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Salari Ika: New Kozik Kaiju with 50% less tentacle

01.03.2008 @ 9:34 AM in Lifestream
Kozik is back working with Wonderwall (maybe) to produce another Kaiju (think Godzilla/power ranger type Japanese monsters, but less gay), and he's packing papers. Salari Ika Protomold Salari Ika is much like Kozik's previous Kaiju, Ika Gila, but he's ditched the body in favor of a suit with a briefcase prop.  This is going to be one slick toy, and Kozik says he is going to make the colorways "Corporate" like "Exxon, IBM, Halliwood-Burton, Krupp, GMBH, GE, etc." No clue yet on when this toy will slither from protomold to distributor, and it may not even be a WonderWall release. Either way, expect at least one to appear on my desk as soon as it drops.

Letra of the Year – 2008

01.02.2008 @ 11:16 PM in Lifestream
Beads of yemaya The new year marks the time when those in Santeria receive a reading for the new year, called a Letra. The Letra explains which saints are in ruling for the year, what things to look forward to, and most importantly, things to look out for. The most popular Letra comes from Cuba and is for everyone, and is taken up by a babalawo (Bah-Bah-Lao), who holds the highest rank of spiritual status in the religion. Some individual Santos houses also take up the Letra for themselves and their members, and Angel has been kind enough to share the Letra from his house, based in NYC. Before you read this, remember that a lot of this may be hard to understand if you are not in the religion, like me. However, there are a lot of good points and things to consider, and if nothing else, a great glimpse into a powerful religion full of mystery, ritual, and wonder.
  • This year marks the individual need to seek personal guidance and healing through ODU. Orunmila favored the need for each and every person to concern themselves with their own well being and to not generalize any longer. That each person, including all priests and aleyos (non-initiates) must have personal readings performed in order to get a clear understanding of the person's spiritual progress (or lack thereof) and to perform all Ebo as prescribed, and not to concern one's self with generalized readings that do not fully serve the individual or the family. Orunmila clearly states that each and every person must take personal responsibility for their own (and family) spiritual welfare and to take a new direction spiritually. This new direction is one that demands respect for the Hierarchical structure and one that demands that each and every person needs to concentrate first on the fundamental principles that Olodumare (God) has layed out for each and every one of us: This is called ODU.

Letra of the Year

  • Reiging Signs Ofun – Oggunda (10-3)
  • Reiging Saints: Oshun and Ogun
  • The saying goes: He who wants to know most, will tell all.
  • Orishas who give advice in this Letra are: Eleggua, Obatala, Ozain, Odduduwa, Oggun, Yewa, Oshun, Nana Buruku, Babalu Aye’ & Eggun.
  • There are times that you will feel paralyzed & you’ve felt like you have lost your position, money & health.

Positive Aspects:

This is a major Sign. But losing it’s position it went to be “tails”. It was transformed into the minor sign of the Oddu. If you have a great position, you must be clear in everything you do. So this Letra (Sign) can be stable. You must create your own Kingdom & rule it. If you abandon it, you will lose your position in life.
  • You should not drink alcoholic beverages.
  • You should receive Orunmila.
  • Don’t lend or give your things away.
  • Be cautious with your personal things.

General:

In this Sign the female is sterile & she is a daughter of Obatala. She should do an Ebbo’ (cleansing) to have children. You should NOT argue over business because you will suffer & possible incarceration. The male should do an Ebbo’ (cleaning) so he can find an important position amongst other men. You will go through 3 big tests in your life, this year. At the end you will be compensated greatly but you need to do Ebbo’. So it won’t come in reverse. When you eat your food, you mush chew it thoroughly. Your libido will be very low. There will be passing of ones elders. A war will come to light. You will see everything in your dreams. Help as many women as you can. Careful with ponds & lakes. You must charge for every job or task that you do. If someone asks to send for you, don’t go until you do an Ebbo’.

Recommendations:

  • Don’t argue with your elders. (Respect & more respect)
  • Keep the warmth in your house. (Stay home more often)
  • Keep your business to yourself. People don’t wish you well.
  • Treat your children better. So they don’t leave your house.
  • Spiritually cleanse your home with herbs to rid yourself of negativity.
  • Get a general examination.
  • Everything that you start, you must finish.
  • Careful with your temper.
  • Don’t hold anything in your home for anyone. You may be accused of something later on down the road.
  • Don’t fall in love with someone who doesn’t pertain to you.
  • Don’t eat out as often. Someone can put brujeria (powders) in your food.
  • Never suggest anyone to have an abortion.
  • Don’t be a slave to anyone.
  • Eat healthy. So you won’t have heart troubles later on.
  • Always make sure you know who you are making dealings with.

