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Pixel art flows onto the streets

04.25.2008 @ 9:48 AM in Culture
I love me some pixel art. In the old forum days, I was a part of a coalition upgrading smileys to par with what we believed to be a standard. I even started a little pixel art village. Seems like someone in NYC loves pixel art so much he had to share it with the real world. The above "spillage" was seen on 9th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, and unfortunately some peckerheaded fucktard decided it wasn't nice enough and tagged it shortly after.

Buffalo Lunch Randomizer: Let BRO choose where you eat

04.25.2008 @ 9:13 AM in Buffalo
  • BRO - A new site - www.buffalolunchrandomizer.com - has just launched. The site, which is still in beta, contains 108 WNY lunch options, which are ranked by the site creators based on overall dining experience. The site includes all kinds of restaurants, from the Malamute to Mythos, from Wasabi to Chuck E. Cheese.
Saw this originally on Pundit's site, gave it a whirl, and as expected:  it pulls a random lunch option based on your criteria, weighted by the developers dining experience. Sounds great, but just who are these food loving developers? The site and BRO say Egghead Interactive, but the web is pretty silent about who they are. WHOIS states that buffalolunchrandomizer.com is owned by "Barry Heneghan," who is CEO of HyperLocalMedia, which owns BuffaloRising, making this a shameless plug without the professional balls to admit its their own project. Whatever, the lunch randomizer is pretty cool, but to be fair it should be noted that the "ranking" of places to eat is biased on the part of BRO staff, no doubt. Thus I redub the lunch randomizer as BROiLR, for Buffalo Risings interactive Lunch Randomizer

Porn for the blind, seriously.

04.24.2008 @ 1:30 PM in Lifestream
Porn is great, but just not very accessable. Thats why Pornfortheblind.org was started, "a not-for-profit organization dedicated to producing audio descriptions of sample movie clips from adult web sites. This service is provided free of charge." Thats it folks, head over to the (questionably) accessable website, and listen so some of your favorite porn websites, narrated for you. The site needs your help, and you can record your own narrations of your favorite porns and websites to help pump up the library a bit.

GRL Documentary Sneak Peak

04.24.2008 @ 11:21 AM in Technology
BoingBoing TV gave us an early peak at the upcoming documentary on the Graffiti Research Lab, a collective "dedicated to outfitting graffiti artists, pranksters, and protesters with open source technologies for urban communication." Some of you may not have heard of the GRL, but possibly if you remember the giant scare with the ATHF Mooninites in Boston, they were the first to be blamed (then it turned out to be just a dumb stunt by Adult Swim). And if you've ever seen or heard of a LED throwie, its the GRL that came up with them. The press release, as redacted by the dept of Homeland Graffiti
  • From their origins in the trash room of a non-profit in Manhattan to their emergence as the instigators of an international art movement, Graffiti Research Lab: The Complete First Season documents the adventures of an architect and an engineer who quit their day jobs to develop high-tech tools for the art underground. The film follows the GRL and their network of graffiti artist collaborators (and commercial imitators) across four continents as they write on skyscrapers with lasers, mock advertisers with homemade tools, get in trouble with The Department of Homeland Security and make activism fun again. Primarily using video footage from point-and-shoot digital cameras (“The Pocket School”) and found-content on the web, the movie’s visual style draws as much from the art of the power point presentation and viral media as conventional documentary cinema. Narrated by GRL co-founders, Roth and Powderly, The Complete First Season makes a humorous and insightful argument for free speech in public, open source in pop culture, the hacker spirit in graffiti and not asking for permission in general. The film was premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008. Available 24/7 on The Pirate Bay.

Google owns sexpornotits.com and thousands more

04.23.2008 @ 4:02 PM in Technology
Seeing as Google owns pretty much everything else, why would it suprise us that they own thousands of domains? Pingdom has done what they do best (ping of course!) and compiled a giant list of all the domains owned (or merely pointed) by Google. Some of my favorites....
  • gmailblows.com
  • googleporn.com
  • googlepoo.com
  • googlemotherfucker.com
  • mariolovespasta.com
  • frooglesucks.com
  • googleclusters.com
  • bayareaburritos.com
  • hostedbygoogle.com
Read this doc on Scribd: 0804 google domains
Pingdom via Techcrunch

Snap! LAYYYYDEEEES!!

