A Perfect Circle New Song 2013 – “By and Down”

A Perfect Circle released a studio version their first new song in 9 years: “By and Down.”

I was hoping this would be the first track of a whole new album, because the music gods know that rock really needs some help these days, but alas, no word yet. A Perfect Circle is releasing a greatest hits album titled Three Sixty in November, with this track as the only new addition.

(A “Best Of” album seems obsolete to me in this digital album age, but who knows, maybe it’ll attract the attention of a younger generation who missed some good fucking rock in the early 2000s.)

It’s not as aggressive and powerful as some of their older stuff, but still the best thing I’ve heard in Alt Rock in a long time.

A Perfect Circle – “By and Down” (Full Studio Version)

Not much of my high school iTunes library stands the test of time, but APC’s The Thirteenth Step remains one of my favorite albums ever.

So I hope this track is the first of many more to come from APC.

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Adventure Time – Yo Put That Bag Back On (Dubstep Remix)

If you don’t watch Adventure Time on Cartoon Network or basically pirated everywhere on the internet, you should watch it.

If you do watch Adventure Time, you should also see this:

This YouTube video deserves way more than 3,000 views.

S2E5: “Storytelling”

Fun Fact/FYI: That running gag on the show is called PHIL FACE, named after the lead character designer for Adventure Time, Phil Rynda. Here is the Adventure Time wiki article for PHIL FACE: http://adventuretime.wikia.com/wiki/PHIL_FACE

Wil Wheaton on Why Being a Nerd is Awesome

Inspirational speech. Via wilwheaton.net:

During my panel, I was asked by a young woman to explain to her newborn daughter, Violet, why it was awesome to be a nerd. As it turns out, I’ve been having that conversation with my sons for their entire lives, so I spoke from the heart and told her.

I’m very lucky in that every now and then, I get to say something and people will listen to me. It’s an incredible gift from the great elder gods that I treasure, and respect, so I do my best to honour it when I get to use it. This video went pseudoviral yesterday while I was traveling home, so I suppose you could say that I got to be Dad of the Internet for a little bit, which is kind of neat.

He is a professional geek. Love my nerds and geeks. ❤

Schmoyoho Song: “DJ Turn it up!” “No, I got a Noise Violation”

Uploaded in May, but somehow it went under my radar for a couple months.

The Gregory Brothers / Schmoyoho. Best know for the “hide yo kids, hide yo wife” Bed Intruder Song. New-ish original song.

Spoiler: PSY cameo.

“DJ Play My Song (NO LEAVE ME ALONE)”


“Does “mouse” rhyme with “mouse”?  No, it’s the same word.” Haha, was that a deadmau5 diss?

I sure do miss Auto-Tune the News.

Ten Intriguing Documentaries to Stream on Netflix

Top 10 Documentaries Streaming on Netflix

I made this button myself, because Suite101 was hardcore about not stealing images. Just wanted to pitch my basic graphic design skills.

This is a re-post from Suite101. My 1-year exclusivity contract with them has expired, so I might be re-blogging some of my old articles here now.

As of the date this article was written (3/25/13), all the following documentaries are available for streaming for Netflix. But contracts change and sometimes movies will become DVD-only without warning, so watch instantly while you can!

I’ll strikeout the ones that are no longer available. Which, goddamn, are a lot. Netflix is apparently not doing so hot with the goal of turning everything digital. I will write another post with a couple more current documentary suggestions soon and link here to the updated list when I do.

10. e² Design

Director: Beth Levison

Narrated by Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, this excellent PBS documentary series is riddled with interesting facts for the environmentally conscious. (Did you know that New York City, per capita, is one of the greener emitters of air pollution in the US?)

e² was produced by Kontentreal, a documentary and strategic entertainment company seeking creative, innovative, and market-ready solutions for world problems. Six episodes are available for streaming on Netflix.

9. Trouble the Water

Director: Carl Deal and Tia Lessin

From the producers of Fahrenheit 9/11, Trouble the Water is the gripping tale of a couple surviving failed levees of Hurricane Katrina, the ensuing bureaucracy in trying to obtain aid, and their the story of their own past of poverty. While When the Levees Broke is considered the quintessential New Orleans flood story, this film takes a smaller, more personal perspective of the 2004 tragedy. An extremely moving piece of work.

