Monday, June 29, 2009

Twitter Creator On Iran: 'I Never Intended For Twitter To Be Useful'

SAN FRANCISCO—Creator Jack Dorsey was shocked and saddened this week after learning that his social networking device, Twitter, was being used to disseminate pertinent and timely information during the recent civil unrest in Iran. "Twitter was intended to be a way for vacant, self-absorbed egotists to share their most banal and idiotic thoughts with anyone pathetic enough to read them," said a visibly confused Dorsey, claiming that Twitter is at its most powerful when it makes an already attention-starved populace even more needy for constant affirmation. "When I heard how Iranians were using my beloved creation for their own means—such as organizing a political movement and informing the outside world of the actions of a repressive regime—I couldn't believe they'd ruined something so beautiful, simple, and absolutely pointless." Dorsey said he is already working on a new website that will be so mind-numbingly useless that Iranians will not even be able to figure out how to operate it.


From the Onion. Satire, but unbelievably accurate.

Death of Autotune, by Jay-z - Amen

Featuring Harvey Keitel and Lebron James.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

We are not Losers, we are Lasers

Lupe's L.A.S.E.R.S. Manifesto.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Mustached Unstached







I think they should do Marx, Burt Reynolds and Heraldo Rivera. From here.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Banksy Bristol

The Inescapable graffiti artist is back at it with a show in Bristol Starting June 13th, for 12 weeks.

Here's a sample.

(Click picture to watch the trailer/visit the site)




Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Union I don't know Jack

For whatever reason, it only dawned on me the other day, while sitting in a bar where the flags of England, Scotland and Ireland were displayed that the Union Jack is actually a composite of all three. Though this realization might be indicative of a deeper "slowness" I should probably address, it gave me new appreciation for the flag.


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Upon wikipediaing Union Jack, I came across some of the options the flag could have been, making the designer look like a bit of a genius. Its interesting that in fact this flag explores 3 dimensions on what is effectively a two dimensional object. Its like playing with the "order" settings on images in word - which cross goes on top?

Impromptu Street Performances

Mos Def and Jason Mraz take it 2 the streets. (not together, but separately, and without the dance moves). There's something very pleasing about performing a piece on the move in a foreign city. It comes across as very natural and free-flowing - Liberating? I'm a fan. Its like they're leaving a fleeting mark on these timeless cities - how impromptu music can lighten the grey dinginess of the urban landscape for a moment.

There's something even more raw about a capella raps. Its almost like the words are bearing themselves without the hindrance of an audible beat. When the words create rhythm though, it makes it seem like the music is an afterthought.

Check out these vids.

First, off of his new album Ecstatic, Mos Def a capalla:


Casa Bay


Embassy


Auditorium

And Jason Mraz:


Live High


The Lovre is in Lisa's Hands


Its a Lovely Day

More here.

Monday, June 8, 2009

HOME



HOME is a film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and financed by PPR, a french holdings company with such subsidiaries as Gucci, YSL, Puma etc. Entirely filmed using aerial photography, the film chronicles Earth's development to today. The film sets out to create awareness for Global Warming, though it thoroughly succeeds at blowing one's mind with stunning photography. Watch it via youtube in HD widescreen for the full effect.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Evolution



Sony has embraced the ideas Johnny Lee: