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Who got that Vocab?!



Mol`li*pi*lose"\, a. [L. mollis soft + pilosus hairy.] (Zo["o]l.) Having soft hairs; downy.

.::Definition ->
The public crack-use incident had terrible effects on Amy’s bushy, almost mollipilose, healthy head of hair.

Picture via: WENN.


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Posted: August 29th, 2008
at 2:23pm by Black Ock

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Ninjas on the Net : Mumbai


What a trip Italia was for certain. It took us all the way to Mumbai didn’t it. And since we are in the city where there are 45,000 people per square kilometer and two thirds of the residents of Mumbai live in 5% of the land area, you know this is a city of the future!!

-Come celebrate the serpentine and move like one at the the Ganesh festival- you might get to see the praised…
-The city is building. Look at these 4 different views of the new Dynamix-Balwas Tower (DB Tower)
-A two-home plot made of bamboo and disconnected by a pool and an open court….when I’m in Studio Mumbai-Probably the nastiest design of a sky scraper this chap has ever seen- or maybe just the nastiest integrated "living wall"….anyway here is the Antilia Tower-Apparently the train situation is more dense than Japon, mi ninja por favor!
-Suketu Mehta gives a local view of the Maximum City of Gold, what was Bombay
-Watch Aur Irani Chai, a short about the Zorastrian and Muslim Iranian tea merchants of Mumbai at say you can’t escape or enter the city, when in doubt refer to this interactive map of Mumbai
-With a non mention of the remainder of the city’s food- try the rasta sandwiches and the rasta bhel
-Do not miss the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, the festival is in the streets!
-Enter the Mumbai Mayors Cup International Open Chess Tournament, May 10-19
-And lastly for the listers: places to party, 101 things to do and Mumbai art galleries for days


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    Posted: August 29th, 2008
    at 10:41am by Koookiecrumbles

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    Sampling the digital Omniverse

    …And now a message from RobotNinja, receiving transmission in 5….

    Yes, myninjas.

    The Ambrosia Software ninja-team has constructed a seamless and foolishly capable piece of software, which if left in the wrong hands, could easily lead to the destruction of all audio in the known megaverse. WireTap Anywhere allows users of Apple’s Core Audio to connect any audio source to any audio destination, allowing non-robotninjas to sample any sound their primitive computers can produce.


    I always pulled a similar maneuver using an external digital audio interface-I’m prone to route my movies and other system audio out to a light=pipe usb connection. Also, any ninja with an mpc (or lesser hardware sampler) can do the exact same thing, all without having to pay out the ass for a soft version ($129). Still, if I were into podcasting and interviews, it would be nice to be able to record both ends of a skype call, say, or just an ill internet radio station (free of AD/DA conversion, no less).

    …blessed are the robotninja-the robotninja will inherit the earth

    .::via -> RobotNinjaMNP

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    Posted: August 29th, 2008
    at 9:15am by Black Ock

    Categories: music,robots,design

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    the story of jamaican dancehall culture

    Souljazz records is set to release a volume of prolific reggae/dancehall photographer (and author) Beth Lesser’s photos. Anyone who does not recognize her name will surely recognize some of the work which has been featured in countless books and magazines as well as liner notes and album covers. It is due out in the beginning of September, you should buy it. Here is a review that includes a slideshow.

    The above image is the late, great Nitty Gritty photographed by Beth Lesser

    update:: pictured above is now the book’s cover (also a photograph by Beth Lesser, and a nice one I might add) you can pre-order this one from amazon for the nice price of 26 dollars

    .::via -> MusicMNPAA

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    Posted: August 29th, 2008
    at 8:33am by Black Ock

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    Peter Hunnigale Interview (Part 2)


    Here is the second part of our interview with Peter Hunnigale, we discuss traveling to Jamaica to perform and record, his dislike for Yard tapes, and his latest release Free Soul on the Peckings label.

    So did you listen to Jamaican Sounds on Yardtapes at all?

