Saturday, May 31, 2008

There's blood on the floor!

Remember Crush from American Gladiator? She is an MMA fighter as well. The family is watching the saturday night prime time net work TV debut of the Elite XC. Now here is the best part. Her main sponsor is Red Alert Command & Conquer 3. Her intro music is from the game. And last but not least she is in the game!

We made the kids go to bed because she just broke her foes face. In half.

This stuff is a little rough to watch.

Friday, May 30, 2008


Here's an interesting RPG where the players play scholars writing an encyclopedia of an imaginary world or time.  The rules are only about a half page of text, so check it out.  I can't say exactly what it is about RPG rules that please me so much, but I just can't get enough of this stuff.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Bitstrips Kingmaker

Bitstrips, an neat little online program that lets you create a comic strip, is in beta. I've started the original Kingmaker scene. Help me finish the dialog by signing up for an account and adding me as a friend.


Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Bob Uecker at the Furry Convention

I've taken to listening to Brewers games on the way home so I heard this live last year. I didn't mention it at the time because I couldn't do it justice. Here it is in all it's glory: Bob Uecker describing the furry convention at his hotel in Pittsburgh in between pitches.

Uecker Furry

EDIT: Here's another picture! -g

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Memorial Day Tomorrow

Tomorrow is a day for saying thanks to those veterans who never made it back, so today I figure is a good day for those still out in the thick of it. This "photo essay" made it onto Fox news but with very little explination. I found out about it backwards, when someone with knowledge of the event was explaining before I had even seen the photos.
May 18, 2008: U.S. Marine Sgt. William O. Bee from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit in a firefight with the Taliban near Garmser in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. The Marine was uninjured in the exchange.

You don't see many USMC fighting in just T-shirts. The deal was this kid and a bunch of others were lying in bed with injuries at a US Naval Aid Station, when the Taliban attacked. The doc turned to order the kids to stay in bed, but they were already all gone...along with a few of the Navy Nurses. They grabbed up what arms they could (very limited arms and ammo) and repelled the attack. The Marine pictured here was in aid station for having broke multiple ribs just days before. The source of this info adds

"All of the Marines involved are fine, and all have been put in for commendation.

All of the Taliban won the "hole in the ground" award."

Friday, May 23, 2008

New Daedelus Video

My friend Alfred has a new video. It's for a song called "Make it So" form his forthcoming record Love to Make Music To.

R.I.P. Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, the author of those Myth Adventures books we were just talking about passed away yesterday in New Orleans.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Castle Vidcons

Since we're talking about console politics, I'll link my new favorite video game comic strip -- Castle Vidcons. It imagines the console war in a medieval setting and is quite funny. The artist hasn't made his name public, all we know is that he's a Something Awful goon.

Start reading here. Basic knowledge of the console war recommended. Ask questions in the comments if a particular strip needs unpacking.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Wii Fit

I just went out to Target and picked up a Wii Fit.  I was going to wait until lunch, but a couple of threads from the east coast talking about sell outs everywhere made me move it up a bit.  I can't believe the amount of hand wringing by the "hardcore" gamers over the Wii in general and now the Wii Fit.  What is it about the Wii's success that is so threatening to traditional gaming people?

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Prince Caspian

Suprised the kids with a trip to the movies tonight. The battle scenes were not as graphic as LOTR but they were just as visceral. Keegs came over to sit on our laps a few times.

Eddie Izzard voices a character; kinda pulls you out of the escapism. He is also voicing a character in the upcoming horrible Disney movie about Chiuauas(sp?). I feel bad but he is laughing all the way to the bank.

The movie soundtrack/score is good. How come none of you ever told me about Regina Spektor? Imagine Bjork singing instead of screaming and not angry. My less than three is all a flutter.

Sratching Ireland off the someday trip for New Zealand.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Now A Major Motion Picture

That's father and son from John Hillcoat's screen adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's The Road. Mortensen is a great casting choice -- if you saw Eastern Promises or A History of Violence you know he's as good onscreen when he's not talking as the moments when is.

Hillcoat's last film was the The Proposition -- a fantastic Australian western written by Nick Cave.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Machine Construction, Day 3

We're starting to get something that looks like something.  It's a little heavy on top, but I'm happy with the proportions.  Hose sacrificed his body to get this far, I hope his back feels better tomorrow!

Max Waters?

Please tell me someone has pointed this out before. I think I just saw Waters at age 56. He doesn't look too bad. There is a scene in Jackie Brown where Robert Forster is pretending to look at a dress in the ladies section at the department store. His expression is classic Waters.

The Original Inspiration For The Office

Thursday, May 15, 2008


MUTO a wall-painted animation by BLU from blu on Vimeo
Expect Sony to rip off this animation for an ad sometime in the next year or so.

Monday, May 12, 2008

My season two crush

American Gladiators came back tonight with some new gladiators. I didn't think they could improve on the formula. Who new just increasing the cosplay would do so much? Pheonix did.

One Laptop Per Child

In one of our late night debates, I found myself arguing for reapportioning funds from public libraries to free computers and wireless. I was not aware that someone who knew what he was talking about was actually working on a version of it:

By the way, all of the TED talks I've heard have are both interesting and well-delivered.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Another Comic

My Grandpa is kinda new to this internet thing. So when he sends me stuff like this on purpose it is even funnier.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Milk & Cheese vs Furries

Evan Dorkin brings Milk & Cheese out of retirement to brutalize geekdom's favorite whipping boys.

Read the new comic here.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Last FM + YouTube

What a great idea. Tim Bormans has coded a website that will string together YouTube music videos based on the songs you've scrobbled on LastFM.

Here's a link to my channel.

The Count

It's amazing what a few well placed bleeps can do.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Portal: the Flash Version: the Real Version

Some of you might remember seeing me play the 2-D Portal:the Flash Version a Dockcon or two ago. Since then, the ambitious geeks responsible have rendered P:tFV (all 40 levels) into actual Portal maps.

As if you needed an excuse to get your Portal on some more.

Next Gen Bunnies

While you are all corrupting yourselves with GTA IV my family is welcoming the eighth generarion of the bunny family. They have about two sets a summer so I am just counting years.

Welcome the brave one of the bunch. (and put from my mind that I will find the runt soon ... dead)

Friday, May 2, 2008

Justice: "Stress"

The new Justice video is a little bit GTA a little bit La Haine and a lot of Man Bites Dog. The way the editing and music collide feels like the clip was designed specifically to generate panic attacks.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Prayers: Answered

Well, I guess I was wrong about that whole God thing after all, because Tecmo Bowl for the DS with WiFi multiplayer is clearly evidence of His Divine Benevolence.

From Joystiq.

Warner Brothers Wakes Up

Hopefully learning a bit faster than the music industry, one studio has realized that consumers will pay for convenience. Especially if the convenience (no software medium) doesn't come along with the ridiculous skimming that occurs between theatrical release and digital rental.

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