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

Birdman Personifies New Jersey

Here is a post from Chris 'Birdman' Andersen's twitter page regarding The Nets' potential move to Brooklyn.

First of all, The Nets have been moving to Brooklyn since Blueprint 2 came out. New York probably told Jay-Z that he could build an arena right after they get around to that 9/11 memorial. Don't hold your breath, Jigga.

Secondly, Birdman's right. New Jersey is a shit hole despite Zach Braff's best efforts.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Muse-ical Chairs

This is pretty funny. For whatever reason, there are certain music shows around the world that request artists lip sync their songs when performing. Here is a clip of Muse performing on some European variety show and just to be assholes the lead singer and drummer switched places before 'performing' their single. It becomes pretty obvious as Matt, the lead singer turned drummer, hams it up.


But wait! This isn't the first, or funniest time we've seen this happen. As per usual with rock nowadays, Oasis did it first:

Sticks his tongue out.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Bill Maher Gets His Way

Here's a clip from Bill Maher's show in which he takes it upon himself to kick someone out of his audience for screaming lunacies during a live taping. It's funny because he's more upset with his staff for allowing it to happen the whole episode than the acual perps.


I like Bill Maher because he calls people assholes before meeting them.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Song of the Day #17

Who remembers this gem by journeyman Moka Only?!

Why did I post this?

100th Post!

Focus Interruptus is 100 posts old!
Congratulations to me. Also, you're all welcome.

Sublime's New Frontman

There have been rumours for a while about a Sublime reunion and apparently there is a smidgen of truth to them. Recently, former Sublime drummer Bud Gaugh and bassist Eric Wilson performed with a singer named Rome and recieved a very positive reaction. There are no concrete plans for a tour, but I can see this turning into Sublime 2.0.

Here's something to convince you; a video of Rome singing an acoustic version of T.I.'s Whatever You Like:

and here he is doing Beautiful Girls by Sean Kingston. Yeah, I like Sean Kingston, you wanna fight about it?

That's awesome. His voice is very fitting if they choose to bring him on to replace Bradley Nowell. While I'm excited to see Sublime back in action, it's clear that Todd Mason was overlooked.

Here is Rome's MySpace

Rog found Rome in a day.

Julian Casablancas: Solo Debut

The day has arrived.

Today Julian posted the first single from his solo album on his MySpace. It's called '11th Dimension' and I think you should go listen to it immediately.

Julian Casablancas MySpace

New favourite song. The album drops October 19, the same week as Where the Wild Things Are. That's a good week.

Andy Destroys Wolf and Some Broad

Celebrity Jeopardy was this week and, as you can see above, Andy Richter absolutely demolished Wolf Blitzer and a desperate housewife. Wolf didn't even finish on the plus side so Alex had to give him $1,000 to compete in Final Jeopardy.

The best part is, this isn't even the final score. After Final Jeopardy Andy finished with a staggering $68,000!! I'm ebarassed for Wolf, one of the most prominent journalists in news media. Oh well.

If you're up to it, here's the episode in two parts:

Gay People Can Quote The Bible Too

Better warm up that electric chair, right-wingers.

Good call, Caleb.

Steve & 50 Want Your Vitamin Water Ideas

Here's a video Lawrence just showed me of Steve Nash promoting a Vitamin Water contest on Facebook. It's obviously hilarious since Steve's the man, and it even has a very well-acted cameo by 50 Cent.

Check it!

"I smell like the vault, man!"

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Obama Wan Kenobi

The force is strong with this one.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

9/12 Tea Party: The Million Idiot March

So, on September 12, a bunch of Americans put down their KKK robes and KFC buckets to march in Washington D.C. in protest against Barack Obama. The march was made possible by the ramblings of Glenn Beck, the love-child of Bill O'Reilly and a box of Milk Duds. What Beck didn't consider was the amount of stupidity that is generated when this many butt-sniffin' morons get together. Luckily, this guy thought to go out and ask some questions of the protestors:

God Bless America:

It's hard to imagine the level of ignorance these people are required to practice just to get throught a single day.

Obama: "He's a jackass..."

To follow up my rant about the off-the-record incident with Obama, here is the audio clip of The President talking about Kanye's latest stunt:

I love Obama. I think he's the coolest dude. He tells it like it is, jokes about being a fly killing ninja, and even purveys a little disdain in his voice when referring to PETA. I appreciate how this isn't becoming too big of a news story as well. Probably because Barack's a pimp and everyone agrees that West is a jackass.

Plus, take a look and this and not fall in love with the man.

