Archive for the ‘film & video’ Category

For Jon

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

Zen Parable, or Just Someone Being Cruel?

Chinese Gold Farmers: the Documentary

Nosefrida is a doctor recommended nasal aspirator that removes mucous from your child’s nose. If you’ve read Angela’s Ashes, you know exactly what I’m thinking of.

Adorably kawaii (and explicit) AIDS ads from France. Featuring sappy British punk as the soundtrack, for some reason.

Resist the tyranny of pants!

Eurovision 2007 recap

Monday, May 14th, 2007

I am, of course, at a disadvantage since I was unable to watch it live, nor with the (scintillating, I am told) Terry Wogan commentary.

Thank God for YouTube.

Elitsa and Stoyan should have won, in my perfect world. Though judging by the production values of the actual performances, I can see why they might not have been rated as high as the actual winner. But not that they came in fifth.

I am pleasantly surprised that I actually LIKED all of the top 5, though the Turkish and Russian entries are definitely guilty pleasures. Especially the Russian…

I also give major props to the voters that Verka Serdyuchka (Ukraine’s favorite anti-Russian drag queen) got second place. Though the song itself isn’t really worthy of it, and performance was fabulous.

Likewise, I was pretty impressed with the actual winner, Serbia’s Marija Serifovic performing Molitva. She had at least three major strikes against her that I was counting:

  • actually sang in her own language (see the Teapacks for an example of linguistic pandering in French and English in the same song)
  • as the youtube commenters put it “she’s not a thin leggy blonde gyrating half naked to a pop song”
  • this is Serbia’s first Eurovision outing and, let’s face it, they’ve not been making lots of friends as a nation the past 15 years.
    God help us, we might see an end to Eurovision demagoguery within our lifetime, my friends!

Friday, April 6th, 2007

A libertarian, free-market analysis of Mr. Rogers’ 1969 appeal to Congress.

Appropriately enough, some quite un-Objectivist souls have altruistically attempted to more fully inform the rest of their fellow consumers about some fabulous mobile phone opportunities. All hail the Market!

yes, it’s been over a month, so sue me

Friday, April 6th, 2007

Even Danes have trouble with Danish. Send help.

I don’t care if you live in Krakow, you really don’t want to name your company Eurokrak. Just a hint.

assorted video

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

gilbert and sullivan’s timeless classic, baby got back

stills from Tenacious D. Now you can have JB & KG’s asses as your desktop! Score!

1978 BBC doc on Hunter S. Thompson, Ralph Steadman. Hijinks ensue!

Monday, December 18th, 2006

I like it, but this has no reason to exist: Billy Idol, Slash, and Derek Sherinian cover “In the Summertime”. Slash?!???

Sunday, November 26th, 2006

the revolution will not be televised, but silly interviews always have a market

Gil Scott Heron

Sunday, November 19th, 2006

Networking. One of a series of spoofs of Apple’s now well-known Mac/PC ads.

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

the airline dance

fear of flying (fear of truth)

Saharan dust fertilizes Amazon forests

hot hedgehog action (via verabee)

supereater Kobayashi!

Monday, November 13th, 2006

(via tv in japan

The Helsinki complaints choir

Monday, November 13th, 2006

(via neil gaiman

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

Calvin and Hobbes, the later years: Mars is amazing…Mars is amazing

Sunday, November 5th, 2006

No, apparently NPH really wouldn’t do that

The sex life of robots

Sunday, November 5th, 2006

It’s finally going to screen somewhere!

(As excerpted in disinformation

behold, the power of randomness

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

chicken sexing is unexpectedly fascinating: In the 1950s, several machines were invented that illuminated and magnified the cloacas of newborn chicks, and chicks could be sexed by inspecting them with this machine.

Break it Up, the hit song by Carl Lewis and the Electric Storm. If only all athletes were this skilled in the musical arts.

The Shock of the New World, with respect to the flora and fauna of Australia. Bit of a hodgepodge, but I liked it. Try to get as far as the useful flammability of eucalyptus forests, and the inverted culinary social priorities of the class structure:
Convicts traditionally ate salted meat - which signified lack of property, for only the landed could enjoy fresh beef or lamb - and fresh fish. The ceremonial food of the free must therefore be fresh meat and salt fish.

The Big Lebowski (cndnsd)

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

Lebowski dropped the bomb

bush pilot

Sunday, July 9th, 2006

This does answer some questions about the Bush presidency…

via cynical-c

sweet black jesus, yes

Monday, June 26th, 2006

Stevie Wonder. Superstitious. Live on Sesame Street. There was, oddly, no leavening of muppets, but check out the VERY SERIOUS maraca player in the green shirt, and the tiny little hesher on the balcony.

how to open a beer…

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006

using a variety of nonstandard methods

go on down to southpark and have yourself a time

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006

…friendly faces everywhere (until the MPAA shuts them down).

Every episode, straight through season 10. Ye gods. I finally saw the Lemmiwinks episode. I feel dirty in a good way.