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Saturday, 10 November 2007

Why there's no more American TV for us to download

The Writers Guild Of America strike is still growing with no end in site. Here's a video to show why it's not going to stop until an agreement is made, whenever that may be:

You can follow updates and the progress of the stikes and stories from the ever growing picket lines (as seen in the picture below with a mass crowd of 4000 people) here on UnitedHollywood. Executive producer of Lost, Damon Lindelof wrote up a good summary of the strike which you can read here.

Look at all the people hoping to get 4 cents:

Bush loves a good photo op

President George Bush visited injured vets at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Reuters have a picture slideshow which is very hard to watch but really shows how insincere he is about his troops.

I've also read today on Joystiq that he played some video games with some of the former soldiers in a war game simulating tactical action in Baghdad. That must have been a connecting experience for the much loved president to his troops having experienced the horrors of combat first-hand... Oh, wait.

Pfff... I have better taste in women than Rihanna

It looks like that "chick" from The Crying Game.

Liverpool Watch: Fulham

Meet the modern day Ninja

I read about this a few days ago but I never knew what it would look like in motion. Now, I know. Further proof that the Japanese are crazy:

Imagine the embarrassment for everyone involved if someone thought that this disguise was so convincing that they wanted to but a real bottle of soda:

"Wait, why won't this machine take my money? Why aren't the buttons doing anything? Is it even plugged in? Do soda machines usually have feet?"

"My apologies, sir. I was merely hiding from a potential rapist, thief or murderer. This disguise is just a folded skirt."

"You know, I thought it felt like a skirt! Good luck with on your hiding adventures. One question- what are you doing in a forrest?"

Waterboarding isn't as fun as it sounds

Here's Keith Olbermann presenting a special report on the latest hot topic in American politics, waterboarding and showing off his very, very, very, very... big vocalbulary:

Here's everything but a good answer- Mike Mukasey at a Confirmation Hearing:

Here's Harry Shearer showing us the most positive side of waterboarding in the style of a Beach Boys tune. It's up for an award too:

Thursday, 8 November 2007

Overkill: Prince style

Prince has continued to piss everyone off after trying to "reclaim the internet" from YouTube, eBay and the Pirate Bay and threatened legal action to prevent them further encouraging copyright violations. Now, he's taking legal action against sites (including many of his own fan sites) for hosting photos of him, album covers, even lyrics. Madness.

These tales of a Prince gone mad reminded me of the Dave Chappelle skit featuring Eddie's brother Charlie recounting his basketball game against Prince:

Overkill: 40 minutes of Family Guy style

Press release: "Fox Home Entertainment has announced Family Guy Presents: "Blue Harvest" which parodies the movie that started it all – Episode IV A New Hope. The season six premiere will be available to own in either a standard ($22.98) or a special edition ($34.99). The standard edition will include more than four minutes of exclusive DVD material, animatics/commentaries, interviews with Seth MacFarlane and George Lucas, an Uncensored Track, and a teaser of the next Star Wars spoof, "Something, Something, Something Dark Side". The special edition will include a 3-D fight scene (with glasses!), a t-shirt, trading cards, an exclusive brochure, and collectible packaging."

Wow. It even includes the actual DVD there somewhere. That's 40 minutes worth of Family Guy in all it's filler-joke glory. It also comes with four whole minutes of extra scenes.

One of my favourite TV shows, Robot Chicken, had a much better Star Wars special than Family Guy. Watch a clip here:

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Everything You Wanted To Know About The Vajingo * But Were Afraid To Ask...

With the help of a cuddly toy, Tyra Banks are her friends show us... interesting stuff. She's speaking to women as if they don't even know it's there, which scares me.

The educational prop reminded me of a cool toy service Rick found. Every kid will want one come Christmas time (which is now, for some wicked reason). Here's a promo picture for Giant Microbes:

You can buy a cuddly toy version of: The Common Cold, The Flu, Sore Throat, Stomach Ache, Cough, Ear Ache, Bad Breath, Kissing Disease, Athlete’s Foot, Ulcer, Martian Life, Beer & Bread, Black Death, Ebola, Flesh Eating, Sleeping Sickness, Dust Mite, Bed Bug, and Bookworm (and in our Professional line: H.I.V. and Hepatitis). Who wouldn't want the whole darn collection.

People might actually think you are sick in the head, though.

