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The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello

A fantastic silhouette-style steampunk animation by Antony Lucas. In terms of the visual style of the animation I really like the fusion of 2d and 'unobtrusive' 3d style. It reflects the theme of the futuristic yet nostalgic and mechanical world of Jasper Morello in an ideal way.

It's quite an inspiration for my Postgraduate studies (towards a Master of Art & Design) that I started last week. Actually the mechanical ideas blend in well with my current story idea that I've been carrying around with me since end of 2008 (and which due to an incredible lack of time is still far from complete).

Lucas' animation was nominated for an Oscar and a BAFTA award in 2006.

I luckily discovered it through ARDEN, the Postgraduate Research Community of the School of Art & Design, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.

Incredibly Strange: Movie Marathon 09

It seems I survived the 24 hour Incredibly Strange Movie Marathon over the weekend. Here is the lineup:

The Secret Four/Kansas City Confidential (1952)

(opening sequence)

Zombieland (2009)

Road House (1989)

Forbidden World (1982)

Vice Squad (1982)

Paranormal Activity (2007)

Maidens of Fetish Street (1969) part of The Abnormal Female

Maidens of Fetish Street (part of The Abnormal Female)
(Couldn't find a trailer but here's a photostream on Flickr)

Mill of the Stone Women (1960)

Night Train to Terror (1985)

Night Train to Terror
(Watch the trailer here.)

The Visitor/Stridulum (1979)

The Informant! (2009)

Creature From Black Lake (1976)

Creature From Black Lake
(Couldn't find anything on this film.)

Howling II: ... Your Sister Is a Werewolf / Stirba: Werewolf Bitch (1985)

Commando (1985)

That's all folks.
Including some very short breaks it lasted about 25 hours nonstop.

Here are the instructions for this year's movie marathon:

And if you still don't have enough here are some trailers for the Movie Marathon itself. Enjoy!

A million thanks to Ant Simpson and everyone involved for a fantastic weekend!

I, Robot


I just came across a really nice game today: Machinarium. A little roboton a big adventure. This is a nice little point and click adventure game with very beautiful design made in Czechoslovakia.

Funny enough I could say the exact same thing about a game called Little Wheel, except that that's from Slovakia. Both are definitely worth a look. I wonder which was first.

Little Wheel

Remi Gaillard - Astronaut

I just came across this astronaut video by Remi Gaillard. Watch it - there's no more to say!

Towel Day

Towel Day: Brigitte Bardot
Brigitte Bardot celebrating Towel Day.

Towel Day is considered the first and only universal public holiday ever. It is celebrated by countless creatures throughout the universe since time without beginning. The origin lies mere 5 years ago, but living in an interstellar age time lost it's chronological order and became as useless as a digital watch without batteries. Probably even more.

Towel Day is a day to commemorate the (past or upcoming) death of Douglas Adams (it depends if you read this before or after his passing). He was/is/will be the father of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe, the standard repository of all knowledge and wisdom.

Also Towel Day should remind you never to underestimate the value of your towel. As we all know, »any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is is clearly a man to be reckoned with«. In that respect Towel Day wants to remind each and every one of us not to forget that towel when the crucial moment comes.

In the following you will find some terrestrial locals celebrating towel day.

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Les Misérables

robotA nice smorgasbord on robots:
»Als Descartes der Königin von Frankreich erkären wollte, daß alle Tiere nur Maschinen seien, zeigte diese auf eine Uhr und antwortete: 'Sehe er zu, daß sie Junge bekommt.'«

So now what? Here we got some definitions about our artificial intelligent friends:

»The Encyclopedia Galactica defines a robot as a mechanical apparatus designed to do the work of a man. The marketing division of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation defines a robot as 'Your Plastic Pal Who's Fun to Be With.' The Hitchhiker?s Guide to the Galaxy, however, defines a robot as a machine built by humanoid ape-descendants as a result of their insecurity about being the most intelligent creatures they are aware of.«

Tell Me the Way to the Next ...

»Sie haben im Moment eine Blutalkoholkonzentration von Promille 5.88.
Sie sind leider tot

Loser again. Nice booze, but what a price!

Another fine guide through the perfidies of life once told me:

»Wir empfehlen für die Verbindung von Regenmäntel auf/mit Beton, Stein, Zement, Gips (Punktverklebung, Spülmaschinenfest) folgende Produkte: Alleskleber Kraft.«

The shocking forthright outspoken unvarnished plain truth. No one ever tell me again that the internet does not make sense! I saw the Light!

Neuer Klebefall!

Potatoe Powered Web Server

SpamThe world bates it´s breath! Alternative energy sources with Spud! the first potatoe powered web server. If you prefer some faster techniques (meaning: 4+ browser needed) here are some nice racy sites to klick through. Make your heart beat faster (non-epileptic only):

Kill that cat (need I say more about it?)
moi is moi is moi is moi ...
the grid on boogaholler

And never forget this warning I found on moi: After injecting these drugs, users can experience a rush of pleasure similar to orgasm or electric shock. Appetite is reduced.

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