The Death Metal Cowboys of Botswana

•March 19, 2021 • Leave a Comment

Yo, Botswana holding it down! Thankful to have found this video about a unique subculture of death metal music and fashion coming out of Africa:

Shot and edited by: Judy Lelliott / Featured bands: Skinflint and Overthrust

Good stuff. Self-expression is a birthright, not a privilege. Dress how you want and listen to whatever you like. And in the same day, coming across this Nigerian wedding reception rocking out to Toxicity by System Of A Down, made me very happy:

Music is a universal language.

I will close this post with a word from legendary British singer-songwriter, Lemmy, best known as the founder, lead singer, bassist, and songwriter of the British heavy metal band Motörhead, for all the black rockers in the world, and everyone else for that matter:

One more thing about Lemmy; last October I watched a Sci-fi/Horror film called “Hardware” (1990), and it was nice to see Lemmy make a brief cameo appearance.

Hardware director Richard Stanley tells us how Lemmy came to be in his post apocalyptic horror movie Hardware, we learn Lemmy’s fee, and his views on acting.

Metal enough for you?

R.I.P. Lou Ottens 1926 ~ 2021

•March 16, 2021 • Leave a Comment

“The cassette tape was invented out of irritation about the
existing tape recorder, it’s that simple.”

Lodewijk Frederik Ottens was a Dutch engineer and inventor, best known as the inventor of the cassette tape, and for his work in helping to develop the compact disc. Ottens was employed by Philips for the entirety of his career. He died aged 94 at his home in the village of Duizel in North Brabant.

“We were little boys who had fun playing.” […]
“We didn’t feel like we were doing anything big. It was a kind of sport.”

So true, and what of the people who create the platforms and formats that allow the world to share said music; they are called ‘pioneers.’ Mixtapes never would have existed without Lou Ottens. Some could even make the argument that everlasting bonds were formed over the simple act of sharing music cassettes with then, future lovers.

Music means a lot to me and my family. I have been working on a post about a song from a mixtape since February. It started out simple enough, one song, then two, but the more I delve into the past the longer the post becomes. So many avenues of music and memories to travel, I most definitely understand Lou Ottens’ MAGNIFICENT contributions and what great reverberations they undoubtedly inspired.

As lamenting as deaths are, truly it is a blessing to know and honour the name of this unsung hero. Rest in peace, Lou Ottens.

Scientists Teach an A.I. About Humanity #aklfringe

•February 17, 2021 • Leave a Comment

Playing as part of the Auckland Fringe Festival 2021 (14 Feb—6 Mar)

Don’t be fooled by these scientists’ scientific jargon, this machine (actually) has a voice of its own and a mind to use it… A must for sci-fi lovers, this ambitious blend of live comedy and genuinely generated artifical artificiality is sure to be a standout at this year’s Fringe Fest. Hopefully for the right reasons, but hey, that’s Fringe at its core!

Tickets available below:

https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2021/scientists-teach-an-ai-about-humanity-at-pitt-st/auckland/newton

•February 14, 2021 • Leave a Comment

GROWTH IN THE BOY (2021) [F]

•February 13, 2021 • Leave a Comment

Firstly, HAPPY NEW YEAR to you, my dearly unknown. I truly hope you discover, acknowledge, and honour your strength and the natural gifts you were put on this earth with, and prepare yourselves for brighter days ahead. In case no one ever shared this with you, you are a cosmic snowflake — one of a kind — and the world belongs to those brave enough to believe in their convictions. …Life is kind of like psychic warfare. Too much? I believe 2021 will be a year of stepping up. Since you are on my blog, I mean, you gotta be one of the coolest people I’ve never met, so please, I want YOU to have yourself a great year!

Secondly, f-r-e-a-k-i-n-g c-r-a-z-y last couple of months huh!?! I have been to the darkest corners of the web and seen things I will never, ever, ever, reveal to anyone ever. The dark-web is aptly named. I am strong willed and an optimist at heart, and my optimism is not blind. It is fueled by what I experience, see, and learn, so naturally I am like that rare animal that charges toward the fire to see how it can be overcome. Rawr. Getting burnt sucks, yes. Being unfairly judged, mistreated, or taken advantage of is no walk-in-the-park, but there IS a trade-off occurring during those utterly personal moments of defeat. Trust me, story of my life sees me starting from the bottom over and over again, like that cool movie with time manipulating aliens. Growth is the trade-off, or as Sister Wendy Mary Beckett (25 February 1930 – 26 December 2018) had written as a caption in a book under a captivating painting (see below), one I had read at the local library years ago and immediately adopted as gospel:

“There is divine reason in suffering.” ~ Sister Wendy

The Barque of Dante (French: La Barque de Dante), also Dante and Virgil in Hell (Dante et Virgile aux enfers), is the first major painting by the French artist Eugène Delacroix (1822)

As awful as 2019-2020 seemed, was, and in cases is still ongoing for many, there is a lot of GOOD CHANGE occurring as well. Keep this in mind — for all the sadness comes clarity and growth. Simply be kind and do good works, and my friend, you will be incorruptible. Ghastly behavior and wickedness has always been in the world. The big difference is now the ghastly are coming out of the dark towards us in the guise of protocol. Chocking on their own shame, they want to stifle the incorruptibles ever-growing propensity for being able to change the world without them. In case you’re wondering why, read the first paragraph again. We are all one of a kind. The most insidious trick is to convince us that we are in the same boat, but our differences is what will save humanity from itself.

