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This is apparently old news by internet standards, but I just discovered it. A porcupine named Teddy Bear, who makes insanely adorable noises while eating. Kestrell wanted to pick him up and hug him, despite realizing what a bad idea that would be :) If you need a smile, this is likely to help.

http://www.zooniversity.org/our-animals/teddy-bear-the-porcupine/
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Evening naps clearly make for interesting dreams, though this one isn't nearly as good as the last.

A sitcom set in a world where all religion and mythology is true. Emphasis on ALL – not just that which is accepted by official dogma. Our viewpoint into this world is a set of gossip tabloids, all competing to get the juiciest details of the latest drunk divinities before anyone else. Sort of a triangulation between American Gods, Fables, and Thorne Smith.
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I think Peter Lorre <i>would</i> make a great Abe Sapien :-)



More such images to be found at http://comicsalliance.com/joe-phillips-silver-screen-heroes/
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"Hey man, I was just tryin' ta help."
"Do you know how many people I have had to KILL because of your 'help'? TWELVE! Twelve people! So far..."
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I have a vague memory of some friends linking to a site that mocked Hollywood's idea of "historical costuming" in significant detail. Can anyone give me a pointer? Because I just saw something I really have to share with them. The first segment of "Spirits of the Dead" (1968), based on a Poe short story, featured a lot of amazing costume work, much of which I can only describe as "Renaissance stripper". This site has some images, but they're missing several of my favorite outfits...
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Anna Russel finally has some competition for "Best interpretation of The Ring Cycle". I'm not saying it's necessarily better, but it's at least in the same ballpark, if in a totally different style.

Better Myths is a wonderful web site (thanks to [livejournal.com profile] devoken for introducing it to me). The stuff I linked directly to was video, but the vast majority of the site is prose, and highly recommended.
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Click through for a bunch more like this.

(h/t [livejournal.com profile] james_nicoll)
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Some unknown genius with too much time on their hands has translated a certain well-known Christmas ditty into latin plainsong. Very much worth a listen.

http://thurible.net/2013/12/12/rudolphus/

(h/t [livejournal.com profile] xiphias)
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Jack Kirby was one of the all-time great super-hero artists and story-tellers. Few people would acclaim him for his dialogue skills, however. I've just been reading "Captain America's Bicentennial Battles" from 1976. It's a time-travel story, and one section features Cap meeting up with Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia. Ben is impressed by the costume, and calls "Miss Betsy" in to take a look at it, since the color scheme looks like it might be a good one for the flag they're working on. When Cap realizes the time paradox, he bursts out with the following:
"IT ISN'T POSSIBLE! IT JUST ISN'T POSSIBLE! I-I've been RIPPED-OFF by Benjamin Franklin!"

Also of note: while reading the first chapter, I kept remarking to myself "Gosh, there's a lot more texture and detail to this art than Kirby usually has. I wonder who inked it?" A quick look at the credits reveals that one of the inkers was "B. Smith", who would soon go on to use the much snootier name "Barry Windsor-Smith". Not a combination that would ever have occurred to me, but it works *really* well.
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This was the most the internet has made me laugh at one sitting in years. First, the trailer for The Hobbit part 2 comes out. Then a pair of fans post a silly video of them squeeing at the trailer -- mildly funny. *Then* someone grabs a bunch of actors during the filming of The Hobbit part 3, and films *them* watching and reacting to the fan video. *THEN*, the fans filmed their reaction to the actor's reaction to the fans' reaction to the trailer.

Come for the meta, stay for the ever-more-extreme facial expressions and contagious laughter.
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Not long ago, [livejournal.com profile] kestrell scanned a book of ancient greek poetry (_Seven Greeks_ translated by Guy Davenport). I had to do some serious proofing help on that, because most of it consists of stuff that only exists now as fragments, and the OCR program tended to make poor choices about what piece went where. So I ended up reading the book, in some depth, myself. Kes has already shared excerpts from two of her favorites: Archilochos, the warrior-poet, and Diogenes, philosopher, curmudgeon, and professional beggar.

