nerdgasm# Tuesday May 15, 2007
Cyclists who wear protective helmets are more likely to be knocked down by passing vehicles, new research from Bath University suggests.
The study found drivers tend to pass closer when overtaking cyclists wearing helmets than those who are bare-headed.
The truck wasn't going to stop, Lipscomb said, so he slammed on his brakes, flipping his bike and landing in the street.# Tuesday May 15, 2007
A moment later the truck rolled over his head.
"I didn't see it coming, but I sure felt it roll over my head," he told The Capital Times newspaper. "It feels really strange to have a truck run over your head."
The 300 one looks almost real, but my favourite is Roadhouse: "La Maison de Route"# Tuesday May 15, 2007
Also check out "The Family of Man", Bill Blakemore's extraordinary dissection of the hidden meanings in The Shining.# Saturday May 12, 2007
A zombie attack documented, one message at a time. Like Orson Welles' War of the Worlds, only nerdier.# Friday May 4, 2007
David Mitchell and Robert Webb (PC and Mac in the UK adverts) were in Dublin promoting their new film, "Magicians". After the screening, they were taking photos with people and signing autographs. So, naturally, I asked them to sign my Macbook.# Tuesday May 1, 2007
Not just a clever name: I've recently started moving towards web apps myself, not wanting to be tethered to a particular desktop.# Tuesday May 1, 2007
For those of us who love this game, this is probably as close to a back-story as we're going to get.# Saturday Apr 28, 2007
For the Lebowski nut in your life# Friday Apr 27, 2007
I'm fast becoming an expert on guide books to Rome. So far, my favourite is "City Secrets: Rome". I like it because it lists the things to see and places to eat followed by a short anecdote by someone who knows the place well, and explains why they recommend it in real, human terms.
For example, this is what Virginia L. Bush says about the Colosseum:
"A new visitor to Rome should go first to the Colosseum. Since it is said that Rome will stand as long as the Colosseum stands, and the world will last as long as Rome stands, it would be good to check first that everything is in order with the universe"# Thursday Apr 26, 2007
(taken from the Doom Comic)# Monday Apr 23, 2007
I'm a huge theme park nerd, but jesus if this doesn't sound like the worst idea in the world.# Thursday Apr 19, 2007
A Sherlock Holmes mystery written in the style of Lost# Wednesday Apr 18, 2007
The quiet trend 'round these parts is set to continue because I'm heading off tomorrow for a few days in Rome. This isn't actually a holiday though. More of a reccy. It's basically an opportunity to check out a couple of apartments, get a feel for the place, see if it's the kind of place we can see ourselves living for the next few years.
I'm sure you'll be able to follow the progress on Flickr.# Thursday Apr 12, 2007
"YOU ARE HUGE! THAT MEANS YOUR GUTS ARE HUGE!" - If only the Doom movie was more like this.# Thursday Apr 12, 2007
Unsurprisingly, Universal backed away from this video.# Tuesday Apr 10, 2007
Needs Linux installed on your iPod, and also needs you to run the exectuable manually. Is it technically still a virus when you have to jump through a bunch of hoops to run it yourself? Kaspersky spent ACTUAL money researching this thing? boggle# Friday Apr 6, 2007
Jesus, is there anything Garry's Mod can't do?# Sunday Apr 1, 2007
Orders Disney to hand over all copies because scenes shot in a nuclear facility could provide information to terrorists. No, it's still not April Fool's day.# Saturday Mar 31, 2007
Region-free HD-DVD player for half the price you'd pay in the shops.# Friday Mar 30, 2007
"TONIGHT, WE DINE IN HECK."# Thursday Mar 29, 2007
Oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy.
We recently went through our books and decided what we were and weren't bringing to Rome. The His Dark Materials books were a definite "bring", even though I've read them all at least twice already.# Tuesday Mar 27, 2007
I know I should be rolling my eyes and snorting at the ridiculousness of it all, but... holy crap, that looks amazing.# Monday Mar 26, 2007
Taking advantage of the rotten weather on Sunday, myself and H. decided to count and bag my jar of rainy-day coins. We stuck Clerks 2 on in the background and got counting. Three hours later, we were finished.
All along, we'd been taking guesses. Started with EUR160, which we thought was a little high. Boy, were we wrong.
At the end, we had €530.56, $40.69, £8.08, and 4,524 Hungarian forints.
That PlayStation 3 is looking mighty tempting now.# Friday Mar 23, 2007
Translation for those of you that don't speak Scottish: "SHUT YOUR FUCKING FACE OR I'LL KICK YOUR TEETH IN"# Friday Mar 23, 2007
"Wives should be kissed and not heard"# Friday Mar 23, 2007
Remember when I said that the IFF's showing of Danny Boyle's "Sunshine" got cancelled? Well, what I forgot to mention was that, to make up for the last-minute cancellation of the film we'd paid to see, the organisers gave us free tickets to a special preview showing, a week before the film is released here.
Well, as luck would have it, I'm not going to be able to attend and rather than let my ticket go to waste, I'm offering it up for the first person to comment here. It's a ticket for ONE person only, but that's not going to stop you seeing such a kick-ass movie, is it?
Sunshine (imdb details)
Thursday, 29th March @ 7pm
Cineworld, Parnell Street.# Thursday Mar 22, 2007
"Do you think I can jump in on this one? Because to be honest, I haven't been seen on TV caring about anything for at least three and a half days"# Wednesday Mar 21, 2007
Shit. How does one declare bankruptcy in Italian? I have a feeling I may be needing to know this soon.# Wednesday Mar 21, 2007
More reasons to be thankful he's at the helm of the 'Citizen Kane of Graphic Novels': he's keeping it set in 1985 and Tom Cruise is not involved.# Wednesday Mar 21, 2007
Alright you ding-a-lings, listen up.
