If you've stumbled upon this
page, consider yourself fortunate! This is the testing ground for the long
awaited return of Elvis Ate My Blog!
As you can see, we're undergoing
a name change, as well as a few other improvements. If you'd like to visit
the now defunct Elvis Ate My Blog,
it'll give you a good feel of what we're about.
And so, life begins anew..
If you're reading this, chances are you've been to the site before. As many of you know, we closed our doors anticipating a rebirth within a few weeks. Those weeks became months, but I'm glad to say that we've finally come back from the depths. As you can see, this page has been used as a dumping ground for testing the new site. As such, Elvis Ate My Blog is really nothing more than an archive of old posts in a messy format that probably makes very little sense. Heck - even the banner is wrong now! lol.
To be honest, the look of this site is mostly due to an error on my part when putting the new site together, and I'll be damned if I'm going to spend the time to repair a site that's closed when I could spend the time working on one that's open!
So please, join us at our new location;jesuswasazombie.blogspot.com
Ladies and gentlemen, the clown show has been put on hiatus for retooling.
First, I'd like to say that we here at Elvis Ate My Blog have had a good run. More than 10,000 hits in just over one month isn't too shabby a performance in my opinion. We've had a lot of positive feedback and good response from readers and other bloggers. I want to thank everyone who takes the time to visit our little corner of the blogverse from day to day.
Over the past few weeks, I've kind of felt like this site is growing a little stale. I must admit, with many of the posts I feel like I've been "phoning it in" lately. So, rather than let the site become my burden and my posts become less interesting, I'll be taking a little break from it to rethink just how I'd like the site to be.
The site will hopefully be returning with new posts and a new look in the next few weeks. One of the things I am looking to change is that rather than being the sole writer/admin/everything I'd like to work with a team of able-bodied contributors. If you think your writing style would fit with this site and you'd be able to make a committment to regular daily posting, feel free to send me a sample post on any topic you think would fit this site by clicking here
I guess that's about it. We'll be back as soon as we can be, but I don't want to rush into things for fear of doing them half-assed. If you'd like an update via e-mail about the progress of the revamp, and to know when we're back up and running, please send me a quick email here
. You don't have to type anything in the body (though I do like a good read). The more of these I recieve, the more likely I'll be motivated to speed things along. If I know there's still interest in the site from some regular readers, I'll definitely want to get this project moving.
So, until we meet again, I'll leave you with some parting words of wisdom from the late, great Marlon Brando.
"Hollywood is run by Jews. It is owned by Jews, and they should have a greater sensitivity about the issue of people who are suffering because they've exploited [them]. We have seen the Nigger and Greaseball. We've seen the Chink. We've seen the slit-eyed dangerous Jap. We have seen the wily Filipino. We've seen everything, but we never saw the Kike, because they knew perfectly well that is where you draw the wagons around."
* Larry King Live (April 1996)
Family Guy: The Movie - Update
Not too long ago we reported on Seth McFarlane's interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live in which he confirmed that a direct-to-DVD feature was in the works
. Fox has now made an official announcement regarding this, including a release date.
The film will be called "Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story," and will be released on store shelves September 27th, 2005. No pricing or box art has yet been confirmed, however the film will be 83 minutes in length, and the disc will contain deleted scenes, still galleries, animatics, and a commentary featuring Seth MacFarlane.
Although the disc will be unrated, I wouldn't expect it to stray too far from the show as far as content goes. For the full story, click here
. More info to be posted as it happens.
In similar news, last month we reported on Fox doing something similar with Futurama. To read that post, click here
Even Jedi's Get Airsick
In what is easily the worst promotional item ever, Virgin Airlines now includes Star Wars Episode III air sickness bags on every flight. I could make some joke about needing one for repeated viewings of The Phantom Menace, but I'm sure it's been done. For the full story, as well as pics of the four different barf bags (unused), click here
These aren't the first promotional barf bags in existence. In a far more approriate promotion, Atari released motion sickness bags to promote the X-Box game "Superman: The Man of Steel." Whether or not this was due to the flight-based nature of the or it's nausea-inducing piss poor quality has yet to be determined.
Unrelated barf bag link: Ever want to visit an online museum of air motion sickness bags? Bagophily
has hundreds, maybe even thousands of barf bags for you to check out.
Married with Children Season 4 DVD Leak
No official announcements regarding the Season 4 DVD of Married with Children have yet been made, however, VideoUniverse
has it available for pre-order with a release date of August 30th, 2005. Sony is expected to make an official announcement about the release in the next few weeks, which should confirm this, as well as box art and pricing. Price on VideoUniverse is $33.39.
Tarantino's Beverly Hills Cop 4?
