end-of-2007 intoxicated rambling
thank you for giving us the song “stronger” by kanye west in 2007. let us in the new year be able to distinguish the numinous from the quotidian, to save us from temptations both human and demonic, to prevent us from gazing into that Nieztschian abyss, to live a fastidious life of piety. the end.
Best of Bootie 2007 CD UP FOR DOWNLOAD →
yes yes yes OH MY GOD Check out the 2006 and 2005 mixes if you haven’t already.
As an experiment, starting January 1st of this year I began to make a playlist of the songs I listened to the most. They’re in chronological order (I had the first song pretty much on loop for the first couple of days of January, and then the second track for the latter half of the week, etc.) If you listen to them all in succession you can hear a bit of an emotional progression. Some of...
Funny Boys: The New Yorker →
2005 article about CollegeHumor. I kinda wish that I went to a real college so that I could discover whether or not this site is actually popular…
Apple to announce iTunes movie rental service →
20th Century Fox will not be the only studio on board when Apple announces its upcoming movie rental service, according to a New York Times report. Citing people familiar negotiations, who also confirmed the Apple/Fox relationship, the report states that the service will be announced during the Macworld Expo event in January, possibly during Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ keynote address on the morning on...
The Lie of the Technological Singularity [SA] →
Basically if all articles in Something Awful had a thesis statement, this would be it. And it’s pretty goddamn accurate.
Video: Colormation Screen Test →
Via BoingBoing. The technique “appears to involve a combination of live actors, high-contrast cinematography, and hand-drawn backgrounds and foregrounds.” Kinda cool and creepy at the same time.
Crossing the Great Uncanny Valley →
Interesting article in VFXWorld about performance capture and the cognitive dissonance that comes with it.
MySpace aims for trickier markets [WSJ Article] →
“In other countries, such as Turkey, social networking is a less-familiar concept, requiring MySpace to design on-site tutorials that explain to users how to navigate the site, find profiles for music bands and search for friends. Language differences pose different problems elsewhere: MySpace is contemplating a move into Israel, but the predominant use of Hebrew there would require a site...
Trevor Rabin is a genius
The score to the movie “National Treasure” (as well as its amazing sequel, “National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets”) was composed by a man named Trevor Rabin, and I’m telling you that this man is amazing. He knows how to keep things mellow, almost sounding like Thomas Newman. Then a chase or heist scene comes out of nowhere and suddenly he pulls out the strings and the...
2007 Highlights [Or, WTF Happened?!]
I’ll be listing notable personal and cultural ephemera which occurred this year, maybe more to help myself remember than anything else. This’ll be updated regularly until the end of the year. ———- MEDIA/TECH EVENTS The WGA strike happens… and continues. You know, I first heard the news of a possible impending writer’s strike around June, and I...
YouTube - THE RUTLES - Love Life (1967) →
Spot-on Beatles parody.
Scientists inscribe Hebrew text of Old Testament... →
That’s 300K words - essentially a 4.6MB file stored on “a space less than half the size of a grain of sugar”. And it only took an hour.
The Secret Strategies Behind Many “Viral” Videos →
How did I not read this before?
Normally I would assume that no one cares about this… but I’ve gotten a couple of requests about it. So here it is. I keep track of all of them with bookmarks and RSS in Safari so I don’t have to ever check them and I don’t spend too much time reading them. Regulars ARGN BoingBoing Clickable Culture Engadget I Believe In Advertising I Watch Stuff iLounge Kottke.org ...
Have you noticed that you can generally tell the average intelligence of a creative entity’s fanbase through the quality of that entity’s Wikipedia article? I think I will call it THE CHAD KROEGER FOLKSONOMIC DICTUM
After four runs for office, I have discovered that I am not good at politics.– Al Gore
Has John Edwards ever been photographed with his shirt sleeves not rolled up?– A comment on a Flickr photo of John Edwards
I don’t give a shit what I look like.– Steve Jobs
The Scene: Standards For XviD Releases - 2005 →
Technical specs for how a movie should be formatted when it is being pirated. I have no idea whether or not it’s the real deal but it seems like it - for a criminal group they’re definitely strict about how their conduct their illicit endeavors.
Trent Reznor had assumed [Year Zero] would hit the peer-to-peer sites by...– Wired Magazine, in an article about the Nine Inch Nails ARG
Zach Braff and David Denman (Roy, "The Office") to... →
Now I know what you’re thinking. And the answer is: exactly.
Kenny G signs with Starbucks →
And somehow, it’s all too appropriate.
Best Blogs of 2007 That You (Maybe) Aren't Reading... →
Lots of good stuff on this list.
Googalyzer - a web browser for research →
Here’s a cool idea - you’ve got a frame on the left for archived projects and a frame on the bottom for your paper and bibliography. The downside is that this browser is EXTREMELY bare-bones - it doesn’t even have a status bar, so you can’t tell when it’s working or just being unresponsive.
BREAKING NEWS BULLETIN
BJ Novak (Ryan from “The Office”) was at the Facebook Xmas party earlier this week. He did 30 keg stands. Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Ballmer were real troopers, taking the job of lifters, all while wearing Santa hats.
And Britney Spears shaved her head… that’s how I know the apocalypse...– Method Man
Jackass 2.5 to be first feature to forgo... →
…but they’re not using Quicktime or Windows Media Player or even Flash - they’re using Microsoft Silverlight. Um.
Donald Barthelme : →
Here Comes Another Bubble [Video] →
Everything dumb about Web 2.0 distilled into a parody video that’s actually hilarious.
Organization for Transformative Works →
Brawndo: The Thirst Mutilator. In Stores 12.15.07 →