Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The Dark Knight: Bootleg Trailer 2



So fucking cool! Shown at select theaters as a viral marketing campaign.
Link to page here.

The Concept of Meetings: this made me laugh instantly [PIC]


The truth is I think meetings can be helpful and can increase productivity - I'm an optimist as you can see. I would say there is a sliding scale ranging from "A Waste of Time and Health" to "Development of Revolutionary Decisions & Direction." Most of the time they fall in between.

Anyhow, I thought you workfolk out there would appreciate this.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Walkmen - Leonard Cohen Covers

Previously unreleased. 4 tracks. One of which is a rarity from a 1973 live album called Live Songs. Link here.

Tracks

  1. The Old Revolution
  2. Lady Midnight
  3. Tonight Will Be Fine
  4. Passing Through

Monday, April 28, 2008

The new wallpaper.


I've been carrying a rather old design for a few weeks and its time for a change. Here is my latest wallpaper.

What's wrong with the world?

I need to share short list of items... First this YouTube video. I can't believe people get this produced or have someone buy into it. Is it ridiculous or genius?



This piece of news ha to be the most absolutely alarming news in quite a long time. This is some insane story about a father who kept his daughter locked up for over 20 years and repeatedly raped her. The details are gruesome.

On the polar opposite side you have events like the Coney Island Mermaid Day.

Lastly, the "coolest" bit for this post. Feast your eyes on this dope video put out by her majesty of swans. Wanderlust.

Avicultural Curse


Jeez. It's not even 9am yet and oddities have begun. This morning while driving to work I was the murderer of a brown crow. I was driving south on 142 ave and I saw the bird swoop in front of my car and for a split second it hovered in front of me. It stared me in the eye and suddenly, as if it were tired, it gave up flying and it thudded against my windshield. I can vividly see it in my mind's eye. I looked back but there was no trace of the brown swooper. How freaking weird.

Thought that was weird? I've single-handedly killed about 4 birds while driving (that I can remember). What does this mean? Is this the normal frequency for bird vehicular homicide??

Just saw Lucas after many many years...



2AM. Monday morning. I'm on the couch watching Lucas.

Where do I begin? How about some background. It was released in 1986. The world had just been introduced to Nintendo. The Bangles, Prince, INXS, Berlin, OMD, Stevie Nicks and Bon Jovi just to name a few of the other influences in pop culture. Not that everything hinges on that and I don't want to rathole this post.

The cast was a young one. Corey Haim, Kerri Greene, Charlie Sheen, Winona Ryder, and Jeremy Piven all starred here. The movie, in case you haven't seen it, is about a 14 year old nerdy kid (Corey Haim) who meets Maggie (Kerri Greene) and falls in love with her. He is driven by science and love and their correlation. It's funny, whatever makes him feel insecure he relates to superficiality - says, "thats superficial," "my parents are supeficial," "football players are superficial," etc. When school starts, she's the new girl and meets several people among them Cappie (Charlie Sheen) who plays for the school football team. Maggie and Cappie fall in love and Lucas is heartbroken and does whatever he can to impress her. After he understands they are together it no longer becomes about them too but about him proving himself to the school. So at a football game where the school is losing he goes out into the field after harrassing the coach.

This is the epic scene in the movie. He is left wide open near the goal. He catches the ball but drops it, there is a fumble, the opposing team takes the ball and he grabs on to the runningback for several yards. There is a tackle and he is severely wounded. The whole school is like OMGWTF and he is sent to the hospital. When he returns to school he finds a football jacket inside his locker and when he turns around everyone cheers him on. All the while everyone made fun of him, doubted him, and his devoutful moment of courage wins him a campus wide cheer in the middle of the hall way right in front of his locker. THE END.

Anyhow, I felt a responsiblity to post. The movie inspired me because I remembered what I felt like when i was that old. I remembered my own tribulations as a teenager and what great things I've experienced since. The scenery in the movie reminded me of my time in Gainesville, FL at UF. The train tracks. The importance of the football team. Driving in the middle of the night on dark roads. White people. Going to parties, etc. This also made me remember of times where I was more inspired in life than I am today - moments where I was actively pursuing higher education with a goal I could pride myself too. The moments I've found most inspiring is when I'm travelling. My first time in Boston was inspiring. Travelling to New York proved there would always be new goals. Seeing Spain showed me life can be simple and simplicities can also satisfy. Gallivanting in Italy showed me many beautiful things I never thought I would see, and in the presence of love simultaneously. Indulging in England showed me how great a musical experience can be, and how strong and precious certain relationships can be. So I guess you'd say I travel for education. My college graduation was good but lacked somethign and I can't put my finger on it right now... Today I am employed and feel that the volume of education that I'm receiving has narrowed. Not to say that I don't enjoy what I do, but that obviously there is a more stimulating and appealing life that I am not engaged in. I suppose this is a reminder to myself to keep breathing, mind my backbone, and never give up.

What's sad is that present day movies don't deliver the emotions films like these did. Granted they were different times and we were different people. Heck, I was 7 years old. Needless to say, I still think that an inspiring honest film is left to be desired within today's releases. I am hopeful however...

I should go to bed. This is becoming a rant. Anyway, this is also a feeling I haven' felt in years: waking up in the middle of the night and watching a movie to its entirety and being floored. I think the last movie I felt that with was House of Spirits. Anyway, goodnight.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Morning Top Ten List


Wow, it's been a while since I've done one of these. Here's the list. Again this is not in any particular order. Also, this list is probably not as good as my older ones but it's been a while.

