Archive for January, 2011

January 31, 2011

Video: Q & A With Kobe Bryant x Robert Rodriguez About Black Mamba

41 points and they still lose?! Doesn’t look good for the Fake Show. Kobe needs help, badly.

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January 31, 2011

The Story Of Marquis Barnett

I wanted to share this story simply because outside of sports there’s life. Some lifestyles go unnoticed due to the fact that these athletes are just that-ATHLETES. I feel this one story is special because it has everything to do with the benefits sports can bring to one’s life, not just the free ride to college, but how this kid wants to use basketball as a way to better his life. The NBA isn’t an aspiration of Marquis Barnett. To be a man and provider is what he wants, and will achieve. Please read.

NY Daily News:

Marquis Barnett hopes the New Year brings a change of fortune for himself and his family.

“I just want everything to be normal,” Barnett said. “I hope things change. I really do.”

The 17-year-old Cardozo senior forward has already endured more trying times than most people his age.

Barnett, his mother and two younger siblings moved into a shelter on the lower East Side of Manhattan early last month, after the three-bedroom apartment in which they were living in Far Rockaway, Queens, was plagued by dangerous mold and flooding. It’s the third shelter in the last three years that Barnett and his family have had to call home.

It’s also the latest setback in a whirlwind of difficult times in Barnett’s young life.

Last February, his 11-year-old half-brother, Tavon Turpin, died in a fire that he’d set when left unsupervised in their grandmother’s Ocean Towers apartment in Coney Island.

Turpin, who was autistic and could barely speak, had used matches or a lighter to ignite the fire in a hallway closet. His grandmother, Melinda McLain, had gone to a nearby deli when Turpin set the fire. McLain was charged with reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child, police sources told the Daily News.

Barnett also had to help his mother, Francine Baker, try to cope with the horrors of a physically abusive relationship that dragged on for more than five years.

In the fall of 2008, he followed his mother’s screams to find Baker being choked by her then-boyfriend. Barnett had to step in and yank the man off.
Baker didn’t return voicemails left by the Daily News, but in an article last winter, she called Marquis her “little old man.”

“I don’t go to hit him with adult issues, but they seem to find him,” Baker said in the article. “He carries a lot of weight, and I don’t want him to do that forever.”

Longtime Cardozo coach Ron Naclerio agrees.

“I really hope he gets a break,” Naclerio said. “He’s like the father of the house. He’s worried about his mom. He’s just a kid.”

After the shelters and the transfer to Cardozo, from St. Raymond HS in the Bronx, before his junior year, Barnett and his family finally seemed to have found a bit of stability.

They had been living in their Far Rockaway apartment since May 2009, but this fall they were hit with the devastating discovery of mold on their walls.

“My little sister has asthma,” Barnett said. “…We just had to get out of there.”

His family has been staying at a shelter on the lower East Side since Dec. 4.

“It’s not a regular place to live, but it’s alright,” Barnett said. “It’s a little better than the last shelter, but nothing great. My mom is so unique…she never lets it get to her, and stays strong for us.”

He says that Baker, a home attendant, continues to search for an apartment to relocate the family, but it hasn’t been easy.

“When we find something, it’s not that good or the rent’s too high,” Barnett added. “The landlord wants the money up front or a certain thing.”

Through it all, Barnett has refused to use his circumstances as an excuse.

Naclerio calls him his “hardest academic worker” with a team-high 87 average and dreams of becoming a nurse.

He hopes a college takes a shot at him.

“He’s a kid that I think a lot of people are missing the boat on,” Naclerio said. “He’s as strong as anyone in the city. When his offense catches up to his defense, he can really be solid. He deserves a break.”

January 29, 2011

Kevin Garnett | A History Of Bitchassness

Let me go on the record and say that I used to be a fan when he was in Minnesota. Ever since he got traded he became this overbearing personality. He acts as if he has all this heart and all this leadership, when I think most of it is just for show. Let’s take a look at all his bitch-ass moments in the NBA.

Duncan should’ve laid his ass out right there.

I fucking hate when players do that after the whistle. You got dudes in rec leagues doing that shit now.

No words…

Thank You, Anthony Peeler

January 29, 2011

Google’s London Space Makes You Envious

This space puts all work spaces to absolute shame. All offices need to take heed to this.

