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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Oh Tony, what in the hell is that?

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Command center, Ba! I'm a lyrical geneous, I deserve it!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

T-minus 7 days and counting.

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And then I'm free. Completely free of school for approximately two weeks. During this time, I will need a refreshment. Partying is overrated. Sex is too ideal. I am taking it another step - MMORPG!

Monday, August 28, 2006

Vin Diesel is The Wheelman

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I nearly fell off my seat when I saw this trailer. Here's The Wheelman, HD for your viewing goodness.

M. Ward on The Late Show with David Letterman

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M. Ward is one of those musicians that either attracts you immediately or shows little immediate appeal. If this song, from his latest album Post War, shows little immediate appeal for you then friend, you might need to rethink a few things about what it is you’re listening to.

Farewell, Egghead and Dingbat.

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Although this may be a permanent goodbye, I must admit: good times were shared at this place. Your paint chipping, nails petruding, I had initially thought you were a herpes infested farmland with an apartment complex built on top of it. I was wrong, given time, I came to accept your forthcomings. I even held my 21st birthday in your Olympic sized vessel of liquid. Your landlord may have been the dumbest person I have ever had to deal with, but I also accepted her as a person lacking the common traits for a civilized woman.

I praise to you, you rebuilt my entire balcony after Mark tried to throw his life away by swinging around back and forth on it like a boat. You fixed my pathetically designed clothes bar, nearly five times. Your light fixtures dated, but you still continued serving light into the dark corners of our personalized rooms. You loved us, didn't you?

However, I have decided to move on to something new. I have found better things in life. Your Egghead mafia maintenance man no longer entertains me. The "merrr" jokes have gotten dry and repetitive. Your microwaves no longer heat up my soups, air conditioning takes hot hair and reuses it, and carpet has accumulated enough dirt to make my feet dark brown after a few minutes of walking around.

You're old, Almondwood.

And I might not be the first one to say this, but I will be the last. Fuck you and your goddamn showers.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

An Open Letter to My Bedbugs.

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This is why you never dumpster dive for mattresses. You never know where that shit's been.

"Then came August. I was dealing with being hivey all the time and rashy some of the time and generally very uncomfortable, but I was dealing, you know? And then you showed your faces. Literally. See, I have it figured out now. The grandaddy of all bedbugs came to play, didn't he? He must have been starving because he gave me three bites I just couldn't ignore. I mean, these were nasty, bright red and the size of a penny and really fucking itchy. That's when the lightbulb went on, bitches. There was something FUNKY going on in my bedroom and I was on to you, I just didn't have a clue that you were so stealthy. Really, you are. But I looked you up. God bless the internet. Yep, I Googled your asses and when I typed in "bites while sleeping," there you were. You are some ugly motherfuckers, too. I'm not just saying that because you've been stealing my blood without my knowledge or consent, either. You are really ugly."
Quite an entertaining read. See the complete letter.

Quite possibly the sexiest DS Lite case yet.

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Well okay, this might not be the manliest, snaked-skinned badboy you've been looking for, but Leather DS Lite Case by XO approximates the look and feel of the DS Lite remarkably well, all without sacrificing any of the brand's stylish, tech-savvy accessorizing. The 5.5" x 3.54" x 1.34" case fits the device snugly, securing with a velcro flap and housing it in 100% leather, foam padding, and an inner lining that is as smooth as velvet. There's also a strap to secure the case to your wrist. It's scheduled to be available this month--only in white, at the moment--so keep an eye out.

Anything is possible in China.

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Did you catch it? Took me about 2 minutes to figure it out.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Canon EOS 30D

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I've been debating this for a while - whether or not to invest in one of these. I used to take pictures on a daily basis, but nowadays I just sit around and let my S400 rot away in the corner. Poor guy.

I blame the condescending downward push of technological development for my personal "ehhh" towards my perfectly good camera, but I can't seem to convince myself to upgrade. The pictures look absolutely spectacular, though. See for yourself.

The other option would be the sweet looking Canon SD700 IS, now currently dropping in price. Smells like another line is coming around the corner.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Tetris Magnets: For the Fridge

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Only two minutes until your cheese meatloaf TV dinner is done. Seems like an eternity. Instead of staring at your microwave, drop some lines with these Tetris refrigerator magnets. Check em out here.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Perfectly Aligned

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Speaking of love. Anyone here like anal? We need more shows like this.

TechArt Porsche Carrera GT

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TechArt has just unveiled a customization kit for the Porsche Carrera GT. This kit includes a “new air outlet on the upper half of the front fascia,” three-piece gurney flap, one-piece spoiler lip, and a new exhaust system that increases output to 635hp (from 612hp). More pictures here.

