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metaphorge- the Archbishop of Balogna!!!
just because it's Balogna doesn't mean you can't use it to make a sammich....
mccain's VP
I understand that there are countless Monty Python fans around the U.S., but I am very disappointed in John McCain's choice as a Vice Presidential candidate.

I mean, Michael Palin isn't even an American!

Edit: On the bright side, Palin looks GREAT in drag, much better than Joe Biden would, and I suppose McCain deserves credit for trying to appeal to the comedic transvestite set, though I would have gone with Izzard on this count. Also Palin is an accomplished author.

Further edit: I found a photo.
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officially the greatest 1:6 toy of all time

Albert Einstein, originally uploaded by Craig Chen.

Those of you that know me are familiar with how much I love well-done 1:6 figures.

This upcoming Albert Einsteain from Hong Kong toymaker How2Work offically WINS. I can't wait to have him lay the smackdown on 1:6 Darth Vader and 1:6 George Bush!

There's a much beter photo of Al here.

How2Work's V.I. Lenin is pretty awesome, too... now where's my 1:6 Kurt Gödel?

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We found where Dan Quayle works now....
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my thoughts on the current state of LJ (and the advisory board business, et al)
I'm not convinced of the continued value of a commercial service that I have to pay for when politics have to be introduced into it in order for it not to absolutely suck balls.
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i feel safer already
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happy little uzis

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here he comes
I knew before I sat down in the theater earlier tonight that the new Wachowski brothers film Speed Racer was going to be a love-it-or-hate-it-affair for pretty much anyone who went to see it. I was prepared to hate it. I just could not tell from the pre-release buz or the trailer.

I was right. I noticed several people in the audience leaving before the picture was over.

On the other hand, (somewhat to my surprise) I liked it. A lot. I loved it.

Make no mistake about it, it's based on a cartoon, a rather simple cartoon, and if you're looking for intricacies of plot, rent Syriana instead. Speed Racer is eye candy, pure and simple, perhaps some of the most beautiful eye candy I've seen, and is an absolutely perfect adaptation of the source material to the big screen. This does for anime what Sin City did for a Frank Miller comic; it immerses you in another world entirely.

Of the reviews I've seen for the film, this one by Bill Gibron of PopMaters comes the closest to mirroring how I feel about the film:

"Candy colored dreams descend down physically impossible angles, shapes shifting across plains of apparent non-reality while simultaneously simulating real life. Cartoon icons come to life, reduced to clichéd contradictions in a classic tale of good vs. very, very evil. Family is the focus, but not to the detriment of all that effervescent eye candy, and modern technology never trumps the skills inherent in masterful moviemaking. This is what the Wachowski Brothers have created with their homage to the classic ‘60s anime series. Speed Racer is that kind of a thesaurus level triumph. One needs an extended vocabulary to work out the descriptions necessary to explain this amazing movie.

Ever since he was a small boy, young Speed Racer idolized his brother Rex. When tragedy takes him away, the lad is determined to follow in his footsteps. Speed has always had driving in his blood, and as he matures, he becomes one of the sport’s best. Unfortunately, racing is controlled by corrupt corporate conglomerates with connections to mobsters and other shady characters. When Speed wins an important contest, he is approached by the owner of Royalton Industries, who makes him a sizable offer to join his team. Naturally, family comes first, and Speed would never leave his home crew - Mom, Pops, mechanic Sparky, little brother Spritle, or pet monkey Chim-Chim. He also has a thing for gal pal Trixie. Naturally, rejecting Royalton causes a rift which threatens to bring down the entire Racer team.

Forget all the curmudgeonly criticism that argues for this movie’s optical overload capacity - Speed Racer is a modern masterpiece, no two ways about it. Andy and Larry Wachowski have succeeded in creating a living, breathing comic book, complete with nods to psychedelic pen and ink designs, four panel editing, and overflowing visual pizzazz. Anyone who can’t see the brilliant blockbuster fun the brothers are having with this material has spent one too many hours staring at gloomy independent dramas about siblings struggling to deal with their dysfunctionality. This is filmmaking as fireworks, directorial innovation that, while not as media morphing as The Matrix, stands as the highest level of celluloid creativity. From races that routinely flaunt the rules of realism to a story that stresses the noble over the nasty, Speed Racer soars to the highest levels of movie magic."

Definitely not for everyone, but I have not had this much pure fun at a movie in years (also, it's worth mentioning tha I also quite enjoy those gloomy independent dramas about siblings dealing with their dysfunctionality as well).
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Sin is the fruit of Bliss

Sin is the fruit of Bliss, originally uploaded by metaphorge.

