Archive for December, 2008

10 films to watch in 2009

Since I already mentioned Coraline in my last post, here are 10 more movies I am looking forward to seeing in 2009, in no particular order.
Where the Wild Things Are
Spike Jonze presents an adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s story, one of my very favorite books from childhood. Max, a disobedient little boy sent [...]

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Crazy cat people: Transformation complete?

It is time to continue the story of our apparent transformation into crazy cat people. I left off a couple of months ago with my two “Autumn cats” posts.
When we moved out of our apartment in October, we did in fact bring two outside/stray cats (Daisy and The King) with us to our new house, [...]

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Shapeshifting skyscraper, post-apocalyptic movies, logos

First, this is cool: “A Shapeshifting Skyscraper in Miami’s Skyline?” (In related news, now you can reserve an apartment in the first rotating skyscraper in Dubai, thanks to Italian architect David Fisher.)
Second, Boris the cat has his own music video.
Third, let’s make some subtitles for this post.
Movies
In addition to my “10 films to watch [...]

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8-Bit Jesus, recycling, burritos, Patton Oswalt

Get into the holiday spirit by downloading this free mp3 album of Christmas music from Doctor Octoroc: 8-Bit Jesus: New Christmas Chip-tune Album. Relive 1980s Nintendo nostalgia to the beats of your favorite holiday songs! So far there are nine different chip-tune versions of classic Christmas songs done in the style of different NES [...]

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Winter wonderland in Corvallis

Oh no, Corvallis has snow. A paralyzing one to two inches of snow. Since inclement winter weather is such an uncommon occurrence, the town is always unprepared. All Corvallis schools are closed, except for Oregon State University, naturally. OSU campus looks post-apocalyptic because fall term final exams were last week, which means students and [...]

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Bryan Fuller, Heroes and recut movie trailers

A few weeks ago, my friend Warren was wondering why Heroes suddenly got back on track near the end of season three. Why was it starting to become good again? The apparent answer is that writer/producer Bryan Fuller has returned to the show. Here’s a quote from Ain’t It Cool News from December 4:
It looks [...]

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BCS National Championship in 3D (and the future)

Guess what? For the first time in the history of ever, the BCS National Championship is available to watch in Live 3D at a Cinedigm Digital Cinema theater near you. Apparently the closest Cinedigm theater to me is in Gig Harbor, WA (just northwest of Tacoma). There are no Cinedigm theaters in Oregon. I [...]

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RIAA, MPAA and the Orphan Works legislation

I am going to refrain from ranting about the RIAA, MPAA and Orphan Works legislation at the moment, but I would like to share a collection of recent articles about digital media sharing, piracy, copyrights, etc. A bunch of the articles are from Wired.
RIAA and Internet Service Provider (ISP) filtering

No ISP Filtering Under New [...]

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Happy Holidays: Windows XP optimization utilities

Is your PC too slow these days? Is it locking up or doing other weird things? Before you begin furiously uninstalling everything and buying new hardware, you may want to try some of these Windows XP software solutions.
First, let’s acknowledge poor Windows Vista
The first step to optimizing Windows XP to run most efficiently is [...]

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Benjamin Button, Watchmen, Jaydiohead, Mega64

I saw David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in the theater on Sunday. The film was fantastic, but the crass-commercialism bludgeoning by Carmike made me not want to see another movie in their theaters anytime soon. The special effects for the aging of Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, both forward and backward, [...]

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