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Divorce can be messsy…


The license plate on this benzo reads: “HE O’DME” classic. Via: Meg

Probably my Favorite Blog

He doesn’t post very much, but I am quite sure that David Thorne is my favorite blogger of the moment. In addition to the post that was referenced on the old blog during which a businessman illustrated to a client –through pretty pictures (though not as pretty as the ones in my most recent post)– the likelihood of doing a favor for the client.

Welp, Thorne is back at it again, this time answering all emails as if he were a Magic-8 ball… pretty much classic.

Small taste:

From: Justine Murphy
Date: Wednesday 4 Feb 2009 8.14pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Tree frogs ppt

Hi David, you forgot to send the attachment on your last email. Can you send it again please?
Justine

From: David Thorne
Date: Wednesday 4 Feb 2009 8.51pm
To: Justine Murphy
Subject: Re: Tree frogs ppt

You may rely on it.

From: Justine Murphy
Date: Wednesday 4 Feb 2009 9.15pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Tree frogs ppt

Ok. Can you resend it to me then please?

From: David Thorne
Date: Wednesday 4 Feb 2009 9.26pm
To: Justine Murphy
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Tree frogs ppt

Without a doubt.

From: Justine Murphy
Date: Wednesday 4 Feb 2009 9.44pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Tree frogs ppt

???? Did you attach it?

From: David Thorne
Date: Wednesday 4 Feb 2009 9.51pm
To: Justine Murphy
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Tree frogs ppt

Don’t count on it.

From: Justine Murphy
Date: Wednesday 4 Feb 2009 10.27pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: ?

Are you fucking with me? Just attachment it ass hat.

To read the rest pop over to his blog.

Biggest Sneaker Release of 2009 – Nike Air Yeezy

Ok, I’m going to write this post but I want to clear the air about a few things:

1. I am not a huge fan of Kanye West.

2. I am bitter that I spent many hours trying to camp out in the streets of Shoreditch to get a pair… and didn’t (see below photo).

3. I did not say BEST release, I said BIGGEST.

4. The results speak for themselves, try not to dismay too much about the state of humanity because MJ’s death blew both the Yeezy and Kanye out of the water!!!

 Source: Charlatan

Now, with the preamble out of the way, we all know that the Yeezy was by far the biggest release of the past year. The Yeezy had more speculation, fakes and fights than a Miss America competition.

You all know what the shoes look like, and if you don’t, you probably don’t care so I’m not going to invest any time in telling you about them style-wise (other than the fact that the glow in the dark sole was a nice touch).  What I am gonna do is try to put into perspective how big a release this was and how big a year it was in general for Kanye.

I used Google Trends to compare search terms of the past year and see just how big Kanye and his kicks were this past year… Prepare for nerdiness. I hope you enjoy.

Want to be like Mike?

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Well, the yeezy may not have touched “his airness”, but this is pretty impressive when we consider what the Jordan brand means. This is an entire brand, as well as a commonly used pseudonym for the GREATEST BASKETBALL PLAYER OF ALL TIME.

Can I get my Yeezy’s in Carolina Blue Mike?

Year of Social Media the Yeezy

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Alright, fine, Social Media may have won out in the end… but the fact is: one of the most talked about items of 2009 (especially in the business world), a phrase that embodies Twitter, Facebook, and tons of other big name platform, was outranked by the search term “air yeezy” in terms of search volume at least for a portion of the year.

Not impressed? Thought this was a streetwear blog? Ok, fine… let’s focus in on the month of April.

Bape vs. Yeezy

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For those of you uninterested by streetwear, BAPE is probably the most successful (AND most exclusive) streetwear line in the entire game. People queue up for every opening of the store (in fact the only reason I was able to get the Nike Futura Flom Dunk this summer was because a lot of sneaker heads had camped out to meet Nigo and Pharell at Bape London instead of at the Nike 1948 store). However, the Yeezy’s clearly dominated search traffic for Bape over the course of the entire month of April.

Let’s stick with April for a moment and put this in perspective for people who own fewer than 15 pairs of sneakers/trainers…

Air Yeezy vs. Nelson Mandela

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Surely this is a joke… NELSON MANDELA (yes, the Nelson Mandela) was barely even able to compete for search results in April when Yeezy fever hit its pitch. Authors note: I was going to show you how the Yeezy’s compared to Martin Luther King Jr. in 2009 but it made me too sad (click if you must).

This is all a bit depressing to me especially given that in this instance we are talking about the shoe… not even the designer behind the shoe. So I thought, just for laughs (because I needed one), I would try to see how popular the man behind the sneaker was in 2009 (at least insofar as Google Search can be used as a metric for these things) and the findings left me… speechless.

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And the landslide for search volume over the whole year was even more depressing (results here).

Yeezy, FTW!

Sigh.

Rory Sutherland on Tiger Woods and Accenture

I know this is a bit old but I have ruined the joke enough times in trying to explain it to people I thought I would post Rory Sutherland’s wonderful Management Consulting/Economic analysis of why Accenture should have hired Tiger Woods rather than fired him:

“Why on earth has Accenture dumped Tiger Woods?”

