Things you should be looking at.

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Scrubs: Ted's Band

I love these arrangements, too.

Ted's Band is played by The Blanks.

More here.



Friday, December 29, 2006

Merry Mithras

I totally failed to wish you a Merry Mithras.

From Stephen Fry's show, "QI".

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Keep your Jesus Off My Penis

Eric Schwartz

Hick Hop

More Asylum Street Spanker weirdness: A Mashup of Country-Western Murder Ballads and Gangsta' Rap.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Stick Magnetic Ribbons on Your SUV

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Asylum Street Spankers (NSFW)

Thanks to Jamie (who first introduced me to the Spankers) and to Ben (for sending the link to this video)


Bizarre "Cat Circus"

Sick, twisted and funny:
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

More at

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Monday, December 11, 2006

Charlie Brown Christmas- Performed by the cast of Scrubs

Great mashup of the Peanuts classic and the goofy sitcom.

I don't care what anyone says. I like Scrubs for scenes like this:

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Preacher! HBO! Yes!

From Warren Ellis:


Got an email in to Garth to confirm, but SCI FI Wire says:

HBO is developing a one-hour series based on the popular 1990s Vertigo comic series Preacher, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Mark Steven Johnson, who directed the comic-book adaptations Daredevil and the upcoming Ghost Rider for the big screen, is writing the pilot. Howard Deutch (The Whole Ten Yards) is set to direct. Johnson and Deutch will executive produce along with Michael De Luca, George Agusto, Chris Bender and J.C. Spink. Ennis and Dillon will serve as co-executive producers of the HBO series.

EDIT: I’m not going to reprint what Garth just said.


Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Nightmare Before Hanukkah

I'm a big fan of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. The animation is fantastic, the music by Danny Elfman is wonderful, and Elfman performs the songs of Jack Skellington. One of the best songs of the movie is "What's This?", in which Jack discovers the charms of the Christmas holiday. See YouTube video below:

Robot Chicken made a quick parody. Presented below for your amusement, The Nightmare Before Hanukkah:

Robot Chicken Home
Wikipedia Entry

Monday, November 13, 2006

Kitty Flushies

Can someone please explain why this cracks me up?

Sunday, November 12, 2006

He doesn't play drums or piano...but he edits

Lasse Gjertsen doesn't play piano or drums, but he can edit video pretty durned well.

Lots more Lasse on YouTube

Fear and Loathing in Mos Eisley

Star Wars meets Hunter S. Thompson.

Owes quite a debt to Ralph Steadman (who probably has a good sense of humor about it).

Famous Paintings from Photographs

Did you know that some of the most famous paintings by Van Gogh, Gauguin, Degas, and Toulouse Lautrec were based on photographs? While some impressionists and post-impressionists publicly disparaged photography as mechanical, many others were using it as their secret weapon. The relationship between the two arts was complex and intertwined. (And turning the tables, check out this contemporary Russian woman who is recreating several famous paintings in staged photographs.)
Check out these photos.


Saturday, November 11, 2006

Ken Mehlman is gay?!

Bill Maher on Larry King this week mentions that Ken Mehlman, Chairman of the RNC, is gay.

Log Cabin Republicans bother me...but MEHLMAN? This guy has championed anti-gay measures publicly! Near the end of this clip, Larry asks Bill why Mehlman would do that, and Bill's answer may be a good one.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Mosiac Generator


Click on Mona to see the images shes made up of.

Richard Dawkins meets Ted Haggard

Noted atheist Richard Dawkins meets with fundamentalist preacher Ted Haggard. Haggard, who has repeatedly spoken out against gay marriage and condemned homosexuality, has recently been outed as a drug-user who repeatedly hired the services of a male prostitute.

