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Friday, September 30, 2005

Steve-O Trashed


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Steve-O from Jackass goes onto Adam Carolla's Show and acts like a total... Well, a Jackass. This guy is completely wasted, he's swearing, mood swinging and completely unable to handle an interview. Hell, he actually flips the host!

Worst. Interview. Ever.

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Authors' Guild Sues Google for Scanning Books


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There's a pretty interesting development between the Authors' Guild and Google concerning Google's initiative to scan in large amounts of books to create a book search engine. Normally the line between legal and illegal is pretty clear, but this is a case where I think the Authors' Guild is just flat out wrong, both in terms of common sense and legality.

The Guild claims that Google is making illegal copies of books, which technically is true. But this clearly is a fair use case because Google isn't offering these books to the public, nor making money directly off of the books, instead they are creating a search engine which will allow people to search for quotations. Also, the only time that these books will be downloadable is if the authors specifically allow this. Infact, if an Author doesn't want their book searchable, Google won't put it up there. If the Authors Guild wins this case, Internet Search Engines in general could be considered illegal. Could you imagine anyone with a webpage saying "I don't want Google searching my webpage!", of course nobody would say that.

A search engine for books will be revolutionary in its benefits. Obscurity is a far greater threat to authors than copyright infringement, or even outright piracy. While publishers invest in each of their books, they depend on bestsellers to keep afloat. They typically throw their products into the market to see what sticks and cease supporting what doesn't, so an author has had just one chance to reach readers. Until now.


The Authors Guild has been hypocritical because they've levied a class-action lawsuit against Google by all authors.

[T]he Authors' Guild has brought a class action suit on behalf of all writers who will be scanned by Google Print. That includes me, Siva Vaidhyanathan, Larry Lessig, and innumerable other authors who think that the AG is full of crap. In other words, the AG believes that Google shouldn't be allowed to opt writers in to its Google Print program (which will make money for writers and sell more books), but they believe that they should be able to opt writers into their costly, suicidal lawsuit against Google, which, if they are victorious, will reduce sales and take money out of writers' pockets.


Again, I feel this is an example of people who clearly have very little understanding of how the Internet or their customers work. They see this as a threat instead of understanding what wonderful advantages this technology will bring to the literary world.

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Why doesn't he get Subtitles?


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I have no idea what show this clip is taken from, but it smacks of Monty Python. As the TV Journalist interviews militia who support Saddam Husein one of them starts to get angry that he's getting subtitles because of his thick accent while speaking English. This is really funny stuff here.

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Mario Costume


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Pinupgirlclothing.com has costumes for Mario and Princess Peach available to buy, but there's a couple things wrong with this picture. First of all Mario looks really creepy, why does his mustache scare me? And I can't imagine any Mario and Peech action that's suitable for G audiences. I think I'd have the same reaction to the Captain Planet team getting it on. Then again, that Heart Kid has been giving me weird looks for a while now.

No! Wrong! Bad Cosplayers!

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Inflatable Muscle Suits


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Sho Hasegawa, a student at the Tokyo University of Science, wears a Muscle Suit … which supports the muscle movements of the elderly or disabled. By controlling air compression, it can help bend and stretch arms, and twist elbows both inward and outward. ...[T]he person's own bones and joints act as supports for the inflatable muscles.


Although this suit is designed for the elderly, it looks like something out of an Anime. Heck, it looks a couple shades of awesome. But this suit doesn't give you super lifting powers, it only accommodates normal muscle strength. The "We Make Money Not Art" link below has some animated Gifs and videos which show the suit in motion.

Link (via We Make Money Not Art)

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Napoleon Dynamite at the Utah State Fair


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Napoleon Dynamite is back to tell us about days of yore, Sasquatches and sweet rides at the Utah Fair. I've got a guy in my class that looks exactly like Napoleon, and he kind of acts like him too. But he definitely doesn't get rolled down stairs while taped up in a cardboard box. No sir. At least not yet.

Link (via Waxy)

Videogame Music Quiz


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Try out this quiz which you have to guess which videogame music is playing. I found the quiz to be pretty easy, but maybe that's because I'm more of a dork than I thought. Please tell me that it's just an easy test.

Update:
It wasn't until later today that I got around to watching the videos for what this concert is about. Of course there have been other videogame music concerts before, but this looks really exciting. They're playing music like Halo, Zelda, Myst, Beyond Good and Evil, Warcraft and more, all with a full orchestra. Normally doesn't sound like my thing, but the videos show that it will probably be a lot of fun. For me, the concert comes to Vancouver on October 30th, and maybe I'll be there.

