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The LA Times had a short article about the island adventure Tribewanted over the weekend.  The project is seeking 5,000 people from around the world who want to live on an island in Fiji with 100 other people for a couple of weeks and build a community. 

Will it be a fantastic adventure (Swiss Family Robinson, Survivor), a total effing disaster (Lord of the Flies, The Beach, Lost, Cast Away) or a kinky island romp (Blue Lagoon, Gilligan's Island)? 

Posted by sedgemonkey at 5/30/2006 7:50:00 AM | 2 comments | Source | Share
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Luckily, a response has been made to the earthquake in Indonesia which has now killed more than 5,000 people (last I heard it was only 2,500), more than 20,000 injured and left 130,000 homeless (40% of those homeless are children) according to the United Nations Children's Fund.

Survivors are going to be given, by the government, $21 each for clothes and household items, while families will get 26.4 pounds of rice. Those with damaged homes will be compensated, all this according to Vice President Jusuf Kalla.

I'm glad efforts are being made to counteract this disaster. The American Red Cross is also helping with the disaster so, if you can I'd give at least $5.00 to the American Red Cross.  And since it's a nonprofit organization, your donation is tax exempt. :) It may not seem like much but if... say 10,000 of us donate just 5 dollars, that's a $50,000 dollars already. Maybe that's not millions, but it's a lot more if say... 10,000 people in every large city donated that much. It'd raise at least a million, and all each individual would have to do is just skip buying maybe a diet coke and a sandwich for that day and instead open up a can of soup they probably have lying around in their house somewhere. It's a small price to pay for a good cause.

So donate.
Posted by Aleiav at 5/29/2006 7:12:00 PM | 1 comments | Share
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The wonderful powers of Java bring us the BitfontMaker. Create and save your own bitmap font (.ttf). Limited in some aspects but could be fun to play around with! Then check out the Bitmap Museum to download others' creations.
Posted by halfliquid at 5/28/2006 1:50:00 PM | 7 comments | Share
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Some bored cubicle dweller created pushpin tributes to Mario and Samus (Metroid) during his free time. 
Posted by sedgemonkey at 5/25/2006 7:28:00 AM | 7 comments | Share
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Da Ali G Show correspondant Borat Sagdiyev has his own movie coming out soon filled with his special brand of hard hitting journalism. Naked wrestling ensues.
Posted by sedgemonkey at 5/25/2006 8:29:00 AM | 2 comments | Share
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Dang,  I always find out about these cool Los Angeles events after the fact.   Apparently, there was an "estate sale" for Arrested Development where you could buy props used on the show last week.  I'll always wonder how much Gob's puppet Franklin fetched at auction (or if it was even up for bidding).

Posted by sedgemonkey at 5/24/2006 3:12:00 PM | 2 comments | Share
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From Boing Boing: John Kricfalusi and Katie Rice are going to exhibit and sell their work at Every Picture Tells A Story in Santa Monica this Sunday. After the show, watch a bunched of BANNED John K cartoons at the theater across the street. Link

Posted by Ripped Monkey at 5/23/2006 2:20:00 AM | 3 comments | Source | Share
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For those of you who don't know the BBC is the British Broadcasting Company and basically are the biggest TV company in the UK. However, they somehow managed to interview a IT technician waiting in reception, ON LIVE TV, instead of Apple's Guy Kewney. Watch the video, and spot where he realises that it wasnt a job interview, and was actually a news broadcast. Fair play to him he handles it very well..
Posted by Shark at 5/23/2006 10:31:00 AM | 4 comments | Share
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From the site:
"Never before have two pieces of bread been simultaneously placed on the ground directly opposite each other on the globe, thus making an Earth Sandwch.  The fact that the Earth has never been a sandwich is probably why things are so f*cked up"

Sounds like a great idea...  Except it seems almost everywhere you try to do it, the other slice would end up a little soggy in the ocean.
Posted by Ensellitis at 5/20/2006 6:55:00 PM | 11 comments | Share
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A man drank 24 beers a day, but he never threw out the cans.  Instead he kept them piled up throughout the house.  After leaving the residence, the house was cleaned by the realtors.  The cans were recycled for 800 dollars, an estimated 70,000 cans: 24 beers a day for 8 years. 

See the full news story here.
Posted by Ensellitis at 5/20/2006 7:01:00 PM | 7 comments | Share
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I always suspected Superman was abusing his powers and now some concerned citizen has collected evidence to prove it.  It's amazing how many times Superman extorts money, kills Batman, dicks around his friends and denies people water.  Jerk.

Posted by sedgemonkey at 5/19/2006 10:12:00 AM | 7 comments | Source | Share
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Two of the finest voice actors ever playing off each other in a terrific Conan O'Brien interview.  A must see. 

Posted by sedgemonkey at 5/17/2006 3:05:00 PM | 11 comments | Source | Share
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This one will make your brain hurt. Scientists make light travel so fast it actually goes backwards. Think of the military applications!
Posted by HMC at 5/17/2006 3:27:00 PM | 8 comments | Share
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The following pixel artists produced Pixel Joint's top rated pixel art for April 2006. Many thanks go out to this month's top pixel artists and all the members who took time to rate.


