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Saturday, April 30, 2005

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The movie, radio show and everything



First off, the radio show for HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy can be downloaded here by Bittorrent. So far, from what I've been listening to it's pretty similar to the movie, albeit more accurate.

I went to see the movie last night and I was pleasantly surprised. I was expecting over budgeted garbage because the previous TV show was very disappointing. Also, the movie has been in post-production stages for like 20 years so I was expecting a very scrambled version.

The movie was funny, well casted and sported great special effects. My only complaint is that the funniest moments of the movie were the voiceovers by the narrator, which had text lifted straight out of the book, which kind of shows that the book has more comedic power than the movie itself did. But I was impressed by the visuals, they mixed computer graphics and live action puppetry which gave it a Labyrinth feel to it.

Definitely go see this movie, it's worth seeing regardless of whether you've read the book or not.

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7 Meter tall WEEE man



WEEE stands for Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment, and a 7 Meter tall statue has been built to show how much electronic waste that every person generates in their lifetime. Makes you think doesn't it?

Link (via BoingBoing)

Spiderman Dancing



I've been finding a bunch of little clips based around this Dancing Spiderman animation.

Another animation of Spiderman Dancing, set to music, can be found here, unfortunately it doesn't run on Firefox for me so you may have to load it up in Internet Explorer.

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Friday, April 29, 2005

Valve and Vivendi Split up? Damn you, Angelina Jolie! Is nothing sacred?



It's about frickin' time! Valve has been struggling with their own publisher ever since Half Life 2 came out because of the Internet delivery system, Steam. I really like the idea of Steam, I hope we'll see more of that kind of thing in the future. But it looks like Valve will still need a publisher anyway because they'll need to distribute Half Life 2 for the Xbox somehow.

I wonder who the publisher will be? Microsoft?

Link (via Slashdot)

Apparently, I have sexual fury



Apparently, I have sexual fury, and in liquid form at that!
This webpage allows you to spy on friends, enemies and loved ones. But I just spy on myself.

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The SubGenius Brag Generator



The Brag Generator generates random brags. Behold:

I weigh seven pounds in zero gravity,I'm the bigfooted devil of Level 14,When the Rapture comes, I'll make 'em wait!, I'm a fission reactor, I fart plutonium,I kidnapped the future and ransomed it for the past.


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Zelda: Lean Link



Link has been working out, making his body all muscly. He's been telling the fat in his body "Go home Punks, get out of this nice body!". I'm thinking that Link, and muscly, shouldn't be in the same sentence.

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Full Scale X-Wing on Ebay



Someone's selling a full-scale X-Wing on Ebay. So far, with zero bids, it's going for $40,000 US.

The life-sized X-wing in this auction is one of only 8 left in the entire world. To our knowledge, it is one of only two that have ever been released into public hands.


Only the richest of collectors would probably buy such a monster, and I'm having a hard time imagining where you could put it. You'd need a pretty big room to showcase this sucker.

Link (via Wonderland)

Thursday, April 28, 2005

How to create fake fingerprints



This guide is an interesting step by step tutorial for how to create fake fingerprints, or at least; stealing someone else's. With a couple easy to find glues and consumer products, it looks like it's pretty easy to fake a fingerprint if you wanted to.

This post is in reasponse to reading about how Disney and the Statue of Liberty require fingerprint scans.

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Playing Piano with Tennis Balls



I can't play the Canadian Anthem on the Piano, but this guy can do it while juggling. I never was much of a musician. Ha.

Link (via The Sublime Times)

Serenity = Firefly



Man I'm slow on the uptake. I had no idea that the movie Serenity was the film adaptation of the TV show Firefly! That's awesome! I knew a movie was coming out, but I hadn't heard much news about it for a long while. I was a huge fan of the show, and I was very disappointed that it got canceled because there's a serious lack of good Science Fiction on the Television.

But let me say this. Serenity looks awesome. And I hope that it sparks new interest in the TV show again.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

18 year old recieves 17 years for consensual oral sex



An 18 year old received 17 years for consensual oral sex with another boy in Kansas. Would that same boy receive less jail-time for murdering someone? Well he would have received only 5 months if he performed oral sex on a girl, but since it's a boy he gets 41 times the amount of jail time.

Sounds like the law is being a little discriminatory. I'm doubting this would happen in Canada.

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Doom Gamers scream like little girls



Apparently these two boys are playing Doom 3, which is a scary game for sure, but seriously what are these guys on? Are they really playing Doom? Or are they watching something else...? Or perhaps they are missing a few crayons short of a box.

