Enough With the Faux Hawks Already

Posted in Trend with tags , , , , on February 22, 2010 by Jarrod

Really, does it even have to be said? I thought this one would be pretty obvious to anyone with even a smidgen of fashion or common sense. This trend started in or around the early 2000s when then worldwide celebrity, David Beckham, began wearing one during his last years with Manchester United. You first saw it and were like, “Hmm, I’ve never really seen that before”. It was cool because Beckham did it and well, he’s Beckham. He had the “I wear whatever I want” Johnny Depp thing going for him. (And being married to Posh Spice didn’t hurt either).

Fast Forward to 2007 and the shit jumped the shark on American Idol when Sanjaya Malakar made acceptable the god-awful ponyhawk (ponytail+mohawk). We collectively cringed and had a moment of silence for a trend that was thought to have died of natural causes.  However this was not the case; it somehow resurrected itself and jumped from person to person, like the demon in the movie Fallen, and it was then I realized that it was unstoppable. From UFC fighters to rappers to creepy Facebook friends, it crossed all racial and socio-economic  boundaries until it seemed like even the President himself would adopt the trend (“Yes We Can… wear fauxhawks!”). Luckily he did not, nor did any of my friends, but everyone else it seems, hopped on a bandwagon with a seemingly limitless capacity.

Now it’s 2010, the first decade of the millennium is over, we no longer use keys to type and we have a black President. What does this mean? Change, that’s what! So please, enough with the Fauxhawks already.

David Beckham's Fauxhawk

Sanjaya Malakar's Ponyhawk

The Brohawk (Brother+Mohawk)

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Warning! This is Not a Chick Flick!

Posted in Movies with tags , on February 21, 2010 by Jarrod

The other night I ordered 500 Days of Summer from my cable company. Last summer, I got into the whole indie movie thing (a blipster thing to do) and this movie’s poster was at every small theater that I went to. Thinking that it was just another chick flick intent on playing on the expectations and emotions on a very smart yet highly susceptible female audience, I chose not to waste my money, which makes my aforementioned rental even more puzzling. After watching the film however, I can honestly say that this movie is Not for women.

To call 500 Days of Summer a love story would be disingenuous as it contains little elements found in typical romantic iterations released today. Tom, the protagonist believes in destiny and true love while the antagonist and Tom’s interest, Summer, thinks the idea is laughable. The movie then follows though a sequence of events in a non-linear albeit typical fashion. But, it’s the perspective from which the events are told rather than the events themselves that makes the movie so captivating. Instead of a whiny girl pining for a seemingly unattainable love, we’re given a whiny guy and somehow, that makes the movie all the more palpable. You want this guy to win and you are genuinely upset that the girl doesn’t see how much he cares for her. It’s a feeling that I was very much surprised to have for a fictional character. Now I understand why my ex-girlfriend cried when we watched The Breakup.

500 Days of Summer is neither a chick flick nor a love story. In fact, I wouldn’t even recommend seeing with your girlfriend because quite frankly, she just won’t get it. What the makers of this movie have realized is that you know what, guys have emotions too and every now and then we experience heartbreaks and lost loves just like our female counterparts. Guys don’t need a tear-jerker with a almost too handsome protagonist with a cool career to tell us a love story. All it takes is a character who is indicative of the American guy, you know, someone who is identifiable and somewhat Real. Hollywood, please take notice.

Who Needs Bowflex?

Posted in Exercise, Technology with tags , , on February 12, 2010 by Jarrod

Nintendo continues to market the Wii as a true exercise device with this new weight peripheral. Since the weights are only 2lbs, I would imagine that this is aimed more towards women than men (even though plenty of women use much heavier weights than this). Weights were the next logical step from the yoga and pilates that the company pushed with the Wii Fit package. I think its a genius move on their part, as it further enhances the device’s exercise potential while also, catering to a broader market. Kudos Nintendo.

Via Engadget

What I’m Listening To…

Posted in Music with tags , on February 12, 2010 by Jarrod

Shipley & Halmos F/W 10

Posted in Clothing, Trend with tags on February 12, 2010 by Jarrod

Shipley & Halmos have been a favorite of mine for quite some time now. I love how their stuff is simplistic, clean with a small injection of fashion. Their no-frills approach to design really makes them stand out from most fashion labels. The guys over at GQ have the entire F/W collection on their site. I suggest you take a look here

Via Valet

Freaky Facebook

Posted in Technology, Trend on December 22, 2009 by Jarrod

Via: Geeokomatik.com

Since it’s inception, Facebook has been in a steadily slow state of decline. The main reason being, is that it exposes the inner weirdo in all of us. The guys over at GQ know what I’m talking about. Link

Mos Def – Supermagic

Posted in hip hop, Music with tags , , , on December 10, 2009 by Jarrod

First of all, I would like to congratulate Mos Def on receiving a Grammy nomination for album of the year. It is surely well deserved, with The Ecstatic serving as evidence to this declaration. Here is the video for, numerically, the first song off the album entitled “Supermagic”, produced in a style that’s somewhat reminiscent to what was seen in Kanye’s “Welcome to Heartbreak” video.