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Monday, March 31, 2008

Sten in Rome: Screen That Wall

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Some frickin' badass new work by urban/modern day artist Sten. The portrait is of Ken Menzies and was placed in the "piazzale flaminio" near the "piazza del popolo", in Roma.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Get Money, Take Money

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Paper chasin'. This is how life starts. This is how it ends.

Paper Route Gangstaz - Bama Gettin Money (Diplo Remix) (MP3)

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Glorious Week: Spring Break Is Here

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It's the 90's again. We got speakers. We've got energy. So get off your ass and dance like this guy.

We Bombers Live In Villarrica, Chile

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Stumbled upon some awesome bomber sets throughout the South American region. I kind of want to tear down these fences and throw them into my pad. See some more here.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Dunnys Keep Watch Over Your Desktop

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Keeping your computer company. Some do it with plants, others with surround themselves by these mysterious 3” guys called Dunnys. Feel free to stop by the Kidrobot, located in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York, or shop through their online store.

Stig Hansen: IQ Light

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Based off a variety of interlocking modules, the IQ Light can form up to 21 different lampshade shapes and is designed to fascinate the eyes of anyone fond of the contemporary design era. It’s organic. It’s bright. It’s any shape you want to give it. Instant chic!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Reign Over Me Review

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It's often difficult combining dark comedy and the sensitive subject of loss, but the performances by Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle unexpectedly bring to life exactly that; in turn, creating one of the most refreshing, intense, and moving dramas I have seen in a while. This is a story about grief, family, healing, male friendship, mental health, and the meaning of love. Sit down, grab a cup of tea, and enjoy an incredible journey that definitely does not disappoint. 9.0/10.

Further Confirmations of Disco Insanity

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Chromeo has gots it going on. Fancy footwork is the way to go. Sonic sounds everywhere. Somebody kill my computer!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Glass Candy: More Proof I Am Disco Stu

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I am compulsively obsessed with disco right now. I want to flare my pants. Grow out my hair. Stop wearing Axe. I want to throw disco balls all over my room and shoot laser beams at them. Not for euphoria, but to convince my blood cells that disco is here to stay.

Mysterious Hairdos Are The Cut Copy

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Super awesome 80's music in 2008. Listen and dance!

Cut Copy - Feel The Love (MP3)

Blood Diamond Review

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Finally, an epic Hollywood production that spills impressive truth as well as direction. Each shot from an AK-47 can be felt deeply. Every casualty felt in the millions. This is what accurate cinema should be about. Even if DiCaprio's voice acting can piss you off at times, the movie as a whole is a spectacular piece, worthy of a sit down. 8.7/10.

Andy From The Office

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Though I initially found him irritating at first, he soon grew on me. Like moss on a Buddha statue. Or a patch of mold on my pizza.

Natsuko Tatsumi Explains Why Being A Nice Teacher Is Harder Than It Seems

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Honestly, I couldn't really think of anything else to write about her. She's pulling the school act pretty well though.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Derek's Vintage Modern Apartment

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A hint of super spectacular is beset in a beautiful, wooden shingle clad exterior of Derek's modest 2-bedroom apartment. Mixing modern with a superlative conspiracy of collective artworks, soda cans, and bright decor, his apartment is a sight to behold. View the whole house tour here, you won't be disappointed.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Street Fight IV Adds More Dragon Ball Style Fire

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Looks like the new Street Fighter is shaping up to be just the 2D inspired combat we've all come to love. The direction is pretty different, but I'm definitely looking forward to the final product.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Pigeon John: Hello Everybody

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A strange concept, but it works.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Hyolee: Korean, Hot, Has Acceptable Emo Hair

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While she's doing push-ups, singing, or squeezing lotion out of a bottle, Hyori Lee is a spectacle to see. Now, she's coming out with a reality TV series following her life, called "Off The Record," allowing people to shadow her life (and into her showers). Am I looking for it on TiVo right now? You betcha.

Budweiser: Dude

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Following an excellent trip to the Budweiser factory in Fairfield, I thought it'd be a good opportunity to introduce one of my favorite commercials from the brewing company.

1408 Review

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The first thing that caught my attention about 1408 was the fact that it was based off a Stephen King book. C'mon, you can't go wrong with Stephen? Well, apparently you can, given the performance of this movie. After two hours of wasted life, the movie finally came to a crappy ass close surrounding a terrible storyline, cheesy visuals, followed by shitty aftertones. It reminded me a lot of Silent Hill: The Room, which also sucked ball hairs and was the worst of its series. In contrast, 1408 received even less direction, and it can be felt through severe headaches if you watch this movie. 4.9/10.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

No Country For Old Men Review

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A vividly dark and mesmerizing screenplay employs one of the most difficult elements to master in a movie; analysis of the human soul. What's even more unforgettable is Bardem's character Chigurh, a ruthless killer with his own twisted sense of ethics, evokes such an amazing presence that must be witnessed to do any justice. Though storytelling norm is broken, it manages to create both an unsatisfying yet true to their nature in maintaining the essence of the movie. That, in addition to fantastic casting, acting, and cinematography, it's highly recommended for anyone that's comfortable intaking the brutal edge of a demon's wrath. 9.6/10.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Arthur's Remotely Designed White Brick Masterpiece

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If there's one thing I love more than computers, it's a spiffy loft for my sexy computer to reside in. If I had the money, I'd throw down some cash on a crappy Davis shed on top of a cafe and live there for the next few years to uprade it just like this. Though I'd more than likely go broke after my first Eames side table, you can check out multiple Eames items on Arthur's frickin' badass house tour.

