Saturday, December 30, 2006
The voice cast is great with Paul Giamatti as Screw-on head, and David Hyde Pierce as Emperor Zombie, the highly intelligent and articulate power mad zombie villain. Aided by Mr. Groin (a butler) and Mr. Dog (a stuffed dog) Screw-on head fights the occult and supernatural threats as an agent of Abraham Lincoln.
Wikipedia Article: Amazing Screw-On Head
Friday, December 29, 2006
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Guitar Hero 2
Originally uploaded by coderkind.
|With the blessings of the season upon everyone, and another day yet until I return to work, I see fit to review a PlayStation 2 game that I recently acquired in the flurry of festivities.|
I got hooked on Guitar Hero 2 during an excursion to Best Buy with veritate and defender75. I got stuck playing "War Pigs" and "John the Fisherman" for about half and hour and vowed to get myself a copy of the game at some point, though I gushed enough about the game over the last week to ensure a copy was under the tree this year.
The song set list is impressive, with song like "Institutionalized" by Suicidal Tendencies and "Sweet Child O' Mine" it feels as if the developers looked into my mix tape collection from high school and based their choices on that. The inclusion of Spinal Tap's "Tonight I'm going to rock you Tonight" and Strong Bad's "Trogdor!!!" really puts the rock quotient over the edge. The only thing missing is a Tenacious D song.
On the topic of "rock quotient," part of the scoring system of the game includes a "Rock Meter" to show how accurate your performance is i.e. How well you "rock" as it were. I think one of these should be installed at every rock concert in the world, and the results would be illuminating.
I really hope one of my PS2 using friends will pick this game up soon so we can have some dual-guitar rock-jamming action.
From XKCD comics
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Until then, I present the following image for pondering possibilities. The image is from US patent 6,500,041 for "Animated headsets." This is proof that just because an idea is patentable, it is not necessarily useful.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Originally uploaded by CORSIWORLD.
As he is close friends of the creators of the podcast, he has many candid shots of them. Here is Kevin Gamble, better known in my circles as "Johnny Johnny" the cocktologist of the tiki bar, serving up a smoked meat sandwich for lunch.
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Friday, December 15, 2006
Bigger, funnier and better conceived posts are in the works, so hang on.
"Some balls are held for charity, and some for fancy dress, but when they're held for pleasure they're the balls that I like best." - AC/DC "Big Balls"
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Flickr also added a cool easter egg (xmas egg?) to the note feature. Adding a note "ho ho ho hat" draws a Santaman hat while "ho ho ho beard" give the picture whiskers.
I think it may disappear in the new year so I document it with this picture. The original is found here.
Monday, December 11, 2006
Doing a Google search to find any discussion this project, I found this touching review of "Empire Strikes Back" by Infoquake author David Louis Edelman. He recounts seeing it for the first time in 1980 with his brothers and sisters and a mother's purse full of smuggled-in candy. He writes:
Harrison Ford [...] by cavalierly dodging the Empire through fancy maneuver after fancy maneuver, has clearly demonstrated that he is the coolest dude in the history of the universe, ever ever ever. The chase through the asteroid field makes the Imperial Walkers seem like old news, especially now that the candy's gone and the sugar high has kicked in [...]It makes we wish I could un-learn what I know, and re-watch the Star Wars films with the fresh eyes of a child. Failing that, I gather with my friends periodically and talk about these 30 year old films with a youthful vigour. We ask each other the same questions that have been raised for years:
I'm scared, I'm elated, I want to go home, I never want to leave.
- "Do we have freewill or are we guided by fate/destiny?"
- "How much government is too much, how much it too little?"
- "Do the ends justify the means?"
- "It it our intentions or actions that make us good or villainous?"
Not bad for a merely escapist popcorn serial.
Friday, December 08, 2006
Originally uploaded by ioerror.
On November 14th, I blogged about Robot Bartenders, both real and fanciful. Seems that the serving of cocktails by a robot is significant enough to warrent a symposium.
Roboexotica is an event that runs December 5th-10th in Vienna, Austria in an attempt to:
"publicly discuss the role of cocktail robotics as an index for the integration of technological innovations into the human Lebenswelt, or to document the increasing occurrence of radical hedonism in man-machine communication."The official sub-title of the event is "Cybernetics and Robotics as an Interdisciplinary Universal Science."
To me that sounds like an excuse to build funky robots and drink lots.
"If you turn your back on science, science will take you from behind" - Dr Tiki.
[Link] (via BoingBoing )
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
I did however score big hits on my Flickr account by using suggestive tags such as "nude," "naked," "flesh," and "skin." I garnered over 200 hits on that image of my elbow, while my typical project pictures are in the 20-30 hit range.I bet people searching for those kind of images were a might disappointed to see what I offered them, or more accurately, what I didn't offer them. <insert convention runners joke here>
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Day 68 - Name that body part
Originally uploaded by Drhaggis.
Here is picture of my naked skin taken for Day 68 in my participation in the 365Days Project on Flickr. Can you guess which part it is? How brave do you think I am? I will post the answer tomorrow.
Monday, December 04, 2006
Originally uploaded by dizznan.
Seen here is a lovely combination of two of my favourite things. A Kurt Vonnegut reference, and smarmy graffiti. The phrase from Krakow reads "Kilgore Trout for president." The man seen with the slogan, my indeed be Mr. Trout himself.
Sunday, December 03, 2006
When: Saturday December 9 th from 12 PM - 4 PM
Where: Centre building of Richmond Meadows Co-op, 4940 - 39 Ave. SW. Map
All-You-Can-Eat food and drink including turkey, chili, brisket, potato salad, coleslaw, homemade bread, and homemade ice cream.
Bring along your orphaned books for trade with other avid readers at Honest Ivan's Book Exchange!
At 1 PM Special Guest Hugo Award winning author Robert J. Sawyer will be on hand to lead a discussion on how near-future technology will save Mankind.
At 2 PM Cliff Samuels will moderate a Book Discussion on new and old books worth reading.
At 3 PM we'll hold our Enormous Book Raffle! We have a mountain of SF&f hard covers, trades, and paperbacks. And even a few non-book items.
Raffle Tickets available throughout the afternoon: $1 each; 6 for $5; 15 for $10.
FanForce Book Club meeting:
When: Sunday December 10 th starting at 7:30 PM
Where: Boomtown Restaurant, at the Delta Hotel (formerly the Best Western) on the corner of Southland Dr and Macleod Trail S
We will be discussing "Ender's Game"
Come on out!