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Saturday, December 31, 2005

The Glass Trick

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I'm a skeptic. And when I see magic tricks I'm always trying to figure out how the magician might have done what they just did. But this one is really good, and I have no idea how this was accomplished.

This magician got someone to hold a salt shaker under a glass table and what he did was he pulled it right through the glass! Seriously, that dude got laid that night. This video is in Japanese, but you should be able to understand everything that's going on.


30 Min Zelda Gameplay Footage

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For those who have missed this massive Zelda Gameplay Footage from last years E3, like me, you can now watch it to your hearts content. For once I'm going to break my rule about looking at preview material and get excited about a game.

I remember a long time ago I got hyped about Turok 3 for some reason. That'll show you for watching previews.

Link (via )

When Genevieve Ruled The World

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When Genevieve Ruled The World is a Flash video done by Childrin R Skary whom you may recognise as the same people who did The Little Girl Who Was Forgotten By Absolutely Everyone (Even The Postman).

This video has an excellent humorous Gothic style and voice work. The story is about Genevieve a three and a half year old girl who owned every toy in the World. Because she owned everything there was to own, she decided it'd be nice to own the World itself. This is the story of her rise to power.


The Weekly Un-Postables

(Table coverts to truncheon and shield)

Just a reminder. Because the Weekly Un-Postables take so long for me to do, I've been posting these links on the sidebar under Links and Comics. If you like this weekly link dump, make sure to check out the sidebar every once in a while because I'll be putting these up there as well.

The History of Videogame Lawsuits
eXtreme Egg Peeling - Video
Lettuce Help - Video
Lotto Ticket Hoax - Video
1337 Jesus
Laser Strategy Game
2006 has a Leap Second
Top 50 Robots
The Making of Clerks 2
Flying Spaghetti Monster Tree Ornament
Little Gamers Christmas
Thor Rolls a Joint

From Kotaku:
Kotaku Editor Bobble Head
Sex Violence and the Future of Vidoegames
Gigantic Gundam Head

From Boing Boing:
Court rejects Intelligent Design
Kodak assvertises on Ukrainian models' butts
Ginormous lime of Thailand
Teenager meditating for 6 months with no water

Weekly Roundup

I'm a Human Inbox's Favorite Post of the Week:
The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny

This week has been pretty hectic and I took a little time off during Christmas to spend more time with my family. Infact since I got back home, things have gotten even busier with school, finances and moving. That being said, there were still some really great posts this week.

My favorite post, besides "We're 1337 was The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny which featured so many pop/nerd references that it's hard to keep track of. Any song that features Mr. Rogers as the winner of an Ultimate Showdown deserves an extra mention in my books. This post earned 25 Clicks this week.

Reader's Favorite Post of the Week:
Loading Ready Run: We're 1337

We're 1337 was crazy popular this week and it earned 1158 Clicks! Not bad for a rap song about videogames. But then again, you have to be a pretty big nerd to appreciate this song as my brother Kyle couldn't listen to it for more than a minute before giving up on it.

Yes Kyle I said it, you're no nerd.

Friday, December 30, 2005

Best 25 Viral Videos of 2005

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I've probably picked the worst picture possible for this post, but to hell with it. IFilm created a list of their Top 25 Viral Videos of 2005, and although I've seen a majority of them, it's still a good list. Infact a lot of the videos on the list have been posted here on I'm a Human Inbox.

One video I haven't seen before is of Frank Zappa on Crossfire in 1986, talking about objectionable lyrics in Rock music. I think the idea of censorship, especially in the US, is a discussion that has and never will change. It's been repeated again and again as we've passed through the Comic Book era, Rock and Roll, Dungeons and Dragons, Rap and now videogames. The points made by those in favor of censorship are always the same. "Won't somebody think of the Children?" Frank Zappa does a good job of articulating his point of view, although he looks like he wants to throttle the old men sitting around him.