Black Dynamite

Here's a trailer for the upcoming 70's blaxploitation parody Black Dynamite. There's a few cast members you should recognize like Nicole Sullivan from MADtv and Scrubs, the black cop from Reno911!, and Michael Jai White (Spawn) as Black Dynamite himself. This movie should boast some good laughs, ridiculous action, and a killer soundtrack. Can't wait.


Rog found it!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Kanye West IS a jackass

This post is not about Kanye West. We've already established that he is a jackass.

Moving on, you've probably noticed a lot of stories regarding a supposed comment made by President Obama in which he calls West a jackass for his latest embarrassment. It's spreading like wildfire right now because Republicans all over the states need some ammo to fight against quality health-care.

Fact of the matter is, Obama is right. Kanye West is a jackass.

The part of this story that I don't like is how this news got leaked and how it was dealt with afterward. Here's the original place it was reported, Twitter:
Terry Moran, or Terry Moron as I've hilariously dubbed him, is an ABC reporter who overheard Obama say this during an interview. Problem is, the interview was not yet on the record. It was, therefore, off the record. The record includes Twitter, Moron.

So ABC came out with a statement saying how the Tweet shouldn't have been posted, and they apologized. I have a problem with that apology, though. All it does is solidify the fact that Obama did in fact say West was a jackass. I agree, and I think Obama is a pimp for saying it, but that apology is bullshit. The apology should have read something like, "These comments were made during an off the record session and therefore cannot be verified." Instead, they twist the knife in Obama's back by saying, "He totally said that bad thing, but we shouldn't have told you! Oops!" Fuck you, ABC.

Obama called that cop who arrested Prof. Gates 'stupid'. He was.
Obama called Kanye West a jackass. He is.
Why not embrace this new found truthiness in American politics?

The US Open: A Shit Show

This year's US Open was completely ridiculous.

I assumed it would be like any other US Open in that Roger Federer and one of the Williams' sisters would walk away with the title. Apparently assuming DOES make an ass out of you and me. You are an ass for another reason. You know.

Let's go over what happened:
1. Nadal came back after missing two majors and stunk it up hard.
2. Kim 'Baby Mama' Clijsters won the Women's title after coming out of retirement.
3. Federer lost to Del Porto, ending his 5 US Open wins in a row.
4. Hewitt, Murray, Roddick, and Djokivic were as disappointing as usual.
5. Serena Williams was eliminated from the tournament for a foot fault.

Here's video of how Serena was eliminated from the Open:
Make sure to watch for the lineswoman scurrying over to rat out Serena

As the announcers mentioned, calling a foot fault is stupid to begin with let alone on a second serve (the gimme serve), and when the match is a point away from completion. So Serena flipped out on the bitch, they hit her with her second unsportsmanlike of the match, and she was eliminated from the tourney. That's a rough way to go.

Especially when this used to happen with much less consequence:

Johnny Mac!

Point is, Serena should have been allowed to keep playing, she would have rallied, it would have been a classic Williams win.

On a lighter note, Roger pulled off a sweet Agassi:


Thursday, September 10, 2009

Denzel Impersonations

Here's a couple videos of comedians impersonating Denzel Washington.



Macworld Cover: Start To Finish

Here's a sweet time-lapse video of the making of a Macworld Magazine cover. It's interesting to see every stage of the process and it shines light on how simply something like this is achieved. I'm especially fond of the video because the photography portion is almost identical to my days as a photographic intern for Mark Burstyn. The average day with Mark literally looked exactly like that so it's pretty cool that methods are generally the same no matter what level you're at. Mark even has the same giant camera stand. Craaazy!


Don't Fuck With Obama

As the health care debate rages on in the US, President Obama is still pushing for major reform while the Republican party stands opposed. Their argument, of course, is that Obama's bill is socialist. The same argument they used when Obama announced that he would be giving a speech to every American student on their first day of school. I guess the Republicans have a point though, who in their right mind would want their child to be encouraged to learn and succeed while at the same time have access to effective health-care?

During his latest speech to congress about health care, Obama shot down rumours that the new health care would be used by illegal immigrants. While stating that this claim was untrue, a Republican from South Carolina named Joe Wilson yelled out "You lie!".

Here's the video. Note Obama's pimp stare right after he hears it:

That's funny, because here is a snipit from Obama's health care bill that specifically says there won't be anything provided to illegals:

So who's the liar now?

This dink has since apologized, to which Obama said, "We can disagree without being disagreeable."

Also, what's with the dumbass Republican wearing a 'What Bill?' sign on his chest? You're criticizing the tactics of the President, yet you spend your time in congress shading in block letters. Fuck You. Do your fucking job and propose something on the contrary or go stand outside with the rest of the picketers and their poorly made signs.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Song of the Day #16

Today's song is Happy Up Here by the band Royksopp. It's got a really cool video, too.


