March 24, 2006

Kerlon the Seal Dribbler

I know I said I would report on the impact of the Silver Joos, but I've been lazy. However, I will bring you more unimportant entertainment: Kerlon and His Amazing Seal Dribble. Kerlon is one of the latest amazing Brazilian futbolistas; he did a decent job at the recent U-17 world championships (yes he can score goals). However, he is probably better known for his patented seal dribble, which consists of flicking the ball up onto his head and then bouncing it with his forehead as he runs through the defense. Watch it here.

March 21, 2006

Seven million hydrogen powered doctors and the western wall of the Pentagon

Well kids, sorry to abandon you so long but first there was final projects to wrap up and then there was the call of the big apple, which I could not ignore because of the promise of seeing mr. david berman and his silver joos on their very first tour. I will report back on this matter, perhaps tomorrow. In the meantime, I suggest you entertain yourself by watching this remix of the State of the Union address ("Tonight I have a message for the people of Iraq..."). What can't these kids do with technology?

In other important news the subtitle has changed from "while sitting on the front porch" (which completes the eating bark line) to "i believe the stars are the headlights of angels driving down to save us", which is unrelated but possibly better.

March 8, 2006

Washington DC: Where Your Job is Your Credit

One of the joys of living in Alexandria is that you're really, really close to the greatest car dealership in the lower forty-eight: Easterns Motors. What's so great about Easterns, you ask? I would tell you myself. But really, you should watch this video:

and let LaVar Arrington, Carmelo Anthony, Clinton Portis and friends tell you. (While that's my favorite Easterns commercial, you can watch a number of others here). Its rumored that people actually call WPGC (the 'urban' radio station in DC) to request the Easterns Motors song, as if it were a hot new song. Its so popular that a local DJ remixed the song for one of his EPs... and when they heard about it, Eastern Motors put the song on their website and sponsored a party at a local club that featured both the DJ and an appearance by the company president.

March 6, 2006

If I wrote a text on horticulture

How to prune a crepe myrtle: Gently prune the stems back to the ground and then dig up the roots.

Kansas as Art

"Farmers in this region have adopted a more efficient irrigation method, central pivot irrigation, to conserve water from the Ogallala Aquifer. The method draws water from a single well in a fieldís center, and uses long pipes perched on wheels that rotate around the pivot, showering the crops with water. Because the water falls directly on the crops instead of being shot into the air as occurs with traditional sprinklers, less water is lost to evaporation and more goes to nourishing the growing plants. The circular field shapes are a byproduct of the method. The fields shown here are up to one mile (1.6 kilometers) in diameter."
From via BLDGBLOG.

[unrelated: Could someone suggest to me how you cause a something in the blockqoute tag to have a different background color than the body text?]

March 4, 2006

Things to read

Added a couple new things to read on the right (which is really for my benefit, because I use the blog links so that I don't have to type in all the addresses of the sites I visit frequently), but I think they're quality reading, so I'll point them out for anyone who's interested. One is the "CrunchyCon" (read hippie conservative) blog on National Review Online. The second is a journal, The New Atlantis, which (in its own words) "is an effort to clarify the nationís moral and political understanding of all areas of technology". The New Atlantis has done us the favor of making the full text available online. The third is The American Scene, the blog of Reihan Salam, Steven Menashi, and Ross Douthat (I'm most interested in Douthat, but that's just me). Readers of Andrew Sullivan's blog may be familiar with them because they've taken over his blog while he was away once or twice.

March 2, 2006

Darren Aronofsky


Some people might doubt the genius of Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Pi), but if you don't, then perhaps you are looking forward to The Fountain like I am. Aronofsky originally cast Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett in the central leads of Tom and Izzi (in 2002), but Pitt ended up leaving, so the film (which had never gotten past pre-production) was dropped until around 2004, with Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz taking over the lead roles. The trailer (which I have heard described as "Kubrick-esque" and I can't disagree) leaves things pretty wide open. Basically all you can tell from it is that Tom and Izzi apparently exist in 1500, 2000, and 2500 and they're all searching for the Tree of Life; how these stories are connected is unclear (and seems like a bit of stretch), but given Aronofsky's track record, I'm willing to suspend some disbelief and hope that the movie shows as much progression in craft as Requiem for a Dream did over Pi.

The Fountain is currently in post-production, but in the interim between the movie being dropped and picked back up, Aronofsky recast the story as a comic book (or graphic novel, for the silly). So I supppose you could read that if you wanted to spoil the story. Which I don't. (On a similar, artsy-comic-book/movie note, I have to say that I'm looking forward to the that's coming out in a couple of weeks, too -- V for Vendetta, though not nearly as much).

Speaking of trailers featuring Aronofsky, I have to recommend this mash-up trailer over at YouTube -- it throws together Toy Story 2 and Requiem for a Dream (which naturally results in cute cartoon characters uttering a few words you probably didn't suspect they knew, so be warned).