Trailing the curve
Well we can't always be trendsetters, now can we?
Sometimes, I try to inform you all of things before they hit the mainstream. Mostly, however, I only wind up learning about things some time after they've already become wildly popular (see: Unforgiven). For instance, I only discovered "Arrested Development" after it had been off the air for two years already. Sadness D:

In this case two things that have caught my attention:

Audiosurf: is maybe one of the coolest things in the history of the universe ever. A couple of my friends were real big on it right after it came out, and I'm not entirely certain why I never bothered to pursue it further then. I only picked it up last month, and it is absolutely just gorgeous, a brilliant concept executed brilliantly.

Audiosurf, for people who have not heard of it, is essentially the World's Most Interactive Visualisation. It takes any song you have (in mp3 or like formats) and converts it into a linear track that you ride, like a roller coaster, while attempting to collect blocks of colour. The effect, for those playing the home game, is sort of like the Rainbow Road course from Mario Kart, except much prettier, much more fluid, and with a soundtrack of any song in the history of the universe ever.

Words do not exist for how much it kicks the ass, and the reason I mention it here is only because there are evidently still some people who have not heard of it, given that my religious fervour devoted to it has brought about four new converts already. So. Audiosurf. Fuckin' A.

"The Office", NBC's derivative of a British comedy, is done in the style of a Guest mockumentary, except much, much funnier. It's set in a surreal world that... is really eminently familiar to anyone who has ever worked in an office. The people where I used to work were big fans, and now I see why. The dialogue (which is at least partially unscripted) is brilliant and the ensemble cast works incredibly well together to produce scenes like this (Meredith has gotten so drunk at the office Christmas party she has set her hair on fire, and the boss, Michael, has staged an intervention):

Michael: "But you know what, Meredith, you lit your hair on fire today. What about tomorrow? What is going to happen when you come into work, and you're dead?"
Dwight: "I stab her in the brain with a wooden stick."
[cut to Dwight by himself]
Dwight: "There are several ways to kill a zombie, but the most satisfying one is to stab it in the brain with a wooden stick."
[cut back to intervention circle]
Michael: "Everyone in this room loves you, but mark my words we are not going to support your alcoholism any more. The next time you light yourself on fire, we are not going to help put you out."
Dwight: "Ohh, as fire marshal, I would have to. [Michael, whispering: "Dwight..."] She is a hazard to the other people of the office. [Michael: *sigh* "Okay..."] I suppose I could do it as a controlled burn in a well-ventilated area?"
Jim: "Yeah, but you're going to need a permit for that."
Dwight: "Oh, right, that'll take a couple of weeks."
Creed: "I can get you one in an hour."

Or this, where Michael is attempting to convince Stanley, who has had a heart attack, that he needs to take an active role in the CPR class he has convened:

Michael: "We are not always going to be there to coddle your heart back when it disappears to be working. What are you gonna do if you're by yourself and your heart stops?"
Stanley: "I would die."
Michael: "And you're okay with that?"
Stanley: "I'm ok with the logic of it."

In fact since it is on Hulu for the next few days I recommend watching the entire episode from which that dialogue comes from, up through the second meeting with David Wallace. Christ. I cannot figure out how I had not watched this before, although I imagine for many people I'm just preaching to the choir.

Other things I have only recently discovered but other people have known about for years: "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia", Clint Eastwood, handbrake turns, White Russians, and Antonín Dvořá k's Op. 95, From the New World.

In other news, to save you from things you might otherwise be doing, "Battlestar Galactica" has gone downhill so fast you have to imagine the creators spent the writer's strike adding a ski lift to the plot arc. My best and only guess is that Moore has gone completely insane. The consoling words of a friend have kept me from giving up after the last episode, but... Christ. If you haven't gotten into it by now, stay back, watch the first two seasons, and just imagine your own ending after the NC arc.


La Chevre!
12.02.2009 - 6h25
Comrade Alex
12.02.2009 - 7h19

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