Thursday, 23 January 2014

Monday, 13 January 2014

Key & Peele - Continental Breakfast

If you haven't seen this by now .... we can't be friends.


Corvette Stingray C7.R + Z06

Chevy unveils 'next evolution' of Corvette Stingray at Detroit auto show.





2015 Z06


The all-new Chevrolet Racing Corvette, called the C7.R, and the 2015 Corvette Z06, both made their debut.


SUBARU 2014 STI NBR Challenge race car

Subaru has unveiled its all-new WRX STI NBR Challenge race car that will compete at this year’s 24 Hours of Nurburgring race.









Ice Ice Baby

That Canadian Weather.

TOYOTA FT-1 Concept

Recently unveiled.



Could this possibly be the Supra's successor?? Only time will tell.




For those with GT6, it's available as well.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Vettel + Dubai Helipad = Donuts

Old but Gold.





What a cheeky bloke lol.

View the full article over at Redbull Motorsports

Saker Sportscars

Not many have heard of the Dutch manufacturer Saker, so I shall take it upon myself to help spread the word on this talented group of individuals.

Saker Sportscars 
The company produces 4 models (1 road car). The RapX, Sniper, GT and Sprint.

The company dates back to its beginning in 2002 and are known for both hosting the Saker Sportscar Challenges in the Netherlands and England.

Saker Sportscar Challenge
They're also known for their pure love for perfection in automotive racecars and their hunger for the #1 spot at the podium. Majority of Saker products are sold in and around Europe.




Saker RapX


The Rap X is a LeMans style closedwheel body (Fiberglass GRP) which is powered by an EJ25 engine ... yes.. that's correct.



It utilizes Subaru's 2.0L flat 4 turbo. The same engine you'd find in an STi, however it has been tuned to 275BHP @ 350Nm of torque. (Why? Think about low center of gravity.. FRS/BRZ/Porsche should come to mind).



The chassis consists of a steel space frame with adjustable double wishbones making up the suspension.


The brakes are tarox 6-pot calipers with slotted discs thus giving the vehicles entire combined weight a mere 785kg! Acceleration is listed at 0-100 in 3.4 sec (up to 2.1G)


Wheel base: 258cm
Length: 428cm
Width: 183cm
Height: 94cm
Ride Height: 5cm (adjustable)




(video below is in Dutch)





Saker Sniper 


Engine: Subaru 2.0 liter
Chassis: Steel Spaceframe
Body: Fibreglass (GRP)
Suspension: Adjustable Double Wishbones
Power / Torque: 275BHP / 350Nm
Brakes: Tarox 6-pot callibers, slotted discs
Fuel Capacity: 70 l. (optional 90 l.)
Weight: 765kg
Wheels: front 15 x 8.5 inch | rear 15 x 10.5 inch


Wheel base: 258 cm
Track front: 154 cm
Track rear: 144 cm
Length: 428 cm
Width: 183 cm
Height: 103 cm
Right height: 5 cm (adjustable)
Lap record: Zandvoort 1.46.1 | Spa Francorchamps 2.34.1
Acceleration / Lat. G Forces: 0 – 100 km/h in 3.4 sec. | up to 2,1G





Saker RapXGT (Road Legal)


Engine: Subaru 2.0 liter
Chassis: Steel Spaceframe
Body: Fibreglass (GRP)
Suspension: Adjustable Double Wishbones
Power / Torque: 275BHP / 350Nm



Brakes: Tarox 6-pot callibers, slotted discs
Fuel Capacity: 70 l. (optional 90 l.)
Weight: 785kg
Wheels: front 15 x 8.5 inch | rear 15 x 10.5 inch
Wheel base: 258 cm
Track front: 154 cm
Track rear: 144 cm
Length: 428 cm
Width: 183 cm
Height: 94 cm
Right height: 5 cm (adjustable)
Lap record: Zandvoort 1.46.1 | Spa Francorchamps 2.34.1
Acceleration / Lat. G Forces: 0 – 100 km/h in 3.4 sec. | up to 2,1G







