August 28, 2006

more video oddness

Watching this video, and wiping the tears from my eyes, almost makes it easy to forget that the internet started out as a military application. Thank you, Internet... thank you.

August 20, 2006

i'm rick james, he's charlie murphy

The funniest thing I've ever seen. I blogged about this previously. Watch it if you haven't before.

August 16, 2006

happy birthday to me

The older I get, the less presents I get, but the more they mean to me when I get them.

Below is a poster I designed for VCA, heavily *cough* inspired *cough* by Methane Studios.

The font is kind of sucky, but the pressure of deadline meant I couldn't hand render a lot of what I wanted to do. There's a corresponding pamphlet too.

True Type fonts: just a little better than useless. Normally I don't go for such an obvious association (bubblegum font with a bubblegum machine. How daring!), but it is kind of nifty. Any font snobs have a better suggestion for a font? Oh, and the big font is House Industries' Fink Painted with a few modifications. And it's PMS 226 U and black. I have no idea what stock it's going on though

August 12, 2006

a pseudonym to fool him

Oh dear god. I am so insanely busy and so behind with my school work. So busy in fact, that I had to look up Kate Bush filmclips on YouTube.

Behold the enigma that is Kate Bush. I've always loved this song, and whenever I play this track at parties, it's great to see a whole dancefloor start to give their own interpretations of her dancing.

SPOILER ALERT: Here's an interview with Ms Bush in the 1980s (from Countdown!) explaining the meaning and origins of this song. It's a bit like the directors cut of Donnie Darko. It explains everything but it loses something when the mystery is taken out.

Now, you might say, "Oh Lumpen, what an awesome scallywag you are. What, with liking Kate Bush since you were a lad and all."
To that I would reply, "All is not as it appears my cockney friend. The first time I remember hearing (and liking) Kate Bush was in the song 'Something Good' by the Utah Saints., which heavily samples her brilliant song 'Cloudbursting'.

August 01, 2006

boom shake the room

This ad on the left came up in my Gmail account. How sensitive.

As an aside, I saw a pro-Israel rally in the city awhile ago and it gave me the heebeegeebees. Seeing people literally wearing flags like Superman capes screaming that it was unfortunate, but okay to bomb civilians because the "others started it" made me feel sick. How can you cheerlead something like that?

Just as sickening is the ease with which the Left seems to be mostly uncritical of Hezbollah. I really want to do something about this bullshit war (is it really a war when it's so one-sided and painfully adventurist?) but I'll be damned if I jump on that particular bandwagon. There are better forms of resistance than supporting armed religious nuts.

Then again, maybe it'd be a bit easier to condemn Hezbollah if the Israeli state weren't so murderous. Hey Zionists, here's a tip: you can't bomb people into liking you. It's a fact!

It's almost as if neither combatant gave a shit about peace and were trying to bomb the world into their own image.

Meh, I'm talking out of my arse. I know bugger all about the Middle East (aside from the obvious stuff) and not really in a position to defend myself against the ineveitable know-it-alls who can cite massacres and UN resolutions and whatnot. What I do know is that Israel is either painfully and dangerously inept at acheiving its objectives, or they have an an agenda that can be revealed by reading the scorchmarks they leave in Beirut.

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