In a recent interview, Eddie Murphy told Cinefex magazine the following;
Q: Any truth to the rumors you're going to be in Quentin Tarantino's next film?
A: There's been talk, there's been talk. Nothing solid yet. Quentin is insane…but good insane. He came to me with an idea for another Cop (Beverly Hills Cop), and we've been talking about that, and now, he's writing me something for a war movie he's doing. Apparently…That was a few months back. If it comes off, great - he's one crazy guy worth working with.
How friggin' cool would that be? I'm in favour of ANYTHING that gets Judge Reinhold work. I'll be sure to update everyone as soon as more news surfaces.
GTA: San Andreas - PC Porn Hack
It looks like the developers of the PC version of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas have left a little surprise in their software, just waiting for an adept hacker to come along and uncover it.
The "Hot Coffee Mod" let's you get down and dirty when a date goes right. The best part? Doing the dirty is a mini-game, very similar to the one in God of War. However, unlike the God of War mini-game, this one is QUITE graphic. I'm not about to post anything too X-rated (the pic you see here was chosen due to the lack of visible naughty bits) - however, if you follow this link
, you can see a video of this mod in action.
If you have a copy of the PC version of GTA:SA and want to unlock all of the nastiness, the mod can be downloaded here
Are you into First Person Shooters? Then you'll want to pick this up. This controller replaces your mouse when playing these shooters, and works an awful lot like a real gun while maintaining the complete functionality of the mouse. The FPS PistolMouse is available at ThinkGeek.com
for $36.99, and come on, if nothing else, you need one just so you can yell "FROM MY COLD, DEAD, HANDS!" every five minutes while playing Half-Life 2.
Back in the USSA
You know, for a country that's been getting a lot of bad press over the past few years, I really don't think this is going to help.
In a wonderful twist of irony, the American who designed these "Watch, Ride, Report," posters chose to do so by blatantly ripping off Stalinist propaganda. Intended to get the riders of Washington's subways to rat out their fellow passengers if they see suspicious, albeit terrorist-like activity, the "Watch, Ride, Report" posters ask you to "Report any unusual activity of packages to the nearest conductor."
What a wacky world we live in. If this makes you feel like taking a peek at some old school Soviet posters, click here
Smoking is Good For You (But Only in China)
The Chinese government declares smoking is good for your health. Not only does it prevent ulcers, but it can even cure Parkinson's - and tales of cancer are just western superstition.
Scary, isn't it?
The Globe and Mail ran an article on this very topic last Saturday which you can read here
. Because the Chinese Government controls the tobacco industry inside China, and since the Chinese would have a really hard time getting any information about anything from an outside source, the government is completely within their ability to successfully lie to it's own people about the dangers of smoking. Not only does this ensure a healthy market (no pun intended), but, as my wife pointed out, is a great form of population control for a nation that so sorely needs it.
For more on this bizarre Chinese nonsense, read the Globe and Mail article linked above.
Ben Affleck and the Briefcase
Last week we brought you the story of Ben Affleck's Fruit Basket
. It was a delightfully twisted tale involving Ben Affleck and his balls. If you missed it, I definitely suggest giving it a read before this post, just so you can see the full range of Mr. Affleck's perversion.
And so, in the tradition of storytelling that we like to call "Ben putting his balls on things," I bring you the tale of Ben Affleck and the Briefcase (faithfully reprinted from imdb's news section):
"Actress Christina Applegate still can't believe Ben Affleck deliberately displayed his genitals to her while shooting a movie scene. The 33-year-old was working with the eccentric heart-throb on Surviving Christmas last year, when she saw more of him than she expected. She says, "They were doing a shot of a briefcase and Ben put his stuff on the case. It was gross."
Return of the ViewMaster
Doesn't the title of this post sound like a craptacular Batman episode circa Adam West? But I digress..
Remember ViewMaster? That really funky 3D viewer we all had as kids? It's back, complete with paper discs and all. As you can see, the outward appearance of the ViewMaster has changed a little, but I assure you, it still works just like it did back in the good old days. Unlike most toys from my childhood that undergo drastic overhauls for the new generation, I actually like the new look of the ViewMaster. The old one always seemed so clunky.
I had the good fortune to stumble across these in a Toys'r'us the other day, and let me assure you, they're just as cool as you remember them. You can visit Fisher Price's official ViewMaster website
here for more info on the latest incarnation of the ViewMaster.
Do You Want to Hear a Secret?
Then you need to visit PostSecret
. This is a brilliant project in which people anonymously mail in their secrets on very artistic 4x6 postcards, and the post cards are then posted to the internet. The secrets can range from light and funny to dark and disturbing. Either way, it's a great site to visit.
