Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Urbanimation

Some people, like Krišs Salmanis for example, are just way too creative...This kicks Andre The Giant's butt. I recreated a short snippet of it here just for kicks, but you should see the real thing.




Krassy Can Listen To It: "Graffiti Part One" by Stereo MCs

Monday, November 29, 2004

Tetris Shelves

I love Tetris and I love furniture. Naturally, I love this:



Brave Space Design makes 'em.

Krassy Can Listen To It: "Annanas" by Tosca

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

"Fatigue" Must Be A Japanese Word

You say you work hard? You say you work long hours? You say you are tired? I don't believe you, unless you live and work in Japan!



More sad photos here

Krassy Can Listen To It: "Pillars" by Sunny Day Real Estate

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Banksy Puts The "Art" Back In "Art Exhibition"

This guy is an artist, damn it. Banksy takes the concept of art exhibition to a whole new level - he goes to museums as a visitor and installs his own artwork up for display. Brilliant! I love it!

Banksy Hits New York's Most Famous Museums

Krassy Can Listen To It: "Inspiration" by Reminiscence Quartet

Monday, November 22, 2004

Ferrari - Classic Styling And Incredible Speed

Not the car; The laptop.

Acer Ferrari

"The stylish Acer Ferrari 3400LMi Notebook computer has more in common with the legendary automobile than merely sharing a name and the famous Rosso Corsa paint job. Both are luxurious machines boasting world-class engines that generate blazing speed, prolific power and incomparable performance."


Krassy Can Listen To It: "Rockin' In The Free World" by Neil Young

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Neven's At Maloney's

Svetla threw a surprise birthday party for Neven at Maloney's tonight. Another surprise was for the guests because they didn't know they were invited - and many of them hadn't seen each other for like forever. Reunion.

Happy birthday, big guy!

Krassy Can Listen To It: "Hip Length" by Ursula 1000

Friday, November 19, 2004

Samurai Chefs

Bello, Mike, Scotty and I hit Samurai in Solana Beach for lunch today. Yum. I love sesame seeds. And shrimp. The idea of grilling the food in front of the guests is fantastic and I am totally amazed by these Samurai chefs they have there. I love the skill. These guys are not as flashy and entertaining as the ones over at Benihana, but still, the way they hold a pepper shaker is awesome.

Krassy Can Listen To It: "One Starry Night" by Kevin Yost

Thursday, November 18, 2004

XD3 : Stardust

XD3
Tonight was the first of three XD3 media events. I took part in organizing XD3 along with a group of design/media enthusiasts lead by JD. It is very rewarding and exciting to be part of organizing an event from scratch. From nothing - something. Bang! After several monthly meetings at Starbucks in La Jolla Village Square, our group of 10 put minds and efforts together and the result was a successful event that even brought profit for the San Diego Chapter of AIGA.

The venue we selected was perfect for the occasion. The back room at Ventanas, (if it could be called a "room" -- it's more of a warehouse space), provided the proper setting for this event - wide open space, industrial look and feel, vaulted ceilings, etc. The sound system was provided by Todd, via Merge Life & Music. And that sound system made my night. Todd hooked me up with a full-on club set-up including a pair of great sounding monitors. I was so excited about DJ-ing tonight, that once I started soundchecking at around 4pm, didn't realize the time go by and kept playing for more than 3 hours straight. Lost in music. At close to 7pm I lifted my head from the turntables to be facing a crowd of 100 people. I was in my own world of luscious sounds and pounding beats. I kept drinking too, which maybe added to my natural musically-induced buzz. And for that, Glenn Van Houten is all to blame. He showed up at 4pm with a bottle of bourbon and a smile on his face.
XD3
Anyway, so I loved DJ-ing tonight, and I loved that people loved it too. Getting compliments from complete strangers is very flattering, I tell ya. One of the bigger compliments, however, was to see Bello show up, reprazent, support, and kick it. Bello blogged about the night in his own words and pictures.

