Monday, June 28, 2010

Tinashé - A-Liar

Links und rechts

If anyone actually reads this before I get a chance to edit it into a presentable form, this is a whole heap of raw links and other bits of crap I saved to a text document when I was browsing on another computer.

As I found this stuff whilst browsing at a location other than command HQ, I saved it all in one spot and then emailed it to myself, so that I could go through all properly at some later time.

The wiki stuff is saved in clusters in some points; it's stuff that seemed interesting and was in some way related to the article above it. I'm trying out a different way of finding out about new things. So far it seems to be working well enough.


Now, I have Googled "Gerard Brennan" on the Internet. It turns out, Sir
Gerard, that you are either a Canadian native Eskimo with an interest in
sustainable economic development in the Arctic region of Canada, or you are
a former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia$file/CLA080922_PublicForum.PDF

Divine insight from the half-pissed oracle
Hostile Primary
Your friends? Those fleet-footed turncoats, whose words weigh little more than the wind that carries them. Fuck those guys.,_Dear_Reader

The Firth of Forth is mentioned in Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck in a rejected version of the original script of episode 1 and was the cause for a McDuck not being declared the king because of a lisp. He had to proclaim the birth of Scotland including the girth of all earth north of the Firth of Forth.,_South_Australia,_Western_Australia

Sebastien Tellier - la Ritournelle

Friday, June 25, 2010

I've gone on at length about how waiting in line is a tonic for the soul. For tech and films especially, it's a rare coordinate where you stand a reasonable chance of being able to have a conversation with any person next to you, any "random" person, but they aren't actually random because simply by being in line we have some notion of how their variables might be set. Organisms who (under other circumstances) would be little more than shambling physical obstacles become something akin to people.

Jerry Holkins
25 June 2010

Monday, June 21, 2010

Thursday, June 17, 2010

I have had this in my head ever since having seen the trailer for Somewhere.

Not bad. Certainly could be worse.

Can someone please forward me the memo I seem to have missed.

I believe it might have said something along the lines of:
"All blogs hosted on this service are to deal, exclusively, in the affairs of new families. Moreover, it is preferable that they be authored by bored housebound individuals with little better to report on than their own domestic affairs. Examples of acceptable topics for discussion include, but are not limited to: Kyle's soccer game on Saturday; the recent family trip to ______; your woeful poetry; Summer's geography assignment; your new job at_____ ;Kip's new teeth; the recent and regrettable death of the family pet, etc."
Having only recently discovered the "Next Blog>>" button, I thought I might have a bit of a perv on what other randomly selected blogs were doing. Much to my dismay, the next sixteen consecutive blogs all were authored by people who seemed to be interested in little more than gloating about the unparalleled awesomeness of their own private affairs.

I don't quite understand what compels people to publish all this information. After all of the alarmist reporting on online predators and identity thieft, why are people so willing to 'give it all up' without a thought directed to how easy it is for that information to be used against their interests.

I can certainly appreciate that these people may have plenty of reasons to be proud about what they have achieved for themselves. Yet, it must be understood that some measure of self-restraint needs to be exercised, particularly in circumstances where there is a disclosure of information concerning a third party, and that third party is unaware of such disclosure, or of the possible risk that such disclosure invites.

I think it would be appropriate for personal blogs, or at least those dealing with domestic affairs, to be kept private; not because of the shameless voyeurism they seem to encourage but because there are a great many people who literally need to have it explained to them that when they have a public blog called "The Doe Family Blog" and mum complains about Kyle's soccer game on the weekend at the such and such school soccer fields, mum probably doesn't realise just how much information she has disclosed.

I really have spent more time on this than I should have. This isn't a new problem, and it certainly should have already been addressed. Nevertheless, in my work I have developed a certain awareness of what some individuals are capable of.

The tragedy is that very little would need to be done to negate the potential risk these people unknowingly expose themselves to on a daily basis.

Vuvuzela Concerto in B Flat

Image retrieved from BuzzFeed

New Favourite: Bill Bryson.

Ladies and Gents I present Bill Bryson.

Honestly, this probably shouldn't qualify as a new favourite. I've known about this dude for a while now. However, I only just discovered this video. I'm not gonna let him get squeezed out on a technicality. Also, it should be noted that conducting appraisals of literary works isn't really something I'm particularly good at, but this seems like a cause worthy of at lest some effort.

Author and Chancellor of Durham University, Bryson is one of those possessed of a brilliant mind, whose enthusiasm and wit is nothing if not utterly captivating. I've read a fair few of his works now, and consider him to be among the most engaging and wholly entertaining authors I have encountered thus far.