Saker Sprint 



Engine: Subaru 2.0 liter
Chassis: Steel Spaceframe
Body: Fibreglass (GRP)
Suspension: Adjustable Double Wishbones
Power / Torque: 275BHP / 350Nm
Brakes: Tarox 6-pot callibers, slotted discs
Fuel Capacity: 70 l. (optional 90 l.)
Weight: 765kg



Wheels: front 15 x 8.5 inch | rear 15 x 10.5 inch
Wheel base: 258 cm
Track front: 154 cm
Track rear: 144 cm
Length: 428 cm
Width: 183 cm
Height: 103 cm
Right height: 5 cm (adjustable)
Lap record: Zandvoort 1.46.1 | Spa Francorchamps 2.34.1
Acceleration / Lat. G Forces: 0 – 100 km/h in 3.4 sec. | up to 2,1G





For more info check Saker Sportscars.com or Youtube for the plethora of videos.




wallpaper worthy...yet I still find it odd mating the sound of a Scooby flat 4 with this. Can someone say high pitch V8/12? 







Just Hangin'


Saturday, 11 January 2014

ELECTRONICS - REINVENTING ROBOTS

Modular Robotics has released a new product which goes by the name Moss.


Essential, Moss is a series of cube-shaped components which attach with small, spherical magnets.



To build a robot, simply connect a power supply to sensors and add additional parts, like a Bluetooth communications module.


You can pop together simple robots with motorized wheels that react to sound or light in seconds and, when you get bored, tear them apart and build something new. The kit is available for pre-order now for $150 or $400 for the Advanced Builder Kit, which comes with far more bits.




I am actually pretty excited for this. Don't be surprised if you happen to see a review I make on this product in the near future!

Friday, 10 January 2014

ART OF MIXOLOGY - TOM COLLINS

I have started a new page titled "Art Of Mixology" and moved this post. You can view it HERE 

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Kenneth Branagh's - Hamlet (1996)

When you get a moment to spare (about 4 hours), give this film a view.



1996 Hamlet [Stream]

The sound quality is a bit.... low, and the video is droggy, but it's decent.

I'd watch it again. Twas that magnificent.

TECHNOLOGY - NEXT GEN ULTRASOUND MOBILE GESTURES

Touchless gestures like scrolling and advancing a photo or music track are going to get a lot more interesting, according to Elliptic Labs, seen at CES 2014.

LAS VEGAS -- Waving your hand over a phone or tablet instead of touching the screen is cool in theory, but often jerky or temperamental in practice. Elliptic Labs is rewriting the rules of touch-free gestures using the sense of sound.


When you turn on gesture control, ultrasonic speakers begin emitting sound waves above 20kHz, outside the range of human hearing. These waves hit your hand, then bounce back to the listening microphones. From there, software turns signals into action.
Touchless inputs generally use camera optics or infrared to get their gestural commands, which means you need to be fairly close to the screen in order to trigger the action, and fairly precise. The use of sound waves, however, mean you'll have a much larger field of action to work with, and the presence or lack of light won't make a difference at all.



Elliptic Labs says it can give device-makers up to 180 degrees of sensitivity, which means you can wag your fingers and hands all around the device, and be inches away from the screen. There is such a thing as too much sensitivity, however, but OEMs can restrain and fine-tune the parameters so users get fewer unintended results, a must for people who talk with their hands.

Even with a more constrained field of motion, sound waves allow for more elaborate gestures. Spinning your hand up or down could control volume, for example, and spinning to the side could launch another action.
Another advantage? These integrated ultrasound speakers are low power, which means they'll sip at your battery stores rather than gulp.

Elliptic Labs unveiled its demo smartphone and tablet at CEATEC in Japan this past October and promises that it's actively working with device-makers to incorporate the technology in 2014. Since the Samsung Galaxy S4 was the demo smartphone, the forthcoming flagship Samsung Galaxy S5 could very well be a debut device.