This clip is from Dawkin's The Root of All Evil? . I have a copy of this two-part series, so if you know me personally and ask nicely, I'll loan it to you. :)

Monday, November 06, 2006

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Comment Spam


Despite having word verification (captcha), this blog got two incidents of comment spam today. I'm turning on comment moderation, so any comment you leave will not appear immediately- only afer I've seen it and approved it. Sorry this is necessary.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Letterman vs. O'Reilly

[via Crooks and Liars]

David Letterman didn't try to hide the fact last night that he just plain doesn't like Bill O'Reilly. He wasted no time bashing FOX News and doing what few people can do — ridiculing O'Reillys ratings (Letterman's audience is more than 2x as large .) While sparring over Iraq, Letterman interrupted the giant talking head saying he "doesn't care" what Bill has to say. When Bill O, in typical FAUX form, tried to suggest that Dave believes "Bush is an evil liar" and that "America is a bad country" Letterman comes back with the line of the month:

"You're trying to put words in my mouth just the way you put artificial facts in your head."

Video WMP
Video QT

For context, here's one of O'Reilly's previous appearances on Letterman:

Letterman: "Im not smart enough to debate you point to point on this but I have the feeling that about 60% of what you say is crap"

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Olbermann on Limbaugh's Shameful attack on Michael J. Fox


Michael J. Fox: "I could give a damn about Rush Limbaugh’s pity or anyone else’s pity. I’m not a victim."

Note this great part of Fox's exchange with Couric:

COURIC: You have said before this is a bipartisan problem that requires a bipartisan solution.

FOX: No, disease is a nonpartisan problem that requires a bipartisan solution.

COURIC: Would you support a Republican candidate?

FOX: I have. Arlen Specter is my guy. I have campaigned for Arlen Specter. He has been a fantastic champion of stem cell research.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Another reason to like Rachael Ray

From last week's Entertainment Weekly:

Entertainment Weekly: Do you ever worry that there can only be so much happiness in the universe, and that every time you smile, a unicorn gets punched in the face?

Rachael Ray:
I would smile all day along, every day, if it guaranteed a unicorn getting punched in the face. I find them really annoying.

Who is Rachael Ray?

Jack Black on Piracy

Friday, October 20, 2006

Read Bendis' POWERS - free!

Brian Michael Bendis writes good comics. One of my favorites of his is POWERS.

Via MetaFilter:
Brian Michael Bendis is making the entire first run of his popular comic Powers available online, including some of his page scripts and Oeming's layouts. They are posting a page a day (currently at 67). A great (free!) read and interesting look at how it is done.
I think my favorite work of his, though, is TORSO.

Olbermann for President

Monday, October 16, 2006

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Chris Wallace Sucks

Chris Wallace Ignores 20,000 Emails Demanding He Ask Rice About The U.S.S. Cole

WallaceMore than 20,000 people emailed Chris Wallace and demanded he ask Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice this question today:

Prior to 9/11, you had eight months to respond to the al-Qaeda attack on the U.S.S. Cole. Why didn’t the Bush administration take action and put al-Qaeda out of business?

Wallace didn’t ask the question or any question on the topic. It’s the twenty-fourth time Rice has been on Fox News Sunday since 9/11 without being asked about the U.S.S. Cole.

Last month, Fox’s Chris Wallace asked President Clinton why he didn’t respond to the Oct. 12, 2000 bombing of the U.S.S. Cole. He asked the question even though the “CIA and the FBI refused to certify that Bin Laden was responsible” until early 2001, which foreclosed the possibility of a full response during the Clinton administration.

Wallace claimed he asked the question of Clinton because “I got a lot of e-mail from viewers.”

Winnie the Pooh in Deadwood

This is very, very wrong.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Messing with a telemarketer

This is good, and I want to do this to the next telemarketer who calls. From Bob and Tom.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Keith Olbermann becomes my hero

After watching this, I set our PVR to record Keith's daily show.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Web 2.0 -


White Stripes on the Simpsons preview

Political Compass

Give this a try.

I'm curious to see how y'all get plotted. If you're comfortable sharing, please let me know? The questionaire takes just a few minutes to complete.
Here's me:

Here are some others:

Friday, October 06, 2006

Robert Downey Jr. will play Iron Man,

Robert Downey Jr. is Iron Man

Film To be Directed by Jon Favreau And Distributed By Paramount Pictures To Blast Into Theaters May 2, 2008

HOLLYWOOD, CA, September 29, 2006 – Academy Award® Nominee Robert Downey Jr. will take on the role of one of Marvel's greatest Super Heroes, signing on as the title character for Marvel Studios' highly-anticipated IRON MAN. This project, the first feature film to be produced independently by Marvel Entertainment, will launch into theaters May 2, 2008. The film is being directed by Jon Favreau and will be distributed by Paramount Pictures.


