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Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Tarantino Mixtape


Cool in parts, a little long in others, this is a compilation of music and moments from the works for Quentin Tarantino (not including Inglorious Bastards). Brought to you by Eclectic Method.



Palin Couldn't Shine Obama's Shoes...but Not According to Her Cult...!

"This image is an unauthorised alternation of original photograph by Ted Szukalski” linking the words “original photograph by Ted Szukalski” to http://www.digital-photo.com.au/v/People/Street+Photography/Shoeshine_homeless_and_woman_client_MG_6348-27.jpg.html"

This is what the classless retards known as Sarah Palin supporters think is humorous. This image has been floating around for a few months now. It's recently popped up in the news as a Colorado state worker may be under suspension for emailing this image to colleagues, with the caption "It appears he has found his niche."

It's very funny that the Teabaggers and Palin supporters are so desperate to be taken seriously, but have absolutely no problem passing around shit like this. Or this:




 

But this comes as no surprise to us, does it? We all know that these people are out here-- most of us know people that believe in this stuff. I mean, it's funny to me because it's so surreal to imagine that people out there put so much time and effort in expressing their hate and exposing their stupidity with all the pride of a 6 year old.

So another shit-smear on the wall for the neanderthal.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Get a Condo in Manhattan for $1!




...well, theoretically.

According to Crain's, 13 homes in Manhattan ranging in price from over $200,000 to $5 million dollars will be up for auction by the eBay of real estate Bid On The City. Starting bid: $1.

Now, everybody knows of at least one person, or the friend of at least one person, that has found a beautiful apartment in an amazing location for an insane price. But I can guarantee that NO ONE will be getting a $1 apartment. That's just silly, and I have no idea why they would even make it a point to say this. If your bottom price is $200,000 you will pay AT LEAST $150,000. MAYBE $100,000. But I guess we can all dream, can't we?

Ballad of Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab


Nice, huh? 12 months into President Obama's term, we get an attempted terrorist attack. At least, the only one that we've heard of. This time we have a new Richard Reid on our hands-- but this time, it's the underwear, not the shoes. Great, they were having us take our shoes off...can you imagine what they'll make us do now?



But airport frustrations aside. Just like every other terrorist incident, there's always a story behind the story that none of the news organizations cover. In this case, we have eye witness accounts of a well-dressed man that escorted the 'Detroit Bomber' Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab to the airport terminal in Amsterdam for the infamous Christmas Day flight. Apparently, the bomber did not even have a passport(!). Lori and Kurt Haskell, two Michigan lawyers, observed the poorly-dressed Mutallab (who was apparently dazed and "out-of-it"), being escorted to the ticket counter by a well-dressed "friend". Haskell said he heard the man say "'He's from Sudan and we do this all the time." And Mutallab got on the plane. Are you shitting me? My god, bartenders climb up your ass when they ID you for a drink-- but flying internationally WITHOUT A PASSPORT?! And who was this well-dressed man? There were other witnesses that say that the man was taken into custody, but the FBI flatly denies this.

On top of that, ANOTHER Nigerian terrorist was arrested on the 27th (Sunday), on the SAME flight!

Does this mean war in Yemen now? I mean, we're already in about 3 wars right now-- if you include the secret war in Pakistan. And the bombing in Somalia. And since we've already been bombing Yemen, I guess we'll find a way to make more of a pre-emptive move.

Keep watching this one...I have a feeling we'll be hearing a lot more about it.

Movie Review: District 9


I must say, I really wanted to like this movie. After seeing it, I have to say that I f**king LOVED it!

This is basically Alien Nation meets Cloverfield. It's a mockumentary about an accidental alien invasion. A large ship arrives and hovers over the city of Johanesberg. It doesn't move, no one emerges. It just hovers there. After the military breaks in, they find nearly a million alien beings, malnurished and weak. Eventually, the aliens are moved to a government run refugee camp on the surface called District 9. Flash forward 20 years, a military corporation called Multinational United (MNU) is put in charge of the aliens, and have built a new camp called District 10 to move the aliens to (called "prawns", a racial slur of sorts). A dufus company man named Wilkus van de Merwe is put in charge of the relocation, and is escourted by the company's private military police force, to evict the aliens from their District 9 slum. And it's while searching through the alien's shacks that van de Merwe's troubles begin.

