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Thursday, June 30, 2005

Civaholics Anonymous



Civaholics Anonymous is a Civilization 4 promotion featuring hopelessly addicted Civ junkies. Attending the meetings are players mumbling "One more turn, one more turn", George Bush, who loves the religious features of the game, and old grannies who were loving people until they got their hands on nuclear capability at which point they blew up every mother f@*$#% that got in their way.

Funny stuff. Click on the "Official Trailer 1" after the link.

Link (via Pixel Kill)

Iraq War Casualties



This is an interesting way to understand the casualties that come out of Iraq. By using Flash, this site has managed to visually represent the number of deaths that have arisen over time since the War began up until now.

One thing to realize though, is that the data isn't conclusive, and it is only representing Non-Iraqi deaths.

Link (via GrumpyGamer)

There Is No Money For #2 In The Traditional Console Race



Chittagong, a former Nintendo PR, has posted a great analysis of Nintendo's strategy in the gaming world. Although some people may consider this to be a horrible thing, I prefer a smart and maneuverable gaming company than one which is only throwing money into the fray.

The conclusions I would make at this point is that

- Expect difference between Revolution and PS3 / Xbox 360 reflect difference between PSP and DS
- Nintendo will not be doing high end multimedia devices
- Nintendo will not be doing "PSP killers" or "PS3 killers"
- Nintendo will do simple and affordable devices
- Microsoft and Sony will compete traditional market to zero profitability
- Nintendo will make a lot of money


An interesting observation has been going around that Microsoft and Sony will wage an Arms race while Nintendo quietly, and profitably sits outside of the main fight.

Link (via Kotaku)

Japanese See-Through Skirts... Wait... Or not.



Take a close look at this picture. It looks naughty doesn't it? Do you see the trick yet? These aren't actually see-through skirts, they're pictures of underwear clad asses that are painted on!

The apparently see-through skirts, which are all the rage in Tokyo, aren't see-through at all. They are cleverly designed prints, where the outline of the wearer's derriere and underwear are painted on to the fabric.


Those crazy crazy Japanese. Click to see more examples. I got this from Sue who was passing it around the office.

Edit: Whoops, it looks like I posted too soon. These pictures have been photoshopped and the skirts do not exist. Seemed plausible, I've seen crazier things done by the Japanese.

Link (Thanks Sue!)

Stop Motion Lego Star Wars Construction



This couple decided to make a day out of assembling the lego Star Destroyer from Star Wars. This thing is massive, and they show the constuction of this monster using stop motion photography. It looks like a lot of fun, but where do you put the thing afterwards?

Link (via Pixel Kill)

Spasmodic



Oh yes, it's stop motion dancing! You can't do any better than that. To be perfectly honest, I was hoping for more of the general dancing in this video, but regardless it's still really funny and done well. It's the kind of thing that makes me want to do my own little stop motion video.

The music is pretty fitting for the visual style, but there's a lot of pants coming on and off in this video. They've got a thing for pants.

Link (via BitsBlog)

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

So much easier than parenting



DribbleGlass has an awesome gallery of funny and sometimes shocking billboard ads up on their site. Be sure to check it out.

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Mr and Mrs Smith



I went to see Mr and Mrs Smith last night and I was basically only going because I think Angelina Jolie is hot and that's as far as my expectations were going. I was expecting basically a romantic comedy, but I was delightfully surprised. Perhaps that's what happens when your expectations are extremely low.

The movie turned out to be one of the funniest movies I've seen in a long time. My friends and I all laughed our asses off, which surprised me because it felt a little like a chick flick. It had action for the guys, romance for the girls and married couple squabbles for everyone else.

The reason the movie succeeded is simple; Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie worked so well together. The chemistry between them made the movie. Most of the jokes were funny not because of the lines, but because of the body language, and the "looks" they gave eachother. You know those looks. If you've ever been in a relationship before, you've gotten or given those "looks. Also, many of the conversations are ones people can relate to, except they're in a spy context. For example:

To what is essentially the sex history conversation, where a couple asks eachother how many people they've slept with before, was in actuality the "How many people have you killed" conversation. Bad Pitt's character was so upset when he found out that Jolie had "done" so many more kills than him.

