Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Huang's World: Burgundy (Wine Episode)

Burgundy: HUANG'S WORLD (Full Episode)

Eddie Huang spends a weekend drinking wine and embracing the culture in Burgundy, France and learns about the history of the region that makes some of the best wine in the world.

Follow Eddie Huang on his adventurous culinary travels around the world.

Eddie masters the art of wine barrel making in France.

Eddie Huang is back to raise hell, and he’s drinking Burgundy in Burgundy, eating ancient stuff in Istanbul, and changing the way you see food.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Why So Serious? Sports Fans Go Too Far

Do Sports Fans Go Too Far?
Shouting maniacally at the TV. Weeping in the stands. Smashing windows. Are we taking sports a bit too seriously?

It looked like a war zone. Angry mobs ran through the streets hurling rocks and smashing storefronts. Police in riot gear fired rubber bullets and shot tear gas into the crowd. Terrified parents clutched their children and ran for safety. Before order was restored, 15 officers were injured and at least 60 people were arrested.
The strangest part?
The violence had nothing to do with war or politics. It wasn’t a protest against a terrible injustice. It was all about—wait for it—a soccer game.
Soccer fans in Buenos Aires, Argentina, were so furious that their team had lost to Germany in the 2014 World Cup final that they went on a rampage. 
What happened in Argentina is certainly an extreme example of fans going waaaaaay too far. But many of us can relate to feeling super-passionate about a team. Plenty of us dress up in elaborate costumes to show our support. We spend oodles of money on team apparel. During games, we scream and cheer and shout hysterically at our televisions. We worship our favorite athletes like gods and feel their wins and losses as if they were our own. When a referee makes a bad call, we feel deeply cheated. And yes, we have been known to weep like babies over a missed basket or fumbled pass.
It’s all part of the fun of being a fan . . . or is it? No doubt about it: Sports are really, really, really important to billions of people. But might we all be taking sports just a little too seriously?

There have been out-of-control fans for as long as there have been sporting events. In the sixth century, fans of the chariot races in Constantinople were incensed when some of the racers were imprisoned. The fans burned the city and tried to overthrow the emperor; 30,000 people died. In England, soccer “hooliganism,” as it’s called, can be traced to the 14th century, when villagers were getting so violent during games that the king had to ban the sport (which, incidentally, was then played by kicking not a ball but an inflated pig’s bladder). And today, fan brawls are so common that major cities around the U.S. have to put extra police officers on the streets after big games.
So what is it that makes fans so, well, nuts?
Some psychologists believe that it all goes back to a distant period in history when humans lived in tribes. These tribes fought each other for food, land, and power, and the battles were truly a matter of life and death. You rooted for your tribe’s warriors because they were fighting for everyone you knew and loved. Losing a battle could have meant the obliteration of your village.
Cheering for today’s “warriors”—that is, athletes— can evoke the same life-or-death feelings. That’s why in the excitement of a close game, winning may feel more important than it really is.
Feeling that way isn’t necessarily a bad thing. After all, few experiences are as exhilarating as standing amid tens of thousands of deliriously happy fans after a touchdown or home run. To watch LeBron James fly through the air and throw down a dunk is to witness a thing of beauty. According to Adam Earnheardt, a professor at Youngstown State University in Ohio, it’s the same kind of thrill you get on a roller coaster or during a scary movie.
The problems occur when strong feelings linger hours or days after a game has ended and start to interfere with life. For example, some fans get so depressed after a defeat that they skip work or school. There have even been suicides.

On the other hand, being a big fan can actually make you a happier, healthier person. Research shows that if you have a strong connection to a particular team, you are more likely to make strong connections with people. In fact, devoted fans tend to be less lonely and to have more enjoyable social lives.
It makes sense. Being a fan gives you a sense of belonging. You can be in a faraway place and feel an instant connection to someone just because he or she is wearing the hat of your favorite team. Going to games gives you a chance to bond with people from all walks of life whom you might not otherwise meet.
Fandom also fosters loyalty. Many fans are extremely devoted to their teams, even when those teams give them little to be excited about. Just ask any of the thousands of Chicago Cubs fans. It’s been more than a century since the Cubs won the World Series, yet fans come out to cheer on their team every season.
Besides, it’s not as though losing always brings out the worst in people. Even after the U.S. team suffered a crushing World Cup loss to Belgium, American soccer fans were able to celebrate goalie Tim Howard, championing him for his skill and work ethic. How wonderful that sports give us an opportunity to practice finding the good in “failure”!
Perhaps having a strong attachment to your team can be a meaningful part of your life. Maybe it’s OK and even natural to cry when your team wins or loses—especially if you’ve been supporting that team for a long time. You know how hard the players have worked, and how much they mean to your community. If they sometimes make you a little crazy, it’s only because you love them so much. On the other hand, all that time, money, and energy could be spent doing something more useful and important, rather than on something that can turn violent and depressing. Because no matter how much you love the game, at the end of the day, it’s just that: a game. — SAM APPLE | FOR SCOPE