But honestly, why are they screaming like little girls?

Link (via The Sublime Times)

Star Wars Tattoos



There's a Star Wars tattoo gallery which has hundreds of pictures of Star Wars tattoos. I haven't even begun to scratch the surface of the pictures contained there. I find myself awed at the art, and vaguely horrified at the realization that so many people have tattooed themselves with Star Wars Tattoos. I mean, I like Star Wars, and I can understand some people's passion for it, but I can never imagine myself tattooing a part of nerd culture on myself. It'd be far easier to get a T-shirt.

There's also Transformer and GI Joe tattoos here.

Link (via BoingBoing)

Monday, April 25, 2005

Steve Balmer is Fucking Nuts



Steve Balmer is Microsoft's CEO, but he thinks he's a rockstar. Seriously, this guy is on crack. If you don't believe me, check out the video of him giving a speech.

But he wasn't always this way... Wait, no he actually was.

Link (via The Sublime Times)

Nintendo Revolution Launches on Nickelodeon



The story sounded official at first and I was thinking "Nintendo airing on Nikelodeon WTF? Are they nuts?!" But then I read a little further:

Megastar actress and singer Hilary "Lizzie McGuire" Duff will also make a special appearance to perform her platinum hit single "So Yesterday."

"We were looking for an appropriate outlet to debut our new console. Nickelodeon just made a whole lot of sense as their viewership demographics mirror ours very closely," said Nintendo President Satoru Iwata. "That and kids are the only ones gullible enough to drink the Kool-Aid I'm hawking."


Yeah, he almost had me. The article also covers the launch of the PS3 on VH1

Tobey Maguire, star of the Spider-Man films and the reigning champion of the 2004 Phil Hellmuth Invitational No Limit Hold 'Em National Championship of Poker, will also make an appearance on the show, along with a special musical performance from The Postal Service, who will be playing select songs from their hit album, Give Up.

"Gaming is certainly an important hobby not just for our viewers, but for the entire world. We're excited to host the world premiere of the PlayStation 3," said executive VP of programming and production at VH1, Fred Garver. "That and we couldn't let those twits at MTV steal all the glory with that other box. So we decided to upstage them. Eat it, Real World losers!"


Sweet sweet sarcasm.

Link (via Too Much Game)

The Umbilical Brothers



I'm not really sure how to describe the Umbilical Brothers. They seem to have a number of tallents ranging from voice sound effects, to improv to physical comedy. They have a couple videos over at there website, check them out.

Link (Thanks Dave)

Crazy Japanese Sex Show



This movie is totally not safe for work, and although I wouldn't normally put something like this up, I'm finding this totally fascinating. Although it's a little difficult to find information about what this clip is actually showing I've pieced a few things together.

The gameshow depicts an all female audience which has the contestants come up and do whatever they want to a few naked men standing on the stage. At one point one contestant "wins" the chance to have sex with one of the men while the whole audience watches in awe.

I've heard about this sort of thing before. I'm not sure if this Gameshow is staged or not, but I've heard that most Japanese women have never seen or touched a penis before and this gameshow allows them to explore it without pressure.

I find the whole thing very strange, but I'm also very curious about what's going on here.

Link (via Fleshbot)

Watching TV Makes You Smarter



To reverse my post that Computers make you stupid, I've found a really good article arguing that TV infact makes you smarter. This is an argument that never sees the light of day because most people don't believe it.

Although I myself am a little skeptical that TV would make you smarter, I think that Steven Johnson has a point. My only complaint about this article is that I watch so very little American television. I tend to download foreign shows because American TV cannot deliver the kind of content I'm looking for. I also think that Johnson should have mentioned videogames and the Internet more than he did because I think TV will start showing the influences of those two mediums very soon.

What you see when you make these head-to-head comparisons is that a rising tide of complexity has been lifting programming at the bottom of the quality spectrum and at the top. ''The Sopranos'' is several times more demanding of its audiences than ''Hill Street'' was, and ''Joe Millionaire'' has made comparable advances over ''Battle of the Network Stars.'' This is the ultimate test of the Sleeper Curve theory: even the junk has improved.


Many recent hit shows -- ''24,'' ''Survivor,'' ''The Sopranos,'' ''Alias,'' ''Lost,'' ''The Simpsons,'' ''E.R.'' -- take the opposite approach, layering each scene with a thick network of affiliations. You have to focus to follow the plot, and in focusing you're exercising the parts of your brain that map social networks, that fill in missing information, that connect multiple narrative threads.


