Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Time-Lapse -- One Year in 40 Seconds

Nice example of time-lapse photography. Description from the author:
Images snapped at the same spot through one year. Showing the seasons change. For more information on how the video was made visit my web site. The audio is actual recordings from the same spot. The images are from Oslo, Norway 2008.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Family Guy Chicken Fights

A funny set of gags from Family Guy, these three clips show the running battle between Peter Griffin and a man in a chicken suit.

Peter Fights a Chicken from the Episode "Da Boom"

Chicken Fight from the Episode "Blind Ambition"

Chicken Fight Two from the Episode "No Chris Left Behind"

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Knight Rider Christmas

The story of how Michael and KITT saved Christmas told with KITT photos and old school rap.

The darkest moment ever known?

"Diablo III" Preview

G4's All Access previews Diablo III

Roger Ebert Reviews "The Wrestler"

Roger Ebert reviews The Wrestler -- 4 stars.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Icon Watch

Cool Icon Watch inspired by 8-bit graphics available at the
MoMA Store
With a nod to the era of 8-bit computer graphics, the face of this watch is shaped like a computer icon.

Toyota Expects Its First Loss Since Before WWII

On Monday, Toyota announced that it expects an operating loss of $1.7 billion in its auto business for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2009. If so, the loss would be the company’s first since 1938. In a sign of how fast the economy has deteriorated, last year Toyota reported $28 billion in operating profit earned. [NY Times: Toyota Expects Its First Loss in 70 Years]

Fry's VP Accused of Stealing $65M to Pay Gambling Debts

According to the San Francisco Chronicle:
A Ferrari-driving vice president of Fry's Electronics Inc. who was allegedly such a heavyweight gambler that casinos chartered private planes to fly him to Las Vegas has been arrested on charges he embezzled more than $65 million from the retailer to fuel his lavish lifestyle and pay off debts....

The IRS alleges in a criminal complaint filed against Siddiqui that he set up a shell company that hid $65.6 million in kickback payments from five Fry's vendors from January 2005 to November 2008. Of that amount, $17.9 million was paid to subsidiaries of Las Vegas Sands Corp., which operates the Venetian Casino Resort, according to the criminal complaint and regulatory filings. Authorities confirmed the payments went to the casino.
A reminder of why operating casinos is such a big business.

MGM Launches $70 Million Ad Campaign for "Valkyrie"

According to the NY Post, MGM is planning to spend over $70 million in the U.S. alone to market the upcoming Tom Cruise movie Valkyrie.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is spending twice the usual amount to market Tom Cruise's "Valkyrie," in an effort to give it a fighting chance when it opens at the box office Christmas day.

"Valkyrie" is the second film that MGM is releasing under the revived United Artists banner, and its success is critical from both a public relations and financial perspective.

Studios typically reserve that kind of spending for films with blockbuster potential... Films expected to generate less than $100 million - and industry watchers say "Valkyrie" fits into that category - generally get marketing budgets of around $35 million.

With the extended marketing spend, the total cost of Valkyrie is estimated at $160 million.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Owlboy 2D Game

Owlboy is a 2D platformer for Xbox Live Community Game coming to consoles in 2009. This is the first gameplay video released, showing parts of the first two levels. Looks like a lot of delicious retro 2D fun.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Bottle Rockets - "Welfare Music"

"Welfare Music" -- the Bottle Rockets perform at the Basement in Nashville, August 2008.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Wilco at the Spectrum -- "I'm the Man Who Loves You"

Wilco performs "I'm the Man Who Loves You" at the Spectrum in Philadelphia.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Sock Puppet Wants His Bailout

From, former Sock Puppet asks Congress: "Why are you talking about bailing out the auto companies when you let all us tech companies just crash and burn?"

From the page:
One of the great casualties of the tech bubble bust,'s Sock Puppet mascot, asks Congress for his unfair share of the awful bailouts.

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year 2008

Merriam-Webster Online released their Word of the Year list for this year. Words are ranked based on the highest intensity of lookups on Merriam-Webster Online over the shortest period of time.
  1. bailout
  2. vet
  3. socialism
  4. maverick
  5. bipartisan
  6. trepidation
  7. precipice
  8. rogue
  9. misogyny
  10. turmoil
(Should America be concerned that searchers don't seem to know what socialism is?)