Category Archives: Trends

The Tenth Annual No-Pants Subway Ride: 2012 Edition

So you’re done with the excessive holiday eating? What better way to strut your new-found pounds than with the annual No-Pants Subway Ride. What originally began as a 7-person prank has now evolved into an internationally observed day of silliness. More than 4,000 people took their trousers off yesterday in New York City’s subways, and thousands more reportedly joined in around the world. Improv Everywhere organizes the annual event, where the sexy strap-hangers begin their train rides all over the city and then converge onto Union Square Park for an impromptu celebration of sorts. Continue reading »

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How Much Of A Fanboy Are You?

Pepsi vs. Coke, Nike vs. Reebok, Mac vs. PC, Chocolate vs. Vanilla, Nikon vs. Canon. These are the eternal conflicts that have affected all our lives at some point. When two equally powerful, and equally satisfying brands are competing for our hard earned money, we often chose one and stick with it. Brand loyalty is very deeply rooted in the human psyche and its spectrum of influences ranges over a lifetime. I’d like to introduce to you, the Nikon loyal. Continue reading »

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Has Technology Killed Highly Consumed Art? Part 2 of 2: Music

Technology has brought tremendous advancements in the production of art and media throughout the years, but the most hyperbolic changes have taken place in the last ten. I want to share with you,  my personal views and experiences in the realms of photography, music and motion pictures. In this segment, I’ll discuss music.

I can make the same correlation with music. Before streaming and cloud-based audio, there were mp3’s. Before mp3’s there were CD’s. Before those we had cassettes, and before cassettes there was 8-track, and vinyl. And before vinyl, we had to listen to music live, as it was being made by the artists themselves. From the consumer’s perspective, the technological progress in the music industry has done two things: 1) The navigating, acquiring and listening to a collection of music has become ridiculously efficient. 2) The physical space needed to store one’s music collection  has been reduced from X to 0. Where X is a basement full of records, X/2 is a bookcase of cassettes, X/3 is a drawer full of CD’s, X/1000 is an iPod and X/infinity is the cloud. Oh, and 5X would be the concert hall. This is all great for business as the consumer’s level of convenience keeps escalating with each advancement, but what has it done to the music, or more importantly, our perception of it? And what has it done to the hopes and dreams of ambitious young musicians who thought they’d be the next Big Thing? Continue reading »

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Has Technology Killed Highly Consumed Art? Part 1 of 2: Photography

Technology has brought tremendous advancements in the production of art and media throughout the years, but the most hyperbolic changes have taken place in the last ten. I want to share with you,  my personal views and experiences in the realms of photography, music and motion pictures. In this segment, I’ll discuss picture taking.

There are many photography purists out there that look upon the digital revolution with contempt. They argue that film produced better pictures with more “soul” and other silly metaphors. They are mostly people in their 40s and above who become increasingly resistant to change. They are also angry that the same photographic process that took them a week can now be done in a day. Bah humbug! Photoshop? Lightroom? Aperture? They don’t want to learn all this new software. They just want to sit in the darkroom all day while sipping on grasshoppers and listening to Bing Crosby. While its wrong to simply dismiss digital photography altogether because it’s soul-less or whatever, there is something to be said about the aesthetic and sentimental quality of the photograph from the days of film. Continue reading »

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The Other Fashion Week Review

Before I get into the nitty gritty, I’d like to apologize for not putting this out sooner. I got into some spring cleaning a little early this year, and when my OCD kicks into code-red mode, there’s absolutely no stopping it until every surface is Windexed and every dust bunny has been slaughtered. But perhaps this disclaimer will not help the case I’m about to make.

Grouchy Cop

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Cyborg Camera Man Having Technical Difficulties

You may have heard of Iraqi artist and NYU Photography professor Wafaa Bilal who surgically implanted a digital camera to the back of his skull. The 1-year project, aimed to capture and wirelessly stream pictures once every minute was commissioned by a museum in Qatar last year. In December, Bilal’s transition into half-man, half machine was complete. But it seems his body is rejecting the implant. Well, not all of it, just one of the three mounting points that are attached to his cranium. He has recently removed the hardware for the troublesome component and the project will continue as planned. Continue reading »

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Off Topic Tuesday: You Are All Rich!

The next time you complain about how little money you make, or how much of an asshole your boss is, Take a look at this graph and article from Marginal Revolution. The United States has a whopping 70% of the world’s riches. And even the poorest people in the U.S. are better off than the ballers of India. Continue reading »

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New York Takes Off The Pants

Yesterday was pretty cold in New York City. But that didn’t deter faithful pranksters from stripping their bottoms in the annual No Pants Subway Ride. The tradition started in 2002 as 7 members of the group Improv Everywhere took to the subways without pants. The following has grown over the years, as over 3,500 subway riders now join in the the scantly clad fun. Other cities all over the world have also adopted the tradition. Yours truly was considering the battle against pants this year, but I need a tan.

Groups typically meet up at 6 or so locations throughout the city and are instructed to take specific trains. If asked by someone why they’re not wearing pants, pranksters simply reply, “Oh I didn’t even notice. I must have forgotten them today”. Continue reading »

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Off-Topic Tuesday: The Evolution of Tablets, According to Motorola

You gotta hand it to Motorola. They’re an outfit that has bounced back from dire circumstances over and over again. They have had long stretches of success, and periods of just horrible products, but since they scored big with the original Motorola Droid last November, the company has been setting its sights on complete mobile device domination. They’ve been able to do so with aggressive marketing campaigns like the one seen here that elevate their products to epic proportions. This teaser for Motorola’s upcoming Everest Tablet literally has it sitting on a pedestal. Of course we all remember the first Droid Teaser, which caused the biggest anti-iPhone uproar to date. Or how about this follow-up, which basically said “The iPhone is for girls, you ain’t a girl, are you?” Well, they’re doing it again, while blatantly targeting the iPad and even the innocent, recently released Samsung Galaxy Tab.

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Off-Topic Tuesday: 5 Little Moments of Inspiration

Some of us are more fortunate than others. Some of us are born with money, good looks, parents that love each other and eternal good luck. And then some of us are dropped into this world with no pot to piss in, no foreseeable future or opportunities, and perhaps even a hereditary ailment or three. I’d like to think of myself as Mr. Somewhere-in-between. I’ve been blessed with certain gifts and circumstances, but I’ve also had my fair share misfortune. I am your average Joe in a sense.

With Thanksgiving in the rear view and Christmahannukwanzaa ahead, I’d like us all to remember what we have, and how much worse it could be. I’d like to point out some instances in my life that have been very positive and influential. I’ve remembered these moments with vivid detail and I’d like to share them with you. I’m sure you all have similar strengths to draw upon when times have been tough. These are some of mine: Continue reading »

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