Archive for December, 2009

The 24 Days of Christmas – Day 20

December 21, 2009

As we all know, Christmas is fast approaching and as we all also know, many of you will be struggling to think of interesting gift ideas for your nearest and dearest. ‘What shall we buy to show our love?!’ we hear you cry. Well, fear not, for we at the Fold know that sometimes, thinking beyond the usual DVD boxsets/smellies/Xbox games can be a little difficult, and so over the course of December we endeavour to bring you a new gift idea each day on the run-up to Christmas, totalling 24, and with each one we shall also bring you an accompanying song that somehow represents the gift in some way. ‘Gift ideas and related entertainment?!’ we hear you now crying! ‘How on Earth do they manage it?!’

Day #20 – Zune HD

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As the only alternative to Apple’s white thing, the Zune has endured its fair share of jokes and scorn. Microsoft has taken four years of ridicule to forge this rather fetching Zune HD. As one of the only players ou there that can match the iPod Touch in specs, aesthetics and pricing. This makes the Zune a perfect gift for the three people in the world who do not own an iPod and do not wish to. Here are the specs:

Specifications

Initially released models include a 16GB capacity in black and a 32GB capacity in platinum. Other color and size combinations, including those beyond black and platinum, are available through Zune Originals. The specifications as listed by the official web page of the Zune HD, as well as reported by various sources are:

Screen material: glass covered OLED display
Screen size: 3.3 in
Screen resolution: 480 x 272 px, with 16:9 aspect ratio
Input: Multi-touch screen, built-in accelerometer
Operating system: Windows CE
Storage: 16 and 32 GB flash memory
CPU and GPU: Nvidia Tegra APX with one ARM11 and one ARM7 processor cores and 6 other cores for dedicated tasks such as graphics, audio, video, and HD video processors
Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) with Open, WEP, WPA, and WPA2 authentication modes and WEP 64-bit and 128-bit, TKIP, and AES encryption modes
Built-in rechargable 3.7 V 660 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery with up to 33 hours of audio playback (wireless off) and 8.5 hours of video
Size: 52.7×102.1×8.9 mm (2.07×4.08×0.35 in)
Weight: 74 grams (2.6 ounces)
A Wi-Fi version of the Zune Marketplace
HD radio tuner
Unicode Support
Equalizer
Web browser (based on Internet Explorer Mobile 6 for Windows CE)
Games
Audio output: Analog RCA and Optical Digital out (additional dock required)

Audio support:
CBR and VBR audio, up to 48 kHz sample rate
WMA Standard up to 384 kbps (DRM protected files can be played only if purchased from the Zune Marketplace)
WMA Pro stereo up to 768 kbps
WMA Lossless stereo up to 768 kbps
Unprotected AAC-LC (.mp4/.m4a/.m4b) up to 320 kbps
MP3 up to 320 kbps

Video support:
DVD resolution and frame rate, up to 10 Mbps bit rate, CBR or VBR for:
H.264, Baseline Profile up to Level 3.1 + B-frames support
WMV Main and Simple Profile, Advanced profile up to Level 2.
720p HD resolution, up to 14 Mbps bit rate, CBR or VBR for above supported video profiles
MPEG-4 Part 2 Simple Profile up to 4.0 Mbps bit rate
720p high definition video output – HDMI or Composite (additional dock required for both)

Purchases can be made here

Today we have Mr Sway Dasafo. Enjoy.

Dré

Jim Carrey.com

December 20, 2009

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Just checked out Jim Carrey’s rather bizarre but wonderfully compelling website… this is what artists’ websites should look like. Truly unique and surreal, the site features information on the man who, for me anyway, defined 90’s comedy films. The Mask, Dumb & Dumber, Liar Liar… such classics. The site also provides his latest news, behind-the-scenes action and links to his Twitter account.

Check it out here – via Digital Buzz Blog.

James

Barcelona 2009

December 20, 2009

Went to Barca for my birthday a week ago. It was nang. Here are some pics.

