Filter — “Take A Picture” (1999) [throwback] [♬]

•May 8, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Have a twofer:

“Dirty Art” by Illustrator Nikita Golubev — Animals Etched onto Dirty Cars

•May 7, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Do random passersby genuinely give a damn about the appearance of someone else’s car when they write or draw on it? It is more an invitation for silliness than anything.

Creating art from found materials is spontaneous and temporary, and I like it a lot. In this case, depictions of wild creatures where drawn/cleaned out from the dirt and grime of the streets. Moscow-based artist and illustrator Nikita Golubev has discovered an ideal canvas on the sides of filthy vehicles:

The reductive process involves creating “clean” spots by wiping or scraping his images onto the gritty surface of each car.

You can see more from his “Dirty Art” series on Facebook

Unless a rain comes, I have a funny feeling some drivers like it dirty.

This has been a public service announcement; anyone who has ever written “clean me” on a dirty car is now officially basic.

Two Men Rob a Whangarei Liquor Store Fleeing with Three Bottles of…Non-Alcoholic Wine

•May 6, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Idiots! Surely it would have been more efficient to stay home and drink tap water, bro?

Police were called to the Cactus Liquor Store at 4.45pm on Monday when the men allegedly helped themselves to the wine without paying. Senior Sergeant John Fagan says “three of the bottles were non-alcoholic wine and one was a bottle of Greek fortified wine.”

“The store had high quality CCTV cameras installed at strategic positions within the store enabling high quality footage of the offenders to be obtained,” Mr Fagan said.

After the men fled the store, they waited for a vehicle to pick them up.

Police are following strong lines of inquiries.

And I’d like to think they are shamelessly preparing some brutal roast jokes while they go about it, because these sober gentlemen deserve it. Non-alcohogetthefuckouttahere!

TIE Fighter: The STAR WARS Anime! [fan film] [animation]

•May 4, 2017 • Leave a Comment

YouTube is great for kitten hijinks, fan theories and achievement fails, but at its best it provides the average Joe and plain Jane with a forum to showcase their skill. Such is the case with this most impressive STAR WARS fan animation created by user Paul “OtaKing77077Johnson. One guy! Four years!

Essentially a montage of a mammoth space battle, the video depicts the Empire’s TIE fighters and the Rebel Alliance’s X-wings (among other ships) blasting it out in epic fashion. Simple proposition, awesome execution, and a great many wonderful sights are contained within—Lucasfilm pay attention:

“What if there was an Empire-focussed short Star Wars animation, drawn with the crazy detail and shading of classic 80s anime that’s all but vanished from Japan nowadays? Drawn and animated by yours truly over 4 years’ worth of weekends, with music by the living guitar solo Zak Rahman and sound design by up and coming audio technician Joseph Leyva. Fans of Lucasarts’ seminal 1994 TIE Fighter game may notice a few familiar sights and sounds. That “incoming missile” noise gives me horrible flashbacks to this day…” ~OtaKing

More supplemental material can be downloaded here: OtaKing also has a patreon if anyone so wishes to contribute to his cause: His dedication has brought much balance to the force franchise. The only negative here is that it’s not longer. OtaKing does have a one hour original mech film in the works though, which sounds pretty cool:

It may be a while before that’s completed. In the meantime you can enjoy this much shorter version of TIE Fighter but with a more traditional soundtrack:

May The Fourth Be With You, Always ;)

•May 4, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Kiwi Born Playboy Playmate Poses Nude atop Mt Taranaki

•May 3, 2017 • Leave a Comment

A couple touring New Zealand climbed a mountain together. One was Playboy playmate Jaylene Cook, so naturally she had her photo taken in her birthday suit while up there.

Big whoop, right. Here in New Zealand however, someone was bound to have an opinion to do with it having a profound, culturally significant effect on their large group of friends and relatives who never would have known about it otherwise but when they do they’ll have some really strong feelings to share.

…It pissed some men off, in other words.

Playboy playmate Jaylene Cook has scaled Mt Taranaki in a nude photo shoot, but not everyone has taken kindly to the stunt. The glamour model, who is touring the country with her photographer boyfriend Josh Shaw, posted the photo to Instagram which has attracted more than 8000 likes.

