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Daft Punk Derezzed Video [Tron:Leagcy]


We all know it’s a given that when a new Daft Punk music video comes out we’re going to post it… but when it also happens to be another trailer for the new Tron: Legacy movie, well we’re sort of left with no choice. Enjoy the beats, the beautiful scenes and the glory that is Tron and get excited for the soundtrack and score which is meant to be done entirely by Daft Punk… siiiick.

Internet Culture Meets Pop-Culture


Ladies and gents, today it is my distinct pleasure to share with you a combination of my two loves: mash-up music and internet humor. Evan Roth took just about every great animated .gif the internet had to offer and made a music video to some Girl Talk beats off of Night Ripper.

Enjoy this masterpiece in all of it’s glory. If you’ve never heard Girl Talk, his music should be appreciated in its own right so you can check out Gregg Gills’ (aka Girl Talk) myspace page to have a listen.

In the meantime, have a look and a listen to this video for the first animated gif music video, some fresh beats and some lulz. Enjoy!

Video originally found on Gizmodo.

Accordion Chair (or couch or bed) – Sustainable and Expandable Furniture


This has to be one of the coolest “gadgets” I’ve ever seen (came across it at Benjart’s blog). The chair modelled after an accordion uses recycled materials and features honeycomb technology to provide the strength to allow one to actually sit on it.

You can pick up your very own chair from Flexible Love for either £250 for the 8-seater version or £450 for the 16 person version. Well worth the money when you think about how easily it can be stored and the number of people it can accomodate… and the awesome tricks you can play with the thing (a la the above video).

The chair is made from cardboard so should NOT be left outside. The furniture is made of recycled wood and paper products and using pre-existing manufacturing processes so as not to have a huge impact on the environment. At present, the furniture is readily available for online purchase in the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Taiwan though should be available by special request internationally (check the website and “buy” for more details).

This puppy get’s full marks from the Crockstar team… and given that we’ll be moving shop in the next few weeks we might be coppin’ as well.

New York Trip – Highlights in Images

First off, apologies for not having posted anything in the last couple of weeks. It has been really busy and I have also been doing a bit of travel. As such, I thought I would at least share some of the highlights from my trip in images. Nothin really to make anyone jealous here- no photos of beaches or anything like that but just some high points and suggestions in case you find yourself in the area.

iPad Hands-on

And fat-fingered people everywhere rejoiced!

 Obviously, with the release of the iPad on April 3rd (in the States at least) I couldn’t resist a test drive. I had read a lot of hands-on reports and felt that this was the sort of thing that is best experienced first hand. I would strongly suggest that anyone remotely intrigued by this little gadget take one out for a spin. I have always been a bit hesitant about e-reading but I found that the e-reading capabilities and promise on this thing are huge. Given how many books I lugged back and forth on this trip alone I think it is well worth looking into an e-reader and since the iPad weighs in at $499 for the 16gb wireless version I cannot really see myself buying anything else.

In addition to the e-reader, improved visibility to the browser and fat-finger friendly keypad the gaming was pretty slick and I think will only get better. This thing could quite easily replace a kindle, an iPod, a PSP and a number of other products so the investment for me (after they work out any kinks) is inevitable. I would love to deny it, but the thing is great and all of my concerns went out the window once I had a play.

The potential for this thing (especially with graphic design) is pretty huge and if Adobe is smart the ability to draw on this thing like any of the Bamboo vector drawing pads could be a huge money maker if Adobe launches some light versions of Photoshop and Illustrator.

Don’t take my word for it though, next time you’re near an Apple store take the time to play with one and see for yourself. They should be available in the UK in the next few weeks though rumour has it that they will be more expensive.

