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Friday

4 Best Goat Videos. Yea I said it.

Why are goats so funny?  And why do some people think they are satanic.  Hopefully these videos will spread some insight.








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How to See Sounds


Just watch this.  Amazing, see the notes.


I know some people that see sounds, they have a rare condition called synesthesia. "Individuals rarely agree on what color a given sound is (composers Liszt and Rimsky-Korsakov famously disagreed on the colors of music keys); however, synesthetes show the same trends as non-synesthetes do. For example, both groups say that loud tones are brighter than soft tones and that lower tones are darker than higher tones." check out the documentary below to learn more.


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Tuesday

Are we Human? Or are we Connectome?

Strange that I bumped into a monk in the park earlier in the day that asked me the question of, "Who are you? Are you your arms? Are you your brain?" etc. I asked him if he had seen this video by Alan Watts.
Then, when I got home and decided to unwind with a TED talk, it happened to be on the same subject.  I'd email it to my new monk friend, but he doesn't use the internet.

So, if you were to pay for cryogenics and froze yourself when you died, but then after death your soul was reincarnated into your next life as a dog, would that future dog become a soulless demon dog if your human body was thawed out? Well, of course it would, and Im sure it would inspire a bad horror B-Movie as well. This TED talk is like something out of an 80's sci-fi flick. Cyberdyne is here to tell you the future. Listen up. And feel free to hit rewind if you're not keeping up.

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Friday

7 "Documentaries" About Something Fake

1.  Blair Witch Project (1999) - The filmmakers told the press off the bat that it was fake, but that didn't stop people from believing.
The Blair Witch Project [Blu-ray]

2.  Curse of the Blair Witch [VHS] A creepy-cool fake documentary about the fake documentary.   So meta.


Curse of the Blair Witch [VHS]
3.  Sasquatch, The Legend of Bigfoot (1977) Saw this in the theaters as a child and couldn't sleep for days.  Though it's a real doc, it contained footage of Bigfoot that we thought to be authentic at the time, the "Patterson Footage" due to fear of it going too far, it was not revealed as fake until 2002, after the death of a man involved in the situation.


4.  Im Still Here (2010)  The Joaquin Phoenix doc, starting with the David Letterman method acting stunt, Ben Afleck's brother, Casey, directed this documentary that was presented as real.


5.  Lost Unraveling the Mystery (2010) - Ok, had to put this one in there for a few reasons.  The frustrating TV show Lost was one of the biggest mysteries of the last century. 

LOST: UNRAVELING THE MYSTERY
6.  Exit Though The Gift Shop (2010)  - Ok, this one might be about something totally real, but who can really trust the street art prankster Banksy.  This documentary has been questioned, as people wonder if it's a bit of a prank.  The documentary subject Banksy flips the camera on the documentarian and then proceeds to, sort of, help create a monster, "Mr Brainwash".  Many think that this Mr Brainwash's career was enabled by Banksy,  due to the cameras being there, and to emphasize a point about society and art.  To understand the previous sentence, you probably have to see the movie.  And you should see the movie. In fact it should be required.  Two thumbs way up.


7. Catfish - Though most everyone agrees that the subjects and inciting incident are real in this Facebook fakery documentary.  People think that the filmmakers pretended to not know certain things to add dramatic effect.  They may have allowed themselves to be fooled a little longer, and it is speculated they may have totally changed their actions purely for story purposes like taping a coin to a letter so they could maybe find it later in mailbox.  If you want to know more about this one check out 20/20 tonight, there is an hour long special on this doc.




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Tuesday

Grandma Will Love You

Your Grandmother will love you when you get her these lovely new plates for her next luncheon, or maybe your creepy uncle wants to hang em on the wall.  The plates are made to look aged, a little creepy, a little kitschy, and very cool.  There around $42 bucks each.


