Wednesday, March 30, 2005

What’re you looking at, Butthead?: "

If you’re wondering whatever happened to Tom Wilson, Biff from Back to the Future, well wonder no more. In addition to acting, he’s also an accomplished painter. And in keeping with his status as an icon of the 1980’s, his work reflects the pop culture of everyone’s favourite tacky decade. (Link via CartoonBrew)


(Via Drawn!.)

Monday, March 28, 2005


Adjoint functors. Oh my goodness, is this shit hard!

In other news, I want to apologize to all of you for having gone in communicado, especially those who sent me birthday greetings, which I didn't respond to. I hope you'll forgive me. I was awfully happy to see them.

In other news again, as of Saturday, I am now a confirmed member of the Catholic church. I'm pretty high about it.


Adjoint functors. Oh my goodness, is this shit hard!

In other news, I want to apologize to all of you for having gone in communicado, especially those who sent me birthday greetings, which I didn't respond to. I hope you'll forgive me. I was awfully happy to see them.

In other news again, as of Saturday, I am now a confirmed member of the Catholic church. I'm pretty high about it.

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Fake Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards

OK, we all know that Yugioh is awesome. But did you know that fake Yugioh just might be the most awesome thing ever?

My brother and Kathy were at a dollar store several days ago, here in Orlando, FL, where they found some "Yugioh decks" for sale at like a tenth their normal cost. Upon return home, we quickly found out that they were fakes, due to the typical kinds of counterfeiting errors - low res scans, incorrect hologram placement etc. But with a bit more inspection, we learned that, due to some amazing translation and countertranslation efforts, the text of said cards ranks very high on the amazing things list. Some of my favorites (Card Title followed by text description):

Sealed Right Wrist
-A sealed left wrist. So powerful if it's released.

Devil knight-Jerrydia
-[Warrior junta.Melting]
-[Aborigines in the hell]+[Eudemon for the king]

Hungered Hamburger
-[Warrior junta.Ceremony]
-Landing for the Hamburger Secrets.From the field or hand,more than 6 of the stars' score must be removed.

Magic Dragon with wings
-[Legens beast junta]
-Fairy is sing.Powerful strength is charging the world that means all the life,ghost so much as skeleton.

and the best Card Title is: Rock Corrosion Devil-Love Fake.
Wasn't Matt Cameron in that band?

I hope you've enjoyed. Returning to Portland tomorrow to begin a marathon 2.5 months!

Friday, March 25, 2005

Fiona Apple mp3s

I know that at least Will is interested in this. It's high quality mp3s of her long awaited album, which has been swallowed for 2 years by Sony and is now receiving large quantities of positive public outcry. Seems a new Wilco situation is developing. Is Fiona too nuts to turn this shit into gold? That seems to be the only question between this and success.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Fun Game

Let's play a game. It'll be a fun game. You guys like fun games? This will be a fun, fun ol' game. It goes like this: who is this?

Monday, March 21, 2005

Good Lord, Do I Need a Job/Girlfriend

Ever since I stumbled onto the indescribably nerdy uber-comprehensive resource, which provides the inquiring geek with everything he ever needed to know about Homestar Runner (and plenty more not at all worth knowing), it's become easier than ever to sort through all the classic Strong Bad E-mails and pick out my top ten. Might as well share them.

  1. Mile (#87)
  2. Date (#81)
  3. Morning Routine (#54)
  4. Guitar (#36)
  5. Trevor the Vampire (#10)
  6. Stand-Up (#18)
  7. Virus (#118)
  8. Kind of Cool (#92)
  9. Island (#52)
  10. Sisters (#35)

Sunday, March 20, 2005

A rap video featuring plushies. . .

(via MeFi)

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Most Are Both

While reading a BBC article about the X-chromosome and its having been catalogued, Meri and I were particularly tickled by this sentence:

"New Scientist reports that although men are more likely to be mentally retarded, they are also more likely to be geniuses."

Friday, March 18, 2005

I'm Famous for 10 People!

Here's a link to an interview I did via email with one of the two Portland weeklies about this year's PDXPOP Now!

In other me news, everything's going well these days, but I'm busier than I've been in many a year. I wake up at 6 now with my awesome but exhausting new job (begun in january) as the Russian Language ELL Assistant at Parkrose Middle School. At Dusk and PDXPOP eat up most of the rest of my time. I'm on vacation as of today, writing from Meri's apartment in SF, and then heading to Orlando, FL on Monday to visit my brother, Dad and Kathy. I hope everyone else is doing well. Come visit us up here!

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

The Pope Joke

One of the funniest things I've read in a a while is a controversial article titled, The 52 Funniest Things About the Upcoming Death of the Pope. I'll give you two samples:

52. Pope pisses himself just before the end; gets all over nurse.

45.Pope departs Earth at a time when Hitch is top-grossing movie in the world. . .

