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Sunday, July 31, 2005

Won't be Updating on Sundays



I've decided, that updating this Blog 7 days a week will be too much work in the future. Although I still have the time to update on Sundays, I think it would be good for me to not work on this website at least one day a week. I can forsee myself burning out if I don't give myself at least one day off.

I think I would like to be lazy on Sundays. Yeah.

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Conan O'Brien Baseball



Conan O'Brian checks out a baseball game that is played using the rules and costumes of 1846. I like how he hits on all the women who are dressed up, he latches on to the shiest one. Ah Conan, how you hate farmers so!

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Video-Game Violence Blamed In Giant-Robot Shooting Spree



The Onion has a strange little photo gallery about faux videogame news headlines. It took me a couple of pictures to figure out what exactly they were joking around about though. Worth a look through.

Link (via Kotaku)

The Sun: Romantic Death



I was checking out the music video Romantic Death, a video in which people are shown from only the shoulders up, obviously masturbating, and I recognised where all the videos came from. Ha!

Romantic Death takes footage from Beautiful Agony, a website in which people can submit videos of themselves masturbating but you can only see their faces. It's quite beautiful, if you haven't checked it out before I suggest you do.

The music video is pretty good, there's some good editing, and at one point it looks like the people are singing the chorus. The song itself isn't bad either. Check it out, and don't worry, there's no nudity in this video nor on the Beautiful Agony website.

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Security Researcher Blows Whistle on Cisco



There is a fascinating story going on between Cisco and one of their former employees. Normally I don't pay too much attention to the politics and news of computer security, but this is an inspiring case. Michael Lynn has taken immense personal risk to speak out about something he believes is important.

Michael Lynn is a security researcher who worked at the security firm ISS until yesterday. Now he's under a restraining order from Cisco, arising from his disclosure of critical flaws in Cisco's routers that threaten the world's information infrastructure.

Lynn had found a buffer overflow exploit that lets an attacker take absolute control over Cisco routers. He sent the details to Cisco in April, but they still have not fully repaired the vulnerability. Since many of the world's key routers are supplied by Cisco, this means Cisco's foot-dragging places large parts of the world's information infrastructure at grave risk of collapse.

Fewer than two hours before his presentation, Lynn announced his resignation from ISS. He got up on stage and delivered his original presentation. Cisco went ballistic and got a restraining order against Lynn and the conference forbidding them from further discussing this.


The story is still developing, but I'm pretty sure Lynn faces getting his pants sued off. But he felt that despite getting in a lot of legal trouble, he needed to tell the world about this security flaw, and to make a difference. I expect his actions will certainly make a difference and without him this whole issue would never have been made public or been resolved.

Check out the rest of the story after the link, it's incredible stuff.

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Friday, July 29, 2005

Capcom, Recalling Resident Evil 5 Trailers off the Internet



This is pretty strange, Capcom is recalling all trailers and screen captures of the trailer for Resident Evil 5. Of course, recalling a movie off the Internet is probably next to impossible, let alone screenshots. IGN, Fileplanet and a bunch of other sites have already been pulling the trailer.

Fortunately, not all sites have pulled it yet, so you can find the trailer here. Enjoy it while you can.

Link (via Press The Buttons)

Fourth Amendment Bag



What a great idea, a Fourth Amendment Bag! With all the "voluntary" bag searches going on in England, the US, and even Canada (but for a different reason), I would definitely want to get one of these. I wonder if there's a Canadian version. Each bag has the Fourth Amendment on it, as well as the line: "I do not consent to this search!"

There are also Fourth Amendment Thongs, except they say: I consent to this search." Haha.

On a personal note, when I went to see fireworks last weekend, cops were stopping people to check their bags for drugs and alcohol. For a brief moment, I considered refusing them, despite the fact that I had no drugs in my bag. It was definitely within my rights to refuse them, and I wondered what they would do if I did. But I was with friends, and I figured that it probably would be more trouble than was worth it. Still, I feel I probably should have said something.

Link (via Boing Boing)

Save Leeroy Jenkins



I posted earlier about how Leeroy is a fucktard, but it looks like someone is making T-Shirts. I'm definitely not enough of a World of Warcraft fan to go out and buy this shirt, but I know a lot of people who would certainly appreciate this one.

