I Want To Be The Very Best

September 23, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Posted in video | 11 Comments
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URL AI

September 7, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 11 Comments
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It can only be attributable to human error.

I noticed on Twitter (groan) that poppyshock from I Have Touched The Sky linked URLAI.com. You plug in your website and it analyzes it, telling you various things about your blog or at least, you’re writing style.

While it’s not as interesting as I Write Like… I did find myself compelled and so I plugged in my URL. It only tells you about age, gender, mood, and tone, and even then doesn’t get as specific as I might like.

Apparently the options for mood are only happy or upset.

Anyway here’s mine, and I didn’t find the results overly satisfying. I’m not between the ages of 36 and 50 and it seems to barely register that I’m male at all. If that wasn’t emasculating enough my mood is usually happy and I’m very personal in my posts.

Scott Pilgrim vs My Eyeballs

August 25, 2010 at 1:50 am | Posted in Uncategorized, video | 8 Comments
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KO'd

I settled into my seat in a surprisingly busy theater. The local chain is only showing Scott Pilgrim once a night, couple that with the cheap Tuesday night tickets (7 bucks) and surprisingly it was mostly full. I had read about the box office woes of the movie (60 million to make, but only having grossed 20 so far) and had half expected to enjoy the movie in silence.

I was 15 minutes early so of course I was subject to the various ads, which immediately gave me the feeling this would not be a good night. There was a public service announcement about going back to school, I noticed most of the people in the theater were barely above half my age, and various chocolate bar and candy ads aimed at tweens. Great.

The previews started. Often for me this is the best part of a movie, particularly if the movie stinks, so I watched with intense scrutiny. The new Bruce Willis “Reds” movie could be watchable, especially with Helen Mirren. I could watch Prime Suspect, particularly the last season over and over.

Finally the movie began. The Other Guys starring Will Farrel and Mark Wahlberg.

Wait. What.

Apparently they forgot to switch the reel over from the 7 o’clock showing.

Sitting through 2 sets of previews is a boon to a person like me, but it still ended up starting the actual movie 40 minutes late. I can be pretty prickly so starting my movie late is not a good thing.

I guess it just didn’t matter though. Scott Pilgrim is wicked awesome.

Early on I almost instantly recognized a song that was playing. I couldn’t quite place it. “I’ve liked you for a thousand years, a thousand years”. Later on Scott Pilgrim wears a t-shirt that says Plumtree. I’ve seen them in clubs like a dozen times. Halifax’s own. They even go on to play Go! by Plumtree as well.

As to the actual movie, I have to admit, I didn’t think the acting was particularly strong. Does that even matter in a movie like this? No.

The visuals were fantastic, I loved them. You rarely see a movie so fully invest itself in the visual ideas of its source material. Sin City I think was the first to do this, followed by a few other comic book movies. Usually you just get crap like Fantastic Four with Jessica Alba. Does that adaption of the comic book sit right with anyone?

The visual style isn’t the only thing to like of course. There is the humour. I’ve yet to read the comic book, blasphemy I know. Unfortunately that means I’m not sure how funny the comic is in relation to the movie, but the movie is quite funny. Sure there are kind of lazy pee jokes, like when Scott empties his pee bar. The audience laughed but I don’t think it was that funny. There are other pee jokes though, and I did laugh at those. I tend to not laugh at bodily function humour, it seems so junior high to me. Yet there it is.

The continual odes to geek culture were truly impressive. Video game sound effects, references, and visual gags require a second viewing I think.

I loved the characters. Well written and while not necessarily deep, the large cast complements the story instead of holding it back. Some of the situations ring true as well, I mean its a fantastical comic book story but, heart break and humiliation go hand in hand with break ups. Super villain induced or not.

I think the most impressive thing about the whole movie is how easily it splices a sort of romantic comedy with a super hero comic book. I like that real world situations are told through a fantasy epic adventure story. It pulls it off really well. I’ve always thought that Spiderman’s best stories, or his best villains anyway, weren’t just random strangers but the people he knew in real life. Docr Ock or Doc Connors as scientists Peter respected, Flash Thompson as a bully, Eddie Brock as a rival photographer.

