Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Obama isn't fat and doesn't have a pony-tail, but acts like it.

From a respected news source:

WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama expressed frustration Wednesday after members of his cabinet failed to recognize his allusion to the 24th issue of the comic series Savage Sword Of Conan during their first major meeting together. {CLICK FOR MORE}

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Left 4 Dead




If you're into L4D, check out this compilation of fan art and vids by Geekanerd:

http://www.geekanerdblog.com/2009/01/dying-artforms-best-left-4-dead-fan-art.html

"Most embarrassing death" stands as the funniest.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Comic Gimmickery



In case you didn't know : the DC universe "killed" Batman. I read an issue of Batman and didn't bother with the Final Crisis story. All in all it makes me think, "yawn, boorring". This is a gimmick. And not a very good one at that. When Marvel peaced out Captain America that made people think and it actually got people into comics. The Batman being dead ordeal is annoying, you can write his death but you can't really kill the guy- he's a legend. DC "killed" Superman and that goofy storyline captures the horror that was 90s comic writing. Understanding how Batman died and cycling through crossovers beckons back to the 90s. Killing a timeless superhero is a last ditch effort.

While DC and Marvel both issued gimmicks this month, when it comes to comic gimmickery, Marvel wins by putting Obama on the cover of Amazing Spider-man. It was something that actually brought people to comic stores and had them lining up.

Watchmen

Check out this video of a special newscast, looking back on the legacy of Dr. Manhattan.




I remain skeptical but excited for the film.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

To boldy go.

Motivation has been lacking in some areas and I haven't got around to the great many things I would like to do. While I've been able to turn up my music listening, reading, television program enjoying, and look to begin a gym routine; I've let down my comic writing, movie watching, and apartment organization. I look towards February to repair that which falters, however tonight I expect to try something new.


Microsoft has offered a beta version of Windows 7 and I'll throw a partition on the trusty Macbook and see how it drives. My buddy, Neverbesocial, is probably saying WTH for? I used to have Windows XP and used it when the rare instance of needing an odd program (metadata software) that wasn't done well enough on Mac. That and Ultimate Baseball, the online baseball game, was PC only. Plus I like to compare video playback on the two OSes. However, I'm not to sure what I'll do with Windows 7. I'm done with metadata (for now), the baseball game, and video is stellar on my Mac. The sake of trying something new and exploring Microsoft's attempt to overcome Vista woes.




It's a beta and will expire in August- so I'll have fun with it and see if there are big deal OS features. I DOUBT that I will ever buy it or use it for reals. I imagine. Mac will release a real OS update within a year, not including "snow" leopard. I'll give it whirl and will let you know if it sticks out as a worthy OS and XP replacement.
[photo from gizmodo.com]

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

THX 1138



George Lucas' debut feature film is a work everyone should watch, especially if you're into Star Wars.I watched the updated edition with added CGI scenes, and those scenes were wholly unnecessary: futuristic cars zooming around, hairy monkey beasts, a scorpion, etc. Yet, the movie's themes and motifs stand on their own. Also, Robert Duvall does a great job portraying THX 1138, a clone who cuts down on his sedation drugs and begins to feel emotion and rebel against the status-quo. What ensues is a mind-boggling journey into a dystopian future.

It reminds me of Brave New World or Kurt Vonnegut's Player Piano. The way it is filmed feels like a Kubrick movie, namely 2001: A Space Odyssey, amazing shots of technology and mankind's interaction with it. The movie takes place in a sterile world where human goals are to build machines- machines that police mankind and dictate their growth, progress, and movement. People are inebriated with sedatives, religion, holograms (SWHS, anyone?), toil, and appeasing the system.

I've gained incite into Lucas' younger days and his molding of future films. If he had stuck with this deep and cynical viewpoint who knows what he could have done. Not that Star Wars and Indiana Jones aren't fantastic movies; but imagine if they were combined with serious sensory explosions and serious qualitative drama (admit it: Lucas bought the farm, jumped the shark, sold out, etc. Maybe not in one sitting but there's a progression that begins with SWHS and ends with Indialiena). Not to spoil anything further, I thoroughly enjoyed THX 1138 and give it an A-

Friday, January 2, 2009

Reading my heart's desires

This picture had me LOLing all over the place:


Today while waiting for the light rail I wanted to check my RSS feeds. I removed my gloves to fiddle with my cellphone and my hands were starting to freeze. As it stands there isn't a remedy just waiting for the train and removing my gloves then. However, a new patent by Apple hopes to give humankind thermal protection with technology access.