My favorite was a playwright named Herondas from 3rd century BC. He wrote little 10-minute-long satirical skits for a single performer playing multiple roles (presumably using props and accents). And if you modernized the names, these could have been written yesterday.

There's one making fun of pretentious people trying to outdo each other in art appreciation. There's one with a mother asking a schoolmaster to discipline her no-good son. There's one with a small businessman acting as his own lawyer in court, far less impressively than he thinks. There's one about an older woman trying to convince a young married woman to have an affair since her husband is away on business.

There's even one about women spending all day in the shoe store, trying things on, but not actually buying anything! I never suspected that *that* trope went back over two millenia!

My favorite bit, though, might be considered NSFW, so have a cut:Read more... )
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This is BRILLIANT! Sadly, completely visual -- vision-impaired readers, get someone to read this to you!
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I finally got around to finishing the magic tome that Kes got me for Christmas last year. It's very much a Taschen book: Breezy text, *tons* of pictures, marvelous design. It's the sort of book that is best enjoyed in small chunks, which is a bit problematic, seeing as how it is physically HUGE, and requires non-trivial effort just to move it to a reading position.

I would also like to share one of my favorite images from the book, a 2-page spread of a poster advertising a mentalism act. Dozens of *cute* little demons have written their burning questions out on cards, with the hope that Miss Baldwin will answer them. Most of these question include such standard concerns as family, health, and money.

Read more... )
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Pointless, yet Awesome department:

Seen in Game Developer Magazine: Pokemon Yellow Total Control Hack. Someone discovered a stack overflow vulnerability in a Pokemon game that lets you insert (almost) arbitrary code by rearranging items in your inventory. After about 11 minutes of bizarre inventory manipulation, he's taken over the code enough that the normal game essentially enters the Matrix. The 'game' then can accept high-speed programming input from the buttons, and around the 12:30 mark, turns into a MIDI player performing the theme song from My Little Pony.
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Dream snippet:
"Elizabeth Warren is clearly courting dockworkers in the new Labor bill she just introduced, which would outlaw the growing use of zombies summoned from the ocean floor as dock-side laborers. The ban applies only to business use, use of zombies as personal assistants would still be permitted. Nor are dockworkers the only group getting such protection: while the bill specifically allows the general use of "holiday-themed zombies", it prohibits the specific use of "zombie Santas".

[Some days I just love my subconscious.]
alexxkay: (Bar Harbor)
Happy: looking at the 10-day weather forecast and seeing that it's going from 0 back up to 60 in a few days.
Sad: Realizing that you're not looking at the temperature column, you're looking at precipitation chance.
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This came up in conversation recently, and some of my readers may not have had the joy of seeing it yet:

I’m a beaver,
You’re a beaver,
We are beavers all!
And when we get together,
We do the beaver call!

E to the u du dx,
E to the x dx!
Cosine secant tangent sine,
3.14159,
Integral, radical, mu, dv!
Slipstick, slide rule, M-I-T!

Go tech!
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Travel conversation with [livejournal.com profile] kestrell:

Kes: Who composed the lyrics for the music to the Wizard of Oz?

Me: E. Y. Harburg? That's what my brain just spit out, anyways. I *used* to be an expert on all things Oz, but I've re-purposed many of those brain cells since those days, so I'm not sure.*

Kes: What do you think those brain cells are full of now? (Not that brains actually work that way, of course...)

Me: ...probably Steven Brust.

Kes: What do you think you lost when you memorized my birthday?

Me: Huh.... Oh wait, it's obvious; I lost *my* birthday. Now, whenever anyone asks me "Date of birth?", it's *your* birthday that pops out of my hind-brain, and I need to concentrate hard to remember my own.

Kes: Wow! And it's on the Fourth of July, which you'd think would be pretty memorable.

Me: If it wasn't for *that*, I honestly think I wouldn't be able to remember it!

* Google shows me that my un-sourced memory was correct, even to spelling. Guess I haven't *fully* reclaimed those brain cells :)

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