12.31.2008

pants are stupid

12.21.2008

Arizona = Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl Champions



Zona wins their 1st bowl game since 1998 and Mike Thomas sets the Pac-10 career receptions record with 259. Tuitama finished his Arizona career throwing 24-for-35 for 325 yards and two touchdowns plus rushing for 1 TD.

WILDCATS!!!!

12.08.2008

resident Evil 5 Japanese Demo

Here is the Resident Evil 5 (Biohazard 5) Japanese Demo

Here are the details and a note regarding playing a region exclusive demo posted on NeoGaf

Title: Biohazard 5 (バイオハザード 5) / Resident Evil 5 *Demo*

Platform: PLAYSTATION 3, Xbox 360

Players: 1-2

Online: Yes

Leaderboards: ?

Release:

- 12/05/08 (JP) - XBL
- 12/18/08 (JP) - BRD (Disc)
- 12/??/08 (JP) - PSN

- 01/??/09 (US) - XBL
- 01/??/09 (US) - PSN
This is a demo, and it's free, and MS has no rules against people burning demos to disc or whatever and running them (since they clearly allow it and don't ban people on Xbox Live for it).
Simple steps to playing this demo

- download the rar ------> RE5 DEMO Megaupload link
- extract the "content" folder
- this will get you one (1!) folder named "content"
- burn this folder to a cd (as a DATA CD)
- insert cd into 360, it will show up as "mixed media"
- navigate to "my xbox", "demos"
- click & play!

1 note is that it takes a while for the disc to load up but rest assured this will work as I've done it myself and have had no problems. I used Nero 8 to burn btw.

12.05.2008

tesla Roadster: OnCars features




The future 'cool car' 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, 14,000 rpm redline, burns no oil, 244 miles per charge and no gas. All for $109,000.

11.25.2008

11.20.2008

congo sucks


Soldiers of the Congolese army pass by a helmet and rest of used munition at Rumangabo base which was overrun by Forces loyal to renegade Laurent Nkunda, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of the provincial capital of Goma after an intense battle, on October 11, 2008. The rebel forces withdrew from the army base. Democratic Republic of Congo officials this week alleged that Rwandan troops had aided Nkunda's forces to capture Rumangabo, and accused Kigali of planning to attack the provincial capital of Goma. Rwandan officials denied the charges. Renewed fighting broke out August 28 with government troops and Nkunda's CNDP violating a ceasefire reached under the Goma peace accord in January. (WALTER ASTRADA/AFP/Getty Images)

GTA IV DLC: 'The Lost and the Damned'

'Grand Theft Auto' yields road to the 'Lost and Damned'

The upcoming episode of the video game Grand Theft Auto IV looks to be a wild one.

GTA IV, which was released in April for the Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3, focused on former Eastern European soldier Niko Bellic and his escalating life of crime in the boroughs of Liberty City. This new episode, available Feb. 17 via download exclusively for those who own the Xbox 360 version (no price yet), stars Johnny Klebitz, a member of Liberty City biker gang The Lost.

"Johnny is a very different character than Niko, with a very different background," says Dan Houser, vice president of creative development for Rockstar Games. "I can't go into too much detail on the story, because we try not to give away too much plot before the game is released. But I can say that the story will show you a different side of Liberty City."

The episode, titled The Lost and Damned, requires players to have the full version of the Mature-rated GTA IV (ages 17 and older) and an Xbox Live membership to download. It's likely to carry an M rating, too. (Parents can use the Xbox 360's parental controls to prevent children from accessing inappropriate content.)

GTA IV is the top video game this year; nearly two-thirds of the 5 million copies sold have been for Xbox 360, according to The NPD Group.

In the original game, Niko crossed paths with The Lost several times. This time, Niko has only a bit part, Houser says. "The story is not directly impacted by decisions you took in the main game," he says. But "tons of details and mysteries from the main story get explained, so it will add a lot of color to the main story."

Rockstar Games has been fine-tuning its explorable 3-D virtual worlds since launching its first "sandbox" game with Grand Theft Auto III in 2001.

The new game will let you download more sandbox time. "We feel like we've only scratched the surface in terms of the depth and detail in" GTA IV's mythical Liberty City, says Houser.

Previous games have used downloads to add "new stages, weapons and costumes," says GamePro Media features editor Dave Rudden, "but GTA IV's content will reportedly add hours of gameplay."