In this prime example, money buys happiness.

Exploding TV Stands?

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Think you're all safe with your $1000 Avdeco TV stand? Take a look at this guy's stand after it exploded and you might think again.

"The top shelf of the Avdeco stand EXPLODED sending shards of glass to every corner of my bedroom. Fortunately for me, I wasn't sleeping at the time, or I would have been hit by flying glass. Amazingly, my plasma TV, fell straight down, and was resting precariously on the next two shelves."
It's good to know my little ol' IKEA birch effect furniture will be keeping me safe at home.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Nintendo 20th Anniversary T-Shirts from Japan!

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"The King of Games" officially licensed Nintendo t-shirts are now available to the westerners. Running at $40-$60 a piece though plus $12 shipping, it doesn't run cheap. Hardcore Zelda fans, however, I'm sure will be emptying their pockets for this super sweet awesome design. As for me, I need donations. Now.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Ugh god, now I want 30" of love.

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My Hindu brotha Sujah Thomas got his filthy little hands on the HD Apple Cinema 30", and that baby is huge! It makes my Dell 2005FPW look like a twig.

WSJ confirms massive Dell battery recall

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An estimated 4.1 million Dell notebook computers sold worldwide are being voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer, cooperating with the US Consumer Products Safety Commission, after admitting to having received six reports of notebooks spontaneously catching fire.

Potentially affected batteries were sold with the following models of Dell notebook computers or separately as secondary batteries:

  • Latitude: D410, D500, D505, D510, D520, D600, D610, D620, D800, D810
  • Inspiron: 500M, 510M, 600M, 700M, 710M, 6000, 6400, 8500, 8600, 9100, 9200, 9300, 9400, E1505, E1705
  • Precision: M20, M60, M70, M90
  • XPS: XPS, XPS Gen2, XPS M170, XPS M1710
I know a couple of people who own these notebooks, but unfortunately they will be using them on an airplane sometime in the very near future (Tri, Danny, Karen, etc.). I suppose that isn't the very best of scenarios, but what can you do.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Nintendo Wii

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Revolution to Wii. I had my doubts at first, but it looks like Nintendo definitely have their thinking caps on straight. The games look fun, the system is like iPod sex, and I'm still not over my obsession with the DS Lite. Nintendo Power, baby, I'm renewing my subscription!

BenQ-Siemens EF81

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At 94 x 51x 15.9mm and 110g, the BenQ-Siemens EF81 is a stylish clamshell that packs plenty of performance. Sporting a 240 x 320 TFT-LCD display, external 120 x 160 TFT-LCD display, 2.0-megapixel camera, 64MB of built-in memory, MicroSD card slot, Bluetooth, USB connectivity, and a music player. Here’s the bottom line:

"BenQ-Siemens’ EF81 could be an alternative for anyone considering buying Motorola’s RAZR V3x. But you shouldn’t expect a great deal from the camera when shooting stills."
Pardon the new drool on your forearm. It's just so sexy... and I could care less about it's camera capabilities. I remember when they tried to put a bar code scanner on one. Gimmicks - all of it.

Physiology matters.

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So it seems like one of my veins are growing outside of my body, on top of one of my stretch marks. I thought it was an ingrown hair for a sec and started jabbing at it with a tweezer. I guess it's a good thing I didn't poke too hard or else I would be pulling a Dead Rising.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Television abandoned by young people

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Young people aged 16 to 24 are switching off their tellies and moving online, the telecoms watchdog Ofcom has barked.

In its latest report, Ofcom says that the "networked generation" is driving a radical shift in media consumption.

They are apparently abandoning their tellies, switching off their radios and spurning print magazines in favour of online services, the study says.

Those that remain are looking at broadband and digital TV rather than that old fashioned wireless thingee. Most are using broadband connections for internet telephone calls too.

A spokesOfcom said that 16 to 24 year olds spend nearly three hours on the world wide wibble each week.

More than 70 per cent use some kind of social networking site, such as My Space, and one in five have their own website or blog.

As a result they are watching seven hours less TV per week than the average viewer. More at the Beeb, here.

Just shows why we should just privatize social security.

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After taking it upon myself to do something responsible and acknowledgable, I get fucked in the ass.

Over 20% taken from my paycheck. Is that even normal?

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Sticker nose-dive into Craigslist and WGA.