 

One of the most impressive things about this movie is the effects. The aliens are entirely CG, and are so well integrated into the scenes that you really forget that you're watching an effect. In fact, all of the effects in the movie are excellent. This film was produced by Peter Jackson, so you know his effects company was involved in this (his films always look great).


And you've gotta love Sharlto Copley as van de Merwe! He carries the entire film, and he is really phenomenal. His performance reminds me a little of Michael Caine in The Muppet's Christmas Carol. He is basically performing to people in green suits and looking at tennis balls and other CG markers the entire time, and you really believe that he's interacting with what was ultimately on screen. The next time we'll see him is as Murdock in The A-Team movie coming out next year.


You don't have to go very far to see the racial parallels in the film. It's very remeniscent of the South Africa under apartheid. The aliens even have clicks in their speech, similar to the Bantu language.  Like in Alien Nation, the aliens are someone integrated into society. In the opening of the film, during a news cast-like montage, humans being interviewed demand the removal of the aliens, because they are "disgusting" and they "steal things"-- one woman talks about how they are always stealing cell phones.

This is a funny, smart, great-looking film. And I KNOW I have to see Avatar-- I'm working on it! I'm planning on seeing the 3D version, which I hear will change my life. So, if  you've seen it already, and you want another sci-fi movie to watch...WATCH DISTRICT 9.



Monday, December 28, 2009

9/11 Did Not Happen on Bush's Watch: Or, One of the Greatest Bullshit Arugments of the Decade


This is old news getting new light in the wake of the recent attempted terrorist attack in Detroit on Christmas Day. This past weekend, Republican political commentator Mary Matalin actually announced on national television that, among other things, the Bush Administration "inherited" 9/11:



Not to pick on Ms. Matalin exclusive, she is not the only one that has her head wedged in the ideological vice of her butt cheeks. Former Bush Administration White House Press Secretary Dana Perino believes that a terrorist attack did not occur AT ALL under the Bush Administration. Not at all?! Then...all of this stuff-- the bad economy, the botched New Orleans response, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, AND 9/11 all  happened under Bill Clinton?




I can't say that I've ever met a person in real life that actually believes any of this crap. I'm not on my knees for Clinton OR Obama...they both have their flaws, that is FOR SURE. But come on. This Bush-is-Holier-than-thou shit has got to stop. It is widely understood that the Bush Administration received several warnings regarding terrorist attacks, including the widely-known August 6th memo.



The truth here, so far as we know at this moment, is that there was an attempted terrorist attack on our soil; one that we were told about on the news, anyway. This happened on the 12th month of President Obama's term. It happened on his watch. And I don't know one SANE person that would argue that. They are now doing whatever they need to do to prevent more of them from happening (the TSA's terror overcompensation aside-- Dumb-asses...).

On the other hand, 9/11 occurred-- as the number 9 implies-- NINE MONTHS into George W. Bush's first term. 9 months, with well-documented warnings. On his watch. Period. There really isn't any need to get into a big discussion or debate on this issue. ANYONE that says that Bush inherited ANYTHING that happened on his watch is a liar. I won't say that they are stupid because they clearly are not (some exceptions apply, of course). It's really unfortunate when things like our safety and security get politicized to the point where we all basically lose interest in something that we should all be very astute to. I guess as long as political commentators are picking up paychecks, they will continue to say stupid shit. And as long as there are uneducated sheep willing to listen and believe...

Still Flowin': R.A.E.D., Rap Master In His Own Mind


I wrote about this fellow a week ago in my entry on "Wack Rap". His name is R.A.E.D., or "RAEtothemothafuckinD", as his YouTube ID tells us. And he's the "hotest" rapper coming out of Melbourne, Australia.  He has become quite an internet sensation, with the video for "You Gotta Love This City", off latest album called "Straight Through". And speaking of which, in case you missed it, here it is...and you have to watch it "straight through":





Wow, huh? I know-- you're just speechless. And most people think that this must be a joke. There is just NO WAY that this guy could be serious! He's the Borat/Bruno of Australia! Right?

