Friday, April 24, 2009

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

benjamin linus slam poetry

Thank you Charles!

via pie heaven

the mark inside

I finally watched Naked Lunch with commentary by David C-berg and Peter "Robocop" Weller... it was beautifully revealing, if incredibly dense. If you don't know the movie, it's about a writer/exterminator who becomes addicted to insecticide and, after he shoots his wife and his typewriter turns into a beetle, starts descending a bottomless, hallucinatory hole, seeking bizarre replacement fixes to vindicate his behavior.

I haven't read the book yet--the movie itself is only loosely based on it, while the rest is taken either from Burroughs's life and other work or Cronenberg's own brain. I'm fascinated by anything Burroughs I've encountered thus far--even his idiosyncratic voice, which Cronenberg describes as "metallic, nasal, Midwestern twang."

Two examples:

Recently featured on boing boing, an animation by some guy using a Burroughs audio clip:

And the striking opening to season 6 of The Sopranos. I could watch this over and over again.

screenwriting lemonadier whines about film industry

A wiseass writer in Hollywood is selling lemonade to finance his probably terrible film. (He's also using the above photo that he found on the internet to market his concoction.)

Not since Hollis Frampton's Lemon have filmmaking and the yellowest citrus cooperated with such harmony.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

is everything more awesome in slow motion?

This video got such an enthusiastic response from Twitter fanatic Ram Calley on facebook that I decided to post it here.
Graphic Content Advisory Warning

Saturday, April 18, 2009

seriously, not youtube

Sick of youtube?

For a refreshing alternative, visit

Thursday, April 16, 2009

A wolf loves pork.

Amazing. Watch it all.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

just in case

The place has other shirts, too.

the tone matrix

Coolest thing on the entire internet:

Tone Matrix

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

appy polly loggies

Love to continue updating, but I need to practice now.

nice package

What is this?

Why, it's one of 20 Unusual and Creative Packaging Designs, of course.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

RC & co. sing ABC


I was perusing the job section of Ithaca's craigslist page and found an ad recruiting staff for an Urban Outfitters that's to open in Ithaca this summer. As I understand, the only UOs in New York State are either buried in the city or in the Galleria Mall in Buffalo. I had never been to one before last month at the Mall of America in Minnesota - I liked it very much. I even took a picture.

I did some searching to confirm the craigslist ad and found an article from the Cornell Daily Sun.

So it's true. But two things in that article caught my eye:
Allie Strauss ’11 agreed. “I think nothing better has ever happened in Ithaca,” she said.and
“The reason I liked Yale so much is because there was an Urban Outfitters right in town,” Brooke Flohr ’12 said. “Now I have no regrets left about coming to Cornell.”Either Cornell students are becoming exponentially more insane, or the CDS staff doesn't care if their articles are stuffed with just-say-anything filler quotes. Anyway, I bought a shot glass ice cube mold and a square of grass. The clothes are expensive there.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

wall decoration for anti-dentites

Charles, buy this poster.

There's a reference key and everything.

good video

eggs perfecto

Adam, try this.


I don't think I know what crème fraîche is, but it looks good.

Also, if you're as tired of not being able to eat the colored part of an easter egg as I am, try this.


U2 can make a deal

Found in the away message of DC shutterbug pal Sanjay:

Hiroshi Sugimoto’s No Cash Deal With U2

When I first saw the headline, I thought it meant U2 was trying to use the photo with no compensation. Not so, but I'll get to that. Then I saw the part about
“I said, ‘Are you sure? If you use it you won’t be able to put anything on top of it, not even the U2 name,” the artist remembered.and I recalled what the cover looked like:

Actually, the equals sign is just on the plastic wrapper, not the real "cover." (Why would they do that?)

Also, the U2-haters at Pitchfork were quick to the punch earlier this year in sort-of accusing U2 of copying someone else's idea.

The point is, instead of monetary payment, Sugimoto gets to use a U2 song in a project for whatever he wants. Cool idea.

Here is said song, a grab-bag sample of U2's histrionic mediocrity.


Wednesday, April 01, 2009

my 4/1

Last night, per Anne's suggestion, I bought a 72-pack of party balloons from Wal-Mart. I was going to put them in Caitlin's car, because she hates balloons, but I had to abort that plan at around 1 in the morning... after I'd blown them all up (Hansen helped) and stuffed them into my own car, including in the trunk.

This morning, I drove to Caitlin's house when she was at work. It was locked.

I drove around some more, trying to think of who else I could surprise. I even stopped at the swim house and walked around inside; nobody was home, save one person who was using the shower. I figured it'd've been too weird if he walked out of the bathroom and saw me parading around his house with handfuls of balloons.

I was ready to admit an ironic defeat... my car was filled with balloons

and it was probably going to stay that way. Happy April Fools' Day, me.

Then I got a message a half-hour before Caitlin was supposed to return--it was her roommate, telling me I could come and execute the prank. Now or never, I thought, and sprang into action.

10 minutes later,

I know it doesn't look like that many. They were supposed to go in her car.

About 20 minutes after I left, I got this message:

"I want you to know i cut open each one individually so they wouldn't pop. Because you know i am terrified of balloons and its not funny. Payback."

Yeah, well, it could be worse:

While I'm at it, some more balloon-related content.

(the original danny deckchair. I reviewed a play based on this guy at Syracuse last month)

youtube classic:

the illustrious don hertzfeldt:

a link, because Discovery on YouTube does not allow embedding, to the ever popular slow-mo water balloon to the face:

[here you can pretend there's a link to one of the innumerable youtube videos of scantily clad women blowing up large balloons until they pop]

and some excellent balloon related games:
Bloons Tower Defense 3

finally, one more documentation from Caitlin's roommate.



rule of the internet - good websites will do something funny on april 1

youtube has a new format, explained here

wikipedia is featuring the Musem of Bad Art and says that
... a team of archaeologists discovered a fossilized Han Solo in the rocks of Chinagoogle has introduced gmail autopilot
(probably nobody remembers this)

the pirate bay has partnered with warner brothers

maddox, who has altered his website thrice previously, didn't do anything because he has jury dury.

college humor has pretended to be taken over by axe, which should not count as a prank

I don't think pitchfork did anything, but they really liked trent reznor's prank

that covers all I can think of offhand.. if you need more, I suppose you can go here.

also, in unrelated news, LOSTpedia says that in a "shockingly quiet press release yesterday," it's been announced that M. Night Shymalan will direct the series finale. that probably means Jack has been dead this whole time, which I KEEP TELLING EVERYONE

update on what I did today forthcoming