Tuesday, February 24, 2015



A Netflix original series based on NYC in the 1970's. Directed by Baz Luhrmann. Mixed feelings about the points the author in the article brings up; all very valid. Regardless, being "white" or not even "American" or a real "NY'er" should not be something to be judged against. But in the overall scheme of Hollywood "storytelling" perspectives, yes it's kind of a downer. But who knows maybe this series is going to kill it? And I do realize there are tons of people involved in production, writing, etc that will additionally carry the film but at the end of the day it's about who profits, who wins the super celebrity/director awards in mainstream culture that in turn somehow become cultural ambassadors, and the rest of us who argue about the complex/simple nature of it all.



http://www.dazeddigital.com/music/article/23532/1/baz-luhrmann-to-direct-epic-nyc-hip-hop-drama-for-netflix

Sunday, February 22, 2015



http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/02/19/giuliani-obama-had-a-white-mother-so-im-not-a-racist/?_r=0

Welcome to the next election, America. This Real Time panel discussion featuring Fran Lebowitz and Bill Nye the Science guy ( YES ) is worth checking out. I wasn't aware of Giuliani's comments from the last few days but as usual is it that surprising that America's fanatic right wing racist will have their new mascot? It's surreal how much history repeats itself when it comes to the "applause lines" people will say decade after decade to get in the news that often turn out so politically successful they actually stand a chance to run for a Presidential bid. "Loving America" "Exceptionalism" "Anti-colonialism" lol it's so ridiculous. Let's all play another game of the "American Card".

Friday, February 20, 2015

 





















YEAROFTHEGOATRAMSHEEP

I took exactly four photos in Chinatown yesterday. My friends and I missed the parade but you know, it's the spirit that counts. Happy Lunar New Year!

 




This year, YIN WOOD supports the YIN EARTH of Sheep. What does this mean? To hear a deeper understanding of how the alchemical forces of nature affect our human experience, see the end of this article.
The 2014 Horse tested us on many levels, centering more on our individual soul-searching and galloping at times breakneck speed down our personal paths. Not the slower moving and deliberate Sheep, a community minded animal herding in a group consciousness focused on serving the greater good. We are in an extraordinary time of transition and a huge leap in human consciousness, shifting to higher group awareness. The more kind and compassionate heart of the Sheep offers an opening for us to recognize how interconnected we really are, and cheers humanity on to choose peace over separation

BEING CLEAR ABOUT YOUR VISION of what you want to create this year, based on what truly inspires you is essential, as it has the potential to be greatly magnified. The Sheep strongly embodies the attractive principle, so retrain your thoughts to focus on a higher vibration. Be passionate about your dreams and follow your heart, not your head, which will get you to nowhere-ville.
Choose love, not judgment, says the Sheep.
Personal clarity is crucial in helping you connect with and attract others of like-mind. Its important to herd up with those on your same wavelength, people that inspire you rather than relationships that sap your energy. Sheep are known as the ‘agents of change’ and can accomplish much when with the right group and strongly focused.


Teamwork, Cooperation and Collaboration are the magic elements this year, and are likely to generate more success in all arenas - whether it’s career, social change, or personal and romantic relationships. Have more social gatherings! The Wood element adds a more gregarious, good-humored aspect to the Sheep. With a softer heart, be open to creative ideas and new relationships coming in. For those of us so inclined, be receptive to the multidimensional and subtle worlds in the intelligence of nature - collaborating with these beings helps the evolution and healing of the planet as well as humanity. Trusting your Imagination is key in this.
Doing things on your own is not the name of the game this year, so use your groups, make use of your community and co-create with beneficial alliances. Because this is a terrific time to begin a new project or business, partner up with your colleagues and affiliates for achieving so much more than you could accomplish by yourself. And have more fun doing it! Once you are clear and steady in your vision, taking big risks toward projects that are dear to your heart is likely to yield some valuable results, especially with team effort. Bighorn sheep only need a 2-inch space to get a foothold, a reminder that the openings for new beginnings may be small, but if acted upon in a timely manner they can be secured. Cultivate courage to remain in balance in unstable situation, and trust in your ability to land safely on your feet. This is not a year to play it safe, so be courageous and go beyond your fear and take the leap!
CREATIVITY, INNOVATIONS, ART AND BEAUTY are central themes this year. The sheep is a very refined and sensitive creature, appreciating beauty in all forms. Feed your soul by surrounding yourself with beauty... in your home, your environment - particularly in nature, and don’t forget beautifying your self. It’s a great year to truly shine in the arts. Immerse yourself in the arts and creative projects, and commit to expressing your imaginative and artistic gifts. Be creative, cut loose with your imagination, trust the intuitive impulses you are receiving and just go with it. It will help you to stay in the flow and expand the higher part of yourself. Trusting our intuition

