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adidas Snowboarding| Welcome: Kazu Kokubo

The “Welcome:” series from adidas Snowboarding is a perfect example of what good filmmaking is all about, honesty. From the first piece featuring Jake Blauvelt I knew this was going to be an exercise in truth, not just an extended commercial for adidas. It’s no surprise seeing as adidas has always had top notch skateboard content and a carefully cultivated team. I’m just happy that eye for special talent and individuality crossed over to their snowboard program.

It’s been nearly 11 years since I first met Kazu and having watched him transition from a quiet contest kid to one of the truly elite riders in snowboarding has been something very special indeed. I knew the stories of Jake, Eric, Forest and Keegan before watching their pieces and while that didn’t make them any less enjoyable, it did in some ways spoil “the moment”.

Though Kazu is a friend, I’ve never quizzed him on what makes him tick or the details of his childhood. Perhaps it is for that reason that Kazu’s piece is my favorite of the series. He grew up on the other side of the world but for some reason I’ve always felt a certain kinship with the guy and now I know why. If you think about it, a small town in Japan is not so different than a small town in Vermont. People work hard, value nature and a-lot of them drive Subarus. Hokkaido may as well be Japan’s New England, how’s that for an incredibly bold statement with no academic reinforcement?

All the cultural differences, the language barrier, they’re of little consequence when it comes to snowboarding because in snowboarding style speaks louder than words and Kazu has always had it in spades. Flipping of judges, straight-lining the pipe, refusing to conform to a clothing standard, that’s Kazu’s style, real, honest style and it’s something snowboarding can’t get enough of.

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The Friday Rant: Automotive Industry Bullshit.

imageIt seems that every other day some old fart with a soapbox from which to shout from has figured out why young people aren’t buying cars like they used to. The general consensus from the all knowing over the hill crowd is that we don’t fancy the four wheeled freedom machines. According to them, we’re a bunch of cheap, eco-conscious, bike loving, CVT adoring, car haters, and you know what? They’re right, well, they’re sort of right, they’re in the general vicinity of being somewhat correct. Continue reading

Nice Rides: 2013 Subaru BRZ

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It’s been less than three hours since I was rocketing through the canyons of Malibu in the electric blue sports coupe you seen pictured above and I’m still trying to find the words to appropriately express how I feel having driven this amazing automobile. To be perfectly honest, I’m not sure I can convey the emotions with the written word but I feel the need to try because if I don’t I’m just going to have this stupid grin on my face for who knows how long.

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YES! That’s Awesome!

Maybe the best reason for ladies to dress slutty.

WTF?!

Click the pic to watch ABC News god awful interview with Rebecca Black.

Some people think the world is coming to an end because animals are dropping dead and earthquakes are destroying countries. I think it’s coming to an end because this chick’s song is number 39 on I-Tunes. Seriously though I’m happy for Rebecca. What I do think is fucked up is Andrea Kenny’s interview with her. Just pushing the cyber bullying angle and then throwing in the clip of Rebecca’s mom saying she “coulda killed some people” for things they said on YouTube. Nice ABCNews, real nice. Why don’t you go cover something that’s actually news worthy like, oh, I don’t know, Libya or Japan. Better yet, go off the air so people can get back to their lives instead of sitting around waiting for you to spit your bullshit rhetoric into their ears. That goes for all news networks. Leave the harassment of teen internet sensations to us, SNL and Joel McHale! Oh and she’s not the worst singer of all time, Celine Dion is still alive, as far as I know.

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YES! That’s Awesome

Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich’s “Swimming Pool”  installation at The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan. Really cool stuff but I think it would be even more awesome if it was installed at a public park instead of a museum. Not only would it blow people’s minds but it would be so funny to watch someone try and jump in only to…oh wait they’d probably sustain serious injuries. Never mind that thought was totally in bad taste. Check out more cool photos of it after the jump.

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Song Of The Day

I’ve been a fan of the Killers for a long time now but I was always a little put off by their sophomore album Sam’s Town. However it’s always nice to go back and listen to albums that you may not have been a big fan of at the time and see what’s changed. Having done that this past fall before seeing them in concert I really came to like the song Read My Mind as well as many other’s from the album. It had slipped my mind to look for a music video for Read My Mind for some time now and for whatever reason I thought to do it today. It’s a funny, well directed video complete with a Japanese Elvis. You know a video is good shit when it’s got a Japanese Elvis.

Cheers.