In one of the more bizarre cultural mash-ups of our post modern society, in honour of their new feature film, the Simpson clan has been featured in a fashion spread in Harper’s Bazaar with Linda Evangelista. Homer dressed up as Karl Lagerfeld is probably one of the funniest sight gags I’ve ever seen, and Marge actually looks pretty damn hot with her hair down, lounging in the Versace dress you see above.
Archive for July, 2007
The tagline states, “Where ravaging tentacles explore the female student body”, and there’s not a word of it a lie. Part porn site, part creepy tentacle-obsessed choose-you-own-adventure, Shokushu High isn’t for the weak of stomach or faint of heart. With a combination of carefully chosen illustrations and lavishly descriptive text, you’re invited to wander the halls of a school that brims with perversity and lust, not to mention pseudopods of evil. Highly recommended.
Shokushu High School [Adults only, NSFW]
Oh, if only it were true. I don’t know who made it, I don’t know what possessed them, but it’s here, and it’s absolutely hilarious. Using clips from the Super Mario Bros. Super Show, some brave soul has made what could’ve been the most educational thing ever for my generation: The Nintendo Sex Education Video. Prepare to learn as Mario and Luigi travel the pipes and tell you all about disease and hygeine! If only I’d seen this when I was younger, maybe I would’ve turned out better.
The Lost Nintendo Sex Ed. Tape [YouTube]
Amazing piece of art here. Theo Jansen is a kinetic sculptor who lives in Holland. Using the wind on the beaches of the Netherlands to power his works, he builds these giant skeletons which are able to walk. According to his Wikipedia article, Jansen is “dedicated to creating artificial life through the use of genetic algorithms”. He tests the survival-fitness of his pieces by studying their ability to survive on the beach while moving around within enclosed areas of both wet and dry sand. He then “breeds” his structures together, and grades the “offspring”. By doing this, complex designs emerge on an almost evolutionary scale. So damn cool.
This is a sample page from 200 Bad Comics, an archive of a bet to draw 200 (can you guess?) bad comics. Some are funny, some are dumb, some are just wtf weird, but the whole thing shouldn’t take you more than half an hour to go through, and really, do you have anything better to do? No. 21 is my favourite right now, but I can’t stop giggling at no. 25. I also have a sudden craving for Mexican food.
200 Bad Comics [Nedroid]
This picture was taken on Avenida Chapultepec and Calle de Monterrey in Colonia Roma. She was a very famous journalist who wrote some really good books. That day she had a book-release party and was on her way there. She was all made up, going to pick up her sister to go to the event. Crossing the street, two cars crashed and then ran her over. This picture is great because she has all her makeup on and she just doesn’t look dead even though she is.
Not much more to say to that. She just looks so… uncomfortable. I think it’s nice that young man is giving her a blanket…
Enrique Metinides is our new favorite photographer [Viceland.com, via Ectoplasmosis]
In the 1890′s, the Antikamnia (opposed to pain) Medical Company used a series of amusing skeletal cartoons to advertise their wares. These cartoons were drawn by Louis Crucius, a pharmacist, doctor, and Professor of Anatomy, who started drawing them while working at a pharmacy in his school years. The AntiKamnia company produced medicines containing acetanilid, an anti-fever drug with pain relieving properties. It was later found to be both toxic and addictive. Apparently it was often mixed with codeine, to increase it’s pain-relieving effects. Nothing keeps your customers like making your medicines physically addictive! Anyhow, they used Dr. Crucius’ little skele-men in calendars from 1897 through 1901. The fellow pictured above is my favourite so far; I love the way the officer is stroking his goatee. If you like the style (and how could you not?) BibliOdyssey has many more, as well as a more detailed history, and links for further reading.
The Antikamnia Chemical Company [BibliOdyssey]
Isn’t this a treat on a gloomy Monday morning. The Wellcome library has recently released their image collection to the web under a Creative Commons license. With over 40,000 images dealing with medicine from the ages of witchcraft to modern biomedical breakthroughs, and with more images being added constantly, the depth of this archive is intense, and must be experienced to be understood.
