Wednesday, January 30, 2008
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Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Super-radical Area 51 has a bunch of names like The Box, Niner-Base Stink-Eye, Alienville and Camp Jesus Christ Central 2000 but now it seems to have a new official name: Homey Airport. And according to civilian GPS systems and flight planning software, Homey Airport goes by the code KXTA. XT...Extra Terrestrial?? Anyone? Cue the mysterious sci-fi music! LINK!
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
I've been noticing on YouTube lately that Tiki Bar TV's Drink-Bot episode has been milling about in the "promoted videos" section...makes me think that we're going to be seeing a whole lot more of Drink-Bot sometime soon!
See the original Drink-Bot in action!
Monday, January 21, 2008
In November and December of last year, Mark Mothersbaugh showed off his Rugs During Wartime and Peacetime series at Scion Installation, L.A. in Culver City. You can see some pictures of the opening with Mark mingling with other artistes such as Coop, Shepard Fairey, Jason Lee and more by clicking here! Most of these rugs are fantastic!
Click here for a PDF bible of the series
All of these rugs in the RDW series were constructed one or more at
a time on a computerized weaving machine in the United States. They
are made of nylon fibers with customized coloring to match the original
art. There are some finishing discrepancies between the different
rugs, even within the same design, most notably some are backed
with a waterproof rubber backing and finishing edge that make them
more suitable for outdoor and/or indoor use, whereas others have a
fabric backing that while it could leave them more susceptible to the
elements, may be a more permanent backing material. These rugs also
have a serge border of stitching that is a different look than the black
rubber edge. Some rugs have been constructed with one or the other
backing and border, while a few have been built in both styles. Where
this information is relevant, it is duly noted in text and documentation.
This rug series was conceptualized and constructed starting in 2004,
and are a continuing series.
“Wartime Rugs” available in 2 sizes; 4’ x 6’ and select rugs 22” x 34”
Did you know... A quick and easy booby trap can be constructed using a rug to conceal a hole or pit beneath it. Often times sharpened sticks or dangerous animals can be placed inside the hidden pit, so as to enhance the effectiveness of the trap.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Many strange happenings go on at Dark Place hospital and lucky for everyone Dr. Rick Dagless, MD is on hand to deal with these situations. From mutated eyeball babies, mysteriously tainted water that changes people into apes, an exploding patient whose explosion opens a demonic portal and bad cosmic broccoli.
The show is hilariously awful. From shitty lighting, crap sound, piss-poor dialogue, sloppy ADR, cheap cheezy FX, jump cuts, bad acting, continuity errors--basically EVERYTHING is shite and that's what's awesome.
Garth Marenghi's personal site
and below is a clip from the series to give you a better idea...
Thursday, January 17, 2008
So I just had an After Eight chocolate mint wafer thing and it reminded me of a successful prank I pulled a couple of years back while working at Mainframe.
It was Hallowe'en and Mainframe was having a little Hallowe'en party thing in the cafeteria. People were asked to make teams and then they'd carve theme-pumpkins and the sort. I really never participated. One year however, I did...in a sense.
Prior to the party, I went into the cafeteria with a bag of Mint Oreo (white icing) cookies. I took half of the bag and put them on a plate. I then took the other half and diligently and carefully removed the icing.
TIP: Microwave a couple of cookies for
a few seconds and the chocolate wafer
peels off of the icing much easier.
With the icing properly disposed of (you can choose to either eat it or, as I did, throw it away), I now had some blanks which were then re-iced with a mint toothpaste--I think I used Colgate. The choice is yours.
Then I mixed the "tainted" Oreos in with the real Oreos and put the plate of cookies on the counter with all the other snacks and goodies that the party planners had prepared. I then took a seat on the couch with a buddy and watched.
