Archive for November, 2011

The Braun BN10 Digital Watch.

Available in stainless steel or black plated stainless steel, the Braun BN10 Digital Watch is the cutting edge of cool. Both versions come with either a stainless steel bracelet or rubber strap depending on the type of outward image you like to project. Featuring the EasySkroll v2.0 operating system, it’s water resistant up to 30m and scratch resistant thanks to K1 hardened glass. The BN10 is currently available for pre-order now via Braun, with retail set at $680 USD.

Anti-Smoking Campaigns.

ALRIGHT, lets get down to me shooting myself in the foot.  For anyone who knows me personally, and my battle with cigarettes, I’m sure I’ll come under a bit of fire for posting this.  (But who cares).  Regardless of the criticism, I think all the ads in the anti-smoking collection are very well thought out, and extremely attention grabbing.  Some of the images in the collection caused a bit of controversy due to the images, but to be 100% honest, graphic and shocking is what someone needs when starting down the road to quitting.

Impossible Project x Colette Polaroid Kit.

The Impossible Project adorns Polaroid‘s SX-70 instant camera with Colette‘s signature design pattern.  Trademark blue polka dots can be found on the top of the camera, while the rest of the body remains silver and black.  The camera also includes Impossible’s instant film with frames featuring the same print.  Available in a limited number of 50, the Impossible Project x Colette Polaroid Kit can be pre-ordered off the Colette website for 540 Euros.  Alternatively, you can also purchase only the polka dotted PX680 film for 25 Euros.

Lupe Fiasco – The End Of The World.

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It’s rare for me to post on a song that isn’t deeply embedded in my musical consciousness much less one I haven’t listened to thoroughly a couple of times, but the continuation of Lupe Fiasco’s Thanksgiving mixtape release tradition (inaugurated with the November 2009 release of ‘Enemy of the State: A Love Story’) is a special exception. For one, it’s Lupe Fiasco. In the aftermath of the career-boosting, reputation-destabilising ‘Lasers’ – whose ragtag compilation of autotuned mishits and austere political commentary has been blamed variously on an overambitious Lupe and an overcontrolling Atlantic Records – it’s good to know that he hasn’t taken its critical panning to heart and is keen to continue innovating and putting out new material. For two, the significance of this mixtape is readily apparent glancing down the track listing. Alongside ‘End Of The World’ which samples M83 (more on them in a moment), the mixtape (traditionally stacked with tracks featuring vocals layed over others’ original beats) features Justice cuts, SebastiAn tunes and Nero, Glitch Mob and Skrillex originals. Not your average hip-hop mixtape than.

Be Your Own Souvenir.

So you’re at the museum, and deep down in the sub-basement right next to the restrooms you happen to discover an enormous machine that looks like it was pulled from the Aliens II movie set. And then you notice you can insert a dollar, and suddenly the machine whirs to life and pipes hot, neon green plasticine into a mold in front of your very eyes as you inahale noxious fumes. Within moments you’re in the possession of a bona-fide neon green submarine, a memento of your visit to the museum that smells strange for days. Be Your Own Souvenir by Barcelona-based blablabLAB is just like that, except a trillion times more awesome. Using custom software developed using openFrameworks and openKinect, visitors film themselves in front of 3 kinect sensors for a full 360-degree scan and within moments a 3D printer known as a RepRap machine spits out a little army guy version of themselves. Every museum in the world should have one of these in their sub-basement, though they can probably install this by the front door.

Billie Achilleos X Louis Vuitton.

In celebrating the 25th anniversary of luxury brand Louis Vuitton being present in Australia, the high-profile company is opening a new flagship store Down Under. Not just a retail shop, however, the location will account for yet another Louis Vuitton Maison, of which can also be found in New York, London, Tokyo and Paris. To heighten the overall brand experience, the Australian destination will feature highly intriguing creations by artist Billie Achilleos, including a variety of native creatures, decked out in Louis Vuitton.

New Image Tools Can Catch A Photo Fake.

