Check out the newest video release from New York artist Grafh, titled ‘Another One’.
Archive for February, 2012
E-volo, the German team that flew a manned, electric, 16-rotor multicopter last October, will launch a two-seater version this spring — and a commercial model will go on sale in 2013. Fall’s test flight only lasted 90 seconds (video below), but according to E-volo the multicopter is capable of flying for 20 to 30 minutes on a single charge.
Piloted by the physicist-cum-maniac Thomas Senkel, the E-volo Volocopter (VC 1) is basically a scaled up version of a remote-controlled robotic quadcopter or hexacopter. The multicopter obviously has to have space for a human, though — which as you can see in the picture above is a chair attached to a… space hopper.
Each of the 16 rotors is powered by its own lithium-ion battery, and a central computer translates the pilot’s controls into smooth, three-dimensional movement. By default, the multicopter just hangs there, and according to the pilot it is very easy to control. In recent weeks, both the state’s governor and the local mayor have visited the Karlsruhe eMobilitätszentrum, where the Volocopter is on display, and congratulated the E-volo team on their impressive, pioneering work.
The obvious advantage of a multicopter is safety: It has all the benefits of a helicopter, but no overhead rotor — so you can eject and/or parachute to safety. E-volo maintains that the Volocopter is easy to pilot — and indeed, none of the usual factors that make flight complicated (pitch, minimum speed, stall) are present with the Velocopter.
There are plenty of issues, though. First, lithium-ion batteries have excellent power density (power-to-weight), but E-volo will still struggle to increase flight time without a major battery breakthrough. Instead, E-volo suggests a hybrid system with batteries and an internal combustion engine, much like a Toyota Prius. The propellers are an issue too — they need to be protected, which adds weight. Adding a second seat (and another human) also adds a huge amount of weight. As weight goes up, the multicopter’s size and surface area increases (larger motors, larger/more propellers). As you can see in the concept images below, though, the E-volo team is actively working on all of these issues.
As for applications of a commercial multicopter (due in 2013!), well, the only limit is your imagination. They would be fantastic leisure craft, either for puttering around the local countryside or on safari. Imagine going to see Ankgor Wat or the Taj Mahal or the Eiffel Tower, and being able to fly around it. Multicopters would make ideal taxis, too, or ambulances. Ultimately, a multicopter is just a posh jet pack — and who hasn’t dreamt of flying around with a jet pack? There is no word on how much the commercial Volocopter will cost, but the parts are fairly inexpensive — we could be in for a pleasant surprise.
It took four talented students over five months (and “about a bajillion peanut butter sandwiches”) to create the amped up animation short, Mac ‘n’ Cheese. The Dutch animation team, Tom Hankins, Gijs van Kooten, Guido Puijk, Roy Nieterau, created this piece as fourth year students at Utrecht School of the Arts in the Netherlands. The team was inspired by action game Team Fortress 2 and another great animated short, Meet Buck.
When you find yourself running scared and running out of energy, there’s only a few options left to outrun your opponent through the southern desert. Stopping at nothing, watch these two guys wear each other out and rip through boundaries hitherto unbroken. Enjoy the ride!
Even a bit of the Grateful Dead’s classic rock song, Casey Jones is thrown in for good measure.
Artist Felice Varini, born in in 1952 in Locarno, Switzerland. (and currently lives in Paris) is a master of anamorphic installations. He paints directly on indoor and outdoor spaces such as rooms, stairways, buildings, and more. His work requires that you view it at a specific angle, so that you can see geometric shapes.
The paintings are characterized by a single vantage point from which the viewer can see the complete painting (usually a simple geometric shape such as circle, square, line), while various ‘broken’ fragmented shapes are seen from various other view points. Varini contends that the work exists as a whole — the complete shape as well as the fragments. “My concern,” he says “is what happens outside the vantage point of view.”
And once again, the photos below are NOT digital edits, they are 100% real.
The Gravity Stool owes its unique shape to the cooperation between magnetic fields and the power of gravity. Departing from the idea that everything is influenced by gravitation, a force that has a strongly shaping effect, Jólan intended to manipulate this natural phenomenon by exploiting its own power: magnetism. The positioning of the magnetic fields in the machine, opposing each other, has largely determined the final shape of the Gravity Stool. It is the combination of the magnet machine with the plastic material, developed especially for this purpose, that enabled Jólan to start a small but efficient chain of production. The forms and products are characterized by the freakish and organic shapes that are typical of nature itself.
