Wednesday, January 28, 2009

MonoGat

More proof that brand monogramming is just dumb.

Gucci.

LV.

These evoke images of the crazy son of the dictator in Lord of War... a surprisingly good movie... Bad fashion sense though.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Lupe Fiasco - Character Approved

An individual awarded the USA network Character Approved Award has exhibited creativity that has positively influenced American culture.



Though I am not one who needs the validity of an award for someone or something for me to recognize its value, I appreciate the efforts here by the USA network, a network that has provided us with the likes of Walker, Texas Ranger for years, to embrace real creativity.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Flip Top


Awesome. Were on display at a fashion show in Barcelona. From the beach to the streets in 1 easy step. (pun intended).

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Steve Nash - Spokesman

Amazing. One of the best point guards ever... and a pretty good actor also.







"Filled with anti-oxidants for when I need to make love to the camera" - Steve Nash, Spokesman

Friday, January 23, 2009

Louis Vuitton Don Kicks

Finally... I mentioned the fact that these were in the making a while back.
Click the picture to check out 'Ye's revealing of the shoe (whats up with Marc Jacobs' Kilt thing? slash Stephen Sprouse leggings... braveheart-chic)

Kanye has said that he was influenced by a jacket from the movie Dune, which had an oversized collar. I haven't seen the movie, but can completely imagine one of those large down jackets with their big puffy, almost life jacket-like collars. I like where he has gone with the upper half of the shoe, especially with the "cuff holder/Dune collar" piece at the back and the high-placed lace that seems to be an allusion to the basketball shoe. However, The bottom half looks terribly Air Force One...ie. that generic sneaker look. Either way, I look forward to seeing more creativity stemming from K to the.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

1984 - Apple

Great Book, Amazing ad.



This ad is actually somewhat topical, as it aired during Superbowl XVIII in 1984, costing Apple 1.5 million dollars. Directed by Ridley Scott, Steve Jobs, seeing the brilliance in the ad, had to push it past his old-fashioned board of directors, who thought the ad was too controversial. Never backing away from the innovative, the ad succeeded in every way, including helping prove Job's abilities as CEO of Apple.

With regards to the ad itself, I always personify Apple in my mind as a busty female long-distance runner in extremely short shorts running with a hammer. Is she Winston Smith?

Banksy's second canvas



Banksy is an English graffiti artist who first started by using the streets of the UK as his medium. Now his pieces can be found everywhere, from the wall in Palestine, to a fence in Jamaica. "If Banksy is married to England, then NYC is his drug addled sidepiece whom he occasionally slaps on the ass just to let her know hes still around." said the writer of the Play Cloths blog. His work in NYC really makes this city his second muse.

These can be found around the city:


Grand & Wooster Street


Broadway a block north of Canal Street



Not sure where this one is...

A step away form spray paint and urban cement surfaces, Banksy continues his fight against the Establishment in one of his more recent pieces; an installation.


NOTCOT: Banksy's Village Petstore & Charcoal Grill from Jean Aw on Vimeo.

Unfortunately the exhibit is no longer on display, but you can still check it out here.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Monday, January 19, 2009

Be(fore) and (aft)er



Windpower through the ages.

A pretty awesome juxtaposition.

From: Gizmodo

Broken Ankles



He might need a bit of his own medicine:



What the heck is Bill Walton going on about at the end of that clip? Does he think he's the World Trade Organization?

Sunday, January 18, 2009

B(ig)log Board

click pic to find out more.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

From the Grey Album to Viva la Hova. Now there's Jaydiohead. Most remixable rapper alive.

Jaydiohead = Jay-Z plus Radiohead - click the picture to check it out.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

"good fences make good neighbors" - down goes Banksy piece in Jamaica


The Afflicted Yard: The Rock from Rickards Bros. on Vimeo.

Via. Hypebeast

Skart

Still running with the theme of skateboard art... These are pretty cool, though I suppose they aren't as functional as previous examples, simply using the skateboard as a canvas...



Monday, January 12, 2009

Sunshine Purified Water



The Solvatten jerrycan purifies water in 3-4 hours using nothing but Sunshine. This task is accomplished as the can soaks in the sun's UV rays, heating the water to 50-60°C, the temperature at which all pathogens are killed. Not only does the device provide people with one of the essential elements to life, it does so in a cheap, resource-friendly way. Imagine preventing Cholera epidemics, dysentery, Hepatitis etc. without requiring the importation, the filtering or the boiling of water using gas, wood or coal, which can be scarce, expensive and polluting resources. "1,6 billion live without electricity Firewood is the most common source to heat water. 1 kg of firewood is needed to boil one liter of water. This accelerates the deforestation, the earth erosion and influences the climate change." Further, because it uses UV rays, it allows the purifying of water even in cloudy conditions.

