Materialism Category



Thou Shalt Covet. After all, conspicuous consumption is what keeps us creative professionals in business. So here’s where we feature gear and goods we crave — but that we can also afford. Let others feature watches that cost as much as cars and cars that cost as much as houses — we prefer material excess within reason.

by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango LLC + Guy Who Cares How Stuff Is Made… After nearly a decade of service, my Swing-A-Way manual can opener finally bit it. It was cheap yet solid and totally energy efficient (electric can openers are for wimps). As an added bonus, it was made in America (“USA! USA! USA!”). And that’s a rare feature these days — even rarer than ever, as I discovered… As I grabbed a new Swing-A-Way at my local Bed, Bath & Beyond (that’s the name ofRead More
Your Single So Am I
by Raegan Thurlow, Part-Time Fashionista… Teenagers have a reputation for a lot of LOL but not a whole lot of IQ. But what if it’s all a conspiracy? What if the world of fashion is setting up the youth to take the fall? Fashion Real investigates… Exhibit A: Wet Seal Illiteracy For some ungodly reason that “Your Single So Am I” top completely eludes me, the general population doesn’t seem to know the difference between “your” and “you’re”. While embarrassing in Facebook posts, this faux pas is completely unacceptable whenRead More

Posted On May 31, 2011By Raegan ThurlowIn Materialism

SkyMall: I Must Have Been High When I Bought This

by Raegan Thurlow, Part-Time Fashionista; illustration by Mark Armstrong Editor’s Note: In-flight magazines deliver captive audiences, of course. When you’re waiting for your plane to take off… and waiting… and waiting… and while you’re at it, waiting some more… and all your electronic devices are supposed to be turned off… and the guy next to you makes Charles Manson look like Gandhi… then your only mental refuge are those media snacks in the seatback pockets. Among them, of course, was the late great SkyMall, the legendary catalog of all things youRead More
Denny's Maple Bacon Sundae

Posted On April 17, 2011By Freddy J. NagerIn Materialism

Pig Nation: Denny’s Maple Bacon Sundae

by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango LLC + Rehabbed Bacon Addict… Nice to see American capitalist ingenuity focused on what’s important: Finding new ways to help Americans socialize Finding new ways to help Americans become Goodyear blimpsRead More
I Want It Now
by Raegan Thurlow, Fashion Blogger… My Top 4 problems with online shopping…Read More