Archive for the ‘Entertainment’ Category

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Kung Fu Bear w/ Bo!

May 23, 2010


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What’s Funny on the Internet: Chubbles

April 27, 2010

I really hate to do this, but I LOL’d and now feel obligated to spread my shame of cruel humor felt from this Internet meme. For those of you who spend more time sleeping than on the Internet, an “Internet meme” is something – usually ‘annoyingly inane’ – that for some reason or another has caught on with hard-core Web surfers.Meet Chubbles. She’s chubby. She’s running. She’s holding bubbles. And she’s been ‘Photoshopped’ into all sorts of exciting scenes.

Here she is detonating a bomb.

Running from hungry bears.

And here’s Chubbles bonding with the Jurassic Park gang.

Know your memes. Go to knowyourmeme.com.

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“Cultivated Play: Farmville”

April 18, 2010

I don’t play Farmville; I turned down requests long ago when I realized I didn’t have enough time to play this social game. Why? Because I already spent so much time playing Call of Duty on Xbox live. This article explains something fascinating, that we democratic citizens fail to use new media to further our own interests, instead falling into an expensive do-loop of earned fantasy rewards.

The wheel keeps spinning, faster and faster. More people are signing up to play Farmville every day, as well as other similar Zynga games, such as Mafia Wars, YoVille, and Café World. Analysts estimate that, if the company goes public in the summer of 2010, Zynga will be worth between one and three billion dollars.[18] This value depends in its entirety on the social capital generated by users, like you and me, who obligate one another to play games like Farmville. Whether this strikes you as a scam or just shrewd business is beside the point. The most important thing to recognize here is that, whether we like it or not, seventy-three million people are playing Farmville: a boring, repetitive, and potentially dangerous activity that barely qualifies as a game. Seventy-three million people are obligated to a company that holds no reciprocal ethical obligation toward those people.

As cultivated citizens, we are obligated to one another. We care about one another. As Cornel West has said, democracy depends upon demophilia, or love of the people.[19] Unfortunately, sociopathic companies such as Zynga depend upon this love as well. The central task of citizenship is learning how to be good to one another, even when—especially when—it is difficult to understand our own actions. If Howard Zinn had but one lesson to teach us, it is that cultivated citizens must constantly look around and examine what they’re doing, because there is a fine line between being a cultivated citizen and being someone else’s crop.

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Anna Wintour the Creative’s Blotter

March 31, 2010

I just watched “The September Issue” on Netflix and felt so moved that I thought I’d scuttle over to my 16 square feet of office space write-off and blog about it.

links to the preview

The ‘documentary’ is starts off with you in a face to face interview with the real “Devil (who) Wears Prada” while she explains that she thinks people may mock the fashion world but it’s because either they don’t understand it or they feel left out. You can’t tell if she really is an ice princess or the woman who has the hutzpah to put the “industry” in “fashion industry.” By the end of it, I thought the latter.

The scenes were almost all shot in HD and many were of beautiful sets and fashion shots. I suffered a 7 year addiction to Sex and the City and never give a hoot about haute couture but was enthralled with the presented story of how Vogue, no, Anna basically decides what products high-end and low-end stores alike will sell 5 months out.

I actually liked Anna and wouldn’t have a problem with her in person because I like her perfectionism. I think that by following her lead I could actually get along with all those fashiony-types whom she works with. They’re the ink and she’s their blotter.

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U.S: For Porn Before We Were Cheated On

March 25, 2010

Last night I watched the episode of BullShit about anti-porn crusaders and didn’t think I’d really think twice about it afterwards until I happened across federally-funded twoofus.org. Of course, the production, distribution and viewing of porn here is protected by  1st Constitutional Amendment right to ‘freedom of speech’. And yet via grant 90-FH-0001, there’s federal funding for the anti-porn mis-educators.