A very very funny movie. Go see it, and then complain that I've raised your expectations too high.

Sweet Sweet Justice



In another case of something I "almost" posted about, the Supreme Court in America ruled for allowing private companies to seize people's houses and develop the land for business purposes. This is allowed by saying that Malls and businesses need to be developed for "The Public Good". This in itself isn't what is amazing:

A private developer has asked the code enforcement officer of the Towne of Weare, New Hampshire "to start the application process to build a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road." That's the address of Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter's home.


Fucking A! How totally sweet is that? I can't see anything better than this happening in the name of Justice "for the people". Unless of course this private developer has a seriously viscous sense of irony.

The proposed development, called "The Lost Liberty Hotel" will feature the "Just Desserts Café" and include a museum, open to the public, featuring a permanent exhibit on the loss of freedom in America. Instead of a Gideon's Bible each guest will receive a free copy of Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged."




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Canadian Pride



Canada has approved same-sex marriage today. I am personally very pleased and proud of the Canadian Government for passing this legislation, I think it sets a good example for other countries of the World. I think that in 50 years, children will look at history like this as almost a turnaround from a barbaric time in the same way that we look at the first time Women were allowed to vote.

Although I don't expect the Churches to be happy with this decision, and I don't see them providing a Church marriage anytime soon I don't think it matters. This is legal marriage, not traditional marriage.

"(This) is about the Charter of Rights," Prime Minister Paul Martin said earlier Tuesday.
"We are a nation of minorities. And in a nation of minorities, it is important that you don't cherry-pick rights.
"A right is a right and that is what this vote tonight is all about."


On another note, Scott Kurtz has put up a comic which takes light of his religous readers by using Jesus in his comic strip. Way to take sensitive issues lightly! Zing!

Link (via Waxy)

Top 10 Film Beams, Lasers, and Death rays



A list of some good laser/beam memories from movies. I've tried hard to think of better beams that could polish this list off, but it's actually fairly conclusive. Here's the entry for Independence Day:

The White House wrecker, Independence Day
The space aliens in Independence Day may have had computer systems with lousier security countermeasures than Paris Hilton’s porn-packed Sidekick (zing! Dose, here I come!), but they sure knew how to wreck shit up with beams. Nothing fancy, either, just classic flying saucer ship-to-ground pillars of thunderous, shining destruction. Just beautiful. But the best part is, they got in personal. The ship that capped the White House was so close to the ground, it was basically putting its gun to humanity’s head. They weren’t just wiping out human civilization, they were wiping out human civilization execution-style.


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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

OK Go: A Million Ways



I love dancing people, they make me very happy. OK Go has made their own music video for "A Million Ways", and (most likely) done their own choreography. The dancing is ridiculously awesome and silly. These guys look and act like people I'd know, not like a band, famous or otherwise, and it's awesome.

Link (via Waxy)

Cliff Race



Normally I'm not a fan of sports, or cars let alone extreme sports but this is pretty amazing. Perhaps I dislike videos where accidents are displayed, or people are getting hurt, they usually have a lowbrow feeling to them that makes me feel uncomfortable. Luckily this video is none of that.

Driver Ari Vatanen is shown here racing Pike's Peak, probably somewhere in France, but I don't really know. The cinematography in this video is excellent, there are cameras on the ground, in the ground, in the air, and there are three in the car. Vatenan is racing as fast as he can, along deadly cliffs, and looking totally calm. Ari hugs both cliff walls and empty air as if it doesn't make a difference, doing amazing slide turns and even taking his hands off the wheel to hide the glare of the sun.

After all this, he even breaks world records. Amazing, be sure to watch this.

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Oh dear... A sale



Press the Buttons has pointed out that Cheap Ass Gamer has found a sale at Circuit City starting July 3rd in which a large quantity of games will be going on sale for $10.00, or even less. There are two games that I am totally going to pick up:

BATEN KAITOS $9.99
PRINCE OF PERSIA 2 $9.99

On another note Xzibit, from Pimp My Ride has announced a "Say No to Cheap Games" campaign. As to why anyone would call for an end to spending less money is utterly confusing to me.

