Hamilton and Troup

June 23, 2009

Solar Collectors Covering 0.3 percent of the Sahara Could Power all of Europe

Filed under: history 101,random ish — hamiltonandtroup @ 1:17 am



Via Street Knowledge

Solar power is an exciting source of renewable energy, but has so far mostly been used to power little things like homescars and small villages. But what if solar energy was used on a scale that would power the majority of Europe? The Desertec Foundation, a Jordanian and German company are hoping to secure financing for a radically ambitious project to harness solar energy in the world’s most barren, sun-drenched expanse, the Sahara Desert. Desertec claims that if only 0.3 percent of the expanse of the Sahara was covered with solar panels, it would power the entire European continent. If up to 1 percent of the desert were covered, it could power the entire world.

Desertec hopes to construct decentralized solar fields across different parts of Northern Africa within the next 10 to 15 years. They predict that these installations will generate about 100 gigawatts of power, which would be sent over high-voltage DC lines buried under the Mediterranean and power about 15 percent of Europe. Their plans get even more ambitious from there. The company hopes to also set up a series of desalinization plants in the area as a source of clean water and for irrigation in the region in hopes of reclaiming portions of the desert. They even have a long-range plan that adds wind farms to the mix.


Posted by: Likaphenomenon 6/22/09        9:17 pm


May 26, 2009

Fast Company Magazine- 100 most creative people in Business

Filed under: Accessories,artwork,clothing,Entertainment,history 101,random ish — hamiltonandtroup @ 5:51 pm


Via Highsnobiety

Fast Company magazine has published their new list of the 100 most creative people in business. Some folks that regularly make it into our news also made the list, including Kaws, Pharrell Williams, Damien Hirst. As much as we have always liked the work of Kaws, it still impresses us over and over again of how widely known and respected the artist has become in recent years. It’s very impressive and well deserved.


Check out the whole list



Posted by: Likaphenomenon 5/26/09          1:50 pm

May 24, 2009

Happy Memorial Day Weekend

Filed under: Friends & Fam,history 101,random ish,Street Team — hamiltonandtroup @ 1:06 am

So i have been slacking the past week or so with the posts. But after this 3 day memorial weekend ill be back at it. For now enjoy some photos and check back with me on tuesday with some more knowledge for your mind!!!!



May 8, 2009

Kate Moss by Damien Hirst for Tar Magazine

Filed under: Accessories,artwork,Entertainment,history 101,random ish — hamiltonandtroup @ 4:42 am


Via Highsnobiety

The new issue of bi-annual art magazine TAR has been released and even without looking inside the issue already starts strong. Damien Hirst created the cover art, which features super model Kate Moss. Further features include pieces on Spike Jonze, Phillippe Stark, Ryan McGinley and others. You can purchase the new issue now at colette.

Personally, I feel Damien Hirst is on a level of his own. I don’t even understand where he gets his ideas and/or inspirations from but I’m trying to have some of his pieces in my crib once i get settled in!


Posted by: Likaphenomenon 5/8/09          12:42 am

May 7, 2009

The Governator talks Marijuana Legalization

Filed under: Entertainment,history 101,presidential ish,random ish — hamiltonandtroup @ 2:14 pm


Via Streetknowledge

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Tuesday it’s time for California to study whether to legalize and tax marijuana for recreational use, though he’s not yet advocating for such a change.

The governor was asked about a recent Field Poll showing that 56 percent of registered voters support legalizing and taxing marijuana to raise revenues for cash-strapped California. Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, has proposed legislation that would legalize the drug for recreational use, rather than just medical purposes.

“Well, I think it’s not time for that, but I think it’s time for a debate,” Schwarzenegger said. “I think all of those ideas of creating extra revenues, I’m always for an open debate on it. And I think we ought to study very carefully what other countries are doing that have legalized marijuana and other drugs, what effect did it have on those countries?”

He said his native Austria is revisiting some of its marijuana laws, for instance. The Austrian Parliament last year authorized cultivation of medical marijuana.

“It could very well be that everyone is happy with that decision and then we could move to that,” Schwarzenegger said of other nations’ legalization policies. “If not, we shouldn’t do it. But just because of raising revenues … we have to be careful not to make mistakes at the same time.Schwarzenegger previously has shown a casual attitude toward marijuana. He was filmed smoking a joint in the 1977 film, “Pumping Iron.” And he told the British version of GQ in 2007, “That is not a drug. It’s a leaf.” Spokesman Aaron McLear downplayed the governor’s comment as a joke at the time.

California alone could not easily legalize pot, given that it remains a federally regulated substance. Ammiano said in March he is hoping President Barack Obama would allow California to move toward legalization.

Schwarzenegger appeared Tuesday at a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection facility in Davis to promote “Wildfire Awareness Week.”


