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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Stephen Colbert at White House Press Corps Dinner

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I'm not a huge fan of Stephen Colbert. He's funny sure, but I haven't found his material to be truly inspiring. But regardless of how you feel about Colbert, his speech at the White House Press Corps Dinner is pretty fantastic. Forget your politics for a moment, this event was designed to draw laughs even if Colbert was pushing the envelope. And yet, there was very little laughter to be heard from the audience.

Colbert is speaking infront of a lot of high ranking politicians, military officers, the President and the media. The people in attendance were shuffling uncomfortably, and had cold looks on their faces. The last time I've seen an audience react so poorly to a popular Comedian was when Jon Stewart hosted the Oscars. I always find it incredibly fascinating when people are unable to laugh at themselves. I hope that if a Comedian came along and made fun of someone like me, I would be able to laugh really hard.

Update: Ah Youtube, I can never trust you to maintain proper links in the future. I will fix you. In other news, Jon Stewart from the Daily Show is quite happy about Colbert's Ballsalicious speech.
"It was balls-alicious," Stewart said. "Apparently he was under the impression that they'd hired him to do what he does every night on television"


Friday, April 28, 2006

Leather Dragon Backpack

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Although the idea of having a Leather Dragon Backpack is totally awesome, wearing it outside in public is not an option. Thus, this item would remain in my closet like some of my other geeky items, like my Naruto Headband.

I really think that you'd get badly damaged if you wore this outside. By girls.

Link (via Fazed)

Ultimate Utopia XXIII

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For those of you who've played Final Fantasy games (or, for that matter, any PlayStation era RPG), this will be a humbling experience. Ultimate Utopia XXIII, by Adarahs, is an embarrassingly accurate recreation of a Final Fantasy game experience. It boasts live actors, cheesy special effects, and all the cliches. Did it always look that ridiculous?

I'll warn you: it features a boss fight, so it clocks in at 12 minutes.

Jesse: Wow, Jezebeau hasn't done a post in a while but he's always welcome back. I saw this a long time ago but I was never really a Final Fantasy Fan so I never felt justified in posting about it.

Link (downloads found here)

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Code Monkey

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Human Inbox reader Michael sent me a link to the song Code Monkey by Jonathan Coulton the other day, and I think it's pretty awesome. Code Monkey is about a lowly normal and sensitive coder and his troubles (or rather his feelings) at work.

So all you Managers Rob, you need to be nice to your Code Monkeys! They have feelings too you know. You might also want to check out the Lyrics for this song while you're listening to it.
Code Monkey get up get coffee
Code Monkey go to job
Code monkey have boring meeting, boring manager Rob
Rob say Code Monkey very diligent
But his output stink
His code not functional or elegant
What do Code Monkey think
Code Monkey think maybe manager wanna write goddamn login page himself

As a sidenote, my Hard Drive crashed and burned a couple of days ago, so I'm running off an ancient laptop right now. I might not be able to do as many super excellent posts due to my laptop's inability to display videos.

Link (Thanks Michael!)

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Violent Videogames Make Me Snap

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Most people agree after seeing this shirt, that it's definitely buyable. I am also well suited for this shirt because anyone who knows me will vouch for the fact that the chances of me "flipping out" are quite high. That's why I'm going to University, to get a degree in kicking your ass. I'm like totally a rageaholic and it's all due to a healthy diet of violent videogames.

Link (via Wonderland)

Lasse - Hyperactive

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Well this is a surprise, someone with a webcam who actually has a good amount of talent! Lasse Gjertsen, looks bedheaded and bemused and at first I thought it was going to be another embarrassing video of someone doing something goofy but boy was I wrong.

By making random noises Lasse remixes them into a beatboxing mishmash, producing a very creative music video. Well done my friend, well done.


Thursday, April 20, 2006

Mystic Ball

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Mystic Ball is a documentary film about a sport in Thailand akin to hackey sack. I admit that I don't know much about this film, or the sport itself, but the film is very beautiful. The audience in background seems almost entirely comprised of Buddhist Monks, I wonder where they're performing?

Update: Since making this post I have recieved an email from Greg Hamilton detailing information about this film. It also looks like the Chinlone site has been updated with further information since my original post.
I saw on your I'm A Human Inbox blog a link to the film Mystic Ball. I just wanted to let you know that you have some wrong information about the sport. Please look at Cchinlone.com or the Wikipedia article on chinlone. It is the traditional sport of Myanmar (Burma).