If your kids want to watch reality TV, encourage them to watch ''Survivor'' over ''Fear Factor.'' If they want to watch a mystery show, encourage ''24'' over ''Law and Order.'' If they want to play a violent game, encourage Grand Theft Auto over Quake.


Link (via BoingBoing)

Nasa's Eva Robot



NASA's been putting tax dollars to work by plumbing the Uncanny Valley. NASA has created Eva, a robot capable of human expression (although creepy as hell), speech recognition, analyzing and response. Check out the tech demonstration movie, and tell me you want one of those anywhere near you.

Link (via BoingBoing)

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Making fire using a Coke can and a Chocolate bar



When I tell people that I read that you can start a fire using a Coke can and a Chocolate bar they just stare at me and quietly walk away, leaving me following behind yelling, "it's true it's true!". And they never believe me... But you believe me, right?

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The 7th Sense



The 7th Sense is a spoof on the 6th Sense (who'da thunk it?) where the little kid doesn't see dead people, but gay people. I was skeptical at first, thinking that the movie would either be really stupid or really mean towards gay people. I was actually pleasently surprised to find that not only was it an excellent parody but also well produced and farly tasteful.

The movie is a little long, I think it's a bit over 10 minutes but it's worth checking out.

Link (via IFilm)

Saturday, April 23, 2005

I am 8-bit



I am 8-bit is a gaming art show featuring artwork inspired by classic gaming. Normally, I don't really enjoy the idea of gaming and art mixing, it usually smacks of trying too hard, this includes "New Game Journalism" and "Games as art". But I am 8-bit is actually pretty interesting, it feels more like artistic interpretations of gaming, rather than attempting to portray that games can be art.

The end result is usually quite surreal but easily identifiable.

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Computers make you stupid



Slashdot has an interesting article talking about how computers, email and instant messaging make people unfocused and lowers their IQ.

Children are now awash with "facts", but don't know what to do with them.


I agree that the Internet tends to provide more information and facts than most people know what to do with. This blog itself is proof of that very fact, its existence is to provide entertaining or interesting tid-bits of information that are found on the Internet every day. I can easily admit that there are times that my brain is floundering in a sea of "facts" and contains no overall set of information. But at the same time, I disagree that it makes me stupid.

The pervasive use of advanced technologies and their low cost have reduced hands-on experiences for children, including the simple but overwhelmingly rewarding experience of taking things apart and putting them back together.


The problem with this argument is that I think they are referring to people who don't know much about computers, and only use them for email or IM. Ever since I was a little kid and got my hands on my first computer, it was all about taking it apart, figuring out how it worked, looking beyond the surface. Everyone else seemed content to know as little about computers as they could, but I wanted to know as much as I could, and I still do. Infact, my passion for computers has grown since childhood, into a career, into post-secondary education. I would like to see these concerned parents take one of my courses and tell me that it doesn't take a large amount of intelligence, focus and hard work.

One final concern is that this argument is congruent with the argument that television, videogames, comic books and table top RPGs rot your brain. This isn't about the fact that computers or email is bad for you, but rather that stupid people are able to access what was once a nerd (smart) activity without much intelligence. I think the nerds of the world can agree that the Internet has been flooded with dangerously stupid people since 1998.

Link (via Slashdot)

Nanaca Crash!



This is a little flash game in which you launch some hapless stranger as high as you can into the air by crashing into them on your bike. You can control how far they fly by who they crash into on the way down, and by hitting them again by your bike. My best launch was 2449.52, beat that!

Link (via BoingBoing)

Dancing Elmo



Anyone here looking for Elmo tickledge, will be sorely disappointed. There is a major lack of tickling going on here, and definitely no giggling. But in its place Elmo is getting down to some U2 tunes. I just hope that Elmo's loud music doesn't get him in trouble with his neighbors.

Link (via BoingBoing)

Friday, April 22, 2005

Pistol Dryer



What can I say, it would be awesome to have one of these, that is if I ever dried my hair with a dryer. But at least I would finally have an excuse to pose infront of the mirror with a gun in my hand.

Stay back, or the hair gets it!

Link (via BoingBoing)

Sita Sings the Blues



Sita Sings the Blues is an animated Translation of the Ramayana (a Hindu Sanskrit epic) into a series of animated shorts. The animation is superb, and the story is told using scratchy records from the 20's in a Moulin Rouge kind of style. Although I'm not familiar with the story itself, it does a good job of going over the basics leaving me interested in learning more about this Indian story.

The site itself goes down from time to time so there's a torrent available at high speed.

