Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Check it out - Origami with Scissors

This is one crazy Scandinavian. I don't know how he came up with this or had the patience to work out the complexities of actually making it look good, but this guy manages to make phenominal sculptures and still lifes out of a single piece of paper. It's not Origami though, as my Origami expert cousin was quick to point out, it's something completely new.

Check it Peter Callesen Here.

Thanks for the link Bud.

Watch It - Bravia Paints the Town

This is a pretty cool commercial. What a great idea and great execution.

Thanks for the link Erik.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Watch It - Insane 'Street' Magic

This is hands-down, the best 'street' magic trick I have ever seen.

Watch It - MIT Design Environment

It's the ultimate Rube Goldberg machine tester!

Read It - The End Of Online Game Lag?

Well this is good news! It seems that a company has started to build a fiber optic web on top of the existing internet which is going to be targetted at online gaming in the hopes of practically eliminating lag. The only catch is that it won't be free but that isn't surprising I guess. Here's a bit from the article

"How much faster is it? Using a ping command which is a network diagnostic utility, it would take you around 80-100 milliseconds for your ping to travel from the east coast to the west coast and back on today's Internet. Using the dedicated GameRail fiber optic network, pings around 30ms are seen. When you consider light travels 1000 miles every 8-10ms on a fiber optic line, the fastest this could possibly be with no hops is 25ms. So this is a very significant speed increase."

Read the entire article here.

Read It - Majority of Online Gamers are Women

Wow, I never would have guessed that but here is what C|Net has to say about it:

"Of the 117 million active gamers in the U.S., 56 percent play games online. Sixty-four percent of those online gamers are female, according to results of the survey, released by Nielsen Entertainment on Thursday."

Read the full article here.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Blog It - BirdMonster

More than you really need to know about Birdmonster

Check out the above link. A lot of funny and entertaining stories about nothing. Very entertaining though.

Watch It - Iraq for Sale

Hmmmmm.... sucks to work for war profiteers. As the one guy says "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." Guess it would have been better if he had heeded that advice before his truck got attacked.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Watch It - Dirty Vegas, Days Go By

This is still one of those really great memorable videos.

Star Wars Fix - More Chad Vader

There's a couple more Chad Vader episodes up. Here they are.

Grab Episode 1 here.

Episode 2:

Episode 3:

Turns out these guys are going to be on Good Morning America with Episode 4. Nice!

Watch It - Bush to Iraq: Go Home and Die

What did he just say? This is a great reedit. Very funny and very bizarre to watch.

Watch It - Jon Stewart on Crossfire

How did I miss this? This is just captivating.

Here's the Crossfire interview:

Here's Jon's reaction:

Watch It - Rubber Boy

This kid is scary-good. Never seen anything like it. Wonder what his name is.

Watch It - Virgin Galactic

This is a video showing what it may be like to be a passenger on the planned Virgin Galactic space flights. It's funny that I happened to find this video today because just yesterday my wife and I went to this meeting at a travel agency where they try to sell you on joining their vacation club. We only went because they gave you a 7 night cruise just for going and listening to their pitch. When we got there they had us fill out a form with some questions and one of the questions was "What is your dream vacation?" Being the wise-ass I am, I wrote down "going to the International Space Station." I wrote that down primarily to throw them off but it is truly one of my dreams so when I stumbled across this video I can't tell you how excited I got. There is only one small hurdle that I still have to overcome. It's $200,000 a ticket so for my wife and I to do it we would have to sell our house. But if that is the cost now, I have to think in 20 years or so it's going to be borderline reasonably priced... that is if the idea takes off. Check out their website here.

Watch It - RC VR Plane

Finally somebody made this! Basically it's an remote controlled plane with a camera on it that is controlled by a VR headset. I looked into making one of these about 3 months ago. I found some very small wireless security camera that sold for around $100. I also looked into wireless webcams. They have some new ones now which can pan left right and zoom. Didn't get much farther than looking though. I still want to hook one up to my Traxxas Revo though.

Thanks for the link Erik.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Speaking of Tool, Here's Alex Grey

Yeah you probably don't know who he is but he did the artwork for the last Tool album among others. His story is pretty cool. Stick around and listen to his story about his Tree of Life painting..... I think that's what he called it.

Watch It - Tool, Parabola

My friend Shawn showed me this video a while back and I was captivated. The mind that comes up with this stuff has to be pretty twisted. It is so bizarre and so completely out there yet it is so freakin' cool. I love the mood, I love the build up to the end. It combines the best of that Pink Floy feeling of otherworldliness with a hard edged ominous driving sound. Can't say enough about it.

Watch It - The Best of Pink Floyd

The two following videos are part 1 and part 2 of a promotionl video for the "Best of" collection that came out a few years back. That aside, it is a pretty good glimpse through their journey along with some interesting behind the scenes tidbits.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Watch It - Pink Floyd, Echoes Part 1

If it wasn't for Pink floyd we wouldn't have Radiohead. Pink Floyd is timeless. I can't even count how many fuzzy nights I have spent listening to them. Here is one of their greatest works. It's a live version and its a little different than the album version. Great stuff.

Watch It - Paranoid Android

There is a reason that OK Computer by Radiohead is considered by many to be the best Rock album of the 20th century. This cut from that album definately illustrates a lot of the reasons that people, me included, consider that album something truly special. Inventive lyrics, great atmosphere, mood changes throughout and a truly unique sound.

Watch It - Rabbit In Your Headlights

This is a video for the song Rabbit In Your Headlights by Unkle. You may mistake it for a Radiohead song (I did) because of the vocal by Thom Yorke. Great song, great video.

Watch It - He Will Always Be Superman

While Brandon Routh did a great job in the latest film I couldn't help thinking what the movie would have been like had Chris Reeve played the title role. I think the thing that Reeve was able to bring to the role that I missed the most in Routh's performance is the feeling that there was a sensitive compassionate being behind the suit. I hope in the next Singer Superman movie Routh gets the opportunity to play with a little more range than he did in Superman Returns. Here is a recut trailer for the re-release of "Superman: The Movie."

Watch It - Wonder Woman TV Open

Here's the Wonder Woman openning theme from the old TV show complete with soul back-up singers, the sorriest excuse for animation ever and ofcourse Linda Carter in her blue diaper.

Watch It - Visit North Korea!

Human rights violations, a despot that kills and tortures his own citizens... those things don't matter. Come to North Korea for the water slide and..... not much else.

Watch It - Apple's 1984

One of the greatest commercials ever. Too bad its for a Macintosh.

Play It - Company of Heroes

So I have basically had my fill of WW2 games. I am just plain tired of them. That's why when I read a review of Company of Heroes I didn't get too excited. Add to that that it was an RTS (Real Time Strategy) game and it sounded like a formula for disaster. My luck with RTS's has not been too great. They always seem overcomplicated and boring to me. But given the complete lack of interesting titles out there lately (give me Spore already!!!) and the rave reviews I was reading for Company of Heroes, I figured I would download the demo and give it a try. Man am I glad I did. The game looks as good as the Call of Duty series, has really well thought out deep game play, and it actually made this jaded gamer's adrenaline rush at times! No game lately has done that... well except maybe F.E.A.R. Check it out. You won't be dissapointed.

Watch it - Make your pictures 3D ... automatically.

I don't know how its done, and I don't really care. All I know is that its amazing.

Watch It - Borat Diplomacy

You gotta love a guy who pisses off an entire nation and spins it into a huge publicity opportunity for his little movie. He is brilliant.