Luxury Food Packaging

eggs by versace

Eggs by Versace

Around the world over, many consumers like to buy “luxury brands” and it says many things about our consumer buying culture.  Artist/Designer Peddy Mergui takes at look at trend with his “Wheat is Wheat is Wheat” exhibition at the Museum of Craft & Design San Francisco.  The art series focuses on “What If” high-end companies made regular food item packaging.

flour by prada

Flour by Prada

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Alien: The Official Movie Novelization by Alan Dean Foster

aliencoverWhen the James Cameron’s ALIENS flick hit the theaters in 1986, it blew me away and it made go back to take a look at the first ALIEN (1979) film by director Ridley Scott.  Now, if you don’t have the DVD or Blu-ray handy, or cannot find it streaming somewhere, then how about you go old-school and check out the official novelization of ALEIN with author Alan Dean Foster based on the screenplay by Dan O’Bannon.

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Frankie’s Garage: 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

vantage sFrom city blocks far away you can probably hear this car rumble and roar down the street.  The sounds of the 2015 Aston Martin Vantage S sounds amazing.  Xcar takes a look at this 6.0 V12 Vantage S beast of a machine.

For more great car reviews, go to:  YouTube – Xcar Films.

For details, go to: Aston Martin Vantage S.


Avril Lavigne “Hello Kitty”

hello kitty avrilPop singer Avril Lavigne gets in on the Hello Kitty celebration with this annoying dub-step-pop-dance-electro-bad rapping-kawaii-bass pounding, make your ears bleed pop-track.  Is this a “Love It” or “Hate It?”  Vote or just hit the like or dislike button.

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Patlabor attacking the streets of Japan

patlaborstreetsjapanA couple of weeks ago a full-size AV-98 Ingram mecha from the live-action series Patlabor created a buzz in the crowd and caused a ruckus of a traffic jam.

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Frankie’s Garage: 2015 Subaru WRX STI

wrx sti 2015Yeah or Nay?  The new-look 2015 Subaru WRX STI 4AWD sedan is looking to dominate the streets.  A new aero package and revised turbo 2.5 liter 4-cyclinder pumps out 305 horses.  Carlos Lagos from Ignition takes a look at WRX STI.

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Batman Beyond celebrates Batman 75th

batmanbeyondDC Entertainment celebrates Batman’s 75th anniversary this year and has kick the party off with various animated shorts.  This Batman Beyond animated short is by artist/writer Darwyn Cooke.

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A Look @ the KR x Snoop Dogg 7″ Vinyl

snoopdoggcoverIconic hip/hop rapper and leader of the G-funk movement Snoop Dogg is now “Dunnified” with this Kidrobot 7″ vinyl figure.  Our Ramen host “The Eddie” takes an in-depth look at this Snoop Dogg figure.

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Kidrobot x Snoop Dogg

snoopdoggcoverHip-hop rapper Snoop Dogg is now immortalized as a Dunny 7″ collectible figure.  This Kidrobot collaboration features removable sunglasses and blunt.  The figure is on sale starting today online everywhere or at retail locations.

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Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary!

ghostbusters 01Gallery Nineteen Eighty Eight with Sony Pictures is kicking off a super 30th anniversary celebration of the 1984 Ghostbusters film that starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and late Harold Ramis.  The famous pop-culture art hangout Gallery Nineteen Eighty Eight will do a 4-city traveling art show exhibiting original artwork, prints and apparel.

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Frankie’s Garage: The NISMO GT-R on ATTACK!

nismogtrpassingThe setting is the 2014 Blanc Pain Endurance series.  The NISMO team started the opening lap at grid 32, that’s 32 of out 44 cars in the race.  In this one lap, Al Buncombe climbs 17 places for the 13th position by the second lap.  Now that’s just crazy.

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Frankie’s Garage: Drifting a classic Datsun 280Z

datsun280z00This maybe just a Clarion USA ad, but it’s a cool drift vid with Chris Forsberg.  He drives a classic 1975 Datsun 280Z powered by a Skyline engine, the RB25DET.  And that’s all you really need to know, just watch the car-porn.

