New Portishead Album – “Third”

Just heard about this on NPR this morning. Portishead has released their first new album in ten years. It’s called “Third”, and from the sounds of the clips they played during the NPR interview they’re once again pushing the boundaries of the genre.

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You can buy it here on amazon.com, or if you’re a torrent-wise pirate, download it here :)

Let go of the wheel

It’s ten lanes wide with hundred foot high guardrails.

You can’t see around the bends or over the next hill.

It’s paved in places and rocky in others.

There are no exits.

It’s full of traffic when all we want is space.

It’s dark and abandoned when we long for the love and comfort of another.

It’s life

Let go of the wheel.

Roof, wrong.

When I bought my house, the majority of the houses on the other side of the street for that block were vacant. They all showed telltale signs of harsh Pennsylvania weather and years of disrepair. There was a surplus of better-condition housing elsewhere in town, and I often wondered how long these houses would stand before mother nature finally won.

As the market picked up, several of these houses sold and the owners were turning their new purchased run-down coal era homes into modern vinyl-sided, remodeled little wonders. Just recently, another of these battered bungalows was picked up by a family moving into the area. They propped up the rotting porch, installed new locks, and starting carrying waves of supplies and various personal belongings inside.

A few days ago, I noticed a small gathering of local folk on my front steps, staring at roof-level across the street. Apparently my new neighbors had contracted to have their roof replaced (it was in dire need), and the results we’re, well, worthy of a good solid stare.

Neighbor’s Roof

Trust me, you’ll want to click the image to see the full-size picture.

I don’t even have words at this point. I can’t say I’m a roofer, ever aspired to be a roofer, or even know a roofer, but I’m pretty sure that’s not how it’s done. I’ve talked with the owners of the house, and they do plan on seeking a claim with the contractor who performed the work, but this shouldn’t even be necessary. Who in their right mind does work like this? A half-drunk monkey on meth with 3 fingers and one leg could, and probably would, do better work.

You suck at photoshop

The title is the name of a series of youtube videos I stumbled across that are not only very useful in picking up some photoshop tricks, but they’re funny as hell.

This guy has a knack for keeping you interested while you learn how to do tasks that would otherwise stretch the limits of the average attention span.

Here’s a link to a playlist of #1 through #10 in the series:

http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=D19BCF9D57320E03

Tomek Baginski

This guy has done some of the most amazing 3D animation and modeling I’ve ever seen. His themes are always dark and mysterious often touching on Polish history and current politics. This first flick won him the BAFTA Award for Best Short Animation in 2004.

This next video won him an oscar nomination in the category “short films” in 2002.

Want more Baginski? Click HERE to search for Tomek Baginski on youtube :)

Adobe Unveils Web-Based Photoshop Express

In an attempt to combat the droves of new photography hobbyists running away from the steep price of the “real” photoshop, Adobe has unveiled a completely free photo management/editing application called Photoshop Express. They’re even giving every user that signs up 2GB of storage space with the promise of more in the future.

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Radioactive Cat Busted on I-5

Just when you thought it was safe to transport radioactive cats again. . . . .

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/dannywestneat/2004300343_danny23.html

Happy Easter

May your Easter baskets runneth over with tasty candy, your tummies fill with the warmth of home-cooked easter dinners, and for my dad, may your peeps get stale enough to eat before someone throws them out :)

Happy Easter everyone!

‘Mind Gaming’ Could Enter Market This Year

Saw this on slashdot today, and I instantly thought of Tom and his occasional mention of how he’s gonna build a “mindball” table and take over the world.

http://www.physorg.com/news124723221.html

Emotiv, a company based in San Francisco, says its mind-control headsets will be on shelves later this year, along with a host of novel “biofeedback” games developed by its partners.” They even have a mention of “mindball” at the bottom.

While I think this sounds interesting, I also think a gaming society used to mashing buttons will be slow to adopt something so different and much more prone to “failure”.