Its amazing how such simple ideas can go such a long ways.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Bonne Fête Tintin!

Aujourd'hui, c'est le 80e anniversaire de la première publication de Tintin, le reporteur aventurier Belgique. En dessous sont les couvertures des albums Tintin.



De l’Amérique du Nord à la Chine, Tintin a voyagé autour du monde (et même plus loin!) battant des malfaiteurs en explorant des sujets pertinents du jour. Quinze ans avant Neil, Tintin a fait son trajet à la lune, il a battu l’esclavage en Coke en Stock, et il s’est trouvé au Tibet durant une période isolationniste pour la Chine. Les Aventures de Tintin ont pu s’adresser à des sujets importants et controversés tout en se présentant dans une manière aisée et dans une façon accessible pour un lectorat divers.

Friday, January 9, 2009

aiRRrrrrrrrr drop

Pirates release ship after ransom parachuted in.

Awesome.

In other news Obama's Limo is nearing completion. Is it just me, or is James Bond-esque stuff becoming kinda common in the news these days??

Some have noted the regression of a 10-cd changer. Shouldn't the limo just have an ipod connector? More importantly, how many cupholders does it have? Also, what happens when GM goes out of business? who will maintain the car or produce new ones? So many questions...Maybe B.O. is waiting until the vehicle is delivered before denying the big 3 a bailout. I would love to see Top Gear tear this baby apart on their track and in studio. Note that its a 6.5 liter engine yet only does 0-60 in 15 seconds, and has a top speed of 60mph. FURthermore, it has an in-city rating of 8miles per gallon. It doesn't take a genius to point out that the reason to not bailout the car companies actually sits right under the president's bum.

from LV to Loren Kulesus - skateboard design

Saw this on the BBC blog... and coroflot.com.

I understand the rideability is compromised.





Be the Change, January 20th innauguration.

Like releasing a sequel to a movie, Shepard Fairy has done it again...

I must admit these posters are very well done... from the red, white and blue, to the off into the distance gaze, evoking other famous pop-artists' work. HOWEVER, I have expressed my opinion with regards to iconography of important figures... And I do counsel against raising someone to such status before they even have a chance to prove themselves. Not that i doubt the man, I doubt the miracles demanded of him.

I must reiterate a quotation from previous entries.

"Let us keep our heads. But let us not numb our hearts. Somewhere in a Burkean idyll, countless Americans who lived before us, the souls of so many black folk and white folk across the centuries, are watching. What would Washington have said? How could Lincoln believe it? How amazed would Martin Luther King be?

We are indeed on the verge of something that seems even more incredible the closer it gets, something more than a mere election. This is America, after all. It is a place that has seen great cruelty and hardship in its time. But it is also a place that yearns to believe naively in mornings rather than evenings, that cherishes dawns over dusks, that is not embarrassed by its own sense of destiny. In this unlikely mixed-race figure of Barack Obama, we will for a brief moment perhaps see a nation reimagined and a world of possibilities open up. For a brief moment at least.

As they have learnt to say in some of the most blighted parts of the world at some of the most desperate times: know hope."

OED - Save the words.


In an effort to save words from being dropped from the dictionary, the Save the Words campaign is attempting to reignite that fire that once burned within the likes of "Vacivity" or "boreism" or "airgonaut". My high school english teacher once described one's vocabulary as the ever expanding tool box with which one can construct their exact ideas. Language is a constantly evolving system, but with spell-check, IM talk, TV and other forms of on demand media, some think language is devolving.

Some words to throw down in your next paper:

Phylactology: the science of counter-espionage
Veteratorian: subtle
Pilimiction: passing of of hair-like bodies in the urine
Theomeny: the fury of God
Brabeum: bounty or reward
Tantuple: multiplied by the same number
Crassulent: very fat; overweight; grossly obese
Quercivorous: feeding on oak trees
Philargyrist: someone who loves money

I cannot be veteratorian about my theomenous disdain for crassulent pilimictions. Perhaps it is just the brabeum I deserve for my quercivorous appetite.

Click the picture above to save your word.

LEGO Anatomy


I always thought they were real people!!

Why are there bones for toes when a LEGO doesn't have toes?? The diagram also fails to explain the dermal protrusion on the head.

Actually, the world DOES need another lawyer...

Its nice to see LSAC, a familiar organization to those of you applying/who have applied/are thinking of applying to law schools in North America, make a concerted effort to expand the world's often lowly impression of lawyers. Though the insinuation is evidently the need for humanitarian and environmental lawyers, in today's age of economic crisis, corrupt hedge fund managers, internet copyright and privacy, I sense these efforts are in vain... In any case, I think these ads open one's mind to the reach of law into every facet of life.