Scott Pilgrim does exactly that. It takes the real world problems of dealing with break ups and ex’s, turns them into hyperbole and metaphor and not coincidentally a great movie.

Is it wrong that I sort of wanted Knives to end up with Scott at the end? Or wait maybe I just want to end up with Knives in the end. She is so frickin adorable.

Ladies and gentlemen of the nerd world. If you do not see Scott Pilgrim, you shame us both sir. Good Day.

Viddy Well: Auto Tune The News

July 31, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Posted in video | 2 Comments
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I’m beginning to really love these guys, creative, funny, and musically talented. My only complaint? Too short.

Your Lack Of Funds Disturbs Me

July 23, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments
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You know what. Times are hard. There’s this whole financial crises, you can’t get a loan to save your life, getting credit is impossible. If you made a big investment right before the banking crises, like say for instance building 2 space stations the size of a small moon that can pulverize entire planets into oblivion, you’re in trouble.

I assume that’s why Darth Vader is robbing banks.

Don't worry, No Disintegrations!

Viddy Well: These Anti-Piracy Ads Are Getting Really Mean

July 22, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Posted in video | 5 Comments
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I’ve heaped praise on The IT Crowd in the past, and while the style of this opening sequence from their second season isn’t repeated often it is an example of just how good this show can be.

Viddy Well: Rainbows And Other Miracles

July 8, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Posted in video | 2 Comments
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I don’t know whether to ridicule people who are awed by the natural beauty and wonders of the world or be awed by them myself. I’ve seen a large portion of North America and enjoy the outdoors, but this guy makes me look like either I’m a grinch or a chump for not appreciating nature on his level. All I know is the rainbow doesn’t impress me, but this guy’s appreciation of it does.

I’m not sure, but I think he started to cry.

Then there are people who take something relatively benign and make something out of it. Should I appreciate beautiful harmonies, or dismiss it because its autotunes, its goofy, and its just some weirdness on youtube.

All of this reminds me of how much fun I had laughing at the ICP song “Miracles” on this very blog not so long ago. Am I a cynic simply for not being awed by what you could describe as mundane every day life?

Team Coco

July 7, 2010 at 8:23 am | Posted in video | 4 Comments
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I’m a big Conan O’Brien fan. I’ve been waiting for his re-emergence on TBS after the Tonight Show decided it prefers mediocrity to excellence. I saw this article in my igoogle rss feed from wired and it mentions that he spoke at google and its on video.

I love me some youtube, nothing like watching bits by your favourite comedians that you’ve never heard before, whether it be Jim Gaffigan, Patton Oswalt, David Cross or even a non-comedian like Kevin Smith who just happens to be really good at telling funny stories.

The talk Conan had at google was hilarious. Check it out. Oh, it’s 45 minutes.

Also, I found a replacement that doesn’t suck for NinjaVideo. Yay.

Fredo LIVES!!!

June 20, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Posted in Uncategorized, video | 6 Comments
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Why are you giving me the secret signal to shut up?

Perhaps one of my all time favourite television shows, and certainly one of my favourite sitcoms of all time is the amazing “The IT Crowd“. It airs on Channel 4 in England.

Its premise is straight forward. 2 IT nerds work in the basement of a large corporation. In the first episode a woman who knows nothing about IT gets the job as their boss. Hilarity ensues.

The thing is its so farcical and satirical that it becomes much more than a show about office workers. Everything from nerd culture to Russian cinema is put to the coals. I love this show so much.

I love everything about it from the opening credits and music to the bizarre tangents the show often goes on. Everyone I have suggested the show to has loved it. The first episode is just the tip of the ice berg, and I think the funniest episode is in the 3rd season 4th episode, but I have many favourites.

Anyway, I just watched the first episode of the brand new 4th season. Illegally of course. Any other IT Crowd fans out there?

Viddy Well: All Your Oil Are Belong To U.S.

June 11, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Posted in video | Comments Off on Viddy Well: All Your Oil Are Belong To U.S.
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Putting aside politics, what is it with the United States and the old Joan Collins Special? That is to say, the royal screw job, as it were. They’re either shooting themselves in the foot, shooting their other foot, shooting someone elses foot, or generally just shooting people. The last 10 years have been nothing but angst for them whether it be their fault or not.

This is funny though!

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