View the complete article at Cnet.com

McLaren P1 - Just One Photograph...

Worth 1000 words. 

Armin Van Buuren + Heineken Presents - The Experiment



But ... who was beer sales??










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Arnold In Gravity

Lol just LOL


REAL LIFE - 52 BOOK CHALLENGE

Alright, so we all know about the new years stuff. Resolutions and what not. Well, to be honest, I'm not too fond of doing things in such a manner.. probably because I see myself as a nonconforming hipster whom purposely chooses to avoid anything to do with popular trends. ^.^

On the flip side... a personal goal of mine happens to be self development. And what better way than broadening the mind, increasing one's vocabulary and reliving a tale or two than digging into a hefty novella?

So without further ado, I present to you, the 52 Book challenge.

Essentially, the plan is to read a book a week.

Absolutely marvellous biography. I''ve even incorporated a few habits from it. 1 down, 51 to go!

Current electronic novella. I would also recommend this to anyone looking for something different and mind bending. 


I wanted to start off the first few with stuff relating to my field of study, so this is a small compilation of what's in mind so far (had a bit of help via forums);





I'll create a list to aid myself in keeping track within the next few weeks. Even if I'm not able to complete a book in a week, the goal is still 52 books by the end of the year. Now, if anyone has any suggestions, I'm all ears!

MENS FASHION - GQ GUIDE TO TIES

I'd like to think of Pizo as a place that stores not only new creative content by yours truly, but a place where one can view interesting/useful articles which, unfortunately, are usually scattered throughout the internet. 

I certainly know of a few friends whom will enjoy this. Anywho, be sure to check back regularly for tips, tricks and other saucey information pertaining to this category. Now if only GQ had a plethora of regularly decent articles on both their website and in their magazines.... *insert sad face* 

Ties Of Peace 


Photo: Tom Schierlitz
Go ahead and throw on a tie.
Feel the difference? It's a small thing, but small things are the point. When you're sporting a tie, you can pretty much stroll in anywhere you want; it's like an Admirals Club card that you wear on the outside. Whether you're suiting up for the office or laying out a look for the evening, a tie allows you to pull together the disparate elements of your wardrobe with a touch of texture or complementary color. If you learn to do it correctly—balance the width of the tie against your lapels and shirt collar, find a knot that fits your face—you'll have dressing right all tied up.

Photo: Tom Schirmacher

1. A Tie Is the First Thing People Notice
"Nice tie!" That's always what people say. Their eyes can't help but go there. So while you do want a tie that looks great all on its own, remember, it shouldn't be a novelty piece. It's meant to speak to the rest of your outfit, not stand apart from or clash with it.

Photo: Tom Schierlitz
2. Length Matters...
Whether you're six feet four or five feet six, the tip of the tie should hit right at your beltline— not three inches below it, not two inches above it. That is, unless you're doing the whole short-suit thing. And then, yes, let the tie hang tight above the navel.

Photo: Sebastian Kim
3. ...And So Does Width
At GQ, we like a narrow— but not superskinny—tie, about two and a quarter to two and three-quarter inches at its widest point. Much wider than that and you start to look like a congressman. This thinner width works both at the office and on the town, syncing up with any modern-cut suit.

Photo: Eric Ray Davidson

4. Your Knot Shouldn't Resemble a Giant Dorito
Do you want a knot the size of a P'Zone, like Stuart Scott on ESPN? No, you don't. So go ahead and ignore the half Windsor, the Prince Albert, the Super-duper Double Elliott, and all those other knots you find in sartorial guidebooks.

You really need to know only one knot—the four-in-hand. It's neither too big nor too small nor too perfectly triangular. It's natural and elegant, and it works with every collar, from a spread to a point. Learn it, never forget it, always use it.