I love projects like this - they show the true power of the internet.
The Muppet Show: DVD Update
Last month we reported that Disney would be releasing season one of The Muppet Show on DVD. More details have surfaced, such as the release date and artwork. The set will be released on August 9th for $39.95US MSRP. It will include all 24 episodes and some great bonus material. The picture you see on the left is the confirmed box art for the release. For more info on what this box set has to offer, read the official press release here
Denis Leary Shows on DVD
I don't know how this one slipped under my radar. Two of the finest shows of the past few years, both featuring Denis Leary, were released on DVD June 7th. The Job
, which originally aired on ABC back in 2001-2002, was a brilliant show that ABC axed. The DVD release contains the full series - two seasons totaling 19 episodes.
The other series, Rescue Me
, is the best thing on TV right now. Of course, since no one is watching, it'll likely be cancelled soon enough. I'm amazed and relieved that this show has had enough viewers to warrant a second season (starting June 21st). I guess that's just one of the benefits of being on a second tier American cable channel like FX - they'll take what they can get. The DVD of Rescue Me contains the entire first season, 13 fantastic episodes.
Queer Eye for the Right Wing Homophobe
Let's all give it up for C.Monks! C. Monks, blogger, has taken a handful of pictures of the Westboro Baptist Church's protest against gays and used them as a chance to critique the group's fashion sense.
Here's an excerpt from this photo's write up; "I like the sunglasses the woman is wearing. They're small and trendy and fit her face nicely. She's appears very happy about them, too. Or maybe she just heard a funny homophobic joke."Click here
for the whole fashion parade. And when you're done, explore the rest of his site
. It's well worth the visit.
Before you ask, no, this isn't some crazy claim about Sony being involved with Nintendo's new system. As a matter of fact, it has nothing to do with video games at all. What I bring you now is a clip of a Sony product that may very well change the way we interact with everything.
The name of the clip is "Sony Revolution," hence the name of the post. This is technology that has never been announced, never been published, and may very well never see the light of day - but it is amazing in ways I can't even begin to explain. If this ever surfaces it may very well be the death knell for the modern PC.
Imagine a large tablet with interchangeable glass plates, with each plate containing a program. Placing the plate on the tablet instantly starts the program, and each program can interact with another when placed near it. It's kind of hard to explain. I think it's best if I let the footage speak for itself. Click here.
Communism; The Microsoft Way
In an effort to not offend the Chinese government, Microsoft's new Chinese web portal will not allow the use of certain key words, two of which are "freedom" and "democracy." If you look up the definition of irony in the dictionary, I'm pretty sure banning the word "freedom" would probably fit nicely.
If a Chinese web surfer were to attempt to input these words in, say, the title of their MSN Spaces blog, they would recieve the following message;
"This item contains forbidden speech. Please delete the forbidden speech from this item."
Other banned words and phrases include "demonstration" and "Taiwan indepedence." Although Microsoft refused to comment on this when asked by the media, it's Chinese subsidiary Shanghai MSN Network Communication Technology claimed that this move happened because "MSN abides by the laws and regulations of each country in which it operates."
Next, we hear Bill Gates is going to travel back in time and obey the laws in Nazi Germany - using Excel to keep track of registered Jews, and forcing all gypsies and homosexuals to use Linux.
Interesting sidenote - did you know the systems used to register Jews in Nazi Germany was designed as part of a partnership between the Nazi's and IBM? It's true! Read about it here
Video Game Immersion: Real Zombies
Have you ever heard anyone complain about how unbelieveable most video games are? The poor hapless victim in this video will never have that complaint. Today I bring you one of the most fascinating videos circulating on the internet. It is of a controlled experiment by UK illusionist Derren Brown in which a game player is hypnotized and then reawakened in a life-like recreation of the game he is playing. Of course, the game is a zombie shooter, so needless to say it's scary as hell for the poor guy. I found the whole thing to be pretty messed up, but I'll let you judge for yourself. Click here
for the video.
Ben Affleck's Fruit Basket
Maxim UK recently ran an interview with Kevin Smith, in which he tells a wonderful little tale about something Ben Affleck would do to him from time to time during the filming of Jersey Girl. Ben called it a "fruit basket." I thought everybody might like a twisted little chuckle to start their work week, so I present the Ben Affleck fruit basket story, faithfully reprinted from the Maxim UK article.
