Barenaked Ladies

30 04 2007

My eMusic subscription refreshed today, so as well as downloading an Ex-Girl album I’d saved for later, thought I’d have a crack at last year’s Barenaked Ladies are Me after reading this article by one of their members.

The last thing I heard from these guys was One Week, and that was eight or nine years ago. I remember reading that they were releasing an album on MP3 and distributing it on USB thumb drives, which I thought was pretty cool. It also turns out that BNL are anti-DRM too. Why haven’t I been listening to them for longer!

The album is simply great, a cross between my usual vaguely-folkish-alterna-rock and Tom Petty. Apparently the album is a break from their more ‘zany’ previous albums, but there are some comedy tracks (like Bank Job, which you can play from the sidebar on the right, thanks to Sonific) slipped in. Well worth a download, or a hardcopy buy.


Umbrella Chronicles

30 04 2007

For those not in the know, Umbrella Chronicles is an on-rails first person shooter for the Wii. The hook is that it’s set in the familiar settings of the Resi series, and will allow the player to orient the camera using the nunchuck.

To me, it looks a bit like a poor man’s House of the Dead 4 (which would be awesomely suited to the Wii), although I’m sure it’ll provide hours of zombie massacring fun. What we really want to hear about is Resi 5 though, give us news!

List of Apps for Ubuntu

30 04 2007

I’ve not got around to installing Feisty Fawn yet, but I plan to after my A+ exam this Friday. For me the best part of running Linux, is finding all kinds of fun apps that you never knew were in the repositories (Beneath a Steel Sky!).

Today Free Geekery have posted a list of apps for Ubuntu 7.04. Most of these will be obvious installs for the Linux-lover, but some are a bit more obscure. For example, I’d never head of KMyMoney but it looks worth a try!

Gilbert & Sullivan & Mix-a-lot

27 04 2007

This may be the most awesome thing on YouTube, ever. Seriously!

Who doesn’t love the timeless (if slightly campy) artistry of the fine musical writer Sir Mix-a-lot, and to couple his genius with the one-hit-wonder balls-out posturing of Gilbert and Sullivan is something to be admired. Watch and learn why musicals should make a comeback!

[Via BoingBoing]


26 04 2007

Went to see the new Danny Boyle film last night; Sunshine.

I have to say, I’m a little disappointed, but not that shocked. Mr. Boyle has consistently directed some sterling films, unfortunately I haven’t really enjoyed any of them. They’re all artistically stunning, and a film student’s dream, I’m sure; but something about them just doesn’t appeal to my anime/b-movie/world cinema/slasher film lust.

For example, 28 Days Later had it’s share of zombies, but it broke the zombie formula. As far as I’m concerned zombies are a representation of death; slow and manageable, but inevitably unstoppable in their task to destroy. 28 Days Later broke that mould, to the extent where I wouldn’t really call it’s inhuman protagonists ‘zombies’ at all.

Sunshine will work for some people: those with no scientific knowledge. Not to play the geek here, but the science in this film really detracted from being able to watch without having an urge to throw popcorn. In a fantastical setting, I really wouldn’t have minded, but to have the gravity ‘turn on’ when the air comes on is a cliché that we really should have got past by now. The whole near-future setting, although initially believable descends into complete randomness near the end. Some may argue that this reflects the shattered mental state of the protagonists nearer then climax, but for me it just seemed like the film needed an ending.

In all, if you like to see a triumph of the human spirit over adversity, but don’t mind ignoring simple physical laws; go see this film. If you get annoyed when science is misappropriated in movies, skip it.

To think, I missed the second half of Scream 2 to write this!

Remember the Hoobs?

19 04 2007

Not like this, I don’t.

From the article:

Allthough the real muff duver here is Tula, Alex also likes a bit of muff diving quite often, where as Zoe, only on a coulple of occasions has she dived into…muff i spose…..

God, I love Wikipedia!

UPDATE: For the sanity of people everywhere, the article has been reverted. The WP admins win again!

Virginia Tech

19 04 2007

I only caught the last part of the news about the shootings as I came in. At that time there were a suspected 20 casualties, a figure which has now been raised to 32; including the shooter. It looks like the inevitable popular entertainment backlash is already gearing up.

I’m quite astonished at this. I remember when the Columbine shootings were going on, there was a huge (justifiable) uproar. This recent event seems to be an order of magnitude more horrific.

What’s possibly just as sickening to me, is how quickly Mr Jack Thompson, attorney at law, has jumped on this. Smacktard.

This has to be a truly disgusting event for anyone involved in it, and those close to it. All we can do for the time being is offer our condolences, wait for the details, and fend off the backlash.

Kotaku have posted a video of Jack actually being tasked to defend himself, on public TV no less! I’ve not watched it yet, but I’ll have a go as soon as I can.