Sicknesses related to this Oddu’:

  • Impotence
  • Loss of memory
  • Insanity
  • Problems with the intestines & stomach
  • Paralysis
  • Prostate
  • Infertility
  • Loss of a limb due to a violent accident
  • Castration
  • Giving birth by cesarean
  • Venereal diseases
  • Erectile disfuction
  • If you have an Eleggua. Place a crown on him along with red, black & white beads.

More Heatherette Crack

01.02.2008 @ 10:13 PM in Lifestream
heatherette2_web.jpg I finished off the case of Heatherettes at Hero Design today; Mark wanted an Amanda Lepore, and I wanted Mack Dugan and the rest of the set. So, I bought the 8 that were left, and gave mark the tranny Lepore I found. The rest were Richie Riches, but I did get the other Trevor Rains (left in the photo), one of the Mack Dugans (right), and the chase (center) which I believe to be Paris Hilton. I've kinda exhausted Hero of all the new stuff; the next few months are bringing an 8-inch Dunny with the Fat-Cap, more Munny Pulls, and of course, the French 3-inch Dunny's. For now, I topped off with a few more Kozik mongers... monger_herman_web.jpg Herman, from Mongers..... mongers_web.jpg and Dmitri the Magnificent and Popov from Mongers Menthol.
  • P.S. as soon as I was getting ready to leave, Mark pulled out the last case of the Heatherettes. I may get the whole series then.

If you are going to listen to Britney

01.02.2008 @ 3:21 PM in Culture
[youtube width="600" height="501"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=max5Mty51iU[/youtube] Perhaps you should stick to the remixes.
  • Britney Spears - Piece Of Me (Rizzo Rough Mix)

Happy New Year!

01.01.2008 @ 8:11 PM in Lifestream
newyear08.jpg Happy New Year Folk!  I'm not completely sober yet.... but I wanna wish everyone a Happy New Year.

Orexin A: Nasal drug can replace sleep, party non-stop

12.28.2007 @ 3:26 PM in Technology
 sleep.jpg I can only imagine the many ways I could abuse this new drug, probably the reason why it won't hit the pharmacy for years...
  • Wired.com - A nasal spray of a key brain hormone cures sleepiness in sleep-deprived monkeys. With no apparent side effects, the hormone might be a promising sleep-replacement drug. In what sounds like a dream for millions of tired coffee drinkers, Darpa-funded scientists might have found a drug that will eliminate sleepiness. A nasal spray containing a naturally occurring brain hormone called orexin A reversed the effects of sleep deprivation in monkeys, allowing them to perform like well-rested monkeys on cognitive tests. The discovery's first application will probably be in treatment of the severe sleep disorder narcolepsy. The treatment is "a totally new route for increasing arousal, and the new study shows it to be relatively benign," said Jerome Siegel, a professor of psychiatry at UCLA and a co-author of the paper. "It reduces sleepiness without causing edginess." Orexin A is a promising candidate to become a "sleep replacement" drug. For decades, stimulants have been used to combat sleepiness, but they can be addictive and often have side effects, including raising blood pressure or causing mood swings. The military, for example, administers amphetamines to pilots flying long distances, and has funded research into new drugs like the stimulant modafinil (.pdf) and orexin A in an effort to help troops stay awake with the fewest side effects. The monkeys were deprived of sleep for 30 to 36 hours and then given either orexin A or a saline placebo before taking standard cognitive tests. The monkeys given orexin A in a nasal spray scored about the same as alert monkeys, while the saline-control group was severely impaired.
There's a few catches though. One, once taken off the drug, the effect is the reverse: narcolepsy. The other is that you tend to have a heightened appetite and can lead to unwanted weight gain. Plus, not enough research has been put into the long term effect of sleeplessness.  We sleep for a reason, and as much as I like to bend the rules by druggin up on ephedrine, my body always crashes me down in the end, resulting in a com-like saturday drowning in a pool of my own saliva as my Skylar nibbles on my ear like a scavanged mouse. But really, who cares? I'm sure the narcoleptic folk are thrilled to hear this news, and worried about workaholic club kids like me who would love to subvert all warnings just so we can look end up like meth-heads without the track marks. Party on Wayne.

Terminus: Canadian Short Film about a Concrete Bully

12.28.2007 @ 2:42 PM in Culture
terminus.jpg There has to be some hidden meaning behind this short, which featuring a man who is stalked and taunted by a concrete stick-thingy. Filmed in Montreal, the short could easily fix into a chemical Brothers video, or make you fear develop a serious fear of traffic pylons after watching this while tripping acid. [youtube width="600" height="501"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyiktNfn4AA[/youtube]
  • Produced by: Spy Films
  • Director: Trevor Cawood
  • Running time: 8:22
  • Released: October 2007
  • Awards: Toronto Film Festival 2007 - Official Selection
  • After inadvertently offending a strange entity that accosts him on his way to work, a 1970s businessman quickly finds himself in the midst if a bizarre predicament. What follows is a rapid descent into madness, a journey both eerie and darkly humorous. The exact nature of the businessman's tormentor is purposefully ambiguous, lending itself to a variety of interpretations. Is "Terminus" a surreal critique of human alienation in the modern urban environment? or is the protagonist's struggle an internal one, his mysterious stalker a manifestation of his repressed subconscious mind? Either way, "Terminus"'s innovative visual effects and distinctively vintage atmosphere make it a highly engrossing experience.

