Friday, December 30, 2011

It's the Weekend

Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne?...

Monday, December 26, 2011

Flight Time: Justise Winslow

The high school sophomore is already a top prospect of 2014. If you're curious as to why, just watch this video.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Throwback Thursday: "Into You" Fabolous ft. Tamia

"I'll outshine you on tracks, like Tamia did Ashanti..."

I was a fan of this track when I first copped the Street Dreams CD. But then the single dropped, and two things happened: (1.) Tamia did the damn thang and successfully reclaimed the track from Ashanti; and (2.) I fell in love with Tamia all over again. This was definitely a beach track that summer (2003), which makes it fitting that Fab took the video in that direction as well.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Xmas List 2011: Polaboy

I'm not exactly an art connoisseur. The most artistic thing on the walls in my apartment is a Pittsburgh Sparks calendar that I got free at a game last summer (hi Miss January). But even I could get down with this creative idea. As explained by the folks at Thrillist:
From two German dudes going by the moniker "Lightboys" who're big into 'roids, Polaboy will blow up any Polaroid into a large-format back-lit version that, when illuminated, will "not only open up rooms, but also hearts and minds", so it actually won't be polarizing? Send 'em a hard copy of your pic (or upload a hi-res digital version) and select an aspect ratio, and they'll use a special scanner to capture the image, exposing an enlarged version onto a proprietary sheet of slide film, also how Coolio pitches his concept of a two-hour-long rap opera based on "Fantastic Voyage"...when he isn't busy captaining teams in Rock & Jock. A mountable rear LED panel is then attached, and it's all "pimped" by Coolio with a fabric-wrapped power cord in your choice of seven colorways, from orange, to red w/ white spots.

If somehow you possess zero photos, your life is pathetic, but you can still pick from a catalog of pro shots featuring everything from beach scenes to a naked woman in a pool, who'll Shanghai your visitors' attention with her Forbidden City. Baby pandas!!
If any of my dearest loved ones are reading this and giving it serious thought, I'll offer two suggestions:

(1.) This shot, from Polaboy's galleries:

(2.) This shot, of my baby Hiromi Oshima:

Just a thought.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Conversation with Mr. Glover

That would be Donald Glover, a.k.a. Childish Gambino. The talented comedian/actor/writer/emcee talks with about his success and why he hopes he never "makes it".

Monday, December 19, 2011

Xmas List 2011: Whisky Blender

Still looking for a gift for that hard-to-buy-for boozehound? If he or she is a whisky drinker, then you need look no further:

From uncrate:
Unless you sip on single malts exclusively, odds are you've run into a blended whiskey somewhere along the way. Whisky Blender (£35 and up; roughly $55+) lets you create your own specialized blend from a selection of seven different whiskys, each available for adding in amounts as small as 10ml. Once you're done, you can give the blend its own name, which will be handwritten on the label that adorns the 70cl corked decanter bottle, and save the mixture for future refills should the mixture be to your liking. While the wisdom of ordering booze you've never tasted before is always questionable, there's no doubt that it'll be far more interesting than your average bottle of Old Crow.
While any new blend or brew that finds its way onto liqour store shelves (especially the top ones) is sure to interest a veteran booze enthusiast such as myself, this idea provides a wow factor that you just won't find with a mass-produced bottle. I love Crown Royal, but if you give me an opportunity to create my own signature blend? Well, that's a gift your beloved booze fan won't soon forget.

My boy Chappy with the assist.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Flight Time

From The Dagger:
Five minutes into Saturday's game between Division III Heidelberg University and Trine University, Heidelberg's Victor Fortkamp botched his attempt at a one-handed follow slam of a teammate's missed runner. The force of Fortkamp's missed dunk sent the ball maybe 25 feet in the air directly above the rim, enabling 6-foot-5 forward Nate Davis to time his leap for a soaring two-handed slam of his own.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Throwback Thursday: "Ready or Not" -- The Fugees

Their first album is still a classic. I don't think any other group has ever burned as bright for as little time (as a combined act) as the Fugees. Lauryn Hill found success with her first solo album (though quickly faded away after that), and Wyclef has had some staying power. Pras... Well, at least Lauren and Clef did their thing (in more ways than one).

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tail Report: Leola Bell

Leola's not a household name right now, but that may all change very soon. The smoking hot natural beauty will be Playboy's Miss February 2012, and she's likely to be a fan favorite (on Twitter: @LeolaBell). Being one of Hef's iconic Playboy Playmates is a door-opening opportunity in the entertainment world; could 2012 be the start of booming career in Hollywood for Leola? We can only hope. The more we get to see of her, the better.

[Some of these pics come courtesy of The Smoking Jacket's interview with the upcoming Miss February.]

Leola, congrats on being named a Playmate. When you're looking for a date to your first movie premiere, holla at ya boy.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Get Low

Petey Williams, of Wake Forest Rolesville (N.C.), has moves that even Neo would appreciate.

Xmas List 2011: World's Most Beautiful

This ain't your daddy's magazine.

World's Most Beautiful is a new magazine featuring some of the best things on earth, from Jessica Burciaga to the McLaren SLR, and all shot in 3D (though regular 2D versions are also available with each issue). It combines the artistic integrity of Playboy, the contemporary feel of Maxim, and the technological accessibility of Yelp into a whole new reason to never put down your smartphone and iPad.

