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How to Watch Rihanna’s Star-Studded Savage X Fenty Show Online

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Rihanna’s upcoming Savage X Fenty Show will be her biggest, most star-studded one yet.

Nas, Daddy Yankee, Normani and Ricky Martin are among the artists performing at this year’s fashion show, premiering exclusively on Amazon Prime September 24.  Other bold-faced names such as Erykah Badu, Vanessa Hudgens and Troye Sivan are also set to make appearances.



Friday’s show will be the third time Rihanna’s lingerie brand has teamed up with Amazon for a “NSFW” virtual show, where the Grammy winner and entrepreneur debuts the brand’s newest lingerie lines. The “Savage X Fenty Vol. 2” show even earned the singer an Emmy nomination last year.

Amazon released a teaser for the show this week, featuring vibrant clips of well-choreographed dances and theatrical performances from this year’s star lineup. In addition to impressive performances, the event also boasts top models such as Gigi Hadid, Irina Shaynk, Cindy Crawford and Emily Ratajkowski, who will strut the newest pieces from the 2021 collection. The line will be available to shop at the Amazon Fashion Store and Savage X Fenty the same day.

Rihanna shared the trailer among other teasers to her own Instagram this week. In one BTS shots, she writes, “me waiting for vol. 3 to drop knowing ya’ll ain’t ready.”

The video was filmed at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, whose 1970s architecture was a major source of inspiration for the collection. “The inspiration really came from this venue,” Rihanna told “Vogue.” “When I saw this place, I got so excited about what we could do here. It just made me get inspired and creative. We’re using the entire space — inside, outside, rooftop, helipad. The beauty of the space is so intense that we didn’t want to hide anything.”

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The Water Situation Is Bad, and Californians Are Barely Cutting Their Consumption

Despite Governor Gavin Newsom kicking off the summer by begging Californians to use 15 percent less water thanks to a drought state of emergency, water officials announced Tuesday that statewide use was reduced by a meager 1.8 percent in July over last year, and warned that this seemingly unquenchable thirst may have dire consequences in the not-at-all-distant future.

As CalMatters reports, the Department of Water Resources alerted water suppliers south of the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta that their allotments—already cut to 5 percent this year—might be slashed to zero next year. The department further warned that this liquid austerity could extend to settlement contractors, users whose claims to state water predates the current system of aqueducts, reservoirs, and canals.

With extreme or worse drought conditions in 90 percent of the state, DWR director Karla Nemeth put it bluntly at Tuesday’s meeting of the State Water Resources Control Board.

“The challenge is, there is no water,” she said. “We’re planning for the worst, but we are hoping for something better.”

Reflecting on the so-far lackluster conservation efforts, Control Board chair Joaquin Esquivel told reporters at a Monday press conference, “I’m not here to say 1.8 is a good number. We’re going to have to continue to dig in deeper and look forward to seeing what the numbers show then in August.”

As for what the next steps could be, Esquivel says the board is mulling the current data.

“We need to continue to see that response and decision-making,” he said, “and the state’s here to make sure that if we need to go mandatory, that’s where we’re going.”

Not everyone was derelict in their consumption curbing. The North Coast boasted a nearly 18 percent reduction in use for July 2021 over last year, while Healdsburg in Sonoma County won the state by cutting its water use by more than half and Cloverdale slashed its usage 37 percent. Both cities enacted mandatory water-use restrictions.

On the other hand, SoCal made a sad showing, with areas including Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, and Ventura counties saving just 0.1 percent in July 2021 over July 2020. In fact, roughly 40 percent of water suppliers in the area actually used more water.

Some of the worst water-suckers were El Segundo, up 31 percent since last year; the Mission Viejo-Laguna Niguel area, which guzzled 15 percent more; while the cities of Downey and Poway and the Casitas district in Ventura were all up 14 percent. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the city of San Diego, meanwhile, used about 1 percent more than in 2020.


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Discovery, Samsung, NBA, NBC News, EY Execs Join ‘Home Sweet Digital Home – Advancing the Modern Audience Experience’ Panel

Variety will host “Home Sweet Digital Home – Advancing the Modern Audience Experience” airing October 6 in the Variety Streaming Room, presented by EY, at 9:30 a.m. PT.  

The panel will explore how media companies are staying ahead of audience consumption preferences with the launch of many new digital platforms, channels and services over the past year. How are platforms encouraging loyalty and stickiness with audiences? Find out about how TV leaders are succeeding in the ultra-competitive landscape of the digital home.  

Panelists include John Harrison, Americas Sector Leader, Media & Entertainment, EY; Sang Kim, SVP Product and Marketing, Samsung Electronics; Janelle Rodriguez, SVP NBC News, and Head of NBC News Now; Sara Zuckert, VP and Head of Next Gen Telecast, NBA; and Michael Bishara, GM, Direct-to-Consumer, Discovery, Inc..  

To join these media leaders as they discuss their path forward, register here:  variety.com/modernaudiencepanel 

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Scenes From D CEO‘s 2021 Power Brokers Awards

Each year, D CEO recognizes the region’s top real estate pros who generate the most revenue for their companies with the Power Broker Award. This year, 92 firms employing 2,243 licensed brokers participated in the study, with data based on 2020 production numbers. Members of the 2021 class were celebrated on September 14 at The Bank of America Plaza at an event in their honor.

The evening celebration featured delicious food from Two Sisters catering and live entertainment provided by Justin Cash. D CEO Editor Christine Perez and Commercial Real Estate Editor Bianca R. Montes congratulated the attendees on their success during an anything-but-normal year.

Depending on a broker’s area of specialty, this last year or so has either been incredibly active or a real challenge. But Dallas is no stranger to wild swings in commercial real estate. This market continues to be one of the best in the country, from office to retail to industrial, multifamily, and more.

Thank you to our title sponsor, Capital Title, and signature sponsors City of Allen, Corgan, and Downtown Dallas, Inc. for making this celebration possible. Congratulations to all the winners, who were previously featured in the March 2021 issue of D CEO.

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Delta 5’s Julz Sale, Singer of ‘Mind Your Own Business,’ Dies

Julz Sale, co-founder and singer of Delta 5, whose 1980 indie hit “Mind Your Own Business” saw an unexpected revival when it was used in an Apple ad earlier this year, has died, Variety has confirmed via the band’s U.S. label. Her age and the circumstances of her death had not been announced at the time of this article’s publication.

