whirling dervish

longboard dancing tricksters set to some graceful music:

The longboards all over campus have got me hooked, they are a lot of fun to ride, and this makes me want to learn some more.



I've always loved this Oxfam campaign. It caught my attention years ago during those "Everyone in MUN wants to work for the United Nations" days. Dedicated to the three that read ze blog:

Thom + Cocoa for Janak

Some Gael for Kat:Chris Martin fair trade tattoo for Jenny:




proof that walls can be the best form of expression

Reminds me of the kinds of messages found on the walls of the 'graffiti hall' in UCSD.


"yo bitch!"

Am I the only one who has watched this video 3985092+ times?

Probably one of my favorites of all time, The Strokes - In Transit:



The Dejavu collectively hate cRAP music

Some Postsecreters agree:


Thom Laughs

Thom Yorke's laugh:


Esau Mwamwaya

If you haven't yet heard of Esau Mwamwaya, you should definitely take a listen. He was Fader magazine's cover star a few months ago in their Africa edition. He has since been collaborating with various global musicians and now has an album taking form.
Mwamwaya was born in Malawi but moved to East London where he worked at a furniture store. Producers Radioclit went to buy a bike from his store and the rest was history.


Part of the Weekend Never Dies...

Skittles makes the best ads. I've recently been slightly disappointed with their semi-depressing Midas touch commercials.
They were at their peak with those old Skittles Bubble Gum ads. Though their bubblegum was gross, this ad made me buy it:

A Random Obeyma:


You may not want to know this...

The identity of Burial may have been revealed on Radiohead's site.
Is it true? I would like to think its not, because half the greatness of Burial is the anonymity.

The caption for the post reads "Thom 'Eraser' Yorke introduces Kieran ' Burial ' Hebden...."

Kieran Hebden, aka Four Tet = Burial?


Kids these days...

I am loving this.
Yeondoo Jung transforms children's drawings into real life photographs!

Speaking of Vogue...

Vogue vs PETA
Remember when Anna Wintour got creamed with tofu pie by PETA for wearing fur? Well, history tends to repeat itself.

Vogue in India

"Vogue's Fashion Photos Spark Debate"

"NEW DELHI — An old woman missing her upper front teeth holds a child in rumpled clothes — who is wearing a Fendi bib (retail price, about $100)."

"A man modeled a Burberry umbrella in Vogue that costs about $200. Some 456 million Indians live on less than $1.25 a day."

So is it right to have the poor of India model these high-end fashion pieces, or was it just an interesting idea that shouldn't be taken to heart?
The idea has sparked some controversy in the media in India:

"The editorial spread was “not just tacky but downright distasteful” said Kanika Gahlaut, a columnist for the daily newspaper Mail Today that is based here, who denounced it as an “example of vulgarity.”

There’s nothing “fun or funny” about putting a poor person in a mud hut in clothing designed by Alexander McQueen, she said in a telephone interview. “There are farmer suicides here, for God’s sake” she said, referring to thousands of Indian farmers who have killed themselves in the last decade because of debt."

On the other hand, the editor of Vogue has a different take on things:

"Vogue India editor Priya Tanna’s message to critics of the August shoot: “Lighten up,” she said in a telephone interview. Vogue is about realizing the “power of fashion” she said, and the shoot was saying that “fashion is no longer a rich man’s privilege. Anyone can carry it off and make it look beautiful,” she said."

Vogue has done a little more than show off a few luxury goods. I am almost positive those "models" were not paid as they should have been and it is a fact that they were not recognized by name in the magazines. Not a great idea, Vogue India.

article by Heather Timmons
The New York Times