I'll leave you with a good quote from Henry Jenkins:
First, lets put the question in some historical perspective. As we look across the history of popular culture and new media in the twentieth century, we see the same pattern recurring: each new medium is embraced by young people who are seeking out experiences which they can call uniquely their own and are often drawn towards material which shocks and titilates; parents and adults express a growing dismay because this medium was not part of their own childhood experience and they do not know how to protect their young; some kind of incident occurs which can be loosely tied to the emerging medium and we enter an era of moral panic during which people seek to "do something even if it is wrong" and end up doing the wrong things; the medium withstands a storm of controversy and attempts at regulation which go counter this country's stated support for free expression. At the end of the cycle, the generation which grew up with this medium ends up looking back nostalgically at their misbegotted youths and take as given the place of that form of popular culture as the standard against which new media experiences will be judged and this cycle starts all over again.


The Year in Media Errors and Corrections

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Since it's nearing the end of the year a lot of "year end" lists are making their rounds, and some of them are definitely worth checking out. One which I've been reading through is Regret the Error's "Year in Media Errors and Corrections". Some of these corrections are humorous, some are just plain amazing in a horrifying sense.

The picture for this post is an example where newspapers started to incorrectly use an image from another tsunami rather than the one in South East Asia this year. But check out the Correction of the Year:
The Denver Daily News would like to offer a sincere apology for a typo in Wednesday's Town Talk regarding New Jersey's proposal to ban smoking in automobiles. It was not the author's intention to call New Jersey 'Jew Jersey.'

Hah. Jew Jersey. I'm sure nobody has ever heard that one before.

Link (via Waxy)

Easy Fishing

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Fishing on TV has got to be the most boring thing imaginable. But then again, that's what I said about Poker before I got hooked on it. This is an incredible video which shows a school of fish jumping right into the fricking boat!

It's a pity that the video isn't in English because it'd be neat to know more about what's going on. It's a good thing that fishing isn't normally this easy or fish sure wouldn't last very long. The beginning of the video is a little slow, but it picks up once the fish start landing in the boat.

Link (via Sataguini)

Custom Link Doll

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I didn't know that dolls underwent modding, but I sure am jealous of whoever received this custom Link Doll for Christmas.
I reshaped the eyes, mouth, and chin, and applied a face-up using artist quality acrylics and washes. The ears were half-pierced, and earrings added. The head has been sealed with Mr. Super Clear Matte, and 16mm Cobalt glass eyes have been installed.

With the exception of the boots and the blade of the sword, the outfit is entirely hand made or modified. This set was a Xmas present for a friend, and is not for sale.

Excellent job! Make sure to check out the other photos of the Link Doll, there's some excellent and minute details to notice.

Link (via Wonderland)

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Console Size Comparisons

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For those who are starving for tidbits about Next Gen Consoles, this is an awesome picture which shows accurate size comparisons between each current and next gen console. While Sony and Microsoft's next gen consoles are roughly the same size, the Nintendo Revolution is only slightly larger than a normal CD.

Quite impressive, and I for one enjoy having small consoles in my cramped bedroom. I'm glaring at you Mr. Xbox. Click on the link to see the full size image.

Link (via 4 Color Rebellion)

Rock God Guitar Poses

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Now here's a useful guide "Practical advice and hints about how to Pose like a God of Guitar". For everyone who wishes to be a Rock God, without any actual musical ability (like me), this site will teach you all the important ways to appear like you can totally Rock out.
[T]he "cool point" point. You have to take great care not to make this look like "mines a tea guv". You MUST always have no particular reason to point when in a gig. Just make it look as if there is something important going on and point regardless. The fans will love it, and think you are very clever indeed and that you have loads of hidden message and codes to the rest of the band (which you won't have).

Other tips include "How to cue in a solo", "Facial Expressions" and "Playing the guitar with your feet". I only wish they could teach me how to acquire Rhythm, because I don't have that.

Link (via The Exploding Aardvark)

Top 50 Music Videos Of 2005

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Good Lord, this one will keep you busy! The music Blog DoCopenhagen has a list of Top 50 Music Videos Of 2005 with links to all of the music videos. There's a number of videos I've already seen or posted about, but there's definitely a lot to check out. I may be sampling from this list in the future.