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Casey Anderson & Brutus: Man & Grizzly Bear Relationship

GoPro: Man and Grizzly Bear - Rewriting History

More than a decade ago, Casey Anderson rescued a grizzly bear named Brutus and founded the Montana Grizzly Encounter in order to provide a natural home for other rescued grizzlies. On this Endangered Species Day, their unlikely friendship teaches us the importance of conservation and respect.

I by no means advocate people having grizzly bears as pets. In fact, that’s the very mess we are cleaning up with our rescue mission. No one should ever approach a bear whether it’s captive or wild. Two of the bears at our sanctuary are the result of people hoping to make “pets” of grizzlies and realizing after 18 years of living in small cages and being neglected, it was a bad idea. The responsibility of giving a bear a good captive life costs millions of dollars and is a lifelong commitment.
My relationship with Brutus is extremely unique. It comes from years of experience and training. And Brutus is an exceptional bear. Brutus’ life is about 90 percent bear. He runs, swims, and digs with the other bears in the sanctuary. But Brutus loves the 10 percent human part of his life also. We don’t make him do it, he wants to. It’s his extracurricular activity, and he enjoys the stimulus. It’s not only our responsibility to keep him physically healthy, but mentally healthy, and this includes his human activities. He gets excited when we pull his trailer up. He knows he is going somewhere and that he is going to have an unique experience that will leave him stimulated and fulfilled.
Together with his excitement and my passion for education, we touch the world and form a bridge between wild things and man. Through this bond, it is my hope that someday, there will be no captive grizzly bears, and that there will be a healthy population in the wild where they belong.
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Nicknamed the “animal magnet” as a kid, Casey Anderson grew up in Montana surrounded by wilderness and animals. After college, he became an animal keeper and trainer at wildlife parks, traveling to elephant orphanages in Kenya, hanging out with crocodiles and even getting thrashed by a mountain lion.
Then baby Brutus came into his life. Brutus was born in an overpopulated wildlife park. Casey rescued him from being euthanized and built a new sanctuary just for Brutus. A natural performer, Brutus was comfortable around people, making him a perfect assistant to teach park visitors about grizzly anatomy and conservation — and starring in educational videos and even feature films and television shows.
Today, Brutus continues to be Casey’s best pal. “Brutus has been a huge part of my life. He’s sort of like, well he actually was, my best man.”
Together they have worked on feature films, television shows, and commercials. When they are not on set they spend their days at Montana Grizzly Encounter, a bear rescue and education facility that Casey founded in 2004, located in Bozeman, Montana. Whether they are educating the public on grizzly conservation, wrestling in the grass, or on a location, this tandem loves what they do.
Born and raised in East Helena, Montana, Casey is a fifth generation Montanan and has been involved in Film and Television production for over 12 years. A wildlife naturalist, Casey has worked on several wildlife documentaries. He led two expeditions to Botswana’s Okavango Delta for the HD wildlife series Untamed. His acting resume includes the television series Wild Wacky World, a role in the feature film, Iron Ridge, and National Geographic’s Expedition Wild. Please check out his IMDB page for a current list: Casey Anderson IMDB Also check Casey’s website:www.caseyanderson.tv

Saturday, May 28, 2016


'Sold Out: The Underground Economy of Supreme Resellers': Full-Length

On Monday, the first part of Sold Out hit the Internet. The subsequent parts rolled out over the rest of the week, but if you've been patiently waiting to take in the entire project in one sitting, your day has come. Above you'll find the full-length cut of Sold Out, with all four parts edited into a single cohesive whole.