To view the 3D content, of course, you need glasses. You can use any you may have laying around your house, or order them directly from WMB (they have plastic pairs for $12 each, or a paper version that are free—plus shipping & handling). Each issue costs about $5, with bonus galleries ranging from $0.99 to $2.99, all of which can be downloaded directly to your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone.

I really don't know why you'd need any further motivation than the charms of Miss Burciaga (I mean, c'mon, look at that picture above...damn). But for those of you who are still on the fence about adding WMB to your personal wish list , consider this: Their inaugural issue, published this past August, can also be purchased in hardcopy for $19.95. Oh, and that month's cover model?

Yeah, I think you're feeling me now.

Xmas List 2011: Himalayan Salt Tequila Glasses

This is yet another gift idea for the On the Rocks crowd: Tequila shot glasses made of salt. Yup.

From Salt Therapy at Home's product page:
This beautiful and functional set will be the perfect conversation starter for your party or decorative accent for your home. The set of six tequila shot glasses and tray are an elegant work of art that will grace any sideboard or tabletop. Carved from naturally beautiful Himalayan pink crystal salt, the lovely striated pattern perfectly complements any decor. The naturally anti-bacterial surface requires minimal maintenance, and your long-lasting carved salt glasses will add elegance and fun to many a friendly shot or business deal! You'll be amazed how the rich taste of Himalayan crystal salt enhances the flavor of your favorite tequila like table salt never did!
This is a great idea, but one with a couple of drawbacks. First, these shot glasses have a limited use. If you're not drinking tequila, then I doubt you want salt interfering with the drinking experience. And, second, I would imagine they have an expiration point. They say long-lasting, but that's vague; and, certainly, they won't last as long as their glass and plastic counterparts.

But, in the end, if you're someone who takes pride in his or her personal bar, and who enjoys tequila, this is a must-own. Just don't leave it where your pet moose can get to it.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Throwback Thursday: "Back At You" -- Mobb Deep

An often-slept-on gem from the QB vets.


You've got to be envious of someone who loves their job. Especially when they love it this much.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Duckin' Shots

If you've perused the internet and social media at all in the last few years (and really, if you haven' are you here reading this?), you're well aware of the rampant epidemic that AntiDuckface is out to combat. The ladies of the world seem to all think they're Derrick Zoolander when a camera comes out. The result? This:

Now, for some reason, she probably thinks she looks like the shit. If only she could hear your laughter right now. Hopefully one of her friends has hipped her to AntiDuckface (or maybe even this site; if so..."How you doin'?"), and she'll get the clue.

Props to my girl Steph for the find.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Xmas List 2011: Blowfish

This qualifies as an "On the Rocks" post, but definitely goes on my Xmas List; therefore, it's getting posted on both Crooked Straight pages.

The latest miracle drug to hit the market is Blowfish, and it's sure to pique the interests of my fellow fans of "the booze". From
The over-the-counter drug cocktail combines 1,000 milligrams of aspirin, 120 milligrams of caffeine and a stomach-soothing agent into two effervescent tablets taken the morning after a night of heavy drinking.

Once dissolved in water, the remedy claims to knock out multiple hangover symptoms in just 15 to 30 minutes.

“The magic of the effervescent tablet is that it hits your system much faster than getting a cup of coffee, taking an antacid and taking some aspirin separately,” she said.

...Blowfish runs $2.99 for a single dose, or $11.99 for a six-pack. It is currently available in Ricky’s NYC stores or online at, which offers free shipping and 24-hour courier service in Manhattan. The tablets will hit Duane Reade shelves in January.
The "she" in the quote above is the product's creator, Brenna Haysom. And it would appear Ms. Haysom is a gal out to steal my heart:
“So many people see hangovers as a shameful or embarrassing thing. I think of them as just a fact of life,” said Brenna
Hmmm, maybe this should've been a "wifey material" post...

Xmas List 2011: Keys, Wallet, Cell Phone Door Mat

Last year I gave you a few of the items on my personal Xmas list (an A list Hollywood actress, a $200,000 Italian supercar, etc.). Some might have seen these gift ideas as "ambitious". ..."Delusional" is also a viable description.

So this year I'll give you a few smaller, more realistic suggestions for those of you looking for ideas on what to buy for the loved ones in your life (but not necessarily me; I mean, I like the stuff I'll be posting over the next couple of weeks, but I would love Scarlett...I'm quite positive of that). First up is this clever gift for anyone who has locked his or herself out of his or her apartment more than 3 times in the last year. Ahem. *sheepishly raises hand*

The "Keys Wallet Cell Phone" reminder door mat.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Throwback Thursday: "Two Words" -- Kanye West ft. Mos Def, Freeway, & The Harlem Boys Choir

"A-yo, Two words, Chi-Town, South Side/
cuz I, rep that, 'til I, fuckin die"

Tail Report: Shay Maria


This beauty has fast become an internet fave, even attracting the attention of Girlwatcher at The Smoking Jacket. And it's not hard to see why; babygirl's curves are legit. And she has a playful character that beams through her beautiful face, shifting her stare from a sex kitten's "Spank me" to a tomboy's "Fight me" in a heartbeat. The kind of girl that will spend half a day with you wilin' on a PS3 joystick, and the other half wilin' on your joystick. ...i.e., the perfect woman.

And, as if that wasn't enough, here's a quick stop-motion video to help you appreciate the way she moves:

Or, if you'd prefer to see her move in real time: