More craziness from Stephen Chow (Shaolin Soccer, Kung Fu Hustle).
Boogie is a Serbian photographer who transitioned from documenting warfare and protests in the former Yugoslavia of the 90s to capturing the street life of Brooklyn, NYC. Raw, honest and powerful work.
More of his work showcases the underbellies of several cities from around the world.
I Am Legend had some moments, but I can't look at Will Smith the same way ever since he got brainwashed into Scientology by Tom Cruise. Anyway, I was happy to find Alice Braga from City of God, getting some shine in saving Will from the zombies. I was inspired enough to revisit City of God (one of my all-time faves). If you've never seen it, I suggest you queue it up.
Here’s a test I found – answer yes or no to these phrases to see if you might be experiencing work-related stress:
I take work home most nights of the week and / or at weekends
I think about work problems at home
I voluntarily work long hours
Work affects my sleep
Family and friends complain that I spend too little time with them
I frequently talk about work at home and with friends
I find it difficult to relax after work
I find it difficult to say ‘no’ to requests to undertake additional work
I find it difficult to delegate
My self esteem is largely based on my achievement at work
Yes to one or two = you may just be dedicated to your job. Yes to more than four = you may appear obsessive about work to others. If you answered ‘yes’ to either of the last two, consult a doctor at once.
I'd even add one more to this test:
I dream (or have nightmares) about my work/boss/client
By the way I've been waiting to use this cheesy stock photo (above) for something. The image always makes me smile because I can either relate to this feeling or get encouraged that things aren't so bad. I gotta do a cheesy stock photo of the day.
Organized Konfusion | Stress (Large Professor Remix)
Incredibly realistic sculptures at whacked out scales by Don Mueck.
What's Tiki Barber got to say now? What a satisfying end to a memorable game between the G-men and the Packers. Usually a team is destined to lose after missing on several opportunities (Plaxico's drop before halftime that cost at least 3 points, McQuarters interception and fumble that allowed the Pack to tie the game at 20 and Tynes' missing a go-ahead FG with 6 minutes left and missing the game-winner at the end of regulation). Of course, Favre is exempt from getting killed over that horrible OT interception. Or the fact that he couldn't expose a depleted Giant secondary. But I'm glad 2 weeks of pre-Super Bowl Favre worship will mercifully be thrown out the window.
I'm torn about this Superbowl. I'd like to see the Pats go undefeated only to shut up those '72 Dolphins. But Big Blue's perseverance has won me over. Coach on the hot seat, former player turned talk show antagonist ripping a QB that everyone loves to kick around, Strahan and his preseason marital problems...and 3 playoff road games. And now they're 14pt underdogs.
Pure evil with a pageboy haircut. I finally got around to seeing this film from my DVD hookup guy. Smart, tense and brutal. One of my favorite joints in the last couple years.
I put my sneaker collecting on hold for the past few months (not counting the metallic Court Forces and Barkley AF1's sent by my Japanese in-laws). But the obsession resumed today - albeit with some good deals. Took a break from the multi-colored Air Max's that dominated my 07 purchases (getting real sick of seeing everyone and their mama rockin' skinny jeans and neon colored kicks) and picked up some nice Blazers. These sneakers are understated from afar but beautifully detailed up close. The green nylon has a reflective and metallic quality and is accented with distressed leather and a canvas camouflage pattern on the back. I love the classic silhouette so much that I plan to pick up another pair..or two. The black and white Cortez waffles are classic and came dirt cheap.
This is a popcorn monster flick. If you keep it within this context, you will enjoy this movie. If you expect high art (as some negative reviewers expected from the hype and PR buildup), you will be disappointed. Think Blair Witch with more action and a better payoff. The ending was satisfying and the monster was rendered fairly well. The shaky first person camera is more campy than cutting edge but its a unique perspective for a creature feature. Yes, the characters are pretty...and boring, but again their empty idiocy seems appropriate while running from the monster. Throw out the fact that the opening night crowd converted the theater into a high school auditorium and it was a fun 80 minutes.
Courtesy of the Design Police.
Once again, the Washington Post has published the winning submissions to its yearly neologism contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words.
And The winners are:
1. Coffee (n.), the person upon whom one coughs.
2. Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained.
3. Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
4. Esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk.
5. Willy-nilly (adj.), impotent.
6. Negligent (adj.), describes a condition in which you absentmindedly answer the door in your nightgown.
7. Lymph (v.), to walk with a lisp.
8. Gargoyle (n.), olive-flavored mouthwash.
9. Flatulence (n.) emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run over by a steamroller.
10. Balderdash (n.), a rapidly receding hairline.
11. Testicle (n.), a humorous question on an exam.
12. Rectitude (n.), the formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.
13. Pokemon (n), a Rastafarian proctologist.
14. Oyster (n.), a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.
15. Frisbeetarianism (n.), (back by popular demand): The belief that, when you die, your Soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.
