I have recently succumbed to the dreaded winter-sickness which plagues New York every winter. I've been sick for over a week now -- and all through Thanksgiving -- and today left work long before quittin' time. Long enough that the total time spent working was actually less than the time I spent in transit, surrounded by people equally sick. The paranoia caused by our miserable economy has turned the subways into some sort of horrible reverse-quarantine, where the violently ill, myself included, subject their newly weaponized coughs and sneezes upon one another in an attempt to needlessly re-disprove the miasma theory.
I can distinctly remember the first time I ever stayed home sick from school in America -- I was six, and my mother and her husband had gone off to work and left me with the television and a plate of bread and salami. Having neither an appetite nor the taste for salami, I picked it at and watched Sesame Street for the first time. This became a sort of personal tradition for years, until we got cable and I switched to whatever was on Nickelodeon (Nick Jr., actually - a channel I had aged myself well out of and still watched and somehow enjoyed) and, in my pre-teen years and on, Comedy Central.
A few years back, musician and mashup artist Paul Thorpe (then going under Braces Tower ) released this remix of Sesame Street's segment about counting to twelve. Another artist, Gordyboy, synced it to the original video. Enjoy!
David Lynch's new dance-synth single dropped today. Just keep re-reading that sentence until it sounds absolutely wonderful. Seriously, though, the A-side, "Good Day Today" is great in that weirdly minimalist way that all of Lynch's non-feature-film output has been. It's a simple little beat, an autotuned voice pleading for good days and angels, and the occasional sample of a gun going off. If I saw a pair of 20somethings doing this in the basement of a north Brooklyn bar at 2 AM, I wouldn't be shocked or surprised. Hell, if someone told me this was a Crystal Castles b-side, I wouldn't be much surprised either. Speaking of b-sides, the one for this single isn't great. It's called "I Know" and has this odd spooky-country/Residents sound that I just don't care for. So here's "Good Day Today":
I'm pretty sure this is exactly what things look like if you have access to the Speed Force.
...or it's some awesome high-speed camera effects from Graeme Taylor. No CGI here, folks, just framerate manipulation.
If you're in your mid-20s right now, you probably remember the 1990s Jim Lee-design-inspired X-Men animated series, which ran from 1992-1997. If you're younger, you probably grew up with either X-Men: Evolution or the very-recent Wolverine and the X-Men. However, there is one series that predates all of these.
It was a failed pilot from 1989 called Pryde of the X-Men. I still remember sitting on my mother's boyfriend's couch, ten years old and confused as hell as to what I was watching and why it looked absolutely nothing like the TV series I caught, by hook or by crook, every Saturday morning.
Fortunately, someone uploaded the entire pilot to YouTube. For some reason, they saw it fit to give Wolverine has an Australian accent. Meanwhile, if the character designs seem familiar, that is because they were used by Konami for their 1992 X-Men video game, which has just seen a re-release on XBLA.
A few days ago, the lady and I started watching Boogie Nights, again. I'm pretty sure we've both seen it quite a number of times. In fact, it is my favorite feel-good, life-affirming movie ever, and I mean that without a trace of irony. For some reason, this commercial always reminds me of it. Or, perhaps, some sort of horrible bizarro-version.
I just absolutely love trailers to Stanley Kubrick films. Enjoy these while I continue to let the tail end of this semester kick my ass.
I am really digging Lovers' new release, Dark Light. It sounds a bit like Dirt Eaters-era His Name is Alive, mixed with with touches of every 90s Natalie Imbruglia-style singer on a Top 40 station. The combination works rather well and I'm well enjoying this album.
This semester I am taking Introduction to Physics, my first non-liberal-arts course since 2004. Having passed high school physics by the skin of my teeth, I am not enjoying this at all. So here's a physics-related song I do enjoy.
Pandering as it may be, I love videos utterly exploiting my nostalgia and video game
obsession "hobby" in the manner you are about to witness. Although, I'm not exactly sure how nostalgic I can be for Final Fantasy IV -- a battle in which is the basis for this video -- considering I've only played the GBA incarnation about five years ago. Hell, I couldn't even beat it. I don't mean to rant but fuck you Square for making a game wherein I am perfectly able to get to the final stage only then to realize I'm hideously underpowered for the endgame. Five years on and I'm still bitter about that. I'm starting to think this may reflect on me more than it does on a 19-year-old video game.
Co. Doc Octoroc
Here's his latest production, called "Firewall":
For those interested, here is what the original battle looks like:
If the compiler(s) of this video did not score a lucrative job as a film or television editor, I have nothing but (more) contempt for the media industry. Here's hoping that hollywoodvideoclips has some more stuff to show us in the future.