Aren't studio execs worried that it might be stretch for Downey to play a wealthy, alcoholic philanderer?

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Weird Al - Close But No Cigar

Another video from Al's new album, Straight Outta Lynwood.

This one is a style parody of Cake. It is animated by John Kricfalusi of Ren and Stimpy fame. Warning: may not be entirely safe for work, and is definitely a bit twisted.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Python in Wisconsin

Got the weirdest email from on old friend from high school:

Ok I am sure someone will not believe me but this is so dam odd I have to share.

Since I have not yet stepped up to blogging you all get an email.

I went to Eau Claire WI this weekend to tear down my garage on my rental house (sorry to those I did not have time to let know I was in town so we could have a beer). The
garage was too close to the property line so the dam city would not let me repair the roof and back wall.

Apparently these things need to be brought up to code! It was a real nice large 2 stall garage with lots of storage. Sad to see it go. As we are empting the contents of said building before we flatten it my brother goes to grab a roll of carpet to toss in the
dumpster. What does he see coiled in the carpet??? A dam python!

It was two and a half feet long and just resting in the cool autumn weather before winter
brought its slow cold death. Well my brother grabbed the ax Paul Bunyan style and chopped it’s head off before anyone took a second to say “WTF grab that baby”. Apparently people pay big bucks for these legless strangling machines.

So either the range of pythons has expanded or someone is out a pricy pet. I will have to admit I know jack about snakes but after a quick look see on the ol’ www it seems to be this snake is probably a python of some flavor.

Just had to share the tale of strange,


I love Brad for using the term "legless strangling machine".

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Psychic Enemies Network

Just found this yesterday in an old notebook. It was written by some combination of Jake, Kris, and myself. Given how funny I find it, my conribution to it was probably minimal. Then again, it is in my notebook and in my handwriting, so I'll take credit as transcriptionist for Jake's cleverness.

Jake is sitting on the couch, reading. The phone rings. Jake picks up the phone.

Jake: Hello?

Voice on the phone: Mr. Jones? This is the Psychic Enemies Netowrk calling...

Jake: Listen- I'm not interested...

Voice on the phone: But you should be, sir. Dark forces may be gathering on the horizon, plotting your demise and destruction.

Jake: (annoyed) Excuse me?

Voice on the phone: We here at the Psychic Enemies Network provide the service of prognosticating the worst of all possible future.

Jake: Why would anyone want that?

Voice on the phone: Well, Mr. Jones, we've been running your star charts, turning your tarot, consulting the I-ching, and spilling the innards of a spring chicken, and feel that you may truly benefit from some foresight into the terrible fates that may soon befall you.

Jake: That's crap- we create our own futures.

Voice on the phone:True, and the future you're about to create for yourself could be pretty awful. For instance: that lump you felt in the shower this morning...


Jake: ...yeah?

Voice on the phone: ...well, I'll really need a major credit card. VISA is the preferred method of payment for the Psychic Enemies Network.

Jake scrambles for his wallet

Jake: Number 0742006770424101, expires 02/11!

Voice on the phone: Processing your payment information....ISN'T malignant.

Jake: Thank god!

Voice on the phone: But...if you authorize another payment to the Psychic Enemies Network in he amount of $500.00, we will refrain from telling your employer about the awful and embarassing thing you're going to do next week.

Jake: Why don't you just tell me what it is I'm going to do so I just avoid doing it altogether?

Voice on the phone: We could do that, sir- but that would require the purchase of a Psychic Enemies Network Platinum Account. This account would entitle you to warnings of all potential mistakes, blunders, natural disasters, sexually-transmitted disesases, as well as impending physical and mental ailments. The services includes policy forms for Lloyds of London to protect your financial interests, loved ones, and family should you still be unable to prevent the forecasted and above-mentioned fates. You also receive our monthly newsletter, The End is Neigh, for all the latest news is pessimistic prognostication. This membership, good for a year, costs $1,500.

