Archive | February, 2012

New York Fashion Week in 5 Minutes

28 Feb

From street-style photographer Liam Goslett comes a video montage of every single photo he took at New York Fashion Week 2012. To create this little wrap-up video, Goslett compressed over three thousand frames into five minutes. Instead of  listlessly perusing every single street-style blog on the internet, I suggest catching up on what happened at NYFW 2012  by watching this video instead! Enjoy!

Check out more of Liam’s work here ->

Make it a double.

24 Feb

Single malt whisky can beat the threat of cancer, thanks to high levels of a powerful antioxidant that kills cancer cells….Single malt whisky contains “more ellagic acid than red wine”…ellagic acid is an effective “free radical scavenger” that “absorbs” or “eats up” rogue cells…”So, whether you indulge in the odd tipple, or you are a serious connoisseur, whisky can protect you from cancer – and science proves it”

Understanding solutions.

22 Feb

“Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and well informed just to be undecided about them.”

-Laurence J. Peter

Bon Iver at AIR Studios

20 Feb

The following are four paragraphs that were a part of  a simple cut and paste job making this the easiest post of my life. I wanted to share this video and do a nice little write up, however, after reading the below I know my description would have fallen short.  Enjoy!

4AD and Jagjaguwar have collaborated on a live session that captures a truly unique Bon Iver performance, featuring Justin Vernon and Sean Carey. On recent tours fans will have become accustomed to seeing Vernon flanked by an eleven-piece band, with the swell in numbers lending a grandiose element to even his most delicate songs. Sidestepping expectations, the idea Vernon presented for this session was to provide a wildly different experience.

Recorded in AIR Studio’s Lyndurst Hall – a building that was originally a church and missionary school designed in 1880 by the great Victorian architect Alfred Waterhouse (designer of the Natural History Museum) – Vernon was joined only by Carey, with the pair positioning themselves opposite one another at two grand pianos. Although neither Justin nor Sean’s first instrument is piano, they were able to remodel the songs in a way that showcases their complimentary vocals and, perhaps more strikingly, a seemingly effortless ability to experiment with form and structure.

As such, fans are treated to jaw-dropping interpretations of several songs from both the new album and the ‘Blood Bank’ EP, as well as a cover of Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me”. And interpretation is an apt word, as these songs are artfully abstracted from their original incarnations. Rather than layer the sound as on ‘Bon Iver, Bon Iver’, the focus is on paring back, in part evoking the minimalist approach of contemporary classical music, while remaining true enough to the source material to retain those elements characteristic of Bon Iver.

As on “Babys” and “Hinnom, TX”, Vernon’s trademark falsetto is positioned centre stage, framed by subtle and unexpected instrumental flourishes that render the performance simultaneously weighty and airless. It’s quite an achievement that songs so widely-known and loved in their recorded form are able gain in emotional impact, and stands as testament to Bon Iver’s singular talent.


1. Hinnom, TX
2. Wash.
3. I Can’t Make You Love Me
4. Babys
5. Beth/Rest

Director: Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard
Recording & Mixing: Jake Jackson with Brian Joseph
Recorded in London at AIR Studios, October 16, 2011


19 Feb

A perfectly executed advertisement. Genius! 

You keep me searching for a heart of gold

17 Feb

The following is a live recording from 1971 of Neil Young playing his then new at the time song Heart of Gold. This video provides the viewer with a little more than just an amazing song (one of my favorites I may add) but also shows Neil Young digging around in his pockets looking for the correct harmonica while cracking jokes. His dry sense of humor shines through prior to belting out the undeniable classic.  Enjoy some vintage Neil Young!


Clear – iPhone app

17 Feb

At the tail-end of 2011, I had many conversations with a dear friend of mine regarding resolutions and our own personal plan of attack for 2012. My response was pretty succinct:  Simplify.  With a full time job, grad school, and an entrepreneurial endeavor taking up the majority of my time, I need to squeeze the most out of every free minute. More often than not, those free minutes are spent taking care of the necessities of living, and not more pleasant/fun activities.  So naturally keeping lists, managing tasks, and time are a poignant issue. So what better device than an iPhone? To be quite honest, I hardly use my notes app on my iPhone. This can be attributed to an odd format and/or awful user interface. That is where Clear enters the picture (which literally entered the picture two days ago).  Clear was designed to help you manage your life without adding clutter. It’s a beautifully-designed, gesturally-driven app that was created to flexibly keep quick, simple to-do lists.  I have an MBA list, grocery list, B&M list, and a to-do list. This single app has helped me simplify, get organized, and free up some much needed minutes. Check it out in action below!


swipe right to check off an item

swipe left to delete one

pinch to close the list

pull down to create a new one

tap and hold to reorder

Luminarie De Cagna at the 2012 Light Festival

15 Feb


Luminarie De Cagna is an Italian family business founded in 1930. Back then on festive occasions the  company illuminated buildings and squares with oil and carbide lamps. This was quickly switched to electric lights, and since 2006 only LEDs are used for new projects. The lights are joined to make large curtains of light, which are placed onto buildings or spread out on other objects in the area. In this way, whole streets and even squares are full of light.

During  the 2012 Ghent Light Festival,  Belfortstraat (Belfort Street) was the  domain of the Luminarie Cagna. A giant colonnade made of wood and hundreds of thousands of colored lights, with arches reminds one of Romanesque and Renaissance architecture. The entrance area was an imposing 28 meters high. The audience walked into a fairy tale gallery, surrounded by light and color.

Energy Wasted? On the contrary, this immense work of art with 55,000 LED lights consumes only 20Kwatt / h of electricity.







Happy Valentine’s Day

14 Feb

Mercedes-Benz: Left Brain vs Right Brain advertisement

9 Feb
The text for the left brain reads:

“I am the left brain. I am a scientist. A mathematician. I love the familiar. I categorize. I am accurate. Linear. Analytical. Strategic. I am practical. Always in control. A master of words and language. Realistic. I calculate equations and play with numbers. I am order. I am logic. I know exactly who I am.”

And the text  for the right brain reads:

“I am the right brain. I am creativity. A free spirit. I am passion. Yearning. Sensuality. I am the sound of roaring laughter. I am taste. The feeling of sand beneath bare feet. I am movement. Vivid colors. I am the urge to paint on an empty canvas. I am boundless imagination. Art. Poetry. I sense. I feel. I am everything I wanted to be.”


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