Archive for November, 2008

30
Nov
08

Rambling: Beautifying your desktop

Hello, lovely blog readers. Now here is the truth about me: I’m a Windows user. I know that is sooo lame these days, what with Linux being for the more evolved computer users and Mac being for the design-conscious superuser with too much money and artsy, uncluttered desks…. I say all of this out of envy, of course, because I can’t make myself spend all that money on a Mac and I am too lazy and, well, dependend on my Windows applications to seriously use the Ubuntu I have as a second OS on my laptop.

Anyway, not to bore you with my excuses for still using a Micro$oft product (XP, by the way, not Vista), but let me just tell you how even I can feel fancy and hip like a Mac User.

STARDOCK OBJECTDOCK & OBJECTBAR

Yes. Catchy, isn’t it? Objectdock lets you put a fancy bar at the bottom of the screen that looks like the ones you no doubt ran the mouse over before on the 2.000 EUR Mac in the computer store. And Objectbar gives you the bar on top of the screen that looks like it belongs there, too. Truth be told, the only reason I have it there is because I constantly use the volume settings from the system tray, so I can’t live without it. Anyway, see for yourself how pretty everything has become.

[thumbnail - Pretty desktop without explanations
AFTER – Pretty (without explanations)

[thumbnail] pretty with explanations
AFTER – Pretty (with explanations)

BEFORE - not so pretty
BEFORE – Not as pretty, despite Kara Thrace

UPDATE: The flower wallpaper is Pod Wall by skurvash.

UPDATE: Sadly enough, you can only use ObjectBar for free for 45 days. That’s a shame, really, because I liked the simplicity of it. I looked at a lot of alternatives, but none seemed to look nice enough and show the running processes at the same time. So after much toying around, I accidentally gave my taskbar the old and simple Windows 95 look and moved it to the top of the screen. Not as nice as ObjectBar, but good enough for now.

17
Nov
08

Music Monday #21: Wanda Jackson – Funnel Of Love

It’s Music Monday! Are you as suprised as I am?
Today I thought I’d bring you something totally unexpected. It’s an old old song by one Wanda Jackson. “Wanda Jackson, the rockabilly singer?” I hear you say. Yes. What’s wrong with a little variety? Nothing!

I think her voice is cool and unusual and has some of the same quality that makes Macy Gray songs strangely enjoyable. There’s beauty in the unusual, I suppose.

Anyway, without further ado, watch the following video for a preview, or just get the MP3s down below. And don’t forget to comment!

Wanda Jackson – Funnel Of Love (Megaupload)
Wanda Jackson – Funnel Of Love (Mediafire)

16
Nov
08

Video Saturday #32: Luck and Parking

There are a lot of really bad videos on YouTube, videos of people getting hurt, making a fool of themselves pranks, etc. etc. That’s why I like the following video.It’s a good videos of people actually being LUCKY.

Here’s another very very lucky man:

This next video is cool, because that’s EXACTLY how I park a car.

11
Nov
08

Video Saturday #31: Uwe Boll Interview

I know it’s not technically Saturday, but who cares. Today, finally, after three months or so, Paco put the Uwe Boll interview on his website at Vicisitud y sordidez. I had the great privilege of attending this interview. The idea came from Dando, cinephile and co-worker of mine. He simply asked Uwe Boll if he could interview him, and Uwe said, “sure.”

So before I knew it, five of us were on our way to Uwe Boll’s house and despite everything bad that is said about his movies (some of which is even true), he is one sweet fella. He was entirely hospitable, very chatty and quite entertaining. Not much of the footage I shot was used in the video Paco eventually assembled for his blog, but I think they made it quite entertaining and it is a well-cut little thing.

Anyway, here it is. Enjoy and comment.

You can also download the video in better quality as an MP4 here:
>> Uwe Boll Interview – July 2008 (.mp4, 37MB) <<

02
Nov
08

Video Saturday #30 – Random Stuff

Today I want to bring you just some random stuff that doesn’t really fit any particular topic. You might find it amusing anyway. So without further ado, I bring you:

Will It Blend? – Glowsticks: This guy with his fancy BlendTec
blender blends all sorts of things to show what power
his blender has. This one is actually quite pretty.


Drawning With Water: Making The Art For Alan’s War


And in case you have a lot of time, you can watch Louis Theroux documentary on the Phelps family, the Most Hated Family In America.
The Most Hated Family In America – Part 1
The Most Hated Family In America – Part 2
The Most Hated Family In America – Part 3
The Most Hated Family In America – Part 4
The Most Hated Family In America – Part 5
The Most Hated Family In America – Part 6
The Most Hated Family In America – Part 7
The Most Hated Family In America – Part 8

And now for something funny again:

Enjoy, and comment.