Archive for December 2008
A delightful display of planets and the moon will occur on New Year's Eve for anyone wishing to step outside and look up just after sunset.
Venus, brighter than all other planets and stars, will dangle just below the thin crescent moon in the southwestern sky. It'll be visible -- impossible to miss, in fact -- just as the sun goes down, assuming skies are cloud-free.
Soon thereafter, Mercury and Jupiter will show up hugging the south-southwestern horizon (just above where the sun went down) and extremely close to each other. Jupiter is very bright and easy to spot; Mercury is faint and harder to see, but it'll be apparent by its location just to the left of Jupiter.
Jupiter and Mercury will set less than an hour after the sun, so timing your viewing just after sunset is crucial. You'll also need a location with a clear view of the western horizon, unobstructed by buildings, trees or mountains.
All the planets, along with the moon and sun, traverse an arc across our sky called the ecliptic, which corresponds to the plane in space that they all roughly share. For this reason, you could draw an imaginary line from the general location of Venus and the moon, down through the other two planets, and the line would point to where the sun went down. This line could also initially help you find Jupiter and Mercury.
Weather permitting, you can get a preview of the sky show on Tuesday, Dec. 30. On this evening, the planets will be in nearly the same place they'll be on Dec. 31, but the moon will be midway between Venus and the Mercury-Jupiter pairing.
William Balfour, Jennifer Hudson’s brother-in-law, is being held in an Illinois state prison as the prime suspect in the murders of Darnell Donerson (Hudson’s mother), Jason Hudson (brother), and Julian King (nephew) this past October.
Yesterday, Balfour was formally indicted in court with three counts of first-degree murder and one count of home invasion, according to the Associated Press. Pleading not guilty to all charges, Balfour is being held without bond. As a result, Balfour’s defense attorney Joshua Kutnick has asked that Balfour, 27, be transferred from state prison to Cook County.
Kutnick’s request is expected to be assessed January 20, which is the next scheduled court hearing. Balfour will give his formal plea, and the trial judge will be chosen at this time as well.
Well folks, its the last day of 2008 and to help celebrate the coming 2009 year, Swagger is dropping a series of items with a New Year's theme. The collection features hoodies, tees, and (of course) fitteds. All of the pieces in the collection feature a multicolor celebration design.
The new collection will hit Swagger flagship stores, Swagger retailers, and the Swagger online store on the 2nd.
Thanks to the crew over at Nice Kicks, we have a closer look at the upcoming release of the Nike Air Yeezy sneakers. Although the kicks are one of the most anticipated releases from Nike, there have been mixed reviews about the shoe. Lemme know what you think.
Warren Buffett is the richest man on the planet.
Riding the surging price of Berkshire Hathaway (nyse: BRK - news - people ) stock, America's most beloved investor has seen his fortune swell to an estimated $62 billion, up $10 billion from a year ago. That massive pile of scratch puts him ahead of Microsoft (nasdaq: MSFT - news - people ) co-founder Bill Gates, who was the richest man in the world for 13 straight years.
Gates is now worth $58 billion and is ranked third in the world. He is up $2 billion from a year ago, but would have been perhaps as rich--or richer--than Buffett had Microsoft not made an unsolicited bid for Yahoo! (nasdaq: YHOO - news - people ) at the beginning of February.
Microsoft shares fell 15% between Jan. 31, the day before the company announced its bid for the search engine giant, and Feb. 11, the day we locked in stock prices for the 2008 World's Billionaires list. More than half of Gates' fortune is held outside of Microsoft shares.
Mexican telecom tycoon Carlos Slim Helú is the world's second-richest man, with an estimated net worth of $60 billion. His fortune has risen $11 billion since last March.
Buffett, whose fortune is estimated based on his stake in Berkshire Hathaway and assets he holds outside the company, refused to comment on his net worth.
The race for the title of World's Richest Man has been extremely competitive in recent months. Class A shares of Berkshire Hathaway soared 25% between the middle of July and the day we priced our list. The stock hit an all-time high of $150,000 a share in December. At that time, Buffett was worth roughly $65 billion.
Berkshire Hathaway shares closed at $137,100 per share on Tuesday, down 2% since the announcement last Friday that the company's net earnings fell 18% in the fourth quarter of last year.
Gates' fortune also swelled massively last fall. Shares of Microsoft jumped 30% between late October and early November to $37 a share, only to fall after the company announced its intentions to buy Yahoo! for $45 billion on Feb. 1.
Slim's fortune has doubled in the past two years. Stock in his most significant holding, telecom outfit America Movil (nyse: AMX - news - people ), has risen 120% since the beginning of 2006. Helú also owns stakes in Carso Global Telecom, Grupo Carso and Grupo Financiero Inbursa.
The son of a Nebraska politician, Buffett delivered newspapers as a boy. He filed his first tax return at age 13, claiming a $35 deduction for his bicycle. He moved on to study under value investing guru Benjamin Graham at Columbia University.
Buffett began buying shares in textile firm Berkshire Hathaway in 1962 and purchased a controlling stake in 1965. He began buying insurance companies and astutely investing those companies' cash reserves.
