Archive for July, 2009

Policemen Suck, Part XXVII…

31 July, 2009



From Autoblog:

This is just… well, decide for yourselves. A Hollywood, Florida police officer rams into the back of a woman’s car. Three other cops arrive on the scene and they concoct a fictional story about a cat jumping out of a car, and the officer thinking it’s a pedestrian, thereby causing the accident. They then pinned a DUI charge on the woman. The cops even went so far as to change the angle of the pictures to make it look like the woman swerved in front of the police car. And it gets worse from there — and it’s all caught on the video. One of the officers says on tape (NSFW language), “I don’t lie and make things up ever because it’s wrong, but if I need to bend it a little bit to protect a cop, I’ll do it — She’s freaking hammered anyway.”

All charges have been dropped against the woman by the Broward State Attorney’s Office and all four officers are now on administrative duty pending the completion of the investigation. To paraphrase Dave Barry, only in South Florida.

Is it really necessary for me to supply commentary to these stories anymore or should I keep going on my rant about how much policemen in this country (and most countries for that matter) are no good. Or ho it takes a certain type of personality to become a police officer and the people who are police officers don’t have the right one? No? I didn’t think I had to…



These cops are fucking terrible people… actually I don’t think they can be called people, really…

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Hey Look What I Did…

31 July, 2009

In two twenty minute windows I turned this random video of random crap with a piano version of Slide Away. Good Times…


Awesome…

31 July, 2009

At first I thought Kristen Stewart was awesome for poking a little fun at her own fans, then I thought she was cool when she acted like a normal person on the red carpet, and then I thought the fact that she drinks and smokes cigarettes solidified her as one of the few celebrity women who are actually cool and good looking at the same time. Barring the fact that she is only 19, I’d say she’s pretty cool, but now after this:

Picture 3

Is she really wearing a Minor Threat t shirt? Like, is this a prop from the movie she is making or did she buy it at Hot Topic thinking she was cool or something? Because if not, than that is just plain awesome…

Vintage…

30 July, 2009

I miss this Coldplay…

So True…

30 July, 2009



From the Boing:

Glyn sez, “Buying DRMed content, then having that content stop working later is fair writes Steven Metalitz, the lawyer who represents the MPAA, RIAA in a letter to the top legal advisor at the Copyright Office.”

“We reject the view,” he writes in a letter to the top legal advisor at the Copyright Office, “that copyright owners and their licensees are required to provide consumers with perpetual access to creative works. No other product or service providers are held to such lofty standards. No one expects computers or other electronics devices to work properly in perpetuity, and there is no reason that any particular mode of distributing copyrighted works should be required to do so.”
This is, of course, true, but that doesn’t make it any less weird. The only reason that such tracks are crippled after authentication servers go down is because of a system that was demanded by content owners and imposed on companies like Wal-Mart and Apple; buyers who grudgingly bought tracks online because it was easy accepted, but never desired the DRM. To simply say that they are “out of luck” because they used a system that the rightsholders demanded is the height of callousness to one’s customers. While computers and electronics devices do break down over time, these music tracks were crippled by design.

I’ve got 78RPM records from my grandparents’ basement that play just fine today — and I’ve got Logo programs I wrote in 1979 that I can run today. I own a piano roll from 1903 that I can play back if I can clear the space for a player piano. I’ve got books printed in the 17th century that can still be read — and if they can’t be read, they can be scanned and the scans can be read. This is what an open format means.
It’s hilarious that the same yahoos who argue for perpetual copyright (implying that copyrighted works have value forever) also argue for time-limited ownership (implying that people who buy copyrighted works should be content to enjoy them for a few weeks or years until the DRM stops working).

Remember: when you buy DRM, you really rent, until such time as the DRM company goes bust or changes its mind. When you buy DRM-free, you get something your great-grandkids can enjoy.

This totally is true. Records can still work, papers can still be read, etc. if the user(s) take care of it. It shouldn’t be left to the servers/IT technicians/RIAA to decide when something will just “stop working”. That’s the problem with a lot of technology today. If something stops working, its not because of misuse by the user (well, not all of the time…) but because of ever-evolving views on what “quality” is. Not cool…

Totally True…

29 July, 2009



I just watched a movie called Definitely, Maybe (I’m big on movies that are a couple years old for some reason, lately) and I thought it was going suck huge balls… and it didn’t. It was good, not Oscar-worthy good (not that that means anything anyway…) but enjoyable, different, interesting and entertaining. Not to mention it was well shot and acted.

