Friday, December 10, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Green Lantern cinematic trailer is out!

Carrhotus xanthogramma: the closest I've ever come to enjoying a spider video.

And a couple of (lightly edited) notes from the uploader, sigma1920:
An adult male of the jumping spider (Carrhotus xanthogramma, family Salticidae) showing combat displays against his own reflection on the mirror again and again. Mid-May 2009 in Japan. Soundtrack (audioswapped): "Into The Mirror" by Spencer Brewer.
This species (Carrhotus xanthogramma) is one of the commonest jumping spider in Japan. The mature males and females have quite different colourations (sexual dimorphism) and you can tell them apart easily. Unlike the general rule-of-thumb, the palpi of adult male C. xanthogramma are not so bulbous.

Monday, November 15, 2010

"thanx so much for uhelp ican going to graduate to now"

"I, who have no name, no opinions, and no style, have written so many papers at this
point, including legal briefs, military-strategy assessments, poems, lab reports, and,
yes, even papers on academic integrity, that it's hard to determine which course of
study is most infested with cheating. But I'd say education is the worst. I've written
papers for students in elementary-education programs, special-education majors,
and ESL-training courses. I've written lesson plans for aspiring high-school
teachers, and I've synthesized reports from notes that customers have taken during
classroom observations. I've written essays for those studying to become school
administrators, and I've completed theses for those on course to become principals.
In the enormous conspiracy that is student cheating, the frontline intelligence
community is infiltrated by double agents.

Future educators of America, I know who you are."

Cowboys & Aliens Poster is out!

And a clip from Comic Con SDCC 2010:

New Favourite: The Story of Stuff Project

Herbal. Fucking Herbal. Not goddamn 'errbal'.

Cymothoa exigua: wanna eat'cha wit ma littlemouth


NB: In future, try to avoid nightmares involving this little guy.

[edit] Must try harder.

The accident would almost be worth it.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

re:Modern Warfare 2 redux

Truth be told, I think this is the first unbiased review of Black Ops I've seen.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

For a vegetarian, Rents, you're a fuckin' evil shot!

This clip is no good for anxious types.

It just ain't fair. You can't use a track like East Hastings (most commonly known for its use in the 28 Days Later soundtrack) and not have some kind of violent/ dramatic release. By the end, I almost felt nauseous from the amount of tension it had build up.

It feels like some kind of messed up Pavlovian tension trap, but I guess that might say more about me than the clip itself.

Sometimes, the best music videoclips are the ones that never go to air.

But first, perhaps a timely warning: if you follow the link, you will find the original videoclip that accompanies the track. Let it be known that the videoclip in question is maximum NSFW.

Lucas sent this to Cameron when Titanic upstaged Star Wars at the box-office

Sir, put down the watermelon.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Start dancing like the Beastie Boys, dammit!

(This is a live webcam stream of the Mars rover "Curiosity" being built)

If you hit the play button on the bottom left you can view the stream without having to open a pop-up.

"I'm Here" the new a short film by Spike Jonze.

Okay, new rule: no more war docos for a month. After this one.

New favourite: Vice Broadcasting System (

Holy Moses this site is awesome! The associated blog is also worth looking at.

They seem to focus predominantly on publishing short form documentary-type pieces. They're all very well polished and presented. The content is usually well researched and completely engrossing.

This is a pretty good example of why I love this goddamn site.

The only problem is the trust accounting paper I have due next week.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Wikileaks: Internet Supermen.

And then there's this:

ROOKIE: Now I'd like to ask you some questions about X.

ASSANGE: I don't want to talk about X. That's not why I agreed to participate in this interview.

ROOKIE: Alright, I understand and really, there is a lot more about you and your work that I'm sure everyone wants to hear about.

ASSANGE: Great, I'm glad we can move on.

ROOKIE: So tell me more about X.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Tame addendum

Saw these guys live last night at the Tivoli. It was so good.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Banksy's simpson intro.

Free speech is not a marketing plan. Free speech is only any good if you take advantage of its invitation. So I say this to you, my video game maker brethren: say something. Say it like you mean it.
by Ian Bogost

Cahill's octahedral "Butterfly Map"


Saturday, October 9, 2010

This trailer for Restrepo looks promising.

Source (official site)

[EDIT] I note that the comments for the trailer on YouTube have been disabled. Good Call.

On the effects of tilt-shift on Van Gogh.


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

re: An Idiot Abroad (Holi)

Cool little stop motion advertisement.

Gaz Metro A Natural Evolution from La Moustache on Vimeo.

Although I'll be honest, I'm having a hard time drawing a connection between scribbling in chalk on a building and what appears to be the promotion of some kind of 'clean/[generic hippy buzzword]/responsible' energy agenda.


I get it now. If you your energy is provided by this company, you may notice that you can scribble chalk over the exterior of buildings at night. This is useful for those who are in the business of making quaint little adds in stop motion for power companies.

So at the end of the day, this is an ad for the company that did the ad for the power company.

I change my mind; I resent this ad.

Consequently, though once this entry was filed simply under 'ART', it now also answers to 'RANT'.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Devo " Gut Feeling " first time in live in 1977

Believe it! The Goon is commin'

re: hipsterhitler

Well, played Sir.

From this:

Wait, Santa is... what exactly?

---Speculated scene from "Rare Exports"---

Sure is quiet.

Too quiet.

Shit! What's that?

Whats what?

There, at the edge of the clearing, in the trees. See it?

It's just the wind.

No I don't think so.

[The wind abates, yet the trees continue to jostle as a great weight shifts within]

Oh God! They're here! They've come for him!

[Hundreds of MIDGETS in brightly coloured outfits descend from the trees, and swarm around the perimeter of the camp]

[SENTRY 1 fires his ASSAULT RIFLE wildly into the hoard]


--- Cut to black ---

Squid Iridescence (Also the first post of CreatureCast)

CreatureCast - Squid Iridescence from Casey Dunn on Vimeo.

I've been following CreatureCast for a while now, and I rekkon they've done an awesome job at making the topic of marine biology accessible and engaging for those without a background in science.

I love these guys.

Sadko in the Underwater Kingdom (Ilya Repin)


Thursday, September 30, 2010

I am sure that no one coming to this ceremony expected a High
Court judge to use the occasion to talk about that four letter word, love.

But that's a good thing. In life, never be predictable. It's so uncool.

The Hon Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG
16 DECEMBER 2008

Monday, September 27, 2010

Watership down: Story of Creation

"All the world will be your enemy, Prince of a Thousand enemies. And when they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you; digger, listener, runner, Prince with the swift warning. Be cunning, and full of tricks, and your people will never be destroyed."
— Richard Adams (Watership Down)

Macropinna microstoma: can't I just call it the metroid fish?

Cowboy Junkies - Sweet Jane

re: the Bait Ball

Deerhunter - Desire Lines

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Hey fish! Stop walking. You're not even a real quadruped.

The accompanying caption:
This image provided by NOAA shows an as-yet unidentified creature seen by the Little Hercules ROV during the INDEX 2010 Exploration of the Sangihe Talaud Region off Indonesia in July, 2010. (AP Photo/NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program)

Saturday, September 18, 2010


I am a small man. from brandonnn on Vimeo.

And the quote:

Always keep Grit from being pessimistic. Avoid printing those things which distort the minds of readers or make them feel at odds with the world.
Avoid showing the wrong side of things, or making people feel discontented.
Do nothing that will encourage fear, worry, or temptation... Wherever possible, suggest peace and good will toward men.
Give our readers courage and strength for their daily tasks. Put happy thoughts, cheer, and contentment into their hearts.

Dietrick Lamade


Tuesday, September 14, 2010