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Thursday, February 04, 2010

Thursday Top 5



Women in the world of gaming
Interesting presentation on how women are treated by the games industry.



Boop beep boop boop
Big things have happened for Meekakitty/Tessa since the last time I listed one of her videos in the Thursday Top 5. She won $100,000 in a competition on YouTube (which she said she’ll use for college and to take her mom on a vacation to Prague) and she just recently produced this video sponsored by and featuring Google’s Nexus One.



“Moouuwse”
Five-star hilarious. [via Jenny]



“Welcome to Canada”

Two of my all-time favorite comics artists
All Bloom County strips are being reissued with lots of notes and extras, in five new volumes (here’s volume 1). To celebrate, here’s an interview with Berkeley Breathed in Vice magazine. And I’ll throw in a brief interview with Bill Watterson.


The weekly Thursday Top 5 lists the five most notable, interesting, funny, outrageous, cool, or simply strange things of the week. It is intended for distractionary purposes only. Do not take orally. If ingested, seek a doctor’s advice. If you like it, share it with others, or check out the long list of previous entries.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Thursday Top 5



Chip Kidd and James Ellroy: A Mutual Appreciation [via Zeldman]



Alternative Press Expo this weekend!
Sadly, their site kinda sucks, and doesn’t give even a glimmer of how cool this event is. Here is my description of the cool stuff I saw at the 2007 event. I went last year too, but I never had time to write it all up.



Lunch Bag Art
Each day this dad makes a new piece of art for his kids.



365 Days of Dudes
Each day artist Andy drew a different character.



Zack Kim
Super Mario Bros. theme on two guitars.


The weekly Thursday Top 5 lists the five most notable, interesting, funny, outrageous, cool, or simply strange things of the week. It is intended for distractionary purposes only. Do not take orally. If ingested, seek a doctor’s advice. If you like it, share it with others, or check out the long list of previous entries.

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Thursday Top 5




PACT underwear
New company PACT makes undies with low global impact. Here’s a good article about them at GreenerDesign: “PACT Underwear Blends Organic Cotton, Nonprofits and Short Supply Chains”.




Report non-humans
Teaser for the film District 9, which came out last week. The science fiction film looks like an interesting take on racism. [Sorry about the auto-play, can’t disable it.]



10 Things You Mother Should Have Told You About Photoshop
Some good Photoshop CS4 tips here, some of which I knew, but a few of which I always forget about. Good to have reminders about Masks and the new(ish) Adjustment Layers capabilities. I really should use those more.



Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman’s Co-Creator Joe Shuster
Comics historian Craig Yoe examines the kinks in the crusader’s cape.



Cats that look like Hitler


The weekly Thursday Top 5 lists the five most interesting, funny, outrageous, cool, or simply strange things of the week. It is intended for distractionary purposes only. Do not take orally. If ingested, seek a doctor’s advice. If you like it, share it with others, or check out the long list of previous entries.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Thursday top 5+1



Cultural Revolution Artifacts
An awesome Flickr collection.



Surreal photos
by Flickr member yves.lecoq



The Dreaded Question
A short comic by Kurt Huggins and Zelda Devon.



Randy Rhoads: Last Train Home documentary trailer leaked
When I was 13 I first heard the song “Flying High Again” and my life was changed forever. I quickly became a huge Ozzy Osbourne fan, and one day I asked my fiend Dave, who had introduced me to this music, who the guitar player was. He told me about Randy Rhoads, who had just recently died in a plane crash. I was dumbstruck. I couldn’t believe I would never hear any more music from this amazing musician. Even after his death, Randy Rhoads continued to be a massive influence on thousands of musicians, and the two classic albums he co-wrote and performed on with Ozzy are two of the most popular rock albums to this day. An indie documentary has been in the works for several years, and I recently came across an early trailer. The producer hadn’t secured all the photo and music rights yet when this trailer was leaked, so it might get taken down. Watch it now, before it’s gone.



Tunak
I may have posted this video before, but this guy is so rad I had to do it again. You’re welcome.

Burning Man photo policy controversy
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) (which Velma and I support financially and otherwise) has criticized the highly restrictive photo policy of the Burning Man organization (Velma and I are heading to BM in a week or so), which has responded with a thoughtful rebuttal and an honest plea for ongoing discourse and suggestions of ways to evolve the policy. Plenty of comments have ensued over at the BM rebuttal, as well as from the readers of BoingBoing. Strangely, the EFF’s original post doesn’t seem to allow comments. I have been aware of the restrictive photo policy since my first year of attendance, since I read about it in advance. It’s a tad complicated, but amounts to this: You can only take photos for “personal use,” and any commercial use or published use must be okayed by, and will be administered by, the BM org. This is done, so BM says (and I believe), to protect 1) the BM logo, name, et al from being tarnished by commercialization, and 2) to protect BM participants from having their picture unwittingly appear (in the nude, for example) in an ad, magazine, porn website, etc. Some critics argue that an unstated third reason is so that the BM org can be the only one to commercialize the name and therefore reap the financial benefits. I’m generally not in favor of policies that are as vastly worded as BM’s, but this is indeed a special event and a special case, and as I’ve never intended to use any of my BM photos for commercial purposes, it hasn’t been all that important to me to find injustice in a policy that I’m grateful protects me just as much as it inhibits me. I am, however, glad to see the discourse and the sincerity with which BM seems to be asking for help in improving the policy in future while still providing the protections it values.