A new photograph-analyzing tool quantifies changes made by digital airbrushers in the fashion and lifestyle industry, where image alteration has become the psychologically destructive norm.  “Publishers have legitimate reasons to alter photographs to create fantasy and sell products, but they’ve gone a little too far,” said image forensics specialist Hany Farid of Dartmouth University. “You can’t ignore the body of literature showing negative consequences to being inundated with these images.”

In a Nov. 28 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences study, Farid and doctoral student Eric Kee debut a computational model developed by analyzing 468 sets of original and retouched photographs. From these, Farid and Kee distilled a formal mathematical description of alterations made to models’ shapes and features. Their model then scored each altered photograph on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 signifying heavy retouching.

To validate the scores, Farid and Kee then asked 50 people randomly picked through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk task outsourcing service to evaluate the photographs. Computational and human scores matched closely. “Now what we have is a mathematical measure of photo retouching,” said Farid. “We can predict what an average observer would say.”

The researchers started developing their model after learning of the British government’s plans to label photographic alterations in advertising. Psychologists have become vocally critical of such images: By employing an arsenal of retouching techniques, from unnaturally slimmed limbs to the old standby of cleaned-up skin, retouchers create unattainable standards of both beauty and normalcy, ultimately leading to self-destructive body image disorders.

In June, the American Medical Association urged advertisers to work with activists in developing alteration standards. Setting limits, however, is easier said than done.  “One criticism of the British legislation is that they were presenting a blunt instrument. Photographs would be labeled as retouched or not. Anybody knows that there’s different types,” said Farid. “It’s an interesting scientific problem: How much is too much? That got us thinking about whether we could quantify this.”

Farid and Kee’s model doesn’t precisely determine a numerical boundary between psychologically appropriate and inappropriate; that’s a judgement call to be made by society, Farid said. But they do provide an objective metric for evaluating images and trends.  “You look at what photographs looked like in magazines 10 years ago, and there’s a huge difference. And that is escalating,” said Farid.

A Peek Inside The Lamborghini Factory.

The Italian automaker founded in 1963 by feisty Ferrari hater Ferruccio Lamborghini built a long line of swoopy exotics that demanded passionate, dedicated drivers — with an equally passionate and dedicated mechanic on speed dial. Several ownership changes over the years, including an ill-fated union with Chrysler in the 1980s didn’t help the cause. Lamborghinis inspired lust, but consistency of build and reliability proved elusive… Until the Germans got involved.

Audi’s takeover of the company in 1998 instigated dramatic changes in how the famed cars from Sant’Agata Bolognese were conceived, developed and constructed. Eager to retain the brand’s “Italianness,” the Germans kept company headquarters in Sant’Agata, much like how Bugatti remained stationed in Molsheim, France, and Bentley didn’t stray from Crewe, England, once Volkswagen took over.

The German influence not only resulted in shared platforms (like the Audi R8/Lamborghini Gallardo aluminum spaceframe), it also brought a sea change in how emerging technologies are researched, developed and incorporated into the ever-evolving world of supercars.

Lamborghini hit a landmark when it sold its 10,000th Gallardo in 2010, a figure that represents more than all other models produced since the company’s founding. As a replacement for the mighty Murcielago approached the zenith of its three-year development, camouflaged mules were spotted darting through Italian countrysides and along the famed Nürburgring Nordschliefe, and the 691-horsepower flagship was being “fine optimized” in preparation for production.

The Urban Stylings Of Tasso.

The urban art of the German graffitist Tasso is all incredibly detailed and life like.  I wish I had more to write about his background, but I don’t speak German, and my translator is at work elsewhere.  BUT, if your interested in more of his work you can take a look right here.

T.I. & Tiny – The Family Hustle.

Tip Harris has been a well known face in the Hip Hop community for many a year, but some of the decisions he’s made in his personal life since his entrance into the spot light have been a bit… odd.  Weather you’ve been waiting for it since it was announced, or never cared enough to remember hearing about it, T.I.’s reality show has almost reached the airwaves.  VH1 released a preview recently about the man, the mogul, and the myths that surround his mind-state.  Check the method below.