But one Maori academic said the photo was culturally insensitive and disrespected the mountain.

“I also know cousins and relatives who will be quite upset about it. They would consider it as being disrespectful towards the mountain,” Maori academic Dennis Ngawhare told Fairfax.

He said he believes iwi and hapu in Taranaki share his thoughts.

Cook defended her decision to go nude, saying she and her partner did their research before hiking to the summit of Mt Taranaki. Playmate Jaylene Cook climbed Mt Taranaki, posing naked for images near the summit. She said the photo isn’t explicit and that being nude is a natural and powerful pleasure, something not to take offence to. According to Cook, she waited until other trampers had left before undressing and posing for the camera.

Stratford Mayor Neil Volzke weighed in on the issue, saying the stunt was unexpected and culturally insensitive.

Cook was given the title of Playmate after she was featured in Playboy Mexico in January.

Cook was originally from Waikato before moving to the Gold Coast in Australia.

– NZ Herald

Such is the case with basically every landmark in New Zealand. I’m not cynical towards cultural custom and beliefs by any stretch of the imagination, however, I believe nudity is not something people should be attacking especially if it is consensual and innocently naive (I don’t think their intentions were to anger people/the mountain). And in this case, I think it’s pathetic Cook’s naivety on matters of iwi and hapu is being used to make an example of a belief, however valid it may seem. Or invalid; how can that one photo be culturally insensitive when it’s so culturally unremarkable?

I could segue into the dangers of anthropomorphism, but I’m really not that invested in trying to understand human behavior beyond my own opinion on the matter at hand. Naked woman on a mountain. She’s a Kiwi. Sweet. End of story.

Plus, well, it’s kind of hilarious to me (but not in a surprising way how this is considered news worthy in this funny country) because there have been countless promiscuous harlots visiting our beautiful shores for reasons of both business and pleasure for years don’t cha know?

Those landmarks weren’t mainstream enough to make a big deal about I suppose #doublestandards

Cassius — “Go Up” ft. Cat Power & Pharrell Williams [music video]

•May 3, 2017 • Leave a Comment

The music video features simple, yet clever split screen-synchronized images, including a few cheeky skin shots so fair warning:

Directed by Alex Courtès / Produced by DIVISION™ for Ed Banger Records / Post by Home Digital Pictures

•May 1, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Nina Simone — “My Baby Just Cares For Me” [stop-motion animation] [♬]

•April 29, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Heard this song in quite possibly the hippest bar in the city today while on a date, and it will never not cheer me up:

One of my favourite songs and animations of all time: ‘Nina Simone – My Baby Just Cares For Me’ a 1987 stop-motion claymation directed by Peter Lord, co-founder (1976) of Aardman Animations, famous for bringing the world Wallace & Gromit.

Field of NOPE: Spiderwebs, Everywhere

•April 17, 2017 • Leave a Comment

After recent flooding in Papamoa, New Zealand, entire fields became the home of thousands of cobwebs:

This is the result of the spiders fleeing the floodplains. It’s a survival trait that spiders use their webs to parachute themselves from danger. As remarkable a sight as this is, it does beg the question; where the hecking heck are all the spiders now?!!

Time Chicken [stop-motion animation]

•April 16, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Bless clay animation and those who do it. The protagonist in Nick Black’s darkly comic claymation short sets out to answer the divisive question: “Which came first – the chicken or the egg?”

Written, animated and directed by Nick Black ( @TheGildedPrawn) / Original score by Nathan Stornetta and Martin Batchelar / performed by the Prague Symphonic Ensemble.

And while we are on the subject of chicken, take a gander at this giant mf bird!!

It’s called a Brahma rooster, a USA heritage breed of chicken which in this case was likely cross-bred for international export… IDK actually. My brain felt the need to logic this shit. What ever the heck happened, that’s one hardcore chook.

Martin Garrix & Dua Lipa — “Scared To Be Lonely” (Medasin Remix) [♬]

•April 12, 2017 • Leave a Comment