Rabbi Skater on The Price Is Right

This is classic! Josh describes it himself best, “Hi. I’m an idiot and I took mushrooms, got drunk, then went on The Price Is Right and lied to Drew Carey’s melting face”.


Korehira Watanabe, the Sword Maker

Awesomeness. Its not just that Korehira Watanabe decided, as a college student, that he wanted to become a swordmaker, even at the cost of family disownment in a family-based society. Its not just that he dedicated 40 years of his life towards recreating the craft of the kotō swords (the period of which spans from the late 10th Century to 1596) whose manufacturing secrets had been lost some 400 years ago. What is most awesome to us is that Watanabe intends for his disciple to surpass him in skill, as he’s adamant the tradition be passed along. He knows he may never uncover the secret of the Koto within his lifetime, but future generations might.

via Korehira Watanabe, the Sword Maker – Core77.

Official Site: korehira.com


Uncle Drew

Pepsi MAX went to a pick-up game in Bloomfield, NJ pretending to shoot a documentary on a basketball player named “Kevin.” When his Uncle Drew came into the game, some magical things happened.

 

via – http://www.PepsiMAX.com/facebook

 


Dada Life – April 2012 Mix

It’s already April, summer is right around the corner, and with the ‘official start of summer’ usually marked by Memorial Day Weekend in Vegas next month, what’s not better than to begin your debauchery and thoughts of going wild than with Dada Life’s April 2012 mix?! With the release of their monthly mixes, Dada Life has been able to keep the party alive with some of the hottest progressive and electro house tracks released to date.

It’s time to go ape shit bananas!

 

Dada Life – April 2012 Mix
Download: Right Click > Save As 
 

 

Tracklist of Dada Life’s April 2012 Mix

01.) NO_ID & Martin Volt – Zelda (Original Mix)
02.) Nari Milani – Atom
03.) Congorock – Agarta
04.) Alvaro & The Partysquad – Wataah
05.) Deborah Cox – If it Wasnt For Love (Promise Land) (Dada No Vocal Edit)
06.) Laidback Luke & Arno Cost & Norman Doray – Trilogy (Swanky Tunes Remix)
07.) Beltek – Party Voice
08.) Zedd – Shotgun 
09.) Porter Robinson – Language 
10.) NAPT & Peo De Pitte – Gonna Be Mine (Far Too Loud Remix)
11.) Fast Foot – Cows To The Slaughter (Lazy Rich Remix)
12.) Starkillers And Dmitry Ko – Light It Up (Michael Woods Re-edit)
13.) Spencer & Hill feat. Giovanni Tha King – Miami Girlz (LAZRtag Remix)
14.) Madonna – Girl Gone Wild (Dada Life Remix)

 

via Dada Life – April 2012 Mix Download + Tracklisting – Drop Beats Not Bombs.


Tokyo Rising

Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and producer Pharrell Williams has always been fascinated with Japanese culture. His frequent involvement with the arts and fashion communities of Tokyo made him a natural choice to lead our exploration. From his two-year collaboration with Tokyo-born artist Takashi Murakami to create the artwork entitled Simple Things that kicked off the official opening of Art Basel Switzerland in 2009 to Nigo of A Bathing Ape fame designing the cover of Pharrell’s solo debut In My Mind, the creative forces of Tokyo have been a constant source of inspiration for Pharrell throughout his many projects. He has been a great supporter of relief efforts for the Japanese citizens affected by the incidents of 3/11. He jumped at the chance to visit the metropolis that has had such an impact upon him as an artist and as an individual.

 

Link: Tokyo Rising | Palladium Boots


Tashi Mannox

Tashi was born in England in the year of the water tiger, for the past 30 years he has studied an eclectic range of artistic disciplines within both the Eastern and Western traditions in his journey as a painter and calligrapher.

Shortly after gaining a BA [Hons] degree in Fine Art, he became a Buddhist monk of the Tibetan Kagyu order and at the tender age of 22 was given the name Tsering Tashi.

For seventeen-years he apprenticed under the direction of a master of the Karma Gardri Tibetan art tradition, Sherab Palden Beru, studying the Tibetan language and traditional temple decoration which coincided with the timely building of the Temple at the Samye Ling Tibetan centre in Scotland.

During this period Tashi studied under many Tibetan Lamas, including the artistic guidance from H.E Situ Rinpoche and inspiration from the calligraphy works of Chogyam Trungpa. However the foundation of Tashi’s training is set by the high standards and clarity of his spiritual father Akong Tulku Rinpoche.

Part of Tashi’s monastic training was in 1988 to enter a closed four year Buddhist retreat, which also gave a sensitive environment to meticulously copy ancient Tibetan texts, furthering his training as a scribe in the highly disciplined, and multiple forms of Tibetan calligraphy.

In 2000 Tashi Travelled to India, where in Dharamsala he was privileged to study under a master of ancient Sanskrit: Lama Pema Lodrup, These artistic forms of Sanskrit called Lanza and Wartu, are preserved by only a handful of practitioners in the world today.

Since laying down his monastic robes in 2000, Tashi has built on his disciplined training and meditative awareness, formed through years of practicing the Tibetan Buddhist Tantras and philosophy – to produce a collection of iconographic masterpieces that reveal powerful, spiritual themes through the majestic images of Tibetan Buddhist calligraphy and iconography.

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Jef Hartsel in Contrast Magazine

Guru, one having great knowledge, wisdom and authority in a certain area, and who uses it to guide others. In Sanskrit gu means darkness & ru means light. As a principle for the development of consciousness it leads the creation from unreality to reality, from the darkness of ignorance to the light of knowledge. In its purest form this principle manifests on earth as a divine incarnation, a person with supreme knowledge about God and all creation. Or, more simply put, Jef Hartsel. Ever single time I come away from a conversation with this man, I feel re-energized and empowered. He’s a skateboarding, rastafarian Tony Robbins.

Check out this dope article on Jef.


NY-Z

Continuing to collaborate with creative visionaries, ABSOLUT Vodka presents this new 15-minute short film featuring Jay-Z. The documentary, titled NY-Z, was directed by Danny Clinch and paints a rare portrait of the global hip-hop icon. With unprecedented access to Jay-Z the days and moments leading up to, and after, his legendary September 11th benefit concert at Madison Square Garden, Danny Clinch gives us an intimate glimpse into Jay-Z: his childhood, his motivation as an artist, his passion for music, and his muse, New York.

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Who is JOB?

I love this guys outspoken opinion on competitive surfing. One of the best ever, establishing himself at the top of the surf world, without having to use the competitive arena at all.

Keep your eye on the vid at the 1:51 mark.
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Simply Red - Sunrise

What a great video to a great song! Still churning out the hits after all this time, Simply Red counters with a dance mix of the critically acclaimed hit “Sunrise”. A wonderful uplifting track that is growing on everyone with each spin and each listen. I know that this has been out for a while now but there is a way to gauge such a hit.

For me, this song was a bit of a theme for me this past year. Probably a bit too many sunrises.

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