Rudden hopes the episode costs $15 or less, but Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter expects a $20 price and says Rockstar could sell 2 million to 3 million downloads. "I see episodic content as a natural progression of the quality of downloadable content."

11.19.2008

break the Detroit Unions

Either let GM go bankrupt or break the unions.

One way or the other, it has to be done. Otherwise the D is going keep digging down instead of out.

11.18.2008

Tucson police radar van locations for Tuesday 11/18

Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 11.18.2008

The city's police radar van is scheduled to snap photos of speeders at these locations today, according to the Tucson Police Department's Web site:

• 7 to 10:30 a.m. near Davidson Elementary School on North Alvernon Way near East Kleindale Road.
• 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on East Tanque Verde near East Grant roads.
• 2 to 5 p.m. near Robison Elementary School on South Tucson Boulevard near East 18th Street.
• 5:30 to 9 p.m. on West Starr Pass Boulevard near South Mission Road.

don't get a ticket. fuck the police.

11.13.2008

16 Bits of Funk: Streets of Rage style


Streets of Rage 2 had funky ass 16-bit block bumping beats

And yes I fully admit posting youtube videos is lame but one can't ignore the genius that is SOR2. And for some reason I've thinking of this classic game.

the tunes in the game.

11.11.2008

i got a Blogger DMCA takedown notification

for this picture of obama. what?

I don't know how that happened but fuck it I'm putting it up again, only bigger. Here's the email I got, doesn't really make any sense.
Blogger has been notified, according to the terms of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), that certain content in your blog infringes upon the copyrights of others. The URL(s) of the allegedly infringing post(s) may be found at the end of this message.

The notice that we received, with any personally identifying information removed, will be posted online by a service called Chilling Effects at http://www.chillingeffects.org
. We do this in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Please note that it may take Chilling Effects up to several weeks to post the notice online at the link provided.

The DMCA is a United States copyright law that provides guidelines for online service provider liability in case of copyright infringement. We are in the process of removing from our servers the links that allegedly infringe upon the copyrights of others. If we did not do so, we would be subject to a claim of copyright infringement, regardless of its merits. See http://www.educause.edu/Browse/645?PARENT_ID=254 for more information about the DMCA, and see http://www.google.com/dmca.html for the process that Blogger requires in order to make a DMCA complaint.

Blogger can reinstate these posts upon receipt of a counter notification pursuant to sections 512(g)(2) and 3) of the DMCA. For more information about the requirements of a counter notification and a link to a sample counter notification, see http://www.google.com/dmca.html#counter.

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Affected URLs:

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10.29.2008

the new pepsi logo

Pepsi has sent to twenty-five lucky "digital and social media influencers" three separately-shipped packages unveiling the new identity and packaging, flaunting the old Pepsi logos as if this new work was honoring what came before it. The package also included a DVD with a little motion piece that you can watch here.


Find more videos like this on AdGabber

While a fresh look is always interesting it remains to be seen how this logo reboot will be accepted by the masses.

Pepsi Bottles

Pepsi Bottles

Pepsi Cans

10.15.2008

movable Braille timepiece, Haptica


this is really impressive. David Chavez (his website) is a designer who just won a Spark Award (Spark's website) for his brilliant Braille watch design dubbed Haptica which displays a real-time readout in Braille using a military time format. It's a little surprising that no one had thought of this before.

10.10.2008

Banksy's Village Pet Store & Grill


fishsticks in their natural habitat

There's a Banksy show/installation in Greenwich Village which opened 10/9.

"The Village Pet Store and Grill" has pet-like displays along with items that might make one hungry. Hot dogs and salami as gerbils, a hairless Tweety bird, fish sticks in a fish tank, chicken products in a coop, a grooming rabbit, a fur coat doubling as a cat, and best of all, a chimp watching chimp porn. (It's all animatronics.)

Lest the hours on the store's business cards fool you, it's actually open from 10am - midnight (not the printed time of 12pm) through October 31st at 89 7th Ave. South (btwn Jekyll and Hyde and Sushi Samba). There's talk the show may be recreated somewhere else after the run.





Check out the official site here: Village Pet store and Charcoal Grill

10.04.2008

world cup mascots suck: 2010 prime example

South Africa seems to be staying in step with shitty World Cup mascot lineage.