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Wednesday

Sort Your Flights by Agony Level - HipMunk

This is THE way to book your flights.  
Co-founded by the amazing Steve Huffman, the creator of reddit.com, is the cool new site Hipmunk.  It has nice, clean design with graphical data that will allow you to do things like sort your flight choices by agony, which will include things like wasted time switching flights.  You can even click little buttons on the far right to see the similar flights that they didn't recommend to get an idea of the price spread.  They work with Orbitz.com on the back end of booking so you get great deals with a much better interface.  Try it.  HipMunk.com Share

Everything Gets Faster

UPDATE: Almost everything is instant now, youtube, googlemaps, twitter,etc.  Using the new http://instantise.com/ (If it has trouble, hold down SHIFT while clicking your browser refresh button)

Unbelievable, the Google search now starts as you type your words.  Coming very soon, maybe an official announcement about its availability today.  In the meantime watch this.

Wow that was fast, It's here, thanks Google.
Cory says -Don't forget single letter searches.   
W for local Weather
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Flash Mob Dance for Mobile

Yea, I know it's a T-Mobile thing, but it's kinda awesome.  Check it.

Dell Inspiron Mini 10 Netbook (T-Mobile)Dell Inspiron Mini 10 Netbook (T-Mobile) Share

Friday

The GOOGLE MOVIE

We have a few Facebook movies coming out, Catfish, and The Social Network.  And we knew it wouldn't be long before they had to put the Google movie into development.  Based on a the book, Googled, it "will follow the stories of Sergey Brin and Larry Page, who were working on their Ph.Ds at Stanford when they founded Google more than 10 years ago."
Googled: The End of the World As We Know ItGoogled: The End of the World As We Know It.http://akas.imdb.com/news/ni3935270/ Share

Thursday

Is the Facebook Documentary Movie "Catfish" Fake?

Here's the trailer if you want to watch it, it could ruin some of the movie for you.  This is the Alien Catfish in the garage theatrical cut.  Hope that's not too much of a spoiler, if so, stop reading now.

SPOILER ALERT
OK, hopefully you have seen the film if you are still reading this, which means you get the above opening of this article. 
Catfish was screened at Sundance earlier in 2010, and many of us had the same reaction.  This sucker is fake isn't it.  Here's 10 reasons why CATFISH feels like a fake documentary.  Let me preface this by saying I loved this film, and thought they SHOULD be allowed to lie, and I strangely enough wouldn't be mad due to some of the the storyline parallels.


1.  When the movie opens on our handsome main character Nev, in about 20 seconds you can sum him up as an "actor type".  If you live in Hollywood you know the type, just watch how his eyebrows individually move up and down and he seems to have that "actory" feel at times, especially later as he tells a story crossing his legs in his undies with a subtle theatrically homosexual fashion.  (He also picks at his nose in the beginning of the film in a suspiciously conspicuously obvious manner.)


2.  They just happened to fall into this wonderful story that seems very similar to the storyline of the Sundance darling documentary My Kid Could Paint That.  I could almost buy that, but the fact that when they meet the mystery woman behind the Facebook page, she is AMAZING on screen.  The chances of both of those happening is astronomical, and she did such a beautiful job, let me be the first to go on record and say SHE SHOULD BE NOMINATED FOR AN ACADEMY AWARD.  The scene when she paints our hero Nev at the end reminded me of  beautiful Meisner inspired acting improvisations.


3.  When we first meet the mysterious mother/love interest, the shot is angled so that her face is obstructed by a plant and then a post, we have been waiting the whole movie to see her.  If I was filming this I would at least try to move the camera a little to the side, unless of course, I was trying to increase the dramatic tension.


4.  The whole, "lets figure out how to use a wireless lavaliere microphone scene", with the comedic placement of static hits just afterwards stunk of filmmakers trying to make something look rough and real.  Not to mention the testing of how it would sound if you were being hugged, which also gets a laugh later when she gives him a long hug during dialog.  There is also another hidden camera a few feet away, did it not have a mic?


