Fast Food Nation →

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For his dramatization of Eric Schlosser's tell-all expose of the Fast Food industry, Richard Linklater chose to focus on just two points from the book.

  1. The meat packing industry is ruthlessly exploitative.

  2. There is shit in the meat. Although they're both very important points, they are stretched past breaking point across a two-hour movie. This means, worryingly, that by the fifth time someone on screen has repeated "there's shit in the meat", it's lost all of its emotional impact.

And though there is a token discussion of the morality of the fast-food lifestyle (courtesy of a brief appearance by Ethan Hawke), this thinly-veiled sermon is so naive as to be offensive.

Heavy-handed and overwrought. I wonder if a documentary might have been the better option for this material?

Ruairi Robinson's new short film online →

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Oscar-nominated local boy done good, Ruairi Robinson recently finished his new short film, The Silent City, and put it online in both HD quality and in shitty Youtube-quality. It's an astonishing achievement considering the amount of quality he managed to eke out of his small budget, including appearances by Cillian Murphy (pictured) and Don Wycherley.

It's a seriously impressive movie and I'd encourage everyone to check it out. You can find all the download details on Ruairi's site. And while you're there, you might as well check out his other short films, the previously-mentioned, Oscar Nominated Fifty Percent Grey (cruelly denied an oscar win by those Pixar bastards) and House on Dame Street.

Learn how to Ska →

The animated gifs on this page reaffirm my faith in humanity

Indiana Jones 4 to start production in 2007 →

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From Lucasfilm.com

In a long-awaited announcement, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg revealed today that the fourth installment of Indiana Jones will begin production in June 2007. Harrison Ford returns in his role as the daring Dr. Jones for the new adventure. The film will be produced by Lucasfilm Ltd., directed by Steven Spielberg and released by Paramount Pictures throughout the world in May 2008.

You have no idea how happy this makes me.

Radio controlled R2D2 ... with built-in DVD player and projector? →

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So let me get this straight... it's shaped like R2D2. It's radio controlled. It's got a DVD Player. It's got a Projector. It's got an iPod dock. It's got a radio. It's got USB inputs. It will play MP4 files. And its remote control is shaped like the Millenium Falcon?

I'm totally hard right now.

(via gizmodo)

Small Claims Court accepting on-line applications now →

Sweet! I'm going to automate the procedure on my phone so I can send in an application while I'm arguing with the people in the shop. "Hang on a second... wait... that's it, I've got your fucking number, pal."

Wired News: Say Hello to the Goodbye Weapon →

'The beam produces what experimenters call the "Goodbye effect," or "prompt and highly motivated escape behavior."' - because the "OH SHIT MY FACE IS MELTING! YOU HEAR ME? MY FUCKING FACE IS MELTING effect" would have been a much tougher sell

This was a very difficult Thanksgiving - The Awful Forums →

Dude is dropped a double-bombshell. First, he has a half-sister he knew nothing about. Then she turns out to be a porn star he's jerked off about. Then she turns up at thanksgiving dinner. Miramax is optioning this story for a Owen Wilson rom-com.

NES Buckle →

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This is like something from a demented personal ad. "I enjoy long walks on the beach, fine wine, and HAVING A GIANT NINTENDO CONTROLLER ON MY COCK."

I wish I could say it was a joke, but it's not. Buy yours at nesbuckle.com.

Christmas movies in the Square →

Spotted over on the Dublin Community Blog, details of this year's Christmas events taking place in the city.

Museums? Boring. Nativity with living animals? Opportunity to make my millions on You've Been Framed watching baby jesus being kicked in the head by a donkey.

But movies!

Temple Bar will be doing free movies in the square over Christmas. Totally free, don't even need a ticket, you just turn up. The program includes:

Love Actually – Thursday 7th December, 6pm

It’s a Wonderful Life – Saturday 9th December, 8pm

Miracle on 34th Street – Thursday 14th December, 6pm

The Santa Claus – Saturday 16th December, 8pm

Santa Claus the Movie – Thursday 21st December, 6pm

Scrooged – Saturday 23rd December, 8pm

Now I know where I'm going to be on Saturday 23rd December, 8pm. Anyone else coming along?

{fray} drugs - the worm within →

Ever had someone make you laugh when describing their experiences with a tapeworm? Well, there's a first time for everything.

Gears of War, Pre-Emergence Day →

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Gears of War is released tomorrow. For everyone who already owns an Xbox 360: this is it! The one we've been waiting for! The big game that's gonna make us proud. For everyone who is unsure about buying an Xbox 360: this is it! The one that's going to sell the system to you. Because let's face it, if you don't want to immediately rush out and buy an Xbox 360 after playing Gears of War (and if you don't want to immediately rush out and play Gears of War after seeing the awesome, beautiful "Mad World" trailer), well... maybe you're just not an Xbox 360 kind of person.

As for me, I'm going to be frantically running around town tonight, looking for any shops that might have released it early My girlfriend is off out of the house tomorrow night so I'll have the house all to myself to play Gears of War at an eardrum-puncturing volume. Oh boy.

Mahir sues Borat →

"I'm trying to find USA publisher, and I hope I can receive good offer from Hollywood and play my own life and share with my fans, Julia Roberts, Spielberg, David Bowie, or others, this movie."

Rush Limbaugh is a total jackass →

Michael J. Fox appears in an ad for Democratic party. Limbaugh accuses Fox of exaggerating his parkinsons - "He is moving around and shaking, and it is purely an act ... This is really shameless of Michael J Fox,"

Horrorthon 2006 →

Picked up my tickets for this year's Horrorthon. I've usually gone to one or two showings each year, but this is the first year I've been interested enough to buy a full festival ticket. Highlights for me are

I've added this year's program to Google Calendar and upcoming.org.

Anyone else going?

Google maps 37Signals with Flickr iPod →

H. pointed me to the awesome Cory Doctorow Visits a Radio Shack. It's completely hilarious and very well written. My favourite bit:

(AWKWARD SILENCE)

CORY DOCTOROW: Google maps 37Signals with Flickr iPod.

EMPLOYEE: What?

CORY DOCTOROW: I didn't say anything. Now, about this cell phone…

The phrase "Google maps 37Signals with Flickr iPod" has been adopted as a convenient shorthand for when I make a simple problem more complicated by adding layer upon layer of technology. Take last night, for example.

"So I'll put our itinerary into my Google Calendar, subscribe to it in my iCal and then synchronize that to my phone with Bluetooth"

"Couldn't you just put it on some paper?"

"Yes, but..."

"Google maps 37Signals with Flickr iPod"

First Person Shooter →

I heard the graphics on the Playstation 3 are going to be even BETTER than this

Ninja Loves Pirate →

There's times when I regret having a mac. Reading about a windows-only game involving pirates and ninjas fighting zombies and robots is like all of those times at once.