The editor of the paper that published this was forced to resign due to outrage from the public as well as New York's senators. The columnist who wrote the thing in the first place had insightful things to say about that.

(via MeFi)

Run for your life, Third World.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Oh My Lord of the Rings

Even I think this is a bad idea. But watch me buy tickets anyway...Also, I'd like to take this opportunity to let everyone know that Reid, Greg and I watched all 3 extended versions of the LotR this Saturday in one sitting, in a row. Pretty monolithic achievement.

'The Lord of the Rings' Coming to Stage
Tuesday March 15 10:41 AM ET

A much-anticipated musical based on "The Lord of the Rings" will have its world premiere in Toronto next year, the show's producers announced Tuesday.

The $22 million show will open in March 2006 at the Princess of Wales Theatre with a largely Canadian cast, producer Kevin Wallace said.

Wallace had hoped to open the show in London in the fall, but no theater large enough to accommodate the technically complex production was available. The musical is now slated to open in London in autumn 2006.

Published 50 years ago, J.R.R. Tolkien's mystical adventure trilogy has been discovered by a new generation through Peter Jackson's Academy Award-winning trio of films, which have grossed more than $3 billion around the world.

The three-hour stage adaptation will feature book and lyrics by Shaun McKenna ("Lautrec," "Maddie") and Matthew Warchus (Tony nominated director of "Art" and "True West"), and music by A.R. Rahman ("Bombay Dreams") and Finnish group Varttina with Christopher Nightingale.

Warchus said the show, which has a cast of 50, would combine words, music, physical theater and spectacle to create a production in which the audience is "actually plunged into the events as they happen."

"We have not attempted to pull the novel towards the standard conventions of musical theater, but rather to expand those conventions so that they will accommodate Tolkien's material," he said.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

So, check it: I've been a fan of the Sri Lankan dance-pop diva M.I.A. since I first heard her righteous song Galang a couple of months ago, but it wasn't until BoingBoing pointed me toward this link to a QuickTime clip of the video for the song that I came to discover something else about the lass: she's sexier than Jesus. So I direct your attention to said video. Watch it once with the sound way up and bust a move on your parquet, then watch it a second time a few inches from the screen and just gawk.

Friday, March 11, 2005

Also! If you like Godspeed You Black Emperor, you'll love: the page on the Internet Archive with a ton of their shows available for download.

An anthology of post-rock bands. Extensive? Yes.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Something strange: go here then search for "Shouting". Does anybody know who they are?

Monday, March 07, 2005

A video imagining what it would be like if robots fought wars in developing nations. I thought that Cameron, in particular, might like this. Pretty disturbing (can't tell if it's meant to be utopian or distopian, seems a bit of both).

(via MeFi)

Sunday, March 06, 2005

The Collapse of Chinese Democracy

The New York Times just published a tell-all article chronicling the nightmarish turmoil behind the Guns N Roses album that Axl Rose has been working on for eleven years (it took ten for Geffen to pull the plug, and still he soldiers on).

If you're anything like me, you're in an unsigned band that you care about very much, and the creation, documentation and promotion of your own new music is where all of your creative energy is funneled, and by virtue of these facts alone you consider yourself a part of the music industry, despite your modest rank in the food chain. On occasion you, quite naturally, find yourself entertaining fantasies of a day when you might enjoy an ascension in rank, and actually get paid a wage sufficient to cover your living expenses in return for your music-making. For the sake of your own emotional constitution, you try to keep a stranglehold on said fantasies, reminding yourself at every opportunity of just how privileged you are to be making music at all, at your own cost, with the time that your job and other obligations afford you. Fortune has already smiled on you if you spend any of your precious time writing songs, cutting records, playing shows even to audiences comprised only of your personal friends, and touring the nation, no matter if it's all on your own nickel. The music is an end in itself, and any and all sacrifices you make for its sake are worth it.

You will probably find yourself enraged, as I did, by every word of this article.

Friday, March 04, 2005

The oldest woman in the world lives in Brazil and is. . .125.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Animal Technology: a post on We Make Money Not Art, a highly entertaining future tech blog, with some ideas for technology to help out animals. Gotta love the squirrel GPS Nut-locator Watch. . .

Has anyone else noticed that they seem to be remaking Evil Dead?

Actual Items

This isn't so much funny because it's gross as because it's just utterly absurd; don't be put off by the URL.

I had a particular fondness for the Fat Angry Mom doll.

Link (via BoingBoing)

Tuesday, March 01, 2005


If you think about it, an ant infestation is not really all that bad. You could, instead, have a cougar infestation. That would, no doubt, be much worse.

I have annihilated the ants that lived with me. I used a liquid poison which enthralled these creatures in a way I could not have imagined.

Call me Cameron the Xenocide.