Archive for August, 2007


Dang…it looked so good, too…

August 23, 2007

If you’re thinking of buying Bioshock, be careful

(via Boing Boing)


For sale: Non Corporeal Containment Spectregraph

August 22, 2007

Alex CF creates awesome fantastical steampunk doohickeys and sells them on e-bay. This is his latest.

The pieces themselves are exceptionally detailed and lovely (go to his site for a looksee; my faves are the werewolf kit and the Cthulhu expedition items), but selling them on a site as mundane as e-bay is the masterstroke here; it makes the stuff feel even more authentic.

“Your viewing lens is built into the roof of the secondary containment chamber. The viewing lens must be erected carefully by releasing the latch and extending the bellows. The shutter must also be open. The lever is found on the left of the lens. Once the bellows are extended, the viewing lens will allow you to view the secondary

vault of the containment chamber. The Necropathic Spectregraph can house two spirits. The spirit will not be viewed in this normal state. Identify the stimulation switch, and press. This will send a current within the chamber which will excite the material aether of the spirit, allowing the human eye to recognise the entity.

Do not expect a clear view of the spirit. Most are vaguely human at best.”

I get a shiver imagining the synaptic burn that might come
from actually holding of these things one in my hands. Attention, producers of
‘Doctor Who’! Hire this guy for your art department immediately!


The Revolution, Televised

August 21, 2007

Occasionally, I’m going to post this up, because the more people who see it, the better. It’s The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, a documentary by two Irish film-makers, Kim Bartley and Donnacha O’Briain. While filming a profile of Hugo Chavez in 2002, they were lucky enough to be right in the centre of things when the coup kicked off, and the result is just thrilling. Watching how Chavez’s opponents use lies, intimidation and violence to depose a democratically-elected, hugely popular leader is gripping enough, but when the tide turns, and the people rise up to re-take control, it’s enough to get you cheering.

I know it’s a pain in the arse to watch lengthy things like this on a computer monitor, but once you get ten minutes in, you won’t be able to turn it off. Viva Chavez! Viva Venezuela!


Why you should own the Panda Bear Album

August 20, 2007

Play it loud, fool!


I just coughed a sandwich through my nose

August 18, 2007

Who’s would win in a fight between a grown man and two toddlers? There’s only one way to find out!


Indie kids. I love ’em

August 17, 2007

You know the way, on Big Brother, whenever they pipe an R Kelly number into the house, or whatever, everyone in the house knows it and sings along? And you think “Why do they all know this terrible song?” And then you remember, oh, wait, yeah…they’re all…you know…idiots. And they only like music that comes from The Man. Well, I’m sure the people in this video are annoying too, in some way, but I know who I’d rather have round for cake.


Nerds. Accidental heroes in the war on The War On Terror.

August 16, 2007

‘The War On Terror’ is basically a euphemism for torture. So let us offer a quick salute to the planespotting nerds who accidentally exposed the CIA’s extraordinary rendition flights.


The whole experience of being hit by a bullet is very interesting and I think it is worth describing in detail.

August 15, 2007

George Orwell on being shot.

I love the way he writes, at one point, that his may not have been the thoughts of a dying man because he wasn’t actually dying. A true writer; striving for accuracy with a hole in his neck.

The best line is mangled on the site. He talks of the “violent resentment at having to leave this world which, when all is said and done, suits me so well.”


When performing a play about Hellen Keller, do not actually cast the blind

August 14, 2007

Heading and link via For Your Entertainment .


It’s the thought that counts!

August 13, 2007

A very, very bad effigy of Cheney is put out of its misery.

It is a bit like the Sadaam statue coming down, isn’t it?