Update: Penny Arcade points out that Gameskins also has a similar T-Shirt

Link (via PVPOnline)

I wonder what 100,000 bouncy balls look like?



Beautiful. Take a look at a couple of photos of thousands of bouncy balls being dropped from a building. Apparently this happened in San Francisco, it would be awesome to see a video of this wouldn't it?

Link (via Boing Boing)

Doom Movie Trailer



How embarrassing, the Doom movie is shaping up to look better than most people expected. It's got the right setting, the right look and mood, but will it be any good? Take a look at the trailer and decide for yourself.

Link (via Kotaku)

Richard Simmons = Mr Tingle?



Okay, this has got to be some sort of joke. There's no way that Richard Simmons is going to be doing voicework for Mr Tingle for a Zelda game. I mean, first of all Zelda games are notorious for not having voice work in them. It's got to be a joke, but the scary thing is that it's up on the Internet Movie Database. As far as I know, the Movie Database isn't known for rumors or joking around.

Maybe someone can clear this up a little.

Link (via IGN)

Thursday, July 28, 2005

The System Administrator Song



I've passed this video around the office and it seems to be a big hit. The System Administrator Song is a nerdy singer from Deadtroll.com and he sings about... Well System Administrators. It's a good laugh for both ends of the spectrum, for people who don't know much about computers and for the people who do. Check it out.

Link (via Milk and Cookies)

The Hyena People of Nigeria



Pieter Hugo has taken a number of beautiful pictures of Nigerians who own Hyenas. The article accompanying the photos is a fascinating look into a culture far removed from our own. More specifically the people who own these Hyenas seem to be similar to Gypsies, they are entertainers.

Abdullahi is one of a group of 10 entertainers who crisscross Nigeria with three hyenas, two rock pythons and four monkeys. In February 2005, they were staying in a ramshackle three-bedroomed apartment in Dei Dei Junction, a suburb of Abuja, the Nigerian capital. The animals were housed in specially constructed boxes.

Every member of the party had sores and scars on their faces, legs and hands - legacies of times when the animals suddenly turned hostile and pounced on their handlers with their teeth, fingers and claws.

"We use a heavy stick to hit the hyenas on the head when they misbehave," Abdullahi says. "We knock them down on the ground. All of us hold the sticks in case the animals become aggressive."

But one member of the group of animal handlers is six-year-old 'Mummy' Abdullahi, Abdullahi's daughter, and she plays with the various animals without showing any signs of fear. She even rides a hyena as if it were a miniature, slope-shouldered pony.


I recommend you read both the link above and the Boing Boing article, they are beautiful and fascinating.

Link (via Boing Boing)

Late to the Party: Xboxing


(Photo stolen from here)

Recently I bought myself an Xbox, something of a departure for a self-proclaimed Nintendo fan like myself. Truly, it was a strange experience buying an Xbox, it almost became a philosophical debate with myself whether I was doing the right thing or not. But I justified it by telling myself that I couldn't call myself a gamer if I only owned one system, just like I couldn't call myself a movie fan if I only watched movies made by Paramount.

The Xbox purchase was funded largely by selling off Nintendo games I wasn't playing anymore. Xbox Live was a testament to nerdiness, and even with two computer science students we couldn't get ICS to share an internet connection between the Microsoft Wireless Broadband Network and my Network card. We finally resorted to stringing a 30 foot network cable out my bedroom window and into the cable modem downstairs.

I've been playing a bit of Halo 2 on Xbox Live, and so far it's absolutely awesome. I'm not a huge fan of online shooters, but this one is pretty good. Bungie keeps track of a massive amount of stats while you play, and through a complex leveling system it matches you up with people of similar skill levels so that you are guaranteed a good time each match. I tend to suck in almost every game I play, constantly concerned with being mopped, but so far it's fairly enjoyable.

For those curious enough, my gamertag is trueneutral

Kotaku on Fox News



Steve, (I mean Bloyce, whoopsie I mean Brian) from Kotaku was on Fox News this last weekend. I tried to tune in to watch it, but apparently I don't know how to use a TV. Or maybe we can't get Fox News around here, who knows. But luckily Brian posted a video of his appearance on Fox for everyone to download.

