Animal Rings

07/31/2010

Nobody has ever accused me of having a keen sense of fashion, and I never wear jewelry, but if I wouldn’t mind sporting this ring by Haoshi Design Studio. They also come in Crocodile, Wolf, Buck, Pig, Giraffe, Polar Bear, Rabbit, Sheep, Tiger and Wolf.

This whimsical line of handmade jewelry pairs sterling silver with white 3D animals. Choose your “inner animal” and show the world!

When I wear mine, everyone will see it and say, “Hey, that must be Johnny Cat!”


Straight Out of Cuckoo’s Nest

07/20/2010

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Posted at Antique Evaluations, this old scan looks like it could have been typed by Nurse Ratched regarding Mr. Turkel. Almost.


Wayne and Garth Continue to Party On in UK

07/07/2010

Here they are now. WHOA.

No Way.

Way.


Beautiful, Hypnotic Video: Muse

05/17/2010

It simultaneously pleases the eyes and ears.

Commissioned by Netfilmmakers Gallery Copenhagen, Muse is a remix of our private digital scrapbooks from the last 3 years into an ocean of colour…

Vimeo Link


Do This Now, PC People

04/02/2010

Trust me. Drop whatever you’re doing, pause your iPad or whatever you’re listening to, and follow these simple instructions.

Enjoy!  You’re welcome.


RoboGeisha

03/26/2010

It’s Geishas! Geishas! Geishas! aplenty in this preview for a movie that we’ll probably never see, but looks completely insane (read: entertaining). From my favorite new websource for humor, WTF, Japan Seriously?, I have two words for this NSFW video: Fried Shrimp.

(YouTube Link)


Chatrouletters Meet the Na’vi

03/19/2010

(YouTube Link)

Not as great as the piano guy, but interesting.

(March 23: Oh Noes! YouTube failed to remove the stick from its ass this morning, and yanked Merton!)

(March 24: Oh Yes! Re-edited/posted with whiners victims’ identities safely shielded)

(Link)


New to Me: “Shredding” Videos

03/13/2010

(YouTube Link)

At first, I took this as a true representation of a band having a really off night. It happens sometimes, and I have never heard of shredding before, so I stopped watching after less than a minute. After some detective work, I found that Shredding is a new video meme which is parody. It’s like a love child of Spinal Tap and Tenacious D.

In Stanford University’s words, “A parody is a work that ridicules another, usually well-known work, by imitating it in a comic way.” That definition fits the Shredding videos as tightly as spandex stretches over Derek Smalls’ foil-wrapped cucumber… Unlike other forms of fair use, a fairly extensive use of the original work is permitted in a parody in order to “conjure up” the original.

Apparently there’s been a lot of these removed by YT, spurred by folks with no sense of humor.

Link


How Could the Tro Lo Lo Meme Get Any Better?

03/12/2010

(YouTube Link)

That’s how.

Update: This is undoubtedly the funniest improvement:

(YouTube Link)


The Dark Side of Oz

01/30/2010

I’ll never forget where I was when I first heard about Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon album syncing up with The Wizard of Oz.  I was a fueler at Sky Harbor airport in Phoenix, on a break.  I picked up USA Today, of all things, and read of this discovery in 1997.  Being the skeptic, I swiftly broke out my copy of TWoZ and DSotM to check it out for myself.

Lo and behold, I watched rapt through the entire album, convulsing in glee as sync after sync after coincidence, etc. visited my sensibilities.  And it’s been debated to death since then, but here’s the weird thing, the conundrum for me.  Yes there are a lot of coincidences, which I’ll get to.  There is also the fact that no member of Pink Floyd, or producer maestro Alan Parsons could have predicted a sync between a DVD and the CD.  Aside from that, are we to believe these hippie musicians of the 70s were given a copy of the film reel to TWoZ?

I foresee it'll be even better when humans create the Blu-Ray!

It’s even more complex, and the possible/impossible hybrid grows with the fact that I learned in 2004, that if you put the CD on repeat… even more synchronicity ensues.  The best part of that revelation was when they are walking towards Emerald City and the field of poppies.  As the lyrics softly intone:

Far away across the field
The tolling of the iron bell
Calls the faithful to their knees
To hear the softly spoken magic spells.

Scarecrow falls to his knees on cue, man.  On cue.  Also, the “Home, home again” lyric before that is heard at the end of the movie when Dorothy’s clicking those heels.

Before I list the memorable and challenging syncs, here’s what has to be one of the most telling sequences perfectly captured.

You can get all the hyped up and relevant detailed sync list at Everwonder but here’s my take, and the syncs (or synchs, if you prefer) that sizzle:

(Found Here)

For me, the tornado sequence/ “Great Gig in the Sky” was proof positive that there’s something to this.

The first significant sync comes directly after Judy Garland sings “Over the Rainbow,” and hits right at the edit to Margaret Hamilton riding her evil ride- cue the alarm clocks at the beginning of “Time.”  First of all, the song leading up to this moment was a throw-away sound effects nonsense song, that doesn’t even appear to sync.  Until you look at the title, of course.  ”On the Run” syncs with “Over the Rainbow” via the letters OTR.

Us and Them” is rife with syncs, including the Wicked Witch appearing from her cloud on the word, “black,” stark and bold in colorful Munchkinland, and the dancing matches up perfectly as Dorothy skips on down the road.

“The lunatic is on the grass…” plays over the Scarecrow’s scene / “Brain Damage”/”Eclipse” ends with a heartbeat, and we see Dorothy tapping the Tin Man’s chest.

The album cover.  What in the wide world of sports does a prism have to do with insanity?  Or the moon?  That actually always bugged me about the minimalist art choice for an album of such musical proportions as this.  All I can think is, Rainbow.  And the fact that The Wizard of Oz was one of the very first feature films to use Technicolor technology.  “It is interesting to note that Technicolor technology back then involved the use of a prism inside the movie camera which created alternate black & white strips of film each tinted in the primary colors of blue, green, and red.”  This use of a prism-like splitter is true of most old school video cameras, too.

Do you see what I see? “Brain Damage” | “Any Colour You Like” | “Us and Them” | “Money” |   Now that’s called dropping the Baum, albiet in reverse order on the album playlist!

Now I’m off to see if Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk syncs up with Dune.


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