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Friday, June 16, 2006

 

Random notes, random links, random hearing damage

It's Friday and I somehow have both too much and too little to blog about. Let's get right down to it.


  • Johnny Depp sold his stake in the Viper Room, his Los Angeles nightclub, after a lawsuit between him and co-owner Anthony Fox? And Fox mysteriously abandoned his young daughter, disappeared a few years ago and is presumed murdered? You learn something new everyday...


  • Also: there's now a Viper Room knock-off on SE Hawthorne that serves actual reptiles on its menu. According to the Wikipedia entry linked above, the current owners of the one in LA are threatening a lawsuit. A little piece of the seamy underbelly of Tinseltown, right here in Portland. I'm going to have to check that place out sometime.


  • Speaking of Johnny Depp, have a look at the conceptual drawings for his robotic doppelganger. It's set to take over several scenes in Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean ride when it reopens later this month
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  • First we oppressed them by weighing them down with random objects. Then we forced them to compete in battle royales o' cuteness. It's no wonder they hate us. Unsurprisingly, they've revolted by taking over our sinks and then our baskets. Now they have their eyes on world domination. Yes, there is now a website devoted to cats that look like Hitler. Eeep!


  • This reminds me of an idea virtually guaranteed to earn someone millions of dollars. I came up with it last year while being worked to the point of exhaustion between a full-time day job and an internship. Imagine a Garfield-like comic strip centered around Chairman Mao reincarnated as a housecat. The title of the strip? Chairman Meow, obviously. Unfortunately, I don't have the time, talent or resources to turn the concept into a cultural phenomenon or an evolving movie franchise starring Bill Murray and Jennifer Love Hewitt. Unfortunately, these folks may have the idea copyrighted.


  • The Mountain Dew logo contains a subliminal communist message. Watch out!


  • This Honda commercial is pretty neat.


  • You've probably already seen this post and its subsequent mp3 files that work like dog whistles on people under the age of 25. I couldn't hear much of anything on the first track but the second one sounded like high-pitched television feedback. I had to turn it off after about ten seconds.

    Naturally, I had to use my younger sibling as a test subject since she's still under the 25 year benchmark. After hearing it, she claimed that the subsonic noise on the second track was so awful that it made her ears hurt. When I played the same file for my mother, she heard nothing. Meanwhile, my sister, who was on the other side of the house at the time, could hear it and demanded that we immediately turn it off. Even weirder: the volume on the computer speakers was barely loud enough for me to hear it as I was standing a few feet away.

    In short, have fun driving everyone you know crazy with these mp3s. If anyone asks, or if you seriously damage the hearing of a loved one, you didn't get them from me.

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