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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

"Sunny D and Rum"


The latest hit from The Gregory Brothers, ladies and gentlemen. There's not much info out there about the young lady featured in the original video, which was "Recorded on August 28th, 2010 using a Flip Video Camera" by u8a22 on YouTube. At any rate, it's here for you to enjoy (and it's short):




Too bad summer is over...this could have been the official drink.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Christine O'Donnell and the GOP'bagger Bimbo Parade of 2010



Boy, they sure do know how to pick 'em, don't they? I've gotta say, the teabaggers do two things really well: anger, and numb-skullery.

There's been a lot of talk about the danger that Democrats are walking into this November. And it's not as if they don't deserve to have their asses handed to them. The Dems have always had a penchant of ruining a good thing. It's a shame to watch, and even more frustrating to deal with. As much as I like Obama, he continues to fall short of the greatness he is more-than-capable of; the administration has been falling short on a lot of the "Change" they promised. While it's true that so many of his supporters have broken their backs lifting him onto a pedestal, their unrealistic expectations have left many feeling that they've been slighted. They want to love him...but they're having a hard time doing it.

Things were supposed to be different, now that the party that screwed our country in the first place was out of power. The Dems, however, have put themselves into a position where they've given that power back to the GOP. Every move they've made, from Health Care, to Financial Reform, from Tax Cuts, to "Don't Ask Don't Tell" has been unnecessarily subjected to GOP stone walling. So much so that it's made them look completely impotent and ineffective. In other words, THEY ARE NOT LEADING.

There's been talk of the GOP finding their so-called mojo...which is laughable. I mean, the only thing that they have done, besides bitch and moan with absolutely no viable solutions, is attempt to co-opt the intellectually-void teabagger movement. Like a colon-deep cancerous growth, they have been trying to absorb all that "populous furry"-- much like they did with the Evangelicals in the 80s. Only this time, the 'baggers have not been to keen on the GOP's intrusion. In fact, during many of the elections that have been held this year, many of the GOP "establishment candidates" have been overtaken by 'baggers.  Rand Paul, Sharron Angle, Joe Miller, and now Christine O'Donnell have been propped up as leading teabagger candidates for the 2010 Midterm Elections. Does this mean that the media narrative of a "GOP takeover" is pretty much in the bank? In my opinion....HELLLLLLL NO!

Seriously, have you listened to what these bimbos have had to say? You pull their strings, and they belch up the most vague policy statements that even a five year old could conjure up: smaller government, spending freeze, no Board of Education, no new taxes, VALUES. That's it. That's all they ever say. Well, I think that's all they ever say, because none of them want to do interviews with anyone but Fox News. That is actually a strategy of theirs-- don't talk to reports, talk to the people instead! Because after all, you don't want to talk to professionals that know your field, you want to talk to people that know very little about who you are and what you do, so that you can spin your own narrative (lie). I just don't understand this-- if you are really the best candidate, why can't you just answer questions? Every other politician in this nation's history has had to deal with media scrutiny of some sort-- what makes you so different?

This Christine O'Donnell person for example, or should I say Sarah Palin's own "Mini-Me", really takes the cake. She is so unqualified and so unprepared for ANY political appointment that she actually makes Palin look like Ronald Reagan. The anti-masturbation and witchcraft and not-paying-her-bills and using campaign money to pay her rent aside...what the hell qualifies this woman to run for public office? How is it that the most unqualified, the most ridiculous candidates feel that they can be smug and arrogant enough to snub the "mainstream media" in favor of direct contact "with the voters" (other than Fox News, that is). Ignoring the media is only going to get you so far-- sooner or later, you will be held accountable for your short-comings (ask your friend Sarah). Palin, Sharron Angle and Rand Paul have made this the thing to do-- run away from reporters. Ignore them-- answer the questions YOU want to answer. To hell with those book-readers and intellectuals!


Watching this field of 'bagger candidates grow over the last few months, I have become convinced that the Dems have very little to worry about this fall. The other end of the aisle-- the GOP'baggers-- are a mess. Whether it's intellectually weak candidates, or bullsh*t policy statements ("Pledge to America"? Please...), they are offering NOTHING but an anti-Obama/anti-immigrant/anti-middle class/pro-weathly agenda.


I think people have the right to be angry. I think the Dems need to stop being p***y's, and start LEADING! In all sincerity, two years is not enough time to climb out of a hole that took nearly 10 years to dig. I am thankful to be employed at this time in our nation's economic condition. I am thankful that my child is getting a good education and given whatever she needs and/or wants. Many of you may also be very thankful (in the grand scheme of things, EVERY AMERICAN should be thankful). There are many of our citizens that are not that lucky. Many have been screwed, either by their own bad decisions, or by the malfeasance of others....or both. But to put ourselves back into a position where we allow the offending party to regain control...that's just insane.

The GOP'bagger Bimbo Parade of 2010 is picking up speed, and will continue to storm at full force through 'till election day. Many of the pundants are counting on something called "Obama Fatigue" to help them win key elections this fall. Fatigue after two years? Well, I guess if you can have "Katrina Fatigue" or "Haiti Fatigue"...well, I guess there can also be "Tea Party Fatigue" as well...I've had that since day one. You can only listen to dimwitted nonsense for so long before it starts to wear on your nerves.

So, I guess we've got a fun and crazy and probably painful few weeks ahead of us....

...have fun!


