Modelo Especial Celebrates Craftsmanship With Collectible Glasses
Here at DAPS we’ve always been big fans of Modelo Especial’s particular brand of delicious Mexican beer. First off, if you haven’t tried it, you should. Go ahead, run off to your local deli and get some. Leave the tab open. We’ll be here when you come back.
::waits for you to come back::
Hi, welcome back. I hope the deli you went to had some Modelo. If not, we hope you requested that they get it in. Either way, our “time on site" just got one hell of a boost. Anyway, we wanted to tell you about this new campaign from the awesome brand.
As you can see in the video, Modelo is highlighting craftsmen around the world. In this age of digital thermometers and 3d printed glasses, it’s nice to know that someone out there is using their hands to create products that are also art.
Like who? Like woodworkers of course:
If you haven’t clicked play on either of the above videos, just know that ol’ Modelo is creating a set of collectible drinking glasses. The woodworking one features featuring classic guitar luthier, Matt Rubendall and woodworker and furniture maker, Greta de Parry.
Cool huh? Well, in the words of Forest Gump.. That’s all I have to say about that.
Check out all of the glasses on the brand’s official Facebook page.
Being from New York, I’m so proud to be published in the NYPost on the same page as John Gotti!! Growing up Gotti got more ink on the page than the pope & the president.
Poppa… we made it!
I don’t consider myself an expert on comedy. I’m not a comedian. Most of the jokes I make are terribly unfunny and the very small fraction of them that aren’t terrible are just luck. I am more intimately acquainted with comedy than most, sure. I consume comedy with a critical eye and unconsciously make notes. I laugh only when extremely impressed by the delivery or crafting of a joke as opposed to laughing every time I find something funny. I don’t know much about comedy, which is why I study it so intently.
One thing I’ve learned about comedy is that it’s observation and translation. Ever heard the phrase “comedians are modern day philosophers”? A good comedian observes the world and can sift through his/her observations and find the ones that most people don’t notice, or don’t notice in the way the comedian has noticed it. A great comedian is more than their material. Standup material is a fraction of a single percent of what a great comedian observes. And it’s not something that you can turn on and off. The higher-than-normal critical thinking and observation are there before the comedian discovers comedy and they are there constantly. It doesn’t turn off. Ever. And when you see things most people don’t and in ways they don’t, two things happen: you understand the ugliest parts of the world on a deep level, and you find yourself disconnected from most of the world because most of the world doesn’t notice what you notice. This is what causes a comedian to go into comedy - to translate their observations and to find humor among the tragic. Many great comedians are deeply plagued by this. They turn to alcohol and drugs to dull and turn off their mind.
So it’s no surprise that Robin Williams struggled with alcoholism. He went to rehab for it. He did his best to find a happy middle ground between this comedic curse and enjoying life. Ultimately, he didn’t win. What’s more troubling, for me personally, than his death is how closely it hits home. I’m not a comedic genius by any length of the imagination, but I identify with the comedic struggle. I turned to comedy to twist the darkness of my reality and to find a way to relate to others. So when a great, bright, vibrant and inspiring person like Robin Williams takes their life, the one thought on many comedians minds is: If he couldn’t make it, how will I?
Robin Williams was one of, if not the happiest on-stage personality in modern comedy. He bounced around, did voices, and was animated in every sense of the word. The laughs he brought out of people were genuine and bright, a direct reflection of his comedic talent. To learn that he couldn’t find that happiness he gave to so many is terrifying. The sole reason I involve myself in comedy is to find joy in bringing joy to others. But, as Robin Williams is evidence of, someday it stops being enough. It doesn’t turn off the mind. The ugliness that a comedian translates into humor comes to them as ugly - that is what a comedian faces. Constant ugliness. They must work to turn it into something nice. Spending every day of your life working on that gets exhausting, but there’s always hope that you’ll make it to the end of your life naturally, having found your own joy and learned to control the darkness enough so your mind isn’t constantly seeing the worst before turning it into beauty.
I am deeply affected by Robin Williams’ death because it means that the struggle is much more real and serious than I like to believe. Despite the effort I put into finding goodness within myself and the world, there’s a huge chance that someday I’ll get tired of always working to see the good before the bad. Will the darkness become more intense the deeper I dive into comedy? Will I find a way to redirect my intense observations for everything and somehow see the bad things of the world like how most people see them (they don’t)? Will I find joy in myself and have somewhere where I don’t have to translate what I see? More importantly:
If Robin Williams couldn’t make it, will I?
Talia is brilliant and hilarious and you need to follow her immediately.
Cancel whatever else non Robin Williams related you might be watching and watch his brilliant 1982 show ‘An Evening With Robin Williams’ in full
You probably do need the laugh. And if nothing else, Robin Williams would probably want you to be crying from laughter, not from sadness.
Thanks to IHCer Fish for pointing this video out
Stream the new Daft Punk remix album
The new release, Human After All Remixes, was originally released in Japan eight years ago, but is only now available worldwide. The all-star roster of remixers includes electronic music legends like Peaches, Para One, Justice, Basement Jaxx, as well as one from Daft Punk themselves.
Congrats to Staten Island’s Matt Burns, aka Airistotle, who just won his second US Air Guitar title.
New York City’s AIRISTOTLE (Matt Burns) secured his second U.S. Championship Saturday night at Kansas City’s Midland. ‘Stotle now heads to Finland to compete against two dozen other countries in the name of world peace.
Go kill it, kid.