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Love for the Fashion Documentary – Valentino, Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton and The September Issue

Posted in Fashion, Film by Tyrone Rubin on February 28, 2010

I love the documentary genre in film. I love its realism and the ability it has to tell the most truthful stories of events and especially of people. One of my favourite documentary sub genres is that of music and musicians. There are a plethroa of music related documentaries and in a future post I can discuss them in more detail. For now I want to post about a recent documentary I have seen called ‘Valentino: The last emperor‘. The documentary filmmaker Matt Tyrnauer, so fortunately, is invited to film legendry fashion designer Valentino Garavani around with his camera. He does this in a very unobtrusive way, although at some points Valentino does get angry by the constant filming due to the consistent invasion of his privacy, but Matt continues to document everything. He captures everything the audience needs to see, to learn about this world and experience it first hand. He captures the people, the discusions, the places in such a wonderfully captivating way while staying true to a story of Valentino. The film also keeps a level of simplicity as it follows Valentino around, starting from the Valentino 2006 Paris Collection and ending with an exuberant 2007 retrospective event that is for Valentino’s 45-year career. There is so much to mention in this film that I am not going to attempt to do this, one has to watch this film to fully experience a wonderful part of Valentinos life. If you love film, documentaries and above all fahion, this is an absolute must see film. It takes you into the world of a fashion icon, it deals so beautifully with his love for his life long partner Giancarlo Giammetti. It takes us behind the scenes into the world of haute couture. Watching this film I felt lucky to catch a glimpse of the fashion worlds ultra supremo. We meet so many talented people in this film. In the fashion world we get introduced to the greats, Giorgio Armani, Tom Ford and Karl Lagerfeld. We see numerous A-list celebrities all vying for a glimpse of Valentino’s creations. I cannot express in words exactly how much I loved this film and what a homage it plays to the fashion world. I kept thinking that in all Valentino’s wealth there must be some pretentious type of superficiality but then I thought to myself. The world of fashion is made up of humanities need and love for clothing. It is as fundamental as air and water and food. Fashion in some sense is about clothing and a lifestyle and a taste and an expression of ones character. Fahison is about love and beauty and masculinity and feminity. Fashion is art and is one of the largest industries in the world. It is timeless. I realized that Valentino was able to use his talent to create the most beautiful fashion known to mankind. In the same way that Beethoven and Mozart created the worlds most beautiful symphonies, Valentino created the most beautiful clothing and fashion. The title ‘The Last Emperor” in my view indicates the last emperor of haute couture. Someone commented in the film that since Valentino lived through the rise of haute couture that no one born today will ever be able to create that kind of work. The film also deals with the enormous business side of the fashion industry. The enormity of the fashion world in regard to business and industry is incomprehendable to myself. Valentino managed, by being one of the worlds greatest fashion designers, to amase a fortune of wealth, which enabled him to live the most lavish lifestyle imaginable.

One of the central themes of the film is Valentino and Giancarlos love for each other. Their love and relationship for each other spans over 50 years and is expressed with such beauty and enderance in the film. There is so much more I can express about this film but I will end off by mentioning another wonderful fashion documentary I have seen which is also a must see for anyone who loves fashion and its called ‘Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton‘ and one I will watch later today probably The September Issue


28 Feb 2010 – DLD Conference and online video

Posted in Computing, Internet, Technology by Tyrone Rubin on February 28, 2010

I love watching the lead tech guys talk, wether it be on a talk show like Charlie Rose or on google tech talks or at conferences. I find the lead tech guys talks everywhere, videos.google.com is obviously a great resource for me, especially due to there search criterier features. I love online video of educational content, espeicaly tech related but with regards to pretty much anything and everything. I have recently watched to great talks from the recent DLD conference. It was in Munich and this years dates 2010, 23rd – 25th Janurary. Here is a little about the conference from the website “DLD (Digital – Life – Design) is a three-day experience gathering 800 entrepreneurs, investors, philantropists, scientists, artists and creative minds from all over the world. With global diversity in attendees and an interdisciplinary perspective of digital, media, design, art, science, brands, consumers and society, the conference is known as the European forum for the “creative class“. ” Thats totally my interest right there, yeah baby! and a wonderful picture below.