His manner draws a stark contrast to the style of Diamond in Guns, Germs and Steel. Upon any reading of Mother Tongue or A Short History of Nearly Everything it is plain to see that whilst they both cover similar material, Bryson is by far more likely to keep the reader not only engaged, but entertained.

See also: that fucking beard.

See that shit? A fulsome, rich red hue, punctuated along the jawline with notes of silver. That be one distinguished-looking motherfucker.

Seriously, read his shit. A Short History is where you should start.

Y'know, that Herzog dude is a pretty upbeat chap once you get to know him.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Das Whermacht an der Mittagspause.

SidAbitball - Boxing tonight

Generally speaking, I'm not all that big on chiptunes, but this dude ain't all bad. The awesomeness of that clip helps.

Amnesty International's new ad.

Amnesty International from Digital District™ VFX Post-Pro on Vimeo.

The track used is "Carly Comando - Everyday"

Which reminds me a little of this:

Bloody beautiful.

Nevertheless, I'm pretty sure if you up the tempo on this to match Comando's work, it would sound pretty damn similar.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Cordyceps: attack of the killer fungi - Planet Earth Attenborough BBC wildlife

I swear I saw something like this in an X-Files episode once.

Something to do with a some kind of fungus that came out of a volcano?


SprintCam v3 NAB 2009 showreel

SprintCam v3 NAB 2009 showreel from David Coiffier on Vimeo.

I'm not quite sure what it is and I don't quite know what it is supposed to be showing off, but it does look cool.

The linkdump that had to happen.

Goddamn it is easy to get behind with this crap.

Viewerframe Mode Motion
Big Tit Zombies 3D now has a trailer and it's fantastic
Castro at the Lincoln Memorial
Ribbon, by Maxwell
Supreme Court in Session
up to here iconic phots
Guatemala, 1983
A Sneak Peek At The 2010 Vader Project & Auction Catalog
Gut Feeling tab by Devo @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Trailer for JJ Abrams' new movie "Super 8" finds its way online
Seymour Hersh
A History of Evony Ads – The insanity continues [Updated-Again]
mental_floss Blog » Amazing 3D Projections on Buildings
Museum of London - Street Museum
Docs tell obese man to lose weight before he receives health care
Used CDs - Bringing Out The Dead - Original Soundtrack
Churchill On Islam
An animated Antarctic thesaurus of different landscape perspectives.
Wake Up tab by Arcade Fire @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
I Dont Know tab by Beastie Boys @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
The Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone
Wicked Game tab (ver 2) by Chris Isaak @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Welcome to Ulysses "Seen"!
"EyeSeeCam" Gaze-Driven Camera on Vimeo
Four Corners - 26/10/2009: Reports and Resources
History of piracy, reviewed by EFF's senior copyright lawyer
W. H. Auden, "Stop all the clocks . . ."
The Enemy in Your Pants
The Quantified Self
Funtastic_Power_-_leeroy_jenkins_fun_times_mix.mp3 (audio/mpeg Object)
U.S. Intelligence Analyst Arrested in Wikileaks Video Probe
Tame Impala

Of Adversity

IT WAS an high speech of Seneca (after the manner of the Stoics), that the good things, which belong to prosperity, are to be wished; but the good things, that belong to adversity, are to be admired. Bona rerum secundarum optabilia; adversarum mirabilia. Certainly if miracles be the command over nature, they appear most in adversity.

It is yet a higher speech of his, than the other (much too high for a heathen), It is true greatness, to have in one the frailty of a man, and the security of a God. Vere magnum habere fragilitatem hominis, securitatem Dei. This would have done better in poesy, where transcendences are more allowed. And the poets indeed have been busy with it; for it is in effect the thing, which figured in that strange fiction of the ancient poets, which seemeth not to be without mystery; nay, and to have some approach to the state of a Christian; that Hercules, when he went to unbind Prometheus (by whom human nature is represented), sailed the length of the great ocean, in an earthen pot or pitcher; lively describing Christian resolution, that saileth in the frail bark of the flesh, through the waves of the world. But to speak in a mean.

The virtue of prosperity, is temperance; the virtue of adversity, is fortitude; which in morals is the more heroical virtue. Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New; which carrieth the greater benediction, and the clearer revelation of God’s favor. Yet even in the Old Testament, if you listen to David’s harp, you shall hear as many hearse-like airs as carols; and the pencil of the Holy Ghost hath labored more in describing the afflictions of Job, than the felicities of Solomon. Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; and adversity is not without comforts and hopes.

We see in needle-works and embroideries, it is more pleasing to have a lively work, upon a sad and solemn ground, than to have a dark and melancholy work, upon a lightsome ground: judge therefore of the pleasure of the heart, by the pleasure of the eye. Certainly virtue is like precious odors, most fragrant when they are incensed, or crushed: for prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.
Essayes: Religious Meditations,
Places of Perswasion and Disswasion,
Seene and Allowed
Sir Francis Bacon

~~Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge (Instrumental)

John Frusciante is a damn god.

