, you had to pay the money back.
The Commonwealth Bank had this problem again just last week, when its ATM on Smith Street, Collingwood, was giving away ‘free money’.
And it happened in Sydney on Tuesday, when dozens of ATMs around the city malfunctioned. Except this time, the cops are charging people. Ertem Toklar was the first to plead guilty, after police arrested him when they saw him and a friend exchanging large amounts of money and “high-fiving each other”.
People: there’s no such thing as free money. You will not get away with it, even if you think you’re smarter than the system and deserve to. Why not enjoy the many things in life – especially in hipster life – that are actually free?
Our housemate eats a lot of meat. Like, a lot. So yesterday when we were trying to put some stuff in the freezer and saw a giant bag in there we were all, “Oh, MAN.”
But then last night he got out the bag and it turned out to contain a pair of jeans. You might have heard of this theory before, but if you want to preserve the wash in your dark-coloured jeans – or be more environmentally friendly – rather than putting them through a laundry cycle you put them in the freezer, which apparently kills the bacteria.
"Do they smell fresher?" we asked.
"They smell cold," our housemate replied.
Obviously this will not actually make the jeans cleaner if they have dirt and stains on them, but to reduce scunginess from ordinary wear, jean-freak blog Eat Sleep Denim tried freezing jeans for a week and reckons it “really does work”.