"I'd be sitting in the director's chair and I'd be watching a playback, and he'd stand behind me. Every once in a while I'd feel something on my neck. I'd be like, 'What the [bleep] was that?'" explains Smith. "And I'd turn around and he'd have his [scrotum] out and resting on my neck. I was like, 'What the [bleep] is wrong with you, dude?' What if it got out in the press that that's the kind of thing you do?' He's like, 'No one would ever [bleeping] believe you, sir.' "
Pink Floyd Reunion at Live 8 Confirmed
Rumours have been swirling around for a while now about a Pink Floyd reunion at Live 8, Bob Geldof's latest attempt to raise cash and awareness for poverty in Africa. Today these rumours were finally confirmed. All four definitive members of Pink Floyd - David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Richard Wright and Roger Waters - will be reuniting on stage at Live 8 in London's Hyde Park on July 2.
This is very exciting news for any Floyd fan - not only has the band not performed live since touring for 1994's The Division Bell, but Waters left the band back in 1983 bringing a lawsuit against the band with him. Needless to say, with such a high level of animosity, the possibility of Waters ever rejoining Floyd was pretty much zero in the minds of most fans. David Gilmour summed up the band's feeling on Waters return and the reason behind it rather nicely;
"Like most people I want to do everything I can to persuade the G8 leaders to make huge commitments to the relief of poverty and increased aid to the third world. Any squabbles Roger and the band have had in the past are so petty in this context, and if reforming for this concert will help focus attention then it's got to be worthwhile."
PSP Dead Pixel Fix
If you're one of the thousands of PSP owners who got stuck with a unit that has dead pixels, you're not alone. Thanks to the good folks over at PSP Vault, there may finally be a solution. Someone has developed a video that can potentially fix any stuck or dead pixels you may have. It does this by quickly flashing red, then green, then blue, forcing the pixels to change rapidly which should unstick stuck pixels. Although this won't fix pixels that are truly dead, often pixels that appear dead are merely stuck, so there's a pretty good chance this will work. If you have a PSP with stuck pixels, follow this link
to go to the original post on PSP-Vault, complete with links to the download.
Make Your Own Super Mario Blocks
Someone in Windsor, Ontario, took it upon themselves to beautify their town by building life size Super Mario blocks and hanging them all over the city in trees and on power lines, complete with power ups. I'm not sure that any of you would actually WANT to do this, but I definitely thought this was cool enough to warrant a post. Click here
for directions on how to make these, along with great pictures of their little project in action.
How to Remove Windows Messenger
Does anybody still use the Windows Messenger that comes prepackaged with XP? I didn't think so. If you're an MSN Messenger user like myself, you've probably faced the occassional snafu or conflict with the preinstalled Windows Messenger. Even something as simple as accidentally opening the wrong one can be frustrating - and yet Windows doesn't give you a clear option for removing the program. Luckily, the internet is a wonderful resource. Follow the link here
for two methods on removing this irritating little program. I personally had to use the second, and although it may look a little intimidating to those who have never gone beyond the add/remove programs screen before, I assure you, it's as easy as pie. Just follow the directions exactly and you'll be running Windows Messenger-free in no time.
...and for those of you still in the dark ages that actually USE Windows Messenger, do yourself a favour and download MSN Messenger 7.0
. The program offers the same functionality and buddy list, but offers an unbelievable amount of customization and a host of new features.
Family Guy - The Movie?!
On Monday night, Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and he made an interesting announcement of sorts that so far nobody on the internet seems to have mentioned (either that, or I'm completely useless when searching for things). When discussing the amazing sales of the DVD's already out, he mentioned that he is working on a Family Guy direct-to-DVD feature length film due out later this year in which Stewie searches for his real father. No other details were mentioned, but I'll be sure to keep you posted as soon as any come up.
Desktop OverHaulin' - WindowBlinds
Those of you that know me personally may know that I've recently taken up the challenge of improving the eye candy factor of my Windows desktop. This has definitely been a fun experience, and one I'd recommend anyone with some free time try out. As a result, I'll be sharing my findings in this weird and wacky world of desktop personalization with you in a new regular segment I call Desktop Overhaulin'. The logo is crap, but what can I say? I was feeling lazy. If you think you can do better, email me and I'll be happy to consider replacing my crappy logo with yours.
With today's segment we're going to discuss a terrific little program called WindowBlinds
. It's both one of the easiest to use when customizing your desktop, as well as one of the most effective for making an overall change. WindowBlinds will change the look of all of your Windows applications, from your taskbar and start menu right down to the buttons for minimizing and maximizing (and everything in between).
It does this by simply employing a skin of your choice, and there are literally thousands to choose from on wincustomize.com
. As I am kind of working on an Apple theme, I'm using the Mac OS X Tiger skin available here
. Pictured above is a skin called Sustenance. As you can see, although this skin is not too drastic of a deviation from the XP standard, WindowBlinds can improve the appearance of your Windows programs drastically. Sustenance can be downloaded here
. Like all of the programs we'll be discussing in Desktop Overhaulin', WindowBlinds is absolutely free - and if you do like the free shareware version, they have a full version with more features available for a small charge.