Here’s a snippet of a good review from BDK:

I am totally guilty. You can throw me in a court room and convict me because I am totally and completely guilty of thinking this movie was going to be the same old romantic comedy BS that we have been seeing for years. I saw one trailer for the movie and found out that it was coming out on Valentine’s Day and automatically pigeon held the film to a crappy romantic comedy. Well, I was pleasantly surprised with the stellar cast and the amazingly clever dialogue and story. I know that most of the people who hear my reviews are going to be men; considering I do reviews for the Junkies and most of our audience is men. Let me tell you though; don’t let this movie shy you away because of its mediocre trailers. I remember seeing a TV trailer for it and there was a quote from a critic and he said that this was the best romantic comedy he had seen since ANNIE HALL. I almost jumped out of the window because I hold Woody Allen in high regards and Annie Hall is definitely one of the best romantic comedies of all time. Definitely, Maybe is definitely NOT ANYWHERE NEAR as good as Woody Allen’s film but it is safe to say that it is one of the best romantic comedies I have seen in a long time. Definitely, Maybe stars Ryan Reynolds (Van Wilder, Blade: Trinity), Isla Fisher (Hot Rod, Wedding Crashers), Abigail Breslin (No Reservations, Little Miss Sunshine), Kevin Kline (In and Out), Rachel Weiscz (The Constant Gardner, The Fountain—married to my boy Darren Aronofsky, director of Requiem For a Dream, Pi) and Derek Luke (Catch a Fire)…

…Overall, this is the perfect romantic comedy that leaves most of the clichés out. One thing I hate is when all these romantic comedies just run with the clichés and the montages. The writers did a great job keeping the film intense and leaving the audience guessing. Now, this is not giving anything away, but one of my favorite things about the film was how it ended. That is one reason why I really liked The Break Up with Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston. It ended in non-cliché way; in the same vein as Casablanca. I am not saying that Definitely, Maybe has a similar ending. I am just saying it did not end all cliché like every other romantic comedy does.

I really enjoyed the clever dialogue and banter between Ryan Reynolds and Abigail Breslin. They did an excellent job together on screen. They are both good actors and I hope to see more from both of them soon.

I feel that the film is the perfect matinee film, hence the 4 BDK rating. They actually are releasing a good romantic comedy on Valentine’s Day. This is good because guys do not have to suffer because their girlfriends want to see a romantic comedy. This movie will make you laugh and in my case get teary eyed. You can call me gay all you want but we all have an emotional side and guys can show that too…

The trailers definitely don’t do it any justice, it makes it look like the crappy romantic comedy I thought it would be. Completely different in my opinion. Most of the critics seem to agree as well

Its Not Even Funny Anymore…

29 July, 2009



A cesspool of corruption? Really? Like, really?!

Today’s Noelism: 7/28/09

29 July, 2009



…Got hassled by a man (I think it was a man!) in a kilt. Who wasn’t famous or Scottish, just annoying. The flight was mobbed. Watched that film about that heavy metal band “Anvil”. Fuckin’ funny. Metal is though, innit?…

…The gig was immense. They really do know how to do that synchronised hand clapping shit in Korea. Spectacular. Jet – the band – were on before us. Hadn’t seen them since that American tour in 2006, was it? They’ve been in the gym, let me tell you…

…Hope this made sense, if it didn’t, fuck’all y’all. It’s 3 o’clock next Thursday afternoon in my head.

So True…

28 July, 2009



The ending literally made me want to crap myself it was so bad, it was like the brown note of bad endings…

I’m a huge fan of French Cinema and, although, Amelie may be seen by some as not the greatest film in the world, I love it. Its definitely one of my favorites and I can watch over and over and not get bored of it.

When I rented Jeux D’enfants aka Love Me If You Dare I was expecting something similar and something cool. Sweet Jesus was I wrong, this review perfectly describes the movie:

…Julien and Sophie are troubled kids—Julien because his mother is terminally ill, Sophie because her family is poor and she’s teased for being a “dirty pole-ack” at school. On a dare from Sophie, Julien disengages the parking brake on the school bus, causing it to roll down the street. So the game of dares begins. Julien dares Sophie to curse at the teacher. Sophie dares Julien to take a piss in the principal’s office—in front of the principal. Whatever one dares, the other must do. The school separates Sophie and Julien, but their discipline problems continue to escalate, amid various Garden of Eden flights of fancy and Alice in Wonderland references. At her sister’s wedding, Sophie dares Julien to say no at the altar if he ever decides to get married. (Gee, wonder if that will ever come up again.) Then they destroy the wedding cake, jettisoning any remaining sympathy the audience might feel for these incorrigible delinquents. (Poverty and terminally ill mothers can only excuse so much.)