Cool Miniatures

This is the website of artist Thomas Doyle who specializes in making miniature figurines and environments. His work is incredibly detailed for the scale and it offers a rather emotional storyline as well. The little scenes are cool pieces of art on their own and they also have the ability to tell somewhat morbid stories when photographed.

Art by Thomas Doyle

Here's a couple more:

I think I like the photographs as much as the art itself. It's like a child's train set with much more dire circumstances.

I swear I've seen this somewhere before, though,

Ernest Hemmingway Kicking a Can


Stinkin' Hipsters

Two British guys report on the hipsters in San Fransisco. Excellent.

Welcom to Heaven: NO PETS

So, Christians, when you are saved and go on to live in heaven for an eternity of happiness, what's going to become of your loyal companions back on Earth? Are you going to abandon your pets and leave them to die? Fear not, God-fearers!

This is a website for an organization called Eternal Earth-Bound Pets, USA. The purpose of the group is to house and care for the pets of those who are saved during The Rapture. Apparently around 50% of the population of the United States believe that The Rapture will occur and all Christians will be taken away to heaven, leaving only their pets and the rest of us sinners.

Not a problem. For a small fee, one of the athiests enlisted at EEBP will take care of your furry friend while you're enjoying eternal bliss, or 28 virgins, or whatever it is they do in heaven. I think it's a pretty noble cause, and besides, you don't need your money while you're in heaven. Except on Sundays, God collects on Sundays.

Eternal Earth-Bound Pets

Take a look at the terms and conditions. I really hope there have been some people signing up for this...

Also, I feel a little disappointed in some of the literature I was lead to believe as a child:

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The Financial Troubles of Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz is, in my opinion, one of the best photographers of all time. She has produced some of the most stunning portraiture of the last century and should be hailed as royalty in the medium. Unfortunately, she owes $24 million in debt and it's due today. If she doesn't pay, she will lose not only her homes but all of the photographs, negatives, and intellectual property she has accumulated in her tremendous career. She borrowed the money from a company called Art Capital back in February when debts and court fees became too much. Now they want it back!

It's pretty depressing that someone with seemingly unlimited talent is in this kind of situation but I guess finances is not one of her aforementioned skills. If anyone deserves a bail-out, it's Annie.

You should recognize her work:

If you google her name you'll come across dozens of more works that you recognize, and some that you won't. Look into it.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Song of the Day #15

Today's song is 'Frontier Psychiatrist' by The Avalanches. I just remembered this song last night. It was cool when it came out and it still is! Plus the video is bomb. It's hard to believe all the samples are taken from outside sources and not just made for the song, it's just too perfect.


George Carlin: Religion is Bullshit

I'm sure the majority of you have seen or heard this routine from George Carlin but it's always worth another listen. Him and Bill Maher have the unique gift of being able to completely disprove the existence of God and keep it hilarious at the same time, a life goal of mine. As an added bonus, be sure to scroll through some of the comments about the video for an entertaining look at some pathetic right-wingers.

I miss George Carlin:

Irony Machine

Here's a couple funny strips from the webcomic Amazing Super Powers. It's a pretty good comic, you should check out more of them.

Amazing Super Powers

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Fuck You Bruce Bowen

The NBA just became a safer place today. San Antonio Spurs forward Bruce Bowen has announced his retirement after 12 years of playing and intentionally injuring other players.

I am very happy to see this piece of shit go. On countless occasions Bowen has been known to purposefully place other players in the NBA in immediate harm's way. Whether it be kicking Amare in the achille's heel while he was jumping up to dunk, kneeing Steve Nash in the junk while he was on the perimeter, or kicking Ray Allen in the back after he had already fallen to the ground, Bruce Bowen is not only a mediocre player but a failure as a human being.

If I were to go to someone's work and intentionally injure them so that they couldn't do their job and therefore not earn a living, would I not be punished for my actions? Bruce Bowen places players in physical danger knowing full well that any injury could potentially be career-threatening. How is it any different?

His 'signature' move when it comes to injuring players is placing his foot underneath that of a jump shooter so that when said shooter lands, he rolls and sprains his ankle on the uneven surface of Bowen's shoe. He does this several times a season and sometimes ends up injuring players for weeks at a time.

Here's clip video someone made on YouTube of his dirty play:
The stupidest part about it all is that because he's a Spur he feels he has the right to complain about every call. If all of these are just accidents and coincidences then why doesn't it happen this often to anyone else.

I wish terrible things to happen to Bruce Bowen. In all seriousness.

David Wright's Ridiculous Helmet

This is New York Met's third baseman David Wright. And that's his helmet. Whaaat?

He looks like Gazoo from The Flintstones.


Here's a few cool photo manipulations.