Friday, November 30, 2007

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Ninja Parade (flash)

Ninja Parade slips through town unnoticed once again (rated PG).

Twigger's Holiday Ep 2 (flash)

Episode 2 of Twigger's Holiday, episodes 1, 3, 4 and 5 are also online (rated R).

Monday, November 26, 2007

Cirque Teaser

Cirque du Soleil sign in Hollywood, CA.

HuckChuckFacts (flash)

Quite possibly the funniest campaign ad I've ever seen (rated PG). Excellent example of crafting a message to compete for attention with a better funded opposition.

Leg Peeing (flash)

Whitest Kids U Know's deeply childish battle of pride (rated R).

Mr. T World of Warcraft Commercial (flash)

Mr. T talks about World of Warcraft and his character (rated PG).

Georgia Police Storm TV station

Opposition protesters in Georgia returned to the streets November 25 with a demand for the reopening of pro-opposition television and radio broadcaster Imedi

(from eurasianet.org). Opposition TV station IMEDI, whose web site (http://imedinews.ge/en) does not seem to be responding, was shut down by Georgian police in Tbilisi, Georgia. The last moments are on YouTube in a few different versions and also part can be seen with an english translation:

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Santa

Santa Claus at Burbank Town Center.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Improv City IV (flash)

The fourth installment of the Improv City series which is "for serious improv initiates only" (rated PG-13).

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Early Christmas

Christmas decorations for sale early (before Thanksgiving) in Burbank,
CA.

Bad Meat Sneak Preview (flash)

Clip from the upcoming comedy Bad Meat (rated R).

Baghdad’s Security Improves

The security improvements in most neighborhoods are real. Days now pass without a car bomb, after a high of 44 in the city in February. The number of bodies appearing on Baghdad’s streets has plummeted to about 5 a day, from as many as 35 eight months ago, and suicide bombings across Iraq fell to 16 in October, half the number of last summer and down sharply from a recent peak of 59 in March, the American military says.
As a result, for the first time in nearly two years, people are moving with freedom around much of this city. In more than 50 interviews across Baghdad, it became clear that while there were still no-go zones, more Iraqis now drive between Sunni and Shiite areas for work, shopping or school, a few even after dark. In the most stable neighborhoods of Baghdad, some secular women are also dressing as they wish. Wedding bands are playing in public again, and at a handful of once shuttered liquor stores customers now line up outside in a collective rebuke to religious vigilantes from the Shiite Mahdi Army
(from The New York Times).

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Mels Drive-In

Mels Drive-In in Hollywood, CA.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Not The Daily Show, With Some Writer

Biting commentary about producers and executives like Summer Redstone from a striking writer (rated PG-13).

Talk with Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock speaks about film: montages, juxtaposition, orchestration, cutting and more (rated PG-13).

Clinton Admits Planting Questions

She called on a young woman. As a young person, said the well-spoken Muriel Gallo-Chasanoff, I'm worried about the long-term effects of global warming. How does your plan combat climate change?
Well, you should be worried, Clinton replied. You know, I find as I travel around Iowa that it's usually young people that ask me about global warming.
There's a good reason for that, too. The question was a plant, totally rigged in advance, like a late-night infomercial. Just before the public forum a Clinton staffer had chosen the young woman, a student at Grinnell College, and asked her to ask that specific question. To watch a video of the staged question and the pefectly-formatted response, click here
(from Los Angeles Times).

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Women In Art (flash)

500 years of female portraits in Western Art (rated PG).

I Am A Building (flash)

Mike and Mike have the strangest lunch ever (rated PG-13).

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Feed Validator

If you are doing something that requires you to raw code a feed, either RSS or atom, feedvalidator.org can check your work. It validates quickly, and provides useful tips on how to fix your feed if it's broken.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Robots.txt Validator

To affect what automated visitors see when they visit your website, you can use a robots.txt file. You'll need to be able to create a file at the root level of your web site. You can use a standard text editor to make you robots.txt file (e.g., TextEdit, Notepad, etc.).

You may want to check the syntax of your live robots.txt file, the one on your site now, using a robots.txt validator. Robots.txt validtors can be very useful to verify you've set your robots.txt file up to do what you really want it to do. It helps reduce human error, especially as the file gets larger.

Remember that while web robots (search engine spiders and such) often do obey the instructions they find in robots.txt files, a robots.txt file is not a security measure. Robots.txt files are your suggestions about what machines should and should not access, they won't control who or what can access anything on your web site. To actually restrict access to your site (or just certain directories) you can often set up authentication, authorization and access control using a .htaccess file.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Bird of Paradise (flower)

Bird of Paradise in Burbank, CA.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Space Station Tour

A virtual tour of the International Space Station (rated PG).

Morphable Model Faces

3D modifiable faces based on single still pictures (rated PG).

ASL-ish Karaoke

Sign language interpretation of the song 'Torn' (rated PG).

Thursday, November 8, 2007

WGA Galaxy

Slightly funny examination of what a world without writers would be like (rated PG).

Tim O. (flash)

Actor-Writer Tim O'Malley attempts to laugh at his past, his alcoholism, drug addiction and recovery (rated R).

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Top Gear: Ariel Atom (flash)

The Ariel Atom is a fourwheeled car that drive fast and stably (rated PG-13).

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Cheating Color

In a web page design, cheating colors is a way to make colors appear to be the same, when in fact they are different. Depending on context (e.g., background, surroundings, etc.) a color may _appear_ different when in fact it is the same as another area on a web page.

For instance, a light color on a light background may look slightly lighter when it is a small area (e.g., small text) than it does in a large area (e.g., header text). Making the smaller area actually darker, can make the two different areas appear to be the same color.

Similarly, but in reverse, a dark color on a dark background may look better if lightened in small areas relative to bigger areas.

Spin (flash)

If a DJ could change the world, or if God were a DJ (rated PG-13).

Monday, November 5, 2007

Robot Attack Insurance (flash)

Saturday Night Live's "Robot Attack" commercial. Robots attack old people and steal their medicine for fuel (rated PG-13).

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Magic Trick (flash)

Barry and Stuart do a series of magic tricks (rated PG).

Monday Morning Sky Show

In the heavens Monday morning, two planets, two space ships, the moon and an exploding comet promise quite a show.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Thursday, November 1, 2007

iPhone Costume (flash)

iPhone Halloween costumes that are pretty impressive (rated PG). Music is Satisfaction by Benny Benassi & The Biz.

Scary Mary

'Mary Poppins' trailer recut as horrow movie (rated PG-13).

Horror Friends (flash)

Horror movie villians as friends, a parody of the sitcom (rated PG-13).