8. Radio Bikini

Director: Robert Stone

This one hour long, 1987 film uses declassified footage to tell the story of the US Government’s atomic bomb tests on the Island of Bikini Atoll at the start of the Cold War. Known as “Operation Crossroads,” the tests left the Marshall Islanders unable to safely return home, and the area remained dangerously radioactive for decades.

7. The One Percent

Director: Jamie Johnson

Johnson & Johnson heir Jamie Johnson uses his influential heritage to get coveted interviews, such as Milton Friedman, and get into esoteric places known only by the top 1% of the income-earners in the US. Touching the issues surrounding growing wealth inequality, it also probes the culture of the upper-class, and the efforts the rich take to maintain family wealth.

6. God Grew Tired of Us: The Story of Lost Boys of Sudan

Director: Christopher Dillon Quinn

This movie is the inspirational story of three lucky immigrants of the “Lost Boys of Sudan,” a group of some 25,000 young men displaced during the Second Sudanese Civil War,and the culture shock they experience when they move to the United States. For the first time, these men encounter aspects of life we take for granted, such as running water, supermarkets, and television. An emotional reunion with one of the subjects and his mother after 17 years of separation makes this film a bona fide tear-jerker.

5. 8: The Mormon Proposition

Director: Reed Cowan

“The only way you can win any ballot measure in California is money. That is the number one thing that you need. The second thing you need is volunteers. And the final thing you need–a message that resonates.” –Kate Kendell, executive director of NCLR, interviewed in 8: The Mormon Proposition.

This emotional and insightful documentary describes how The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints organized itself to bring the downfall of California’s 2008 Proposition 8, a piece of legislation that led to the legal banning same-sex marriage in the state.

4. This Film is Not Yet Rated

Director: Kirby Dick

This Film is Not Yet Rated is a thorough, investigative film about the NC-17,R ,PG-13, PG, G movie ratings system America is very familiar with. This picture looks into how the MPAA rates movies and the secrecy that surrounds their tactics. This Film is Not Yet Rated was rated NC-17 for some graphic sexual content by the MPAA.

3. Exit Through the Gift Shop

Director: Banksy

Academy award-nominated Exit Through the Gift Shop is a fascinating look into the underground world of graffiti art and the people who make it. The artist lifestyle is vesseled through the amusing story of an eccentric, amateur filmmaker’s attempts to befriend street art legend Banksy and then establish a name for himself as an artist.

2. Encounters at the End of the World

Director: Werner Herzog

Directed and narrated by Grizzly Man’s Werner Herzog, this documentary continues the German filmmaker’s style of finding and highlighting the stories of some of the most absurd and arguably lonely individuals of the human race. Filmed in Antarctica over a course of seven weeks, Herzog interviews those who would deign to leave their homes and families to work in the most isolated place on the earth. Here is a film clip on youtube of what Herzog calls “a deranged penguin,” running from its herd.

1. A State of Mind

Director: Daniel Gordon

Considering the tightly controlled outside media access to North Korea, A State of Mind is a gem of a social and cultural documentary. The British film follows the of two North Korean schoolgirls in a world so very far away and culturally diametrically opposed to the United States.

The film crew follows the daily lives of the adolescent girls as they watch their state-sponsored television, learn about Kim Jong-il in school, sing about being good communists, and spend hours in gymnastics practice, preparing to perform in the North Korean Mass Games. The two month-long gymnastics festival is a tribute to communist North Korean founder Kim il-sung, and participation as a performer in the Games is highly competitive.

A State of Mind is not a film about the oppressive horrors so well heard of in the West in the poverty-ridden country nor is it a politically charged piece. The girls featured lead strict but relatively comfortable lives, possibly only allowed by the government to be filmed for propaganda purposes. Anyone with a sense of individualism will find A State of Mind a mind-bending and slightly unsettling film, a definite must-see for anyone interested in international affairs or the psychology of group mindset.

Liz Katz and the Cosplay Controversy

I never knew crowdfunding could get so bitter before today. Especially for something like this…

Liz Katz is a model and actress based in LA and is very active in the nerd /gamer community. Petite modeling, booth babe gigs–she’s a perfect pick for an elf or a faerie photoshoot. She recently set up an IndieGogo page for a “Sexy Princess Peach Cosplay.”

