1. Chris Ryan is my favourite right now. Watching his TED talk is a really great way to get into the subject of human sexuality and mating which Ryan very brilliantly unravels in his book Sex at Dawn. I’m only half way into the book but it has already changed the way I look at the whole topic. It’s a very interesting read, I can only recommend. Ryan also has a podcast that is very informative and entertaining called Tangentially Speaking, which you can download on iTunes for free.

     
     

  2. The official ‘because the internet’ poster by Sam Spratt turned out incredible. You can find me hiding behind Chance btw. It is very recommended to go read the script on www.becausetheinter.net to experience the whole world Donald created, then read it again and let it sink in.

     

  3. I finally saw Blackfish last night. Obviously it was sad as hell, but it was also a reminder of how beautiful and magnificent orcas are. How did all Sea Worlds not get closed after Free Willy is what I’m wondering. Killer wales are without a doubt highly intelligent mammals and the fact that they aren’t ripping every human to shreds they come in contact with in captivity, already shows how much more empathetic and social they are compared to the average human.  If you want to find out more, former Marineland employee Phil Demers came on the Joe Rogan Experience last week and shared some troubling insight on the whole thing. I was totally shocked to hear all the details of the shit that’s going on behind closed doors and how evil this all has become. I highly recommend checking it out.

     
     


  4. Music | Childish Gambino - telegraph ave.

    Bringing Rochelle Jordan and Donald together is probably one of the best things I’ve done all year. Rochelle co-wrote telegraph ave. and as you can undoubtedly hear, also added some of her unique melody and vocals. I’m really happy I’ve got to be around for the entire making of this song. There’s something magic about being in a room with really talented people and seeing them create right in front of your eyes. As a matter of fact, lying on the couch in the library turned studio eyes closed just listening…was my favorite thing during the making of because the internet.

    I know the hype for the album is at an all-time high, but not much longer and you’ll be able to listen to it in its entirety. Spoiler Alert: the worst guys feat. Chance will blow your mind. Make sure you listen to Ta-ku’s mix of telegraphe ave. in the meantime here.

     


  5. Recipe | Apple Cinnamon Almond Macaroons

    People have been asking me to post recipes forever, but I’ve been very adamant about avoiding exactly that. It’s not that I don’t want to share my recipes with you, seriously that’s not it. If it was up to me, every single person would eat beautiful delicous food each day of their lives. That would probably first slightly increase global warming, but then we’d be so happy, we’d find a way to cool the planet and cure cancer within like 3 years.

    The reason why I don’t post recipes is because…where do I start. My cooking process is a mess. I mean it works for me and it’s fun, but it’s a mess. The issue is while I’m cooking, I’m not following my steps carefully enough to the point where I can give you a description of how to succesfully replicate the dish, without messing up your ingredients. You have to understand, when I’m cooking I blast music, I dance, I don’t really measure stuff and I definitely don’t stick to other recipes…so yeah. It get’s tricky. I have a little red Moleskin that helps me keep track, but what I write down in there are more ‘food notes’ than actual recipes.

    Regardless, today is the day I’m manning up. I payed more attention this time, because while I made these bad boys, I knew this was going to be too  d e l i c i o u s  not to share.

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    Apple Cinnamon Almond Macaroons (aka spend basically no time in the kitchen, get all of the praise) 

    Ingredients:

    • 100g (ca. 1/2 cups) blanched & ground almonds
    • 100g sugar (if you are a responsible adult you use coconut sugar)
    • 2-3 egg whites (I used 3 medium sized ones)
    • 2 tsp blanched sliced almonds 
    • 1 tbsp cinnamon
    • 2/3 of an apple
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    Most of these ingredients you probably have at home already, plus this won’t take more than 30min max. So I just saved you money and time. You’re welcome. Also, chances are you have a lot of FWAs (friends with allergies)…okay I made that up but let’s not pretend everybody and their momma didn’t develop some sort of allergy in the last couple of years. Yet, instead of fighting it, I recommend you put your good friend hat on and remember their allergies. Trust me, they will appreciate it. These macaroons are gluten- and lactose free, so you’re covering a lot of ground here. If you use coconut sugar you can even offer these to a diabetic. Whuut? Yeah, pretty fucking amazing. Coconut sugar also packs a good amount of potassium, iron and magnesium. So we are all winning here. Sidenote: The almonds can always be replaced by hazelnuts as well. 

    Before you do anything, you should preheat the oven to 150°C (300°F). Start peeling the apple and dice it. The other third of the apple that’s left over, you start eating immediately because life is short. Throw the diced apples in a sauce pan with 2tbsp of sugar, 1tbsp of cinnamon and a few drops of water. Let it simmer on medium heat for ca. 5mins. You know the apples are ready when they have softened a bit but aren’t mushy yet. Set cinnamon’d apples aside and let cool.

    Start whipping up the egg whites until their stiff, then slowly add the sugar and whip it some more. Now simply add the ground almonds as well as the sliced almonds and finally, the cinnamon’d apples. After you have mixed all the ingredients it’s up to you to decide wether you want them regular sized (makes ca. 16) or if you want to make more delicate smaller portions. Whatever you prefer, just remember to adjust baking time. I like them thicker, so we’re going with the regular size. Those have to stay in the oven for ca. 20min BUT maybe you’re oven is on steroids, so you you should always keep a close eye on them. They should be golden/slighty brown, crispy on the outside and still a little soft on the inside when you take them out.                  

