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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Be Quiet!

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I love British comedy, and although my maturity will surely be questioned I still laughed pretty hard. These two wounded solders are trying to pretend that they're dead so that the enemy doesn't shoot them, but it seems they're having a bit of trouble keeping a straight face.


Warning: Questionable Taste in Maturity

Link (via Fazed)

Beverly Hills: Halo 2

[Media: Music Video]

This is a pretty good adaptation of Weezer's "Beverly Hills" song, done to the footage of Halo 2. The timing is spot on, the camera work is smooth and stylish, and the "extras" are fairly creative. Normally you wouldn't think much of a machinma music video but amazingly this video pulls off some highly polished production values.

Master Chief comes off looking fairly cute when pining about his social status.

Link (via Kotaku)

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Gypsy MIDI

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I've been working for almost a week on a presentation for one of my Computer Science classes tomorrow. I have to do a presentation on Real Time Programming Languages which, put simply, are languages which allow systems to interact with things in the real world, in real time. The aspect that I chose to focus on is Motion Capture, specifically the Virtual Air Guitar Project.

So I'm sure you can understand why I immediately took interest in this GypsyMIDI product when I first saw it.

The GypsyMIDI Suit allows the wearer to use their body as an interface to control music. The user can control the music by moving their arms left, right, up and down, and with their wrists. The interface can then be customized to control different buttons, sliders or sounds.

I encourage you to check out the videos here on this site, the best of which are the drums and the DJ Gypsy Tracker videos.

Link (via Giant Mecha)

Monday, March 27, 2006

Funny Street Signs

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You may have seen some of these pictures elsewhere on the Internet, but this is still a good collection of amusing, and most likely photoshopped, street signs. I sat back and had a good laugh at this website, and I'm sure you will too.

Update: If you liked this post, you should probably check out these funny billboards.

Link (via Grumpy Gamer)

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Mini Moni: Hina Matsuri (Girl Festival)

[Media: Music Video]

Well this is definitely the weirdest thing I've seen all day, just be prepared for an oversaturation of girly J-Pop. Hina Matsuri translates to "Girl Festival", which is basically like a day for girls. From Wikipedia:
It is a celebration especially for girls, and is sometimes called the "Girl's Festival".

The customary drink for the festival is amazake, a sweet, non-alcoholic version of sake made from fermented rice. The customary food is colored arare, bite-sized crackers flavored with soy sauce.

Every family with a female child has a dolls set. There are many legends about this Matsuri (festival), one of them is this: if the family forgets to retire the whole set before the night of 4th March, the girl won't marry before the next year.

The video itself would put a game of Mario Party to shame with its overly bright pinks, blues and yellows. Oh my God, there's so much pink!

Link (via Exploding Aardvark)

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Scrambled Hacks

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Scrambled Hacks is a fascinating project which is very exciting for music samplers. Scrambled Hacks takes sounds, say from a microphone, and searches through a music video in order to find sounds that are similar. The program will then reconstruct the music video and imitate the sounds it just heard.

In other words, this program will create a visual and audio representation of any sound it hears, and all of this can be done in real time.

It's a little hard to imagine, so check out this video which describes and demonstrates how this works. I'd love to get my hands on something like that! Then again, as a computer science student, I would love to be able to work on a project like that.

Update: Since I don't trust Youtube to maintain a link for very long, I'm adding a mirror link to Milk and Cookies just in case.

Link (via Waxy)

Hisashi Tenmyouya

[Media: Website]

I spent this morning gazing at Hisashi Tenmyouya's beautiful artwork, which utilizes traditional Japanese styles and imagery, merged with modernized references and ideas. The result is immediately engaging, and makes you think when you see images of historical Japanese gangs posing next to American-styled lowriders.

The paintings also have a great sense of motion, wit and criticism. My only wish is that the images hosted here were larger, I'd love to see some of the smaller details.

Link (via We Make Money Not Art)

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Super Furry Animals: Not the End of the World

[Media: Music Video]

This is a pretty fantastic music video, which uses stylized puppetry to provide the visuals for this song by the Super Furry Animals. There are a lot of cute little details in each scene, and I'm pretty sure I've never seen an exploding Earth puppet before. Cute.

Just incase this link goes dead for some reason, you can find a mirror at Milk and Cookies.

