Things you should be looking at.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Puppydogs

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.

Via
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: http://www.fileupyours.com/files/54118/heyya.mp3
also: http://trafficsau.de/stuff/heyya.mp3

MySpace Post: http://www.myspace.com/obadiahparker2
Torrent: http://www.torrentspy.com/torrent/839857/Obadiah_Parker_hey_ya_mp3

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"

Atheists



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
Quicktime



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!)

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Felonious Bosch album out today!

Felonious Bosch releases its first full-length recording NEW DARK AGES on August 1st.

Based in Minneapolis, the band features female vocals fronting fiddle, bouzouki, bass, and drums. Dark original lyrics evoke the twisted imagery of 15th century painter Hieronymus Bosch.

"...darkly beautiful music that... crosses boundaries in a single leap." -- Chris Nickson, NPR

"...grabbed me in an instant...if K.T. is going to hell, we all want to follow her down..." -- Noel Holston

"...knocked me on my ass..." -- Rev. Ivan Stang, Church of the SubGenius

You can see a live video (included on the CD) at http://www.feloniousbosch.com/

Wanta taste test? Download "Drunken Brawl" from the album Does the band's picture look familiar?

Extra-funny visual pun, beacuse the lead singer plays Jesus every year on God Friday at First Avenue in the annual performance of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Yes, they have a MySpace page.

Chad Vader: Day Manager (Part II)



In case you missed it, here's Part I.