    Gratefully not. I didna€™t go through that Yardtapes from Jamaica thing. Nah, thata€™s not music. Bring your dubplates and play your original dubplates, Ia€™m not into tape. Tape is something thata€"this is my attitudea€"tape is something that they went, a€oh yea put that in the machine and play ita€™. No, I want your dubplate, or I want your seven-inch, you know what I mean. What got me with tapes, people was bringing like tapes, and playing like a€yea I got this tune,a€™ and you say a€yea youa€™ve got it?a€™ And theya€™ve got it on the tape a little BASF tapea€"a€whata€™s this then, mate? Where did you tape this from? Well Ia€™m not interested.a€™ You know, we want the real thing or nothing, and thata€™s what it is. But yea, it was always a real thing for me with music, so I never got into that tape thing, Sound Clash tape thing. Ia€™d really predominantly like to get to the dances if I can myself, you know what I mean, and that would be cool.

    Tell me about traveling to Jamaica to record with Gussie Clarke and performing at Reggae Sunsplash?

    How the recording went with Gussie Clarke in JA was it was a Trevor Hartley session. We were sort of going through a thing with a company called Level Vibes Music at the time and they had some dealings with Gussie Clarke in Jamaica so they decided to senda€"well, predominantly Trevor Hartley to Jamaica to do some recording work. They asked who did he want to go with and he said a€well I want to take Peter Hunnigalea€™. So thata€™s how I got there. So we both went there, and both being artists, youa€™re gonna be in the studio, you know and its Trevor Hartleya€™s thing, but you know, say a€put down a voice pon a tunea€™ type of thing, and thata€™s what we did. I recorded a song called a€oeA Love Like Thisa€A which got released on the Anchor label, and that was my first recording in Jamaica actually being there in the studio, working with Steven Stanley and everyone else. Gussie Clarke is a really lovely bredda, hea€™s so helpful to you, and everything that you need to doa€"and it leaves a good spirit in me. I will never forget those days, you know? And I was able to meet Donovan Germain as well, cause they used to work next door to eachothera€"youa€™d have Music Works here, and Penthouse here, both almost sharing the same driveway, drive in, go left to Penthouse and right to Music Works. Really good days and really lovely people, nice people. Ia€™ve done recordings for Jamaican studios, but here. They send the tapes over here now and we voice here and send the tapes back to them, whatever.

    So as a UK artist was it special for you to be able to perform at Reggae Sunsplash? Or was it just another gig for you?

    No absolutely nota€¦ Ia€™m not sure, we went there, we had a good feeling, good buzz going to do a good show, which we did. But the problem is we was warned that the press side of the eventa€"in other words the newspapers and the criticsa€"will always fight against you cause youa€™re a English artist, theya€™re not gonna have it, you know what I mean? Myself went out, an RnB band called Cruise went out, Janet Lee Davis, Mike Anthony, and there was a chick from Canadaa€"I cana€™t remember her namea€"she was there as well. And we was the export in terms of Jamaica, we was coming in, you know, and we put on a really nice show, a really good show. And the ironic thing about it was we didna€™t play with a UK band, we played with Lloyd Parksa€™ We the People band, which is a Jamaican band. And especially on my set, I was playing traditional Jamaican music, you know, none of it was real Lovers Rock or such it was proper Reggae riddims a play. And all I was doing, my background singers, was lead vocal and harmonies type thing, so we had it pat down. You can bet your bottom dollar that none of the editorials was going to support us in any way, shape whatsoever. They couldna€™t knock us and say a€oh the English sound is weaka€™ because it was a Jamaican sound we was using, you know what I mean. It was thoughtless, but they gave us no credit whatsoever, they didna€™t mention us in no way, shape or form in terms of like the next day previews in the subsequent magazines and newspapers that came off the festival tour. Cause they was doing like, tour pamphlets of what was happening, how the gigs went, whatever, people would be writing bits and pieces about the shows, and in all the editorials we never got no mention. But the one thing that saved us was the people, cause they heard the radio and they made the judgment themselves, you know? The editorials werena€™t really ready to accept English music. But we got there through the blessing of a guy calleda€"if I remember his name correctlya€"Dennis White, a really nice guy who had the faith in us to come across Jamaica, and gave us the opportunity to play in Jamaica; and it was the last Sunsplash event, you know, Sumfest had taken over the Sunsplash light, so yea, it was the last one. It was good, it was a great experience…

