Monday, March 29, 2010

The Ramones - Judy Is A Punk

Dammit this has been in my head ALL GODDAMN DAY.

Love it or hate it, there is also gonna be a Scott Pilgrim game.

Courtesy of attractmo.

There's a whole mess of images over at that site and quite frankly, I really can't be assed linking them up here.

No doubt this is enough info for you to independently determine whether such news is worth following up.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Watch this: The Fall

Today I finally got around to seeing The Fall. All I can really say is that it's worth watching. The film is directed by Tarsem Singh, who also directed The Cell.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Thursday, March 25, 2010


How the hell is this acceptable reporting?

Without any reference to the manner in which this material was received how are we to see it as little more than an exercise in scaremongering? It's unprofessional and incredibly irresponsible reporting.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

It would appear that Mr Rascal is a man of some considerable talent.

Took me some time to admit it, but I really dig this. Mind you, I still refuse to listen to Boy In Da Corner again.

[EDIT]: Ever.

Saving the best bits: Since I've been loving you.

Since I've Been Loving You - Cover by gewerh44

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Attorney-General Michael Atkinson to quit front bench

Mana Bar Status: open for business.

Attorney-General Michael Atkinson has just announced that he plans to quit the front bench.


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Bilingual Bliss!

Tin Tin and Kim - Hanoi Hustle.

Courtesy of Lonely Planet.

Jimi Hendrix - Castles Made of Sand

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Catzilla from tokyoplastic on Vimeo.

Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: Ben Stiller.

New Favourite Site: Letters of Note.

I've been meaning to put this up for a while now but couldn't really be assed.

However, in the caffeine fuelled frenzy I am presently driven by, I seem to have struck upon the requisite impetus to give effect to my intentions.

Link: Letters of note.

There are some real gems there.

Hang on, my love, and grow big and strong and take your hits and keep going.

P.S. This is my favorite memo ever.

Okay, you lazy bitch...

Ordinary standards do not apply to Tesla.

23 Skidoo - Ethics

Recorded in October 1980, "Ethics" by 23 Skidoo was released as a 7" in 1981. By and large, punk isn't something I'm particularly big on. Apart from a few individual tracks, it just isn't something that really grabs me.

I would count this track among the few that do.

New Favourite Site: Iconic Photos

It was as if someone was out there, patiently tracking what I had already spent far too long searching for. This site takes great works of photojournalism and presents with each piece a brief précis of the story and context behind it.

Link: Iconic Photos.

Below is an example of the incredible content available at the site.

In May 1988, President Ronald Reagan travelled to Moscow for his 4th summit with Mikhail Gorbachev. The Soviets prepared a grand welcome; buildings across from the Kremlin were repainted, streets repaved and trees and flowers planted along the boulevards. The president’s schedule included attending the Bolshoi Ballet, speaking to students at Moscow’s State University and visiting Danilov Monastery, while First Lady would tour Leningrad.

The visit was not without its own share of diplomatic incidents. The First Couple took an unscheduled walk through the Arbat, a Moscow shopping pedestrian street, when security police rushed in and roughed up a throng of onlookers, including children. “It’s still a police state,” Reagan was heard to say. When the president’s advance team asked the Russian Orthodox Church to pave the way to the Danilov Monastery so that the president could arrive in the limousine, a clergyman retorted that “One does not ride to see God. One walks either upon his feet or upon his knees.” Because he wore no ID badge, White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater was pursued by security personnel on his way to a Kremlin dinner. The president dozed off during the performance at the Bolshoi and Secretary Gorbachev had to wake him with a tap on the shoulder as the curtains were coming down.

The most telling incident was only revealed 20 years later. In the above photo, the man with the camera around his neck standing behind the boy was the current Russian Prime Minister (and former president) Vladimir Putin. He was pretending to be a tourist on his capacity as a KGB agent. On that day, on the Red Square, Gorbachev introduced Reagan to various tourists, who asked the American president pointed questions about subjects such as human rights in the United States. The photographer of this picture, Pete Souza, turned to the Secret Service and commented, “I can’t believe these tourists in the Soviet Union are asking these pointed questions.” The agent replied, “Oh, these are all KGB families.”

Pete Souza is the official chief White House photographer for Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama administrations. The Kremlin, however, had denied that it was Putin.

If the above excerpt caught your attention I would very strongly recommend that you have a poke around over there. It is absolutely incredible work.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I think 'disarming' is the word I'm looking for.

Talk given at TEDxNYED March 6, 2010 by Lawrence Lessig.

If you know what the TED talks are about and have the patience to sit down and listen to a lecture discussing the advent of 'mash up/ remix' culture online, I very strongly recommend that you go ahead and 'ave a listen.

New Favourite Show: Would I lie to you?

Make room, QI.

When RealNetworks Settled on DVD Copying, We All Lost - Boing Boing

Quote of the week:
Without testing specific ideas about fair use or copyright scope in court, there's no sure way to know whether your particular software program, Web site, tweet, or steampunk-based laser decrypter isn't in violation.

Courtesy of BoingBoing.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

"Because we love you, man..."

It really frustrates me to see people who just don't seem to appreciate another person's right to self determination.

This particular group however, goes way beyond that. These fuckers scare the shit outta me.


Dizzee Rascal - Bonkers (Doorly Dubstep Remix)

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Study: Short-Term Influence of Free Digital Versions of Books on Print Sales

The gist is that there is a positive correlation between the accumulation of freely available ebooks by individuals and the sale of hard copies of such material.

That certainly is something worth stopping to think about for a moment.

Perhaps it presents an opportunity to re-evaluate the real impact of the dissemination of such material online... Sounds almost like effective marketing to me.

Zooey Deschanel is a stone cold fox.