To start you off though you should check out Brendan Benson: Cold Hands, Warm Heart which has quite obviously hired Don Hertzfeldt who did the Rejected animations that I've posted about before.

My only problem with this list is that it's left out Ok Go's A Million Ways, which is a pretty large misdemeanor. But they get a couple of points back for having War Photographer as #3 on the list.

Link (via Waxy)

The Polite Umbrella

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While the Polite Umbrella is undoubtedly neat, I'm having a hard time understanding how useful and desirable it would be. Are cities really so crowded that such a thing would be useful?

I laughed the first time I saw this, I thought it was silly at first, but they're totally serious about it.
“The Polite Umbrella” project is about an interactive umbrella that respects people’s personal space in a public area. A user can easily adjust their umbrella anytime by pulling a handle so that one can protect themselves from harsh winds or bumping into others. The shrinking movement is immediate and is capable of morphing shapes to that like of a jellyfish. Additionally, graphic images printed on the umbrella have animated effects which create gestures of politeness such as bowing or hand gestures. Furthermore the umbrella also has readable quotes related to good manners in order to initiate communications.

Link (via We Make Money Not Art)

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Fuggy Fuggy

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Fuggy Fuggy will show you the secret arts that are inherent to becoming a Ninja. There are many important factors, such as Rest, Prudence, Movement and Meditation. Make no mistake, Fuggy Fuggy is hardcore. You will be one with the ways of the Ninjai once your alarm clock pounds you in the head with a Nunchuck.

Just remember, there are three basic facts for being a Ninja:

1. Ninjas are mammals.
2. Ninjas fight ALL the time.
3. The purpose of the ninja is to flip out and kill people.

Link (via Drawn)

I Love My Mac Song

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This isn't a plug for Macs, I normally would start up an argument against Macs. But I do love this song; it's pretty cute. Someone obviously loves their non-Microsoft/IBM based computer, and that's rad.

Besides, when's the last time you've heard someone singing about their computer? Not often I bet.

Link (via Apple Geeks)

Goatse License Plate

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For those who are unfamiliar with the origins of Goatse, I really can't help you. I refuse to point out or search for a link which would provide you with the proper insight. For those who remain curious be prepared to be permanently scared for life. I'm serious.

In anycase, this License plate is full of awesome and it's really quite amazing that it got through the approval process. Someone at the offices doesn't know their Internet lore! Tisk.

Link (via Boing Boing)

Clik Clak

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Clik Clak is going to be a difficult video to explain. Basically these two robots communicate by the sounds of objects banging together, so a conversation might consist of a Rube Goldberg device in motion. Then one day, they find a little boy who doesn't understand them. He only talks in gibberish (normal speaking for humans), so the robots set out to teach him how to speak in their language.

This is all animated using Pixar-like 3D animation, and it's lovely.

Link (via Milk and Cookies)

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny

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I love this music video and while the animation is passable the song itself is totally awesome. Basically every super hero and recognisable pop icon is here to have one gigantic battle for no good reason including Care Bears, Indiana Jones, Chuck Norris and the Black Knight from Monty Python to name just a few.

If you like this song, you can download the MP3 for free. Isn't that just splendid?

Link (via Drasl)

Loading Ready Run: We're 1337

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Theresa sent me a tip about a website which makes videos from Victoria BC and while normally such websites don't really impress me, Loading Ready Run has some really great stuff.

The best video that I've seen so far on Loading Ready Run has got to be 1337 which is a Beastie Boys-style music video talking about the history of videogaming. They start from as far back as the Commodore 64 all the way up to the Nintendo DS and Revolution. I also recommend that you check out the lyrics which explains some of the more vague references in their song. Hell they even make reference to Jack Thompson and Pure Pwnage!
We’re leet, that’s e-lite, we’re better than you,
From old school blocky to the shiny and new,
In the 70s Atari’s twenty-six double-zero,
For the first time ever, anyone could be the hero,

This shit is well done, a thumbs up for them! I'm probably going to make reference to this website in the future because there's really a lot of great stuff on here.