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Windows Genuine Validation has properly owned me as a leet haxor. I'm completely stumped at getting a crack to properly overwrite a file that is under constant use. My final option would probably be to boot from a floppy disk into MS-DOS and try to manually overwrite it from there, but I don't even have those floppy things laying around anymore. I'll probably have to go to the store and buy a 10-pack for two bucks.

I have a confession: I've been a Craigslist whore lately. Constantly sucker punching anyone that offers a futon for more than $50, asking for $55 when I listed $50, and throwing bargaining chips at people like they're french fries. I can't believe some people though - they try and sell me an outdated projection TV for $1500. I mean, c'mon! I don't care if it's 62" and that you paid $3300 for it like less than 6 months ago; here's my $500, take it or leave it! Ah, but it sure does work wonders when a good deal comes along.

UPDATE: Found this site with a bunch of other bright ideas, might give that a run through. For reference if anyone has this problem running a pirated version of Windows. Looks like option #3 works the best for most people. I shall download the hacks and give you my success story in a few days.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Negative Calorie Drinks and Foods

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Despite being somewhat of a health nut, I somehow missed out on the studies surrounding the negative calorie diet.

Don’t let the name fool you, the contents of the food aren’t created of something like antimatter, which annihilate calories. Rather, they are filled with relatively less calories than it takes to consume them.

For instance, you eat a vegetable such as broccoli that contains 25 or so calories and your body naturally must expend about 80 calories in order to digest it. Simple math shows that more energy is used than received.

Apparently there is a new softdrink on the market called Celsius. Its creators claim that it not only fits this “negative calorie” paradigm, but that it also comes in three tasty flavors: cola, lemon & lime, and ginger ale.

Other foods that are considered to have “negative calories”:

Asparagus, Beets, Cabbage (green), Cauliflower, Clams, Celery root, Chile peppers, Cucumber, Dandelion, Carrots, Endive, Garden cress, Garlic, Papaya, Radishes, Spinach, Turnip, Zucchini, Cranberries, Apples, Oranges, Lettuce, Grapefruit, Pineapples, Tangerines, Strawberries, Raspberries, Onions.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Constrast: Instrumentals with sung intros

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The music on this week’s podcast is totally instrumental.

Playlist:

(00:00) Dexys Midnight Runners - The Horse
(02:37) The Beastie Boys - In 3’s
(05:25) Essential Logic - World Friction
(09:16) Alarm Will Sound - Mt. Saint Michel
(13:42) The Bad Plus - 1972 Bronze Medalist
(19:50) Nomo - The Book of Right On
(23:58) Serge Gainsbourg - Psychasténie
(29:29) The Smiths - Oscillate Wildly
(33:35) Mogwai - Summer
(38:02) John 5 - Perineum
(43:21) Jean Luc Ponty - New Country
(46:35) Nine Inch Nails - Leaving Hope
(52:18) dEUS - My little contessa
(56:04) Gianfranco Reverberi - Nel Cimitero Di Tucson
(59:35) Detektivbyran - HemvÃgen 16 A
(01:04:21) Joe Pass - Django

Friday, August 04, 2006

A weapon... that will destroy the world!

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24 inches of widescreen. Core 2 Duo. Radeon X1900XTX. 2GB Corsair XMS2 PC6400. 1TB Hard drive. Studio speakers. Ergonomic everything.

Teh sex is coming.

Fooly-Cooly.

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Funny... weird... cool! FLCL is naturally confusing. A highly recommended 8.9/10! [KAA]_FLCL_01-06.DVD(Complete).

Situated in an unfriendly position.

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Gameplan: finish up undergraduate degree. Apply for Med School. If rejected, go into graduate school under Computer Science. Relate neuronal communication patterns and protein harddrives for thesis. Make a million dollars. Move to Tokyo. Learn Japanese. Move to Switzerland. Design new IKEA line of products. Build a studio. Make a CD. Move back to the San Jose. Build a house. Get married.

Punctuated Page Post It's

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Stop dog-earring those pages and stick on these Punctuated Page Markers ($8) instead! This special set of Post It page markers makes it easy and fun to mark a page in a book, magazine, or catalog. If you need some organizational coding, use the colors and symbols as a way to create sets of saved pages. Whichever method you choose, it's sure to add more joy to those save-worthy pages!

China has gone mad and killed all their dogs.

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China slaughtered 50,000 dogs in a government-ordered crackdown after three people died of rabies, sparking unusually pointed criticism in state media Tuesday and an outcry from animal rights activists. Read more.

Better living through design.

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IKEA ARILD. Look at this bad boy. IKEA's slow push towards selling higher end products is somewhat of a fantasy come true. Do me a favor, buy me a set.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Amazing, really.

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I've always been predisposed to things like these.

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