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Went to see “The Dark Knight” yesterday and was blown away on many levels. It’s urgency is so pounding, it’s breathtaking. And it manages to be a comic book movie that actually says bigger-picture things about society, guilt, destiny, human nature and its ability to be sinister and selfish.

And I know it’s been said, but Heath Ledger is brilliant. It’s a complete metamorphose into the character, and it’s never over the top by any means, but very controlled. Ledger’s Joker is actually very — magnificently — frightening. (LOVE the siren sound that starts in the background whenever the Joker shows up.)

My only criticism: I don’t like the way Chris Nolan shoots fight scenes, it’s sometimes hard to tell what’s going on, but it’s a very minor stylistic point, and actually reflects the tone overall (I would just pull back a bit). But the cinematography is nonetheless gorgeous.

Highly recommended. Brah-VO.

-r.

DEATH BY TV

I don’t have cable television at my new house and I honestly don’t miss it at all. It is really liberating to be free from the hypnotic clutches of the televisions screen. I’ve wasted countless hours staring at that glowing box. Watching the same shows over and over again. The news is depressing. Nothing but murder and terrorism and kidnapping and rape and religious cults and Republicans. Nothing hopeful or inspiring or uplifting. Just death and fear and pain. Watching the news just makes me angry and paranoid and fearful. So I don’t miss it at all. Its very liberating to be out of the loop. To NOT know. To be oblivious. To be lost in your own little microcosm. Safe inside your own little world. Safe inside your own head. Safe from the talking boxes. Free from the static. Free from the chaos. Free from reality or some dramatized version of it. Free from Flavor Flav. Free from Nancy Grace. Completely Free.

I do miss watching shows like South Park, Weeds, Nip Tuck and The office, but I can catch all of my favorite shows on DVD or watch them online without the risk of getting sucked into the death grip of the television screen.

No more channel surfing. No more flashing images. No more commercials.

I recently watched all 3 seasons of Arrested Development on Hulu.com. The show is amazing! I never watched the show when it was on television and I’m deeply disappointed the show only lasted 3 seasons. The show was incredibly smart and funny and strange and twisted. The show sometimes incorporateed devices used in documentaries such as narration, archival photos, and historical footage which helped make the show unique. Despite critical acclaim, six Emmy awards, one Golden Globe, and a rabid cult following the show never pulled in huge ratings and was canceled after 3 seasons. I can only hope that the show is resurrected Family Guy style but I’m very doubtful that will ever happen. There is word that an Arrested Development movie might be in the works so there is still hope that Arrested Development may return from the dead. Fingers crossed.

Just go to http://www.hulu.com/arrested-development to watch the entire series for FREE.

wipeout.

first of all, I thought PrettyFrank was dead and then I check it and Dust is keeping things going…. good job Dust.

Anyway, I’m hooked on ABC’s freekin’ amazing show WIPEOUT.  Damn, is it one damn funny show.  John Henson is one of the commentators and he makes me roll on the floor…. did anybody use to watch him on “Talk Soup”?  You know how funny he is.

It really is just a great show with people smashing into things and making total fools out of themselves…. good stuff.

I want to be on Wipeout but I would probably come off as a total “girly man”, so I’ll pass.  I like to be girly in private.

Watch this show, now!!  And it’s great for kids.

You know what else is great for kids?  Bacon.

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Today I stumbled across a blog called http://www.celebrityapes.com which features digitally altered photographs of celebrities as apes. The results are really disturbing and some are really interesting. The blog is updated daily with a new photograph.

Chubby Cheeks had intestinal parasites that gave him explosive diarrhea. We discovered this when Chubby Cheeks shat all over our bed and ruined a $150 comforter. I was also feeding him copious amounts of Tuna which added more rocket fuel to Chubby’s poo canon. Later that day I discovered him punishing his litter box. The sound of machine gun fire filled the room. Farting cats are pretty damn funny.

We took him to the vet and he is feeling much better now.

Radiohead’s new video for House Of Cards was “shot” using light and laser-based scanning systems rather than cameras, with data being generated in real-time. The video was directed by James Frost of Zoo Films, and was created utilizing two technologies: Geometric Informatics and Velodyne Lidar. There were NO cameras used to film the video.

The Geometric Informatics scanning system employs structured light to capture detailed 3D images at close proximity, and was used to render the performances of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, the female lead and several partygoers.

The Velodyne Lidar system uses multiple lasers to capture large environments in 3D, in this case 64 lasers rotating and shooting in a 360 degree radius 900 times per minute, capturing all of the exterior scenes and wide party shots. Geometric processed their own data while 510 Systems processed the Velodyne Lidar data. The data was then manipulated by Union Editorial and the Syndicate to create the final result.

HOUSE OF CARDS – RADIOHEAD

THE MAKING OF HOUSE OF CARDS

I’ve been a loyal Netflix customer for a couple years and I’ve had nothing but good things to say about the service. BUT, I recently started using the instant viewing service and I’ve been really disappointed in the selection of movies available for instant viewing. I’m not all that interested in Watching The Glimmer Man staring Steven Seagal and Keenen Ivory Wayans despite it being one of the more appealing selections in the batch. The most promising category is comedy. But it is slim pickens for fans of a good Sci-Fi or Horror flick.

I think the service itself is awesome. It works flawlessly. The video quality is great and the player is really well designed and easy to use. There were zero sound or video glitches.

I currently pay $23.99 for the 4 at-a-time (unlimited) plan which also gives me unlimited instant viewing. However, I would much rather have a limited amount of instant viewing and be able to watch any movie / television show I want, rather than have unlimited instant viewing and a limited selection of movies.

My other beef with the instant viewing service is that there is no Mac support. The majority for the people I know that are Netflix subscribers are also MAC users and none of them can take full advantage of a service that they are paying for. Mac users can use Boot Camp to run windows on their Mac, but why taint your Mac with that horrible operating system? Netflix should work without using Boot Camp. The main reason why Mac is not supported is because the studios require the use of DRM (Digital Rights Management) to protect titles and there is not a studio-sanctioned, publicly available Mac DRM solution. Apple will not license their DRM (probably because of their own movie rental service through Itunes). But Netflix promises to find a solution to this problem and make instant viewing available on the MAC. But how long will that take?

Overall, Netflix is a really awesome service and I highly recommend it.