People Driving Cars.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Beastie Boys - I Don't Know

Best song of theirs w/o rap. Easy.

[EDIT] Holy crap that is an easy riff to learn.

One of the coolest things about Red Dead

The Music of Red Dead Redemption Track 16 (Jose Gonzales - Far Away)

Friday, June 11, 2010

Road Rules.

I’m not a crazy person.

For the record, I know what you are supposed to think of people who say things like that. I am also familiar with the legal analogy in character evidence, but I assure you, I'm really not a nutter. Perhaps the force with which this assertion is brought does little more than undermine my standing. Perhaps value judgments are better saved for later.

Nevertheless, I do appreciate that the sum of my idiosyncrasies place me somewhere a little left of centre, but that isn’t necessarily symptomatic of some underlying mental health drama (or so I’ll have you believe).

That being said, I really don’t get the dilemma people have with not applying the rules of the road to footpaths. It really doesn’t seem all that unreasonable. The reason I feel compelled to take such a defensive stance is that not that long ago, maybe a week or so, there was an incident. This was the second of its sort.

How our paths came to cross really doesn’t matter all that much. It was in the morning and I was on my way to work and presumably, she was too. Both of us headphones on and were more or less on autopilot.

Traffic on the path was a little heavy, so to bring some sense of order to the scrum I was trying to navigate, I did my best to stick to the left. As soon as I was aware of the fact that I was on a collision course with this woman I cut further to the left. At the same time, so did she. So further left I went. With little more than a few inches between us, and with one foot in the gutter, I looked at her, confused and mumbled something about 'road rules'.

Now I can accept that most people will giggle, shrug and move on. I did that last time and it worked fine. That is how people generally should respond to something that is mildly frustrating, but of such minor significance that further consideration would be unwarranted.

Yet, something that happens a couple of times can easily happen a few times, and before you know it, you can cite several incidents. Next thing you know, it’s a pandemic. People in gutters everywhere. People with families. In the gutter.

So I mumble something about road rules.

I suppose she didn’t get what I was trying to say. The way she responded would imply as much. Both of us had, by this point, removed our headphones and she looked like she didn’t know what she wanted to do with her hands; they were briefly perched on her hips but now hung idly from her shoulders.

I went about briefly explaining the rationale behind my statement; that people, like cars generally move around a little more efficiently if they know where they need to be, with respect to all the other cars/people heading in the other direction.

This woman. She looks at me, with the sort of expression you would reserve for your nemesis.

“What are you saying? I’m as big as a car?” She demands.

“What?” I may have even sworn under my breath in disbelief.

“Are you saying that you can’t just get out of my way?”



This quote originally came from an article I found at neatorama.

The image and others like it can be found over at the Boston Big Picture.

And yes, it's true; they were among the most serious studies out there.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

New CreatureCast is out!

CreatureCast - How do krill grow? from Casey Dunn on Vimeo.

Admittedly, I missed the previous installment so I'll chuck it in as well for good measure.

CreatureCast - Siphonophores and Individuality from Casey Dunn on Vimeo.

Enjoy! (x2)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Goddammit. Somebody put down money for this. Money that could have sustained my booze and discretionary spending for weeks. It doesn't even matter whether this the finished product; whether it was just a couple of bored actors pissing their time against the wall. It cost money to make that abomination, and I damn well demand that someone be held accountable for it.

I know that this all amounts to little more than a shout in the street, but for Christ's sake. Really? Somebody vetted this, and paid for it?

Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Male Dorylus Nigricans: Nature's beautiful badass.

And deserving recipient of the title "Sexual Kamikaze".

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Off to karaoke tonight!

I'll be damned if they let me back in.

This will hurt.

But that last sentence is particularly powerful.

I record these ghastly details not as voyeuristic surplusage but to document the challenges that can, without warning, confront a police officer going about what only moments before had seemed to be an easy and pleasant day’s work.

I commend the officers for maintaining their focus on the job at hand and doing what was necessary before handing over the follow up to others. It is gratifying that both continue to serve. I wish them well for their future careers.

Inquest into the death of Michael James MILLER
Michael Barnes
State Coroner
9 December 2009

I Am Sitting In A Video Room - Canzona

The first recording:

The final recording:

And the original concept by Alvin Lucier made in 1969:

Matt Bell Hacks the Sleep-Wake Cycle

Matt Bell - Hacking the Sleep/Wake Cycle from Loren Risker on Vimeo.

Fascinating stuff. I kinda want one of those Zeo things now.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Madvillain - All Caps

Been around a while but daaaaaaamn.