Courtesy of Yo Melbourne, here is an exclusive interview with R.A.E.D. himself:



He's a rap artist. It's who he is, it's what he is. It's why he was born.

Get ready to howl, Snoop! Don't hate...!

By the way,  if you like what you see, you have to watch "Just Ask Me" and "If It's True". You HAVE to watch!

Apple iSlate tablet announced in Jan 2010?


Oooo, all the speculation and rumors! And this is something that I may be a bit excited about...! So, this is the next big thing coming from Apple; a tablet computer that some people say will be called the iSlate, after Apple trademarked the named recently.

Some people are saying that this will be an over-sized iPhone/iPod Touch. Others say it will be a touchscreen Macbook. Apple and mac rumors are an industry in and of themselves, so who the hell knows what this thing will be. I mean sure, Apple has quite a few patents out there:


 
Multi-touchscreen goodness, compact prettiness...and that's all we know. What about a camera/webcam? No keyboard or mouse needed, I guess. And how powerful will this thing be? Should I finally replace my G4 Titanium Mac Book Pro for this thing? And how long will it be before I can surf the web like Tom Cruise?


 
 
He's looking for L.Ron Hubbard wallpapers.

No iPhone web orders in NYC


According to the Consumerist, and confirmed by several other sites, AT&T is not allowing anyone to purchase an iPhone in NYC over their website. The reason? Initially, they were told that the NYC network was way too congested-- in other words, so many NY'ers have iPhones, that the system is now too overcrowded, and AT&T has not been able build new towers fast enough to compensate. Now, however, AT&T is saying that there have been too many fraudulent purchases of the iPhone in they NYC area. Therefore, they have suspended sales on their site-- although the device is still available in their stores, and Apple's store.

Everyone I know that owns an iPhone loves it...for everything other than making calls. I've even seen a few people thrown them across the room in frustration (I shit you not). I never really found a need to shift from Verizon to AT&T just so I can have that phone-- I've heard far too many problems about AT&T's network, and this was before the iPhone. So is this a data congestion issue? Probably. I mean, you can commit credit card fraud in person-- how can that really be a reason to suspend web sales? NYC is the ONLY CITY that commits credit card fraud? Makes no sense to me.  Not that it really matters much to me. I'm happy enough with the iPod Touch and a Wi-fi connection.


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Plus-sized Revolution: Or, Where are all the REAL Women?!

Glamour did it in their November issue, now V magazine will be doing a Plus-size model issue for January.


In the V article, they compare and contrast a collection of outfits on two different models: one skinny, or "regular" (as they call it), and one plus-sized...or "regular" (as I call it).

It's unfortunate that many magazines have had to resort to gimmicks to feature models that don't conform to the scrawny-bony-white (or asian) type; it's the plus-sized thing now, and before it was Vogue's "black" issue:


And it only makes things worse when they Photoshop the HELL out of the images-- it's one thing to alter blemishes in the skin, but when you start shaving off parts of hips, thighs, breasts, and butt...those are the best parts!

What the magazine and fashion industries need to realize is that these days, we are accustomed to seeing more variety in women. Stop giving us the same crap to look at. We want to be able to see all the beauty that women have to offer, in all shapes, sizes, and hues, as opposed to waiting for you people to do special niché issues. You need to realize that your "niché" is our mainstream.