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CNN talks about "25 to life"... Again.



I talked earlier about CNN's interview with Jack Thompson and "25 to Life", but apparently they decided one interview wasn't enough. CNN has done another piece, with Jack Thompson again as well as Reverend Jerry Falwell.

FALWELL: Well, you know, Grand Theft Auto was bad enough, and there`s so many, many violent video games. That isn`t to say all video games are bad. I suppose, well, 95 percent of America`s children play video games. But the problem is that the violence, the extreme violence, seems to sell better. And I was listening to someone justifying that in the business world, saying it`s -- well, that`s free enterprise. You could make the same case for crack cocaine and heroin. It might be that you can get a crowd and you`d hook people and children would buy it.


I like how he ties Free Enterprise into a crack and cocaine metaphor for selling games. I didn't know that crack and cocaine were legal. I didn't know that crack and cocaine were the same thing as video games. GamePoitics has a little something to say about Jerry Falwell. He has a good point, why is the discussion so unbalanced here?

Jerry Falwell? What's his expertise on the subject? And how does a guy who blamed the September 11th attacks on "sinners" in America have the credibility to get air time on CNN? Don't ever forget what the Reverend Falwell said back then: "I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America. I point the finger in their face and say 'you helped this (9/11) happen...'"


Hopefully concerned parents will never bother to find the website, The top 100 Most Violent Video Games of All Time. If they did, they would have unending ammunition for their crusade against things they don't understand. Amazingly enough, the Grand Theft Auto Series ranks only 34th on the list.

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Street Fighter 2 and... Salsa?



As Jon Stewart would undoubtedly say: "Whaaaaaaaa?!"

Yes, it is a Salsa competition. And yes, these two are dressed up as Chun-Li and Ryu from Street Fighter 2. I am doubting that these two are going to win the competition, but they're definitely having a lot of fun doing their thing. I'm sure this video will be making its way around the Blog circles.

Link (via Kotaku)

Cruise has been swayed by the Dark Side



Tom Cruise has been mentioned here before, and while before I thought that Tom was merely a lonely psychotic, it turns out that it's something much more sinister. For it wasn't a mental disorder, no. It was the Dark Side.

As can be seen here, Cruise is infact protecting his Katie Holms by turning to the Dark Side. Here lies the downfall of the mighty Jedi Oprah.

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Pen Juggling



I've been holding onto this link for a while, but I wasn't been able to do much web surfing yesterday so I'm going to pull it out now. This video is a collection of people who can do pen juggling, which is the ability to move a pen through your fingers at high speed.

I do this kind of stuff in class all the time and I thought I was fairly good at it. Apparently I need to work on it a little more.

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Monday, June 27, 2005

The ESP Game



This is pretty interesting. What happens is, you and a strange who you cannot communicate with log into the ESP server, and you both take a look at the same image. You then both have to guess a word that is associated with the picture. Most pictures already have some words associated with them, so you have to pick something new or different. When both of you have guessed a word you move onto the next picture.

Of course this is a way of getting people instead of computers to categorize pictures on the Internet but it's still a lot of fun. Check it out.

Link (via Monkey Methods)

Who the $#^! designed this Duck?!



Am I the only one who sees something wrong with this picture? Seriously.

The Grokster Decision



Today the MGM vs Grokster case came to a close, with the court ruled unanimously in entertainment industries' favor.

We hold that one who distributes a device with the object of promoting its use to infringe copyright, as shown by clear expression or other affirmative steps taken to foster infringement, is liable for the resulting acts of infringement by third parties.


Read MoreHilary Rosen amazingly enough wrote a piece that I both agreed with and disagreed with at the same time. At first she says:

The euphoria of this decision does not and should not change the need for the entertainment industry to push foward and embrace these new distribution systems. Does the court win help? Maybe, but only if this victory is seen as gaining leverage in business negotiations rather than an invitiation to only pursue more litigation and enforcement. Certainly there will be some P2P services who will be in a better position to play here than others.


