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we have been big fans of fp journe for a long time now, not so much because of their dials, i think most of us in the ts office prefer the simplicity of swiss railway clock, but because of  their contribution to the art of watchmaking. check out the great video by hodinkee covering the latest fp grand sonnerie. by kt

men we love: six films by alain robbe grillet

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is that anna karina? no but a marie-france pisier. uncanny!

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jean-louis trintigant

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you may know him for his involvement in “last year at marienbad” but french writer, alain robbe grillet’s classic films were until recently near impossible to buy in the united states, or so i thought until i saw that kino classics (redemption) have re-released not just DVD, but blue ray versions of robbe grillet’s films; “successive slidings of pleasure”, “l’immortelle”, “the man who lies”, “eden and after”, and “n. throws the dice”. my search just now for the films resulted in, just another of his great films trans europe express“, but no dice on the rest… i reckon they will be available soon as the post i read was teasing the release as late as oct 2014. by uh

 

the history of Afghanistan: bitter lake, a film by BBC’s adam Curtis tracing the story of Islamic state

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although “bitter lake”, a film by adam curtis, was produced by the BBC, the content of the film was rather too much for its audience to publicly promote. therefore the film remained in the back logs of  their press efforts, and therefore seldom seen.

here is your chance to delve into the history of afganistan, the taliban, and the role saudi arabia and north america played in their faiths. its the story of how the islamic state (IS) was created and why. how fixing one problem, like the spread of communism, could cause to spearhead another one, like the spread of an extremist sect of wahabism (a version of islam created by the saudi elite).

this was achieved by exporting, funding and supporting this ideology to afganistan and beyond. it was done at a time when an evil entity was supported to bring down yet another enemy. of course today we are left to manage the monster we helped create. a good film to see for anyone interested in world affairs, beyond what fox news has to offer. by ac

colony

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we are always looking out for the next best shops and products, especially furniture that is handmade, thoughtfully designed, and impeccably crafted.

these products and their designer’s are showcased at colony ‘the designers co-op’ in none other than our city, new york city. “founded and curated by jean lin, colony is a community of independent furniture, lighting, textiles and objects designers coming together on a new york city stage to celebrate American design with an international audience.”

to our loyal ts followers- buy local, buy individually produced, buy thoughtfully. by kc

next destination

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at ts, we are always looking for the next unique place to introduce you to. we are excited to introduce our readers to one of our new favorite blogs/sources, mood of living. a norwegian friend of ours has penned a fine piece about a hidden hotel and natural oasis, the juvet hotel.

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“nestled in a valley close to norway’s most stunning fjord “geiranger”, you can find juvet, norway’s first landscape hotel featuring unique architectural design. in a local farmyard, this west coast treasure has seven detached guest rooms that at first appear shy as the minimalistic chalets stand in harmony with the nordic trees. yet, the panoramic signature windows of the rooms invite the massive mountains, fresh waterfalls, and distinct characteristics of the seasons into your indoor environment.

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experience the finest of luxury and natural simplicity as the beauty of the surrounding nature awakens your senses. while the fresh air renews your lungs, indulge in local foods served in the rustic barn and pamper yourself in the spa. through outdoor activities offered by the heart-warming owners, enjoy the outstanding views painted by nature while skiing, rafting, hiking and more. the rivers that weave through the mountains of norway provide some of the purest water in the world. locals say that taking a dip in the cold mountain river is good for your heart, and simply brushing your teeth in it’s waters will boost your wellness and give you a sensation out of the ordinary. juvet’s magnificence continuously shines throughout the year, but for you summer travelers, remember to venture to the neighbor’s strawberry fields–they are the best in the world!”- charlotte søia rustand 

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photography credits to: knut bry and sverre hjørnevik 

architecture: jensen & skodvin architects

by kgb

PSA: we interrupt this message to bring you…

website-hacked

before reading this, you should press play on the music clip above to set the mood

we apologize for being off line earlier this week. we would have never guessed it, but someone out there finds us interesting enough to fool around in our dirty underwear. TS was hacked and taken down to china town (sorry, we just like that… ’cause it rhymes). now, of all places to hack, why would anyone bother with our little TS? we feel rather honored and special to be considered as worthy of a cyber attack, especially since we always saw ourselves as being on the wrong side of the tracks too.

the alleged suspect of course had a pseudonym, in line with mr. pink and mr. orange, our friend signed in under mr. lemon.

