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October 31, 2011

#MusicMonday Lilys – Can’t Make Your Life Better

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — Tod @ 9:32 am

Lily’s – Can’t Make Your Life Better

This song saved my bacon in the wee hours of the morning a few nights ago when I got woken up by some cats howling outside. My mind immediately started fretting about all the things that brains tend to fret about and I was able to push it out by running this song on repeat in my head until I fell back to sleep. Yay!

Lyrics
Here now the trouble I’m finding
The mountain I am climbing
Keeps moving out from under
There’s nothing I mind when I find
My mountain has gotten up to leave
And would have left if it weren’t for me

As the sinister alphabet
That makes his first scene
Decked out to the nines

Arrows in ventricles say what they mean
As they whisper you troubles
You wish for her
Now don’t say you don’t
Oh really I can’t, I won’t
It’s not your monsters that I mind
Now with the wallet I am missing
The bird you’re velvet fisting
Or licking off some make-up
Ain’t no new one-trick pony
Behind my old door
But man, there man
He don’t know where you’ve been
And if I would share,
Would it be cool with him

As the sinister alphabet
Crashes my scene
Decked out to the nines
While ale in my oatmeal
Has made me quite mean
As they whisper your troubles
You wish for her (sounds like you miss her)
Now don’t say you don’t
Oh really I can’t, I won’t
It’s not your monsters that I mind
Oh baby, you’re better
I’ve packed up my bad vibe
So tell me is it really different when the light
Is tinted to the point you only see
A rosy shadow of the sea
Here better can’t make your life better

And you have everything you need
Boxed up your beauty, gone to sleep
Out like the lady in his arms
Go tell daddy what is wrong

There was this trouble I was finding
The mountain I was climbing
Kept going away
And finally went away
Far away are all the years
You were my little girl of the World
Far away are all the years you were…….

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October 28, 2011

Friday Five: 10/28/11

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tod @ 10:21 am

If Wes Anderson directed Scream

We just watched the original Scream the other night and it still mostly holds up except for the cellular phone stuff. What the hell is “cloning a phone” and how easy was it back then to get a record of all the cellular activity in the town in a day!

The Visible Human Project

Squishy!

Prince of Persia Run-through

This game was hard as crap. This was before all that rewind time BS. Also I think you only got one life and EVERYTHING killed you.

The Lennon Sisters – Dry Bones

These are who they’re always making fun of on SNL with that one creeepy sister on the Lawrence Welk show.

Daft Punk – Around the World

I love this song. And I love the video by Michel Gondry. And I love the dancing skeletons dance!

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October 21, 2011

Friday Five: 10/21/11

20 Best 5-second films Part 2

Hilarious! Watch Part 1 here too!

Quantum Levitation

Ok. You got that part… now give me my hoverboard!

360 degree FPS simulator that actually shoots you

Ouch!

Tour of flooded abandoned Paris

5:46 am from ArtefactoryLab on Vimeo.

Beautiful

Crazy duck crossing traffic

Ohhh…. OOOOHHHH…. EEEEESH…. I can’t watch!

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October 14, 2011

Friday Five: 10/14/11

Record 2-ball Labyrinth Run

Screwball Scramble Speed Run

Picked this up at a yard sale for a dollar. I always wanted one as a kid and it was on my Christmas list every year for way too long. Mom was probably right not to buy it as it’s incredibly frustrating. Jonah likes it though. He calls it “the green thing that works” and likes to trigger the bell at the end. The guy in this video rules it. Thanks internet for proving your superiority once again!

Sugru

Putty that bonds to any substance!

Neil Cicierega Hair-cut Choose Your Own Adventure

Neil’s catchy song and intriguing choices make for a fantastic time-waster. enjoy!

“8-bit” TV montage

well executed. cute transitions.

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October 12, 2011

The stuff of nightmares…

Corey and I were talking about some of the first things that scared us as kids. Here are some of the images and movie snippets that stand out to me as being the stuff of my earliest nightmares.

Ghostbusters

I reeeally wanted to see Ghostbusters when it was first in the theaters back in ’84. Everyone else in the family had already seen it and even though my sister was going with her friends to see it again, I wasn’t allowed to go. Through some amount of convincing, I was able to sit in the theater on my own and watch it while everyone else shopped at the mall… or saw something else… I don’t remember. I just remember having to hide my eyes through the whole opening scene. I would have been 10 or 11.

The Day After (Attack Scene)

I feel like I saw this when it was on TV. In ’83. When I was 9. I must have snuck in while my parents were watching it. I remember that shit at the 3:30 mark in my nightmares!

Bega’s Battle (Data East 1983)

Around the same time as seeing Ghostbusters on my own, I would have started being able to run around on my own at the mall. At first I would disappear in the electronics aisle of Hills or Roses and play the Atari 5200s and Colecos set up along the flickering bank of small color tvs. Eventually I was allowed to go by myself into the arcades until my family was done shopping. I loved watching people pump quarters into Gauntlet and Dragon’s Lair. Then Bega’s Battle showed up and I was awestruck by the cinematics. It would have been one of my first exposures to anime style animation and I had never seen anything like it before. I could not look away when the guy’s face melts at :22 I would stand frozen gaping in front of it. I would shudder whenever I would walk past the arcade, knowing that if I went inside I would just b-line it to Bega’s Battle to watch the horror. Not wanting to, but not being able to resist. For some reason, I was not at all horrified by these: Dragon’s Lair Deaths

Time Out!