Now get overhaulin'!
The Writings of Ted Kaczynski
There is a fine line between genius and madman. The only real difference between the two is how history chooses to portray them. Ted Kaczynski is a living example of this.
I whole-heartedly believe that, in a few centuries, Ted Kaczynski will be revered as one of the most important philosophers of our time. However, and it saddens me to say this, in his own lifetime he will be remembered as a madman. For those of you who might be interested in the glimpse of genius you can find in his writings, I provide the following links; Industrial Society And Its Future
(or The Unabomber Manifesto as the press dubbed it) is a thorough explanation of his beliefs, predominantly as they relate to how the Industrial Revolution and it's ongoing reprecussions have seriously crippled our society.Ship of Fools
is a parable about how society is designed to prevent us from ever acknowledging the real problems it faces.
More Free Gaming Mag Subscriptions
Remember a few weeks ago when I posted a link that could get you a free one year subscription to Electronic Gaming Monthly? Well, I've stumbled upon some more. These are all through Vivendi Universal, just like the EGM subscription. And so, without further adieu, simply click on the magazine name to sign up for your free subscriptions!
Click here for Official Playstation Magazine
Click here for Computer Gaming World
iToilet (is there anything a MacMini CAN'T do?)
Someone has gone an made quite the interesting mod to a MacMini. They've gutted the inside and turned it into a toilet paper dispenser! The project, called iToilet, was found on the french website w3sh
. If you don't speak French and still want to follow the link, may I recommend translating the page through babelfish
, or better yet, installing the Firefox extension Translate
The next time someone tells you that Macs aren't good for shit, you can point them here.
How to Make Your Own CD Case
Everybody up for a little origami? This is a really handy how to since everybody loves to buy a stack of 50 CD's for $15 nowadays, but never wants to spend the money on cases. Just click here
to learn how to make your own paper sleeve by doing nothing more than folding a piece of paper.
These McFries McFuckin' Suck
Anybody who knows me, sadly, knows what a McDonald's hog I am. I'd take Chicken McNuggets over Chicken Kiev anyday. That's why I was so excited when I stumbled across this link. McMenu
offers recipes for copycat versions of nearly everything on the McDonald's menu, right down to the Shamrock shake. And since you'll be making the food yourself, you'll have control over the quality of the ingredients. For example, you can use real chicken breast over processed chicken. As a matter of fact, the healthier choices seem to be what these copycat recipes call for. Now if you'll excuse me, I have a Big Mac to make.
Morgan Spurlock can suck my ass.
Sylvester Stallone: Renaissance Man
While reading a piece on Hollywood North Report
about the upcoming fourth installment in the Rambo franchise (which, I'm ashamed to admit, I'm looking forward to) I came across a very interesting, if not disturbing, bit of news. I'll let the line from the article speak for itself:
"The Rocky star is keeping himself busy these days. Last week, we reported that he would write and direct a biopic of the American writer Edgar Allan Poe. He is also due to shoot a film based on his own screenplay about the murders of rap stars Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G."
The Poe thing I can deal with, but Tupac? TUPAC? Wow. I hope they can get Estelle Getty. They could call it "Stop! or my Mom Will Bust a Cap, yo!"
More on this train wreck as news surfaces.
There's an imdb entry
on it! The film will be called Notorious. It looks like Stallone will not only will be writing and directing, but he'll be starring too. When the Las Vegas police can't solve a murder, call in Judge Dredd. He IS the law.
No word yet on Estelle Getty's involvement. ;)
Kevin Smith Directing Degrassi Movie?!
Wow - it looks like somebody let the cat out of the bag! From Hollywood North Report
, and I quote - "Toronto's Epitome Pictures, with support from federal agency Telefilm Canada, are developing a big screen feature based on CTV's high school teen series "Degrassi: The Next Generation", with Kevin "Jersey Girl" Smith tapped to direct for a late August shoot in Toronto."
At this point, Kevin has neither confirmed nor denied this. However, NewsAskew does confirm that he had recently met with some members of the Degrassi team. Having guest starred last season for a few episodes, this may be nothing more than Kev arranging for a returning guest spot in the next season. Anything is possible until we get word from the big man himself.
But what would this mean for Clerks 2? ANOTHER production delay? As we had reported in May, production had been officially delayed until September so that Kevin could act in a new movie up here in Canada (not the Degrassi flick but some Jennifer Garner nonsense.) Would this mean yet another delay? Or was the Jennifer Garner delay just a clever ruse to keep the Degrassi production hush hush? As soon as we get word, we'll let you know.