It’s a sad day for the people of Earth. One of our staunchest news sources, the people who were unafraid to print the real truth, has been taken out back for the final countdown. Yes, after twenty-seven years informing the globe about the dangers of Satan, alien involvement in world government, and really really fat people and animals, is closing, with no reason nor rhyme given, with their final published issue due August 3rd. One can only conclude that their brand of hard-hitting journalism was just too dangerous to the status quo in the locked-down, media-controlled USA. I give my thanks to these brave souls, and hope that they know that they will never be forgotten.
Weekly World News: Bat Boy Loses Home [Gambling911.com]
Today for your listening pleasure, it’s my pleasure to present to you a collection of links to soundtrack blogs. These fine individuals collate the rare, obscure, and unreleased amongst cinematic sounds, and present them to the Web. Strike fast, and grab what you like; they usually have a short lifespan.
The Manchester Morgue is a great blog that’s updated every few days. Its primary focus seems to swing between teen comedy and obscure horror soundtracks, though the occasional post deals with old horror magazines or always-welcome episodes of MST3K.
Endless Mike doesn’t have a lot of stuff posted, but is well worth visiting for Esquivel’s soundtrack to Cabaret Trágico, apparently one of his last filmic works before moving to America for the big-time.
X-Y-Z Cosmonaut doesn’t specialize in music posts, but the ones he provides are top-notch. Soundtracks for Japanese kids show Battle Fever J and British comedian John Shuttleworth can be found on the first page, amongst posts about Doctor Who and indie comics. Definitely entertaining.
The Rare and OOP Soundtracks blog is precisely what is sounds like. Presenting a large selection of movie soundtracks, with a particular focus on the New Age style sound of bands such as Vangelis and Tangerine Dream, there’s a lot of stuff here which is amazingly obscure, or just plain unavailable anywhere else. Electronic artists will be sure to find this archive of interest, for inspiration, or moog-y 70s samples.
7 Black Notes, the self-described “Strange Side of Movie Music”, is no longer updating, but the links still work for now! Be sure to grab such rarities as the unreleased second score for Luc Besson’s The Big Blue, or the full soundtrack for Santa Claus: The Movie if you’re up for some Christmas in July.
Finally Soundtrack Sharity offers digital downloads of the promotional discs composers put out to advertise themselves or their work. Theres quite a few oddities here, from the soundtrack to Ernest Saves Christmas as composed by The X-Files’ Mark Snow, to an unreleased score for Air Force One composed by singer-songwriter Randy Newman.
In what is possibly one of the best videos I’ve ever seen in my life, on or off-line, 1500 Filipino prison inmates perform the zombie dance from Thriller. Please make special note of the very, homely looking inamte dressed as the girlfriend, and think of what he must’ve done to get that role. Also important to note is that this is just their practice session; one can only speculate on the wonder and glory that the final performance will be like.
Now, this is just freaky. From Alice, of the wonderful Wonderland blog, we get this Alice in Wonderland doll, by way of Barbie. Look at those eyes, halfway between a traditional Barbie and the over-exaggerated, anime-y Bratz dolls. I do like the dress though, that Gothic Lolita retro-Victorian feel. As Alice says, very harajuku. I think the Cheshire Cat is staring up her camisole though. Now, you ask yourself, we have Barbie, what about Ken? Yes, my child… What about Ken?
Apparently, “Ken” is now an old woman with a taste for overtly large head wear. Really kids, what the hell is going on here? Barbie is an interesting, if unexpected, blending of the imagery of both universes. This, this is just bizarre. I can’t stop staring at his freakish, old woman face, the sad, world-weary gaze of longing. This Ken knows he’s not getting any tail any time soon, unless it’s cottontail, and he’s just not happy about it. Apparently, they’re bringing out a Red Queen as well; I’m crossing my fingers for Skipper.
