Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
I spent many evenings over the last couple months mainlining the five seasons of Six Feet Under via HBO Go. I remembered it being a good show, with a great final episode, but something about the last 15 minutes of that finale had me in tears.
Suffice it to say that I'm not a particularly emotional person, so I found this disconcerting and still don't really understand where it came from. Clearly the characters and plotlines are compelling. The dialog is well written and naturalistic, so I was drawn in and felt a connection. But I think it was more than the content itself.
I think the way in which I watched the show had a subsuming effect, adding to the experience. Specifically, I would watch in bed, on the iPad, with earbuds. My wife would usually be asleep next to me, so the lights would be off. I would also take off my glasses, limiting my near-sighted field of vision to the iPad screen in front of me, relatively close to my face, with everything outside that screen pitch black and hazy. As a result, I felt immersed, both visually and aurally.
I think all this, combined with the compressed viewing period made possible by open access to back-catalog content and hi-def streaming capability, made for an emotional connection to a piece of art that I've hitherto not felt.
It was a little scary.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
You know what would be a fun way to kick off winter? How about watching a depressing documentary about American crime? Warner Herzog's Into the Abyss opens at the Uptown Theater starting tomorrow.
Also: Attack the Block plays Friday and Saturday at midnight. Next to Drive it is my favorite movie this year.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Zombie movies have been around FOREVER. They had a moment in the sun in the late 60's early 70's with George A Romero, but soon fell into nothing but camp and B movie.
In 2002 we got 28 days later which was IMHO a very fun movie...and shortly after in 2004 there was Dawn of the Dead, another gem of a zombie movie (and also a remake of a Romero film.)
Yea, these had a little cheese and camp, but only a little. I see them as full bore A list movies.
Since then there has been a Zombie Craze. The popularity of the old B movies has risen and a storm of new B movies have been made. Unfortunately not a lot of A class new movies have been made. Those that have been made have really moved out of zombie and into comedy (Shaun and Zombieland, both good movies, but while they have zombies, the are comedies first and zombie movies second)
(Well, Crazies was an A list Zombie Movie, I guess I just didn't like it as much as 28 days/28 weeks and the Dawn remake.)
It has also moved over into books (World War Z to name just one very popular novel), video games (Left4Dead), graphic novels, (heck, it invaded the entire Marvel Comic) universe for a time, which in turn lead to TV's The Walking Dead.
It has even moved over to the shooting world in the form of zombie targets
http://www.zombietargets.net/ (even manikin ones that BLEED!) http://zombieammo.com/zombiepress/
One of the AR-15 companies (DPMS) has been having a Zombie shooting event for 4 years now (check youtube for Outbreak Omega)
And...now we have this.
I am going to buy a box of 9mm. I am a bit disappointed they didn't have 357 magnum.
However, this makes me ask...where can the Zombie Craze spread to next?
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
i bought it, and played nearly until my fingers bled.
it is everything i wish Guitar Hero was five years ago when i succombed to the guitar game Dark Side. you can use ANY REAL ELECTRIC GUITAR. all it takes is a special cable that plugs into the guitar and into the Xbox USB port. the cable comes with the game.
my first complaint is that when you are in Amp Mode there is a noticeable fraction of a second delay from when you strum and you hear the notes coming out of the speakers. i assume it is a delay caused by my Xbox sound going through the HDMI cable into the receiver. the game suggests getting a component audio cable to plug directly into the reciever for the sound, and use the HDMI cable solely for the video. i haven't done this yet to see if it solves the problem. i assume it will. in any case, during game play you can't detect a delay as long as you have the lag setting correct. or maybe it's just that i am so bad at guitar.
my second comlaint is that they don't have Stairway to Heaven *or* Freebird.
Monday, October 17, 2011
check out this happy customer's testimonial:
"Hey I just received my new Godzilla trap a week ago and I must say that it works great and I have already caught two godzillas. The only problem I’ve had is finding a place to relocate them and transporting cost are outrageous. Also trying to fit the trap under bridges and power lines on the way to the relocation site is quite the task. I did not have the manpower to set the trap so I bought a large excavator to set it. Anyway thanks again for the great product. " -Chesley Hayman
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Velociraptor attack is the 3rd leading cause of death for men age 27-29. However, everyone must think about the implications of velociraptors: young and old, men, women and transgendered persons.
The American Society for Velociraptor Attack Prevention is a bi-partisan group of professionals, dedicated to the diffusion of knowledge concerning velociraptor attack prevention.
Know the Enemy
The velociraptor is a bipedal carnivore with a long, stiffened tail and can be distinguished from other dromaeosaurids by its long and low skull, with an upturned snout. It bores a relatively large, sickle-shaped claw, typical of dromaeosaurid and troodontid dinosaurs. This enlarged claw, up to 67 millimeters (2.6 in) long around its outer edge, is a predatory device, used to tear into the prey, delivering a fatal blow.
Velociraptors are often found on tropical islands, converted to millionarie amusement parks, but are commonly being sighted in the Pacific Northwest. Of the essential facts you should know about velociraptors:
- Velociraptors hunt in packs, and are known to form an equilateral triangle around their prey.