Link (via Drawn)

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Overloaded Vehicles

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This here is a fantastic gallery of images showing vehicles which bear incredible burdens. Bikes with 30 monitors piled ontop of them, someone hauling thousands of bottles, trains overflowing with people, the list goes on and on.

These images are completely surreal and reach comical proportions; but still, it's quite amazing.

Link (via Boing Boing)

Call Center

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Call Center is a fantastic short film running at 12 minutes which touches on the funnier side of outsourcing. The video features an Indian Call Center employee trying to juggle calls from 4 different customers, one of whom is on the Suicide Support line.

I really can't tell you anymore without giving away some of the better stuff, but I had a really good laugh with this one. Totally worth checking out.

Note: This link might give you an error that says "Service Unavailable". If you get that error, just refresh the page a couple of times and it should be fine.

Link (via Fazed)

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Final Fantasy XII Intro Movie

[Media: Video]

I am not really a Final Fantasy fan, I've found the last 3 Final Fantasy installments to be terrible terrible games and I wonder what people really see in these games. I'm going to get hurt for saying that.

But one thing I can agree on is the beautiful art direction and the CG work that Squaresoft does. I love the character designs, the architecture and the vibrant living worlds that they create. All of this is very evident in the opening prologue video for Final Fantasy XII.

So even if you're not really interested in videogames, let alone Final Fantasy, it is worth your time to download this video just to see what Computer Graphics studios are capeable of these days.

Just to warn you though, it's quite large (112 MB) and over 7 minutes long. Not that that's a bad thing though!


Sunday, March 19, 2006

Kid Perverts

Today I'm going with a themed post because here's a number of funny videos which all have something in common. They're all about perverted kids. No worries though, all of these are Safe For Work, you won't see any nudity here.

Owner of A Lonely Heart

This music video features two kids who have the best day ever. They skip school after their Mom drops them off, and decide to put up posters asking ladies to show up in their bikinis for a dance audition. They even go so far as to rent a casting studio (where did they get the money for that?), and calmly cast a ton of hot women. What perverted little bastards!

Link (via Drasl)

Peeping Kids

This is a commercial for some sort of chocolate bar... Man, this ad will give kids all the wrong (right?) ideas.


Wanking to World of Warcraft

And finally, the meanest, most embarrassingly funny video ever. You know you play too much World of Warcraft if you get caught wanking off to it. Owned.

Link (via Kotaku)

Saturday, March 18, 2006

CRIA Study Shows that Music Downloading Does No Harm

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The Canadian Recording Industry (CRIA), which is similar to the American RIAA, quietly released a study which counters pretty much all their talking points about Internet Music Piracy. It's surprising that this study even got released at all because it's very damaging to their standpoint on this issue.
Consistent with many other studies, people who download music from P2P services frequently buy that same music. The study found that only 25% of respondents said they never bought music after listening to it as a P2P downloaded track. That obviously leaves nearly 75% as future purchasers, including 21% who have bought music ten times or more. Note that demographically, the lowest percentage of non-buyers actually belonged to the 13 to 17 year old demographic.

More interestingly, the survey also asked why people bought less. Only 10% of respondents cited the availability of music downloads. Instead, people cited a long list of alternatives that have nothing to do with downloading including price (16%), nothing of interest (14%), lack of time (13%), collection is big enough (9%), don't buy (7%), listen to radio (7%), change in tastes (6%), no CD player (3%), have an MP3 player (2%), lack of opportunity to buy (2%), watch more tv (2%), age (1%), only buy what I like (1%). Simply put, P2P simply is not a major factor behind decisions to buy less music

There are a number of other very interesting facts, and they all line up with what consumers and Internet Activists have been saying for years. P2P does not prevent people from buying music, it is used primarily as a way to sample music before purchasing.

Most likely CRIA and RIAA will ignore the information found in this study and continue to push for harmful and invasive copyright protection technologies and regulations. But hopefully this will start to change the Government's mind about the issue and start to protect their citizens rather than the corporations.

In other news, RIAA and the MPAA are trying to prevent people from uninstalling DRM technology even if it has the potential to kill you. I don't think I ever need to say anything about DRM or RIAA ever again when their disrespect for people steps over the line between life and death.

It has also been shown that DRM laden music on your MP3 players actually significantly reduce battery life. Lovely!

Link (via Boing Boing)

Friday, March 17, 2006

Pure Pwnage: Episode 10

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I've mentioned Pure Pwnage before, and I tend to refrain from making multiple posts about the same webpage or show, but I think I'll break this rule just this once.