Will Kurtz‘s paper sculptures bring ordinary New Yorkers to life. Extra Fucking Ordinary is Will Kurtz’s debut exhibition at the Mike Weiss Gallery.’The show consists of life size figural sculptures constructed of collaged torn sheets of newspaper, wood, wire, screws, tape and everyday objects which depict the characters captured by Kurtz’s iPhone camera lens. Utilizing the observing eye of a curious urban voyeur, Kurtz spends large portions of his days combing the streets of New York for his subjects, which are later transformed into sincere and amusing life-size sculptures. It is not the subjects’ aesthetic appeal that draws Kurtz as much as their essence and strong representation of the multitude of prototypes that typify New York City: from an old married couple and endearingly eccentric dog owners to curmudgeonly middle-aged smokers.
Kurtz’s sculptures openly reference real people engaged in real scenarios, be it posing for group shots at a tourist attraction, walking their dog, awkwardly changing their clothes or reluctantly sweeping the floors. Kurtz holds an admiringly holds a magnifying glass to the genre of subjects and scenes that are commonly overlooked. The subjects collectively present a candid and unapologetic mosaic of New Yorkers in their blunt, colorful, borderline-manic ways made of the same papers they read in coffee shops and subways during their morning commute.’
With the Grammy’s occuring last night, a few devout Hip Hop heads noticed that both Common and Drake were both in attendance. After Common’s repeated Drizzy disses, Drake simply said at a concert that Common should try and “say it to [his] mutha f*ckin face”. The Grammys were certainly an opportunity for the two to come face to face, but instead, Common spoke to a drunken Toure’ (from Fuse TV) and seemed to squash the beef. (A friend pointed out that after Common’s album was released, and he had to see Drake in person, he squashed the beef in a timely manner.) But it’s a good things to see two emcees ending a feud that ultimately amounted to nothing but a few memorable songs and people talking sh*t.
As much as some would love to stop hearing about it (… like myself), word on the street is that the duo met coincidentally back stage, and got into some type of scuffle. The police were called in to break up the confrontation, and before both parties left the building, it happened a second time. Now, this is all rumors as of now, and I hate reporting on rumors, no matter what the topic, but if it’s true, I know people would love to know exactly what went on.
Whitney Houston, who ruled as pop music’s queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, has died. She was 48.
Houston’s publicist, Kristen Foster, said Saturday that the singer had died, but the cause and the location of her death were unknown.
News of Houston’s death came on the eve of music’s biggest night – the Grammy Awards. It’s a showcase where she once reigned, and her death was sure to case a heavy pall on Sunday’s ceremony. Houston’s longtime mentor Clive Davis was to hold his annual concert and dinner Saturday; it was unclear if it was going to go forward.
At her peak, Houston the golden girl of the music industry. From the middle 1980s to the late 1990s, she was one of the world’s best-selling artists. She wowed audiences with effortless, powerful, and peerless vocals that were rooted in the black church but made palatable to the masses with a pop sheen.
Her success carried her beyond music to movies, where she starred in hits like “The Bodyguard” and “Waiting to Exhale.”
She had the he perfect voice, and the perfect image: a gorgeous singer who had sex appeal but was never overtly sexual, who maintained perfect poise.
She influenced a generation of younger singers, from Christina Aguilera to Mariah Carey, who when she first came out sounded so much like Houston that many thought it was Houston.
But by the end of her career, Houston became a stunning cautionary tale of the toll of drug use. Her album sales plummeted and the hits stopped coming; her once serene image was shattered by a wild demeanor and bizarre public appearances. She confessed to abusing cocaine, marijuana and pills, and her once pristine voice became raspy and hoarse, unable to hit the high notes as she had during her prime.
“The biggest devil is me. I’m either my best friend or my worst enemy,” Houston told ABC’s Diane Sawyer in an infamous 2002 interview with then-husband Brown by her side.
It was a tragic fall for a superstar who was one of the top-selling artists in pop music history, with more than 55 million records sold in the United States alone.
She seemed to be born into greatness. She was the daughter of gospel singer Cissy Houston, the cousin of 1960s pop diva Dionne Warwick and the goddaughter of Aretha Franklin.
Houston first started singing in the church as a child. In her teens, she sang backup for Chaka Khan, Jermaine Jackson and others, in addition to modeling. It was around that time when music mogul Clive Davis first heard Houston perform.