so here it is: dear mr. lemon, the folks at TS would love to know… sup? we’d love to do an interview with you and hear all about it. we can do this through your mailinator should you free up some time in your busy schedule. we are serious. let us know. lots of love. your friendly folks at TS… by ts

disturbing

it was this month’s february 2015 issue of cosmopolitan, which is being sold in a plastic bag, that taught me something i was not seeing elsewhere. regularly plastered on the front is a sexified celebrity with loud colors and text about all the sex columns within, but for one month, cosmopolitan took its turn with bringing news to the forefront, in a very emotional and arresting way. i praise cosmopolitan magazine and the karma nirvana fund for this.

i stared…and then i read. i read for hours about what this cover meant. (see links below)

the cover depicts shafilea ahmed, a british girl who lost her life by the hands of her parents, and their religion. she was suffocated to death by her mother and father while her siblings watched. this is what is known as an honor killing.

an honor killing is the murder of a member of a family member by other members of the family in their belief that the family member has brought dishonor upon the family name and/or religion. common reasons for dishonor are refusing an arranged marriage, being in a relationship that goes against family desires, sexual activity outside of marriage, seeking a divorce, being a victim of rape, homosexuality, or as minor as dressing inappropriately. some family members are even forced to commit suicide in front of their family members.

honor killings/ honor murders are an epidemic around the world. “according to the united nations, some 5,000 women are murdered by family members in honor killings every year.” – cnn

within certain religions, honor killings are seemingly ‘ok’ by unwritten law. “although islam and muslim codes of law are often used to justify the use of stoning as a punishment for adultery, there is actually no reference to stoning in the koran.” – policy.mic  furthermore,  “there is nothing in the quran that justifies honor killings. there is nothing that says you should kill for the honor of the family,” said taj hargey, director of the muslim educational centre of oxford in england.” – cnn

“but one vocal british campaigner against honor violence points out that not all the crimes are perpetrated by muslims…. “significant cases are happening within south asian communities, be it pakistani, indian, sikh, muslim, kurdish, iranian, middle eastern communities,”” – irshad manji, the author of “allah, liberty and love: courage to reconcile faith and freedom,”

nazir afzal of britain’s crown prosecution service voiced his poignant view that “at the end of the day, murder is murder. there is no faith on earth, no community on earth that justifies this,”- cnn

my heart goes out to the women and girls of these communities, families, and sometimes religions that face this horrible, unjust punishment. i am not writing about my opinion here. i am simply trying to spread the word that this is happening. this piece is neither an anti-religious piece, nor is it to bring negativity towards certain religions. i have traveled the world and i am proud to say that i respect and am tolerant of other cultures and their religions beliefs, however, i will never be tolerant of any action that harms humanity. above all, we have to have respect for life. writting this, i feel very blessed to come from a community where i am not punished for how i express myself as a woman, and i wish this and more for my peers around the world. in time, i believe that time will teach and time will heal. by kgb

candide thovex: just one of those days


this is just one of those days… when it is this cold you might as well be in the snow chomping on some freeskiing. this gets us in the mood to move some powder. now talk about insane skiing, candide thovex puts everyone else in a bag with this video. i’m still sitting here geeking out on the shot at 0:17 and how the hell they did that. the view is a self portrait of thovex’s done as a POV but there is no camera visible in the mirror, then the goggles come over the camera lens… of course after a few hours of some serious head-scratching i think i figured it out, and what they really did was pretty plain and simple… a smart cheap camera trick if you will, but a good one… the mirror i reckon is tilted to the side and the hands in the frame are actually not the hands of candide, but the DP… now it seems obvious you say, but so does the invention of the wheel, no? in any case this dude was born in annecy, france and wet his paws on the french alps. hes one damn good skier. take a peek but do not try this at home, especially if you live on mount fuji, chamonix, mérida, K2, or olympus mons (mars).  by ars

mlk: i’ve been to the mountain top

“i am in no way even attempting to assume that i know anything about the political/social realities at play in the world at the moment, but at quick glance it seems as though violence breeds more violence. the people who changed the world, were the ones who laid down their arms – chose to forgive – to restore – to love – people like jesus, mandela, gandhi, martin luther king.

just before he was assassinated on april 3rd, 1968, martin luther king preached the sermon ‘i’ve been to the mountaintop’. it’s a profound account of hope, amidst despair – where he considers the significance of being born into the turmoil and unrest of the twentieth century. his outlook provides unique context for pain and suffering as he says ‘only when it is dark enough can you see the stars’.

he goes on to say; ‘men for years now have been talking about war and peace. but now no longer can they just talk about it. it is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence in this world; it’s nonviolence or nonexistence. that is where we are today.’

he modeled a way of non-violence – and it cost him his life.

inspired by his words one night i cut together this clip using old archive footage from the prelinger archives – those words are as poignant today as they were back when he first spoke them – if not more (for me personally at least).”- Salomon Ligthelm

by dd