If you'd like to check out the videos of the event, which I recommend you do, you can see them here.

Link (via Kotaku)

The Shining - Remixed


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Ah, how best to practice your propaganda techniques than by remixing old movies into new trailers?

A post-production house organized a competition where assistant editors ‘re-cut’ trailers for famous movies to try and make them seem like different movies . . . . this is the one that won.


Turning the Shining into a Disney-like movie about family, love and togetherness is freaking genius! Especially become everyone knows how this movie really turned out.

Waxy put up a Mirror on his site. This video can also be found on IFilm of course. Also, if you want the song from this trailer, it can be found here

Link (via Waxy)

A New Katamari Cake


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Similar to a previous Katamari Damacy Cake, this one looks even better! It's even got the tiny prince doing some rolling.

Link (via Boing Boing)

Harvey Danger Releases New Album as Free Torrent


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Harvy Danger has released their entire Album, Little By Little for free on their website as a torrent and a direct download. You can download it in MP3 or OGG format and it comes with all the images and packaging that comes in the CD. Why the hell would they do this? Harvy Danger has written a page on why they did this, here's a short clip of it:

In preparing to self-release our new album, we thought long and hard about how best to use the Internet. Given our unusual history, and a long-held sense that the practice now being demonized by the music biz as “illegal” file sharing can be a friend to the independent musician, we have decided to embrace the indisputable fact of music in the 21st century, put our money where our mouth is, and make our record, Little By Little…, available for download via Bittorrent, and at our website. We’re not streaming, or offering 30-second song samples, or annoying you with digital rights management software; we’re putting up the whole record, for free, forever. Full stop. Please help yourself; if you like it, please share with friends.

Of course, the CD will also be for sale on the site, as well as in fine independent record stores across the country, in a deluxe package that includes a 30-minute bonus disc that serves as a companion piece to the record proper (retail price for the package is $11.99).


All of this makes me very excited because somewhere out there, musicians get it. They understand their music fans, and how the Internet works, and are willing to engage in this experiment. Record Labels, please pay attention closely. The ultimate result is that Harvy Danger will get more exposure this way than they ever would if they restricted the spread of their music on the Internet. They're trying to get as many people as possible to listen to their music, and in this I think they will succeed. This news has already been Boing Boinged, and Waxed, that alone has probably reached thousands upon thousands. Also, in buying their CD, customers will get bonus material that doesn't come with the torrent. There are 8 more songs on a second disk if you buy the CD, and only at $12.00 that's a pretty good deal.

Of course, there are always people who will download the torrent and not buy the CD. I'll be honest, I fall into that category. But then again, I rarely buy music, whether or not I can get it for free. I've never been a buyer of music, it's just how I am. But I will tell everyone I know about this, because it makes me excited. I have made a post on this Blog and I'm spreading the word. My level of respect has greatly increased for this band, and who knows, I might end up buying the CD based on principle.

Link (via Boing Boing)

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Jack loves the smell of burning gamers in the morning


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Jack Thompson has an interesting, or rather, infuriating email that he sent to Game Politics. In his usual, in-your-face, classically anti-gamer style he maturely lays a verbal smackdown on gamers.

Jack Thompson keeps racking up wins and you gamers just can't handle the truth. What's the truth? It is this: Adults with common sense and common decency who respect law enforcement are still running this country. Video gamers are not, and never will...


Click the link to read the whole thing, it gets worse. Hypocritically, Jack slams gamers as being unable to think for themselves: "You're a gamer. You can't think for yourself." and yet unable to allow parents and gamers to do just that.

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State of the art gaming machine in 98


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Do you feel like your computer system is too old and slow? Well after watching this video about the "Ultimate Gaming Machine", I assure you, you'll feel better. This video was shot in 1998, so at this point it's 7 years old and the technology is clearly out of date. I won't tell you what the specs are on the computer, but just for fun try and guess what they'll be before you watch the video.

These two get seriously excited about how much RAM they stuffed into that computer, they're practically jumping with joy. But it does make you wonder how fast computers will be 7 years from now. There was a comic over at Real Life Comics where the characters build a time machine to go into the future and buy unreleased games. They also get some "old" computer hardware from the future, which is super fast in comparison to what's out now. Unfortunately I can't find that specific comic, if anyone knows which one it is, please let me know.