Penn and Teller’s interest in the anti-porn issue (besides the obvious ratings spike) is that the folks who campaign against porn in the U.S. pull some acrobatic moves themselves; they claim that porn galvanizes sexual violence, dis

crimination against women, and also tends to disrupt healthy relationships. The show’s conclusion was that there’s no causal evidence on any of these points, for or against. In other words, it’s BullShit. I really didn’t care and was, as usual, disappointed by the infotainment that is the show.

So I finished the show really not wanting to think any more of it – until tonight when I checked out a sponsored video on YouTube that led me to a taxpayer-funded (via Health and Human Services) website for couples. I noticed a video link entitled “Can watching porn hurt my relationship?” I couldn’t help but click. Turns out it was hosted by a couple of old people. They say watching porn technically makes a relationship polygamous. OMG!!

I’d like to forego the teabag party and jump straight to painting a visual picture in your head if that old dude’s posture is true. Remember how STD-awareness campaigns tell you that you’re exponentailly increasing your risk with each person you’re with because you are exposed to your partners’ partners? IMAGINE HOW MANY PEOPLE YOUR SPOUSE HAS FAKE-CHEATED ON YOU WITH. And that’s not physical, that’s mental.

Just for fun. Imagine it…Now how many have you cheated with? Now how many people have you mentally cheated with? WOAH, REALLY?

I call BullShit.

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Japanese Game Show Hilarity

March 9, 2010

Really, this one is good…all the way to the twisted ending!

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Avatar Review: Turn the Volume Down

January 9, 2010

I saw Avatar last night for my boyfriend’s birthday celebration. I’d heard both awesome and terrible things about it from friends, ranging from “not worth half the ticket price” to “the most spiritual movie ever and my new all-time-favorite.”

I was really excited for the experience more than the story. I’d read that even Steven Spielberg commented “The last time I came out of a movie feeling that way it was the first time I saw Star Wars.”

I knew it would be controversial; I heard it makes you think on ‘a higher level’ because it’s about a Marine grunt who decides to go against the war he was supposed to be fighting and that it lifts details from the WOT for its own storyline. I was kind of prepared to be offended. It turns out that just the premise of the movie was so unbelievable that I didn’t care: The Marines are enthusiastically used as a single pawn by a corporation to extract ‘Unobtanium’ from an indigenous culture on a pristine planet. Not only is the premise a pedestrian remix of select recent events, but the giant holes in the plot made me wish I could just spend a few hours with the volume down just enjoying the realistic 3D images.

The movie script cuts all corners and just uses a stereotype for every single character so you’ll instantly get what the message is. Marines as war-loving, corporations use force and disregard life if lest they have ‘a bad quarter’, natives are enlightened beings who live in total harmony with God/mother nature, scientists are insightful anthropologists who are terrible politicians when it comes to promoting their views alongside the science they’re paid to research. Well, those were all the groups of people right there.

And you know what, thanks to the ridiculous plot holes, you do end up taking the side of the Marine who ‘turns against his race.’ Not because the movie successfully helps you suspend belief or side with the aliens, but because he turned against a group of really gawd-awful people who don’t have any personal motives.

I was sorry the movie didn’t have any plot complexity. I would have liked to see a conspiracy theory like that the Marine didn’t know that the true intent was to move or kill the aliens. I wish he hadn’t been a ‘stupid jarhead’ who didn’t think to get on with his  mission to broker a deal for the Unobtanium before it was too late. I also wish there was something personal in it for the Marine colonel to be so jazzed about bombing a tree…maybe he had a job offer waiting from the corporation he was reporting to.

I wish the audience wasn’t expected to buy into the aliens as the manifestation of our idealistic stories about our own natives. Michael commented “I would call it “alien orientalism.'” Just like we all know it is a fairy tale that Native Americans were peacefully squatting out their existence, it’s just too bad for the aliens to be represented that way without diving much more into their culture and spirituality.

But above all, I was so enthralled with the graphics that I really wish that the concept of this planet Pandora were turned into a 3D TV series. I’d download it from Apple TV each week, even I watched it with the volume down.