Jake: So, for $500, you won't tell me boss whatever horrible thing you know I'm going to do, and for $1,500 you'll tell me what it is so I can prevent it.

Voice on the phone: Exactly.

Jake: Isn't that blackmail?

Voice on the phone: You can't dictate to the fates, Mr. Jones- and this is the Psychic Enemies Network!

Jake: Okay, okay- fine! I authorize the $1,500 for my Platinum Membership.

Voice on the phone: A wise decision, Mr. Jones. Now to your forecast. I see....a death. A death in your family...a death in your home.

Jake: Oh God- is it preventable?!

Voice on the phone: Maybe, maybe not. What we can do, since you're not a Platinum Member, is keep your forecasts up to date, making sure that whatever party is about to expire will have a generous life insurance policy from Lloyds of London, half the benefits of which will be payable to the Psychic Enemies Network.

Jake: What a relief! Will you call with updates soon?

Voice on the phone: We will, Mr. Jones. Expect to hear from us on Friday.

Jake: Okay!

Voice on the phone: Ohhh....better make it Thursday

Jake: Why?

We see the Psychic sitting at her desk with a bottle of poison and a prescription bottle with the name "Jacob Jones" printed on its label.

Psychic: Trust us, Mr. Jones.

New South Park Generator

Cool- there's a new version of the South Park character generator.

Here's my new South Park self:

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Ask David: Wireless Connection Sharing and Security

My friend Steve writes:

My daughter Nicole, down in Brooklyn, has a laptop with wireless capability. Her neighbors downstairs just installed wireless service and Nicole would like to use it. What are the security features she should know initiate in order to protect her computer. I know she should create an administrator password and one for her user name. But what else? And how. Firewall? Encryption? It's running XP.

First, we'll presume that Nicole's neighbors have given their explicit permission for Nicole to use their connection. We actually shared a connection with our (awesome) downstairs neighbors when we lived in Saint Paul. We split the monthly cost, and that worked out okay- mostly because our neighbors were incredibly lovely people. But using someone's connection without their consent isn't nice, even though the legality of the activity is still being decided in many jurisdictions. There is a whole culture that has grown around the activity, though. For more information see this wikipedia entry about Wardriving.

Next, be aware of the courtesy required by sharing a connection. I learned that some online activities suck up a lot of bandwidth and can make things quite slow for others on the same connection. So if you're doing something that's very bandwidth-intensive (like file sharing), schedule it to run in the wee hours of night and morning when the connection isn't going to be used by others.

If the neighbors own the account with the service and own the router that broadcasts the wireless signal, there are things that they need to do to protect themselves and Nicole.

  • First, they need to set a password for access to their router. Most seem to come out of the box set for open access, or have a really lame default password like "password" or "administrator." A user must set a proper password in order to prevent anyone who can detect the wireless signal from changing the router's settings. The instructions for how to do this should have come with the router's packaging or digitally with the install CD that came with their router. If they have misplaced these instructions, instructions can usually be found online with a search engine, or go to the web site of the router's manufacturer, go to their Support section, and look for documentation on the router's make and model.
  • Second, they need to turn on whatever wireless security settings their router supports- this will likely be WEP, WPA, or WPA2. WPA2 and WPA are more secure and preferable to WEP, but if neither of those is available, WEP is better than nothing. 128 bit is better than 64 bit. Using this security will mean that they will need to give Nicole a very long sort of password that she should only have to enter into her laptop once.
  • Third, they need to turn off the broadcasting of their wireless router's SSID. SSID is "Service Set IDentifier." Broadcasting this makes the network easier to find for legitimate users AND for illegitimate users. If the broadcasting of this SSID is turned off, it is a little bit harder for ne'er-do-wells to find the signal. The skilled wardriver with the right tools can still sniff it out, but making it invisible to the more casual hacker is still a good idea. It also doesn't hurt to change the SSID from its default value to something unique that couldn't be guessed.
  • Fourth, they should disable remote administration on the wireless router so that only the computer that is directly hooked up to adminster the router can get in and make changes to it. This is often disabled by default on new routers right out of the box, but they should check and make sure.

