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Saturday, July 29, 2006

Cursor Kite

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Finally, a way to get geeks to go to the beach!

You may have seen these images floating around the Blogsphere by now, but they're still quite fascinating. WindFire Designs is a Kite design studio who mostly seems to create fancy looking kites. The WindFire Cursor Kite looks unlike any other kite in that it looks like it was photoshopped into the photos.

If you check out Tim's Personal Gallery you should get a better idea of how the kite looks and flies.

Link (via Boing Boing)

Friday, July 28, 2006

On Piracy: Documentary on File Sharing

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This morning I've been watching the Canadian documentary "On Piracy", and it's absolutely fantastic. So far the interviews have been very balanced, taken both from the music industry's point of view and of consumers. Both sides of the Piracy argument have been well covered and it's really interesting to see how passionate and invested both sides are.

The amusing thing at this point is that the recording industry is a little more frantic and off-topic. Contrasting the record execs with scholars and historians might be a little unfair just because the later are so well spoken. But it's interesting to hear the execs say that their industry is "flexible", and to see them stumble over the idea that videogames are outselling music.

I haven't seen the whole thing yet, but so far it is excellent. Highly recommended.

Link (via Waxy)

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Valve: Portal Training

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Some really interesting stuff has been coming out of Valve lately and now I finally have a bit of time to talk about it here. If you haven't seen Valve's Portal trailer I encourage you to do so by clicking the picture above. Portal is a puzzle game which uses a portal gun to solve a number of interesting spatial problems and it ships for free in Half-Life 2: Episode 2. The concepts and puzzles within Portal are complex for they deal with the ability to bend space itself.

Portal was developed by the team responsible for Narbacular Drop, a game which is free and was created earlier this year.

If you liked the trailer for Portal, I recommend that you check out 1up's Episode 38 of the 1up Show. 1up discusses Portal, Narbacular Drop, Half-Life 2: Episode 2, Team Fortress 2 and The Ship. I'm personally very interested in The Ship and I'm curious to see how it turns out.

Link (via Joystiq)

Sunday, July 23, 2006


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DoodleBug is a great website in which artists do a drawing and the process is saved as an animation. This allows people to watch how the drawing was completed, step-by-step. Personally I've been fascinated by this website all morning; it's so easy to watch a couple drawings in a small amount of time. In otherwords, this is a great time waster.

I'm impressed by some of the crosshatching done on this website. I'm alright at drawing, but I've always sucked at crosshatching. Dammit.

Link (via Fazed)

What a Wonderful Day

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This video starts out showing a stuffed bunny relaxing on a hill. A narrator, who sounds like the narrator from Winnie the Pooh, describes the events as they unfold. What starts out as a fairly tame children's story quickly turns into a dark and disturbing tale.

I never expected the bunny to shout, "Now you're burning!!!"

An surprising video, but it sure made me laugh. Forgive that this site uses RealPlayer, for luckily there is Real Alternative.

Link (via Drawn)

Friday, July 21, 2006

Rinocerose: Cubicle

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Clip Tip hasn't been my favorite music video blog lately and most of the posts are boring and nonsensical. I don't understand why anyone would post music videos that they don't recommend. Quality complaints of Clip Tip aside, I've really enjoyed the song Cubicle by Rinocerose.

Cubicle has choreographed guitar posturing, play fighting and adlib silly dancing. It's a little difficult to pin down why I really like this video, but I've been thinking a lot about what makes a good music video lately. I watch a lot of music videos, and I'm amazed by how many are just plain boring. Why are there so many bad music videos? It seems disproportionate to other forms of media that I enjoy.

I think one of the biggest problems with music videos is that it is boring to watch people sing and play their instruments. Although it's fun to watch that sort of thing at a live performance, it really doesn't work well on TV. The good music videos, I think, include very little actual singing. And that is what's good about this video; no singing.

Link (via Clip Tip)

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Selling My DS

I'm going to be selling my DS Phat to acquire a DS Lite sometime this week. I've been attempting to avoid selling it over Ebay, but if I can't find someone who wants to buy my DS locally then I'll probably have to.

I'm selling my DS Phat for $110.00 Canadian, which is a terrific deal. It has nothing wrong with it and it's in great condition. If anyone in or near Nanaimo would like to buy it, please contact me. If nobody is interested, I'll be putting it up on Ebay in the next couple of days.

The Daily Show: The Internets is a series of tubes!

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I've been giggling for a week after reading the speech Senator Ted Stevens gave against Net Neutrality in favor of giving large Internet companies like AOL preferential treatment.
They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the Internet. And again, the Internet is not something you just dump something on. It's not a truck.

It's a series of tubes.

And if you don't understand those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and its going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material.

But it hasn't been until now that The Daily Show has covered it to hilarious results. I'm amazed that someone like Ted Stevens is in charge of making decisions like this. Never before have I seen such a lack of understanding by someone who is in a position of power. It is truly horrific to imagine the fate of the Internet in Ted Stevens hands.

