Archive for the ‘Read, Watch & Listen’ Category

Killer Plants, Swedes, and the Worst Video Clip of All Times

December 10, 2008

It’s been a while. Right, let’s do this thing.

band

Nirvana: The Band: The Show is an (awesomely-named) independent web series following two guys and their upcoming band. Not only is the show great, but so is everything else on their website (which features an impressive design.) Piano sessions, (fake?) auditions, outtakes. This is a prime example of a quality indie web-based series.

plant

If you own a Source game, you might want to check out the recently released Suicide Survival. It’s a mod where men wearing squeaky shoes throw gardening books at insidious suicidal plants bent on their destruction. The catch lies in one simple fact: not all plants are alive, and unless you see one moving towards you, you can’t know which is which.

knytt

I’ve been experimenting with 2D level design these past few weeks, and it brought me back to Knytt Stories. Released back in August 2007 by Swedish independent developer Nicklas “Nifflas” Nygren, Knytt Stories is a cute little platformer featuring a Knytt (roughly translates as ‘tiny creature’ in Swedish) named Juni. However, Knytt Stories is far more than simply that. Nygren created an intuitive tool for users to create their own levels, free to use either the extansive libraries of music and tilesets packed with the game, or their own assessts, easily importable. This has led to some impressive community levels, which can be found either on the Knytt Stories forums, or the Knytt Stories level archive. If you decide to give it a try, you should check out Gaia and The Life Ruby.

Auditorium is Flash puzzle game where you use flow mechanics to feed musical receptors in order to proceed to the next level. Well, That’s a very scientific way of describing it. You really should just check it out and see for yourself.

I don’t own a DS, and I don’t even know anyone who does, but the footage from the upcoming Scribblenauts really makes me wish I had one. You’re a boy. You really like stars. How do you get them? You draw something. What do you draw? Whatever you want.

As promised in the title, here’s the worst video clip of all times.

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Boreded Ceiling Cat makinkgz Urf n stuffs

November 10, 2008

There are some crazy people around the world, and we all love them.

The LOLCat bible is almost done, you’re welcome to have a look at http://www.lolcatbible.com

A small example from Esther 6

10 king sez “k. u can giv cheezburgrs to mordecai. also horsy ride, shiny clothz and shiny king hat.”11 so haman led mordecai thru town n said “see wot happenz wen king laiks u!”12 n mordecai went bak 2 kings gayte but haman went home all mizzerble.

Mexican Apples From the Balkans

November 5, 2008

Some great music has recently reached my ears, and I really recommend giving a listen to these three bands.

As usual, I’m shamelessly stealing from Wiki here:

Balkan Beat Box is a world music group founded by ex-Gogol Bordello member Ori Kaplan and Tamir Muskat of Firewater and Big Lazy and Tomer Yosef (MC, vocals, perc, sampler unit). As a musical project they often cooperate with a host of other musicians both in the studio as well as on stage. Their current live crew consist of Tomer Yosef, Ben Hendler, Itamar Ziegler, Eyal Talmudi, Uri Kinrot, Jeremiah Lockwood, and Peter Hess. Amongst their other collaborators are Victoria Hannah, the Bulgarian Chicks, and gnawa player Hassan Ben Jaffar.

This is their MySpace. At the very least, check out Digital Monkey. Oh, and Hermetico, too.

Rodrigo y Gabriela are a Mexican musical duo who specialize in playing fast, rhythmic classical guitars. The duo’s members are Rodrigo Sánchez, lead guitar, and Gabriela Quintero, rhythm guitar (‘y’ is spanish for ‘and’). The pair, now residing in Dublin, Ireland, are from Mexico City, Mexico.

What it doesn’t say there, is that most of their songs are covers of rock and metal tracks. Their versions of Orion (Metallica) and Stairway are insanely awesome. Here’s the MySpace link. Oh, and I’m pretty sure the first part of Vikingman is actually the X-Men animated series theme.

Third and final group are The Apples (התפוחים). They don’t seem to have a Wiki page, and I can’t really describe their music myself. Suffice to say it’s unique, awesome, and awesome. Get on their MySpace, and check out Killing. Probably one of the best covers I’ve ever heard.