Thursday, December 10, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
I was cleaning sugar out of my ears for days :(.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
The Velvet Underground with Lou Reed, Maureen ‘Moe’ Tucker, Doug Yule & David Fricke
Today, the Velvet Underground are the stars they always deserved to be – the Beatles of New York – with a rich and still mysterious story that continues to unfold: in the new visual collection, The Velvet Underground: New York Art, and tonight, in this unprecedented reunion of Reed, Tucker and Yule, on Tuesday, December 8th, LIVE from the NYPL!
Too bad I won't be in NYC waiting in the freezing weather for a sold out show. Hopefully this will result in some kind of free podcast I can listen to whilst pixel pushing. Of course it's kind of lame since John Cale ISN'T going to be there, but I think he's probably cleared the day to come over to my basement to do a single note 48hour jam session featuring the cosmic tone on my casiotone. Or a least that's how I party.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
On the other hand... that cat tail on the exotic dancer certainly was a creative leap, no?
Sunday, November 15, 2009
I'm looking forward to doing more stop motion pieces in the future, maybe with some more constructed sets.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
check out an analytical break down of his title sequences at notcoming.com.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
soft sigh and more to come....
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
Here's the opening shot, a sickly Count painting on his own character's face, ironically in an empty mirror.
The plot center's around a starving Count Dracula reluctantly leaving his Romanian castle to search for virgin blood. His assistant believes that Italy will be full of virgins owning to the fact that the pope lives there, so it must be very religious. Dracula is a vegetarian, very sickly, and just wants to drink some virgin blood so he can go back home and hang out with his stuffed owl collection. There's also a great communist servant character named Mario played with in anachronistic New York accent who basically chops and sexes his way through the film. The scariest part was maybe the cameo by Roman Polanski as a tricky italian peasant, in which he uses the full powers of his 70's mustache to out trick Dracula's personal assistant. I think this is a good, arty start to what promises to be a month of watching people vomit blood, rise from the grave, and back away in horror. Hey, where are YOU going? Wait, come back....
Thursday, October 1, 2009
anybody want to get together and call some congress people? With 50-70% public approval for some sort of public option in the polls, basically if democrats drop the ball on the public option, it's time to question who you want to vote for next year, pepsi or coke. Man, I'm pretty sure I can see the blood money bulging out of the congressmen's pockets and fluttering down to the stained carpet of congress. disgusting.
I dare the terminally ill without insurance to visit DC and set up hospital beds on the congress steps. Maybe people dying outside of their puppet show may be the only photo-op that would make those selfish bastards turn their heads from counting their campaign contributions. Anybody up for a trip to dc?
Then lead to "Twin Peaks":
Waiting for Godot:
I love Alistair Cookie's commentary "A play so Modern and so brilliant it makes absolutely no sense to anybody, including Alister." The ending on this is pretty cute, and actually WAS the original ending to Beckett's play... or maybe not.
Well, have fun kids, I wonder if they ever did a "Soprano's" parody?
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Lice Circus(Portland, Oregon)
Date: 2009-09-13, 9:03PM PDT
Reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org [Errors when replying to ads?]
Looking for a video artist interested in documenting the lice that have taken over my dreadlocks . I thought I was turning grey prematurely and then my GF discovered that the grey was moving. She is calling it my lice circus. As a vegan I don't want to use pesticides on my scalp of any kind so I have hired a professional Cambodian nit picker to remove the lice circus and to preserve my incredible trophy dreadlocks that took 8 years to grow. The nit picker is going to help me return the lice safely to the natural environment by taking them to a public park and putting them in the trees. I would really like to get this on video tape because it will be a feel good moment for all creatures large and small. I would not be getting rid of my lice circus if my GF did not threaten to leave and the hell if I'm going bald without my dreads. I am also offering the entire lice circus for $125 if you want them to complement your dreads.
I would totally do this, but, you know, I have a bit too much on my plate to take on another project. Any takers? Maybe he'll knock off a few bucks on the Lice circus if you document it for him.