Liverpool Watch: 8-0

Now that's a pretty scoreboard. A record score in a European competition (take that Arsenal) plus Liverpool's 500th goal in Europe. Here are the ITV highlights:

Monday, 5 November 2007

Remember, remember the 5th of November...

...The gun powder treason and plot,
I know of no reason the gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, 'twas his intent
To blow up the king and parliment
Three scores barrels were laid below
To prove old england's overthrow
By God's mercy he was catched
By a dimmed lantern and a burning match
Holler boys, holler boys, let the bells ring
Holler boys, holler boys, God save the king

It wasn't the best movie in the world (The Pink Panther was more popular at the time) but I watched V For Vendetta on DVD for the first time since it came out in the cinema a year and a half ago because it's, you know, that day.

I know that Alan Moore doesn't approve of it but I thought it was okay... ish? The comic wasn't that much more impressive to me either, despite being an Alan Moore fan. Find out for yourself here. Here are some scenes from the Watchowski Brothers(?) -produced movie:

V takes over a news station:

V makes himself known to Natalie Portman:

That is by far the most annoying speech of any kind, made anywhere, ever. Here it is in all it's vile (oh-ho!) intirity:

"Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is it vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished."

It's at this point Natalie Portman's character looks at him like "Shut the fuck up already and shave my head, will you."

Yet he continues "However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified..."and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous.

Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose so let me simply add that it's my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V."

I don't really understand much of that speech, but I do know this: Natalie Portman is hawt.

Liverpool Watch: Blackburn

Can you see the passion in Crouchy's eyes? Look at him. He's a beast... failing miserably against Blackburns tight defense. Blackburn are title contenders- sorry, they were title contenders back in 1992-1995.

Here are the highlights from Saturday's match:

Here's proof that Liverpool have the ability to beat Blackburn using the scientific method of Fifa 2008 on my shiny PS3: Babel has time for some keepy up before an overhead flick and left foot smash.

Sunday, 4 November 2007

Song Of The Week: Legendary edition

John Legend- Another Again

I only chose this because I can't find the awesome Groove Armada tune I heard on Rick's show featuring someone who sounds identical to one my favourite artists, Rhymefest (Check out Blue Collar- one of the best rap albums of 2006).

Jay-Z interview and performance on David Letterman- Roc Boys (official video):

Ryan Adams- How Keep Love Alive/Pearls On A String:

Foo Fighters: Long Road To Ruin (video by the Learn To Fly director):

Daft Punk: Harder Better Stronger Faster from Alive 2007:

The trailer to Sigur Ros' new film Heima, released today on DVD. Total Film called it "The greatest concert film of TF's lifetime". Sounds promising, even though the band themselves seem like the most boring people on earth:

Here's a fool looking like a tool. Impressive feat, I know. Des Bishop with his half-arsed Irish translation of House of Pain's 'Jump Around' called 'Léimigí Thart'.

Tá an ghráin agam ar an asal seo. Tá súil agam go tachtóidh sé ar Kit Kat. Níl fhios agam faoi an leitriucháin seo ar chor ar bith. Ní scríobh mé aon rud mar seo le cupla bliain agus tá brón orm ma rinne mé buineach amach as an teanga seo (fiú abháin teanga a bhfuil ag fáil bás). Athríonn sé cinneall aisteach freisin ag scríobh poist ar blog le ainm cosúil le Pedro Monscooch. Seo é Des ag "canadh" ag an Oireachtas ar an dereidh seachtaine seo caite:

King Tut was David Schwimer in a past life

My favourite topics in history class back in secondary school were the Egyptians and the Roman empire so I found the following story pretty cool:

Via BBC News: The face of Egypt's most famous ancient ruler, King Tutankhamun, has been put on public display for the first time.

Archaeologists took the mummy from its stone sarcophagus and placed it in a climate-controlled case inside his tomb in Luxor's Valley of the Kings.

The event comes 85 years to the day after the pharaoh's tomb was discovered by British explorer Howard Carter.

Until now, only about 50 living people have seen the face of the boy king, who died more than 3,000 years ago.

As experts lifted Tutankhamun from his coffin they briefly set aside the white linen covering his remains, revealing a shrivelled black face and body.

Read the rest of the story here on BBC News.

For a laugh, I decided to find out who is as ugly as King Tut in the celebrity world. The results are fascinating. Via that silly MyHeritage site that you see on Bebo, see the ancient Egyptian King morph into Lucy Liu: