Random observations, teachings and musings of a well trained cubicle superhero.

Saturday, April 30, 2005

Adidas - Hello Tomorrow [Dir:Spike Jonze]


Just because the sub-conscious is normally Michel Gondry's providence doesn't mean pal Spike Jonze can't visit from time to time. Available in :90, :60 and :30 configurations, Jonze's latest for Adidas is a gorgeous, delicate stroll through a dreamworld that feels blissfully out of step with the flex and testosterone of most running shoe commercials. The premise is simple: a man 'awakes' in a half-dream state, his shoes find their way onto his feet, he susses a door through the darkness of his bedroom and goes on a jog that takes him down forests, city streets and back alleys. Along the way, he flees a bear and a street sweeping machine and has an unfortunate collision with a fire hydrant; but really, the particulars of his adventure aren't that important -
it's the casual, light-as-air tone of the scenes and the way they instantly shift from one to the next that cements the spot's dreamlike feel. Even better are the sudden shifts in perspective (you know the kind: the ceiling becomes the floor becomes the wall becomes the ceiling, etc), which contribute to the disorienting tone in an organic way that doesn't detract from the spot or
send you thinking about the particulars of CGI. If anything, the charm of "Hello Tomorrow" comes from how quaint and homemade it feels, which, given the level of technical wizardry that no doubt went into it, is a testimony to the director and his crew. Tracked by a soundtrack composed by Jonze's brother Sam Spiegel and performed by his main squeeze, Yeah Yeah Yeah's Karen O, this is beautiful, immersive stuff.
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Looking for info on the soundtrack tune?
Karen O (YeahYeahYeahs)& Squeak E. Clean (Sam Spiegel) "Hello Tomorrow"

Friday, April 29, 2005

13 mics and Style 4 Free

Hashimoto Oaf-o passed on the info from CBC Radio (which I am rapidly warming to)

The following is courtesy of the Toronto Star via BugMeNot (which if you use, you should all be contributing to or you're a jerkwad.) NOW also has a good review here. Google results here.

Jaysay: Performace tonight and closing tomorrow, so be quick if you're interested. Telephone ordering is recommended. The fast and patient agent hooked us up with some nice seats and dealt with my craptastic background noise, as I was ordering tickets walking down a street full of honking cars, and hardly knew the title of the event. 10 points dude

13 mics and Style 4 Free

Written and performed by Benji Reid.
At the Harbourfront Centre Theatre until April 30.

"Yo Toronto! This is not sit-down-and-watch theatre. This is hip-hop theatre," announces Benji Reid. "Please make some noise." Hip-hop theatre it is, and to put it in his own Manchester idiom, it goes down a treat.
With the proclamation, "Hip hop is dead," the lithe and multi-talented Reid, backed by bassist Steve Ojay, drummer Simon Moore and turntablist Master Wong, launches 13 mics. Dancing around a forest of microphones, Reid gives a politicized history of hip hop, wandering back through blues, jazz and spirituals and forward to a scathing critique of U.S. hip hop.
Taking swipes at Eminem and P.Diddy as he raps through the last couple of decades, Reid accuses Sony and EMI of de facto racism. If they could, he suggests, the music industry would remix the words of Martin Luther King to sell Coca Cola.
"Hip hop's voice has not been lost," he insists. "It has been silenced." Preoccupied with drugs, violence and hatred, hip hop, says Reid, needs to be revived as the "universal language spoken in every ghetto."
Reid is "body-popping" as he moves from mic to mic, layering his message, taking on new characters, including a white British hip-hop artist. He moves like a four-armed octopus, or a wire-built figure manipulated by unseen hands. He does a funky step; he does a bad break dance; he makes like a gangsta rapper, desperately clutching his crotch.
For the improv session that follows, Style 4 Free, Reid reveals his mastery of the stage. He works up a little number on the proffered word "linoleum," does some passable ballet steps and shivers into a robotic routine, free-associating through his head mic.

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Thievery Corportation @ Carlu Wed,May18

I had a chance to catch Thievery Corporation about 2 years ago? at the Opera house and they were awesome. Although past releases have received some lacklustre reviews, the most recent offering is most undeniably groovy. I heart iTunes.