Handmade by students and faculty at Brigham Young University (BYU), Apparently this is all stop motion (ie, no after effects or computer generated graphics).
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Now *that* is some sweet fan loving! I'm so happy this exists.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
So I've been doing more vector art lately trying to upgrade my illustrator skills to prepare for the coming video motion graphic storm I'm preparing to unlesh upon the world. The first sign of the apocalypse, behold, a pale bunny!!!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
I'll see what the film festival rules are for posting the movie, and may have it posted to my portfolio site soon for further viewing.
Friday, July 31, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
I was going for the sophisticated women of the night doing her walk of shame through the office to get to her next fabulous meeting of the day. Good Morning, Peggy!
Monday, July 27, 2009
Star Trek??? Twilight Zone?? all in groovy sixties comic book form?? who knew? They even made some Dark Shadows and Ripley's Believe It or Not comics as well. I found a great Flickr account with all sorts of fun vintage art and photos of old signs and postcards. Enjoy!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
I'm still trying to find Horror Hotel/ City of the Dead on something other than the internet archives. I may have to go to the Madness of Movies to find it...
Monday, July 13, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
This guy is AMAZING!! Lou Reed meets Leonard Cohen meets the crazy guy screaming and laughing manically in the street at nine in the morning.
And then this one looks familiar somehow...
God bless the internets...
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Sorry, Joel's not involved... still pretty funny.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
So I just got a blogging job with Examiner.com blogging about Portland's vegan restaurant. I get paid by how many hits I get, so read up, good people. My official title is Portland Vegan Restaurant Examiner and you can read my articles here.
Future plans include writing a list of places that serve vegan icecream; interviewing the mastermind behind Voodoo Doughnuts new vegan yeast doughnuts; going to "Casa Diablo", the world's only vegan strip club; and interviewing the chef of the new Vegan bakery, that's opening on Alberta in June, Back to Eden. Excitement!
Also, check out my Awesome Vegan Links list for more restaurant review sites, and a link to a list of Vegan beers and wine that are popular around Portland. I love you guys, let me know if there's something or someone I should write about!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
So according to neatorama.com, there's been an outbreak of hilariously snarky reviews on Amazon.com over this T-shirt. Samples include
"This item has wolves on it which makes it intrinsically sweet and worth 5 stars by itself, but once I tried it on, that's when the magic happened. After checking to ensure that the shirt would properly cover my girth, I walked from my trailer to Wal-mart with the shirt on and was immediately approached by women. The women knew from the wolves on my shirt that I, like a wolf, am a mysterious loner who knows how to 'howl at the moon' from time to time (if you catch my drift!). The women that approached me wanted to know if I would be their boyfriend and/or give them money for something they called mehth. I told them no, because they didn't have enough teeth, and frankly a man with a wolf-shirt shouldn't settle for the first thing that comes to him.
I arrived at Wal-mart, mounted my courtesy-scooter (walking is such a drag!) sitting side saddle so that my wolves would show. While I was browsing tube socks, I could hear aroused asthmatic breathing behind me. I turned around to see a slightly sweaty dream in sweatpants and flip-flops standing there. She told me she liked the wolves on my shirt, I told her I wanted to howl at her moon. She offered me a swig from her mountain dew, and I drove my scooter, with her shuffling along side out the door and into the rest of our lives. Thank you wolf shirt.
Pros: Fits my girthy frame, has wolves on it, attracts women
Cons: Only 3 wolves (could probably use a few more on the 'guns'), cannot see wolves when sitting with arms crossed, wolves would have been better if they glowed in the dark."
As well as:
"I accidentally spilled a glass of Tuscan Whole Milk down the front of this shirt, and my soul was torn from my body and thrown into heaven by a jealous God."