Thanks for linking to it. We are having the world premiere for Mystic Ball at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival on May 1, 9:30pm at the Isabel Bader Theatre - 93 Charles St. - and a second screening on May 7, 7:00pm at the ROM Theatre. It's a feature length documentary - 83 minutes.

Chinlone is non-competitive dance-like sport - a team sport with no opposing team - a spiritual game that has been played for over 1500 years.

Link (via Drasl)

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Loco Roco

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Although this post is about a game, I want everyone to click on it, even the non-gamers. Loco Roco is a game coming out for the PSP, and is something I would never have gotten exposure to if it wasn't part of the 1up Show this week. This is the video interview with the developer of Loco Roco, and it's really quite lovely.

Loco Roco is a game that's impossible to describe, but easily understood once it's seen in motion. Like Katamari Damacy, this game brings a sense of joy, happiness and wonder to those who see it. The music, the colours, the ideas are so pure.

I personally love the little story of how the game got its name:
In the beginning I was trying to find a good name for the title. I was trying to find something that was easy going, casual. Then a coworker of mine mentioned "Loco Roco" because it sounds like Local Motion from Hawaii.

Please check this out even if it doesn't sound like your thing, it really does make me happy that games like this exist.


Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Adicolor: Pink

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Wow, I've been watching and absorbing these amazingly weird Adicolor ads. Pink was the first one I saw, and I have yet to find anyone who can clue me into what it all means. Strange music, moving teddy bears and some mysterious pink goo. This video is so weird it borders on disturbing, but I definitely love it.

Two other videos, both strange in their own way: Green, White.

There are three other videos which will be released at later dates, I'm definitely going to have to go back to watch them. I still have no idea what they're actually trying to promote.

Link (via Waxy)

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Israeli Military Girls

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A couple of days ago I ran across this gallery of photos depicting Israeli girls in the military, and became totally engrossed. In Israel every girl who turns 18 must spend at least two years doing military service, which is something of a rarity compared to the rest of the world.

The images are quite striking, and they depict girls in a variety of situations reflecting their daily life in the military. For me, the most surreal image was of a girl in full military garb getting her groceries. It's also quite strange to see these girls carrying automatic weapons everywhere with them, including the shower room.

The photographer was a girl in the army herself and her statements really put these photos in perspective:
Rather than portraying the soldier as heroic, confident, or proud, my images disclose a complexity of emotions. The soldier is often caught in a transient moment of self-reflection, uncertainty, a break from her daily reality, as if questioning her own identity and state of contradiction. She is a soldier in uniform but at the same time she is a teenage girl who is trying to negotiate between these two extreme dimensions. She is in an army base surrounded by hundreds like her, but underneath the uniform there is an individual that wishes to be noticed.

...The girls I encountered were so immersed in this lifestyle, in their new reality, and completely divorced from the outside world. How could I explain to them that what they are doing means nothing in the outside world, yet will affect them for the rest of their lives?...

In the end these girls are just that, teenage girls in a harsh masculine environment. I feel slightly guilty when I find myself thinking how attractive most of these girls are. There's definitely something appealing about a girl in uniform, smoking and holding an automatic weapon.

Link (via Drasl)

Saturday, April 15, 2006

1 Year Anniversary

I almost completely forgot what day it was! Today is the 1 Year Anniversary of I'm a Human Inbox and the 175,395th visit. I really can't believe that I've been doing this for an entire year now. A couple of months ago I was almost considering dropping this site altogether, and I was planning on doing it on the 1 Year Anniversary just to be a jerk, but I still haven't gotten Blogging entirely out of my system yet.

The end of the school year is approaching and I'm finishing up my exams. Infact I should probably be doing my Calculus right now, but I felt I had to do something for this post.

So I'd like to thank all the people that have made this possible. Which is... Me really (don't worry Anne, I haven't forgotten that you've helped out a bit). I've also accomplished all the goals I set out to do with this site, which is fame, fortune and girls.

I've also rounded up a list of my top favorite 27 posts. It's 27 because I couldn't narrow it down any further, I just liked them all. So feel free to take a retrospective look at this site and I hope it brings a smile to your faces.

