new digs

I spent most of yesterday apartment hunting with Ian. Finally, after checking out seven apartments in various neighborhoods we settled on the last one we saw which is at Damen and Crystal, right in the heart of Wicker Park (Hipster Heaven!) Out of curiosity, I looked up the term hipster on Urban Dictionary and scanned the first handful of definitions. I found the typical disparaging definitions but also stumbled upon a gem. Below is an excerpt:

Although hipsters are technically conformists within their own subculture, in comparison to the much larger mainstream mass, they are pioneers and leaders of the latest cultural trends and ideals. For example, the surge of jeans made to look old and worn (i.e. “distressed”), that have become prevalent at stores such as The Gap, American Eagle, Abercrombie and Fitch, and Hollister, were originally paraded by hipsters who shopped in thrift stores years before such clothing items were mass produced and sold to the mainstream consumer. The true irony here is that many of the detractors of hipster culture are in fact unknowingly following a path that hipsters have carved out years before them.

Obviously, this was written by someone tired of the unfair way that hipsters have been increasingly ridiculed by the public at large. I’m not saying I buy into their largely generous description of hipsters but I like the idea of fighting against the transformation of hipster into a pejorative.

Now for a couple pictures and links of things I like right now.

Nike just released their new Nike Free 5.0 V4. And they are sick.

I would run if I owned these.

I would run if I owned these.

Apparently, SFGate, San Francisco’s local clearing house for all things and information SF has a store and through that store they are hawking Rick Barry throwback Warriors jerseys.

In keep with the Bay Area theme, an SF-based band I like called LoveLikeFire has recently recorded a cover of the Magnetic Fields’ “Abigail Belle of Kilronan” that is fantastic.

Also, two films recently released are getting serious buzz and good reviews. The Cove, a documentary about animal rights abuses in Japan, and Thirst, an unconventionl vampire flic by Chan-Wook Park, the director of Oldboy. I haven’t seen either of these two films but I’ve heard nothing but good things.

Also, here is an article by Jeremy Scahill from The Nation detailing the testimony of two former Blackwater Employees (Now Xe Services LLC) on how violent behavior motivated by anti-Muslim prejudice was condoned and encouraged by Blackwater’s former CEO Erik Prince, who is a total clash of civilizations type Christian fundamentalist. Fucked up stuff. This guys sounds like a war criminal.

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