Nicole only needs to do a couple of things.

  • First, she must turn off file sharing on her computer. Windows XP has file sharing turned on by default, and she doesn't want anyone (even her friendly downstairs neighbors accessing any information on her computer. To do this:
    • Click the START button
    • Right-click on My Network Places, choose Properties
    • Find the network card (probably will say "Local Area Connection"). Right-click on this, select Properties.
    • In the General tab, uncheck "File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks."
  • Second, she needs to enter the WPA or WEP authentication info into her laptop. She should also write it down somewhere secure. If her computer crashes and she has to reinstall XP, she can just re-enter the key instead of having to bug her neighbors for it again.

That's about as much as I know. If you need to know more, these links have pretty good information:

Tom's Networking: Wireless Security FAQ
Pain in the Tech: 5-Minute Wireless Network Security for your Home

By the way- this entry was written and posted using the Windows Live Writer (Beta). I really hope it looks good on the blog, because this is a much nicer editor than the web-based one in blogger/blogspot. Unfortunately, I still have to come to blogger to do the Word Verification. :p

Thursday, September 21, 2006


From VoteJake:

Thursday, September 21, 2006
Today I realized that I've still spent a lot more of my life depending on others than I have fending for myself. So it's okay that I haven't really figured all this shit out yet.

Weirdly, this comforts me.

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Argument Clinic

My favorite Monty Python sketch.

Weird Al's "White and Nerdy"

So...if I get every reference here, that makes me white and nerdy, right?

I particularly love the street-bought bootleg of the Star Wars Holiday Special. (More info about this here and here.)

For contrast, here's the song being parodied:

I like Al's better. His new album, "STRAIGHT OUTTA LYNWOOD" goes on sale September 26th.

See also: Video for "Don't Download This Song"

Monday, September 18, 2006

Sunday, September 17, 2006

4-Year-Old Drummer

Holy cow.

That's really cool...but I hope his dad has made it lots of fun.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Cup Stacking

A new world record, it seems.

Think she could get a scholarship to college for her cup-stacking accomplishments?

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Simpsons vs. Star Trek Mashup

Mash up of famous TV show themes.
Performed by Culture Killer on theremin, rhodes piano and funnel.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Michael Moore not sucking

But Moore isn't alone, these Aussies screwed with members if the Phelps' church, too:

Mac ad on Letterman

Does it sometimes seem to anyone else as though Letterman is slowly turning in Andy Rooney?


Click here
for streaming video (Quicktime) from Letterman on the Mac ads. (You know: "I'm a Mac" / "I'm a PC")

How Superman Should Have Ended

Movie humor!

Here's how the first Superman movie should have ended:

Surviving an Alien Attack

Friday, September 01, 2006

Video: Weird Al's "Don't Download This Song"

Pointed out by my brother, Andrew:

The video for Weird Al's "Don't Download this Song" is here.

Here's the YouTube version:

Animated by Bill Plympton

Wikipedia entry on Plympton

B&B Relax

Bing has been ill lately (probably a stomach bug), so he spent Thursday on the couch, resting.

He was so still that Bocque decied to lay down next to him, resultiing in the following photo:

Tuesday, August 29, 2006


I have decided that I don't trust people who don't like dogs.

I mean LOOK at this dog! How can you fail to love this puppy punim?

You don't have to love them in your HOUSE(Hi,Mom!). You just have to love them.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

White Stripes / Simpsons

Dude. The White Stripes are gonna' be on The Simpsons.

My standard comment on the White Stripes: Jack White is really talented...and must love Meg very much to let her play the drums.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Word of the week: Parkour

AKA: Free Running

I first read about Parkour in an issue of Warren Ellis' Global Frequency. Take a look at the cover.