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Friday, September 10, 2010

The War is Over



And so it has be rewritten. Turns out that Apple has made some alterations to their strict development guidelines, and will allow 3rd party compilers to be used to produce iPhone apps. In other words, Flash developers that felt that they were burned by Apple's slight of Flash-created iPhone apps can now stop their whining and start their developing! This means that I'll get to start messing around with the Flash iPhone compiler in Adobe Flash CS5.

So what does all this mean for the iPhone v. Android war? From what I understand, it's currently a lot easier to produce an iPhone app with Flash than an Android app. And it seems that a lot of Flash developers own iPhones. I guess it doesn't matter, seeing that it has been becoming a lot easier to produce mobile apps.

I think lots of new and interesting stuff will be coming up in the next year...

Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Future of Modern Day Animation, c. 1988


Just digging around, I found this segment from the McNeil/Leher News Hour from the late 80's. It's a story about how CBS was looking at canceling Ralph Bakshi's Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures, which was costing them $250,000 an episode, and losing money.



I used to love the new Mighty Mouse-- it was such a funny show. I was MUCH FUNNIER than the original, and very odd and trippy. It was everything a Saturday Morning cartoon should have been.

All of the members of Bakshi's team ended up moving onto much bigger and better things-- and you can see his influence in all of their work. Along with John Kricfalusi, who went on to create Ren & Stimpy, you see JC Wegman (Simpsons), Jim Reardon (Wall-e), and a few others who went on to success with Pixar and Dreamworks Animation (back in the day, with Tiny Tunes and Pinky and The Brain).


Introduction:




"Night of the Bat-Bat" Episode:

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Glenn Shadix, Otho from Beetlejuice, Dead at Age 58


It happened Tuesday morning, in his home in Alabama. He apparently fell out of his wheelchair and hit his head.

What a shame. He's one of those actors that seemed to be in everything for a while-- Beetlejuice, A Nightmare Before Christmas, Demolition Man, Seinfeld, Heathers, Planet of the Apes, ER...everything.


He was a hair analyst. Briefly.

RIP

Uwe Boll's Auschwitz


Do you know who Uwe Boll is? He is called this generation's Ed Wood. He finances his own movies, which he writes, produces, and directs, including the Blood Rayne series, Alone in the Dark, Postal, Rampage, and Zombie Massacre. Universally, people hate his films. They HATE them.  They don't understand how it is possible that this man is able to find the money to make any of these films. There have been petitions signed to prevent this guy from making movies (to which, he responds)...

I have to be honest-- I have never seen his films; not one. I have no idea what kind of writer/director he is. All I know is that the trailer for Postal was sadistic, but cute. And I know that Blood Rayne is based on a video game that looked cool, but I never played.

So now, what happens when a man considered the worst director in generations makes a film about the Holocaust?  You get this:



That's the director himself as the guard standing outside the door. I have to say that, in a Passion of the Christ kind of way, this trailer is haunting, frightening, and extremely heavy. Knowing this man's passed track record, there is much to be feared about what this film will be. I think it will probably be offensive, extremely violent, horrific, things like that. But I don't know what this guy's angle is.

This is what he posted, along with the following photo:

"foto from my new movie foto from my new movie auschwitz what i shot parallel to my bloodrayne-the third reich ....its in the tradition of my movies stoic, darfur, rampage, tunnelrats, heart of america...it shows auschwitz as this what it was: a meatplant for humans...a death factory"

 Okay, so...there you go. By the way, this is the trailer for Darfur:



I dunno, I mean...I guess I'd have to see it. Netflix?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Strutin' That Ass


Well, I gotta tell ya...The Gregory Brothers have been popping out hit after hit-- and they're not even on the radio!

I always thought "Auto-Tune the News" was cute, but I never really got into it. It wasn't until their  "The Bed Intruder" video that I really started to appreciate them. These kids are very talented and very funny. I call them "kids" because they all look 12:


This is the cover of their album. Although if they keep making videos like this, they may have to start releasing Blu-Rays. Their latest, or at least the latest I've seen, is a remix of a clip of a "possibly" drunk man who interrupts a news reporter:



It's just f**king brilliant. Sh*t was just thrown. It's direction? Down.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Beaux Bros. Cover P-Funk's "Do That Stuff"

I met these fellas a while back, and they've always been thoroughly entertaining. They take a song, chew on it a bit, and make it their own. And whenever they manage to get together, be it weddings, funerals and birth, they make it point to record something. And this is their latest. Enjoy:


do that stuff (parliament funkadelic) by beaux bros.


For more music from these 'bama boys, just visit their site; they're very friendly.

For your interest, here's a link to the original.

Jay Pharoah as Next SNL Castmember?

There's some talk floating around the interwebs and such about the possibility of Jay Pharoah becoming a cast member on Saturday Night Live. If this is true, this REALLY needs to happen.

I saw this clip of his stand-up at the beginning of the summer:




Pretty good, huh? Killer Obama and Denzel impresssions-- and the Eddie  Murphy is also very good! People are comparing him to Murphy, so it's no surprise that Lorne Michaels is interested in him. I think they have been trying to find a prominent Black performer for a while, especially one that can do Barrack Obama-- Fred Armistad is passable, but...eh.


Here's more-- PS, the Wesley Snipes impersonation is so freaking wrong....:




Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Yeah, that's a cute trick buddy...can I just have my ice cream please...?



Apparently, there's a scourge of performing ice cream men in Istanbul. Supposedly, they lure you in with delightful tricks and fancy moves...all for mediocre or inedible ice cream.

Here's a video of one of the 'unlucky ones':



All that...then you have to eat it. You think you're getting some ice cream, the next thing you know, you're facing Tom Cruise in a fez.


I've never been to Istanbul. But when I do go...I'll be prepared.