Sale (pictured above, center, circa 1980) later worked at the Rough Trade record label in the U.K., which paid tribute to her on social media Wednesday. The label had released all of the band’s material in the U.K.

“We are very sad to learn of the passing of Julz Sale, Delta 5 founding member and former employee of the Rough Trade label,” the post reads.

“Mind Your Own Business” was the first single by Delta 5, which grew out of the late ‘70s Leeds University art-school scene that spawned post-punk luminaries like Gang of Four and the Mekons. Unusually, the group had two bassists, and the song is built around a driving beat, throbbing bassline (oddly reminiscent of the Slits’ cover of “Heard It Through the Grapevine,” released around the same time), stabs of grating, Gang of Four-like guitar and chanted, in-your-face vocals. The group achieved some indie acclaim in the U.K. and U.S., but split in 1981 after a lukewarm response to its debut album, “See the Whirl.”

However, the song and the group acquired a cult following over the years, with a handful of indie covers and occasional airplay on alternative radio, and a compilation was released in 2006 on the long-running indie label Kill Rock Stars — which is essentially how the song landed in Apple’s “Privacy on iPhone” ad, which debuted in May and aired regularly throughout the spring and summer. A rep for the band’s U.S. label, Kill Rock Stars, confirmed to Variety that the band holds the song’s copyright, approved the use and “they will be getting paid.”

Variety will have information as it becomes available.

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Melvin Van Peebles, Influential Director, Actor and Writer, Dies at 89

Melvin Van Peebles, the influential filmmaker behind “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadassss Song,” and father of director and actor Mario Van Peebles, has died. He was 89.

“Sweet Sweetback” was a groundbreaking film a few times over. Van Peebles financed and released the film independently, paving the way for an entire ecosystem of indie cinema. Because he couldn’t afford a traditional marketing campaign, he used the film’s soundtrack album to build awareness for the movie. And most crucially, he proved that films by Black filmmakers about Black life in America could be a profitable endeavor, presaging the explosion in Blaxploitation cinema of the 1970s.

“Dad knew that Black images matter,” Mario Van Peebles said in a statement from the Criterion Collection. “If a picture is worth a thousand words, what was a movie worth? We want to be the success we see, thus we need to see ourselves being free. True liberation did not mean imitating the colonizer’s mentality. It meant appreciating the power, beauty and interconnectivity of all people.”

“Sweet Sweetback” will be screened at the New York Film Festival this week for a 50th anniversary tribute. “In an unparalleled career distinguished by relentless innovation, boundless curiosity and spiritual empathy, Melvin Van Peebles made an indelible mark on the international cultural landscape through his films, novels, plays and music,” the Criterion Collection said.

Melvin and Mario Van Peebles teamed on the 1989 film “Identity Crisis,” with Melvin directing and Mario scripting and starring as a rapper possessed by the soul of a dead fashion designer. Melvin appeared in the 1993 Mario Van Peebles-directed “Posse,” in which Mario also starred, as well as in Mario’s Black Panther drama “Panther” (1995), with Melvin adapting the script from his own novel, the Mario Van Peebles-directed “Love Kills (1998) and the Mario-directed “Redemption Road” (2010).

Melvin Van Peebles also acted in the work of others, appearing in the 1991 feature comedy “True Identity”; Reginald Hudlin’s Eddie Murphy vehicle “Boomerang” (1992); big-budget Arnold Schwarzenegger action film “Last Action Hero” (1993); Charlie Sheen action film “Terminal Velocity” (1994); 2003 comedy “The Hebrew Hammer,” in which Melvin reprised the role of Sweetback and Mario also appeared; and Tina Gordon Chism’s 2013 romantic comedy “Peeples,” in which he played Grandpa Peeples.

In 1988 Mario Van Peebles starred in the brief NBC sitcom “Sonny Spoon,” about a private detective, in which his father was also a series regular as the private eye’s bar-owning father. On TV he also made guest appearances on series including “In the Heat of the Night,” “Dream On,” “Living Single” and “Homicide: Life on the Street.”

In “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song,” which Van Peebles wrote and directed, dedicating the film to “all of the Black brothers and sisters who have had enough of the Man,” Van Peebles starred as the title character, an orphan (portrayed as a child by Van Peebles’ son Mario) raised in a California bordello, where he does menial tasks and grows up to appear in live sex shows there; one day he’s told to ride along with two crooked detectives (who collect protection money from the whorehouse and elsewhere), and they end up beating a Black militant. Sweetback finally decides he’s had enough and attacks the cops, saving the Black militant; from that point the film focuses on Sweetback’s flight to the Mexican border.

Van Peebles employed a variety of interesting effects, including a great deal of hand-held work “to help express the paranoid nightmare that the fugitive’s life had become,” according to the book “The 50 Most Influential Black Films: A Celebration of African-American Talent, Determination, and Creativity.”

Produced on a total budget of $500,000, “Sweetback” saw box office of $10 million, according to “The 50 Most Influential Black Films”; a few months after, the studio-made, Gordon Parks-directed “Shaft,” starring Richard Roundtree, was released and became a significant success.

“Sweetback” and “Shaft,” together with the following year’s “Superfly,” directed by Gordon Parks Jr., are generally regarded as having together given birth to the Blaxploitation genre.

Van Peebles, however, was critical of many Blaxploitation films for being devoid of political content.

Columbia had offered Van Peebles a three-picture contract on the strength of his previous film “Watermelon Man,” but neither Columbia nor any other other studio would finance the film project that would become “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadassss Song,” so he did so himself; Bill Cosby loaned him $50,000 to complete the project.

The soundtrack to the film, featuring Earth, Wind & Fire, was released prior to the film itself in order to generate publicity and word of mouth.

When “Sweetback” drew an X rating from the MPAA, Van Peebles cleverly transformed this significant hindrance to any film’s box office prospects into an advertising tagline that played well with his target audience — “Rated X by an all white jury” — and declared, “Should the rest of the community submit to your censorship that is its business, but White standards shall no longer be imposed on the Black community.”

“Sweetback” drew a mixed critical response. The New York Times wrote a devastating review upon its release, but in a 1995 reappraisal, Stephen Holden wrote, “This sulphurous nightmare of racial paranoia and revenge eclipses even ‘Reservoir Dogs’ in evoking a world of infinite seaminess, injustice and cruelty. Mr. Van Peebles’s film was not only the granddaddy of (Blaxploitation films) but also the most innovative and politically inflammatory.”