Jezebel has an article worth looking at.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The New Rap: It's Wack


A friend of mine sent me a rap video recently that I...well, I don't quite know what to say about it. So I have to show it:



This is a song called "You Gotta Love This City", from R..A..E..D's second album "Straight Through", from Tripplah Records. I had to ask...who the f**k is "R..A..E..D"? And WTF is "Tripplah Records"? But then I watched the clip. And I didn't care anymore. I mean...the guy is totally off rhythm. And TONE DEAF-- I have NEVER heard a tone deaf rapper in my LIFE!! And let's not forget to mention the lyrics: "Ladies all around me/just another day for me/we don't stop/dese girls is so hot"...poetry. This is just wrong and bad. This guy obviously could afford a Hummer limo rental, and had access to nightclubs and bars...and was able to get those girls to be involved (who looked like they were laughing AT him the whole time). But I don't want to make fun of R..A..E..D.., as if he's the only one out there making "Wack Rap":

How about this kid:



Boostalk is signed with Urban Smoke Records.

Or how about these guys:



That's "dakighist", with "Ho's an Money". HOT.

And, of course, we have the classics. This is RehDog, with "Why Must I Cry":




Last, but CERTAINLY not least, is from the show "Iron Mic", hosted by Marv-o. This is a rap battle, featuring MC Envy, and Mr. Eli Porter. And since Mr. Porter thinks it's okay to make gay jokes, it's okay for you to laugh:




This is the next generation of rap, ladies and gentlemen. What are you gonna do about it? I'll tell you what you're gonna do. You're gonna watch this stuff, and pass it on to your friends, and they'll pass it on, and they'll pass it on. Soon, these videos, and many others like them, will gain MILLIONS AND MILLIONS of views! And the record companies will see this. And they will respond. In the next few years, you'll be watching the MTV Awards, or the Grammy's, and you'll see something like this:

"The Prep School Negro"


I recently heard an interview with director Robert Lee, talking about his new film "The Prep School Negro." The film is touring college campuses now, and he mentioned making some kind of distribution deal, so it may be released in theaters sometime next year. The film itself is about Lee's experience as an black youth in the 80s receiving an academic scholarship to Germantown Friends School, and how being one of the only black kids in an all-white school effected his life.

I did not go to a prep school, but I did grow up in a predominately white suburb. And watching the trailer, I could relate 100% to the experiences of the kids in this film. The weird question about your skin, wanting to touch your hair, the shunning and alienation from some of the black community...it really does make an impact on you. It's being caught in the middle of a constant cold civil war. Black kids thought I talked and acted "White". White kids just thought of me as "that black boy". Black-black-black, thrown in your face ALL the time, as if it were a strange or unnatural thing. It's enough to make you want to hate; if you let it get to you.

It's an experience that, for me, offered an interesting perspective of the people we have to get to know how to live with. I've seen things change a bit in 20 years. Part of that has to do with the quality of the people I choose to be around. There are always going to be assholes that get in the way of your good time. But that can't bother you. Nowadays, most people hide behind posts on Fox News' website, or obscured YouTube videos, or Teabagger rallies, to express their racial animus.

I am looking forward to seeing this film. In the mean time, we'll have to look at this trailer:

Friday, December 18, 2009

Adobe Cancels Flash CS5 Beta Release

So sad. Adobe just announced that, due to the high demand and positive feedback from their next release of Flash CS5, they will be canceling their planned Beta release of the application and instead, focus their energy on strengthening the official release. For those of you who don't know, the next version of Flash will contain a feature that will enable users to create iPhone applications built in AS3. And, for those of you who STILL don't know, Flash is the program used by web developers and designers to produce dynamic content, like web apps, animation, and video (YouTube is powered by Flash, for example).

Those of us looking forward to making some of that iPhone app money will have to wait. Unless you want to just learn how to use Apple's SDK...LAME.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Movie Review: Whatever Works

I remember when people were so upset that Woody Allen left Mia Farrow for one of his stepdaughters. Oh, the OUTRAGE and SHOCK that some people expressed over it! But I wasn't surprised, because I am a Woody Allen fan. You only need to see his movies (Manhattan, in that case) to see what his views are regarding relationships. He doesn't really think too much of them. He expects romantic relationships to be fleeting. He's one of those people who believe that you have to get your FIRST marriage (or second, or third) out of the way before you can truly start to enjoy relationships. Affairs are not mistakes, but mere markers over the course of relationships that die before they're even really out of the gate. Eventually, one or both parties involved will get bored with each other, and meet someone else semi-fortuitously. I say "semi" because the "other person" in all of his movies are so well-placed for his listsless protagonists.