“The time that I first saw her singing in her mother’s act in a club … it was such a stunning impact,” Davis told “Good Morning America.”
“To hear this young girl breathe such fire into this song. I mean, it really sent the proverbial tingles up my spine,” he added.
Before long, the rest of the country would feel it, too. Houston made her album debut in 1985 with “Whitney Houston,” which sold millions and spawned hit after hit. “Saving All My Love for You” brought her her first Grammy, for best female pop vocal. “How Will I Know,” “You Give Good Love” and “The Greatest Love of All” also became hit singles.
Another multiplatinum album, “Whitney,” came out in 1987 and included hits like “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.”
The New York Times wrote that Houston “possesses one of her generation’s most powerful gospel-trained voices, but she eschews many of the churchier mannerisms of her forerunners. She uses ornamental gospel phrasing only sparingly, and instead of projecting an earthy, tearful vulnerability, communicates cool self-assurance and strength, building pop ballads to majestic, sustained peaks of intensity.”
Her decision not to follow the more soulful inflections of singers like Franklin drew criticism by some who saw her as playing down her black roots to go pop and reach white audiences. The criticism would become a constant refrain through much of her career. She was even booed during the “Soul Train Awards” in 1989.
“Sometimes it gets down to that, you know?” she told Katie Couric in 1996. “You’re not black enough for them. I don’t know. You’re not R&B enough. You’re very pop. The white audience has taken you away from them.”
Some saw her 1992 marriage to former New Edition member and soul crooner Bobby Brown as an attempt to refute those critics. It seemed to be an odd union; she was seen as pop’s pure princess while he had a bad-boy image, and already had children of his own. (The couple had a daughter, Bobbi Kristina, in 1993.) Over the years, he would be arrested several times, on charges ranging from DUI to failure to pay child support.
But Houston said their true personalities were not as far apart as people may have believed.
“When you love, you love. I mean, do you stop loving somebody because you have different images? You know, Bobby and I basically come from the same place,” she told Rolling Stone in 1993. “You see somebody, and you deal with their image, that’s their image. It’s part of them, it’s not the whole picture. I am not always in a sequined gown. I am nobody’s angel. I can get down and dirty. I can get raunchy.”
It would take several years, however, for the public to see that side of Houston. Her moving 1991 rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” at the Super Bowl, amid the first Gulf War, set a new standard and once again reaffirmed her as America’s sweetheart.
In 1992, she became a star in the acting world with “The Bodyguard.” Despite mixed reviews, the story of a singer (Houston) guarded by a former Secret Service agent (Kevin Costner) was an international success.
It also gave her perhaps her most memorable hit: a searing, stunning rendition of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You,” which sat atop the charts for weeks. It was Grammy’s record of the year and best female pop vocal, and the “Bodyguard” soundtrack was named album of the year.
She returned to the big screen in 1995-96 with “Waiting to Exhale” and “The Preacher’s Wife.” Both spawned soundtrack albums, and another hit studio album, “My Love Is Your Love,” in 1998, brought her a Grammy for best female R&B vocal for the cut “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay.”
But during these career and personal highs, Houston was using drugs. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2010, she said by the time “The Preacher’s Wife” was released, “(doing drugs) was an everyday thing. … I would do my work, but after I did my work, for a whole year or two, it was every day. … I wasn’t happy by that point in time. I was losing myself.”
In the interview, Houston blamed her rocky marriage to Brown, which included a charge of domestic abuse against Brown in 1993. They divorced in 2007.
Houston would go to rehab twice before she would declare herself drug-free to Winfrey in 2010. But in the interim, there were missed concert dates, a stop at an airport due to drugs, and public meltdowns.
She was so startlingly thin during a 2001 Michael Jackson tribute concert that rumors spread she had died the next day. Her crude behavior and jittery appearance on Brown’s reality show, “Being Bobby Brown,” was an example of her sad decline. Her Sawyer interview, where she declared “crack is whack,” was often parodied. She dropped out of the spotlight for a few years.
Houston staged what seemed to be a successful comeback with the 2009 album “I Look To You.” The album debuted on the top of the charts, and would eventually go platinum.
Things soon fell apart. A concert to promote the album on “Good Morning America” went awry as Houston’s voice sounded ragged and off-key. She blamed an interview with Winfrey for straining her voice.
