Ultraviolence – Lana Del Rey Gets It Right

June 19, 2014

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I’ve always been a fan of Lana Del Rey, from the first time I happened across her song Video Games while listening to the UK top 100 (don’t ask). I needed to know who this vintage siren was who understood my nostalgia towards life gone by while remaining fully present, in the present.

When I got Born To Die and I listened to it from start to finish I said “This is the most amazing sh*t I have listened to in ages!” Then came Paradise, or Born to Die – Paradise Edition. Again, amazing tracks. I was full and in love with the poetry, vocal stylings, controversy and audacity of an actual songwriter cooing about her life, love, her dreams and of course her flavored vagina! I wasn’t expecting her to release anything for a while and I resigned myself to that. Then West Coast came out all of a sudden and I bought it as soon as I saw it on iTunes.

West Coast touched me in a way none of her other tracks did before. The dual styled song within a song speaks to the sentiment of what the West Coast (California) represents to Americans but for me, it spoke to the West Coast of my little island and how I feel whenever I’m there – hopeful, ambitious, gifted, revered and almost worshipped. Life DOES get better, on the West Coast.

Ultraviolence as a title tickled me. I first saw it on her Instagram while trolling through my feed, I said “yaaaaaassssss bitch! Give it to me!” Upon regaining my composure I said I must get the album when it came out.

Hearing Ultraviolence was like hearing my unwritten journal entries being sung out loud by a voice that wasn’t mine. Here were my innermost thoughts and secrets being aired and reverberating through my bed from my subwoofer. I can relate to the album a little too much, more than even my closest friends will realize.

The toxic relationships, the unwavering love in the face of apathy, emotional retardation, indifference and general melancholy reminded me of my dedicated love, like St. Jude, the patron saint of lost causes, that still lives on to this day. A love that haunts, overwhelms and envelops.
F*cked My Way Up to the Top has replaced Cola in my mind’s default Tourette’s like song outburst. The gall of her! She is definitely controversial but it doesn’t feel deliberate. It’s simply honest and unapologetic (Hey Rihanna) and she makes real music about real life and real experiences. Some literal, some metaphorical, some lived and some witnessed.

The me of today feels about Lana Del Rey’s music like how the me of the 90s felt about Alanis Morissette. Having grown darker and more honest with myself and my pathology, Lana Del Rey is my new drug of choice.

And to the one person who won’t read this – Old Money is the song I dedicate to you, even if you change your mind I’ll come, come come.


First post of 2014 with Video

January 7, 2014

So I’ve finally installed WordPress on my iPhone, over a year after having it. That means I’ll be more likely to post pics, videos and stories. I just hope I don’t post my “personal photos” accidentally! 馃槣

Check out the video here!

The purpose of this revised blog is to be more open with readers about what makes me tick, how things in the world work and to help everyone better understand what’s going on in the world around them in a way they can appreciate.

I’ll also be uploading to YouTube so check out my channel – guess what it’s called.

Watch this space to find out more of what’s happening in the life of the Superlative1.


Fashion is W.A.R

September 26, 2010

What does Fashion mean to you?
To many people, Fashion is this intangible whimsical thing that rich people with glass office doors and stark white walls use to set themselves apart from the average citizen.
Truth be told, fashion IS the average citizen. With a total global worth of $300Billion US, the fashion industry simply can’t be for a handful of super rich people you’ve never met. Fashion is about expression, from something as simple as a crisp hem line on a pair of trousers to something as sophisticated as a couture gown- even something like oversized jeans with matching jackets, all of these things are what Fashion is about.
One aspect of Fashion that people often overlook is the many charitable causes that have benefited directly from the efforts of Fashion houses. A noteworthy campain being that of the (product)RED, everything from iPods to Converse are involved in the fight to find a cure for HIV/AIDS, the beneficiary of this particular drive.
However, it is true that for many, fashion is their be all and end all; photographers, designers, models, shopaholics, musicians, actors, gay, straight or taken, there is always someone who is obsessed with fashion. The reason for this is that for people who embrace Fashion, and all its cut-throat splendour they recognize that Fashion is W.A.R:
Wild
Awe-Inspiring
Rebellious
Shred your jeans, lace up your corset or button down your jacket, Fashion is the only aspect of your life you can wear on your back, and yes even that T-Shirt that speaks about your particular religious affiliation, or dissociation is a part of Fashion. If you want to be associated with a particular group you dress as the members dress, and that would be the single most superficial yet brilliantly deep message that Fashion brings to our lives- You are welcome to be who you want and don’t you worry, there’s an outfit for just that!
So, whether you spend two minutes or 30 minutes getting dressed, it’s all a costume, nay army fatigues, so prepare for battle. Are you willing to fight for your cause?