To no one's surprise the committee decided to cross breed a human with a "radical" leopard to create a freakish amalgamation dubbed Zakumi. I was holding out hope for a rhino+shark/human hybrid. next time.

interesting cultural fact that you'll forget in 1 minute: "Za” is an acronym for South Africa while “kumi” apparently translates as “10″ in various languages across Africa. wow.
http://www.nation.co.ke/image/view/-/473950/highRes/42961/-/maxw/600/-/btu979z/-/JOH08_SAFRICA-2010-_0922_1.jpg
and here are some previous cup mascots. A few of them have a full bodied racist overtone. Mexico and South america stand out the most. Apparently there used to be a lot of love for Big Hats south of the border. si.


10.03.2008

Under Siege 3: what the world needs

don't tease the world Steven,

apparently Seagal has put a lot of thought into where his John McClane, the Navy Seal chef Casey Rybeck, is headed…

“I personally want it to be something more modern. [long pause] In other words, [long pause] I wouldn’t mind if it was about something more mystical or [five minute pause] maybe extraterrestrial in nature. Some real government top secrets instead of just the typical.” [365 day pause]

His proposal was caught on video. Reliably, the actor says there are offers on the table.

This would be hilarious and totally necessary.

9.21.2008

China could end up owning the majority of US & UK financial systems


China could easily end up owning the lion’s share of the US and UK’s financial systems.
- Inspired by Robert Peston, BBC Business Editor

With the collapses on Wall Street this week and signs in the United Kingdom pointing towards a housing market crisis as well, it appears that the U.S. and the U.K. have left the door open for other world economies to step in and take over the global economy. Peston reports: “It's a world in which the Chinese state, if it co-ordinated the investments of its cash-rich institutions, could end up owning more-or-less the entire financial system of the US and the UK.” It is conservative institutions, he says, and those with simpler business models with a history of careful management of their funding sources, which will become the new superpowers.

9.20.2008

the google phone



This image has surfaced on a personal blog from the Utterli.com network. Little detail is given surrounding the nature of the images.

One of my super secret spies at Google just happened to trade contact information with someone who admitted that the phone in his hand was the fabled Dream.

9.18.2008

the creators of "Homicide" are making "Manhunt" for HBO

wow, 1st thought that comes to mind: maybe this will be a new show for HBO's lineup that doesn't suck.

David Simon and Tom Fontana, two of the creators behind one of the greatest television crime dramas of all time, "Homicide: Life on the Street" are now teaming up again to adapt James L. Swanson's excellent book, "Manhunt" which follows the 12-day hunt for John Wilkes Booth following Lincoln's assassination. It's the kind of material that would work well as a film, but knowing that it will get a full mini-series makes me all kinds of excited. Based solely off of the excellent time period series that was "John Adams", I can safely say my hopes are medium to high right now. If your a fan of US History this can only be good news


"Manhunt" is a great book and if Simon and Fontana can bring the same kind of immediacy and character to it that they brought to "Homicide", then HBO can start building a new shelf for all the Emmys this mini-series will collect. No news on casting as of yet.

and here's a link to the NY Times review of the James Swanson book Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer.


9.16.2008

nice end table


Ana Beatriz Barros didn't really have to push it out of frame like that

9.15.2008

the crazy Blade Bridge in Auckland

Denton Corker Marshall Win Bridge Design Competition in Auckland

Architects Denton Corker Marshall, working in collaboration with engineers Hyder Consulting and Kenneth Grubb Associates, have won the international design competition for the Te Wero Bridge in Auckland, New Zealand. It seems a bit of a stretch to call a bridge stunning but this design most definitely fits the bill. Really quite amazing.

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The NZ$50 million bridge will link the city’s CBD with Wynyard Quarter – an industrial area of Auckland’s waterfront that will be transformed over the next 25 years. Intended for public transport/cycle/pedestrian use, the Te Wero Bridge is a twin leaf bascule aluminum bridge with a vertical tower/mast of 60m.

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The deck is split longitudinally into two separate components: the south leaf, longer and broader than the north, carries the two road lanes; the north leaf provides a 6m wide pedestrian/cycle path. The bridge will have an opening span of 40 metres to enable large boats to access Viaduct Harbour.

