Archive for June, 2007

28
Jun
07

A Morally Reprehensible Music Video

Here is the music video for Waking the Cadaver‘s “Bloodsplattered Satisfaction”. The band hails from my home state of New Jersey. The video full of unsavory gore–as might be expected, given the title of the song. Said gore is clearly very fake and cheesy, but the brief introduction (of sorts) at the beginning of the video makes it a bit more disturbing than it might otherwise be.

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26
Jun
07

Girlfriend from a Past Life: Tamara de Lempicka

Aside from having that certain je-ne-sais-quoi that I find irresistible, Tamara de Lempicka (born Maria G√≥rska) was also one the most prominent painters from the Art Deco movement (which, coincidentally, happens to be one of my favorite styles of art). Sure, her womanizing (and I do mean womanizing) ways might be something of an obstacle to a healthy relationship, but I think we’d be able to work through it.

25
Jun
07

Required Reading: A Practical Guide to Suicide

A Practical Guide to Suicide, a publication of The Order of Kaos Under Satan, will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about suicide, and most likely a lot more. It contains an exhaustive list of common and uncommon methods of suicide, as well as an analysis of the mental preparation that goes into the act. It should be noted, however, that the guide does not go out of it’s way to justify or promote suicide. It is, nevertheless, quite a morbid read, but then again I have a tendency to be quite a morbid person.

24
Jun
07

Battle of the Sexes

This is a television spot for the Sunday edition of Britain’s Daily Mail. I hate commercials as much as any right-minded inhabitant of the industrialized world, but this one is just so damn well done that I can’t help but like it. Surely the duel between Penthesilea and Achilles could not have been so epic.

Originally found on Tubepicks.

18
Jun
07

The Forbidden Fruit

Here is an interesting little clip in which self-ascribed “brand futurist” Martin Lindstrom relates the three main similarities between Apple Computers and religion. According to Lindstrom, these three are mystery, iconography, and storytelling. The Apple iconography is obvious enough and the notion of mystery is at least plausible, but I’m not entirely sure I agree with Lindstrom as far as the storytelling aspect goes. Storytelling was certainly a big part of Apple’s advertising campaign (the very same one which produced the infamous Ellen Feiss spot,) but the storytelling aspect seems to have receded in importance in recent years. In any case, take a look and draw your own conclusions.

17
Jun
07

…In the Eye of the Beholder

Many times after seeing advertisements for the fashion industry or for beauty products, I’ve found it hard to believe that anybody really looks like the perfect, plastic women shown in the ads. This confirms my suspicions.

04
Jun
07

Beating Around…

George W. Bush is more than likely going to go down in history as one of the worst presidents in the history of the United States. Though he never played a lyre while Washington burned nor tried to appoint his favorite horse to the priesthood, Mr. Bush may be as close to an American parallel to Nero or Caligula as we are likely to get, at least where damage to the imperial reputation is concerned. One power that the emperors of old had that Mr. Bush does not is the ability to silence those who ridicule him, though it is probable that he wishes he did. Every president has been subject to his fair share of derision, but Mr. Bush might be the only president to bear the distinction of having two television programs dedicated specifically to lampooning him.

On June 13, Comedy Central will premiere the animated series Lil’ Bush, which paints the president and his closest confidants as modern-day counterparts to the Little Rascals of old. An unflattering portrayal of Mr. Bush, to be sure, and no doubt an indication of his current status in American society. Of course, this is not the first time.

Way back in the halcyon days that were the spring of 2001, Comedy Central briefly aired a sitcom entitled That’s My Bush!, the brainchild of South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker. The show was canceled due to high production costs.

It’s really a shame that nobody ever made a sitcom about a Roman Emperor; between Everybody Loves Caracalla and Domitian Knows Best, the possibilities are limitless.