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December 2, 2022

17-Year-Old LL Cool J Plays a Maine Gymnasium in 1985

From Kottke:

In June 1985, 17-year-old LL Cool J and his DJ Cut Creator played a gymnasium at Colby College in Waterville, Maine with maybe 120 people in attendance.

At this point, his debut album hadn't even come out yet and rapping/scratching was not widely known, so LL and CC give the unenthusiastic audience a little demonstration of what it's all about.

This is amazing.

The footage was digitized from VHS by the show’s organizer's son and he adds more information about it in the comments:

LL was paid $500 for the show. Since he was the only rap act, he was worried it would a be short performance, so my dad suggested he fill it in with the scratching and beat boxing.

LL was signed to Def Jam. My dad tried to get RUN DMC, but could not afford them, so Def Jam told him he should bring up LL Cool J.

[via @sampotts]

December 2, 2022 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

DALL-E 2 x 'The Milkmaid'

AI works its magic on Vermeer's c. 1657-1658 painting.

YouTube description:

Ogilvy Paris thinks outside the frame using AI to extend its 25 year ad saga for Nestle's La Laitière, inspired by the famous Vermeer painting "The Milkmaid" (La Laitière in French).

Using DALL-E 2's new Outpainting feature, the Ogilvy creative team gave art direction using text prompts that the AI responded to by generating new artwork imagery in keeping with the original oil on canvas realized by the paintbrush of Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer, over 350 years ago.

You can see the 17-78" × 16-18" original at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

December 2, 2022 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

SixPad Facial Fit — 'EMS facial muscle training device'

From the website:

Exercise for the face? Really? Well, yes!

There are over 24 individual muscles on each side of your face and very few of them get the attention they need.

As a matter of fact, most of us only exercise the ones we use for eating or talking.

Should we exercise the rest?

We should because our whole lifestyle is mirrored on our face.

All the fatigue, all the stress, and all the sorrows that end up making us look older than we are!

And how to best exercise them? With the SixPad Facial Fit, of course!

Using the now universally acknowledged electric muscle stimulation method, MTG's SixPad Facial Fi has two sets of eledyne fabric electrodes, delivering a 10-minute program of 20 Hz vibrations to the sides of your face, waking up even the inner muscles that are very rarely used.

Although a full charge keeps the device going for 20 hours, the default 10-minute setting is more than enough to start feeling and looking differently.

And the best part: it's not bigger than a pair of earphones, so you can always have this device with you to give your face a workout anytime and anywhere you want!

Features and Details:

• Modes: training; soft

• EMS frequency: 20 Hz

• Weight: approx. 5.6 oz

• Size: 6.8" x 8.1" x 2.8"

• Eledyne fabric electrodes

• Instructions/manual: Japanese

• Recommended use: 10 minutes/day

• Charging time: approximately 4 hours

• Continuous operating time on single charge: approximately 20 hours

• Includes 4 electrodes, laundry net, USB charging cable (Type-C), support band

• Materials: Polypropylene, ABS plastic, brass, polyester, polyurethane, stainless steel


December 2, 2022 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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