Link (via Grumpy Gamer)

Lego Windwaker


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Someone has taken the time and energy to create a Lego Zelda Windwaker, all decked out with Link, his ship and a couple of common enemies. Very nice. It'd also be good to point out Brickshelf itself, is a fan-based Lego community which seems to be amazingly huge and something I was totally unaware of. It's definitely worth checking out.

Kotaku points out a couple of other game related Lego constructions as well, such as:
Halo 2
Mario
Metal Gear Solid

Link (via 4 Color Rebellion)

The Vending Machine Kimono


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I really am at a loss for words here when you can be wearing a dress which transforms into a vending machine. I just plain don't understand where that would come in handy. What if someone tried to buy a pop from you?

But that's not the only kind of vending machine in Japan. I'm sure everyone's heard of all the different kinds of vending machines that exist in Japan, but now you can see a large majority of them on one page. Have you ever seen a Fried Food machine? One that dispenses toilet paper or underwear? Even Boing Boing has pointed out a Live Lobster Vending Machine

Link (via Engadget)

Aperture


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Composed of single aperture-modules with receptor and actuator, aperture acts like an autonomous skin, capable of precise external control. Visual information is transmitted from the inside of the building to the outside, the surface permeability is regulated when the aperture‘s opening diameters are changed.


In otherwords, this wall is made up of numerous "eyes" which react to your presence when you move close to the wall. There are numerous effects which can be shown, and the best way to get a feeling for them is to look at the video demonstration.

If you like this, you may also like a similar page which I pointed out in the "Un-Postables" and deals with colour. There's a video of it on the far right picture.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Creating Retractable Wolverine Claws for Halloween


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I love this. Not only does the guy look like Logan from the movies, he also made a costume and retractable claws. This page describes how he made the claws, and then has a lot of pictures showing him posing proudly with his design. What an awesome nerd.

As many of you know, Nate decided to be Wolverine for Halloween...

Many of you may also know that Nate spent ENTIRELY too much time working on the Extendable / Retractable claws for his outfit, as well as the outfit itself. The outfit was visualized, conceived, and conceptualized entirely by Nate, as were the claws. However, Nate did pick up quite a bit of help along the way as friends came forward to participate in the creation of what many said was "The most accurate costume I have ever seen..."


Link (via Fazed)

DRM, How Content Providers Don't Care


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There have been a number of articles relating to DRM lately that I've wanted to talk about, but instead of getting their own post I'm going to put them all together here into what I hope is a somewhat coherent mess.

Again and again I reiterate that I'm not against the Content Industries because I like to Pirate their media. No, it's because of their complete lack of respect they have for their own customers, and an utter removal from reality as a whole. Everything short of complete control is seen as a fault of their customers, whom they see as criminals first, and income second.

First in case is TiVo, of which they recently started selling out to the TV industries by allowing the content providers the ability to control how people store their television shows. This is a pretty huge surprise to TiVo's customers because for ages, TiVo was very popular with consumers because it allowed the consumer to be in control of what they watched. But that has changed, and anyone doesn't like it, is going to get screwed.

David Zatz, a TiVo owner, decided to cancel his TiVo service. After all, he'd bought a device that could record all shows, not one that could record all shows save those that some paranoid Hollywood exec, overzealous broadcaster, or fumble-fingered technician gave him permission to record. TiVo had broken his device and he didn't want to keep using it.

But when he looked up canceling his TiVo, he found out that under the terms of his "agreement" with TiVo (e.g., the crap he clicked through when get got set up), he was obliged to pay a $150 "early cancellation" fee.


In Finland a Record Exec wants to force people to use regular CD players. Screw everyone else who would dare use CDs in a way the Record Industry disapproves of.

"Now, we need to understand that listening to music on your computer is an extra privilege. Normally people listen to music on their car or through their home stereos", says Kyyrae and continues; "If you are a Linux or Mac user, you should consider purchasing a regular CD player."


And finally, ZDnet blogger, Dave Berlind complains about being unable to play his ITune songs on his $20,000 stereo system. For those who don't know, Apple recently downgraded everyone's ITune songs so that they couldn't be played on other devices. John Gilmore of EFF decided to point out that Berlind should have known better, and that he shouldn't have bought DRM encumbered songs in the first place.