The Fashion is W.A.R initiative by RFAHarewood is set to launch in 2013.

 

 


Like Being Robbed at Gunpoit

June 14, 2010

So I am here checking out new and inventive ways to turn the overpriced stuff I have and don’t necessarily use into some fast cash.

I investigated nearby pawn shops to offload a watch or two, but I never followed through on that because well… just because. At any rate, I had really been finding it difficult to part with my possessions since I spent so much time and effort (and money) acquiring each of those items and I hold them all so dear. Not QUITE materialistic, let’s call it sentimental. Given the difficulty, I decided to hold off hawking my belongings since I had nothing I was willing to part with.

Fast forward to me sitting down watching clips from the Isle of Wight Festival and seeing an ad with an overly made up blonde girl standing up in front of a ticket station using her cell phone, then attempting to use her phone to pay for the ticket. Here booms the announcer’s voice informing all of us wondering what’s going on that only Envirofone.com gives you money to recycle your old cell phone. Being ever so curious I decided to check it out, since I had another phone with me that I really don’t use and I’d simply transfer the contacts to my SIM card and readily part with it for the right amount of cheddar.

Imagine my surprise when I found the sister phone to my model which I paid roughly 拢123.00 for, they had the GALL to value it at 拢9.02 (the 2 pence really was the slap in the face)! Well I said to myself, this does not even include wear and tear or anything, just the flat fee! It was like being robbed at gunpoint! I was tempted to fall to my knees, toss my possessions on the floor and plead for my life! Then I decided to be cheeky and see what they would give me for the BlackBerry Curve 8520- 拢52.05 I’m like “Now they’re really having a laugh!”

I refuse to even hyperlink them in this post because they’re criminals! There are several other sites that purchase the same second hand phones for sometimes 拢30 more than Envirofone does and up! Think about that, just hit the internet and do a proper search. Don’t let their hefty advertising budget fool you, each new customer pays for an old ad.

Rubbish!


Countdown to Exodus

April 2, 2009

As that song by Chantal Kraviazuck goes,聽 “All my bags are packed I’m ready to go…” pretty much echoes my current sentiment as it relates to my zeal for a relocation. Yes the grounded world traveler plans on taking on a greater metropolitan existence.

I have spent a great deal of time contemplating which city to move to, especially from an island such as Barbados. The significance of the origin of the flights stems from two standpoints, one if the confusing and tedious issue of immigration- the ease with which my relocation can be expedited, and the other is that of aesthetics. I mean come on, I come from a holiday destination with multimillion dollar real estate right around the corner. I can’t go from living in ‘paradise’ to surviving a hell of my own choosing. So I need to give it a lot of thought.

So far I have narrowed it down to three countries, Canada, England and the United States of America. However, Canada is clearly my number one pick because currently, it’s the least controversial. As far as cities within, it’s Toronto, New York and London. The least pretentious as well as the cleanest of the three, Toronto comes out on top. Getting back to immigration, it would be easier for me to travel to either Toronto or London without a Visa, whereas for America on a whole, I would need an NIV (Non-Immigrant Visa), a process which can take months in and of itself, is costly and after your wait and expense, there is no guarantee that you will succeed in your application for one. Folly.

So that rules out the U.S.

Next point, England is just… gloomy, whereas Canada is consistent cold snow but it has sun! Now, whereas the sun and I are not friends, if I can see it and not have to be adversely affected by it, that works for me. Also, I have to mention this little fact.聽 I LOVE COATS! I went visiting the Burling Coat Factory site looking at coats that for obvious reasons would make no sense to be worn in Tropical Barbados.聽 So to all the nay-sayers telling me how one it’ll be cold, I say “You can put things on to make you warm, you can’t take enough off to make you cool.”

