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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Kick Start Your Day With These 11 Mood-Lifting Foods

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Milk, chocolate, whole-grains, mackerel, broccoli, coffee, turkey, liver, blueberries, Brazil nuts, and any food that tastes good will definitely give you the "up" that you need to start your day. A more detailed explanation here.

LG Unveils "Design Art" Product Line

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I'm telling ya these things were art! If it wasn't, why would I want one so badly? Read more here.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Join Mr. Wong and His Cosplay Escapades

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Mix a mid-40's cosplay male fanatic, cute girlfriends, and a whole bunch of Chinese pop action and you've got yourself the weirdest photostream ever.

Monday, August 27, 2007

CB2: Brixton Shower Curtain

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Slick, modern, and comforting tones make this curtain a must have from the new Crate and Barrel.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Waist Deep Review

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Oh movies like this just make me want to play some GTA San Andreas. Waist Deep is a standard gun-blastin', shit-talkin', badass protect yo' neck and son hood movie released in 2006. A nice dosage of character development and Meagan Good keeps it from drowning in clichés completely, but for a movie watched at 2 in the morning, it kept it fairly gangsta. 7.3/10.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Bodum Yokhi Jars

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The Bodum Yokhi jars are also super awesome. Easy on the fingers, these glass jars come with either plastic, cork or stainless steel lids. Best to get them when they have those periodic turbo sales. For now, check 'em out here.

The Comtainer Store's Banded Glass Canisters

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Features contain a clear glass canister with frosted band, stainless steel lid with airtight silicone seal, and an elegant tapered design. Beautiful and functional. Get it here.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Smeg Fab28 Refrigerator

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Deck out retrofied with a bit of vintage to your kitchen appliance line-up. An antibacterial interior features five glass shelves, two compartments and the freezer's at the top. At less than five feet tall and 23" wide, it's well-suited for tight spaces. Available in 10 retro colors, peep Smeg USA for more info and purchasing details.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Lori Nix Photography

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Lori Nix photographs epic scenes of destruction and grandeur, natural wonders and glittering metropolises, magnificent architecture and heroic landscapes that all have one thing in common—they're all fake. She meticulously crafts the miniature sets using found objects and model-making materials. Check out an interview with the genius behind the picture here.

Gelitin: Giant Knifed Rabbit

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These guy's ambitions projects are always so awesome. Also, check out their home-built roller coaster.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Noah & The Whale: Sun All Over Our Bodies

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What used to be a two man duo, the band now consists of 5 members, making them much more rounded and smoother. Like a sanded down piece of wood. Or mozzarella cheese.

Noah & The Whale - 5 Years Time
(MP3)

LaCie External Drives, F.A. Porsche Design Review

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Having to deal with these annoying drives at my workplace I've found their failure rate to be approximately 74%. I've never seen a drive returned for RMA so many times in my life. Save yourself a headache and avoid the LaCie brand at all costs. 1.2/10.

Polly & Ben's Sherman Oaks Shangri-La

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"Purge on a regular basis. If a room feels overwhelming, remove everything and bring back only what works. Be patient." Get a house tour here.

Canon EOS 40D

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Amazon lists a September 20th availability for the true 30D successor. The specs? They're all there: new 10.1 megapixel, APS-C sized, self-cleaning CMOS sensor; 30% faster, 9 point AF; DIGIC III image processing; ISO 3200 max sensitivity; improved 3.0-inch LCD with Enhanced Live View; 6.5fps continuous shooting, and CF storage. See the leak here.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Yuin PK2: Ultimate Earbuds

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It's fun and musical and sounds realistic. No, it won't do crazy bass, and no it won't hit the highest treble or give the most detail in complex passages, particularly orchestral. But it sounds “right” and makes music sound like music and you can listen to it all day long. And you won't get odd looks or get run over by a car when wearing them. They go for $69 from Head-Direct.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Gym Class Heroes: Papercut Chronicles Review

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It's sort of an old album from 2005, but I finally got a chance to give it a thorough listen. The verdict? These guys are truly a socially-oriented hip-hop group with their enigmatic indie rock style incorporated into their beats, generating a sound that's hard to match in today's mainstream. What's even more successful is their attention to detail in each song, which gives more life and depth into the most simple deliveries. 9.2/10.