Update: I've realized that some of the links didn't work properly so I've found working links and made the appropriate updates. Please let me know if you find any problems with these links.

The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny
Loading Ready Run: We're 1337
The Chronic of Narnia Rap
The Touchtone Genius
SuperMonies: Vikings vs Monk
Alive in Joburg
Jan Pehechan-ho
Honda Civic: A Cappella
People Viewing Goatse For The First Time
Charlie the Unicorn
Matrix Table Tennis
OK Go: A Million Ways
Best Moped Commercial Ever
Russian Dance Contest
Decorer, process of cheerful decoration
Real Life Tetris
Family Guy: Take on Me
End of the World
Voltron Gets Served
Spin: The Power of Music
Chinese Ice and Snow World
Dancing Matt
Chinese Dance Troup
That One Guy
Nutragrain Commercial

Death From Above 1979: Sexy Results

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Here's your weirdness for the day. Sexy Results is one of the strangest music videos I've seen in a long time, and it's been hovering around my links list for ages but I keep thinking about it every once in a while.

The song is lip synched by replacing the nipples on this girl's breasts with the singer's mouth. The special effects are terrible, and it makes less and less sense as the video goes on, and yet it is still immediately rememberable and completely hypnotic.

Warning: Not Safe For Work

Although this video comes with a NSFW warning, there is no actual nudity in this video.

Link (via Clip Tip)

Friday, April 14, 2006

Ron Mueck

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Ron Mueck is an Australian artist who has no formal training, but his work is quite fascinating. Mueck creates sculptures of people of unrealistic proportions and yet the details are so realistic that the pieces look like real people. The skin and nails are translucent, the hair is sewn in one by one and the eyes are realistic.

It's all quite haunting.

Link (via Fazed)

First Avenue Machine

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Although I am normally loathe to link to a website with such a crappy Flash interface, I will take exception this time. You might recognise First Avenue Machine from a past project called Plants with Eyes. First Avenue is a 3D animation studio who specializes in integrating 3D graphics with live action sequences.

They have a number of really awesome Quicktime videos in the Project section and I recommend that you take some time to watch them.

Link (via Giant Mecha)

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Rob Cordry Hates You

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The Daily Show recently had a story about Rob Cordry's trouble being accepted as a racist, which at one point displayed a list of all the peopled he hated. The list was over 200 entries long, and scrolled by really quickly, but someone went to the trouble of writing the entire list down.

Cordry ended his report saying that "I'm a pretty decent guy, unless of course, you're one of these things. In which case I hate your guts.
Mohawk Indian
Mary Kate & Ashley
Puerto Rican
College Lesbian
Seriously Stop Pausing This
What do you think this is Lost?
4 8 15 16 23 42
PT. Cruiser Owner
Boy Scout Troop 19

So go check out the video, and then take a look at the list. Did you know that Rob Cordry even hates Jedi? I wonder if that means he's okay with the Sith?


Monday, April 10, 2006

Wu ji (The Promise)

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I love Chinese cinema, as it treads where Japan seems to be unwilling to go; live action Anime. In the vein of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Hero and House of Flying Daggers, Wu Ji looks to be a beautiful and colourful work of cinematography. Wu Ji also touches upon the impossible and incredulous, something I'm a fan of.

Although the movie looks like it's going to have its fair share of silly moments, after watching this trailer I'm eager to get my hands on a copy of it. Hopefully this movie will not be like the Casshern experience. Casshern was a movie which looked fantastic based on its trailer, and yet it was probably one of the most boring and nonsensical movies I have ever seen (I wrote a review shortly after I watched it).

Link (via Giant Mecha)

Sunday, April 09, 2006

George Lucas in Love

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George Lucas in Love is a funny little video about George Lucas trying to write the Star Wars script when he was a student in University. Struggling with writers block, Lucas is inspired by a girl to write "what he knows", and amusingly little aspects of his life obviously make it into the Star Wars script.

Characters in his life include an Asthmatic dark neighbor, a pot headed roommate talking about a universal "force" that surrounds everyone and a wizened professor who speaks backwards.

Link (via Drasl)

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Thank You For Smoking

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"Thank You For Smoking" is a movie about a tobacco lobbyist who spins the truths and lies about smoking in order to create a positive image for the tobacco industry. It reminds me of Lord of War and looks fricking hilarious; I'd really love to see it.

