The DJ Earworm Addresses The United States Of Pop…. 2018.


For more than a decade, DJ Earworm has been blending the year’s top songs into a massive “United States of Pop” mashup at the end of each year. He began the series in 2007, kicking off with a combo of songs from Soulja Boy, Akon, Avril Lavigne, Rihanna, Fergie, and more. It’s been 11 years since that inaugural mashup, and Earworm hasn’t slowed down in the slightest.  His 2018 edition just made its YouTube debut on December 4, highlighted by tracks from Ariana Grande, Post Malone, Zedd, Childish Gambino, Marshmello, and more.

The four-minute mashup kicks off with songs from Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, and Maroon 5 and Cardi B, before cycling through Drake‘s iconic “In My Feelings,” Bruno Mars and Cardi B’s “Finesse,” Travis Scott and Drake’s “Sicko Mode,” and dozens others.  Regardless of your personal taste in music, any TRUE DJ has to admit that this is an impressive feat to accomplish.  Take a listen.

This Plate Will Have ANYthing Lookin Like A Snack.


 

Studies show that the color of the plate can often change your perception of how food tastes. For example, serving desserts on a white plate can enhance their sweetness by making their colors seem more saturated… and that tricks your brain into thinking they’re sweeter! In 1957 marketing pioneer Louis Cheskin reported that adding 15 percent more yellow to green in 7UP cans caused consumers to perceive the soft drink as having a more lemony-limey flavor. That’s probably why Sprite, although clear, comes in a colored bottle… or why desserts are designed to look so pretty. Appearance and plating can alter your perception of taste, and is a great way to improve the impact the food has on your pallet.

Now imagine you’ve got yourself a delicious tenderloin, and the option of a simple plastic plate, versus a gentle grill with burning embers below. Undoubtedly, a smokey, ember-y plate would help accentuate the steak’s flavor, while a boring plastic plate would simply be a blank canvas that wouldn’t do much to augment the steak’s taste. While you can’t set up a grill with burning embers every time you want to eat a steak, the Eatense plate helps set the ambiance.  The Eatense is a serving-plate with a dynamic display underneath. Built explicitly for serving food, the display is built to withstand heat and is water-proof, but most importantly, it helps create the perfect canvas for your meal. Whether it’s a bamboo texture for plating dimsums, or a decorative candy plate for a cake or a pastry, or even a chargrill for that steak, the Eatense makes your food look perfect, and taste perfect too.

 

The Eatense plate comes bundled with an Eatense app that lets you choose patterns, textures, or animations to display on the plate. You can even use the plate to guide people through a gastronomic experience by listing ingredients, or by telling people what to eat first. Conversely, the plate can also be customized to display a personalized text message like a birthday wish, the name of the person who ordered the food (like Starbucks for plates) or even a message from the chef. The plates are hermetically sealed and can be easily washed like regular dishes. They even come with a protective upper layer that resists heat and prevents scratching by cutlery. The plates charge wirelessly too, allowing you to dock them on their charging base when not in use.

Plating and presentation form a major part of the gastronomic experience, and can often be the difference between a great meal and an average one. The Eatense helps build the experience your food and your palate deserve, by being a powerful presentation tool. Ideal for restaurants, gatherings, special occasions, or even to gift friends who love cooking and food prep, the Eatense helps take food that one step further. By making desserts taste sweeter, salads taste fresher, meats taste smokier, and enhance the cultural and gastronomical relevance of any food you eat.

 

Eatense is the world’s first customizable plate. Equipped with a digital display and a smartphone app, it allows you to personalize your plate with tons of unique designs and photos.  With Eatense, you can plate food like a chef.  Well plated food looks delicious and brings out the joy of dining together.  Surprise your guests with a custom message during their meals and make special occasions even more memorable.  You can leave a message on the screen like, “Happy Birthday,” “Happy Mother’s Day,” and “I love you.”  Perfect for restaurants.  Eatense can display texts or food information on the screen. For instance, you can show your guests what the ingredients are and where they originate from. It enhances your guests’ dining experience.

The New ‘Men In Black’ Is Here.


Sony Pictures has just dropped the first trailer for Men In Black International, and it looks like a damn good time.  The trailer gives us a much better idea of what to expect from the plot, as it’s revealed that Tessa Thompson’s character actually tracks down MIB after learning of the top-secret agency’s existence 20 years prior.  After ingratiating herself to Agent O (Emma Thompson), she’s given the moniker Agent M and partnered up with Chris Hemsworth (H), who definitely seems to be channeling The God of Thunder from Thor: Ragnarok for this role.

 

Reebok: Be More Human.


 


Reebok #BeMoreHuman—Working with Venables Bell + Partners I created a hand-drawn typeface that could be adapted by other designers to form distinctive lettering work for their new Reebok #BeMoreHuman campaign. I only created the typeface with many alternatives Venables Bell + Partners created the photography, layouts, lettering and other adaptations.  The campaign was celebrating strong women who have made positive changes to the world in unique ways. It featured stars Gal Godot, Ariana Grande, Gigi Hadid and others who encourage people to “Be the best possible version of themselves physically, mentally, and socially.”

This New Pad Might Just Be… reMarkable.


 

We live in a time where we are constantly bombarded with information. Distractions from social media notifications, emails, breaking news and pop up messages have become the norm. Has our love for technology made us blind? Have we lost our ability to focus on what really matters? We have to modify technology before it modifies us.  Check the short two videos below.

The Wonderfully Creative Caity Costa.


Caity Costa and yours truly… (the world famous DJ Storm) had the pleasure of working with one another the other day, and believe me when I tell you that once you that after working in music studios for over a decade, I know talent when I hear it.  Aside from being a pleasureful and peaceful woman, Caity has a deluge of music that neither myself, nor the folks at my shop looking forward to hearing, and working with her on.  Take a gander at some of her photos below, and if you’d love to hear what she has to perform, you can check out all of her work by clicking right here.

Tea For Three? Don’t Mind If I Do.


Designed for modern microliving, the Double Compact Tea Maker does just as the name suggests. It’s been reduced to the bare essentials without sacrificing functionality to accommodate small households of 1, 2, or 3 people with limited kitchen space.  The “pot” actually consists of two internal pots. The infuser and the teapot are located inside of the water pot. The advantage of this twist in design is that it provides a better brewing experience by eliminating the possibility of accidental overturning and drip. Furthermore, it heats the pot in all direction to ensure an even brew.

The most important part of the project is the innovative brewing method. The tea maker directs the water to the inside of the pot tanks to the inverted conic structure inside the steam top where it is boiled. In just twenty minutes, the tea pot will fill with water. This gradual filling brews the tea in a tasty way without burning it or tainting the taste. Not only function, its glass-on-glass design is almost artistic and sculptural, meaning you’ll be happy to leave it out on your countertop.