The 24 Days of Christmas – Day 19

December 20, 2009

As we all know, Christmas is fast approaching and as we all also know, many of you will be struggling to think of interesting gift ideas for your nearest and dearest. ‘What shall we buy to show our love?!’ we hear you cry. Well, fear not, for we at the Fold know that sometimes, thinking beyond the usual DVD boxsets/smellies/Xbox games can be a little difficult, and so over the course of December we endeavour to bring you a new gift idea each day on the run-up to Christmas, totalling 24, and with each one we shall also bring you an accompanying song that somehow represents the gift in some way. ‘Gift ideas and related entertainment?!’ we hear you now crying! ‘How on Earth do they manage it?!’

Day #19 – Key Fob Camera

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Still looking for that perfect gift for an aspiring spy? Me neither, but the Key Fob camera looks like a great little device to document those petty festive squabbles that start once Auntie’s Bailey’s dries up. Watch their faces drop as you play back footage on boxing day. There you have it, apparently mince pies did contain mince – now get the fuck out the house. See you next year!

Here’s the description.

Go undercover and record vital video evidence with this compact Key Fob Video Camera. Designed to look like a car remote control key fob this cunningly concealed camera can record high quality video and audio footage wherever and whenever you need it. The Camera has 2GB of internal memory so there is no need for fiddly memory cards, and is easily downloaded to your PC via USB.
This little camera blends in beautifully, just attach it to a set of keys and no one would ever be any the wiser as to your covert operation. The Key Fob Video Camera is powered by an internal battery that is charged via USB. Helpfully you can also set up a timestamp to appear on recorded footage so you know exactly when everything took place.

Features:

Video format: 640×480 AVI
Still image format: 1280×960 JPG
Recharges via USB
2GB internal memory
Records video and audio
Videos can be time stamped

You can pick one up here

Today we’ve got a bit jazzy. You may have seen this guys Inspector Gadget rendition a while back. Anyways, here’s a certain theme tune


Dré

Friday Feeling #7

December 19, 2009

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Manhattan

For this American classic you will need:

2 shots rye whiskey
1 shot Italian vermouth
2 dashes Angostura bitters

Shake the rye,* vermouth, and bitters well with cracked ice. (Some insist that a proper Manhattan must be stirred, so as to prevent “clouding” or undue fraternization between the whiskey and the vermouth; Esquire says, let ’em mingle.) Strain into in a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with twist or, of course, maraschino cherry (which is subject to the same challenge re: purity as adding an olive to a martini).

Of course, human beings, being human beings, can never leave well enough alone. Here, then, are the obligatory variants.

First, a few you can make by monkeying around with the bitters: Lose the Angostura and pitch in a splash of Amer Picon and it’s a Monahan; a splash of anisette and it’s a Narragansett; 2 dashes of cherry brandy and a dash of absinthe and you’ve got a McKinley’s Delight. Leave a dash of the Angostura in, add a dash of orange bitters and 3 dashes of absinthe: a Sherman.

Or you can tinker with the vermouth. Replace half the Italian vermouth with French for a so-called Perfect Manhattan. Equal parts of rye, French vermouth, and Italian vermouth: a Jumbo. Make that with bourbon: a Honolulu (no bitters at all in those last two). Cut the Italian vermouth entirely and make it half bourbon and half French vermouth: a Rosemary. To turn that into a Brown University, just add a couple dashes of orange bitters. Coming almost full circle, if you make your classic 2-to-1 Manhattan with French vermouth instead of Italian and a dash of Amer Picon and one of Maraschino, you’re in Brooklyn. And there are more — the Rob Roy, for one, but we gotta stop somewhere.

* In case of emergency — you need a Manhattan and you’re passing a bar of the “Rye? Nah.” variety — Canadian Club will do; it’s got lots of rye in it.

Recipe courtesy of Esquire Magazine.

