ADELE – Listen up…

Very seldom do I write about good things or things that make me happy, but after feeling a little shitty tonight, I decided to find some new music that I could sit and smoke cigarettes too.  After surfing iTunes and finding nothing but shit, like sell out Madonna, the gold album of Juno (which I already own and TRULY is amazing) and some kind of musically inspired re-vamp known as Mariah Carey or Mimi, I came across something that stopped me in my tracks.  Enter ADELE.  At first listen, sounds a bit like Amy Winehouse without all the heroin, but this bitch has pipes.  Not Celine pipes, but deep dark, bluesy pipes.  A native of South London, England, she is my new fave for chillin with me.  Personally, its all about ‘Hometown Glory’ and ‘Chasing Pavements’, but take your own pick.  Best news – her tickets to her North American tour went on sale today.  I will be linking her MySpace and then you should go to iTunes and download some of her shit, she rocks my world.  Pour yourself a nice glass of red, spark a dart and sit back and let ADELE take you somewhere else.  She has the look of a classic opera singer meets Kelly Osbourne and the lyrics and musicality of k.d. lang meets esthero – my kind of bitch.  Alright, enough, just check her out at her MySpace   ADELE

Wi-Fi Umbrella

I write about this because yesterday I was walking to work – it started to POUR.  I have no umbrella with me and no store in sight in which to purchase one.  I finally found a drug store and went in.  The cheapest umbrella as $39.99 and it was simple, small and black.  I don’t think so.  If I want to spend $40 on an umbrella, it better be pretty cool.  Than I found this online – the Wi-Fi Umbrella…

It can be programmable to display your photos and is Wi-Fi capable.  Where would they come up with such a brilliant idea?  Tokyo, of course.  Manufactured and designed by Pileus, you think its cool enough?  Well, it works with Google Earth and also has a built in GPS sensor.  Jesus Christ, its everything I ever wanted in a rain defensive, entertaining, never get lost apparatus.  Prices could not be found – probably for the best, but can you IMAGINE the photos you could put on this to make you happy while you walk in what is supposed to be the beautiful Spring Time?  Check it out…

Water Bottle Alternative?

So, the big hot trend right now?  Trying to find a way to replace your Fiji, Evian and possibly Nalgene bottle with something not only more eco friendly, but also human friendly.  Living in Canada, our tap water has been proven to be just as good as bottled water, but we are STILL paying more for water than we are for gas.  $1.14 / litre for fuel – $1.50-$4.00 / 750ml for water.  Rumours (and statistics) show that our old plastic bottles are leaking toxins into our water which we are ingesting everyday. Some say aluminum or stainless steel is the way to go – my problem, this has not been around long enough to study the effects of these metals on the human system.  However, it makes sense.  That is why I sought out to find something that I can use and replace my old bottles with – lord knows, it has to be good looking.  This is where I found Sigg – the Swiss State of Art.  Of course, leave it to the friggin Swiss to sit up in the Alps and come up with brilliant design ideas for water bottles.  I have included a few examples from their product line – and it ranges broadly.  They offer kids, leisure, sport, thermo, casual and a whole line of accessories to go along with that water bottle.  Apparently Madonna is now using a Sigg bottle – can you have better publicity – wanna get something sold?  Put it in the Kabbalah wielding hands of Madge – what could look cooler as she firms up those triceps in some Kama Sutra induced yogic stretching exercises.  Check it out – Sigg is where its at!

RECYCLED ART / FURNITURE

Was sent this cool pic.  Took me a minute to figure if I loved it, and I do.  I like anything that is made into something it is not supposed to be.  This is the suitcase chair.  BeDesign, Turkish company behind the pieces has come up with an innovative way to use what the Salvation Army would normally get.  What do you do with Grandma’s suitcases after she dies and you have to sift through her basement?  Make a chair, clearly….I assume these are some of the coolest suitcases, there are definitely some that would not look so hot – and once again, this is more art than it is furniture.  But, for the eco friendly design freak on your list – consider this….

COMFY ROCKS – Livingstones – they rock…

How friggin cool are these things?  I always strive to make me living space seem like a Zen Garden – these would do it.  Plush rocks that are nice and soft and cuddly – look how much the kids like them!  I would put a bunch of these together with real rocks and then tell the kids to jump into them. pebbles1.jpg stones.jpg jump.jpg

TUBULAR FANTASTICNESS…

We don’t like plastic bags to begin with – RIGHT?  Unfortunately, they exist and people use them – why?  I don’t know – stupidity I assume.  I forgot my re-usable bags last night at the market and instead of making the easy choice of plastic bags, I actually put some items back and carried the rest of my groceries home in my hands.  Then I thought about the polar bear that I was NOT shooting in the face or the illegitimate child that will live in a healthy world due to my martyrdom and pioneering.  How many of you use plastic bags in little garbage cans?  How many of you HATE the look of the plastic folded over the top of your can?  Solution…

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The Tubelor Trash Can.  Produced by the Japanese Ideaco Studio – this was the iF product design winner of 2008 and we can see why.  Put your plastic bag in – slip the pastel colored tube over top and voila…hip, chic, trash can with no unsightly plastic bags.  These are a little too colorful for me, but luckily they have made one in black for all the colorblind children of the world who despise color only as a F-you to the powers that stole color from my retina’s.  If you must use plastic bags, at least re-use them, and if you are going to re-use them, at least make it look hot – unless you’re trash yourself, then….you’re on your own…

LOVE LOVE LOVE – Little Miss Sunshine…

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Talk about jumping on the band wagon a FULL YEAR behind, but I write anyways.  I watched Little Miss Sunshine for the first time this past weekend and I have fallen in love.  This is BY FAR, one of my favourite movies of the year (well, respectiviely speaking, 2006/2007) and quite possibly in my Top 10 of all time.  I don’t like to give a lot of movies acollade, but I am currently on a crusade to get everyone to watch this!  Basic premise – dysnfunctional family lives together the best way they know how – every member is dysfunctional in their own right, some more than others, but somehow it all works – they all love each other and through no shortage of mishaps – they stay together in the end.  The driving force behind the entire plot, of course is to get Olive (the little precious gem in the picture above) to the Little Miss Sunshine Pageant in California – brilliant.  Abigail Breslin (Olive) was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar (at the age of 10) and had I known about this movie at this time last year, I would have drove to LA, and performed whatever sexual favours needed to be done in order to get this kid a friggin gold statue – I am sure thats how Dame Judi Dench got her start…  Amazing!  Beauty Pageants, fat geeky kids in bathing suits, heroin addict grandfathers, Neitzsche crazed teenagers, death, love, dismay and the majority of the movie taking place in a yellow VW van with a horn that will not stop honking makes for absolutely delectable cinematic brilliance that Siskel and Ebert (RIP) would have no choice but to give two very enthusiastic thumbs up.   I am going to leave work right now, go and buy this movie and watch it all over again until I grow a beard past my nipples.  Look for me in 2021, until then, I have a date with a big ball of sunshine!  For christ sakes, look at her – SEE IT!!!