Archive for June, 2013

Kanye West – Yeezus

“With this album, we ain’t drop no single to radio. We ain’t got no NBA campaign, nothing like that. Shit, we ain’t even got no cover. We just made some real music.”
- Kanye West

Kanye West Yeezus Cover

If the cover artist did this for any other album, he or she would be fired!

Kanye’s latest album is now available. I just listened to the entire album on Rdio. This is the second album that has a heavy electronic influence mixed with minimalism; the first is “808s and Heartbreaks”, which also does not have a parental advisory label. The album barely had an advertising campaign and no singles were released.

Overall, I like the album; I love electronic tracks and unique sampling. Unfortunately, I’m the type of person who enjoys the beats more than the lyrics. At 40 minutes, it’s easy to listen to every song in a single sitting. That’s about it. I think it’s awesome that Daft Punk helped produce the first two tracks; it reminds of their Homework soundtrack.

Without writing a lengthy review, I’d like to post some brief thoughts:

  • The album cover is L A Z Y! The cover is not blank; it is missing! Okay, maybe they saved a few trees. A CD case without paper cover can potentially expose the CD to sun damage.  The CD itself is blank, except for the ring of text around it.  I’d have to squint at the edges so I don’t insert the disc upside down.  Only Kanye West can get away with an album that looks like this. Yes, it looks unique and immediately stands out when shelved next to albums with cover art! I can’t imagine an indie artist pulling this off with a major label. A cover artist would lose his or her job pulling something off like this if this wasn’t for Kanye West. This isn’t a single; this is the full album!
  • Speaking of singles: Check out Pusha T’s cover for the single “Numbers of the Boards”
  • This is really another way of Kanye of telling the world that he is rich and can do whatever he wants. He could have just as easily use a blank white background and it would still be successful.
  • I think it’s funny that My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was controversial because of it’s bizarre and grotesque album cover to the point of having a pixellated version in some stores and Yeezus has no cover at all!
  • Can he copyright this?  If someone copies this, can that artist be sued?  There’s nothing to copyright!  You can’t own a blank design, right?  With the exception of the name “Kanye West” and “Def Jam”, there is no intellectual property that someone can claim to own.
  • Why did they bother with the red sticker?  Is that a minimum requirement?  Usually it would have something like “Featuring the #1 hit…”
  • How much did this album cost to manufacture?  Is it easier to make?  Is it faster?
  • If they release this in vinyl, will it have a picture of the blank CD image?  Or will it have a hole cut in the cover and the record will be blank too?
  • And yes, I stopped caring about his relationship with Kim Kardashian.  Whatever happens with them, I hope they continue to live happy lives.

Okay, maybe I over-analyzed…

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ThinkGeek Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off T-Shirts, Polos, Tank Tops


BOGO 50% Off

Starting today, June 10th at 12PM EST, ThinkGeek will give customers who purchase a t-shirt, polo or tank top, 50% off another t-shirt, polo or tank top. With their collection of pop culture references, nerd humor and other quirky images, there is so much to choose from. There’s something for everyone!

Promotion ends June 14th and cannot be combined with any other offer.

Hurry before your favorite clothes are sold out!

Link: BOGO 50% Off – Buy One, Get One 50% Off

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Smith & Wesson Tactical Pen w/ Stylus

Smith and Wesson SWPEN3BK Tactical Pen with Stylus Tip

Smith and Wesson SWPEN3BK Tactical Pen with Stylus Tip

The Smith & Wesson SWPEN3BK Tactical Pen (CAD $35.40) includes a stylus for use with touchscreens found in smartphones and tablets. While it is not considered a weapon, it is a quick and portable last-minute self-defence item should it be needed. Features include:

  • 5.7 inch length (14.478 cm)
  • 1.4 oz weight (39.6893 g)
  • Comes with black ink.  Can be refilled with Schmidt P900M Parker Style Black Ball Point Pen Refill, which surpasses the quality and longevity of regular pens.
  • Made of super strong T6061 Aircraft Aluminum

In other words, this is no ordinary pen. For those looking for a pen mightier than the sword, this is certainly it.

Check it out. What do you think about this?

Link: Smith and Wesson SWPEN3BK Tactical Pen with Stylus Tip

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Mamiya RZ67 Pro w/ 150mm Sekor Lens

Mamiya RZ67

Mamiya RZ67

This Mamiya RZ67 Pro (USD $430) is a powerful camera in the right hands.  For those who love film and want to explore the strengths of medium-format film.  There are even digital backs available, which turns the RZ67 into a full-blown digital camera without having to spend more cash to buy a completely different camera.