The whole point of DRM is *restrictions*. The point of all previous audio formats was compatibility. CDs play on any CD player. Cassettes play or record on any cassette player. Neither one cares what you do with the audio that comes out. By contrast, DRM is designed to prevent the audio from coming out in any way that the oligopoly objects to. And they even keep changing the rules as they discover new things that annoy them. ...Rather than calling for everybody to implement DRM, which would be uniformly terrible for most musicians, most equipment makers, and all consumers, you should be calling for nobody to buy DRM. We can't stop them from building it — there's no law against companies selling painful products. The only cure is education — of their customers.


A long post I know. But the point is, DRM is a horrible thing for the customers who are willing to pay for music. DRM restricts you from using the devices you want, backing up your music, or even listening to it whenever you want. DRM puts a lock and key on music, television, movies and more, and it doesn't help anyone but the Content Industry. If you want to buy music make sure it doesn't have DRM restrictions, because you will pay for it later.

Revolution Controller Mockup: Light Gun


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IGN seems to like making their own controller mockups for the Revolution, one of which I've pointed out before. This time they're talking about the possibility of a lightgun shell, and what it might look like and be used for. I really like their idea for the lightgun shell, especially the analog stick near the back, but I do have one slight adjustment to recommend.

There needs to be a couple more buttons on that gun. The pump can be used for reloading sure, but what about jumping or changing weapons or anything like that? I think it'd be a good idea to move the revolution controller so that it's laying on its side facing left. That way the user could use their thumbs to access the buttons on the controller for stuff like jumping and weapon cycling.

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John Kascht


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John Kascht does some amazing caricatures, so I encourage you to check them out. Of course I don't know who everyone is, but there are some recognisable ones like: Billy Murray, Elvis Presley, Bill Gates and more. Actually the one for (Mayor) Rudy Giuliani surprised me because... Well... It took me a moment to figure out why he might be in a batman costume.

Link (via Drawn!)

Gameboy Micro Commercials


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I don't know why I like analyzing Nintendo Commercials so much, so don't ask if you're wondering. The new Gameboy Micro Commercial is pretty awesome, it doesn't really feel like a videogame commercial which I think fits their target demographic very nicely. It's stylish, isn't catchy and it's weird, but it has nothing to do with playing videogames. This is a commercial for the people who spend a lot of time making themselves look hot, or are at least trying fairly hard. Don't get me wrong, I like the commercial but I also realize that they're not trying to sell to me.

But Nintendo has their bases covered with the Gameboy Micro because they've also got ads for the casual-non gamers that are about playing videogames. These two examples show people who are given a Gameboy Micro for the first time. They check it out, turn it on and start playing and even though it's in Japanese, you can tell they're enjoying it. That's a videogame commercial. The two ads are different. but they're both good. (Video 1 Video 2)

Link (via 4 Color Rebellion)

Monday, September 26, 2005

CivAnon


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Some of you might remember the Civilization 4 Advertisement I put up, which showed addicted Civaholics trying to get over their Civ addictions. Now there's a website up that offers help for those who are hopelessly addicted to Civ which sports videos, charts and graphs and tips for how to kick your Civ addiction.

This is great stuff, and it's all so true. "One more turn, One more turn". I love the crying little girl.

Link (via Pixel Kill)

The Intelligent Toothbrush


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This is the coolest toothbrush ever. If I had this when I was a kid, I'd be a tooth brushing maniac. Unlike now... Stupid toothbrushes.

Tom Bentley 's toothbrush for kids monitors the pressure used when brushing and indicates when the child or parent is brushing too hard. If brushing is too hard the end of the brush will glow red, after 2 minutes of brushing the end will glow blue to indicate they have finished.


The toothbrush also comes with an alligator which monitors whether you've brushed at least twice a day. The alligator will maintain a steady breathing motion unless you forget to brush, in which case it'll slowly suffocate to death and the only way to bring him back to life is to brush your teeth. Hell, I want a toothbrush like that right now! Don't worry Ally, I'll brush you back to health!

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Rock, Paper, Scissors... Dragon?


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Check out 15 way Rock, Paper, Scissors. It's basically the same game, with just a lot more possible outcomes. Yikes. Check out water for example:
WATER: DROWNS DEVIL & DRAGON, ERODES ROCK, PUTS OUT FIRE, RUSTS SCISSORS & GUN, CONDUCTS LIGHTNING.

