theory11 Artisan Playing Cards

theory11 Artisan Playing CardsThese theory11 Artisan Playing Cards are handcrafted in South Africa, Artisans are in a league of their own. A breathtaking mix of elegance, style, and sophistication. Designed by Simon Frouws, these premium, luxury playing cards feature elegant gold foil hot stamped onto ultra-lux black paper derived from sustainable forests.

Even the most minute details were carefully crafted, polished, and perfected. Like a fine craftsman in his workshop, Capetown designer Simon Frouws produced a playing card design that redefines the category and raises the bar.

Artisan Playing Cards are produced at The United States Playing Card Company using FSC-certified papers derived from sustainable forests, vegetable-based inks and starch-based laminates. The result is a durable finish that respects the environment. Sealed with a red tax-stamp, vintage sticker seal marked with the exact month and year of print.

OtterBox Armor Series Cases

Otter Box Armor SeriesOtterBox claims their new Armor Series cases are the toughest smartphone cases ever built. The Armor Series is waterproof for 30 minutes in 6.6 ft. of water, survives 10 ft. drops, allows for zero entry of dust and debris and can withstand two tons of crushing force. Despite the beast-like protection, all ports are easily accessed via integrated covers, and the built-in screen protector allows for hassle-free use of the screen while protecting it from scratches, cracking, or worse. Whether you’re an adventurer, a busy parent, gear-collector or someone willing to invest in protection, the Armor Series is for you. The Armor Series cases for the Galaxy S3, iPhone 4/4S, and iPhone 5 will be available in mid to late February for around $100.

Made in Tennessee – Coin Guitar Picks

If you play guitar, or any picked instrument, check out these handmade artisan coin guitar picks. They’re available as common coins, such as quarters and Sacagawea dollars, or antique coins, including buffalo nickels, wheat pennies and silver dollars. Dustin and Stephanie from Nashville cut and shape US coins into fully functional guitar picks. Check out their Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/GuitarPickCollection.

History of Oak Ridge in Photos

For anyone growing up in the East Tennessee area, the city of Oak Ridge has always been know as the “secret city”. And in 1942, as part of the Manhattan Project, the U.S. government acquired 70,000 acres of land in Eastern Tennessee and established a secret town called Oak Ridge. The name chosen to keep outside speculation to a minimum, because Oak Ridge served a vital role for the development of the atomic bomb. The massive complex of massive factories, administrative buildings and every other place a normal town needs to function, was developed for the sole purpose of separating uranium for the Manhattan Project. The completely planned community was designed by the architecture firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, and had a population of more than 70,000 people. Due to the sensitive nature of the work at Oak Ridge, the entire town was fenced in with armed guards and the entire place — much like the Manhattan Project in general — was a secret of the highest concern. Recently, the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge office recently started to digitize its collection of archival photos and share them through Flickr. Most of these photos were taken by Ed Westcott, the only person allowed to photograph the Oak Ridge reservation during the Manhattan Project.

Link: DOE’s Oak Ridge Photostream

Made in Tennessee – Sideshow Sign Co.

If you are looking for unique, one-of-a-kind wall hangings, check out the Sideshow Sign Co. Made by hand in Nashville, TN, the Sideshow Sign Co. specializes in giant throwback vintage prints and light-up marquee letters influenced by the entertainment industry, science, and antiquarian educational material. Everything made is carefully aged and expertly wired, made from fine art canvas or salvage wood and bent steel, speed rusted and banged-up proper. In addition, 5% of proceeds are donated to the nonprofit organization EJI.org, which provides legal representation to those that need it most.