Zatoichi Review

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Zatoichi is the updated version of cult Japanese show some decades back. Taken in by Takeshi Kitano, the series are complexly adjoined, almost like scrapbooking with Kitano's deliberately brilliant and blood infested style. What we get is an extremely comical, memorable, and phenomenal piece of work worthy of my extreme praise. This isn't one you can pass up. 9.5/10.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Adidas Euro 2008 Gazelle II

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The 2008 UEFA European Football Championship taking place this year in Austria and Switzerland has inspired Adidas to make some awesome kicks. More views here.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Black Kids: Teach 'Em How To Dance

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Get a clue. More dance music to make your car stereo more colorific.

Black Kids - I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You (The Twelves Remix) (MP3)

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Pixeljunk Monsters (PSN) Review

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Combining some real time strategy with tower defense, Pixeljunk gets it dead on with Monsters. Especially the co-op mode, if you got a friend around who thinks Wii graphics are cutesy, presents an surprisingly rich, engaging, and fun experience that'll keep you dreaming of coins and gems in your sleep. For the small price of just $10, the value is extremely high. Then again, newspaper Sodoku is free, so you could just go with that. 8.5/10.

Grave of the Fireflies Review

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The problem with animated features is that it's often categorized as a childish medium, focused primarily on the sheer draw of entertainment rather than promoting a political statement or analysis of reality. Grave of the Firelies breaks this mold with a heartbreaking tale of a brother and sister who are forced to face the realities of life in a torn country. As an analysis, it suceeds, but more importantly it creates a haunting image of postwar effects on its citizens - especially the kids. With memorable characters, great art direction, and a downright brilliant screenplay makes this movie a must-see. 8.9/10.

Monday, March 10, 2008

This Is How You Flip Over Milkcrates on the Streets of San Francisco

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In comes the poet, "Yo play that beat again, son, I'ma lay down a piece." In comes the beat box and then a freestyle completely takes off. Times like these where I kind of wonder where all the lyricists have gone in my inner circle.

Banana Leaf Divided Hamper

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Wicker fans rejoice. The perfect hamper to add style to your bedroom is here. Yes, I said bedroom. I think it's ludicrous for anyone to put dirty laundry in the restroom because of the moisture. There, I said it! So it's settled. Hampers belong in the bedroom. Buy it from L&T for $80.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

For The Love of Lobsters

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And now time for a wonderful video by the idolized Ruben Fleischer. If anything, watch the first 15 seconds to see the honorable approach our hero makes towards a pretty blonde across his way.

Count & Sinden & Kid Sister's "Beeper" Video

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I've started falling in love with Kid Sister's "Pro Nails" a while back, but this surely solidifies it my love for her. The Count & Sinden/Kid Sister's "Beeper" video that was filmed earlier this month is finally out!

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Crazy Gas Masks, The Knife In Concert

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While it's mighty fun listening to The Knife take on a reinvented 80's vibe, they sure do look freaky in concert. Whatever it is, you simply can't deny their effectiveness in creating the surreal sense of sadness and hope, branching from the deepest roots in Berlin's Take My Breath Away, and bringing out the sexy voice of the lead singer - making you just want to go on a long airplane ride out to sea.

Friday, March 07, 2008

She & Him: Emo Guitar Guy Meets His Hottie Maker

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The new incredible duo composed of Zooey Deschanel & M. Ward are a fantastic stylin' bunch. What's even more, they make poppy music that even make the French get off their feet to dance. Be sure to check out their new single!

She & Him - Why Do You Let Me Stay Here? (MP3)

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Crate and Barrel's Dane Pendant Lamp

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If you haven't heard, retro is in. Bland white walls are in dire need of warmth. And warmth comes from bright wooden decor reminiscent of the Eames era. Crate and Barrel know what's up. Know the meaning of pendant lamp here.

Cirrus Rugs Keep Feet Feelin' Good

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Fluffy, lovey-dovey. The soft, super absorbent pompoms will keep you three times longer in the restroom. They're that fun. Plus, they're cheap! Get 'em now!

Ikea BALK Flooring: Durable x Laminate

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There's something about laminate that I love. Maybe I'm just a sucker for anything that mutates together a hybrid plastic/natural product. Ikea's new line of "wood" flooring seems to live up to the hype and performs genuinely well against animals, spills, and daily punishment. Probably will get these in my new house, given foreclosure continues to spiral out of control. Available in all IKEA locations.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Pocket-Sized DSLR: Sigma DP1

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Ding ding! Finally, some camera makers are starting to realize there's an enthusiast market out there who don't enjoy carrying their huge cameras around like pompous assholes. What's even better is that it doesn't cost your life savings, running at about $1090. Curious about photo quality? Trust me, it's frickin' amazing.

Not Elmo, But Eamo

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Australian illustrator Eamo has always had a hard time with people butchering his name. He is, on the other hand, a very talented. Check him out.

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