In 2003 Mario Van Peebles directed the film “Baadassss!,” which was both a documentary and an homage to his father’s “Sweetback.”

The multitalented Melvin Van Peebles had four shows on Broadway, the first of which was “Ain’t Suppose to Die a Natural Death,” for which he wrote the book, music and lyrics; it started Off Broadway and ran for a total of 325 performances in 1971-72. The musical, which contained material from his three albums “Brer Soul,” “Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death” and “As Serious as a Heart-Attack,” was Tony nominated for best musical, and Van Peebles was nominated for best book of a musical and best original score, while the musical also received nominations for direction, scenic design and set design.

For his next musical the following year, Van Peebles took more control, not only penning the book, music and lyrics but also producing and directing. “Don’t Play Us Cheap!” earned him another Tony nomination, for book of a musical, and in 1973 he adapted it into a film.

For 1980’s “Reggae: A Musical Revelation,” Van Peebles contributed only the book, but two years later, the original comedy with music “Waltz of the Stork,” with book, music and lyrics by Van Peebles, produced and directed by Van Peebles and starring Van Peebles, ran for 156 performances.  (Mario contributed background vocals and appeared in drag in some scenes.) Van Peebles turned “Waltz of the Stork” into the 2008 film “Confessionsofa Ex-Doofus-ItchyFooted Mutha,” which screened at the Tribeca Film Festival.

For the “CBS Schoolbreak Special” episode “The Day They Came to Arrest the Books,” Van Peebles won a Daytime Emmy in 1987  for outstanding writing in a children’s special and also won a Humanitas Prize.

Melvin Van Peebles was born in Chicago and attended West Virginia State College and then Ohio Wesleyan University, where he earned a B.A. in English literature. He served in the Air Force as a navigator-bombardier for three years.

Van Peebles experimented with career as a painter, and, growing appalled by the racist portrayal of African Americans in movies, made some film shorts as an amateur in the late ’50s and early ’60s. He did stints as a postal worker and, in San Francisco, a cable-car grip — about which he wrote his first book, “The Big Heart,” in 1957. He spent some time in Mexico; in Holland he studied astronomy at the University of Amsterdam and acting at the Dutch National Theater.

The Cinematheque Francaise invited Van Peebles to screen his shorts at its theater in Paris, where he spent some time as a street entertainer and wrote five novels (in English); the last of these books, “La Permission,” enabled his admission to the French Cinema Center as a director and led to a grant of  $70,000. While still in Paris he adapted this novel into his first feature-length film, the Van Peebles-written and -directed “The Story of a Three-Day Pass” (1968), which concerned an interracial love story and addressed racism — a Black soldier is involved with a white girl and demoted as a result.

“The Story of a Three-Day Pass” led to his first directing assignment in the U.S.: “Watermelon Man,” a comedy about a bigoted white man who’s turned into a Black man (played by comedian Godfrey Cambridge) overnight. His wife was played by Estelle Parsons.

Joe Angio’s 2005 documentary “How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It)” recounted the roller-coaster life of Van Peebles.

Van Peebles was married once, to the German-born actress and photographer Maria Marx, in the 1950s, but the marriage ended in divorce after several years.

In addition to son Mario, he is survived by daughter Megan Van Peebles, an occasional actress, and son Max Van Peebles, an occasional actor and assistant director, and grandchildren.

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The Dallas Police Department Will Get the Overtime Money It Wants

Between 2011 and 2019, the Dallas Police Department shrunk by about 444 officers, a more than 12 percent reduction in the size of the city’s police force. In that same time period, spending on police overtime increased by 676 percent. 

It’s a number that helps explain why, in the $4.35 billion city budget being adopted by the Dallas City Council on Wednesday, it was $10 million in police overtime spending that proved the most controversial.

But it’s not a number that tells the full story, Police Chief Eddie Garcia told council members. Garcia, who took over as the city’s top cop earlier this year, rattled off some numbers of his own: since 2015, a 30 percent increase in police salaries, a 10 percent increase in high-priority 911 calls, a 30 percent increase in violent crime.

He said his officers need all the $28 million in overtime the department is budgeting for, including $10 million that a slim majority of the City Council voted two weeks ago to put into a special reserve fund. To get at that money, police officials would have to come to the council and explain their overtime spending. 

Except that on Wednesday, the City Council—this time in a 12-3 vote—decided to put that $10 million back into the main overtime account for the police department. Police officials won’t have to ask for it.

What changed in the last two weeks? Political pressure. A different understanding of a new state law that effectively threatens cities that reduce their police budgets. Also, more numbers. Sorry about all the numbers.

Overtime spending by the Dallas Police Department over the last 10 years.

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After the council’s first vote on overtime spending, City Auditor Mark Swann released a preliminary audit reviewing police overtime over the last several years. Swann and his team reviewed 339 overtime transactions for the audit.

Of the 151 that had supporting documentation, there was no evidence of “waste or abuse,” according to the audit. Questioned by council members Wednesday, Swann acknowledged that left about 56 percent of the reviewed transactions without full documentation, and that there was a risk something was missing from those cases.

“We will acknowledge there’s a risk because there’s no documentation to support that there is no waste or abuse” Swann said. “But there is no documentation to support that there is waste or abuse.”

However, Swann told council members, 88 percent of all of the transactions reviewed had supervisor approval, which he called the “main control” for determining whether overtime spending was appropriate. 

Mayor Pro Tem Chad West did the rest of the math, noting that left 12 percent of the overtime transactions reviewed by auditors completely unaccounted for.

“If this were any other department, we would all be tearing them up for their lack of checks and balances on overtime,” said West, who had the support of seven of his colleagues when he first proposed the budget amendment that would have locked $10 million in overtime spending behind a kind of a “checkpoint.”

On Wednesday, only Council members Paul Ridley and Jaime Resendez voted with West against peeling off that amendment.

“It doesn’t help to just throw money at an overtime fund without asking what it’s going to be used for,” Ridley said.

Mayor Eric Johnson has pointed to the release of the audit as evidence that West’s amendment creates unnecessary red tape for the police department. Council member Cara Mendelsohn, who often allies with the mayor on public safety issues and favors increased police spending, described the debate surrounding overtime as “a budget game, a political game.”

Other council members who initially voted with West have said they misunderstood how his amendment would have played in Austin, where state lawmakers will likely look for any excuse to use a new law that punishes cities for anything that even resembles taking money away from police departments.

