February 29, 2008

Our Love Will Make the World Go Round

Introducing the new music video by Mike White for the Meligrove Band.

Mike produced all the animation in Flash and painstakingly shot live action footage and composited into Flash by masking out the band members frame-by-frame!

With only a little help from
Nicholas Trudel for a bit of post FX, Mike designed, animated and composited the entire video himself in what little spare time he had on evenings and weekends over the last 6 months.

Mike White's animation director credits include the Work On You MSTRKRFT video and Season 2 of Delilah & Julius.

February 28, 2008

The Count... censored!

Hapless robbers target biker meeting

Two masked and machete-wielding men who barged into a club in Sydney, Australia, couldn't have picked a worse night for their robbery -- a monthly meeting of bikers.

About 50 burly bikers fought back with tables and chairs -- pretty much anything that wasn't bolted down. One would-be robber was tied up; the other in the hospital.

Police arrested both.

"These guys were absolutely dumb as bricks," Jerry Vancornewal, leader of the bikers, told CNN Thursday. "I can't believe they saw all the bikes parked up front and they were so stupid that they walked past in."

Vancornewal and his buddies were at the Regents Park Sporting and Community Club in Sydney when the two men wearing ski masks stormed in Wednesday night. They yelled at patrons to drop to the floor as they emptied cash registers at the bar.

Hearing the commotion from an adjacent room, Vancornewal and his pals with the Southern Cross Cruiser motorcycle club stomped through to the bar area to intervene.

"They (the robbers) thought they had the upper advantage with their knives and their machetes," Jim Webb, night supervisor of the club, told CNN. "They didn't expect to run into a bunch of guys carrying chairs and tables."

One of the would-be robbers crashed through a plate-glass door and jumped off a balcony.
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"All he had to do was push the button and it automatically opened," Webb quipped.

New South Wales police said they arrested the 20-year-old man a short distance away.

The second man made a break for it through the club's service entrance, but the bikers tackled him near a neighbor's fence.

"We just grabbed him, crash-tackled him to the ground, hogtied him with electrical wire and left him for the cops," Vancornewal said.

Police confirmed in a statement that club patrons subdued the second man until officers arrived, but did not provide additional details. The suspect turned out to be a 16-year-old boy.

Both would-be robbers were charged with attempted armed robbery and "face disguised with intent to commit indictable offense," police said.

A third person, who was waiting in a getaway car, took off when the bikers threw pieces of furniture at him, Webb said. Police have not located him.

The Regents Park Sporting and Community Club is a place where locals come to enjoy drinks and take part in various games: cricket, soccer, lawn bowling. The biking enthusiasts meet there once a month to plan rides and other club activities.

In the last year or so, criminals have struck the club about 10 times, Webb said. And Wednesday night's incident, while unusual, wasn't the most memorable.

"We have these old bingo players and they are really serious about their games," Webb explained. "They do not like to be interrupted."

When robbers barged in one evening and announced that they were holding up the place, the players turned around and testily told them to be quiet.

"They were making it difficult for the players to hear the numbers being called," Webb said.

Courtesy of CNN.com

Coraline Teaser

Total Destruction!

Counting to 2 is not very exciting

Kermit gets some action

Timing is Everything - 2007 Darwin Awards

9 December 2007, Indiana
Russell, 19, had a grudge against a semi truck abandoned on a rural property. And Russell was not the silent, brooding type. He was a man of action. He built a gunpowder/propane tank bomb, attached a timer, and planted it in the moldering truck. He retreated to a distant vantage point and waited for the fireworks.

And waited.

And waited, until he could wait no more. No boom? This was not right. Why was nothing happening? Russell approached the stubbornly intact truck--just in time for a close look at a cloud of rapidly expanding incandescent gas. Apparently the truck had a grudge against Russell, too.

Detectives found bomb-making materials at Russell's mobile home, and believe he was responsible for two explosions the night before his death, one at the mobile home park and another at a hobby shop. Although Russell will be missed, we are all a bit safer now.


Beer for Bears - 2007 Darwin Awards

19 August 2007, Serbia
It's well known that alcohol impairs judgement. It's well known that carnivorous wild animals and humans don't mix. What happens when we combine all three? One might expect men, beer, and bears to combine with lethal consequences. Such was the case for a 23-year old man who inadvertently fed himself to Masha and Misha at the Belgrade Zoo.

The Zoo director said of the incident,
"Only an idiot would jump into the bear cage."

The man's naked, mauled corpse was found inside the bear habitat, along with several mobile phones, bricks, and plenty of beer cans. His clothes were completely undamaged, suggesting that he approached the bears bare-naked by choice. The bears, fearing that his intentions were as dishonorable as they were ill-informed, meted out a summary justice.

Later, Masha and Misha "reacted angrily" when keepers tried to recover the man's corpse, but were eventually persuaded to give up their tasty prize. We await word on how many beers were bartered for the body.

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What's the difference between European commercials and American commercials? Well just watch and you figure it out.

February 27, 2008

Very Cool Interactive Graph of Box Office Returns for the past 20 yrs:

David Belle

Jimmy Kimmels' Response to the Matt and Sarah Video

Here's the original Sarah Silverman video.


Leonardo DiCaprio and Warner Bros. are teaming up to bring anime classic
AKIRA to the big screen, says THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

Ruairi Robinson will direct the live-action, possibly two-part epic
written by Gary Whitta.

DiCaprio will produce under Appian Way and Andrew Lazar will produce
through Mad Chance.

AKIRA surfaced in 1988 as a manga, then was turned into an animated film
by Katsuhiro Otomo.

In a futuristic "New Tokyo" circa 2019, a teen biker gang's leader must
find a way to stop the destruction of a fellow gang member.

The film is credited for leading anime into Western culture in the

The live-action version could be released as soon as summer 2009 for the
first of two movies.

Via Dan Sarto

February 26, 2008

Dawn of the Large Hadron Collider

Why do objects have mass? To help find out, Europe's CERN has built the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the most powerful particle accelerator yet created by humans. This May, the LHC is scheduled to start smashing protons into each other with unprecedented impact speeds. The LHC will explore the leading explanation that mass arises from ordinary particles slogging through an otherwise invisible but pervasive field of virtual Higgs particles. Were high energy colliding particles to create real Higgs bosons, the Higgs mechanism for mass creation may be bolstered. LHC will also look for micro black holes, magnetic monopoles, and explore the possibility that every type of fundamental particle we know about has a nearly invisible supersymmetric counterpart. The LHC@Home project will allow anyone with a home computer to help LHC scientists search archived LHC data for these strange beasts. Pictured above, a person stands in front of the huge ATLAS detector, one of six detectors being attached to the LHC.


February 21, 2008

The Most Anticipated Movies of 2009:

"Inglorious Bastards"
Plot Outline: A band of US soldiers facing death by firing squad for their misdeeds are given a chance to save themselves - by heading into the perilous no-man’s lands of Nazi-occupied France on a suicide mission for the Allies.

Cast and Crew: Tim Roth & Michael Madsen

Click on the image above to see the other films.

A Short Film by Aurore Damant

Blue Planet: Underwater Lake

Planets and Stars in Scale

February 20, 2008

Movie Toys at Toy Fair 2008

Conan The Barbarian

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

A Christmas Story


Trick R Treat




The Princess Bride

Sweeney Todd

Day of the Dead

Friday the 13th

Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Nightmare on Elm Street