Freshness says it best:

With free food, open office layout, and non-pretentious appointments, search engine giant Google has long been on the list of “Best Places To Work”. Now add another attractions to the long list – Brighton Beach, at least in its new London Headquarter location near Buckingham Palace. In designing the new 40,000 square-foot space, architect Scott Brownrigg went for something that will excite people when they arrive at work. Bright colors and lights accentuate the work environment while mini beach house replicas double as conference room and other amenities. In place of beach sand, Brownrigg cleverly applied birch colored carpeting that gives very similar appearance. On another side, the cafeteria takes on the look of a restaurant and serves a mix of Asian Fusion and Sushi. In addition, there is an onsite gym/shower, massage and spa treatment section, all as added incentives for Google staffers to come to work. Afterall, a happy employee is an efficient employee. We only wish more employers would do the same…

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January 29, 2011

Video: Wu-Tang Clan – Triumph | Concert Piano Style

I had to share this.

January 28, 2011

Does Franca Sozzani Hate Fashion Bloggers?

A seemingly frustrated Franca Sozzani (Editor-In-Chief of Vogue Italia) lashes out and shares her thoughts about fashion bloggers. I found this accurate, but not.

Connie Wang of Refinery29 reports:

Don’t bite the hand that feeds you—especially if they’re covered in Deborah Lippman nail polish and suffer from blogging-induced carpal tunnel. Franca Sozzani bashed bloggers on her own blog today, accusing them of irrelevancy, vanity, naïveté, and comparing them to an epidemic, a disease—a “viral cold.”

“There are many questions about the invasion of fashion bloggers. Why are they so credited? Why do they sit in front row? Why does the Chamber of Italian Fashion thinks so highly of them, so much as to provide them with a driver during the shows as it’s happened during menswear?

Ah, the ol’ “framing your own questions as if they weren’t her own trick. Also, what gives with the jealous insecurity, despite the years of great service she’s provided for the industry? She really digs into it here:

“Are they important for Vogue? Do we need all these bloggers? They don’t offer an opinion but only talk about themselves, take their own pictures wearing absurd outfits. What’s the point? I don’t even know who they are except a few names because they are so many and all the same, they are so worried about what to wear to get noticed that my eyes only see a crowd in the end.”

Continue reading Sozzani’s full post, and then our opinions, after the break:

“They want to be recognized during the shows. I see many of them because they tell me their names, or I ask, because they are sitting front row, but I forget quickly. They are the bloggers, like the veline, no one has a real name. It’s a category. Anonymous, but real. They don’t do much damage because they are like moths. They live only one night. If they last longer, it’s not because they are better bloggers or their blog is more interesting. It’s a trend and like it happens with all trends in fashion, it gets blown up out of proportion and creates many followers.”

Yes, because the Internet is a “trend”, and so are the people who use it to get excited about fashion (who oftentimes do it so much more effectively and elegantly than those who use plain old print). Sozzani continues,

“Still, it’s an interesting phenomenon because it changes the approach to fashion. These aren’t people who have been working in fashion too long to end up criticizing everything, the shows, and they don’t have a background in fashion so they are not conditioned by their knowledge or interests. There comments are naif and enthusiastic. They don’t hold a real importance in the business. Of course not.”

What’s naive is to think that bloggers don’t affect business. We guarantee a shoe post on a super-popular blog that shows off how it looks on a slew of wearable outfits, and then links to a place to buy it online generates way more sales than if the same shoe was featured on a whole page in Vogue Italia. Sozzani attempts to backtrack a bit:

“Personally I would like to know their opinion to understand a new point of view and not just rely on journalists “who have been doing this for thirty years!”Not being biased at times helps to see what people who work in this industry miss.

“Non reliable opinions? It doesn’t matter because what matters is having different opinions from all kinds of people with different backgrounds. Journalists can be harsh in their comments. These are partly personal opinions too. At the end if we are being honest, who comments and who buys? Who should we listen to; the buyer or the journalist? Why not a blogger?

“There some bloggers that are outstanding. Girls and boys who dictated their own style, at times circus like, but personal. They are original, they have invented a new way of communication.

“Not all trends are nice and not all bloggers are good, but so it’s for designers and journalists. Time is needed to emerge, and when you make it, to resist. Time decides what’s successful or not. What makes history. The blogger phenomenon is too young, too new.