Finally, the issue of job opportunities comes up. Canada really does have an exceptional job market right now, and luckily, I have experience in SO many different areas, finding a job may not prove as difficult as it might be in the shrinking violets of London and New York, save if I were a drug dealer or prostitute, but that’s neither here nor there.

So, as I mentioned, I am working on a strategy of departure and have decided upon the fine city of Toronto. Fund raising efforts to be announced later. Will keep you posted.

Love, or something like it,

Superlative1
246superlative1@gmail.com


Why are YOU Unemployed?

March 5, 2009

Have you ever sat at your computer, talking to a friend about their office/workplace and be regaled with stories of how dumb, inefficient, scandalous or just downright unskilled their colleagues are? If you have friends, the answer is undoubtedly yes.

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Now as humorous as it may be, if you’re desperately searching for that dream job, or any job for that matter, it’s disheartening to say the least, to be subjected to stories which are nothing more than painful reminders that you’re not gainfully employed. Worse still is the fact that you actually are experienced/knowledgeable in the area the aforementioned ‘louse’ is inept at, yet YOU are the one home scouring newspaper after newspaper or hitting up the ever popular Monster sites (be they .com, .ca, .co.uk or whatever)
Chances are, it’s a matter of timing. Many companies advertise within, not necessarily meaning that the post is limited to those already on the company payroll, but the company in question would rather have an “I know the PERFECT person for this job!” type situation so they have some idea of how that potential employee might turn out (company they keep) and in turn, have someone to blame other than Human Resources. Solution: keep checking with your friends/associates about opportunities within their organizations that may be available, although not advertised. You may be surprised at how easy it is once you start asking the right people the right questions.
On the converse side, “Why is it I go on ALL these interviews and I still don’t get it!” seems to be the common plight of many an unemployed person. I say, stop and think about the interview. One has to learn to balance being professional without being stiff, and being engaging without being overly ‘familiar’ with the interviewer. Also, your personality should match the position you’re applying for and the image of the organization itself. Let’s say for instance KPMG advertised a vacancy for an actuary, showing up dressed like a low-rent clerk and trying to be a comedian to dispel the tension in the room may not necessarily be the wisest approach. Likewise, a corner store may not want an uptight snob dealing with their clientele either. So always be cautious and conscious of how you are making yourself appear and get an idea of the personality the company or organization may be looking for.

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When all is said and done, even if you have the perfect r茅sum茅 or CV (depending on where you’re from), be the perfect interview and聽 still not get the job. Don’t beat yourself up about things beyond your control, just keep trying and don’t let a simple obstacle stop you altogether. Keep looking, you just might find an opportunity that you weren’t expecting.

Good luck!


Consultancy Services

February 24, 2009

Consultancy Services & Fees:

1. Full-Time Consultant
Services will include:
路 Linguistic monitoring (spelling, grammar, syntax etc.) to ensure the highest quality and professional presentation of information, while maintaining its accessibility to the average user of the site.
路 Research and Information verification- this would encompass fact verification, validity checks on information received and intended for publication, finding and presenting educational resource information that is most current and applicable to the local dynamic.
路 Networking with professionals and other persons in the varying fields addressed in the site to allow for group counseling sessions as well as one-on-one sessions within and outside of a religious based setting based on the personal beliefs of the individual seeking council.
路 On-site* scheduling and event management/planning to ease with excessive demands for time in the event of scheduling conflicts overlapping deadlines.
路 7 days a week availability** for general advice or to double check information as well as ventures in which either the organization as a whole or any of its members may be getting involved
Fee: $2600- $3500 per month ($650- $875 per week)***

2. Part-Time Consultant
Services will include:
路 Linguistic monitoring (spelling, grammar, syntax etc.) to ensure the highest quality and professional presentation of information, while maintaining its accessibility to the average user of the site.
路 Research and Information verification- this would encompass fact verification, validity checks on information received and intended for publication, finding and presenting educational resource information that is most current and applicable to the local dynamic.
路 3 days a week availability** for general advice and to double check information as well as ventures in which either the organization as a whole or any of its members may be getting involved
Fee: $1500- $2500 per month ($375- $625 per week)***

*On-site service refers to time spent in the Bahamas working on projects. Travel (within the Bahamas) and entertainment allowances etc., will be included in the Full-Time fee accounting for the salary schedule. Plane fare and such incidentals will be incurred at the expense of the company.