Life on Mars has easily been my favourite British TV show of the last 10 years, even beating the terrific return of Doctor Who. We're halfway through the second and final series, and I don't think there's any sign of it slowing down. Remember that awesome Camberwick Green inspired promo for the second series? (if not, here's a quick refresher). Want more? Well, according to Heat magazine* a portion of the next episode of Life on Mars will be done in this same style.
If you haven't already been hooked by this incredible show, the first series is available in your favourite shops and on your favourite internets. You should really check it out. You owe it to yourself.
- Yeah, I read Heat magazine. Big whoop, wanna fight about it?
Holy shit, this looks like the most fun ever.
via JWZ# Saturday Mar 17, 2007
So here's what I'm thinking. I'm thinking huge, nature-vs-man kind of thing. Kind of like Dante's Peak or Them!, but dealing with a more topical issue: Global Warming. After all, global warming won Al Gore an Oscar. And his film was shit. No special effects or nothing (unless you consider PowerPoint a special effect). Here's the pitch:
Quiet, sleepy town in middle America. Far from the problems of the big city. None of the worries of modern life. But the long fingers of global warming are creeping towards them and they suddenly find themselves overrun by a swarm of killer bees.
Except global warming has dealt them a double-whammy, and they realise they're dealing with the next evolution of killer bees.
Killer bees ON FIRE.
This needs to be made. Someone get me E. W. Swackhamer on the phone.# Friday Mar 16, 2007
Three vintage Shamrock Shakes ads to get your Irish eyes a-smilin'
via the always-lovely Coudal# Friday Mar 16, 2007
God of War, Okami, Shadow of the Colossus, Metal Gear Solid 2 & 3, Guitar Hero 2 don't work. Eragon does.# Friday Mar 16, 2007
Speaking of dildonics...
And I better stop there. Much further and I risk entering Xeni Jardin territory.# Wednesday Mar 14, 2007
It's times like this I wish I had better DVDs in my inbox# Tuesday Mar 13, 2007
Best YTMND I've seen in a while# Friday Mar 9, 2007
Starting to look a little uneven now, but still looking like a b-movie fan's dream# Friday Mar 9, 2007
Sure, MyBlogLog is a great idea and all, but there's always going to be someone out there who will exploit it as a way to display a pair of tits, or a huge fuckin' dong, or worse on someone else's blog.# Friday Mar 9, 2007
I was speaking to someone earlier about superpowers - how all childhood conversations about "what superpower would you like to have" were ruined by the one asshole who had to say "everything" - when our conversation drifted towards Batman. When I was growing up, you either liked Superman or Batman (just like you were either a Whizz-kid or a Chipite). And so the Superman-followers would want Superman's powers and the Batman-followers would say they would like Batman's superpowers.
But what the hell are Batman's superpowers?
He can't fly. He can't run faster than a speeding bullet. He can't slice people open with Adamantium claws. So what does he have? Well, he's got a neat car and a lot of nifty gadgets. And he's pretty athletic, I guess. But these aren't super-powers. With enough money, anyone can have these.
And is this a good message for our kids? That being fabulously wealthy is a superpower?
(For more pictures of Joker's boners, check out redshirt.co.uk)# Wednesday Mar 7, 2007
So long, Jean. Thanks to you, I'll never look at Disneyland in the same way again.# Tuesday Mar 6, 2007
Well, it was bound to happen eventually, I just wasn't expecting it so soon. According to an article on thedigitalbits.com, Disney will be releasing Cars on Blu-Ray in June. And because of the amount of extra content and the ridiculously high resolution of the movie on the disc, they're going to be releasing it as a 2-disc (dual layer) Blu-Ray package.
Just to put this into perspective here, a standard DVD (such as the single-disc DVD of cars that came out last year) holds 9GB of data. A dual-layer Blu-Ray disc holds 50GB of data. And they're using two of them!
For demonstration purposes, here's what you can expect the difference in quality to look like:
Cars on Blu-Ray
Cars on Standard-Def DVD
Now if only they had given the Incredibles as a 2-disc Blu-Ray release. Then I might be actually tempted to buy a Blu-Ray player.# Tuesday Mar 6, 2007
Not a secret agent supply store. No sir.# Friday Mar 2, 2007
Video footage of a Lucasarts presentation of the technology they're going to be using in the next Indiana Jones and Star Wars games. This includes the latest version of the Havok physics engine.
Besides the killer technology on show, this video is also interesting for the part where they blow up Jar Jar Binks encased in Carbonite.# Tuesday Feb 27, 2007
Back at the start of February, I was talking about the films I was looking forward to at the Dublin International Film Festival. Talking about the surprise film, I said
A tenner says that this will be Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain
Well, I was wrong. Sorta. Shortly before the festival began, I got an email to say that the showing of Sunshine was cancelled and they would be showing The Fountain in its place.
So instead, the surprise movie was...
Yeah, it wasn't the cleverest movie shown at the festival, but personally, I couldn't have been happier. I'm a huge fan of the comic, and of Frank Miller in general, and this was the most beautiful adaptation of his work so far.# Tuesday Feb 27, 2007
That high-pitched whine you're hearing is Sony's marketing machine spinning this - "We're not working on backwards-compatibility because we're working SO hard at making new stuff for PlayStation 3"# Friday Feb 23, 2007