Thursday, January 27, 2011

What Happens When Indians Control Special Effects ?


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Ricky Gervais Is Back?

I loved him in The Office, then he beyond disappointed me in two movies of his. I won't even mention them by name. I wouldn't want to give them any publicity, for the sake of good taste.

Anyways, this is perhaps the best new monologue I've seen since Colbert on Bush. EN-GEE-OÏ!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Enough Seriousness!

Here's my rebuttal to a debate we are not currently having and really don't need to.

I expect replies will be equally humorous. Failing that, they should be as vehement and unreasonable as possible for the sake of making future readings of this funnier.

When in doubt, think of the future, friends, think of the future.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Don't forget. Bill O'Reilly is a pretty cool guy.

eh argues out of his ass and doesn't afraid of doing it live.

I pledge allegiance to the flag..

and to Megyn Kelly because she is the smartest news anchor in the world.

Atheist Marathon!

I was surprised by how she had so much trouble keeping her cool. Proves that she is only used to discussing such topics with people who agree with her. Oh, group think. By the way, we should avoid that ourselves. It is stultifying to simply bounce ideas of like-minded people. I suggest we start our own debate club where we are forced to take sides on arguments.

It's not perfect, but it's a start.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Speaking of god

Why don't you set your eye and brains on this little nugget:


IN the very unlikely event of us ever feeling the need to worship a god, we could do a lot worse than choosing the Nordic deity, Thor.

Unlike the bad-tempered, psychotic old God of the Jews, Christians and Muslims, Thor – for all his antics with his mighty, magic hammer, Mjolnir – seems to have been an amiable sort of fella, who would never dream of visiting floods or pestilence upon innocent folk.

thor.jpgWhat’s more, he is so often portrayed as virile young hunk, not a grumpy, dysfunctional old git.

Nevertheless, we can understand why the authorities at the Utah Department of Corrections might be a tad nervous about allowing Michael Polk to worship Thor while in prison.

Polk is suing the Utah Department of Corrections for denying him his right to have religious items he claims are necessary for him to practice the ancient Nordic religion of Asatru while behind bars. The religion worships ancient Nordic gods like Odin, Thor, Tyr and Heimdal

According to World Wide Religious News, Polk, who is serving time for aggravated assault and robbery, said in his federal court lawsuit that he has been a member of the Asatru faith since 2005 – and to properly practice it he needs items including a Thor hammer, a prayer cloth, a mead horn used for drinking wassail, a drum made of wood and boar skin, a rune staff and a sword.

Hmmm, a hammer and a sword in the hands of an wassail-soaked prison inmate with violent tendencies …. We await the outcome of this case with considerable interest.


Friday, January 14, 2011

Cool Digital Art by BEN F CARNEY

Digital Video
Projected/Displayed on a flat panel monitor,Looped

Ben F. Carney investigates loss of control over human emotions.
To parallel unreasonable human behaviours, control over a digital charachter's facial expression is given to four channels of emotive audio, allowing for violent reactions and a loss of identity.
Many thanks to Vincent Houze for allowing me to borrow his brilliant code for this project.

Shown at the Museum 1626 gallery during Exhibition 1.09262009, Chicago, IL

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Games of the year - sort of.

I just wanted to do a quick writeup of some of my favorite "you probably didn't know existed or did but wasn't sure if you should play them" games of the year. So I'm not going to cover obvious picks like Red Dead Redemption, Mass Effect 2, Stacraft 2 or whatever...

1- Super Meat Boy:

I really wasn't keeping tabs on this game until someone linked me to a review of the game. At its core SMB is an amazingly challenging platformer (basically jumping game like mario or sonic) but it's also blessed by some amazing production values, a fantastic sense of humor and a huge wink to old gaming nerds like us with references to everything from old 2600 games. It also includes gobs of hidden characters and levels including some fantastically challenging "warp zones". You basically spend the entire game beating each level one by one. You get a special rank for beating each level under a certain amount of time (par) and you can also compare those times with other player's (for instance on the PC version I can compare my final times to people in my friend's list). Many levels also include a bandage that you must collect with additional bandages progressively unlocking different levels and characters.
It's probably the most fun I've had with a game in a long long time and the most fun I've had just dying repeatedly.

2- Limbo:

The review kind of covers it but basically this game is creepy as fuck. Like really creepy. There are moments that are visually simple but convey such a sense of dread you have half a min to just turn it off and play something more cheerful. The art design is impeccable, the music is exactly right and the whole game is fantastic. I just wish some of the puzzles weren't as lame.

3- Civilization V:

Part of me wants to hate this game because I feel like they oversimplified the core gameplay but at the same time I can also appreciate how this has streamlined a lot of the elements into a game that might be more mass market but it seems that overall they dropped the micromanaging aspects of it and made the game more tactical than strategic. The combat is especially improved with the addition of the hex system and removing the stack of doom mechanics that were so pervasive in previous editions has really been a change for the better. While I'm not a fan of the music selection the graphics are absolutely fantastic. If you want a super deep and complex Civ game then get beyond the sword but if you want something a bit more manageable with a heavier emphasis on combat then this is the Civ for you.

4- Amnesia The Dark Descent:

I won't get too much into this because I don't want to spoil the game too much and I just started playing it but it is by far the creepiest game I've ever played. Even Silent Hill, which creeped and depressed the fuck out of me, doesn't compare and as much as I liked Dead Space yeah this is more fucked up.

5- Scott Pilgrim vs The World:

The game is basically River City Ransom meets Scott Pilgrim - if you know RCR then you're probably already hooked but if not it's basically a beat 'em up game similar to Double Dragon / Turtles in Time but with RPG elements. You buy equipment, you eat food to heal up and you gain experience as you go along. The levels follow the movie's story as closely as it can and tend to be fairly varied, as are the enemies. The graphics are willingly retro, which is great, and the music was composed by famed bit-tunes virtuosos. The only bad thing I can say about this game is that not having an online mode is a total failure on Capcom's part. Still, it's a pretty amazing game.
Also for you plastation owners you actually should have seen a Castle Crasher's release on PSN this year. That's also totally worth checking out if you like beat 'em ups. For my money it's hard to recommend one over the other though CC has some really inventive levels and boss fights.

Honorable mentions:

Monkey Island 2 HD edition
Tales of Monkey Island
Sam n Max season 3
Super Street Fighter IV
Rock Band 3
Mega Man 10

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Teeth 2: The Attack of Linguini

PS: I have no idea who made this image, but I think it's brilliant.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Wicked Documentary

I saw this The Nature of Things documentary in August. I think I told some of youz guyz about it at some point. It's pretty crazy to see what kind of military dicking around is going on in outer space. The U.S. is crazy... fucking nuts. Anyhow, check this one out.

Mein Krampf

Its hard.

I know it will get harder, with age, getting older will not be easier.

My back will hurt.

Mein bones will hurt.

Mein gehirn vill lose skills.

I will see my friends weaken and die. DIE. DIE.

But, as I face my own inevitable decay, I shall stand straight and remain dignified.

I am not afraid. I am intrigued. I am fascinated.

I am Science, I AM THE LAW.