Link (via Waxy)

1Up Revolution Roundtable Discussion


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Take a look at this video roundtable discussion about the Nintendo Revolution Controller. The 1up editors give their two cents about it, and one of them was even lucky enough to have actually played with the controller. It's about 15 minutes long and it's good stuff if you're still curious about the controller.

Still, the girl on the left had virtually nothing to say or add to the discussion, I wonder why?

Link (via 4 Color Rebellion)

Big Brother is Watching. Your Porn


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Suicide Girls, of which I used to have a membership at, has been taking down certain pictures because of the FBI's new anti-obscenity initiative on the Internet. They're basically taking down any pictures of bondage. SG's Olivia has this to say on the SG message boards:

I just wanted to let you know that, thanks to the "War on Porn," SG will be taking down a bunch of photosets and individual photos today.

Even the FBI agents paid to surf for porn find this ridiculous, but apparently sending people to jail for pictures of two consenting adults enjoying a little rope bondage is more fucking important than.... I dunno, pick any one of the million of better causes out there that the government could be focusing on.

So, I apologise heartily for having to do this, both to the SuicideGirls whose art is being fucked over and the members who are being treated like babies, but we really don't want to get shut down and sent to jail. As soon as legally possible, the photosets and pictures about to be taken down will come back. Until then, bid a fond farewell to your favourite blood-bathing beauties, rope-bound babes, and handcuffed honeys. Apparently they've no place in today's society.


There's been a lot of grumbling about this, even coming from FBI Agents about how wasteful these resources are, I encourage you to read up on it.

Link (via Boing Boing)

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Generic Names for Soft Drinks


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Check out this incredibly detailed image of the United States separated into regions depending on what people call their Soft Drinks. The categories are: Pop, Soda, Coke and Other. Amazingly enough, this picture is an image map, so if you go and click on the picture it'll take you to a more detailed report of the region that you just clicked on.

Personally, I think I refer to Soft Drinks as "Pop", although I've been known to say "Coke" every once in a while. Click the link to see the full image.

Link (via Grumpy Gamer)

Sun Sneezing


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Do you sneeze when you first head outside or when you look at the Sun? I totally do. People have teased me by saying that I must be allergic to the Sun and I never really thought much about it. But I got into a conversation with a friend of mine whom I noticed did the same thing and he said it was a genetic trait. I really didn't believe him but I looked it up a little later.

Sneezes can be triggered by dust or cold air -- or by rubbing your eyes -- or by looking at a bright light . . . like the sun. When one of these sets off the reflex to sneeze, a message goes to a special part of your nervous system -- called the sneeze center. It tells muscles from your eyelids all the way to your stomach to put together a response.

But not everybody sneezes when they look at the sun. If you do, you can thank your mom and dad! Scientists think that the sun-sneezing reflex is inherited -- you get it from your parents, who got it from your grandparents -- and so on. About one out of four people sneeze when they see a bright light.


So there you have it, you may be a Sun Sneezer. Crazy no?

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Wendy's Grill Rap


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I had pointed out a short clip of what I thought was a Burger King training video a while ago but apparently I was wrong. It was a Wendy's Training video! How could I have made that mistake?

Anyway, this is the full video, and I think it's totally awesome. Although it has early 90's rap music, I think that I'd learn more from this guy than a more traditional means. Also, the singing hamburgers definitely help.

Update: Anne points out a review which was written in response to the full video. Thanks Anne!

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Nothing to F.E.A.R


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Rooster Teeth, the people who bring you Red Vs. Blue have started a new series based on F.E.A.R. There's only one episode so far, but I'm sure there's bound to be more.

Ctrl+Alt+Del also has a comic based on F.E.A.R and how F.E.A.R as an acronym is pretty stupid.

Link (via Kotaku)

The Weekly Un-Postables


(PSP vs. DS Six Months On)

Miscellaneous
5 Ways to Save Videogames - It was a post... But I changed my mind
Man Unknowingly Starts Fires with Static Electricity
Tokyo Olympics - Professional Gaming on DVDs

From "We Make Money Not Art":
Remote Control Car with Video Camera Built In
Public Air Quality Indicator
Memory Wall - Senses movement and colours
Porcelain Explosion Art

From Fazed:
Hooters Employee Manual
POP Station, a PSP Knockoff - Video
Leonard Nimoy singing about Bilbo Baggins - Video

From Boing Boing:
On the Science of Dirty Words
Credit-card sized 8GB drive for $150
Virtual tour of Atomic Fireball candy production
Guy blocking trucks and bikes - Video

Reader's Submissions:
From this point on, any link suggestions that I decided not to post will end up here. So if you send me a link and I don't post it for whatever reason, it will end up in this section at the end of the week. Unless it's like, mentally scarring or something, then I'll just hate you.