Others, although they might not say it aloud, likely feared being painted as anti-police in overheated—and inaccurate—political rhetoric about “defunding” law enforcement.

Because the police department is not any other department. Public safety takes up the largest part of the city’s budget and often occupies a lot of real estate in the minds of people who vote in City Council elections. 

In budget discussions, almost every council member feels obligated to take pains explaining their support for the police and for Garcia. Every council member has backed a 10 percent increase in public safety spending, which will pay for the hiring of hundreds of new officers, new squad cars, and an expansion of the RIGHT Care program, which pairs officers with social workers on calls regarding mental health emergencies. The department’s overall budget for 2022 will come in at about $550 million.

“I do not believe that supporting public safety and calling for accountability are mutually exclusive requests,” West said. “Our residents want a strong police force and financial responsibility.”

There is still a chance they’ll get both. Councilman Adam McGough, who chairs the council’s public safety committee, said there was no reason not to give the department the overtime it was asking for now, but that “we’ll look closely at how overtime is spent.”

The city auditor’s final report should also include recommendations on how the department can improve its record keeping.

“I look forward to the audit being complete and recommendations we can have to ensure we are all accountable to the residents of Dallas that we’re using this money wisely,” Garcia said.

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The Quintessence of Place

Earlier this year, I wrote about the micro-level of place, which for architects and interior designers who focus on corporate design, is workplace and the immediate environs that support it.  Now, I want to zoom out to the macro level, perhaps in a space that is much more comfortable to me personally as an architect.

Andrew Bennett, BOKA Powell

Placemaking relates to a broad spectrum of environments. The desire to create new destinations is inspired perhaps by the organic development of grand and memorable locations that are indelible to our minds. Examples might be the Sydney Harbor, the Champs-Élysées, or Times Square.

Recently, while working on a new urbanist neighborhood in Denver, my team and I reminded ourselves about the magic of places like Venice, Italy, the Greek island of Santorini, or Savannah, Georgia to name a few. Again, those places were shaped by many factors over many years and evolved organically, yet with a spirit so strong that they have become the epitome of a place people will circle the globe to visit or live in.

Architects share a responsibility with urban planners and, in fact, the whole universe of development contributors to focus on a process of shaping the built environment in maybe not so magical and organic a manner as the examples listed above.

The challenge therein becomes balancing broader goals of placemaking with the specifics of maybe a singular site and the real-world factors of putting together real estate deals. Who could have predicted the immense value of Klyde Warren Park or the Katy Trail in defining the ethos of Dallas?

The real estate values of the properties that line the Katy Trail have soared and the connectivity that Klyde Warren Park created between the Dallas Central Business District and Uptown has ignited the energy levels around those areas to define a true heart for Dallas. Notice the obvious though: the making of those places did not occur through traditional development. That is to say, all the positive economic impact on the real estate around those character-rich environments is because of what they enhance in relationship to living one’s life – places that do not generate even one dollar save for the generous giving of their supporters.

It does not matter if you are designing an office building in urban Dallas or a boutique hotel in the Ozarks, the experience of place will be shaped by the poetic narrative that a dedicated design team will use to tell a story

Andrew Bennett

Other noted examples in North Texas built on revenue-generating spaces are Sundance Square in Fort Worth and more fabricated places such as Southlake Town Square, Legacy West, or Watters Creek in Allen. Those have the ingredient of the overused term “mixed-use” in common, but by the inclusion of the characteristics of live, work, play, and even perhaps learning, weave the spirit of placemaking together with varying degrees of success.

And speaking of learning, perhaps it is worthy of providing the context and the core reason I am attracted to placemaking and my own genesis of finding place. I was raised in Dallas (North Dallas specifically) in the 70s and early 80s and moved to Austin for my architectural studies. It was there on the classically planned campus of the University of Texas at Austin where I first understood the magic of place and the influence it can have on people. Couple that with the Austin scene anchored by the State Capitol building, Ladybird Lake (Town Lake in my day), and Zilker Park, and one might understand the immense influence and the aura strong placemaking has on one’s wellbeing.

Fabricating places from a blank canvas through intentional decision-making is quite challenging, and often the results are plastic or vanilla. I am not sure how many more “town centers” that DFW can handle. Curating the ingredients of these mixed-use environments is a voodoo art at best. On the flip side of the themed and fabricated is the renaissance of real neighborhoods within DFW. Dallas, which I know better than others, has benefited from older neighborhoods like Bishop Arts, the Cedars, Deep Ellum, and Knox Henderson doubling down on bringing holistic living to those areas.

Even our own Central Business District has more residents than ever and a new pumping heart of energy in the AT&T Discovery District. It may seem counter-intuitive, but a well-crafted open space with the right vibe creates new and sustained energy where people want to just be.

While Klyde Warren Park brought a vibrant connection to Uptown, the potential removal of the brutal overhead Interstate 345 on the other side of Downtown could make the urban core and places like the Farmers Market and East Quarter more connected to Deep Ellum, Fair Park, and beyond.

Placemaking has many ingredients. Walkability has become vital to towns and cities in the U.S. and indeed everywhere in the world. Authenticity and being genuine only serve to enhance, and Texas has a regional pride that is exemplified in our placemaking from the music halls and the courtyard squares of our smaller towns to the epic and romantic qualities of the San Antonio Riverwalk or the Stockyards District in Fort Worth.

The rich and varied tapestry of place can be found in the myriad of decisions that designers make from scale of every physical piece of structure, solar orientation, and material decisions that range from high contrasting variety to a connected similarity from simplified and elegant palettes.

Victory Commons

Just as I used images of our latest urban office project, Victory Commons One, to support the notion of an evolving workplace, the spirit of that place will perhaps be best anchored by the new one-acre park at its lobby doorstep —or if we are really lucky, the bracketing of the park on the south end and the purposefully planned Biergarten on the north end of the retail base. Often we describe the outdoor spaces leading to our built edifices as “the space between.” Another common thread to all of the examples given here is the fabric of the outdoors, the planting, hardscapes, lighting, and even wayfinding and branding of place.

By now, you may note that the observations I have made are more practical than profound – a desire to bring more awareness of the challenge of curating a designed environment over those that grow organically. I believe that we are inspired by the gravitas of great places, but what is the quintessence?

I believe that the quintessence of place is the experiences it imbues in one willing to take it in. That can come in the mundane nature of where one might work all the way to the fantastical escape we take on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. Great experiences are that simple but extremely hard to achieve. The experiences become indelible in our minds, and we naturally want to repeat those positive feelings over and over.

