Archive for July, 2010

JP Goude Editorial

Posted: July 30, 2010 in Fashion, Mosaics
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How I Spent My Weekend

I don’t know how I feel about this picture, but something about it is very fascinating.

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Let me show you these fantastic toy weapons. Made by designer Shira Nahon for the ever-narrowing line between adults and children. Simplicity both masks and IS the genius in these fantabulous destructors. In this project you will find the Clip Gun, the Beak, the BoomBall, the Rubber, and the OneShot. All of them truly rockin. This set of objects goes by the sound children young and old will make with them: “PIU PIU!”

ClipGun : here’s one you may remember, as the laundry clip on a stick design has been around for quite a few years. I remember wanting something like this when I was about 10 years old, wanting it SO BAD. This one’s a bit more refined, incorporating the clip into the stick. One less ingredient – a designer’s most basic goal.

Beak: What! A paper airplane? No way. This is a stainless STEEL airplane. Made to fly… right into your neighbors eye.

BoomBall: A boomerang-like device which is made of strips of thin, flexible steel. You might remember these strips as “slap bracelets.” When this crazy object makes contact with any other solid object, it curls up into a sphere (if you’re lucky, it ensnares the target object inside!) Very wild.

Rubber: Not THAT kind of rubber. This Rubber is packaged as the rubber sling part of a slingshot only, encouraging the user to find their own perfect bit of tree branch to shoot with.

OneShot: A single metal rod twisted and turned into an ingenious neu-form rubber band shooter. Totally and completely intuitive. So simple, a baby could fire it.

Two of each, please! Thanks. Wee!

Designer: Shira Nahon

I find this entire rant to be so meta and interesting. The crux of his rant is that sometimes we say thing that are bitchy, mean, etc for others’ entertainment. Maybe I’ll just show this video to people that I meet whenever they don’t understand the power of these two psychological effects. #1 and #2

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If you’re like me, and you’re reading this blog, I’m quite sure that this product is exciting to you. Tell me this is dumb and I’ll tell you you’re not a nerd, or that you’re just computer illiterate.

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This makes me less hesitant to get a pet. Cleaning up after myself (not in this way, just generally) is hard enough, and with a pet or child…no gracias. But this right here, sounds like the problem is solved.

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selectism - The End of History by BrewDog

Though slightly old news, “The End of History” by BrewDog still deserves space for its outrageous packaging. Now sold out, “The End of History” holds records as the most alcoholic (55% abv) beer and the first beer to be packaged in side of dead animals. The Scottish brewers, two 26-year olds that founded BrewDog in 2007 with the desire to shake up the British brew industry, suggest it is the “Beer to end all beers.” For the bottles they used seven stoats, four squirrels, and a hare.

While “The End of History” might just end with a legacy of insanity, BrewDog’s general range is inventive and typically delicious. That said, I can’t imagine that sniffing out a stout cloaked bottle would be a bad idea… the investment potential seems quite high.

So this is strange, just stare at the picture. Creepy, no?

Taio Cruz – Dynamite

Posted: July 28, 2010 in Lyrics
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The video is whatever, but I like the song. Will this become the new summer anthem? I kinda hope so. That would put Taio at 2 for 2.

So I read this article some time ago, and kept it for a time that made since to reblog it. I think that time is now.

Where Are All The Bisexual Men?

This weekend Vanessa Carlton followed in the footsteps of female celebrities like Lady Gaga, Anna Paquin, and Megan Mullally and came out as bisexual. Congrats! But why is this well-intentioned announcement always made by ladies? Aren’t there any bi guys?

The funny thing about telling the world that you enjoy having sex with or are attracted to members of both sexes is that it is kind of like announcing to a room full of Americans that you are Canadian. Just like Canadians are basically Americans with a few subtle differences (healthcare, politeness, love of hockey) bisexuals are basically just straight people who like to get a little funky. Just look at Paquin and Mullally who are both in monogamous relationships with men. Sure, they might think about a little lady love every once in awhile, but they’re basically in the same relationship as every other breeder on the planet. Lady Gaga admits that she’s never actually let another woman ride on her disco stick, and her Sapphic proclivities seem to be a way to bind her closer to the gay community that she fights for and that continues to play remixes of every one of her singles at every one of their social gatherings.

