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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Tube Warp

I found this video browsing on the Jackass website and got stuck in a Tubewarp*.

I mean, I gotta hand it to this dude. His little op-ed almost put me to sleep.

Hey, I don't mind if he's a tranny. (Although he did confuse me for a second, a subject he addresses in another video.) What annoyed me was the delivery and the word choice. Too NPR. Too many adjectives and adverbs. "Abrasive stupidity in the form of a pervasive scientific illiteracy." Okay, so it kinda rhymes, but who's writing this stuff? George Lucas?

Here's where the Tubewarp came in. Hit it madroix:

By then I had enough, and watched these Russian girls working out.


* It's a term I just made up for watching non-linear loops of Youtube videos. Help me make it viral.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A Work in Progress

I had to modify my design quite a bit because they didn't have the lumber dimensions I was planning on. (I also went with pressure-treated instead of cedar, but hey...it's the ghetto garden.)
Some day I'm going to chop down that gazebo and use it for firewood. It's jaaaaanky.

I've got a few more of these to build and then somehow, I've got to fill them. Then I'll have to mulch everything else, and that...is going to be a pain in my ass.

The Great Denver Mulch Giveaway has changed up their method. Instead of leaving the gates open for anyone to access the big mulch pile during the appointed hours like they used to, they now have special days on which you can come get it and an actual staff that oversees the operation. I didn't wait in line to see if they were turning away Aurora residents or not.

So I think I'm just going to buy some mulch. It will probably be a better quality anyway.

It's All in the Angle

Experimenting with my camera's black and white feature, I poked my camera over the edge of my desk and took this photo.
By pure serendipity, it turned out almost Escherish.

Ronnie - Captured

A squirrel confronted me in the garden the other day. It was probably drinking from my wall-o-waters or digging in one of my pots when it saw me. It hopped up on one of my tires, then onto the fence, and instead of running away, it turned to chitter and hiss at me for a minute.

I, of course, lunged at it.

There's no chance I could catch a squirrel with my physical prowess, especially once it hit something vertical like a tree or a utility pole, but I don't want it to think I'm something that can be chittered with.

I wonder, though, if that squirrel was this squirrel.
If so, lesson learned.

Kinder Movies I Saw Recently

Unstoppable - A fairly straightforward disaster flick featuring the always-reliable Tony Scott-Denzel Washington matchup. Chris Pine and Rosario Dawson are in it, too, but the truth of the matter is that there's not enough here to make a movie. The character development isn't bad --it isn't deep, but it isn't bad-- but there's only so many things you can do with a runaway train and no real bad guy. They should have hit on the way to stop the train much earlier than they did, and editorially, they relied on way too many news media inserts to do the heavy lifting in the exposition department. If you like Tony Scott and you like Denzel, watch it. If not, don't.

The Green Hornet - If you were worried this one would be too goofy with Seth Rogan in the lead, well it's goofy. Too goofy? Yeah, maybe...

Tron Legacy - I heard this one was horrible, no story, bad CGI, blah blah blah. So maybe because of my low expectations I ended up somehow liking it. The Jeff Bridges face replacement thing did NOT work, and yeah, the story...is stupid. It's Tron. A guy gets sucked into a computer. Dumb...but it has some virtues. The action sequences "work" in ways that the new Star Wars trilogy did not. The soundtrack by Daft Punk hit all the right notes. The costume design, especially on the ladies, was awesome. (You won't missed the leotards.) Worth a Redbox rental.

Let Me In - The American version...and I wanted to like it, but it's not as good as the original. They downplayed the bully angle a little bit, and made it explicit that "The Father" character is a boy that grew up with Abby rather than the pedophile he was intended to be. The curious drunk is turned into a cop. Owen (Oskar in the original) is smarter. Abby (Eli in the original) is really a girl, still a vampire, but a girl rather than a castrated boy.

But the thing about it is that rather than telling this new story, a twist on Let the Right One In, which you could do pretty easily, they stayed pretty close to the original material. Some of the same camera angles, similar locations, even the damn trunk on a train at the end. It makes you wonder why they even bothered.

Skip this one, see the original.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Teavana

So this guy at work has gone gay for tea. He buys exotic loose leaf tea and makes it in an exotic glass tea cup.

Today I tried a sample.

It tasted like a bouquet of flowers.

Bummer of the Day

Denise, a lady I used to work with, died in New York on Friday.

I'm at a loss for words. It actually makes me angry at God, and I don't even believe in God.