It’s exactly what it sounds like. Funds would go to props, lighting, cameras, etc. Her goal was $650, but she managed to raise $4,690 between 52 backers.

It seems like an example of using social media to do a successful project funding. But amazingly enough, people are pissed off about it.

Nerd Reactor has an article titled “Is Fundraising a Cosplay Outfit Wrong?”

The top comment by James Campbell:

Why should we pay to help some wannabe actress/model? Cosplay should be a hobby done for love of the source material, not as a means of income. To many of these “cosplay” girls are using it as a means to get free exposure to further their goal of being an actress/celebrity. If you’re selling posters and prints of yourself donning different costumes you are not a cosplayer and are violating the very spirit of cosplay.

Hah. This sounds like the type of person who would slut-shame someone and then jerk off to them at the same time.

First of all, if you’re getting paid, you’re not a wannabe. If you’re getting paid AND getting press coverage, then you’re definitely not a wannabe. For a model, “free exposure” is a good thing.

Have these people not been to LA? Have they not seen the iconic costume photo hustlers on Hollywood Boulevard?

There is nothing wrong with using an image to make money. Intellectual property can get tricky, but nobody is arresting the guy dressed like Superman for hitting up tourists for a photo op.

There are definitely issues with the videogame industry oversexualizing nearly every female character. Don’t get me wrong. Feminism in videogames is a complex topic. It’s a good discussion topic, and it’s fascinating to watch the dynamics between gamer girls and the so-called “beta males.”

But if the fans start bullying each other’s interpretations of fandom and sexual expression, then they are failing to make an inclusive community.

And that violates the very spirit of cosplay.

Lana Del Rey – Born to Die (Ghosts of Paraguay Remix)

Pop and dance music this year has been really disappointing in my opinion. (Seriously, what else is there besides “Get Lucky?”) So lately I’ve been listening to dubstep and house remixes of stuff from 2010-2012.

Favorite Lana Del Rey remix so far:

It has less hits than some of the other remixes, so I thought I would give it a plug. (Even though I’m not sure it counts as dubstep.)

Ghosts of Paraguay on SoundCloud here.

 

Louis CK Promotes Tig Notaro


I got this super depressing e-mail from Louis CK.

Here’s an excerpt:

 Tig is a friend of mine and she is very funny.  I love her voice on stage.  One night I was performing at a club in LA called Largo.  Tig was there.  She was about to go on stage.  I hadn’t seen Tig in about a year and I said how are you?  She replied “well I found out today that I have cancer in both breasts and that it has likely spread to my lymph nodes.  My doctor says it looks real bad. “. She wasn’t kidding.  I said “uh.  Jesus.  Tig.    Well.  Do you… Have your family… Helping?”.  She said “well my mom was with me but a few weeks ago she fell down, hit her head and she died”.  She still wasn’t kidding…

A few days later, I wrote Tig and asked her if I could release this set on my site.  I wanted people to hear what I saw.  What we all saw that night.  She agreed.  The show is on sale for the same 5 dollars I charge for my stuff.  I’m only keeping 1.  She gets the other 4.  Tig has decided to give some of that to cancer research.

Buy the audio set for $5 here:

https://buy.louisck.net/purchase/tig-notaro-live

I never heard of her before but she actually is really funny. And you can fight cancer at the same time.

Mike from Breaking Bad in 1974 Educational Menstruation Video

Jonathan Banks, better known as Mike the Hitman from Breaking Bad, plays an awkward teenage boy in this sometimes creepy and sometimes sexist period PSA from almost 40 years ago.

^screenshot creepy doctor, not Mike.

“I got my first period today.”

“So what’s the big deal?”

“It means that blood is flowing out of my uterus!”

“Oh.” Mike looks confused and disgusted.

Later, when swimming plans go awry do to a thunderstorm, Johnny (Mike) asks his girlfriend with all earnestness (10:16), “Do you think your period could be causing the rain?”

Hilarious video. Ah, high school in the 70s. Ah, Mike from Breaking Bad.

Fun fact:  Aaron Paul, otherwise known as Jesse Pinkman, was cast as that rebellious punk kid in 90s cereal commercials.