“Lets wait a minute before acclaiming it or hating it. There are still a lot of people who don’t know what blogger means, and none of us knows how it will evolve. It’s still under observation. The only thing I can say with certitude it’s that if it were a disease, we would call it a viral cold. An epidemic!”

Man, we are so tired of old-school editors unintentionally revealing how ancient and out of touch they are by positioning themselves and their publications as anti-blogger. The world of personal blogging might be big and chaotic, and while there are a fair share of vainglorious trend-machines out there, the medium itself has made fashion consumption something easy and fun to do—which is good for everyone! The Blogspots of the world can’t compare to the Vogues of the world, but comparison isn’t really the point when each fuels the other with readers and inspiration. Sozanni does backtrack a bit and agrees that bloggers offer a different, non-industry (and thus, advertising-driven) point of view, and we have a feeling she’s just annoyed because her car was once blocked by another car belonging to a fashion blogger, or that she was seated next to a Tumblrette instead of Anna Wintour at a show. But this all makes us wonder if the upper echelons of the fashion world are inhabited by too many loopy ladies with too much hair and not enough vision.

January 28, 2011

Nylon TV x Leighton Meester

Everyones favorite roommate and gossip girl.

January 28, 2011

Video: BTS | Moment For Life: Nicki Minaj x Drake

Just look at Onika’s backside….that is all.

January 28, 2011

Video: Brotherhood – Trailer

When peer pressure goes completely wrong.

January 28, 2011

1956 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham Town Car Concept

There was a point when this car wasn’t going to be on the market, but after GM’s traveling exposition a rebirth was called. The car is expected to go anywhere from $500,000 to $750,000 at the RM Auction event at Amelia Island on March 12.

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January 28, 2011

Absolut Goes Wild

Just when you thought Absolut couldn’t come up with anymore bat-shit concoctions, they prove us wrong. Absolut launches Wild Tea, its infused with the flavors of tea, elderflower, red apples and citrus. Absolut recommends using it in a Gimlet with lime juice and simple syrup, in a Cosmopolitan with cranberry juice and orange liqueur, or in a Mojito with lime juice, simple syrup, muddled mint leaves and a splash of soda.

This all sounds gross.

January 28, 2011

Greend Movie

A tribute to former world champion Peter Andre Sénizergues, atypical French entrepreneur living in California and head of Etnies. Directed by Nanda and Lucas Fernandez Mancion

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January 28, 2011

When Tracy Morgan Attacks (Video)

Sarah Palin or Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin? Choose now! I choose Lisa Ann’s Sarah Palin anyday.

January 27, 2011

Can Anyone Stop Him??

Jimmer Fredette is a beast. Below is what experts think about his NBA chances.

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January 26, 2011

Android Goes Outer Space

The nerd in me found this to be extremely dope. A group of Google engineers launch an Android phone and figurine into space, and it reaches 100,000 feet. You can actually see the edge of outer space.

January 26, 2011

Video: Portland Cello Project Rendition Of “All of the Lights”

This is a different take on Ye’s “All Of The Lights.”

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January 26, 2011

Video: Can Breasts Be A Floating Device?

For obvious reasons I had to post this. Joe Budden once again for the win.

January 26, 2011

Video: This Guy Is Like Herpes

Isaiah Mustafa just won’t go away. The first commercials he came out with comical, but now this is going into the land known as Overkill. I have to give the man credit though, he knows how to stay relevant.

January 26, 2011

A Look Into Ralph Lauren’s Garage

F.Y.I. his garage contains some of the most iconic cars in history, its truly something worth checking out….or we can devise a way to steal all his cars. What you think?

Materialiste says:

The legendary collector has amassed the best models of the past 100 years in his incredibly grand garage. It’s a collection composed of the world’s fastest and sleekest cars.

It also consists of some of the rarest models such as the 1938 Bugatti Coupe, the Alfa Romeo Mille Miglia Roadster and the one – off, that’s to say the only existing Mercedes – Benz SSK “Count Trossi” in the world today. The cars have all been restored with original pieces so that they are in perfect condition to take to the road once more.

January 26, 2011

Video: Who Dat? Eye Candy Edition w/ Joe Budden

Can’t knock Joe for his past & present conquests. 3:56 moment was classic.