Matt and Jake from Stardust showcased their impressive work on the 3 large video screens. Both, Matt and Jake, were down-to-Earth, friendly and approachable. Their presentation was inspiring and entertaining, although I wish they had done more in-depth case studies showing the entire creative and production process -- from start to finish.

After the event, Marie, Bello and I hit Tivoli's. The bartenders didn't call our names, but maybe that's because it was Bello's first time there. Next time. Hanging out at Tivoli's was Bello's turn to DJ. He kept feeding the jukebox dollars and pleasantly surprised Marie and myself with a selection of "I Wanna Be Adored" by the Stone Roses, amongst a bombardment of songs from some of his fave metal bands - Motley Crue, Metallica, and Van Halen.

Next XD3 event is scheduled for December 15th and I can't wait to DJ again. A newfound-passion of mine is finding realization and I am feeling excited about future opportunities to do this more and more.

Krassy Can Listen To It: "Mama Konda" by Timo Maas

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Vinyl Junkie

There were 2 super-duper convenient DJ stores just 10 blocks from where I live. But in the past 2 months, both, Elevator Records and Siesta Records, either closed or moved. So now what am I supposed to do? Order online? I can't - I have to DJ tomorrow night. On to Amplified Image Records & Apparel in Bay Park. Three hours later and fifty bucks poorer I am out of that place, my head all mixed up and scratched out. I got some great records - some real heavy deep house pounders that won't be suitable for XD3, but I own them now and will find a place and time to play them. Watch out!

Krassy Can Listen To It: "H2O" by Mutiny

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Age 14!

My first cousin, Jacques Philip (AKA JP), turned 14 today. I can't believe the passing of time. He wasn't even born yet when I moved to the U.S.!

Age 14 was such a great time! Wait - did I just type that? When I was a kid and older people would say stuff like "you're 14? Great age! Have fun while you can...", it used to depress the youth out of me. Now I am saying it. I hope JP is not reading this because it might depress him. If you are reading this, JP, Happy Birthday, and know that 14 is NOT the best age...trust me! There's a lot to look forward to beyond age 14...like, age 15, for example.

Krassy Can Listen To It: "Hip Hip Chin Chin" (Yaziko Club Mix) by Club Des Belugas

Monday, November 15, 2004

Sound, Lights...Time To Practice

Since I took on the responsibility to provide the DJ music at XD3, I had to find a sound system and some light/video projections to go with it. Gage from Merge Life & Music to the rescue. Chuck was kind enough to get me in touch with him so tonight JD and I met him at Influx. Deal sealed. We're getting more than we asked for and I couldn't be more exciting about my upcoming DJ gig. I guess maybe it's a good idea for me to start practicing now.

Krassy Can Listen To It: "In The Waiting Line" by Zero 7

Sunday, November 14, 2004

It's The End Of The Music Industry's World As We Know It

...and I feel fine!

I believe the music industry would have to re-think and re-work its business model in order to survive. Today, their most powerful tool is the ability to market the hell out of any talented or talentless "artist." Profits flow in from sales of CDs. This will change, I believe, because of how resourceful the internet can be for an artist. Artists are already able to manufacture their own music without the help of a label. Furthermore, with CDs on the way out, artists will be less dependent on funding for the production of physical audio media. As far as marketing is concerned, again, I believe the internet provides alternative ways for artists to promote their music independently of having a record label's support.

The most powerful tool the music industry will have for a longer while is the ability to fund an artist's tour. You can't replace a live show. And an artist cannot afford to go on a Statewide or World Tour. The music industry would have to focus more on putting on and promoting live shows. Unfortunately, this will (and already is) driving ticket prices up, but really, if a band is talented to perform, fans will spend what they can for the live experience. This will also filter out all the talentless artists the music industry promotes easily via radio and MTV.

It will take a while, but I envision the complete elimination of the music industry, as we know it.

