Sunday, September 30, 2007

Trent Reznor told me to "Steal it"


"Has anyone seen the price come down? Okay, well, you know what that means - STEAL IT. Steal away. Steal and steal and steal some more and give it to all your friends and keep on stealin'. Because one way or another these motherfuckers will get it through their head that they're ripping people off and that that's not right." - Trent Reznor, Sept. 16, Sydney

I'm very happy when people who profit from big industries stand up and empathize with the consumers of their products. CDs are way too expensive. DVDs too, for that matter. The technology itself is very cheap, but the labels and corporations hike up fees past what I consider reasonable. Of course I want the performers to profit from their talents, but the system as it is does not prioritize the artists' interests.

(Swiped from Downhill Battle's "The Reasons")
The major label system is the biggest barrier to musicians making money off CDs. Major label artists only start getting their tiny share of royalties (5-10%) once they've sold over 500,000 units. Independent musicians can get a bigger cut, but thanks to major label payola they can't get on the radio and won't reach a large audience.

Who's winning? The record labels. Not the artists, not the consumers. That's one of the reasons why I like to promote filesharing. If I find a band I really like, I will find and download more of their songs. When I have five or more works of theirs playing in my iTunes, and I have the cash, I will usually buy their CD. Or legitimately buy their music song by song. I also feel that by promoting music I like, I may be encouraging other people (who have the financial means) to buy their music as well.

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Folk metal

I'm so into folk metal now. Leaves' Eyes and Nightwish, specifically.

You can find a couple of Nightwish's music videos favorited on YouTube right now (link to the right). The song "The Poet and the Pendulum" from their newest album was shared on the LJ community screwyouhippies. The song is 14 minutes of pure awesomeness!

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Friday, September 28, 2007

A Bit of Fry & Laurie: Mr. Burmie

There are people like this. Scary thought, eh?



I laughed so hard I cried.

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Jacob's college student's guide

Jacob, the great mind behind StrollingBrain.net, has written A College Student's Guide to Staying Alive. Apparently, I needed five things to exist during my my stay at UCSC. (I only had two of the recommended items. No wonder my grades slipped.) And think of how much money I could've saved without buying all those dumb books!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

"Bret You've Got It Goin' On"

Had this song in my head this morning. From Flight of the Conchords episode 6, I think, where Bret has some self-esteem issues and Jemaine writes another one of his "weird songs."



Freakin' hilarious.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Update

Been spending the week down at Curtis'. Anna and Sam visited and we all watched DOA which was a fun movie that I'd like to buy sometime when I have money again. I went to the Todd Snider concert at the Rio in Santa Cruz Saturday night. It was a good show; all electric with a band to back him up, unlike the two solo acoustic shows I've seen of his. Plenty of anti-war songs and drug references to go around, and Will Kimbrough and The Devil Makes Three made appearances.

On Sunday Curtis and I went up to SF to spend four hours walking around the Legion of Honor. Last night Brian came over and the three of us ate some steak, did some character set-up for That Game, and I had to suffer through many sexual innuendoes. *sigh* I had fun anyway. :)

Otherwise, Curtis and I've been hanging out, watching Underworld and the first 6 episodes of Heroes.

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Friday, September 14, 2007

Black Sheep Trailer



"Get ready... for the violence of the lambs"

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Video game movies

So I was cruisin' around Wikipedia and came across the article "List of films based on video games. Being a fan of movies and video games, I thought I'd expound my opinions on several of these films- old, new, and upcoming.

Cloak & Dagger (1984)
Hey, I remember this movie! I think I saw it twice in middle school. Never played the original game. I can't remember much about it... gunfights and espionage, pretty much.

Silent Hill (2006)
Being a total wuss when it comes to horror movies, I mustered enough courage '06 New Year's Eve to watch it in a dark room in the middle of the night (with a promise from Curtis beforehand that he would accompany me to the bathroom later on). Freaked me out. I was impressed with the plot and CG, and while I'm not too familiar with the games I recognized a lot of the music from game soundtrack downloading sprees. One of those movies I would love to watch again... just, with the opportunity to see it in daylight.