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Pizza Cutter Art



Industry has removed the aura from objects and stripped them of their individuality. My pizza cutters seek to demolish the sterile conformity of mass produced objects and represent the stylistic and flamboyant embellishment of groups who live on the fringe of popular culture. The outlaw biker image is a break from the conformity that has taken over America since industrialization. My machined pizza cutters draw inspiration from chopper motorcycles...


Very cool, but I'm wondering how much appeal these cutters have. Perhaps he's not into this kind of stuff for the money, but rather for his own personal interest. In any case, I like how nerdy he is about the construction of tools, it's simular to how I approach things I'm interested in.

Link (via BoingBoing)

This lady is MAD



Yes, this lady is very very mad about the movie theatres. How DARE they list their times on the Internet? Do they think that old people have computers? How DARE they?! Check out the MP3 download of the message she left on the theatre's answering machine.

Link (via BoingBoing)

Four More Years of Vader



I found an interesting spoof of the politics surrounding the Bush Administration. Imagine taking all the events surrounding Bush and inserting Darth Vader's name into it instead. The movie sports Vader himself doing an interview and a bunch of clips which include the attack on Endor and rebel Luke Skywalker.

But personally the best part of it was hearing Vader say "Ah S**t!"

Link (via IFilm)

Pulp Fiction Choaching



I'm not really sure where this movie clip came from but I recognised Jules Winnfield from Pulp Fiction in it. He's apparently been coaching hockey as a part-time job when he's not Mobstering. Pretty funny stuff.

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Pink Spiders



I found this strange surreal art gallery of women and spiders mixed together in various ways. I couldn't decide if it was creepy, hot or interesting. I guess it depends on how much you dislike spiders. I personally think it's really neat.

Not safe for work by the way.

Link (via Fleshbot)

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Gorillaz: Feel Good Inc



Gorillaz has a new video out called "Feel Good Inc". I don't really enjoy Gorillaz music, but I've always liked their music videos. I would have to say that Feel Good Inc is easily their best one, it mixes slick, creepy and beautiful animation both 3D and 2D and the song isn't too bad either.

Check it out. You can also get the Bittorrent

Link (via IFilms)

How to Dance like a White Guy



Are you tired of rhythm? Now you too can learn to do awkward jerky dance movements when you order "How to Dance like a White Guy"! I think I see me a couple of times in this movie. I'm doing the whiteman clap!

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Uncle Rico's time machine on eBay



Someone has gone through the trouble of creating an exact replica of Uncle Rico's time machine from the movie Napoleon Dynamite. My only question is, does it actually plug into a wall socket and shock your nuts back in time?


Link (via BoingBoing)

Transparent Destops



These are a lot of fun. First you take a picture of what's behind your computer, and then you put that picture on your desktop and it looks like you're looking right through your computer.

I'm thinking that taking pictures like this would be fairly difficult because everything would have to line up just-so.

Link (via BoingBoing)

LARPing is lame



Oh you poor poor geeks. I love Dungeons and Dragons, and despite the lack of opportunity to play it very often, I still carry around all the rules in my head and dream up characters from time to time. But taking a look at some LARPing (Live Action Role Playing) going on in this movie here I can safely say that any desire to LARP has evaporated.

I especially love the geek throwing golf balls at the ogre yelling "Lightning Bolt! Lightning Bolt!"

Link (via The Sublime Times)

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Brooklyn cake master bakes amazing creations



Mr. Dennis is something of an urban legend in Brooklyn. He creates custom cakes for his clients that tend to be colourful and extravagant to say the least. His specialty is Red Velvet cake which is a traditional cake from the Caribbean.

This is one of the reason I love the Internet, I get a chance to see amazing things like this. Reading this article I felt like a kid and I could just imagine all his wondrous creations.

Link (via BoingBoing)

Ed Helms demonstrates Grand Theft Auto: Vatican City



Because Ed Helms can't actually get into the Vatican, he uses "Sim Vatican", which allows him to simulate what's going on. He then plays some "Grand Theft Auto: Vatican City" and goes on a Rampage and finally; he demonstrates that using a controller he can either vote for his favorite Pope, or punch the other Cardinals in the head.

Funny, funny stuff. To be honest though, I'm surprised that Jon Stewart knew what Grand Theft Auto was. He's hipper than I thought.

Link (via The Daily Show)

Screw the Ragu



Jonathan over on Gamespot's Journals has written a article called Fans & Fanboys. He calls into question whether console lovers are fans, or fanboys. Fanboys tend to have a negative context, while fans do not. He points out that when people love a certain product, like Prego spaghetti sauce, people don't really question it.