04.22.2008 @ 3:45 PM in Lifestream
Snap! LAYYYYDEEEES!!
  • Shoutout to Mister Lorenzo Derasemowse, Best New Teacher of the Year in Las
    Vegas! Look bitch, I snapped back so shut your face and get a ticket out
    here to see your family. Then we'll see about coming over there :P.

    As for the snap, more office toys, the ones in front are Kozik Chumps, a new
    blind box series produced by Kidrobot. They feature 13 "jail bait" models,
    intent on jackin the accesories of your other vinyl, then 12 "jail bird"
    editions, the locked up flipsides, complete with stripes and ball and chain.
    Of course, I got these at Hero on Allen.>

Marc Chiat – PELOUCHE

04.22.2008 @ 12:19 PM in Culture
What could be so interesting about 12 cutesy little stuffed animals? Roll over each one to witness a preview of the devastation to come when you click down. well, Roll over once you visit the site, of course.

Snap! Watching revenge via youtube

04.21.2008 @ 8:38 PM in Lifestream
Snap! Watching revenge via youtube
  • Sitting in Angels house (soon to be mine too, moving in with him next month) watching playwright Tricia Walsh-Smith get back on her husband Phil Smith by spilling his T on youtube. Check it out, http://youtube.com/watch?v=hx_WKxqQF2oThanks to "blue" for the snap>

Do Joo know what time it is?

04.21.2008 @ 12:53 PM in Lifestream
CHISME Time! Latina Queen of all media, La Coacha, Finally has her own site, chismetime.com. This started after "la phasebook" deleted her account due to "some yealous beesh" saying her account was "sexually esplicit" Bout time la coacha! We love Joo!

Weekend Happenings

04.21.2008 @ 12:30 PM in Buffalo
I made my debut as a media professional this weekend with my first ever photo credential at a Buffalo Bandits Lacrosse game. Andy Kulyk, a good friend and fellow WNYM blogger has been doing the sports reporting for a while. Thanks to his connections with AV and overall journalistic experience, he's credentialed all over and routinely enjoys seasonal press access to Sabres, Bandits, and Bison games. I'm not really a sports guy, but Andy keeps trying to get me to go to a game or two, whether hockey or baseball, and to take advantage of my press abilities (I'm credentialable? who knew?). I agreed to a Buffalo Bandits (National Lacrosse League) game, and sent off the request for a day photo pass for the 4-19 game against the Chicago Shamrox. I'm no photographer, and I certainly dont own a fancy DSLR (let alone use one), but I can snap a few commanding shots when needed. One thing I have never done is shot sports photography, let me tell you, its hard. I have to give a lot of credit to the pros for being able to watch the whole field for perfect moments through a little viewfinder while manhandling a giant telephoto lense. So here I go, all shy and completely green about all of this, as Andy gives me a rundown and tells me I'll have nearly unfettered acccess to the HSBC arena, minus the catwalk (damn!). I borrowed Angels Sony Cybershot DSC-H2 for the occasion, determined not to look like a silly blogger peeking his point-and-shoot through a tiny hole in the lexan. in addition to being a first for press credentials, this was a first for a watching lacrosse game. Andy gave me some details as I sat in the press box with him; I took note of the body favoring attire of lacross players. I decided I like this game, somewhat like soccer with a bit of hockey brutality. After watching a bit of the game from the box, I made my way down to the boards, and started to do my thing. Two things I learned immediately:
  • Don't use the boards for support. Bandits fans are crazy, and enjoy pounding on the lexan boards, resulting in a rattled photog who isn't paying attention to the crowd behind him,
  • A press pass does make you look cool. Might not get you laid, but let an energetic fan spot you with a camera and a press pass and you are immediately subjected to a display that can only be matched by a wild pheasant's mating rituals.
The most incredible thing to me was walking out onto the field, seconds after the game, to shoot a clip of the players making a victory lap (13-9 bandits BTW). The view from the field was amazing, seeing the view as a player would, peering out at the raving crowd, decked in the team colors of orange and black, totally awesome. The locker room was the final stop. I watched Andy and the other media guys shove recorders in players faces and hang on every word, I relaxed and took it all in. Leaving the stadium, Andy said I did everything right; I didn't tell him I almost got lost trying to find the press elevator. I suppose I'll do the press pass more often, its the best way to watch any game. Check out the photoset on flickr. There are also a few video clips of the Bandettes performing in between periods.