Saturday, December 5, 2009

Taaaaaaaaaaaft! Also, one of the men pictured here sank with the titanic. Name of Butt. Archibald Butt.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Forest for the Trees

She couldn't see the forest what for the trees and all

Friday, November 13, 2009

Did I Invent Cloud Computing? Or, Did I Spew Insight OmniChronologically?

Is it possible that I manifested cloud computing two years ago while I worked at an internet company?

Probably not, but I surely described it to my coworkers at the time, on a fundamental level. Truth be told, the concept was probably already in play on a larger scale. Functionally speaking, I should have googled "cloud computing" and started buying up stocks left and right.

But these types of questions usually bring me to one conclusion: the metaphor--the building block of all thought and communication--the metaphor is a thing that extends both forward and backward in time. It is my belief that life tends to make more sense with this principle in mind. I also believe that time does not exist--any more than a sheet of graph paper exists next to what it's describing. It's just a tool. A cognitive middleman. But hell, whatever.

Point is, and it is an abstract point, admittedly, but the point is--We talk about the past as much as the past talks about the future... And... Vice-versa. And our true ability for insight knows no timescale, nor time direction. Depending on which metric you follow, or which graph you are tracing or erasing with your sweaty 8th-grade fingers, that's your reference point. Simply a tool. Cause and effect, I imagine, is a very deep reflecting pool indeed!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Ragamuffin (Muffin Mix '09)

Click the file and it will play on this page.
Or download it, it'll let you do that too. Heh heh. Powered by Box.

Editor's Note: Now there are two tracks, the one on the left is less wildly compressed than the original, on the right. Which is better? Maybe there are elements of each that are better than the other. I don't know.

Dr. Matthews Offers 25 Best Films of the 2000s

The Following is a Re-Post. The Gauntlet cast. Dr. Matthews is in the House:

"It begins!

I'm probably jumping the gun a little bit since we still have two months left, but I'm a nerd and I can't wait anymore. This is my list of my favorite movies of the past ten years. This isn't meant to be an all encompassing record of the decade in movies. This is merely a list of the movies that made the biggest impact on me personally. A fair warning: I cheat...alot. I pair up movies several times and PIXAR gets an entire slot to itself. It's my list and I can do what I want. :)

So without further ado, here it is. My 25 (or more) favorite movies of the decade.

1. (tie) The Dark Knight (2008)
Batman Begins (2005)
[dir. Christopher Nolan]

2. There Will Be Blood (2007)
[dir. Paul Thomas Anderson]

3. (tie) The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
Chopper (2000)
[dir. Andrew Dominik]

4. The Lord of the Rings (2001-2003)
[dir. Peter Jackson]

5. Children of Men (2006)
[dir. Alfonso Cuaron]


7. Cidade de Deus (City of God) (2002)
[dir. Fernando Meirelles]

8. Adaptation (2002)
[dir. Spike Jonze]

9. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
[dir. Darren Aronofsky]

10. (tie) AI: Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Minority Report (2002)
[dir. Steven Spielberg]

11. Gosford Park (2001)
[dir. Robert Altman]

12. United 93 (2006)
[dir. Paul Greengrass]

13. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
[dir. Ang Lee]

14. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
[dir. Quentin Tarantino]

15. No Country for Old Men (2007)
[dirs. Joel & Ethan Coen]

16. (tie) The Departed (2006)
[dir. Martin Scorsese]
Mou Gaan Dou (Infernal Affairs) (2002)
[dirs. Andrew Lau & Alan Mak]

17. Kill Bill (2004/2005)
[dir. Quentin Tarantino]

18. Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others) (2006)
[dir. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck]

19. Bully (2001)
[dir. Larry Clark]

20. Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (Spirited Away) (2001)
[dir. Hayao Miyazaki]

21. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2002)
[dir. Michel Gondry]

22. Lat Den Ratte Komma In (Let the Right One In) (2008)
[dir. Tomas Alfredson]

23. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
[dir. Wes Anderson]

24. Fa Yeung Nin Wa (In the Mood for Love) (2000)
[dir. Wong Kar Wai]

25. Knocked Up (2007)
[dir. Judd Apatow]

10 More Just Because...
(in alphabetical order)

Almost Famous (2000) [dir. Cameron Crowe]
Auf der Anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven) (2007) [dir. Fatih Akin]
Munich (2005) [dir. Steven Spielberg]
The Proposition (2005) [dir. John Hillcoat]
Punch Drunk Love (2002) [dir. Paul Thomas Anderson]
Sideways (2004) [dir. Alexander Payne]
Spider-Man 2 (2004) [dir. Sam Raimi]
Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) [dirs. Nick Park & Steve Box]
Where the Wild Things Are (2009) [dir. Spike Jonze]
Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001) [dir. Alfonso Cuaron]"

-Dr. Matthews

Class Dismissed

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Word, check out this babe crossing Weyburn on Googlemaps!

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Also note the old lady. Compose it any which way you'd like, that's the beauty of Google's GooglemapsS$$$$

Editor's Note 11/25/09: The babe and the old lady are gone! Google has refreshed its image, and the world turns yet another page...

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Excerpt, the "Diary of a Damned God-man"

the rhyme that I waste
in this state of withdrawal
brings lines to my face
and to my pages
the sprawl
of the scrawl
of my haste;

i'd rather be laced!
i'd rather C-TH, your X-cellen-C!

-Prisoner 1138, Diary of a Damned God-man, Late Century

Monday, October 12, 2009

Rain is coming to the valley in the
places of the temples and the ivy
and the turning where if it has burned
it will now be buried

man is coming to the idling
with the rest of chances
fast unraveling
she'd rather be traveling

Pain is knowing
But the worst pains replay
any day is golden
but the soft shade of what remains
in the hours before it rains is a thing
that won't escape the final telling

not even in passing
The grays and the rails and the twist
and the tall trees marked to fall next week
to be hauled with debris
should it all not be completely buried
even the stone walls, he tells me
if a river shouldn't wash it all
out to sea

someone with spurs on the toes of her shoes
climbed a few feet up of
the trunk of a tree
can't imagine what you'd see
just a few feet up of
the trunk of a tree

The whole scene sifting
steamed stained glass is the dust in the timepiece
the sinew machine detail deteriorates glamorously
green pioneers ring about the wrecks of the previously
I browse about dreamily

Rain just a few more hours from the valley
dry rockslides slide loudly
and patter the same frequencies
as raindrops and tree leaves

Forget me, the trees breathe
and the birds sing
and the remains all splayed out
to greet thee, Rain,
and the release of the impulse of curiosity
and the replacement fears of asbestos
of rusty nails and shattered circuitry
of plasma and cancerous proximity
release me to feel at ease with leaving

Rain will be coming
to the valley this evening
the neighbors are leaving
they are packing their siftings

the gray way the TV man's feet
they keep shifting
his news crew loosely following

as he interviews that loose screw
who survived it all in his pool

last day the location's cool
but the rockslides and the rivulets
at the start of it
they'll get those too

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Special thanks to Ms. Libby for the poster! Check her out HERE!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

"This is amazing. In a few years we won't even have to dig..."