Friday, April 28, 2006
"A young girl and her mother admire underwear made of 18k gold in Jinan, E. Shandong Province on April 27. The stunning showpiece is priced at 155,000 yuan (US$19,300)." This image is strange for numerous reasons, first off... This is obviously influenced by the Princess Leia "slave" costume. Secondly... are communist countries really supposed to have gold underwear, it seems to go against the general ethos of communism. Thirdly, some party fat cat will probably buy this stupid thing for his girlfriend that he keeps on the side. And lastly, why is that mother showing her daughter this piece of crap?
"Art mogul Charles Saatchi has turned to the web to hunt new talent after setting up a site for undiscovered artists to show off their work. Saatchi, who championed the likes of Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin in the 1990s, has launched a Your Gallery section on his Saatchi Gallery website." story link Saatchi site
Thursday, April 27, 2006
"A stuntman drives his car, which is in flames, off a bridge during the International Stunt Festival in Belgrade April 27, 2006. Stuntman Zeljko Bozic was severely injured and brought to a hospital where doctors are still struggling for his life." I love the copy in the caption "which is in flames"... brilliant.
Hey... aren't those ski goggles? If Beijing Swat is trying to look menacing, uh... keep trying. "Masked members of a Chinese police SWAT team attend a ceremony to launch their Olympic security training program in Beijing April 27, 2006. Beijing's 40,000 police officers will take part in the training, with the majority having language training to deal with the more than two million visitors expected before and during the games."
Stop the Madness is an actual 80's "say no to drugs video" that has resurfaced, a true thing of Nancy Reagan Anti-drug paraphernalia. This will make your brain hurt, or you will feel really really high. Featuring noted abstainers: New Edition, LaToya Jackson, Whitney Houston, David Hasselhoff, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tootie from the Facts of Life, the Goodyear Blimp, and Casey Kasem. And get this, the video stars Boogaloo Shrimp from the Breakin' movies! See for yourself, and And Just Say No via*boingboing
I'm not normally drawn to celebrity news, but I am a fan of Lost, and saw this... Michelle Rodriguez got a DUI in Hawaii last December and instead of choosing community service hours, she took JAIL TIME! Starting today, she'll be locked up for five days. I guess she really is a bad ass afterall. Read about it here
Carlos is graduating from Ringling School of Art and Design in Florida, I believe. I think tomorrow night is his senior show. Anyhow, this kid has talent, and there's some beautifully rendered illustrations here, both whimsical and fully fleshed out. Also, check out his "hit meter" at the bottom of the page... nice. link
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
As you know Trader Joe's has a great low priced wine selection. It seems everyone has discovered Charles Shaw wine a.k.a 2 Buck Chuck... but did you know that there are quite a few other "fine" wines under five bucks. Read about it here and take the knowledge with you next time you're at TJs... bottoms up!
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Monday, April 24, 2006
"Steven Spielberg is reportedly teaming up with fellow filmmaker Zhang Yimou to design the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics. Spielberg and Zhang, as master filmmakers, are as aware as anyone of the power of symbolism in the mass media. There is every chance their mighty talents will be put to use in 2008 in a scenario with more than an echo of the 1936 Berlin Olympics. It would be savagely ironic if the directors of Schindler's List, Munich, The Story of Qiu Ju and To Live were to become unwitting Leni Riefenstahls of the 21st century, though Spielberg may yet have the wisdom to rethink his decision."
Here is an opinion piece I found arguing against U.S. participation in the 2008 games. link