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Posts from August, 2009


Raf Simons x Dr. Martens

By Roni Brunn | August 31, 2009 | News

raf simons dr martens 5Wow, I’m really liking the Doc Martens collaborations.  Fall 09 marks the second season for the shoe brand’s collaboration with formidable avant minimalist Raf Simons (he designs his own line and Jil Sander’s lines).  I love the pointy toed oxford in From’s current fav metallic finish, shiny gold.  The all black boots in supple leather look amazing as well (last pic).  Men’s shoes have been super good lately.

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The Beatles – “She’s a Woman”

By Roni Brunn | August 27, 2009 | Music downloads, News

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I’m obsessed with the Beatles’ music.  My songwriting is mostly influenced by Lennon – McCartney, and songwriting is what I care most about in music.  I’m not a Beatles trivia bank, though.  I can’t even name songs off the LPs, and I consider Magical Mystery Tour a legit album.

The Beatles – “She’s a Woman”

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Fall 09 Fashion Ads – Lots of Reclining

By Roni Brunn | August 25, 2009 | News

gucci-pre-fall-2009Gucci (pre-fall 2009): Anja Rubik shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin

Fashion campaigns feature lots of relaxation this fall – models lie back on couches in some, beds in others.  There’s abstract furniture-free reclining, and D&G gives us a couch, though the models aren’t full on basking in its comfort.

This trend seems practical.  Lounging is a good activity for wearing fancy clothes.

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Cardboard Mastiff Dog

By Roni Brunn | August 24, 2009 | News

cardboard mastiff

Designed by Yuki Matsuoka, this cardboard dog comes as a kit – its pieces arrive flatpacked with instructions and diagrams for assembly.  That’s probably the most fun activity you can have with this dog, besides scaring small children.

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Twitter updates for the week ending on 2009-08-23

