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January 11th, 2008
12:50 am
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The Top Gear (and other stories)
Well, ladies and gentlemen, this has been the last Movie Night before my career as an office assistant. I had neglected to mention earlier that this was not the only movie night candidate for a double feature; I had meant to make a double feature of Monday and Survive Style 5+. Upon further reflection, it seems fine that we'll be unable to do so. I'll let you stew in your contemplation of the movie for a week waiting for the second. Also, I have plenty of Top Gear episodes at the ready, and this way we'll have time to watch more of them. Still upcoming are the Top Gear Winter Olympics and Richard Hammond's fantastic crash (spoiler lol).

Luth is an interesting fellow. If he has as much knowledge of music as he suggests, his experience is indeed formidable. I'll be interested to see if he returns for the next movie night.

I see here that my encode of Meatball Machine has finished. Let's hope that AutoGK has followed my instructions and correctly set the aspect ratio this time. I swear, this film has been the most painful to pirate for its relative value.

Brian, I forgot to mention that you'll find Freezepop's new album, Future Future Future Perfect in R's upload directory.
R, I forgot to mention that you'll find a Banannaphone ringtone in your upload directory.

Now, to remove from my face this terrible expression.

Update: The seven-layer beef burrito was significantly less exquisite than I had originally imagined.

Current Music: Freezepop / Do You Like Boys?

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January 9th, 2008
03:02 am
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So Thursday (thursday) is going to be, like, the last double feature in Movie Night Classic. Incidentally, it's also the last double feature I'll be able to attend, so that's lucky. Most of you already know, we've got Mind Game and Paprika and it'll be awesome and things. The week after: Streets of Fire. Also, I've got Top Gear.

Jeremy from Top Gear made the news recently when hackers used his bank details that he published (to show that publishing bank details is harmless) to donate 500 GBP from his account to Diabetes UK. It is somehow just what I would expect from Top Gear.

In coming weeks we'll be watching actual new (to us) movies. I've requested Machine Girl (I don't know who has it), Dave says we should watch Meatball Machine (I have it), and we're currently trying to get ahold of Motel Hell, which is awful. I've had an awesome rip of Tachiguishi Retsuden, like, forever, with terrible subtitles. I don't know when we'll get them. For those of you not familiar: Mamoru Oshii South Park. There's also Dangerous Encounters of the First Kind, THE MOVIE THAT DESTROYED CHAIRMAN MAO, uncut. The plot may actually make sense now. Also, we haven't seen the last movie in the Election trilogy (I don't have it, but it can't be hard to get).

Real post coming sometime.

Upton Sinclair!

Current Music: Freezepop / Do You Like My Wang

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January 3rd, 2008
04:05 am
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FUCK YEAH
The pope is setting up EXORCISM SQUADS. Finally, I'll be able to achieve my lifelong dream of being Alexander Anderson!

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December 30th, 2007
09:47 pm
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The Death Box (and other stories)
So I was over at the hype machine trying to figure out what the cool people are listening to, and one band that popped up a couple times was Wolf Eyes and Black Dice, which struck me as the coolest band name ever. So I managed to get ahold of their album only to find out that it's actually two bands without particularly clever names doing a collaboration album and their combined efforts are just better than the awful sparse techno album I sent around as an example of how not to make music (which I believe R at one time mistook for real music and added to his winamp playlist) and not quite as good as The Bug, a band that I don't particularly like but ended up picking up back in those days when I downloaded whatever nonsense crossed my field of vision.

Right now I'm trying to figure out if d20 modern is clever or retarded or both. I think I'd like it a lot better if they'd included a classless option, but I don't think they did. I like a lot of the d20 modern changes, and I think their wealth system is an interesting concept, but their idea for classes look somewhat dubious, and they don't include a handy system to make your own.

