Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Throne at the Victoria Secret Show

Jay-Z and Kanye West performing "______ in Paris" during last night's Victoria Secret Show.

Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln

The first photo of Daniel Day-Lewis in hair/makeup as Abraham Lincoln appeared on Twitter today as a Richmond, VA resident caught him at a local restaurant.

The Steven Spielberg-directed biography film is being shot now for a Winter 2012 release.

Nike Zoom KD IV "Weatherman"

"Paying tribute to Kevin Durant’s fascination with his second career choice as a weatherman, Nike Basketball officially unveils the “Weatherman” edition of KD’s fourth signature design, the Nike Zoom KD IV. A bold green upper representing a green screen, thermo-mapping scans of Kevin’s actual footprint on the outsole."

Available Dec. 10 at Foot Locker House of Hoops locations.

Hypebeast - "Nike Zoom KD IV “Weatherman”

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

So happy the NBA is on its way back

Kevin Durant, J Cole and Sam Cooke in this Nike ad.

7 Billion

Click image to enlarge.

Visualization-information firm Fathom created 'Dencity' to show where our world population lives now at seven billion. Colors get lighter and dots get smaller the denser the population.

Basketball vs. Football

"But here is the tricky part for the N.B.A. as it moves forward with its most potent teams inhabiting the glamour markets of Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Boston, Dallas and possibly soon New York: Will the sport ultimately benefit or bomb without superteams playing deep into June?

Professional football — wildly popular as metaphorical war, manned by costumed foot soldiers — is seldom marketed as a game of stars or even as a showdown of cities. It is primarily about Cowboys and Giants, Steelers and Ravens."

Lego Christmas Tree

After two months of construction, the LEGO Christmas tree in London's St. Pancras Station is finally complete.
"The project utilizes 600,000 LEGO bricks to compose 172 branches and 1,200 Christmas balls, all of which make up a 10-meter festive installation."

DesignBOOM - "LEGO christmas tree in london"

A$AP Rocky + Crew Selector Freestyles

New York rapper ASAP Rocky and his collective group ASAP appeared on's Selector show yesterday.

Selector, hosted by Larry Fitzmaurice, is like the 2011 version of Rap City the Basement. Each episode features an interview and then each featured rapper is offered two beats to perform a "freestyle." Varying from the old BET show though each episode's setting is different. Anywhere from a stoop or bodega in Brooklyn to a laser tag place in Queens.

Click here to see previous episodes of Selector with freestyles from the Clipse, Big Boi, Das Rascist, Lil B, Curren$y and more.

McDonald's French Fry Billboard

Chicago creative agency Leo Burnett came up with the light up French Fry billboard that will stand in Chicago, on North Clark and West Ontario, until December 8.

PSFK - "Chicago Billboard Beams Lights That Resemble McDonald’s Fries [Pics]"

Saturday, November 26, 2011


"America–the country that invented the modern assembly line, the skyscraper, the airplane, and the personal computer–has lost its belief in the future.

[Peter] Thiel thinks that Americans who are beguiled by mere gadgetry have forgotten how expansive technological change can be. He looks back at the fifties and sixties, the heyday of popularized science and technology in this country, as a time when visions of a radically different future was commonplace."

Friday, November 25, 2011

Phones Intervening in Life

"Idea Wizard" (-FastCo) Renny Gleeson, Global director of digital strategies, Wieden+Kennedy.

The Weeknd - "The Knowing"

The first music video from Toronto native Abel Tesfaye.

Vice TV

"Taste merchant" (-FastCo) Shane Smith, cofounder of ViceMedia, is currently working with HBO and Bill Mahrer to produce a "younger" 60 Minutes.

"Programming could include segments on topics ranging from slave labor in the Sudan or wars in the Congo to domestic issues such as America's methamphetamine epidemic."

"Vice TV" could air on HBO as soon as next fall, he said, although Vice will likely have to shoot a pilot before HBO agrees to air the series."
WSJ - "Vice, HBO Develop New Show for 'Young People'"

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Jay Gastby, Daisy Buchanan and Nick Carraway

The first photos from Baz Luhrmann (Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge)'s The Great Gatsby filming in Australia above and below.