Parkour (IPA: /paʁ.'kuʁ/, often abbreviated PK) is a physical discipline of French origin in which participants attempt to pass obstacles in the fastest and most direct manner possible, using skills such as jumping, vaulting and climbing, or the more specific parkour moves. The obstacles can be anything in one's environment, so parkour is often practiced in urban areas because of many suitable public structures, such as buildings, rails, and walls.

A traceur (/tʁa.'sœʁ/) is a participant of parkour.

I'm not going to stop mocking the french for only winning wars when lead by foreigners and teenage girls, but this is pretty cool.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Download Weird Al's latest Single

Yep, you can download his newest at his MySpace page.

What's the song's title?

"Don't Download this Song"

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Richard Thompson in Studio at NPR

Don't know how I missed it, but there's a link here to streaming audio of Richard Thompson covering Brttney Spears' "Oops, I did it Again"

Cover of Outkast's Hey Ya

(Updated with more links.)

Wow. This is...good.

What do you get when you mix a hippie with Andre 3000 in the desert? A great cover of Outkast's Hey Ya. We've been checking out the best of the best for our new Southern Arizona guide that should be out later this week and came across this amazing video of Mat Weddle from the local band Obadiah Parker playing in Tempe, Arizona. Enjoy.

Mp3 here.

Other links (from the Band's MySpace page):

MP3 Download:

MySpace Post:

If you like Outkast, also see this post.

For contrast, here's the original.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Patton Oswalt on Shatner Roast

This doesn't broadcast until Sunday night.

Patton is a huge nerd, and I likes him tremendously.

Tough Crowd: Greg Giraldo Vs. Denis Leary

Giraldo wins, too.

wv: ranbings

E. Parker Photos

Sometimes, I struggle to find the right words to describe my friend E. Parker. He's an artist of many kinds of images: still, motion, film, video, and animation. He's a professional video journalist and the winner of an Emmy for his previous work with a network affiliate in Minneapolis.

Parker recently sent me a bunch of photos and said it would be okay if I posted a couple of my favorites.

He took this one while shooting video on the wreckage left by a Minnesota tornado. That's a grain silo, crushed like a beer can.

From a fire at an apartment building in a Minneapolis suburb:

Friday, August 18, 2006

Yo-yo Man

About this video
"Reach for the Moon," "Loop the Loop," and many more tricks in the familiar repertoir of yoyo virtosos were created by a group of professional demonstrators, mostly Filipino, hired by the Duncan Yoyo Company during the Depression. Nemo Concepcion was among the first such demonstrators, and the originator of many tricks. Filmmaker John Bishop describes his first encounter with a yoyo man:

"I fell under the yoyo's spell on the first really hot day of Spring in the endless year of fifth grade. A yoyo demonstrator appeared unheralded at the corner of the playground. 'Spinner,' he announced as the yoyo flew from his hand to sleep at his feet. 'Around the world,' it whizzed through a 360 degree arc. 'Walk the Dog,' and the yoyo bounced along the sidewalk as he minced behind it like a man walking a miniature poodle. This shopworn man of foreign mien brought magic to that hot and tired playground." For Bishop the yoyo man "became a personal totem of an America just out of reach," of the experience of the Great Depression and World War Two. Twenty years later Bishop met Nemo Concepcion demonstrating the yoyo at the Smithsonian Institute Festival of American Folklife. This film was made when Nemo was 77, about his art, his tricks, his teaching, his reflections on his and the yoyo's Filipino origins, and his yoyo philosophy.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Liz's favorite comic

I like Bill Hicks. I like Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Patton Oswalt, and Lenny Bruce.

Liz likes this guy's work on Hot Pockets:

Longer version, same bit:

Liz's favorite line: "Caliente Pockets"


Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Friday, August 11, 2006

Jurassic 5 Skewers Bush

The video for "Work It Out" (feat. Dave Matthews Band) pleasantly goes after the Bush administration.

Even if you don't care for J5 or Dave Matthews, your loathing of Bush will help you love this.