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Kaiyodo Revoltech: The Bat

batplaneKaiyodo will be releasing the iconic batplane The Bat as part of their Revoltech vehicle line-up.  The Bat will feature 8 points of articulation, an opening cockpit with a mini-Batman figure and measures 5.75″ long.

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Hot Toys The Amazing Spider-Man 2

hottoysspiderman2 00Here’s a look at Hot Toys cool looking 1/6 Spider-Man action figure from the upcoming Sony film The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  I like the jacket, beanie and backpack look.

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Funny Graphs and Charts by Kind of Normal

infographycoverWhen I need a laugh, I sometimes hit-up Kind of Normal.  They make funny graphs and charts, like this infograph – The Blueprint of Ikea.

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Amnesty International x coarse = Freedom Candles

freedomcandlescoverThese are not just ordinary wax candles, these Freedom Candles designed by Mark Landwehr and Sven Waschk (coarse) for Amnesty International’s eBay charity auction.  The proceeds of these special Freedom Candles will be used to defend and promote human rights.

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Zero Carbon Housing in Hamburg

hamburg iba 00As the world looks to “green” technology for the future, one city in Germany, Hamburg has for the last 7 years (2006-2013) been part of an zero-carbon building experiment, the International Building Exhibition (IBA).  In the suburb of Wilhelmsburg, you will find many eco-housing developments.

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Adidas “Get Ready!” Body Care Line

adidas body care lineIt seems like every sneaker company wants to get into the body wash, body lotion, hair & shampoo and perfume arena, well add Adidas to the mix with their new “Get Ready!” Body Care Line for Men and Women.

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Marvel Legends Infinite: Guardians of the Galaxy action figures

gotg 00Marvel today released more detail images from their Marvel Legends Infinite:  Guardians of the Galaxy line-up.  These detailed and well-articulated 6″ action figures features 6 figures:  Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket, Nomad and Iron Man.  And if you collect all 6 figures you can build the Groot action figure.

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Hungry for Recipes: Sweet Potato Sliders & BBQ Turkey

sweetpotatoturkeyslidersI have two fellow Retrenders bloggers that are health freaks namely Johnny Moreno and Kelly Ann Brooke, and yeah I’m calling you guys out.  They always tell I’m eating way too much carbs, or don’t eat this, don’t eat that, or you can cook this or that!  Okay, I get the message.  Simple and quick – the Sweet Potato Sliders & BBQ Turkey.

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Venice in Frozen

Venicefrozen 00What would the city of Venice and it’s waterways look like in a harsh winter?  With some photo retouching and super imposing this is what Venice would look like.

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Panasonic W850M: Dual Lens Camcorder

gizmodojapanGizmodo Japan takes a look at the new Panasonic W850M camcorder.  So, what’s the big deal?  Like my iPhone which has two lenses, this consumer handheld camcorder also uses two lenses.  The other lens is mounted on the small LCD panel that swivels up-to 270 degrees.  I guess there is no need for a two camera shoot, for instance, like when you are shooting a wedding, you can focus on the bride and groom getting the kiss and the audience reaction all in one shot!  Neato.

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“The Longest and Highest Urban Cable Car”

lapazcablecarVacation time is approaching and like my fellow Retrenders super-blogger Stephen Jang, we did the backpack of Europe adventures and hit-up certain parts of Asia, but I think it’s time to look to South America.  When you’re in the record books for “the longest and highest urban cable car in the world,” well that certainly peaks my interest and I definitely need to go to Bolivia to ride this.

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The Art of Ian Miller

ianmillerTitan Books collects various art pieces done by artist Ian Miller in this book, The Art of Ian Miller.  You might be asking who is Ian Miller?  Well, if you ever find yourself in the fantasy section at the bookstore, most of those Ray Bradbury and HP Lovecraft book covers of wizards, monsters, castles and alien worlds were illustrated by Ian Miller.


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Viral Video Friday: Awesome Documentary Opening


The documentary is “Europe In 8 Bits” takes a look at “chip” music and how it’s growing in Europe.  Many musicians are looking back to old school videogame hardware like NES, Amiga, Commodore 64, Sega Master System, etc and using them to create new sounds.  What catches the eye is the animated 8-bit opening to the documentary.  Here’s a look:

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