If you need a reminder about the story unfolding, here's Complex Style's associate editor Karizza Sanchez:

In 1994, James Jebbia opened the first Supreme location in a small storefront on Lafayette Street in New York. At the time, Supreme was a brand for skaters by skaters—even the design for the shop was more open so skaters could come right in with their skateboards. But today, 21 years later, Supreme is a legendary streetwear brand that’s cultivated a cult following well beyond that original fan base. Continuing to release product in tightly controlled, limited amounts, the brand is as big as it wants to be in New York, Los Angeles, and London; a titan in Japan—arguably its largest market.

Complex has covered Supreme for well over a decade (Complex was founded in 2002). Most of it was from afar; we wrote about releases or lookbooks. But for the last year or so, our Complex News team has been reporting from the Lafayette Street shop to cover in-store launches. Every story was the same: Lines snaked around the block, kids camped out for hours or days, sometimes even in subfreezing temperatures, just to get any Supreme item. Each Thursday drop was chaos. In April 2014, the NYPD canceled the Supreme x Nike Air Foamposite One in-store launch at the NYC flagship after a riot nearly broke out earlier that day.

But there was something much bigger here. We learned that many were in line to purchase gear that they’d later flip online for big profits, selling apparel and other items for as much as 1,200 percent above retail value. “We started to get to know these people and realized there was a business here and real money to be made,” explains Emily Oberg, Complex Editorial Producer and one of the directors of this documentary. While the reselling market is hardly new, and people have been selling Supreme online for years, it’s yet to be the focus of serious investigation—until now.

Chief Content Officer: Noah Callahan-Bever
Executive Producer: Marc Fernandez
Director of Video Production: Justin Lundstrom
Producers: Emily Oberg, Davy Gomez, Cornell Brown, Ross Scarano 
Associate Producers: Xavier Andrews, Olga Encarnacion
Directors: Davy Gomez, Emily Oberg
Writer: Emily Oberg, James Harris
Editor & Cinematographer Davy Gomez
Tokyo Cinematographer: David Allen
Los Angeles Cinematographer: Natalie Edgar
London Cinematographer: Beatriz Sastre
Drone Operator: Gladimir Nym
Colorist Courtney Feemster
Music Supervisor: Emily Oberg
Graphics: Brent Rollins, Jonathan Fouabi
Animation: Chi Chuang
Researchers: Kajal Patel, Asim Ismael
Sound Mixer: Speedy Morman
Production Assistants: Kajal Patel, John Tashiro, Marques Leonard
Footage Courtesy of: Mass Appeal, Flatbush Zombies, NBC News, Freshness Mag, RB Umali, Yu-Ming Wu
Barbara Kruger "Untitled" (I shop therefore I am) 1987
Courtesy: Mary Boone Gallery, New York

Featured Guests 
Executive Editor, HighSnobiety Jeff Carvalho
FMR Deputy Style Editor, COMPLEX Style Jian DeLeon
Fashion Editor, COMPLEX Style Matthew Henson
Stylist Racks Hogan
Founder, Maekan Eugene Kan
FMR Editor-in-Chief, four pins Lawrence Schlossman
Supreme Security Charles Scotti
Writer Glenn O'Brien
Reseller Andre, @SoleStreetSneakerCo
Reseller @CopVsDrop
Reseller @Kickz_N_Preme
Reseller Methikan
Reseller @Sole_Possession_
Reseller @Sole_Reserve
Collector @SolePremeCon

Early Birds vs. Night Owls

Late Sleeper? Blame Your Genes.

If you're not a morning person, science says you probably never will be.

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Friday, May 27, 2016


Ryusei Imai a.k.a. Little Bruce Lee

Ryusei nunchucks his way into your heart with his Bruce Lee routine via NBC's Little Big Shots hosted by Steve Harvey.

Legend Of Baby Bruce Lee

Ryuji Imai — a five-year-old "mini-me" version of Bruce Lee might actually be the reincarnation of the Li Xiao Long -himself! 
Origins of today's version of Little Phoenix were uploaded by Ryuji’s parents — they posted the following video on YouTube and it skyrocketed to over four million views in just four days.