James

The 24 Days of Christmas – Day 18

December 19, 2009

As we all know, Christmas is fast approaching and as we all also know, many of you will be struggling to think of interesting gift ideas for your nearest and dearest. ‘What shall we buy to show our love?!’ we hear you cry. Well, fear not, for we at the Fold know that sometimes, thinking beyond the usual DVD boxsets/smellies/Xbox games can be a little difficult, and so over the course of December we endeavour to bring you a new gift idea each day on the run-up to Christmas, totalling 24, and with each one we shall also bring you an accompanying song that somehow represents the gift in some way. ‘Gift ideas and related entertainment?!’ we hear you now crying! ‘How on Earth do they manage it?!’

Day #18 – Ralph Lauren Polo Shirt

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Quite simply, fresh. Although Ralph Lauren can’t stake a claim as the inventors of the polo shirt – that honour goes to Lacoste, if my sources inform me correctly – RL’s are possibly the most iconic. In a classic vibrant red, 100% cotton with a subtle logo on the breast, this polo is perfect for those wanting to rock a preppy look this season. Which you do, trust me.

Available now from asos.com.

And now, simply for the immortal line ‘Ralph Lauren was boring before I wore him’, is Rhymefest feat. Kanye West – ‘Brand New’

James

Vogue Homme Brazil – Isabeli Fontana

December 18, 2009

Some beautiful fashion photography by Jacques Dequeker for the cover story of December’s Vogue Homme Brazil. Particularly striking are the silhouettes; I’ve always thought that lighting is an artform in itself and these images are testament to that. Not to mention that they’re a bit racy 😉

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See the full story at Fashiongonerogue.com.

James

Sinogrime

December 18, 2009

Snow pressed into pavements…Silhouetted trees Sugar-frosted railings and fences…Oil rainbows on slushy roads…People shuffling to work buried in scarves and thick coats…Commuter trains creaking toward the capital…Sinogrime in the headphones.

If ever there was a perfect time for listening to Sinogrime, then this morning was it. Now if you have never heard that term before, you’re not the only one. I wasn’t familiar with it until I read this excellent blog by Dan Hancox. In it, Dan defines Sinogrime as a subgenre consisting mainly of 2002-3 productions by key Grime players such as Jammer, Terror Danjah and Wiley. These well-known instrumentals had stark, plucked melodies, skittish drums and brash basslines, evocative of the Far East.

Just as RZA had sculpted the Wu Tang sound from Kung-Fu soundtrack samples, the aforementioned beat makers hacked away at Zen meditation CD’s and film scores in search for similarly cold, deadpan riddim. Not only did Sinogrime, as Hancox eloquently put it, refract the “millennial promise of a new superpower”, but more-importantly I think, it aligned a burgeoning British urban genre with Wu Tang’s already infamous sound and revolutionary ethos.

Wu Tang forever changed Hip Hop with their lo-fi ASR-10 drum kits and brutal, street-based lyricism that manifested the social and economic constraints they faced. Their music was a cold, emotionless threat that snatched attention from the West Coast and brought it back to New York City’s projects. In the New York City metropolis, G-Funk didn’t translate – it’s warm, bass-heavy sonics were made for Cadillac’s and parties, not the tinny headphones of a street-based Brooklynite or a boom box in the Bronx.

Arguably, a similar parallel can be drawn between Garage and Grime. Sinogrime, however fleeting as a subgenre, made a similar statement of intent. It said the bubbly raves were over. All that was left was the cold reality of Blair’s Britain. Framed within the communist bleakness of the Orient, the mournful brass melody of Jammer’s ‘Thug’ (the first beat on Kode9’s mix below) rings out like a funeral march – not only for those living in barren council estates across Bow and the like, but for Garage music itself. Broadcast over tinny pirate radio frequencies, beats like this were a kind of death toll to good times past.

Even though the Grime sound has since moved on, those same Sinogrime principles exist today. As we face another year of discontent, I suggest Grime music curb its flirtation with other genres and tap into these deadening sounds once again. Not only would it offer new, expressive and musical ideas from within, bolstering Grime’s own artistic nuances, the results would also prove fitting for Winter settings like those outside today.