Episode 10 was a long time coming, over 3 months, and thus each new episode is becoming something of an event by now. Pure Pwnage is one of my favorite shows and I hope that if you haven't checked it out before, that you'll do so now. PP is a fake reality Internet-based show about a small group of gamers and their disconnect with reality and people around them. And although their sense of self-accomplishment sometimes seems undeserved, they do seem to hold some strange gaming powers, such as their "Micros".

Episode 10 features a fantastic Strongbad Email parody, a custom written soundtrack, romance and dealing with the harshness of moving out from their parents house for the first time.

Do yourself a favor and check this show out, you'll thank me later.


Thursday, March 16, 2006

Turn Your Head: Custom Pirolettes From Your Profile

[Media: Website]

I'm sure you've seen those optical illusions which depending on how you look at it, you'll either see a cup or two faces. Turn your Head is a company which will create a Pirolette for you, based on your silhouette.
[W]e fill the space between two opposing profiles of your face. By spinning that space into a three dimensional “visage” that follows the outlined silhouettes of your two profiles, we create the "Pirolette".

Your profile captured forever in an object of art. An optical illusion of shadow and light, each one unique because it’s you!

How fantastic is that?

Link (via Boing Boing)

The Voices Behind "The Simpsons"

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My apologies that I haven't been updating regularly, life has been catching up with me. I'll probably make a couple of posts today to make up for it though, there's been a lot of great stuff on the Internet lately.

This clip from Conan O'Brian has an interview with two of the guys who do a large number of the voices for "The Simpsons". I'm always amazed by voice talents who can do a wide range of voices, and I've seen this demonstrated by one of the voice actors for "The Family Guy". Did you know that one guy does the voices for Stewie, Brian, Peter and Quagmire for Family Guy?

The guy in this picture goes through voices for Homer, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willy, Mayor Quimby and Grandpa Simpson. Totally awesome.

Link (via Drasl)

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Xbox Live: Talking Smack

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This educational video is a 8-step program to becoming a Grade-A Asshole on Xbox Live. Lessons include "Smack Talking", "Corpsehumping" and "Spawn Camping". Even if you don't play Halo or Xbox Live, you can probably appreciate this sort of behavior if you have any sort of familiarity with the Internet.

I on the otherhand, play far too much Halo 2 on Xbox Live and so I found this video to be absolutely hilarious. It's true, people really are like this on Halo 2, which is why I have everyone's voices muted. I have no interest in hearing a 13 year old talk about having sexual intercourse with various family members of mine.

Link (Thanks Kyle!)

Monday, March 13, 2006

Indoor Man Made Beach

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I'm always kind of fascinated by huge, useless Mega-Projects like this Indoor Man made Becah in Japan. What's really interesting is that there's a perfectly good beach 300m away from this structure. Why would you be going to this instead?
Ocean Dome has its own flame-spitting volcano, crushed white marble "sand", and it also boasts the world's largest retractable roof, providing a permanently blue sky. Temperature, wind and humidity are closely controlled to provide an ultra-safe "sea-side" experience.

The optical illusion of a beach is pretty good though, the sky and walls would definitely mess with my brain.

Of similar note is a list of Dubai Mega-Projects, with examples like "The World" which is a set of 300 islands created into the shape of the planet Earth.

Link (Thanks Kyle!)

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Yakko's Nations of the World

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I think most people my age will remember the cartoon "Animaniacs" from when they were growing up. I miss that show; Animaniacs had a lot of good things going for it like "Pinky and the Brain". This video here is the "Nations of the World" scene, where Yakko sings a song listing every country in the world.

I once had a friend, Jay, who had memorized this entire song and would sing it to show off his prowess. I wonder if he still has all the countries memorized?

Link (via Fazed)

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Robotic Pack Mule

[Media: Video]

Take a look at this robotic pack mule being developed by the military. Named BigDog it can carry 120 lbs and is able to traverse any terrain ranging from loose rocks, mud, snow and hills.

The best part about this video is watching what happens when one of the staff gives it a healthy kick. Instead of toppling over like one would expect, the robot positions its legs in order to regain its balance just like an animal might. The fluidity of motion starts to get a little creepy actually.

For more information about the project, check out Boing Boing's article.