A world tour launched overseas, however, only confirmed suspicions that Houston had lost her treasured gift, as she failed to hit notes and left many fans unimpressed; some walked out. Canceled concert dates raised speculation that she may have been abusing drugs, but she denied those claims and said she was in great shape, blaming illness for cancellations.
About a year ago I came across a talented, sultry, sexy, interesting, and intensely well proportioned UK model by the name of Jessica Castillo, and as I usually do, I voted with the rest of the males on my staff and threw up a post on her. Then a few months later I was lucky enough to get in contact with her for an interview that blew the blog up, and that was about all there was to it. But it seems like this blossoming model has moved by leaps and bounds in the last year. She’s catching more eyes than ever, with bookings from Dubai to Miami she’s blasting forward with her modeling career and her generous proportions. Ms. Castillo’s got a new Facebook fan page up, and a gang of new pictures (some with that damn cherry tattoo I can’t get enough of). Before I sign off with my usual “check the method”, I have to apologize to the guys who are undoubtedly disappointed by the censorship of the photos immediately above and below this text. I know I’ll get at least 3 emails asking where guys can find photos of Jessica wearing less than she already is, but in the interest of not pissing off my sponsors, I can’t put them up here. BUT if you’re dying to see them that bad, hit Jess up on twitter at @Jessi_Castillo and ask her for them yourself… you might just be lucky enough to see what I did. Check the method.
Around mid 2011 some friends and I had discussed the possibility of shooting some short comedy sketches, and immediately premises started flying about. Some good, some great, none of which I can talk about in this post, but I’ve never seen a video and thought to myself “DAMN, why didn’t we think of that?”… until just now. While researching some camera equipment I came across a video titled “The Flip Side”. It’s a simple concept with tons of hilarious applications, and its honestly something no one on my team thought of. As bitter as I may have initially been about that, it doesn’t matter, because the guys behind this video couldn’t have done it any better neither could anyone else. What would the world be like if women acted like men, and vice-versa? Check the method below to find out.
Diane von Furstenberg and Diet Coke have come together to create this chic set of iconic bottles featuring classic DVF prints. Following in the footsteps of Karl Lagerfeld – who designed a series of bottles last last year – Fürstenberg’s collector’s edition comes with four bottles. The limited-edition bottles are $30 for a set of four, with 100% of proceeds going to support of The Heart Truth program for women’s heart health research. You can pick them up at select Diane von Furstenberg boutiques throughout the month. The bottles are collector’s items only and they don’t contain Diet Coke.
Simen Jones is a miraculous photographer out of Norway that has a unique ability to paint incredibly imaginative pictures with her work. Now I know that a picture is worth a thousand words, so on and so forth, but these gallery photos stick in a way far more remarkable than work I’ve seen from many other surreal photographers.
Azerbaijan is planning to build the world’s tallest building – taller than both the Burj Khalifa and the upcoming Kingdom Tower to be built in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Azerbaijan Tower, which is set to break ground in 2015, will rise more than a kilometer in height, or 3,444 feet, upon its completion in 2018 or 2019. The Azerbaijan Tower is being built on a series of artificial islands, called the Khazar Islands, constructed in the Caspian Sea off Garadag, southwest of Baku.
The tower is the centerpiece for a massive, $100 billion mixed-use master plan with housing, schools, retail and a Formula 1 racetrack. Developers plan to break ground on the tower in 2015, with construction is slated to finish by 2019. The entire Khazar Islands are expected to be finished by 2022.
So what happens when a man with an extensive Hermes scarf collection asks the kind people at Vans to turn them into custom shoes? Some very beautiful & very unique footwear is created. If these were lace ups I might just sell my key to Sara Underwood‘s condo for them. Uber dope.
Want to impress your guests at a dinner party? There’s nothing more baller than wheeling out a golden chicken. Developed together with The Deli Garage and a small food factory, which supplies high-quality fine pastry shops with food coloring, this easy to use with the spray can and the result is beautiful. Why not create a chrome trout or gold-plated asparagus tips. It is completely harmless and tasteless to eat, Food Finish brings new luster in the creative cuisine. Check the method.
