Monthly Archives: May 2010

Pompaloose – Telephone

I enjoy this version more than the original, but I’m still too cheap to buy their whole album from iTunes.

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Amazing Infographic Music Video from Röyksopp

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I’m running the risk of not running.

So, I’m working out again. Plus I’m trying to get my wife to do the same. She’s been on weight-watchers for a while, but her job is insane lately, and she hasn’t been to a meeting in almost 2 months. So, we both joined a fitness club.

I’ve been through this before. An exercise plan. My ultimate goal (as always) is to run in another half-marathon somewhere. I last ran one in 2005. I haven’t been doing so hot in training ever since. I’ll get to a certain point, then I just get tired of the effort. And I fall back into old ways.

So, I’m going with a rough plan. I’m not planning every week out into infinity like I always do, because then the spontaneity completely dies. I’m just trying to do better each week.

I’ll record my progress here. I’m sorry, but this is my only running blog at the moment. You’ll have to bear with me for these posts, in-between crap I steal from much better and more well-organized sites than this one. (I try to give credit when necessary, but I’m not very good at it…).

So, for starters, this week I went to the workout facility twice, doing 350 calories work on the eliptical trainer. Last week I went once, also doing 350 calories.

Next week, I’ll try to go 3 times. Then the next week, I want to run 1 mile on one day, then 3 bouts of 350 calories on the eliptical. The following week, 2 days of 1 mile, then 3 elipticals….until I work out every single day, with 4 days of running, 3 days of eliptical. Then I eventually crank up mileage, and weights, and more mileage, and maybe a road race at some point.

The future doesn’t really matter. It’s fun to day dream, but if I decide to do something different tomorrow, as long as I go work out, I don’t care. What matters is today, and a little bit of tomorrow. But not too much.

And I need to take my wife along for the ride, because she’s in worse shape than I am. And she’s never really been in great shape as long as I’ve known her. She’s been thinner, but she needs stamina, especially when she needs to stand up against local people with a lowered work ethic and retail-conscience than we’re both used to, on both sides of the counter.

Exercise builds the mind and regulates emotions. It makes it easier to accept life as it is, and to work within the confines of a truly f*****d up world.

Plus, it’s cheaper than therapy.

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Picture Shoot: Actors, And The Roles They Are Most Famous For

This is an interesting set of photos from Empire Magazine from a while back. I keep on stumbling onto it, and I realized I have never featured it on Dakota East before. [link]

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How many people are in space right now?

Find out here. [link]

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Happy 4th Birthday, Dakota East Blog!

If you count my two preceding blogs, Best of Omaha and Kraznoy, then this blog is 4 years old today! To commemorate the day, here’s one of my favorite historical events from my hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota: The Leaning Tower of Zip. I wish I could’a been there, but it’s still funny. The building stayed like that for another couple of weeks until a more traditional style demolition finally took place.

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Disney’s Recycled Animation

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33 Years of Star Wars

Episode 4 was released 33 years ago today on May 25, 1977. If they used paper money a long time ago in another galaxy, this is what it could look like…except I imagine Grand Moff Tarkin or the Emperor as being the figureheads, but whatever.

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Happy 27th’s Birthday Return of the Jedi!

Tomorrow is Episode 6’s birthday…this is a different way of celebrating.

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Ten Amazingly Low Jet Fly-By’s

Skip to about 50 seconds if you don’t want to watch the Top Gun clip.

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The Last Decade’s 10 Best Sci-Fi Comics

A couple of these I own, but most I have yet to purchase. Too many things to get in life. (sigh)….[link]

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Baby Kangaroos Playing In The Surf

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You Guys Haven’t Seen A Groundhog Go By, Have You?

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How To Pet A Cat

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Lying Down Game

The object is really simple. Just have your picture taken lying, face down, somewhere interesting. Just because. [link]

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Worst Song Medley (some language Not Safe For Work)

Garfunkel and Oates are just amazing.

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100 Years of Movie Visual Effects in 5 Minutes

This site has a comprehensive breakdown of each movie featured. [link]

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Movie Subway Map

Although some intersections are debatable, this is still a really interesting graphic. Here’s a [link] to a larger version.

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101 Horror Movies To Watch Before You Die

Or after you die, in the case of some of these. [link]

In a related note, someday I should come up with a list of the top 101 list-sites. You know, the sites that list the 101 coolest (blank) of all time! I’ve probably listed 20 or so on this blog over the years.

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Collect Them All! Complete The Set!