So now, we have his latest film "Whatever Works". And nothing has changed. He's still lusting after women more than half his age (in this case, with Larry David playing Allen, more-or-less). Relationships still really don't mean much. And, even though all of the characters have basically shifted partners by the end, you get the sense that if you were to revisit them a year later, they'd ALL be involved with totally different people. And that's where the movie left me cold.

I didn't really care about these characters because they don't really seem to care about each other. Everyone hurts each other with this carefree attitude. They all seem to just be living "in the moment", but meanwhile have one foot out the door for the "next great thing". They are addicts; addicted to the idea being in love, more than actually wanting to be. Sure, they all say they want love...but none of them really try hard enough to attain it. They tolerate infidelity and adultery in spite of themselves and each other. And why not? They'll be f**king someone else three scenes later, so it's all good(!).

I can't stand listening to people whine about situations that they knowingly put themselves into. The philosophy of the movie, which is its title, servers only as an excuse to slog your way through life with no real personal responsibility for making the wrong decisions in relationships. If you cheat on your wife or husband...well, you kinda had to. You had to cheat, because your partner is so uninteresting (or uninterested). You feel as if you are an emotional victim, trapped in a loveless prison. It's really depressing to watch people in their late 40s-60s making ridiculous decisions. You would think that you get to a certain point in your life when you stop trying to f**k anything that moves. Sure, the grass may be greener on the other side...but how much freakin' green do you need?! When do you get to a point when you say, "You know what? I love this grass JUST THE WAY IT IS. Do I really need to look for a different hue?"

Woody Allen has made some great films-- the older stuff of course, but the newer stuff like Crimes and Misdemeanors, Everyone Says I Love You, Shadows and Fog-- are really great. And I have to admit that I haven't seen the Scoop or Vickie Christina Barcelona...but something tells me that I'm not missing much. We'll still be watching Mr. Allen play his out his intimacy issues. And I really wanted to like this film because Larry David cracks me up! But...this film was not good. I was bored. I'm thinking that maybe I'm better off with a younger director...maybe Judd Apatow...

"Empire State of Mind, Part II"

The first version of this song was pretty good; I use it to introduce myself when I play darts in the office. And I am embarrassed to say that when I first heard the song, I thought Beyonce was singing the vocal. Yeah, I know-- that was pretty weak. But now, Alicia Keys has released a second version of the song, sans rapped lyrics. And it's really, really good. Enjoy:


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas Time is Here Again

This always seems to hit the spot whenever I need some Xmas inspiration. The Beatles used to do Christmas announcements on records that would be sent to members of their fan club. It's really interesting to hear the evolution of these things; the style of the announcements changed as their style of music changed. Here are the recordings from 1964 and 1968:

1964



1968

Monday, December 14, 2009

"Christmas Star"

Remember "Chocolate Rain" singer/songwriter Tay Zonday? Of course you do! And that's why you need to hear his latest, a Christmas song called "Christmas Star". Enjoy:

Rwandan Grand Prix

A little bit of stop motion action here-- courtesy of an organization called Orphans or Rwanda. This is the product of an internet video workshop conducted by Matthew Harding, a former game designer who decided to embark on international travel, and document everything; including video of himself dancing in various places (he's in a cameo in this video).


The Necky


If you already have the Dog Snuggie, you might as well add this to the collection:


Friday, December 11, 2009

"Lucky"

I always tell people that to be born in America, at this time in our history, we have (in a way) won the cosmic lottery. How many microns, or atoms away were we to being born in a different country in a different time? It's just a matter of fate (or is it) that we weren't born into the halocaust, or into slavery or genocide. Or any of the other horrible conditions that people have, and continue to, live in today. Here is a short animated film that I feel encompasses that. Enjoy!

Lucky from EB Hu on Vimeo.

BBDO-shit, Why Do You Guys Keep Losing Clients?

