Friday, September 26, 2008

i know... how original to copy and paste (like i am not criminally guilty of it with this blog). anyway this is a pretty timely and interesting block of text.

"What [Karl] Marx was able to show was that these three necessary conditions of a capitalist mode of production [being growth-oriented, resting on the exploitation of living labor in production (i.e. a gap between what labor gets and what it creates), and being technologically and organizationally dynamic] were inconsistent and contradictory and that the dynamic of capitalism was necessarily, therefore, crisis-prone. There was, in his analysis, no way in which the combination of these three necessary conditions could produce steady and unproblematic growth. In particular, the crisis tendencies of capitalism would produce periodic phases of overaccumulation, defined as a condition in which idle capital and idle labor supply could exist side by side with no apparent way to bring these idle resources together to accomplish socially useful tasks. A generalized condition of overaccumulation would be indicated by idle productive capacity, a glut of commodities and an excess of inventories, surplus money capital (perhaps held as hoards), and high unemployment. The conditions that prevailed in the 1930s and have emerged periodically since 1973 have to be regarded as typical manifestations of the tendency towards overaccumulation."
- David Harvey from The Condition of Postmodernity (Blackwell, 1990, pp. 180-181).

courtesy of Archidose.


well... this is amazing.  the picture you are looking at is a burger from 1996. no, this picture is not from 1996, it is from 2008. yes that burger is still holding strong. congratulations mcdonalds... you have engineered a food so unnatural that meat can hold up without decomposing for over 10 YEARS.

read the rest of the blog post to understand this is real.


thanks for a good laugh Defamer


i haven't been in a comic shop in awhile, but i am going to rush out to get this:

look at the artists on this thing. the Fabry zombie story looks awesome.

thanks to same hat same hat for the heads up.

Thursday, September 25, 2008


the impending bloody coup/revolt by robots is inching closer. not only are they able to right themselves when kicked, drive subway trains, run, and walk down stairs (most of the time)... they ride BIKES.

also, i tend to really loathe a lot of modern art, but then i was watching the videos and you start to really associate these "things" with emotions and i found myself rooting for them to actually work. which i am assuming is the point. anyway it's sad but pretty neat to watch.


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Work Doodles:

Stuff to check out!

so there's a class action lawsuit against credit score giant Trans Union.  if you had any sort of credit be it a loan or credit card or whatever between 78 and now you are eligible for a settlement.  go to and register there.  doesn't take long. most important though, it is the last day to reigster.

also... a free Wilco live track if you go verify that you are going to vote in this election.  it's a great live cover of the Bob Dylan song "I Shall Be Released". 

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Politics Part 2

reason #1 why i am scared of this current stock market bail-out plan:

"The Bush administration's plan would grant the Treasury secretary nearly absolute control of the $700 billion authorized by the bailout measure. The language in the measure sent to Congress would make the Treasury secretary's decisions "non-reviewable" – including by "any court of law or any administrative agency."
Jon Macey, a professor and deputy dean of Yale Law School, says the bill contains the largest transfer of power from Congress to the administration that he has ever seen. Macey says Congress is handing over more power than it did in granting the executive branch leeway in the Patriot Act, more than when authorizing combat through the War Powers clause. He says the move amounts to a sidelining of Congress.
Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd, a Democrat from Connecticut, on Tuesday called the language "so troubling" and said it "cannot last" as part of the legislation.

this is from NPR and the rest of the info in this article is pretty bleak, but well worth a read for information about the latest swindle the Bush administration is trying to pass off for a "plan."  it is good to see non-partisan support against it.  


courtesy of Ron Rege Jr.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Brendan McCarthy

so Brendan McCarthy a really awesome and bizarre comic artist had aparently worked up some concept art for a 2001 TMNT movie. his art is so perfect because it really recalls the old versions of the characters pre action figure days, and gives it this Ridley Scott/Jodorowsky western vibe.

for anyone not familiar with McCarthy check out his official fansite or just google image search his name. he had a DC Solo issue that was totally bizarre and yet made much more sense than the bulk of the comics currently being released from DC at the time.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Beast Boy:

i can't come up with any sort of logical explanation as to what Beast Boy's costume is made of or what happens to it... since his talent is the ability to turn into any ANIMAL then i can hardly think his costume is an extension of his shape-shifting abilities... but it goes away in animal form... then he's back in it in humanoid form. why don't they pencil the animal forms with alternate versions of his costume? comic book science.{shakes head}




god bless babelfish and italian fan-sites for japanese giant robo anime. this is pure gold.