The venue is the new(ish)ly renovated shwank Carlu concert hall.

Thievery Corporation
The Carlu, Toronto (178 Victoria-across from where Traxx used to be)
Wed, May 18, 2005 09:00 PM

Additional Information: Floors are general admission for $35 and the Balcony seats and Mezz seats are $40. I called the venue and the kind lady was nice enough to let me know you ARE allowed to mengle on the dancefloor if you have reserved seats in the Balcony. I opted to pay the extra $5 in case they oversell or we need to escape. Floor Plan
CA $35.00 - CA $40.00 @ Tiketmonster

Im sure I'll post about this again in the future, as the Uma and I had planned to hit up the Montreal Jazz festival night will Strictly Kev running the DJ Food bit, but here's your second warning courtesy of the Chris biscuit after forgetting I already posted this before...

And this is WARNING 2 to pencil in downtime the morning of July 1st for severe hangover.

Thursday June 30
Toronto Opera House:
Bonobo, Live & Herbaliser Live.

Jtron's PSP review

So thanks to the redemption of Chapters Indigo gift certificates that covered about half the cost, I took the plunge and picked up a Sony PlayStation Portable. Quite frankly, it rules completely.
I do a lot of video stuff and I couldn't resist that bright screen. I drove the Uma back from work and had a chance to hack around with it for a few hours the first night and had the browser hack, PSPVideo9 rocking and had already outgrown the 32MB MemoryStick. The unit itself is gorgeous, you've all seen the photos. My only design gripe is weight (although some may argue this adds to it's "solid" feel) and the wiggly plastic shoulder buttons.
The browser hack has become more and more realistically usefull with each version of portal pages, but there should be an official version with full support for coding. Some pages, developed even on the WAP standard make the unit barf back to the start or reset.
Battery life even with WiFi and full brightness seems to be around 5-6 hours. I have honestly had no problems.
The graphics are awesome, I was fortunate enough to save about $10 on the odd Chapters bundle which gave me Wipeout Pure, NHL whatever, Spiderman 2 and the (royal) Sampler. The sampler includes a few music videos from shitty bands and demo reels from non-playable games. Even the PS1/2 had playable samplers. Jerk asses. Graphics although slightly more choppy on NHL than I had expected, were realistic and fluid. Capping the PSP at 222MHz does not seem to be hurting the performance that I could see. Multiple option screens defore you can actually play Wipeout makes me weep though. If they can save my vehicle and progress, why cant they save my language preference?
Ok MEMORY. Seems either Sony is controlling the Memory Stick tighter than DeBeers with the blingo, or there are alot more people with these units than I thought. The 512s ($108) are "out of stock" everywhere. So your options at present are the
1 GB High Speed Memory Stick PRO Duo™ Media $259.99" or the still overpriced
256 MB Memory Stick PRO Duo Media $69.99
bashtards! The 32 meg card with overhead is around 29 MB of usable space. At a usable quality, you're eating about a minute a meg. Translation, you are screwed. After consulting the henchmen at the Sony store who say they won't have the 512MB sticks in "for quite a while" my fate was sealed.
At this point with the limited game and video releases, this product is still a little on the expensive side. Once memory prices come down, video to PSP is faster and titles like RockStar North's GTA are released (June7th) it will make this device much more valuable.
Upcoming: Logic 3 is releasing this handy keyboard that will hopefully get some use in the future with a quick and easy standards compliant web browser!

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Dropbox. hmm clever.

