The Late Movies: "Put This On," A Series About Men Dressing Like Grownups

I've been a fan of Put This On for years: I first linked to them way back in 2009 after chipping in a few bucks to help fund their first episode. Explained simply, it's a show for men about how to dress like a grownup. Sometimes this is as simple as explaining how to tie your shoes (you're probably doing it wrong), how to wash jeans properly (you're definitely doing it wrong), or even how to fold and pack a suit when you're traveling (points for trying, Mr. Wrinkly!). Beyond these tips, the show interviews men's style icons and explores cultural phenomena related to clothing. Best part? It's all free online. So if you're a guy, and you're wearing a tee-shirt right now (admit it), maybe you'd like to dress up a little? Here's the series to date (all of Season 1, plus the first episode of Season 2, which debuted today):

1. Denim

Including some life-changing tips regarding Woolite Black.

2. Shoes

"It's possible you've been tying your shoes wrong your whole life." Very possible.

3. Work

Who knew Paul Feig was such a snappy dresser?

4. Grooming

Listen up, gents: here's the right way to shave.

5. Tradition

On pocket squares: "When God made jackets, he put a pocket there." The pocket is not there for your phone.

6. Body

Have you ever worn a custom shirt, or do you buy off the rack? As James Ellroy once told me, a custom shirt will last you the rest of your life -- it's worth it.

7. Personal Style

Including an interview with Gay Talese, the rare man with his very own lapel style. Plus, a meeting of the Corduroy Appreciation Club -- attendees must wear at least two corduroy items.

8. The Melting Pot (Season 2, Episode 1)

Featuring a detailed investigation of the 'Lo Heads, enthusiasts of Polo Ralph Lauren menswear.


Check out the Put This On site for links to their podcast, blog, and the Put This On Gentlemen's Association -- a subscription pocket square service. Seriously. Not even I am that fancy, and y'all know I roll deep fancy.

Watch How a Bioluminescence Expert Catches a Giant Squid

Giant squid have been the object of fascination for millennia; they may have even provided the origin for the legendary Nordic sea monsters known as the Kraken. But no one had captured them in their natural environment on video until 2012, when marine biologist and bioluminescence expert Edith Widder snagged the first-ever images off Japan's Ogasawara Islands [PDF]. Widder figured out that previous dives—which tended to bring down a ton of gear and bright lights—were scaring all the creatures away. (Slate compares it to "the equivalent of coming into a darkened theater and shining a spotlight at the audience.")

In this clip from BBC Earth Unplugged, Widder explains how the innovative camera-and-lure combo she devised, known as the Eye-in-the-Sea, finally accomplished the job by using red lights (which most deep-sea creatures can't see) and an electronic jellyfish (called the e-jelly) with a flashy light show just right to lure in predators like Architeuthis dux. "I've tried a bunch of different things over the years to try to be able to talk to the animals," Widder says in the video, "and with the e-jelly, I feel like I'm finally making some progress."

[h/t The Kid Should See This]

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How Accurate are Hollywood Medical Dramas? A Doctor Breaks It Down
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Medical dramas like Grey's Anatomy get a lot of things wrong when it comes to the procedures shown on the screen, but unless you're a doctor, you'd probably never notice.

For its latest installment, WIRED's Technique Critique video series—which previously blessed us with a dialect coach's critique of actors' onscreen accents—tackled the accuracy of medical scenes in movies and TV, bringing in Annie Onishi, a general surgery resident at Columbia University, to comment on emergency room and operating scenes from Pulp Fiction, House, Scrubs, and more.

While Onishi breaks down just how inaccurate these shows and movies can be, she makes it clear that Hollywood doesn't always get it wrong. Some shows, including Showtime's historical drama The Knick, garner praise from Onishi for being true-to-life with their medical jargon and operations. And when doctors discuss what music to play during surgery on Scrubs? That's "a tale as old as time in the O.R.," according to Onishi.

Other tropes are very obviously ridiculous, like slapping a patient during CPR and telling them to fight, which we see in a scene from The Abyss. "Rule number one of CPR is: never stop effective chest compressions in order to slap or yell words of encouragement at the patient," Onishi says. "Yelling at a patient or cheering them on has never brought them back to life." And obviously, taking selfies in the operating room in the middle of a grisly operation like the doctors on Grey's Anatomy do would get you fired in real life.

There are plenty of cliché words and phrases we hear over and over on doctor shows, and some are more accurate than others. Asking about a patient's vitals is authentic, according to Onishi, who says it's something doctors are always concerned with. However, yelling "We're losing him!" is simply for added TV drama. "I have never once heard that in my real life," Onishi says.

[h/t WIRED]


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