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Friday, May 30, 2008
wow. i'm ahead of a trend!
according to this article, cocktail hats are making a huge comeback
i sketched a series of whimsical cocktail style hats last year! didn't actually get around to illustrating them. perhaps i should! i was going to do them on black illustration board, in metallic inks.
note to self: get on this!!!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Main Hoon Na
(that's a movie)
(have no idea what the title means)
(one of the weirdest movies i've ever seen)
Mike saw 5 minutes of this film on TV, and it looked like a Matrix inspired movie shot in India. So he added it to the ZipList so that we could watch the whole thing.
Indeed, the first few minutes were drama and action and a few Matrix-y moves. (i said that this was the Kmart version of the Matrix) Then there was the dramatic deathbed confession. Then the army major got sent to school to play a student to protect a girl and find his long lost brother. So now we're watching Indian 90210 / 21 Jump Street? Then a big musical number busts out... reminded me of Grease. (holy squid - watch for the long haired leather jacket guy with the plastic guitar who looks like Chong's son) Okay... and the lead dude looks like Ray Romano. And the punk ass kid is inspired by Van Wilder. One of the teachers is so gorgeous that her hair blows around all "Dreamweaver in Wayne's World" style... she's the eastern Catherine Zeta-Jones. There was a bit of Ferris Bueller, a bit of She's All That, a bit of drama, typical teenage stuff like the nerd crushing on the hot girl, a few more Matrix-y shots here & there. A whole bunch of other unintentional reminders of other movies. Damn, I should have made a list at the time.
Big musical numbers pop up at any time for no apparent reason. One of them has flashes of 80's video sets, and shampoo commercial classics.
There are English subtitles, but sometimes they break into english here & there, and it doesn't always quite match the subtitles. amusing. plus there are a few hilarious typos. Does he really want to untie the two countries?
Yes, the hero runs away from an explosion, all backlit from the orange flames. You're not an action star until you leap off a roof toward a helicopter.
To top it all off, this film had possibly the best ending credits ever. The cast danced around (another big musical number) holding signs (or t-shirts or newspapers) with their names on. Then we see the crew with their signs. I really like seeing the crew. It's easy to forget how many people work on a film, and they bust their asses too.
In short: Weirdest Film I've Seen This Year, and Totally Awesome.
Believe it or not, I've not given away much of the movie. please rent this. it's a blast!!! even if it's fully 3 hours long. those musical numbers add up.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
the coolest clock i've ever seen
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Your Mother needs a slap for not raising you right
article that i'd forgotten i had written
i've forgotten a lot of the articles & things i've written... shame on me.
link to an archive of articles i wrote quite a while ago for Campus.ca, Outreach Connection, a blurb for Reader's Digest, and various websites. (ignore the contact page, that is tragically out of date)
i often have random brilliant (to me) ideas for articles & columns & features, but just haven't had the time to write much lately. Perhaps someday I'll catch up.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
can't breathe... laughing too hard...
Sunday, May 11, 2008
restoring my faith in humanity
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Friday, May 09, 2008
so beautiful, so odd...
i love the Steampunk look. if only it weren't so expensive, complicated, and uncomfortable.
everyone looks like they've been dressed for a movie set - and likely a movie i'd want to see. Futuristic Victorian... what's not to love?
i desperately need some of those sunglasses / goggles with the side bits. let me know if you find them anywhere.
once again, lack of budget forces creativity
Click for article
No money for a camera crew? No worries... a Manchester band played in front of surveillance cameras, then through the Freedom of Information Act, requested the footage. It's actually quite an interesting video, and very timely.
I find it fascinating that some of the most creative projects seem to evolve from lack of money, lack of time, lack of resources. It forces people to rethink everything they've ever thought. To reconstruct and cobble bits together. To blend old fashioned and new fashioned in seemingly odd ways.
Restrictions are food for your creativity. Like being forced to eat your broccoli.
Thursday, May 08, 2008
This is far too amusing... go to paintthatshitgold.com then enter whatever website you like.
It lets you use gold (or silver or black) spraypaint or marker to deface the website.
Childish? Yes! Hilarious? Yes! Something funny to leave on coworkers screens if they leave their computer unlocked? Muah ha ha haaaaaa...
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
apparently, it's not illegal to deface money
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
you can NEVER take a joke too far...
Friday, May 02, 2008
Wellington urquell is malty and mellow... Perfect patio beer. Medium body, nearly sweet flavour. I could drink 77 of these if it were socially acceptable.
this note will self destruct....
Xerox has invented a special new paper. You print on it, read the print, then toss it in a stack... and print on it again in 24 hours after the ink has disappeared.
click for article
Funny, I was discussing self destructing books with an author just a few days ago. Since avid readers are always facing bookshelf issues, books should self destruct in two years. That's plenty of time to read, reread, and pass the book around to friends.
colour theory is your friend
Restaurant review of The Harbord Room
They mention the restaurant is painted an odd pink colour.
According the the photo and description "Pepto Bismol pink", it sounds like it's very close to Baker-Miller pink. A colour which promotes calm, diffuses aggression, and... SUPPRESSES APPETITE!
Nice pick there folks. Good thinking.