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….

DESIGNER GAS

I like these ALOT!  I like what I hope they are trying to say.  This is my take – if we are going to be a society who is going to be at war, voluntarily, why not look good while we do it.  In a time where everyone is soooo worried about what they look like and ‘who’ they are wearing comes three designers who got together and are going to take this to a whole new level.  Designer Gas Masks – this way, nobody has to be out of fashion in the middle of the desert.  Take a look at these – they are quite erie and yet quite familiar…isn’t that sick in itself?  That a gas mask is a perfectly recognizable object – further – that the LV logo on the gas mask also makes sense?  As always, I am a fan of Louis Vuitton, but the Gucci isn’t bad either.  Maybe my thoughts on war would change if it looked this good….sigh…

BOOBIES TYPED IS NEVER OLD…

Remember this blast from the past?  This thing fuckin rocked!  A friend over at shape + colour reminded me of this one day, and then I found one online that said boobies – and then it met my blog.  I had the yellow one, my sister had the red one and I believe they were sold in the great garage sale of ’88 – like so many other treasures, the thing was probably sold for 50 cents or 10 rubles depending on the fluctuation of the Chinese Yen.  I miss that mechanical man that would sound out whatever you spelled – remember the one who sounded like he had throat cancer and had to put a microphone up to his throat to speak?  No?  Well, your parents didn’t love you…

CLASSROOM HY-JINX AVEC THE JEHOVAH’S WITNESS…

Haha – I laughed out loud when I saw this or (lol) because I remember being that immature student at James R Henderson school as the first kid got his calculator (I think it was the same Chinese friend because they always have technology long before us white folks – thats just a truth of society).  Remember how you figured out pretty damn quickly all the bad words you could spell on it and pass it around the class and the teacher couldn’t do ANYTHING and then you would show it to the Jehovah’s Witness kid in the class when she got in from standing in the hallway because her faith forced her to be isolated and lonely while the rest of us celebrated the national anthem the the fairy tale of the Lord’s Prayer.  She did not think it was funny – nor would I if I was a Witness of Jehovah and had to sit and whip myself while the rest of the kids exchanged Valentine’s and mutilated cheap drug store Easter Candy.  Poor Tanya.   Pure and utter brilliance…PLEASE get the nearest calculator and do it – at least for Tanya’s sake….