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Remastered in 3D

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What happens when you re-render the old masters in 3D?

A new commercial by Samsung, posted by ClassicsRemastered


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April 13, 2010 at 21:45

Reflections and Visa Versa

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It is often apparent how one idea is able to influence another. It is also common to see certain aspects of popular trends adapted, repackaged and then fed back to the original trend setter.

Japanese pop princess, Ayumi Hamasaki has been delivering her unique blend of techno-pop melody and fashion for over a full decade. Most of her tracks involve one type of synth-machine or another and her lyrics are saturated with the untethered force of raw passion. In 2007, another princess icon emerged from the rough, sporting large-framed sunglasses and a taste for fame; Lady GaGa.

Lady GaGa and Ayumi Hamasaki

GaGa matured her style from rock to dance in the streets of lower Manhattan while Ayumi continued performing overseas throughout Asia. Like Ayu, GaGa’s songs also strongly reflected her emotions and held little back. The two never met, but these days ideas travel in a single heartbeat, and the industry began to consume the similarities between the sister artists. Lady GaGa’s music became more techno and flashy, mimicking the beats of some of Ayu’s most famous tracks. GaGa also began to show off her lust for vogue within the content of her videos and by 2008 she became known as the freak of fashion that she is today.

Normally one icon veers away from the styles of another, but a machine was stirring in the Eastern Hemisphere. Ayu’s songs have always held a more western appearance and producer AVEX has never shied away from observing the New York trends. The music of Ayu borrows heavily from the 80’s and 90’s electro pulse of western pop and her albums continued to synthesize tech pop-rhythms well into the new millennium. Then GaGa brought dance back to the radio and returned the music industry to the catwalk, wearing a custom pair of the late Alexander McQueen’s newest kicks.

Lady GaGa’s global presence soon out-weighed that of Ayu, whom is centered only around Asia. AVEX could not ignore the phenomenon that became known as such. After Bad Romance was released in the states, it took only 4 months before Ayu began strutting through her music videos in 7-inch heels.

Lady GaGa in Bad Romance and Ayumi Hamasaki in Sexy Little Things

The comparison of these two talented performers is inevitable and as one artistic vision begins to project onto another the trend will once again reverse. A similar event occurred in the early 1950’s when Osamu Tezuka changed the Japanese comic world by introducing a softer, rounder version of manga that looked less Japanese and more American. His influences were that of Betty Boop and Disney and with his vision, a new form of imagery was born in the state of the Rising Sun. Later, in the late 20th century, manga imports grew in the United States and, due to the intense popularity, American illustrators began adapting a more Japanese approach to their art work. The same is now being said about Ayu and GaGa. One of Ayu’s newest songs is even titled “Lady Dynamite” and features stunning fashion concepts, including high shoulder pads and dramatic makeup.

Ayu on the left.  GaGa to the right.

So will the real “Lady” please stand up? The truth seems evident that they are creations of one another, twins of the perpetual concept of connected creations. It is evolution – in that one species lives and feeds within the same world as others. We are all connected by the drive to succeed and, intentional or not, we are bound to reflect one another at some point in our combined existence.  Of course, it might take a genius to truly break the trends of the industries… and true geniuses are rare and few between.

Written by laFedeDolce

April 10, 2010 at 21:51

Tim and Eric’s Awesome New Old Spice Commercials

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Tim and Eric of the Tim and Eric Awesome Show now have an even awesome’r commercial deal.

This one has been on the air already

This one has yet to come

Old Spice – Pure Awesome

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April 7, 2010 at 12:41

HP Slate

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I sense a disturbance in the Force…

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April 5, 2010 at 23:21

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Google’s April 1st(s)

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A peak of some of the most circulated hoaxes on the Internet.

2000 – MentalPlex

Inducing seizure after seizure of mind-reading, search engine fun!

2002 – PigeonRank™

900 Pigeons per cluster

2004 – Google Copernicus Hosting Environment and Experiment in Search Engineering


2005 – Google Gulp

3GBs of DNA

2006 – GoogleRomanceTM and Contextual DateTM

With Google Romance, you can:

  • Upload your profile – tell the world who you are, or, more to the point, who you’d like to think you are, or, even more to the point, who you want others to think you are.
  • Search for love in all (or at least a statistically significant majority of) the right places with Soulmate Search, our eerily effective psychographic matchmaking software.
  • Endure, via our Contextual Dating option, thematically appropriate multimedia advertising throughout the entirety of your free date.

This one’s still somewhat probable…

2007 – Gmail Paper and Google TiSP

Digital archiving has never been so tangible

Plumbing Hardware Dispatchers indeed

2009 – CADIE and Chrome 3D

Poke the Panda and slap on those 3D Googles goggles

2010 – Topeka

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April 1, 2010 at 19:38

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Within the Folds

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Ever wanted to show your sophistication and talent by handing that special, utmost deserving, somebody a wedgie? What about an origami wedgie?

Some more amazing work by origami artist, Joseph Wu

Warai Frogs

Arctic Char

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March 25, 2010 at 07:22

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Read my Lips

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You can’t.  Well, you can try.  It is possible that you may even guess accurately as to what my current expression is conveying, but that is all it ever will be; a guess.  Contrary to a recently popular belief, (made better known by one of Fox Network’s newer shows, Lie to Me) facial expressions are not a globally ubiquitous phenomenon.

According to an article published last year by the BBC, researchers “concluded that information from the eyes is often ambiguous and confusing in these expressions, with consequences for cross-cultural communication and globalization.”  Essentially the subject is stating that East and West see eye-to-eye quite differently.  I am reminded of this due to a more recent and similar article published on CNN International.

The topic itself is about relationships, specifically regarding personal ones, yet I found it painfully difficult to ignore the (what I felt to be)  less-than-subtle marketing plow for the Lie to Me show itself.

If you’ve never heard of micro-expressions, it’s time you did. They’ve been famously studied by Paul Ekman, Ph.D. (the real-life model for Dr. Cal Lightman of the hit show “Lie to Me”), who found that all humans display the range of emotions with identical facial expressions.

-Martha Beck
CNN Contributor for the Oprah Magazine

If you read the full text, you might notice just how obtrusive that one little phrase in an article of over 1098 words truly is.

Once again, the British Broadcasting Company will remind us that, in fact, the team of 13 Western Caucasians and 13 East Asians evaluated different responses to a set of standardized images depicting the seven main facial expressions.

The paper states that the Eastern participants used a culturally specific decoding strategy that was inadequate to reliably distinguish the universal facial expressions of fear and disgust.

-Judith Burns
Science Reporter for the BBC

This easily signifies how and why certain cultures perceive information in general so differently.  The norm for one may not be the norm for any given other.  From Hollywood to global politics, the separation is relatively constant though I suppose it really speaks to the efforts of those who try to fluidly comprehend one another.

Gotta admit, the Micro-expression assessment is pretty fun.

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March 25, 2010 at 02:15