Archive for August, 2011

Jay Vanity.


In my book, there’s a huge difference between being attractive and having sex appeal.  Jennifer Lopez is attractive, she’s beautiful, and is the type of person I’d be ecstatic to be in the same room with.  Lisa Ann however has a ridculous amount of sex appeal, but some wouldn’t necessarily put her in the same spectrum as Mrs. Lopez.  Finding a balance between attractive, and sexy is always good, but Jay Vanity is off the charts with both those qualities.  Jay says she’s got a good attitude to accompany her stunning looks, and when working with a professional model, there’s nothing more satisfying than having fun with the people your shooting.   Ms. Vanity has appeared in Show Magazine, done work for Dstroyr Clothing, and has been a Capristan swim suit model, but personally I’d like to see a lot more of her.  Check out some of her work below.

The Grand 350 Aston Martin Cell Phone.


After the Mobiado concept phone for Aston Martin, the Canadian luxe phone-maker is finally out with the first phone off the Aston Martin collection.  The Grand 350 Aston Martin body is CNC machined from aircraft specification aluminum, and anodized to produce an elegant hard surface. The frame is then inlayed with sapphire crystal.  The infrared window is made from a solid piece of ruby crystal. The screws are stainless steel or gun metal black stainless steel.  The buttons of the Grand 350 Aston Martin are a dramatic combination of sapphire crystal and stainless steel.  The phone is available in three designer styles; black, black satin, and silver.  The Grand 350 Aston Martin is unlocked, with quad-band GSM/EGSM, 3.5G, HSPDA, and WLAN connectivity.  The phone works within North America, Europe, Africa, Asia- Pacific, and South America where GSM/EGSM 850/900/1800/1900 networks are available.  It is equipped with a 3.2 megapixel camera and video camera, integrated GPS, 2.36″ display with up to 16 million colors, Bluetooth and micro USB connectivity, as well as a music and video player with a 2.5mm AV connector.

The Franklin Project.


No matter what industry you work in, if you have a job, you have an appreciation for money, but for some people having it is just as good as looking at it.  The visual esthetic of the $100 bill hasn’t changed too drastically in the last 20 years, but recently a collection sprouted of reinventions of the bill with Mr. Franklin’s face.  There were some whimsical additions to the collection (like the one above) but I tried to focus on the cooler/more practical ones.  Check the method below.

What Did One Robot Say To The Other?


What did one chatbot say to the other chatbot? Quite a lot, actually (but good luck making any sense out of it.)  That’s what researchers from Cornell’s Creative Machines Lab recently discovered, after pitting two bots against one another for a good ol’ fashioned talk-off.  It’s all part of the lab’s submission to this year’s Loebner Prize Competition in Artificial Intelligence (an event that awards $100,000 to the team whose computer programs can conduct the most human-like conversations). Unfortunately for Cornell’s squad, their chatbots still have a long way to go before achieving conversational coherence, though they could easily get hired as anchors on most cable news networks. Throughout the course of their frenetic (and often snippy) discussion, one bot raised a heavy question about God and existence, while the other boldly claimed to be a unicorn. Basically, they had the exact same conversation we used to have in our dorm rooms every night, at around 4 am. Watch it for yourself, it’s intriguing and quite funny all at the same time.

15 Not So Important Sex Facts…


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KJ – Ex Explanation.


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It’s always hard to see someone in your life walk away (for whatever reason).  Be it an ex-girlfriend, and ex-boyfriend, an ex-client, or a best friend, there’s always some part of the brain or heart that yearns for that individual to come back.  Seeing as how my good friend, the emcee extraordinaire KJ is leaving the Bay for a bit, I only figured it’d be fitting that I release her track about missing loved ones to the world.  Re-engineered, and re-edited, KJ’s singing debut about missing someone special seemed like the perfect goodbye present.  Click the pic to download.

The Winners For The 2011 MTV VMA’s.


Here are the winners of Sunday night’s 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles:

Pop Music Video: Britney Spears, “Till the World Ends.”

Rock video: Foo Fighters, “Walk.”

Hip-hop video: Nicki Minaj, “Super Bass.”

Collaboration: Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, “E.T.”

Male video: Justin Bieber, “U Smile.”