Can this man save the world? - Thanks Steve, unfortunately I'm too cynical to give this a full post

Goldeneye Source - Thanks Kyle, I used to play Goldeneye all the time with my friends, so this is pretty interesting. Unfortunately Half Life 2 is a bitch on my computer and doesn't want to work properly.

Warcraft Plague, Thread 1
Thread 2 and Video - Thanks Victor. He actually sent me a number of links, but I'm not a WoW player so I lost interest. Fortunately every other website covered this, including PVP who did a comic about it.

Weekly Roundup

I'm a Human Inbox's Favorite Post of the Week:
The Grand List Of Console Role Playing Game Clichés


I really enjoyed this page even though it's probably been around for years. Who knows, I might have read it a couple of years back and just forgot about it. Regardless, for the next couple of days I made my way through the list and thoroughly enjoyed it. This link only received 10 Clicks but if you haven't read it, you should do so. And here's a good opportunity to point out a few more examples. These two actually seem to apply more to Anime than RPGs though:
"You Couldn't Get To Sleep Either, Huh?"
If any character in the game ever meets any other character standing alone at night looking at the moon, those two will eventually fall in love.

Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely (Althena Rule)
If a good guy is manipulated to the side of evil, they will suddenly find a new inner strength that will enable them to wipe out your whole party with a wave of their hand.


Reader's Favorite Post of the Week:
PSP Bubble Wrap


PSP Bubble Wrap actually got 64 Clicks this week, but that's because Kotaku picked it up. As for the post which got the most Un-linked clicks, it would have to be the Sandcastle Competition with 17 Clicks.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Slain Officer's Family to Picket "25 to Life"


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Reading Gamepolitics article about a family who plans to picket Eidos because of their game 25 to Life, I find myself finally sick and tired of people protesting unreleased media because of concerns for society.

The family quoted:

"We'd like to see the game off the market. I can't even believe it was developed in the first place. It was a huge slap in the face to us and 14,000 other families who have lost a family member in the line of duty," she told the newspaper.

"What I saw was scary because it's very realistic," she added, referring to an online trailer. "I'm not a real gamer, but it's 3-D, realistic graphics - it's very gory, it's bloody. They show all kinds of gunfire. There are realistic sound effects. It just makes me sick to think about."


Although I can empathise with the family, I think there are a lot of concerns here. First of all, 25 to Life is an unreleased game, one which is slated for release next month. Although I read gaming related stories every day, I had never heard of this game until it started gaining attention from politicians, lawyers and anti-violence groups. To me, this game is slated for obscurity and normality. It is a "Me-too", Grand Theft Auto clone which seems to have nothing to offer beyond a clichéd presentation of "Cops and Robbers". And being such, this game's wildest fantasies are coming true, it is getting negative mainstream attention from the media.

To the family planning to picket Eidos, I suggest this; don't do it. By granting even more attention to an uninteresting videogame you are certain to only boost sales. I suggest ignoring this game, refusing to talk about it and your problem will go away, straight to the bargain bin. Of course this advice won't be taken into consideration and the game will sell well despite its eventual critical failure.

My second problem with this is the confusion as to why they are choosing to target this videogame. Do they feel that 25 to Life is worse than TV, movies, music and, literature based on simular subject matter? Do they feel that 25 to Life's popularity deserves their attention? I doubt it since this game is unreleased it has no popularity yet. Do they feel that the violence depicted towards cops is the problem? I find that hard to swallow as well, since most of the screenshots consist of cops beating the crap out of civilians, of which they don't seem to have a problem with. Are they concerned about police officer's reputation being tarnished? Perhaps, but lately I've found within the last couple of days, a number of reports of abusive use of power by the police.

I think the real reason they have a problem with this game is that they have little to no exposure to vidoegames at all, and were shocked when an example of a videogame was pointed out to them. Their quote "it's 3-D, realistic graphics" itself shows that they don't really know much about videogames because to me the graphics look 3 or 4 years out of date. Their anger seems misdirected and instead of focusing on an unreleased videogame as being a problem, perhaps they should focus their energies on something more constructive such as preventing police corruption, attempting to curb violence and criminal acts, or doing something for their community.