45 of 49 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars Proper care and feeding of your three wolves, May 19, 2009
By Mr. Crumbles (USA) - See all my reviews
It's a Tuesday afternoon, and you walk from your single-wide to the mailbox to discover your new three wolves t-shirt has arrived. Your heart skips a beat; it's time for the chicks and vision quests to start pouring in. So you rip open the package, throw it on, and await your destiny, right?
I've seen too many three wolves t-shirts put down unnecessarily at the hands of owners who did not fully understand their needs. Wolf t-shirts are unlike any other garment you've ever owned. The ownership experience can be extremely rewarding, but it carries responsibilities. Here are the three most important things to know about these remarkable t-shirts.
1. You are the wolf pack leader. This is most important, so I'll repeat it: You are the wolf pack leader. You must gain the respect as alpha wolf before you can safely put on this t-shirt. At mealtime, the alpha wolf eats first, then his subordinates. The same thing goes for bathtime. Before you put the shirt in the washing machine the wolves have to see YOU bathe first. Using the same washing machine is ideal, but a shower or bathtub can work just as well.
2. You must respect your three wolves' natural diet. This should include plenty of corn chips, slurpies, and hot pockets. Feeding should be done on the couch while watching television (it relaxes them). Fallen crumbs that hit your large, protruding belly should be enough, but your wolves will definitely appreciate a dropped chicken wing every now and then. Just try not to spoil them. Other than water, their bodies can only handle cheap, low-quality canned beer. Nothing imported, ever.
3. These t-shirts are very territorial. Even though you may have established yourself as pack leader, in their minds the three wolves are still above everything else in your closet. This means you cannot wear anything over or under the t-shirt. Not even a wifebeater. Nice-looking pants can make them nervous, so you're best sticking with something like oversized jeans, preferably tattered with lots of holes. This should minimize the chances of your wolves becoming jealous. Otherwise, if you want to play it completely safe, a pair of boxers or briefs without pants should pose the wolves no threat.
Now that you've read these guidelines, you're ready to become a responsible three wolves t-shirt owner. Get ready, it's going to change your life.
Okay, Okay, I'll stop! But Do check this link out before the owners take it down. And Vange, you might want to use the bathroom before you look at this. Hey, I'm just saying.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Police Slog Through 40,000 Insipid Party Pics To Find Cause Of Dorm Fire
This is so awesome, I filmed it on my phone's camcorder and have been showing it over skype to my top twenty myspace peeps!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
So here's the Polly High video for their song "Algorithm" that I've been working on for the past year, shooting, editing, learning after effects and the like. It's been really fun!
If you like the band, Polly High, you can contact them here:
Thanks to Andy and Jack for everything!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
We had five cameras, seven people, and about twenty hours of footage. Robert edited it down to action shots with the drumline audio over it, and I edited in the Interview soundbites and tweaked the audio for the final piece. Aliye also made a "bootleg promo" that's on Vimeo. Pretty darned good, if I have to say so myself.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
It's so amazing to feel like anything I can come up with out of my head is possible to make using these programs. The outcomes are limited really only to my imagination. Now where did I put it...?
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Our first show, by the way is May 30th downtown at the Tiger Bar (NOT the Hungry Tiger, this place is on Broadway next to OutsideIn). Get there early 'cause I'm going to try and get 86'd halfway through our set, ha ha, just joking, although please, nobody buy me alcohol in shot form, for the love of god.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
I just finished yet another Flash project for school and thought I would link it up to the page to show it off. You can find it here and play around with it. It's has movable buttons so you can practice making flower arrangements. I know, SO useful! The assignment was to figure out a creative way to use draggable buttons. Try it out and tell me what you think!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
The prof said it made a good candidate for his student hall of fame...
Sunday, March 22, 2009
This is the song "Algorithm" off of their debut album Run Little Boy. It's on sale at CDbaby.com, and it's real good.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
pretty freaky, I know.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
It's won a ton (srsly) of festsival awards, but unfortunately, the bits of twenties jazz in the piece are under copyright lock and key, so the film can't be released. It's making the festival rounds right now, so if you get the chance, go see it in it's entirety. Maybe it will unlock the secrets for me of following Indian epic story lines and character dynamics (or confuse me even more). Anyway, it's beautiful, it features old jazz, hindi art, and lots of heartbreak. Sounds perfect.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
I should have the movie edited and up and running in a few weeks. Look for me as a sandwich eating zombie. mmmmmm....