1. This is a great find. A new file hosting service that provides 250GB of storage with up to 5GB per file. And it's totally free! Check it out it's called File Dropper.
2. Some crazy tattoos I just found online.
3. I thought this was pretty cool. Can the structure of a brain cell and the universe be so similar? See for yourself.
4. This is absolutely retarded. First they hate mp3's. Now they want to distribute their latest album like Radiohead. Metallica has never sucked so bad.
5. This is absolutely absurd. In case you're a billionaire but can't afford windows, this watch can tell you whether it's daytime or night time.
6. I should've blogged about this the day it came to. Demonoid is back.
7. Those German's are hardcore. Check out the new German Tropical Resort. ;-)
8. Buy me this.
9. This made me (barely) laugh. This really sucks.
10. Can you believe it? Saved by Twitter.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Playing the Mario Brothers theme with an RC car and carefully arranged bottles



Nuff said!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Walkmen and Spoon in Ft. Lauderdale Concert - Miami, FL - April 16, 2008


So I bought my tickets weeks ago after a good friend of mine sent the alerting email. I have to say that it's been months since I've listened to either of these bands. i didn't know what to expect. I mean I'm 28 years old now. I think the first time I saw the Walkmen was about five years ago. I was 23. Being 23 and being 28 are two totally !@#$&*. I saw some old friends, some dear, some disdained.

Anyhow, we got there just as the opening band, White Rabbit, was playing. I was pleasantly surprised with them. I believe there were five members in the band and I could see how their music fits in a place where the Walkmen and Spoon are headlining. (Until I arrived, I didn't know which the headlining band was.)

The venue was Revolution which was once known as The Chili Pepper which was once known as The Edge. I've seen many bands here: Pennywise, NOFX, KMFDM, Bad Religion, and several others but those were the most memorable times that I can remember right now. I've seen people walk out with bloody noses. I've seen people jump off the second floor. I myself have been backstage during an act and have stage dived on numerous occassions. The place is very different now. Sure it still has its intimate corners and carries sound very well. It also almost guarantees a good viewing experience from most spots. My biggest gripe was all the Camel cigarettes advertising. It was over the top. There are "art pieces" for Camel cigarettes everywhere. I couldn't believe it when I placed my Stella on a display that had Camel paraphenelia beneath it just so that I could tie my shoe. As I tied my shoe the Camel promoter guys said to me, "hey does this look like a coaster to you?" I couldn't fucking believe it. Anyhow, I felt bad for all the kids who don't know a less commercialized concert like I do.

The Walkmen sounded tired and the only thing they told the crowd was they stayed at a shitty hotel called "The Premier" in Ft. Lauderdale. I think this was the trigger of their sluggish performance. The singer looked like he was trying really hard and I appreciate that, I think we all do. The drummer was also enjoying himself it seemed, but the rest of the band was a little tired.

The best part anyway was was during a silent moment I yelled "Rue the Day" which is one of my favorite songs from their first album and they closed their set with it. They also said "this is for the gentlemen in the front with the request." I was joyed, I was surprised, I was amused, I am thankful.

The Walkmen have three records that I'm aware of. Their first one is my favorite.

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Walkmen - Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me is Now Gone

I've decided to leave Spoon out of this review. Or actually, fine. Here's my review. They have some catchy tunes. I really enjoy how they use the bass and keyboard as a leading instruments - that really sets their mood. The vocals are what is expected but also deserved and complements the music well as intended. They're also older and uglier than I imagined. Anyhow, my favorite Spoon record is a tie between "Girls Can Tell" and "Gimme Fiction." They're a Chicago born band which makes me think if I live in Chicago I'd hear more music that is derivative of their sound. Is that a bullshit assumption? I hope so. Actually you would expect it so. Chicago is well known for being a city full of art, culture, wind, and segregated neighborhoods or well defined boundaires of neighborhoods. Hey no jab at the city. It's one of my favorites.

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Spoon - Girls Can Tell

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Spoon - Gimme Fiction

Sunday, April 6, 2008

The Best Whiskey I Know -- Glenmorangie Single Malt Whiskey



Now it's 8 hours, 2 Advil Gelcaps, and 1 Pint of Brita filetered water later... I've waken up feeling like a highlander (or whatever that means).

This post is a tribute to the 10 year old single highland malt scotch whiskey -- Glenmorangie. I first discovered this malt at a liquor store when looking for something to bring to a friend's party where we were all asked to dress fancy and bring drink or food. Since then I purchased it last summer when travelling to Toronto, and just last night at the club I had two doubles.

THE FLAVOR is unlike any other whiskey that I've tried. They don't call it a "malt scotch" for nothing. The flavor itself has the weight of a malt syrup - but I wouldn't say its a sweet liquor. It goes down as quick as gasoline but. I know that sounds terrible but I can't describe how quickly and easily it goes down. No hesitation and no struggle.


Right now, this is my favorite whiskey. Now i'm going back to sleep. The headache anyway is due to lack of water -- not that its a bad drink.

Ok. I'm out.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Fungi killing ants, bad dreams, and my balance going shallow...



I woke up in the middle of the night after a bad dream. I'm not sure I want to discuss it here. Basically it involved one of my family members getting hurt. That kind of dream is no fun and I can't get to bed since.

I noticed I had a text from my bank with an alert that my balance was below a specified amount I had once specified. So i went online to check it out. Then I logged into my gmail and found that my best friend had sent me this email. I saw the video and it spooked me out. The direction makes it very dark. So alongsie my dream, my balance, and being awake at 4:57am, this is kinda weird.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Seal Hunting


WARNING: This may be difficult for sensitive people to watch.

A friend of a friend was given the opportunity to document this to generate awareness.
This is just messed up. IMO, there is no need to be in that business.