Dec 31, 2012

On film reviews

Chuck Klosterman, from Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs:
As a rule, I do not read film reviews of movies I have not seen. Honestly, I've never quite understood why anyone would want to be informed about the supposed value of a film before they actually experience it. Somewhat paradoxically, I used to earn my living reviewing films, and it always made me angry when people at dinner parties would try to make conversation by asking if they should (or shouldn't) see a specific film; I never wanted to affect the choices those people made. When writing reviews, I actively avoided anything that could be perceived as an attempt at persuasion. Moreover, I never liked explaining the plot of a movie, not did I think it was remotely interesting to comment on the quality of the acting or the innovation of the special effects. 
Perhaps this is why many people did not appreciate my film reviews.

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Dec 27, 2012

Birthday Song (NSFW)

This is one of the strangest videos I have ever seen. Nothing makes sense except to be ridiculous. 

Woman covered in frosting while lying on a table like a cake? Check.
Middle aged Pakistani man pouring one out of his 40? Check.
Girl putting her foot behind her head? Check.
Clown? Check.

Strangely mesmerizing

Dec 19, 2012

Setting goals

“I personally believe in not setting goals. You don’t get opportunities if you think you know what you’re meant to be doing." 
“I’m incredibly squeamish about ‘I’ve always wanted this …’ ‘this is my dream!’ ‘I’ve always wanted X.’ and all that sort of stuff. I hate that sort of non-specific language. It doesn’t mean anything to me. I don’t get what you’re saying. You have a dream that doesn’t seem to be influenced by any other factors but your fantasy of it. Probably more of us have the sort of life where happily, lots of opportunities come your way and you need to be ready to receive them by having your eyes not on the prize but on everything around you. I guess if I had to impart wisdom to my children – something I hope I never have to do - I would just say to work incredibly hard at whatever you’re doing and then people will respect you and they’ll ask you to do something else.”
-Tim Minchin

Hat tip to R World

Dec 13, 2012


A cinemagraph is a photograph which has a minor detail repeating, giving an illusion of watching a film.

Gizmodo posted a great series of cinemagraphs recently. I highly recommend watching them

Dec 11, 2012

Dressing better

It is trite to observe that hackers don’t like fancy clothes. Avi has learned that good clothes can actually be comfortable—the slacks that go with a business suit, for example, are really much more comfortable than blue jeans. And he has spent enough time with hackers to obtain the insight that is it not wearing suits that they object to, so much as getting them on. Which includes not only the donning process per se but also picking them out, maintaining them, and worrying whether they are still in style—this last being especially difficult for men who wear suits once every five years.
From Cryptonomicon.

Better driver

Caption: My wife believes she is a better driver, I let our dog decide.

Hat tip to

Dec 5, 2012

Greatest hoodie ever made

Slate published an article about profitably manufacturing clothes in the US. But it's also an homage to a thoughtfully designed sweatshirt that was created with durability, comfort, functionality and style in mind.

Apparently, a hoodie is not just a hoodie.

American Giant is an apparel "start up" (in the Bay Area, every company is a start up) that was created by a former Apple industrial engineer. He wants to create high quality clothes, in America, that looks good. And he may have created a perfect hoodie.
The result is a sweatshirt with several design elements you won’t find on the competition. The most obvious difference is that American Giant’s hoodie is fitted—it sits close around your chest, then gently tapers in around your stomach, resulting in a garment that doesn’t look slouchy. At great expense—and after lots of experimentation—Manoux added a “side-panel” to the hoodie, a strip of stretchy fabric that joins the back of the hoodie to the front. The side panel gives the hoodie “mobility,” Manoux explained—it allows you to raise your arm all the way up without feeling the whole coat ride up on you.
 American Giant hoodie can be found here.

Dec 4, 2012

Plastic surgery for mustaches

in recent years, increasing numbers of Middle Eastern men have been going under the knife to attain the perfect specimen. 
Turkish plastic surgeon Selahattin Tulunay says the number of mustache implants he performs has boomed in the last few years. He now performs 50-60 of the procedures a month, on patients who hail mostly from the Middle East and travel to Turkey as medical tourists. 
He said his patients generally want thick mustaches as they felt they would make them look mature and dignified. 
Remember kids, chicks dig mustaches.  

Dec 3, 2012

Best holiday song of the season

You know DMX. He is a rapper known for his raspy, gruff voice. His more famous songs are Ruff Ryders Anthem and Where Da Hood At, amongst others. He has been tried for sodomy, unlawful imprisonment, rape, drug possessions, animal cruelty, and a stabbing, amongst others. To be fair, he was cleared of, or pleaded down, many of them.

And here he is singing Rudolph. And it's absolutely perfect in every day.