Thursday, January 22, 2009
After a long day of wrestling with (and conquering) my Final Cut and After Effects projects it pretty much sums it up my day today on about three different levels. BTW, I got 10 out of 10, a "wow", and two ! ! on my first Flash animation assignment (the giraffe vs. plant posted below). Now if I could just get up any motivation at all to do my laundry, clean my room, or finish the fifty million projects I have going on I'd be stoked. Still, feelin' good, indeed. You just have to feel inspired by Ms. Simone.
This one is entitled "The Last Smoke", a tribute to the artist as she gives up cigarettes. Maybe I'm just in my own private mourning over Portland's new smoking ban.
Her blog can be found here.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I find this surreal. and good. Woody would dig it, I think.
the best lines:
As I was walkin' - I saw a sign there
And that sign said - no tress passin'
But on the other side .... it didn't say nothin!
Now that side was made for you and me!
It did remind me of this Malcom Mclaren animation:
mmmm... publicly funded arts....
Monday, January 19, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
"I know about Rock Band, because Nirvana has some songs on it. I had never tried the game before, so I gave it a go. I worked through the menu and found the song "In Bloom." I picked up the little guitar-shaped controller and hit the stage.
I knew the bass line to the song, of course, but I couldn't quite master this new, different way of playing it.
The game reminded me of Space Invaders. I tried to hit the notes cascading down the screen, but could barely keep up.
Meanwhile, this kid was watching me fumble with the game. I became self-conscious and took the controller off. I handed it to him, and he proceeded to jam on the song—and was really good! He had no idea that I was the musician he was emulating on the game, and I didn't tell him."
Hmmm, makes me feel better after the last time I went up against my arch nemesis Eric Clapton's guitar riffs on "Sunshine of Your Love" on Guitar Hero. Don't be sad Krist, you could probably kick that kid's ass when it came to Space Invaders.... right?
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
It's found on io9.com, an online sci-fi magazine that features eleven sci-fi books from the early twentieth century that have exceptionally good cover art, as well as a synopsis of their plots and a slight historical contextualization of the work. This one concerns "A shy and retiring Chicago scientist manages to communicate with an advanced alien civilization, whose scientific secrets he refuses to share with Earth's flawed political powers; and he accidentally "broadcasts" a gorgeous naked blonde alien with whom he falls in love."
And there are NINE more where that came from!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
(is it just me, or were there a few "Buffy" moments near the end of the trailer??? I wonder if Alan Ball is a Whedon fan?)
I really enjoyed Six Feet Under and American Beauty, so I'm stoked to find out if this series is just as good. Of course with SFU, I had the good fortunate of being waaaay behind the times and could watch the whole series on DVD with the course of a month or so. Now, being HBOless and unable to speed up time for tv watching purposes, I'm forced to see as much as I can on youtube, and wait around until they come out at the video store. Boo. I guess I could read the Sookie Stackhouse book series by Charlaine Harris that the show is based on, but won't that ruin the fun??
Has anyone seen the series? Is it good, bad, just okay?
Saturday, January 10, 2009
This photo was made all miniature like from the website www.tiltshiftmaker.com. You can upload your pictures up to their filter and get some interesting effects by selecting the specific area you want to blur. It's similar to using a "len's baby" on an SLR, which distorts in much the same manner. The site works best on landscape photos that have a great amount of depth of field to be exploited. This is a photo I took in 2005 from the big hilly park in Prague with the fake Eiffel Tower. The tower was not photographed.
Friday, January 9, 2009
I scanned and posted about half of my illustrations for the children's book I've been working on for the past few years up to my flickr account. "The Intergalactic Stellar Space Circus".
