Friday, May 29, 2009

Not All of Us Dislike Clark


Bruce Wayne is a jerk. Clark Kent isn't, even if audiences want him to be. So making the man from Krypton some brooding mental case that has Punisher-esque tendencies will not work because it doesn't match the Super-mythos. A legend that espouses a belief in a greater good and that good, no matter the hardships, will ultimately prevail.

How lame. This outdated school of thought hasn't done much for Americans since Watergate.
Erik Buckman, Superman Is Dead, and We Killed Him

via Occasional Superheroine

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Awesome Cheese Rolling Pics

These are some high quality photos of that famous race where brits with nothing better to do chase a chunk of cheese down a gnarly hill. The 4th and 7th ones are my favorites, I think.

On a totally unrelated note - what the hell is wrong with firefox, why won't it show me videos? arrrgh!

FItness Time!!

Bach on Big Piano

"Make the Tree Look Taller"

I thought y'all might need a few tips.



(I'm sorry! I couldn't help myself. It was just too awful to pass up.)

Extract



Mike Judge. Plus Jason Bateman's stock is pretty high too. Bonus: Beer.

Quick Chameleon


Wonderful. A commercial, but wonderful.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

YouTube - Watchmen Rap Video (1985, VHS)



Found through the My Little Pony Video. This is pretty special.

They are the same.

Bubble Rings


I'm probably the only person who hasn't seen this before, but there you go.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

TV on DVD: True Blood, Season 1, Episodes 1-4

(I'm thinking about starting something of a series reviewing tv shows as they come out on dvd [seeing as we don't get tv channels but, instead, seriously abuse our Netflix account]. If anyone's interested in taking a show, go for it.)

The last few nights we've been watching the first season of True Blood, and I've been pleasantly surprised.

Having read the books (at least, everything out so far in softcover, because I can't bring myself to pay for hardback for these), I had expectations going in.

There was far more sex than I expected. It's also a lot more free with swearing than I anticipated, but I'm not really used to watching HBO, either. But the sex- DAMN. Not always that hott, but fairly graphic and a LOT of it.

I do find myself comparing to the books quite a bit. Mostly I feel that the departures from the book have been good so far, but that enough of the book has remained that this is more than a "Based on the novels of" type show, and more of a re-telling with some liberties taken. Whatever- it's working for me.

In fact, some of the departures are, in my opinion anyway, driving the show. It's certainly not riding on the (non-existent) acting abilities of Anna Paquin. The "secondary" characters of Tara (who is COMPLETELY different than in the book) and Lafayette (who is not so much different as more fleshed out) make this show considerably more enjoyable. It only makes them that much better that the actors portraying them are rather easy on the eyes.


"Tara"- Rutina Wesley and "Lafayette"- Nelsan Ellis

(Of course, that's not a still of Tara from the show, just a particularly... interesting... picture of the actress who portrays her.)

And Anna Paquin as Sookie is... Anna Paquin as Sookie. She's awful. Downright DREADful. Watching her act is like watching a train wreck, if there could ever be an utterly unconvincing and boring train wreck. Is that possible? Maybe that's her real superpower- being awful in the most boring way possible. She has all the acting depth of a piece of paper. Her Torgo-like attempts at flirting (except with several minutes of akward facial twitches instead of several minutes of akward reaching) is painful. The object of her flirtations, Bill, may not have screamed, but I wanted to. I've seen better acting in Junior High drama productions.

And, while she may be attractive when she's not twitching or talking, those conditions are met only about 2% of the time, leaving us with the other 98% when we have to endure looking at her REALLY NOT ATTRACTIVE face. ("I hate you and your ass face!" [Name the quote!]) In fact, it's difficult for me to find many, if any, redeeming attributes. It's sad, really.

(Thank goodness for Tara and Lafayette. Let's scroll back up and look at those pictures some more until we recover...)

But even with Sookie being so terrible and boring, I still can't get enough of this show. I don't know if it's actually good or a guilty pleasure, but it's certainly addictive.

Sonuvabitch

California High Court Upholds Gay Marriage Ban
The 6-1 majority opinion was written by Chief Justice Ronald M. George - who wrote May's opinion that paved the way for gay marriages - and was joined by Justices Joyce L. Kennard, Marvin R. Baxter, Ming W. Chin and Carol A. Corrigan. Kennard also filed a separate concurring opinion.