Forget about ugly programs that crashily map FTP to a drive letter. Forget about the slow ass GmailDrive. Give up on WebDAV cripplotronics. Heres a sane, free alternative to speedy FTP access. Brought to you by a suspicious blog that had a web ad. http://www.lifehacker.com/

Tango drag and drop FTP DropBox
Tango FTP DropBox creates “drop boxes” on your Windows desktop connected to FTP servers you use often, for quick-access file transfers.
Drag and drop files onto color-coded dropboxes to upload files without launching an FTP client. Tango DropBox is a free download, Windows only, and requires the free Microsoft .NET framework to run.
DropBox [Tango]

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

The Beat Street Reunion this Friday

mondo.urban '4th installment'(art-fashion-dance-music) : promoting the local arts community
Friday April 15th, 2004 BEAT STREET tribute21st Anniversary '1984- 2005'
(Celebrating the 4 elements of hip hop Beat Street style!)
Featuring live in concert, the legendary:Grandmaster Melle Mel + the Furious 5 featuring Scorpio
B-boy crew battle:~Ground Illusionz vs. Drunken Monkz
Fashion show by:~BOXFRESH.co.uk
Dj's: ~Carl Allen - CKLN 88.1fm~Dj Serious -CIUT 89.5fm
special live performances by:~Subliminal (beatboxer + turntablist)
~MC Phatt Al + MC Louwop w/ live band~MC G.Stokes~MC Mok One
Outdoor graffiti exhibit by: AC + SKAM (Canada's best)
hosted by: G.Stokes- MuchMusic/ Toronto 1
@ Revival 783 College St.W. 416.535.7888www.revivalbar.com$20 advance
tix available @ www.ticketweb.com Soundscapes, VICE, Play de Record
-doors open @ 9pm, 19+ event-for more info: www.mondourban.com

Friday, April 08, 2005

Quicktime360 St. Peter's Square


Work nuts, mom surgery, time short, sleep need, posts soon.

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Peer to Pal with Grouper

Looks like the next logical wave of file sharing apps will not centre around IP masking super swarms or headless hash processing superlinking wacknology.
The future of your file sharing existence will lie is your trusted friends and geeky co-workers (score). Programs like Qnext and now Grouper, allow for users to share their video, audio, pictures and web content to the selected, trusted community of their buddy list rather than the world at large. As long as you're confident your pals aren't going to rat you out, this makes for an extremely fast and efficient method of transport. No worries of virus laden mp3s or 40 hour movie downloads that turn out to be mislabeled or corrupt. If it comes from your movie loving pal, the likelihood is s/he only kept that copy because of it's quality. Sure it's a slippery slope, that may lead to Friendster-esque viral trading of films and audio, but in a sense it's less diabolical knowing that the intent is to share the file with a few friends, not to distribute screeners to the globe.... isn't it?
Get Grouper here: http://www.grouper.com
Get Qnext here : http://www.qnext.com
Web based p2p voice: http://theswitchboard.ca

Friday, April 01, 2005

Usual MSN outage rules apply.

Yip. MSN down again.
To contact the Jtronforce Superhero Support team via the following means
-type your message out at http://j1.ca/speak or in the box to the top right
-log into ICQ and bleep me at 5410330 (Qnext is the goodies)

Gmail goes INIFINITY + 1

A Google approach to math.

On the eve of Gmail's one-year
birthday, our engineers were toiling away furiously. Notes scribbled all over
the walls. Complex calculations on napkins and empty pizza boxes. Millions of
The result?... starting today, we're beginning the roll-out of our
new and top secret Infinity+1 storage plan. The key features are:
don't worry.You want to stop caring about storage. We want to keep giving you
more. Today, and beyond.
The gift that keeps on giving.1310.663210++ megabytes
of storage (and counting) for every user.
(the number keeps rising)

-psych! April Fools! -
I noticed yesterday that they now have "RICH TEXT!" no more hella long URLS!

Just Launched!
G is for growth

Storage is an important part of email, but that
doesn't mean you should have to worry about it. To celebrate our one-year
birthday, we're giving everyone one more gigabyte. But why stop the party there?
Our plan is to continue growing your storage beyond 2GBs by giving you more
space as we are able. We know that email will only become more important in
people's lives, and we want Gmail to keep up with our users and their needs.
From Gmail, you can expect more.
We're not in the plains anymoreFonts,
bullets and highlighting, oh my! Gmail now offers rich text formatting. And over
60 colors of the rainbow. Discover a land of more than just black and white.
Learn more

holy crap I love Google.

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