Link (via Giant Mecha)

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

New X-Men III Trailer

[Media: Video]

Yes, I realize that I've posted an X-Men III Trailer before, but this one is much much better.

This trailer has more special effects, more mutants and full description about what exactly is going to happen in this movie. Apparently a mutant named "The Cure" (not the band of course) is the source of an antidote to "cure" mutants of their mutant abilities. It looks like "The Cure" has the ability to actually turn mutants into normal people. What's interesting is that "The Cure" is the same child from the movie Ultraviolet (A movie I don't recommend going to see), who held the cure for the vampires in his body. Poor kid, type casted into the same role in two consecutive movies which come out months apart from eachother.

Anyway, check out the trailer, it's looking really sweet.


Monday, March 06, 2006

Grid Wars

[Media: Game]

Grid Wars is a complete rip-off of Xbox 360's game Geometry Wars and is available for download at under 5 MB. Geometry Wars is one of the most popular games on the Xbox 360 at the moment, which is an impressive statement when you consider that it's an independently developed game available only for download.

Grid Wars is a fast, chaotic, pretty arcade shooter and it definitely won't help you with your homework. I don't normally post downloadable games on I'm a Human Inbox, but this one comes highly recommended and I encourage you to give it a try.

Link (via Kotaku)

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Natalie Portman SNL Rap

[Media: Music Video]

Saturday Night Live is slowly becoming more culturally relevant again with their acquisition of the comedy group The Lonely Island. If you haven't noticed by now I'm a total fan of them and my favorite skit of theirs is The Chronic of Narnia Rap.

The Lonely Island does it again with a Rap done by Natalie Portman. I have a slightly embarrassing crush on Miss Portman, which is odd because I don't normally like actresses that have such squeaky-clean reputations. In this video she raps about what a bad assed bitch she is, with lots of swearing, fighting and drug use. It's basically the complete reversal of her public image, which is why the joke carries so well. I've watched this video about 3 or 4 times already and it doesn't get old, this is funny stuff.

Link (via Boing Boing)

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Real Life Simpsons Intro

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This video is a real life recreation of the classic Simpsons intro. Every camera angle, and each character has been realistically casted. All of the little details are amazing. This makes you wonder if a Simpsons sitcom could be possible, if it would be funny.

Best thing I've seen all day and it's sure to bring a smile to your face.


Friday, March 03, 2006

What if Microsoft Designed the iPod Packaging?

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This video is starting to show up everywhere, but if you haven't seen it you should really check it out. I have no brand loyalties when it comes to software and operating systems on my computer unlike some people out there. But one thing I'll admit is that Apple sure knows how to market their products and they know how to create excellent designs.

Microsoft on the otherhand doesn't really look like they know what they're doing and this video highlights how the iPod would have turned out if they were in charge of the marketing. It's so true.

As a bonus link, you should check out today's Penny Arcade comic, The Forbidden Fruit, which features some hilarious homosexual overtones mixed with soft colours and a Macintosh.


Thursday, March 02, 2006

Women with Extremely Long Hair

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What interesting curiosities. This page contains a collection of women who have extremely long hair, getting to the point where their hair is much longer than their body height, in some cases twice as long as they are. These are real life Rapunzels.

What amazes me though is how having long hair must affect their everyday life. How often and how long does it take to wash such long hair? It also must be a huge weight to carry.

The woman above does not have the longest hair among the collection of pictures, she's just the hottest.

Link (via Drasl)

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

A Meditation On the Speed Limit

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God Dammit, just when I've decided to pull back on the amount of posting I do, I start finding boatloads of awesomeness. There is a lot I'd like to post today, but I really shouldn't. Le Sigh.

Anyway, this video is an interesting example of Civil Obedience. You read that right, these guys are providing a counter example to following the law, by showing what happens when you actually do follow the law.

The argument is this: "The law about the speed limit is stupid. Nobody follows it, and the greyline between following the law and breaking it is vague at best." So a group of friends decided to drive down the highway, and follow the speed limit to the letter and see what happens. What happened was that everyone on the road got incredibly angry, and started driving dangerously. They were threatened, honked at, tail gated and almost crashed into. One guy actually clipped a parked car in an attempt to get around them.

Although I don't know what the alternative should be, this video is definitely persuasive by showing an example of how absurd some laws can be. Let's do something similar by showing how absurd copyright law is.

Link (via Waxy)