It's about a crazy space circus that lands on in the most boring town on earth and proceeds to freak everybody out! I'm hoping to get this beast done by the end of this quarter, let's shoot for that. If you'd like to test the story out on any kids, I can email you the manuscript, it's a pretty fun rhyming story that has a happy ending after all.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
The first is about a hick couple at the World's fair from 1938
and the second is entitled "Dancing on the Moon" 1935, which features lots of. you guessed it, dancing on lunar surfaces:
One cool thing to take note of here is Fleischer's innovated use of the "stereoptic effects" used to achieve the highly realistic looking backgrounds. The studio would build models of the background and photograph them moving along with the actions of the cell animated critters. Pretty amazing effects, especially considering it was all done in the 1930's!
"Xavier: Renegade Angel" a computer animated cartoon featuring "a Native American-influenced faun-like wanderer/seeker with a snake hand, backwards knees, a beak, heterochromic eyes, and six nipples" from the people who brought you Wonder ShowZen.
They're rated MA, so probably not the best thing to watch at work, but hey, I ain't your boss. Enjoy, and thanks, Andy
In this episode Xavier wakes up from sleeping on his dream catcher only to have conversations with mother earth and stop a cookie factory that's gone too far! Told in a non sequitur-style humor like many adult swim cartoons, it's a wacky ride through absurd country on a pig drawn peanut brittle sleigh...
You can watch them here:
First it's the Teeny Little Super Guy!
An Orange Singing "Carmen" and warping young minds, possibly from Jim Henson:
And finally, some really worthy animation from Jeff Hale (note the Pointer sisters backing up the soul on the soundtrack)
This one is even better than I remembered...
Wow, what a great show! Good old PBS. xoxo.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Brad Neely's Washington:
You can see more of Brad Neely's animated genius at Superdeluxe.com (which is now apparently part of Adultswim.com)
I especially enjoy Baby Cake's philosophizing and the Leprechaun's rap about (what else?) GOLD!
Here's hoping my meager brain can put together something half as interesting!
Monday, January 5, 2009
The narrative structure is hung on two Edgar Allan Poe tales "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether" and "The Premature Burial" and features a character developed around the philosophies and politics of Marquis de Sade. Anyone familiar with Svankmajer's work will anticipate the dark themes, surrealist imagery, and stop motion animation that run amok in this film. Essentially, I interpreted it as a political work, much like de Sade's essays written just before the French Revolution, Svankmajer lays out questions of personal freedom, acceptance of normalcy, and getting a laugh out of shocking bourgeois sensibilities.
The main character is snapped out of night terror fits throughout the film. He fears the fate and label of inherited insanity brought on by his mothers funeral. I found the repeated sequence of him awakening suddenly quite effectively used to establish questions of the hero's sanity, as well as the reality of the world he is awaken to. Each scene is sandwiched by short sensual plays acted out with animated chunks of raw meat. This film is NOT vegan, however I especially appreciated the disembodied tongues copulating, if I am allowed to separate my own personal beliefs for the sake of discussion.
If I had any critical observations to make, I felt that the stop animation perhaps could have been integrated into the film with a little more finesse. The main story was strong enough that it could have stood on its own without the short plays, except perhaps to add a strongly disturbing graphic element to the social commentary of the film.
As Svankmajer commented in the prologue of the film, it is a horror movie, but the horrors presented seem to be more of the brutalities of oppressive absolute beliefs and the violence of a ruling class. But I may just have a strong stomach.
It's official, I'm addicted! In this one they steal a cop's mustache!
It's a 1973 absurdist Japanese kids show featuring violence, sex, greed, and the occasional mustache. Gimme Gimme Octopus! There's a whole website full of their 2:40 minute adventures. www.kurekuretakora . Thanks to BoingBoing.com for pointing out their glory.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Or you can watch the whole thing here at the internet archives...
Oh the Humanity! The Theme song is pretty great as well. "Here the tock tick tock of the laughing clock.... you've got five minutes to live!"