mmmmm yummy.
Some of the speakers listed on their site

Speakers and guests of previous DLD conferences include James Murdoch, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, YouTube founder Chad Hurley and Google’s VP Marissa Mayer, LinkedIn Founder Reid Hoffman, Deutsche Telekom CEO René Obermann, WPP CEO Sir Martin Sorrell and BBDO CEO Andrew Robertson, Apax CEO Martin Halusa, biologists Craig Venter and Richard Dawkins, Designer Yves Behar and Ross Lovegrove, curators Hans Ulrich Obrist (Serpentine Gallery) and Paola Antonelli (MoMA), Esther Dyson, John Brockman, “Black Swan” author Nassim Taleb and Noble Prize winner Daniel Kahneman, architects Lord Norman Foster and Rem Koolhaas, philantropist Abigail Disney, allstar Edwin Moses, film director Luc Besson, media entrepreneurs Martha Stewart and Arianna Huffington as well as senior writers Walt Mossberg, Kara Swisher and Matthew Bishop (Economist).Every year more than 80 digital entrepreneurs from Israel, India and China come to DLD.
As mentioned I have watched a couple videos which can be found here. I abosultely love these conferences and there are too many wonderful ones to mention but I will post a schedule this year of my favourite conferences coming up and obviously detail them as they occur. As for the videos, I have watched a couple already but today the two I have watched so far is this one below. Unfortunately WP does not allow the embedded code of the video to be inserted directly into the blog, which I would have loved so very much. So I am putting a picture that is linked to the video.
Titled: Link Value – DLD10
Some info on the video
About this panel
Social networking online has become ubiquitous in all our lives, and connecting online is valuable for all of us. The panelists from some of the world’s most successful social networking sites discuss the separation of personal and professional networking online, scaling internationally and where social networking is going.
About David Kirkpatrick
David Kirkpatrick, longtime senior editor for internet and technology at Fortune Magazine, has written for two decades about the computer and technology industries, as well as the impact of the Internet on business and society. His book, entitled “The Facebook Effect”
About Reid Hoffman
Reid was LinkedIn’s founding CEO for the first four years before moving to his role as Chairman and President, Products in February 2007. While CEO, Reid built the company to over 9 million members and profitability
About Marc Cenedella
Marc Cenedella is the founder and chief executive officer of TheLadders.com, the world’s leading online marketplace for $100K+ jobs and $100K+ job seekers.
About Nazar Yasin
Nazar is the CEO of Forticom, which is the world’s 3rd largest social networking company and the #1 social networking company in Eastern Europe / Russia / CIS. Forticom operates the world’s leading Russian social network (Odnoklassniki), the #1 Polish social network (Nasza-klasa), and the largest social networking brand in the Baltic states (ONE).
About Stefan Gross-Selbeck
Dr. Stefan Gross-Selbeck (42) has been CEO of XING AG since January 2009. In this position he is responsible for pursuing and broadening XING’s growth strategy through the opening up of additional new business fields, the ongoing enhancement of the services on offer to members and continued internationalization.

The interesting thing I will mention and if anyone knows more about this I would appreciate some feedback, but I will look more into it myself. Reid talks about patents, and that is something I have never thought of regarding the social media space. He mentions some of FB and LinkedIn’s patents that have solidificed certain business models going forward. I found this article regarding some patents in the social media space but it is definately something that opened up to me from this talk.

The next talk I watched and will end this post was a very interesting talk on perception. Here are some of the details.
About this panel
Al Seckel’s research focuses on perception. The fascinating thing about perception? It’s hard to change – even it you know you’re being fooled you can’t help it. Al took the audience through a tour de force of different examples how perception can be fooled – even if you actually know that what you’re seeing or hearing isn’t really there. Context is very important for the way we perceive information and making decisions.
About Al Seckel
Al Seckel, formerly of the California Institute of Technology, is internationally recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on visual and other types of sensory illusions. He has authored over 15 books on the subject.