By Roni Brunn | August 23, 2009 | Twitter Updates

  • @JessicaSuarez That's completely reasonable. Thx for the tip! =) in reply to JessicaSuarez #
  • Do you realize we're gonna have both new Mad Men AND Gossip Girl to tweet about in a few wks? Already started going nuts. #
  • RT @piggymurph: Thinking about Erdős–Faber–Lovász conjecture while watching Gaga videos and listening to Duran Duran. Insanity is imminent. #
  • @pmablog AAAAHHHH! I'm not gonna get anything done, but i'll be happy. in reply to pmablog #
  • What's the diff b/n a "cover" & a "version"? Seems that older artists do "covers" & synthy upstarts do "versions." Help, pls! Will appreci8 #
  • Compare on Hypem. "Cover:" http://bit.ly/7nxnZ "Version:" http://bit.ly/3mCzCn #
  • @pmablog I like House, too. Good thing I'm not into movies or games that don't involve boys… in reply to pmablog #
  • Of course, most "versions" are really remixes. But still. I don't know if i'm releasing a cover or a version. Or a parody. #
  • @pmablog oscar contender season is almost here! lol in reply to pmablog #
  • Here's why I'm confused: RT @pmablog: uh, I have Rufus Wainwright's (RUFUS!) cover of "Across The Universe" listed under "Remix"… what? #
  • @pmablog i think ppl use "(Blank Version)" to get more hits off searches for the orig, but then now it seems dorky to say "cover" in reply to pmablog #
  • @piggymurph HAHA i like it! i should just evade the whole issue in reply to piggymurph #
  • YUP RT @piggymurph: Why not "rendition" since the word has a French etimology. Or does it sound like a CIA operation? http://bit.ly/ehbKc #
  • I blame YouTube for cover/version-gate #
  • @pmablog you mean cover, right? yeah. =) k. i think i should maybe obsess less… in reply to pmablog #
  • Perez is doing all-in tix pricing, so all TM fees are rolled into the announced rate. Smart http://bit.ly/4GCLxZ #
  • wow, this Jil Sander bag is some good minimalism: http://bit.ly/rhaxk & also damn – a suede tote for $1800? suede is a recession material. #
  • !! LA pls RT! RT @TheBarbaricYawp: Just found a kitten in a dumpster. It needs a good home. Please help. #
  • Meow!!!!!!! RT @TheBarbaricYawp: http://twitpic.com/e7lza – Here's a picture of the kitten. Please help me find it a good home. #
  • The slopes of red & green triangles r diff, & I pick Vionnet. xoxo RT @bryanboy: blogged: How can this be true? http://bit.ly/nqY7E #
  • @bryanboy LOVE the post. I put it up on my Math-Club group on Facebook (the biggest math group on FB, bb!) http://bit.ly/5ri1X in reply to bryanboy #
  • @DBArchitecture just saw the Flaming Lips for $6 in San Diego. Insanity. #
  • RT @presurfer: 18 bottles of Heineken would kill me. How much alcohol would it take to kill you?http://www.barstools.net/booze_death/ #
  • haha (re:HD ads on P4k) RT @daverawkblog: Guess that means the Haagen-Dazs dudes read that NYT story about fat hipsters. Or like Dan Deacon. #
  • Paul McCartney childhood pics: http://bit.ly/YuiBw Adorable, of course #
  • :( RT @A2Z: RT @fascinated: Music Startups: What A Crappy Investment http://bit.ly/CCeT5 #
  • RT @luckthelady: Any writer who describes herself as "editrix" should be bitchslapped with a steel plume. #
  • RT @prefixmag: New “Beatles: Rock Band” Trailer Debuts and Alleged Track List Leaks. The game looks amazing… http://bit.ly/18ahYk #
  • "if u can sit, u can get fit" RT @EdwinVanCleef: http://bit.ly/bPfCG I need one #
  • Go! & thank you! RT @PigsAndPlans: From – "Fight For Your Right" (Beastie Boys Cover) http://bit.ly/p7teS #
  • RT @TheBarbaricYawp: We found the kitten a home! Niki Williams has been kind enough to take her in. All is well. #
  • RT @DesNoise: In case you missed it, an NYT piece on the Financial Times. Information wanting to be free is for suckers: http://bit.ly/vhxO0 #
  • @DesNoise Yeah, information is an inanimate concept. It doesn't have will. It can't "want to be free." in reply to DesNoise #
  • Still 2 many baby pix as profile photos, but ok RT @ogilvydigital: RT @TechCrunch: Sneak Peek At Facebook for iPhone 3.0 http://tcrn.ch/6ttW #
  • Law & Order coloring books and greeting cards, b/c it's always that time of the year http://bit.ly/hyYmf #
  • all in the name of peace, no doubt RT @haaretz: העיתון הנפוץ בשוודיה: חיילי צה"ל הורגים פלסטינים לצורך סחר באיבריםhttp://bit.ly/10Kcr9 #
  • @JessicaSuarez Excellent! What color? in reply to JessicaSuarez #
  • Would you buy a Mos Def T for $39 if it came w/ a download of the album The Ecstatic? http://bit.ly/uMwYq #
  • Would you pay $39 to download Mos Def's The Ecstatic if it came w/ a T-shirt? http://bit.ly/uMwYq #
  • 3rd Andy Warhol fragrance by Bond no. 9 http://bit.ly/TfEE5 Inspired by Warhol's shoe illustrations (better than smelling like shoes) #
  • @daydreamrepublc wow, congrats! in reply to daydreamrepublc #
