Seriously -- is Andy Samberg the funniest guy to come through SNL in years?
Need a little positive reinforcement? Unsure of whether to go on a second date? Have a big purchase you want to make but can't decide to take the plunge? Don't bother consulting your closest confidant -- now you need look no further than Unazukin Dolls -- little fairies that are said to live under giant mushrooms in the woods. These diminutive Japanese figures will help you out of any situation -- big or small. Ask the dolls a question and they'll either nod or shake their heads. One nod or shake is a simple yes or no. Two in either direction: absolutely do it -- or don't.
While I'm not necessarily advocating seriously leaning on the Unazukin Dolls to guide your life, they're a fun little addition to any desk or kitchen counter.
Buy them from Firebox for $8.95 each. Look for future dolls' release to add to your collection.
World AIDS Day is Friday Dec. 1 and now more than ever before, we need to concentrate on not only stamping out this dreaded disease but also helping people around the world living with HIV/AIDS. According to Avert.org, nearly 40 MILLION people have died around the world from AIDS since 1981. In 2006 alone, 3 million people have died. There are 12 million AIDS orphans in Sub-Saharan Africa and the rate of HIV infection in India and China is skyrocketing -- there's no point in promoting the number because there are hundreds of thousands of unreported cases in those countries.
What can you do about it? For one, talk about it. Don't be afraid to tell people what the disease is and that there's no shame in having it. What else? Wear a condom if you have sex -- it's the easiest way to have a healthy sex life and not get infected. Another thing, go to Light to Unite and light a candle. For every candle that's lit, Bristol-Myers Squibb will donate $1 to the cause. The website says they're only donating $100,000, but there's already more than 160,000 candles lit -- I feel that if the website gets flooded with traffic, the drug company will change its tune and give more money -- god knows it has it to give.
Other things you can do? Buy RED products from Gap, Motorola, Armani, Apple and more and buy pillows from Treehugger. Every time you buy, money gets donated to women and children suffering from AIDS in Africa. You can also purchase Hanson's new song, "Great Divide," on iTunes; 100 percent of the money raised from this song directly benefits AIDS patients in Soweto, South Africa. The Hanson brothers recently traveled to Mozambique and South Africa and recorded the song with a children's choir there. Regardless if you like Hanson, the song is powerful and the money goes to a great cause.
However you "celebrate" World AIDS Day, do something. AIDS is the most devastating disease to plague our planet. It knows no boundaries and kills at random. While you personally may not know anyone who's dying, millions of people are sick and living with HIV without access to drugs to alieve their pain.
British retail giant Marks & Spencer got into the holiday spirit by nabbing Dame Shirley Bassey, the UK's most successful female chart artist of all time, to sing and star in their Christmas commercial. The subject: Bond, of course. Bassey, who sang the themes to Goldfinger, Diamonds are Forever and Moonraker, now tackles Pink by taking on "Get This Party Started." The commercial features a bevy of models, including the classic Twiggy, all receiving messages on their mobiles to meet up, where? The ice palace, natch, where Bassey performs for the crowd under a sky of purple fireworks.
Today is one of the most important Election Days in recent history. It is imperative that you go out and vote. Hopefully you'll choose to keep or place a Democrat in office, but in either case: Just. Go. Vote.
Get to your polling place. We must take back Congress.
I don't normally post politically themed topics, but this is too important to not talk about. This election day, on Nov. 7, the Democrats have a solid chance of taking back Congress. After the last six years of a Republican-controlled government, it's time to take things back.
Help MoveOn.org and sign up as a volunteer to call people and make sure they get out to the polls.
Click on the image below to get more information and to sign up to help man the phones. If you're tired of a government that's more interested in padding the pockets of big business and lying to the public to enter a war that doesn't seem to have an end, then do your part. Notice how many Republican Congressmen are getting caught in scandals lately? Those are just the ones we know about. There's way too much corruption and deceit guiding our country. Family values indeed. It's our turn to get out and vote.
The closet doors just keep fallin' off their hinges ... T.R. Knight, who plays the fumbling, bumbling goofy resident George O'Malley on Grey's Anatomy, confirmed to People that's he's gay (by the look on his face in this picture, he looks as surprised as I was).
This, on the same day it was revealed that co-star Isaiah Washington, who plays the too-cool Dr. Burke, hurled an anti-gay slur (assumingly toward Knight) during an argument with Patrick Dempsey.
Knight, 33, told People: "I guess there have been a few questions about my sexuality, and I'd like to quiet any unnecessary rumors that may be out there. While I prefer to keep my personal life private, I hope the fact that I'm gay isn't the most interesting part of me."
Way to go, Georgie Boy!
On Thursday morning, Oprah and Bono sparked a frenzy on Chicago's Michigan Avenue when they went shopping to officially launch the U.S. leg of (Product) RED -- a global retail initiative to help knock out AIDS in Africa. Kicking things off at Gap where the pair drew the biggest crowd and mugged for press, they drove down the Mag Mile in a red Thunderbird. Oprah emerged wearing a Gap (Product) RED T-shirt and said "Bono and I are going shopping to help save the world," and then popped into the store. Bono, clad in waxed denim jacket, emerged a short while later carrying the talk show host's many bags and said he was Oprah's "roadie."