Why didn't I do the whole plate? Ah, this is where the prank sings. Two guys help themselves to a cookie. By chance, one guy gets a regular cookie and the other gets the tainted one. The "mark" bites into his cookie his face contorts and he politely tries to evacuate the contents of his cookie into a napkin while looking over at his friend who happily munches on his cookie. Priceless. "Does your cookie taste weird? Like toothpaste?" "Huh? What are you on about, mate?" The "mark" sees that there's nothing wrong with his friend's cookie and with all luck, gets another crap-job. Bwa-bwa!! (like the sound of a horn)
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Check out the show's artists' work here!
from Raspy’s Trailer Review Reviews:
I recently had the pleasure of reviewing Johnny Darrell’s review of the
trailer for Hancock. It was a pleasure for a number of reasons, not
least of which is I have NEVER EVER reviewed a review of a trailer. Now
I’ve been in the business of reviewing trailer reviews for 12 years,
but no one has ever bothered to review a trailer before. So I was
doubly pleased that the very first trailer review that I got to review
was so excellently put together. I don’t know what pleased me more -
Darrell’s expert dissection of the trailer itself, his scientific
comparisons with Fantastic Four (which I didn’t personally understand
but they sure looked scient-errific with pictures and everything!) or
his obvious yet downplayed attraction to Jason Bateman. I also found
his SPOILER alerts extremely helpful, as I planned on watching the
trailer myself at a later date and was able to avoid reading those
sections. Overall this trailer review has reaffirmed my belief in the
trailer-review-reviewing business and I just might stick at it for a
few more years. Now if only someone would review the trailer for Alvin
and the Chipmunks! (I bet Dave screams “Alllviiinnn!” in there
Monday, January 14, 2008
What I did like about the Hancock trailer (SPOILER ALERT) were the impacts whenever Hancock touched back down to Terra Ferma. It seemed as though he was landing at a terrific force which made for great eye-candy and needless destruction of civic property. Could he land more carefully? I don't know, and I don't care! WHOOOOM!
One scene in particular bugged the crap out of me (SPOILER ALERT!). Hancock lands in the middle of some freight train tracks and the train collides tremendously against our hero, causing the freight train to derail itself. The thing I hate about this is that the film makers think its cool to take liberties with simple physics!
Michael Chiklis as The Thing prepares for impact in 20th Century Fox's trailer for Fantastic Four.
Michael Chiklis as The Thing bullshits the viewers in 20th Century Fox's trailer for Fantastic Four.
Personally, I wouldn't watch the Hancock trailer again. If it were to pop on a television set while I'm taking in all the fine culture that Muggs & Juggs has to offer, then maybe, just maybe I'd take another gander at the effects and subtle Bateman nuances, but otherwise, you'll find me steering very clear of personally clicking on any link to this trailer ever again and I don't care if I ended this review with a major run-on sentence.
Friday, January 11, 2008
From their site:
Our invention, called Virtual Cable is a unique display for a car navigation system. The driver sees the Virtual Cable image through the windshield. It appears as if suspended over the road, similar to a trolley cable. The image is in true 3D and appears to be a natural part of the landscape. The driver uses only peripheral vision to follow the Virtual Cable.
The Virtual Cable is so powerful, intuitive, unambiguous and safe because it appears and behaves with true 3 dimensionality within the landscape.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
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Monday, January 07, 2008
At the end of the program, Alan brought up something interesting--Alan states:
"The music industry continues to undergo some major, major changes--very, very quickly. And as more and more of the business goes digital and virtual, the physical continues to disappear. And look at all the record stores that have disappeared. Sam The Record Man used to run a hundred outlets across Canada and it was THE place to acquire music. They're now down to just two tiny stores and who knows how long they'll last? Tower Records in the United States; gone.
Meanwhile the number of CDs being sold continue to drop. The industry will have us believe that it's all due to piracy and illegal downloads--and that's true it has had an effect--that sort of thing has had a big impact on sales. Things are not the way they used to be back in the day. But at the same time consumers have never ever ever had so many choices when it comes to spending their after-tax money on entertainment. I mean 15 and 20 years ago we didn't have things like DVD's and computer games and X-boxes and Play Stations or high-speed internet or 30-screen cinemas or pay-per-view TV, hundreds of digital channels, on-demand TV, satellite radio, cell phones, ring tunes and millions of other things that have come to the market over the last 10 years. Billions of dollars that used to be available to buy records and cds are now being allocated elsewhere--
Meanwhile, access to music has never been easier or cheaper. I mean, in the old day, you have to save up money, go downtown to the record store, park, find your record, line up at the cash, drive back home, put the record on the stereo before you could actually enjoy it. The record cost you, let's just say 20 bucks, plus the cost of parking and gas and the cost of your time--then you realize that out of the 14 songs on that record you only like 3 of them! The other ones were crap! But it still cost you 20 bucks plus parking, gas and your time. Today, using a computer or a cell phone, you can get just the songs you want for 99 cents each. Add in the sales tax and you're out what? $3.50 and you have everything instantly? If you only have so much money to spend on entertainment which route would you take?