DOA: Dead or Alive (2006)
Yay! It's finally hit video (after international theatrical release and an extremely brief stint in domestic theaters.) Not a great track record, so why must I see it? 1) Based on a popular video game franchise. 2) Jaime Pressly. 3) Loads of action sequences. 4) An overabundance of T&A. ...Okay, I admit that reason #4 isn't a huge draw factor for me. After all, I'm not a teenage boy and I'm sure that Jaime will provide me with all the skin I'll need or want to see.

Alice (2008)
I've only played the demo version of the game American McGee's Alice, but it left an impression on me. Dark and twisted, I can definitely imagine it making a very wicked fantasy/horror film-especially directed by Wes Craven (and starring Sarah Michelle Gellar as the title character).

And lastly my favorites. The Resident Evil films.

Finally, finally RE: Extinction is coming out! What is not to love about this series? The sexy, kick-ass Milla; zombies; evil corporations; guns and martial arts; lickers.... The only thing that would make this film series better is Leon from RE4.

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Monday, September 10, 2007

My cat can write

Our cat, John Wayne, is apparently dyslexic. This morning he leaped onto my lap and his back foot scratched two welts into my thigh in the shape of "LW." No joke. Dyslexia would explain why the J looks like an L.

The humor and irony of the situation caused me to get over my pain and irritation pretty quickly.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Backyard FX

These videos are just awesome. Go to Veoh and search for "Backyard FX."


Online Videos by Veoh.com


Online Videos by Veoh.com

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Funniness and itchiness

Just finished watching Sky High on TV. It was better than I thought- a cross between The Tick live action series plus The Incredibles plus a Disney Channel original tween-oriented movie. Two of The Kids in the Hall were in it (one of whom was Dave Foley who also had a cameo on The Tick). Kevin McDonald played Medulla, a big-brained mad scientist who had the best line in the movie after the villain's weapon The Pacifier turned him and several other adults into babies: "Regrettably, I have made boom-boom." I had to rewind and hear that line three or four times (Yay Tivo!).

Last night we finished the SciFi Channel's miniseries The Lost Room. Only six episodes, but it's an enthralling Twilight Zone/Outer Limits-esque story. A clash of alternate realities causes an Event that infuses a 1960's southwestern motel room and its accoutrements with powers that defy physics, time, and reality. The Objects include a key that unlocks any door, a bus ticket that sends people twenty feet above a highway in the middle of nowhere, a glass eye that can heal or vaporize flesh, and a watch that can instantly hardboil eggs. It is one of those literary creations that I find almost impossible to conceive that someone could have thought it up.

We had Mom's church choir come up to the ranch for a retreat yesterday. 40 people make the septic tank unhappy. But there were lots of goodies at the potluck lunch. :)

I've got more patches of poison oak on my legs and arm. I decided that the oil has probably dissapated or whatever and more patches are appearing 'cuz the stuff is in my blood. So this afternoon I took a damp washcloth and scrubbed at the oldest and nastiest parts- scratching them like that feels positively orgasmic; I get a similar fluttery weak-in-the-knees feeling in my lower belly. Probably TMI, I know, so I apologize. But I can't spend all day in the bathroom with a washcloth, so I have to settle for calamine gel and ice packs.

Almost done with A Feast for Crows. I'll have read all four books in a row and I'm about ready for a break. Martin's battles are awesomely written and he is very detailed about medieval life- down to the rushes on the castle floors, the chamberpots under the beds, and the toothless whores. And there's plenty of feasting after every victory in battle, betrothal, and sacking of a city. Quite a bit of violence, too, but everytime a person gets threatened with a dagger to their throat or their arm hacked off they loose their bowels. Can hardly go fifty pages without mention of someone loosening their bowels in fear. Gets a little tiresome.

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Friday, September 07, 2007

Bjork

Seriously, Bjork is... (lemme pull a word from the ol' slang retirement box here...) whack. When she's not being an Icelandic-slash-extraterrestrial diva, she is raising the bar on quote-unquote "fashion." But I must ask: what would we do without these people with the guts and questionable taste that push the boundaries that define art?

In other news, I've got poison oak rashes on both my legs and my arm. I blame the dog (Amy, not Mikey).

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