Archive for October, 2005 movie feed

Sunday, October 16th, 2005

From Lifehacker and Going along with all the video iPod hullaballoo, an easy way to grab any .mov files that come through and suck them down as a podcast. I’ve still got my lovely 20G gen3 iPod, so I don’t have the video iPod (nor am I really sure I need one….), but you can watch these movies right in your podcatcher (assuming it does video). I’m currently using iTunes right now, but others may be capable as well.

Anyways, Step 1: go to and copy the link for the orange RSS button at the bottom. Step 2: subscribe to that link as a podcast. Step 3: profit!…. or watching the best videos the internets have to offer.

This trick also works with any file type you so desire….mp3, mpg, avi or whatever you like. Just change the filetype at the end. (I’ve used it for mp3 before, and a whole heck of a lot of mp3s get linked, so I ended up with _way_ more than I could keep up with, so I had to unsubscribe after a while (and by unsubscribe I mean my computer crashed, and I didn’t re-up).

So, there you, quick way to grab nifty movies, and here are a few good ones I’ve seen so far:

Dueling heavy metal viking longships, with a Transformers/mech finale….. really, how can you go wrong with that:

These made the rounds a few weeks ago, but they really are quite good, check them out if you haven’t already. Recut movie trailers for genre-switch goodness:
The Shining as Romantic Comedy
Titanic as a Horror movie
And West Side Story as Zombie horror goodness
Subway parasite media movie from Berlin. Very cool idea, and a nice hack for the box too


Funny remix of ’70s kid show about pi… beginning is kinda corny, but once you get the chanting LARPers and the PI-bot, it gets pretty funny

So fire that up as a podcast and see what goodness you discover


Wednesday, October 5th, 2005

Firstly, Serenity is really a top notch movie. Sure it has a healthy dose of special effects and fancy fight scenes, but what really made the movie for me was the writing. Watching and listening to it you got the whole range of emotions: fear, anger, duty, nobility, humor, but they were interleaved in such a way that you actually felt like you were looking at the story of real people… not an overacted (and underwritten) space opera as some pieces turn out to be.

Now some people aren’t fans of Capt. Mal’s style

Capt. MalDo you want to run the ship?
JayneYeah. I do!
Capt. MalWell……. you can’t.

No, it’s not the most eloquent thing ever said. But people don’t always say the wittiest thing possible (it’s hard to bring your millions of typewriter monkies…..err, writers with you everywhere so you always have the snappy retort). And part of what made the movie just terrific for me…….

But you don’t have to take my word for it, you can read what Orson Scott Card has to say about it as well, he’s a bit better of a writer than I am. Link

‘Those of you who know my work at all know about Ender’s Game. I jealously protected the movie rights to Ender’s Game so that it would not be filmed until it could be done right … I’ll tell you this right now: If Ender’s Game can’t be this kind of movie, and this good a movie, then I want it never to be made.’

Orson Scott Card

So, um, go see the movie now.

My own FP

Tuesday, October 4th, 2005

Heres a quick first post just to fiddle around and push some buttons. And just a quick note, WP doesn’t play well with MySQL 5…. something about the login business. I have this bad habit of installing all the latest packages (PHP 5.1, MySQL 5.0.1, and so on) and each time I have to relearn that they changed some auth stuff in MySQL 5. One of these times I’ll learn