Posts tagged ‘YouTube’

March 9, 2012

KARA is amazing!

I want to preface this post with a little tidbit. The name KARA is said like karat, as in “Look at that whopping 20 karat diamond ring.” Think Kara Starbuck or Supergirl. The name CARA is said like CAR-uh. As in “Hey mechanic man, about my car… uh why is it making that noise.” 

PlayStation released this amazing new video a few days ago. “The KARA video was created by Quantic Dream solely to show the jump in development technology they have made since their last game Heavy Rain.”  This little technology exploration plays like a movie. The imagery is beautiful and I would love to see more. A few years ago, I read a novella called His Robot Girlfriend by Wesley Allison. I think if that book were to come alive it would look very similar to KARA.

Take a look.

 

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February 24, 2012

Oh! The Places Fox News Will Go

 

Oh, Fox News, you’ve done it again, rearing an ignorant head in the face of children’s entertainment. News anchor Lou Dobbs has come out striking at what he calls “an unmentionable” aimed to “indoctrinate our children” “plainly with an agenda.” The targets of the upheaval are the new Disney/Studio Ghibli film The Secret World of Arrietty and The Lorax, which according to the report fights rampant industrialism and is promoting eco-friendly products.  To which I have to say, “Are you serious?” To add to the most ridiculous 5 minutes I have ever lost in my life, there was an Obama montage, because… well… I don’t know why. He’s not in Hollywood. But he may as well be because apparently “the President’s liberal friends in Hollywood are targeting younger demographic using animated movies to sell their agenda to children.” The panel, made up of Lou Dobbs and 3 news radio personalities, are calling these movies “insidious nonsense from Hollywood.” I love the word insssssidiousssss. It needs to be said breathily and with fervor. The panel voiced that we are giving up our job to parent to Hollywood, and reminds us that it is our job to parent and our job to “force correct” the messages our kids hear. Matt Patrick, one of the conservative radio talk show hosts, is accusing those who believe that watching these movies is not blasphemous of creating “occu-toddlers.” Watchers have to love the headline that is on the screen toward the end of the rant “Tree-Hugging Dr. Seuss Character Featured in New Universal Movie.”

Is The Lorax or The Borrowers new to these commentators? Are Dr. Seuss and the magical tales of lesson learning a concept that has never been brought up before? They aren’t new to most. Beloved children’s stories with and without messages have been a part of growing up for generations. Amelia Bedelia taught me not to put a tuxedo on a turkey when it calls for dressing. Lesson learned! The Lorax isn’t a new story and this isn’t the first time that the story has come under fire. The logging companies had a field day with it, and many more have had issues with tales of learning lessons that are, hopefully, going to shape healthy young minds as they grow up. These aren’t the first movies that are going to address social commentary and they certainly aren’t the last. Even Happy Feet had a lesson for the fishing industry. Stop messing up the planet!

While I don’t choose to wax political, I hope that people will understand that movies that have an underlying message about the future of the environment and the world, while entertaining (and hopefully educating) an audience of any age, are in no way harmful. If you have to ignore the message, at least enjoy the show.

February 23, 2012

Morgan Spurlock Geek Fan or Geek Foe?

Morgan Spurlock, best known for his award winning gut bomb Super Size Me, has teamed up with Joss Whedon, Geek God, to create a documentary about the human side of San Diego Comic-Con. Interviewing legends and fanboys like Stan Lee, Eli Roth, Seth Rogan and Kevin Smith, there is a real opportunity to break stereotypes and show that Comic-Con is not just for those who feel the need to fly their geek flag high each year, but that there are designers and comic book creators that use this as a platform to show their work. The potential to make dreams come true among the cosplay and collectibles.

The documentary COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE follows the 2010 Comic-Con, and so far the newly released trailer is getting good press. BUT this geek writer found exactly what I was worried about when perusing the interwebs this morning, an article written by Phil Brown last September on Collider.com where he states, “…the film is a rather sweet and loving portrait of the pop culture-obsessed attendees and the annual Mecca of their anti-social pursuits. The convention itself comes off as an accepting home to anyone who feels the need [to] sweat through a Wookie costume for a weekend while eating overpriced fast food and standing in line to get an autograph from their favorite B-movie actor. The documentary probably won’t win over anyone who despises this culture going in, but it should at least help explain why it exists.” 

Don’t we nerds, geeks, and dorks get enough flack for being nerds, geeks, and dorks? We don’t need another documentary that shows anti-social freaks. Several years ago a documentary was released about MMORPG players, mostly focusing on EverQuest and World of Warcraft, and depicted players who couldn’t go to work because of their addiction, a mother who blamed her son’s suicide on his gaming addiction, and a really sad couple who met in game. It was in no way a positive look at these games or their players, and I hope that this documentary doesn’t do the same injustice to the iconic Comic-Con.

