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Ernie Ball Music Man

St. Vincent Designed a Guitar to Better Fit a Woman’s Body

Ernie Ball Music Man
Ernie Ball Music Man

So often, products designed “just for women” are nothing more than the original, painted pink (sometimes purple!). But there are a few legitimate reasons to buy something built just for women. Say, when it has to fit across your body, which is shaped pretty differently than the average dude’s. 

Guitar goddess Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent, has designed a new guitar with instrument manufacturer Ernie Ball Music Man, and the signature axe is designed to fit her body—meaning it’s also good for other people who are small, have boobs, or otherwise aren’t catered to by the average guitar design. 

I’m not a very big person,” Clark told Guitar World. “I can’t even play a Sixties Strat or Seventies Les Paul. I would need to travel with a chiropractor on tour in order to play those guitars.” At seven pounds, St. Vincent's guitar is relatively light, with a medium-sized fretboard for smaller hands. The body is narrower than most too, which means that she can shred comfortably (in her words: “there is room for a breast”) and still show the waistline of her elaborate on-stage costumes. 

While there are some manufacturers that specialize in guitars for smaller bodies, not many women in rock have their own signature designs. St. Vincent’s is a welcome new option for ladies who don’t want to break their backs nailing that sick solo. 

It sells for a cool $1900 here.

[h/t Co.Exist]

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The North Face's New Geodesic Dome Tent Will Protect You in 60 mph Wind
The North Face
The North Face

You can find camping tents designed for easy set-up, large crowds, and sustainability, but when it comes to strength, there’s only so much abuse a foldable structure can take. Now, The North Face is pushing the limits of tent durability with a reimagined design. According to inhabitat, the Geodome 4 relies on its distinctive geodesic shape to survive wind gusts approaching hurricane strength.

Instead of the classic arching tent structure, the Geodome balloons outward like a globe. It owes its unique design to the five main poles and one equator pole that hold it in place. Packed up, the gear weighs just over 24 pounds, making it a practical option for car campers and four-season adventurers. When it’s erected, campers have floor space measuring roughly 7 feet by 7.5 feet, enough to sleep four people, and 6 feet and 9 inches of space from ground to ceiling if they want to stand. Hooks attached to the top create a system for gear storage.

While it works in mild conditions, the tent should really appeal to campers who like to trek through harsher weather. Geodesic domes are formed from interlocking triangles. A triangle’s fixed angles make it one of the strongest shapes in engineering, and when used in domes, triangles lend this strength to the overall structure. In the case of the tent, this means that the dome will maintain its form in winds reaching speeds of 60 mph. Meanwhile, the double-layered, water-resistant exterior keeps campers dry as they wait out the storm.

The Geodome 4 is set to sell for $1635 when it goes on sale in Japan this March. In the meantime, outdoorsy types in the U.S. will just have to wait until the innovative product expands to international markets.

[h/t inhabitat]

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These Are the 157 New Emojis Coming to Your Phone
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Emojipedia

If words alone aren’t enough to express yourself while texting, there are now new emojis at your disposable. As Slate reports, the roster of flags, smiley faces, and random sports equipment just grew by 157 pictographs. After receiving the stamp of approval from the Unicode consortium, these emojis will soon be making an appearance on your keyboard.

The release of the redhead emoji has been long-anticipated, but this newest batch includes curly hairstyles as well for the many people without straight locks. Texters also now have the choice of gray hair or no hair at all when designing their emoji avatars.

Other human-related additions include superhero and super villain emojis in various skin tones and hairdos. There are 10 new animal emojis, including a badger, a peacock, a lobster, and a kangaroo, as well as six new food emojis, like a cupcake, a mango, and a lettuce leaf.

People who prefer classic smiley-face emojis will be happy to see the six new options in that category: cold face, hot face, partying face, pleading face, woozy face, and smiling face with four hearts. Along with these come plenty of new entries, like the dismembered leg, petri dish, abacus, safety pin, and lacrosse stick.

After announcing the initial designs on February 7, the emoji-standardizing team at Unicode will vote on the final versions in June before they’re made available to phone companies.

[h/t Slate]

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