Friday, April 30, 2010

'Hard Ticket to Hawaii' looks like my kinda movie

"I wonder what pleasure men can take in making beasts of themselves." "I wonder, Madam," replied the Doctor, "that you have not penetration to see the strong inducement to this excess; for he who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man."

Anecdotes of the Revd. Percival Stockdale;
collected in "Johnsonian Miscellanies," edited by G.B. Hill.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Dead Space 2

No sooner should I mention it a couple of posts ago, and what comes out?

The new Dead Space 2 trailer, that's what.

Hell, yes.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Coney Island Dream from Joshua Brown on Vimeo.

Although it looks to be just about the most depressing place in the world, this brief clip makes Coney Island seem absolutely entrancing.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

New Favourite: animated scores.

Beethoven, Symphony 7 Allegretto.


This; this is even better. So damn cool...

Debussy, First Arabesque, Piano Solo.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Stephen King's "N" first 5 episodes merged.

I'm not exactly sure what this is, but it really has caught my attention. I'm just about to finish reading IT and I'm probably more susceptible to King's charms at the moment. This isn't a bad thing, but I am aware of the low opinion some people may have of the man and his work.

All that aside, this does seem pretty cool. From what I understand there are 25 installments in total. This is the first five.

You are able to watch the whole series here.

...And it kinda reminds me of that same technique of using animated stills, as seen in the Dead Space graphic novel adaptation.

The rest of it is readily available on YouTube.

Friday, April 23, 2010

It Might Get Loud.

This looks bloody awesome.

New Favourite: This guy!

Kudos first of all, for making that thing.

Bonus points for that fucking charisma. When you see someone that into what they do it is hard not to feel a kind of shared enthusiasm. Sure as hell makes me wanna have a try playing something like that.

As a side note, you know who else made their own cigar box guitar when they were starting out? Bo-fucking-Diddley, that's who. There's a clip of him somewhere on YouTube carving it up. Raw goddamn energy in that one. I need to find it.

[EDIT] Here we go.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Still Face Experiment: Dr. Edward Tronick

Dr. Ed Tronick, director of UMass Boston's new Infant-Parent Mental Health Program and Distinguished Professor of Psychology, discusses the cognitive abilities of infants to read and react to their social surroundings.

Using the "Still Face" Experiment, in which a mother denies her baby attention for a short period of time, Dr. Tronick describes how prolonged lack of attention can move an infant from good socialization, to periods of bad but repairable socialization.

In "ugly" situations the child does not receive any chance to return to the good, and may become stuck.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Again with the bookmarks...You and your damn bookmarks.

I think it may be something of a pseudo OCD-type mannerism; this thing I have for bookmarking everything of minor interest to me. Under pain of allowing, through sheer neglect alone, for things to get out of hand again, I think I should probably just do what I did at the start and throw everything I've come across up here, so that I may delete everything bookmarked under my browser. (video/quicktime Object)
Librophiliac Love Letter: A Compendium of Beautiful Libraries (Curious Expeditions)
The World Would Be Better If Everyone Watched This Video | Gizmodo Australia
Internet Archive: Free Download: CBS Radio Mystery Theater
Secret Codes You Aren’t Meant To Know :
babs71: Мировая революция на игровом столе.
Dead Center - Guitar Tab - Steam Users' Forums
The Royal Tenenbaums (soundtrack) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Video games: the addiction | From the Observer | The Observer
Flickr: John McNab's Photostream
Vietnam Helicopter Images and Artifacts
Star Trek chick gallery - a set on Flickr
Lawrence Lessig scares a room of liberals - Boing Boing
LA Public Library photographs
A Journey Round My Skull
Beyond breaking firewalls: how to fight net-censorship - Boing Boing
this isn't happiness.™ Peter Nidzgorski, tumblr
CHAINSAW MAID vs. Lux Aeterna By Clint Mansell by Ann O'Nymous | YouTube Doubler | Mashup Helper
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - Employment Opportunities, Ongoing and Non-ongoing Jobs, Current Vacancies
LA Public Library photographs
Psychological Operations (United States) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
jimmy turrell - Selected Work
Patricia Piccinini
The Official Wife Crying at Movies Site
Otto von Bismarck Quotes

StudioSoho: DAN the MAN

The ugly truth, and consequences of pursuing a princess whilst under the duress of lurrrve.

'Four Lions' Trailer: The Proper, Non-'Remember Me' Way To Address Terrorism

<a href="" target="_new" title="Four Lions - Trailer">Video: Four Lions - Trailer</a>

I see great potential in this one. Set to be released in the UK on 7 May of this year. Hopefully it'll come through to us in Australia shortly thereafter.

To do: find out more about this Grindhouse Cinema Database...

Bear Witness(es)!

For ease of referencing later, I've got all 3 installations of the Bear Witnesses(es) together in one spot so I don't have to dig around in my YouTube favourites.

Bear Witness I (ignore the YouTube title, the track is by Dr. Octagon)

Bear Witness II

Bear Witness III

Friday, April 16, 2010

Cool water billboard installation in Paris.

Solidarité from La Boite Concept on Vimeo.

Cartman is King.

"Woah! You're telling us this book is filthy, inappropriate, and made a guy shoot the King of Hippies? Can we please read this book, RIGHT NOW!?"

E. Cartman.
The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs, s14e2.


I'm not altogether that big on jewellry generally, but this is impressive.

This is freaking awesome!

In The World: Better wound treatment for all

A streamlined version of 'negative-pressure' wound therapy is put to the test in Haiti — and could have 'enormous potential' across the developing world.

Nobody knows precisely why it works, but doctors have known for decades that the healing process for open wounds can be greatly speeded up by applying negative pressure — that is, suction — under a bandage sealed tightly over the affected area. The speculation is that it helps by drawing bacteria and fluid away from the wound, keeping it cleaner.

For patients, there is a benefit even beyond the speedier healing. Traditional dressings need to be removed and replaced — sometimes painfully — up to three times a day, but with the negative pressure system dressings can be left in place for a few days. But in the developing world, there's a problem: The systems are expensive, and they need to be plugged in or powered by batteries that last only a few hours. In many developing nations, a reliable source of electricity is rarely available.

That's the problem that students in an MIT mechanical engineering class decided to tackle a few years ago. With the help of Dr. Robert Sheridan from Massachusetts General Hospital, the students developed a simple, inexpensive and lightweight version of the system that required no power supply and could be left in place for days. One of those students, Danielle Zurovcik SM '07, continued to work on the project and made it the subject of her master's thesis. She has continued to work on it on the side as she pursues her doctorate.

Content retrieved from MITnews.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Monday, April 12, 2010

Christian Scott - The Eraser (Thom Yorke)

Christian Scott - The Eraser (Thom Yorke)

So lush! I've had this sucker pretty much on repeat for the afternoon. Gorgeous.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

New Favourite: CreatureCast!

CreatureCast - Comb Jellies from Casey Dunn on Vimeo.

Truth be told I've been following these guys for a while, but only just realised that this is the first post I've done about them. I guess that's as good a reason as any to put it up as a new favourite.