It does not matter if you are designing an office building in urban Dallas or a boutique hotel in the Ozarks, the experience of place will be shaped by the poetic narrative that a dedicated design team will use to tell a story – a story that will invoke memorable experiences and bring people to return to that place again and again.

More than ever, as we evolve into an image-based society overrun by social media, the power of placemaking will be captured in our experiences and held closely in our memories. We can only hope the tactile and the tangible will outlive the Instagram posts and Snapchat stories and we will all lower our camera lens to drink it in with our very own eyes.

Andrew Bennett is a partner and design principal at Dallas-based BOKA Powell Architects.

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Best CBG Oil of 2021

The Skinny on CBG

CBD has risen in popularity over the years because of the success that scientists and users are experiencing with the cannabinoid. Additionally, the 2018 Farm Bill helped boost that popularity by making all hemp-derived CBD products legal in the United States, providing that products contained 0.3% or less THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol. When CBD is used consistently and on a regular basis, it offers a host of benefits including relief from chronic pain, supporting general health and wellness, calming anxiety and depression, lessening instances of insomnia, and more.

Interestingly, there are over 100 beneficial cannabinoids in both the hemp and marijuana plants that work synergistically with each other when taken into the human body. Recently, CBG, or cannabigerol, has had quite a buzz surrounding it and has been touted as the next exciting discovery within the CBD industry. CBGA is considered to be the precursor to CBG, and is also known as the mother of all cannabinoids. It was first discovered in the 1960s by Raphael Mechoulam and Yehiel Gaoni. CBGA is also called cannabigerolic acid. What some might not know is that CBGA is also connected to THCA, or tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, CBDA, or cannabidiolic acid, and CBCA, or cannabichromenic acid. And when they are exposed to heat or light, a process called decarboxylation takes place that transforms them into what we commonly know as CBG, THC, CBD, and CBC.

Our Top 5 CBG Oil Brands

When we went looking for our top five CBG oil brands, we looked at a host of important factors. For example, we looked at overall brand reputation, brand transparency, customer reviews, and the potency, purity, and effectiveness of the CBG oil, along with other factors that we’ll detail further down in our report. As we cut down our list, our top five brands became the following:

How We Chose the CBG Oil Brands

Prior to delving into CBG oil brands, we first began with a list of some of the industry’s most popular brands. Next, we came up with a strong set of guidelines to measure these brands up against so that we could find our readers the most potent, pure, and cleanest CBG oil. In creating these guidelines, we considered:

  • The number of years the brand has been in the industry
  • CBG oil ingredients
  • Verified customer reviews and published articles from reputable CBD journalists
  • Does the brand use an independent third-party lab to routinely test all of its products?
  • Are the lab reports published and easy for the customers to find
  • Source of hemp
  • How effective and pure the CBG oil is
  • Product quality
  • Brand reputation
  • Product price

Once we measured up the brands against our list of guidelines, we were able to cut our lengthy list down even further until only our top five brands remained.

5 Best CBG Oil Brands

Courtesy of Smarter CBD

FAB CBD first appeared in the competitive CBD industry in 2017. One of the best things about FAB CBD is that they continually seek out different ways to both come up with cutting-edge products, as well as improve upon their existing ones. The brand is also known for having the cleanest, most potent, and most pure products around. When it came to CBG oil, FAB CBD carefully followed the research and industry trends before creating its positively reviewed, full-spectrum, 2400mg CBD+CBG Oil. To date, the oil is considered to be the gold standard of CBG oils. FAB CBD believes in transparency, having the best, most helpful, and caring customer service department, and creating the best CBG and CBD products in the industry.

Ever since the very beginning, the brand’s mission has been to help customers live a preventative wellness lifestyle through clean, organic, pure, and effective CBD, CBG, and nutritional products. FAB CBD has earned the respect and trust of customers and industry experts alike for being transparent, caring, and innovative. The verified customer reviews on the brand’s website allow both new and existing customers to read how others are using and experiencing their favorite FAB CBD products in their daily lives. Lastly, the brand’s award-winning customer service department has received high marks among customers and industry experts for being knowledgeable, empathetic, and kind. It is for these reasons, and many more, that we’ve selected FAB CBD as our top CBG oil brand.

Highlights

  • Clean, pure, and effective products
  • Pure and potent CBG oil
  • Knowledgeable and caring customer service department
  • Innovative products
  • High belief in transparency
  • Organic Colorado hemp source
  • Uses state-of-the-art cloning and growing equipment and practices
  • Hemp extracts obtained through the industry preferred, clean CO2 extraction process
  • Uses independent lab, ProVerde Labs, to regularly test products for quality and potency
  • Customers can easily find all lab reports on the FAB CBD website

About FAB CBD’s CBD+CBG Oil

When it came time to create a CBG oil, the team at FAB CBD took their time to make sure it was done right. The brand’s CBD+CBG Oil is now considered to be the gold standard of CBG Oils because it features a 1:1 ratio of CBD (cannabidiol) to CBG (cannabigerol). The oil comes in a 2400mg strength, so customers will receive 1200mg of CBD and 1200mg of CBG. Just like the rest of its CBD oils, FAB CBD’s CBD+CBG Oil comes in a refreshing mint and bright citrus flavor. The product was carefully created to be packed with botanical terpenes and bioactive cannabinoids to help bring about the most powerful entourage effect ever within the body.

PROS:

  • The brand is involved with the product creation process from seed to sale
  • All products are made from organic Colorado hemp
  • Affordable product price
  • High CBD and CBG concentrations
  • Natural, palate-pleasing flavor profiles

CONS:

  • Does not offer international shipping

A group of Colorado CBD enthusiasts first founded CBDistillery back in 2016. The group of friends blazed a trail by pushing against brands that created subpar CBD products that were loaded with dangerous pesticides, herbicides, and other harmful chemicals.

The brand’s website clearly states that CBDistillery is one of the “largest, affordable, and fastest-growing brands in today’s CBD industry.” In keeping with its mission, CBDistillery educates people worldwide through social media about the benefits of CBD. All customers have to do is search for the brand’s “CBD Movement” hashtag to read up on CBDistillery’s education efforts and overall mission.

