Friday, August 14, 2009

I need this. Not want. Need.


So, I was stumbling... again...
Anyway, I was brought to this one guy's blog about how he visited Tokyo, and took pictures of weird fashion there... One of the pics was of this band, called Ayabie, and on the far right of this picture of them is the outfit that stood out the most to me. I would very much like to be able to wear something similar to it at some point in the future. A quick search for men's leather jackets yields nothing but plain, boring stuff. Why can't more men's clothes be more interesting?


*Image from http://www.gothtronic.com/pic.php?page=22&band=2250

Summer movies of 09 make up for last summer

There have been a lot of great movies released this summer. No doubt about it. However last summer it seemed there were hardly any good movies. There are definitely more action movies this summer, and less movies that generate revenue mostly by kids wanting to go see a movie and dragging along their parents, which pretty much doubles the income for that movie.

I haven't seen all of these, but they are the ones that have caught my attention... And there are certainly movies that I may not have even heard about... So, sorry if the list is incomplete.

Terminator Salvation
This film, while overall pretty good, disappointed many Terminator fans. I think one of the mistakes they made was giving away too much in the trailers. There wasn't much surprise. Not to mention a cheesy ending. But definitely the most realistic Terminator movie to date.

Surrogates
Hasn't been released yet but the trailers look promising: View the trailer here

Star Trek
I'm not a Star Trek fan, and viewers of this movie don't need to have any prior star trek knowledge or even like star trek to like this movie.

District 9
I haven't seen this one yet, but I'm hearing a lot of positive things. Mini Summary: "An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly find a kindred spirit in a government agent that is exposed to their biotechnology."

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
I haven't seen this one yet, either, but I've heard nothing negative: "An elite military unit comprised of special operatives known as G.I. Joe, operating out of The Pit, takes on an evil organization led by a notorious arms dealer."

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Lots of controversy arose from this beast. Visual effects were stunning, people say the story was lacking, and didn't know how they felt about Optimus pulling a Jesus. The only issue I have is the excessive amount of comedic relief characters, the new Transformers are too characturized (they don't look enough like machines, like in the first Transformeres) and some of the comedy was far too immature for my liking.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Record breaking revenue for any midnight show, ever. People complain about how it wasn't exactly like the book... What can ya do? I enjoyed it.

Angel & Demons
I haven't seen this one. "Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon works to solve a murder and prevent a terrorist act against the Vatican." IMDB has a lame mini plot summary.

Up
"By tying thousands of balloon to his home, 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America. Right after lifting off, however, he learns he isn't alone on his journey, since Russell, a wilderness explorer 70 years his junior, has inadvertently become a stowaway on the trip. "

A Perfect Getaway
I was told this was going to be horror movie, so at first I didn't really want to see it. But it turned out to be a pretty good thriller / comedy. Plus Milla Jovovich from Resident Evil is in it (There's just something about a female kicking butt, that screams awesome).

Public Enemies
Really wanted to see this one, still haven't, but neither has Johnny Depp, so I don't feel so bad. "The Feds try to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s."

The Time Traveler's Wife
I saw the trailer for this and thought "I HAVE TO SEE THIS!!!" (My inner monologue can get very excited and loud.. definitely worthy of police intervention)

X-Men Origins:Wolverine
Good Action Film despite the predictability. But being able to predict movies just appears in ones repertoire of skills as one watches many movies.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Hidden Driveways



I’m driving... minding my own business and jamming to whatever is playing off my iPhone.. .when one of these “Hidden Driveway” signs slowly creeps up from the distance. My thoughts are as follows:

“Hidden Driveway, huh? Well I have rarely ever not seen a road... So it can’t really be hidden... Or maybe that’s the point! Someone is pulling a Station nine and three-quarters on me, and out of no where (maybe from trees) a car just magics itself into existence. But if it’s hidden why would people post signs about their hiddenness? If I’m trying to be secretive, I’m not going to tell anyone... >_<“

These signs remain a mystery to me, and I may never know the truth. I suppose I could ask the people who make roads and put up the signs, but odds are they are either going to lie to me, or they have no idea themselves.


Testing Google's blogging service

I might move my blog to this one, because of the lack of features my current one has.

Install Script for MKV DTS to AC3

So, this is a script that will automate the installation required for converting mkv dts to ac3 for use on the tv.

original article with full installation and use instructions:

http://iamthekiller.net/2009/03/convert-mkv-video-for-the-appletv/


The only problem that might arise is the script not knowing where the progress bar is. It is in /Applications/BP Progress Bar.app it is downloaded for installation, and removed after.


when finished, you can run

$>mkvdts2ac3 path/to/file.mkv

or

$>mkvdts2ac3 -n path/to/file.mkv to remove the original dts track.


enjoy!

http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/331982/Downloads/ConvertmkvDTS2AC3.zip

Monday, August 10, 2009

Motorcycles

So, motorcycles are very attractive pieces of transportation, but are the most accident prone (aside from the uni-wheel). So, here are some concept bikes that are sure to catch people’s attention on the road.

Now this is a crotch rocket:
Ferrari Inspired
Article with yellow version



Awesome Chopper
Swordfish Concept


... with a V10 Engine?!?!? upto 300mph
Dodge Tomahawk


4 Wheeled Motorcycle?
Yamaha Tesseract



My favorite:
Suzuki Biplane

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Stumble Adventures!

Weird / Funny


Determined Ants
Ants are determined to retrieve american food and bring it back to base.

Weird Female Shoes
I haven’t seen any of these around... Not that I pay attention to shoes often, but I feel like these would stand out.

Telsa Coil + Man in Cage
OH MY SCARY! This guy is crazy!

Technology


Toyota Wheel chair ...
Toyota design a wheel chair than is controlled by brain waves. Now how long before we have Human / Terminator Hybrids?

Middler
“The Middler is a Man in the Middle tool to demonstrate protocol middling attacks. Led by Jay Beale, the project involves a team of authors including InGuardians agents Justin Searle and Matt Carpenter. The Middler is intended to man in the middle, or "middle" for short, every protocol for which we can create code.”

Microsoft Project Natal


I think this is one of the coolest things ever. Generally, I don’t really like video games, but Microsoft’s Project Natal would totally make me get more into them. I may even buy a console one day. I’m totally pumped for martial arts and Star Wars games using this technology. ^_^


Other


17 Interesting Facts About Emma Watson
Emma Watson BREAK DANCES?!?!?!?

Cryptex
I’ve kinda wanted one of these, ever since I read “The DaVinci Code” (Great book, by the way. (Terrible Movie)). Neat little way to store things.