Link: Mamiya RZ67 Pro w/ 150mm Sekor Lens

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Introducing Xbox One

Xbox One

Xbox One

(Price TBA) With the Eighth Generation coming close, all three major home consoles have been revealed: The available Wii, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The hardware is not technologically compatible with the XBox 360.

While XBO does not support backwards compatibility, it will include the Kinect camera with every console. Not only is it simply a game console, it will become a direct source for TV shows and movies. The XBO is another piece of the video game competition and gamers will be a part of the battle royale between Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft.

With regards to the fate of the 360, Microsoft will still support, and people should be on the lookout for deals and discounts. Suddenly, those games I just didn’t want to spend cash on might be much more affodable now.

What do you think about the Xbox One?

Link: Shop Amazon – Introducing Xbox One

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Quentin Tarantino XX Collection

Quentin Tarantino XX Box

Quentin Tarantino XX Box

Quentin Tarantino XX Contents

Quentin Tarantino XX Contents

The Tarantino XX Collection (CAD $74.19) is a collection of Quentin Tarantino’s “eight essential films” everyone must watch before they die.  With a reputation of mixing genres, mature themes and graphic violence, he has a distinct style of direction.  The following is included in this collection:

  • Inglourious Basterds
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • Jackie Brown
  • True Romance
  • Death Proof
  • Two bonus discs

What are your thoughts about this?

Link: Tarantino XX Collection [Blu-ray]

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PENTAX WG-3 16 MP Rugged Waterproof Digital Camera

PENTAX WG-3 16 MP Rugged Waterproof Digital Camera

PENTAX WG-3 16 MP Rugged Waterproof Digital Camera

The PENTAX WG-3 16 MP Rugged Waterproof Digital Camera (CAD $299) is designed to be the ultimate, rugged HD camera.  It can be submersed in water for up to two hours, dustproof and can withstand a drop from a two meter height.  It utilizes pixel tracking technology for shake reduction.  The WG-3 can also record 1080p video with standardized h.264 compression.

For the serious traveler, this camera includes a pressure sensor, digital compass for checking pressure, altitude, depth and direction.  In addition, there is a GPS module to position data on to captured images, and travel log data.  Perfect for geotaggers!

What do you think?

Link: PENTAX WG-3 16 MP Rugged Waterproof Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom 3-Inch LCD and GPS Functionality (Black and Green)

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Black & Gold Premium Plastic Playing Cards

Black & Gold Premium Plastic Playing Cards

Black & Gold Premium Plastic Playing Cards

This pack of 2 decks of playing cards (one black, one gold, CDN $9.89) is made of 100% plastic. This gives the advantage of being more flexible, easier to clean because they are waterproof, do not split apart like paper cards and do not crease easily. Despite the evolution of games over the years, a deck of playing cards is still a popular item to carry around when playing a quick game with friends and family anywhere.

Link: Black & Gold Premium Plastic Playing Cards, Set of 2, Poker Size Deck (Standard Index)

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The World’s Most Expensive Hard Drive!

Fusion ioDrive (160 - 640 GB)

Fusion ioDrive (160 – 640 GB)

The Fusion ioDrive ($1,355,999.99 for 640GB) is not your average hard drive. It is designed to utilize the speed provided by PCI Express, which exceeds SATA speeds. The target audience is enterprise servers that need serious speed.

The 640 GB drive had a read speed of 750 MB/s and a read speed of 550 MB/s. That’s right: MB as in “Mega + Bytes”!

Before you start saving up for such an investment of a hard drive, it is not compatible with all motherboards with a PCIex4 slot. The motherboard must support PCIe drives; this is not a common feature for motherboards.

Read the manual before considering this seven-figure purchase!

Link: FUSION IODRIVE DUO 640GB MLC

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Special Edition Latin Grammy Awards Gucci Digital Watch

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The Special Edition Latin Grammy Awards Gucci Rose Gold Tone Case with Guccissima Patent Leather and Black Rubber Strap (CAD $1487.55) is a very unique looking luxury watch. While some people may prefer the analog style when it comes to luxury watches, this is definitely checking for those who want a watch from a prestigious brand that will catch the eyes of anyone asking, “What time is it?”

Guccissima is a combination of the brand “Gucci” and the Italian suffix “-issima”, used to describe something as “the most”, equivalent to the English “-est”. It implies it is their “Gucciest” pattern. Like their diamond pattern, it is patented and cannot be copied by any other brand.

Link: Special Edition Latin Grammy Awards Gucci Rose Gold Tone Case Watch

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