tisdag 29 september 2009

Yoshii workflow

Check out how Japanese master 3D cutie character guru Yoshii does his thang in Modo:

And here is an interview with Yoshii:

UK Hip Hop Comedy

Check this out, some blokes made a movie, a mockumentary of course, about some hip hop geezers:

måndag 28 september 2009

100 "greatest" Youtube videos

Here's a compilation, you might have seen most of them, entertaining nontheless:

torsdag 24 september 2009

Soon you'll be walking the streets seeing customised ads

Here's an Iphone app that will show you fast food joints and subway stations through the camera:

Read article on Boingboing: http://www.boingboing.net/2009/09/24/augmented-iphone-app.html

Here's another take, soon you'll be gaming with 3D objects, placed "digitally in the real world". You'll have to go to specific spots to see the 3D objects:


I remember an illustration + text I did circa 1998 for an advertising biz weekly magazine, where the kids of the future would be wearing Internet-connected glasses which displayed user specific advertising in city environments. Advertising that would be individual, and changing from street to street, subway and buses. We are getting closer to this vision it seems.

onsdag 23 september 2009

Curb Your Bam-Bam Season 7

Larry David starts out season 7 in excellent form, more agressively arguable than ever. Larry is now in a relationship with Loretta Black, who, according to a doctor Larry insults for being gay, has cancer. And Jeff, Larry's agent, what does he do with Bam-Bam, Marty Funkhouser's mentally ill sister? Well, you have to watch to find out. You can amazingly enough watch the whole thing on Youtube, but hurry, that can't be for long:

Apple Tablet? Here's Bill, and he's smokin hot...

Check this out. Gives a new connotation to the word nifty:

They have a little film here: http://gizmodo.com/5365299/courier-first-details-of-microsofts-secret-tablet

If you ever wonder "Whats goin' on"...

The clever people at Google have come up with this interactive map that picks up on what's the buzz On Twitter in certain countries:
http://trendsmap.com/ Apparently, PeWee Herman is the hottest topic in California...

tisdag 22 september 2009

Beware the Bearsharktopus!

From Boingboing, "Just when you thought it was safe to go into the water!"

Up! - Bring gramps!

I saw Up! with my kids last weekend. It is a solid Pixar 3D-flick, a bit trippy, sometimes it feels like the plot is improvised. Contains elderly people who get to do Indiana Jones styled action sequences, which makes me think this movie is targeted at grandparents. To take their grandchildren to the cinema, where the kids get to see that old people can be cool too.

måndag 21 september 2009

Monster Art from the Fjords

Norwegian artist Kristian Hammerstad is crunching out super cool monster art in the style of Charles Burns, while listening to Norwegian Death Metal, or perhaps he prefers Turbonegro? However, the stuff is very funny, and not what you'd expect from the land of Fjords:

fredag 18 september 2009

I'm seein' colors...

Finally figured out how to do this:

Mayer Hawthorne - King of Wiggster Retro Soul

The album by 29 year old Michigan white black dude Mayer Hawthorne is better than anyone could expect. The man really delivers. It could be compared to the Duffy album from last year, in the way that it's extremely retro. Sounds more 60's soul than the real thing. The songs are strong, and he sings like a (white) god. On the Duffy album, however, the songs had more of an emotional load, perhaps. It sounded like they meant something to the artist. Mayer is perhaps a bit more ironic in his delivery. But he pulls it off brilliantly.

The album is super duper, and his videos makes me want to move to LA. From watching the videos one can conclude that the Mayer is a skater. Extra coolness points for that! A little research tells me he skates every day, but is more of a skate fan than a half pro. The Mayer has also been a rap artist/DJ called Haircut.

torsdag 17 september 2009

Freaky Future Stuff: Pen sketch a 3D object!

This is very interesting, even though I haven't yet figured out what a finished model would look like, but I guess it's mainly for creating that first mesh:

Kid Cudi

When I heard the name Kid Cudi I was expecting some autotune kiddo rapping about the usual clubs/rims/babes. Man was I dead wrong. Kid Cudi has probably made the most interesting hip hop album of the year.

It is sophisticated stuff, makes me think of old classic albums by people like Peter Gabriel. The name of the album, "Man On The Moon" gives associations to Pink Floyd. However, Kid Cudi is a great rapper. He's got a similar flow to Kanye or Jay-Z, in the way that he is often a bit delayed on the rap compared to the beat.

Great album that probably could crossover to folks who normally don't listen to rap. It includes a single you've probably heard, Day N Nite, which has been a huge hit. Great 70's styled album cover. He's a protegé of Kanyes', and has also worked with Common and Jay-Z.

tisdag 15 september 2009

Mike Judge's Extract

Mike Judge, the man behind Beavis & Butthead made one of my fave movies ever: Office Space, from 1999. Now he's back with almost-as-good new flick Extract.