I am certainly going to look more into Al Seckel and his work. His talk was extremely interesting and the demonstrations he does are wonderfully filmed so people watching the video can also experience the demonstrations he delivers.

The video is titled “Perception – DLD10

28 Feb Sunday – Google Mail vs Yahoo Mail

Posted in Internet, Technology by Tyrone Rubin on February 28, 2010

Morning all, I am now going to be blogging very regularly, I hope. Since my interestes span from film, haviung the website The Film Lover Show, to commercials, productions, media, and all that that entails as I work as a researcher at South Africa’s top commercials production company Velocity Films. I have also an obcessive interest and pasison for the web and all that it offers. Asside from the before mentioned I have many other interests such as finance, photogprahy, music etc and will basically be blogging constantly (again – I hope) all my intereests. Using this blog as a type of journal to my life. A diary of sort.

My first post in a while is to let everyone know that my yahoo mail was hacked or some can say phished. Using a mac for the last couple years I have, so very fortunately, not been exposed to viruses, spyware or anti-virus and anti-spyware problems, computing life just works so beautifully on a mac. Thank you Steve Jobs for creating this beautiful product. I appreciate it all the time. So back to the email attack. I woke up to find my yahoo mailbox filled with more emails than usual. To my stressful surprise I later came to find out that everyone in my address book was emailed a link. It was a google site. For some of you who dont know, google allow you to create websites of sort, not blogs but sites, anyway I wont go into that now. But it was a link to a site created by that platform. I clicked the link and it was disabled. This perplexed me and worried me as I got emails from people saying that I spammed them. I am now really trying to use the internet for the good of myself and my businesses and if I a seen as a spammer then that really infrginesh on my future prospects in this space. I emailed yahoo and they sent a template reply saying I should change my passowrd, which I figured out before hand. I was hoping they would send an apology email to everyone, but unfortunately I was left to pick up the pieces. I still not have found a solution to the attack. I have changed all my other passwords on all my other accounts. I have tried to move everything to gmail until I have totally made the transition, but that might take some time. I wish I could send a mass apology to everyone who recieved that spam. But then it could also look like I am someone who is vulrnerable to attacks. The burning question I have, which I have accepted I might never have an answer to, is what happened. Was this a bot, was this a personal attack. What the heck was this. I have more details I will not divulge right now, but if someone ever reads this and has any thoughts I can run them through more of the technical aspects of the attack. There is also a little irony in this and that is the fact that I have been using yahoo mail for a decade probably, and all has been fine, and in tech one cannot stick with one product without at least trying others to see if there are better services out there. I have remained yahoo mail complacint for years and a couple months ago, prior to the attack obviously, I have been using gmail. Everything seemed quicker and better and with the addition of buzz a lot more fun, interactive and lovely. So in my opion in the war between yahoo mail and google mail. Google seem to be wininng in my opinion that is.

Top 10 films so far of 2009

Posted in Film by Tyrone Rubin on December 15, 2009

Tarantino listed his top 8 films of 2009 and I feel like I will do the same but give a top 10 list. Please note that this is a quick list and without too much thought so I am sure I have left some films out. Also please note this is also based on entertainment value and not critical acclaim. I will have to wait and see what the oscars and globes have in store and lastly please not there are some films I still have to see.

My list so far (in no particular order) of favourite films of 2010
The hurt locker
500 days of summer
Inglorious Bastards
Avatar 3-D
Up in the Air
Star Trek
The Hangover
Funny People
Where the Wild things are
Paranormal Activity
District 9

