Babies, Buildings & Bacon

1. This face

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How not to love it? This is Riley, the 8 week old baby girl of former fellow xanga blogger Warnjai. Sha you did well. High5!

2. This umbrella

The Unbreakable Walking-Stick Umbrella is sturdy enough to be a walking aid, kungfu enough to chop a watermelon in half, stealth enough to bring anywere AND umbrella enough to protect you from rain. Awesome! Watch the vid with the watermelon here.

3. This music vid

Watching the MJ tribute on the VMAs reminded me of this uber cool vid featuring Jacko and his ‘fierce’ sis Janet. One of my fav vids of all time.

4. This photography series

By Patrick Elie, it’s both surreal and disturbing. Brings history a lil’ closer to home and in a good (albiet twisted) way, the heart. (via weburbanist.com)

5. This writer

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Hugo and Nebula award winning writer Orson Scott Card wrote the 2 books I finished this past week (with a 3rd one being read now). Author of the sci-fi Ender Series (written in the late 70s – yea I know I lagging), he illustrates such intensity and depth in his characters, forcing you to know them and understand as they go through almost impossible scenarios. Set against futuristic backdrop, the first book (Ender’s Game) explores the title character’s beginnings and is more of an ‘art of war’ story. The second (Speaker for the Dead) takes a more philosophical route and sets itself aside as quite the anthropological sci-fi mystery/whodunit novel. I love it. Reading the 3rd one (Xenocide) now. Many thanks to songbird Mia Palencia for introducing me to the series.

6. This photographer

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Totally stumbled upon him online. Ryan McGinley was the youngest artist to have a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He was also named Photographer of the Year in 2003 by American Photo Magazine. In 2007 McGinley was awarded the Young Photographer Infinity Award by the International Center of Photography. There’s something about the quiet, colourful and at times kinetic nature of his pictures. The pics above were taken from his website here. I especially like his potraits (check out James McAvoy, Paul Dano, Sienna Miller, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Ellen Page above)

7. This culinary invention

Bacon powder! Are you serious? I thought at first this would be the greatest rival for my eventual invention, Halal powder but then I read on and was stunned to find out there no actual PORK in it? For real? Halal Bacon Powder??? Haha couldn’t resist the urge to post this. (via thinkgeek.com)

8. This site

Abadonia.com helps facilitate the nostalgic past time of playing really old games. Truly a pot of gold for the hardcore 80s/early 90s gamer, it’s actually been around for ages but recently scored major points with yours truly coz I found this awesome no-where-to-be-found game I played when I was like 13 (Ultima 8: Pagan). The site is also quite comprehensive, listing requirements for each game and even providing links to programs like DOSBox and VDMSound to help facilitate your SVGA gaming experience. It even goes as far as walking you through (newbie friendly!) what needs to be done from start to finish. You gotta love’em.

9. This meme

C’mon I’m sure you’ve heard about this. Kanye West interruped Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the recent VMAs leaving the poor lass with a system shutdown face and celebs gasping and confused. He ranted about how Beyonce’s vid was the best and left the stage (and the show soon after that) and was instantly catapulted to the douchebag hall of fame. Granted he had an application pending but hey I guess you were in a rush huh? =) Later on the queen of class herself Beyonce unshattered Taylor’s night by inviting her up during her own acceptance speech to finish what Kanye stopped. Tabik puan. Anyway a new meme was born and various examples can be seen here. If you malas to cari your own Kanye pic the nice folks at Junk can help you out here. The above is my own contribution =)

10. This couple

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Esam the super cool muso cat (the man behind the Stoned Revivals) and Aimee the bombshell model got married recently. Congratulations you two! Confirm anak cun!