8-Inch Ninja Dunny Protects Fine Child Labor

12.27.2007 @ 11:49 AM in Culture
It seems that the theme for gifting Buffawhat this Holiday season has been vinyl. I'm not complaining.. less I have to buy for myself! dunnyninja.jpg Kevin, my buddy from Singapore (he's from Buffalo,but he sold his soul to a bank for two years and they promptly shipped him overseas) gave me the 8-inch Ninja Dunny by MAD. He's kinda baddass, not so much for the paintjob -- pretty basic in that aspect -- but the ninja sword and star are really beefy and make the ninja Dunny a great collect.  There are two more colorways: a black chase and a exclusive red Ninja, but the standard white with blood looks better than the chases. The dunny is standing behind something else that Kevin gave me: a gold and enamel embellished coffee cup with saucer and lid. The crazy thing is that its made in Thailand by little kids, because their hands are so small they can hold the tiny brushes to paint the fine details. Once they reach a certain age, they can't hold the brushes steady any more and have to find another career. All this for rice and a few coins. Child labor has never been so pretty. I'll try to post a better pic of it on flickr once I get out of my office.

Time to Ketchup

12.27.2007 @ 9:30 AM in Lifestream

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By the way guys, this week is the week you can get anything you want done because people assume you are still off in the holidays and will leave you alone. I'm using this time to recover a bit from my sickness and to get a few projects set up for the new year. So if blog posts are light till the 1st, remember... I'm not dead, I'm ketchin up. err.. no wait.. I'm off on christmas vacation.. yea.. still.. till the 1st.

WordPress Tip:Make your permalinks choppable

12.26.2007 @ 3:47 PM in Technology
wordpress.jpg Before I start, Changing your permalink structure on a year old blog is like moving a neighborhood one block over, but vaporizing any trace of the old block. All external links to posts, archived feeds, even cached searches can end up going to your 404 page. You can fix this by setting up a 301 redirection in your htaccess, but you'd have to do this for every post. Thats just ridiculous, and thank god Urban Giraffe made a plugin to help this along. If you ever decide do change your permalinks in Wordpress, use Advanced Permalinks and import your old structure into the migrate tab. This will apply a quick 301 redirection on every old address. That done, now the for the change. One way to make wordpress feel more your own is to create a custom permalink structure.
  • By default the structure is
    /%year%/%monthnum%/%day%/%postname%/
Since Wordpress is one of the top two blog platforms (the other is movabletype) and such few people actually care to change their structure, you see links like this everywhere. This structure isn't actually bad, in fact it's set up to allow backlinking:
  • http://site.com/2007/12/26/post-title/ <- chop off "post-title/" and you get
  • http://site.com/2007/12/26/<- which lets you see all the posts for that day (12-16-2007)...
  • http://site.com/2007/12/ <- month (December 2007),
  • http://site.com/2007/ <- and year (2007).
The downside is that not many people actually think or need to do this if you already offer archival links on your site, and back linking is only good for trying to get into someone's online pr0n or music folder. Additionally, when paired with a lengthy post title, your permalink grows to an obnoxoius size. Sharing a link with a friend on twitter or myspace can force you to use a URL shortening service like tinyURL. It's nice to be be able to post a link without having to mask it, so I decided to change my permalink structure to be self-shortening.
  • New Structure:
    /%post_id%/%postname%/
  • change it by going to Options » Permalinks and entering a new structure in the custom section.
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  • if you are using Advanced permalinks, click on "Migration" and enter the old permalink structure to ensure that your old links still work.
Notice I completely tossed out the datestamp in the permalink, and replaced it with %post_id%. Let's see how backlinking affects this permalink.
  • http://site.com/394/post-title/ <-- If you lop off "post-title/"
  • http://site.com/394/<-- you get just the numerical id of the post, which is small enough to post to twitter, and retains my domain.
Now there is a downside to this: your readers most likely will not intuitively deduct that they can do that, or even care for that matter. But you can, and it makes you look a little more custom. If you are at all crafty at chopping up templates, you can display the shortened permalink with this code in your loop.
<a href="<?php bloginfo('url') ?>/<?php the_ID(); ?>">Shortlink</a>