Do nothing with Simon Amstell

Heard Simon Amstell on Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me yesterday. Extremely funny and insightful. I enjoyed his thoughts on comedy and other videos.  I hope you enjoy this performance, which is probably rated R. If you don’t, it’s a big internet out there and I’m sure you’ll find things you do like.

If you end up being a fan (cue Facebook), there’s a great feature with Simon in Interview magazine. If you’re in New York City in the next couple of weeks, you can catch him on tour at Theatre 80.


A long time ago … when special effects were really hard

Computer Graphics From a Long, Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far, Far Away from Topless Robot:

Oh man. /Film started my day with this 10-minute documentary from Larry Cuba about how he made the computer graphics for Star Wars, specifically, the Death Star assault video Dodonna plays for the Rebel pilots, and it is so, so awesome. Cuba is obviously so proud when he says he’s moving his Death Star model in real time, and he should be, since back in 1976 that probably needed 400 computers glued together and the blood sacrifice of a white calf. Anyways, it’s fun for Star Wars fans and a neat look back for computer nerds alike.

Imagine the movie industry doing what they do now without the plastic reality offered by oceans of computing power and unbelievable software.

Topless Robot is a kickin’ site that features geek chum like Teenage Mutant Reservoir Turtles and The 10 Best ’60s Batman TV Villains Who Should Make the Leap to Comic Books (10 villains, 10 videos including Vincent Price as the Egghead).


Saturday Afternoon Cartoon Break: Spiderman vs. 1980s Toy

You find the strangest things lying around these days…

dynamanI’m pretty sure that the giant robot is this toy, pieces of which are in my son’s closet.

I never knew that the Dynaman toy was based on Kagaku Sentai Dynaman (aka Scientific Squadron Dynaman).

This video of the opening of Dynaman I think proves that the Japanese have 12% more awesome on average than any other people of the world.

Sunday Funnies: The October Surprise Gang

Is it an October Surprise if you are expecting it?

The more I read the daunting litany of the challenges facing the McCain Campaign, the repeated missteps and almost comic cluelessness, the secrecy surrounding his medical condition and the awesomely bad selection of Sarah Palin, the more  certain I become that there is no way that McCain-Palin will be the Republican ticket when November rolls around.

Palin’s nomination cleared the way for a complete reset of the ticket when it becomes clear that McCain cannot continue due to health issues or simply being 20+ points down in the polls.

I don’t even see this as requiring the tinfoil hat anymore – the deck is so obviously stacked against McCain right now that it seems delusional to believe it can make it to November. I think the questions are “when” (shorter is probably better, Oct. 15 is my bet) and “who” (Michael Bloomberg plus some respected military figure).

Physics makes me strong, Hathead

America (in the form of Science Debate 2008) asked Barack Obama about science, and Obama answered (John McCain said he will answer).

SD2008: National Security. Science and technology are at the core of national security like never before. What is your view of how science and technology can best be used to ensure national security and where should we put our focus?

O-man: Technology leadership is key to our national security. It’s essential to create a coherent new defense technology strategy to meet the kinds of threats we may face—asymmetric conflicts, urban operations, peacekeeping missions, and cyber, bio, and proliferation threats, as well as new kinds of symmetric threats.

You get the sense by reading his answers that he actually has thought about these issues a little. About darn time.

About the image: Obama Man by Alex Ross can be gotten on a shirt if you ripped yours off or something. It’s part of Rob’s San Diego Comi-con set and they’re tailor made for the awesome might of Cooliris. Rob can also be found at Attack Cat.

Take a point if you didn’t need Google to interpret the title.

Just how many words long does your title have to be before people realize “Hey, he didn’t even have a title for that post”?

with my freeze ray I will stop the world by *Karo*

When it’s not dishing out lifehacks, Lifehacker sometimes has Other Things of Interest Which It Neatly Relates to Lifehacks. One of the most interesting of these I’ve seen in many a while is this interview titled How Dr. Horrible’s Felicia Day Gets Things Done.

Go, read it and be sure to watch Dr. Horrible.

The photo is titled with my freeze ray I will stop the world, it’s by *Karo* and it’s part of her The ones you like set. She has a ton of other cool photos and even has her own white whale.

NBA Comix: Vegas line on Isiah’s next career move

It’s with a (somewhat) heavy heart that NBA Comix mourns the departure of one of its patron saints, Isiah Thomas from the hardwood.

Whether he was trading draft picks for Larry Brown or just for comic relief, replacing one of the greatest basketball minds with himself, matching wits with a puppy or attempting to singlehandedly bring one of the NBA’s storied franchises to its knees, you could count on Isiah to give 110%, and look sharp while doing it.

“Listless, tawdry and dreadful” says Sports Illustrated, to which we here at NBA Comix have to add a tearful “There will never be another.”