 

21 Mercer Nike Sportswear

21 Mercer St.

Any footwear lover must make the obligatory pilgrimage to their local havens when visiting a new city. 21 Mercer was a no brainer for this sneakerhead. Located on Mercer St. (shocker) right in SoHo and surrounded by a number of other streetwear and skateshops (APC, DC shoes, etc) this is a must see and serves as the flagship of Tier 1 Nike owned and operated specialty stores. This store served as the mold for the 1948 shop in Shoreditch and is a bit of an icon within the streetwear community.

That said, the experience wasn’t quite what I expected. The 1948 store is filled with knowledgeable sneakerheads who know ever release date and can probably tell you ever sneaker ever made by Nike. 21 Mercer was nice and had better decorations and lightin than the 1948 store but it just didn’t have the same vibe. It felt considerably more corporate and despite a seriously dope bleacher setup inside to display the dunks the stock and local feel just weren’t there.

The nail in the coffin? Don’t head to 21 Mercer if you’re looking for Jordans. Whilst the 1948 store is one of the few remaining tier 1 stores in London and (after some shenanigans at NikeTown during the Yeezy release) the only shop that get’s the super premium releases 21 Mercer directed me to NikeTown or House of Hoops to get my Jordan fix. I’m not saying I’ve got anything against either of these locales but come on! Whatever happened to a good old fashioned one-stop-shop?

 Michael Jordan by Shepard Fairey

 Jordan Blue and White by Shepard Fairey

Well, as the image above may have told you, the highlight of the NBA store on 5th Avenue was definitely the artwork and the memorabila. Perhaps none more exciting than a signed print (edition of 50) by my favorite artist, signed by the greatest basketball player of all time from his glory days at my alma mater. In addition to this Shepard Fairey gem the NBA store was filled with tourists, basketball jerseys, signed balls, retros and just about everything a basketball might hope to find. Signed Jordan’s? Check. Signed Lebron posters? Check. Retro Bird jersey? cheeeeck!

The only negative thing i would say about the NBA store (aside from the fact that it is a zoo) is a general lack of options for the personalised jersey selection. Sure they had jersey’s from every team in the league but they seem to be missing out on the proverbial “long-tail” of the basketball market. No Magic Johnson retros? No Charles Barkley retros? No Ty Lawson jersey… bummer, and I was just about to spend some money!

What they lack in variety they certainly make up for in quality. They had both the Shep prints available signed and as much memorabilia as the hall of fame.

 Meerkat Manor

It’s a stuffed me! 

Having been accused of looking like a meerkat on more than one occasion meant that taking this photo was a no-brainer. Equally, so was a trip to the Stuffed Animal Manor of New York (FAO Schwarz). Ever since watching the movie “Big” trips to FAO Schwarz have been an absolute must to satisfy the big kid in me. Whilst most everything stays the same at FAO Schwarz (big stuffed animals, fake Harry Potter Wands, etc.) some things get cooler and cooler. In addition to the normal selection of toys for big kids and little kids alone, FAO Schwarz has one-upped the “make your own” toy market in a big old way. Offering the opportunity to create your own “Muppet What Not” (basically an extra on the Muppets show), you can create your own character from hundreds of different options and watch your Henson-style puppet come to life. I know I’m not the first to notice this and have seen some pretty RAD muppets on the Wonder Web.

The “experience” will set you back about $100 but it beats the hell out of the same ol’ “handmade teddy bears” that every other kid (big or little) can get a hold of.

Approach to Heathrow

And the return home to foggy London town. After a great week it was time to head home. A bit frightening
when you realise just how close you are to the other flights coming back with you…

 

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New Tron Legacy Trailer


The most recent Tron Legacy trailer has finally been released. We’re not entirely sure what we are more excited about… one of the greatest films of all time (disqualified from the special effects category at the Oscars because computer graphics were “cheating”)… or the entire soundtrack by Daft Punk.

These are life’s nice challenges.