Banksy - Shop till you Drop

New unconfirmed Banksy in London.

Stanley Kubrick Photography

Before he was making legendary films, Stanley Kubrick was a photographer for Look Magazine in NYC.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Artist - JR (TED video)

Scrooge Totem Pole

American sculptor Daniel Edwards created the above totem pole sculpture featuring a bust of Jay-Z, Mr. Burns, Scrooge McDuck and Richie Rich.

The theme for the piece relates to the featured character's 1%-ness and the general opposition to Jay-Z's sponsored clothing line, Roca Wear, which released the Occupy All Streets t-shirt that many have claimed is capitalizing on the Occupy movement without helping fund the protests. No word on how Edwards' piece is funding the movement.

Infographic - Money

Interesting comparisons in costs or net worth from the chart (in 2011 dollars):

US GDP $14.55 Trillion
World War II $4.104 Trillion
Iraq War $784 Billion
Vietnam War $738 Billion
US interstate highway system $465.97 Billion
World War I $334 Billion
War in Afghanistan $321 Billion
Japan 2011 Earthquake $235 Billion
City Qatar is building to host the 2022 World Cup $207 Billion
Apollo moon landing project $192 Billion
International Space Station $138 Billion
Hurricane Katrina $107.44 Billion
Persian Gulf War $102 Billion
Civil War $79.74 Billion
Bill Gates (Microsoft) $56 Billion
Obama’s 2011 high-speed rail proposal $53 Billion
Warren Buffett $50 Billion
Larry Page and Sergey Brin (Google) $39.6 Billion
Walton Family (Walmart) $26.5 Billion
Manhattan Project $24.4 Billion
The Big Dig $18.51 Billion
Jeff Bezos (Amazon) $18 Billion
Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) $13.5 Billion
Ralph Lauren $5.8 Billion
Oprah Winfrey $3.2 Billion
George Lucas $3.2 Billion
Donald Trump $2.7 Billion
Burj Khalifa (world's tallest building) $1.52 Billion
Five wealthiest rappers combined $1.25 Billion*
J.K. Rowling $1 Billion

*Diddy, Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Birdman and 50 Cent

Walkable Roller Coaster

"Named Tiger & Turtle, Magic Mountain and located in Duisburg, Germany, it was designed to give visitors a thrill-ride inspired view of the surrounding German countryside. Designed by sculptors, Ulrich Genth and Heike Mutter, the public art piece took eight weeks to assemble and was named the Tiger & Turtle, Magic Mountain because the roller coaster represents the speed of a tiger, but the curious have to investigate it at the speed of a turtle."
PSFK - "Walkable Roller Coaster Connect People With Their Natural Surroundings"

Artist - JR

Self-proclaimed photograffeur, French artist JR received the 2011 TED Prize (previous winners include Bill Clinton, Bono and Dave Eggers) and is featured in this week's New Yorker.

The art pictured in this post were taken in Kenya, Rio de Janiero, Paris and Abu Dhabi.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Forty-Five Fruit Stickers

Replace that Chiquita sticker on your banana with any one of these forty-five original stickers in the second issue of Momofuku's David Chang and former NYT Food Editor Peter Meehan's McSweeney's publication, Lucky Peach.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

3-D Printing

"It won’t be long before people have a 3-D printer sitting at home alongside its old inkjet counterpart. These 3-D printers, some already costing less than a computer did in 1999, can print objects by spraying layers of plastic, metal or ceramics into shapes. People can download plans for an object, hit print, and a few minutes later have it in their hands.

Call it the Industrial Revolution 2.0. Not only will it change the nature of manufacturing, but it will further challenge our concept of ownership and copyright. Suppose you covet a lovely new mug at a friend’s house. So you snap a few pictures of it. Software renders those photos into designs that you use to print copies of the mug on your home 3-D printer.