The astonishing viral video showcases the lil' Japanese boy's extremely impressive imitation of Lee’s famous nunchaku scenes from his final (and incomplete) film, Game Of Death (1972). Several more videos were posted and the legend of Baby Bruce Lee has been born!

Ryusei began performing his impressive renditions at arenas during martial events — captivating audiences the way Bruce Lee use to. His jaw-dropping performances are currently taking the globe by storm, he is now touring the world — showcasing his nunchucking skills.

The Legend of Baby Bruce Lee continues...

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Chinese Detergent's Racist Ad by Qiaobi (俏比)

Chinese Detergent Ad Draws Charges of Racism

A Chinese laundry detergent commercial has spurred outrage online, with many social media users accusing it of blatant racism.
In the commercial for Qiaobi laundry detergent, an Asian woman shoves a detergent pod into the mouth of a black worker and unceremoniously pushes him headfirst into a washing machine.

After a quick cycle, the machine is opened and a pale Asian man emerges with a wink, to the woman’s delight.
The advertisement, which has been airing in China at least since April, has been met abroad with a combination of anger and disbelief.
But in China, where racial stereotypes in popular culture are rampant, the commercial did not seem to provoke a great deal of reaction.
Xu Chunyan, an agent for Qiaobi based in the southeastern city of Suzhou, brushed aside the criticism, saying the ad was meant to be provocative. “We did this for some sensational effect,” she said. “If we just show laundry like all the other advertisements, ours will not stand out.”
Still, there were some critical Chinese voices. On Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter, a user wrote, “My God, do marketing people have no sense of racial issues?”
Amid the controversy over racism, another accusation was tossed into the mix: plagiarism. As the website Shanghaiist pointed out, the advertisement’s concept is nearly identical to that of an ad that was broadcast in Italy nearly a decade ago — except for one significant difference.
In that video, a skinny, pale white man is placed in a spin cycle, only to emerge as a black man flexing his muscles with a hip-hop soundtrack while a tagline proclaimed, “Coloured is better.”
Westerners who visit China are often troubled by the country’s attitudes toward race, which are frequently manifested in a preoccupation with pale skin.
Elena Young, a mixed-race American who teaches kindergarten in Zhejiang Province, in eastern China, said on Thursday that she had “never been anywhere I’ve felt so discriminated against.”
“Their obsession with white skin is the most evident,” she said. “My first day in China, my school assistant ran from shaded spot to shaded spot when we walked to lunch together because she told me she didn’t want to ‘turn black.’ ”

Chinese racial biases have exploded into the broader global conversation several times in the past. In 2009, online commenters assailed a mixed-race contestant on a Chinese reality show, mocking her for having a black father, leading to a string of international news stories.
The episode set off a bout of soul-searching for some in a country where race is not often discussed in public. Raymond Zhou, a columnist for the English newspaper China Daily, wrote an article in response to the episode, reflecting on China’s issues with skin color:
“Much of China’s simmering intolerance is color-based,” he wrote. “It is not an exaggeration to say many of my countrymen have a subconscious adulation of races paler than us. The flip side: We tend to be biased against those darker skinned. It’s outright racism, but on closer examination it’s not totally race based. Many of us even look down on fellow Chinese who have darker skin, especially women.”
“It is high time we introduced some sensitivity training on races and ethnicities if we are going to latch on to the orbit of globalization,” he added. — Jonah Bromwich | The New York Times

American Psycho's Many Faces

American Psycho The Musical

American Psycho, the musical, now on Broadway. Book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik, and directed by Rupert Goold.

American Psycho (Musical)
Musical by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Lyricist: Duncan Sheik
Characters: Patrick Bateman, Luis Carruthers
It's a pretty apt moment for the resurrection of Patrick Bateman: avatar of Reagan-era American arrogance and Eighties Wall Street excess, avid Donald Trump fan, and (debatably) dabbler in serial killing. The antihero of Bret Easton Ellis's 1991 novel — an acidic satire on American capitalism — would probably feel entirely at home in today's New York. What's less clear is whether he belongs on Broadway.

American Psycho's Many Faces

American Psycho (Novel)
Originally published: 1991
Author: Bret Easton Ellis
American Psycho (Film)
Release Date: April 14th, 2000
Director: Mary Harron

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On Broadway, 'American Psycho' Is a Little Too SaneThe Village Voice

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