Amazing, a former employee of RIAA warning against excessive P2P litigation. I almost start to respect her until she switches gears and says this:

The mainstream technology industry should also be pleased with this decision. I dont' think they are going to be victims of a rash of lawsuits against the iPod and other products a was claimed multiple times. This decision should be seen as permission to distinguish in the industry between those with good intentions versus those with nefarious interests.


This shows that Hilary is full of shit. Do you think that given a new weapon against copyright infringement that RIAA and other organizations such as the MPAA will decide not to sue?
And lastly, EFF has something to say about this:

Today the Supreme Court has unleashed a new era of legal uncertainty on America's innovators," said Fred von Lohmann, EFF's senior intellectual property attorney. "The newly announced inducement theory of copyright liability will fuel a new generation of entertainment industry lawsuits against technology companies. Perhaps more important, the threat of legal costs may lead technology companies to modify their products to please Hollywood instead of consumers.


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Ninjai: The Little Ninja



Ninjai is a fantastic flash animation series. It has great voice acting, something which is usually lacking in flash animations, great backgrounds and good atmospheric music. The main character is a boy ninja, something which usually isn't attractive but he's interesting because you never see his face and he speaks in a quiet, but polite voice.

I'm only half way through the series right now, but it's definitely something to recommend. There is some excessive gore in the first episode, something I'm not a fan of, but it's not really showcased as the series progresses.

Link (via BitsBlog)

Bill Gates is so Slinky



Take a look at a couple of pictures of Bill Gates doing some sexy poses; it's just beyond awkward. Seriously, has Mr. Gates ever had a different hair cut in his entire life? There's a couple of interesting things about this picture though. One, he's tossing a disk towards the camera. Two, it looks like he uses a Mac in his office!

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Sunday, June 26, 2005

Dissapearing in the City



Now this is some funny stuff. If I were under 13 years of age, or had some serious people issues, this would be the greatest product ever.

City Hideout, from Dutch design studio OOOMS, is a portable temporary dwelling made to fit one seated adult. The collapsable metal box resembles the kind of streetside sheds that commonly house electrical devices such as streetlight controls, new-age parking meters, and small generators. The hideout can be easily assembled on any corner or rooftop as the ultimate urban camouflage.


Link (via BoingBoing)

I Am Drugs!



I Am Drugs is a public service announcement using reverse psychology to get the point about drug abuse across. Instead of trying to convince you that drugs are bad for you, they try to convince you that drugs are a great thing!

They show 5 people, an alcoholic, a crack whore, a pothead, a guy on angel dust, and... The last drug I've never heard about, but he's messed up too. Lines like "I used to need to eat all the time, but now I don't have to worry about that since Crack came along!" and "I don't need people when I have invisible elf friends" fill out the benefits of drug use.

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PC Game Rental Service



I've been taking a look at a couple of game rental services and they're pretty interesting so far. I initially rented Temple of Elemental Evil from GamesMainia, which cost me $6 for 10 days.

Here's how it worked. After a 300 Meg download, which took about 30 minutes, there was no installation, and I had to log on to the website. The game loaded instantly, and there was no slowdown whatsoever.

I am now considering getting a monthly pass, seeing as how there's a large number of full version games that I can rent. After taking a look through the libraries of both Yahoo Games on Demand, and GamesMania, I've decided that Yahoo has a much better selection. Both sites offer the same monthly price, $15.00 a Month for unlimited access.

This sort of thing is definitely not for everyone. You have to have Internet access, a credit card, and you can't "keep" the games that you rent. But if you're not planning on playing any single game for more than a month, you are definitely getting your money's worth. For example, buying an older game from EB or Futureshop would probably cost you about $15-20. Another bonus is that you can use this account on more than one computer, so it would be possible to share an account with a friend and split the cost. I don't know if it's possible to log into the same account at the same time, but if that's possible then it is an extremely attractive service.

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Katamari Damacy, in Real Life



I won't give away what happens in this video, but suffice to say, it totally took me by surprise. So very very weird.