Highlights

  • Clean, organic Colorado hemp source
  • Strong belief in transparency
  • The brand is involved in the entire process from seed to sale
  • Certifications through the US Hemp Authority Certification Program
  • Independent lab, ProVerde Labs, regularly tests the brand’s products
  • All lab reports can be easily found on the CBDistillery website
  • Responsive customer service department

About the CBG Oil

The brand currently offers Relief+Relax CBD CBG oil in a 1:1 ratio of CBD to CBG. The oil comes in strengths of 1000mg and 2000mg, which equals 500mg of CBD and 500mg of CBG, or 1000mg of CBD and 1000mg of CBG. All third-party lab reports can be found on the CBDistillery website or by scanning a QR code located on the product box. The oil is not flavored and contains a natural, earthy hemp taste.

PROS:

  • High concentration of CBG
  • Easy to find third-party lab reports
  • CBDistillery offers cost-saving programs for veterans, the disabled, and low-income individuals
  • Unique array of product offerings

CONS:

  • Some customers do not like the oil’s earthy hemp flavor
  • Ethanol extraction process is used over CO2 extraction
  • Does not have eye-catching packaging

Passionate CBD lovers founded MedTerra because they all had strong beliefs in the hemp plant’s healing power. To this day, the brand still works hard to ensure that CBD is affordable and widely available to anyone who cannot afford it. MedTerra is also involved in its product creation process from seed to sale because it believes in being accountable for the products it creates.

The brand follows the strict guidelines of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture when it grows its organic hemp. Therefore, each product is regularly tested by a third-party lab for quality and consistency. MedTerra is in a partnership with the Hemp Pilot Research Program. This opportunity allows the brand to reach customers both in the United States as well as internationally. The brand is unique in that it has a team of skilled experts with years of experience working for it that have strong knowledge in quality control, vegetable genetics, best hemp farming practices, and food-grade compound extraction.

Highlights

  • Follows best sustainability practices
  • Believes in transparency
  • Clean products made with ingredients that work well together
  • Kentucky-grown, Non-GMO hemp — MedTerra was one of the first brands to be awarded the US Hemp Authority Certified Seal in 2019
  • All products are routinely tested by an independent lab, and then those reports are published online where customers can click the “Certificate of Analysis” link on the bottom of the brand’s website
  • Knowledgeable and bright customer service department that is happy to help customers

About the CBG Oil

The brand makes use of the industry-preferred CO2 extraction process to obtain all of its pure extracts. MedTerra’s CBD+CBG Tincture is a 1:1 ratio of CBD to CBG. The brand’s tincture comes in 1000mg strength, which means that there is 500mg of CBD and 500mg of CBG per bottle. MedTerra also creates a 2000mg tincture that contains 1000mg of CBD and 1000mg of CBG.

PROS:

  • Strong CBG oil options, as well as a solid variety of broad-spectrum, full-spectrum, and CBD isolate CBD oils in a variety of flavors and strengths
  • 30-day, money-back guarantee

CONS:

  • No international shipping is available

NuLeaf Naturals was founded by a group of plant medicine enthusiasts in 2014. When they started the brand, their main goal was to create the cleanest and most potent CBD products that were also natural, clean, organic, and regularly tested by a third-party lab. NuLeaf Naturals obtains their hemp from licensed Colorado farms. The brand is also involved seed to sale in the creation process of their products. NuLeaf Naturals oversees the growth and cultivation of its hemp, product manufacturing, and product sale.

NuLeaf Naturals uses whole leaf extracts in the creation of all of its products. To that end, the brand steers clear of any synthetic ingredients. NuLeaf Naturals also uses the industry preferred CO2 extraction process to obtain all of its potent hemp extracts. All third-party lab reports are given to customers upon request, and can also be found on the brand’s website. Every report lists important information on product cannabinoid profile, terpene profile, and solvent, heavy metal, and pesticide lab test results.

Highlights

  • Uses hemp grown on Colorado farms that are licensed and use sustainable farming methods
  • No preservatives are used in any of the brand’s products
  • Products tested by an independent third-party lab with results given to customers
  • Knowledgeable customer service department

About the CBG Oil

The brand uses CO2 extraction to obtain clean and potent hemp extracts. While the flavor of NuLeaf Naturals’ CBG oil is limited to natural, the oil does come in strengths of 300mg, 900mg, and 1800mg. NuLeaf Naturals makes a proprietary blend that’s created using whole plant extracts containing high concentrations of CBG and other cannabinoids like CBD, CBC, CBN, and others. Each product is also cGMP (certified Good Manufacturing Practices). Additionally, NuLeaf Naturals’ production facility is ISO certified to make sure that the brand consistently passes strict regulatory requirements.

PROS:

  • Strongly believes in transparency
  • An independent third-party lab regularly tests all products
  • Uses CO2 extraction process
  • Fast shipping
  • 30-day, money-back guarantee

CONS:

  • Only natural flavor option for CBG oil
  • Expensive products
  • Flavor variety lacking in the brand’s other products

Since 2014, Lazarus Naturals has created the most affordable and effective products in the CBD industry. The brand is headquartered out of Portland. Lazarus Naturals believes that everyone should have access to CBD products regardless of any financial difficulties or physical limitations. The brand works hard to create sustainable, potent, and clean CBD products for everyone. Lazarus Naturals is yet another brand that oversees all product creation from seed to sale. The brand’s hemp is pesticide- and herbicide-free and comes from Oregon. It’s also non-GMO and USDA Certified Organic. Because of this, all of the products that Lazarus Naturals puts forth are pure and effective. The brand also uses a third-party lab to regularly test for pesticides, heavy metals, and potency levels.

Lazarus Naturals creates a variety of distinct products that range from CBD balm to CBG oils, CBD tinctures, and CBG softgels. The brand offers veterans, the disabled, and low-income individuals a 60% lifetime discount through a special assistance program. Lazarus Naturals also has a current cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practice) certified facility and USDA Organic certifications.

Highlights

  • Organic Oregon hemp sources
  • Certified non-GMO and USDA Certified Organic hemp
  • Strong belief in sustainability that is demonstrated in its use of recycled and biodegradable packaging material
  • Columbia Laboratories, an independent third-party lab, tests all products
  • Customers can find lab reports by clicking the “Test Results” tab on the brand’s website
  • The brand uses a cryogenic ethanol extraction process to obtain hemp extracts, and then all impurities are filtered out
  • Caring and responsive customer service department

About the CBG Oil

Lazarus Naturals offers customers many options for its CBG oil. The brand sells a full-spectrum CBD/CBG oil in its “Classic” flavor in 750mg strength per 15ml bottle, 1500mg strength per 30ml bottle, and 3000mg strength per 60ml bottle. Lazarus Naturals also sells a flavorless CBG Oil Tincture in 750mg strength per 15ml bottle, 1500mg strength per 30ml bottle, and 3000mg strength per 60mg bottle. The brand’s CBD/CBG Oil Tincture contains a 1:1 ratio of CBD to CBG.