Link (Thanks Theresa!)

Trendspotting the Xbox 360

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This video is slightly old (read two weeks) and I didn't put it up because I don't normally like linking to The Daily Show because the quality is usually poor. But now that I've found a good link for the video, it's going up.

Trendspotting the Xbox 360 talks about why the Xbox 360 is "so hot" this Christmas and why it's the "IT gift" for all the hip youngsters. There's also some History about "it gifts" from the Middle Ages, such as Non-Violent Deaths.

This video is so youthy.


2005 Foot-in-Mouth Awards

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Wired has a fantastic list of 2005 tech quotes in which whomever said it probably regretted it somewhere down the road. I knew most of the quotes here so this list gave me a good chuckle, but I think the best one on the list is definitely this one:
Most people don't even know what a rootkit is, so why should they care about it?
-- Thomas Hesse, president of Sony BMG's global digital business division

Sony is a company that doesn't have any respect for their customers, and this quote is a fantastic example of this. Their strategy for dealing with their rootkit fiasco is that they hope their customers are too ignorant to do or say anything about it. This is a problem. If companies think they can screw us over because they think we're too stupid, they've got another thing coming.

Link (via Boing Boing)

Sculptures of Jessica Joslin

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My parents gave me a little figurine that immediately reminded me of Jessica Joslin's work with metal and bone. Each piece creates a unique creature that is both magical and creepy and contains a lot of character.

Check out the website to see some great pictures of her strange creatures.

Link (via Wooster Collective)

Saturday, December 24, 2005

MYLO: Muscle Car

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This is an interesting video of the Chinese spying on the US by using a robotic fly. They sneak into what looks like President Bush's hotel room and watch as he does some very scandalous things with his hand, alcohol, prostitutes and more.

Where did the girls get the Osama Bin Laden mask though?

Link (via Clip Tip)

MySpace Stupid Haircut Awards

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Wow, does MySpace have some dum- er, wacky, (yes, we'll go with wacky) people on it. But then I guess I shouldn't have expected any better.

Demonbaby has decided to give out awards to the looniest of the looney haircuts on MySpace. As a bonus he also gives you the skinny on their (often obscure) Marvel Superhero Alteregos.

Link (via Demonbaby)

Weekly Roundup

I'm a Human Inbox's Favorite Post of the Week:
The Chronic of Narnia Rap

I knew right away that this video was going to end up being my favorite for the week. This is a great music video, so if you haven't seen it yet you owe yourself a favor. The Chronic of Narnia has earned 48 Clicks this week.

Reader's Favorite Post of the Week:
Ebay Spelling Mistake Search Engine

For some reason a couple of websites such as NDS Updates and DS Fanboy thought that this post was amusing and so it got 217 Clicks this week. I think it's pretty funny that I bought myself a DS for Christmas because I know that nobody else will.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Extreme Video Editing

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This video is a demonstration of what can be accomplished by good digital editing skills. I'm not sure where this video came from, but it's pretty neat. You'll see many advertising examples, trick shots combining old footage with new footage and making things disappear if by magic.

And they say seeing is believing. Hah!

Link (via Drasl)

Pac Man Puppet Show

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Suh-weet. A Pac Man Puppet Show set in Mexico played by an old man to entertain the local children. I'm really wishing that there were awesome puppet shows like this when I was a kid. Ah well, I guess that's what videogames are for.


The NES Modem

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A weird little footnote of NES history: In September of 1991 the Minnesota State Lottery actually developed a plan to allow NES owners to play the state lottery online using a modem. The modem would attach to a port in the bottom of the NES unit. Users would be provided with a security code which was intended to prevent other people from using their accounts. The security code was also intended to prevent anyone under 18 from playing the lottery.

Players could pick their own numbers, allow the game to pick numbers, or let the lottery computer pick their numbers. The system was also supposed to provide lottery news and even featured mini interactive versions of the "Instant Win" games. The outcome for these games however, was still predetermined.

