1. Dave Asprey joins Quarterly!

    Dave Asprey is the latest curator to join Quarterly! Dave is a biohacker, author, entrepreneur and the founder of Bulletproof. His boxes will be focused around increasing human performance, helping you lead a healthier, stronger, happier life. The first box focuses on sharpening the mind.

    Biohacking is about using available technologies to take control and enhance your performance through biochemistry and your nervous system. As Dave puts it: "These aren’t technologies to cheat or to be less human, they’re technologies that let your brain do all the things it wants to do anyway, and give you the ability to be not just a better worker, screw that noise, but give you the ability to be a better person."

    Start enhancing your performance with Dave, subscribe here.

    Press play for more about Dave and biohacking. 

     

  2. Our latest obsession: Frank Kozik

    Quarterly’s latest Toys and Collectibles mailing is all about Frank Kozik, creator of the iconic Labbit character for KidRobot.

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    photo c/o kidrobot.com

    Our box is an homage to his work, perfect for the art lover, collector, and big kids at heart. Although it will not include the cuddly Labbit, it will include limited edition toys designed by Kozik and more. Each item is a collectible on its own, some exclusive to Quarterly and just plain cool.

    The box is only $39, with a value close to $300. It will be shipping mid-October in time for holidays.

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    More about Frank Kozik

    Kozik’s art is largely influenced by his experience growing up in Spain under a dictator. He is often credited for the revival of the concert poster. His work began in 1981 with the growing underground punk rock scene. He started designing black and white flyers for friends’ bands and posting them on telephone poles.  As appreciation for Kozik’s style and art grew, he transitioned to producing large colorful silkscreen concert posters for a wide range of musicians like Pearl Jam, The White Stripes, The Beastie Boys, Green Day and Nirvana.

    In 1993, Kozik started his own record label, Man’s Ruin Records, but later closed it in 2001 to devote himself to fine art, design and the new toy movement. Currently, Kozik works closely with Kidrobot and many other toy boutique companies. He also designs and creates larger pieces of art for his own brand, Ultraviolence.

    He currently resides in San Francisco with his wife, Sharon, and their four cats.

     

     

  3. Meet Melissa, our first resident paleo expert!

    We’re so excited to introduce you to Melissa Joulwan, the latest curator to join our Quarterly family! We’ve asked her some questions to help you get to know both her and the paleo lifestyle that keeps her ticking. 

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    For those of us new to paleo, what is it?
    Generally speaking, the paleo diet is made up of nutrient-dense foods that began with dirt, rain, and sunshine. They come from the earth and would be recognizable as food by a person from any time in human history.  At it’s most basic, it’s just real food: animal-based protein, vegetables, fruits, and natural fat sources.

    There are many variations of paleo, and by building on those basic food groups, each person can really find the version that works best for them. Some people include grass-fed dairy and sweeteners like honey. I follow the guidelines of the Whole30 most of time, which means I say no to grains, legumes, soy, added sugar, dairy, vegetable oils, and alcohol about 95% of the time. I realize that makes me sound like I’m no fun at all, but I promise, I love food and I know how to have a good time.

    There are two primary health reasons to eat paleo: it helps regulate the blood sugar-insulin cycle and it reduced inflammation in the body. Both of those things are important for good health and weight management, but they’re also essential for being happy, thinking clearly, sleeping soundly, and tackling life with energy.

    Have you tried other diets/lifestyles? Why paleo?
    Ha! Have I?! I went to Weight Watchers camp when I was 14 years old. I also did the rice diet (nothing but rice with no salt and fruit), the Zone, Slim Fast… I did them all. And they were all pretty OK for rapid weight loss and pretty terrible for having a healthy relationship with food and living a happy life.

    The reason paleo works is that it’s based on real food in quantities that are satisfying and nourishing. It removes the dieting mentality of deprivation and reward and makes eating a peaceful, nourishing, nurturing experience. I know that seems very groovy, but it’s true. After more than 30 years of dieting, I learned how to feed myself properly, to eat to satisfaction not stuffed, and to enjoy food without guilt.

    I originally started eating paleo for reasons of vanity: I really wanted to lose 15 pounds. Around that time, I also learned that I had a nodule on my thyroid. The risk of cancer was high, so the nodule was surgically removed, and the doctor hoped that the remaining smidgen of my thyroid would continue to function. It held on for a few months, but then conked out. Eating paleo has helped me keep my body healthy while I work with my doctor to get to optimal thyroid levels.

    Why did you join Quarterly?
    I remember how thrilling it was to get mail when I was a kid — something about the formality of an addressed envelope was delicious. This is like the grown-up idea of that. Plus, my husband Dave and I have decided that my Quarterly persona is your kind of wacky, punk rock aunt that insists on sending you care packages. My Quarterly boxes will be collections of things that I love and that I think other people will like, too.

    What is the best thing you have ever received in the mail?
    That’s easy: my black ankle boots. I bought them on ebay about 15 years ago, and the seller, a woman from France, told me via email that I was going to fall in love with them. She was right. I wear them ALL THE TIME, and I’ve had them resoled at least a dozen times.

    Any spoilers for your first Quarterly box?
    My husband Dave and I teamed up to create and illustrate a new recipe using two of the paleo products in the box. On their own, these two paleo staples probably wouldn’t make anybody do cartwheels, but taken together, they’re luxurious and delicious. And the handwritten, illustrated recipe is really freakin’ cute.

    What is the most important thing you want your subscribers to take away?
    Trying to live a healthy lifestyle can look pretty restrictive on paper: no grains, no dairy, don’t stay up too late, workout a few times a week (but not too hard)… it’s a lot of rules. But it can also open up a whole world of awesome. I want to give my subscribers a box of awesome a few times a year.