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Keybag


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This is pretty awesome, but at the same time I can't imagine anyone but the incredibly brave or trendy carrying one of these. But then again, I'm not a girl so what do I know? I could definitely see this being used as a laptop carrier though.

Link (via Wonderland)

JetBlue airliner makes emergency landing


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A JetBlue airliner with faulty landing gear touched down safely Wednesday at Los Angeles International Airport after circling the region for three hours with its front wheels turned sideways, unable to be retracted into the plane.


A couple of days ago one of my friends mentioned seeing this live on TV at a bar. Everyone was watching this take place for hours, nervously hoping that the plane would land safely. It's strange, to see an entire country (or two), all watching the same event. Luckily the plan landed perfectly and nobody was hurt. Thank goodness for well trained pilots!

Link (via I Hate My Cubicle)

Wife Strip Tease


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Don't worry, this video is harmless and is safe for work. This video has been on the back burner for weeks, I just never got around to posting it properly. It continues to make me laugh despite the fact that it's a cell phone ad. Check it out.

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Nintendo Dominating Japanese Charts


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Nintendo released the Game Boy Micro last week in Japan and during that time it has sold 170,306 units. A lot of people questioned Nintendo's judgement on releasing a smaller version of the Gameboy but it seems to have paid off. But Nintendo isn't only doing well with the Micro, it's dominating the entire top 10 charts.

Out of all the games being sold Nintendo is selling 8 of them, while Sony has one game for the PS2 and one for the PSP. Couple that with a 73.02% console market share, they seem to be kicking some ass and... What was it again? Taking names?

Nicely done Nintendo.

Link (via Gamesindustry)

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Celebrity Jeopardy


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Ah, Celebrity Jeopardy. I remember a friend of mine giving me an audio CD with all the episodes on it, and I used to listen to it a lot. It's still amazingly funny even years later. You can watch all 13 episodes at this website, and I encourage you to do so even if you've seen them before.

"I'll take swords for 400!"

Link (via Fazed)

Lost: Interesting Tidbit


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I'm a pretty huge fan of the TV show lost, I've mentioned it before, and I found this interesting tidbit on the newest episode.

So anyone who saw the season premiere of Lost last night will remember the scene where Shannon sees a soaking-wet Walt[the little kid] in the woods, mumbling incoherently as she looks on in terror. I was listening to the radio this morning, and they were talking about that scene ... and then they took the audio clip from that scene and played it backwards. Suddenly Walt's words are clear; he says, "Don't push the button ... the button is bad." Just a point of interest for the Lost fans out there.


Neat stuff. Anyone who hasn't seen this show really needs to do themselves a favor and check it out. It's actually an excuse to start watching TV again, imagine that!

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Jon Stewart Censored at the Emmies


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Jon Stewart was asked by CNN to do a little pre-recorded speech at the Emmies. Jon apparently went off on a rant, was heavily edited and presented the Democrats with a puppy and the Republicans with a Kitty. Awww, isn't that nice?

This is pretty funny stuff. You can either check it out in its entirety by clicking the link above, or by going to Comedy Central and watch the slightly shorter streamed version.

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PSP Bubble Wrap


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Although there aren't any PSPs in Malaysia yet, Sony will let you play with PSP Bubble wrap while waiting for the buss. I hear that the X bubbles don't work all the time though.

Oh Zing!

Click to see larger versions of the pictures.

Update: This is actually a PS2 Ad! Why didn't I notice this before? Guh. Probably because everyone else was already calling it a PSP campaign.

Link (via We Make Money Not Art)

Speech Bubble Stickers


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I printed 50,000 of these speech bubble stickers. I place them on top of movie posters, ads and signs all over New York City. Passers are invited to fill them in. I go back and photograph the results.


Amazingly, there were a lot of speech bubbles which were filled in with something interesting to say. There are a lot of pictures here, and they tend to be pretty funny so check them out. I definitely wonder though, how this person kept track of all these stickers. I probably, like some sort of small creature that collects things, would have forgotten where I put them.

Link (via Fazed)

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Katrina Magic Cards


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This has been hovering around on my backlist for a while, but I think it needs to be put up here. This page has a large number of Magic the Gathering Cards based on Politicians, the Media and the events surrounding Katrina. A lot of them are really funny to see being translated into Magic the Gathering Cards. I used to play MTG a lot when I was younger, so it's neat to see this, I'm surprised parody cards like this aren't generated more often.