It's apparently out in theatres right now, but it didn't show up in my town so it looks like I'm going to have to wait for the DVD release. For those who don't know what a Mephistopheles is (like me) here's the definition:
Mephistopheles is the evil spirit to whom Faust sold his soul and is a name given to one of the chief demons of Christian mythology that figure in European literary traditions. The name is frequently used as an alternative form of Satan or the Devil.

Link (via Joystiq)

Friday, April 07, 2006

Optimus Prime Having a Wonderful Time

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Yay! Today is the last day that I have anything due with the exception of exams, so I'm effectively done my classes. To celebrate, here's a happy little video of a toy Optimus Prime having a Wonderful and Marvelous time with a wide variety of other toys. Pot with Jay and Silent Bob, a fight with the Black Knight from Monty Python and a battle against Godzilla with Captain Picard and Captain Kirk are some of the scenes that you will witness.

I think I want all those toys in my room.

Link (via Sataguini)

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Hacked Chevy SUV Ads

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Chevy has created a monster of a website, and has encouraged users to create and submit their own Chevy SUV commercials. You can choose from a number of clips and music, and then add your own text to the video. Although it's likely that Chevy knows and understands that people will create videos that will bash their product, the attention gained is probably worth the risks.

After showing a couple of examples to my roommate Trevor, he went and created his own video, which I've liked to above. There are a number of other great examples, so you can check them out here, here and here. Milk and Cookies also has a couple of clips saved.

If you'd like to create your own clips, check them out at Chevy Apprentice.


Bob Ross on the Nintendo Revolution

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Alright, you've probably seen this article if you read gaming sites, but I was waiting for it to be confirmed as an April Fool's Joke before I posted it. I was certain it was an April Fool's Joke, because the press release was posted the day before April 1'st. It was also the strangest thing I've heard all week. But as April Fool's passed, people were still claiming that this is a legit press release.
The games, which are being developed specifically for Nintendo's Revolution console and DS handheld, will be focused on the art of painting, no doubt harnessing the precision accuracy of Nintendo's control methods. A PC version is also planned.

We're not kidding.

AGFRAG made the announcement yesterday, prompting concerns from skeptics of an early April Fool's joke. We contacted AGFRAG directly for clarification.

"The press release is not a joke, but the side effect of people thinking it is might help us get noticed," explained Joseph Hatcher, who heads up the company bringing Bob Ross to Nintendo's systems.

So, apparently the development studio AGFRAG is planning on releasing a Bob Ross painting game on the Revolution and the DS. I think almost everyone knows who Bob Ross is, the Afro painter on PBS that has been around since the dawn of time. All I have to say to my friends is "Do you know that Painter guy on TV?", and they're like "The guy with the Afo? I love that guy!". It's completely surreal.

But as I've thought about it, I'm actually kind of excited about the idea of a painting game. Not that I'm ever going to play this game, but I'm glad that games like this are going to exist for people. Diversity in gaming is always a good thing, not only for casual gamers, but for the hardcore. When there's creative diversity, it's to everyone's benefit, even if it comes from a game featuring Bob Ross.


Tuesday, April 04, 2006

King Kukulele

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In what is going to be your daily dose of wacky randomness, this satellite radio commercial attempts to show how boring normal radio is by having a Ukulele player singing and dancing around. But let's be honest, who wouldn't want a hula-skirted man following them around playing the Ukulele? Alright, maybe I'm the only one.

The singer is the Ukulele musician, King Kukulele, who unfortunately has only one music video called "When I'm Alone". I'd love to hear more of his stuff.

Link (via Boing Boing)

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Dr. Tran

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Dr. Tran is the funniest thing I've seen all week.

I'm not really sure how to describe what goes on here. Some Asian kid is quietly eating breakfast when a movie trailer voice starts describing the awesomeness of "Dr. Tran". The kid does his best to let the voice know that he's not a Doctor, nor an actor, nor Dr. Tran, but the voice doesn't seem to agree.

I have no idea if that description makes any sense, but it shouldn't matter. You should be clicking on the link and watching it.

Warning: Some Swearing

"I'm not a moccodity!"

Link (via Kevin)