  • Rodarte x Target: a preview image i got through a hole in the time continuum known as GReaderhttp://twitpic.com/eeb29 Rest were taken down #
  • i want RT @fffolly: 3 tarts: beautiful sandwich of lavender-honeycomb ice cream & lemon cake. intense lavender lemonade. *food 8* #
  • @daydreamrepublc That's so sad. I take it you agree w/ the piece? in reply to daydreamrepublc #
  • Creepy drug driving PSA from the UK http://bit.ly/S6glp #
  • Album art rendered in Rubik's cube tiles http://bit.ly/2FUYfx #
  • Cute Knorr commercial starring a boy salt shaker and featuring music by Michael Bolton. Still cute, i promise. http://bit.ly/18hwTx #
  • Just uploaded some rehearsal photos to MySpace. Remember the 'space? http://bit.ly/47x4Tm #
  • This is one of my fav From pics. My hair's doing that b/c I jump a lot:http://twitpic.com/eem7t Shot by the talented @daydreamrepublc #
  • OMG, when you tweet about MySpace, you get auto replies by porn profiles! And now i'll get some p0rny followers, right? #
  • Wow, thank you sooo much!!! "Fight for Your Right" on PMA!! GO!! RT @pmablog: @thebandfrom http://bit.ly/oBm0W #
  • @luckthelady that sucks. pourquoi pas? in reply to luckthelady #
  • @JessicaSuarez haha there's some girl who does PR for my hood, and i was so embarrassed for her, i had to unfollow. in reply to JessicaSuarez #
  • i humbly recommend you to GO THERE NOW! 😉 RT @pmablog: From – Fight For Your Right (Beastie Boys Cover) http://bit.ly/d13yP #
  • @daydreamrepublc yeah, i hope the problems resolve before violence breaks out. so scary. my thoughts are with you. in reply to daydreamrepublc #
  • @daydreamrepublc thank you so much! that means a lot. i was happy w/ the textures. in reply to daydreamrepublc #
  • @tara @seanbonner CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!! in reply to tara #
  • @jesshopp this is a great list of travel iPhone apps:http://bit.ly/hv08m in reply to jesshopp #
  • RT @Denise_Cox: Can't stop watching this ridiculous Panda-Cam: http://tinyurl.com/6qx23o #
  • @filku okay, this is new: http://bit.ly/1fKjfq 😉 in reply to filku #
  • RT @PigsAndPlans: The Beatles: Rock Band Video Game Tracklist http://bit.ly/cWVUr #
  • iLike announces that "MySpace has entered into an agreement to acquire iLike" http://bit.ly/152bVs #
  • RT @pmablog: http://bit.ly/gNyJX #
  • RT @largeheartedboy: Britain’s top-selling singles, ranked by beats per minute http://bit.ly/2OvyA7 #
  • RT @ogilvydigital: Very cool video-in-print technology. http://bit.ly/12nyIq #
  • Ralph Lauren sued for printing "life guard" on shirts http://bit.ly/2qxPF1 #
  • Adorable Beatles photo http://bit.ly/2mHdk1 who's yr fav? I think ringo takes this one. #
  • Biz cards made out of beef jerkey as advertising collateral for BC Adventure http://bit.ly/13NwpB #
  • RT @McBrewster: Standing riding mowers are the Segways of the Midwest!! #
  • woo @PigsAndPlans @thecultureofme RT @somevelvetblog: Five music blogs worth checking out: http://bit.ly/1ryFqu #
  • @somevelvetblog Maybe they don't have rights to the masters? in reply to somevelvetblog #
  • k, i'm blogging about this video tomorrow, but i can't resist linking to it now: http://bit.ly/1fOjfs #
  • @bryanboy ugh, pedis are super expensive in Sweden, too. And they take forever. Had to move back to LA. in reply to bryanboy #
  • @bryanboy $15 + [yr fav concept] tip; takes 30 mins. I don't do $250 facials. Facials are useless. I go to my derm for emergencies only. in reply to bryanboy #
  • I'm not into this Kanye media hibernation. #
  • @bryanboy Very considerate. OMG $10 haircuts! I tip well, so the per-hr rate is the same as in Stockholm (no tips). I prefer efficiency… in reply to bryanboy #
  • She designs stationery 4 MM RT @tinypine: MAD MEN. again.. plus i think the wedding invitation is coming up soon… keep your eyes opened! #
  • RIP Dudu Topaz @haaretz:http://www.haaretz.co.il/hasite/spages/1108875.html #
  • @PigsAndPlans shorten the URL w/ bitly or whatever. you paste the URL in the "shorten URL" box in tweetdeck & click the button to its right in reply to PigsAndPlans #
  • Congrats! RT @gallagherphoto: my portrait of Clint Eastwood was named an Official Selection of the 2009 International Photography Awards. #
  • inspired by H Potter & the Invisible Woman RT @luckthelady: Scientist aims to perfect invisibility cloak in next 2 years http://bit.ly/fJUAv #
  • JetBlue sold out of All-You-Can-Jet http://bit.ly/VaENp #
  • RT @piggymurph: my PokerFace; chmod -r PokerFace; #songsincode #
  • Yay, Trinny & Susannah are coming back http://bit.ly/aeKkO #
  • @pars1 @dabitch Hur säger man "skittles" på svenska? "skittles" eller "shittles?" #
  • Confused. Thought Oprah was surgeon general. RT @mattmusicslut: oprah is suing acai berries! #dontfuckwithher http://bit.ly/3ZDqkQ #