     

    Subscribe to Melissa’s first box, the essential Paleo Starter Kit here.

     

  4. Quarterly’s hitting refresh!

    You may have noticed a few changes here and there as we focus on what matters most: our dedication to one-of-a-kind connections between you and your favorite cultural influencers. Have a look at the subscriber reactions we’ve compiled below to see those connections in action. We can’t wait to make more of these moments happen with every package we create.

    P.S. Make sure to stick around ‘til the end of the video—we’re offering a pretty sweet perk as a token of our appreciation.

     

  5. #NOM07: Special Sauce

    Say it with us: “Srirachup.” Ketchup + Sriracha. Srirachup. In the world of dipping sauces, it doesn’t get much better. And the world of dipping sauces is the one we’d like to live in.

    In #NOM07, tech icon and Bay Area foodie Veronica Belmont took subscribers on a tour of all things savory and spicy and tangy. We speak of dips, folks. 

    In addition to the aforementioned concoction of two umami heroes, subscribers pulled in a Bandar Green Mint Cilantro sauce, plus their very own custom clay dipping bowl from Clay Savant in Oakland. The collection of compact edibles was capped off by that charming Rootcup & Planter.

    Want your own noms from Veronica Belmont, plus a taste of tech? Get in starting with #NOM08; it closes soon!

     

  6. #UCL04: Honest Tools

    As fans of all things tangible here at Quarterly, you can imagine how we feel about sturdy tools. The satisfying heft of a properly made piece of equipment—it can elevate even mundane office gear into something special.

    Great tools also reduce clutter (no need to buy repeats of the same thing). So we loved the 4th box from the Unclutterer team.

    The Umbra Lettro Brushed-Aluminum Letter Organizer got subscribers off on the right uncluttering start. Next up, well, you had us at “Japanese Stapleless Stapler.” This Kokuyo Harinacs model is a marvel, punching arrows rather than metal staples. You’ll never go back to the old way again!

    There were also 2 versions of a stamp: the Trodat Rubber Stamp, which lets you mark a desired action on incoming paper; and the Plus Guard Your ID Advanced Roller Stamp, which blocks out sensitive information like names and addresses.

    In sum: A set of killer tools that, used together, amount to a whole new workflow. Want to get your life in order? Start by signing up for the next box from Unclutterer. Signups close in just a few days!

     

  7. #GQQ01: Smell Better-Than-Ever

    We love a mailing that takes a specific issue and absolutely solves it. For example, not smelling amazing might be a problem you once had. But if you were one of the wise gentlemen who signed up for GQ’s debut box, it’s quite possible you’ll never smell unterrific again.

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    To smell good, you’ve first got to get clean, so the box led with BULGARI’S AQUA AMARA SHAMPOO—it’s spicy, citrusy, invigorating stuff.

    Next up, they did your cologne game a solid—that is, a wax stick of  FULTON & ROARK TYBEE SOLID COLOGNE. As a counterpoint, they also included “a traditional spray-on fragrance (that’s more nontraditional)”: LE FIN DU MONDE BY ETAT LIBRE D’ORANGE.

    And while you’re busy applying these things, you can light up one of those SANTA MARIA NOVELLA CARTA D’ARMENIA BURNING PAPERS—because the bathroom itself deserves to smell good too.

    Last up in the box was a mandle for your mantle: the sophisticated  AEDES DE VENUSTAS INDICA CANDLE.

    To up your olfactory game today, grab this mailing at Best of Quarterly! Then sign up for their next surprise box.

     

  8. Now on Quarterly: Eva Scrivo

    We’re excite to welcome our first hands-on beauty expert to the Quarterly roster! Makeover maven and hair-apist Eva Scrivo has received wide acclaim for her two eponymous salons in New York—and as a consultant, educator, and celebrity stylist. Love a star’s hair? There’s a good chance Eva was involved.

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    For Quarterly, Eva will be sending subscribers the best beauty tools and her expert techniques. In her words, “It is the next best thing to being in my chair!”

    #EVA01 will have the theme “backstage beauty,” and will contain all the stuff you need to get a runway look at home. Enticed? Get yours today!

     

  9. Now on Quarterly: Digg

    Imagine the Internet. Got it? Good. Now imagine the Internet in a cardboard box, delivered to your door. Our newest curator is a little like that.

    Deemed “the homepage of the Internet,” Digg has long been the best resource for the best of the Web—the kind of stuff that gives you conversation topics for days. And with Quarterly, their amazing online curation gets an enticing offline home. 

    In their words, “Each quarter we’ll send you a box of things guaranteed to make you the most interesting person at the party.” So if you want to become more fascinating—or just get fascinated yourself—sign up for Digg’s boxes today!

     

  10. #HGQ01: Surviving Soles

    The summer can be a whirlwind of travel: far-flung weddings, trips to family vacation spots, and if you’re unlucky, a business trip or three. That made the beginning of the season a perfect time for the first box from Hitha on the Go, whose mailings focus on solving travel dilemmas.

    This time, it was one that’s flummoxed many a formalwear-toting, carry-on-insisting traveler: shoes.

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    The headliner was that beautiful Hudson + Bleecker shoe bag at left, which can fit 3 pairs of shoes (Hitha’s max for a trip) and keep shoe gunk off your clothes. Also included were a Spongelle Pedi-Buffer and a 20% off Sole Society coupon. The mailing was capped off with Hitha’s own Shoe Packing Guide—a sort of recipe for suitcase success.

    Are you a frequent flier who wants to travel smarter? Get #HGQ02 before it closes next week.