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eBoy Amnesty poster

January 6th, 2010 by Ian

Amnesty International poster by eBoy

A seriously tempting buy, especially as 4 euros per poster goes to those good chaps at Amnesty International. The usual busy scenes you’d expect from eBoy.

Gorey Castle projection animation

December 15th, 2009 by Ian

There have been many art projects projecting stuff on the side of buildings. Often these can be quite impressive because of the unusually huge scale of the imagery, but once that novelty has faded they can be a bit naff. Not this though.

This really is like a great big living cartoon. I’d love to see this ‘in the flesh’.

Meow mix is a cute decent into a hellish nightmare

September 8th, 2009 by Ian

You know that bit in Father Ted during ‘My Lovely Horse’ when Ted has the nightmare with the horse and the sax solo? Well, 0:45.

Information Architects map out the bits of the web that matter

August 25th, 2009 by Ian

My favourite Japan-based IA nerds have released the latest version of their famous web-trend subway maps. Engineered in such a way to send Boing Boing absolutely totally crazy, they are a good overview of what I very much feel is my part of the web (that is to say the part that I most appreciate, not the part I am most involved with!) Take a peek at informationarchitects.jp/wtm4/ and await for the stations to shift.

Although I recommend viewing it via Zoomorama.

Pony trolling

January 30th, 2008 by Ian

My Little PonyWith all the drama going on right now with Anonymous and the Church of Scientology, it’s nice to see some old skool creative trolling going on at this ‘My Little Pony’ fan forum.

…your picture of Stalin riding a Year3 Limited Edition Starflower inside a German concentration camp was both upsetting and historically inaccurate

With such legendary responses, it’s hard to tell if the ‘targets’ are dumb or genuinely enjoying taking the bait as much as the troll. Guy’s a legend.

Pay attention! Look at me! I’m a Tory!

June 7th, 2006 by Ian

Cameron on bike, Lexus just out of shotI try not to slag off one political party, partially because in many ways they’re all as rotten as each other. However one guy in particular is frankly taking the piss. He’s at the head of a party with disappointing recent performance. A party who for so long used to run the country but which now takes such a beating that it’s embarrassing. This man is David Cameron. He’s like a small child, running around his mothers legs, making as big a noise as possible in a desperate attempt to get attention and oh boy, does he try hard. We’ve had jaunts to Norwegian glaciers to highlight the problem of global warming, whilst quietly hoping that no one mentions how much pollution that wasteful journey caused. He’s claimed the KGB tried to recruit him (doubtful) and of course there are the famous pictures of him cycling to work. Again, he was probably hoping that no one would notice the Lexus following his bike all the way carrying his briefcase. It’s hypocritical and illogical behaviour, but I’d suggest that more importantly it’s behaviour designed to fool the British public. What got me recently is todays claim that Radio 1 glorifies knife crime. “Radio 1 glorifies bloody awful music”, “Radio 1 glorifies fat, unfunny DJs” sure, they’re headlines I can understand, but knife crime? It’s just another Cameron cry for middle-class-middle-england attention. Claiming 2 hours of weekly hip-hop programming contributes to violence on our streets isn’t courageous statesmanship, it’s arrogance. I’m pretty sure Cameron knows this, but as long as he gets the attention he so desperately cries for… it’s pathetic really.

There we go, that’s a good rant to break the recent blog silence!

Greenpeace lower their standards

February 9th, 2006 by Ian

oh noes!First things first. I like Greenpeace. They’re a group of well organised people who actually give a damn about our children and who can kick up a fuss to bring matters that need to be discussed into the limelight. I may not always agree with them (although more often than not, I do) but I love the way they open up intelligent debate. Hell… they even make me laugh sometimes! However, I feel they’ve really let me down with this latest advert. The question of nuclear power is one that this country definitely needs to answer. We can’t carry on as we are. We need something new, something different but I’m not convinced what… yet. However I do know that this type of scaremongering isn’t helpful.

Emissions, cost, disposal of waste, sustainability; all factors that need to be thought about, but risk of terrorism? I don’t think this is a healthy way to invoke intelligent debate. The video is blatantly designed to prey on the current scaremongering, reactionism and sensationalism that is prevalent in the less constructive mindset of today’s current climate. If we’re going down the path of “we can’t do that because of the risk of terrorism” then I’m never going to get on a bus again, or a train. Or go to a concert in a big city! If we think like this then the terrorists win. Come on Greenpeace. You’re better than this.

