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Archive for September, 2009

Gentlemen of Bakongo

duckhead

Check out these daper motherfuckers.

Framed Stimuli

Some I found:

dada

geo

corn

rainbow hat

skelcat

guns n pussy

roost

Some I took:

po

mex

claus haus

Gizmodo Gallery: NYC

Ali and I lined up yesterday for one of five nights of the nerd orgy that is the Gizmodo Gallery. It’s traveled all over the country, showcasing the some of the latest and coolest technology, as well as some old school gadgets on display. It was a night filled with beer, pancakes, Call of Duty, singing Tesla coils, and lots and lots of nerd boners. Here are some of the highlights:

cheeto

The World’s Biggest Cheeto. This was so hard not to eat.

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Etch-A-Sketch 3D. You really had to be there to get the full impact of this one. But yes, it’s everything you’d imagine.

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Touch-screen vending machine. Unfortunately, they were all sold out. But I seriously can’t wait until these are out in the world. They’re pretty fuckin’ cool. And the bottles are an all new aluminum design not on the market yet. Though Ali and I chanced upon some Sprite Green a few weeks back being handed out in the bottles and they’re pretty cool too.

103tv

A 103″ plasma-screen TV. Each one of these game screens was bigger than any TV I’ve ever owned. I would love to have one of these covering my entire wall.

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Mirror Painter. The best description of this is just to watch the video.

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You can basically disregard the guitar aspect of this device. It’s essentially a synth/Theremin hybrid. Just diddle those lasers and stroke that pitch-shifter.

legowall

Giant, collaborative Lego wall.

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Arkeg Drink ‘N’ Game. This was one of the coolest things there. An arcade game that had a keg and tap built in. Bonus points for the double-pun in the name.

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PANCAKE MACHINE!

scrambler

This jacket comes equipped with a gear that scrambles TV signals, including CCTVs. The description said that this was useful for “covert operations in…big box stores.”

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A real drum machine. This drum kit was mounted with robotic arms which were controlled by a synth/MIDI controller.

And closing out the night was a raffle that we didn’t stay for. But before that, ArcAttack performed using their singing Tesla coils with some backup from the synth-controlled drum kit seen in the video above.

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– Christian BC

Word Lust: Pt. 1

word wood

If you frequent this blog (or actually know me), then you are probably aware of my fondness for puns. To me, puns are the highest forms of humor because they embody all the best aspects of humor: a quick wit, intelligence, a vast knowledge of culture and history. But most of all, they deal with wordplay. Those who love puns are those who loves language, and those who love to manipulate language. I thought I’d compiled some of my favorite word groups and share some language love.

Retronym: These are one of my favorite linguistic fun facts. A retronym is a word created when a new version of something comes out and becomes synonymous with the product and the old version is forced to tack a prefix on it’s name (or create a new name altogether) to differentiate it. The common examples are “Coke” becoming “Coke Classic” in reference to the fiasco that was “New Coke” and timepieces and electronic instruments having to stick “analog” in front of their name when their digital counterparts became the norm. My favorite example is how “hot chocolate” used to just be “chocolate” as the liquid form was the only type that existed. With the invention of chocolate bars however, liquid chocolate became less popular and was forced to add an adjective.

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What If…

…there was a product/service called Barnes & Mobile? Would it be an iPhone app from Barnes & Noble, or a Barnes & Noble owned and operated book mobile? I guess it depends when it exists. If it came out June 2007 or later, it’d probably be an app. Anytime before that to 1917, it’d probably be the book mobile, though the earlier you go, the less likely it is to be a motorized one. Maybe a guy on a book-bike? Pre-1917 to 1873, you’d probably wonder who Barnes & Noble were, unless you were knowledgeable of mid-Western printing companies. Anytime before that, I think the whole concept would just confuse you.

Animal Collective: Water Curses [Christian Church Version]

Everyone knows that I’m a prolific music video director for independent bands, but occasionally I like to take songs I love aurally and provide them with visual accompaniment. In the case of “Water Curses” by Animal Collective, I wasn’t aware that they had a video for the song. I made my own that I think matches the tones of the song and incorporates footage of infamous The Diamond Boys in action. I then saw the actual video and it’s sort of boring. Mine isn’t. Enjoy.

Those Racist Republicans

heartland

I posted an article on my Facebook page a few days ago that resonated strongly with me, but I felt it deserved wider circulation. Well, more people probably see that page than this one, so let’s call it different circulation. Either way, this lady (Maureen Dowd of The New york Times) says it better than I could have. Or, at least equal to what I could have said but without me having to do anything. She uses Joe Wilson’s recent outburst as a springboard to discuss what’s really behind all this anti-Obama fever sweeping fringe groups of middle-aged white people. She drives it home with this line:

But Wilson’s shocking disrespect for the office of the president — no Democrat ever shouted “liar” at W. when he was hawking a fake case for war in Iraq — convinced me: Some people just can’t believe a black man is president and will never accept it.

Read the rest of the article.

Now, this is certainly nothing new. This veiled racism has existed since the beginning of Obama’s campaign and though it quieted a bit once he was elected, it only took a few big policy moves to reignite people’s anger with him, or rather with his race. The people lashing out at Obama now haven’t suddenly come out of the racist closet. And they haven’t started hating Obama either. All of these people, from Joe Wilson to Glenn Beck, have hated Obama (and probably all Democrats and black people) since Day 1. But now it’s starting to get ugly. The scary thing is, for years we thought we were on the verge of a revolution. That the only way to stop what was happening to this country was to revolt against a government that was bordering on fascism. But Obama’s election ended that all. It didn’t make things perfect, but it started us back on the path this country once existed on. Ironically, the supporters of the old regime are now calling for revolution and claiming the reason is that we are drifting towards socialism. Of course, the old administration was actually moving towards fascism with wire-tapping, arresting American citizens, torturing our “enemies” without trial in secret facilities, and illegally waging war for blood and oil vendettas. This administration, however, is trying to rework the face of a collapsing empire in a newer, more socially conscience world, and these out-of-touch, fringe neo-cons are crying “SOCIALISM!” without bothering to open a dictionary and see what the word even means.

The good news is, most of them will be dead soon and we can finally take back this country and bring it into the present. It’s now, ya know.

– Christian BC

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