neck tunes!

Pink?!?! Looks like candy?! Wearable?! OMG, if I were still a teen (sigh), I’d be all over these necklace/MP3 players by INNO Design.



b-boys on demand

In case you were wondering how teens in Mongolia used to roll in the nineties (and a few decades before that)…some used to cohort in apartment building stairwell cases to play guitar and sing songs dubbed the “Ortsnii Duu” aka “Stairwell Songs.” In fact, that’s how I learned to play guitar–banging chords from la to me to sol to do, belting out, “Writing my love letter on a sheet of paper made in USSR.”

Lyrics were awesomely raw and heartfelt, chord progressions totally rudimentary. There were no songbooks with lyrics and notes; yet, like an ancient oral tradition, Stairwell Songs were passed down in the streets of Ulaanbaatar from generation to the next.

Similarly, b-boying has been an urban (Bronx, to be exact) ritual bequeathed from one b-boy to another. But with growing popularity of dance shows on TV, TiVo, and peeps using youtube, passing down the knowledge of street moves has changed with technology.

Take MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew, which took street dancing to a whole new level. On their site, moves are broken down, replayed, and taught. Not to mention gazillions of tutorials on youtube, like this one, where each element is deconstructed in slow motion. So, if next time you see me on a dance floor busting out freak nasty or sponge bob, do know that my youtube has been getting a lot of action.

Watch & learn…Winners of America’s Best Dance Crew, JabbawockeeZ:

txt books

Apparently, melancholic love stories written by Japanese girls on their cellphones are all the rage. According to the NYTimes, five out of ten 2007 best-selling fiction books in Japan were cellphone novels.

What’s interesting is that the phenomenon didn’t happen as a result of an intense need to appropriate technology into a creative outlet, but instead, the technology was what sparked the itch to  write.

From NYT: “It’s not that they had a desire to write and that the cellphone happened to be there,” said Chiaki Ishihara, an expert in Japanese literature at Waseda University who has studied cellphone novels. “Instead, in the course of exchanging e-mail, this tool called the cellphone instilled in them a desire to write.”

Structurally, the novels are written in short sentences that form tight paragraphs, which nicely fit on phone screens. There’s also a lot of dialogue with spaces in between the lines, which are used to communicate that the characters are deep in thought.  

Here’s an excerpt from the wildly popular “To Love You Again,” written by 22-year old Satomi Nakamura (who busted a blood vessel in her pinky finger from hardcore texting):

Kin Kon Kan Kon (sound of school bell ringing)
The school bell rang
“Sigh. We’re missing class”
She said with an annoyed expression.

….BRILLIANT! (space)…….

haute projection

Chiming in on the discussion of democratization of fashion shows, Stefano Pilati, creative director at Yves Saint Laurent, chose to show his 2008 Fall/Winter menswear collection as a triptych LCD projection. Featuring Simon Woods, the star of HBO’s Rome, the presentation is captivatingly eery and seamlessly (and unpretentiously) incorporates the clothes as part of its plotless sequence.  

Pilati elaborates on use of technology in lieu of the traditional catwalk in his interview with Wallpaper Magazine.

The result is an engaging art film with a creepy looking dude, who still manages to look hot…in a weird kind of way:

knit flick

I have to confess, I am a sucker for bad reality TV and domestic arts. And yes, the two go together hand in hand: I crocheted this trippy doily while watching A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila, season 1. 

Imagine my astonishment, when I saw this marvelous music video created with 723 individually KNITTED (!) frames. The band is a Canadian duo named Tricot Machine (which stands for “knitting machine,” for those linguistically challenged).

Though a knitting machine was involved (it would have been even more badass if they were actually hand-knit), the creation process still sounds arduous. According to David Valiquette who produced the video: 

“We actually shot our characters on green screen to start with. Then we edited, keyed and composited in AE to add the other elements like snow and stadium. We then outputed 723 jpeg of the clip to our knitter that used them as templates for the knits. The knitting technique is actually called in french “Tricot machine”, hence the band’s name!” [source]

Love it!