June 2006

As promised, here’s the second (and last) installment of Gone Bad.  Mmmm-mmmm, fishing!

I’ll see you all bright and early on Monday. 

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It must be difficult having a band name as non text friendly as the French trio known as < >.  After Apple used their song ’Cubicle…..’ in a recent iTunes campaign, the band released an album entitled “Schizophrenia” to cash in on the attention, and sadly it’s not worth the rest of the CD.  However, they did put out a visually interesting video that I happen to enjoy.  So check out ’Cubicle‘ and ignore the fact that singer Bnaan Watts (from the Infadels) sounds like The Hive’s Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist drunkenly imitating Jack White. 

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What are two great tastes that taste great together?  Spaghetti Westerns and Zombie film, of course!  I’ve been looking for the Gone Bad shorts for a couple of years now, and thankfully they’ve finally returned to the internet after a 5 year hiatus.  The first short (which debuted in 2000) was written by Italian novelist Niccolò Ammaniti, who wrote I’m Not Scared (which was later turned into a very creepy movie).  Director Marco Bertoldo had made his mark on a variety of video game titles (including the much beloved by me Interstate ‘76).  Sadly, this partnership was to last only two episodes, but what damn fine zombiefests they be.  We’ll come back to this series after our traditional 3pm musical interlude. 

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Army

by alphamonkey on June 30, 2006 · 4 comments

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Ever wonder why Army recruitment rates are so down?  Dutch West has the answer.  It’s kinda NSFW, like all good comedy. 

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Oh, to be a pinata.  The fun, the candy, the ceaseless beatings

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Pickles!

by Joe Evan Mammy on June 30, 2006 · 8 comments

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In a world of disease, terrorism, brutality, ignorance, and Ben Affleck, one girl has learned the true face of fear

It’s like how “Blair Witch” would have turned out if David Lynch had directed it…

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I recently installed the Windows Vista Beta (which seems to be no longer available), and so far I’m rather impressed.  It’s pretty, it’s functional, and it’s running faster than XP Pro does on the same system.  I can’t take it for a full spin, as there are a host of programs that I use weekly (if not daily) that aren’t fully compatible with Vista yet (hey, it’s a Beta), but what I have run has shown favorable results.  I’m sure the Apple crowd will jump up and say ‘It’s just ripping off Apple’, but there’s one very important distinction:  Vista doesn’t make me want to punch someone in the brain.  So for that, it’s the winner.

As anyone might imagine, Microsoft is really pulling out all the stops on the ad front, but what is unexpected is the tone and direction of some of their efforts.  Take this Brainiac Tech IQ Test, for example.  The graphics, interface, and language are no where near the polished corporate overspeak we normally get from MS.  In fact, it’s downright agressive and cruel.  Which, as we all know, I’m a total sucker for.  And hey, I’m a sucker for a quiz.  Check it.  Somehow I managed a 85%.

You might also check out the Infamous Quotes, which looks back at some staggeringly wrong predictions about the future of technology. 

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If this isn’t art, I don’t know what is.

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If there’s anything I know, it’s that there are no better spokesthings for responsible drinking and designated drivers than the denizens of that most wretched hive of scum and villainy, the Mos Eisley Cantina.  Yup, it’s a Star Wars PSA from 1979.  While one would think that this was an anomaly (not unlike the Star Wars Christmas Special), this is actually part of a series which included an anti-smoking and an immunization psa

It’s actually a shame I don’t remember seeing these on TV.  Had the cast of Star Wars told me not to smoke, there wouldnt’ be a thing in the world that could have gotten me started.  Way to let me down again, George Lucas!

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Photographer

by alphamonkey on June 29, 2006 · 9 comments

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The newly discovered* sketch group Summer of Tears has a sense of humor that’s right up my proverbial alley. They’re foul, cruel, and they say and do a lot of things that would be considered inappropriate in most polite circles.  I wish I could make them live inside my TV.

Anyway, take a look at Photographer.

(*well, to me anyway.  Apparently Invisible Engine has been keeping them their own dirty little secret)

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