...someone who doesn't want to try Ragu spaghetti sauce again isn't considered a close-minded fool who won't accept the truth.


Link (via Gamespot Journals)

Juggling DDR



Earlier I had posted a movie of an amazing Dance Dance Revolution player, but I think he's become old news. This video here shows a guy with pretty much the same dance moves, except he's also Juggling! Good Lord man! Do you really need the challenge?

Link (via Wonderland)

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Russian Dance Contest



This video apparently is the live taping of 4th place winners of the 1979 Eurovision competition. This movie has stayed on my computer since I downloaded it, and I bring it out to watch it every once in a while. It cracks me up every time. The guy in the centre is having way too much fun, his backup men look like Klingons and the guy in blue looks like he doesn't really know what he's doing.

Link (via BoingBoing)

Pepsi on the Brain



BoingBoing points to an interesting article in which people take the Pepsi Challenge while under a MRI brain scan. It seems that people's brains enjoy the taste of Pepsi, but once they're told which drink is which, their brain changes its mind and decides it likes Coke. This lends some argument to the value of advertisement and corporate image.

My only concern with this article is... Who funded the research for this study?

Link (via BoingBoing)

Why Must You Destroy The Industry, PSP?



A Flash movie which depicts a climactic battle between the consoles of old and the PSP using the end of Final Fantasy VI. It's kind of long, but it's also pretty funny. I enjoyed the special attacks each of the consoles had. For example the PSP had the "Poor Battery Life" attack, while the GBA had the "Backward Compatibility" attack and the Xbox had the "Live" group heal ability.

You'll appreciate this movie if you're a gamer.

Link (via Slashdot)

I'm a Communist



BoingBoing has an article pointing out a debate being hosted at Cornell College about Filesharing. The debate has an amazing pannel of experts ranging from lawyers, professors, the lawyer behind Napster 2 and the CEOs of the MPAA and RIAA.

You can download the video or the audio in two formats: MKV Torrent(video) OGG Torrent (audio). If you need a player to play these formats you can download the VLC Media Player.

The debate is 3 hours long and I'm still listening through it, but already it's an engrossing event. I'm just glad that I'm not actually in the audience because RIAA and the MPAA are my Nemesis and I'd be the one in the background doing the boo-ing.

I'm going to put some quotes that I find interesting here:

RIAA, "Half of the songwriters in Nashville are unemployed"
*Audience laughs*
RIAA, "That wasn't a joke!"
*Audience laughs again*


EFF senior IP attorney, "Why would you enforce restrictions on your customers which would drive them away to Free Filesharing alternatives? Why would that be your business model?"


RIAA, "Lawsuits provide great incentive [to buy music]" *audience laughs*


EFF senior IP attorney, The movie and music industry always says they love technology. But what they don't love, is they don't love their customers using technology. Especially when it's used to create, use and distribute content. It has been this way throughout history. The music industry has always been against new technology which supports new artists. But in reality, in each case of this new technologies, they have eventually created more money for the very industries that were against them."


RIAA, "We're all making a large amount of money off of our rhetoric, why would we want to change?"


Link BoingBoing)

Cookie Monster learns that cookies are a "Sometimes Food"



The Daily Show has a little piece about the Cookie Monster going healthy. Personally I don't care that the Cookie Monster is learning that cookies are a "Sometimes Food", but some people like PVP are almost taking it personally.

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Seeking site urging RIAA to sue the President



DownhillBattle.org is looking for someone to create a parody site that will urge RIAA to sue the President for listening to pirated music. Seems like I wasn't the only one with the hopes that RIAA would sue the Prez.

Link (via BoingBoing)

Monday, April 18, 2005

People! Take to the streets and scream "Be Reasonable!"



There's an interesting interview between Jon Stewart and John P. Avlon about the polarization of American politics. Avlon believes that there is a large core of "central" people who are rational and reasonable and that they only lack passion in getting involved in issues. Avlon feels that people are tired of the two extreme politics and that there will be a movement which will provide a balance to politics.

It's interesting, and it would be nice if such a thing were to happen, but I'm thinking that he's a little misguided in thinking that rational people are going to start a movement.

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Art of the Saber



Art of the Saber is a fan made lightsaber battle with awesome choreography. I was doubtful about the quality of this movie before I watched this, but it's obvious that the two guys fighting in this movie are well versed in martial arts and fighting choreography. This is worth checking out even if you're not a Star Wars Fan, the music is really good, and the voice over is done to an old-era love letter.

Link (via FXHome)