Thursday, January 8, 2009

Total Perspective Vortex

The following is not the Total Perspective Vortex, but is rather "the power of 10" an extremely insightful video helping to shapes one's visual understanding of the universe. I just couldn't help but draw the connection between this video and the Total Perspective Vortex of Douglas Adam's remarkable Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

"When you are put into the Vortex you are given just one momentary glimpse of the entire unimaginable infinity of creation, and somewhere in it a tiny little mark, a microscopic dot on a microscopic dot, which says, "You are here."" - Douglas Adams



...It is said that the only person to have survived the Vortex was Zaphod Beeblebrox as he correctly interpreted the "you are here" as showing him that he is, in fact, the most important being in the universe...

Anyways, read the book, its a pretty brilliant, yet hilarious and satirical look at the world, and its systems. This video is pretty good too.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

They were left forgotten 30 years ago.


Today is the 30th anniversary of the end of the People's Republic of Kampuchea. The Khmer Rouge ruled Cambodia for 4 years (1975-1979) in what can only be described as one of the most horrific, bloody, inhumane periods modern civilization has ever seen. Between 2-3 million people were killed in a country whose population was no greater than 7 million. Unlike other genocides the world has witnessed, the Khmer Rouge attempted to turn people into agricultural robots, devoid of thought, emotion or relationships. Today 33% of the population is under 15 years of age, a fact that is striking obvious when visiting the country. One also notices the lack of elderly people. There seems to be an age cap at around 30 years of age, which upon reflection seems logical considering the country's recent violent history.

The Cambodian genocide has gone largely unnoticed. We remember the Holocaust, Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia and Sudan, but not the most devastating mass murder in history with regards to a percentage of a country's population. 30 years after the end of the genocide, no one has been sentenced for the crimes committed. Pol Pot, mastermind of the macabre regime died naturally in 1998. Cambodians believe this date to be the actual end to the conflict that had plagued their country since American and Viet Cong dabblings started in the 1960s.

The remnants of war remain as hundreds of innocent people are killed or maimed by the leftover unexploded ordinances of war.

Luong Ung, a survivor of the Khmer Rouge movingly described her reaction to the Hollywood movie "The Killing Fields" starring John Malkovich; a movie tracing the real-life story of Dith Pran, a Cambodian photographer who managed to survive the genocide, becoming a New York Times photographer. (he actually just passed away this year)

"Americans will never know what it was truly like" I think.
"They won't remember the smell, the sound, or the heat. For two hours, they'll sit in the dark and watch but they'll never know what it was like to be there for three years, eight months and twenty-one days. What it was like thinking every day that I was going to die and not knowing if the war would ever end. When the credits roll after two hours, the lights will come back on, and they'll leave the war. But I can't."

After having visited Tuol Sleng, a high school turned Khmer Rouge prison of death, I couldn't help but notice how one was affected at a personal level of the horrors committed, due to the well-documented nature of the prison's victims. I was able to put a face to the statistics as photographs of the victims, from young babies to old women to Westerners, continue to survive. Perhaps the most important thing to take away from here was that these were crimes against humanity, and not just some legal definition, but real people...people that had at one time their own lives and stories to tell. Sometimes it seems that a number such as 2 or 3 million is hard to process...



Sometimes it becomes too easy...

The following is the dedication at the beginning of Luong Ung's book "Lucky Child".

"To the Khmer people - for theirs are not only the voices of war, but testimonies of love, family, humor, strength and courage"

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

And so we kick, push, kick, push coast... and away we rolled, just rebells looking for a place to go.

I have to say that I find the LV or Coach patterns (amongst others)to be rather annoying... they are omnipresent, cliched and far more representative of Middle America than anything associated with design and style. Its often sad, seeing as some of these design firms have so much more to offer than their infamous monogram. For instance. Maybe its because I got a shirt or two monogrammed, BUT i think this is pretty sick:

In honor of its newest collection designed by Stephen Sprouse, LV is going to be "creating two limited edition pieces, which will only be available at the SoHo location: a Stephen Sprouse graffiti skateboard replete with a hard case monogram skateboard trunk, and a Stephen Sprouse “Roses” T-shirt. The company hopes to sell three graffiti skateboards with trunks for $8,250 each, and 70 T-shirts for $250 each. “I don’t expect them to last very long,” Lalonde said. “By Friday, there probably won’t be any more left.”"

Kinda Hipster? Skatester? Hiphopster? whatever, its still pretty sick.