Female video: Lady Gaga, “Born This Way.”

Video with a message: Lady Gaga, “Born This Way.”

Choreography: Beyonce, “Run the World (Girls).”

Editing: Adele, “Rolling in the Deep.”

Special effects: Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, “E.T.”

Cinematography: Adele, “Rolling in the Deep.”

Art direction: Adele, “Rolling in the Deep.”

Direction: Adele, “Rolling in the Deep.”

Best new artist: Tyler, The Creator, “Yonkers.”

Video of the year: Katy Perry, “Firework.”

The ‘Smart’ Surfboard.


I love surfing, and as most true surfers can tell you, surfing is a sport governed by feelings.  But the driving forces behind the joint project, PUKAS and TECNALIA, aim to “turn feelings into facts and figures” and provide as yet unquantified data that can be directly applied to improve the features of surfboards, the technical performance of surfers and/or measurement of parameters during competition. Check the method below.

How Do You Say Mansion In Thai?


Listed at a cool $280,000,000.00 THB (Thailand Baht) or approx. $8.66 million USD, this gorgeous 4-bedroom villa can be yours today! A beautiful oceanfront property on the beach of Kamala in Phuket, Thailand; this property resides on a secluded stretch of coastline on the western part of the coast. I couldn’t find much information on the residence beyond what was available from the listing and most of the content was just fluff about tranquility and the timelessness of the design.  Thankfully there’s plenty of pretty pictures for you to draw your own conclusions.  It makes me want to go back to Thailand that’s for sure! Various tidbits of information sprinkled throughout, enjoy.

The Aston Martin V12 Zagato.


Aston Martin has announced the road-going variant of the V12 Zagato which will be making its public debut at the Frankfurt motor show next month.  The luxury British automaker will be bringing two exemplars of the V12 Zagato, based on the Aston Martin V12 Vantage, to the show – one named Zig and the other Zag.  The car is powered by Aston’s 6.0-litre V12 engine producing 510 bhp (380 kW / 517 PS), and 570 Nm (420 lb ft) of torque.  Zig, is painted in green racing livery and is in full racing spec, with an aerodynamic package including front splitter, dive planes, a large rear diffuser and a spoiler.  The second car, nicknamed Zag, was the piece originally shown at the Villa d’Este event before being converted to run at the 24-hour race.  The Aston Martin V12 Zagato will be produced in a limited run of just 150 cars in summer 2012, each priced at a whopping £330,000 (not including local taxes).  Aston Martin will also present at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month the One-77 supercar and the recently launched Virage and the Vantage S.

Hublot Chukker Bang Watch.


Hublot have released in collaboration with Polo Gold Cup Gstaad the limited edition Chukker Bang.  The new watch is inspired by the world of polo, and even developed together with Facundo Piers, who is one of the wold’s best polo players.  Movement is the Swiss automatic Hublot caliber HUB1141 flyback automatic chronograph movement with 59 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 42 hours.  The special feature of this caliber is its 7 min. 30 counter which reflects the length of one period of play, or “chukka”, in a polo match.  Its chronograph hand completes one revolution of the dial in 30 seconds.  Other features include a 44.5mm titanium case and grille, a ceramic bezel, satin bridges with black PVD titanium screws, a rhodium-plated main plate, and, of course, special Chukker Bang engraving on the back.  Only 500 numbered pieces of the watch will be produced and it also comes in a version with a diamond encrusted grill.

Scott Storch’s News On A New Album.


Everyone in the hip hop industry is well aware of the hit making capability of beat master Scott Storch.  He’s a legend who’s worked with The Roots, Dr. Dre, Christina Aguilera, Fat Joe, Game, 50 Cent, Paris Hilton, and Nox, (just to name a few).  But when he announced his OWN solo album, I was curious to see what he had in mind.  Check the method below.

A PLANET Made Of Diamonds.


Astronomers think they have recently found a star that was transformed and condensed into a planet made of solid diamond.  The team was able to detect the “diamond planet” with the 64m radio telescope in Parkes, Australia, and found out that it orbits an unusual star known as a pulsar.  The scientists’ measurements indicate that the planet has slightly more mass than Jupiter, but is 20 times as dense.  With the planet likely to be made largely of oxygen and carbon, its high density means it is almost certainly crystalline, meaning that a large part of the planet may be similar to a diamond.  The pulsar and its planet are part of the Milky Way’s plane of stars and lie 4,000 light-years away in the constellation of Serpens (the Snake).  Lets hope Lil Wayne doesn’t get there first.

