Monday, June 30, 2008
The Ammonite Washbasin from High Tech. A new concrete washbasin shaped as a fossil inspired by ammonites
This would look great in my 600 square foot Brooklyn apartment and I could probably afford it if I stopped buying food and clothing and walked to work everyday from BK to Manhattan. Which would be kind of a win win situation because I would be thin, have way more closet space and have a really cool sink. Okay let me think about this....
Open Letter To The Woman Who Keeps Peeing All Over The Toilet Seat In The First Stall Of The 5th Floor Restroom
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Mostly I'm curious about the mechanics of the whole thing. Come one use your imaginations...
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Diversity Inc. Just released a comprehensive list of things you should not say to your Black/Gay/Asian/White co-worker.
I'm gonna go with with the list of things not to say to your black co-worker since it's near and dear to me and people have said some of this shit to me numerous times.
This is Kim's silent rage.
10 Things NEVER to Say to a Black Coworker
By Eric Hinton
In 2008, you'd think the taboo subjects and phrases would be clearly outlined and understood by all when it comes to what is and is not acceptable to say to a Black colleague. But that's far from the case. Here are 10 things you never want to say to a Black coworker or boss.
You're so … articulate? Smart? Different? Yes, the speaker may intend a compliment, but what may be meant as praise instead comes across as being condescending. It implies the person being complimented is an exception to the rule and is exhibiting behavior atypical of others of his or her ethnic background.
"I haven't had it said to me, maybe I'm not articulate enough, but I've heard a number of Blacks say they've had it said to them … you're so articulate or you're so smart or intelligent," says Berlinda Fontenot-Jamerson, former director of diversity at Disney
"I feel like education and awareness is my mission, so I try to be kind when I check people to help them understand what they just said," she says. "I might make a joke to help them understand that it was a faux pas, and hopefully I have good enough relationships with them to have further conversations with them."
Danielle Robinson, director of diversity, talent and organizational design at Diageo, a wine, beer and spirits company, said she was amazed when she got this question from a colleague. But instead of getting angry, Robinson explained to her coworker why the question was inappropriate.
"There are a number of ways to respond. But I told the person they had no idea if they might be asking that question to someone suffering from a medical condition [such as] someone recovering from cancer treatment," she says. "I wound up giving this one woman a little lesson because you never know what the situation might be of the person you're asking a question."
3) "You" people
"I've heard this one several times," says Fontenot-Jamerson. Who exactly are "You people," and how do they differ from regular people? Use this poorly chosen phrase at your own risk.
4) Do you eat a lot of … (plug in the offending stereotype here)
Some stereotypes simply refuse to die. There's nothing wrong with natural curiosity about the ethnic eating habits of some of your coworkers. The problem lies in focusing on stereotypical Black fare such as fried chicken, watermelon, etc. It reveals the speaker has a very limited and narrow perception of Black culture and cuisine.
"One of my young relatives told me when they go out on interviews they may get queries about fried chicken and the stereotypes about the food that we like to eat," says Fontenot-Jamerson.
5) Why are you so angry?
This one is more often directed at Black males, thanks in large part to the media, which often portrays Black men as being angry and/or criminals.
6) Why are you acting white?
Consider this a relative of "You're so articulate." Why would exhibiting proper behavior, manners or dialect be categorized as acting white? If that's the case, what does it mean to act Black?
7) You don't sound Black over the phone.
What does Black sound like?
DiversityInc Partner and Cofounder
This particular offense came to our attention directly from one of our readers, Beatriz Mallory, who wrote, "In a career of nearly 30 years, I've heard them all. I am both African American and Hispanic, so I get it from both sides, on top of being a female. In trying to recall the worst, I'd have to nominate this one. It is the unguarded question "YOU went to CORNELL? WOW!" The implication is that in their mind, someone like me isn't automatically worthy of such an accomplishment. I never express my annoyance."
10) The N-word
The ultimate faux pas. Just because you've seen repeats of Dave Chapelle's show where the word is used liberally, that doesn't give you--or anyone--license to make conversational use of the word. To read more on the debate, read Double Standard: Can You Use the N-Word? in the Jan./Feb. 2008 issue of DiversityInc.
