Good morning. J Press sent me the rendering for the new store. Here:
I have learned an amazing thing for those of us who wear glasses and order online. I wear progressives (bifocals without the line) and I wear them pretty much all the time. I’m no Oprah (different glasses for every outfit) but I do have a rotation, depending. I started ordering online during Covid and found that you can get decent progressives for not a lot of money. BUT. Sometimes they fit, sometimes they don’t so much. Same with sunglasses. Love sunglasses. HATE sliding sunglasses. Oily T Zone. It haunts me.
Found a solution. I wouldn’t do this with any glasses that I spent bigger bucks on, although the fellas in this charming video do. First, you know that rubber tacky (sticky, not ugly) material that sports glasses put on the nose pads and the part of the arm that goes over the ear? It is this. Polyolefin.
Polyolefin has two amazing properties. First, it is resistant to moisture and slippage. It’ll move, you have have to work to get it to. For sure. The second is that it shrinks when you apply heat to it. So it is essentially non-slip shrink wrap. See where I am going with this?
This is a Wagner Heat Gun. I got mine for $23 at Home Depot.
But don’t sweat. (That was a really sh&*y heat gun joke for which I am already sorry). You can use a blow dryer. It takes a minute longer, but who cares. What you do is cut the tubing with scissors to whatever length you want, slide it over the ear part of the glasses, and then use the heat gun or the blow dryer to shrink it around. Friends, it works. Two other important things – no one else can see it, and you don’t feel it. I practiced on an old pair of glasses, and when I say practiced I took :30 to see how hot everything got and how long it takes. It seriously takes less than a minute, and that is if you are going really slow.
This video from 2012 is hilarious – it is kind of if Wayne’s World started a Life Hacks segment. But they show you how to do it. Here’s a link, CLICK THIS.
Here’s what it looks like on one of my glasses. Again, no one sees it, and you don’t feel it, and your glasses stop slipping.
Finally, thank you for sending me this article on Dark Academia from CNN. If you are interested, you can read it here.
Or I can spare you, and sum it up. Dark Academia is when people who go to college wear Ivy or Degage clothes. It has a plus side, it looks good, it has a down side but the article then gets so off the rails that I don’t get it. That’s the summary.
Of course, there are the obligatory Dead Poets Society pictures. There’s Carpe Dieming, and then there is knowing when to let go. I love the clothes in Dead Poets Society as much as the next public school guy who lived near a good private school, but (1) that’s not Dark Academia, that’s Academia and (2) using Dead Poets Society to illustrate Ivy in academic fashion is like using Moby Dick to teach whaling.
Is it possible that CNN had to literally blow the dust off of a digital photo to post this article?
You are CNN. Go to a college, take a picture. Unless, as I suspect, you can’t because this whole Dark Academia thing, which was covered to a large extent already on this site, is very hard to find in real life.
OH AND MY FAVORITE THING today is people who write me, “this is what kids are wearing on campuses” when they themselves haven’t been to a campus. Like, well, CNN.