- Velociraptors can accelerate 4 m/s2, with a top speed of 25 m/s on open terrain, 10 m/s while wounded, and 10 m/s in indoor laboratories.
- Velociraptors can open doors, but are slowed by them. They can open an initial door in approximately 5 minutes, and will take half that time for each subsequent door.
- Velociraptors do not know fear.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
I originally came here to share this little gem http://cowbirdsinlove.com/46
Friday, September 9, 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
here is a snippet from the novella:
"A tightly rung elliptical circle or torches cast their wavering shafts prancing morbidly over the smooth surface of a rectangular, ridged alter. Expertly chisled forms of grotesque gargoyles graced the oblique rim protruberating the length of the grim orifice of death, staring forever ahead into nothingness in complete ignorance of the bloody rites enacted in their prescence."
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Monday, July 4, 2011
Friday, July 1, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
what put me in stitches was when the dinosaur runs up and throws a goat. I mean, okay I can buy that Hitler's genetic scientists in the 1940s could extra dinosaur DNA from fossils, and then apparently attach semi-robotic guns and slave them to the dino's small brain, but NO WAY can you teach a dinosaur to throw a goat.
Also, why? Was the dinosaur using the goat as a bullet sponge? Milk? Cheese? Maybe the goat ate some grenades and will explode 5 seconds after being thrown.
Further, maybe if the dinosaurs didn't spend so much time practicing their goat-throwing skills, they'd be more able to withstand some kung-fu moves. That dinosaur went down awful quick.
Definitely too much time spent studying goat strategy not enough time in the dino-dojo. I mean, the Japanese were Hitler's allies after all. This means there was plenty of opportunity to bring over top notch Aikido teachers.
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Saturday, April 2, 2011
All I can say is WOW
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Monday, February 28, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
EDIT: BTW, THIS IS FROM A SERIES OF SECULAR SERMONS INCASE THE RELIGIOUS PANSIES AROUND HERE RAN AWAY. :)
Jane McGonigal - On Productivity from The School of Life on Vimeo.
It is 45 minutes long but worth the time. The post's title is referring to about the 20 minute mark. Also, to be honest in our loving relationship(s) I feel that I should tell you that I am crushing pretty hard on Jane McGonigal.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
I know it is pledge week but did anyone catch the NPR TOTN bit, "Expert Finds Bias — Among Bias Researchers?" (audio and transcript)
The interviewee was engaging, unafraid of his argument and willing to explore any fallout and/or push-back; what little of it there is so far. That makes for a good call-in radio program. (I haven't read the site comments though. (as a rule))
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
"Final Fantasy XIII is set on the floating planet of Cocoon. The main character is Lightning, a pink-haired, sword-wielding young woman out to save her sister who is in danger of losing her soul forever. Beyond that, the plot is too intricate to even begin to explain."
""It's so cool and seductive, the idea that there is this cryptic, mysterious, confusing thing," says Lantz. "You know that there's something going on there, and you don't know what it is, but if you make the effort you can unlock the secret.""
LOL, No there isn't. No you can't.
""I personally liked that my mom didn't understand what buttons to press, and how she couldn't play the games," he explains. "It was something that I enjoyed that other people couldn't.""
LOL, Nerd with Mommy issues.
LOL, press the 'X' button.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Monday, January 31, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
Classical music is lost on me. I wish I liked it, and even tried “Classical Music for People Who Hate Classical Music.” In the end, I decided it was like playing Frogger in 2011 – you can say you enjoy it, but I suspect it’s either for the nostalgia, or you’re a curmudgeon.
However, the history of classical, and the connections to today’s music are interesting. One particularly fascinating modern influential artist is Igor Stravinksy. In addition to being afraid of the dark, marrying his first cousin, and creating the first mosh pit in 1913, he challenged the prevailing definition of music. Wikipedia calls it serial composition, but to me it sounds haunting, layered, and noisy. If I could stand classical music, Stravinksy would be my guy.
Flash forward 94 years – to when some of you tried telling me how grand Girl Talk was…OK skip that, flash forward 98 years, to when I hear Girl Talk on the current. After a quick sojourn to some terrible “Girl Talk” jazz muzak on iTunes, I find the website, name my price for the whole discography, and begin the experience. Girl Talk, aka Gregg Michael Gillis, challenges the definition of music again – laying Busta Rhymes on top of the Police background, or my favorite, Get Low on top of Cecilia. There is an art to not creating crap in this process. Hell, in art class I’d end up with brown every time I tried to combine 3 crayons.
Gillis also thumbs his nose at the system by using unauthorized samples, distributes without a formal label, and is subtly reversing the business model. After buying Girl Talk at a discount, I was reminded of several classic tracks I picked up at full price. Maybe artists should pay him for his sampling.
If you haven’t given it a listen, throw the guy a few bucks and download an album. Meanwhile, I’ll be listening to Girl Talk drop Gold Digger on top of Oh Oh It’s Magic whilst I play Dig Dug.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
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