To clean with?

Well according to a tip on Apartment Therapy you can throw a hunk of Spam in a set of pantyhose, tie up the pantyhose, and scrub away at your wooden furniture.  

"This method acts like the old Mayo trick when it comes to polishing and cleaning furniture. It helps to calm any water rings, bring out the grain and make it shine (most likely the same things that happens to your stomach after eating it... but who are we to judge).  My mother in law would like to go on record by saying that this isn't something she does everyday (or probably has in the last 20 years) but it does in fact work."

So aparently it works. This quote does bring up another question, which i will now dive into the internet to solve. what is the "Mayo Trick"? oh nevermind it's just putting mayo in your hair to make it soft and shiny. will have to remember that one.

i've got this large armoire that has seen better days in terms of it's finish, maybe i'll go grab some Spam and give it a rub-down. i wonder if there is a smell issue.  i'll hold off on the mayo though, maybe i can get Cynthia to try that one.

Thursday, September 18, 2008


finally i look smart!

can't believe i need glasses to drive now. now all i can do is reminisce about the salad days of yore.


on a first try i drew a guy on a horse and a)it looks like a horse b) it actually seems proportionate c)i didn't have to rework it 40 times. 

p.s. it's the Phantom on horseback.

Times are tough....

In this current economic downturn we are all finding it hard to get by, and have to rethink how we are spending our money.  A lot of people have had to cutback on spending, finding out what is necessary, and what frivolous expenditures can really do to a household budget.  The downturn has affected not just the public but also businesses.   Some of the hardest hit companies are those who rely heavily on transportation to power their business.  Shipping on container vessels has been cut back by Asia with the lack of American's buying imported products, and many American trucking companies are finding that they are having to consolidate loads, cut back on trips, and increase prices due to high fuel costs.  This economy is finding a way to effect us all... from Sally and Joe homeowner, to some of the largest global finance companies, and even cocaine dealers.  

"SEPTEMBER 18--Spiraling gas prices led an Indiana drug dealer to levy a fuel oil surcharge on customers purchasing cocaine, according to investigators. Anthony Salinas, 18, tacked on the gasoline surcharge when he sold a confidential police source coke on two occasions in June. While arranging one buy, Salinas told the source that a quarter-ounce of cocaine would cost $240--$215 for the drug itself and "$25.00 for gas money to deliver the cocaine," according to the court affidavit, a copy of which you'll find below. Salinas, a Hammond resident, was named last week in a two-count felony information charging him with "dealing in cocaine." (4 pages)"

This glorious story is from The Smoking Gun, and if you have time i suggest going to read the police reports.


so here i am sitting at work thinking... "boy it's only Thursday, this week sure is long." it is mostly overcast outside, and the morning cup of coffee was proving somewhat ineffective. at this point i read a blog post by Lisa Katayama where she posts a this you tube clip of a music video by some Japanese guys singing a song called "Yatta" which is something that Hiro yelled a lot in Heroes, and is a Japanese expression of joy. i hit play, and move to another window and the song is totally awesome. i feel better already. THEN i actually start watching the video and it's a couple dudes in fig leafs dancing around on a stage. it's AMAZING. watch it now, it will definitely improve your day.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

OK so this is McCain photos mashed up with Dark Knight Returns captions. FRANK MILLER+JOHN MCCAIN=GOLD.
McCain: The Mavericking Maverick Mavericks More

Inappropriate Golden Books

ok so Josh Cooley who is a story artist at Pixar has been working on "Inappropriate Golden Books" which will be packaged and sold at APE this year from what i gather from his blog. they are freaking amazing and so perfect. i want a wallpaper of the spine cover he created... it's fantastic. go to his blog, you can find a couple more of these.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Phantom Horse Racing...

i know we all look fairly ridiculous playing wii... but this kid in the video, he seems so amazing.  at the 52 sec mark he takes it to another level.

also my french is horribly rusty but chaud is a good word right? "Qui est chaud pour une petite demo?" would seem to me to be some sort of positive reaction.  but what do i know, i love this video game demo vid.


to follow up polish movie posters, i was alerted to this awesome posting about the city flags of Tokyo.  so clean and beautiful, very Tokyo i suppose.