The topic was about the Hot Coffee Mod for Grand Theft Auto and it was a surprisingly one-sided argument. Both Brian and the other interviewee had pretty much the same view on the whole issue. The only thing they seemed to disagree about was that a different rating system wouldn't have caught the "Hot Coffee Mod" because it was hidden content.

It would have been nice to see a longer segment on the issue, as it stood it was only a couple of minutes long. I would have liked to see some indepth discussion because I really don't think many of the people watching the news are presented with balanced or insightful information. It was good to see a Blogger on the news though, I'd like to see more of that.

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VGCats: The Final Commentary



VGCats, has weighed in on the whole GTA Hot Coffee issue, and like "The Daily Show" with John Stewart, it tends to provide a hilarious closure to the whole issue.

VGCats is a fantastic webcomic, so profane and utterly unashamed of its own sense of humour. Lately I've been realizing that a large majority of my friends are unfamiliar with VGCats, which is practically a crime. If you haven't read VGCats you better go read it!

Press The Buttons has also pointed out the Hot Coffee VGCats strip, and provided a Top 10 list of his favorite comics which provides a good start to the unfamiliar.

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NetLag: A Webcam World



Netlag is a video of the globe rotating through night and day, except that the entire world is made up of webcam videos. It's a little hard to explain, you really have to see it for yourself. Basically you take hundreds of webcams from all over the world, and build a map out of them. By speeding up the videos from all the webcams, you can watch the world move from night to day.

It's really quite beautiful, check it out.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Transsexual Shaving Cream



This made me laugh, it's a very visual post so click the link to see the next picture. Witness the hidden nature of Gillette!

Oh, the horror! Oh, the shock! Oh, the humiliation!

Hoping to enhance my status as a manly man, I recently purchased a travel-sized can of Gillette shaving gel. Being a discriminating consumer, I was drawn to the product by its burly packaging and subtle-yet-masculine scent.

So you can imagine the dismay and distress I experienced when, after a few weeks of use, the label on the can began to peel. After the label fell off completely, the true nature of my manly can of shaving cream was revealed.

Oh, the shame! Oh, the sexual confusion! My sense of identity is in tatters.


Update: Someone has looked into this to see whether or not this is a hoax

Link (via Boing Boing)

RIAA suing Gamers



Ah, the perfect mix, RIAA and gaming. Of course I'm being nothing but sarcastic here. Apparently RIAA is suing a machinima site which uses videogame engines to create their own films. RIAA is suing them because some of the films, probably most of them, use music in the videos.

This sort of practice, if taken up by RIAA, is ridiculous and shocking. There are a lot of fan-made videos that use their favorite songs and I can't see anyone arguing that use of these songs account to a loss of sale. How many people do you know who download music videos, or fan-made videos to listen to their music? I know zero. It's laughable.

The problem is that RIAA takes this far too seriously and it shows a serious misunderstanding of their own customers. For example, the video I posted earlier today Dance Voldo Dance might be considered, by RIAA, to be pirating. But consider this, do you think that I would ever listen to Nelly unless it was presented in a video like this? I think not!

The use of music in fan-films can only be beneficial to the rights holder's interests, and permitting that use can only be beneficial to society. Watching the RIAA commit slow, spectacular suicide by taking down the fan art that celebrates, advertises and raises awareness of its members' products, well, it's flabbergasting.


Kotaku also has a little write up on this.

Update: It seems that RIAA didn't actually send the legal letter after all. Someone forged the letter and sent it in, why they would do that is beyond me.

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Inventer of CTRL-ALT-DEL



David Bradley describes how he invented CTRL-ALT-DEL, and then makes a joke at Bill Gates, who is sitting right next to him, about how Gates made CTRL-ALT-DEL famous. What's funny is the look on Gates' face, a look of utter poison. The kind of look that says "I will DESTROY you", with my billions of dollars.

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Katamari Rocks



Kotaku is hosting a contest for winning a Nintendo DS, and they've posted a number of semi-finalists on the site. You can vote for your favorite submission, and they're all really good. But personally I love this Katamari picture. Totally awesome!

