Thursday, September 30, 2010

Zeya: bring your music anywhere

Zeya: bring your music anywhere:

"Zeya is a media player that lets you bring your music to any computer with a web browser.

The client runs in any browser that supports the HTML 5 draft standard technologies— no Flash needed. No Silverlight, no applets, no plugins, no external players."

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Gregory Thielker - Under the unminding sky - Windshield Paintings

Under the unminding sky: 2008-2010

Gregory Thielker is simply amazing. His oil on canvas artworks depict rainy days viewed from inside a car so realistically that you can almost feel the wet and cold weather, looking at them. The realism in his work is not just in his stunning technique, but also in the way the paintings can give you the peaceful and melancholic feeling of a car trip under a pouting rain.

It's hard to remember the images you're looking at are paintings.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Open Source Twitter Alternative StatusNet Releases iPhone App

Open Source Twitter Alternative StatusNet Releases iPhone App:

"The open source microblogging service StatusNet - the power behind - announced today the release of its iPhone app.

The app makes it easy to connect via mobile to a StatusNet site, and it supports posting from an iPhone, sending attachments, as well as following public, profile and friends’ timelines. Users can connect to accounts on multiple StatusNet sites from within the app."

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Firefogg - video encoding and uploading for Firefox

Firefogg - video encoding and uploading for Firefox:

"Firefogg video encoding and uploading for Firefox"

You can use Firefox on the Firefogg website to encode videos on your computer to ogg format for html5 players.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

George Lucas Stole Chewbacca, But It’s Okay

Mill Valley, 1970
We start our story with George Lucas’ silver screen directorial debut, THX 1138, a simultaneously proto– and an anti-Star Wars. It’s probably early 1970 and Walter Murch and George Lucas are taking turns day and night editing picture and sound on the film in the upper floor of Lucas’ Mill Valley home, to get it ready for what will be a disastrous screening for studio executives, all but sinking Coppola’s just formed American Zoetrope studio.

Walter Murch: “[We] got hold of some improv actors, and among these was Terry McGovern who was also a radio DJ. We would sit them around the table and give them each an identity, and in the middle of this dialogue you can hear Terry McGovern say “I think I just ran over something back there, I think I ran over a wookie”. This is the first emergence of the word Wookiee as we know it today. And the small wookiees in THX who lived in the shell of this environment became the large wookiee that we all know in Star Wars.”

There is no direct connection made on film between the off-hand wookie remark and, as they are more commonly known, shell dwellers. But following the assumption that they are the same, it’s still hazy where the concept came from. Laden with overt social and political commentary, the hairy dwarf-like creatures may have sprung into life as a reflection of fringe existences, sacrifices of the consumer society and so on. Maybe at the hand of Lucas, maybe Murch, the two having written it together.
But aside from the nickname and some unkempt hair, there is little else binding them to the latter-day wookiees of Star Wars, though both seem to have sprung from monkeys in some way.

“And later on after the recording I asked Terry ‘What’s the Wookie?’ and he said ‘Oh that’s a friend of mine who lives in Texas, Ralph Wookie, and I just threw his name in there as I always want to stick it to him and thought he’d get a kick out of hearing his name in a film’. Little did Terry know what kind of thing he was creating, this off-hand phrase has since become a character that literally billions of people probably know about.”

A few years later, in early 1973, as American Graffiti — a considerably less obtuse film, and with the possible exception of Wolfman Jack, devoid of wookiees — is taken away from Lucas by the studio and hangs in limbo, the first confused step towards Star Wars — then named The Journal of the Whills — introduces the name Chewie. Or more accurately, Chuiee, the writer of said journal.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Anchorman 2 'will happen'?

Anchorman 2 'will happen':

"Comedian Will Ferrell and writer-director Adam McKay, the team behind Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, have confirmed that there will be a sequel in some way, shape or form.

'Eventually I promise it will happen in one shape or another, whether it's a Broadway show or a TV special, something will happen', said McKay."

Friday, September 17, 2010

Download The New John Vanderslice Album Free

John Vanderslice - Green Grow The Rushes
The new 6 song John Vanderslice album Green Grow The Rushes is available free to download on his website. You can get it in wav or high quality mp3 formats along with artwork and credits.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Umbrella Adventures: The Castle of Cake – 100% hand drawn adventure game

Umbrella Adventures: The Castle of Cake – 100% hand drawn adventure game: "If you are the type of gamer that thinks that game art is equally important as the game itself, then you would definitely enjoy Umbrella Adventures. The graphics is '100% handrawn' in a stylized black and white form.

In the game, you travel all across the forest in search of the mystery behind the theft of more than 100 cakes. It's a game that provides not only a solid gameplay, but rich graphics and a cool soundtrack. Umbrella Adventures is an exciting platformer game that features funny dialogue and intriguing puzzles to keep you on your toes. Of course, it's main selling point is that the game is purely hand drawn and definitely doesn't fail to impress any gamer."

Sunday, September 12, 2010

wire to the ear - Bands careers in 140 characters

wire to the ear - Bands careers in 140 characters: "Discographies is a Twitter account that sums up bands careers in 140 characters. This is like VH1′s Behind the Music on crack."

It describes the career based on album order.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

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