  • Get your fav tweets embroidered as cross stitching http://www.tweetstitch.com/ #
  • @mikidrapes 1 hypothesis: you want your free time to yourself. It's cute, but money is not being minted in this venture 😉 in reply to mikidrapes #
  • Word of the day comes from Sweden. How do you say Skittles in Swedish? RT @pars1: @thebandfrom we always do swinglish– shitless #
  • @pars1 hahah i thought about it for a while longer than would be not embarrassing to say… in reply to pars1 #
  • I just saw the word "vintage" and pronounced it "wintage" in my head. There's hope for me to speak German one day. #
  • Renee Zellweger or Rachel Zoe? Only her colorist knows for sure http://twitpic.com/emj83 #
  • RT @PigsAndPlans: What rapper do you think smokes the most weed? #
  • @dabitch ha, thanks! =) in reply to dabitch #
  • !! only took 1 yr RT @jeffdelkin: RT @JeffreyJDavis: Very cool youtube vid showing time lapse of building Disneyland. http://bit.ly/AGZe8 #
  • I guess that's the logical endpoint. RT @mattmusicslut: this is gaga's traveling outfit: http://bit.ly/6tnHG #
  • iPhone app that enhances IKEA shopping experience http://bit.ly/112TOJ (does not pair u up w/ a hot Swedish shopping companion, tho) #
  • RT @TheBarbaricYawp: Christ died for our Dunkin' Donuts: 15 Billboards That Don’t Belong Next To Each Other. http://tinyurl.com/lgudmf #
  • RT @somevelvetblog: Whuh? Disney negotiating a remake of Yellow Submarine? Please, stop the madness. And please, no Phil Collins soundtrack. #
  • So he wants a perverse sense of fun… That can be done. RT @largeheartedboy: "off Topic: Why Indie Rock Sucks" http://bit.ly/w6M7I #
  • @PigsAndPlans congrats on your new place! in reply to PigsAndPlans #
  • @PigsAndPlans yay! are you in NY now? in reply to PigsAndPlans #
  • @PigsAndPlans don't. it's just a trend, and not one that's easy to recover from. in reply to PigsAndPlans #
  • @jonahweiner OMG, LL is my neighbor. IRL giggles for sure. #random #youaretotallychucklingnowtoo in reply to jonahweiner #
  • @PigsAndPlans yeah… never mind, don't listen to me, then… i mean, i know my trends, but love is love in reply to PigsAndPlans #
  • @danwiley phew, glad you agree… yeah, it's a bit too precious. i don't mind ppl making precious music, but i mind that it's lauded. in reply to danwiley #
  • @danwiley excellent. it'll be more fun w/ you on this already pretty exhilarating quest. in reply to danwiley #
  • @bryanboy thanks for the follow friday love! xoxo in reply to bryanboy #
  • RT @pmablog: @PMAblog's Best Songs of the Decade (2000-2009) http://bit.ly/b4o3a #
  • Wow! We're between AnCo & the Beatles in this Consequence of Sound mixtape!! Thanks!!!! http://bit.ly/7CtH5 #
  • Bro, where r u??? RT @pmablog: Tsk tsk.. Look at all these people walking around all naked. I'd twitpic but how creepy would that be? #
  • @pmablog stay safe! Wow. in reply to pmablog #
  • @daydreamrepublc thanks, viv!! in reply to daydreamrepublc #
  • @pmablog sure you were 😉 friend, yeah. Haha in reply to pmablog #
  • @pmablog you're a good friend, and i'm dropping the nonfunny down to the basement… Have a good weekend! in reply to pmablog #
  • It's a simple question! Would you? RT @EdwinVanCleef: if your fingers were made of kit kat would you eat them? #
  • Tonight features an outfit for which I don't have a bag OR blk+wht shoes are too tricky for a good non-match. Either way – fascinating! #
  • "i'm over the human experience." #
  • "direct correlation: the more beautiful the place, the douchier the ppl." LA social science #
  • "every piece of art is struggle. I'm done. I'm bored" #
  • RT @bryanboy: FAUXTOGRAPH IT! http://bit.ly/vJDDO #
  • @pmablog Totally! It's Hello Goodbye level of embarrassment, if not more. in reply to pmablog #
  • @pmablog I'm guessing ppl think the singer's cute, and they're dressing the crush up in an appreciation for the shit music. oh well. in reply to pmablog #
  • @pmablog def confused. That's hot?! I get annoyed when ppl get credit for something they're not. Worse than the bad music/image itself. in reply to pmablog #
  • Fascinating RT @paulmcenany: How language affects the way we think. Very interesting stuff… http://bit.ly/gv0xB #
  • Language/culture stuff def not helping the Israel/Sweden tension now (caused by a controversial article in a Swedish tabloid). #
  • How Popular Website Designs Looked Like In Late 90’s http://bit.ly/PLDJU hey! we kinda stopped underlining text links! #
  • @pars1 oh no! what do you have? hope you feel better soon! in reply to pars1 #
  • @pars1 how awful! you need tons of sleep. are you taking tomorrow off? in reply to pars1 #
  • @pars1 sounds like there's no way out, and the coughing probably makes it hard to sleep. so awful. i hope tomorrow's a better day. booo in reply to pars1 #
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Versace x Rosenthal