Surely Tiger’s decision to outsouce sexual services to a range of competing providers is in line with Management Consultancy’s established best practice?

Previously he had been tied to a monopoly Scandianvian supplier – with the cripplingly high social costs this usually entails.  Moreover, given his wife’s age, it is possible that she was on the brink of becoming a depreciating asset who needed to be moved off the balance sheet as soon as possible.

Admittedly he could have off-shored more – to girls from low-wage economies. But the arrangement where he could have anything from nil to three girls on call at any one time allows for better load-balancing, enabling him to handle the peaks and troughs of demand better than under the previous inflexible arrangement. By sourcing girls locally, he was also reducing distribution costs and helping the environment…… while allowing him to adopt a best-of-breed approach to sexual delivery, rather than depending on a single source.

iPhone Controlled Helicopter


Absolutely filthy. Check out Parrot’s iPhone controlled copter.

Via: Recombu

Google Nexus One Officially Launched

The website to buy yours is up now: www.google.com/phone (image is from there): Will be unavilable in Europe until Spring (as seen on screenshot below). They are unable to sell T-Mobile service plans through their website so if you want that you’re going to have to probably go in store or check the T-Mobile site a bit later.

I will try to post a full review (and cover any surprises that did or did not happen at the release) tomorrow morning!

Nexus One Screenshot

Top 40 of 2009 Mash-Up


I was definitely a fan of last year’s mash-up by DJ Earworm for the top 40 pop hits… and still undecided about this years. But while I mull it over you can have your say as well (thanks Petermen).

Most Popular Crockstar Posts of 2009

1. Merah London Club Opening – The clear winner (though I never would have guessed it) with almost ten times as many pageviews as any other page on the site was this post about the opening of a new posh club. My ticket in the door was a result of my old company doing the design and branding for the club. Have a look:

Image via: Artistic License

“Well, the opening of yet another “super exclusive” club seemed to go off without a hitch last night. Merah — a new club over by Oxford St. (on Wells St. to be exact) — opened its doors to the public for the first time last night. In addition to the typical cast of d-listers (former X Factor stars, comedians, boy band members, etc), a full paparazzi, and free booze galore the club boasted a couple of solid DJ sets (atop an absolutely stunning deck), a nice design, friendly staff (particularly for this type of place) and the type of predominantly young/beautiful you might expect at this sort of thing.Of course these are all the steps one would take for an opening, but it did seem a little bit “off” as their real target clientele seems to be less the youngsters spending Daddy’s oil money and more Daddy spending his own hard-earned scrilla while on an international business trip. Going forward Merah will have a tough decision to make as to whether they would rather aim for the d-lister/football crowd (and all the groupies) that frequent a place like Boujis and spend money like it ain’t no thing, or whether they pursue their proclaimed niche of SUPER exclusive gentleman’s club (and no I do not mean ‘the rippers’ here).

Tough call but will be interesting to see whether they “stay the course” of caviar and £120,000 bottles (not exagerating) or opt for trendy cocktails for £15-20 for the young and beautiful.

All in all, a great night out and a strong opening. The bionic finger-printing system used for the coat check was nothing short of class (and made for a much smoother/quicker process as well)…”

2. Behold… The Apple Tablet – This page didn’t receive nearly as many views but it is interesting that not a lot has changed since the early speculation in August. Apple looks set to unleash this beast (now called the iSlate) later this month (according to Gizmodo)… many of the specs and the price range appear to be quite similar to the predictions made when I dropped this post in August:
Absolute Fire… the wait may finally be over! Apple has been working on a tablet for some time now and though it could “change at any time” it is rumored to be basically like a “giant iphone”. The screen on the mock-ups is 10″. Early figures are coming in at $700-$900 and it will come in two editions (one for education and one with a webcam). Gizmodo did not publish the code name under which this project is being worked on but claims that the first prototype emerged in 2008 and that they have been working on this concept for 4-6 years.

Look for the official release coming as early as this fall!

Via: Gizmodo

3. Drogba Does Something Cool – This post wasn’t anything special, but I suppose the mention of a superstar (Didier Drogba) doing something that a lot of people needed/wanted answers to is what generated the popularity of this post:

I was trying to figure out why on earth Didier Drogba was wearing red laces in his boots at the Emirates this weekend as Chelsea demolished Arsenal (3-0). I saw him pointing to the boots after the match and couldn’t for the life of me figure out why… well now we know.

Nike and project (Red) have launched the laces as a fundraiser/awareness campaign and Drogba as the (Nike)RED global ambassador was just doing his part. The launch took place at the Nike store last night and featured many famous footballers (Arshavin, Dempsey, Joe Cole, etc.) and everyone’s least favorite do-gooder (Bono).

The laces are available at the Nike Store as well as at NikeTown, London (presumably they will be available at other major sports outlets as well). For the full article hop over to Nike Football.

Hopefully 2010 will bring many enjoyable posts for all to read! I’ve really enjoyed doing this so will definitely try to keep things fresh this year. Thanks for reading!

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This is the new home of the Crockstar Limited blog. The blog focuses heavily on trends in fashion music and the internet. The goal is to start an ethically sourced fashion label, but in the meantime the blog will offer insight into the world of an ADD fashion-loving internet geek.