With this quad-core, my Divx encoder runs a whole lot faster now. What took me six hours now takes an hour and a half, with bittorrent running. It's awesome. Also, The Prestige was as good as people said it was, though David Bowie was not very David Bowie in this movie. I guess I was expecting the song from Extras.

So I've just gone through and re-played The Warriors (the game) and it turns out I've been getting some things wrong when I tell people about it. Ingame events I had remembered as happening after the movie ended actually happened before the events of the movie took place. Some of them were clearly filler that probably had no place at all in the books (your basic Rockstar GTA-genre missions) but some actually made some sense in the context of the movie. It makes me want to go and read the book. But I happened to play The Warriors and watch THX 1138 on the same day (all black men are holograms) and I got to thinking about movies that have all the characters listening to one particular station to organize them, like The Warriors and American Graffiti. I know that it's an easy method of advancing the story, without directly using a ham-handed voiceover or onscreen text, but more than that, I'm interested in the concept. I'm going to have to look into real-life examples of this. I read a story that said that people in Dubai were all upset at their interactive TV channels for corrupting the kids, but they didn't really explain a whole lot about what interactive TV stations were or how they work.

I was telling R's unconscious Google Talk avatar about how we (I don't know who we is) should get some kind of organizing radio station going, like Pirate Radio or something. Like, for the pirates. Yeah. We could talk about the scene in late-70's gang terms, it'll be awesome! We'd need someone to do the talking, and in the movies that's usually a black woman. I don't know where you'd find that on the internet, but Mike Dent is technically black and talks to himself as a woman on his podcast. I should ask Brian. I bet 4chan is full of black women.

I just found out that Yahtzee is actually a Goon. Like, with a capital G. I should've known something was up when an English person knew Ash's full name. Are funny people attracted to SA, or is my sense of humor warped by being a goon? It's hard to tell.

So I'm rapidly approaching a good stopping point on my current project, and I'd really like to conclude Project Bumpkey so I can start researching Project Bumpkey 2: BUMP HARDER. Bumpkey 2 will be explained to everyone who needs to know just as soon as I find some more details.

Current Music: OMD / Enola Gay

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December 14th, 2007
03:52 am
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The Doom Pool (and other stories)
So this computer thing is working almost completely. I'm going to have to buy a PCI-IDE card to get both my optical drives going and booting and shit, but so far things look awesome. I bought a brand-name power supply this time and it really made all the difference in this machine. I've always said that those 4-pin Molex power plugs had the absolute worst design and quality and that if even a monkey tried to take a stab at improving them, he'd surely be successful. This new power supply has connectors that pop in and come out perfectly, without injuring my hand. I like to imagine that the inability to reboot with the last one had to do with the power supply, but I can't prove that even a little. Either way, I'm getting all kinds of enjoyment out of turning this machine off and on again when I want to. I can even use the (GASP) RESET BUTTON. There's (OMG) A HDD LIGHT ON IT. The network port has those fancy activity lights. I can hook up USB to the front panel. I haven't had to pull all the cables and re-seat the video card just because. This shit is OFF THE HOOK (in like 2001-2002 anyway). I was listening to some songs I know well and hearing funny changes in them, and that really kind of upset me. It could be that I'm running the songs through Media Player Classic, not winamp, but I can't help but wonder if it's the change in soundcards. I was using the on-chip soundcard in my old machine, and am continuing to do so in this machine, but I get the feeling that the sound quality may be significantly improved here. Ironically, this is producing the opposite effect that it's supposed to, because apparently I like my music noisy.

A while ago I was saying that Phreak Phactor was the greatest show ever. Just today, I told K that it might actually be the worst show ever, and now I'm listening to an episode after a long gap in the show and it has actual content and so that's just confusing me. Seriously, though, I wish they'd bring that show back and Folger's would sponsor it again so I could try. I'm not good on the phone but I can at least pick it up and dial numbers and talk into it so I guess I'd be better than 80% of the people there. They rarely dial the people they talk constantly about dialing, and more than half the time when the party they call picks up, nobody has any idea who's talking (and all are afraid to try), so the person just says "hello? Hello?" and hangs up after a few seconds of silence. Episode 14, however, has just seen a significant improvement. People are actually dialing phones and talking into them, which is OMG HAMAZING. I have such low standards for this show format that I'm happy just seeing people try.