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I am not silly...

DSCF1505.JPG, originally uploaded by metaphorge.

...not at all. All Serious Bidness here, folks.

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TKT IRL Guitar Hero

DSCF0941.JPG, originally uploaded by metaphorge.

Here's a shot from The Kimberly Trip's 80's show back in January in Sacramento, with a video of the same song they're playing live being played in Guitar Hero. There are many, many more photos from this show.

Hey darkmoon, want to expound on the TKT Guitar Hero hacks, as I am not too knowledgeable on the subject?

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HARTSVILLE, Tenn. -- A massive fire erupted at a natural gas pumping station, shooting flames hundreds of feet in the air and rattling windows for miles.

Highway Patrol authorities said there were fatalities, but it wasn't immediately clear if they were from the fire or from a strong storm that moved through the area. On Wednesday morning the Associated Press reported the death toll in the area may reach 20.

The fire erupted at about 10 p.m. at the Columbia Gulf Natural Gas pumping station near the Macon County community of Green Grove, about 40 miles northeast of Nashville.

"We do not know at this time what caused it, and we are attempting to get close enough to get some information," said Tennessee Emergency Management spokesman Donnie Smith. "These flames are shooting 400, 500 feet in the air."

Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman Mike Browning said the station could have been damaged by a line of severe storms that moved through Tennessee shortly before the fire broke out....
(from the Nashville Tennesseean; read more here.)

Hartsville is my home town. While, as far as I can tell, there didn't seem to be damage in the city proper, there were many deaths in the Green Grove area (as discussed above), which is about five minutes or so outside of town, and Castalian Springs, a small community about ten minutes on the other side of Hartsville, was wiped out.

I'm not particularly close to anyone who lives here anymore, and my mom is about forty miles away from this area now, but it's strange to think that a number of buildings I drove past on a regular basis are now just flattened.

I'll take the risk of earthquake over this tornado bullshit anyday. Something like this happens reaonably often in Tennessee, though not usually where I grew up.

Current Mood : numb
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Monkey Drummer

Current Mood : monkey drummer!
Current Music : monkey drummer!
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How To Start a Religion 101
So, discussion on my previous post concerning Scientology is making me fantasize about a textbook for the How to Start Your Own Religion textbook, with methodology, case studies, etc.

Unfortunately, if someone wrote such a book it would probably inadvertently start a religion... well, if it were any good, anyway.

Also, hi, Blogging, this is Fox. Remember me? ;)

Current Mood : no more writer's block
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Xenu Made Me Make This Post
I wonder if anyone has ever considered if Scientology is an intentional parody of religion?

I'm pretty sure that was not ElRon's original intention, but it would please me greatly if that had been the case, and it does serve as a pretty excellent object example.

Current Mood : we can unite cultures
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this is dead brilliant
...but is quite probably not safe for work, unless you work somewhere awesome:
I think I am in love with this band media virus. Guess I'm a bit late to this party... they certainly managed to hijack Bill O'Reilly.

It's been awhile since anything has gotten the old gears turning quite like this....

Current Mood : impressed
Current Music : The Bastard Fairies - We're All Going to Hell
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'IN 2006 EMI, the world's fourth-biggest recorded-music company, invited some teenagers into its headquarters in London to talk to its top managers about their listening habits. At the end of the session the EMI bosses thanked them for their comments and told them to help themselves to a big pile of CDs sitting on a table. But none of the teens took any of the CDs, even though they were free. “That was the moment we realised the game was completely up,” says a person who was there.

In public, of course, music executives continued to talk a good game: recovery was just around the corner, they argued, and digital downloads would rescue the music business. But the results from 2007 confirm what EMI's focus group showed: that the record industry's main product, the CD, which in 2006 accounted for over 80% of total global sales, is rapidly fading away. In America, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the volume of physical albums sold dropped by 19% in 2007 from the year before—faster than anyone had expected. For the first half of 2007, sales of music on CD and other physical formats fell by 6% in Britain, by 9% in Japan, France and Spain, by 12% in Italy, 14% in Australia and 21% in Canada. (Sales were flat in Germany.) Paid digital downloads grew rapidly, but did not begin to make up for the loss of revenue from CDs. More worryingly for the industry, the growth of digital downloads appears to be slowing.

