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Friday, May 26, 2006

Music for One Apartment and Six Drummers

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This strange short has the cast of Stomp breaking into other people's apartments while they're out walking the dog and creating music by banging on anything they can get their hands on. For example, in the picture above their in someones bathroom using toothbrushes, shavers, the bathtub, shaving cream and scrubbing the toilet to create a fairly catchy tune.

The whole video is quite fascinating although a bit creepy. Why can't they do this in their own house?

Link (via Waxy)

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Juggling in a Cone

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This video of Greg Kennedy standing inside of a cone juggling is pretty entertaining. Juggling is hard enough, but what about when you have to factor in spinning up and down the inside of a cone?
Greg Kennedy's newest manipulation routine, the juggling of 3, 5 & 7 balls on the inside surface of an 8-foot high inverted cone

I could probably spend a lot of time just tossing balls around in there.

Link (via Fazed)

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Ghost Rider Trailer

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Oh my God, nerd orgasm. The Ghost Rider movie seems to have been in the works forever so it's surprising to see a trailer for it all of a sudden. The movie looks fantastic, here's to hoping that it really is. It will be released two days after my birthday on February 16th 2007.

Link (via Sataguini)

Monday, May 22, 2006

Sit On It

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Due to size restrictions you're going to have to click on the image above to see the whole thing, but I'm sure you'll enjoy the surprise. What a freakin' little bastard. I never have been so selfish with my gaming habits, I swear.

Link (via Drasl)

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Metal Gear Solid 4 Trailer

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Alright, so I saw the Metal Gear Solid 4 trailer weeks ago, but it wasn't until today that I saw the 15 minute version. The story and art direction look fantastic, although I'm a little uncertain how I feel about an aging Snake. This video will probably only appeal to fans of the series, but the video is worth watching just to see Raiden (shown above) kicking some major ass.

If they can make the live action Metal Gear Solid Movie like the cut scenes in the game, there's really nothing to worry about.


Towel Day

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It is my joyful duty to make sure you're all informed of an international holiday of which you may not be aware. It's not quite Winter-een-mas, but...

This coming Thursday, the 25th of May, is Towel Day. On this auspicious occasion, even such a lot of strags as you and I can take up the towel in remembrance of Douglas Adams. That's right, carry a towel anywhere convenience allows. Noting that towels drape quite nicely over the shoulders, that's a large majority of places. Check out the linked article for the associated trivia.

It's a big universe out there; don't forget your towel!


Friday, May 19, 2006

DJ Z-Trip: It's all about the music

[Media: Music Video]

I've been tracking down as much information as I can about this fantastic mashup video. The video features vintage footage of Jazz dancers Al Minns and Leon James dancing the Charleston. Mixed to the footage is DJ Z-Trip featuring Whipper Whip in a song called Is it all about the music.

This video is fantastic, it has fat beats and the dancing goes perfectly with the music. Watch these guys totally burn the place up.

Link (via Boing Boing)

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Robot Chicken: Star Wars

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Ah Robot Chicken, I'm so glad you're back for a second season.

Just when you thought that all the Star Wars jokes have been done already, Robot Chicken brings something fresh to the scene. The first video, shown above, has Emperor Palpatine getting a collect call from Vader about the Death Star being blown up. The second video is a recreation of the scene where Vader tells Luke that he's his father.

Doesn't sound very interesting on paper, but Robot Chicken, as always, finds a way to twist things in a disturbing manner.


Tuesday, May 16, 2006

The Algorithm March

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Wow, how to explain this one? The video starts off with an introduction to the "Algorithm March" with translated subtitles for the words. After that they do the dance again, but this time with Ninjas! I mean come on, what isn't better with a gang of Ninjas dancing behind you?

What's interesting is that the dance only really works with a line of people behind you. The moves fit with eachother when you have more people. You'll see what I mean.

In other news, I have a computer set up now so expect more frequent posts from me in the future.


Saturday, May 13, 2006

Judson Laipply: Evolution of Dance

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I always love funny dancing videos, and this one is no exception. Judson Laipply is a comedian who goes through a history of dance moves from the early 50's all the way up to modern times. He's a pretty good dancer actually. I'm not willing to move my hips around as much as he does.

Link (via Boing Boing)

Nintendo at E3

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My apologies for the serious lack of updates lately. Life has been catching up to me. In between visiting family, searching for jobs, interviews and my computer being broken I just haven't had the time to make proper updates. It's really hard to make posts on an ancient laptop when I can't even view movies on it.

Also, the Internet has exploded with news about E3 and it's incredibly difficult to keep up with the surge of information. I still found myself on Tuesday hitting my refresh button for the Live Blogging Feeds of the Nintendo E3 Press Conference, but it wasn't until today that I got to sit down and watch the actual video of the Nintendo E3 Press Conference.