Famous women coming out as loving both peen and vag is kind of nice, in a way. It may be a little meaningless, but it’s like breaking in the public for hardcore homosexuals. If we can get all the right-wing crazies in the flat parts of the country to embrace people who like both sexes, maybe they’ll get a little more comfortable with those who only jones for members of the same sex. Bisexuals are sort of like queer training wheels, weaning people off of their narrow vision of sexuality to open them up to the world of difference that exists outside of their “traditional marriage.”

Bisexual women are especially powerful in this regard because people don’t really care if a female has fluid sexuality. In fact, most straight guys would actually prefer imagining that Anna Paquin will not only sleep with them, but will bring her best girlfriend over for a three=way. Yes, there is nothing icky about lady-on-lady action. This is not true with male-on-male intercourse. People are not just disgusted by the people, they’re disgusted by the act.

And that’s why there are no essentially straight guys who come out as bi either to support gay rights (like Gaga) or for a little bit of a publicity bump (yeah, Vanessa Carlton, we’re looking at you). We’ve been on Craigslist enough to know that bisexual men really do exist, but there aren’t any in the public sphere because acknowledging that they have or have thought about bumping uglies with another dude would garner a collective, “Ew! You want to put that where?!”

Thanks in part to our famous bisexual women who are married to men, the world seems to think of bi women as ladies who will venture to the Sapphic side for fun or to please a man. Because butt sex is an unthinkable taboo for so many (especially men who have never tried it and don’t know what they’re missing), bisexual men are seen as gay guys who are clinging on to women so they won’t seem too faggy.

It’s a horrible double standard and it’s one I think we should end. How? Well, we need some famous dudes to come out as bi. We know you’re out there, guys. And even if you’re not, can’t you pull a Gaga and just pretend for the sake of the cause? Thanks!

And then, I read another article (same great site, ONTD).

Hollywood heart-throb Tom Hardy has revealed he had a string of gay flings as a teenager.

The 32-year-old Inception star, who is engaged to British actress Charlotte Riley, 28, and also has a two-year-old son with a former girlfriend . But asked if he’d ever had any sexual relations with other men, the broody actor said: ‘As a boy? Of course I have. I’m an actor for ****’s sake.

‘I’ve played with everything and everyone. I love the form and the physicality, but now that I’m in my thirties, it doesn’t do it for me. I’m done experimenting but there’s plenty of stuff in a relationship with another man, especially gay men, that I need in my life.

‘A lot of gay men get my thing for shoes. I have definite feminine qualities and a lot of gay men are incredibly masculine.’

London-born Tom found big-screen fame with Star Trek Nemesis, and in the 2009 hit Bronson, where he played the notoriously violent criminal Charles Bronson to critical acclaim. In Guy Ritchie’s hit Rock’n’Rolla he starred as gay gangster Handsome Bob, and had a crush on Irish hearthrob Gerard Butler. He then starred as Heathcliffe in a BBC remake of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, where he met stunning fiancée Charlotte.

In an interview with Now magazine, the former party-boy who has battled drink, drugs and crime to turn his life around, added: ‘A lot of people say I seem masculine, but I don’t feel it. I feel intrinsically feminine. I’d love to be one of the boys but I always felt a bit on the outside.
‘Maybe my masculine qualities come from overcompensating because I’m not one of the boys.’

Overall, it’s an interesting dialogue taking place here.

Androgyny: DAJE

Posted: July 28, 2010 in Fashion, Mosaics
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I legit was convinced that this was a….actually, I didn’t know what the gender was.

Evian Baby Tee

Posted: July 28, 2010 in Fashion, Mosaics
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Evian Baby Tee

I actually want this shirt, isn’t it so cool?