(Sheeeiitt I haven’t written on this blog in soooo long, feels good homie)

Thirdly, it is revitalizing to start something afresh.

Yes, a new blog! Still a work in progress. More of the same but with less NSFWish content (to start with anyway hehe). I have hopes it evolves thematically towards writing/words/language/communication. Make it a space where I can be more personable. Hopefully monetized. But overall, there is no escaping from myself, so yeah it will likely still be the same old stuff just repackaged for a new decade. If you’ve read this far, well shucks, I guess I have to update you with that new URL when it is ready huh.

Thank you for being here.

I do wonder who could be out there visiting the digital footprints I casually leave behind. Although I have never made any attempt to connect, it’s sort of a new-nice feeling to have on the brain, just knowing that people are out there doing their own thing in the world is enough. None of this ‘please hit the like and subscribe button’ rigamarole (is there a German or Russian word describing this nice-enoughness? … S.T.A.L.K.E.R. No. … Enoiceness. …No. Idiot).

Fourthly-oh-fourthly! Thank you, Dad. You were the one who suggested I “start a blog” all those years ago. Casually mentioned. Very vague. Short and sweet but with monumental consequences. I know I don’t talk much, but I hope you know my love for you is implied in who I am in the world. I will never bring shame to your name. The man I have become is impart thanks to you and all the little things you have said and done. I am an observant sponge. I mean, helllooo, super cool blog writer. Although my best ambitions are unfulfilled at this time, I do have them. I’m not going to tell you I wrote this, so if you should be reading now please don’t tell me, in kind. It’s enoiceness.

Thank you all for being here.

~ Fin aka DarkintheBoy (2008-2021)

Duck Sauce – “Mesmerize” [music video]

•February 10, 2021 • Leave a Comment

How do you make a music video during a global pandemic? Low-tech + high-energy, or just ask Duck Sauce, because they did it. The video features obvious stock footage (still watermarked) and janky 3D models, and although it gets slightly NSFWish, it delivers the lolz and goes on to exceed the laws of physics itself! Think wormholes and happy thoughts.

It is also jammpacked with celebrity cameos — Daniel Craig, Vin Diesel, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, to name a few, — so prepare (Johnson & Johnson Vision Treatment Soap should do it) to jam and be ‘mesmerized’:

“Covid kept delaying our shoot so Duck Sauce is releasing the animatic as the official video.” ~ director Keith Schofield. We’ll suspend our disbelief and imagine that there really could have been a live action version of this insanity.

Mixtape for the Milky Way — “Video Games” [music video]

•February 9, 2021 • Leave a Comment

This nifty papercraft video is a celebration of play. Austin-based creator Eric Power has featured here before showcasing his love for Star Wars. This time Eric chronicles a nostalgia-packed ode to video games — you will recognize a fair few:

Directed and animated by @ericpowerup ericpowerup.net / Piano, synths, production by @John Mark Nelson // Lyrics and vocals by jeremy messersmith

Music was meh. What, I’m being honest with myself. …Meh!

(More) Wind-Powered Kinetic Sculptures by Anthony Howe

•December 13, 2020 • Leave a Comment

Anthony Howe has shared a new sculpture on his YouTube page, adding to his growing collection of splendid and sleek artworks, all activated by the slightest breeze:

Those are all amazing! To be fair, I am still impressed by the perpetual clacking of a classic Newton’s Cradle.

🥳 Por Trump [♬]

•November 3, 2020 • Leave a Comment

First allow me to preface by saying that I am not an eligible voter in the 2020 United States Presidential election — what I am however is a stickler for catchy party tunes:

I’m DarkInTheBoy and I approve this message, puto

•October 31, 2020 • Leave a Comment

Deleted Scene: Luke’s Lightsaber Construction (Star Wars VI Return of the Jedi)

•May 3, 2020 • Leave a Comment

For decades, fans were intrigued by a rumored “lightsaber construction scene” in which Luke constructs this lightsaber in a cave on Tatooine. Though storyboards for the scene existed, Mark Hamill denied that he ever filmed the scene. However, at Celebration V in 2010, Hamill and George Lucas debuted the deleted clip, which included a brief sequence where Luke assembles the lightsaber, then activates it for the first time. The clip was later included in the saga Blu-ray boxset.

The film plays better having omitted this scene and keeping Luke’s reveal on the planet a secret. I do like this footage though. It wasn’t until I played KotOR on Xbox that I learned about the crystals placed inside of lightsabers. Too much of a world-building plot-hole to mention in the films I suppose.

Back to the Future Too [fan film]

•April 14, 2020 • Leave a Comment

With the world on lockdown, a Back to the Future fan recruited fellow fans from around the world to help create a remake of Back to the Future Part II, one scene at a time. In the end, over 300 people from 9 countries contributed to the charming and amusing film, which includes live action, animation, and puppetry:

 
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