Friday, March 28, 2008

The Mist

This movie ROCKS!!! pete its way better then The Host and its 100 times better then Cloverfield. It has by far the most BURTAL ending i have seen in a long time. Stephen King for the WIN!!!!

Thursday, March 27, 2008


I had a lot of fun making these this afternoon.
I'm using Inkscape's connector-network feature and the Open Clip Art Library to explain to my coworkers how the GNU-Linux SFTP server I've rigged works, and why it's better than e-mailing huge files containing sensitive information.

McCain says ------>GET A LIFE

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Anti-Cassandras

"Today, our public discourse is dominated by people who have been wrong about everything — but are still, mysteriously, treated as men of wisdom, whose judgments should be believed. Those who were actually right about the major issues of the day can’t get a word in edgewise.

What set me off was the matter of Alan Greenspan; as Dean Baker like to remind us, news analyses of the housing and financial crisis almost always draw exclusively on “experts” who first insisted that there wasn’t a housing bubble, then insisted that the financial consequences of the bubble’s bursting would remain “contained.”

It’s even worse, of course, on the matter of Iraq: just about every one of the panels convened to discuss the lessons of five disastrous years consisted solely of men and women who cheered the idiocy on."

FALOUT 3 has over 200 endings!

Jeb Bush in 2012

Friday, March 21, 2008

John McCalien for President

Look guys, I actually found a picture of Maverick McCain at the White House Correspondence Dinner! (Lookin' fancy).

The Maverick

"The Straight Talk Express" is pandering hard right to every political enemy in sight that sunk his campaign in 2000. Symbolic moments like this hug seem to have dominated the Republican primary campaign. But no matter how many speech slip ups and straight-talking out of both sides of his mouth, it seems you guys are getting a really consistent media narrative over there . .

"The Media And St. McCain
He can do no wrong.
He's honest, so he cannot lie, he's supporter of reform, so he cannot be corrupt, and he has "foreign policy experience," so he cannot be wrong.
Welcome to campaign '08."
from Atrios
"Never Mind
The war is super awesome popular now, with a new poll only showing that people who think it was worth it has surged (ha ha!) to 29%, from a recent low of 25%."
also from Atrios because his comments about the Maverick are rather amusing

Thursday, March 20, 2008

John McCain for President

If you think a woman or a black man with a Muslim name could get enough votes to be the president of The United States of America. Then you are crazy. I am not saying McCain is the best choice for president. I’m just saying Clinton and Obama don’t have a chance. And I find it suspect that the Democrats thought it would be cool to run a woman and a black man in 2008. 100 year war, FOR THE WIN!

SCIENCE! > "Just don't make it angry..."

It appears that a collection of fungi living inside of Chernobyl's old reactor core have adapted the ability to feed off Gamma radiation...
"This slime, a collection of several fungi actually, was more than just surviving in a radioactive environment, it was actually using gamma radiation as a food source. Samples of these fungi grew significantly faster when exposed to gamma radiation at 500 times the normal background radiation level. The fungi appear to use melanin, a chemical found in human skin as well, in the same fashion as plants use chlorophyll. That is to say, the melanin molecule gets struck by a gamma ray and its chemistry is altered."
...once again demonstrating that evolution is way cooler than we'd previously suspected.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Video Games

Am i the only Astromam with a video game console? (XB360, PS2, PS3)

Level Up

Newsweek's video game blog (Level Up) is great.

Your depressing links of the week...

The Chinook Salmon have gone missing this year, the way industrialized agriculture is changing the fundamental chemistry of the oceans may be to blame, and brief history of VX nerve gas.

Also, I was fairly shocked yesterday to see this (make sure to watch the entire video). Don't worry though, I'm sure DARPA will only use it to deliver candy and prizes to earthquake victims...

Terminator 4: Terminator Begins

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Man vs. Nature

I highly recommend this 2006 Korean monster movie. Its cinematography is gorgeous; the lighting and color is pristine and well balanced, and depth-of-field is used to great effect. The film also shines in characterization; as the monster is really used as a foil for the flaws of the characters that pit themselves against it. This is not an uncommon device for horror movies; but this film's take on human nature is more complex than the revenge-on-high-school-archetypes theme common to many American horror movies.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

An Oral History of Computer Animation

This is a panel discussion that includes two pioneers of computer graphics and two writers from Pixar. It is quite long, but the story is very engrossing. (via Blender Nation.)
Link to YouTube video.