Illustration: Brown Bird Design
Photo: Nathaniel Goldberg
5. Want Some Solid Advice? Keep It Solid
At GQ, we love a vibrantly striped repp tie or a boldly patterned club tie. But you're not going to see much in the way of dizzying paisleys or loud wallpaper prints. We're not into ties as conversation pieces. We like a tie that anchors an outfit. When we assemble one of our suit-and-tie stories, we almost always find ourselves reaching for solid or subtly patterned ties. They ground a busy shirt like a plaid or a gingham, and they stand strong against a crisp white or pale pink. They're fail-safe.

Photo: David Rinella
6. Go-Wrong Tie Wardrobe
We're not saying you shouldn't own more than five ties, but if you owned only these, you'd be set for every outfit and every occasion.

From left to right:

Wool
In the middle of winter, you'll want a tie to pair with your heavier-weight suits.

Solid Black
For formalwear occasions, for a gray suit with a white shirt, or for a leather or jean jacket. Exceptionally versatile.

Pin-Dot
Like a polka-dot, but much smarter and more subtle.

Club
Any tie with a repeating logo. Once just for the Ivy League set, now for anyone with serious style.

Repp
Still a Capitol Hill staple, but now cut skinny for the cool kids, too.

Photo: Getty Images
7. Timeless Style: Why Loose and Easy Always Looks Sharp
Seems like half the covers we shoot, our guy has his tie undone. It's one of those not-trying-at-all looks that actually take some trying.

• You don't want to resemble some broker who just lost a million bucks in the last twenty minutes. So stick with a slim, cool-guy tie—not a honking power tie.

• A little scruff always helps. It's the grooming equivalent of a loosened knot.

• And get the shirt right. A washed and worn oxford is your easiest option. But if you do go with a pressed shirt, keep it understated. Avoid those Euro ones with the stiff oversize collars; there's nothing easy and relaxed about them.



Illustration: Alexandra Compain-Tissler
8. No More Big, Fat, Wide Ties! 
The man who rebirthed the skinny tie makes his case

"A skinnier tie just feels of-the-moment right now. It's not too mainstream and not too traditional. And there's less material, so there's less potential for a color or pattern to feel garish or offensive. Plus, the way people dress is cyclical. What's rebellion and what's conformity flip-flop back and forth. For a long time, rebellion was a T-shirt and a trucker hat. Then, suddenly, that mess became conformity, and dressing up a little bit became a way to differentiate yourself. Take the Mad Men era: Back then, looking really fantastic was the way to conform, and rebellion was the beatnik in the T-shirt. And then it just flips. So right now, a well-tailored suit and skinny tie is cool. Right now, that's the mark of an individual."—Scott Sternberg, designer, Band of Outsiders


Photo: Tom Schierlitz
9. The Hands-Down Coolest Tie of the Moment
"There are very few ties that would work as well on Cary Grant as they would on the Beatles. But the black silk knit does, because it's both dressy and casual. It's always appropriate, whether you're dressing up in a gray wool suit with a crisp white dress shirt or going for a more sporty-stylish vibe and wearing it over a chambray denim shirt. We consider it the go-to seasonless tie; it adds lift to whatever you're wearing, no matter who you are."—Lisa Cohen, GQ senior fashion editor

Photo: Tom Schierlitz

10. Get All AccuWeathery and Match Your Tie to the Seasons
You should think of your tie as a way to fit in with the seasons— you know, like wearing white jeans in the summer. So if you're sporting a khaki or seersucker suit, pair it with a cotton tie. And come fall, if you're wearing tweed or flannel, reach for a woolly tie. Tiemakers these days are offering a ton of options on both sides of the seasonal spectrum. These ties provide instant personality without feeling gimmicky.