In October of 1991, the project was scrapped due to political pressure. It did get far enough to produce a working game and mockups of the modem.

For pictures and more information check out the link below.

Link (via NES Kingdom)

Mr. Pibb + Red Vines = Crazy Delicious: T-Shirt

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Boing Boing is pointing out a T-Shirt from the music video Chronic of Narnia, which I'm already a fan of.

This is a great idea for a shirt, but I'll be honest. They don't sell either of those items in Canada, what do they taste like? I'm guessing crazy delicious?


Gamespot's Best and Worst 2005

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Many gamers complain about gaming award shows on TV like Spike, but I've always found Gamespot's Best and Worst yearly award show to be amazing. Every year I look forward to the Best and Worst feature, and each year it gets better.

This year it's done entirely in video format with articles to back it up. Although some of their hosts are pretty terrible, the videos tend to be funny and interesting and entirely credible.

As a sidenote I've been playing Indigo Prophecy and loving it, so it's good to see that Indigo Prophecy has won "Best Story" and has been nominated for "Best Soundtrack", "Most Innovative", "Best Original Game Mechanic" and "Best Voice Acting" as well.


McDonalds Meat Helmet

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The Meat Helmet is an attempt to show the absurdity of current trends from Fast Food Restaurants to try and cater to the "Health Conscious Consumer". Examples such as the Step Counter and offering salads with Big Macs juxtapose Healthy Eating with high fat and calorie intakes.

The Meat Helmet takes this absurd concept even further by making the consumer wear a gadget which forces an eating workout depending on the amount of calories they're eating.
The Big Mac is a standard unit in fast food iconography. It also has 560 calories, and if you want to eat one and be physically fit - "Meat Helmet" will teach you the arduous pains of enjoying such a luxury. Pneumatic 'air muscles' control the helmet, forcing the user to eat at intervals specified by a CPU located on a belt. The on-board program sends out commands to an electronic valve, which controls the supply of compressed air to the air muscles. A keypad allows the user to punch-in the amount of calories about to be consumed (Big Mac = 560), where the program will calculate how many chews are needed to burn them off (chewing = 70 calories/hour), commencing the forced-chewing upon the user (8 hour workout!).

I recommend that you right-click and choose "save as" when clicking on this link.

Link (via We Make Money Not Art)

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Katamari Damacy Figurines

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Would I get made fun of if I had one of these Katamari Damacy Figurines in my bedroom? Probably. But has something like that ever stopped me before? These figurines are being sold on Ebay for $12.00, which isn't a horrible asking price.
A resin casting of a hand-sculpted model of Katamari Damacy's The Prince of All Cosmos. Each figure goes through a lengthy creative process:

The Prince is "life-size," standing at 5cm tall!

Perfect for display on your desk or shelf. It is fun to see our beloved little Prince in "real life!"

Link (via Wonderland)

Sarah Silverman: Give the Jew Girl Toys

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Ah Sarah Silverman. The cutest, fowl-mouthed comedian ever. Here she is singing to Santa about why she doesn't get toys just because she's Jewish. To be honest, I'm not quite sure what I think about this video. She's certain to piss a lot of people off.

At the very least, she's cute and talks about Santa's Mom's Penis.


Retouch: Interactive Demonstration of Photo Retouching

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This is an interesting Flash site which allows you to select an aspect of the photo which then shows you how it was retouched and modified. For example, you can zoom in and see how they changed this woman's teeth to make them look "perfect".

This is similar to the an earlier post called The Art of Retouching. This is the reason I dislike standing in line at grocery stores, because I'm surrounded by magazine covers that are filled with fake people.

Link (via Boing Boing)

IGN 2005 Year in Review

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IGN has a great Year in Review Video Feature up on their site. They go through how each company did for 2005 and all the highlights. They talk about Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, the PC and all the next-gen platforms.

My only complaint is that they kind of made fun of Nintendo and seemed largely unimpressed by the DS's success. Ah well.


Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Pinball Stewie

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If any of you grew up watching Sesame Street when they were little, you should get a kick out of this. Stewie basically gets thrown into a Sesame Street scene in which they use him to count to the number 12.

Ah Stewie, you crazy European baby.

Update: One of the commenters has pointed out the original Sesame Street Pinball video.


A Walk Around the City

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Jonas Lund, a photographer has done an interesting little animation by posting printed sheets of an animation of a man walking across the page. By posting each page in a different location of the city, the guy not only travels the length of the page but the city as well.

Link (via Wooster Collective)

Gingerbread Nintendo Entertainment System (GNES)

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Check out this sweet and tasty Gingerbread NES up on Gizmodo. It doesn't look completely finished, but it looks like it'd be a lot of fun to construct. Mmmmm, Holiday Nostalgia.

I'd take the controller if I got first pick.

Link (via 4 Color Rebellion)

Live Pac Man Chase

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This is fantastic, what a great way to lighten the mood at your school during the exam periods. These two guys in Pac Man costumes crashed the library scene with their antics.

Two students at our school, the University of Michigan, dressed up as Pac-Man and the Ghost respectively, ran through the UGLi (the Undergraduate Library) and the Fishbowl (a huge computer lab on Central campus) during finals week. Pac-Man screams in horror as the Ghost chases him yelling "Waka Waka Waka." This video has spread like wildfire on our campus, and killed the original hosting site's bandwidth.

I love how Pac Man, in mid scream, cautions the ghost behind him that the stairs are coming up so that he doesn't trip.

Link (via Boing Boing)

The Gathering

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Apparently evil monstrosities like Darth Vader, the girl from The Ring and Freddy Cougar want to wish you a Merry Christmas. They want to kiss your bruises, cut you your Christmas Tree and bake your Turkey.

Awww, what a bunch of nice fellas.

Link (via Drasl.is)

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Child’s Play Charity Dinner

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I thought I'd give some notice to Penny Arcade's Child Play Auction this year. So far they've raised over $420,000 for Children's Hospitals and the Charity Dinner raised slightly over $82,000. Very very impressive.

But I'm really loving these pictures of the event, taken by some of the people who attended. There are a lot of very nicely dressed gamers here, in tuxes and evening gowns. It looks very classy, and everyone seems to be having a great time.

So check out the livejournal post about the event by clicking on the picture above, and this Flickr Gallery. I really love the tuxes and the hats; nice touch guys.

Link (via Penny Arcade)

The Legend of Segata Sanshiro

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The Sega Saturn commercials in Japan had a very successful run and featured a character called Segata Sanshiro who beat the crap out of you if you didn't play Sega Saturn all the time. He had no pity for people who got exercise, danced or did any normal outdoor activity. If you weren't playing Sega Saturn, he would kick your ass.

Sanshiro was a Judo master that tracked down and beat up people who were not playing the Sega Saturn. His name sounds similar to the phrase "Sega Saturn shiro!" meaning roughly "You must play Sega Saturn!"

The Saturn had a full and fairly successful life across the pond in Japan. While it couldn't compete with the Playstation or N64 in terms of 3D graphics, it had the best 2D hardware on the block and sported some lovely 2D games... Which probably wouldn't have sold over here. Let's be honest with ourselves though. It wasn't the games that won over the hearts of Japan. It was a man.


There's a bunch of great videos here, check them out. If you want more information about Segata Sanshiro Wikipedia has a pretty good article about him.

Link (via Kotaku)

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Today I'm heading to Comox to visit my family for Christmas. I'm going to be super busy spending time with my friends and family, so for once I can't make any promises about how often I'm a Human Inbox will be updated. Normally I try to do 4 or 5 posts a day, but it may be lower than that during the Christmas break due to lack of time. I'll do my best to update, but don't be disappointed if some days are sparse.

I'm really looking forward to seeing people during the holidays, there are a lot of people that I haven't had a chance to see during the school year. I hope that everyone has a fantastic Christmas, and gets to spend some time with the people they care about.

Oh, and I hope everyone gets some nerdy gifts.