Barbie Alice in Wonderland set, via Wonderland
On May 3rd, 1945, at the tail end of World War II, Ezra Pound turned himself in to the American military for his involvement with Mussolini’s government. He was arrested, and tried for treason. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity, and spent the next twelve years in an asylum. Considering it could’ve been the death penalty, he got a pretty good deal.
Civic Portraiture #24 [if charlie parker was a gunslinger, there'd be a whole lot of dead copycats]
Taken from the headlines of the Ann Arbor News:
An Ann Arbor man is facing rape charges after police said he convinced a victim of a previous sexual assault that he wanted to help police by re-enacting the crime early Saturday morning.
I must say, that’s a new one in the ways of pick-up lines for me. “Oh, you poor thing. You know what I bet would help? A re-enactment! C’mon, we’ll do up the living room; you can use your bears!” I really wish I was exaggerating here. Well, maybe a bit on the fruity side, but really, read this from further down the article:
The woman said Stephens, whom she had known for several years, saw her and approached her in a grocery store about a week ago. During their conversation she said she was sexually assaulted in early May and that police were investigating but had not made an arrest, reports said. At the end of that conversation he agreed to fix her air conditioner in the near future, she said.
As the victim prepared for bed after midnight, Stephens came over holding a brown paper bag with a bottle of tequila, reports said. She told police that he said he had a friend in the police department who was interested in the case and suggested they re-enact the incident for “vital” information.
She agreed and they began drinking, as on the night of the previous assault. At one point they even rearranged furniture and placed stuffed animals in chairs to represent other people who were there that night, police reports said.
The fact that they actually used her stuffed animals for bystanders really tickles me. Okay, so, this guy you kinda know comes over to your house at midnight to “fix your air conditioner”, armed with a bottle of tequila and a hair-brained plan he got from his “friend” the “police officer”, and you don’t get the least little bit suspicious? I mean, I’m not one to play blame the victim or anything, but seriously, this girl needs to get her danger awareness ramped up. I mean, she just had her traumatic incident a little over two months ago, if that. Shouldn’t she be at least a little paranoid, if for no reason other than just post-traumatic stress? Some people just have no survival instincts nowadays. At least they guy’s been caught and charged though; I’d hate to think such a stupid and perverse plan would be rewarded by him escaping his just desserts.
Sneaking around the LiveJournal, I stumbled upon this lovely looking photo of a very disheveled looking Clara Bow, the It girl of the 1920′s. While the post involved says she was trying to be a scorching seductress, I prefer to think of her as a little goofy on something, being photographed candidly. The post-romp hairdo, that crooked little grin, and the upwardly raised eyes all convey a humour and immediacy that you just can’t fake. However, it should be remembered that Miss Bow was amazingly adept at the art of pantomime; it is, of course, the quality that brought her such success in the age of silent film. Such a beautiful girl, such a strong actress. It’d be amazing to see what she could do nowadays.
Miss Bow attempts the role of a scorching seductress, via livejournal
Oh course, it was only a matter of time before I did a post on one of my great loves, Lucha Libre. The history of free wrestling in Mexico dates back to the turn of the twentieth century, and the masked wrestler has evolved into one of the icons of Mexican culture. One of the most notable instances of this is the dozens upon dozens of films starring wrestlers as their masked personas. By far the most famous cinematic luchadore is Santo, the silver-masked titan who starred in almost every genre possible, from crime comedies to vampiric horror. Somewhat less prolific, though no less famous, Santo often starred with Mil Mascaras and the Blue Demon, both of whom starred in films of their own. Santo And Friends is a deep, devoted site dedicated to these demi-gods of wrestling, their films, and the general sci-fi/fantasy cinema of Mexico. Well worth a look if you’ve ever had any interest in this most fascinating sub-section of cinema, or if you have any appreciation for the high-flying art of Lucha Libre.