Had Any Odd Facebook Requests Recently?

What if you were cruising Facebook on any particular day, and you got a friend request from you future son or daughter?  Lets not forget that more effective than the threat of hideous diseases is the threat of responsibility. Olla Condoms in Brazil sent friend requests to single dudes from fictional love children.  A sort of scared straight viral marketing campaign to get guys to wrap it up, this is one of the most brilliant ideas I’ve ever seen.  Check the method below.

The Ayada Luxury Resort In The Maldives.

Ayada Maldives is a brand new awe-inspiring destination comprising an opulent 112 villa resort located on the 150,000 square meter paradise island of Maguhdhuvaa in the stunning Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll due to open in November 2011.  From the moment you arrive on the luxury resort’s delicate, powder white sands you will be immersed in a fantasy of luxury, quality and style unique only to Ayada Maldives. Delight in the impeccable service and superb amenities of the seven indulgent restaurants, bars and cafes offering world-class cuisine to tantalise taste buds, the extensive 3,500 square meter AySpa Spa & Health Club by ESPA will take you to a blissful level of relaxation. Ayada further includes a kids’ club, scuba diving centre and an array of water sports.

The luxury Maldives resort with natural beauty at its heart where you can truly discover the exceptional. From unique experiences of snorkeling and diving in one of the most unspoiled locations in the world to simply relaxing and relishing the views of the azure Indian Ocean from your private pool and terrace.  Be prepared to forget all your cares and pamper yourself with all that Ayada Maldives has to offer, since Ayada Maldives is here to turn your vacation into an unforgettable experience by attending to your personal wishes and needs. Indulge on a journey that will show you a truly inspiring world that you will not so easily forget.  Ayada Maldives is being developed by Aydeniz Group, which was recognized by the World Travel Awards as Europe’s Leading Tourism Development Company and Asia’s Leading Inward Tourism Development Company.

T-Pain ft. Lil Wayne – Bang Bang Pow Pow.

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T-Pain grabs a verse from Lil Wayne for this T-Minus produced-track titled “Bang Bang Pow Pow” that will appear on Pain‘s rEVOLVEr album, dropping on December 6th. You can listen and download the T-Wayne collabo above.  Click the pic to heck it out.

The Wonderful World Of Laura Laine.

Laura Laine is a Helsinki based illustrator.  She has studied fashion design at University of Art and Design Helsinki, but during her studies focused on fashion illustration.  After completing her studies she has been working full-time as a freelance illustrator and is also teaching fashion illustration at the university. Personally I think her work is magical.

The Heart Ring.

Whether for friends or partners, let someone ‘take another little piece of [your] heart‘ with the ‘give you my heart’ ring by Hong Kong’s Innopark Design Studio. two well-placed cuts cleverly transform the continuity of a sterling silver band into a small inset heart shape, left either unfinished or plated in red.  They’re currently on the market for $78.

A Report On The Massive Shooting In Oakland.

In Oakland, a hail of gunfire along an the street left eight people wounded, including a 1-year-old boy and a woman who authorities say were hospitalized in critical condition.  The gunfire broke out Monday evening in a liquor store parking lot after a crowd had gathered, police said. The victims were transported to local hospitals by others at the scene before officers arrived to find dozens of bullet casings.  The 1-year-old’s father also was shot, but relatives told KTVU-TV he was able to drive his son to the hospital, where surgeons were trying to relieve swelling on the toddler’s brain.  “We are aware of a 1-year-old boy who was shot – possibly in the head – in critical condition right now,” Oakland Police Lt. Robert Chan told the station. Children’s Hospital Oakland declined to release any details about the child.  The shootings just after 6 p.m. happened near Interstate 880 in the city’s West Oakland neighborhood, police officer Johnna Watson said.  Watson said six of the victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries.  Investigators were seeking multiple shooters, but further details on suspects or a motive were not immediately available.  Television footage showed a van belonging to Oakland rapper Kafani that was riddled with bullet holes and had apparently taken some of the victims to the hospital.