Ciara & 50 Cent: Universal Appeal

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As catchy as mainstream dark child classics can get, which can't really be that bad of a thing if you think about it - good intentions all around.

Ciara
Feat. 50 Cent - Can't Leave 'Em Alone (MP3)

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Hito Steierl: Red Alert

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What a better way to flex your pocket muscles and show tasteful art than have three 30" Apple Cinema displays showing a monochrome red image.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Asian Leggies > Butter And Sugar

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Our friend Sam over on Flickr has got a nice little thang going on for the Asian legs - perhaps will even drive you to have a fetish for them after looking them. Works well for all of us, so feel free to check out his photoblog.

Revised Plans for Desktop

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Who says Dell and Apple can't get along? The plan is to grab either a 360 with HDMI or a Wii when the prices drop one more time. Along with this, an Apple 20" Cinema to accompany my Dell 2005FPW so I can finally live out my dream of dual panel entertainment. It's gonna be teh sex, trust me.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Lost In Translation: Lemon Chicken

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For the chicken:

  • 3 8-ounce skinless, boneless chicken breasts halves
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups potato flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2-2 cups peanut oil
For the sauce:
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 heaping tablespoon cornstarch.
1) Butterfly the chicken breasts, then slice them lengthwise into 1/2-inch thick strips. Cut the strips in half, place in a bowl and refrigerate.

2) In a medium bowl, beat the eggs until smooth. Gradually beat in 1/2 cup of the potato flour. Mix in the baking soda and 1 teaspoon of the salt. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Place the remaining potato flour in a bowl, season with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and set aside.

3) Prepare the sauce: Combine the lemon juice and zest, sugar, vinegar, salt and 3/4 cup water in a saucepan and place over medium heat. In a bowl, stir together 1/2 cup of the sauce and the cornstarch. Transfer this mixture back to the pan. Simmer for 15 minutes.

4) Place a wok over medium-high heat and add the oil. Working in batches, cook the chicken: dredge a small portion of chicken in the egg mixture. Shake off excess egg from the chicken and coat it in the seasoned potato flour. Shake again. Lower the chicken into the hot oil one piece at a time. Cook until crisp, about 2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels. Arrange chicken in a shallow bowl. Reheat the sauce and pour it over the chicken. Serves 4.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Apple New Wired Keyboard

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The Bluetooth version apparently has no number-pad, but that's okay with me! I mean, c'mon, who uses that thing anyway... retail? Pfft.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Raleigh vs. Boxfresh BMX Bike

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The Boxfresh Burner, a souped-up, superlimited edition repro of the classic Raleigh Burner BMX series brings the pain in so many ways. See more here.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Memories of Murder Review

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I guess I've been watching more movies than usual lately. Being based on a true story of Korea's first serial killer, this brutal crime thriller outlines the dated methods of countryside Korea in 1986. The movie engulfs the viewer in trepidation and beautiful cinematography, never once withdrawing its possibility of drop-kicking the next "prime suspect." 8.8/10.

50 Cent Jumps On The Timbaland Boat

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The recent batch of public pro-Bush commentary is just an added bonus.

50 Cent Feat. Justin Timberlake - Ayo Technology (MP3)

Saturday, August 04, 2007

B&W: Sexy No Jutsu Tubes Clock

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The set up consists of six smoke domes encasing red LEDs, all mounted on a stainless steel and wood base. Buy it for $200.

Friday, August 03, 2007

The Prestige Review

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We all sacrifice. We all fear. We've all competed to outdo our fellow colleagues in one way or another. Hence, antagonism is often what drives us to do the things we do. The Prestige is a sure reminder of that - what comes with vengeance and envy is nothing short of ugly - lasting until the bitter end. 8.9/10.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Washington Social Club: Party Time

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Girls and guys with dirty minds like mine are shy until the lights go down. Well baby, the lights are going down.

Washington Social Club - Bigger Than Your Boyfriend (MP3)

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

The Tomahawk... An Ultra-Portable Amp for IEMs

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You're probably wondering, "Why the hell would I need an amp for my iPod?" Well, if you're just using the normal white buds, move on. These aren't for you.

However, if you've got some decent IEM's, and you wanna boost signal strength, sensitivity, whether being high impedance, low impedance or super low impedance, check out the Tomahawk. It's badass to the bone.

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