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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Original Recipe...

Or extra nasty?

I wouldn't drink this if you paid me

But I would probably buy it for the box and then try to sucker a friend into trying it.

Best possible recipe: Melamine sunrise

Still need Christmas gifts? There are many fine looking products here. Note: product categories are not based on any logic I can understand.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

Best wishes to everyone this holiday season.

Eat too much, drink too much and have a great time!

Winter Wonderland 2008 - Holdman Christmas Display from Richard Holdman on Vimeo.

More here

Sunday, December 14, 2008

And Jack Black as Jesus Christ

Of course I'm probably the last to find this, but so glad I did.

Prop 8 sucks. And here to tell you why is writer Marc Shaiman and starring (in part): Margaret Cho, Andy Richter, Maya Rudolph, John C. Reilly, Allison Janney, Kathy Najimy, Sarah Chalke, Jack Black & Neil Patrick Harris.

The whole story here

For more on the shrimp thing, check out the Skeptic's Annotated Bible

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Does Not Compute....

This is your modem:

This is your modem on drugs:

A brief photographic history of computing @ SFU.

There is tons of info out there about the history of computers, with many amusing images. I like this one (for image content - NOT page design).

My personal computer history runs about 20 years. That doesn't seem that long, until I watch this:

That was my first computer. No hard drive, so I stored my documents on this:

First lesson learned. Do not put computer storage cassettes in your car stereo. It's like listening to a fax tone set to 11.

Still waiting for some sort of direct neural interface. Think of all the rsi issues it would solve.

We still have a looonnnngggg way to go.

Friday, December 12, 2008

And For Adults It's Exciting!

From the makers of Ass Kicker.

This is where backwards compatible marketing would come in handy.

A fine Mego product.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

The Senate Just Got Entertaining

So Hillary Rodham Clinton is leaving the senate to become Barack Obama's Secretary of State. That means there's a seat to fill. And guess who wants it?

Caroline Kennedy and Fran Drescher.

Yup, Fran Drescher. Best know as the uber annoying Nanny.

Details here

Best quote so far (and something I stated myself before I read this), from a People Magazine poll: "Here's one way to prevent any filibusters: Fran Drescher's screechy voice."

Almost guaranteed that any motion she brings forward will be passed as fast as possible, just to shut her up.

Of course there is some other competition, but they are all boring so who cares.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

A Century In Video - 1923

Probably one of the earliest (If not the earliest) examples of a "making of" featurette.

This short details some of the trials and tribulations of trying to film a feature film in Death Valley.

The film they were making was 1924 Erich Von Stroheim's movie Greed based on the book McTeague.

"The plot follows an honest dentist whose wife wins a lottery ticket, only to become obsessed with money. When her former lover betrays the dentist as a fraud, all of their lives are destroyed."
(From the Wikipedia entry)

Out of curiosity I also watched this bit from the end of the movie:

Now I have a few comments:
  • Yellow?

  • For crying out loud, cut the dead guy's hand off

  • If the horse / mule is dead. So is the canary

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Civic Election Suckiness

All I can say is thank god we at least got a couple of council members to counter the asshole votes of our big business mayor.


What's really sad is slightly less than 10,000 people voted in New West. Population of the city is 58,549.

But at least Vancouver got good results. Thank you people of Vancouver!


Sunday, November 09, 2008

Vrooooooom, Screeeee!

I don't think anyone I know now (with the singular exception of the people in this video) has ever seen seen me drive.

After watching this you'll understand why.

Points to ponder:

  1. Yes I was that skinny once. Also: bite me

  2. We don't need to discuss the length of my shorts, or how high they go, ok? It was 1992 folks

  3. As to me putting my feet down a few times. I had never driven a real motorized bicycle type devise before this, and I used to use my feet as brakes on my bicycle all the time. Luckily I would remember in time on the scooter and not grind my toes off.

  4. Yes that is the Hubster making comments about me driving. Thanks dear!

  5. This "drive" was done with no license, no helmet, and total disregard to what side of the road I should be on (The left btw, British law in this part of the Caribbean).

  6. Anyone know how to turn me back into the 26 year old I was in this clip (but with better shorts)?

If you are wondering about the topography, video shot here. Looks like the road has been reconfigured some time in the last 16 years.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

It's Been a Thrill(er)

Michael Crichton - 1942 - 2008

My first Michael Crichton experience was watching the movie Andromeda Strain on TV around 1973 or so. It scared the shit out of me. Especially the scene where a dead guy gets his wrist cut open, and only powdered blood comes out. Ewwwwwwwh!

[The Andromeda Strain (1971) TRAILER]

Fun fact: Crichton has a brief cameo as a doctor in the original. The director made him sit down because his height (6'9") was too distracting.

(IMHO the remake sucked several different types of suckiness.)
Since that first viewing I've enjoyed most of Crichton's books. I first read the book Andromeda Strain when I was about 13 and loved it.

Yes I know he didn't write serious literature, and he got criticized for some of the science. But he knew how to write a engrossing thriller.

Your fans will miss your work Michael.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Obama - Rama!

Thank you America. Let's hope it rubs off on Canada.

Too late for this year - but maybe, just maybe - next time.

Yay, Obama


"you'll still be my friend, right Stephen?"

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Hallowe'en

And remember kids, safety first!

Find more demented Happy Tree Friends films here.

Find the entire 30-Second Bunnies Theatre Library here.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A Century In Video - 1922

Just in time for Hallowe'en I bring you a vampire classic.

Warning. This is the entire movie. So don't start if you don't have 1:25 to waste on a bald vampire.

Here is the Wikipedia entry.

And from IMDb.

Fun Fact!
If the lead actor Max Schreck was still alive, he'd be 129 years old. Of course since vampires are immortal, his age doesn't matter.

Happy Hallowe'en everyone, and watch out for the scary shit.

Friday, October 24, 2008

I'm Not Putting That In My Mouth

I can't stand sweet liqueurs.

Which is probably a good thing or I might be really tempted to down a Popsy


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

One Wiener To Rule Them All

Brat would probably lay down in the middle of the track and look @ us like we were nuts.

More here

Monday, October 20, 2008

O.M.F.G! The Pepper, The Pepper...

... It's out to get me!

I love the site Faces in Places. People all over post pictures of things that look like faces.

Sounds simplistic? It is. But it's also kinda weird and wonderful. Pictures can be funny, whimsical, bizarre. Or as in this recent favourite, kinda scary.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

It Was an Itsy Bitsy, Teeny, Weeny...

...minuscule piece of art

Willard Wigan literally creates art in the eye of a needle.

See his site for more examples of his work.

Apparently enough people doubted his art that he rated a Snopes entry.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Carte Blanche

The Cedar Mill Community Library (Portland, Oregon) really likes to name their book trucks. And they aren't naming them Bob or Sue.

Here is a wonderful photo gallery of a bunch of their truck names, most a play on the word cart.

The set lives here.