By Roni Brunn | August 21, 2009 | News

versace medusa blue groupI’m a pretty strict, exacting minimalist, so it was tough for me to admit to myself that I love Versace china.  It all worked out because love feels better than logical consistency, as does breaking rules.  Rosenthal makes this amazingly ornate line of china, and the pieces are refined, lavish, and loud as hell.

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Kick it!

By Roni Brunn | August 20, 2009 | From, Music downloads, News

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So exciting!  Here’s our new cover of the Beastie Boys’ “Fight for Your Right” –

From – “Fight for Your Right”

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Light-up Frisbee

By Roni Brunn | August 20, 2009 | News

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These light-up frisbees are great – they look good, and they enable sun haters like me to engage in outdoor activities after dark.  I thought they’d be cool in a video, and they generally aren’t.  Most of the videos are either Xtreme sport ads or straight product shots, but this clip lets the frisbee sell itself.  I’ve transcribed some of the script below the embed.

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Video of Cute Creatures Pulling Pranks in Paris

By Roni Brunn | August 18, 2009 | News

We’ve seen poetic black and white photos of Paris in such places as Bed Bath & Beyond (a store I like), marginal rate art shows, or maybe people’s houses.  This video, called Reulf, doesn’t quite parody these shots but definitely juxtaposes them with humor.  Adorable, colorful characters roam the streets, saddle up to strangers, surf a train, and vandalize the town with paint.  I’ve had Paris on my mind lately, so this video was a treat.

Reulf was directed by Quentin Carnicelli, Charles Klipfel & Jean-François Jégo as part of their grad program in Arts and Technologies de l’Image at the University of Paris VIII.  The music is by Robert le magnifique & Olivier Mellano.

Via Vincent Didier

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Reclaimed Wood Furni

By Roni Brunn | August 17, 2009 | News

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Turkey’s Gürsan Ergil designs with the environment in mind, and his is a vision that incorporates natural rawness with a light hand in taming it.  I love the roughness of the reclaimed wood in his pieces because they look like nature’s versions of mid century classics, see the above lounge chair’s resemblance to the white molded La Chaise by Eames.

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