Design: Marc Ecko Imperial Storm Trooper hooded top

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Thanks to Ian Wood for flagging up this work of genius from Marc Ecko. The designer who once tagged Air Force One now wants to sign you up for the Galactic Empire as an Imperial Storm Trooper. Taking its cue from the L-R-G ‘Dead Serious’ and DJ Nogi’s BAPE hoodies, the zip goes all the way up making the hood into a passable replica of the storm trooper helmet.

If you want to succumb to the dark side of the force, you can pick one up online here.

Links of the day

How to Persuade People With Subconscious Techniques – wikiHow

Apple Sells Unlocked 3G iPhone On Its Hong Kong Website – OMG 188 USD per month is an obscene amount for Hutchison to charge for its monthly tariff for the iPhone

Cloud computing is a trap, warns GNU founder Richard Stallman – while I have sympathy for some of what Mr Stallman says, his argument misses the point about the benefits of social software.  Open formats and APIs allow you to move from one service to another as needs must.

On the sofa: La Antena

La Antena is set in a city lives without a voice, its words appearing as visual speech bubbles. The one person who as a voice called ‘The Voice’ has no visible face. The city consumes media (the main food seems to be cookies which mirror the spiral logo of the and is controlled by its megalomaniac owner.

The media owner Mr TV has a secret plan to subjugate the citizens forever. Its up to a little girl and her family to stop his evil man from robbing the city of its words with the help of a radio transmitter and the blind boy next door. Stylistically La Antena borrows extensively from the golden age of cinema, I noticed visual cues from Metropolis, Things to Come and Nosferatu.

The film has a lush indie Hollywood film like Sin City, but was in fact made on a preverbial shoe string in Argentina.  It is the most entertaining world cinema film I have seen since Wong Kar-Wai’s 2046 (admittedly La Antena doesn’t have actors with the presence of Maggie Cheung, Gong Li or Tony Leung).

Links of the day

Oracle announces first hardware product –

Yahoo Opens R&D In Grenoble; UK Too Expensive, Too Few Engineers? | paidContent:UK – Is this an extension to the Kelkoo guys that used to be in Grenoble or somethig different (maybe to take advantage of the HP layoffs).

Transmeta calls it a day and looks for a buyer | Channel Register – This was a shame, we lost a golden technological opportunity with Transmeta when it was crushed by the duopoly of AMD and Intel

Apple Store (HongKong) – iPhone 3G  – Apple store offering unlocked iPhones. About time, though you may not have the benefit of visual voicemail. It makes sense given Hong Kong’s role as the shopping mall for the Chinese middle class. Kind of like New York for Europe and American middle class destination shopper. Thanks to Cowboy Caleb for the heads up

Chinese Internet Slang & “Netspeak” – Authenticities – Edelman Digital

Social Networking Watch: Japan’s Online Social Scene Isn’t So Social

Jargon Watch: Micro-agency

Micro-agency: this is one that Jonathan Hopkins picked up that I came up with when talking about his agency Shed. It was a blatant steal on the concept of micro-brewery – a small brewing pilot-plant based business that competes in a niche, specialism or on quality with larger more-efficient brewing operations. To me the analogy for agencies was obvious, smaller and more dynamic than even a boutique agency, but bringing more to the table for clients than a freelancer with a good  tax accountant; the trick is picking out the micro-agencies from around the industry.