Thursday, December 17, 2009

Slow-Mo Dinky Explosions

Man has always loved his precious toy cars, but when the cars say, 'No More!':

Anything in wide-screen, slow-motion and featuring Ode to Joy is a win in my books.

Two Simpsons Posts in a Row

Remember those Simpsons posters with a butt-load of characters on a yellow background, well here's another one. And it's updated!

It's gotten to the point where I don't necessarily recognize that many of the new characters, but who cares. At least I wasn't born in the 90's. Losers.

Click on the picture to see it in full. It looks like it's done by a fan and I'm a little creeped out by the addition of the ghost of Maude. Ah well.

Springfield Still Life

Here's a really cool T-shirt new from Threadless this week.


More at Threadless

Iron Man 2 Trailer

Here's the trailer for Iron Man 2. I think it looks awesome. Here's why:

1. Robert Downey Jr. is hilarious
2. Sam Rockwell is in it
3. Scarlett Johansson is in it
4. Don Cheadle replaced Terrence Howard

I'm also a big fan of the fact that his secret identity isn't secret. It's a refreshing addition to all the super-hero movies of late. Now as soon as we can drop the use of the song 'Iron Man', this movie will be perfect.

I have no comment on this gold-toothed, laser-whipping, Russian Mickey Rourke.

The Bucks Hire Actors to Cheer for Them

Milwaukee Bucks big-man Andrew Bogut will be purchasing 100 seats in the lower bowl for every home game this season for fans who are willing to make asses of themselves:

"I saw a couple of fans in Houston singing and stuff,'' Bogut said of why he decided to form Squad 6. "I wanted to do something for the atmosphere at the Bradley Center. So we had auditions. It was basically the crazier and louder you are, the more of a chance you had of getting free tickets. ... But, if you're in the squad and somebody sees you're not doing what you're supposed to be doing, you don't get tickets for the next game.''

I think Bogut is a genius for doing this because there's nothing better than a badass home crowd, with the exception of the Boston Celtics. It reminds me of the gang with cowbells in Sacramento in the early 2000's. On the other hand, it is pretty much the same as hiring actors to play the role of fans for your team. They held auditions, they have wardrobe requirements (Bucks-wear), and they have an agreement that if you don't do your part, you're replaced. I guess the fear of being kicked out of 'Squad 6' is what makes the fans so crazy. Apparently they would sing 'Dude Looks Like a Lady' every time Joakim Noah touched the ball last time the Bulls were in town. Kinda funny.

Good for you Milwaukee, you've pushed back the sale of your team by at least a year.

Everyone's Happy!

...because they heard Focus Interruptus is back!

Monday, October 26, 2009

So, Jaws is Real.

Here's a video proving the existence of Jaws. This huge great white motherfucker bit another shark IN HALF! That's bad ass. He clearly doesn't give a shit so these Aussies are pretty much shark meat. Maybe it's just their accents but they seem eerily calm about the whole thing.

'OY! Shark is a funny name. I'd of called em chazwazzers'

So either that smaller shark got owned by Jaws or he swallowed a live grenade.

I'm Moving. Today.

There is a town in Colorado called Dinosaur. In this town, every street has a dinosaur themed name. For example, Brontosaurus Blvd.
This is the coolest thing I think I've ever heard of! It's like Stratford but for Jurassic Park fans instead of loser Shakespeare fans.

I'm going to assume this is their mayor:

Thursday, October 1, 2009

"The Bride Will Fight Again."

Quentin Tarantino made that announcement during an Italian interview recently. He added:

“Kill Bill 3 will probably come out, I gotta wait a couple of years, but I want ten years to pass from the second one to the third one.”

Kill Bill Vol.1 came out in 2003 so that means he may make the third one in 2013. Why ten years you ask? QT explains:

“Two reasons. One, I think me and Uma needed a ten year break. And the second one, I loved the character a lot. I think she deserved ten years to relax. She deserved ten years of no fighting, she deserved ten years with her child Bebe, just of peace. I put her through a lot those first two movies, I want her to have a nice, peaceful life for ten years. I want her to set up her store, and have some peace. But after ten years we’ll make her fight again.”

Do you remember in Kill Bill Vol.1 when Bill calls Elle Driver at the moment she's about to euthanize the comatose Bride? Here's his speech, it's pretty similar reasoning to the previous quote, I think.


Y'all beat the hell out of that woman, but you didn't kill her. And I put a bullet in her head, but her heart just kept on beatin'. Now, you saw that yourself with your own beautiful blue eye, did you not? We've done a lot of things to this lady. And if she ever wakes up, we'll do a whole lot more. But one thing we won't do is sneak into her room in the night like a filthy rat and kill her in her sleep. And the reason we won't do that thing is because... that thing would lower us. Don't you agree, Miss Driver?

I guess.

It's basically the same theme of respecting the person enough to give them a break but holding true to your word. What's interesting is that this logic was used when speaking about both a friendship, QT and Uma, and an adversaryship, Bill and Bride.