Nintendo Revolution - New Pics
Nintendo's Japanese website
has some new pics of the Nintendo Revolution that show off some interesting features. In the picture above you'll see a number of different colors for the console. The video game industry, and Nintendo in particular, is renowned for offering a variety of colors/special editions in Japan that never see the light of day here. However, as all of Nintendo's current gen systems (both handheld and console) have been available in a variety of colors, and as Sony showcased 3 colors of PS3, and since the XBox 360 will be offering changeable faceplates (eww), it seems quite likely that Revolution owners outside of Japan will offer a number of color options at launch.
The second pic is a little more peculiar. Nintendo has already confirmed that the system will have wireless controllers (even though they won't let the big secret about what they look like out of the bag), and yet we see four controller ports. These are identical to Gamecube controller ports, so it seems likely that these may be for those looking forward to the systems backwards compatability. It also shows slots for two Gamecube memory cards - which I assume would also be to support the systems backwards compatability.
EGM #193 - New Box Art Extravaganza!
A few months back EGM offered a great freebie packed in with their magazine. They provided alternate covers for a handful of very popular games, and they were all gorgeous. Two of them (new covers for Resident Evil 4 and Metal Gear Solid 3) have replaced the original box art for the cases on my shelves. My only complaint about the freebie was that they didn't do this more often.
Well, it seems like somebody heard my cry. When opening up the wrapper around this months issue #193, I was delighted to discover that they had once again provided me some great new box art. This time around, rather than just new covers, they are providing fronts and backs. Unfortunately due to the really small amount of space available on a poster sheet, this means that that two covers share the same space (one on each side) so you can really only use 2 at a time.
This months free new box art covers are; God of War, Jade Empire, Doom 3, and The Legend of Zelda - The Wind Waker. 3 hot new releases and a classic! Good job, EGM! I would've posted some pics of the new art, but unfortunately I couldn't find any online (and sadly, I am without scanner.)
Now if you'll excuse me, I have some cutting to do.
Juicy Fruit iPod Shuffle
You'll note I didn't use the words "How to" in the header of this article. If you need someone to tell you how to make something as simple this, you're an idiot and your skull should be cracked open with a tack hammer so that your brain can be removed and studied to prevent future generations from suffering your fate.
What you're looking at is a case for an iPod Shuffle made out of a pack of Juicy Fruit. If you actually do need instructions (and god help you if you do) click here
for pictures that should give you a rough idea of what they've done.
Go cool mods!
Rockstar Classics - Free PC Games!
Now that everybody and their mother can get a copy of Grand Theft Auto 3 or Vice City for around 10 bucks, I figure it's time to share one of gaming's worst kept secrets with everybody. Rockstar Games, purveyors of such delightfully fine filth as the Grand Theft Auto series, offer a small selection of their older PC games on their website ABSOLUTELY FREE. By clicking here
, you can download the original Grand Theft Auto, Grand Theft Auto 2, and Wild Metal. The original GTA's were always a hoot. If you're looking for a fun little diversion that can run on any PC made in the last 10 years, this link is for you.
Trailer Park Boys Replica Jerseys
What can I say? I'm feeling greasy, so it's gonna be Trailer Park Boys day here at the blog. I was recently in a Cinema One here in my hometown, and I nearly dropped a load right there on their precious mall carpeting. Now available for purchase: the Sunnyvale hockey jersey from the season when Ricky and Bubbles were managing the park! They're also available at the Topsail International website
for $52.00 CDN. The jersy comes in three styles - Ricky, Bubbles, and one identical to Ricky's that says "Trailer Park Boys" instead of "Ricky."
Game on, boys!
Trailer Park Boys: The Movie - Update
It looks like I've had my head in the sand for quite some time on this, but now that I've pulled it out it's time to share my findings with you good people! I've known for a while that there was talk of a Trailer Park Boys movie, but I didn't realize just how far along it really was. It seems that Ivan "I ain't afraid of no ghosts" Reitman is a big fan of the series, and is using his talents to finance the production and grease the right Hollywood wheels. Series creator Mike Clattenburg will helm the picture and I can confirm that Ricky, Bubbles and Julian will all be played by the same actors. Whether or not the rest of the cast will be bringing their roles to the big screen in unknown, but I'd be surprised (and thoroughly disappointed) if they didn't. The soundtrack, in perfect Canadian white trash tradition, will feature RUSH (reportedly during a helicopter chase scene. Why is there a helicopter chase scene in my TPB Movie?) Production begins in Nova Scotia on June 27th.
Here's an interesting tidbit for you. Did you know that this will actually be the second Trailer Park Boys movie? The series started out as an independent film, and was so well liked that Showcase offered them a series. Bubbles was not in the original film, however, you can still find actor Mike Smith in the credits as the Sound Guy. Creator Clattenburg liked Smith so much that together they created the role of Bubbles for the series.
Essential Five: Games Under $20 CDN!
Ever since I posted the article NES Emulation for Dummies, I've been facing a mighty big dilemma. In the article I assured everyone that some type of Top 5 or Top 10 list of NES games would follow. However, doing something like that well is far more difficult than it sounds. There are a lot of factors to take into account, and although I won't go into listing them all here, needless to say it makes it tough to come up with a formula that would be viewed as fair and unbiased without losing the opinionated edge that you expect from a review or recommendation. And so, after much pondering, I present you with the first installment of Essential Five.
Rather than ranking the games, or even claiming that these may be the most popular choices for the topic at hand, Essential Five will simply profile five high quality selections that I believe fit well within the topics borders. The second installment will address the aforementioned NES games, so for all of you who took my emulation walkthrough to heart there are some solid suggestions coming down the pipe as promised. And now, without further adieu, the first installment of Essential Five - Games Under $20 CDN!Prince of Persia: The Sands of TimeAvailable on PS2, X-Box & GameCube
POP: Sands of Time was a real sleeper hit in 2003. It was praised critcally but it flopped commerically, which is really too bad as the game was quite innovative in a number of ways. Although it may come across as a standard action-platformer at first, POP:SOT is really about the puzzles. Imagine the style of jumping and running puzzles you might face in a Zelda game, and multply that x10. However, rather than puzzles interupting the combat as you might find in a Zelda game, it's the combat that interupts the puzzles - and it makes for one of the most challenging and rewarding gameplay experiences you'll find.
What really makes POP:SOT stand out though is your control over time. Where with most games if you were to miss your jump and fall to your death or not see that creature sneak up behind you until it's too late, you'd probably be stuck replaying a good chunk of the game to get to that point. POP:SOT, however, gives you the ability to rewind your gameplay. This way, if after spending 20 minutes solving a complicated jumping puzzle you fall to your death, you'll no longer be stuck repeating those 20 minutes! It's absolute genius, and I just can't believe that nobody had thought of it before. This "rewind" technique was so well recieved that it is now spilling into other genres, as Full Auto, a racing game on the XBox 360, will be using it for drivers who accidentally hit a wall or miss a jump.
There are some great bonus features as well. Depending on the version you pick up certain unlockables will be available, such as the original Prince of Persia and it's sequel, Prince of Persia 2. All in all, this is a great value for less than $20. A defiite recommendation for anyone who enjoys challenging puzzles and wants to experience some truly outstanding acrobatic gameplay.The Simpsons: Road RageAvailable on PS2, X-Box & GameCube
Although this game didn't do so well by critics, it's a must own title for any Simpsons fan. The game is essentially Crazy Taxi with a glossy coat of Springfield over it. More than a dozen characters are available to drive, and all of their vehicles are wonderfully approriate. Marge in her Canyonaro, Bart in the Honor Roller, Barney in the Plow King - the game is full of vehicles right out of the show. One of the best moments in the game actually takes place on the character selection screen. When you select Moe, he pulls up in his little flower power shitbox and the trunk opens up releasing a captive Panda. The game, if you couldn't tell, is clearly made for the shows die hard fans.
The game also features original dialogue voiced by the actual cast, and the writing is fantastic. Do a really scary jump with Ralph as your passenger and expect to hear "My pee came out." As you can see, the writing is sharp and faithful to the show.
This certainly isn't Gran Turismo, but if you're looking for an easy to pick up arcadey racer, or if you're just a fan of the show, this is a great title for the price.AmplitudeAvailable on PS2
I was never one for games like Dance Dance Revolution. And no, it's not just because I'm a fat lazy bitch. Really, let's face facts: unless you're 80lbs and Asian chances are if you're playing it you're playing it with a controller. That's why I approached Frequency, Amplitude's predecessor, with a lot of skepticism. Gamers praised it as the rhythm game that was not only the most accessible to the rythmyically challenged, but the best in it's genre. I was quite surprised to find that, once I sat down and played it, I was in complete agreement. My only complaint with Frequency was the selection of music. With Amplitude, Sony fixed that in spades - replacing thuimping techno beats with the likes of David Bowie and Blink 182. It also added something that was sorely lacking in Frequency - online play.