Did you break the law by doing this? You might think so, but surprisingly, you didn’t."

New York Times - "Disruptions: The 3-D Printing Free-for-All"

Lego Architecture - Burj Khalifa

Lego has introduced a few new additions to their Architecture Series including the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, above.

Bon Iver, Bon Iver Video

Bon Iver will be re-releasing this year's celebrated album, Bon Iver, Bon Iver, in early December with " track-by-track video accompaniments by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, Isaac Gale, David Jensen, JoLynn Garnes, Ryan Thompson, Andre Durand, and Dan Huiting. A press release notes that the videos are not necessarily "music videos", but rather provide atmospheric visuals."

Pitchfork - "Bon Iver Release Deluxe Version of LP"

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Friday, November 18, 2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Pogo - Artificial Intelligence

Australian DJ/electronic musician Pogo edits A.I.: Artificial Intelligence for his newest movie remix.

New MLB logos

The Floridan Marlins have been renamed the Miami Marlins and the Baltimore Ravens have reverted to their cartoony-bird.

Watch the Throne Lebron 9s

Random Acts of Cool. Freshness Mag. Nice Kicks.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Chef David Chang on Fallon

Such a simple, but cool idea - make Piña colada ice cubes and then just blend those.

Momofuku's Chang also shows how to make a simple ramen dish.

Cliché Movie Poster Mosiacs

Assembled by French film distributor Christophe Courtois.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Google X (Top Secret Lab)

According to a NYT article published today, Google co-founder Sergey Brin is leading a Xerox PARC-esque ground-breaking, top secret lab at "an undisclosed Bay Area location" working on "100 shoot-for-the-stars ideas." That lab is known as Google X.

With a team of technology industry innovators,
  • Sebastian Thrun, "one of the world’s top robotics and artificial intelligence experts, who teaches computer science at Stanford and invented the world’s first driverless car"
  • Andrew Ng "another Stanford professor, who specializes in applying neuroscience to artificial intelligence to teach robots and machines to operate like people"
  • Johnny Chung Lee "a specialist in human-computer interaction" who "came to Google X from Microsoft this year after helping develop Microsoft’s Kinect, the video game player that responds to human movement and voice"
Google X is working to develop new products such as
  • Household items connected to the Internet such as refrigerators, garden planers, coffee pots and lightbulbs so that they could be controlled by your computer or mobile device
  • Driverless cars ("Unimpressed by the innovative spirit of Detroit automakers, Google now is considering manufacturing them in the United States")
  • And, an elevator to outer space. Yes, a space elevator.
New York Times - "Google’s Lab of Wildest Dreams"

Anti-meth by Darren Aronofsky

Darren Aronofsky (director of 'Pi,' 'Requiem for a Dream,' 'The Wrestler,' and 'Black Swan') directed these four ads for "The Meth Project" that “aims to reduce first-time meth use with its hard-hitting and graphic portrayals”.


24 Hours in Dubai

"2880 shots over 24 hours, one every 30 seconds, starting at 4am local time of 11/11/11.

...the light going down the Burj Khalifa at the start of the video [you can see the light line going down through the whole tower] is a reflection of the full moon setting. Later in the video, you can see the sun reflection doing the same thing as it sets."

WWF Flying Rhinos

Laughing Squid - "The Flying Rhinos of the WWF Black Rhino Range Expansion Project"

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Apple's New Office

One of Steve Jobs last projects, the above design was presented to the Cupertino City Council back in June.

“I think we do have a shot at building the best office building in the world.”

-Steve Jobs

Found in Translation

The "average upscale Beijinger likes nothing more than to shuck his dress shoes for a pair of Enduring and Persevering, rev up his Precious Horse and head to the pub for a tall, frosty glass of Happiness Power.

Or, if he’s a teetotaler, a bottle of Tasty Fun.

To Westerners, that’s Nike, BMW, Heineken and Coca-Cola, respectively"

"Carrier Classic" Photos

Yahoo - Carrier Classic: No. 1 UNC vs. Michigan State