some images for the last day of 09


Design Miami 2009

Celebrating its fifth year, a record-breaking 23,000 people visited Design Miami this year. The event is a showcase for the world's best limited-edition design. Curators, collectors, gallerists and press descend on Miami's historical design district to take in the shows, shops and exhibitions. Monocle reports from the Sunshine State and explores how the world of design art is maturing.

Design Miami/ is the global forum that brings together the most influential dealers, collectors, designers, curators and critics from around the world in celebration of design culture and commerce. Inspired by the galvanizing effect of Art Basel Miami Beach, the founders of Design Miami/ set out to create a design fair unlike any other that came before.

They envisioned a new commercial and cultural forum that would capture the thriving general interest in design and elevate appreciation for limited-edition, experimental and historically significant design work, presented within an energetic, visually striking environment. No other design fair had ever attempted such a feat. From its inception, Design Miami/ was intended to be more than just a marketplace for high-end design.Two unique shows are held each year: Design Miami/, every December in Miami, and Design Miami/ Basel every June in Basel, Switzerland.


vintage sexy hotness

1812 was the hotness for real


Ermenegildo Zegna 16 min interview on centenary + future

Editor-in-chief of Monocle Tyler Brûlé welcomes Gildo Zegna, CEO of supreme Italian menswear brand Ermenegildo Zegna, to the Monocle HQ in London to discuss the brand's centenary in 2010 and its longer-term future.


Bentley and Zai launch Supersport skis

Swiss firm Zai makes high-zoot skis. When the company teamed up with Bentley, the result was an even higher-zoot ski kit called Zai Supersports, composed of handmade skis and poles, and a ski bag.

The skis themselves feature a special carbon fiber material called "Zaiìra" on top, with a natural rubber core, chromium-steel-infused carbon fiber for the twisty bits, and Reinforced Thermoplastic Composites to round out your lust for exotic materials. The poles use the ExoGrid tech usually associated with the world of golf clubs.

There will only be 250 pairs made, and will sport a $9,800 purchase price. Get all the facts in the press release here, and a few more high-res pictures below.


tron legacy UK poster

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Iron Man 2: Super awesome radical cool image of hellyeahs

my stupid blog/site/link dump was pretty much made because I wanted to post some images and videos about APB and Iron Man. So far the only one that delivered on my personal hype was Iron Man. Great fucking movie. Now the sequel is about to gear up for its media-internet-twitter-stupidtube onslaught and it begins with this sweetness image of Iron Man and War Machine.

RDJ + JF + GP + DC + MR = May 7th ownage.

memo to Terrance Howard: ouch. if you hadn't been such a douche that could have been you in the most bad ass comic book armor getup of all 90's. that has to hurt. bad move my brother.



Hugo Chavez is shooting the clouds

CARACAS, Venezuela - Hugo Chavez says he is starting to "bombard" clouds now that Cuba has provided Venezuela with cloud-seeding help in an effort to produce rain and alleviate the effects of a severe drought.

The Venezuelan president said Saturday night that specialized equipment, sent by Fidel Castro and Cuban President Raul Castro, is starting to be used to seed clouds from planes.

"We're bombarding clouds," Chavez said during a televised speech. "We have some planes there, and some equipment that Fidel and Raul sent us."

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‘I’ll hurl a lightning bolt at it’
Chavez is trying to squeeze more rain from the clouds as his country heads into its dry season amid a drought that has put reservoirs at their lowest levels in decades. The lack of water behind hydroelectric dams that supply most of Venezuela's electricity is threatening to worsen blackouts that have already become an emerging political liability.

Chavez suggested he wants to witness the cloud-seeding effort, saying: "Any cloud that comes in my way, I'll hurl a lightning bolt at it. Tonight I'm going out to bombard."

Cloud-seeding has been tried in various countries — including China, Australia and parts of the United States — in attempts to draw more moisture from storms, usually by releasing silver iodide particles into clouds. Chavez did not say what method Venezuela is using.