BBDO New York has just cut 20 people from their staff, in the wake of the loss of one of their biggest clients, Pizza Hut. I can't say that I'm surprised, because I worked for BBDO for a little over two years before I was laid off last year when they cut 200 employees. And for the same reason; loss of clients.

It's a shame that for a company whose' mantra is "The Work, The Work, The Work", so little care and attention and creativity actually goes into that work. In my time there, I've seen so many creative people get so frustrated by the over-all piss-poor management of the accounts. I watched their most talented people leave, having felt as if their energy would be better spent at a smarter-run agency. I saw shitty producers, lack-luster Creative Directors, and talentless Art Directors pass through that company, especially in the interactive division; how can you design for a media that you don't fully understand? That's the biggest problem with that company-- they're the sinking ship that keeps the dead weight, and throw away the life preservers. It's a shame that a company with such a historical reputation can't seem to get it together.

I still have friends there, and I wish them well-- as always. But I worry about them. Good employees are constantly at the mercy of bad managers. And when a company fails to deliver, they should be laying off from the top down, not the other way around. But that's the folly of business-- punish the workers, the ones who MAKE your business what it is...and coddle the CEOs and Directors and Executive Senior Consultant Officers...even when they continue to make bad decisions.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Are You a Racial Fetishist?


Recently, Rush Limbaugh-- who I actually consider to be quite knowledgable in all matters concerning race-- spoke of the state of the "Black frame of mind." He said that Black folks, particularly Black men, are in a bad place. He said that Black folks felt as if things in America would change instantly because of the election of Barrack Obama, and since nothing has changed, they've turned on Obama. Really? He also said that Tiger Wood's preference in women would contribute to the over-all bad feelings.



Believe it or not, I'm going to give Rush Limbaugh some credit here. He has been one of the few in the main stream media to bring up the racial aspect of this story. Granted, he kind of stumble his way through actually saying it out loud, but he did. The Associated Press ran a story called "Tiger’s Troubles Widen His Distance From Blacks", making a claim that he is distancing himself from being black, and his preference for white women is proof. Tiger's never really labeled himself as 'black' anyway; he says "Cablinasian". Fair enough, even though that annoyed most black folks, who've always considered him 'black'...until now. Now they've embraced "Cablinasian" as the perfect label. But I digress...let's get back to Tiger's racial fetish...

Does Tiger Woods have a thing for White women? I think that's the obvious thing to think. I say that because there is more than one pattern here to examine. There is race, but then there are the occupations of these women. All of them are either waitresses, escorts, porn stars, or star-f*ckers. Not necessarily the top shelf, there. Nothing against them personally, I'm sure they're perfectly nice girls...although they can't be that nice-- they've been having affairs with a married man (and I'm SURE they knew he was married). As for their profession(s), one would have to ask if these are white female-dominated profession(s). Are these women who usually hang out around golfers? Most golfers are White, so are only White women interested in "entertaining" them? Or does Tiger Woods just have a thing for White women? Or does he have a thing for White working-class women (his wife is a nanny, afterall...)?

As a black man, I look back at my dating history, and I see a lot of racial variety. I've dated White, Black, Latin, and Asian women. And when I've really thought about it, the one thing that I can say that they've all had in common is that they all wore glasses. Every last one of them. Some wore contacts mostly, but they always had a pair of glasses. And when I had to peg myself down with a certain "fetish", I would have to say that I have a thing for nerdy girls. I love, LOVE smart, witty, bookish women. Women that aren't afraid of cars, or computers, or books, or the arts...that's what I like. Now, when I was in grade school, I was one of a few Black kids in a predominately white school. From elementary school, through high school, and even in some of college, I generally had a hard time dating Black girls because they always ALWAYS thought I was "too soft" or "not Black enough". I was a nerd, not a thug. But, there were other girls of other races that DID like me; White, Asian, Hispanic...so I had a choice to make. I was either going to hold out and hope upon hope that one of these Black girls would try to get to know the real me...or, I was going to date whoever I wanted to date, and everyone else can kiss my ass. I chose the later. As I got older and out in the world a bit more, it was easier to meet Black women...but that's a difficult thing to have to deal with early in your adolesence. You're already a ball of insecurity, and then to add unnecessary and idiot short-sighted stereotypes to everything...not fun!