connects us to the quantum field, where we can gain access to symbols, dreams and ancient knowledge from other dimensions. When you receive these intuitive messages and flashes, take inspired action immediately when it comes to you – trust; don’t over think it or you may miss some great opportunities. The spiral of the rams horns are a symbol of tremendous creativity, stimulating imagination and inspired innovations, with the energy to act on it. 

http://www.forcesofnaturedesign.com/pdfs/RAM.pdf

Friday, February 13, 2015


Broad City- what up












Thursday, February 12, 2015

Damn it's been like 12 days since I last updated. I think it's safe to say my mind has not heavily prioritized this blog space as it once did unfortunately. But on the other hand, it's all good- it's evolution. Still working on my new company as starting a business has forced me to look at everything in terms of weeks and months and not so much days and weeks. Planning ahead unfortunately becomes a luxury in these cases as most moving parts involved in manufacturing and shipping are beyond your control. In that way it kind of blows and is a much slower, more stressful approach to how I am naturally programmed. It also has zero percent to do with design and all the cool shit I thought I would be doing more of. At the end of the day, when you start a business what is the point of designing 200 cool things if you can't even sell a handful of them? I'm not sure if that's the pessimist or optimist in me talking. 



Working on a zine with a friend in the meantime which subject matter requires research. When it's finished it will probably be the only zine I've ever made and would be willing to share with others. In the meantime I've buried personal zines I've made in the past which have acted more as heavily collaged and aggressively narrated pieces of paper stapled together meant to be rediscovered every few years for a good laugh.

Although Instagram has taken a lot more of my blogging time and attention, it is interesting how different the platforms are in terms of having a "blog" vs having an "instagram" account. The difference being I don't think anybody would look at a "blog" filled with selfies". But they definitely would look at an instagram account filled with them. I always felt self expression and documentation was important, until instagram made me realize that now self expression and documentation has jumped several steps ahead to self branding and ultimately to social media stardom if the "product" is marketable. It's given people enormous power over their images, personalities, and messages to ultimately peddle products to their followers. Whether the product is an actual product or if it's the idea that you take a lot of inspiring breast feeding photos or lead a life of alternative celebrity superstardom it comes down to the fact that there is always money making potential in what you choose to share, and most of all what you choose to omit.

There's nothing wrong with any of it, it can just be a bit overwhelming to take in sometimes. At the end of the day if you don't take yourself too seriously I guess that's all that matters. Which leads me to the below youtube clip of the guys from South Park going to the Oscars on acid. Thanks to Lauren for liking this on FB.


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Selfie Stick







Friday, January 23, 2015


"In the Radical Brownies, girls learn about social justice movements such the Black Panthers and the Chicano group Brown Berets. They wear their brown berets in homage to those two groups. But they also study how Disney princesses define girls’ image of beauty, and how that can affect self-image."

S o  f u c k i n g  c o o l. Society always wants to say racism doesn't exist but the only real cure for ignorance is education. It's great to see something like this happening.. especially in a place like Oakland where I would expect nothing less. But beyond race, this is another reminder of how women and young girls have and will always be a part of the equation in the struggle that is oppression. Seeing that such young girls are interested in being a part of something like this, as well as being supported by their community,is truly inspiring.


Planet Ludlow from Corey Shaff on Vimeo.

Very cool L.E.S. video from 1995: Planet Ludlow