Windows Media
Real Media

wv: kurvi

Dark Side of the Rainbow

The first time I heard someone suggest watching The Wizard of Oz while listening to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon must have been at least 5 years ago- and I tried it with a friend, especially amused at the musical moments to coincided with Dorothy's landing in Oz and the transition from black and white to color.

You can watch this entire video yourself through google video

To skip up to the moment of transition from black and white to color that I described above, skip to 18 minutes and 30 seconds below, or click here:

Check out some details on the "Dark Side of the Rainbow" mashup here, including a list of "corresponding moments."

Mashup: WeatherBonk

New Googe Maps Mashup

Weather Bonk is a mashup that lets you view real time weather information on a map. This can provide some very interesting information, particularly in areas with microclimates, such as San Francisco. For example, summer in San Francisco can be particularly cold and foggy, and this map can help you to find a sunnier area of the city to visit. Clicking on the web cams give you a visual observation from a given location. Looking at wind direction can help you locate approaching weather fronts.

Gov. George W. Bush Vs. President George W. Bush

I heart the Daily Show.

Beautiful Day in Syracuse

Took these today with my phone.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

1 Photo per Day

Sorry- fixed the link:

Worth waiting through AtomFilms' annoying ads.

The idea is simple, the result is stunning. On November 1, 2001, artist Ahree Lee began taking daily digital snapshots of her own face; and she has continued this project every day since. In 2004, Lee compiled all of her daily images into a montage with a wistful musical score. In the fast-paced parade of images you're about to see, each second of screen time represents about one week's worth of pictures.

Creator's site

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Prangstgrup - Reach! A Lecture Musical Prank

This is ridculous and funny.

Can't figure out how this never happened in any of my classes in my 4 years of art school.

More from the same lunatics.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Mocking Mel Mercilessly

Since Andrew, X, Jake, and iSirkus were all interested in the discussion, I've added a bit more about it on my other blog (the one about librarianship) here.

This includes Andrew's photoshopping work. I'll post more if I receive them. :)

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Reacting to Mel Gibson

Rather than talking about why Gibson is a schmuck, I'd like to talk a little about how people are reacting to his schmuckitude.

Big-shot Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel has (rightly, imho) called for an industry boycott of Gibson, and Barbara Walters made it clear to a large audience of daytme television viewers that she's not going to see any new Gibson films, but I don't think his career is over.

I agree with Entertainment Weekly about what will happen.
  1. Gibson goes to (outpatient) rehab. This makes clear that Gibson isn't a racist, he's a victim of alcoholism. Funny. There have been times that I had too much to drink, but it never made me say things I didn't think. It made me say things that I thought all the time but didn't usually verbalize.
  2. Gibson will lay low for a while and wait for the notorious short memories of the movie-going audience and Hollywood to forget a little.
  3. Gibson will do a round of the talk show circuit (including Larry King) and do the standard mea culpa schtick, asking in his sincerest tone for forgiveness. America, the land of second chances, will grant this forgiveness.
  4. Gibson will star in a reasonably successful, apolitical comedy.
  5. Gibson will be back in the good graces of American audiences.
I've actually been disapointed by the general reaction to Mel's comments.

You've probably seen the READ posters that the American Library Association sells to libraries and uses to promote literacy. There's one with Mel Gibson.

K.G. Schneider, a librarian blogger who I read, called for the ALA to remove this poster from their catalogue, and this makes sense to me, but not, it seems, to a lot of libraryfolk. One commenter wrote:

"Library collections usually contain all sorts of toejam that I personally find odious, but I'd defend their right to be there to represent as wide a view as possible. The same with the poster."

I think this a flawed argument. It is one thing to protect the diversity of the materials in library collections- I don't want, for example, Mein Kampf to disappear from libraries.

But as I commented in the same post on Schneider's blog, there's a big difference between a library's collection and the materials it uses to promote itself. What does it say about a library if it leaves a Mel Gibson poster up? What sort of P.R. or marketing is that?

I'm still waiting for someone to photoshop the book in this READ poster on Mel's lap to be Mein Kampf, or something similar. Or maybe one of these:

Any takers?

wv: mmaxbr (seriously! Mad Max!)