WOW Terrorism

you've got to be kidding me. it seems like our national defense coterie are functioning more as a bad Tom Clancy novel writing group as opposed to actually stopping terrorism.

"In a presentation late last week at the Director of National Intelligence Open Source Conference in Washington, Dr. Dwight Toavs, a professor at the Pentagon-funded National Defense University, gave a bit of a primer on virtual worlds to an audience largely ignorant about what happens in these online spaces. Then he launched into a scenario, to demonstrate how a meatspace plot might be hidden by in-game chatter.
In it, two World of Warcraft players discuss a raid on the "White Keep" inside the "Stonetalon Mountains." The major objective is to set off a "Dragon Fire spell" inside, and make off with "110 Gold and 234 Silver" in treasure. "No one will dance there for a hundred years after this spell is cast," one player, "war_monger," crows."
Wired's Defense Room Blog

it is so fascinating that people get paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to sit around in some secret room and come up with this stuff. fantastic.

Monday, September 15, 2008


"Los Angeles - Investigators Monday continued their investigation into the worst train crash in southern California history, focusing on whether the driver of the passenger train was sending text messages when he allegedly ran a red light just prior to the collision."
story nabbed from Monsters and Critics

while the operator may have been text messaging, i am going to go out on a limb here and say text messaging isn't the killer but his general lack of responsibility and attention to his work are more at fault. watch this get turned into some sort of media firestorm over text messaging. TEXT MESSAGING KILLS 30 IN CALIFORNIA. MORE NEWS AT 10!

a watermelon branded "Godzilla Egg"!!


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Friday, September 12, 2008

Polish Move Posters!

a website cataloging all the crazy Polish versions of movie posters. freaking amazing.

Indiana Jones and Crocodile Dundee could be my favorites.

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better late than never...

Happy 77th George Jones! Thanks for all the music.

Spiders from Mars:

some moving photo action of dust devils on Mars. thanks mars rovers!

ATTN Jay and Tony:

jesus you guys need to go replicate this amazing portrait NOW.

this amazing picture is courtesy of the blog Sexy People which as far as i can tell is the greatest site on the internet ever in terms of portraits. i am going to go home and scan some old school pictures if i can find them so i can get myself on there. i definitely have some worthy pics.

so i am driving to work and listening to NPR and feeling incredibly frustrated that a solid majority of this country will likely attempt to choose the next president based on sound bytes, hype media, and karl rove style fact-less attack politics. the worst part about it all for me is that the Palin gambit is working. people are going to vote for their "Aunt Karen".

speaking of driving... i had my first eye test in nearly 20 years and the doc said i need glass for driving. i am sure you all will be awash in anticipation for the pictures.

more not so serious stuff throughout the day. need coffee.

Thursday, September 11, 2008


from one of my new favorite sites A Very Small Array. pages upon pages of charts and maps. very special charts and maps.

click on the pic to check the site out.

yeah why not.

Please let me know... if this ain't love you better let me go.


this parking garage signage is amazing. it's no wonder it's won a bunch of design awards. plus it makes way more sense to do this, than a bunch of tiny signs you can't read while trying to drive around some cramped garage.

"In Melbourne I developed a way-finding-system for the Eureka Tower Carpark while working for Emery Studio. The distored letters on the wall can be read perfectly when standing at the right position. This project won several international design awards."

first post.

so i am starting a non-livejournal blog. why?

well livejournal is highly unprofessional, and for a young professional such as myself i can hardly let my reputation be sullied.

now we all know that isn't true, so here is a first post. mark my words... i will eat one of these.

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this is courtesy of the blog "And I Am Not Lying" which i've made both pics above linkable too. it is a pretty great blog for those of you demanding more blogs for your rss reader.