I think now that E3 is finally over I can talk about what I thought about the event. Although I wish I could say that I had interest in what Sony and Microsoft had to say at E3, I didn't. Microsoft's press conferences are always more like business meetings: Dry Powerpoints and marketing buzzwords. This year Sony's presentation was almost laughable. Sony felt unfocused and they have seemed to have adopted a "Me-too" attitude towards their platform. They are directly competing with Microsoft, and yet the graphics of the PS3 and the Xbox 360 seem indistinguishable. They talk about an online network, but it sounds like a shallow comparison next to Xbox Live. And most amusingly they've incorporated a tilt sensor into their PS3 controller which is an embarrassing attempt to copy Nintendo's strategy. The price point for the PS3, $600.00 US, is way too much money. When Peter Moore, Microsoft's Marketing President tells people to go buy a Wii and an Xbox 360 instead of one PS3, you know you've been burned.

Nintendo's conference on the other hand was exciting, albeit low on information. Although I was disappointed that I didn't learn much about the Wii, I could understand Nintendo's focus on hands-on gameplay and demonstrations of how the controller works. That's what I, and everyone else, wanted to know anyway. Does it work? Is it fun?

The resounding answer is yes. The controller works the way it was promised, it's easy and it's fun. Games were shown putting ideas into practice and the attendance on the Nintendo floor shows that gamers can be more excited about a controller than fancy graphics. The lineup to get into the Nintendo floor was 3 hours long, and then you'd probably have to wait an hour to play some of the more popular games. The interest in Nintendo's controller was so great that it broke every record since E3's conception. If that doesn't say something, then I don't know what does.

Although I am fairly broke right now, I want to make the purchase of a Nintendo Wii possible once it comes out. My gut tells me that Nintendo will release the Wii in late October of this year, and I want one. I have never bought a game system on launch day, but I think I may actually preorder a Wii system.

If you've read this entire post so far, good for you! I'll drop a couple of other links that are worth checking out. A couple of days before E3, someone made an awesome fan-made Nintendo Revolution music video called Are you with me? . If you've been following all the Nintendo Revolution news you should recognise the footage. The song is pretty awesome and appropriate. And finally, if you love Super Smash Bros, you'll love the trailer for the Smash Bros Brawl on the Wii.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Stephen Wiltshire: The Human Camera

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Stephen Wiltshire is known as The "Human Camera" and has the amazing ability to commit almost everything he sees to memory. In a film called, "Beautiful Minds: A Voyage into the Brain", Wiltshire is flown over the city of Rome for 45 minutes and is asked to draw everything he remembers within 3 days. This video documents this process and is amazing to watch. As a computer junkie, I have lost any talent to remember, thus I find this fascinating.

Similarly Gilles Tréhin is a Savant who has been creating his own imaginary city since 1984 and has been drawing each building one by one.

Link (via Fazed)

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Loading Ready Run: Why the Wii?

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I've been purposefully avoiding discussing the Nintendo Revolution's official name change to "Wii" (pronounced "We"), mostly because people have been getting so incredibly upset about it. I could care less. The name does not change the functionality of the system, nor its potential. And if you think about it, Google is an incredibly stupid name but you don't hear people complaining about it.

But, I would still like to make a couple of contributions to the Wii conversation, mostly through stupid videos. Loading Ready Run did a little video about the Wii, which warns that Sony will change their console name to "Woo" and Microsoft will follow with "Yaa" which will steal all of our cries of jubilation. I've been a huge fan of Loading Ready Run ever since Theresa pointed them out to me, and I encourage you to check out some of their other stuff beyond their Wii video.

As an extra, check out this little animated Gif, Don't Fear the Wii. Oh the stupidity!


Saturday, May 06, 2006

They're Made Out of Meat

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"They're Made Out of Meat" is a short film adaptation of a short story by Terry Bisson. The video is basically a conversation between two aliens (in human form I guess) about how humans are made entirely out of meat, something which disturbs them greatly.

This film won first prize in the Science Fiction Museum's First Annual Short Film Festival, something I'll have to check out in greater detail. My only wish is that more science fiction short stories were adapted to film, how awesome would that be?

My apologies for the low frequency of posts. I am in the process of finding a job, so the majority of my Internet surfing is focused on job posting rather than Blog postings. Boo to that.

Link (via Boing Boing)

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Desiree Palmen: Street Camouflage

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I've been having a hard time lately finding interesting stuff to post about. Perhaps it's because Boing Boing seems to be getting weird and boring and has relatively few interesting things to talk about.

But here's something that made me take notice. Desiree Palmen has an amazing gallery of photos showing him wearing absurd Camouflage suits designed to hide the wearer in urband settings. Most of the outfits only look good at very specific angles, but it's still really interesting.

Link (via Fazed)