The gameplay behind Amplitude is simple in concept - each song is seperated into different tracks (drums,vocals,guitar, etc..), and you jump from track to track activating each one with different button combinations. But what's simple in theory isn't always simple in execution. It takes practice, but once you get the hang of it, this game offers a great challenge at a frenzied pace. The best part? Rather than being just under $20, this is available for less than $10! A slew of first party Sony games are going at the under $10 mark at a number of retailers, EB included. If you're a puzzle gamer that might want to make the jump to rhythm games, this is definitely the title for you.Sonic Mega CollectionAvailable on the GameCubeAlso Available on PS2 & X-Box as Sonic Mega Collection Plus+
Sonic Mega Collection, and it's enhanced version, Sonic Mega Collection Plus, are exactly what they sound like: compilations of Sonic games. The only major difference between the two is that Plus+ offers a handful of GameGear Sonic games in addition to the already great lineup. Not only does the Mega Collection offer the standard Sonic classics we've come to know and love (Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic & Knucles, etc..), but includes some lesser known titles like Sonic 3-D Blast and Sonic Spinball. However, the real gem of the collection is unquestionably Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, a puzzle game that is as instantly addictive as it is fun. Based on Puyo Puyo, the object of the game is to match little beans of the same color in strings of four or more. Once again, it sounds really simple but gets challenging fast.
Even if puzzles aren't you're thing, the sheer volume of classic Sonic gameplay on this disc makes it worth picking up. If you've ever owned a Genesis, this title is for you.Tony Hawk's Pro-Skater 3Available on PS2, X-Box & GameCube
In my opinion, THPS3 was the last really great Tony Hawk game. Although many would disagree, I feel the series really jumped the shark with THPS4. They made a lot of changes that some people liked, but to me, changing the formula of THPS was like changing the formula for Coke. It didn't work for Coke and it doesn't work for Hawk.
THPS3 maintains the same rock solid gameplay as the first two, offering fantastic new levels that range from foundries and suburban neighbourhoods and to airports and pirate ships. What made these earlier games so much better than the ones that followed was the sense of urgency they created. The levels had time limits and specified goals. From the beginning of a level, you knew exactly what you needed to acheive, and the pressure was on to do as much of it as you could in 2 minutes. Now the games are all about making the levels as big as you can while offering mission based gameplay. For every mission in the new games that asks you to do something actually relating to skateboarding, there's a mission all about playing tennis or climbing on rooves. This is not why people play Tony Hawk games. We're not here to collect bananas. We're here to thrash.
If like me you're a Tony Hawk purist, then you'll want to pick up the last great entry in the series, and thanks ot it's aging status, you'll easily find it for under $20 anywhere.
Make Your Own CD Lamp
We all have dozens upon dozens of useless CD's that have been scratched, mangled, or burned wrong. For most of us, these wind up as coasters, frisbees, litter, you name it. But for Jim Watters, these shiny bits of trash are lighting his home.
On Jim's website
, he'll show you how to take a stack of CD's and turn them into a very funky lamp!
Nobody Likes a Negative Nelly!
Have you ever been posting in a forum, or on a board, and some inappropriate asshole feels the need to step all over everything you're saying for no other reason than to be a prick? We've all seen it, and some of us have even been victim to it. At the moment I'm playing victim to this special brand of assholery on one of the many sites I post on. Luckily, it reminded me of a wonderful blog post I read many months ago about this very thing, and I've decided to share it with you. Just click here
to read a wonderful post about exactly what it takes to be this special kind of prick.
Free Doctor Who Animated Webcasts
Last month I mentioned that BBC was offering free Doctor Who eBooks on their website. Now, in addition to the eBooks, the BBC is offering free animated webcasts!
It would seem that these are actually Doctor Who BBC radio plays with rather poor animation added, but they still make for fascinating stories that any fan of the Doctor would enjoy. There is even one written by the late great Douglas Adams which I quite enjoyed entitled Shada. If you're looking for a good story to fill a little part of your day, just click here
Not too long ago, in a galaxy not too far away (the UK to be precise), someone took a classic Millenium Falcon toy and hacked an XBox into it. The results were astounding. I decided to take a looksee into what DarkOps (the modders behind this wonder) were up to now. I'm even more awestruck than before.
Locked within this 1977 Jawa Sandcrawler is a Gamecube, an N64, and an Atari 2600. They call it the Jawa Gamecrawler. I call it frickin' sweet. Everything from controller ports to cartirdge slots are hidden within the design of the crawler. More details and pictures are available here
, as well as elsewhere on their website.
They have one other project that I thought was kinda cute, too. They've hacked a Dreamcast into a Fisher Price Millenium Falcon which can be seen here
. For more on what they're up to, visit DarkOps website