August 2007

Missile-Throwing Eyebeam Laser Robot on a Unicorn

by Joey deVilla on August 31, 2007

I couldn’t resist checking out a picture with a name like that, could I?

Missile-throwing eyebeam laser robot on a unicorn
Image courtesy of Miss Fipi Lele.

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Webcomic artist Shaenon Garrity came across an old Boston Globe article about macabre comic artist Edward Gorey. The first paragraph read:

Edward Gorey watched television for the first time this summer, or so he claims, and in the process the 52-year-old artist became a “Star Trek” fan. He watched the science-fiction program reruns twice a day, five days a week and once on the sixth day, and despite this faithful viewing he has yet to see the TV show’s most famous episode, “The Trouble with Tribbles”, which is about these furry creatures in outer space, or so he says.

Inspired by that paragraph, she created this interpretation of The Trouble with Tribbles in Gorey’s style:

Shaenon Garrity’s imagining of what “The Trouble With Tribbles” would be like if interpreted by Edward Gorey
Click the comic to see it on its original page.

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Oops!

by Joey deVilla on August 31, 2007

“Water is precious let’s conserve it” banner in Dublin — half submerged
Photo courtesy of Miss Fipi Lele.

The banner in the photo, taken in Dublin, reads “WATER IS PRECIOUS LET’S CONSERVE IT”.

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12 Vacation Days?!

by Joey deVilla on August 31, 2007

“Interesting Life” comic from xkcd
Click the comic to see it on its original page.

I’ve posted the xkcd comic above in honour of the boss’ just telling me that I’ve managed to accrue an extra 12 vacation days and that I should plan on taking them sometime soon.

Hmmm…

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T.S. Eliot vs. Portishead

by Joey deVilla on August 30, 2007

Beth Gibbons of Portishead and T.S. Eliot

Here’s an interesting idea: someone took a recording of T.S. Eliot reading The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and added the vamp from Portishead’s Sour Times — which you couldn’t escape back in 1995 — as background music. It’s not bad, but I think it would work better if more variety could’ve been worked into the music (this sounds like a job for Boston-based mash-up wizard Luke “Lenlow” Enlow!).

For those of you with the gear and talent — Karl Mohr, I’m lookin’ at you — here’s a link to Eliot reading Prufrock sans music [3.9 MB MP3 file]. Culture jammers might have some fun subverting the whole thing by mixing in Yakety Sax (the theme to the Benny Hill Show) as the background tune.

(Found via MetaFilter.)

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R.I.P. Michael Jackson

by Joey deVilla on August 30, 2007

Michael “Beer Hunter” JacksonNo, not the “King of Pederasty Pop” Michael Jackson, but the “Beer Hunter”/Scotch expert Michael Jackson. He had Parkinson’s disease and died earlier this morning.

Most of what I know about beer came from Mr. Jackson, thanks to his Great Beer Guide as well as his Beer Hunter TV series. That’s why I plan to salute him with a toast with some fine Belgian beer, of which he was especially fond.

Requiescat in pace, Good Sir.

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How to Ride Your Bike to Work

by Joey deVilla on August 29, 2007

My bicycle, a cobalt blue Trek Calypso cruiser.
This is how I get to work most days.

Over at The Sietch Blog: an essay titled How to Ride Your Bike to Work. It’s cheap, safe and easier than you think!

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