With the smashing success of music based video games such as Rock Band and Guitar Hero, many people are looking for the next logical step in instrumental gaming. Though we’ve been holding out hope for “Marching Band” and some sort of woodwind musical adventure , preferably “Oboe Master”; we think the folks at Activision have probably taken the more advisable route with their plan to focus on club music via DJ Hero. Come Fall ’09 you’ll be able to bring the dance party to your living room, whilst spinning some hype beats from the comfort of your own couch. So forget those pumped up cover charges and invest in some serious surround sound, because you’re going to have a big beat blowout and we presume everyone’s invited as long as they don’t block the TV. Fricka, fricka, fricka fresh.
Any good green guy or gal knows that energy preservation is a huge part of being environmentally conscious. Increasing your awareness also goes a long way towards decreasing your electric bill. While you may think you’ve got a handle on the amount of electricity coursing through the wires in your home, you could probably stand to consume even less than that which is currently flowing. That’s where the Wattcher comes in. The simple yet sleek plug-in device designed by Marcel Wanders displays the amount of energy being utilized by all the gadgets and gizmos sucking at your sockets, giving those who typically eat up energy a great way to monitor and learn how much the simple act of turning off non-essential items can make a difference in the world around them and inside their wallet. Sexy looking, too.
Owning an iPhone isn’t exactly a sign that you march to the beat of a different drummer, but the apps you choose certainly can go a long way towards showing that you slide through life at your own tempo. The new Drum Meister app by Seung yi Lee can help illustrate that tempo, as a realistic drum kit application that allows you to recreate whatever rhythmic pace you feel suits you. Users are provided with an impressive interface where they can arrange their own set and bang the skins to their hearts content and even record and playback their fine percussive work. So whether you’re slamming the cymbals on a solo or slapping around some snare action you’ll never be at a loss to prove that you indeed have got the beat. Drum circles just got a drastic makeover.
With Mother’s day fast approaching, those of us who won’t be able to make it home to present mom with a box of chocolates and some fresh flowers to show how much we care in person have undoubtedly started feeling a dash of homesickness setting in. Sure, mom might not be able to hug us and let us know that everything’s going to be okay this year, yet there’s still a way we can revel in her warmth though distance may beg to differ. The caring folks at NYC Creative Agency, Mother, have come up with Mother-scented candles, so no matter how far apart you are, as long as these babies are burning bright, you can feel as though she’s in the next room preparing to tell you just how much she loves you…and how you desperately need to get a job and stop asking her for money. What does your mother smell like? Was it this good?
Check out the spot they did for them here. Because the sweetest memories, are the ones that burn. Funny.
Many a potential tourist lines up their very first UK visit with visions of Buckingham Palace, Stone Henge, and Big Ben dancing around in their heads, but Britain is much more than that. In addition to the fish and chips, all those limey bastards across the Atlantic have so much more to show you than royalty, a bunch of old rocks and the River Thames. You might not necessarily have seen it in your precious guide books, but that’s okay because the fine folks at Ogilvyone Worldwide Singapore have launched a site to show you “the other Britain,” the Britain of cultural innovation and much, much more. From fashion to music festivals to football, it’s all on glorious display at their alternate tourism URL that champions all things united under the Union Jack for aspiring anglophiles to eat up on their impending holiday. Enjoy, mate.
If the popular saying that one man’s trash is almost certainly another man’s treasure is true, that might make a dumpster (or skips as they’re call in the UK) the equivalent of a jewelry store. While we haven’t seen any diamond encrusted watches being peddled out refuse receptacles as of late, we think that might be a plausible undertaking for the likes of Oliver Bishop Young. The eco-conscious UK artist specializes in converting large rubbish bins to suit more enjoyable activities such as skating, swimming or just plain lounging around. So, the next time someone calls your living space a dump, you might not consider that such a bad thing.
Iconic French product designer Philippe Starck has made a living adding a modern slant to everyday items from watches to wireless speakers. You could say he’s had a hand in innovating everything but the kitchen sink… until now. Continuing his lengthy relationship with German bathroom furniture manufacturer Duravit, Starck finally makes his arrival in the tastiest room in your home via his new Starck K kitchen sink collection. Combining sleekness with high functionality, his usual calling card, these centers for culinary cleansing that serve a much wider variety of purposes are as much a work of art as the meals you hope to create…unless you’re justÂ microwaving hot pockets.
Throughout the history of film there have been some pretty niftily designed posters, many of which have become iconic images. Sure you could spot the artwork for A Clockwork Orange even without the title (right?), but what if most of the image was stripped away and you were left to contend with only colors, patterns and shapes? Could you do it then? That’s what the site Film the Blanks asks of it’s readers. Monday to Friday, classic cinema images are added sans some very important details. Tidbits are gradually tacked on, challenging readers to summon their powers of cultural recall to figure out just what lies before them. The first ten to correctly guess the abstracted advertisement earn a point in the standings. The more you guess correctly, the more you increase the likelihood of your coming away with the prize of a special one-off poster. Even if you don’t win, you have to admit, most of this movie art looks pretty sweet stripped down. The site also offers some of those astonishing reduced images for sale in their very own online store.
It’s not often you find yourself at a loss for 140 characters on Twitter, but when’s the last time you said something truly unique that didn’t have to do with how spicy your lunch burrito was? Twitter Magnets, the internet incarnation of those random words on your fridge, allows you to craft an entirely distinct arrangement of thoughts for your next status update, provided you’re creative enough to fashion something meaningful out of the words you’ve been given. Whether you form a beautiful haiku or just randomly string some words together to make your friends think you’ve been drinking, it’s makes for an enjoyable new way to answer the question, “What are you doing?”
Do you find that tune from Tetris twisting and turning in your brain all day? Does the music of Metroid make you want to move your feet? Sure you’re probably a video game addict, but there’s nothing wrong with getting those sweet sounds of Super Street Fighter stuck in your head. The only issue you face is trying to find a place that will let you relive the soundtrack of your gaming life. Luckily, there’s now 8bitFM, an internet radio station dedicated to devotees of Double Dragon ditties and Super Mario melodies. In addition to giving you the catchiest tunes ever released by Konami, listeners can also affix their ears for ample doses of nerdcore, chiptunes, and a fresh array of remixes. The best part is, you don’t need to remember any cheat codes just a URL.
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