She & Him performing You Really Got a Hold on Me on MTV Canada. July 23rd, 2008.

Peter Green & Fleetwood Mac - Black Magic Woman

New [prequel] Alien Movie! Directed by Sir Ridley Scott!

It ain't no joke. God knows the fanboys have been chewing at the bit for this for long enough already. The following excerpt has been taken directly from the above linked article in an Empire Magazine's page:
“It’s a brand new box of tricks,” said Sir Ridley. “We know what the road map is, and the screenplay is now being put on paper. The prequel will be a while ago. It’s very difficult to put a year on Alien, but [for example] if Alien was towards the end of this century, then the prequel story will take place thirty years prior.”

Even if it sounds a little shaky I'm confident to say that I rekkon they've got the right man for the job.

Le ruban

Le ruban by Gobelins from Kreatif360 on Vimeo.

A beautiful little animated short.
Other works by Kreatif 360 can be found here. I would very strongly recommend that you go have a quick look.

It's true, Acid House will bring ruin to you and everyone you ever cared about.

God I love this show.

As a side note; at the end of the clip... Isn't that the theme from The Thing?

Intoxicating, if nothing else.

Jane Birkin e Serge Gainsbourg

Vintage pin-up art!

Recently a user on 4chan uploaded a series of vintage pin-up images. I absolutely love them! Some of them are very reminiscent of the models Phil Noto does. More than anything else, I find the rich glowing pallets used in each work to be completely stunning.

Incredible! There were plenty of others but these were among the better images in the set Anon had posted.

Given the fact that these images were retrieved from an anonymous source, if anyone knows the artist to whom the above works can be attributed, please let me know so that I may touch up this entry and give credit to those who most certainly deserve it.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Oh Hell Yes

I've just caught wind of a report that Vincent Cassel be playing the role of Capucin Ambrosio in a film adaptation of "The Monk."

This has me a little excited.

An escalation.

Articles/ Papers/ Studies

The Best in the Online World - 50 Best Websites 2008 - TIME
Saving Ourselves: Psychoanalytic Investigation of Resident Evil and Silent Hill
Director Ridley Scott: 'Internet Killing Cinema'
Barefoot running: How humans ran comfortably and safely before the invention of shoes
The 'lost war' -- the war on drugs -- is undermining America
Citizens for Legitimate Government - about that nuke conspiracy theory
Psychology Today: The Stripper's Secret
The ‘Good Germans’ Among Us - New York Times
What we learn from the dying - Behavior
Study: FPS deaths provide sweet relief to victims
Study Shows Gamers Enjoy Hurting Themselves
Writing 'eases stress of cancer'
Clever girls have bad sex
We can stop the cancer epidemic - International Herald Tribune
The Man Who Stuck His Head Inside a Particle Accelerator
'Digital dark age' may doom some data
Gobekli Tepe: The World’s First Temple?
Internet sex makes you sad, anxious?
Scientists could soon watch it on a screen
Army Tries Holograms, Quantum Computing
We are becoming a new species, we are becoming Homo Evolutis
Rental Goats Clear Brush Better, Beat Cosmonauts in Space Race
Mad Science: The Man Who Could Turn Anyone into a Torturer in Minutes
I Didn't Vote For Obama Today
Strange Portal Connects Earth to Sun
Publications - M+B
Romance With Disabled Girls: How An Unusual Game Came To Be
Sexy Videogameland
Magical Wasteland
Conference Board of Canada Releases New IP Report, Backs Away From Prior Recommendations
Google baulks at Conroy's call to censor YouTube
Portal Game Script
Probably Bad News: News fails, because journalism isn't dying fast enough.
moth-podcast-103-jerry-mitchell.mp3 (audio/mpeg Object)
UP village boy suddenly acquires American accent The Times of India
Industrial Society and Its Future

Letters of Note

And that'll do for tonight. Whew! Now I can actually navigate my way down to the recent bookmarks without earning myself a nice little friction burn on the mousewheel.

And so it begins...

Comics/ Art/ Associated Ephemera

Waxin' & Milkin': A Visual Mixtape
HydroSeventyFour™ | The rebirth of Digital Tyranny
The Perry Bible Fellowship comics
Wooster Collective
Creased Comics: Brad Neely
10 Great Webcomics You Should Not Share With Your Kids
Let us gaily tread the measure - A cake for Snake
Flickr: brianwood's Photostream
Matthew Woodson - BOOOOOOOM!
30 Ways to Shock Yourself
Spite Your Face Productions
Flickr: Dr. Monster's Photostream
A Journey Round My Skull
Illustration - Christian Ward - Freelance Illustrator
Glenn Barr
Celebration Of High-Speed Photography
Photo Manipulations by tebe_interesno
A Tokyo photographer offers tips on taking pro shots with an iPhone 3GS
Hollywood Animation Archive: Design: Natural Forms
Long Exposure Photography: 15 Stunning Examples
The Cloud Photographers

BBC - 7 ages of Rock - Embeddable Video - A Brief History of The Pixies

Bloody Oath

Before I kick off, I feel it is necessary to point out that I have set this blog up purely for my own benefit.

No doubt the vast majority of blogs are, but nevertheless it would seem prudent to at least point out that I am cognizant of how egocentric this whole exercise may appear.

In this blog I hope to catalogue and keep a record of the various literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works I discover online.

I imagine it would be easier to simply do this, instead of carrying on with the incessant bookmarking, favouriting, downloading, and printing of the bits and pieces I find along the road. For that reason, commentary will probably be somewhat limited to start with. For that, I make no apologies.

I plan to post links to a variety of backlogged bookmarks as well, so that I can clear out some of the relics taking up space in my bookmark folder.