Harry Potter x Nike?


Jay Angeles is a creative genius when it comes to creating shoe concepts. The featured shoes are all Harry Potter Nike concepts that represent each Hogwarts house: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin.  Each pair of these Harry Potter Nike concepts matches the house’s colors to a tee.  I’m sure that any Harry Potter fan would love the chance to get their hands on a pair of these sweet kicks.  Lets hope Nike considers releasing them.

Amazing Places Around The World To Visit.


Fernando De Noronha - Brazil

Spirit Island, Magligne Lake, Alberta - Canada

Rice Field Terraces in Yunnan - China

Boracay Island - Philippines

Porto Katsiki, Lefkada Island - Greece

Golden Eye Hotel, St. Mary - Jamaica

Alentejo - Portugal

The Pearl Waterfall, Jiuzhaigou Valley - China

For many, the idea of traveling mean having new experiences with new people, absorbing new cultures, and becoming familiar with different ways of life. For other people, it’s all about the visuals. The sights you see when your in new places are always something that people keep with them, and nothing can keep a visual memory better than a photo. I know seeing a picture is nothing like the real thing, but you can’t help but admit, the 16 photos in this collection are amazing.

Santa Domenica nel Salento

Skaftafeli - Iceland

Four Seasons Hotel - Bora Bora

Marble Caves, Chile Chico - Chile

Multnomah Falls - Oregon

Sky Lantern Festival - Taiwan

Mount Roraima - Venezuela

New York City, New York

Yelawolf x Driver: San Francisco.


As a fan of all things street racing, I was juiced to find out that the Driver franchise was claiming stake in my current city of residence San Francisco.  The trailers, vehicle list, and locations all got me excited, but after finding out that Yelawolf was releasing a single for the game, I started looking forward to the soundtrack.  Check out a behind the scenes look at the Wolf man talking about the single.

High Quality Contraband.


The FreedMinds Summer 2011 release for High-Quality Contraband finally dropped. Here’s their look book comprised of couple locations in Southern California. Featuring Julian (THLA), Anwar (Peas & Carrots), & Jasper (Odd Future) all made an appearance for the shoot. Brick Stowell captured the lifestyle associated with the brand profoundly which is available now at FMFU stockists and the FreedMinds Online Store. Click the image above to view The FreedMinds website.

The Video-Game T-Shirt.


The tech company Zappar has teamed up with Hybrid Apparel to launch a range of T-shirts that feature augmented-reality technology.  The tees, which go on sale in December, coincide with an app that brings the graphics to life when viewed on an Apple or Android smartphone or tablet device. As you can see in the video, a viewer can even play a video game on a friend’s T-shirt, through their tablet.

Tough to wrap your head around? Check out the video, which actually makes the whole concept appear pretty cool. I wonder: Will people actually get on board with augmented-reality clothing? Who knows; it could be the next big thing in fashion.

Lil Wayne Taking Shots At Jay-Z?


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Weezy’s Carter IV album has prematurely leaked and the song ‘It’s Good’ is already creating a lot of noise due to Lil Wayne’s shots at Jay-z.  On Jay-Z and Kanye’s track ‘H.A.M.,’ Jay said ‘You got Baby Money.’ Now it looks like Lil Wayne is firing back with the lines:

Talkin’ ‘bout baby money, I gotcha baby money
Kidnap your bitch get that how much you love your lady money
I know you fake, nigga Press your brakes, nigga
I’ll take you out, that’s a date, nigga
I’m a grown ass blood, stop playing with me
Play asshole, and get an ass whippin’
I think you pussycat, hello kitty.

Drake and Jadakiss are also featured and the track and ‘kiss wants you to make sure he wasn’t aware of the diss:

High School Fashion… Then And Now.


We all know that fashion changes from week-to-week, month-to-month, and year-to-year. The entire process seems a bit mellifluous but taking a look at certain fashion trends from generation-to-generation can lead to seeing se pretty big gaps. I came across a series of photos who’s main focus was high school student in the 1907’s, I compared the high school students around me, and couldn’t help but throw the pics of the old school students up. Simply put, it’s wild to see what people considered fashionable back them. Check the method below.

