Thursday, March 29, 2012

jeepers creepers

ttac commentors (via dustbury) noticed the jeep brand seems to kill its owners.

i pondered there "what would happen if jeep released a special “ted mcginley edition” cherokee?"


it's a gas

Monday, March 26, 2012

declaration of independence 7.6x10^99, pelosi 0

update 2: apparently this post caused quite the kerfuffle in imao's comments section! here is my input, with the intent to clarify - i intend no defensiveness.
  • my choice of the word "shamelessly" was mostly facetious. the only semi-serious intent that word might hold was that i had no shame in the pro-America-anti-pelosi-ness of the content.
  • if i had intended to truly plagiarize the piece, i would not have provided links to the original.
  • harvey of imao has stated that neither he nor frank j is upset about this.
  • as my archives can show, my habit is to provide a shorter excerpt with a "read the rest"-style link.
  • the spirit of the length of this copied portion was to reinforce the seriousness of the threat that president hussein-o and his cronies are to the foundations of America. 
everybody cool now? i think the affected parties are...  ;)


update 1: wooohooo, it's an imaolanch! thanks :)


shamelessly copied from imao
Well, Nance, as long as we’re plucking random phrases from the D of I and hotgluing them to Obamacare, here’s a few more choice nuggets from the document you so obviously revere that might be more appropriately attached to this President and his sundry legislations:
  • whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it
  • a long train of abuses and usurpations
  • a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism
  • repeated injuries and usurpations
  • the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States
  • refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
  • forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance
  • utterly neglected to attend
  • the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures
  • his invasions on the rights of the people
  • exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without
  • obstructed the Administration of Justice
  • sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance
  • subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution
  • abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments
  • works of death, desolation, and tyranny
  • Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation
  • excited domestic insurrections amongst us
  • Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury
  • deaf to the voice of justice
  • A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
and some more shameless links found via imao

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

homage ---> myopia

like me, lileks won't watch avatar:
"It’s the fact that the big expensive movies have no soul. They’re machines - loud, noisy machines that hit you over the head and show no recognition of Disbelief, and the effort it takes to suspend it..."
mark steyn's quote was harsher:
Hollywood’s business model is to take a story that cost two shillings and... spend a fifth of a billion making it lousier. Sometimes it pays off, sometimes it doesn’t, but either way the industry’s living off Model T fumes. Hollywood could use its own Edgar Rice Burroughs, but instead it’s a business full of guys who can’t even adapt Edgar Rice Burroughs for less than 300 mil — and then blow it.
i think it would be a good start to outlaw the scene where the hero jumps-over-a-hundred-feet-both-horizontally-and-vertically to either land-in-a-crouched-pose-without-rolling or bury-a-sword-that's-longer-than-he-is-tall-in-a-monster's-head.

adele 21

fark points out that:
"Adele’s record, 21, overtook Pink Floyd’s 1973 release, The Dark Side Of The Moon... making it the seventh biggest-selling (UK) album of all-time."
dustbury suspects that:
" one has suggested synching up 21 and The Wizard of Oz."
i suggested (in his comments) that:
there’s probably some stoners out there experimenting now.

it might go with a much newer movie though, something like:

ocean’s eleven
raising arizona
or the pilot episode of “24

any other suggestions?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

check out the infographic below

follow this link for the pic
President Barack Obama’s Facebook and Twitter following leaves Republican presidential candidates in the dust. The president has more than 25 million Facebook Likes and more than 12.5 million Twitter followers...

Romney comes in second with 1.4 million Facebook Likes...

Newt Gingrich has 1.4 million Twitter followers...

Ron Paul is the third most followed candidate with more than 862,000 Facebook Likes and more than 130,000 Twitter followers...

Rick Santorum is next to last with nearly 130,000 Twitter followers and more than 138,000 Facebook Likes...

Gary Johnson, the libertarian who has been in and out of the race... has more than 23,000 Twitter followers and 149,000 Facebook Likes...
My guess is that these numbers represent people who need to have someone else do their thinking for them :)

Saturday, March 10, 2012

i wasn't the only one to notice

mark simonson on the fonts in "the artist" movie:

The Artist won this year’s Oscar for Best Picture about a week ago. It seems to say something about the state of movies today that a black and white, silent picture—not even wide screen—wins the big prize. I’ve seen it, and it’s good, but I confess that I had to force myself to ignore most of the type in it in order to enjoy it.

The Artist mimics the look and feel of a late 1920s silent film. The sets, the costumes, the makeup, the lighting, the camera work, the acting—even the way it’s written—makes you almost believe you are watching a classic of the silent era. Of course, you know it’s not. After all, there are recognizable modern actors in it, like John Goodman and James Cromwell. And, for me, there was the type.

Most of the fonts they used looked more or less right for the 1920s, although quite a few were badly made free fonts (or badly made commercial fonts—those exist, too). Others are not quite from the era or were applied in an anachronistic way—for example, using negative line spacing, which is impractical to do with metal type.

But the real problem was that they used type at all. Except for things like newspapers, a few other small props, and the intertitles (more on these later), type would not have been used. Movie posters, signs, magazine covers, movie titles and credits—back in the 1920s and 1930s, that kind of thing was almost always lettered by hand. Type—and it would have been metal type, back then—was not up to the job. There were too few styles, too few sizes. It just wasn’t as flexible as someone skilled with a brush. Things that are so easy for us to do with type today were practically impossible back then, which provided plenty of work for letterers.

If you’re careful, it is possible to get close to the look of lettering with modern fonts. Some are even made to look that way (I’ve made a few myself). But for all the attention they paid to other period details, there is something slap-dash about the way this stuff was handled in The Artist...

(many examples follow, some of which i didn't even catch when i watched the movie)

...In conclusion, the typography in The Artist wasn’t way off the mark—it does seem that some effort was made. And I’m sure that, for 99.999 percent of the movie-going public, it was more than sufficient effort. But it would have been great to see the typography get the same high degree of attention that the other period details in the film got.