It doesn’t help doesn’t help that the two kids (Thibault Verhaeghe and Joséphine Lebas-Joly) are terrible actors whose facial contortions are painful to watch. Moreover, it’s obvious the children’s roles have been written by adults—especially in such dead giveaways as Sophie’s comment during a game of “I’ll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours”—“That’s why men earn more than women?” And again, when Julien goes to kiss Sophie, she says, “It’s easier to just be friends.” Oh, how blasé and worldly French children are!

Julien’s mother (Emmanuelle Grönvold) dies. Though Julien’s dad (Gérard Watkins) hates Sophie, he swallows his pride and asks her to sleep over for the boy’s sake that night. They sleep in Julien’s bed—platonically, of course, lying with their feet in opposite directions. The bizarre transition that follows is emblematic of everything that’s wrong with this excruciating film.

They sleep for ten years—or so Julien says—and wake up in the same bed as adults (now played by Guillaume Canet and Marion Cotillard) in the exact same positions. Samuell has given no thought to what this scene means narratively. Are they now lovers? No. Are they sharing an apartment? No, Julien is still living with his father, who has apparently permitted Sophie to stay the night, even though we later learn that he despises Sophie intensely. So, are they in the habit of having friendly sleepovers? No, it doesn’t happen again. What the hell does Julien and Sophie waking up in the same bed ten years later mean? It means nothing. Samuell obviously just thought it was a clever transition, ignoring all possible cinematic implications of putting such a scene in his story.

Anyway, Julien and Sophie are physically adults, but they haven’t changed one bit, except that now their game of dares can do a lot more damage than when they were children. For example, Julien has sex with another girl in a bathroom, and persuades her to give up her earrings so he can give them to Sophie. After fooling around with a Dangerous Liaisons -type of story, Samuell moves briefly into My Best Friend’s Wedding territory, and then skips ahead several more years, when Julien and Sophie’s behavior with their respective spouses becomes so appalling that you will be immediately cured of any empathy you might somehow still have felt for these characters.

The deeper into Love Me If You Dare we get, the less sense it makes. Julien and Sophie are totally obsessed with each other from the time they are children, and the sexual tension between them as adults palpable. Yet Samuell expects us to believe that, even though they have known each other forever, a series of miscommunications and petty resentments prevents them from consummating their relationship. Sophie and Julien fight for unclear reasons and create obstacles for themselves out of thin air.

There’s exactly one cool moment in the film: Julien describes the dreariness of his life at 35, concluding that being an adult is like having “a speedometer up to 210 and never going over 60.” However, this colorful monologue is the flimsy basis for all the inexcusable behavior that follows, for which the only possible explanation can be clinical insanity.

The ending, consisting of “the dare of dares,” makes no sense unless you pay close attention to the opening monologue. If you do, you will be rewarded with an ending that… well… still makes no sense. Julien and Sophie’s relationship is a concoction that contains nothing recognizable from the lives of real people and no recognizable truth. The emotions are false. The melodrama is hollow. The movie is bullshit.

Review © May 2004 by AboutFilm.Com and the author.

The ending literally made me want to crap myself it was so bad, it was like the brown note of bad endings…

Awesomely Notcool…

28 July, 2009



Its the commentary that does it for me…

So Simple…

27 July, 2009



I don’t think anyone will ever be able to explain our universe better than Carl Sagan…

Liam’s Gem: 7/27/09

27 July, 2009



In regards to Noel’s comments…

Regarding shortarse’s comments on my behaviour at the roundhouse-Pretend rage? It’s called rock and roll darling, you wanna try it sometime!

Man period? You’ve been on since the first gig in Seattle! And as for the squares backstage, all your guests left with you Live forever.

And as for leaving the stage between songs, that’s when I go to the bar just like you fucking lot! Live forever.

Its like having both of your parents argue, its over something stupid and you can’t choose a side.

I Miss This Show, A Lot…

24 July, 2009



HGTV used to show this program all the time back when I was in college, now its never on. Not cool… Also, the original host was cooler…

Awesomely Hilarious…

24 July, 2009



No words necessary…

This. Is. Awesome…

24 July, 2009

…ly bad…

I didn’t even know they still existed.



