Monday, October 25, 2010

Kanye's "Runaway"

Wow...Kanye really pushed the envelope. I'm loving the creative depth of this film. This will probably be studied in film classes of the future. A masterpiece. I have my own interpretation, but would love to know Kanye's REAL thought process for the imagery (plus I probably need to be on that "loud", watching in full screen HD to really understand it). There are a lot of religious/symbolic/historical references. Just like most art, it can be interpreted a million different ways. My favorite scene is when he's jammin' on the drum machine...make that beautiful bird dance Ye. I like the way the music builds and of course I appreciate when the violins kick in (I love to see a musician really get into their music...especially when it's hot)....5:56 mark

This is an awesome shot!
no makeup or hair did....just natural God given beauty

For the car lovers...

He's driving a '93 Tatra MTX V8 in the film. Tatra stopped making cars in 1999 (they now make very large trucks) and was the first car producer in central Europe, founded in 1850. The company is in the Czech Republic (the same place the film was shot). The car is a mid-engined RWD that uses a bespoke 3.9 litre V8 and goes from 0-60 in 5.7 seconds with a top speed of 153mph. The 4 speed manual pushed out only 220bhp at 6500rpm. Not really the type of numbers you think of when it comes to a super car, however still a very valuable car considering only 4 were made.

For the Audio/Video Lovers....

The TV in the film is a state of the art legendary Bang & Olufsen. Another masterpiece. MSRP $5400. This B&O BeoVision 8 40" TV came out this past summer.

BeoVision 8

The perfect balance
"There are many abbreviations to keep track of when it comes to modern televisions. LCD, HDMI, DVB, Full HD… No wonder that many people prefer to remember just one: B&O."

This is an ideal home studio.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

NBA bans shoes designed to increase vertical leap

Obviously these shoes work...

Athletic Propulsion Labs’ $300 Concept 1 shoe implements a spring-based system which increase vertical leap. The company is the brainchild of 23-year-old twin brother, Adam and Ryan Goldston, who are former walk-ons for USCs basketball team.

We were brought up in and around the athletic footwear industry. Our dad was a top executive at Reebok, L.A. Gear, and worked with Converse as well. Our dad helped work on the Reebok's Pump and Energy Return System (ERS). When he worked for L.A. Gear he was responsible for the lighted shoes. We were the first ones that tested the L.A. Gear Lights. It was because of us that the lights for the little kids moved from the back of the shoe to the side of the shoe because my dad brought us back some samples and we were walking around the house and we couldn’t see our lights. (I find it interesting that one twin has long hair and the other has a beard and the other has no hair on his face)
The NBA however released a statement on Tuesday that bans the use of the shoes. “Under league rules, players may not wear any shoe during a game that creates an undue competitive advantage,” the NBA said.

30% of the NBA's rookie class expressed interest in the shoes prior to the NBA testing and subsequent banning of the shoes.

I just ordered a pair for Aiden (he starts basketball in a year)...ha ha (click here to view APL's website)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Chistopher Columbus' Own Words

Some people honor Christopher Columbus, as the US government does with the federal holiday today, and others, especially Native Americans, think he was an evil man driven by greed and domination.

YOU DECIDE FOR YOURSELF. These are his actual words chronicling his voyage to the "new world" which is present-day Bahamas.
The Admiral called upon the two Captains, and the rest of the crew who bear witness that he before all others took possession of that island for the King and Queen his sovereigns. Numbers of the people of the island straightway collected together. Here follow the precise words of the Admiral: "As I saw that they were very friendly to us...I presented them with some red caps, and strings of beads to wear upon the neck, and many other trifles of small value, wherewith they were much delighted, and became wonderfully attached to us. They all go completely naked...well made, with fine shapes and faces. Weapons they have none, nor are acquainted with them, for I showed them swords which they grasped by the blades, and cut themselves through ignorance.

I was very attentive to them, and strove to learn if they had any gold. I gathered from them by signs that by going southward or steering round the island in that direction, there would be found a king who possessed large vessels of gold, and in great quantities. I endeavored to procure them to lead the way thither... The natives are an inoffensive people. I do not, however, see the necessity of fortifying the place, as the people here are simple in war-like matters, as your Highnesses will see by those seven which I have ordered to be taken and carried to Spain in order to learn our language and return, unless your Highnesses should choose to have them all transported to Castile, or held captive in the island. I could conquer the whole of them with fifty men, and govern them as I pleased.

It appeared to them that we were honest people.... according to the account of the natives on board, there is much gold, the inhabitants wearing it in bracelets upon their arms, legs, and necks, as well as in their ears and at their noses. They are all extremely verdant and fertile, with the air agreeable, and probably contain many things of which I am ignorant, not inclining to stay here, but visit other islands in search of gold... or spices in abundance. And considering the indications of it among the natives who wear it upon their arms and legs, and having ascertained that it is the true metal by showing them some pieces of it which I have with me, I cannot find the place which produces it.

It appears to me, that the people are indigenous, and would be good servants. They very quickly learn such words as are spoken to them. If it please our Lord, I intend at my return to carry home six of them to your Highnesses, that they may learn our language.
We all know how this story ends...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Tabi Bonney - Nuthin But A Hero

I've really been feeling this song (and the creative video - watch it in HD full screen mode - takes a minute to load b4 you can push play). I love the vibe from it. It's been on repeat as I work (sometimes I'm obsessive–compulsive like that). The beat almost sounds like something you would hear on an "Ambient Lounge" CD (which I also love to work to). Check out the 4:08 mark when they "screw" it up...listen to the violin talk to your soul at the 5:56 mark (I doubt they got a permit to film this!

$3,000 for a pair of Ultrasones

They are made from materials such as zebrano wood, Ethiopian sheepskin leather, titanium-plated drivers, silver-plated copper wires with 99.99 percent purity, and kevlar-coated cables (they even come in a jazzy wooden box).The Edition 10 is a result of years of painstaking R&D. The ear cups draw inspiration from natural forms, featuring high levels of air permeability through the grills, high specific torsion strength and extremely low resonance, all in a lightweight design.

The outer ear cup is finished with galvanic Ruthenium plating and with a Zebrano wood inlay, which is coated with eight layers of clear lacquer for protection. The Edition 10’s inner ear cup, as well as the head-pad, is adorned with reddish brown Ethiopian sheepskin. This type of leather is known for being the most supple leather available, achieving the maximum level of comfort and sound isolation.

The drivers selected for the Edition 10 have been specially tuned for open back headphones. The Titanium-plated 40mm drivers have been designed with a 10% more powerful magnet for enhanced sound pressure levels. Each set of drivers have been individually paired with a tolerance of +/- 0.4.

Ultrasone’s latest headphones employ S-Logic™ Plus technology, resulting in an impartial acoustic feeling that affords the listener the utmost spacious tonal perception. This gives users the advantage of wearing Ultrasone headphones for many hours without their ears hurting. Ultrasone’s newest headphones also contain MU-Metal shielding (ULE technology) that reduce the amount of radiation directed to the listener by up to 98%, as compared to conventional headphones.

Morehouse cafeteria workers on strike

The workers are protesting the French-owned Sodexo, accusing the company of unfair labor practices, low wages, poor working conditions [and unidentifiable meat].