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Posts from August, 2008


Oasis, Jay Z fun times -> my Wonderwall opentape -> Wired

By Roni Brunn | August 29, 2008 | News

First, the Oasis vs. Jay Z feud. Then the Wonderwall mash up by DJ Danny Diggz. Now came a full Cookin’ Soul album that mashes 10 tracks from both artists.
But is it news? Wonderwall has been popular material for re-purposing since it came out.
Here, I made an opentape.

Today, Wired’s Listening Post blogged about it here.

Wired’s Listening Post on Jay Z/Oasis and muxtape/opentape et al.

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Twitter Updates for August 28, 2008

By Roni Brunn | August 28, 2008 | News

From twitter.com/thebandfrom

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Mad Men and Playboy

By Roni Brunn | August 27, 2008 | News

Cute.  I’m betting they were taken at the Avalon, one of my fav places in town.  Kinda easy to spot the anachronisms, like the Crown Plaza logo and the bunnies’ silly Lindsay Lohan hair.  Makes you appreciate all the details on the show even more.  Love love love Mad Men.

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Ikea asks, “Stop being so English!”

By Roni Brunn | August 26, 2008 | News

In this Ikea commercial, Edwardian-reproduction loving Brits are asked to drop the chintz and relax a bit.

The actor playing an Ikea representative has a Russian accent, which is unfortunate.  There are hundreds of thousands of actual Swedes in the UK, no?

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90210 product line

By Roni Brunn | August 26, 2008 | News

Clothes, makeup, bags, and school supplies with 90210 graphics are coming. They’ll have both the old and the new logo, but you’ll have to wait till 09 to get them. So much for easy Xmas shopping.
There’s of course an abundance of merch bearing the iconography of my fair city Beverly Hills, and I’ll take some Camp Beverly Hills – the Juicy Couture of the 80s.

Is that Jane Fonda?

That girl is Drew Barrymore.

More on 90210 merch on WWD.

More on Camp Beverly Hills on its site.

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What body parts are the most popular in songs?

By Roni Brunn | August 25, 2008 | News

Visual artists Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg did the research to find out some answers.  They analyzed 1000 songs in various genres and charted references to body parts.  Gospel references the body the least and hip hop the most.  About 1 in 4 hip hop songs has a back/ass/butt reference, though perhaps I’ll leave it to other lyricists to come up with the best term.

Check out the chart and more info here.

Via Wired’s Listening Post blog.

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Karl Lagerfeld teddy bear

By Roni Brunn | August 24, 2008 | News

This limited edition bear from Germany’s Steiff will be available at Neiman Marcus starting in September. It wears Lagerfeld’s signature slim suit, high collar, and dark glasses, but no rings! At $1500, this bear is destined for as much reverence as the design icon that inspired it.


Photos from Nitro:licious.

BTW, you must see Lagerfeld Confidential!!

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Twitter Updates for August 23, 2008

By Roni Brunn | August 23, 2008 | News

  • “I read in a wikipdia entry that in France, they don’t use traditional ‘money’, they just exchange liberal ideas & musings on life+society.”

From twitter.com/thebandfrom

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What’s your browser’s gender?

By Roni Brunn | August 23, 2008 | News

You already know whether you’re a boy or a girl. This guy wrote code that analyzes your browser history to tell how much you behave like a male or a female online. You can also see if sites you visit lean female or male. And it’s all private, of course.

Click here to start!

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mid century modern McDonald’s in Palm Springs

By Roni Brunn | August 22, 2008 | News

A new, modern McDonald’s opened this summer in Palm Springs, mecca of mid-century residential architecture.  Smoke Tree Commons shopping center in Palm Springs.  Palm Springs architect  James Cioffi designed it, and the interiors were done by Duane Ahmet of D S A Design Systems, Ltd. in Burbank, CA.

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Kinda brings back the old arches and angles.  Here’s a vintage McDonald’s in Florida:

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Of course, plenty of European McDonald’s have Eero Saarinen chairs and clean design.  More on that later.

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