Posted by: Likaphenomenon 5/7/09                 10:13 am

May 1, 2009

History of the Blunt by Just-Ice

Filed under: Accessories,history 101,random ish — hamiltonandtroup @ 11:20 pm


Just caught this over at Street Knowledge Blogspot. Its a detailed account of the evolution of every rapper’s favorite weedsmoking instrument. Naturally, this tangent didn’t make the piece, but I thought those interested in New York lore might appreciate Just’s breakdown of how the Jamaican practice of smoking weed out of large, hollowed-out tobacco leaves (known as “fronto leafs”) evolved into an NYC ‘hood staple and, eventually, an ubiquitous rap talking point.producto

“The reason why a cigar is called a blunt is very simple. If you’re old enough, you should remember El Productos. That is the original blunt. Besides a fronto leaf, cause a fronto leaf was always here. Truth is people just couldn’t get a hold of those unless you were Jamaican. So what you used to do is go to the store, get a tray bag of weed and an El Producto blunt. And you would unwrap them like a leaf and then you would put your weed in there and roll it back up.

El Producto blunts, they went out of business in I think ‘85, ‘86. After the El Producto blunt, ’cause that was a strong ass cigar, a lot of people couldn’t take the pressure in they chest from the weed and the cigar. So El Producto created a new cigar called the Fino. That’s after the blunt. So that was a little lighter tasting. ‘Cause blunt actually means harsh. Now, a lot of people wasn’t skilled enough to unwrap the Fino and rewrap it over correctly, so they started smoking Phillies. With Phillies, all you had to do was split them open, put the weed in and roll it up. But a lot of people who smoked weed didn’t like Phillies, ’cause it burned too fast. Then we left the Phillies…Oh shit, my food’s burning, hold on…


Posted by: Likaphenomenon 5/1/09               7:16 pm 

April 26, 2009

AA 12 Military Issue Shotgun

Filed under: Accessories,history 101,limited Ed.,New Releases,presidential ish,random ish — hamiltonandtroup @ 11:08 pm



Anyone who’s watched Mythbusters enough knows the damage a shotgun can cause. But imagine combining that firepower with the ‘benefits’ of a machine gun. What you’d end up with is the Atchisson Assault Shotgun, or the AA-12 for short, which is capable of firing up to 5 12-gauge shotgun shells per second. The gun was originally designed by Maxwell Atchisson way back in 1972, but in 1987 he sold the rights to a company called Military Police Systems who spent 18 years improving and perfecting the original design.

Not only can the AA-12 cause serious amounts of damage in a small amount of time, but thanks to a proprietary gas system there’s little to no recoil, which means the weapon can actually be fired with one hand if you’ve got the muscle. It’s also made from aerospace-grade stainless steel which means there’s minimal cleaning and it actually self-lubricates with the carbon produced by a shell firing. Future Weapons had a chance to try out the AA-12, and you’ll find a clip from that episode after the jump.



Posted by: Likaphenomenon 4/26/09     7:08 pm

April 23, 2009

Mercedes McLaren SLR “Desire”

Filed under: cars,Entertainment,history 101,random ish — hamiltonandtroup @ 5:12 pm


FAB Design has just fine tuned the SLR and dubbed it as ‘Desire’. This latest creation from FAB design leaves you speechless with its unmatched looks and design. Although, compared to the standard SLR, the vehicle has gained considerably in width; it still manages to impress us. The carbon fiber rebody gives this car a distinctive style and personality.


The SLR suspension and engine have been modified to bring power up to 750 hp and nearly 800 lb/ft of torque! The FAB Design “Desire” attains a regulated top speed of 310 km/h and reaches the 100 km/h mark in just 3.6 seconds. The stylish and sleek bodywork with an additional rear wing increases the cars downforce considerably. Ultra chic, this car is definitely ‘desirable’. With the SLR “Desire”, FAB Design has made another impressive statement of its special class in the field of high-end luxury car customization.des


Limited to just 15 units this beauty on wheels which was displayed in Geneva, this exclusive beauty is already sold out!




Posted by: Likaphenomenon 4/23/09          1:11 (wish time) pm

April 20, 2009

Long Vacation………..

Filed under: Entertainment,history 101,random ish — hamiltonandtroup @ 5:50 pm

After a 5 day vacation in South Carolina im ready to get back on the grind. Wish i could have stayed longer though. Clemson is a beautiful place with great food, great people, and amazing weather. 


I never really understood why the University of Clemson changed their colors from navy blue and orange to purple and orange, but i think this photo proves the purple decision.  



Posted by: Likaphenomenon    4/20/09                  1:49 pm

April 13, 2009

Lupe Fiasco to Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

Filed under: Entertainment,history 101,random ish — hamiltonandtroup @ 5:18 pm

One of the biggest crisis affecting the world today, especially in third world, poverty stricken countries is the cleanliness of drinking water. One of the worst countries in terms of tainted water is the African Country of Ethiopia. That is why Ethiopian pop singer, Kenna, has asked the aid celebrities such as Lupe to climb Africa’s tallest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro, in an effort to help raise awareness for the water problem. 


Standing at 19,330 ft., Mt. Kilimanjaro is Africa’s largest peak. Most routes to the top take about 6-7 days of hiking and although it is a pretty common amongst avid hikers, there are still plenty of potential dangers to be faced by fiasco and co. Justin Timberlake is also said to be participating.  We wish them the best of luck and hope everyone returns safe with a new outlook on the water problems facing the world today.




Posted by: Likaphenomenon  4/13/09                    1:17 pm

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