And don't fall into the trap of thinking substituting an "A" for the "er" makes the word acceptable. Fontenot-Jamerson believes it's a word used far too casually among youths, both white and Black.
"The new generation uses the N-word very loosely [and] the white kids do it too," she says. "I've been in the company where the youngsters have been using the word because they don't understand the history that comes with it."
Like Fontenot-Jamerson, Robinson looks at each misspoken phrase as an opportunity to teach and educate. "A lot of the questions are usually out of ignorance or genuine curiosity. So I always look at opportunities like these as a chance to educate," says Robinson. "Instead of getting angry, you don't want them to make this mistake with someone else. There are ways to ask a question more inquisitively that won't offend."
Every other conversation I had at some point talked about deployment or security clearance. That shit means nothing to me. My understanding of security clearance generally applies to whether or not my peeps and I can get into a party.
Even their viral videos are politics centric. This has been out there for a while but the first time I saw it was this weekend while drinking Bloody Marys and discussing foreign policy.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Regardless of this, I do enjoy reading his personal blog. I love his take on fashion and interior design and because I am sometimes ambivalent about his public persona, I love reading the blog to get direct personal insight from the man himself.
I've been a pretty loyal reader for the last six or seven months but in the last few weeks, since his separation from Alexis, the tone of the site has gone from art/fashion/music critique to a little to Maxim for my taste. Now I know Kanye is a man but I can't front that I am a little disappointed that so much of his coverage is dedicated to pictures of sexy girls and one of your blog titles compares a car to a "sexy model bitch." Kanye you are better than this. Misogyny doesn't become you. Leave that to the other rappers and focus on what you do best, being innovative and going beyond stereotypes.
What's the point of my story? The woman in this video falls on her face and cries like a seal. Which is both tragic and hilarious. Also the shots of their feet as they crush grapes kinda sets off my vertigo.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
100 years later and this local reporter is having a hell of a time dealing with his double consciousness as he goes from preppy, uptight reporter to hella ghetto and countryfied in approximately two seconds.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Please be careful. This does not go away with a cream.
Here are some quick (and scary) facts:
- More than a fourth of adult New Yorkers are infected with Herpes Simplex Virus-2, the virus that causes genital herpes.
- Genital herpes is more common in New York City than nationally (26% of adults versus 19%)
- The rate is higher among women than men (36% versus 19%)
- Higher among blacks than whites (49% versus 14%)
- Higher among men who have sex with men than those who don’t (32% versus 18%)
The full report by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene can be found here.
The video seeks to prove that God created the banana so that it would fit perfectly with the human hand. They call it "The Atheists Nightmare." Seems like a bit of a stretch since the popular easy to eat banana is actually a mutated version of the plantain that needs to be cooked for consumption, but who am I to argue with the wisdom of Mike Seaver? Also to call a banana a "nightmare" a bit alarmist no?
Monday, June 9, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
"What the fuck is juice? I want some grape drank baby"
Dave's deepest dreams/fears came true today in an alternate form when the Village Voice reports on a new product called "Drank" billed as an "anti-energy drink" or "the extreme relaxation beverage." The product is being marketed to Urban audiences (of course) and the company claims that it is been selling out in places like Houston--the land of syzzurp and chopped and screwed.
Now this is either one of the most racist (lazy black people made even lazier) or stupid (I really want something to make me tired and lethargic). Maybe a combination of both.
Either way peep the Chappelle clip and chuckle.
I know she is stalking me because she turns up the same places that I do--which clearly illustrates her unhealthy obsession with me.
I just saw her today walking her dog. But I know the dog is totes just a prop and an excuse to keep her walking past Peep because she knows that I go there for lunch once a week.
Ugh this is like the 3rd time I've had this problem with famous Dutch people. Rugter Hauer and Frederique Van Der Wal were all up in my grill a few months ago. Dang!
Been on vacation.
Went to Aruba.
It was fun.
I got tan.
I didn't murder my fiance.
Okay so enough about that. I'm back and blogging actively so you should keep reading.
With deepest thanks.