No More Cake

04/16/2010

Thievery

I saw this somewhere online last night and I have to say that it definitely resonates with me. I didn’t know a lot about Jim Jarmusch before this but I’m definitely interested now.

I don’t know why but I’ve always felt something very similar to this. Observing culture, media and society bombards you with duplicates, clones and replicas. They just go by names like remake, remix and retelling. Or if they’re smart, the reteller just calls it inspiration.

There’s a reason why history repeats itself.

To no ones fault, it is incredibly hard to create something wholly original when the creator can only base their work off what he’s learned/seen/experienced in his life. If anyone has ever had similar feelings about similar experiences then it is no longer completely “original”.

On the hand, while it may not be original, it can still be authentic. And to me, authenticity far outweighs originality. Obviously, don’t completely rip someone’s work, but if you see something that moves you some how than it isn’t wrong to emulate it in your own vision.

I think I’m going to make this my first tattoo.

And no, I have not missed the irony.

Owen

03/26/2010

Slip on Summer

Filed under: Advertisments, culture, Fashion, life, Pictures, Video — Tags: , , , , , — Owen @ 2:32 pm

Coming early next month, these will be my next purchase and will be beautifully destroyed by the time the Sun dips below the hemisphere for the winter.

Both > Red > Blue

Owen

02/19/2010

Making It In America (Most Likely)

A few days ago I got the opportunity to watch the new HBO show, How to Make it in America starring Bryan Greenberg and produced by the same people who did Entourage. Despite the marketing (which I didn’t see much of), it was expected to be the new Entourage based in NY instead of LA, following a graphic designer instead of an actor.

Alot of the reason I had any desire to tune in was because one of my favorite artists, Kid Cudi, has a role in it. The Cudder talked a whole lot of shit on his old Twitter account about him being a budding acting talent before he broke into music, so that had to be verified.

I was pleasantly surprised to see the list of other cast members flash across the screen as the opening credits played. Although I had no idea who Greenberg’s co-star Victor Rasuk was, I was excited to see the names of Luis Guzman, Shannyn Sossamon, and Eddie Kaye Thomas. And Rasuk ended up being pretty good.

I’m not going to layout everything that happened in the first episode because if you want to watch it, HBO has posted the entire first episode on YouTube, so click the picture below.

The reason its up on youtube is probably because HBO feels that this isn’t an instant hit… and they’re right. Just based off the inevitable comparison to Entourage, it’s flaws are apparent. The writing doesn’t sparkle with the same outrageous one-liners, the story is about the dirty work and not the glossy results, and the main character isn’t a millionaire playboy living a fantasy life of cars, parties and endless girls.

It’s for all these reasons that I will continue to watch. Let’s be real, nothing ever really happens on Entourage. Vince gets laid, Ari yells a lot, E tries to stay calm, Drama has issues and Turtle smokes weed. If it wasn’t for the dialogue and the titties it would be one of the dumber shows on television. I’m pretty sure every scene from every episode in which something important happens could be packed into a 1 hour special.

As an aspiring member of the NYC creative community, I can relate more to this than I anything I’ve ever seen on Entourage. It will be intriguing to see the portrayal of similar things that I am going through. The hero isn’t an emotionless sex vessel but a maturing character dealing with his internal struggles over his friends, love life and chosen profession. Issues that just about everybody goes through at some point.

And TV has enough quotable series, it’s always good to watch one that can be carried by substance over sex jokes. It looks like the season only has a run of about 8 episodes, so I’ll be watching through the season finale and if there seems to be some growth from now until then, I’ll be tuning into season 2.

Owen

PS aka Oh yeah

On the subject of Cudi, there really isn’t anything. He’s on screen for maybe 90 secs and does nothing but give daps, do a little dance and drink out the bottle. Pretty disappointing, it would cool to see him play some part in the growth of the hero but at this point he’s as useless as house phone.

07/27/2009

Pen Man

Filed under: Art, culture, Pictures — Owen @ 8:50 pm

This is the coolest thing I have seen in a long long time…

All of these were drawn by hand with a blue ball point pen. Incredible.

Done by Juan Francisco Casas. Via BBC.

01/31/2009

Ads

So this was my running blog about the Super Bowl commercials. I stopped around half time with this too and I don’t feel like posting the actual videos and making this a super long post, I’m just linking them. All in all, this is a fairly useless post.

Pepsi makes terrible comparisons. This commercial just kind of pissed me off. 

Vroom vroom party starter. I’m pretty excited for Conan to take over the Tonight Show. 

I will be first in line at Fast and Furious and definitely in the theatre for GI Joe.  Probably not Year One or Land of the Lost though. 

I’d rather have an ostrich.

I hate the G commercials. But I can identify almost everyone in them because I watch way too much Sportscenter.

David Abernathy is a beast.

Take these broken wings, shankapotamus.

I want to draw things in life with my finger.

The 3d commercials gave me headache. (Fuck linking them.)

I’ll post my favorites that I may have missed.  

– why’s the first guy on the scene gotta be black?

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The commercials were great but the special programs on Sunday were also great. I know a ton of people watched the halftime show because of Bruce Springsteen, but those people missed a much more entertaining show on ABC at the time. There was a special presentation of the show WipeOut, which is basically MXC in America. The main difference is that American producers don’t even pretend to make the course geared towards finishing but showcasing the wipeouts. It’s awesome.

And after the game, The Office put down a great episode. Watch the full thing on Hulu but the cold open is below. They marketed the guest appearances heavy but they did it well enough that I don’t think the show jumped the shark. 

And what’s a Superbowl without a little porn. You stay classy, Arizona.

Cake

01/20/2009

Showtime

Filed under: culture, life, Politics — Tags: , — Owen @ 1:41 pm

So I just got done watching the inauguration and it went well. I am amazed at how many people were there. I know the estimate was at least a million but it must have been more, which is dope because I know it is freezing out.

What was weird to me was how religious the ceremony was. Does it not count as separation between church and state if the person representing the state is religious? Is that some sort of inaugurational loophole?

The other noteable thing was how relieved George W looked. It must feel good to not have to deal with the relentless scrutiny of the past eight years. At the same time, by next Tuesday he’s going to be so bored of chillin in the woods with his dog and a six of Pabst tallboys. He’s going to be craving the power I’m sure.

An interesting rumour I heard was that GW effectively told Obama to watch his enemies close and his administration closer. I hope that Bush’s post presedential career is just as sparkling as his pre-presedential.

I wonder if this page will get sucked into the world of political blogs now. It might be easier now that I can blog from my iPhone bitches!

Cake

01/13/2009

My President Is Black

Filed under: culture — Tags: — Owen @ 4:38 pm

“Nah, we straight”

6 days

cake

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