**Availability will include e-mail, instant messaging, text messaging as well as voice calls, and may be done at any time of the day preferably after 4 hours notice has been given and the time agreed upon however, last minute urgent communication will not be discouraged.

*** Given the current exchange rate of the Bahamas Dollar to the U.S. Dollar being 1 to 1, fees will be paid in either currency, or that which is higher at the time of payment finalization. Fees are negotiable only until contract finalization. Any adjustment thereafter must be agreed upon by BOTH parties within reason. (May not be applied to incidental expenses incurred during the performance of duties.)


For The Record

February 24, 2009

I’d just like to take this opportunity to point out a few things that have annoyed me or in some way affected me in a negative manner of recent.

1. Ignorant names for children.

Now I won’t accept “thee parents’ names were boring”聽 as justification for naming your children folly. These names may seem cute to you at the time, or even original, but somewhere along the lines, they lose their shine and the children are left to deal with some crap for names.
The current examples:
i. Le-a (Pronounced Leedasha) and
ii. Asshol茅 (Pronounced Asholay)
I’ve decided within myself those parents need to be reprimanded for naming their children those foolish names and the children be allowed to change them if they so desire.
However, I will admit the first name inspired me to come up with a sexy name for an Indian child: “&” That’s right, ‘ampersand’. I can hear it now, Ampersand Pardasani is a HOT name, but to each his own.

2. Theft on Public Transportation

For those of you who may or may not know, or even care for that matter, I have been the victim of not one but TWO incidents of theft aboard public transportation vehicles. It needs to stop. I dislike theft in general but especially such cowardice as pick pocketing. At least gun point shows some testicular fortitude, though I abhor gun violence of any kind, it’s still more brass b… I digress. The fact of the matter is I decree Harsher Penalties for Persons found Guilty of Theft!

3. The rise of the Dunce Class

It has baffled me for many a moon as to how being stupid is now the order of the day. I am sure you, my educated readers remember the days when all the rave was school, educating oneself, having a command of the standard and what not. However that is being seen as ‘old school’ and the new wave being ridden is that of abandonment of values, norms and a general disregard for self-improvement. What happened?
Personally, I believe one too many parent refused to burst their child’s ass and tell them “You, go! Learn!” and then plopping duncy down in front of a television to watch shite. No longer is聽 Sesame Street as enlightening as it was, it has now been watered down, glossed up and super commercialized to dominate sales and saw down the glazed over little kiddies abandoned by their hard working parents. Bring the old Sesame Street back. Frig Dora, she’s a loser.

That’s it for now, my little announcement of sorts is over. I just had to clear my mind of that.

You may now returned to your regularly scheduled lives.


The List ’08

November 21, 2008

My birthday, more commonly known as November 25th is Tuesday! (it’s also pay day so there’s no excuse) Thanks everyone that made last year so special.

I now present to you, the List.

+ Colognes: Bvlgari, Givenchy, Dior ‘Fahrenheit’ Gift Set (for Men), Issey Miyake

+ Cash: Always welcome and needed to maintain and improve the blog and yours truly of course.

+ Rent Money: Don’t ask why it’s separate and distinct from ‘Cash’, it just is.

+ Sunglasses: Dior, Prada, Burberry, Vogue, Versace, DKNY & Salvatore Ferragamo

+ Plane Tickets to varying destinations (Open Passage preferred)

+ Assorted Designer Clothing (The Website is just a suggestion)

+ Graphic T’s

+ Membership and passes at Gyms & Spas

+ Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners (November 24th-26th)

+ Digital Camera

+ Cell phone: Whichever latest gadget has the techs moist

+ iPod Touch

+ Laptop

+ Psycho Bunny Cuff links and ties from Saks Fifth Avenue

***Variations to the list are welcome:)***

Hope to see you this year!