For the full experience, read some of the awesome comments on the physical youtube page

Today’s Noelism: 7/24/09

24 July, 2009



Liam, background, priceless…

Oh, JM, You’re Hilarious…

24 July, 2009



One of JM’s Tweets… (god this is gay…)

What Cannibal Corpse song are you? I’m “Frantic Disembowelment.”

Liam’s Gem: 7/23/09

23 July, 2009



Camden Town Roundhouse, round my way it’s called passion, I’ve been made to feel uncomfortable for the last 12 months…live forever

Today’s Noelism: 7/23/09

23 July, 2009



Well that gig at The Roundhouse was..erm..very odd. What’siz’name exploded with pretend rage the minute he walked on. Strange cat. Probably on his man period. Saying that, it was a full moon’n’all. Didn’t notice him getting any more hairy though. Mind you, those that were there seemed to enjoy it, so..y’know, onwards and sideways.

Jockin’ Jay-Z…

23 July, 2009

Noelism, Part II…

22 July, 2009



That festival in Germany was pretty fuckin’ mad. It was in an old disused coal mine. All the old machinery had been preserved and turned into a mad gothic industrial landscape. I imagine it’s what the inside of Marilyn Manson’s head looks like.

Today’s Noelism: 7/22/09

22 July, 2009



What a Tosser…

22 July, 2009



The douche bag lead singer from that band I hate and have never liked and don’t understand why other people like apparantly tried to get the crowd to boo Oasis at the iTunes festival yesterday…


Ya, you guys are really professional and classy, at least Oasis, Noel especially, can make fun of you intelligently in other outlets…

Bloc Party instigated a chorus of boos for Oasis and TV presenter Fearne Cotton during their set at the iTunes Live festival in London’s Roundhouse last night (July 21).

The London-based outfit, who have been criticised by the Manchester band in the past, took aim at Oasis, who are set to follow them at the same venue tonight (22).

Frontman Kele Okereke triggered the booing after joking about Fearne Cotton, who had been doing TV links earlier in the gig, but had been heckled herself for mentioning the Gallagher’s band.

“What was it that Fearne Cotton said?” Okereke mockingly asked the crowd. “Are we ‘looking forward to the legendary Oasis?'”

It Really Does Just Keep On Going…

21 July, 2009

As part of my ongoing series on why policemen are retarded and should be completely replaced every two generations, here is a great article about how people are A. still racist and B. still dumb…

From the Boing:



Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., director of the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Studies, was recently arrested at his own home in Cambridge, Mass. when a neighbor called the cops, presuming him and the also-not-white man he was with to be burglars. Gates described the incident as part of a “racial narrative” playing out in a biased criminal justice system. In this Washington Post article, he explains what happened. Gates was arriving home after a trip to China where he is working on a documentary film, and found the lock to his house had been tampered with. The Moroccan driver who had driven him home from the airport helped him push the door in.

Gates’s home is owned by Harvard so he picked up the phone to call the university’s real estate maintenance office. Before he could finish the conversation, a police officer was standing on his porch and asking him to come out of the house.
“Instinctively, I knew I was not to step outside,” Gates said, describing the officer’s tone as threatening. Gates said the policeman, who was in his 30s and several inches taller than him, followed him into his kitchen where Gates retrieved his identification.

“I was thinking, this is ridiculous, but I’m going to show him my ID, and this guy is going to get out of my house,” Gates said. “This guy had this whole narrative in his head. Black guy breaking and entering.”

After handing the officer both his Harvard and Massachusetts state identification, which included his address, Gates said he began to ask the officer this question, repeatedly. “I said ‘Who are you? I want your name and badge number.’ I got angry.”

According to Gates’s account, the officer refused to give it. The police report says, however, that the officer identified himself. “I weigh 150 lbs and I’m 5′ 7”. I’m going to give flack to a big white guy with a gun. I might wolf later, but I won’t wolf then.”

But Gates did keep asking for the officer’s name and said he began to feel humiliated when his question was ignored. He then said: “This is what happens to black men in America.”

Gates Says He Is Outraged by Arrest at Cambridge Home
Gates is also founder of the Root.com, which is owned by The Washington Post.


A Harvard professor! I mean, come on. This isn’t Caprini Green or something, its fucking Cambrigde, Mass. What goes on there? Rich kids using designer drugs at the worst, probably the occasional douche bag taking advantage of girl (Actually I bet that happens a lot…) Wow…


This. Is. Awkward…

21 July, 2009



Just watch…