My Top 5 Winter Movie Picks.


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Killer Elite

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Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance

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Machine Gun Preacher

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Red Tails

Now… I specially didn’t write anything about WHY I like the other 4 movies on the list, simply because I’d love YOUR input about what you think will be good and why.  However, although it seems like now a days if your the first black man to do anything, you get your own movie after a handful of decades, I was super intrigued by “Red Tails”.  It’s the story of some of the first African-American fighter pilots in WWII, (much like Tuskegee Airmen) but with the backing of Lucasfilm.  With crazy visuals, both new and veteran actors, and a story that can’t really go wrong, this is one of my most anticipated movies of the next 6 months.

The Rules Of Freelancing.


 

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The Cadillac Ciel Concept.


Iconic American luxury auto brand Cadillac unveiled its new hybrid concept, described as an “expression of Cadillac’s historical grandeur.”  The Ciel concept, which will be on show at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, is a four-seat convertible powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 engine, paired with hybrid drive.  Designed to fit in with the touring carson display at Pebble Beach, the model is “about the romance of the drive,” says Cadillac-owner General Motors, featuring generous room for two couples across two rows.  Complete with rear-hinged rear doors, the Ciel concept is clearly trying to evoke a sense of the freedom and history of motoring through the great outdoors, with a polished aluminium windshield frame and vertical lights.  Inside, the passenger space is characterized by Italian olive wood, machined aluminium and hand-tipped leather designed to add to the romance, with interior design manager Gael Buzyn likening the design to a “vintage wooden boat.”  Luxury touches include a small humidor for holding cigars and an in-built cashmere blanket which appears at the pull of a tag to cover up the rear seat passengers, should they get chilly.  The concept is among several new models on show at this week’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, including models from Infiniti and Lexus.

Frances Bean Cobain Models For Hedi Slimane.


It’s hard not to talk about her very public beef with mom Courtney Love, or what it’s like to grow up as the heir and legacy of one of rock and roll’s most tortured souls, her father Kurt Cobain. But Frances Bean Cobain (named as such, as rock legend goes, after Seattle’s Frances Farmer and the fact that she looked like a bean as a baby) has done remarkably well avoiding publicity. Which, despite the air of tragedy and complexity around her, is kind of a shame, because as Hedi Slimane’s recent photo shoot depicts, she’s a magnetic and alluring young lady.

Slimane who is, famous for his stint at Dior Homme, sat down with Frances for a group of stark, revealing black and white photos that are simultaneously eerie because Frances looks like a woman (instead of the baby oft-photographed with her grunge-icon parents) and because Frances looks like the precise blend of mom and dad. But also, she looks beautiful, wearing little makeup and a lot of jewelry, staring down the camera like she was born for it and like she grew up in front of it (she didn’t). Romantic, introspective, and intense, its a dope collection.

Rolls Royce – Year Of The Dragon.


Rolls Royce will produce an exclusive suite of modifications in celebration of the Chinese Year of the Dragon, which begins next January.  The new Year of the Dragon Collection has been created in “preparation for this festive celebration… Inspired by the legendary creature that is revered in China.”  The collection features a set of particular details created by Rolls-Royce’s bespoke team that can be installed on its handbuilt vehicles, the popular Phantom and luxury Phantom Extended Wheelbase.  Among the addition is a handpainted dragon coachline on the side of the model and several appearances inside the car, including embroidery on the headrest and on the passenger panel, where the motif will be applied in gold.  The model will also come with exclusive illuminated treadplates on the door seals, with “Year of the Dragon 2012″ highlighted in LED lighting.  Underfoot, customers will be able to choose from a selection of modern or traditional marquetry, and relax on hand-stitched cushions included for the rear passengers.  Rolls-Royce says that its new product “captures the imagination,” but no doubt it will be hoping also to capture more customers in China, now one of the company’s most lucrative markets.  The company said last month that it had seen global sales grow by 64 percent in the first half of this year, with Asia Pacific (led by China) far outstripping the rest of the world — up by over 170 percent.