Nike Wellingtons: WTF

Posted: July 28, 2010 in Fashion, Mosaics
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I’m pissed, why can’t Nike release these in America? It would finally make rainboots acceptable for the majority of men. I would rock the shit out of these. I mean they’re Nike. No one can make fun of Nikes, right?

Feeding Luxury

Posted: July 28, 2010 in Mosaics
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visualid: Mother of 3. Feeding Luxury Photography by Nicho...

How interesting! It kinda reminds me of this song.

Interesting Facebook Status

Posted: July 27, 2010 in Facebook
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[Person] Just ran into his sex-offender neighbour

I’m going to really a joke, a very, very awkward joke. But I’m telling you because it does serve an interesting point.

So most people want to know if I like boys or girls. But no one every asks me! They usually ask my mom, and they way they do it is by using food.

Does [she] like tacos or burritos?

Well [she] likes all Mexican food!

The reason that joke was awkward, it was told in front of about 40 teenagers who may or may not have been comfortable with this type of openness from a staffer. It was talked about for a long time after it was told, and even came up from one of her residents in a conversation with me on the last night. This all got me to thinking – more so than usual.

Sexual orientation as our society sees it is most often binary (heterosexual or homosexual), very rarely categorical (asexual, heterosexual, bisexual or homosexual) and almost never on a continuum (inbetweens of the aforementioned labels). Also, it is assumed to be fixed in time, or if it changes it is towards one direction (“Heterosexual” -> “Bisexual” -> “Homosexual”). Stop me if I’m wrong here.

Now my question is how is orientation defined? Is it how you identify with your gender, your actions, behaviors, sexual attraction, emotional attraction, etc? And to what degree are all of these metrics biases towards the same outcome, as they are usually defined with a preconceived notion in mind. And to prove this, I have a few things most people don’t ponder:

Can you be attracted to members of the same sex sober, but the opposite sex (or both equally) under the influence?

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I just finished up a few weeks in the Bay Area, and I started to think about some questions more deeply. The starting point that sparked me to want to write this were some of the rules at our job. It was forbidden for boys or girls to be in each other’s rooms, but that it was OK for same-sex members to be in the rooms so long as the door was partially opened. Now, this is actually something that one of my 16 year old “residents” mentioned, but mainly because he likes to be oppositional.

Next, the structure of our program meant that each staff member was assigned a group of “residents” of the same gender. Granted, it makes sense because our title is Resident Advisor, so we will be living with them etc etc. BUT, I did find it strange that being an RA meant your contact was essentially limited to same gendered folks. Given that an inappropriate relationship is frowned upon, and did actually happen this summer. What if two same-gendered people did have a relationship? Then what about the rules?

So all of our group activities were based on same-gender groups, or packs as I like to think of it. We wonder why it is so hard to control the kids when they are in a single-sex group and forced to be that way when they are at the peak of puberty. To be honest, it is expected that 10+ students with similar hormones will cause trouble. No doubt about it. Either tons of bitching or violence.

Now the part that gets me is that the system forced the staff to fall into gender stereotypes. They hired a staff that was diverse in terms of interests, schools, majors and life trajectories yet we still were anchored to gendered roles. Two of the female RAs expressed disinterest in doing overly “girly” things like manicures, pedicures and tons of time shopping even though that’s what her girls wanted to do. And I know that me and another of the male RAs are way more cerebral than sporty – so our idea of fun wasn’t soccer or basketball.

You could say that it’s what was demanded, but only because the students wanted it. False. Some of the students wanted to do what other groups had done, one group falls into gender roles and it sounds appealing to the other group. Collapse differences because of group think, and you have reinforced some activities. I did have one student who wanted to go shopping, and many more who spent more time getting ready than girls did. But they always wanted to play sports or do otherwise hypermasculine things.

The structure of the program made some of these issues issues but I guess that’s just the way things often fall. But really, this is a tipping point for my next post.