Archive for February, 2008

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Take a Little Walk to a Country Town…

29 February, 2008

Sometimes my iTunes suprises me. It’ll be going all along a streak of new stuff that I have just added, and then suddenly an old song that I haven’t heard in a while shows up. This time, it was “Red Right Hand,” by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. First of all, this is a wonderful song. If you haven’t heard it,you should try to get it on Pandora, or Rhapsody, or Deezer (those are the legal alternatives), or whatever you use to download music.  It’s really creepy, talking about a murderer, or a thief, or a demon, or something (it’s not all together clear), and you just feel… creeped out. It’s rare that music does that, at least to me. And it’s got a beat, and a good riff, and basically it’s an almost perfect song.

An almost perfect song, with a very strange history, from my point of view anyway. So, it’s been around for a while, since 1994 and has been used in many different media. It’s apparently a big thing in the “Scream” series of movies, of which I’ve only seen the first; it’s used in every one. It’s also connected to Hellboy (although I don’t think it was in the actual movie, maybe just a preview). This makes sense, since Hellboy’s right hand is big and stone and weird. (All of him is red, so it’s accurate there, too, but less extraordinary)… Also inspired a soundtrack anthology for the X-Files (that’s what Chris Carter said).

But the song isn’t the only thing that’s red and right handed. There’s a pulp mystery novel from 1945 by Joel Townsley Rogers, with the same title. Which is where NIck Cave got the idea. Even before that, the phrase itself is apparently from Milton’s Paradise Lost. Interestingly, not actually referring to the devil, as one might expect, but rather to the vengeful arm of God.

So from Paradise Lost to pulp fiction to Nick Cave to Hellboy to my iTunes. Funny how things can flow.

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Once Again,

26 February, 2008

I come out in favor of Obama. I just heard about ten seconds of the debate tonight, walking through the hallway, and Hillary was already annoying. And defensive. I don’t know what the question she was asked was, but she was angry about it… “You know, in all the debates so far I’ve been asked the first question. Now, I don’t mind it at all [she clearly did], but, you know, if you all watched Saturday Night Live…” and then I got out of earshot. But she didn’t sound happy, she sounded like she was fighting for her life, which I don’t think is really a good quality to have in a presidential candidates. Now, I haven’t watched any of the other debates, and this I only heard what I just wrote down, so I’m not too knowledgeable. Nor do I know if Obama was stupid as well. But that’s just what I thought, from those five seconds of dialogue.

Food for thought, I guess. Although I’ve already voted, so I’m not sure how useful my thinking is…

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Listen to Your Movies!

26 February, 2008

I think it would be pretty cool/funny if someone were to make a DVD player that looked like a boombox… This is spawned by the fact that the TV closest to my room has no DVD player, but it does have a boombox right next to it. It wouldn’t be hard to combine the two, right? I mean basically you could just get one of those portable DVD players, take it apart, gut a boombox, and put the two together. I think the only really tricky part would be switching out the lasers, because I don’t think CD lasers can read DVDs (am I right about that?)

Hmmm… now I want to do this. Anyone have any ideas of where to get a cheap DVD player and boombox (say, under $50 total?)

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Monday Roundup 9!

25 February, 2008

I really need to start posting things other than roundups… especially when I say I’m going to. Oh well

[Science] ‘Frog from hell’ fossil unearthed: Everything was bigger in the past: cars, castles, computers and frogs.

[Science] Review: Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin: This book looks sort of cool; don’t bother to read the review the whole way through, though. The interesting point is down near the bottom, where it says that yawning is most likely an inherited attempt at gill-breathing. Pretty cool.

[Humor] Library Simulator: Seriously, what can’t you find on the internet. Why does this exist. (I found this from I believe boing boing, which linked to it as the worst flash game ever. I think I concur.)

[Random] Tweaking taps for a constantly warm shower: So use makes showers unusable? Or at least unenjoyable? Who knew?

[Entertainment] Mecha Manga Bible Heroes: The title says it all.

[Entertainment] Edith Piaf, superspy: Man, all these old ladies were amazing during WWII, even apart from being awesome anyways. First Julia Child, now Edith Piaf…

[Random] Killer Elmo: CREEEEEEEEPY. And it totally sounds like the company is trying to cover it up.

[Current] Barack Obama Is Your New Bicycle: Weird Obama fan site; it makes random sentences showing how cool you are, in relation to Obama. Copied by Hillary is Mom Jeans. This one’s more about how cool Hillary is, in relation to herself. Obama doesn’t need to be told how cool he is.

[Entertainment] Part of Your World: Wow is all I can say.

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Monday Roundup 8!

18 February, 2008

A few weeks off, but here goes:

[Humor] Police Seek Morin: Hehe. He looks funny. And has no jaw?

[Humor] ‘Faceless’ Bank Robber: Another tricky one for the fuzz.

[Current] Is Obama a Mac and Clinton a PC?: Well, FSJ seems to think so…

[Entertainment] Best Scenes From “The Wicker Man”: A video compiling the… er… best moments of Nick Cage’s acting in the Wicker Man. Best is used very loosely here.

[Entertainment] Woah: The Soviet Union was well known for its lions. And its horses. And its lions riding horses. Well, it is now, anyway.

[Tech] Fluxxlab Revolution revolving door generates electricity: Okay, I have had this idea for like three years now. I really need to patent things. (Seriously! I talked about this a lot last year, with the Science Center doors…)

[Entertainment] The Art and Science of Paper Folding: Using Macs to create origami. Pretty cool.

[Humor] “And wait’ll you see all the closet space!”: Awks.

[Science] New Mini-Pterodactyl Among Smallest Known: Aw, it’s so cute! Aw, it bit my finger off!

[Random] Polar bears and dogs playing: Ah, the arctic. A wonderland of snow, ice, and murderous animals playing with dogs that they could snap like twigs. Thanks, mom, for this one (insert obligatory “Awwwww”…[for both the thank you and for the video])

That’s it for this week! Coming up next: Firing ranges! The inside story!

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A Thought

15 February, 2008

So I was recently thinking about learning ventriloquism, less for throwing my voice, and more for just being able to talk without moving my lips. Because I can do most things, but the tricky sounds, like “b” and “p” and so on still give me trouble. And that’s what I could learn from a guidebook to ventriloquism. Then I tried to figure out where to get one, and realised that there must be a “Ventriloquism for Dummies” book. Which I think is hilarious.

That is all.

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An Update Of Sorts

12 February, 2008

My liopleurodon article has indeed boosted readership; although not by very much. However it is the most viewed article I have. Which is not saying much.

Anyway, I am still here, despite appearances, and I will try to update as soon as possible. I now have four-day weekends, so that should help…