Interracial dating seems to always only deal with Black and White. But there's a lot more than that going on. I've had many conversations with Asian women who constantly annoyed with being stereotyped and fetishized, predominately by White men. But, if you've ever walked around New York City, you see White men and Asian women all the time. There are White men that will ONLY date Asian women. Some Asian women like that, but many do not.


I've seen Indian guys with White girls. Black women with Asian men. Latin women and Indian men. Asian men with Black men. Black men and White men. White men with Black women. Black men with Indian women. Maybe it's because I've lived in New York City for so long. Whatever it is, I'm not as hung up on race as a lot of people then to be. We are obsessed with race in America, yet we never want to talk about it. People hate the passive-aggressive racial behavior, but cannot talk about it without getting upset or angry. White men and Black women get upset when White women date Black men. East and South Asians don't like their children dating Whites or Blacks. And Jews can't be bothered with anybody.

So I think interracial dating is a great thing. Beyond all the animosity and jealousy and hatred, maybe if we just kept loving and screwing each other, maybe we'll eventually get passed all that. In that respect, is a fetish a bad thing? Are you really a racist if you 'like' another race? Well, again, I think racial issues are often vehicles for more serious psychological problems. Or just intellectual laziness, or emotional stupidity. But if you have a fetish, or 'a thing' for another race, you should know that people who are worth having in your life don't really want to be known as accessories. Eventually, the novelty will wear thin.

The $70,000 Man (or Woman)

"Are you bionic?"
"No, I only like the girls."
-- You Don't Mess with the Zohan

The world's first bionic hand called ProDigits has been developed by a British company called Touch Bionics, a company that has been on the forefront of bionic technology. Check this out:





That's pretty amazing. All of these leaps in robotic and bionic technology are pretty amazing. They've been perfecting robot legs and balance for years now. And there is a robot eye with a camera implant. I don't know if we'll see robots walking around any time soon, but I'm willing to guess that in the next 10 years, there are going to be some really interesting kids toys out there. I'm sure there will be walking/talking dolls in no time.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Paper Power!


How about THIS fun geeky stuff!

Some scientists recently published research where they claim to have created a battery using ordinary office paper. Using what is essentially a "special ink" consisting of nanotubes, they were able to coat a sheet of paper and power a 40-watt lightbulb for an hour. They were also able to extract a current from a lithium ion batter to power an LED. All with a regular sheet of paper(!).

Imagine that technology working with this experiement going on at Harvard, where a grad student has devised a way to use paper, combined with thermochromic ink (found in mood rings), and create displays with them. Basically, the heat from a power source activates the ink (transparent), making it visible.

Just think about all of those experiments happening now with augmented reality, video-in-print, and e-readers. All of those technologies could employ a primarily paper-based delivery source that would practically eliminate the need for bulky hardware. Your power source AND your display could be paper-based. Imagine how eco-friendly and cheap that could be...

Monday, December 7, 2009

Movie Review: Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)

Elvis Presley and John F. Kennedy, battle an ancient mummy from a Texas nursing home. That is what this movie is about. And no, they aren't kooks that THINK they are Presley or Kennedy...it really IS them. Sick of fame, Presley (played by Bruce Campbell) replaces himself with an impersonnator so that he can live quietly, but ends up back on the road when the "evidence" of this switch burns in a fire. And after his assassination, Kennedy's (played by Ossie Davis) head wound it patched up with sand, and his skinned dyed, and is forced in to hiding by Lyndon Johnson (or so Kennedy believes-- he still thinks Johnson is trying to kill him). The two become friends and are merely awaiting their deaths, when their nursing home sees a series of deaths brought on by not-so-natural causes. Turns out that several years earlier, a bus carrying a touring mummy exhibit, crashes from a nearby bridge into a lake. The mummy has now awakened, and is looking for souls to steal.