Controversial efforts
Such efforts to modify the weather are controversial, and critics question the effectiveness under many circumstances. But cloud-seeding is viewed as an option in some areas.

the rest of the story that you don't really need to read can be found here msnbc link. Chavez's situation could be chalked up to poor planning and the inability to deal with problems using even remotely realistic solutions.


art: ivan puig

hasta las narices 2004
VW sedan, agua, pigmento, plotter sobre pvc, vaso de vidrio y figurillas escala, medidas variables

asalto a la granja 2005
Figuras de plástico, pasto sintético, base de metal y motor. 26ø X 40cm

Check out the rest of Puig's pieces and información here http://www.ivanpuig.net/


Clipse - Door Man and 'Til the Casket Drops' tracklisting

'Til the Casket Drops' drops December 8th with 9 tracks from the Neptunes.


1. Speak of Freedom (Produced By Sean C & LV)
2. Popular Demand (Popeyes) feat. Cam’ron (Produced By The Neptunes)
3. Kinda Like a Big Deal feat. Kanye West (Produced By DJ Khalil)
4. Showin’ Out feat. Yo Gotti Produced By The Neptunes)
5. I’m Good feat. Pharrell (Produced By The Neptunes)
6. There Was A Murder (Produced By DJ Khalil)
7. Door Man (Produced By The Neptunes)
8. Never Will It Stop feat. Ab-Liva (Produced By Sean C & LV)
9. Eyes On Me feat. Keri Hilson (Produced By The Neptunes)
10. Counseling (Produced By The Neptunes)
11. Champion (Produced By The Neptunes)
12. Footsteps (Produced By DJ Khalil)
13. Life Change (Produced By The Neptunes)
14. I’m Good feat. Rick Ross (Remix) (Produced By The Neptunes)


Prix Pictet 2009

I didn't really want to post 2 videos in a row but vimeo took forever to upload them for some reason. Either way its good stuff.

Monocle's culture editor Robert Bound reports on the world's premier award for achievement in environmental photography. With a mandate to use the power of photography to inspire thought and encourage action, the jury awarded first prize of £60,000 to London-based photographer Nadav Kander.


Federal Foreign Office in Berlin Germany

Since the fall of the Wall, Germany's foreign office has become master of gently promoting 'Brand Germany', with Berlin as the jewel in its decidedly understated crown.


Kimberly Munley is a role model

What else can you say to a woman who lays out a psychopath murder?

Thank you Miss Munley. Best of luck in your recovery and thank you answering the call of duty with force and conviction. You are a hero.


HBO's The Cube comes to dc

HBO's Cube

The Office of Motion Picture and Television Development and HBO are bringing ‘The Cube’ to the District this weekend. ‘The Cube,’ a 16 foot x 16 foot, four-sided video display, is a unique, new storytelling device that offers four different perspectives on the same scene simultaneously.

‘The Cube’ features two films, each two minutes and each played twice successively, on a rotating basis. In telling the same story from four distinct points of view, each side of the cube stands alone as an engaging film, and as one piece of a larger puzzle. As viewers move around the cube, they watch the story unfold from different perspectives, forming different perceptions, and often misperceptions, of the characters and plot. Only by watching the story unfold from multiple sides of the cube can one begin to see the bigger picture.

'The Cube' will be installed Thursday, October 8, at the plaza on the corner of Columbia Road, NW and Adams Mill Road, NW in Adams Morgan, and will operate Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 8 pm to 2 am.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact The Office of Motion Picture and Television Development at (202) 727-6608 or visit HBOimagine.com.

sidenote: 2 posts that are actually about DC! wow! and in a row like this, amazing


moment of silence for Ben Ali

Ben Ali, founder of Ben's Chili Bowl in DC, dies

WASHINGTON — Ben Ali, the founder of Washington's famous Ben's Chili Bowl restaurant, has died. He was 82.

Restaurant manager Maurice Harcum says Ali died of natural causes Wednesday night at his home.

The restaurant was founded in 1958 on U Street, then known as "Black Broadway" for drawing performers including Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole.


Flag of the Benin Empire

That's the flag of the Benin Empire, a pre-colonial African state situated in modern Nigeria that lasted from 1440 until 1897.