Wednesday, November 30, 2011

...Good Shirts Do Good...

They weren't kidding when they called this the world's most expensive t-shirt.

But as the holidays approach and you find yourself a bit more in the spirit of giving, consider this:

$300,000 buys you this snazzy little tee. And a UNICEF cargo plane drop.

Check out this video for the backstory on Horn of Africa fundraiser, then visit the Threadless special UNICEF site to donate and be rewarded with a tee! 

And don't worry, they have plenty of shirts for less than 300 grand.

Good Shirts for the Horn of Africa from on Vimeo.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

...All You Need is Love...

And a lot of patience, high energy, and some common sense.

PBS presents the surprisingly touching and funny story of Joe Hutto, a man who proves that even an "odd parent" can be a good parent.

Watch My Life as a Turkey on PBS. See more from NATURE.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

...He Just Wanted to Be on TV...

You'll be seeing these types of videos for the next few days, but this one will be the funniest.

Maybe the turkey just wanted some TV time.

Or maybe her gobble-sounding screams made him want to get to know her better...

Have a Safe and Happy Holiday!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

... This Barely Looks Real...

But it surely looks beautiful.

This is a time-lapse video of the Earth shot by astronauts on board the International Space Station with a great view of the Northern Lights.

This should make us want to take better care of the place.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

...This Doesn't Seem Normal...

First watch this very awesome kid…

It’s nice to see there still some individuality.

This guy also happens to be sensible and well spoken, so major kudos to him and the good people that raised him for being such a brave and smart cookie.

The crowd’s response to him doesn’t surprise me. It would seem that the idea of someone suggesting that they think for a minute, ask questions, and demand accountability is a complete turn off to the masses.

Notice how uniform and sheep-like they are when another voice in the crowd suggest they pipe down and listen. It’s like they don’t even care what they're standing there for, they just enjoy standing in a large group chanting loudly together.

Where do these lonely and mindless people come from?

I remember having a casual conversation with a friend about sexual abuse and when they asked me had I experienced something like that, my response was something like, “everyone has.”

I really thought that at the time. As I got older and talked to more people and realized there were some that had never had the experience, I remember wondering how they managed to escape it. I envy those people, but I guess I can take some kind of twisted comfort in knowing that there are others out there like me.

But who are these strange people who don’t know the horror first hand? And why on earth do I find them strange?

I guess I normalized it in my head. I thought that’s just how it was.

The problem with normalizing things that have no business being normal is that you become exactly the opposite of whatever “normal” is.

Not abnormal, but something else. Something fuzzier, or hairier that that. Something simultaneously benign and dangerous. Something remotely human, but not even close.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

...(There's) Something in the Way of Things...

From one of my favorite Roots CD. This song featuring spoken word from Amiri Baraka has always given me chills and I was doing a little research when I came across this video for it.

This presentation is the brainchild of Drexel University alumnus Bryan Green.

“Shot on three different types of film and two differen types of video over three months with at least fifty actors/extras in about twenty-five locations in the West Philly area by one guy”

Very nice work, Bryan.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

...My Heart is Breaking...

I’ve stood all I can stand, friends.

No one else is allowed to go without my express written permission and I’m not giving it, so don’t even ask.

This is like losing your best friend, or your big brother.

It’s hard to pull together the words to describe my love for Heavy D. When it comes to the “soundtrack of my life,” this is high on the list. I popped two different tapes of Nuttin But Love. (And a third copy, if you believe me when I tell you can play a CD until it becomes warped like vinyl)

The style, the dancing, the music, Hev is one of the best representations of everything that was great about one of the happiest times in my life.

You’re on my mind. And I wish you a Peaceful Journey, Brother, I hope you hear me

Friends & Respect

We Got Our Own Thang

This video was so cool - Somebody for Me

This song rocks so the pay phone doesn't "date" the video, it just proves it's classic - Gyrlz, They Love Me

My theme song, because no one else was saying it then (and come to think of it, they don’t really say it now) - Black Coffee

Someone borrowed the visual from “Nuttin But Love” for this, but I’m just happy they posted it. This was always one of my favorites -This Is Your Night

Dancing with the Stars missed out. - Got Me Waiting Remix

You Can't See What I Can See

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

..."This is Only a Test"...

A friendly reminder in case you were living under the rock next to the one I was living under and didn't hear about this until now...

FEMA is conductiong their first nationwide Emergency Alert System test on Wednesday, November 9, at approximately 2:00pm, EST.
They want you to know it's only a test.

But considering the source, you should probably locate the nearest bunker anyway.

Visit the FEMA site for more information

Sunday, November 6, 2011

...I'm Not Sure They Understood the Rules..

I kind of think the host of Silent Library is cute, but I don’t really watch the show on a regular basis.

I happen to be home this week when this old episode featuring Jimmy Fallon and the Roots came on and I laughed myself silly.

In case you haven’t seen it, the point of the show is for six friends to win money by doing crazy stunts and remaining silent the whole time. Needless to say they always end up in a fit of giggles; and some teams are way worse than others. Jimmy and The Roots might be the unofficial champions of this.

They were doomed before they even flipped the first round of cards.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

...Birthdays are Awesome!!...


A time for reflection. For growth, hopefulness. For cake. For lying about your age.
I’m so happy right now, I’m almost nervous. But it’s true. I’m not quite over the habit of waiting for the other shoe to drop, but I’m working on it. Right now, in fact.

Every so many minutes I sit up straight and smile at nothing. Then I close my eyes and appreciate the good feeling. If I fall asleep tonight and don’t wake up know that I went with a smile, and know that I love you and I’m glad that you come by to visit me.

You’re a good person.

Last year was a strange year for me. It’s like I opened a closest door and all the skeletons fell out. Some of them weren’t even my skeletons. Then they got up and started chasing me. Last I checked they were in the living room going on and on about how good my brownies are. Which, to be honest I do make really, really good brownies.

As I move forward in this next year of my life, I think if there is any one thing I’m going to promise to myself it’s that I’m not going to make any major promises to myself about anything. I still have goals, and plans, and dreams, and I’m still actively working toward them but I don’t feel the need to announce anything I have going on because I just don’t want to.
And I am a good enough reason.

Flying Lotus – Infinitum

I swear the version of this that I checked out from the library was a bootleg.
Kanye West & Jay-Z “That’s My Bitch”