Lots of folks tend to stick to one blog site. WordPress has served me well for over two years now, and with tens of thousands of views a week, its hard to see why anyone would feel the need to start posting on a different forum. But with the simplicity of Tumblr and its direct connection to my twitter (@YoungStark) I found a new way to put things up that wouldn’t necessarily work on this beloved WordPress. Single pictures without descriptions, and things of a more uh… far more raunchy nature than are found on this blog are easy for me to throw up onto Tumblr without upsetting any of my generous sponsors, or deviating from this sites general aesthetic. So if your interested in an entirely different side of things that I find interesting, feel free to follow me on Tumbrl as well.
Artist Lisa Nilsson has taken the technique of quilling to a whole new level by creating these amazing (and kinda creepy) cross sections of the human body. Also known as paper filigree, quilling is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs.
“I was out [junking] and came across an antique quilled piece of religious art. It was a very fancy filigreed crucifix-gilt. I later learned that nuns and monks used edges of old bibles to make pieces like this,” said Nilsson in an interview with ArtSake. Around the same time, she had stumbled across a French book of hand-colored anatomical cross sections which she felt was a great way to showcase quilling.
Everyone tends to compile some sort of list of the people they’d immediately help out after they get rich. Some would give to charity, but most would help out the family and friends closest to them. (I know my non-biological big sis Kenya will immediately get a house). But when your already worth half a billion dollars, you can afford to sprinkle your crew with things at random, as Birdman points on a new video-blog. Mack Mane’s reaction to the Bentley key is pretty hilarious. Check the method.
FieldCandy tents do not give you camouflage protection in the natural setting, nor do they help you blend in with the rest of the crowd at the campsite. FieldCandy tents are designed to stand out. When I saw the first images of these limited-edition designer tents with their cool flysheets, we had to really stop and think. Is it true that no-one else has manufactured these types of tents for sale before?
Pieces can be individually displayed as art, but I haven’t seen anything quite like this. It was one of those moments when you think: Why have all tents always looked pretty much the same? We customize everything else, why not tents? And even more remarkably: Why have we been satisfied with those boring, standard tent colors for so long?
So, through a two-year development process, Jersey, UK-based FieldCandy has created what we did not know we needed. Until now. They selected a group of 20 or so artists and designers – photographers, graphic designers, illustrators, branding and advertising designers – to create designs that were then transferred to the ultra-light, waterproof flysheet that covers the two-person tent.
They now offer more than 40 different designs by 18 artists. The designs are grouped in several collections. In The Legend Collection, for example, includes Terry Pastor’s black design with psychedelic guns and Philip Gatward’s blue and yellow parrots on a grey hued background. On the FieldCandy website, a counter next to each design indicates how many of that design are still left. Each tent comes with a label that shows the edition number and the design name. Prices range from $430 for the black FieldCandy signature tent to over $1,000. FieldCandy ships around the world The tents are available exclusively through the website.
Wiz Khalifa’s video blog series “DayToday” follows the young rapper through his entertianment exploits. With dozens of episodes already out, the first one that caught my eye was “While You Were Sleeping”. This video follows Wiz in the studio with Pharrell Williams and a few others (including Tyler The Creator). Check out a little of what it’s like to be Wiz.
Photos always evoke certain emotions, and when composed correctly can have different meanings to each person who looks at them. Photographer Ryan Schude seems to be a master of composition and technique in his photos. The small collection I came across recently features models of all ages, and wildly creative concepts (like candy in your grandmothers purse, and milk and cookies.) But no matter what the message you take from any of his photos may be, they are all fully constructed from background to foreground with meticulous attention to detail. Check the method.
Asher Roth may have released his mixtape ‘Pabst & Jazz’ a little while ago, but the single “Dope Sh*t” just got own video recently. The song talks about the difference between what the radio typically plays versus the music that some entertainers would prefer to have out there. With a great hook and a subtle but well produced beat, the video for “Dope Sh*t is simply that… dope sh*t. Check the method below.
Martell Cognac is celebrating its 100th anniversary with the launch of limited-edition Cordon Bleu Centenary in key Asian duty free locations. The Martell Cordon Bleu Centenary edition features the centenary’s visual code, the infinity sign, which also represents the figure 100. The Martell Cordon Bleu Centenary cognac is also available as a special edition, presented in a wooden giftcase with silver trims and a magnetite opening system. The giftcase is engraved with key historical dates relating to Martell Cordon Bleu and decorated with 100 silver metallic squares in honor of the occasion. The case contains a blue lacquered and silver bottle of Martell Cordon Bleu and a “montre” bottle containing a selection of 100% Borderies cognac specially blended by Martell’s cellar master Benoit Fil.