Pitchfork Top 100 Tracks of 2009

Posted in Music by Tyrone Rubin on December 15, 2009

Pitchfork.com is one of my favourite music sites on the web. It is one of those few blogs/sites that I visit on a daily basis. Blogs and sites also become reliable and addictive. Take facebook for example, I think I could be addictive, and addictions are not always good. Why cant I just log onto facebook once a day or even better once a week, the reason is because I have an addictive personality or an extremist type personality. I cannot seem to do things in moderation. I am deviating from my post. Pitchfork is a great music site which has listed there top 100 songs. Yesterday they listed 100 – 50 which I was not nearly as concerned about as today’s 50 – 1. And as a pitchfork fan the list is somewhat predictable, but predictable in a good sweet musical way. Pitchfork is pretty predictable but predictable great at quenching my musical taste. I loved the list. I have gone through the top 50 list so far being 1 – 50 and have most of the tracks already and going to listen to the couple I have not yet listened. Much more exciting for me is the next couple days they are unveiling the list of the top 100 albums of 2009. I don’t feel like giving my predictions right now but can say that in the top 10 I am sure Grizzly Bears, Girls and Animal Collective will make it, will both Animal collectives EP and Album make it, I am not sure how EP’s will work but imagine that, both Animal collective albums in the top ten. Oh and I am pretty sure that the Dirty Projectors will make the top 10 or top 20 list. I will report back when the list is up. I cant wait. Thanks pitchfork for informing me of a great musical year! Keep up the amazing work.
I will end off with lyrics to Manic Depression by Jimi Hendrix who seemed to define music so poignantly in this song.

Manic depression is touching my soul
I know what I want but I just don’t know
How to, go about gettin’ it
Feeling sweet feeling,
Drops from my fingers, fingers
Manic depression is catchin’ my soul

Woman so weary, the sweet cause in vain
You make love, you break love
It’s all the same
When it’s, when it’s over, mama
Music, sweet music
I wish I could caress, caress, caress
Manic depression is a frustrating mess

Well, I think I’ll go turn myself off,
And go on down
All the way down
Really ain’t no use in me hanging around
In your kinda scene

Music, sweet music
I wish I could caress, caress, caress
Manic depression is a frustrating mess

Ow! ow!
Music sweet music sweet music
Sweet music sweet music

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Invictus Opens in the States this weekend – Good Luck

Posted in Film by Tyrone Rubin on December 10, 2009

South Africa / Africa is really in the media global viewpoint. From the World Cup draw last weekend to this weekends release of Invictus to 2010 World Cup. Wow I am so proud of this country. As a film lover extraordinaire I am really interested to see how the public take to the film. I was lucky enough to follow my filmic idol around set for an entire day. So speak about Clint Eastwoods influence on cinema would take up far too much time right now, time which I dont have as I am sneaking in this post in between work. I really want the film to open strongly this weekend and take some great box office. That means people watch it and its popular and the positivity of South Africa resonates through the worlkd even more so than what is happening in terms of WC 2010. All this is having a positive influence on a continent that clearly needs the worlds attention right now. The is so much plight in Africa that the more positive things that come from this country and continent the more hearts we can effect and can help us in some way. I am not getting into the filmic technicalities of the film, in terms of what the critics are saying. Critics are critics – get it. The film will be entertaining, it will be feel good, it will probably be outstandingly uplifting. So go watch it and let all the positive vibes effect this country, as we surely need all the beautiful positivity we can get.
Thanks Clint!

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Google Chrome for my mac – finally

Posted in Internet, Mac by Tyrone Rubin on December 9, 2009

link to the new browser – Google Chrome for my mac

Finally Google Chrome is out for mac today about to install and play and let you all know about it.
I am currently needing to use both Firefox and Safari on my mac as they both do specific things the other cant do. Ratio is probably 80% Firefox 20% Safari, adding a third browser to the mix is going to be very interesting, especially if its from the wonderful Google Corp. Mac user will have to wait for all the plugins and extensions. Damn

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Google Goggles

Posted in Mobile by Tyrone Rubin on December 8, 2009

Google Goggles clip –
The use of Augmented Reality in this product is interesting. I have always been interested in Visual Search and its going to be very soon before Google implements visual search online.

La Blogotheque

Posted in Music by Tyrone Rubin on December 8, 2009

This is a great music site. Its been around a while and while watching Phoenix perform I thought I would introduce people to it who do not know about it. Its in french but you can go to the archive section and watch impromptu performances by some amazing musicians

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