Illustration: Jean-Philippe Delhomme
11. The Style Guy
Big, perfect knot? Not for Glenn O'Brien

"Bond mistrusted anyone who tied his tie with a Windsor knot. It showed too much vanity. It was often the mark of a cad." Thus spake Fleming in From Russia with Love. I believe the vanity judgment has to do with the knot's assertive size. I have noted that the Windsor's symmetry is also the mark of the anal-retentive, the control freak, and the overfastidious. In the 1970s, it was worn on the wide ties of the archetypal fussbudget Felix Unger of The Odd Couple, and today we see it flaunted on Italian dandies and other wearers of large collars. The Windsor is sometimes referred to as "the double military knot," and we've seen it on drill sergeants, state troopers, General Patton, and Adolf Hitler. Casual asymmetry is the charm of the four-in-hand. It goes with the flow, and no two are alike.

Photo: David Rinella; Retna
12. Hey Ya! Rock a Bow Tie
There are plenty of times in a man's life—most of them the result of an invitation that includes the word attire—when a bow tie is appropriate. For those occasions, we suggest a tie-it-yourself version in black. However, there's a new breed of bow tie—by labels like Band of Outsiders, Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers, and Alexander Olch—that's much more versatile, much more...wearable. Trim yet dashing, it's the dapper man's version of the skinny straight tie. You can tie one on with almost anything, be it an easy cotton suit, a cardigan, or an oxford with the sleeves rolled up. Maybe you'll end up looking like André 3000 or some discriminating mixologist at a speakeasy cocktail joint. The point is, it's not about looking like a poindexter; it's about looking cool.

llustration: Brown Bird Design
13. Twist It, Reverse It, Tuck It 
Three ways to knot up with attitude

There's a difference between wearing a tie because you want to and because you have to. Here's how to have some fun—and look sharp—while tying one on.

Twist It
In Milan, a rakish gent will twist the skinny length of his tie at the knot so that it runs alongside (instead of behind) the wider length.

Reverse It
You can also try tying the skinny length longer than the wider length. Yes, it's affected. That's the whole point.

Tuck It
If you're feeling more military than Milan, tuck your tie between your third and fourth buttons. Think Sinatra and Clift in From Here to Eternity.


Illustration: Alexandra Compain-Tissler

14. In Defense of the Big, Fat, Wide Tie
Tom Ford on why thin isn't always in:

"I've always preferred wider lapels and wider ties, as they seem more elegant and flattering to me. There is something a bit meager and uptight about a skinny tie and jacket. After so many seasons of jackets becoming smaller and smaller, they really could not get any narrower, and it seemed time to me to start making the shoulder stronger while still fitting the waist. I think that accentuating the natural V of a man's body makes men look more masculine, less boyish, and in general more powerful."


llustration: Michael Hoeweler

15. "So I Bought the Damn Tie Bar. Now What?!"
If you haven't noticed, we're big fans of the tie bar here at GQ. And while we've been thrilled to see an uptick in real guys wearing them on the street, we've gotta say, some of you just aren't doing it right. So we asked GQ creative director Jim Moore to break down exactly how it's done

• "We see guys wearing their tie bar too high or too low all the time. The rule is simple: It goes between the third and fourth buttons of your dress shirt."


Illustration: Michael Hoeweler

• "It may sound obvious, but a tie bar doesn't just clip the front end of your tie to the back end. It fastens both ends to the placket of your shirt."


Illustration: Michael Hoeweler

• "Finally, never wear a tie bar that's wider than your tie. That's the worst! Keep things narrow."

Photo: Mario Testino
The Cheat Sheet
Slim down. If you want a modern look, go for a tie that's about two and a half inches wide.

• The tip of your tie should reach exactly to your beltline.

• The four-in-hand is the only tie knot you need to know. It goes with every shirt and suit.

• If patterns and colors confuse you, don't sweat it. A solid dark tie with a white or light-color shirt is a can't-miss combo.

• Buy a slim black silk knit tie and wear it with everything you own.

• Match your ties to your suiting fabrics— cotton ties with cotton suits in summer, wool ties with wool suits in winter.

• It's official: Bow ties are back, whether you want to wear one with your tux or with your cardigan. Buy one and learn to tie it.


View the full article over at GQ and please remember...




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