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    As you can see this is a walk in the park. Even if you never bake anything and only use your oven to reheat pizza. You can do this. Bring them to a christmas party, dinner party or any other occasion and shine. Make someone happy. Shit, or just make them for yourself and make your day.

     


  6. I ask myself where good rock music has gone on a regular basis. I was lucky to grow up with boundary pushing rock bands and sometimes I find myself sad for the generation coming up right now for hardly being exposed to that genre. (yes, this is probably the most ‘old person’ thing I ever wrote on here)

    Gladly,  Mike Shinoda of the legendary rock group Linkin Park decided to respond to an article named ‘Rock Music Sucks Now And It’s Depressing’ on Pigeons and Planes. I’m happy Mike is sharing his opinion because obviously I’m interested in his point of view, but it’s also refreshing to find out how somebody who actually lives this culture is feeling about it, compared to a sometimes uber judgmental and far removed blogger. This is not a jab, but we have to acknowledge that there is a lot going wrong with music journalism nowadays. I wrote about it last year, so you can check that out if you feel like it.

    I wish we would see more Op-Ed pieces like this on music blogs. I’m sure it would have an incredibly positive influence on the culture and help start healthy, yet interesting conversations.

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  7. It’s MJ’s birthday week so I want to share my main MJ spotify playlist with you lovely people. Listening to this you can’t help but feel amazing. It’s a bit Invincible heavy but that’s because it’s one of his best works in my opinion. People like to overlook Invincible but the arrangements are out of this world. As always the King was just ahead of his time.

    RIP Michael

    (Source: Spotify)

     

  8. #tbt me and @dembycratic in the studio in London last summer. taken by @ibralikezebra

     

  9. #tbt fool’s gold day off party NYC 2011 w/ the infamous @fluxuryb

     
     


  10. zybk35 asked: what is to be said about getting discouraged

    follow your heart, it knows if you should carry on or not

     

  11. Since you guys probably saw me do karate in Donald’s Clapping For The Wrong Reasons, I thought it was time I talked a bit about that favorite martial art of mine.  

    I’ve been doing karate for more than 13 years now. While a lot of people are first surprised and then impressed about the fact that I’m a black belt, it’s nothing I spend much time being proud of. I know that sounds crazy, but it’s okay I will explain. In the video above Sensei Swain very eloquently explains a lot of essential corner stones of karate. One of them being that the black belt only represents that you are a master of basics. That means that you have a lot more work to do once you’ve obtained your black belt, so there’s no point in dwelling in that accomplishment. Don’t get me wrong, getting my black belt took years and years of practice, personal sacrifice and commitment. But once it’s done it’s done and it’s time to move on. Also, it says a lot less about your actual skills than people think. you can be lazy and lose your form by not practicing, no matter what the color of your belt is.  

    Karate teaches you to not hold on to things, positive or negative and that’s actually a great life lesson. It helps developing your character and focusing on what’s really important.  What’s interesting is that, when you have to apply these rules in the dojo (and at competitions), you can see your character changing overall. I think it’s one of the highest and more sustainable forms of personal improvement, because the change in your personality doesn’t come from another persons preachings or ‘words of wisdom’. It comes from being more and more in tune with your own body.

    The other thing that’s amazing to me is the community aspect of it. A dojo is a little bit like a mini-Utopia, everybody cares for each other and helps out wherever they can. Being a part of that environment has an impact on you. And it’s the same no matter where you go. In 2009 I was in Miami for Art Basel, I decided to bring my gi (karate garb) and just went to the local dojo. Even though I never met any of these people before, they treated me like a family member they hadn’t seen in a while. After the class we had dinner together and exchanged karate stories. It was awesome.

    Growing up as a black nerdy girl in Germany, I didn’t feel like I was a part of any type of group, clique or community. But my dojo always felt like home. Talking about my upbringing, 15yr old me would be really proud to know that I’m not keeping this part of my life a secret anymore. This might sound unbelievable but until maybe 4 years ago I, went out of my way to ensure people didn’t know I was doing karate. Now you can catch me do karate in a viral video that’s all over the internet and I think that’s pretty cool.

    If you have any questions about karate, I’ll be more than glad to answer them. You can just hit me via the ‘Ask’ button on top of the page or send me an email at info@mislat.com …or tweet me, you know the drill.

     
     


  12. Clapping For The Wrong Reasons [short film]

    Clapping For The Wrong Reasons is like a look into our life at the Palisades house through an abstract lens. The conversations you see are real. Heated discussions were part of our day to day…and occasionally objects were thrown. In that case my old German teacher would be proud to hear that it was the book Die Leiden des jungen Werther (The Sorrows of Young Werther) by J.W. von Goethe. 

    We would all just randomly start dancing in the studio all the time. Stefan practically danced all over the house whenever he could (yes even when there was no music). I did karate on the lawn all the time and I picked lemons from that lemon tree for salad dressings every single day. Needless to say, s’mores and Pellegrino were a huge part of our diet.

    Everybody involved was just simply amazing, but I have to single out the man of the hour. Donald’s work ethic and talent is basically unheard of. He’s constantly taking risks. I mean damn, he could just be comfortable with where he is, but he’s always trying to push things forward. It’s true artistry.

    Sidenote: Chance was actually on his 5th SK energy shot during the push-up contest. 50 let him down.