I liked this movie. It's very simple, low-budget, pretty clever in parts. For something that is insanely high-concept, there is a lot of focus on character. And you can't go wrong with Campbell and Davis-- they are both very good and very funny; there are a few good lines here:


Supposedly, there's a Bubba Nosferatu coming, this time with Ron Pearleman as Elvis (the director supposedly wants new actors playing Elvis for subsequent films), and featuring Paul Giamatti as Colonel Tom Parker (wow). Not sure if a sequel to this film is really necessary. Not sure if I'd be interested in seeing it, even if it was. People never let well-enough alone these days. You have a neat little cult film on your hands, guys-- don't screw it up, like they did with Donnie Darko.

The Ed Hardy Experience

Don Ed Hardy is a tattoo artist from Southern California that originally studied the art under Sailor Jerry before moving to Japan in 1973 to study under Japanese tattoo master Horihide. Since then, he's made a very big name for himself in the tattoo world, with what was considered to be a unique blend of American and classical Japanese aesthetics.

Fast-forward to 2004, he teams up with French designer Christian Audigier to create a line of clothing called "Ed Hardy", which consist of your staple items like shirts, ties, jeans, underwear, socks, sneakers, etc...but with Ed Hardy artwork plastered all over them.

As well-intentioned as the designer and artist may have been, this line of clothing has been co-opted by what many people are describing as the "douche-bag" movement. It seems as if these clothes are the official outfit of MTV reality stars, gym-freaks, and fake-tan lovers. That criticism aside, I'm not really a fan of paying $80 for a t-shirt. And if I HAD $80 to spend on a t-shirt, I'm not sure I would wear anything this tacky:


Look, MAYBE 20 years ago, when I was in high school, I MAY have bought into this stuff...but that's a big "MAYBE". I'm sure it would have been something I wore once, and then it'd get lost in my closet. Although, if I took it out now, it'd be "vintage" and cool. But then, Ed Hardy would be something else. Oh well, time-travel aside...it seems like there are always designers like this that pop up and sell well, regardless of taste or cost. Look at the whole Tommy Hilfiger thing in the 80s-90s. Those clothes were BUTT UGLY, and supposedly made for the "yacht" set....but was co-opted by the "urban" set (that means black people).

So, to each his/her own. That makes me think-- I showed a bunch of guys clothing. Now, if I was single and/or young, what would I see Ed Hardy-loving women wearing:




...eh. No thank you.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Ambien Sex

It's the latest craze that's been sweeping the nation!

Actually, I had never even heard of this until the Tiger Woods "love train" derailed. If you Google it, it's out there. Go on message boards, people talk about it. They say that about 10-15 minutes after taking an Ambien, you want to have sex; apparently, you crave it. On top of that, the people that participate in "Ambien sex" don't remember the sex the next day. Really? That's enjoyable? I guess if you're a sex addict, that may have it's good points. Maybe that's how Woods coped with it. Did he do that with all of them?

Why not? People drive, eat, do laundry while on Ambien. Sex makes perfect sense. Wow, imagine what a drug like this could do for our society. Think of the possibility of a 19 hour work day. Most people "sleep through their work" anyway, why not do it literally? Hell, if you can bone someone in your sleep, surely you can do some spreadsheets, or assemble products. And you won't remember it anyway, so it's a win-win; we all can get exploited, guilt-free!

I feel sorry for people who don't have good sex. What is it, really? Is it that you just crave that feeling all the time? Is the person you're with unattractive to you now? Has the sex always been bad, or was it once good, then got bad? What made it bad? Have you talked about it? You GOTTA have good sex with your parter! I know a lot of people will scoff at that, think it's superficial or insignificant. Bullshit. Sex is the reason there's an intimate relationship at all. Without sex, your just friends ("f**k-buddies" aside). And that's fine, great-- knock yourselves out. But you can't have a healthy intimate relationship without great sex with your partner. Otherwise, why be in a relationship? That way, if the sex starts to get "too familiar", you can just find someone else...until you get bored with them...