Man up

Ladies, avert your eyes, or go powder them or something. This is manly stuff about men. Manly men and their respective manly cave dwellings, their hibernation holes, their environments for epic sports memorabilia, poker games, humidor walls and possibly pressed-wildflower collections -- who knows what they've got in there. Anyway, to address this macho market, childhood pals (and now manly grown men) Brad Cogswell, of Moraga, and Logan Franey, of Lafayette, just launched Man Cave Authority, a men's home furniture and decor website with products like vintage tin signs from beer companies and Indian Motorcycles, neon sculptures in the shape of eight balls and the latest in team-colored chairs with "tension-control recline."

The Man Cave Authority, a company started by two East Bay men, sells décor such as this neon sign for fans of pocket billiards.
The Man Cave Authority, a company started by two East Bay men, sells décor such as this neon sign for fans of pocket billiards. (Man Cave Authority)

It's not just products, but design advice and a virtual community, posting pics of "Awesome Man Caves of the Week" each Friday.

And ladies, you can come back now, because you'll be happy to know the man cave concept has, oddly enough, matured, Brad says. "It is one thing to litter a room with memorabilia for your favorite sports team (though we don't question the fandom). We think the most impressive caves are focused on design, layout and slickness," (feng shui, if you will.) See some of the slickness at www.mancaveauthority.com.

The height of selfie hubris


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It's not clear how, but three teenagers in China recently bypassed security to climb to the roof -- and then even up to the antennae -- of Hong Kong's fifth-tallest building, The Center tower. All to take a selfie! Oh, and casually eat bananas, too. Isn't that what everyone does atop a 1,135-foot-tall building?

One of the teens, Daniel Lau, used a wide-angle lens and a "selfie stick" to hold the camera above them. This stunt comes on the heels of a photographer in Brazil scaling the Christ the Redeemer statue for a similar portrait in June. Sounds like a dangerous selfie trend. It's all fun and games until somebody loses his footing. And himself in the process.

Uber hubris

Get ready for Titanic II, and we don't mean the movie. A real replica of the luxury liner that struck an iceberg and sank to the depths of the North Atlantic in 1912 is in the works, sans the iceberg and sinking part, we hope.

This handout provided by Blue Star Line shows a computer-generated image of Australian mining tycoon Clive Palmer’s plans for a "Titanic
This handout provided by Blue Star Line shows a computer-generated image of Australian mining tycoon Clive Palmer's plans for a "Titanic II" near-replica cruise ship on February 26, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Blue Star Line via Getty Images)

Last week, Australian mining billionaire Clive Palmer detailed his plans to build the sequel ship by 2018 and sail it on the same route as the ill-fated journey but making it to New York this time. "We have a specification that is far, far superior than the original Titanic," Palmer said in New York at the project's official launch, according to an Associated Press report. "But, the experience on the ship will be exactly the same." Yikes.

Contact Angela Hill at ahill@bayareanewsgroup.com, or follow her on Twitter.com/giveemhill.