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"Dark Roasted Blend" - All Kinds of Weird and Wonderful Things, Discovered Daily!"
(all espresso-lovers & "coffee shop dwellers" unite!)
- is one of the favorite destinations on the web for all things weird and wonderful (to read during your coffee break, or at any other time), updated daily. Our in-depth articles in many fascinating categories make DRB a highly visual online magazine, bringing you quality entertainment every time you open your feed reader or visit our site.
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Started in 2005 by Avi Abrams and based in Canada, is dedicated to the ongoing quest for wisdom and beauty, for all things cool and wonderful in our world, featuring the best in art, travel and fascinating technology.
The "Thrilling Wonder Publication" subtitle stands for the sense of wonder that has been largely neglected in our cynical times. To that end, our "Thrilling Wonder" family of sites try to promote "the intense, wonderful and never-boring" side of things.
DRB has been featured in USA Today, TIME Magazine, National Geographic, Wired, The New York Times, etc.
John Malkovich, one of the most talented actors of our time and a connoisseur of great taste, starts his day with Dark Roasted Blend. This is what he had to say in the August issue of the TIME Magazine:
"Dark Roasted Blend is a perfect morning wake-up - a site filled with images of Earth's strange dreamers, oddballs, visionaries, travelers and destinations"
-- Time Magazine, August 31, 2009, p. 55, John Malkovich's Short List.
Dark Roasted Blend is also read and appreciated by many great artists, writers and other creative types - including Neil Gaiman, Jeff VanderMeer, Pee-Wee Herman (Paul Reubens), Ted Nesmith, et al.
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Thank you for your good words, and welcome suggestions! Comments like these keep us going...
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They're featuring an interview with Jeff VanderMeer right now that's probably one of the best I've ever read"
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- Marylin Terrell, National Geographic.
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DRB GIFT STORE
We love the support of our loyal audience, which keeps this site going. Now we can offer you some very special products - with more designs and options to come!
John Martin has captured the feel of DRB in his latest print
Special art commissioned by DRB:
The intrepid explorer girl riding some sort of espresso-powered flying machine, with her father - a renowned inventor - trying to catch up in a steam dino vehicle. There is excitement in the air and plenty adventures to catch.
Art exclusively for DRB by John Martin - Click to see bigger version
This artwork is available for purchase as a limited-edition print on John Martin's website, and also as a DRB-branded version in our online store.
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"Dark Roasted Blend" - All Kinds of Weird and Wonderful Things, Discovered Daily!"
DRB is a top-ranked and respected source for the best in art, travel and fascinating technology, with a highly visual presentation. Our in-depth articles in many categories make DRB a highly visual online magazine, bringing you quality entertainment every time you open your "feed" reader or visit our site - About DRB
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Our mobile site: http://mobile.darkroastedblend.com. You can also read us on iPad, as part of the Flipboard popular free app.
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