Kafani & DJ Storm

The rapper, who goes by the name Kafani, posted to Twitter on Monday that he had not been shot but to pray for his little cousin. He said news reports that he had been filming a music video when the shooting took place were incorrect.

The Digital Post It Printer.

With the million things on my to-do list I need handy Post-it reminders everywhere. I even use digital Post-it notes on my phone because even with my assistant holding me down, I’m a scatterbrain. I like Dongyeon Kim’s idea of a Post-it printer with re-usable sticky notepaper. Sync it with the phone or computer and get notes printed in a jiffy.

The Alter Ego Party.

Photo collections are nothing new to this blog, but it’s rare that I find a diverse collection of incredibly stylistic photos from the same night.  Janell Shirtcliff’s birthday party was full of interesting characters that were all sporting their alter-ego’s as costumes.  Now before someone who attended that party hits me up, I have no idea who Janell Shirtcliff is, or when or where her birthday party was… I just know it was her party because the source I got it from says so instead of telling me who the photographers was.  But none the less it seemed like quite an eventful night, and props to this amazing photographer.

The NEW D.C. Comics Heroes.

This past summer, mega-publisher DC Comics is revamping its entire superhero empire. Every one of its 52 titles will be relaunched with an all-new issue number one, complete with new story lines, new histories, and new costumes. Yup, some of the world’s most legendary crime fighters—and their arch enemies—are getting a makeover. “The goal was to modernize the mythology, to contemporize the look and feel of the characters,” says DC copublisher Jim Lee. “It’s something done continually by every major comics publisher, but it has never been done on such an all-encompassing scale.” The first series to get its makeover will be Justice League (drawn by Lee) and its iconic lineup: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and Cyborg (well, mostly iconic lineup). Here’s a peek at three heroes in their new duds.



Trunks: The most noticeable costume change is on the Man of Steel, who has lost his red trunks (ahem, they weren’t underwear). “He’ll be the most controversial,” Lee predicts.

Articulation: Superman and his colleagues have shed their spandex for a more armorlike, sculpted look.

Red Belt: Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman used to sport golden belts—Supes now has a red belt with a logo-shaped buckle. “We looked at all the characters together. We went with red because it looked better in a lineup.”


The Flash

Wings: The Scarlet Speedster’s signature head-wings are now sharper and flare back to lessen drag. At high speed they function as rudders.

Velocity: Flash’s superspeed is depicted by electricity flares that spark off his body.

Change of clothes: Former Flash would stop and change into a spare costume he kept inside his ring. Now segments of the garb pop out of the ring and snap into place as he moves.

Trim: When Flash runs, his piping glows. The faster he goes, the hotter and whiter it gets.



Habitat: This King of the Seven Seas is more rugged than his predecessor. He’s unkempt, with a wilder hairstyle and some tough-guy stubble. “He does shave underwater, after all,” Lee says.

Armor: Aquaman has shed his traditional flat-orange fish scales in favor of a golden chain-mail motif and a sleeker trident.

Collar: The Nehru collars that Aquaman, Superman, and the Green Lantern now wear were inspired by modern-day dress uniforms of the Marines and the Navy.

The Game’s Interview On The Tim Westwood Show.

Interscope Record’s own ‘Game’ met up with Tim Westwood, the famous U.K. disk jockey to talk about life, kids, and how Game is crushing the scene in the U.K.  Check out the interview below.

I Love Vanity.

A successful design concept for a night club in Las Vegas consists of artistic colored lighting, finishes that are vibrant and surfaces that are dynamic and themed. All these features are apparent in the much talked about Vanity Club which is hosted in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas (Morgans Hotel Group). The designers ‘Mr. Important Design’ are not newcomers in nightclub design. They are responsible for Dolce Social Lounge and Blush together with successful retailers such as Nike and Levis.  The Vanity Club is all Vegas. Textures, paneling and motives are apparent throughout the interior giving every aspect of it a particular style finish. Entering the club you walk through a swirled corridor of honeycombed textural wall finish, which brings you to the nightclub seen right there and then.

