Laura Warshauer

Laura Warshauer is awesome.

For those of you who have never heard of her, now you have.  And I’m talking to you the thousands of readers of this site combined.  (And yes, combined, I do get over 1000 unique visitors to this site).

I took 4 videos of her performance at the Highline Ballroom on June 20, 2010:

Rockstar

Sweet 17

Wishing Well

Tonight Tonight

Apparently some people think that the audio isn’t great on that last one. I can agree because well, it’s from a hand held Flip Video Ultra (which is an amazing little camera that is worth every penny), I also don’t care.

Also, you should watch those videos in 720p because it’s there.  And no matter what you do, don’t press this button, you will regret it, and I warned you.


(No idea why this wasn’t posted last week when it was supposed to go up, but whatever, can’t change the past)

Commie Spies!!1!

It’s like we’re all of a sudden back in the 1950s.  Earlier this week an alleged Russian Spy ring was exposed right in my back yard!

I’m not gonna go into details about this whole thing, that’s not my job, but I will say that I am excited because not only have all the Robert Ludlum books I’ve read begin to have a grain of truth to them, my 2nd favorite time in history is coming back.

I just felt that I should bring this to your attention, that’s it for now, you can go on with your boring life,

Censoring your Internet Input

pepper sprayerAh society, trying to thread on constitutionally protected freedom of speech in life, and most importantly (for the scope of this post) on the internet. Ultra-Modern-Life has designed this (concept?) pepper smell sprayer (not pepper spray) that is a USB “bad language” detector.  So if I had it plugged into my computer while I’m writing this post, and I type shit, and I leave it up there, a red warning light will come on.  Now, it’s not clear to me that if I just go back and delete it, will the warning light dissapear?  Or do I get a certain ratio of swear words to real words?  Or would this sentence just throw everything off:  Fuck the fucking fuckers.

Either way I see this a a great waste of time, effort, and (possibly) money.

The motives were good, trying to keep people out of trouble on social media sites.  Except the reasons behind said “trouble” are ridiculous.  People are becoming more afraid of what certain things they say online will reflect about them, so they try to be all goodie good, nicey nice on Facebook, and Twitter, and their blog and whatever.

Yea, not me.

There’s a difference between a work environment, and a personal environment.  Facebook and Twitter, are personal environments.  Its your own damn fault for becoming friends with your boss on Facebook.  That being said, you can still say whatever the hell you want about him and your job in your status updates, and legally there’s nothing they can do about it, because as I said in the first line of this post: constitutionally protected freedom of speech.

Stop being afraid of silly things, move on, and live life to the fullest, and do not even show some support for this device, or anything or anyone that censors your internet ramblings.

And I will close with all due respect towards V, words only have power if you give it to them.

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“Bad” Movies

Science Fiction movies get alot of bad publicity for being more fiction, and less science.  Well my friends, that is the problem when “reporters” don’t know how to read.  Because they tend to ignore the “fiction” part of the genera, and only focus on the “science.”  I’m here to remedy this problem. (More so to tell them how much of an idiot they are,).

The whole thing that started this debate was Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy page.  I read it, and I understood what he was saying, and the reasons behind it all, but he, like many others who pick appart movies for their unrealistic scientific conditions are missing the point.  In order to illustrate the main purpose behind movies, I have created this simple chart:

movie chart

As you can see, the most part of the movie is geared towards making a profit, with entertaining coming in second.  Some movies, (mainly ones geared toward children) have a lesson to teach, and then, way at the end of the scale is accurately describe something.  That is usually reserved for the documentaries that air on the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and in IMAX.

Anyway, Phil here has a problem.  He is nitpicking movies for each and every scientific misstep they make, but clearly still trying to enjoy the movie.

Maybe it’s because he’s picking appart some of my favorite movies – Armageddon, Contact, War of the Worlds, The Core, Signs, or maybe it’s just because he’s being so fucking nitpicky about it, or, (most likely), I’m just pissed that he doesn’t know how to suspend his disbelief for 120 minutes and melt into a world where anything is possible.

