Posts from June 2009

Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Tornado = Tarp

I had a tornado dream a couple of nights ago! Hooray! I so heart my tornado dreams. This one was unusual in that very early on I realized it was a dream. You’ll see why:

My brother & I were looking out the back of the house we grew up in (in Kent). The sky was clouded with a pretty uniform light gray, but in the center of the sky a big swirl was starting to form. We were very excited about this, because tornadoes come from swirly clouds.

But there was something almost immediately odd about the swirl in the clouds. It was too regular. Too… fractal. Like this:


I was immediately suspicious, and told my brother, “I think this might be a dream.” But almost immediately an actual funnel cloud formed and dove for the ground. It wasn’t so much a funnel cloud, though, as it was a wiggly vertical tube cloud that descended from the spiral.

We were very pleased by this development; it seemed realistic enough. We eagerly watched as the bottom of the tube approached the ground.

But then *BOINK* the instant the tornado touched down it was, as if by magic, replaced with a gigantic orange tarp. Several hundred feet tall, awkwardly rolled up and bound by many ropes.

“Yeah,” I said to my brother, “this is a dream all right.”

My dream people valiantly tried to keep the dream going after that, which included us storm-chasing in a car a very tiny tornado (about 12″ wide) that was headed for Seattle, while simultaneously being “chased” (it was more just lazily following us) by an identical tornado. When we got to Seattle I think my dream people didn’t feel like accurately rendering the city, because it didn’t look at all like the real Seattle.

But what were they thinking? A tornado transforms into an enormous orange tarp? What the heck kind of dream is that?

Soon after that I switched to another dream entirely that was a post-apocalyptic story about an afterlife in which everybody got indestructible bodies that were exact copies of their real ones, but then had to live among the ruins on Earth. Also, there was an angel who was in charge of all of this who was kind of awkward and didn’t know how to comfort all of the horribly upset, recently-deceased people.

Categories: Dreams, Tornadoes.

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Up (2009)

…and away

Up is a beautiful movie. It is funny, occasionally thrilling, visually stunning, fast-paced, and fun. And if you don’t get a little teary-eyed during a couple of parts of the movie then you have no human heart. [Read my full review]

Categories: Movie Reviews.

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

More Baman Piderman Funtimes

I heart these cartoon so, so, so very much.

First, here’s the one that started it all. I’ve posted it before, but I don’t care:

Baman Piderman Find da Sandwich:

And here are two new ones!

Baman Piderman Hab da Pumkin:

Baman Piderman Make da Band:

Many props to Alex Butera for making cartoons of such awexomeness.

Categories: Art & Artists, Cartoons, Videos.

Monday, 22 June 2009

John Hodgman Asks President Obama Some Very Important Questions

John Hodgman, my favorite minor TV personality, was recently asked to give a speech at the Radio and Television Correspondents dinner, which was attended by President Obama.

Categories: Celebrities, Videos.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

My Dog Toy Totoro

A while back Carrie discovered something at a pet store that struck her as being incredibly familiar… and rather odd. It appeared to be a hot-pink, Totoro-shaped dog toy:


Needless to say she HAD to purchase it and bring it home. Who can resist a hot-pink Totoro? Especially one that has a squeaker in its head!?

Suki seems to be rather fond of Totoro:

Totoro is upside down in Suki's mouth!

And who can blame her? It is a great movie. And now, a great, unofficial, bootleg dog toy.

Categories: Life, Pictures.

Friday, 12 June 2009

Webcomics Update

I updated my links page to include more webcomics that I’ve started reading recently. They are (in alphabetical order):

Very cool, very British post-apocalyptic fun from Warren Ellis.

Terrifically appealing, very fluid artwork and crazy adventure fun.

My First Dictionary
Vaguely uncomfortable and disturbing retro children fun.

Pictures for Sad Children
Hilariously depressing fun.

I suggest you all (or “y’all” if you prefer) go check ALL of them out. Simultaneously if possible, but I understand if you’re somehow more “limited” than I am in that regard.

Categories: Comics, Updates.

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Fun in Space

The Japanese public was allowed to propose a series of experiments that would then be carried out by astronaut Koichi Wakata on board the International Space Station. Most of these “experiments” basically consist of performing physical stunts to see what would happen in a microgravity environment. Here is the highlight reel:

Who says science isn’t fun?

(via Pink Tentacle)

Categories: Japan, Science, Videos.