Archive for May, 2008

Cannes Has Hell to Pay

Posted in film, France, Guns, men, web chatter on May 29, 2008 by John

“Acting is not acting if you act. You have to tell the truth, and I learned that in my career only at the end of my 37th movie.”

This quote came from Jean-Claude Van Damme about his new film J.C.V.D.  It’s a biopic about JCVD staring JCVD.  That’s what it claims to be at least.  It’s really some strange meta comedy that puts him in existential crises, custody battles and entanglements with bumbling bank robbers.  The word on the street is that Cannes loved it (Really).

Anyways here’s a trailer, or at least what the French think passes for a trailer. (Really worth watching.)

MOSTLY VIA

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I Was Making Dinner, I Think

Posted in borders, california, criminals, mexico, money, politics on May 28, 2008 by John

I missed Frontline last night, an am pretty bummed about it.  It looked like a good one too.   We’re talking human smuggling on the U.S./Mexico border.  Luckily, it was put online today.  Take a peak.

The Reich Stuff

Posted in Mind Control, music, tubes with tags , , , on May 28, 2008 by John

Below is part one of a documentary P4k made about our old friend Steve Reich. I’ve been a fan of his for a while, but to see some of these pieces played live, albeit on flash video, really is something else. Bonus interview with Thurston Moore & Reich at no extra charge. Part 2 here.

The Internet Can’t Do Everything

Posted in art, books, jokes, the future, web chatter with tags , , on May 25, 2008 by John

One of the things the internet cannot do is write. Jimmy Wales might disagree with me, but here’s some solid proof. Wiki Penguin is a website put together by Penguin Books. The idea was to see if a group of people could self organize and edit an online novel. Eventually, it came together (not in all respects) and can be found here. VIA

Some choice quotes:

With a word it begins … the sound of clicking keys and the smell of wet fur fill the room. Möbius strips made of banana yellow construction paper and Scotch tape are scattered haphazardly across the floor. The chief monkey, careful not to slip and fall, ambles from desk to desk collecting papers before pasting them slowly and deliberately into a gigantic scrapbook. He scratches himself, enjoying the sensation. If he had been able to read, as he once had been, he would have read something similar, or perhaps completely different, to the following…..

If only he had purchased that popular typing tutor software so many years ago, he would not have this cross to bear.

Perhaps then, if a person could live with the circular structure of this text, if they could truly be at peace with its serpentine narrative devouring its own tail, and its refusal to serve up pre-packaged understanding, then perhaps they were on the path to a meaning that humans, for all their self laudable wisdom, had lost.

There was no possibility of taking a walk that day… a swim, perhaps, but not a walk – for Artie was a whale, a humpback whale, to be precise,at least in these moments.

Yup.

And a rather good write up on why it fell on it’s face.

Newspapers to Replace Blogs

Posted in news, the future with tags , on May 21, 2008 by John

Well, the New York Times wants to think so. Apparently, their R&D team is working on a newspaper rack that prints a custom newspaper, with the stories that interest you.

The NY Times has one of the best news websites and is more and more using digital as an asset. The videos provided on the site show the types of things the Times is trying out, like the new Times Machine, which lets you explore archived pieces going back to 1851.

The problem is that the paper’s still loosing money.

Interesting stuff.

EDIT: Times Machine is online now, and pretty cool.

hillary deathwatch

Posted in 2008, hillary, Obama, the future on May 13, 2008 by Nick

keep watching

My Favorite Things

Posted in tubes, videos, white people with tags on May 12, 2008 by Shiv

Check out this video Dr. Lehnhof showed us last week in class. It’s one of his favorite youtubes, and has easily become one of mine. Apparently, this hunk is a replica of Kevin Greenwood’s dad, circa ’75. Enjoy.