Kode9’s Sinogrime mix for Dan Hancox & Lower End Spasm Blog here.

Kristian

The 24 Days of Christmas – Day 17

December 17, 2009

As we all know, Christmas is fast approaching and as we all also know, many of you will be struggling to think of interesting gift ideas for your nearest and dearest. ‘What shall we buy to show our love?!’ we hear you cry. Well, fear not, for we at the Fold know that sometimes, thinking beyond the usual DVD boxsets/smellies/Xbox games can be a little difficult, and so over the course of December we endeavour to bring you a new gift idea each day on the run-up to Christmas, totalling 24, and with each one we shall also bring you an accompanying song that somehow represents the gift in some way. ‘Gift ideas and related entertainment?!’ we hear you now crying! ‘How on Earth do they manage it?!’

Day #17 – Frankie Boyle Tickets.

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Ingesting Frankie Boyle’s comedy is for me, a guilty pleasure. His shocking and downright horrible humour satiates the beast within. You know, that itchy, grumpy little bastard that would love to slap people that walk slowly, berate teenagers that piss about on the train as if everyone is in on the joke and kill idiotic celebrities in fantastically ironic ways. No? Must just be me then. Nevertheless, listening to Boyle’s jokes and tirades are a cathartic experience in the same way S&M must be for Eton tutors or Formula 1 bosses.

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Having made Mock The Week what it is, Frankie is now focussing on his solo career. His DVD, Frankie Boyle Live was very well received and cemented his status as one of Britain’s most outspoken comedians. It was so successful that even writes for The Sun now for god’s sake! Although I can’t say I approve.

Next year, the Scottish comic will embark on a new nationwide tour. All the details you need can be found here. We’ve got ours already!

And now, with a music choice that would undoubtedly piss Frankie off, I present to you Frankie Boyle look-alikes The Proclaimers, performing their seminal hit, (I’m Gonna Be) 500 Miles.

Kristian

The 24 Days of Christmas – Day 16

December 16, 2009

As we all know, Christmas is fast approaching and as we all also know, many of you will be struggling to think of interesting gift ideas for your nearest and dearest. ‘What shall we buy to show our love?!’ we hear you cry. Well, fear not, for we at the Fold know that sometimes, thinking beyond the usual DVD boxsets/smellies/Xbox games can be a little difficult, and so over the course of December we endeavour to bring you a new gift idea each day on the run-up to Christmas, totalling 24, and with each one we shall also bring you an accompanying song that somehow represents the gift in some way. ‘Gift ideas and related entertainment?!’ we hear you now crying! ‘How on Earth do they manage it?!’

Day #16 – The Official CIA Manual of Trickery & Deception

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We all know someone with a (sometimes unhealthy) interest in the world of espionage. Well, for those people, who let’s face it, are notoriously difficult to buy for, get them the 1953 edition of the Official CIA Manual of Trickery & Deception.

Intelligence historian Melton and retired CIA officer Wallace (coauthors of Spycraft) reunite for this unremarkable reproduction of a long-lost cold war–era relic. In 1953, the fledgling CIA hired professional magician John Mulholland to adapt his techniques of stealth and misdirection to the craft of espionage. Mulholland produced two illustrated manuals featuring a range of tricks from placing pills into drinks to stealing documents and avoiding detection. The classified manuals were believed to have been destroyed in 1973, but the authors discovered a copy in 2007 among recently declassified CIA archives. The manuals are reproduced along with enhanced illustrations and an extended introduction by Melton and Wallace. Despite the authors’ best efforts to promote their discovery of Mulholland’s work as a rare piece of historical evidence of the CIA’s legacy of black arts, the manuals, with their earnest, how-to descriptions of surreptitiously spiking drinks, palming documents and signaling colleagues with a feather in a hat band seem more quaintly anachronistic than revealing or sinister.

© Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Pretty cool, huh? Available from Amazon.

And to play us out, from the hilarious ‘I Spy’ starring Eddie Murphy, Owen Wilson and Famke Janssen…

James