Dive into the archives.
- Tokyo Skydrive
I don’t know much about the this film, apart from the fact that it takes place in Tokyo and is awesome. It was made by a champion who goes by the name cat2525jp. He’s got lots more good shit on his youtube channel and on his blog. Check it out.
- Truly madly deeply Limey
This clip comes courtesy of Puma and their Hard Chorus ad campaign. The performers are supporters of the English soccer club Tottenham. The song is Asian karaoke classic ‘Truly madly deeply’ by Savage Garden. The effect is funny, threatening, sad, touching, and English as fuck.
- Mix: Don’t get aggravated
Don’t get aggravated: a mix, a message. Cool out music for the cold weather featuring The Art of Noise, Al Green, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Marcia Griffiths, Aretha Franklin, Barry White, The Shins, Bon Iver, Bootsy Collins, Janet Jackson, New Birth, Bonobo, Sade, D’Angelo, Maxwell, Aaliyah, The Isley Brothers, Roberta Flack, Donnie Hathaway, and Stevie Wonder.
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- Strip Club Etiquette with Disco Rick
Today is Superbowl Sunday in America, and in a few hours the New Orleans Saints will be squaring off with the Indianapolis Colts down in sunny Miami. I’m in frosty, indifferent-to-football Beijing, but I didn’t want this great day to go by unacknowledged, so I want to pass on some wisdom that I found buried in local Superbowl news coverage. It’s a piece from the Miami New Times and the headline goes a little something like this: Super Bowl Strip Club Debauchery: Disco Rick Teaches You How to Politely Make it Rain.
An interview follows with Ricky “Disco Rick” Taylor, whom the paper describes as “formerly the leader of the pioneering Miami hip-hop group The Dogs. These days, he’s the ‘talent manager’ (read: stripper-wrangler) at the colossal King of Diamonds club in Miami Gardens, which caters to pro athletes and rappers, and features a basketball court and barbershop on premises.”
The grimey (and over 30) will remember Disco Rick’s classic “Wiggle Wiggle”:
So that’s his strip club credentials established right there as far as I’m concerned. Anyway, after the break you can read the full rundown of Disco Rick’s advice for enjoying what he himself describes as “the biggest weekend in strip club history in South Florida.” But here are some highlights:
“Do not come to the strip club if your baby mama’s dancing. That never ends well. We’re gonna throw you out and her out.”
“If you’re a customer and money falls on your head, just throw it to the ground. Or, to be courteous, throw it towards the dancers. If you put it in your pocket, I’ll cut the music.”
“If you got invited to the White House, would you light up a joint inside? So why would you light one up when you’re invited into my house? Nuh-huh. No fucking way. I’ll cut off the music.”
“Baked chicken, mashed potatoes, beans, and corn. Those are the things we can’t mess up. Meatloaf, if available.”
“We want you to behave like you was out with your parents.”
- More Keys
In the last couple days some beautiful people have sent me some beautiful music, none of which I’d heard before, all of which should’ve been on my piano mix… To quote Shakespeare, what’s done is done, and there’s no unmixing what’s already mixed, but I want to pass these jams on as a sort of encore.
Jelly Roll Morton – Dead man blues (Courtesy of Giulio AKA the Italian stallion)
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Chilly Gonzales & 50 Cent – Many men (Courtesy of Niek AKA Dutch Schultz)
Gonzales (again) – Oregano (Courtesy of Aura AKA the Venezuelan Sarah Palin)
- It’s Nathan Myhrvold’s world – you’re just visiting
Every once in a while I’ll be checking out Wikipedia, just click-click-clicking my way down the rabbit hole and stumble onto something that is truly amazing. Today was just such a day. Today I discovered an extremely doin it man named Nathan whose wikipedia entry impressed me/shamed me so thoroughly that I have to share it with you.
Nathan Myhrvold (born 1959 in Seattle, Washington), formerly Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft, is co-founder of Intellectual Ventures, which is seeking to build a large invention portfolio. He personally holds more than 18 U.S. patents and has applied for more than 100. His company is accumulating patents in software.
There’s the basics: 18 patents, 100 applied, Microsoft CTO, etc.
Myhrvold attended Mirman School,  and began college at age 14. He studied mathematics, geophysics, and space physics at UCLA (BSc, Masters). At Princeton he earned a master’s degree in mathematical economics and completed a PhD in theoretical and mathematical physics by age 23. He also attended Santa Monica College. For one year, he held a postdoctoral fellowship at Cambridge working under Stephen Hawking, studying cosmology, quantum field theory in curved space time and quantum theories of gravitation, but left to co-found a computer startup in Oakland, California. The company, Dynamical Systems Research Inc., sought to produce Mondrian, a clone of IBM’s TopView multitasking environment for DOS. Microsoft purchased DSR in 1986 and Myhrvold worked there for 13 years. At Microsoft he founded Microsoft Research in 1991.
Educational and early professional life. Studied under Hawking. Nice. Hobbies?
Myhrvold is a prize-winning nature and wildlife photographer. He is also involved with paleontological research on expeditions with the Museum of the Rockies. His work has appeared in scientific journals including Science, Nature, Paleobiology and the Physical Review, as well as Fortune, Time, National Geographic Traveler and Slate.
He and Peter Rinearson helped Bill Gates write The Road Ahead, a book about the future that reached No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list in 1995 and 1996.
Myhrvold has contributed $1 million to the SETI Foundation for the development of the Allen Telescope Array, planned to be the world’s most powerful radio telescope.
And to top it off…
In addition to his business and scientific interests, he is a master French chef who has finished first and second in the world championship of barbecue in Memphis, Tennessee. He also works as an assistant chef at one of Seattle’s leading French restaurants.
Awesome dude, that’s all I’m saying. I realize it’s Wikipedia, but it seems fairly thoroughly referenced, and so I think you’ve got to give it up to this power nerd.
Here’s a piece partially on him written by Malcolm Gladwell for the New Yorker.
Here’s his talk from TED entitled “A Life of Fascinations” Be prepared though. In Gladwell’s words, “He is gregarious, enthusiastic, and nerdy on an epic scale.”