12 December 2008
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16 November 2008
as recently my blood curdled into boiling black hate while subjected to gap's "jingle bells" commercial, i retreated into fond memories of nintendo's battletanx commercials (late 90s?). and lo, they are available on youtube:
youtube commenter "tnitro81" really demonstrates an aptitude for the "sports radio" school of internet commentary:
I like the part when the bear put his head up then the doctor put it back down and when the tank hits the bear! I love this commercial!
More art inspired by snugglebear:
14 November 2008
Various people get drunk and narrate historical events. Their narration is reenacted word-for-word in soft focus. Fantabulous. Here's the first of (so far) five:
07 November 2008
06 November 2008
31 October 2008
30 October 2008
29 October 2008
28 October 2008
26 October 2008
19 October 2008
13 October 2008
09 October 2008
01 October 2008
14 September 2008
I'm not deeply versed in his canon or anything, but I've been greatly affected by what I've come across and was surprised at how bummed I was reflecting on news of his death. Plenty of blogs and newspapers are filling up with eloquent obituaries so please go check a few of them out. The obit on salon gives a good general account of the sort of writer he was, if not an exhaustive survey of his contributions (which would be nearly impossible in a reasonable space, he was so prolific).
Wallace was probably a genius, Infinite Jest making with Ulysses intimidating literary bookends for the 20th century. More than an entertaining writer, he was engaged with the world. He wanted us to reclaim language for communication beyond amusement; he appreciated irony but feared that it was subverting our ability to be brave in making connections with each other. His writing is both rich in craft and a vector for important ideas; it is technically overwhelming and often prodigiously long, but not imprecise, usually hilarious, occasionally profound, and possibly hopeful, as no one would give us anything like that without suspecting that we deserved it. I don't know what he was like as a person, but he was clearly a man of enormous intellectual generosity. It is good news for us that such people can exist at all; and as they are rare it's sad that we have such a hard time keeping them here.
13 September 2008
10 September 2008
Any of you suckers looking to change jobs? My group at Amazon is shaking us down for referrals. You all would be fun to work with again, and I might win a Kindle!
Seriously the place is, so far, an excellent one to work. The attitude is laid back but there's a million things going on. Some really cutting edge technologies, some strange archaic in-house stuff. There's a huge call for Java developers especially right now.
One of the things I love about it so far is that each small team is trusted to use the tools that's right for them, and do the right things so that the company as a whole is run the right way. There's no big cheese manager telling the teams what to use. Think state law instead of federal law. This can also be an issue when each group has their own ways of doing things, of course.
If anyone is interested, let me know.
Posted by ChiliCon at 17:56
05 September 2008
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07 July 2008
After 7.75 years, I'm cashing in my chips and going to work with dcass and MLV at their place. MLV was kind enough to welcome me to the operation with the following picture and an invitation to group hugs.
04 July 2008
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31 May 2008
kyl and i went to the Boeing Museum of Flight today, which is currently running a (frighteningly entertaining) retrospective on flight attendant wardrobe. we saw these highly progressive vintage commercials there:
"go fly yourself" was printed on posterboards held up in protest of the creatively despicable "fly me" campaign by national airlines.
29 May 2008
28 May 2008
23 May 2008
Sometimes, the stuff Tom Waits says is completely cool.
Q: What is a gentleman?
A: A man who can play the accordion, but doesn’t.
Sometimes he seems like a parody of a Tom Waits-type character.
Q: What’s heaven for you?
A: Me and my wife on Rte. 66 with a pot of coffee, a cheap guitar, pawnshop tape recorder in a Motel 6, and a car that runs good parked right by the door.
via Rubber Room With A View
20 May 2008
19 May 2008
16 May 2008
A bit of personal news - I'm moving to Seattle and starting a job with Amazon. My girlfriend Theresa is also going. We've got a going-away weekend planned for Memorial day weekend, and I'd love to have some of you locals there. We did the evite thing.
Let me know if that doesn't work.
I don't know if there's enough room in that town for the both of us, Trump.
Posted by ChiliCon at 10:55
07 May 2008
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20 March 2008
On St. Patrick's Day:
Most of the time, white people consider celebrations of European heritage to be racist unless they omit large swathes of the 16th through 20th centuries. But since the Irish never engaged in colonialism and were actually oppressed it is considered acceptable and encouraged to celebrate their ancestry. For this reason, 100% of white people are proud to claim that they are somewhat Irish.And dozens more things white people like, such as #88 Having Gay Friends, #80 The Idea of Soccer, #4 Assists, and #22 Having Two Last Names.
18 March 2008
12 March 2008
07 March 2008
03 March 2008
02 March 2008
01 March 2008
apparently this is the real deal.
TWO FOR ONE SPECIAL!
Steve, don't eat it is just simply amazing. Really, the hilarious writing is only eclipsed by the beautiful photography. i read the whole page from top to bottom in one sitting.
29 February 2008
22 February 2008
The Dark Knight Returns
Frank Miller's (300, Sin City, Daredevil, etc...) telling of Batman coming out of retirement and somehow losing his mustache
Cerebus: Church & State Vol 1 & 2 (counts as one)
Dave Sim's 2 phonebook masterpiece
(I have re-read this almost as much as DKR, its really good)
Alan Moore is almost good at everything (League of Extraordinary Gentleman, V for Vendetta, Killing Joke, From Hell, etc...)
Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron
Daniel Clowes (Ghost World, David Boring, Art School Confidential ?!?, etc...)
By far the weirdest of the lot. If this were ever made into a movie and was true to the book, it would be the best thing ever... ever)
The Amazing Screw on Head
Mike Mignola (the Hellboy guy) its a single comic... never made any more to the series because its perfect and they didn't want to ruin it. Alas, its kindof hard to find :(
ALSO, WATCH THE DVD. They made a pilot for it (Paul Giamatti as Screw on Head, David Hyde Pierce as Emperor Zombie). They never made any more. Once again it came out so perfect they were scared they'd ruin it.
Here are some more goodies to check out:
Alan Moore (About Jack the Ripper, a very "grown up" comic book... i would estimate Jason would like it)
Cerebus: High Society (book 2, leads up to Church & State)
All of the Runaways books (you can get by with only knowing a little Marvel uni)
Daredevil #1 by Kevin Smith and Joe Quesada
The Hellboy Books
New X-Men Omnibus
21 February 2008
19 February 2008
14 February 2008
07 February 2008
24 January 2008
23 January 2008
18 January 2008
Here's this set of YouTube videos that take Garfield comic strips and make them into a live action performance. The Garfield and Odie suits are pretty lame, but the computer effects used are good in a trippy Dr. Who sort of way. The live action recreation is followed by a view of the real comic, and then a short music video.
I've been getting a good laugh since WebSphere and RAD are ruining my day.
Here's one of my favorites. The link above takes you to the Lasagna Cat website who is making these on You Tube.
It's sometimes hard to tell if Jim Davis is simply being made fun of or if the creator sort of likes him, too.
Posted by ChiliCon at 15:55