Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Saturn Devouring One of His Children

I much prefer this one to Goya's version. I saw it hanging in a stairwell in the Prado and it took my breath away.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Observation #26

I'm almost sure that musicals are created especially for the enjoyment of gay people.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Great Scott! The Nike Mag

The Nike Air MAG (aka the Marty McFly) has captured every eye in the sneaker community within the past few days. Michael J. Fox appeared on David Letterman recently with some details regarding this highly anticipated release, and 1,500 pairs were just auctioned on eBay. All of the proceeds went to the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

[courtesy of www.nicekicks.com]

These are super dope but I would never wear them in public. Neither would I consider the ridiculous price tag to wear them in private. Still, super dope.

Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps

So I don't normally advertise products in this forum or in general, but this is a great one. If you don't use it, you've probably seen or walked past it in Whole Foods, Fairway, or some other organics-centric market. I've used the almond (which sort of smells like marzipan) and lavender, but just bought the citrus orange this weekend which is delightful! The soap is totally biodegradable and vegetable-based, meaning it doesn't contain any animal fat/tallow. It's also certified fair trade and made with organic oils. It smells nice and clean and apparently has 18 basic uses, diluted and undiluted. They include body wash, mouthwash, laundry detergent, light house cleaning, a fruit and vegetable rinse, and deodorant. Simply put, it's good shit. Now my point, contrary to what it probably seems like so far, is not to encourage you to buy this soap. Here's my point: I bought a new variation of the soap ("flavor," as I like to incorrectly call it), over the weekend. For some reason, this was the first time I looked at the label. The website describes the labels as "Dr. Bronner's philosophy," and describes that philosophy as an "urgent message to realize our transcendent unity across religious and ethnic divides." But actually looking at the labels makes me think this dude was a complete nut, and then makes me question my decision to buy this soap. I'll still buy it, but shit these labels are weird.

Friday, September 16, 2011

The Old Guitarist

This is one of my favorite paintings. I like hanging it horizontally, so the old man's head is on the right side of the canvas. Picasso is one of many proofs to my theory about the unmistakable relationship between supreme creativity and our concept of insanity, framed by social and cultural definitions. I'll expound on that when I'm in a more motivated state of mind.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

South Asian Massive

I just discovered this segment on MTV called Roots, which features music that has some sort of South Asian influence. I checked out the website and it seems like a good mix of traditional Hindustani music, Indian fusion, straight up rock/blues/alternative made by brown people, and some lame Desi-wanna-be-American stuff. In any case, I think it's pretty sick that 1) South Asian music has become culturally pervasive to the point where it's played on a mainstream, worldwide music channel, and 2) that MTV has a show that actually plays music. Fuck you, Jersey Shore!

Check out Shankar Tucker on this week's episode [Friday @ 8:30pm]. He's dope!