I wonder where he got that hat?... Anyway, make sure you click on the link and take a look at the other pictures, great stuff.

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Dance, Voldo, Dance



Voldo from Soul Caliber 2 has decided to put on a little show for us here. This is pretty creative, using the extremely creepy and unnatural Voldo, use his fighting moves to create a dance routine.

Just remember that I'm not responsible for the choice in music. Hrmmm.

Link (via Wonderland)

Try Lava Sledding, you'll love it. If you survive



Whoa man. This sounds like the opposite of a good time for me, sliding head first down a rocky mountain on a luge-like sled.

For Stone, what began as childhood fun on a natural roller coaster ride has evolved into an academic and cultural journey aimed at reviving the 2,000-year Hawaiian tradition of he'e holua, or Hawaiian lava sledding.

"You can't even imagine what it's like to be head first, four inches off the ground, doing 30, 40, 50 miles an hour on rock," Stone said. "It looks like you are riding just fluid lava. It's death-defying ... but it's a lot of fun."


It probably is a lot of fun, but like Sky Diving, it's certainly not for me. I realize that there are people out there that are completely unafraid of injury, and you would have to be one of those in order to do something like this. Stone himself has gotten leg-long gashes and has broken his neck, but it doesn't really bother him.

But despite the fact that this sport sounds suicidal and incredibly scary, it also is fascinating. I would like to see it.

Link (via Boing Boing)

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Martha Stewart and The Cookie Monster



This is a strange setup here, with Martha Stewart making The Cookie Monster cookies. I think Martha was starting to get a little annoyed by The Cookie Monster because he was being a bit of a smart-ass. Eventually the truth behind The Cookie Monster's love for cookies becomes clear. He's an addict. The Cookie Monster starts begging Martha for cookies, pleading with her and almost attacking her outright. I'm surprised the security guards didn't come in and take him away. He even had the cookie shakes! Did The Cookie Monster always have cookie shakes and I never noticed?

Hmmmmm.

Link (Thanks Kyle!)

Penny Arcade's Omegathon



A while back, Penny Arcade bought a 776 game NES collection, which has only 10 games less than the entire NES library.

Well the games arrived at Penny Arcade in a pyramid-like structure, and they have pictures showing the whole thing off. Seriously, this library would take up an entire room and absorb your entire life in order to play it. I would want it, if only to swim through the cartridges like Scrooge McDuck, but I would never want to play it all. Never.

Click the link to see more pictures.

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Mr Roboto strikes again



I posted a clip of this guy doing his robot thing months ago, but here's a better video of him getting his robotic groove on. Man, I sound so cool when I say that.

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Blind Kid Will Kick Your Ass



Brice Mellen, who is blind, has apparently learned to play Soul Calibur 2 without being able to see. And he's supposedly really good.

17 year-old, Brice Mellen, has been blind since birth. Through years of practice, feedback and asking questions, Mellen has managed to become increasingly adept at playing a number of games.

"I'll challenge them, maybe. If I feel like a challenge," he said, displaying an infectious confidence. "I freak people out by playing facing backwards."


I would love to get my hands on some video of this, but I don't think there is any. If I some one, I'll post about it.

Link (via Waxy)

Family Guy: Take on Me



Here's a little clip from Family Guy, with a random scene from the "Take on Me" music video. I'm starting to watch each Family Guy episode in order, it's taken me a while, but Family Guy is slowly making me a huge fan. Simpsons, you better pay attention to how this is done.

Link (via Waxy)

Monday, July 25, 2005

Wickerpedia



This site has been hovering around on my links list for a while, and every time I look at it, it makes me giggle, but I didn't know whether or not to put it up here. Well hell with it, I think it's hilarious, so sue me.

Wikerpedia is a spoof on Wikipedia, designed to look like the original site except it only talks about Wiker. There's not a whole lot of content here, but it wins a lot of points for having its own website and a great spoof idea.

Link (via Boing Boing)

Beatboxing Harmonica



Take Beatboxing, and a Harmonica and you get a pretty awesome mix. The only thing though is the audience doesn't seem totally into it. Most of them look a little confused by the whole thing. Ha.

