Come On, Let's Go.
30Jun/110

Our Powers Combined

I'm pretty sure anyone who has ever even seen either of these toys wanted to do this.

29Jun/110

The Quick Fuse

One of my favorite scenes in Mel Brooks' '68 The Producers is Lorenzo St. Dubois' (LSD to his friends) audition. It's not just funny, but a fantastic parody-cum-time capsule of New York in the 1960s. It also contains one of the most sartorially hilarious zoom-outs in film:

28Jun/110

Shower Scene

Woody Allen's directorial debut, Take The Money And Run, has some scenes of physical comedy that would be appropriate in a Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton film. Long before he went for the head, he'd go for the gut with scenes like this one, demonstrating the trials of urban living and date-induced absentmindedness.

27Jun/110

SwordiCam

So a few of the gentlemen at the Gothenburg Historical Fencing School decided to take advantage of modern technology and taped a GoPro camera to a sword. The perspective inversion makes for some pretty original footage, comparable to the SnorriCam.

26Jun/110

Vector In On That Guy

Watch enough modern-day detective shows and techno-thrillers and you'll notice one common thread: if an image is ever pulled up on a computer screen, it suddenly becomes resolute to the infinite degree. An episode of Law and Order: Criminal Intent from 2006, for instance, had webcam footage on a real-estate website read text off the LCD display on home security box. TVTropes has, obviously, covered this (as I've covered them, earlier) and a video was born:

Futurama, the mothership of technological satire, also covered this:

Of course, we do live in the future, so some amount of magic really is possible, given an appropriate amount of resolution:

23Jun/111

To Clasp Together

CJ and I were following the development of Frozen Synapse pretty closely (read: it came up on the gaming blogs occasionally) and now that it has officially dropped, we've been playing it. It's about as much fun and frustratingly difficult as I imagined a heavily-stylized turn-based tactical assault game would be. I'm still getting a hang of the intricate control system. I haven't been this entertained by a game in a long time, although part of that is because the rounds last no longer than ten minutes apiece and that's just about as much attention span as I have let after work. Below is a game CJ and I played (and he won.) As you can see, without the entire "planning" stage, the round boils down to just over half a minute of action.

So go get yourself a copy -- well, two copies, really as each purchase comes with two licences -- and give me a heads up and we'll see who has done a better job of sort of grasping the mechanics.

22Jun/110

Shift Register

So what was your lazy ass doing after graduating high school? Me? I was sleeping/reading science fiction novels at an empty conference room table at my minimum-wage summer job. The money was put mostly toward hamburgers, as any photo of that time makes abundantly clear. Now young Jack Eisenmann? He built a programmable computer from basic logic chips and an Internet education.

16Jun/110

There’s No Wind In Here

I spend a good portion of today's workday in this epic MetaFilter thread about Arrested Development. As I mention in-thread, I've watched it about five times a year since 2005. With most other shows, that would put me in "obsessive superfan" status. With Arrested Development, I'm just like everyone else. So, here are two obscenity-laden blooper reels.

15Jun/110

Until It Rains

I loved this song back when it came out, and the video made it even more fun. Doom metal is already a ridiculously geeky genre -- the fact that these guys wear cloaks is based on Sunn O))) rocking the same -- and the Rob Crow (of Pinback) project Goblin Cock managed to make a parody that is both hilarious and loving. This video is just full of smiles for me and, for what is ostensibly a parody, the music is great.

14Jun/110

Oh Fudge Pt. 3

My love for obscenity-only cuts of films will never die, although just like in the previous installments of "Oh Fudge", you better check this out now because it's going to get dropped off YouTube in roughly six minutes. Meanwhile, I just re-watched Pulp Fiction the other weekend, and I have to say that the scene set in Jack Rabbit Slim's is easily one of my favorite moments in cinema.

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