The movie features the guy from Arrested Development, Jason Bateman as the lead. A successful soft drink factory owner, who leads a nice but boring suburban life. When his wife say NO constantly, he starts thinking about having an affair. His buddy, a bartender played by Ben Affleck (ok), comes up with the bright idea to hire a gigolo to check if Bateman's wife is faithful.

Anyhow, the movie is good solid fun, with a great scam-artist female who is Batemans love interest, played by Mila Kunis, and loads of fun working class types from the factory. Not as brilliant as Office Space, but hey, you only paint a Mona Lisa once.

måndag 14 september 2009

fredag 11 september 2009

Quentin The Comedian

Just watched Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds (hard to spell), and guess I thought it was a so-so movie. Great acting, and also very funny to see Wayne from Wayne's world (Mike Myers) as a stiff-lipped British officer. Brad Pitt is okay as the redneck leader of the basterds.

The whole concept, with a bunch of jewish sadists going medieval on nazis is a bit ridiculous, but works okay for entertainment. The fact that the movie changes the outcome of WW2 entirely is quite banal, letting the nazi party leaders including Hitler get killed trapped in a burning movie theater in Paris.

Tarantino is a bit of a comedian, and his films are usually filled with little cool details and jokes. When he on the premiere night in Berlin has an after party including a female black singer from Sweden, makes you wonder if the Germans have given him bad reviews previously? (In the end a full movie theatre of Nazis/Germans gets massacred).

Here's a clip from CNN where the killing of Nazis is called "fun":

Here's a clip from the Berlin premiere, with a different focus:

torsdag 10 september 2009

How could I have missed Seth Godin?

Wow, this guy Seth Godin seems to be as cool as any of the cool pop-sociologists like Chris Anderson or Malcolm Gladwell. Here you can watch one of his speeches totally free. Probably cost about 2000 dollars a pop if your boss woulda sent ya:

måndag 7 september 2009


Jay-Z: Blueprint 3

I like this picture of Jay-Z and Beyonce vacationing. They look good together. Notice the way Jiggaman is wearing his trunks so his underwear shows. My son does the same, funny! This has been a big hype for teens in Sweden for almost ten years now!
Anyhow, Jay-Z:s Blueprint 3 is out, and without going into details, I can say that it is a good album. Say one third of the songs are built upon annoying samples, or use autotune, which I hate. But the other two thirds are good stuff. One song is based on 80's anthem "Forever Young", which is a song I normally can't stand, somehow works okay with Jiggaman's rap. Alicia Keyes is featured on one track, she's almost always great. Here she delivers. Farrell is on a little jazzy-weird tune, that also works. The first single, "Run This Town" with Kanye and queen of R'n'B blandness, Rihanna, is a dull thing, with horrible wailing from Rihanna.

More fruit

I'm makin' a 3D frootcake!

fredag 4 september 2009

froot froot

A peach I've done in C4D, whilst learning 3D techniques:

Michael & Michael Have Issues

Wow, hadn't heard of this show until yesterday when someone recommended it. And man, it blew me away. The first episode is up there with Curb Your Enthusiasm and Sarah Silverman. Very clever and funny.

The plot is basically about two coworkers, writers for a comedy TV-show, who constantly bicker, and start fistfights/beefs with each other, and their "fellow" coworkers. Let me say that they are quite vicious, but since the show is so far over the top, they get away with it.

The theme is quite similar to Studio 50 On Sunset Strip, and 30 Rock, but they have a more contemporary, more documentary style. The little skits thrown in are always insanely funny, like this one:

torsdag 3 september 2009

Fun Buddies in Dino-Land

Just watched Will Ferrell's new flick Land of The Lost featuring my new comedy fave Danny McBride from TV's Eastbound & Down. Saw the movie with my kids, and they all enjoyed it highly, and so did I.
The movie is good fun, a bit trippy, and stays on the tongue-in cheek side of going hot turkey. If you, like me, are a fan of both Ferrell and McBride, the movie is a winner. If you don't care for classic zany US comedy, stay home.

onsdag 2 september 2009

Entourage Season 6: Let Bros Be Bros

Entourage Season 6 keeps the quality level up and sizzling. The first few episodes are a bit on the lighter side, but later into the season the drama heats up. So does Johnny Drama, who is hired as a lead in a cheezy TV-sereies, which becomes a hit. At least he's got a job! Vince is hugely successful with a Scorsese movie, and is back on top. Of last season's financial crisis there are no traces.

These episodes are more "man magaziney" than ususal, with Vince and Drama using their Hollywood status to pick up women. Ari shows a heart, helping new character played by Gary Cole, famous for his part in 80's TV series Midnight Caller. This time he plays the part of an unstable agent working under Ari.

In episode eight, Swedish cult actor Peter Stormare appears as a badass security consultant, hired to protect Vince from a stalker. Other guest appearances are from people like 50 cent, Bob Saget and Josh Wedon. Even show creator Mark Wahlberg pops up in a golf tournament.

The show is as always great, if you can smirk at the laddiness factor, and life in LA seems quite okay.