Link (Thanks Adam!)

Okami Flash Game



Okami is a game that's coming out for the Gamecube and PS2, which has a very distinct and artistic style. Of course they're the same people, Cover Studios, who made Viewtiful Joe, so I guess it's not necessarily surprising.

When I first saw this Flash game, although I didn't immediately recognise that it was from Clover Studios, I did recognise the artwork from the game itself. Although this Flash game isn't necessarily fun, it is beautiful. The artwork, animation and music is all very wonderful.

Link (via Chamboultout)

Tech-TV Needs a Pop-Up Blocker



I'm sure we've all done this before, typed in the wrong website name and got something "unexpected". But I bet you haven't done that on live TV before! Whoopsie!

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Jack Thompson is going after... The Sims?!?



After successfully attacking Grand Theft Auto for the Hot Coffee Mod, Jack Thompson is now going after the Sims 2 for some strange reason.

In the statement, Thompson says, "Sims 2, the latest version of the Sims video game franchise ... contains, according to video game news sites, full frontal nudity, including nipples, penises, labia, and pubic hair."

EA circumvents inappropriateness by "blurring" out the nether regions, almost to a comical sense.Thompson doesn't seem to care. He cites a cheat code that can remove the blur that covers the nether regions. "The nudity placed there by the publisher/maker, Electronic Arts, is accessed by the use of a simple code that removes what is called 'the blur' which obscures the genital areas. In other words, the game was released to the public by the manufacturer knowing that the full frontal nudity was resident on the game and would be accessed by use of a simple code widely provided on the Internet."


I'm actually quite happy that Thompson is going down this track with the Sims 2. It shows that Thompson is moving into the realm of complete absurdity. It also shows that Thompson isn't really after violence, he's after popular games no matter what they might be. I am still amazed that God of War has escaped unscathed from notice, because really it is everything that Thompson would love to incarcerate. Nudity, sex, violence, murder, God(s), fun, and a little Greek action.

Make sure to read the entire article, this is funny stuff.

Link (via Slashdot)

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Internet Addiction



Wow, I thought I spent too much time on the Internet. But this guy wins. He wins by a long shot. I like the Internet, but definitely not enough to do... Uhhhh... What he's doing. (Don't worry, there's nothing gross in this video)

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Levers



Levers is another Flash game done by Vector Park, of which I've mentioned a couple of times on this Blog. Levers doesn't actually have defined goals, it takes a bit of time to figure out what the game is about. There are no points, or levels or prizes. You kind of just... Play along.

The basic idea is to try to balance everything without letting anything touch the water. If you manage to balance everything for about 5 seconds, you'll get another item and you'll have to figure out how to balance it.

I couldn't make it past God's Head, let me know if you manage somehow.

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Perry Bible Fellowship Comic


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This isn't what I would call a webcomic because it seems more representive of newspaper comics. This comic takes the wit of Farside, and the sadistic nature of Exploding Dog and combines it with wonderfully drawn colourful illustrations.

Even if you've ignored my infrequent posts about webcomics, you owe yourself a look at this one.

Link (via Waxy)

Ikea: Tidy Up



Some things should never be left in reach of children. Oh man, this was funny stuff.

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Stickerless Fruit



This seems like a really neat idea. Fruit might be losing the stickers soon and moving on to laser tattooing. Stickers are annoying, and wasteful, while a laser etching isn't a problem at all.

A new technology being used by produce distributors employs lasers to tattoo fruits and vegetables with their names, identifying numbers, countries of origin and other information that helps speed distribution. The marks are burned onto the outer layer of the skin and are visible to discerning consumers and befuddled cashiers alike.


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Grovin' to the Alarm



A car alarm goes off, and in swoops... Some guy who wants to bust a move in the street. This is a WTF moment. "Oh yes! The Rocking!"

Warning: Questionable Taste in Humour

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Saturday, July 23, 2005

The Devil's Panties



The Devil's Panties is a comic about a cute, nerdy girl. I don't really know how to describe it really, she reminds me of a lot of my friends. She loves random dancing, Batman, Art, Comics and her Flame Boots. Especially the Flame Boots.

Oh, and scaring little children.

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There is no epidemic of youth violence in America.