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Saturday, June 25, 2005

The Dave Chappelle Show



I've been checking out the Dave Chappelle Show on Comedy Central and it's totally awesome. You can watch all the clips for free, and there's so much good stuff, be sure to check them out. I've also found some random David Chappelle stuff that isn't necessarily related to his show on Comedy Central:

What the Internet is like in real life
I-Switch spoof
A full hour stand up comedy act

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Best Moped Commercial Ever



This has got to be the best Moped Commercial ever, not that I can recall seeing any other Moped commercials. Apparently this video is from the 60's, although I don't know the exact date, and it's done by the Quartetto Cetra, an italian famous vocal quartet established during 1940.

And yes, I may just be crazy. But what're you going to do about it? Huh?!

Update: If the link for this dissapears, follow the "via" link, there will probably be alternative downloads.

Link (via BoingBoing)

Bug Me Not



BugMeNot is a page that I've known about for a while, and I've been meaning to post about it but I never really got around to it. This time it's going up though! For real!

Anyway, BugMeNot is a page devoted to getting around sites that make you register before being able to view their content. Many people are fed up with sites that force registrations upon their viewers, so BugMeNot is a solution to this. Just enter the URL of the site you want to get into, and it'll tell you usernames and passwords which will give you access to the sites content.

Using it to get into nytimes.com is a good example.

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Katamari cosplay



Man, those costumes are hot! I'm really surprised that nobody has done this sooner, these are some seriously amazing Katamari costumes. Follow the link to see the full page of pictures.

Link (via Wonderland)

Nintendo Merchandising: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly



Here's a page that features a growing list of over 50 Nintendo products from the days of the NES. In it you can find stuff like Mario underwear, Mario Pillows, Shampoo, Cologne, food products and more.

My favorite has got to be the movie, "The Wizard". It's basically one huge Nintendo produced movie, and the evil bad guy is this kid that always wears his Powerglove everywhere. I totally want to see it.

Link (via BoingBoing)

Friday, June 24, 2005

Chocolate Sneaker?



Assuming that this is real, where would you start? I'd probably start with the chocolate velcro strap.

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Car made out of Keyboards



BoingBoing has links to a bunch of galleries of cars that have been decorated using the keys off of keyboards. The picture above sports rainbow colours, and a portrait of Homer Simpson on the hood. These cars have some amazing details, and the amount of work put into it is just amazing.

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IGN Cube's Editor personal feelings for HD



Last week I pointed out that Matt Casamassina was ranting about Nintendo's lack of HD support for the Revolution. Matt was ranting about it in the mailbag section of the website, and although I disagreed with his opinion, it was still a valid opinion for him to make. But lately it's been getting pretty ridiculous, and Matt's personal feelings about the subject have been obviously leaking into the rest of the IGN Cube portion of the site.

Infact, a new website called 1080up.org has surfaced in order to encourage people to write to Nintendo and do something about the issue. IGN points it out and obviously supports it, and interestingly enough Matt's name and rants are at the top of the "What people have been saying" page.

The problem isn't that Matt has a personal opinion about the subject, it's that Matt as a reporter should not be pushing his obvious bias in his articles that he writes. Matt is not acting like a reporter on this issue, instead he is acting like a concerned consumer, something I do not think is appropriate.

In a discussion between Matt Casamassina, the editor of IGNCube.com, and David Gornoski, the Editor-in-Chief of NintendoNow.com Matt says:

If you read our article, we don't exactly dismiss Nintendo, either. There's a difference between a news piece on our site and a rant in my mailbag section. The mailbag is a forum for editorializing. It gives me a chance to share my opinions to readers.


Link (via IGN Cube)

Weakerthans: Diagnosis



My apologies, today is a Weakerthans day for me. For those who don't know who the Weakerthans are, you wouldn't know what a Weakerthans day is. So, in celebrating my vague reference, I present the music video Diagnosis.

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GTA: The Dave Chappelle Way



Dave Chappelle has done a little spoof on GTA. It's not as long and detailed as the one I posted about before, but it's good what at what it focuses on. This video is mainly about car jacking and the ridiculousness of how weapons work.

Link (via Kotaku)

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Gigantic Chair and Table



I find this amazing namely due to how small it makes people look. Heck, the artist encourages people to use the legs of the chairs as goal posts for soccer.