#1 Pixel ArtInto Werewolf anim by Ahruon
#2 Pixel ArtEl Pirahna Plant by The B.O.B.
#3 Pixel ArtFong Fong Flower by big brother
#4 Pixel ArtRPG Mockup by -DE-
#5 Pixel ArtDragon by Badassbill
#6 Pixel ArtNIKOLA TESLA, MAN OF SCIENCE by Helm
#7 Pixel ArtGreen Tea by David Stoner
#8 Pixel Arttasty burger by Biffo
#9 Pixel ArtPirate Fighter by Adarias
#10 Pixel Art-+Healing+- by happip
Posted by sedgemonkey at 5/15/2006 7:18:00 AM | 4 comments | Share
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Luke Skywalker comes off as an even bigger wuss in this fairly long cut scene from Star Wars.  Still, it's interesting to see a little bit of Luke's everyday life before he heads out of Tatooine.

Posted by sedgemonkey at 5/15/2006 11:04:00 AM | 1 comments | Share
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According to articles posted at Zap2it.com, the live-action movie version of The Transformers is actually beginning to take flight! Read on my fellow 80s nostalgic bretheren:

LOS ANGELES -- Three more actors will be joining DreamWorks' big-screen live-action adaptation of the futuristic robot adventure "The Transformers."

Tyrese Gibson is still in negotiations to co-star alongside confirmed actors Rachael Taylor and Amaury Nolasco in the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Read the full post...

Posted by pixelblink at 5/15/2006 10:19:00 PM | 7 comments | Source | Share
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I just watched Serenity last night to wrap up my Firefly journey and I happened to stumble upon this MSN list of the top 10 cancelled TV shows (here's E! Online's list.).  It got me thinking... a lot of my favorite shows seem to get cancelled right quick.  In fact, I have enough favorite dead shows to make my own top 10 list. How sad.

10) Playmakers - Way too melodramatic and I'm not really a football fan, but entertaining nonetheless.
9) Action - Jay Mohr always comes off as a colossal prick so watching him play a super-sleaze producer (thx Manko Jinko) exposing the seamy underbelly of Hollywood seemed perfectly natural.
8) The State - The 90s MTV sketch comedy show had an unbelievably funny cast.  The excellent Reno 911 is loaded with State alum.  
7) Twin Peaks -  Weird, sad, funny and just freaking creepy.  Good stuff.  
6) Firefly - Genuinely funny and fun Sci-Fi with a great cast and a unique take on the future.

Read the full post...

Posted by sedgemonkey at 5/12/2006 10:25:00 AM | 21 comments | Share
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John K, creator and genious behind Ren and Stimpy, is running free, thats right, FREE drawing lessons! His blog, an infinite source of cartooning wisdom and wackiness, is now home to John K's very own drawing class. Read his instructions, pick up a pencil, and DRAW. It's an awesome opportunity to sharpen your skills and knowledge of one of the most engaging art forms known to man.

Click here to learn to draw!

Posted by iSTVAN at 5/11/2006 9:37:00 PM | 2 comments | Share
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If I were ever to pursue science I would most certainly want to hook up with the jokers at the National Institutes of Health Animal Center in Maryland.  Apparently getting monkeys s-faced on moonshine is not only good for giggles, it's also beneficial to humankind for some reason or another. 

Posted by sedgemonkey at 5/10/2006 8:44:00 AM | 3 comments | Source | Share
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If there's one thing I like better than pixel art it's body parts imitating other body parts.  Check out this video of fingers pullin' the Electric Boogaloo.
Posted by sedgemonkey at 5/9/2006 2:54:00 PM | 4 comments | Source | Share
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Apple's got some new TV ads that feature a PC man and a Mac man discussing some of the finer aspects of themselves--and ruffling a few feathers in the process.

http://www.apple.com/getamac/ads/
Posted by Faktablad at 5/6/2006 7:44:00 AM | 6 comments | Share
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Chaps finally got around to making a New York City iso-scene poster. Represent, East-side!

Posted by halfliquid at 5/5/2006 11:48:00 AM | 9 comments | Source | Share
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Pop on over to the A.V. Club to read an interview with Matt Groening and Simpsons Quotes For Everyday Use.

This is a week late, but if you don't read The Onion you don't know any better anyway.

Posted by sedgemonkey at 5/4/2006 9:01:00 AM | 10 comments | Share
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Search for game developers around the world on a worldwide map. Very handy if you are interested in getting into the gaming industry.

Posted by sedgemonkey at 5/2/2006 9:17:00 AM | 3 comments | Source | Share
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While I can't understand a word the site is saying (though that's not entirely important, since it's easy to navigate!), I do know there are plenty of splendid pixel fonts laying around for us to gobble up.

 Visit to download
Posted by halfliquid at 5/2/2006 3:02:00 PM | 5 comments | Share
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Since there is a doll category being crafted at deviantART (that will hopefully, in turn, rid the pixel art gallery of non-pixel art compliant submissions -- trying to say it as nice as I can!) , running is a contest for a little 16x16 gallery icon for the section. Of course, there are some meaty subs (hungry?) as prizes.

Read the full post...

Posted by halfliquid at 5/1/2006 3:20:00 PM | 3 comments | Share

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