PROS:

  • Affordable product prices
  • Strong product variety in CBD isolate and full-spectrum options

CONS:

  • Ethanol extraction is used to obtain hemp extracts

What Are Some Differences Between CBD and CBG Oil?

There have been many research studies conducted on CBD’s benefits. Scientists have confirmed that CBD can be great to use in the treatment of many different health issues. What they found was that the CBD helped to calm down anxiety, chronic pain, and sleep issues like insomnia. While THC contains properties that cause a familiar “high” sensation, both CBD and CBG do not. Throughout the years, CBD has risen in popularity among users who were seeking a more natural way to treat various health issues as well as boost their general wellness. CBG is similar to CBD in that it also has benefits associated with it. For example, early studies on CBG have found that the compound can potentially be a strong antioxidant as well as neuroprotectant.

Just like CBD and THC work together, CBD and CBG also have a compatible working relationship by way of the entourage effect. In this phenomenon, cannabinoids work together to elevate one another’s positive benefits while lowering their negative effects. Moreover, both cannabinoids work with the body’s endocannabinoid system to help bring the body back into balance.

Important Differences to Know About CBD and CBG

Even though CBD and CBG are alike in many ways, they are both different because they:

  • Are Each Uniquely Structured. The way that the carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms are arranged within CBD and CBG are different. This is important because it makes the ways in which each compound binds with the CB1 and CB2 receptors unique, which allows the CBD and CBG to make different things happen in the body. For example, even though CBD and CBG stick to the same receptors, their interactions with those receptors are exact opposites. A study conducted in 2011 proved this point.
  • Can Have A Noticeable Effect on Appetite. In 2016, a scientific study showed CBG’s ability to increase appetite in animals as it caused them to eat twice the amount of food they usually did. Conversely, in another study, CBD caused a decrease in food consumption.

Courtesy of Smarter CBD

Interesting Ways CBD and CBG are Compatible

Since only broad-spectrum products and full-spectrum products contain a host of beneficial cannabinoids, terpenes, and phytonutrients that work well together, there is more of a chance for the entourage effect to take place. And even though CBG and CBD have opposite effects on each other, scientists recently discovered that the two also balance one another out. A good example of this is seen when CBG and CBD are taken in isolation from each other. When taken separately, CBG can cause drowsiness while CBD can make someone feel energized. But, when the two are taken together, a balance occurs that can help someone to feel as if they are on an even keel.

What’s interesting is that researchers also feel that CBD applies itself best on physical issues while CBG works on tackling mental/emotional stressors. So, while both CBD and CBG work great on chronic pain and depression, CBD works harder on pain, and CBG is best able to help alleviate the sadness and despair connected to depression and anxiety. The best way, however, to get the most out of both of these cannabinoids is to take them together.

CBD+CBG Oil Benefits

There are many amazing benefits that take place when CBD and CBG are combined. Additionally, if you’re worried about CBD or CBG having any intoxicating effects, fear not. CBD+CBG oil cannot cause anyone to feel high in any way. Some of the benefits of CBD and CBG are:

What’s the Best Way to Use CBG Oil?

Just like how you take CBD oil, CBG oil also needs to be incorporated into the body slowly over time. Just like CBD oil, you should also start low and increase slowly with CBG oil. Being patient and consistent is also important as well. CBG oil should not be taken on an empty stomach, but should be taken around the same time every day. The oil should be dropped under the tongue and held there for 60 to 90 seconds before swallowing. This enables all of the cannabinoids to be thoroughly absorbed into the bloodstream via the thin membrane under the tongue. You can also swish the CBG oil around in your mouth before swallowing to ensure that more of the cannabinoids are taken in by your body. When the CBG oil is dropped under the tongue, you are bypassing the digestive tract, which will further break down the oil. Therefore, when you drop the oil sublingually, you’ll feel the oil’s benefits faster.

Courtesy of Smarter CBD

How Much CBG Oil Should You Take?

When you’re trying to figure out how much CBG oil you should take, you have to keep in mind that there isn’t one set dose that will work best for everyone. Because everyone’s body is different, a dose that works best for one person might not be that effective for someone else. Just like with any new supplement that you’re introducing into your body, you need to be consistent and patient. In order to find the best CBG oil dose for your body, you need to start low and go slow.

A great way to begin this process is by taking a half dropper full of FAB CBD+CBG oil once a day. This comes to 40mg a day. You should stick with this dose for about a week before checking in with yourself to see how you’re feeling. Then if you want to increase, take a half dropper (40mg) twice a day. This now comes to 80mg of CBD+CBG Oil a day. After a week, check-in with yourself again. Still want to increase your dose? Follow the same pattern until you’ve found the best dose for your body and your needs. If you want, you can also keep a journal to write down how you’re feeling, which symptoms decreased, which ones stayed the same, and anything else you feel might be important to keep track of.

Potential Side Effects

As with any natural supplement or prescription medication, CBD and CBG also have some minor side effects associated with them. There is no way, however, that you can overdose on CBD or CBG. Some of the common and mild side effects linked to these cannabinoids are:

  • Drowsiness
  • Diarrhea
  • Dry Mouth
  • Weight Changes
  • Appetite Changes
  • Nausea

Both CBD and CBG can negatively interact with certain prescription medications. This can potentially impact the way in which liver enzymes metabolize these drugs. If you are taking prescription medication, then you should speak with your primary care physician or medical specialist ahead of trying CBD or CBD.

Closing Thoughts

The CBD industry has been abuzz about the exciting new research for CBG oil. And even though the research on this beneficial cannabinoid is still in its early stages, what is known about CBG’s potential is both positive and impressive. If you’ve been wanting to change over to CBG oil or a combo of CBD and CBG, you should take a moment to do some research for yourself. Even though you took the time to research CBD oil, you still also need to put in the work to learn the pros and cons of CBG oil. If like most people, you’re having a hard time figuring out where to begin, then our guide is a perfect place to start.