5.  Other audio issues included the fact that the guy behind the camera always sounded too good, not like a documentarian usually sounds, you know he's usually more muffled due to him being behind the mic.  As a matter of fact it sounded a little like the documentary the Last Exorcism, oh yea, that was fake, never mind.  
There are other suspicious scenes, like when they are in the car, and all of them sound great, you don't hear one the guy in the back sounding different or further away from the guys in the front, even with sound clean up, mixing and sweetening this sounds almost too good for the gear they were using. (cannon tx1 camera with crappy mics)


6.  Parallel 1 - While riding in the car away from the mysterious garage door ranch, our hero states that he didn't really feel fooled by her, because he was being tricked by believable harmless type lies that he didn't even really care about.  Which is why I don't feel too bad that they are tricking us, I love that the story line is small and believable enough to have happened, and I'm sure there is some truth to this, but really.  I mean really?


7.  Parallel 2 - What a great lesson, a story about a guy that gets fooled by media (website) by not checking into things, and yet thats what this media (film) may do to us.


8.  Parallel 3 - Think about this.  The mom sells slightly faked art to our hero, the film makers are selling a kind of slightly fake art to us my friends.


9.  Parallel 4 - The Catfish story, the Catfish is added during shipping to keep the Cod from getting soft and mushy by keeping it more alert, so to speak.  In the film it seems to refer to the mom being a trickster catfish.  But I think the MOVIE is the Catfish, we are the Cod, and we should not become complacent.  (BTW You're def not too complacent if you are still reading this)


10.  Parallel 5 - At the end of the film it says the story continues at their website.  The website contains another great parlor trick - you can make a full screen FAKE desktop that looks like our hero's computer.


Though I could go on talking about the genius of these parallels or casting actors that can't or don't have any false moments, like the mentally handicapped twins, I will stop here, and give you...


3 reasons why the film IS real.


1.  The filmmaker/actors say that it's real.  And the Studio website classifies it as "Reality Thriller".


2.  Shullman says if it was fake, "my brother would be the best actor since Marlon Brando."


4.  Exec Producer Brett Ratner would never try to fool us ( Director of Rush Hour 3, X-MEN 3).


3.  There is a special thanks to JJ Abrams (LOST, CLOVERFIELD) he would never  leave more of a mystery to be unboxed.


3.  All the above are all just things that I felt about the film, some sarcastic, and some unfounded. So who knows, the whole thing could be real after all.


Either way, I really do like the film, it stays with me.  It gives me this odd feeling, not dissimilar to the way I felt about my ex-girlfriend.   I love it, and hate it, and can't quit thinking about it.


Nev says it's all true.  

Art by Angela Pierce
Pick up a painted picture by yours truly before they go up in price.  Here's one painted of Abbey, is it painted by Abbey?  http://www.artbyapierce.com/portfolio/h28b6c8d#h28b6c8d Paintings and prints range from $2450 to $6


What did you think about the film?  Please leave comments below.
If you are one of the film makers please drop a thank you note in the comments to all of the interweb junkies like me that will spend way too much time reading and writing about this film.
I hope to catch a catfish.


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Saturday

3 Amazing Mini Weapons


You must see this mini canon in action - Amazing.


This looks like a cell phone, but it's really a gun.


Cardapult - The business card that transforms into a catapult. Really.
And if you hate loose change. There's also one that shoots pennies.
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Friday

Knitted Beard and Mustache

I love etsy.com.  If you create anything as a hobby this is a great space to sell your wares.  And a great space to find unique gifts for the holidays.
This listing is for a black and gray tweed knitted stocking cap with shaggy brown beard and mustache attached. The hat is knitted on a round loom and the brown beard and mustache are hand crocheted. It is made from soft 100% acrylic yarn and is generously sized to fit most adult heads.  $48
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How to be Cool

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Top 10 Tattoos



I once thought it would be funny to get a tattoo, then ask people if they wanted to see my tattoo, then show them my tattoo, which would be of "Tattoo", the little guy from the 70's TV show Fantasy Island.  Then I realized people would just want to punch me after this exchange.  But it did make me wonder, has anyone else gotten a tattoo of Tattoo.  So after an exhaustive 3 minute search on Google images, I realized I didn't care that much, but thought I would share some other daisys that came across my screen.  Here's the top 10 Geeky, Kitschy and Cool Tats.










Yes, the first eye tattoo.






Yea, I know, that was more than 10.

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