> Watch Greenpeace’s advert: ‘Your Worst Nightmare’

(note: It’s still not as sloppy a job as this anti-gun lobby effort.)

Munich and Jarhead: same region, different BS

February 7th, 2006 by Ian

I went to the cinema twice last week. The first film was Spielbergs new effort; Munich. it’s a “fictional story, based on real events” that follows the aftermath of the 1972 Olympics crisis in which 11 Israeli athletes were killed. It was a good film, the pace was keen as the main character was plunged into the world of international terrorism. All the household favourites were there; The PLA, CIA, Red Army Faction, Mossad, HMV Megastores (okay, I lied about the last one) and it was an intriguing story as to how everyone was always trying to work out who they were dealing with. The main character was allocated a team of ‘experts’ and sent into Europe to kill the men behind the Munich plan. In struggling to do this, the main character ended up doing things towards the end of the film that you would not of thought possible at the start. There was a great deal of death and destruction, as one might imagine dealing with terrorists. However one part just left me thinking; “What the hell have I just watched?” It was a scene that quickly flicked back between one lot of footage to another. The first was of a couple making babies. Fair enough right? But that was combined with the pretty horrific gunning down of a load of Israelis at point blank range and as the guy climaxed, the final bullets tore through the remaining Israelis. I mean, i don’t mind graphic depictions of sex, i don’t mind graphic depictions of violence, but both at the same time? Not entirely sure what Spielburg was trying to do there. Unsuprisingly the film didn’t even attempt to address the suffering of the Palestinians. I’m not sure if it was the right time or the place, but lets be honest; it’s a Spielburg film. He was never even going to bother was he?

War is hell ‘eh? Talking of hell; Jarhead. The tagline for this film was ‘Welcome to the suck’ and it couldn’t of been more accurate. The best parts of it were lifted directly from Apocalypse Now. The film can be split into emotionally unstable crying men. The first bit was ‘This job sucks’, then ‘Does my girlfriend love me?’, followed by ‘The desert is so boring!’, ‘My girlfriend is a slag!’ and then finally ‘This sucks! I came all this way and didn’t get the chance to shoot any Ay-rabs!’ and a bit of ‘We’ve come home, my life is boring’. I found it hard to be sympathetic. It’s like the MTV generation hits Vietnam!

I’m sure there are young marines out there suffering in the desert, but I’m not sure they were represented properly by this film. There wasn’t even any exciting gun battles or any exciting erm, anything. I was only kept awake by the light relief provided by the questionably inbred antics of Pvt. Fowler “Hey, look! It’s a cock, but smaller!” It was long as well. The film, not the cock. Boring but at the end of the film I chanted “U-S-A! U-S-A!”. Maybe thats the demographic they’re aiming for?

Next film i watch is going to be about fluffy bunnys or something. I’ve had my fill of human misery for a while.

The IT Crowd

January 30th, 2006 by Ian

IT CrowdChannel 4 have put the first episode of their new show, ‘The IT Crowd‘ online. I’ve just watched it and I think it’s brilliant. I’m yet to enter the ‘real’ world of IT work but I get the feeling that, tragically, it will all ring ever so true. It’s about an unloved IT deparment and the poor woman who is sent down to the basement to manage them. She’s a ‘normal’ person with no interest in ‘com-pu-tes’. Personally I found it laugh out loud funny and I’ve heard that it gets better with the 2nd episode. It’s written by Graham Linehan who wrote the brilliant ‘Father Ted’ and stars a still gormless Richard Ayoade (previously seen in the brilliant (and also geeky) ‘Nathan Barley‘) and Chris Morris as a guy called Denholm, who certainly talks like you’d expect a guy called Denholm to talk. There are loads of geek references, EFF stickers, RTFM teeshirts and “She didn’t even get excited when she saw this origional ZX-81!” It starts this Friday, but you can download it now from Channel 4′s website.

> Download the first episode directly here (.wmv)

Dinosaur Comic

December 15th, 2005 by Ian

T-RexI used to read webcomics a lot. Megatokyo, Sinfest, Exploitation Now, loads! Now I don’t seem to have the time, but I recently stumbled across this little jem and it makes me laugh. Which is a bonus. It’s rather unimaginatively titled ‘Dinosaur Comics’ and it’s not exactly the most thoughfully drawn strip. The image is always the same, but it’s twisted look at, well… whatever its looking at, is really rather special. Check out the time saving Compressed version of ‘Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure’ and the infinitely useful commentary on social interaction. Priceless, no? It’s been around for a while but is still going strong.

> Visit Dinosaur Comics