“In 2007 it became clear that the recorded-music industry is contracting and that it will be a very different beast from what it was in the 20th century,” says Mark Mulligan, an analyst at JupiterResearch. Last year several big-name artists bypassed the record labels altogether. Madonna left Warner Music to strike a deal with Live Nation, a concert promoter, and the Eagles distributed a bestselling album in America without any help from a record label. Radiohead, a British band, deserted EMI to release an album over the internet. These were isolated, unusual deals, by artists whose careers had already brought years of profits to the big music companies. But they made the labels look irrelevant and will no doubt prompt other artists to think about leaving them too....'

Click here to read more; via The Economist
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Under pressure from EMI, RIAA could disappear
'Is the RIAA as we know it about to disappear? As rumors continue to swirl that EMI will pull its funding from music trade groups like the RIAA and IFPI, an IFPI spokesman tells Ars that the group is in the middle of a major internal review of its operations.

That review will include a look at the "structure and operation of the organisation and its relationship with the national groups, with a view to finding greater efficiencies and cutting costs," we're told. That leaves open the possibility that the review could lead to a merger of the IFPI and RIAA, which is the largest (and most expensive) of the "national groups." If that happens, the "RIAA" might disappear even as its work continues.

The comments from the IFPI fit with a new story in Variety which claims that EMI will pull funding from the trade groups by March 31 unless major changes are made. Consolidating the two groups appears to be one of the options on the table....'
Click here to read more ; via Ars Technica
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a sensible idea from the Canadians

Digital tax could save the music industry from itself

In the last few years, the music industry has combated tumbling revenue by suing customers, decimating artist rosters and laying off thousands of employees.

That’s not a business plan. That’s the sound of the Titanic slipping under the waves.

But in the last few days, one important segment of the music industry actually came up with a rescue strategy that didn’t smack of panic, malice or desperation.

The Songwriters Association of Canada is proposing a $5-a-month licensing fee on every wireless and Internet account in the country, in exchange for unlimited access to all recorded music.

The deal would put $1 billion annually in the pockets of artists, publishers and record labels, according to the songwriters group. The money would be distributed to artists based on how frequently their music is swapped on-line; the more downloads, the more money the people responsible for the music would accrue. Big Champagne, a Los Angeles-based Internet monitoring service, says it can track file-swapping accurately enough to ensure that artists big and small would be compensated....
Read more. (via Johannes at monochrom)

This idea is very similar to one I've been advocating for several years now. It's too bad the music industry will likely not go for it, and instead will drop its proverbial bone into the water.
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Hey There! Hi There! Ho There!

DSCF0665.JPG, originally uploaded by metaphorge.

Yes, we're big dorks.

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perhaps a bit premature

DSCF0616.JPG, originally uploaded by metaphorge.

...but darkmoon, tyrsalvia and I want to get back to Disneyland before the first round of fireworks start, so

Happy Frackin' New Year Everyone!

(Yes, I'm wearing Mickey Mouse ears. Shut up.)

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To Infinity... and Beyond (at Disneyland)!!!

To Infinity... and Beyond!!!, originally uploaded by metaphorge.

I'm a better Space Ranger than tyrsalvia is.... ;D

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the more Rilo Kiley I hear, the more I like them
"Soldiers come quickly, I feel the earth beneath my feet.
I’m feeling badly, it’s not an attempt at decency.
And if you’re well off, well then I’m happy some for you.
But I’d rather not celebrate my defeat and humiliation here with you.
Someone come quickly, this place was built for moving out.
Leave behind buildings, the city planners got mapped out.
Bring with you history, and make your hard earned feast.
Then we’ll go to Omaha to work and exploit the booming music scene and humility.
And we’ve been talking all night….
Oh god come quickly, the execution of all things.
Let’s start with the bears and the air and mountains, rivers, and streams.
Then we’ll murder what matters to you and move on to your neighbors and kids.
Crush all hopes of happiness with disease ‘cause of what you did.
And lastly, you’re all alone with nothing left but sleep.
But sleep never comes to you, it’s just the guilt and forever wakefulness of the weak.
It’s just you and me….
The execution of all things."

Current Music : Rilo Kiley - The Execution of All Things
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"but it's just a children's film..."
The Golden Compass is excellent.

I'm also very surprised that it made it to the screen at all, considering the subject matter His Dark Materials deals with. I chalk this up a definite score for our side. ;)

I hope it's successful, as I think our mass culture could use more from where this came from. A lot more.

Go see it. Take your kids (or someone else's kids) to see it. They'll probably thank you for it sometime in the future.

Current Music : John Cougar Mellencamp - The Authority Song
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five heads on a book

0712090018, originally uploaded by metaphorge.

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noodly, blocky appendages
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