The weekly Thursday Top 5 lists the five most interesting, funny, outrageous, cool, or simply strange things of the week. It is intended for distractionary purposes only. Do not take orally. If ingested, seek a doctor’s advice. If you like it, share it with others, or check out the long list of previous entries.

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Thursday Top 5



From Comic Book Panel to Screen
Just a week after I watched Hot Fuzz (hilarious, 5 stars) and learned that the director is the guy who’s adapting my favorite comic into a movie (Edgar Wright, who also did the amazing Shaun of the Dead), I randomly came across a film site featuring a video from the shooting of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. They’re regularly posting videos (nine so far) at ScottPilgrimTheMovie.com. Bonus points on the one above, since it also features Chris Murphy of one of my favorite bands: Sloan! I can’t wait to see this film.



Wreckage of My Past: The Story of Ozzy Osbourne trailer
A documentary being produced by a company started by Ozzy’s son Jack, due in 2010. Directed by Mike Piscitelli, and written and produced by Jordan Tappis.



Make a moving photo
Like in the Harry Potter movies.




Take On Me: literal video version
Awesome parody of an ’80s modern rock hit by A-Ha.

Flying with a Cat: From Sweden to SF
Anders, who works at Dogster.com and Catster.com recently moved from Sweden to San Francisco, and brought his cat Tailer along. He produced a six-part series about his experience flying internationally with a cat, including tips and an interview with a vet.


The weekly Thursday Top 5 lists the five most interesting, funny, outrageous, cool, or simply strange things of the week. It is intended for distractionary purposes only. Do not take orally. If ingested, seek a doctor’s advice. If you like it, share it with others, or check out the long list of previous entries.

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Thursday Top 5



Danny MacAskill
This is called trials riding. In my early mountain biking days Jason and I used to play at this sort of stuff, although he was waaaay beter than me; he even competed once or twice. I wasn’t serious about it. The height of my ability was to balance-ride along a ten-foot-long, six-inch-wide curb. We had a friend at De Anza, though, named Peter, who was possibly as good as the guy in this video. A couple of tricks are death-defying. The tree trick alone (wait for the second time it’s in the video) sent shivers up and down my body and practically made me faint. The cool song is by Band of Horses; check ’em out, they’re really good.



Hyperwords
Awesome Firefox add-on.



MadeByJulene
Amazing paper cut artist. She makes other cool stuff too.



RedesignMozilla.org
Happy Cog is redesigning Mozilla.org, and inviting the community into the process. The current Mozilla.org is a bit clunky, and if they can come up with something as good as the GetFirefox.com site, I'll be satisfied. I trust Happy Cog will come up with something good. Check out three of the contenders now.



28-Hour Day
Oh man, I really need to adopt this.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Thursday Top 5+1



Beatallica
I first wrote about this band in 2005 when Sony music was threatening them and shut down their website. Beatallica does live mashups of Beatles and Metallica songs, done in the style of Metallica. It’s pretty awesome. They have a bunch of videos on their site if you want more.



Where creativity comes from
Don’t drink it! It’ll blow your head off!



We Are All the Machine
I posted this a couple years ago. But it’s still awesome.



“Organic” vs. “Natural” Food
It pays to know the difference between “organic” and “Certified Organic.” Your “All-Natural” breakfast is probably not in the least bit sustainably-made. There is no government regulation on most of the healthy-sounding terms food distributors are allowed to put on their products. In other words, it could be totally legal for Hostess to claim Twinkies are a “natural food.”



Comics.com is now free
United Feature Syndicate is finally offering all its comics, including years of archives, for free at comics.com. This includes editorial cartoons, The Born Loser, Monty, Dilbert, and 50 years of Peanuts. They have reportedly also updated their RSS feeds to include the actual comics, instead of just links to them.



Daytum
Daytum.com facilitates the counting and communication of daily data, allowing you to track and display any metric, from bird-watching statistics to the concerts you’ve attended.

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Sunday, December 07, 2008

AnimeVice.com launches

The guys (and now, it seems, gal) at Whiskey Media have offered up another round, adding a just-launched anime/manga site to their growing list of entertainment-related wiki/encyclopedia/community sites.



AnimeVice.com joins the stable of niche sites that already include computer gaming, comics, and um, politics. AnimeVice, however, takes it up a notch with, *wink*nudge* an entire section for cosplay pictures.

Whiskey Media, if anyone’s not paying attention, is the startup founded and staffed by many ex-CNETers. Not surprisingly, they are taking a very CNET-influenced tack to their business strategy: Build individual, highly functional sites in smaller markets where you can compete aggressively.

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Thursday Top 5



The Lost Colony: Book 1
I can’t recall having seen a trailer for a graphic novel before. This book looks cool though. More info from the publisher; or buy The Lost Colony from Amazon. Update: Removed the embeded video since it loaded automatically every time (lame). See the trailer on the video page.



Ninja cat comes closer while not moving!
[via Jason]



Artistic pool part 2
This guy has waaaay too much time on his hands. But he’s freakin’ awesome.

Night Vision
Flickr group featuring some shots from Troy Paiva's book, Night Vision: The Art of Urban Exploration.
www.flickr.com/photos/lostamerica/sets/72157602339461189/

Postcard.fm
Got a picture? Got an MP3? Send somebody an audio postcard.
www.postcard.fm

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