Today, Berkshire is invested in insurance (GEICO, General Re), jewelry (Borsheim's), utilities (MidAmerican Energy Holdings (other-otc: MDPWL.PK - news - people )) and food (Dairy Queen, See's Candies). It also has noncontrolling stakes in Anheuser-Busch (nyse: BUD - news - people ), Coca-Cola (nyse: KO - news - people ) and Wells Fargo (nyse: WFC - news - people ). Recently, the company disclosed it owns a significant stake in Kraft Foods (nyse: KFT - news - people ).
In December, the company purchased a 60% stake in the Pritzker family's manufacturing and services group, Marmon Holdings, for $4.5 billion. The privately held Marmon owns businesses across wire and cable, transportation services and industrial products.
Despite Buffett's meteoric rise, his days as the World's Richest Man are almost certainly numbered. He had long promised to give away his fortune posthumously. But in the summer of 2006 he irrevocably earmarked the majority of his Berkshire shares to charity, most going to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
At the time, the gift was valued at $31 billion. However, assuming that Berkshire shares continue to rise, the final amount of the donation will far exceed that sum. Buffett gives 5% of his shares to charity every July.
In October, Buffett issued a challenge to members of the Forbes 400 richest Americans list, saying he would donate $1 million to charity if the collective group (or a significant number of them) would admit they pay less taxes, as a percentage of income, than their secretaries.
Days after issuing the challenge, Buffett appeared before Congress to encourage it to keep the estate tax. Armed with a few Forbes 400 issues, he told the hearing that "dynastic wealth, the enemy of a meritocracy, is on the rise."
I think I liked Mick Boogies version better. Dope none the less. Enjoy!
Download: Jay-Z & The Notorious B.I.G. - "Brooklyn (Go Hard)" Mash-Up
Yet the Irvine woman was more curious than ecstatic about her daughter's find. After all, who would leave money in such a place?
"We just thought, 'This is someone's money,'" she said. "We would never feel good about spending it."
Rather than go on a shopping spree, the family called police and was initially told the money could be part of a drug drop.
Police later heard from store managers at Whole Foods in Tustin that an elderly woman had come in a few days earlier, hysterical because she had mistakenly returned a box of crackers with her life savings inside. In a mix-up the store restocked the box rather than composting it.
The Lake Forest woman, whose identity was not released, had lost faith in her bank and decided the box would be a safer place for the money.
Luckily for her, the box of Annie's Sour Cream and Onion Cheddar Bunny crackers were bought by the Rogoffs, who discovered the crisp $100 bills in an unmarked white envelope on Oct. 10.
The Rogoffs never heard from the woman and didn't receive a reward, but Rogoff did return to Whole Foods a couple weeks later.
"I asked them if I could have another box of crackers," she said with a laugh. The store obliged.
(Via: Yahoo News)
Another track from unknown land. This joint features Kanye and Lil Wayne's "Lollipop" Remix against a different beat. Partake.
Download: Kanye West Feat. Lil Wayne - "So Magical"
Yo, my man Urrrsher dosent stop! Here's something a little more uptempo for everyone used to Ushers "Trading Places" and other get naked tracks. I have absolutely no idea where this track is from (maybe it was a "Here I stand" reject, who knows) but enjoy the shit anyway. BTW, I think I can hear Kanye on a remix of this.
Download: Usher - "Take a Ride"
Huurr it is folks, CLOT gives us a look at part 2 of its 2008 Fall/Winter C.S.A. Collection modeled by the co-owner of CLOT, Edison Chen (talk about taking one for the team).
The new lookbook for part 2 of the Fall/Winter C.S.A. Collection gives us a sneak peak at some upcoming pieces that will be available from CLOT at Juice and the CLOT online store.
I always enjoy hearing new shit from Loso. I think homeboy is waayyy underrated. Check out how he murders the beat on this freestyle he laid down for Jigga's "Brooklyn (We Go Hard)" track.
Download: Fabolous - "Brooklyn (We Go Hard)" Freestyle
Welp...what more can I say?
Download: DJ Khaled feat. Kanye West, Jay-Z, and T-Pain - "Go Hard" Remix (Dirty Version)
Mickey Factz joins Lykke Li and Drake on this unofficial remix of Lykke Li's track "Little Bit". Feel free to partake in the dopeness.
Download: Lykke Li Feat. Drake & Mickey Factz - "Little Bit" Remix
Something new from Swizzie featuring Fat Man Scoop. Keep your iPod memory free for his new album Life After The Party which should be coming out in 2009.
Download: Swizz Beatz Feat. Fat Man Scoop - "Get Loose"
Heard this joint a few days ago by my dude Avery Storm. Im not a big R&B buff, but Im really feelin this dude.
Download: Avery Storm - "Cant Get My Words Straight"
New shit from Kenna featuring my boys The Cool Kids. Also look out for The Cool Kids video for "Pennies" to drop after the new year.