Bush Action Figure

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Now wouldn't this be a lovely gift for Christmas? Actually I think I could have some fun with this. I could have press conferences with the President, make him sing and dance, force him to have tea with all my stuffed animals, read "My Pet Goat" to him. Yes it would be grand.
BBI proudly introduces the latest issue in its Elite Force series of authentic military 12- inch figures, President George W. Bush in naval aviator flight suit. Exacting in detail and fully equipped with authentic gear, this limited-edition action figure is a meticulous 1:6 scale recreation of the Commander-in-Chief's appearance during his historic Aircraft Carrier landing. On May 1, 2003, President Bush landed on the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) in the Pacific Ocean. While at the controls of an S-3B Viking aircraft from the "Blue Sea Wolves" of Sea Control Squadron Three Five (VS-35), designated "Navy 1," he overflew the carrier before handing it over to the pilot for landing. Attired in full naval aviator flight equipment, the President then took the salute on the deck of the carrier.


Subway Train Gets Tagged

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Check out this video of a subway train getting tagged by about 15 graffiti artists. Although I'm not sure why the train stopped for them, or why the security guards didn't whip their asses, but it's still pretty damned cool.

These guys were prepared! They've got some double spray can action going on here.

Here's a little bonus link for you. A SNL skit about Subway Workers.

Link (via Wooster Collective)

Monday, December 19, 2005

Lords of the Rhymes

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For those who loved the The Chronic of Narnia Rap you will also love Lords of the Rhymes who rap about Lord of the Rings. I love the lyrics, the silly costumes and I especially love the excellent Gollum solo. You can find the music video, MP3s and lyrics on this site.

I want to get my hands on the Mushroom clock necklace that one of the guys is wearing, it's very Public Enemy-ish. If you like this sort of nerd music, you might also want to check out Blind Guardian a metal band which does songs about Lord of the Rings.


The Real Story of Christmas

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I've known little bits and pieces about how Christmas became to be the holiday that we now know it, but I definitely am no expert on it. For those who are curious as to the true origins of Christmas, you should really read this article. This probably won't make you happy about Christmas, so if you'd rather remain ignorant about Christmas' origins, then make sure you don't click.

There's a lot to learn but here's a snippet:
Roman pagans first introduced the holiday of Saturnalia (later to become Christmas), a week long period of lawlessness celebrated between December 17-25. During this period, Roman courts were closed, and Roman law dictated that no one could be punished for damaging property or injuring people during the weeklong celebration. The festival began when Roman authorities chose “an enemy of the Roman people” to represent the “Lord of Misrule.” Each Roman community selected a victim whom they forced to indulge in food and other physical pleasures throughout the week. At the festival’s conclusion, December 25th, Roman authorities believed they were destroying the forces of darkness by brutally murdering this innocent man or woman.

For further information about how Santa Claus came to be, you should check out this Snopes article about Santa and Coca-Cola.

This is going to make me look like a major Humbug, but I want to emphasize what Christmas means to me. Christmas to me is about spending time with my friends, family and my relatives. I'm very much looking forward to it.

Link (via Grumpy Gamer)

The Cathedral

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This animated short was nominated for "Best Animated Short" in the 2002 Oscars. It didn't win, but it definitely came close. This video apparently based on a science fiction story by Jacek Dukaj who I've never heard of probably because he's Polish. This video also took 15 months to complete during the artist's spare time.

Created by Tomek Baginski, a very talented polish artist and a person with a wealth of technical abilities. Tomek Baginski can trace back the project all the way back to January of 1999 when he first wrote a letter to a famous Polish Science Fiction Writer Jacek Dukaj. It is then that Tomek Baginski and Jacek Dukaj continued their repertoire and shared their ideas on the story and it's visual interpretations. Tomek devoted his after-hours after work to the project "The Cathedral". He tells us that if he devoted 8 hours a day into the animation it would take 15 months to complete.

This video is very beautiful and worth checking out. I attempted to find a larger version of the video, but it looks like all links were removed once this short went up for sale on DVD.