Morgan Spurlock has a real fighting chance to show a different side of this genre. Putting celebs who are fan boys or in the business, rather than Morgan Spurlock’s usual post in the front of the camera, as the main focus is good; though it would have been nice to see a documentary film maker who isn’t in the genre right up front saying, “hey look, these people are normal, hard working people and this isn’t a freakfest.”

The trailer looks great. I am definitely looking forward to watchingTake a look and let me know what you think.

COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE
Have you ever imagined a place where Vulcans and vampires get along? Where wizards and wookies can be themselves? Welcome to Comic-Con San Diego. What started as a fringe comic book convention for 500 fans has grown into the pop culture event of the year that influences every form of entertainment, now attended by over 140,000 strong. COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE- a film by Morgan Spurlock explores this amazing cultural phenomenon by following the lives of five attendees as they descend upon the ultimate geek mecca at San Diego Comic-Con 2010.

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February 22, 2012

Appleonia is Back…no not THAT Appollonia…this one

I recently posted a video from newly reborn Appleonia. No, not the progeny of Prince and 80s hottie Apollonia, but the transcended Jessica Chapnik Kahn, who “after years of mortality, decided to give birth to something else: herself. As Appleonia.” Her first video “Precious” is beautiful, striking, fun, and a little crazy when the apples start rolling and the darts are being thrown at her head.

Appleonia is now giving us a pensive look at “God”, with the help of filmmaker Penny Vozniak.  Penny and Appleonia add radiance to the already beautiful songs and Appleonia’s dazzling voice. Making a string of homemade videos together, the pair quickly became a two-woman show, acting as director, producer and crew while concocting frenzied one-shot ideas that often required life-threatening trial and error (all documented, of course). If you don’t believe me, go watch the video for “Precious” and the outtakes/making of the video.

Take a look at “God” and the making of the video “Shooting God.” I  almost wish they would have kept a bit more of the frolicking in the field look to the video that we see in the making of; however, I do love the idea of adding a little ode to Kali in the mix. Either way we get a glimpse of who Appleonia is, and we like what we’re seeing. Enjoy!

February 21, 2012

Sourpatch Releases Video from Upcoming Album

San Jose, California’s Sourpatch has released a new video of the song Things You Say from their upcoming album Stagger and Fade out February 28th. Gaining national acclaim for their first album Crushin’, in 2011, they have been featured in the Village Voice, on NPR, and in Bust magazine. This new album looks to be even better. The Things You Say video showcases the excitement that it is to be Sourpatch “the sound of infatuation, it’s the sound of being young, it’s the sound of hoping against hope. It’s rollercoaster melodies and caffeinated rhythms. It’s buying a lottery scratch ticket and knowing this one’s going to be the winner, the one that changes your life forever.”  Sourpatch “endorses a gender freeing, queer positive, all-ages, feminist hinking, crush worthy lifestyle.” Above all the music and the video are fresh and fun.

HHBTM Records

February 21, 2012

Mass Effect 3- Aliens really do fall from the sky

BioWare and Electronic Arts have a treat in store for die hard Mass Effect fans. They will be launching copies of the game into space, well maybe just into the atmosphere, but either way it’s way cool. Starting Thursday, copies of the game will be launched via high altitude weather balloons from different locales around the world, starting at 7am Pacific time in San Francisco, then followed by Las Vegas, New York, London, Paris, and Berlin. Bioware’s marketing director for Mass Effect 3, David Silverman, said, “Depending on weather conditions, it could take anywhere from 2 to 3 hours to land back on the ground and the landing site could be anywhere from 50 to 300 miles of where they are launched from.” So those not in the direct path of the launch site still have a chance of nabbing this awesome collectible. The launched games will be hooked up to GPS tracking and an HD camera, and the location of the games will be trackable on the Mass Effect website. You will need to register as a user in order to access the tracker, unless you already have an EA account. If you have ever played an EA game more than likely you have one already. The game tracking site will be live starting Wednesday morning. So get your tracking shoes on and be the first one to grab this game before the release date  on March 6th. Good luck! In the meantime, here’s the new extended trailer for the game. It looks so fantastic. I’m not sure if Shephard did do a butt clench to get that assault rifle to pop up, he is so much of a bad ass he can just think “come to me” and that thing can appear.

February 16, 2012

Record Labels Put a New Spin on How to Get Music

Audiophiles are being treated to more than just their regular iTunes option for downloadable music these days. More and more services offering independent music label downloads, and “hear it here first” new artists, which help those not living in the buy anything I want on iTunes lifestyle. Recently, I posted a blurb about DigSin, a new music label offering a weekly download from new artists. The listener is only responsible for registering on their website, and voila, music in your inbox each week. Additionally, labels like Bad Panda Records, who gives away a promotional download from their new artists, has recently pressed an album on vinyl, had an artist spotlighted on NPR, and has a digital album download on a “pay with a tweet” model. Sometimes promotion of your album is more valuable than the dollar someone will pay for it. Websites like ReverbNation and SoundCloud have been offering up info on new artists, and offering downloads for some time now. I discovered a revival of 90’s hip hop on ReverbNation, so it’s been well worth the very little effort I have put in to be a subscriber.

Other new services like Monstro add the social aspect to music, letting subscribers know what is trending on Twitter, and allowing them to share, buy, and watch the video on YouTube. According to Monstro’s introduction for users you can “Share– When you find a song you like, let your friends know by sharing it on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or Pinterest. And best of all, your friends can watch the video or listen to the song however they want. Mix– Any time you see a list of songs whether from music you’ve shared, songs from your friends, your favorite band or a chart, Monstro automatically creates a playlist in Rdio or YouTube for your listening pleasure. Think of it like your social mixed tape. Why did we pick Rdio and YouTube first? Both are free!” You can even create your own page.

Essentially, this is all about discovery. What these new services are offering is a way to discover new music, on your own terms. These new services are worth checking out for those of you who are as keen on music as I am. If you know a music service that is offering something awesome to the masses, please make sure to leave me a comment.

February 10, 2012

Nerds in Love- Geeky Valentine’s Day Proposals

Romance is blossoming and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Have you figured out how you’re going to spend this most romantic of days? If popping the question was at the top of your to do list, take a tip from these geeks who got it right. The ante for how to propose just got upped. Yes, nerd love is grand, and sometimes it helps to have a little romantic hacker in your life.

Not only did this guy make one of the most fantastic marriage proposals ever, but he created an equally beautiful, over the top sappy, wedding video, which you can also watch on YouTube.

This is a favorite. He hacked into the game to propose. She didn’t believe it at first, and really in these old school games that scrolling text does take a bit of time to read, so he just got to wait there, on bended knee, while she figured it out. That’s true geek love.

But…my favorite of them all is definitely Minecraft Proposal Coaster. They say you can build anything in Minecraft, so build a beautiful life together. This took some serious effort and love to build.

February 7, 2012

Appleonia’s “Precious” Video- Complete with lawn darts

Lending a fresh face and a sultry, yet heady, voice to the music scene is the newly reborn, and not of this mortal world, Appleonia. Not to be mistaken with the 80s progeny of Prince, Jessica Chapnik Kahn calls to her rebirth as Appleonia as “…not interested in being a mere mortal. After years of mortality, she decided to give birth to something else: herself,” and honestly, with a beautiful face and sweet voice like hers she can call herself anything she wants. I love when the spectacle comes back to music. Her video Precious offers a glimpse into being reborn of nature. “It is the idea of transformation and the symbolic nature of things that has inspired her video art and makes them something of an experience. They lie somewhere between science fiction, a Greek/Hindu myth and Xanadu.” The video for Precious is dramatic and fun at the same time. I didn’t get concerned until directors started bombarding her with dozens of apples and then throwing lawn darts at her. (I’m pretty sure those are illegal in most parts of the world.) You can tell she is anticipating  what is about to come her way, and she doesn’t look like she’s having much fun once the dirt starts flying.

A few things to know about Appleonia that set her apart from the rest of us mortals and helps create who she is: “she immigrated to Australia as a child from Argentina. She lived in a migrant hostel. She was raised by Jewish Polish Catholic Italian Argentinian parents who joined a couple of cults along the way. She dreams in Spanish. Her first crush was Marilyn Monroe, followed closely by Lady Diana. She acts. She formed her first band at 17. As a teenager she studied the bible. As an adult she studies with a Rabbi. She visits a young saint in India. She was on an Australian soap opera. She doesn’t know how to swim, but she lives by the sea. She has a cat phobia. It is tensions like these that have influenced her music-making to date.”

Additionally, the girl can laugh at herself. Along with the video for Precious, which is really a gorgeous and meaningful song that many will love, she released a bloopers video of the making of the video. After watching the actual video you will appreciate it. Take a look at her video and get to know Appleonia.

February 6, 2012

A Day Made of Glass Part 2

Corning released their new follow up video to last year’s “A Day Made of Glass.” The technology explored is truly amazing, and I may never leave my car when this technology comes into my life. I’ll take this in lieu of my highly overdue flying car any day. Watch the video below and click here to read the back story on what Corning is doing and how they are going to make it a reality.