Download: Kenna feat. The Cool Kids - "Loose Wires" Remix
Aloha bitches! Check out this exclusive colorway of the Fitted Hawaii x New Era "Ki" 59Fifty fitted cap. This hat is a 5&A Dime exclusive and features an all over print of full moons, tropical flowers, palm trees and the ocean. The interior features a Neon Green satin lining with Fitted Hawaii's famous tri-lock pattern.
The cap is available now at 5&A Dime.
With all of the Holiday festivities going on, I hope this mixtape doesn't get lost in the sauce. Fashawn's new mixtape "Higher Learning" presented by the world famous NahRight and OnSmash is on point. Do yourself a favor and make sure you check this out in between opening last minute gifts.
Download: Fashawn - "Higher Learning" Mixtape
Looking to go back and remember the best of the best from your favorite artists in 2008. Well the newest mixtape from Mick Boogie and Terry Urban might help. The mixtape features tracks from Jay-Z, Kanye West, M.I.A., N*E*R*D, and more all mixed and re-mixed by Mick Boogie and Terry Urban.
Download: Mick Boogie x Terry Urban - "The Best of 2008" Mixtape
Official Crown of Laurel will be offering a 50% discount on the entire online store Today, December 26th, for 24 hours only! Stay close for this proper hook up as availability is limited and coveted new releases along with the Holiday Winter seasonal line are sure to move fast. To receive the discount, enter the code: FIFTY during checkout.
Gonna be in Hong Kong this holiday season? If so, you may want to hang around a little longer to scoop up these limited edition CLOT x Nike "1World" Air Force 1's which are only being released in Hong Kong.
The new kicks are "themed around traditional themes of luck, happiness and prosperity." The shoe features a upper comprised of a subtly patterned CLOT Royale red silk with visible Air unit and black highlights, but the most interesting point of this shoe is a top layer which can be removed via burning and cutting to reveal a second leather layer underneath that features a similar pattern as seen on the silk layer (WHAT! Cut and burn my limited CLOT Nikes? Get the fuck outta here). The shoe comes in a “Chinese Candy Box”, but all of this means nothing to unless your ass is going to be China!
This week, clothing brand Know1edge released its collaboration with Fiberops on the "Mahjong & Moonshine" Stadium Jacket. The new jacket celebrates the handover of Hong Kong to China, 10 years ago and features a black wool body, black leather sleeves, and numerous patches and embroideries throughout the jacket.
The Know1edge x Fiberops “Mahjong & Moonshine” Stadium Jacket is now available in limited quantities at 852 in Hong Kong.
Ok once again call me late (and of course it would be dealing with the same artist, oops), but I just saw this over at KXO and as a fan of good left coast music I have to say this shit is hot. My man Shawn Chrystopher holds his own on this mixtape, so make sure after you download it (if you don't already have it) hit him up on his MySpace and check out his blizog.
Download: Shawn Chrystopher - "I.W.G. (I Wear Glasses)" Mixtape
Well it seems that our site revamp diiiiidnt go over to well. haha. We received a lot of mixed feedback, but the most common comment was that the new page wasn't user friendly (whoops). With that said we have gone back to the original layout and apologize for the inconvenience.
Our goal is, and has always been, to create a fun, unique and easy to use site for you to gobble up all the hot shit we post. So we'll go back to the drawing board and assure you that the next time we put up a new page it will be dope w/ no complaints. Now...back to the posts!
New shit from my homie CurT@!n$. Enjoy!
Download: CurT@!n$ - "Yes Yes Ya’ll"
Well now here's something that I didn't know (at least up until now). Apparently Eminem record an album back in '96 (his first full length LP actually) that was never sold in stores. The album was called "Infinite" and sounds like nothing we've ever heard from Mr. Shady. There's no maniacal talk and its straight hip hop. So if you live a cave (like I apparently do), make sure you download this joint and check it out.
Download: Eminem - "Infinite"
Looking for some bragging rights to add to your sneaker collection? Well, as usual, we got you! DC Shoes and UNKL collaborated on a new limited edition (of course) Graph sneaker and Sug vinyl toy. The shoes and toy will drop in January at select locations including 5&A Dime.
Talk about cool, check out this Liquid Lamp by Japanese designer Kouichi Okamoto. The lamp is designed to look like an overturned bucket spilling red paint or blood (depends on where you mind is). Depending on the lamps style, it can stand on your table by the spilled "liquid" or oozing down your wall. The lamp is available now at Caina.
Aight, I think this cat was let out the bag a few days ago, but what the fuck better late than never right. After you download this, make sure you check out the Steve Aoki and Neptunes remix of the same track.
Download: Chester French feat. Shawn Christopher - "She Loves Everybody" Remix
As they say, "there's a first time for everyting." Fashion duo, FALSE, has released their first print art-zine "FALSE Magazine". The magazine has been in the works for almost 2 years, and comes in a limited 100 pcs which are individually hand-made, hand-bound, hand-numbered and hand-signed by the FALSE duo (man, these 2 are the truth...or the false? Whatever, the shit is legit).
The magazine contains original art works, thought pieces and self written literature in line with their fashion releases which makes this a great edition to your coffee table top.
FALSE Magazine Issue 001 is available now exclusively at the FALSE E-store.