16. Circumvent (n.), an opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men.
The Washington Post's Style Invitational also asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.
And Here are this year's winners:
1. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.
2. Foreploy (v): Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.
3. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.
4. Giraffiti (n): Vandalism spray-painted very,very high.
5. Sarchasm (n): The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.
6. Inoculatte (v): To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
7. Hipatitis (n): Terminal coolness.
8. Osteopornosis (n): A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)
9. Karmageddon (n): its like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a serious bummer.
10. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.
11. Glibido (v): All talk and no action.
12. Dopeler effect (n): The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.
13. Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.
14. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.
15. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a grub in the fruit you're eating.
And the pick of the literature:
16. Ignoranus (n): A person who's both stupid and an a--hole.
Long live vinyl! More here.
Great weekend of football. The playoffs had been going as I predicted...until Sunday. Did not see the Chargers upsetting the Colts. How do you let the LT-less Chargers with a backup QB engineer a game winning drive? I was really looking forward to an epic rematch between the Colts & Pats. Now 19-0 is inevitable.
The Giants win in Big D was less of an upset in my mind, but Eli's been a suprise. Fox is praying for a Pats/Packers; Brady/Favre matchup but I'm pulling for the G-men. Simply to quiet all the d!ckriding of Brett Favre.
As for T.O.? He'll be breaking out the popcorn on his couch watching the rest of the playoffs.
The boys at Fight Quest on The Discovery Channel traveled to the Philippines to learn the Filipino martial art - Kali. I'm not too familiar with Kali other than it involves sticks and knives, so I was disappointed that the episode didn't really explore the historical or symbolic foundations of the fighting style.
They showed the initiation ritual of blood-letting a rooster all over the fighter, but there was little explanation of why certain movements are made or the basic origins behind various techniques. Supposedly the best way to learn is to immerse yourself in the culture to develop a better understanding of the training. The hosts only seemed concerned with not looking foolish for their upcoming fight. But I guess that the nature of the show - which basically reduces training into a cliff-noted crash course.
Here's a clip of kali done right:
Notice the new xerox logo? It continues the soft, cuddly rounded typeface that typifies logos in the web 2.0 era. This old article from Font Shop sums up this trend perfectly. So to be kind, the typography pleasantly jumps on the bandwagon. However, the "x" ball seems like an unnecessary add-on to me...but every company wants a 3-D like widget stuck to their wordmark nowadays.
Jay Electronica | Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Jay Electronica | Trolley Stop
Wale feat. Maroon5 & Mary J. Blige | Wake Up Call (Remix)
Estelle feat. Kanye West | American Boy
Estelle feat will.i.am | Wait a Minute
I rarely talk politics here, but is anybody else fed up with the campaign buzzword of the moment? "Change". The current Obama surge is intriguing but it has every candidate mentioning "change" 100 times per soundbyte. Everybody claims to be an "agent of change" bringing "change to Washington" and that their campaign has "always been about change". Won't be surprised if they start talking about loose change in the pockets of their extra change of clothes. We gotta change that, collect that loose change like we gotta change reckless government spending!
Great textural grime in Alex Cherry's illustrations. Cool portfolio site: ofsoundandvision.
sneaker freaker's best of 07.
I'm already completing one of my new year's resolutions: getting a physical. I'm the typical guy that never visits the doctor. I never get sick (knock on wood). Been flu-proof for 10+ years and haven't caught a significant cold in recent memory. I guess having OCD-like tendencies have some benefits. I don't even remember ever sneezing in the office. Co-workers must think I'm a robot. My wife says there's a Japanese saying that if you don't get sick, it means you're an idiot. Sounds like she made that up to poke at my ribs, but I wouldn't know.
So, I finally gave in to my wife and mom's nagging and hooked up with a family physician in my area. The doctor is a well-groomed 40-ish dude - possibly hispanic or filipino. He enters the room, takes one glance at me and blurts out, "Pinoy, right?" Nobody ever gets me right. Even fellow filipinos have guessed me wrong. I shake off the shock and reply, "Yeah, you?" He smiles in a goofy way and answers, "Yes, I was born in the Philippines but moved to the states when I was six. So don't try to talk to me in Tagalog because I can't speak it." I reassure him that there are no worries on that issue since I can't conversate in our ancestral tongue either. Then I find out that he went to U of Maryland. Small world huh? Not to mention that my Japanese wife sees a Japanese doctor in the very same office!
Beads, Breasts, Business - an interesting vid following the bead trail from China to New Orleans. The piece examines the plight of Chinese factory workers who make the beads that get tossed around by carefree American party people during Mardi Gras.
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