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As the bridge opens, the two leaves separate coming to rest in a ‘V’ configuration with the decks angled obliquely to the mast and each other. The aerodynamic silhouette of the leaves suggest the modern sails of contemporary racing yachts.

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Describing the design, Director Neil Bourne commented, “At rest, the striking mast stands sentinel in the heart of the harbour. In motion, the blades rise, split and then separate, twisting so edge becomes face. Upright, the three elements settle into a dynamic, yet elegant, composition.”

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Professor John Hunt, Professor of Architecture at the University of Auckland and Chair of the Judging Panel said, “The judging panel agreed that this striking submission stood out from others in respect of its high level of design innovation and the unique way the twin leaves open.”

The Auckland City Gov site has a animation of the bridge raising and lowering, its a swf file so it can't be embedded, check it out. Te Wero Bridge animation

Key design features

  • responds to its harbour context and distant views with large-scale distinctive cultural form and elegant profile
  • vertical tower rises above yacht masts and creates a permanent gateway feature to mark crossing point regardless of whether the bridge is open or closed
  • deck splits in two as it rises, with the leaves sweeping apart to come to rest in a V configuration
  • the longer, broader south leaf carries the two passenger transport lanes while the north leaf is exclusively for pedestrians and cycles
  • the three primary elements of differing length and width form an asymmetric composition. When viewed from different angles, they create infinite combinations of juxtapositions as the bridge leaves move towards the mast.

Construction features

  • lightweight deck and counterweight arrangement result in very low energy use
  • deck can be fabricated using local boat building expertise
  • material selection gives excellent durability and low maintenance regime.

9.10.2008

killer quotes + source links

"If [Daddy Yankee] debates me about politics, he will never talk another word about a politician for the rest of his life." Fat Joe attacks Daddy Yankee over his support for John McCain [NYP]

"But, for Earl's creator, Greg Garcia, who referred to me as a 'psychotic,' I have only one question. Why are you Scientologists always rendering these medical opinions you aren't qualified to give?" Alec Baldwin [HuffPo]

"I am thrilled to have my DNA shot into space, as this brings me one step closer to my lifelong dream of being the baby at the end of 2001." Stephen Colbert [AP via Canadian Press]

"To be honest, man, I really appreciate that people appreciate what I do, but I don't like that type of pressure. Like, I hate it, to be honest. I cannot save no whole rap game." André 3000 [MTV]

9.09.2008

Quantum of Solace: Bond 22 Trailer



coooooooooool

Daniel Craig is gunning for the #2 Bond spot in his 2nd film.

I don't think anyone can realistically expect to beat out Connery but Craig killed the role in Casino. this trailer has succeeded in hyping me up, sufficiently stoking interest for this flick. Interesting note: the director is Marc Forster, he helmed Monster's Ball, Kite Runner and finding Neverland. pretty cool they let this guy take the reigns of an action geared flick like this.

9.08.2008

summary of recent posts



Just wanted to try this out

1. South Ossetia Images

2. Olivia Munn Photos

3. Entourage Season 5 Episode 1 Download Here

4. Snake Eyes Killing a Shark

awesome

Russia in Ossetia

these pictures were taken between Aug. 8-11 in South Ossetia. and in case anyone wondered Russia is still there.

9.05.2008

Dave Chappelle @ The Funny Bone

okay so don't get too excited but this is a bootleg that was recorded back on April 14, 2004 at the Funny Bone Comedy Club in Ohio. If you've heard all of Dave's material (stand ups + specials) you've probably heard the majority of the material in this stand up. The reason to check this out would be for reference. Listen to this bootleg all the way through and you can really appreciate how Dave crafts his jokes into the best delivery possible. Most of the free flowing jokes in this bootleg eventually get developed into structured jokes in his "For What its Worth" stand up. Its really great to hear him just bounce material off the crowd and try shit out. As I've had the honor of seeing the master in person (on his birthday in DC no less) I can say that this is a close approximation to what seeing Chappelle in person turns into.

so in summary if you don't act like its new material you can appreciate this bootleg. and you will laugh, that's the most important part.
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=0ZB7KWGV

and just for clarification: you click on the link, enter the 3 letter code, download the .rar file and then open that shit up to get the album. If you don't have winrar yet (why not?) get it here winrar. and don't worry its a good program, nothing bad.

newish Olivia Munn photos




self explanatory, Olivia Munn photos. and the obligatory link to her site