A new business model for artists could be one where they are paid upfront to make an album or even go on tour. Let's say an artist plays amazing live shows locally. Fans return time and again for the experience. The band gains popularity. Next, the band is sponsored by their fans to record an album. Could this work? Possibly! Next, the band can demand upfront costs paid by the fans for them to go on tour. This would also eliminate the dependency on a record label for a band to tour.

The biggest problem with the music industry is that it has been operating backwards for far too long on the principle of [creating artificial] Demand in order to Supply for it, instead of Supply[ing] for a real Demand.

Video killed the Radio star; Internet is killing the MTV star.

Power to the fans. Power to the artists.

My 2 cents...

p.s. Oh, forgot to mention, the American Music Awards were on tonight. Yawn.

Krassy Can Listen To It: "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin

Saturday, November 13, 2004

The Page Cannot Be Displayed?

Vent some aggression:




(courtesy of www.coopergriggs.com)

Krassy Can Listen To It: "Shoot Your Gun" by 22-20s

Friday, November 12, 2004

Happy Birthday Tina!

A Birthday party like one should be!

Alexis, Koa, Amanda, Steve, Betsy, Todd, Chris, Marie and I all celebrated Tina's Birthday tonight. The festivities began at Tina's new place in North Park. Drinks, music, guac...good times. Next, we took it to a couple of dive bars. Blur. Final destination was the Whistle Stop Bar where an incredible blues band fronted by a very soulful black singer was rocking the place silly. I wish I'd caught the name of the band. Tina was on stage for a while dancing and shaking a tambourine. She knew her birthday bash was in full swing. I think I was shaking something too -- probably an egg shaker. I think. Or at least, I would imagine I probably did.

I don't quiet well remember getting home...and when...and why...and how.

Krassy Can Listen To It: "Radar Love" by Golden Earing

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Tivoli's

JD, Michael, Emil, and I hit Tivoli's Bar tonight for some Newcastle Brown Ales, after another brainstorming session for the planning of the upcoming XD3 event. Tivoli's is the type of place where they will learn your name and welcome you back as a regular after your second visit. Drinks are relatively cheap and the jukebox is loaded with all of your favorite classic rock tunes. Nice place.

Krassy Can Listen To It: "Get It And Go" by Razorlight

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Radioheads

For years now I've been meaning to get online and look up mugshots of people behind certain radio voices that I listen to on a regular basis. I never got around to doing that until now, and I am floored by what I see. It is so odd to see the faces of the radio voices. Some look nothing like what I imagined!


Phil Hendrie

Paul Harvey

Lars Larson

Michael Savage

Alan Colmes

Sean Hannity

Tony Snow

John & Ken

Bill Handel

George Noory


Krassy Can Listen To It: "Street Spirit (fade out)" by Radiohead

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Meeting People Is Easy @ Masuo's Sushi

Marie and I went to Masuo's Sushi in Solana Beach where we joined Bello, Lorin, JC and his girlfriend-as-of-recent, Aimee, for some light dinner and Sapporo sips. Marie and I finally met a pal's gal. Aimee is a singer and her and JC have been writing and rehearsing songs together. Looking forward to seeing them play live soon.

Krassy Can Listen To It: "Goon Gumpas" by Aphex Twin

Monday, November 08, 2004

WYSIWYG HTML Editors

WYSIWYG - What You See Is What You Get.

I recently compiled a list of WYSIWYG HTML Editors. I've used some; others I am yet to check out and evaluate. Here's the list:

WYSIWYG EditorPROSCONS
ActivEdit- built-In Spell Checker
- works with IE4+, Netscape 6.2+, and Mozilla 1.0+, Safari
- doesn't support FireFox
- $$
DevEdit- XHTML compliant
- works with IE4+, Netscape 6.2+, and Mozilla 1.0+, Safari
- Windows + IE5.5+ only
- $$
CuteEditor- built-in thumbnail generator
- code cleaner
- doesn't support XHTML
- $$
soEditor- imagemanager
- templates
- Windows + IE5.5+ only.
- doesn't support XHTML
- $$
RichTextBox- image uploader/manager component
- "remove formatting" tool
- advertising comments
- $$
r.a.d.Editor- document uploader
- spellchecker
- XHTML compliant
- $$
pinEdit- dictate css
- image upload
- XHTML compliant
- $$
xstandard- XHTML + CSS compliant
- "screen reader" preview
- spellchecking
- drag-n-drop image upload
- $$
KTML- file upload (and resizing)
- spellchecker
- works on a Mac
- doesn't support XHTML
- $$
FreeTextBox- free- doesn't write xhtml
- uses in-line styling/font tags
Richtext editor- opensource
HTMLArea- opensource
- writes xhtml
- no code cleaner
eWebEditPro+XML- XML based
- writes xhtml
- $$$
FCKeditor- opensource
EditLive- nice word import tool
- robust UI
- $$$


Krassy Can Listen To It: "Coffee and TV" by Blur

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Eminem & Benny Hill Write A Song Together

EminemEminem & Benny HillBenny Hill

Think this is an unlikely and absurd collaboration? Think again, after you click "play" below...



...it just feels so empty without them both!

Krassy Can Listen To It: "Without Me" by Eminem

Saturday, November 06, 2004

Video Concerts You Need To Watch!

I love my Netflix, but sometimes I get the urge to drive down to the local rental store and pick up exactly what I wanted to watch half an hour ago! I am in the mood. Can't wait.

Tonight I got the 5 DVDs that if you haven't seen (for which I am deeply sorry) you need to see...and if you have seen, well, you need to see again!

Print this, go to the local store, and ask the guy with the Nickelcrap t-shirt behind the counter for these 5 listed below. You'll immediately fall in love with Rock'n'Roll again!


Krassy Can Listen To It: "Echoes" by Pink Floyd

Friday, November 05, 2004

The Incredibles

Incredible - in·cred·i·ble - too extraordinary and improbable to be believed.

Word!

The Incredibles is simply incredible!

The Incredibles

Jack jackIt's hard to believe how creative and crafty the Pixar dudes and dudettes have become. This movie is so incredible that I would have to see it again and even own it when it comes out on DVD. Two credible thumbs up!

And big props to the music director for selecting a Propellerheads track or two for the soundtrack. Perfect!

Oh, fave scene is the powerboat escaping the island - Elastic Girl as the vessel and Dash as the motor. I had chills. Wanted to laugh and cry at the same time. Life can be incredibly entertaining sometimes!

Can't wait for a sequel. The Jack Jack baby looks like the most promising incredible hero of them all.

Krassy Can Listen To It: "Spybreak!" by Propellerheads

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Where Did The Time Go?

Ever wonder "Hey, where did the time go?"

Wonder no more - go to wheredidthetimego.com and find out.

Where Did The Time Go?

Krassy Can Listen To It: "Here it Comes" by Doves

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Spamusement

Tired of spam? Me too. But what can you do?

The creator of Spamusement suggests you have a laugh! The dude behind this original site, Steven Frank, has a great sense of humor and a wild imagination. He manages to illustrate the ridiculous subject lines of spam e-mails in a very profound, silly and fun way.





Krassy Can Listen To It: "Wicked and Weird" by Buck 65

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Gambling At The Voting Booth

I voted. Did you?

I hope you voted for a policy and not for a president. But in case you are really hung up on the new old president, try and build a better Bush. I tried, but it's tough:



Not happy with chameleon Kerry either? After all his campaigning still confused who the hell he is? Try and find the real Slim Kerry.




Krassy Can Listen To It: "Freedom of Choice" by Devo

Monday, November 01, 2004

YO! Check out this amazing YO-YO Action!

Have you been impressed lately by something that seems somehow humanly impossible? If not, check out footage from the 2003 Japan National YO-YO Contest. A-mazing!

Krassy Can Listen To It: "In 3's" by Beastie Boys