He’s also falling into the classic (to me anyway) hole of limited human perspective.  He’s limiting his imagination to things that he knows, (that’s fine all humans do that), but to claim that something can’t work, isn’t possible, or is just plain wrong because it doesn’t make sense is not how you should go about living.  And this is part of a larger argument I have with the whole scientific community, but that’s for another post another day.

Any Hootie and the Blofwish, take a look at his reviews and see if you agree.  I’ve read most of all of them (I had to stop because it was getting to ridiculous).  Like I said above, I see where he’s coming from in alot of them,  I just don’t agree with his conclusions.  My view is this: If i had a good time watching the movie, then it was a good movie.

You’re gonna be clappin’ when you hear Eminem rappin

I am not an Eminem fan, but this commercial almost makes me want to buy it.  And, for the doubters there, this is a real commercial that Vince Offer made and aired on television.  Not having watched the channels that this type of commercial would normally be played on, I have yet to see it on air, but hopefully I will, cause I just want to laugh in person at this while I watch it on TV (that sentence made no sense).


UPDATE:

There’s an extended full 2minute commercial that’s probably never gonna make it on TV:

Musical Points of Light

Sometimes, I like simple flash things.  Like this musical maker thing. Just listen to my masterpiece isn’t it great?  Personally,I think I should have ended it before i added the bars on the right, but there’s no Undo, and I didn’t want to clear it cause then I’d never get it back the same, I just know it.

Also, you have to have your volume up real high, cause otherwise you can’t hear it.  Oh well, enjoy it.

Jurassic Park, the Game

Apparently an episodic Jurassic Park game is in the works.  This is awesome.  Jurassic Park is one of those awesome movies that just lasts forever as its awesomeness.  The only thing unawesome about this is the episodic part.  I find that to mean “we’re too greedy/lazy to make this one full game, so we’ll release X number of them over time and make you pay full price for these almost complete games.”

I am imagining a cross between Velociraptor Safari, and the first Jurassic Park film.  Where instead of you being a raptor, you can play as Robert Muldoon, the park’s game warden and you drive around trying to capture/kill the increasingly intelligent Velicoraptors.  Then you could play as could also play as “Hang onto your butts” Ray Arnold and try to get the phones working again.  But all will be lost when those raptors that Muldoon was in charge of rounding up keep getting loose and killing you.

I also envision an XKCD cameo of some sorts because he has been warning us for years about the dangers of Raptors.

It could be excessively fun and entertaining.  I want this to exist tomorrow.

 

Insane RGB LED Ball II

That really is some insane piece of work.  I read the forum post, and looked at the pictures, and even then I can only sorta kinda understand all the stuff that went into making that thing.  I want to make one, but I don’t think that I have the technical knowledge to make it work as well as that video, cause let’s be honest, that video is pretty ace.

Ok, well, maybe the whole assembly doesn’t look that ace, but the video of it in the dark on the other hand, that’s pure gold right there.

Just look at the detail in that frame, which is made of LED leadoffs, soldered together.  I am no where near skilled enough to do that.  But I’d try.

The Commie Space Shooter Game

Kosmosis, I love that name, a Play on Osmosis, but making it commie sounding.  The “Space Shooter” subtitle though, that’s a stretch, you don’t really shoot anything.

the end

The game itself has no real end.  Sure it does end, but while you sit there and watch the stars roll by, you can see the small army you created begin to finish your work.  And if you watch long enough, (or if you just had a successfull enough revolution), the game will end, and the commies will win.

they won

The only thing wrong with this game is that instead of killing communists like a good American, I’m actually helping them succeed in their revolutionary ways.  But I am perfectly capable of suspending realizing that this is a game, and will have no effect on my ability to life a regular life.

Light Warfare

No I did not go soft on you, this is perfectly acceptable “light warfare.”

Having made a few light drawings myself, I can attest that this must have taken them a good long time to make.  But the advantage of digital cameras, and laptops means that they could probably have taken all the shots (total pun) in one night, but editing together the video, adding the sound, that probably takes alittle longer.