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Marc Jacobs and Steven Meisel have created something that truly transports you back in time with the 2012 fall/winter campaign for Louis Vuitton. i love the stiff elegance and the contrast with the colours and the wild hats. Sometimes I wish wearing crazy hats and fascinators were still the norm, instead of something reserved only for the British aristocracy. Then again, it’s probably not practical considering the tropical heat i have to deal with on a daily basis.

Someone got the brilliant idea of making Game of Thrones spoof ads, but centered on the idea of what the ads would look like if Game of Thrones had super-PACs like the U.S. So this is what you get, if you cross dragons, iron thrones, incest alliances magic mystery with Washington DC. One thing’s for sure, politics is dirty everywhere, mystical realms or plain old United States.

SPOILER ALERT- you really don’t want to click play if you haven’t watched season 2.

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Besides that, this video of a Game of Thrones rom com trailer is hilarious.

So there’s a brothel in Prague, which offers patrons free sex on the condition that they allow the act to be filmed and broadcasted on the interwebs. Most people’s reactions would be a mixture of amusement/horror/disdain. This is a stretch, but in a way the concept is similar to facebook’s, or other social networking sties. In exchange for free services like uploading photos etc, users have to “surrender” the privacy of their data, details of personal lives.

Now this Czech brothel, aptly named Big Sister, opened in May 2004 and closed in November 2010. Facebook was founded in 2004 as well, but only opened its membership to the wider public (anyone above 13) in 2006. I say this brothel is pretty ahead of its time in exploiting ways to make money off the Internet.

Photographer Hana Jakrlova documented the brothel from 2006-2007, which has been published into a book.

Here’s an awesome video of Garrett McNamara, who broke the world record for largest wave surfed- a 90-foot wall of watery death in Nazaré, Portugal. Epic craziness. Makes me want to move out of this concrete jungle now to a place near the beach where I can surf  whenever i feel like it. I miss the feeling of the incredible rush you get when you catch a wave, it’s pretty close to what freedom tastes like.

GQ put together a list for the men- 35 truths about marriage. There are some gems in there, for example:

No. 4- Say this in a love note “the moon lives in the lining of your skin- pablo neruda”

No. 5- Don’t say this in a love note “I want to eat the sunbeam flaring in  your lovely body- Neruda too”

I guess say that if you want to sound like one of those people who’ve been abusing bath salts recently and becoming all cannibalistic, eating people’s faces and whatnot. But i digress.

No 34- you’ll be tempted to get a little too dependent. you may become one of those that cant operate outside your marriage, stopped playing soccer with your friends on Saturday morning, and slowly, can’t remember how your friends look like, or how to use the washing machine. Giving up on your old self completely is tempting. Don’t do it.

On the other hand, No. 35- the dependency is beautiful and important. “And yes, terrifying. But what’s more terrifying: giving yourself over to someone so completely, or never letting go at all?”

Very wise words, but very hard to draw the line between 34 and 35, and I believe it’s a very thin line. Some people slowly slip into the over-dependency camp without realising it, and one day wake up to realise they no longer recognise the person in the mirror. At the same time, what’s the point of being with a partner if you can’t rely/depend on them- But how do you really evaluate where you stand, and how often do we have to check on ourselves? I don’t have the answers so if you do, drop me a line.

Finally, this is one of the most important truths of all: No 23- you’ll learn that her feelings are real! (with an exclamation point)

You’re going to think, from time to time, that your wife is crazy. The only reason we don’t realize that most people are crazy is that we’re not married to most people. But here’s the key: Don’t tell her she’s crazy. Not only that: Stop thinking she’s crazy. Treat her irrational feelings as rational, because that’s how they feel to her. It’s called compassion. And marriage is one of the few ways we ever really learn it.

Now, i say amen to that. I love GQ, this is one of the many reasons why.

Henry Hill, the man Scorsese based his mafia classic Goodfellas on, has passed away, of natural causes.  A real larger-than-life character whose life was riddled by crime, drugs, betrayal- he snitched on his mob pals to help the Fed, was put on witness protection but then blew it because he  got into drug-related problems again.

In later years, he was a guest on Howard Stern’s radio show, opened a restaurant called Wiseguys, hosted mob-movie marathons, and hawked his own line of marinara sauce.

It seems like he really went away scot-free and even opened up his own business ventures post-mafia world. Makes you wonder why didn’t some mobster just lop off his head and be done with it? After all, his turncoat act landed 50 convictions of other mobsters. So why was he never taken down by other gangs, mafia movie-revenge style? 

NYTimes has a good piece about how Syria’s Assad family used public relations in a really sophisticated way to create a glamourous, progressive and modern image of them in the West. Vogue even published this controversial profile of Syria’s first lady in March 2011, just as Assad laid a brutal crackdown and over 10,000 Syrians died for opposing him. Vogue has since taken down its profile and apologised for it, but the reporter of the story Joan Juliet Buck said in an interview that the first lady was “extremely thin and very well-dressed, and therefore qualified to be in Vogue.” I guess this means if you put an Alexander McQueen outfit on a starving African child, she would be qualified to be featured in the magazine as well.