GameRevolution has written an excellent article on youth violence. The basic premise of the article is that by taking data published by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, it can be proved that videogame violence is not an issue.

“Recently, the offending rates for 14-17 year-olds reached the lowest levels ever recorded.” The lowest levels ever recorded. In other words, the Playstation era has, in fact, produced the most non-violent kids ever. But I thought video games were training children to kill?

In an analysis of the risk factors of youth violence by the Surgeon General of the United States of America, violent media is categorized as “Small Effect Size.” In fact, there are 27 risk factors rated higher than exposure to violent media, like socioeconomic status, academic failure, poor parent-child relations, weak social ties, and being male. Quick! Ban all the males!

Let me be perfectly clear: Grand Theft Auto is a best-selling adult game that should not be played by 12 year-olds. That’s why it’s rated “M” and you have to be 17 to buy it. However, most games are not like GTA. In 2004, 54% of games were rated “E” for Everyone, 33% were rated “T” for Teen, and only 12% were rated “M” for Mature. The vast majority of the best-selling titles every year are not rated “M.” Compare that to the 55% of movies rated “R” and only 8% rated “G.” The ESRB might not get it right all the time, but who does?


It's a refreshing and well researched article, make sure to read the whole thing. It would be nice to see a more balanced, well thought out view on videogames like this in the media, but there really isn't one. Non-Fear based articles and reports are few and far between, but I think that kind of view will change over time as videogame playing reporters start replacing the ones who still believe that Rock and Roll is a corrupting force.

Man, I never wanted to be making so many posts about the media's views on videogames.

Link (via Grumpy Gamer)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Impressions



Oh Tim Burton, how I love thee. You make me very happy indeed. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is very much a Tim Burton movie, and it uses his classic tricks. Tim Burton knows who he likes to work with, and that's Danny Elfman for the music, and Johnny Depp as the lead. I've never heard anyone complain of his frequent use of those two friends, and I for one think it's a winning combination.

The thing about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory that I loved, was how sinisterly creepy it was. Although the factory itself seemed to be somewhat a character in the movie, I feel that Johnny Depp was, by far, the main draw. Depp made Willy Wonka, a creepy spectacle in very subtle way. It's very hard to pin down why Depp made Wonka so creepy, but I think I've figured out a few of the tricks. First of all, Wonka's smile is inhuman. I kept trying to count how many teeth he had in his mouth, I swear that it's more than a normal person would have. Wonka also has no I-Teeth, something my friend Heather pointed out. And lastly, when Wonka smiled you could see every tooth his mouth, he smiled a lot but it was a soulless smile, and it didn't reflect in his eyes or face. Another thing was Wonka seemed to have colour drained out of him. While every character and prop in the movie was infused with bright colours, and although Wonka himself wore a barrage of colours, colour seemed to warp out of him. He looked like a walking corpse, as if he were a black-and-white character in a colour movie. Wonka wore plastic gloves, making his pale face the only skin that showed on his entire character. Whenever Wonka tried to say the word "Parents", he looked like he was swallowing vomit in his mouth, and he frequently had flashbacks and psychotic habits.

The Oompa-Loompas were also a source of creepiness. They were all the same, hundreds of clones that were identical. Whenever a child, "died" they would come in, sing a song, dance and clean up the mess with Willy Wonka dancing quietly in the background, completely unconcerned with the children's welfare.

This movie is absolutely wonderful, sinister, strange and creepy. I love it.

Comic-Con 2005 Masquerade



Although I originally wasn't paying any attention to Comic-Con, after looking at some of the Comic-Con 2005 movies has made me want to go, just to see all the awesome costumes.

The Masquerade event has a lot of amazing costumes such as: Doc-Oc, Transformers, an Alien, monsters from Halo, Edward Scissor Hands, Batman, and more. Infact, there are so many costumes that I haven't even begun to see them all, it would be cool if there was a better gallery of all the costumes that entered the costume contest.

The couple who made Jack and his dog from Nightmare Before Christmas won the "Best of Show" award this year. Make sure to check out their interview, they're pretty cute they're going to open up their own costume shop and retire from making costumes for Comic-Con.

