Date Archives January 2008

EazzzY~! Mini USB Camera

Since I got my iPhone I’ve started taking more and more pictures with it. It’s not like they’re worth hanging on a wall or anything, but it’s fun to catch random things that most people don’t see. So having a mini camera like the Eazzzy~! would be really fun to carry around. It’s got a ridiculous name, but the concept is pretty awesome.

Imagine taking a cellphone camera, but putting it into the form of a tiny camera. There’s no viewfinder or screen, you just point and shoot Lomo style. Then you plug it into a USB port and download the pictures. I think this could be really great for kids especially, who just want something fun and easy to use, and the bright colors would are fun as well. Now they need to make a high gloss black one and I’m in!


Super Mario Bros. 2 with Drums

Growing up, I was a hardcore Super Mario Bros 2 fan. I wasn’t cool like all of the other kids who played Super Mario 3, I enjoyed the campyness of Mario 2. You got four character to choose from, the slot machine after each level to win more lives, the potions that opened doors to bizarro worlds… what wasn’t to love?

Andrea Vadrucci must have been like me, as you can see in the video above, who’s spiced up the classic soundtrack with some punk-ish drumming. My favorite part is at about 2:05 when he gets to the boss battle music.I can totally picture Princess jumping on the eggs that Bird-O shot out and throwing it at her, and when it hits her she makes that pained sound. That sound brought me such pleasure as a small child.
Also, his double bass pedals are pretty fun. It’s a pretty dorky idea, but it certainly made me smile this morning.

Found through Joystiq

Bobby Has Freed the Music announced today that it’s worked out a deal with major and indie record labels to be allowed to stream full songs and albums by artists. This is apretty crazy announcement, seeing as how this means you can preview entire records if you want to. I guess that the labels are getting paid every time a track is streamed, so I hope that doesn’t start throwing more ads into the works, but overall this sounds rad.

The songs can be played up to 3 times before you’re given a notice talking about their upcoming subscription service that they’ll be releasing. With this plan, you’d be able to play tracks as much as you want “and some other useful things.” It’s a cool idea to be able to listen to any album, any where, all the way through. I wonder how this might effect all the other players in the music game like Apple and Amazon?


Advice To Sink In Slowly Posters

Beginning in 2006, the graduates of University College Falmouth have been creating posters with words of wisdom for the incoming freshman class. The posters are given as a gift to the students, and hold such great nuggets of truth like, “Don’t Fuck Your Flatmate”, or “Let go of what you think you know.” It’s like those horrible, inspirational posters from the 80s’, except these posters are slightly amazing.

The best part of this whole thing is that the posters are for sale at the Advice To Sink Slowly In site, for only £5 a piece! You’re thinking, oh, they must be absolutely tiny! Well they’re actually an A3 size (or roughly 11″ x 16″ for the Americans), so they’re pretty damn huge! My favorites are the ones above created by Luke Tong, which features some amazing anatomical drawings with bright red ink over the top of ’em. Really amazing stuff.

You can check out a ton more of the posters at the link above, or by visiting their Flickr account.


The New York City Waterfalls by Olafur Eliasson

I’m sort of behind on posting about this, but Olafur Eliasson is installing four giant waterfalls throughout New York this summer. The falls will be located most noticeably below the Brooklyn Bridge, looking almost like it’s pouring right out of the bridge, or so the mock up looks. The other ones will be put between Piers 4 and 5 in Brooklyn, on Governor’s Island, and on Pier 35 in Manhattan. The project should be completed sometime in July, and will run until October.

I’m hoping these turn out as good as the other work I’ve seen of Eliasson’s. His exhibit at the MoMA definitely gives me a good amount of hope.


Meet My New Child, Tippy

Last weekend, Jeff and I were shopping at IKEA, when out of nowhere he suggests that we get a fish. I’ve had fish before, and I usually get bored of them, but I thought, what the hell, let’s do it. So we found a big glass vase, and then headed to the janky, bootleg pet store down the street.
When we got there, the selection for fishes was quite slim, but then Jeff noticed something swimming in the water,

“Oh look, it’s a turtle!”

Sure enough, swimming around the tank was the cutest little turtle, no bigger than two quarters put end to end. I looked around the store more, but all i could think about was that adorable little turtle. Everyone has fish, but how many people do you know have a turtle? Like none. So we bought the turtle and took him home. His name is Tippy, named after someone’s childhood dog. I thought the name was cute, so I totally stole it. He’s a Red-ear slider, and is a lot of fun to watch swim.

Kitsune Noir may just have a new mascot.


Monument Snowboards

In the entry below I wrote about a bike I really love, but I don’t know anything about them. The same could definitely said about snowboards and snowboarding in general, which I hate because I fall on my ass too much. But I can definitely tell you if the graphics on the board are rad or not.
Monument Snowboards is an East Coast company who’s teamed up with some pretty rad artists for their 2007/2008 boards, and they turned out pretty well.

The designs you see above are by The Graves and Maya Hayuk, respectively, who are joined by J. Penry, Donny Miller, Peter Beste, East River Drive, and Sandro/Koop. The boards go for about $500 a piece, which may or may not be cheap, I have no idea. But I’d say that having one of these boards would make you cooler than all the other bros out on the mountain.


Affinity Pursuit Bike

Living in driving in Los Angeles, the idea of anyone riding their bike around town is absolutely absurd to me. I know plenty of people do it, I almost hit them every day. The reason? Because there are cars parked on the side of the street, the streets are too narrow anyhow, and there are maybe 12 bike lanes in all of Los Angeles. Even so, I’d still love to be able to own a cool bike that I could ride to the store and go do random errands. And if I could, it would totally be the bike you see above.

I honestly know zero to nothing about bikes, but something about this bike makes me really happy. I’ve had this link on my desktop for months now, opening it up now and then just to check it out. I think it looks somewhat futuristic, and totally modern with it’s all white frame. The owner is some guy in San Francisco, and he describes the bike as “beautiful, stiff, and could survive the apocalypse.” That’s my kind of bike… epic. For more technical info, as well as some pictures, check out his velospace.