Someone has also done a remixed song of Ted Stevens' speech which you may appreciate. Remember, the Internet is not a truck!


Wednesday, July 19, 2006

You're Beautiful Parodies

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I've been hearing some really fantastic parodies of James Blunt's song You're Beautiful. If you haven't seen or heard the video I encourage you to do so first, and then check out the two parodies I have listed here.

First up is It's Bloody Cold, a video music parody of the originals video done by Dead Ringers, whom I'm unfamiliar with.

The second parody, which I heard today, is called My Cubicle and it's about a bored office worker. The lyrics and the MP3 are available to download if you follow the link.

Via Fazed

Monday, July 17, 2006

Mario Hoops

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Although Joystiq didn't like this commercial, I definitely did and I think it's slick and well put together. Hot Mario Bros is part of an ad campaign in Japan featuring a pair of comedians dressed up as Mario and Luigi.

Interestingly, as a Joystiq commenter pointed out, this commercial seems to be spoofing an old Nike Commercial from the late 90's.

Not to sound like a complete corporate shill but I've been really enjoying my DS the last month or so. I bought Brain Age and I've been having a great time with it. All my friends and roommates love it and play it whenever they have a chance. Even my parents showed some interest in it which is quite amazing. I recently picked up Metroid Hunters and it's amazing to see a FPS work on a portable platform with controls comparable to a mouse and keyboard. I've been using my DS so much that I'm planning on upgrading to a DS Lite sometime soon.

And sorry about the lack of posting, I've been really busy with work, family and socializing. Not a whole lot of spare time on my hands lately.

Link (Youtube Mirror ) (via Joystiq)

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Etched in Time

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Just the other day I was pondering over the fact that some artists strive to become masters over restrictive mediums. Take the Nintendo DS for example. The DS is painfully difficult to draw in, but I have seen some amazing drawings and animations using nothing but pictochat which comes with the DS.

George Vlosich specializes in using an Etch-a-Sketch to produce his artwork. These are drawings far better than I could do, and the amount of time and patience that it would take for each piece is intimidating. I am impressed how George manages to produce different shadings in his pictures.

Most of the pieces show sports and celebrities, but I'll forgive that. They're still amazing.

Link (via Drawn)

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Adam Phillips: The YuYu

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I'm a huge fan of Adam Phillips, a master of flash animation shorts. I've mentioned him before when I made the post about Little Foot, and his other animations Bitey of Brackenwood and Prowlies at the River are also highly recommended.

The latest installment features Bitey racing away from a cloud of black little imps in high pursuit. While there isn't much of a story this time, it's still an amazing chase scene. The music is also very nice.


Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Albi The Racist Dragon

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I've never heard of the Flight of the Conchords before, but I really loved their performance of Albi The Racist Dragon. The fairy tale storytelling is an odd style to use for a remarkably unsubtle lesson on racism.

Truth be told I'm not quite sure how Albi learned his lesson. I'd want to go to the Marmalade Forest between the make-believe trees if he wasn't such a meanie.

Link (via Fazed)

Monday, July 03, 2006

Where the Hell is Matt?

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Almost a year ago I put up a post about Dancing Matt, which is still one of my favorite little dancing videos. Matt is a guy who decided to quit his videogame programming job and travel the world. At each of his locations, he dances. A stupid, silly, and happy dance. I love it.

Matt's recently put up another video of his travels and dancing and it's just as lovely. There are some amazingly beautiful locations here, and it makes me smile and chuckle to see him do his little jig. Sometimes people look at him strangely, and sometimes they join in.
Matt is a 29-year-old deadbeat from Connecticut who used to think that all he ever wanted to do in life was make and play videogames. He achieved this goal pretty early and enjoyed it for a while, but eventually realized there might be other stuff he was missing out on. In February of 2003, he quit his job in Brisbane, Australia and used the money he'd saved to wander around the planet until it ran out. He made this site so he could keep his family and friends updated about where he is.

The response to the first video brought Matt to the attention of the nice people at Stride long-lasting gum. They asked Matt if he'd be interested in taking another trip around the world to make a new video. Matt asked if they'd be paying for it. They said yes. Matt thought this sounded like another very good idea.

Matt, keep doing what you're doing, you make me happy.

Link (via Drasl)

Sunday, July 02, 2006

The Condom-On

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Although Boing Boing has a lot more background information about this commercial, I'm mainly going to focus on the commercial itself. The Condom-On is a fake commercial for a product which quickly and accurately applies your condoms. I laughed when I saw this, and it's odd enough that strikes my fancy. And let's be honest, putting on condoms is never what anyone would call "fun".

I posted another hilarious condom commercial almost a year ago called Durex in a Car Door which is also worth checking out.

Link (via Boing Boing)