February, 2009 Monthly archive


You have a movie that is easily the best rated picture of the year, yet not even nominated for best picture.

You have a award category that is complete bullshit and has a single studio winning it four out of the eight years the category has been available, all times when they were also some of the highest rated movies of the year.

You have an actor giving what was literally a role in a movie, that was MADE for him.  He gets effing robbed.

Man I fucking hate the Oscars.

[UPDATE] But man oh man do I fucking love John Gruber.

I’ll put it in writing: the best motion picture released last year was WALL-E. Like 2001 — which WALL-E pays significant homage to — it wasn’t even nominated for best picture. But it effectively couldn’t be nominated — and that’s the real crime. Instead, WALL-E was nominated for and awarded the prize for “best animated film”.1

But why does this category even exist? Animated as opposed to what? Photographed? Animation is merely a technique. Cinema is cinema. The Academy’s rules state that films nominated for best animated feature are still eligible to be nominated for best picture, but don’t hold your breath waiting for it to happen. The whole point of this award to establish a ghetto where “cartoons”, no matter how good, are relegated. Putting WALL-E up against Bolt and Kung Fu Panda rather than letting it compete against Slumdog Millionaire and Benjamin Button is like requiring a 13-year-old chess prodigy to compete only against other children, regardless whether he could stand his own against adult grandmasters. It’s a dismissive pat on the head.

Ok, so I was wrong in the comments regarding being eligible to be nominated for both, but the point still stands, Wall-E not being nominated is a crime.

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Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (short form Llanfairpwllgwyngyll), also spelled Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll and commonly known as Llanfair PG or Llanfairpwll, is a village and community on the island of Anglesey in Wales, situated on the Menai Strait next to the Britannia Bridge and across the strait from Bangor.

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In a word, The Dark Side by Jane Mayer is shocking.  It’s shocking even for the hardest cynic and fiercest Bush critic.

Jane Mayer has compiled the most comprehensive and damning exposé of detainee treatment during the Bush Administration.  The level of detail and inside knowledge that was presented on the inner workings of the CIA, DoD, State, DOJ, and the White House is nothing short of astounding.

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Some select excerpts from “Dreams from my Father” – the audio book.

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I continue to assert that Phil Collins is a total badass.

(Also, please note flamboyant juice-flavored border.)

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Felt like making something “creative.” New Facebook profile picture. I don’t know how long I will keep it up there, since it is kind of gimicky. Don’t know that it lines up on all browsers.

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Because it’s a FUCK YOU FRIDAY

Originally posted (and terribly reported) @ CNET

(C’mon now, this quote makes me laugh chunks):

Because Internet addresses remain a relatively scarce commodity, ISPs tend to allocate them to customers from a pool based on whether a computer is in use at the time. (Two standard techniques used are the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol and Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet.)

Regardless, the real issue here is:

Republican politicians on Thursday called for a sweeping new federal law that would require all Internet providers and operators of millions of Wi-Fi access points, even hotels, local coffee shops, and home users, to keep records about users for two years to aid police investigations.

The legislation, which echoes a measure proposed by one of their Democratic colleagues three years ago, would impose unprecedented data retention requirements on a broad swath of Internet access providers and is certain to draw fire from businesses and privacy advocates.

“While the Internet has generated many positive changes in the way we communicate and do business, its limitless nature offers anonymity that has opened the door to criminals looking to harm innocent children,” U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, said at a press conference on Thursday. “Keeping our children safe requires cooperation on the local, state, federal, and family level.”

TL;DR version: Most consumer-class routers/access points today don’t store nearly enough information to be useful in a forensic sense… unless their firmware is flashed with something like Tomato or DD-WRT (which offers more robust logging options).  Training your average Joe/Jane on how to store these logs in a forensically sound manner would be almost impossible, or take way too much money to properly educate the masses.  

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Welcome to the inaugural post of Choof’s Show & Tell, a place where I will offer something of mine for you all to see and you are welcomed (and encouraged) to edit my post and join in on the fun. Today we start out with a simple yet very personal topic, Desktop Backgrounds. Again, if you’d like to share your item(s), just edit the post to keep it organized.

No Fanboy bullshit from the peanut gallery. If I could get rid of that giant glossy apple I would.

My second display has this guy mirrored =).

The forest brings peace to my chaotic room here at SCAD.

Chris Cascioli [choof proxy]:

Rob [Get off my nuts]

Phil: Little Five Lakes, Sequoia National park, CA. Summer 2008. (2 monitors)

Chad: Something a little more sentimental: My grandfather.

Brad: I’m thinking of switching to white… not really though.

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A familiar friend to many juicers, Chris Cascioli just showed me this image. I’m not sure if it’s legit or not, but it could quite possibly be. Only time will tell.

If you don’t want to know the outcome of the upcoming Oscars, i suggest you steer clear of the following link: Letter Found Here

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To respond to Kyle’s post:

I looked at the comments on vimeo for the first video posted in the blog and saw a comment concerning a “ripoff” of David OReilly. So I did some research about the guy and found his website and his vimeo site. Here is his “compression reel.”

Compression Reel from David OReilly on Vimeo.


Also, this guy won a Golden Bear at Berlinale, one of the premiere film festivals in the world, in the short film category for his animation, Please Say Something. Check out the preview for it. It’s pretty trippy:

Please Say Something (preview) from David OReilly on Vimeo.


Update: If you’re interested in more experimental animation and films, check out vimeo’s channel Lab Partner.

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A truly unique new look. I have never seen people use what appears to be bandwidth and artifact glitches as an art form.

(Guerrilla Edit by Rob: Not to be a dick, but this might very well be an emerging trend, and it seems the appropriate term for this sort of technique is “datamoshing“. Click the link for more history on it, but also check out this more recent Kanye video):

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Your funky daughter:

JI – Juvenile Iguanas

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