macbook air knock off $260: what will be next?

only a few millimeters thicker than the official air

this is rather hilarious! as if the knock off vuitton and hermés bags weren’t enough, our grand financiers and palls in china have made replica macbook airs to flood the market. I mean guys, how are we supposed to pay you back all those trillions of loans if you keep knocking off our stuff?

unlike the bags your valuables inside could be erased or lost in an event of failure of its chinese craftsmanship (itself an oxymoron). while we can at times understand why some savvy people would buy a plastic (gum coated canvas) goyard bag for $100 instead of the official over rated $2000+ a mac book air is actually worth its price for its innovation and craftsmanship if not for the support of a great company. as an added bonus on this clone you will note that a classical chinese intro song has replaced the mac start up sound. funny. definitely not a recommended purchase. by cd

Where are you andre?

after his truly inspired launch of benjamin bixby that premiered at barney’s new york in one of the worse times in retail economy, the producer, actor, designer took an unexpected vacation. on our end, we can’t wait to see him back. of all the newly launched lines by a slew of loser actors, singers and famous-for-no-reasons, andre was breath of fresh air. some one with a real sense of personal style and principle. we hope to see him back in full force. lots of love to the new BB. by xy

forget global warming: earth’s north and south pole are shifting

“the magnetic field inside the earth is turning independently at a rate different from that of the earth. during a potential reversal, the magnetic field does not vanish. they just gets more complicated. a south magnetic pole might emerge over africa, for instance, or a north pole over tahiti.” you can throw away your compasses now.

this is not the sci-fi film you watched last weekend, its NASA and BBC reporting: “the earth’s magnetic field is changing: compass needles in Africa are drifting about 1 degree per decade. this shift has accelerated in the recent years and at this rate there could be a complete reversal of earths poles.” what would that mean for it inhabitants? the poles continued to shift during the 20th century, at an average speed of 10 km per year, in recent years accelerating to 40 km per year. at this rate the north pole will exit north america and reach siberia in just a few decades.

in case your plan B was to escape using your miles on virgin galactic here’s some bad weather reports from mars: “data from NASA’s mars global surveyor and odyssey missions revealed that the carbon dioxide “ice caps” near mars’ south pole are diminishing for three summers in a row.”

the magnetic fields on earth have completely reversed in the past. meaning the north and the south poles swap places. such reversals are recorded in the magnetism of ancient rocks. they come at irregular intervals averaging about 300,000 years; the last one was 780,000 years ago. sounds like its about time?

some background: “james ross located the pole for the first time in 1831 after an exhausting arctic journey during which his ship got stuck in the ice for four years. no one returned until the next century. In 1904, 73 years later, roald amundsen found the pole again and discovered that it had moved–at least 50 km since the days of Ross. 50 km in 70+ years.” and now 40k in just 1 year. yikes!!! lady gaga seems like a real important topic suddenly!!! excerpts from also see BBC: is the earth preparing to flip? by dd

Tavi gevinson: please stay the style rookie that you are baby

tavi and the missoni’s
tavi at dinner with hedi slimane sitting opposite
tavi and the original once upon a time style rookie turned hollywood chloe sevigny

geez… they just couldn’t let the little girl be, they had to take her over and consume her entire being with some gravy. the covers of brit pop wasn’t enough. the little girl that we loved who once “sat inside all day wearing awkward jackets and pretty hats. Scattered black petals on Rei Kawakubo’s doorsteps and serenaded her in rap. who had no where near 4 million readers. Rather cynical and cute as a drained rat...” seems to be going out a bit now days… we hope shes still happy and smart enough to keep them at an arms length… never forget darling: being distant will always give you a better view of the pray ; ) by dd

tragically hip: nikon pistol grip

not to shoot down hermes or anything… just a pic from our friends at “it’s very hip”. this image stood out for me, a throw back into the days of john zorn and super 8 but reverse engineered, if you know what I mean. p.s. guns generally suck in our opinion, of course unless they’re made by nikon. by dd

leica + hermes: o-la-la

leica has announced a very special limited edition of its classic 35mm rangefinder system camera: the leica M7 edition hermès. these are off course very limited edition and for most of us we will have to do with just this picture. but just so you know, it comes in silver chrome with a choice of toe calfskin leather finishes, either orange and étoupe obviously supplied by hermès. go ahead – drool! by kv

skit + skit

LAMOCA presents a “performance” by artist francesco vezzoli featuring lady gaga. as far as i’m concerned, vezzoli is to art what gaga is to music… so once again, i guess we haven’t missed much by not being in LA. by pp’