Also, while I'm at it, you know what you look like to me, with your good bag and your cheap shoes? You look like a rube. A well scrubbed, hustling rube with a little taste. Good nutrition has given you some length of bone, but you're not more than one generation from poor white trash, are you, Agent Starling? And that accent you've tried so desperately to shed? Pure West Virginia. What's your father, dear? Is he a coal miner? Does he stink of the lamp? You know how quickly the boys found you... all those tedious sticky fumblings in the back seats of cars... while you could only dream of getting out... getting anywhere... getting all the way to the FBI.

The final episodes of this season of Dexter preaired. Here, let me spoil them for you: Doakes just kidding I wouldn't do that.

Fans of Zero Punctuation will recognize my new userpic.

Current Music: Autechre / Flutter

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December 13th, 2007
03:53 am
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This VGA driver disc is FUCKING HARDCORE
So I just re-built my computer, and while it's still lacking a part, it's got the basic stuff installed and working with XP, and it's awesome. I just installed Nero, so one way or another there'll be movies tomorrow. I fixed The Host FOR SURE this time (durr). All my video codecs came uninstalled, so the only thing I have to watch for entertainment is Genocyber.

Hey, Dave, I was telling you about <a href="http://googlebordello.crushhumanity.org/16gh4et.jpg">the most badass Hello Kitty M16 ever</a> last week. Ask me about angry ninjas!

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December 9th, 2007
04:21 am
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Gay Party Hero
IN A WORLD where someone has hacked the PS3, these would be the songs on the Gay Party House edition of Rock Band:
Brian:
Rick Astley / Never Gonna Give You Up

D:
Contra / Jungle Jam (j-metal remix)
Biz Markee / Just A Friend

Dave:
Prince / When Doves Cry

Drew:
Transformers Theme

"Post your" threads are rarely successful, but post your fantasy Rock Band songs.

*Inspired by Dave saying how awesome it would be if Rock Band had Prince.

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December 5th, 2007
11:53 pm
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Hey People
So there'll be movies tomorrow, and you should be there, because the movies will be good.
I've finally fixed The Host, I think, and so you'll get to come and see a totally new way for it to fail, as well as an AMAZING MYSTERY SURPRISE MOVIE (that is Attack the Gas Station)

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November 29th, 2007
05:21 am
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ATTN: People
Movies Thursday
It's the korean tragicomedy fest (yaaay)

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November 25th, 2007
03:41 am
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The Bob Sapp (and other stories)
So I was going to write about why I think that powered armor and other real robot type mecha are cooler than super robots, when I paused to think: Why don't I mind Evas from Neon Genesis Evangelion? They're not at all realistic, and fall totally into the realm of super robots, but why do I enjoy them so? Because they're like the exact opposite of super robots. Super robots are supposed to have super powers, while Eva units have super disabilities. Look at these fantastic features:

  • Can only be controlled by teenagers (or remotely by evil cabals)

  • Only angsty, traumatized teenagers eligible to be pilots

  • Protected by a forcefield of emotional isolation and abandonment issues

  • Controls based entirely on what the angsty teenage operator is feeling when he waggles the joystick

  • Costs the entire budget of a first world nation

  • Destroys the city it was built to protect

  • Must be plugged into a wall socket to operate

  • Contains hidden potential to end all life on earth


So I guess what I'm saying is that Evas are awesome because they're terrible.

R was asking about Jerkcity, so I collected some of what I thought was the best of Jerkcity (your mileage may vary).

I was also telling K about James Randi talking about Homeopathy.

Current Music: Kansas

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