Geektastic Design – Wooden Computer Mouse from AlestRukov

While the space race may be over, and optical mice may not be the most cutting edge in technology, these little guys are pretty bad ass. For the finest in Russian technology, look to Alestrukov. These mice are pretty serious from a design perspective and the technical specs aren’t so bad either. There’s really something quite beautiful about old school materials and craftmanship meeting new school technology. I’ll be waiting for them to come out with a wireless version myself… but it the meantime, feel free to grab yourself some of this exotic wood for a few schillings (625-900€).

While I cannot attest to the ethical nature of the production, I can certainly attest to the quality of the design. The pieces are all constructed from a single piece of wood and are available in a range of the finest mahogany (cue Ron Burgundy) or ebony.

Each mouse takes anywhere from 3 months to a year to construct (given the natural dying, drying and coating of the wood), are produced from a “sustainable” process (at least according to their website), can be built for either right or left-handed users, offer volume control and are guaranteed for 5 years.

It’s not a small investment but it is a beautiful little conversation piece.

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Hitler May Hate the iPad… But I Don’t


Ok, so perhaps the best thing that has come from the iPad reveal yesterday is this video (the ultimate quote being: “I wanted to watch videos of lolcats while laying on the couch! But no. They won’t even give it flash support.”), however the beast itself is pretty darned impressive. In an article on Gizmodo, the gang pointed out that Apple has not always been about stealing the market from everyone. It is not a question of converting Blackberry users. In a sense this is like preaching to the choir.So, basically the Gizmodo gang is saying that if you have all the latest toys (an iPhone, a netbook, a hardwired machine at home, a kindle, etc.) there isn’t really much that this machine can do for you. As Hitler points out, it can’t make phone calls, it hasn’t got a camera, and it doesn’t support flash. It doesn’t multitask… and let’s be honest, it’s awfully big to be carrying around as a music player.

That said, there are folks like me, and millions of others who may own some of these gadgets but not all. For example, I’ve held off on the Kindle for ages now because there is something impersonal about reading from an e-ink screen. I didn’t buy an iPhone because I love Blackberry too much and because after being scorned so many times with iPod updates (i.e. the coolest one ever (!!!) coming out 3 days after you finally take the plunge, you know, the one with 3x as much memory, a video player, and half the cost?) I couldn’t bear the idea of a cooler one coming out and having just missed the boat. And, I haven’t bought a netbook because I didn’t REALLY see the point since I’ve become more interested in design lately and don’t love the tiny screen and keyboard.

That said, for me (and I’m sure millions of others out there) this has just created the perfect storm and come at just the right time. And perhaps, the price tag (starting at $499) is well under expectations and pretty darned good for such a cutting edge product. Do you remember how much the iPhone cost when it came out? A couple of hundred AND you needed to buy a plan. I think I’ve heard estimates that the first batch of iPhones cost folks around $1200 for the first year. And what does a new iPod touch cost? A couple hundred at least with a smaller memory and screen.

The opportunties here are really impressive: bigger/better games, hi-def YouTube videos, 3G option, etc. This may well be the device that makes Zmags and other “page turning technology” matter.

The biggest stumbling block in purchasing one, as a colleague of mine pointed out, it is awfully easy to talk yourself into the next price range and suddenly the iPad doesn’t look like such a deal. However, at $499 many people will be getting excited for iPad mania– even if it does sound like a feminine hygine product (and violate a number of copyright laws).

Final Verdict

Biggest Coups:

  • Cost (starting at $499)
  • Bigger Screen
  • High Definition Youtube
  • Opportunities for Zmags
  • Ideal market will be geeks with restraint (and will pick up the “gotta have everything” folks as well)
  • Interactivity
  • Opportunity for much better applications
  • E-reader technology
  • 3G Option

Biggest Fails:

  • Battery Life (nowhere near that of the Kindle)
  • No Flash Support
  • No Multitasking
  • No OSX
  • No Full-interweb
  • It still isn’t a telephone and it still isn’t a computer (hey, Hitler, it wasn’t supposed to be)
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About Me

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.