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No one will complain when your shirt is inside-out.

Science & Nature Essay
Written by Nathan Mattise

I’m not wearing green despite being home for parade day in Scranton (note: Syracuse celebrating as well). My attire is better suited for SxSw,  a dream roadtrip for me and a conference focusing on technology with a major concert lineup attached. Folks are down in Austin, Tx. right now discussing the next social media tools to engage the masses or how the iPad 2.0 and other venues might be able to (financially) save journalism.

I doubt this idea could save any industry, but it’s an innovative approach to print journalism I was pumped to receive as a gift this past winter.

TPost Mag is a Sweedish print outlet. They operate on subscriptions like any other magazine but instead of printing on newsprint or glossy, they utilize t-shirts that are then designed as art to compliment an article. That makes the above quartet much more respectable than any regular novelty tees. They’re also incredibly effective gifts for nerdy wanna-be journalists.

The articles so far aren’t half bad and it’s easy to talk you into supporting an org who’s trying something different. I’ve often wondered why a struggling magazine or newspaper doesn’t branch out and use their brand to offer related services that customers will trust (Food & Wine wines, SPIN sponsored concerts or produced albums, NY Times series of speakers, etc.). Most probably don’t innovate in this manner thinking it jeopardizes journalistic integrity. Printing on tees doesn’t come close to that, rather it simply adds a degree of edge and innovation that’s easy to get behind (or within I suppose, it is a shirt after all).

(Links today from TPostMag.com)

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Kids gifts that will keep them (and you) cool.

Sports & Leisure Essay
Written by Nathan Mattise

I’ve been trying to steer my youngest sister towards the current and creative since she was born. For every Miley Cyrus or other Disney queen tune she’d like we’d slip Phantogram in there just the same.  Her easy bake oven escapades had to be filmed with The Flaming Lips as a soundtrack, her holiday cards are made as if she was an amateur typographer.  You can imagine there’s a lot of pressure to gift well when the occasion arises. No simple Barbie will do.

With sis’s BDay on the horizon, here are five children’s gifts I found while on the hunt. They’re all guaranteed to help the young one in your life stay edgy while making sure you stay cool to the ones who matter most.

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CNY’s Greatest Athletic Competition

Geography and Sports & Leisure Essay
Video and captions by Nathan Mattise

There were a lot of online entities looking for submissions lately – 48Hr Magazine or Tokyo Police Club for instance. Luckily, cameras were rolling when a three-man team and their coach from Syracuse went west to tackle CNY’s greatest athletic challenge… the Garbage Plate Run.

(Yep, it involves those garbage plates).

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Another tale of an unanswered message to celebrity.

Science & Nature Essay
Written by Nathan Mattise

Yesterday I finally gave in to the what I perceived as the most pathetic ‘net trend around.

It wasn’t entry to a complicated Facebook relationship. I didn’t post self-taken photos  from an above/right angle on my MySpace. My AIM away messages aren’t currently littered with coded messages expressing angst, sadness or other emotions too deep to make so readily public.

I did, however, finally attempt to direct tweet someone famous. Continue reading

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A quick glimpse into the Radiohead classroom.

Entertainment Essay
Written by Nathan Mattise

For two weeks in May I got to live out my academic dream. I had the opportunity to intensely pursue some  facet of pop-culture that was seemingly meaningless to some but promised deeper meanings for those passionate  enough to analytically pursue it.

MHL 500: The Music of Radiohead – Chuck Klosterman would be proud.

Critically thinking about pop-culture is a beautiful thing. In my Radiohead class, an incredibly diverse group of students united (for two weeks, four hours a day) because of their love of a single band (or in the case of others, their intrigue in a band everyone said to love). Individuals I could never see participating to the fullest extent in some Biology or Calculus class were doing required readings and listenings, adding to the discussions in class and getting genuinely excited about exploring research paper topics. In a weird way,  The Music of Radiohead was the most perfect classroom I ever participated in. Continue reading

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Five Signs: You’re in Arizona (mostly in Tucson).

Geography Essay
Photos and captions by Nathan Mattise

College (and post-college limbo) is a time for excessive sleeping, partying, *studying*…. and traveling. It’s one of the finer points of college because there are no real commitments to hold you back. So in the spirit of a good roadtrip, In the Pursuit of the Trivial offers the Five Signs series. It’s a photo-documentary account from an exotic location done through the signs ready to greet every and all tourists. Today, welcome to Arizona (specifically Tucson and the Phoenix Airport).

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Four Signs: You’re in Chittenango, N.Y.

Geography Essay
Photos and captions by Nathan Mattise

College (and post-college limbo) is a time for excessive sleeping, partying, *studying*…. and traveling. It’s one of the finer points of college because there are no real commitments to hold you back. So in the spirit of good roadtrip, In the Pursuit of the Trivial offers the Five Signs series. It’s a photo-documentary account from an exotic location done through the signs ready to greet every and all tourists. Today, welcome to Chittenango, N.Y. – childhood home of Frank Baum, author of The Wizard of Oz.

There was a tornado on the day of my visit, but since I couldn’t make it to Oz-Fest in two weeks a journey to Chittenango had to come early. If I had another two weeks, maybe we could get a fifth sign in here. Continue reading

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