From June until October 2005, Parliament Hill Fields will be the setting for Neri'’s installation: a giant table and chair reaching 30 ft in height, a work aptly described by the artist as, ‘a monument to the loneliness of writing’. Neri will challenge the notion of the writer'’s inherently private work place by installing the sculpture in one of the most public of contexts - Hampstead Heath an ideal location because of its local literary traditions.


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Possible Nintendo Revolution Controller Revealed?



There's a rumour going around that this might be the Nintendo Revolution Controller. I'm not banking on whether this is the controller or not, because Nintendo has said that they're still working on it, but I do think that having a visual mock-up like this provides excellent discussion.

Other thing that this shows, is that even with a picture, controllers are really hard to figure out until you get your hands on one. Many people thought that the N64 controller was psychotic, until they got a chance to use it. Heck I still think the N64 controller looks ridiculous.

But what seems to be going on in this picture is a number of things. First, the controllers are wireless and gyroscopic. It also seems that the front of the controller has the movement buttons/stick and the back have the buttons. It is possible that the controllers buttons are modifiable, and interchangeable. In any case, imagine playing a racing game using these controllers. If they're gyroscopic, you would only need to turn the controllers like a steering wheel. I'm fairly sure such controllers would be sensitive to 3D motion, as in up, down, left and right. Perhaps they can even sense how far apart they are from eachother? Imagine being able to use each controller independently.

Nintendo did say that one aspect of the controller would be that it would have the ability to play games from every Nintendo system, which could indicate an interchangeable control scheme.

The ideas presented by this picture are pretty awesome, regardless of the authenticity.

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Aaron Jasinski



Drawn! points out a really amazing website featuring Aaron Jasinski, a multi-talented artist. The site is done in Flash, but for once it not only looks good, but it's extremely functional.

There is a paintings section with hundreds of amazing pictures, as well as a music section with over 50 songs done by Aaron. I haven't listened to all the songs (skip the electronica section), but they have a Weakerthans feel to them. I encourage you to check out this wonderful website.

Link (via Drawn!)

CNN talks about videogames... With Jack Thompson



GamePolitics has a transcript and commentary of CNN's Nancy Grace and Jack Thompson speaking about "25 to Life", a yet unreleased game which has been gaining press because of Senator Charles Schumer's attack on the game.

There are some really amazing quotes here:

Grace: We censor porn...

Lombardi: ... and you know I`m not saying it`s OK.

Grace: ... don`t we? We censor porn. Why would we let there be cop-shooting videos?

Lombardi: We have movies where cops are killed, and we have many instances of people who have killed...

Grace: But kids can get this!

Lombardi: ... who we can show they can have watched such movies...

Grace: ... children can get this, Jack Thompson!

Lombardi: Yes. The 1st Amendment, people who understand the 1st Amendment know does not protect the right of a company to sell an M-rated game to a child.

Grace: Jack, Jack, I`ve...

Thompson: Children don`t have a 1st Amendment...


I like how they compare video games with Porn. Wow... I just don't know where to start with that one. Oh, and kids don't have a 1st Amendment. I never knew that! I'm so glad I'm considered an adult now because now I can finally say things. I guess this Blog would be considered illegal if I was 13.

In any case, read through this stuff, it's pretty interesting. It really shows that media will forever be blamed for society's problems, and it will be done through ignorance.

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Xombie



Chapter 6 of the Xombie series has just been put up so I thought it would be a good idea to mention the show. Xombie has some excellent animation style, voicework and action going for it. I recommend checking it out.

Just to let you know though, the first episode is something of a pilot. The animation and voices are slightly different from the rest of the series.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Decorer, process of cheerful decoration



Check out the new fashion trend called Decore in Japan. Some people look great or very cute, others just look plain awful. Ow! Ow my eyes! Too many colours! It's burning!

I've never felt so old.

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Bow down before the power of Slashdot!



Yesterday I almost posted about EFF's call to stop the BroadCast Flag but for some reason I didn't. But today is different because something amazing happened. The Broadcast Flag is basically an attempt by the Entertainment Industry to implement hardware into TVs, DVD players, TVIOs and anything that deals with media which would prevent people from using the devices in certain ways.