I use this particular comic in everyday discussion. I am a recovering Magpie. Since I was a kid, I was obsessed with collecting for the sheer sake of collecting. I have every Transformers comic book from the original series. I have a near-complete set of Terminator 2 Trading Cards. I have an 80% complete set of Stephen King books. And I need a ton of room to hold all this stuff. Last week, I considered selling the King books, simply because I doubt I’ll ever read a single one of them again. Plus they take up a lot of real-estate on my bookshelves. Then I got to thinking…some collections are worth having. In fact, in regards to the comic, if I had the complete Discworld collection, I’d gladly display them. I love Discworld, and every book that I’ve read to-date (about ten of them) has cracked me up in at least one point. Colour of Magic, the first book, made me laugh on two occaisions to the point I had to put down the book. They’re simply amazing books, especially if you’ve read your share of fantasy books. Since I’ve probably read about 40 so-called serious fantasy books in my life (90% of which were Dungeons and Dragons novels), the series hit me square between the eyes.

Back to my point though…being a Magpie isn’t so bad, as long as you don’t begin to hoard. I watch two shows that change my life on a regular basis. “Hoarding” shows a person or family in an extreme hoarding situation, where there’s serious health problems due to unsanitary conditions, where people just sort of forget about particular rooms due to an excess amount of junk, and where cleaners are able to remove truckloads of trash and other items from the house. “Clean House” is a kinder-gentler version of the same show, where 4 cast-members come in, help get a family’s home organized, put a ton of their junk on a rummage sale, then use that money to renovate their home.

   This second tv-show convinced me to put over 40 books on Amazon.com to sell. So far, after a week up for sale…I have sold 2. I even priced the books close to the bottom of the scale in almost all cases. I wish they’d sell already, I just want them gone.

   Besides this, I still wish I knew a decent way to sell my comic books online. Maybe at the next comic-con in DC, I’ll rent a booth and sell them, or just find a buyer to take the whole stack. Most of them aren’t worth a ton of money, because I bought them in the 1990’s. Comics in that period were usually issued 20 times more than necessary, because suckers like myself would actually buy every single version of the crappy comic. Take X-Force #1 for example. I hate Jim Lee’s drawing style, always have. Yet I have 10 version of that issue. Five are still sealed. I’m an idiot.

   If I owned zero comic books, and converted all of them to about 1/4 the number of actual pages in graphic-novels, I’d be a much happier guy. Graphic Novels typically don’t go up in value. They’re simply compendiums consisting of maybe 5-10 comic books. With no advertisements. Which makes life so much easier. Except I may sometimes miss the silly “Ultra” or “Konami” ads on the back of my issues of West Coast Avengers….or Avengers: West Coast if you prefer.

   And take Sandman for another instance. I’ve never owned a single issue of Neil Gaiman’s extraordinary series. Yet I own every trade-paperback graphic novel of the series. I have no urge to purchase any of the individual comic books. The graphic novels will likely never go up in value. But I treasure them, and I will re-read them (already have once).

   Is it Magpie behavior if I’ll actually re-use an item that I’m collecting? I don’t think so. And I’ll hang onto my Stephen King books. Who knows, maybe I’ll re-read them someday, or maybe I can pass them onto my kids, who can read about that gangbang in the book “It” like I did when I was 13, thus shaping my life into the twisted thing it is today. Or maybe I’ll let them read Pet Semetary first, since that one is so much lighter and happier.

   By the way, if you’re a hoarder or you think you might be, find some help, or at least some moral support. As the narrator from Fight Club once said, the stuff you own ends up owning you. Get rid of most of your possessions. A human doesn’t need that much stuff. The rest is just visual noise that you’re emotionally attached to without reason. It’s tough to know the difference between necessary keepsakes and junk, but once you do, dump the junk. Give it to a loving home if you can, but get rid of it if you can. If you can’t, please seek help. There are lots of resources, including mental health professionals.

   It’s great to have a home. You just have to find a way to live in it without wading through a bunch of anchors weighing you down. Meanwhile I still have about 30 boxes of junk to sort through, boxes that have sat for about 16 months now. Wish me luck. Same to you.

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You Make My Dreams Come True

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I never realized this as a kid.

…after I’d watched the movies 30 times or more. With the exception of the sound effect from Ironside, this clip is 100% from the Star Wars movies, and it’s safe for work…except maybe for the title.

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I’m not that interested…

…than hearing about other people’s dreams.

Click the comic for more TSGA. I love the drawing style here. Enjoy.

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Math is Pretty

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Here are two videos for my Mom, and a couple for my Sister too.

And for my Sis:

Have a great Mother’s Day, and CALL YOUR MOM!

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Party Like It’s 1999.

I just stumbled across this again. This is the origination of “All Your Base Are Belong To Us”. I love Engrish.

We may laugh (or at least we did in 1999 when this joke was new), but maybe the Japanese had it right. Maybe we’ll actually speak like this in the future, after Japanese and American cultures kind of intermingle.

If you want better video quality, check out the original arcade version.

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Anthrax: Be All End All

I had this song stuck in my head earlier.

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Automobile Snow Removal With The Anal-Retentive Chef

(Note: yeah…this post was supposed to go out last January. I forgot to publish it. Oops.)

This clip is what the TV show Monk would have been like if he had lived in Minneapolis instead of San Francisco. It’s long, but the Queen soundtrack is top-notch. And another plus: he does a great job.