To be honest, part of the reason I didn't post this sooner was because I was worried that people would complain. But honestly, these cards are just for fun, and the images and quotes are pulled from real life coverage so it's not that much of a stretch. Besides, this site is intended to be about entertainment, and I consider this to be a good example of it.

To those who accuse their satirical project of being in poor taste, Ubiq and Lum say, "We think that the overall government response to Katrina was in really poor taste (at all levels), and since this mostly holds a mirror up to the quotes and images of those involved, I suppose that response is not terribly surprising."


Brokentoys has been getting a lot of traffic, so there are a couple of Mirrors available.

Link (via Fazed)

Interactive Billboards


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We Make Money Not Art points out a new Ad Campaign by Ford where Billboards react to the people infront of them. The Billboard's voice and facial expressions are manipulated by an operator in a nearby booth.

Wizard of Oz anyone? "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!" Click the picture link above to check out some video footage about the Billboard.

Link (via We Make Money Not Art)

Grandaddy: Jed's Other Poem


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Programmed on a Applesoft II, a fan made a music video for the band Grandaddy. This is an awesome ASCII music video, infact I've never seen a music video done in ASCII before. Very creative.

I like how they show you how much code it took to program the poem at the end of the video.

Link (via Waxy)

Adult Swim Frogger


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Check out Adult Swim's take on the videogame Frogger.

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Naija Jams


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Naija Jams is a music Blog featuring Nigerian artists, with a free downloadable song at the bottom of each post. The writer definitely knows a lot about music, and writes excellent pieces setting up each song and artist.

I'm not a huge music buff, and lately I haven't done much digging for new songs. But tonight while I was doing homework I tried out a number of the songs and I found myself thoroughly enjoying myself. For those who love music, or would just like to try out something different, this is an excellent start.

My two favorite songs are Plenty Nonsense Dey For Nigeria, an upbeat jazzy political song, while Zombie Bugz is completely different but still quite excellent.

The only disappointing aspect of this Blog is that the older posts tend to have the songs removed, probably because the artists requested it, which I think is a mistake. In anycase, put aside your lethargic attitude to try out new music and download a couple of songs here. You might like it.

Link (via Boing Boing)

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Dirty Vegas: Days Go By


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I saw this video on TV a couple of days ago and it reminded me how awesome this video was. Although I'm not really impressed by the actual music, the video itself is fantastic. Doing the Robot, Break dancing, and having a fairly good story, this is an excellent concept music video.

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The Grand List Of Console Role Playing Game Clichés


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The Grand list is a list of almost 200 RPG cliches, and while you might think that the ideas and observations would start to run out, they are all very well done. They made me laugh in the library, which brought me questioning looks in my direction. Don't read this if you're looking for a laugh.

The Higher The Hair, The Closer To God (Cloud Rule)
The more outrageous his hairstyle, the more important a male character is to the story.

Silly Squall, bringing a sword to a gunfight...
No matter what timeframe the game is set in -- past, present, or future -- the main hero and his antagonist will both use a sword for a weapon. (Therefore, you can identify your antagonist pretty easily right from the start of the game just by looking for the other guy who uses a sword.) These swords will be far more powerful than any gun and often capable of distance attacks.

Just Nod Your Head And Smile
And no matter how big that big-ass sword is, you won't stand out in a crowd. Nobody ever crosses the street to avoid you or seems to be especially shocked or alarmed when a heavily armed gang bursts into their house during dinner, rummages through their posessions, and demands to know if they've seen a black-caped man. People can get used to anything, apparently.


If you like this list of RPG Cliches, the webcomic RPG World, which is featured as a picture in this post, is a comic that focuses on the silliness of console RPGs. The main character is an innocent person who understands the cliches of RPGs while everyone else around him seems flabbergasted by the logic of the world around them.

Link (via Grumpy Gamer)

Liquid Sculpture


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Liquid Sculpture is the process of creating shapes by dropping and splashing water, or other liquids. These sculptures are then photographed, since they last only a few thousandths of a second.


The images are split up into different galleries depending on the kind of liquid which is used. The types of liquids are: Plain Water, Colored Water, Viscous Water, Milk and Cream, and Various and Sundry. It was really difficult to find a "favorite" picture here, they're all amazingly beautiful to look at.

Link (via Boing Boing)