Ira Glass on Storytelling


CREEP by Hiroshi Awai Autumn/Winter 2012

Hiroshi Awai (above) has got a great thing going with his Canadian-based clothing line CREEP.  It’s another prime example of the craft that occurs when you blend Japanese design sensibilities with the staples of American work wear, which have been all the rave as of late.  Here is a sneak peak at what Hiroshi has in store for the masses later this year.  Yeah, I know it’s not even February, but you know how this shit works.   If you’re interested, you can see the list of stockists here stateside.  Check out the looks below.

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I’m really about that Sunday life


hard mulled cider for this week's board game Sunday. I'll explain more about this later.

People People Invisible Speaker

When was the last time your speakers were a conversation piece when you had company over?   After all, with all the money you’ve spent on coffee table books that’s probably the last thing you want people discussing.  Unless of course, you were the proud owner of the Invisible Speaker

A concept from People People, the Invisible Speaker looks to marry the concepts of high-end music equipment and elegant, modern design.  Sure, people already have swagged out audio set-ups, but it’s usually a product of elaborate in-wall wiring and home modification.  The Invisible Speaker turns that idea on its head with a transparent design that anyone would be proud to display right smack in the middle of their living room

Additionally, the design of the Invisible Speaker is eco friendly.  The small, recyclable package arrives with the major audio components and you can order the glass for the actual speaker box from a local glass repair shop.  For how much this thing will probably cost, I’m not sure if I’d want to go through that hassle, but it’s still kinda dope either way…I guess.

It also arrives with a wifi antenna that can plug into any music player and is rechargeable.

No word yet on pricing or availability, which all works out because there’s no word on when I’d be able to afford something like this, much less an apartment I’d even want to hang this thing up in.


Today is the day…

image presents: 5 people who actually have “haters” (Spoiler: you are not one of them)

Since when do so many normal, middle-wage earning Americans believe they have “haters?”  More importantly, what do we have to do to get them to stop claiming such foolishness all over everyone’s social network feeds?  Did a bunch of people with a laundry list of mostly unknown achievements instantly become so important that the entire WORLD viciously turned on them?  If this were actually the case, then we would applaud them for their confidence in the face of adversity. However…

We here at the yuppie dilemma decided that we could no longer stand around and allow this trend to continue without some constructive commentary.  Contrary to unpopular belief, haters DO exist.  It’s just that YOU just don’t happen have any, that’s all.  This is not to say that most members of society like or support you.  That’s probably not true either.  They are simply just indifferent towards you.  The truth is, you probably haven’t accomplished anything notable enough to warrant anyone praying for your downfall.

eh-eh-eh-EH!  Hold on.  Just relax, because I can hear you sucking your teeth, shaking your head, and mumbling, “hater,” under your breath in your best hoodrat voice already.  You may find yourself feeling differently by the end of this.  You may even find you feeling more loved than ever!  Little do you know, while you’re worrying about who doesn’t want you to do well on your law exam or who is jealous you got that $1.75 raise before them, there are people out there who are actually hated by…you guessed it…haters.

Note: if reading this list and any of its descriptions elicits emotions of anger and disgust, frowns, and/or burning sensations in the chest region, you may in fact be a hater yourself.

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“Homies” by Adam Amengual

Gang signs are cool when you’re flashing them in the break room to intimidate your white co-workers, but in all seriousness, I’ve can’t endorse it regardless of how many red stars Birdman decides to tattoo on his skull.  While a lot of artistic portrayals of gang life attempt to glorify or shame it, Adam Amengual has taken a different route.

“Homies” is a portrait series Amengual has put together with the help of Homeboy Industries – an Los Angeles-based non-profit that helps at-risk and formerly gang involved youth to change their lives by offering a variety of services to help them get on a different path.  A good friend of mine worked at Homeboy for a year, so seeing Fr. Greg Boyle’s involvement in Homies made me give it a second look.   Talking about his project, Amengual explains:

A majority, if not everyone in this series has had a mug shot taken of them at one time in their past. I feel I have flipped that old image of them showing them as proud and iconic. It is a visual metaphor for the transformation they are bringing to their own lives.

Needless to say, the pictures are dope.  You can check out some more below.