Basket Case Trailer (1982)

I remember hearing this trailer playing on the TV from my room. I was supposed to be in bed I’m sure, but instead I was trying to listen to my mom watch M*A*S*H from my door. Close your eyes and listen to the trailer and pretend you’re 7. WHAT’S IN THE FUCKING BASKET!?!

Videodrome (1983)/Vidiot Magazine

For some roadtrip to a grandparents or something, my parents bought my an issue of Vidiot Magazine. My sister got Games magazine, and since I was crazy about Atari games, I’m sure Vidiot seemed like a good choice. There were some movie previews in this issue with some screen caps from Videodrome, a movie I knew nothing about and was too young to see. The memorable image was of a man whose head had been bitten off by his television.
Videodrome 1983
I think I eventually had to rip that page out too keep myself from flipping to it and freaking myself out.

I wanted to catalog some of these things to remind myself to pay attention to the sort of things Jonah sees. I still get a residual almost nostalgic shudder from all of these things and even though I was sensitive and a scardy-cat back then still, I think dealing with some of these early images helped fuel my creativity. It definitely fueled my imagination.

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October 10, 2011

#MusicMonday – Pursuit of Happiness – Kid Cudi (feat. Ratatat))

Filed under: music monday,music video — Tags: , , — Tod @ 8:22 pm

Pursuit of Happiness – Kid Cudi (feat. MGMT)

Lyrics

Crush a bit, little bit, roll it up, take a hit
Feelin’ lit feelin’ light, 2 am summer night.
I don’t care, hand on the wheel, drivin drunk, I’m doin’ my thang
Rollin the Midwest side and out livin’ my life getting’ out dreams
People told me slow my roll I’m screaming out fuck that
Imma do just what I want lookin’ ahead no turnin’ back
if I fall if I die know I lived it till the fullest
if I fall if I die know I lived and missed some bullets

CHORUS
I’m on the pursuit of happiness and I know everything that shine ain’t always gonna be gold
I’ll be fine once I get it, I’ll be good. x2

VERSE 2:

Tell me what you know about dreamin’ dreamin’
you don’t really know about nothin’ nothin’
tell me what you know about them night terrors every night
5 am, cold sweats wakin’ up to the skies
tell me what you know about dreams, dreams
tell me what you know about night terrors, nothin’
you don’t really care about the trials of tomorrow
rather lay awake in a bed full of sorrow

CHORUS:

I’m on the pursuit of happiness and I know everything that shines ain’t always gonna be gold
I’ll be fine once I get it, I’ll be good

CHORUS:

I’m on the pursuit of happiness. I know everything that shines ain’t always gold

http://www.elyricsworld.com/pursuit_of_happiness_lyrics_kid_cudi.html

I’ll be fine once I get it, I’ll be good. x2

CHORUS:

I’m on the pursuit of happiness and I know everything that shines ain’t always gonna be gold, hey
I’ll be fine once I get it, yeah, I’ll be good

I’m on the pursuit of happiness
And I know everything that shines ain’t always gonna be gold, hey
I’ll be fine once I get it, yeah
I’ll be good

Pursuit of happiness, yeah
I don’t get it, I’ll be good

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October 7, 2011

Friday Five: 10/7/11

Alice in Wonderland Sound Tests

Look how serious those animators were.

1000 piece stick bomb

over and over in a variety of speeds and directions. Wheee!

Pikachu Short by Pen Ward

From the makers of Adventure Time. Covering up farts with Pikachu!

Vespa in a Skate Park

Aside from all the posturing, this video is really neat!

The Best Invention

Hey! Faak Uuuuuu!

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Friday Five 10/7/11

Filed under: animals,animation,science — Tags: , , , , , — Tod @ 9:59 am

Swedish comedian explains the swimming regulations

with subtitles.

Minute Physics explains Schrödinger’s Cat

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October 3, 2011

#musicmonday 10/3/11: Liam Finn – Cold Feet

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Tod @ 10:04 am

Cold Feet – Liam Finn

I’m happy to be back in an area where I can listen to the Impact (MSU radio station). It’s great even if they do play the same songs over and over. This song starts out pretty unremarkable, but I love the chorus and it trips out a bit at the end.

Lyrics
Saw you in the street
Left me in a state of wondering
If you even notice(d) me
Acting like a nervous tic

Got you undermined
Like a dream to have you on my arm
But even if you wanted to
I was gonna need a bit of proof

There’s a space for me
On the edge of your seat
Where you wanted me to sit
Where you wanted me to sit

But my will is weak
And I’m tired of cold feet
Thought you wanted it to last
Thought you wanted it to last

In the golden afternoon
I can hear you in the other room
Fixing things with sellotape
Bound together by the myths you made

No-one ever seems
You’re blowing faiths like a stolen beam of the sun
You know I don’t need anyone
I just wanna have a drink or two

There’s a space for me
On the edge of your seat
Where you wanted me to sit
Where you wanted me to sit

But my will is weak
And I’m tired of cold feet
Thought you wanted it to last
Thought you wanted it to last

There’s a space for me
On the edge of your seat
Where you wanted me to sit
Where you wanted me to sit

But my will is weak
And I’m tired of cold feet
Thought you wanted it to last
Thought you wanted it to last

And the world you live
Is so convincing
Will the audience laugh?
Will the audience wilt?

Going home next week
And I’m tired of cold feet
Thought you wanted it to last
Thought you wanted it to last

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