This reminds me of “Cooking With The Anal-Retentive Chef” from Saturday Night Live.

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Neat Music Toy Thingie

This is amazingly addictive. There’s an invisible meter moving left to right that measures when to hit a note. The higher the note, the higher it is on the grid. Don’t think too hard about this, just click around. It’s fun. [link]

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Amazing One-Man Zelda Cello Quintet

If you want to go one step further, go here to play some rain in the background. (A great suggestion I swiped from Andrew Tubman. Thanks!)

If you want more orchestrated Zelda music, go here. [link]

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Another song I wish was on iTunes…

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Star Trek Nerds, meet your God

This guy is awesome.

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Twelve RPGs to play before you die

I wish I had this list when I was 15. Now, I would expect to have them on a computer, to do 90% of the calculations for me. It’s still an interesting list. [link]

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Funny, slightly edited look at the creation myth

Man, this is a horrible show, even before the edits. Can’t anyone do something better?

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Gargamel! In the FLESH!

I love Gargamel. I mean, he just never, ever gives up. No matter how many times he’s face-first in the mud, blown-up through the roof of his crappy little hovel, with his crabby cat following after, he just keeps on trying to eat Smurfs. I have a tiny Gargamel figure in my car to remind me to just keep on going in life.

Seriously.

I’m excited for this movie. Well, sort of anyhow. I don’t think I’ll see it in the theater unless the reviews are really, really good. Like How To Train Your Dragon good. My excitement for the movie stems from Hank Azaria, the voice of 3/4 of the characters on The Simpsons (or pretty nearly 3/4) in make-up for the live-action Smurfs movie. Although the movie will likely be in the same trend of crap-fest movies as Garfield and The Chipmunks, I’m still looking forward to…looking forward to it. I don’t think I’m the right demographic for the film, so if I watch it at all, it’ll be on Redbox. Maybe. Or online. At some point…like maybe in 2014 if the Earth is still around.

Anyhow, click the link (or Gargamel’s picture above) to see what Hank Azaria’s Gargamel looks like. [link]

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Anvil Launched 200 Feet Into the Air

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Blog updating and other borrrrring stuff

I have a condundrum…cunundrum? A problem without an immediately viable solution, since I don’t know how to spell the word that would normally describe such a thing, and I’m too lazy to take my hands off this keyboard and click the spellcheck button.

Anyhow, the problem is this: I’m going through my blog and changing all the posts that have “uncategorized” for their category and putting them into a category…even if it’s Miscellaneous, a word that strangely I know how to spell with no trouble at all.

Although it’s taken over a week and I’m only back to November of last year, that’s not really the problem. That’s a surmountable task, one that is large but defeatable. My problem is an old practice of mine that many bloggers get in the habit of…which is tagging pictures and links to websites after the pictures and/or links disappear. The links aren’t as big of a deal because, unless someone clicks on the link, it’s transparent to the regular viewer. No, my issue is the pictures, which show up as a big white block with a cute little red “X” in the corner. Although it doesn’t specifically say so, I like to think that the red X somehow signifies, “This blogger is a total douchebag (another word I know how to spell, I’m on a roll), and you should just go back to Neatorama.com”.

So, in the process of switching all uncategorized posts to categorized, I’m also trying to find viable pictures to upload to the blog, instead of linking to someone else’s pictures. It’s not like I don’t have a lot of usable space on here. I linked-instead-of-uploaded originally because I was too lazy to first download the picture from somewhere, then upload it from my computer.

So…this little hiccup probably doubles the amount of time that I’ll need to spend updating my baby, but it’ll be worth it.

When I get done with the clean-up process, I want to start adding many more daily posts, hopefully to match the 150+ record I had during the month of May 2009. I may start advertising at some point in the distant future, but it will always be unobtrusive and tasteful in nature, although this blog is currently obtrusive and not always tasteful. Naturally.

Anyhow, that’s my recipe for Rocky Mountain Oysters.

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Happy Walpurgis Night!

I guess this is one way to celebrate. I, myself, do not choose to celebrate Walpurgis Night by dressing like a satyr and prancing about a hot dancer with one boob hanging out. (The video is safe for work, as the dancer’s breast is covered by flesh-colored fabric, but the original intention must have been exposure.)

After watching this, it surprises me that ‘ballarino’ is not a euphamizm for gay. Although I do admire the athleticism of the dancers, who could easily kill me with powerful rectus femoris muscles. For reference:

Oh, and for the record, I really wanted to find a “Minnesota Vikings Bonfire” picture since this was, at one time, a norse-viking holiday. Alas, none exist, at least within the extent of the Google filter.

Also, Happy May Day too. And if, today, you find yourself at the wheel of an airplane, in a steep dive, maybe you should just say “SOS” or “Holy crap I’m dropping fast”, so the air traffic controller isn’t confused.

You’ll thank me later.

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