The main feature of the space is the light and crystal feature which is circulated around a cyclone that rises 20’ out of the dance floor and spreads out in all directions above the dance floor. This vortex of glass and light comprised of 20,000 pieces of crystal covers 1200 sq ft and hovers over the dance floor like a cloud.  All the light fixtures are dynamic and luminous giving a strong character to the interior. The designers concept is jewellery box hence the fragile and glitzy finishes. The overall space consists of sparkling mosaic tiles on walls with textural ceilings and design panelling on the bar. It is busy with different finishes next to each other creating the illusion of different spaces within a space. The honeycombed idea pattern is also present behind-d the bar bringing a point of reference to the entrance corridor.

One of the most dramatic aspects of the club is the back lit pivot doors which open up to the atmospheric lounge exterior. The outdoor space is inviting and theatrical with the circular fire place providing seating all around with great views. The upholstery is neutral creating a contrast to the interior.  An item which brings all the features together is the artwork from Yelena Yemchuk whose brooding shots of women could have been made in the1940’s. Another vibrant art concept is present in the truly jewel bathrooms. These concepts which feature full height walls of laminated glass are the works of fashion photographer Miles Aldridge.

One side has his gold eye and the opposite his lips dripping gold. Between the two is a cloud of 8 multiple armed sputniks with aqua mirrored glass balls and lit white ones. The vanities feature sinks from Jaime Hayon, large individual lit make up mirrors, soft raspberry colored chenille poufs for each sink area and stunning “Digit chandeliers” by Emmanuel Babled studio. Two sets of 3-way floor to ceiling mirrors add to the complexity and luxury of the space. The rear area of the lounge contains the bathroom stalls which are “tufted” in a printed graphic for a surreal effect.

Happy Belated Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving comes but once a year (or occasionally twice as stated in the illustration above). Now is a time for us all to reflect inward, and give thanks for our shortened work week. We hope these random Thanksgiving facts and anecdotes will shock and entertain your aunts and uncles as you attempt to hide how drunk you are.  That being said, happy belated Thanksgiving to you and yours.  I hope it was a good one.

Quantom Levitation Is A Realtiy.

Few motifs of science fiction cinema have been more appealing to us than the subtle defiance of gravity offered by futuristic hovercraft. So every once in a while we check in to see how humanity is progressing on that front, and whether the promise of hoverboards will be delivered by 2015 as evidenced in Back to the Future Part 2. We’re not quite there yet, but we’re definitely getting off the ground, so to speak.  Get ready to hover your brain around the art of quantum levitation.

The G.H. Mumm Ritual Box.

Ritual Box by G.H Mumm is a set of luxurious objects and accessories that will help transform your tasting experience into a delightful ritual.  Individually made by Ateliers Domeau & Pérès, each Ritual Box by G.H Mumm takes not less than eight weeks and the expertise of born craftsmen to complete.  Each module consists of a wooden structure varnished white or red within, lined with foam rubber, and externally sheathed in white or red leather.

The Ritual Box transforms from a refined cube to 5 sophisticated modules holding a champagne bucket, 6 “tulipe” champagne glasses, a service of 6 forks and spoons designed by Guy Degrenne, 6 plates and 6 verrines made by Siléa and Finally two chandeliers by Villeroy & Boch to illuminate your ritual sitting on red pillows.  The gift box also includes the iconic red leather draped sword that can be used to saber the bottle.  Edited to 10 limited editions over the world, the ritual box is available on demand or at Colette for5,000€

DJ Khaled’s Birthday At Mansion In Miami.

The pic above of DJ Khaled rocking his old Terror Squad chain of yesteryear, but since his old days of T.S. he’s moved on to bigger and better things.  A new label (Young Money), a new boss, (Lil Wayne), and a new crew (YMCMB), but most importantly, a new year brings new challenges, and at his birthday party at Mansion in Miami, his old friends came by wish the big man luck on his new endeavors.  Check the video below.