Next up: the Apple store. I was fortunate enough to be inside while throngs of fans crowded the sidewalk in front of the store. Bono and Oprah were there to play with and introduce Apple's new red Nano, which will be available starting today (Oct 13) in 4 GB versions and will retail for $199 ($10 of which will go to the charity). Oprah snatched up 10 of the gorgeous red anodized aluminum-cased units and then the pair departed -- in and out, no muss no fuss.
After they left and the crowd followed, I walked over to the table of red Nanos for a closer look and, about two feet from the display, a tall, skinny Apple rep stepped in my path. "Um, can I help you?" "I just want to look at the red Nano." "You can come back tomorrow when they'll be available." I guess only Oprah and Bono were glorious enough to touch the units today.
Next, the pair headed up to Armani and then back down MichAve to meet up with Kanye West at the temporary Motorla space, where the red RAZRs reside. Oprah took off after that, Kanye reportedly shopped at Armani and Bono left for restaurant NoMi at the Park Hyatt to have a sushi lunch with Christie Turlington, Penelope Cruz and a bunch of RED reps.
The project launched in the UK in the spring and featured a massive concert in Trafalgar Square last month featuring the Scissor Sisters. The British have already raised $10 million for the project. For every purchase made at the participating retailers -- Gap, Armani, Converse, Motorola and now Apple -- part of the proceeds from every Red product will go to aid women and children in Africa. The entire shopping extravaganza aired on the Oprah show today.
Why? There are more than 5 million people -- that's about 19% of the total population -- living with AIDS/HIV in South Africa. And that's just a small portion of the global epidemic. Will it ever end? Hopefully (Product) RED will help. And you too. We're all responsible.
Here's my question: Why aren't more retailers already on board with this?
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What started as a drunken experiment in Seattle quickly spiraled into a roving audio art extravaganza throughout the Emerald City. Musician Mike Min recorded himself speaking over a piece of music he had just created and sent the entire commentary to Chris DeLaurenti, a new music writer for The Stranger; Min expected he would just rip him apart. DeLaurenti instead stretched out Min's music, which is now titled "Sexecutive Cummary," and remixed it in his own way. Min decided to send the music out to other "composers" around Seattle and the result is the Bike Bin Project, a pre-recorded, downloadable bicycle tour with designated listening stations. If you're expecting a blend of sugary-sweet pop to guide you through a Starbucks-fueled day, get over it. What you'll get is a hodge-podge of experimental beats with spoken word, scrambled sounds and fuzzy incantations. It's not for everyone, but then again, art is subjective.
Karim Rashid may be best known for making hip housewares (especially garbage cans) accessible to the masses when he created a line for Umbra. But, Karim is an international design star, a true globetrotter, having worked on everything from glasses, watches and shoes to restaurants, hotels and packaging for the likes of Method, Prada, Alessi, Dirt Devil and Issey Miyake.
Now Karim stretches his talents to arch into the music world by designing not only the CD cover for ObliqSound Remixes Vol 2 (out Oct. 3), but also a limited-edition CD carrying case, which was manufactured by Brazilian plastic footwear manufacturer Melissa and is available at the Karim Rashid Shop, MoMA Design Store, Bergdorf Goodman and ObliqSound.com. The case is made of flexible rubber with raised grooves and can hold all your essentials for a night out. The CD features an eclectic mix of world music, urban beats and jazzy breaks -- a perfect blend that represents Karim Rashid's varied personal tastes.
He told me he's been an avid music fan for three decades, when he first got turned on to electronic music and groups like Kraftwerk. In fact, he DJ'd through the '70s and '80s and once again recently hit the decks at a club in Milan. He travels with no less than three full 60GB iPods with artists as diverse as David Bowie, Moloko, Mylo, She Wants Revenge, Ry Cooder and even Lynyrd Skynyrd.
I briefly met Karim a few months ago during a quick trip through Chicago. A couple of days later, I got an email saying he enjoyed meeting me and discussing his forthcoming music project. He agreed to an interview, which we conducted via email due to his busy travel schedule (it turns out he was actually answering the questions wearing pink briefs and pink sunglasses out by his pool). Following the interview, we continued to chat back and forth for a few days -- he even gave me some tips for my upcoming trip to London.
He signed off one of his emails with a great phrase, which I feel everyone should adhere to:
More experiences = more memories = longer life
Q&A with KARIM RASHID:
SomethingGlorious: How did you get linked up with ObliqSound?
Karim Rashid: They just went into my shop and asked if [I] would be interested in redesigning their covers and brand then left me their music to listen too. The shop sent the CDs to my office and I was hooked.
SG: What was different about designing a CD case than other projects?
KR: Nothing. Design is all the same to me – it is all about redefining and revisiting the built environment and about communicating a human connection, a message, a dialect. Design is about shaping our contemporary landscape.
SG: Where did you find inspiration for this project?
KR: In the music, in the vibe of their jazz musicians and the remixes. I sketched digitally as I listened. I was always a jazz aficionado!
SG: What about the music on the ObliqSound remix channeled that inspiration?
KR: Yes. Funny you use such a dated and supernatural word – "channeling." The vibrating pulsing bone like form that I designed graphically for the cover and the wireframe compositions are the intangible music becoming tangible and taking on new form.