Saturday, June 15, 2002

Ground Control to Major Tom - "Get Me the @#%# Out of Here!!!"

I've only seen the first of these Flash cartoons, but it was hilarious. Note for 56k folks, when you first start one of the toons, it's set for wideband by default, change it or you're in for a long wait :)

Oddest Action Figure Ever - Mr. Clean

Proctor & Gamble's website has Mr. Clean action figures for sale. I'm really curious as to who their target market for this item is, but if you're an obessive-compulsive or already have every other action figure on the planet and just can't live without one, hurry up - there's only a 100,000 of 'em and I'm sure they'll go like hotcakes. Did I mention that they're individually numbered, which will, no doubt, add to their umm...collectability factor?

Friday, June 14, 2002

Music Industry Unveils Piracy-Proof Format

Elvis Set for #1 Hit in U.K.

Well, thanks to World Cup fever, it looks as though Elvis may finally edge out The Beatles as the artist with the most #1 hits in the U.K. An obscure song, called A Little Less Conversation, remixed for a Nike commercial, is steadily climbing the charts there and looks to go all the way.


A cool, experimental website with some neat stuff, like an ascii composer that will take your 60x50 .jpg image and turn it into a typographic ascii-artwork like the one of Bill Gates shown above. I shrank the screen capture of the image, so you can't really see what's going on as far as the details go, but it's pretty nifty. Also on the site is a musical composer that will let you put together twelve-second songs on a virtual instrument. Requires the Flash plugin.

Wednesday, June 12, 2002

Like the Game Says, Folks - Sorry

I just want to apologize to the regular readers of my blog for the scarcity of updates lately. It's summertime and I've been getting out a little more. Now don't confuse that with "I've been windsurfing" or anything remotely cool or that will give me a tan, god forbid. It's just that I've been spending more time with my friends and so I've gotten a bit lazy about the blog recently.

I just needed a little bit of a break, at one point I was obsessively updating every day and I figured nobody was gonna have the time to look at all the links before they got pushed back into the archives anyway, so I chilled a little bit. Lately, however, I've been just plain neglectful of it and I just wanted to say "hang in there" to the friends who've stayed with me so long, I'll try and get it together and put some real goodies on here ASAP. At the very least I'll try and set aside a few nights a week to do big updates that'll keep you in links for awhile. Thanks again for reading, everybody, you know who you are. You're the best and if I didn't know you guys were out there I'd probably have chucked this thing at some point a long time ago.

Bullets Don't Spark

This and other movie conventions are explored from a geekish (and somewhat killjoy) page called Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics. Included are looks at the dangers of jumping through plate glass windows, falls and space explosions, along with reviews of movies from a strictly-physics standpoint.
Mr. Roger's Commencement Address at Dartmouth

Monday, June 10, 2002

Yahoo! Gets a Makeover

Yahoo, under pressure from advertisers, is changing the look of it's homepage. You can try out the beta version here...I guess it's not that bad, no floating banners flying around the screen or anything too intrusive. I'm sure this is probably just the beginning, though.

Childhood Memories Crushed Again - Hulk Smash!

Well, this is pretty sad...what happens when you hand over The Hulk movie to artsy-fartsy Ang Lee? Bad, scary things, from the sound of it.

As you may or may not recall, in the comic books, The Hulk came into being when mild-mannered nuclear physicist Bruce Banner, attempting to save his young friend Rick Jones from the effects of a bomb test in the desert, was blasted with gamma radiation and subsequently began turning into not-so-jolly giant called The Hulk. Now...maybe I'm no fancy-pants director like Mr. Lee, with his Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon acclaim and such, but I don't see a lot wrong with that origin story. You have a guy selflessly sacrificing himself for a friend, a massive atomic explosion - all within the first few minutes of the film, basically. Sounds good, right?

Well, in Mr. Lee's version, which has nothing to do with the classic Hulk we remember, Banner is bitten by feral, radioactive dogs (created, if I recall the rumors correctly, by Banner's father, The Absorbing Man, a Marvel Comics character that had nothing to do with The Hulk, let alone had any relation to Bruce) and, at some point, battles a giant Hulk poodle. Yes, you read that right - a Hulk poodle. Mad yet?

After the success of Spiderman, any moron could see that there were going to be plenty of superhero comic adaptions made in the near future. What's sad is that most of these will probably be written and directed by people who've never picked up a comic book in their lives, unlike Sam Raimi, who was a life-long Spiderfan and wanted to see things done properly. Aside from a few minor changes, Spiderman was left pretty much as I remembered him and rightly so.

What Raimi seemed to understand and what Ang Lee doesn't, apparently, is that these characters were popular with people around the world to begin with, for good reason - and while I'm not against someone trying to add to their appeal, I think that throwing away the things that made them popular in the first place, in an attempt to make them "better" is foolish and counter-productive. Perhaps Lee's movie will be good and moviegoers who've never read the old comics and children who haven't grown up with The Hulk will enjoy it greatly and I hope that's the case. However, there will be a lot of people out there who are going to be bummed out over these radical and unnecessary changes, the very people who bought all those comic books years ago and made it popular to begin with. They only get one chance at making these movies and if The Hulk tanks, there won't be another one for a long time, if ever.

In worse news, in a particularly pathetic case of bandwagon-jumping, there's going to be a movie based on The Wonder Twins, of Superfriends infamy, possibly two of the lamest characters to ever come out of the superhero trash heap. Apparently some idiot Warner Brothers exec must have seen them on the Cartoon Network for ten seconds and mistakenly thought they were cool and asked around for the movie rights.

At least we can take some solace in the fact that David Koepp, the screenwriter credited with Spiderman, has signed on for round two.

Take That, Art!!!

Documenting what happens when nutcases freak out and desecrate great artworks like religious figures, the Mona Lisa, etc.

Sunday, June 09, 2002

Sometimes Older Can Be Better

An article that details one good way to befuddle the current crop of website hackers: old mothballed os's like old DOS variants and AIX...the things are so old the script kiddies can't just dive in and start hacking away, simply because they're too unfamiliar and, in some cases, no documentation exists.
Auto Madness

Some odd little Flash driving lessons.

Behold, Trek Freaks: The Supreme Collector's Item

Whoever gets their hands on this baby is going to be the envy of nerds everywhere. The ultimate geek status symbol, Captain James T. Kirk's authentic captain's chair, is for sale on Ebay. If anyone reading this has a hundred grand or so laying around - I have a birthday coming up, you know.

The Legacy of Jimi Hendrix Lives on - in Google

I just thought this kind of humorous and telling - just for the heck of it, I typed "better than Jimi Hendrix" into Google and you know what it spit back out at me? The first couple pages of search results were all *joke* pages. :) Damn right.