My friend Schwartz is working on a new short film called Parabellum. Director of another awesome short film: Beimo, this one’s about the mafia. I won’t say too much as the final edit of the film hasn’t completed yet, but for now, you can watch the trailer. Schwartz must have his contacts cause he even got the winner of Chinatown’s pageant to play the leading actress in this film, and she’s really good looking. 😉
* Parabellum (or para bellum) is Latin for “ready for war”.
I just realized this is probably based off Parabellum – Episode 1, though I’m sort of confused where this story lies now. His girlfriend is not the same person, though the main character is. Episode 1 took a very light focus and was even somewhat funny. This new one that he’s making is pretty much serious all the way through, even somewhat sad.
You can also check out his other videos at What The Film.
Today’s Japanese term is: 暗部 (anbu) which means the dark side, but is commonly used in anime to refer to the special group of shadow warriors, super skilled and hardly ever seen.
Amazing flame fractals take your breath away (from Digg) – Witness the beauty and elegance of mathematics with 50 breathtaking fractals. Webshots member rajah created these Fractal Flames with Apophysis–a freeware Windows application with which you can design and render fractal flames. According to http://apophysis.wikispaces.com/ and http://www.flam3.com/, Fractal Flames were created by Scott Draves in 1992 and are an “extension of the iterated function system class of fractals”. They’re really pretty!
(NOT WORK SAFE!) With articles like Blowjobs as Comparative Currency (from Digg) and Virtual Sex in Second Life (from Digg), no wonder people are addicted to Second Life. From my limited sample set I worked out that the Average SL-QBJ (Second Life – Quick Blow Job) rate is about L$360. Which if I have my sums right is about $1.5.
Great Cardtrick! (from Digg) – learn a good cardtrick, and amaze your friends 😉 Haha. I remember watching this card trick on TVB and remember figuring out exactly how the trick worked. It’s been too long though.
Olbermann’s Special Comment on Gingrich: “We fight for liberty by having more liberty and not less” (from Digg) – Tonight, Keith took on Newt Gingrich’s controversial remarks from earlier this week where he suggested we re-think free speech as we know it in order to effectively combat the threat of terrorism. Needless to say, Keith — like any true American — took offense to this and didn’t hold back.. I’m starting to really like this Keith guy. Every broadcast of his that I’ve watched, I almost totally agree with. You can also watch the video here.
Seagate CEO: I help people “watch porn” (from Digg) – Not so with Bill Watkins, the mercurial, salty-mouthed Texan who runs the $15 billion hard-drive king Seagate Technology. At a San Francisco dinner on Tuesday evening, he was candid about his company’s ultimate mission: “Let’s face it, we’re not changing the world. We’re building a product that helps people buy more crap – and watch porn.“ He’s so right! Shoot! *whistles* I take the 5th.
Map (from Digg) – This guy builds one of those Google Map red balloons that pop up when you search for addresses or businesses and has temporarily placed it in front of what looks like a dormitory or apartment complex. Hopefully when Google’s images get refreshed next time, it’ll have this in it. He also has some other interesting projects.
Downloading Super Mario Brothers on the Wii (from Digg) – Straight from the Virtual Console onto the Wii. Apparently Super Mario Bros. is available on the Virtual Console for the Wii in Japan. Still no Super Mario Bros. 3 yet or Super Mario World (my 2 favorite Super Mario games). Watching the video, I totally forgot about that hidden 1-Up mushroom. Apparently Japan also has Super Mario 64 available too.
After searching for the artist, I found this thread: THE RETURN TO ABALAKIN :: PART I, Alexander Preuss (3D). He also has other renderings and zoom-ups of this futuristic looking society. The artist also has a nifty looking homepage displaying other interesting artworks.
Teen crashes car after hearing doll cry – A startled 17-year-old girl swerved her car into a freeway guardrail and slammed into a pickup truck after the realistic-sounding baby doll in her care suddenly began to cry. The teenager had just picked up the doll as part of a school project on responsible parenting minutes before the accident occurred Tuesday on I-580, said Steve Creel, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol. … No one was seriously injured in the crash, but the CHP will pursue charges because the girl was driving without a license, he said. I like how they write up this whole story about a doll causing the girl to crash the car, when what the problem really is is the fact she was driving without a license.
NY cracks down on illegal mystery meats – When a food safety inspector walked into a market in Queens, he noticed the store had an interesting special posted on its front window: 12 beefy armadillos. In Brooklyn, inspectors found 15 pounds of iguana meat at a West Indian market and 200 pounds of cow lungs for sale at another market. At a West African grocery in Manhattan, the store was selling smoked rodent meat from a refrigerated display case. An inspector quickly seized a couple pounds of it. Yummy.
Out of CTRL – I thought this was a funny comic strip as I’ve always wanted to CTRL+Z (undo) at certain parts in my life, and I don’t blame unprepared parents praying for that feature.