    .::Read the full interview at -> MusicMNP

    Photos by Prasanna Balasundaram

    Words by Tristram Keefe

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    Posted: August 28th, 2008
    at 10:32pm by Black Ock

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    Redevelopment: Dharavi


    Dharavi Redevelopment Project (DRP) was conceived in 1995 by M M Consultants, Mumbai. It offers a a€oewin-wina€A solution whereby the Dharavi slum dwellers would be provided 225 sq ft free of cost flats in high rise buildings and selling the freed up land in the private market. For every 100 sq ft used to rehabilitate slum dwellers, the developer can sell another 133 sq ft in the market. DRP covers 144 ha of Dharavi where five sectors will be carved out. Each sector will be developed by one developer to ward off monopoly.

    A joint venture between international and local development firms, DRP will give local residents who were voters as of 2001 the opportunity to host claim to a new house and life infrastructure. Sounds like a great concept because of the concern to native displacement that is softened as well the desire by the developers to encourage local fringe growth in an area (autonomous slum) that reversed what living "free" means. Now the dwellers will get free housing.
    .::the plan a€">

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    Posted: August 28th, 2008
    at 9:05am by Koookiecrumbles

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    Foto del dia 8.28


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    Posted: August 28th, 2008
    at 6:28am by Koookiecrumbles

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    Webgem? YouNoodle


    The business of startup companies is really all about ideas. Who can come up with the most innovative, breakthrough product that the worldwide market will flock over, and who will come up with a brilliant idea, but find out it is too bleeding edge or non-understandable for the worlda€™s eyes. And now a€" one startup of their own claims to predict that a€" YouNoodle.

    These guys are all over the web advertising their top secret algorithm, which they claim can predict not only if a startup is successful or not a€" but their overall fate over a short or long scale. Their sample predictor is getting worldwide buzz, but Ia€™m not so convinced it is a good thing.

    Oxford dropout Bob Goodson, claims that his idea can help out our economy crisis by in advance predicting successful companies a€" but it seems like marketed quicksand to me.

    .::Join the market hype a€">

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    Posted: August 28th, 2008
    at 5:12am by Koookiecrumbles

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    Ninja Homes: House O


    This week’s Ninja Homes feature takes us to the coast, two hours from Tokyo to Sou Fujimoto Architects’ House O - a weekend house for a couple. Built atop a rocky shoreline, the home is designed so as to appear to be part of the rocky terrain, with blank concrete walls rising from the rock outcroppings to meet the approaching visitor.


    This enclosed feeling changes immediately upon entering the house, which opens up almost entirely to the Pacific Ocean on the other side. Described by the architects as ‘tree-like’, the plan creates a continuous space that branches off into the separate rooms/space - all of which frame ‘cave-like’ views of the ocean beyond.


    The house offers a variety of views/perspectives of the ocean - distinguishing between each space through its relationship to the water [which, I must say, is pretty feckin’ dope]. Described as ‘akin to a walking trail along a coast‘, the resident/visitor could ‘happen by a panoramic view, sometimes feel the ocean at [their] back or find the ocean through a small gap‘ - emphasizing the idea that the house is an extension of the rocky terrain upon which it sits.


    ::Info + images from Sou Fujimoto Architects homepage::

    ::Check out our previous a€Ninja Homesa€ features::

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    Posted: August 27th, 2008
    at 11:18am by orangemenace

    Categories: architecture,ninja homes

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