During our own research, we’ve thoughtfully come up with our best five brands because, according to our strict guidelines, they’re some of the tops in the CBD/CBG industry today. FAB CBD was chosen as our number one brand because not only do customers and industry experts trust the FAB CBD, but the brand also took the time to carefully create what we consider to be the gold standard of CBD+CBG oils. Likewise, we felt that the remainder of our best CBG oil brands were also strong choices within the newly competitive CBG oil market.

Lastly, if you have concerns or questions about whether CBG oil will negatively interact with your current prescription medication, do not hesitate to put a phone call in to your primary care doctor or prescribing physician. While CBG oil can be a fantastic addition to any natural supplement regimen, it helps to thoroughly have a grasp on what CBG is, how it works within the body, what its benefits are, what its potential side effects are. Furthermore, understanding which brands to purchase CBG oil from will take away a lot of confusion and frustration.

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16 Deals to Help Deck Out Your Home Office

Is your work space lacking in form and function? Some of our favorite desks, webcams, and keyboards are discounted right now.

Working from home is great. But if you do it full-time, you probably need more than a laptop and a kitchen table. Thankfully, most of us on the WIRED Gear team have been working from home for years, testing a ton of products along the way. If you’re in need of anything, a bunch of our favorite gear is discounted right now.

For more recommendations, check out our full guide to home office gear, plus our guides to laptop stands, webcams, mice, keyboards, and paper planners.

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Laptop Stand and Desk Deals

ObVus Solutions Laptop Tower Stand

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This has been our reigning laptop stand champ for the last year. It often goes on sale for around $70, but if you click the on-page coupon button, you can save an extra $5. This stand is just plain good. It keeps your laptop raised to a range of heights and tilts, so you should be able to sit or stand during the day. I’ve used it for a year and it hasn’t lost an ounce of sturdiness. Considering how expensive laptop stands can get, this one is a steal.

As laptops get faster and thinner each year, they also seem to come with fewer ports. For that, we need a good docking station. This one doubles as a small stand, giving your laptop a slight lift that you can pair with a better laptop stand if you have one. It includes ports for HDMI, VGA, DisplayPort, SD (and MicroSD) cards, USB-C, USB A, Ethernet, and 3.5mm headphone cords.

The ObVus tower is great, but if you like to stand for most of the day with a laptop, monitor, and separate keyboard and mouse, you need something bigger. The FlexiSpot EN1 is a good option. The instructions can be a little frustrating, but if you can build it without losing your mind, it’s cheaper than most good standing desks (before the discount!). It rises from 28 to 48 inches high and there are three height presets you can save for quick switching. There’s also a version without presets for $70 less.

This standard desk is not the cheapest it’s been, but it’s still cheaper than its $130 price last year, and a good value. It opts for particleboard instead of the highest-quality materials, but it isn’t lacking in function or sturdiness. The minimalist design allows it to fit into your existing setup too, instead of sticking out.

Monitor and Mount Deals
Vissles screen

Vissles Portable Monitor

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We recommend getting yourself a separate monitor, as a small laptop gets hard to navigate once several windows are open. But if you like to switch it up and work from an office (home or otherwise), the coffee shop down the street, or your dining table, this portable monitor is a better option. We loved it (9/10, WIRED Recommends), and all you need is a single cable to set it up. This version doesn’t have the touchscreen that we liked, but it’s still good if you don’t need touch.

If you already have a (non-portable) monitor that you like, consider mounting it. This one is pretty minimal so it isn’t an eyesore, plus it holds up to 20 pounds. Just make sure your monitor uses the VESA mounting standard.

Webcam Deals
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Razer Kiyo

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We all stare at ourselves on Zoom meetings. Do yourself a favor and improve your lighting so you don’t look like you haven’t slept all week. With the Razer Kiyo, our favorite webcam, you get great lighting and a good HD (1080p) camera. The 82-degree field of view is slightly wider than most webcams.

The price for this camera has doubled since the pandemic hit, but it’s a good webcam with an HD 1080p resolution and a 78-degree field of view. It doesn’t have a light built into it like the Kiyo, but it will work nicely in anything but low light. It has a couple downsides. We didn’t love that the microphone records in mono not stereo, and it has a short cord that makes it difficult for using with a desktop (laptops are fine, though).

Even at a discount, this is a more expensive webcam, but it’s a good camera by Anker and it’s in stock, which we can’t say for a lot of webcams.

Mechanical Keyboard Deals
Steelseries Apex Pro laptop with rainbow lights

SteelSeries Apex Pro

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Mechanical keyboards are often sold as “gaming” keyboards, but they are very nice to type on for us nine-to-fivers. This color keyboard comes with all the bells and whistles, plus a little LED display that shows your system alerts and volume. Each key can be customized to your switch liking. 

If you love the loudest and clicky-clackiest of keyboards, this is the one to get. The switches are responsive and tactile, great for gaming and working. Plus, the keys are designed to really put the switches—and RBG lighting—on display.

If you never use arrow keys or a number pad, a 60-percent keyboard might be good for you. They take up less space and usually cost a bit less, so your desk can maintain some semblance of order. This is WIRED writer Jess Grey’s favorite of 60-percents because it’s just as responsive as your typical full-size keyboard.

Mouse Deals
Steelseries Prime Wireless gaming mouse

SteelSeries Prime

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Just like we said above for gaming keyboards, gaming mice can be just as nice for regular computer work. And if you do game after work, you don’t have to switch your setups completely. This SteelSeries Prime Wireless mouse is our favorite of the gaming mice we tried. It should fit a bunch of hand sizes and it’s quick and responsive. For people who work from different areas of the house, it has a good range too if you’re connected to a PC tower. 

The price of this mouse fluctuates, but it does jump to $150 so it’s a good time to buy if you need a top-of-the-line gaming mouse. It has optical switches and response times lower than 0.2 milliseconds, plus it’s intuitive to use and ambidextrous.

Paper Planner Deals
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A good planner will keep your work-from-home life together. We don’t have one favorite because everyone has their preferences, but we think pen and paper are just better. Erin Condren is a major player in the planner world, and right now the whole site is 25 percent off. WIRED writer Louryn Strampe calls the Weekly LifePlanner “the Rolex of paper planners.” It has three layout options (horizontal, vertical, or hourly) that you choose before checkout and you can personalize your planner further with monogrammed covers.

I love this planner. It has spacious vertical weekly layouts so I can jot down everything I need to do that week and per day, Plus, it has beautiful artwork based around astrology and gives me helpful information on moon phases and planetary events.


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