The 6-1 opinion rejected the challenge to Proposition 8. The judges unanimously upheld the same-sex marriages that took place during the five-month window when such unions were legal.

Awesome Things I Never Knew Existed, But Should Have

Excellent photoset from the 2009 World Beard and Moustache Championships. You're welcome.

Buffy vs Buffy

A new incarnation of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" could be coming to the big screen.

"Buffy" creator Joss Whedon isn't involved and it's not set up at a studio, but Roy Lee and Doug Davison of Vertigo Entertainment are working with original movie director Fran Rubel Kuzui and her husband, Kaz Kuzui, on what is being labeled a remake or relaunch, but not a sequel or prequel.
From The Hollywood Reporter.

As Harry Knowles said when he wrote about this:
And like I said, he's usually someone that I would trust - it just feels weird to announce before approaching Whedon first. Sort of like when McG and crew announced SPACED before talking with the real SPACED team.

Guy Ritchie and the Case of the Movie Adaptation Clich├ęs

Seed Of Destruction


Oh, yes, that is what you're riding on.

Found at Jay is Games.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Special Election!

Interactive maps of Tuesday's special election results for California.

1B is the only one any counties disagreed on:

And that's only three counties

The Dangers of Homless Bears


The rest is found at Pictures for Sad Children.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Disturbing, but Funny


With all the clone-ish things running around, why not?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Who is The Batman?


More kooky comic possibilities from the Silver Age Elseworlds found at Again With the Comics.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

And All the Hand Held You Can Take



Yeah, there really was too much shaking of the camera going on in the new movie, but since that's the main non-quibbling criticism I have (I mean, come on, how is it feasible to build a 300 meter long ship that's several hundred thousand metric tons on the surface of a planet?) it must be a darn fun movie.

Also, Roger Ebert Vs Star Trek (movie) fans. He's a brave man baiting them like that.

Monday, May 18, 2009

The Movie Event of the Summer!



I've seen this all over the place, thought I'd share it here in case you missed it.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Just watch it. The news, auto-tuned.

9



Produced by Tim Burton. It's like The Nightmare Before Toy Story. (Actually, I know nothing about the movie beyond what you see in the trailer.)

But, Bonus: Crispin Glover.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

...world / full of...


"Today I die" is a short game that depends on you using words to change the poem. Some words have to be found through the other things that appear on the screen.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

"When I was 14 years old, I decided I could cook. It was either that or puberty."

--Dom Deluise

He died Monday night.



He was easily one of the funniest people to show up anywhere.



I hope, if something happens after death, he's taking a treasure bath right now.



LA Times obit and Ain't It Cool News obit.

Trek Yourself



I guess this'll be Star Trek week.

"Trekkies Bash New Star Trek Film As 'Fun, Watchable'"


Trekkies Bash New Star Trek Film As 'Fun, Watchable'

Monday, May 4, 2009

MagCloud

Just sent to me by the IT Manager here for marketing purposes, but I immediately starting thinking about non-work applications.

From their website:

MagCloud enables you to publish your own magazines. All you have to do is upload a PDF and we'll take care of the rest: printing, mailing, subscription management, and more.

How much does it cost?

It costs you nothing to publish a magazine on MagCloud. To buy a magazine costs 20¢ per page, plus shipping. For example, a 20-page magazine would be four bucks plus shipping. And you can make money! You set your issue price and all proceeds above the base price go to you.

How are they printed?

MagCloud uses HP Indigo technology, so every issue is custom-printed when it’s ordered. Printing on demand means no big print runs, which means no pre-publishing expense. Magazines are brilliant full color on 80lb paper with saddle-stitched covers. They look awesome.



Hmmm...

We Are All Meat

Thought y'all might enjoy this one:


Found over at Sweetney.

"Onward"

I don't care who sponsored it, it's still amazing.

Onwards from AKQA on Vimeo.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Dollhouse

From the beginning, the most interesting stuff took place in the Dollhouse or with FBI Agent Paul Ballard.

Here's a great re-cap of everything so far with some SPOILERiness at the end for tonight's episode:

Trapped in The Drive-Thru