I need to go back to school and write some essays...


Glenn Beck Theatre

Welcome all to Glenn Beck Theatre.

Today's Feature: Logic

Thank you for joining this evening for Glenn Beck Theatre.

See you next time.

Song of the Day #19

This is 'She's got Standards' by The Rifles. Rog took me to see them at the Horseshoe on Monday and they kicked butt. Listen and like.



Here's a short film directed by Adam Berg and sponsored by Philips. It's a frozen scene with some clowns robbing and terrorizing a building while fending off police officers. It's all one shot and you float through like a fly listening to sinister music. It's also got some clear influences from The Dark Knight so it's got to be good.

I suggest watching it in high quality on YouTube.

In terms of special effects, it makes The Matrix look like Spawn.

Animalia Intricato

These are some crazy detailed images by artist Claire Scully. Her subject matter appears to be unimpressed animals. The wolf is wondering why you're looking at him, the owl isn't smart enough to be unimpressed, and that tiger just isn't having a good time, period.

They're pretty incredible though. I'm really impressed with the catch lights in the animals eyes. It prevents a flat look and personifies them, as I already wittily commented on.

Toss it on a light grey sweater and charge 180 bucks, you'll make millions off hipster scum.

Little People Making Music Inside You

The Zurich Chamber Orchestra in Switzerland recently released this advertising campaign titled 'Touch Your Senses'. They're classy illustrations of wee little people playing your tiniest body parts like instruments and causing you to feel stuff.

I'm going to treat this like I treat all media; very literally. This advertising is therefore telling me that if I go see the Zurich Chamber Orchestra I will experience:

1. Hair raising cellos
2. Heart wrenching percussion
3. And some broad playing a flute so well that I'll cry

That's an orchestra I'd be hard-pressed to turn down. Zurich Chamber Orchestra, you've convinced me with this advertising. I would like to purchase tickets.

Rory: How much is this free resort weekend?
Zurich Chamber Orchestra: It's free.
Rory: And when is this weekend?
Zurich Chamber Orchestra: It's this weekend.
Rory: Uh-huh. And how much does it cost?

They hung up on me.

Cultural Icons: Lego-ized!

Here's a Flickr gallery of a bunch of pop culture characters in surprisingly realistic lego form. Everyone's here! From Colonel Sanders to Robocop. I'm not sure why a Jackie Treehorn one was necessary though...

Here's a few more I like since I know what's cool:
Hellboy. The hell really shows.

Make your own pity joke.

Your foster parents are dead.

Son of a bitch is dug in like an Alabama tick

Wanna see more?! Click in this area.

Franks, frank_m

Friday, September 25, 2009

World Leaders: Barack's Fanboys

Here's a quick clip of all the world leaders Obama was photographed with at the most recent meeting of the United Nations. He's clearly had some practice on that smile.

It would appear as though everyone just lined up and then stepped in when it was their turn with Obama. Everyone except for Italy:

Michelle Obama: "Nice to meet you."
Italian P.M.: "Come-a close-a. I'm-a gonna touch-a yo face."
Barack Obama: *Pimp stare*

Song of the Day #18

Today's song of the day is Strife by the band Twisted Wheel. Another song shown to me by a Rudderham in a less than sober state.

Paintball Art: Icon Edition

This is a video of a group of paintballers/guerrilla artists who shoot into creation a portrait of Marilyn Monroe.
I'm curious as to how they recruited for this.

'Can you work with a team to create likenesses of people with a paintball gun in under a minute? We've got a job for you.'

It is fairly impressive, it just seems like an unnecessary bridging of hobbies. It's like when banging garbage cans was popular on Broadway for a while. I wonder what Marilyn would think of this.

Marilyn: 'So how are people remembering me nowadays?'
Rory: 'A bunch of rednecks just shot an orange and green picture of you onto a wall with paintballs.'
Marilyn: 'Oh.'

Sing Sang Sung

This is a cool music video by the band Air for their song Sing Sang Sung. The song's light and catchy and the video is what would happen if Sonic the Hedgehog stumbled into the Octopus' Garden.

Peter Funch: Cool Photographer, Great Name

This is a photo series by Danish photographer Peter Funch. He staked out a few locations in downtown New York and shot hundreds of shots of people passing by. He then picked out people with similar characteristics, like wearing red, yawning, or carrying a yellow envelope, and photoshopped only those people into the image. For instance, everyone in the 'wearing red' photo actually passed by that part of New York, it was just a separate times. Funch merely went through, found them, and put them altogether to create the illusion that they were all in that place together at the same time. It's fairly simple, which makes it such a great idea.

Here's a couple more,

Everyone who was wearing black:

Everyone who was walking a dog:
I think it's amazing because the shots are all so beautifully composed since he probably had so many people to choose from. It's like setting up an image of twenty people without having to direct them. The series is called Babel Tales.

Here's his website: Peter Funch: Photographer