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Best Dressed Zombie!

Photo by Scott Beale / Laughing Squid

The Xbox Live Gaming Centre up on South William Street will be running a competition to coincide with the European release of Dead Rising next month. Fittingly, the competition is to find the best-dressed zombie.

From their newsletter:

The Xbox Live Gaming Centre is running a best dressed zombie competition to celebrate the launch of Capcom's Dead Rising (rated 18's) which will be hitting the centre on Friday September 7th. On Saturday 8th September, at 3pm we will be holding the competition in-store. Prizes include €100 cash, "I Love Zombies" t-shirts and limited edition Dead Rising faceplates.

Note: their dates are a little funny - Saturday is actually the 9th of September.

The prizes aren't awesome. Faceplates? No copies of the game? Still though, I'm happy with any excuse to dress like a zombie.

See also: Zombies Invade San Francisco!

Paging Sheldon Turner

In January, I wrote about Sheldon Turner, one of the writers of Snakes on a Plane, and talked about how one of his next movies is about a serial killer who only kills people in the eye of a storm. Awesome idea, and I can guarantee that this guy will go far in Hollywood.

Except when I went to see Snakes on a Plane last night, Sheldon Turner's name was nowhere to be found. And, sure enough, the IMDB page for SoaP doesn't list Sheldon Turner any more. His Wikipedia entry still lists him as a writer on SoaP, and googling "Sheldon Turner" "Snakes on a Plane" gives enough results to confirm I'm not making shit up.

Why was his credit removed for this movie? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

Snakes on a motherfuckin' Plane

Let me start this off by saying that Snakes on a Plane is a great movie. A full year since I first wrote about it, a full year of anticipation has done nothing to harm this movie, it's still everything we expected. In fact, it's more than we expected, since we were expecting a cheesy, so-bad-it's-good movie and Snakes on a Plane is anything but - it's an enjoyable, light-hearted action/comedy/disaster movie, and I recommend you go see it now before the only people left to see it are the boring sort that will not clap and whoop their way through the movie.

Now I've got that out of the way, let's change gears.

I left the movie last night (7.30pm, Cineworld) wondering what it was about this movie that appealed to nerds. The nerd quotient of this movie was unreal. Sitting in Eddie Rockets before the movie, I spotted a group of people going past, and just by the look of them, I knew they had just been to Snakes on a Plane (it turns out that one of them was a Googler who knew the Googler in our group and indeed, he had just been to Snakes on a Plane).

The internet is abuzz with this movie in a way that only the internet knows how. Livejournal is unreadable right now because of it. There are multi-page threads about it on every forum I read. And NewsFire tells me I have a terrifying 50 articles about it in my RSS feeds.

So why this movie? What makes it better than other light-hearted action/comedy/disaster movies? Sure, SoaP has a guy getting bitten on the cock by a snake after pissing on it (oops, spoilers!), but Deep Blue Sea has Samuel L. Jackson being eaten by a flying shark (kinda). SoaP may be high-concept, but then, so is Remo: Unarmed and Dangerous, whose similarly endearing concept is stratospheric and too bizarre to properly summarize here.

So why Snakes on a Plane? Answers on a postcard, please.

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.

Toot toot!

So we've all heard about the recent Mel Gibson debacle, right? You know, the one where he revealed himself to be a complete lunatic? Well, not to toot my own horn or nothing, I'd just like to point out that I called this in December of last year. My exact words were

Gibson has officially Lost It and is now certifiably batshit insane

See? It's almost spooky. If Nostradamus had a blog, it would be

Lomo Effect →

Thanks to the Tao of Mac for pointing me to this incredible tutorial for using photoshop to give images a Lomo effect.

There's a delicious irony in using a high-tech piece of software like Photoshop to recreate the look of a cheap, plastic lens.

Before: Before Lomo Effect

After: After Lomo Effect

Things to keep me occupied on the long weekend

Download the Dead Rising demo from Xbox Marketplace

It's time-limited to 15 minutes per game, but still. This is one of the games that finally convinced me to buy an Xbox 360. Let's hope it was worth it.

Go see A Scanner Darkly on Monday

Get a coupon from today's copy of The Ticket in the Irish Times. Bring it to UGC today and exchange the coupon for a ticket for two to see the preview of this amazing-looking movie.

Finish reading On Stranger Tides by Tim powers

I bought this because I've got such a boner for pirates right now, and this is the book that inspired Ron Gilbert to write the Secret of Monkey Island. It's a huge story of pirates, voodoo and revenge. And lots of buckles being swashed, naturally. Also recommended: The Bumper Book of Pirate Stories, if only for the chapter entitled "How Half-Arsed Became Captain". Half-arsed being a famous pirate who got half of his ass blown off by a cannon. They don't make 'em like that any more.

Ireland's Bee Population in Decline →

As someone who is mortally afraid of bees, wasps and other flying, stinging insects, let me be the first to say FUCK YEAH! TAKE THAT YOU LITTLE FLYING BITCHES.

Some days I feel like Kinski, some days I feel like the dog →


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Notes: this picture, ripped from a copy of er... Empire, I think, has been hung up on my bedside table for the past few months. Here's hoping I'll be the first hit on google images for 'kinski gun dog'.