Oh for those of you wondering what I’m doing this year since it’s my first year where I won’t have to worry about University, I’ll keep you posted, probably not throwing a big bash, but then again, I may very well be. 馃檪


Exclusive! Pics of Rihanna and Chris Brown in Barbados

August 13, 2008

So I’m probably going to get a lot of heat for this so it may not be up for long, but what can I say, I’m a die hard reporter at heart. Besides, I don’t have much to take away lol.

Above are some pics of Rihanna, her brother Rorrey, Chris Brown and Rihanna’s sometimes best friend Blacklandra Leandra,. You judge the pics for yourself but to me it seems like a nice friendly trip to the island, despite making my blog and subsequently newspaper headlines, Slow news week that’s all I can say about that. I hope they continue to enjoy their trip and pump some change into the Barbadian economy. Commerce is as commerce does people.


Rihanna – Circuit City

August 4, 2008

So in an attempt to make sure Rihanna never wants for anything in life, it seems every company is pitching in to make sure she gets all the work and ad spots. Latest is her video disturbia being used for Circuit City’s massive Back-to-School campaign. Check it out below.


The Countdown Is On!

July 17, 2008

Well folks, it’s 4 months until the big birthday bash for Superlative 1. This blog turns 1, and yours truly is celebrating the 2nd anniversary of his 21st Birthday.

For those of you who need a reminder, Click Here for a look at last year’s List of Approved Birthday Gifts. This year the list will be even more exclusive, and more extensive. Start saving kiddies.

Ah… here’s a hint… certain designers have made the list this year that were previously overlooked but the question is, in what category do they appear? Guess you’ll just have to wait to see who made the cut this year, why and how.


Why Il Forno (Barbados) Wants Burning Down

July 17, 2008

I am sure those of you out there who are from Barbados or have visited the South Coast and dined up and down the stretch are familiar with an establishment called ‘the View.’ Famous for… um… Rihanna went partying there one night, that’s it! Anyway, because everything else about the establishment failed to be noteworthy The View closed down and the restaurant was rennovated by some Italian businessmen. Enter Il Forno- genuine Italian restaurant and pizzaria.

For a couple months I had been toying with the idea of venturing to Il Forno and see what it is they have to offer to the hungry patrons of the South Coast and I finally made it there this week.

Reasons for the burning:

  1. While waiting to be seated no one took notice of us for a few minutes to the point where we were not sure if we should just walk in and sit down or walk out.
  2. The person who seated us looked like that guy in The Machinist and I swore the temperature of the room dropped when he walked by.
  3. The waitress who served us was as pleasant as cold sore.
  4. When asked anything she gave half-hearted responses and was not very knowledgeable to begin with. (e.g. “That bottle there, is that extra virgin?” “No it’s olive oil.” not to mention “What does this dish come with?” “Pasta” “Yes, fine, but what type of pasta?” “Spaghetti” No, it was not spaghetti.
  5. The food was average at best and the wait time seemed too long for a simple meal of pasta and tomato sauce (no meat) and a calzone.
  6. The calzone was over-stuffed with ricotta cheese and made a mess when I cut into it.
  7. Who I suspect to be the owners or at the very least the managers of the establishment could not run the credit card machine because they did not have the code. The person who had the code was across the street at the bank making change for Il Forno and we saw him coming back after they told us to go along and settle our bill later.
  8. That person was then sent home for a week

The meal came to $48. The guy lost a week’s wage. Something about that doesn’t quite seem fair. Is it his fault that noone else has the codes? At any rate the situation could have been handled differently and it was the perfect ending to an unimpressive lunch.


Nokia N95 8Gig Black vs. Blackberry Curve 8320 WiFi

May 22, 2008

This is a very self serving post. Not informative, just conducting a pole.

if you had to choose between the blackberry curve WiFi and the Nokia N95 8Gig Black which would you choose? Click here for a comparison.

Thanks to the people at GSM Arena for the wonderful site and its many features- Check them out.

***Update***
So I have decided to go for the Nokia N95 8Gig Black, since the Blackberry Curve 8320 WiFi is so dull in terms of features as well as appearance. They both have WiFi and internet browsing but the Nokia just does more, and with 8Gigs of built in memory, I think it’s a wise investment.

And for those of you harping on the fact tat the blackberry has a full QWERTY keyboard, get over it, you still end up using it like you would a regular cell phone keypad anyway.