Hollywood's first attempt to pass the Broadcast Flag failed, and now they are trying again. They're attempting to slip the BF into a bill unnoticed by Senators and EFF attempted to organize a campaign to stop them by getting people organized and calling their local Senators. Well take a look at what happened:

Within the space of a few hours, the committee was Slashdotted, BoingBoinged and Instalanched.

By 6 p.m. on Tuesday, the 27 members of the Senate Appropriations Committee received more than 11,000 emails and faxes. That's nearly 500 faxes an hour. Dianne Feinstein alone received more than 2,600 messages in her inbox. Kay Hutchison, the senior senator for Texas, received 1,441 letters.

And these are just the numbers EFF has. We don't track telephone calls. But we do know that many of you listened when we joined Public Knowledge in urging you to call your senators directly. If you tried to call and the line was engaged, it was likely occupied by someone else griping about the same amendment. Staffers say they were "swamped."


Amazing no?

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Naruto Games are coming to America



About fricking time! This is great news though because there are a lot of really great Naruto games out in Japan, and I'm a huge Naruto fan so I want to play them all. Infact I'm nerdy enough to have imported a Naruto fighting game for my Gamecube and I consider it totally worth it.

Bandai hasn't released many details about the deal, but hopefully they're coming soon.

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Student gets suspended for reciting Star Trek pledge of allegiance



A student got suspended for reciting Star Trek pledge of allegiance, and his mother retold the experience in her Blog:

So she told me what he did. And as she told me, I started to laugh. I didn't laugh a little, either, but I belly-laughed and grabbed my stomach. My son stood with his class this morning, put small right hand over heart, faced the American flag, and recited his own personal pledge of allegiance:

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United Federation of Planets, and to the galaxy for which it stands, one universe, under everybody, with liberty and justice for all species.

"Mrs. Jaworski. This isn't humorous. The Pledge is an extremely important and patriotic moment each morning in the classroom. I am ashamed of your son's behavior, and I hope you are, too."


Man, that kid totally ninja-ed the Pledge of Alegance. The sneaky bastard! I think to get suspended for such a thing would be an honor. Why didn't any geek think of this sooner?

Link (via BoingBoing)

Pac Man Guitar



Now, Pac-Man officially Rocks. Ahem, sorry about that, it had to be said. But seriously, this is a piece of art, not only is it a Pac-Man guitar, but the fret markers are Pac-Man pellets! I'm surprised Gabe doesn't have one of these.

People always ask me where I got it. It gets a lot of attention. What most people don't realize is that aside from being really cool looking it's an extremely well crafted and easy to play instrument. - Dave Winer


Link (via Kotaku)

The Daily Show: The Hitler Reference



I've seen this little debate tactic before. Someone disagrees with you? Compare them to a Nazi. Works like a charm. A Hitler charm. As Jon Stewart says:

Please stop calling people Hitler when you disagree with them. It demeans you, it demeans your opponent, and to be honest, it demeans Hitler! Hitler too many years worked too hard, to be that evil, to have any Tom, Dick and Harry come along accused of being Hitler. You know who was Hitler?! Hitler!


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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Canada Introduces New Copyright Bill


(Click Here for the full comic)

Well it had to happen sometime. Canada's Music Industry has finally pushed for a revision of the Canadian Copyright Laws, and it's mostly a bad thing for everyone but the Music Industry.

To be honest, there's been a lot of stuff going on with copyrights, in the US, Canada, France and Europe. I haven't been posting about it because there's just so much of it, and it's hard to keep up, or at least provide an interesting commentary about it seeing how I feel pretty much the same way about all of it.

As always, Michael Geist has some great biting commentary about the issue.

There is simply no denying that the lobbying efforts of the copyright owners, particularly the music industry, have paid off as they are the big winners in this bill. The bill focuses almost exclusively on creating new rights for this select group including a new making available right, legal protection for technological protection measures, legal protection for rights management information, the ability to control the first distribution of material in tangible form, new moral rights for performances, a reproduction right for performers, and an adjustment in the term of protection for sound recordings.


Link (via BoingBoing)