Be Right Back

July 31, 2006

Been busy at work. It’s my last few days so I’m being bombarded with work. Managed to take photos at the IdN gallery exhibit on its last day as well as hand in a last minute submission to the OMM Handkerchief design competition. I’ll show pics when I have time.

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The team of designers, led by Hiroshi Tsunoda (not to be mistaken with Fujiwara), offers a variety of different services all in the line of design. Operated in Barcelona, Spain, Hiroshi Tsunoda Design Studio designs furniture, interior and conceptual design. Browsing through the catalogue on their website (which is very well produced), all of their products look unique and spectacular. Hiroshi Tsunoda Design Studio specializes in developing projects with aesthetic, practical, ecological, commercial and cost- effective productions.

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Being from my hometown of Markham, the reason why I hated the town was because everything was so spread out. Unless you wanted to walk for 1/2 hour, it was mandatory to have a car if I wanted to go buying something from a store or if I wanted to watch a movie at the theatre. With all the big corporate offices like Apple and IBM residing their headquarters there, I wasn’t suprised that money and development was invested there. But I didn’t expect anything like this. Downtown Markham will be 243 acres of land between the lines of Highway 407 and the Rouge River and extends from Warden Avenue on the west to the GO Transit rail line and the Unionville GO Station on the east. The developer, The Remington Group, proposes an urban feel in a suburban town. So this means, closer proximity in terms of residential, commercial and retail sites would be side by side, all inter-mingled together. From how the renders look, 1- Downtown Markham would have an European feel (ironically, everyone will mostly be of Asian decent) and 2- a sense of community, something that seems to be missing in EVERY Toronto suburban town. Shops, restaurants, cafés, theatres, cinemas, bars, nightclubs and a 10 acre community park all in walking distance (and I mean at most a 5 minute walk) from your house or apartment condo.

I must admit, I am impressed. It looks terrific. If it’s done correctly and if the actual community look like the renders shown, this could be very successful. You can be sure many new towns would look to Downtown Markham as a template of how a real town should feel or look like. Hell, if it looks anything like this, I might move back home and buy a place whenever this will get done. Knowing Canadian construction, I’d say 40-50 years?! Ha.

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écurie25 Super Club

July 22, 2006

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This idea has been popping around the internet. Memberships for people who wanna rent out things they normally can’t afford (like Shoulder Candy, renting out Designer purses for a flat fee) But this idea is more to my liking. A great idea from écurie25 for you posers who like to pretend theyre more rich than they actually are and wanna pimp out in a F430, Gallardo or a 911 turbo without having to shelf-out the full price for one. The great thing about this idea is that you won’t have to be stuck with one car for the whole year so if you wanted to, you could have an Aston Martin one week and a Bentley the next. Here’s how écurie25 works:

In return for the yearly membership fee (roughly 17,000 cdn [8800 pounds]) , members are allocated 600 points. These points are then traded for time in their choice of supercars.

The cars are split into three categories. Our Ferrari F430 Spider resides in f1, while our Lotus Exige falls into f3. f1 cars enjoy a higher point value than f2 or f3 cars.

During the summer months, the point value of a car is greater than during winter, similarly weekends attract a higher point value than weekdays.

The concept is simple, the possibilities are endless.


Winter Summer
Weekday
per Day
Weekend
per 3 days
Weekday
per Day
Weekend
per 3 days
f1 12 100 18 140
f3 8 40 6 30


Courtesy of écurie’s website

Currently écurie25 is only available in the Greater London area but I wouldn’t be suprised to see this idea expanding in New York City, Hong Kong or LA (more of the image conscious cities ;-))

Overheard

July 22, 2006

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Now you can eavesdrop in the comfort of your own home! Overheard in New York is a site which people submit funny/absurd conversations they hear in public. Bookmark this under your ‘I-Don’t-Feel-Like-Working’ folder. If you’re still that bored, be sure to check out Overheard in the Office as well as Overheard at the Beach

Gnotorious Gnarls Biggie

July 21, 2006

Mix Gnarls Barkley and Notorious B.I.G. and you got a pretty messed up mosh up. Check it out. It’s kinda amateurish but its worth a listen. You might like it?

Albums you should definitely check out:

1. Lupe Fiasco – Food & Liquor

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Hands down, in my opinion, the best Hip Hop album this year. Lupe Fiasco‘s album leaked about 4 months ago but I recently got the chance to really listen to it. The kid definitely brings some much needed life in the Hip-Hop game. Executive produced by Jay-Z as well as tracks produced by Kayne, Mike Shinoda and Three 6 Mafia, there was no way this album wasn’t gonna be any good. Great flow, rhymes and stories from this Chicago native.

Songs definitely you should check out – Kick Push, You My, Real Recognize Real, Slow Down and Make Sure

2. The Roots – Game Theory

Experimenting with Hip-Hop, The Roots continue to push the border on music and with ‘Game Theory’, it definitely pays off. Thanks to ?uestlove and the lyrical content (themes such as loss, war, confusion, double standards) of Black Thought really shine throughout this whole album.

Songs definitely you should check out – Long Time, Don’t Feel Right, In The Music, Game Theory and Livin In A New World

3. Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins – Rabbit Fur Coat

If you liked Rilo Kiley, definitely check out this album. Jenny Lewis‘ soulful voice should be enough for you to get this album. Jenny Lewis’ solo debut is a success.

Songs definitely you should check out – You Are What You Love, Rise Up With Fists!!! and Handle With Care

Other Songs To Check Out:

The Killers – When You Were Young
Regina Spektor – Better
The Watson Twins – Southern Manners
Miles Davis – Ko – Ko
Busta Rhymes – I Love My Bitch
Gnarls Barkley – Smiley Faces
Metric – Between The Bars (Elliott Smith Cover)
Editors – Munich
Jurassic 5 – Work It out

TO WORDPRESS: FUCK YOU!

OKAY, WORDPRESS SUCKS! IT JUST DELETED HALF MY POST! I”M NOT REWRITING IT!!! JUST CHECK OUT THE SONGS.

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Wow, now this is a suit. Only priced at $1700 (US) , it’s considered a bargain. I was looking to get a suit from Zegna (which would probably cost a lot more than this) but I think I’m leaning towards this Dior Homme designed by Hedi Slimane ready to wear suit. You know how money I would be if I started to wear shit like this!??

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The photography of Weegee reminded me a lot of Boogie’s photography. To me, Boogie’s work now is what Weegee’s work was back then. Vividly capturing the underground world of drugs, gangs and street culture in New York, Boogie’s eye of photography is flawless as his photos describe the hard life of the ghettos, particularly Harlem, Brooklyn as well as some photos from Brazil.

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Sorry for the lack of posts lately. I’m still hungover from Friday night. I barely went to work on Saturday and I didn’t want the weekend to be a complete waste so I headed to the library on Sunday to do some research for a project which I won’t describe just yet. (Keeping it “hush-hush” for now 😉 )

While rummaging through photography books and catalogues, I managed to find interesting photography from a great photographer named Arthur Fellig. Arthur Fellig, otherwise known as Weegee, contributed images of murder, mayhem, and drama to New York’s press through the 1930’s and 40’s. Weegee derived his name from the phonetic spelling of Ouija, claiming that psychic powers enabled him to be the first at crime scenes, fires, etc.

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