I completely agree with him about the fact that people have more choices on what they're going to spend their money on. If I think about the people that I've been working with for the last 10 years, it is apparent that gaming is more important to people than music. The convenience of buying one's music on-line is truly that--just convenient. But where's the thrill of the hunt?
I used to work about 4 blocks from Zulu Records in Vancouver. It is essentially Vancouver's top source for finding alternative music. At least twice a week, I'd spend my lunch hour perusing the discs, sampling this and that--constantly finding new bands that are doing cool things. I felt like I accomplished something when I would walk back to work with a new CD or two. Now, on-line, I listen a 30-second sample and if I like it, I download it and add it to the other files. There's no ripping open the package and checking out all the artwork. There's no reading the credits and thank-yous while listening. There's little connection to the product as the product is completely intangible.
I don't want to sound like a "record snob" but I really appreciate an album in its entirety. Sometimes the song that moved me to buy the record in the first place turns out to be my most least liked song. I love it when a song I didn't really find catchy or good at first turns out to be my most favourite on the album. When I was a kid I bought The Clash's Sandinista. It was 3 LP's for 20 bucks and I thought to myself "there's gotta be at least 15 cool punk-rock songs on this!" I put the record on and was so upset that in all the 30 tracks, there wasn't one single song that was punk. I listened to the record maybe twice and thought I had wasted my money. As it turns out, this album is now by far one of my all-time favourite albums. There isn't a song I dislike on it. The WHOLE recording kicks ass.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Most people don't know what they like. The like what they hear. That's why Top 40 is so popular because it's just a single or two from a bunch of sound-alikes rammed down lazy people's throats! They wouldn't dare go and hunt for something on their own.
I was at an x-mas party last month and the people there were a little older than me. Not much, maybe 3-5 years older. Everyone there were parents and somehow the topic of music and iPods came up. Pretty much everyone there said that an iPod would be useless for them because "I just listen to the radio" or, "I'd have to figure out how to download something" and the most sad "I don't like anything I hear today--I just listen to the stuff I liked when I was a kid." WHAT? That's what your parents said about the music you listened to when you were growing up. People who listen to the radio and HATE the music they hear settle for listening to the good old oldies of their youth. COME ON! I hate what's on the radio today too but it doesn't mean good music doesn't exist! It means that I have to work a bit harder to find the good stuff! I have to go out there and find it! I have to go on-line and read reviews in the back of cool magazines and hunt for the stuff. To find like-minded friends and hear their recommendations (John Dryden introduced me to one of my all-time favourite bands Tapes 'n Tapes--at first, only one song on The Loon caught my attention. Now the whole CD ROCKS!) and it's such a great feeling to sit down and listen to something completely new and fresh. Blah blah blah...
OH! I also just finished a sound mix on my second episode "Stratosphere" and it really rocks! The sound guys said that it's their favourite episode so far! SWEET!
The service allows you to translate a multiple of languages such as Spanish to English, German to French, English to Arabic and more. Here's the LINK so you can start languaging more.
Sunday, January 06, 2008
Friday, January 04, 2008
Roll up to any service station with a compressed air unit and in 3-4 minutes your car is "refueled" to travel for another 200 km at speeds up to 110 km/h. The cost of one of these puppies is about 3,500 Euros!! How awesome is that? For more info watch this little news clip from the BBC.
Thursday, January 03, 2008
There's soooo many shows it makes me want to puke! I wish I could download them all for my iPod. Well...
...Alan has just released an audio book that I'm going to have to download/order called The Alan Cross Guide To Alternative Rock and it can be found at all your major sources. At Chapters, one listener's review reads (and I quote...err...cut-and-paste):
Alan Cross is a GOD among the other Rock Gods!!!WOW! This first volume was amazing and I definately was on the edge of my seat listening to each word that Alan uttered. As a graduate of history I enjoy reading and listening to other historians talk about things and Alan has my attention. He personalizes the muscians that he discusses and makes you feel part of the scene and the life of the muscian! This history is all about the 25 most influecial musicians on the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's. Alan encourages us to discuss his picks and even disagree with them, but never assumes that he is right in the decisions that he has made! He is refreshing and open about his opinions and completely unassuming.
He's absolutely right! Count me in!