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Internet Fads



CNet has done an article on their Top 10 Internet Fads. I'm not sure if I agree with most of them, some of them don't seem to really be fads, but it's still interesting. Do you remember "All your Base" or The Dancing Baby or the Hamster Dance? Man, how embarrassing. Although I guess I'm not one to talk, this website alone seems to point out enough viral and popular sites and movies as it is.

A better resource might be Wikipedia's Internet Fads, which has hundreds of examples. It's a pretty huge list so it'll take a while to go through.

Link (via Waxy)

Friday, July 22, 2005

Mechanical Boxing Game



Mr Punch is a two player mechanical boxing game. But what's neat about it is that it has the feel of a videogame more than a mechanical game. There are voices, and rounds and little pop-up announcements that seem Monty Python in nature. It looks like a puppet show. The curtains draw back, the fighters are announced and signs wave in the background when hits are scored.

Check the video out and take a look at the rest of the site. It's pretty neat stuff.

Link (via Chamboultout)

Costume GET!



Costume GET! is a Blog centered around the topic of costume design in videogames. I think that's a great idea, and there's a lot of interesting art to explore. Although this blog doesn't seem to update frequently, there still is a lot of good stuff exploring videogame art and figurines. Definitely check it out.

Another great place to check out is Hyung-taekim, an artist who has a fantastic sense of costume design and fore-shortening. Although I love his art, and find it incredibly skillful and dramatic, every single women is drawn in a sexual manner. It's so close to nudity that it might as well be softcore porn. It offended me a little, but still, this guy has talent.

Link (via Game Girl Advance)

If World War II Was an RTS



Take WWII history, and turn it into an online Real Time Strategy Game. How would each of the players talk to eachother?

*Roosevelt has left the game.*
Hitler[AoE]: wtf?
Eisenhower: sh1t now we need some1 to join
*tru_m4n has joined the game.*
tru_m4n: hi all
T0J0: hey
Stalin: sup
Churchill: hi
tru_m4n: OMG OMG OMG i got all his stuff!
tru_m4n: NUKES! HOLY **** I GOT NUKES
Stalin: d00d gimmie some plz
tru_m4n: no way i only got like a couple
Stalin: omg dont be gay gimmie nuculer secrets
T0J0: wtf is nukes?
T0J0: holy ****holy****hoyl****!
*T0J0 has been eliminated.*
*The Allied team has won the game!*


Brilliance, pure brilliance. Check out the whole thing.

Link (via Grumpy Gamer)

I-Switch Commercials



This page has pretty much every I-Switch commercial ever made from Apple, including all the parodies. Although the Apple Gamer is my favorite, Ellen Feiss was the first and probably the most memorable. But, to be honest, does this really prove the quality of the Apple, or the ignorance of the customer?

15-year-old Feiss told a sad tale of stoner-sounding woe about a PC eating her paper and having to rewrite it. "It was kind of," she declared in red-eyed dismay, "a bummer."


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Video Game Scandals Are Boring



I think this guy has a good point, Video Game Scandals are boring.

A love scene - is this the best the videogame business can do? Sport, movies, music, theatre - all of these areas of entertainment can shock in a profoundly life-changing way. Videogames? Nowhere near. Perhaps it's the distinct lack of glamour in the industry, the lack of strong, engaging personalities to simultaneously seduce and outrage us. Perhaps it's the fact that people don't go into videogames to say something about the world. Or maybe it's just that videogames do not occupy the same cultural space as movies or music - consumers just don't invest in them emotionally, and therefore don’t really care when games go off the rails.


But I think that although he is basically right about the main point, I don't think he has the details down. I think videogame scandals are boring for a different reason; because the scandals are brought by people who are infuriating and under-informed. Most of the people involved in videogame scandals have transparent agendas, and it's usually not really about the games at all. Can we say "Upcoming Candidate Election"?

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PSP Dating



This is a pretty strange Korean PSP commercial. It's obviously trying to promote the device towards women, but I think most people would agree that a PSP is not something that should be featured on a date. Sure, I can see bringing a PSP along to watch a movie with a girl could be cool, but you can't be hauling that thing around all the time.

Dinner, a walk on the beach and... Playstation?

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