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‘The Lizards and The Jews’: The documentary on everyone’s favorite conspiracy theorist, David Icke
12.06.2012
08:52 am

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You know how it is. You retire from soccer (“football,” whatever), the voices in your head tell you that you’re the son of god, you compare yourself to Jesus on national television, and then you discover the New World Order, made up of multi-dimensional, shape-shifting,  reptilian humanoid aliens (who are possibly Jews). 

Highlights include:

—Alex Jones insinuating that Icke is COINTELPRO, the ultimate “insult” meant to discredit the serious conspiracy theorists.

—the Anti-Defamation League trying to figure out if he really means Jews or if he literally is saying 12-foot lizards.

—the line, “drinking human blood, particularly the blood of blond-haired, blue-eyed people, seems to be very beneficial to holding mammal codes open.”

For the record, I have actually read most of The Biggest Secret: The Book That Will Change the World , and I go back and forth on whether or not he’s using coded anti-Semitic language. Only one thing is for sure: the lizard people are not kosher. (I’ll be here all night, folks—tip your waitress.)
 
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Never trust a white man in a turquoise tracksuit.
 

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HTML for Babies: The book to get your baby started on coding
12.06.2012
08:38 am

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The things humans purchase for their babies are usually meant to say more about the parents than the child, but who cares?!? They’re cute little human waste machines you get to adorn with cute little accessories, like HTML for Babies until they get old enough to listen to Justin Beiber and roll their eyes at you all day!

It’s never too early to be standards compliant! Show your little ones HTML markup code along with letter forms to get them started on the visual patterns and symbols that make up the essential building blocks of the Web. The first in a three-volume set, originally designed by a NYC Web Designer for his baby, this beautiful book is a fun and colorful introduction to the world of web design for babies.

And of course the whole thing is in Helvetica…

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Dave Brubeck Quartet: In Concert, Germany 1966
12.05.2012
07:59 pm

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Dave Brubeck claimed he had 2 ambitions when he first started out as a Jazz musician - “to play polytonally and polyrhythmically.”

He also said his inspiration for rhythm was the heart beat, for this was what we heard first, and last.

Brubeck was a giant of Jazz, whose passing at the age of 91, brings an end to one of the greatest eras of American Jazz.

He popularized Jazz like few other composers/musicians of his day, becoming a household name and the first million-selling Jazz musician, who also made the cover of Time magazine in 1954. The purists didn’t like him, and many classed his brand of Jazz as “easy listening”, but this is to do him and his music a great disservice.

Take a listen to the Dave Brubeck Quartet (Brubeck - Piano, Paul Desmond - Alto Saxophone, Joe Morello - Drums, Gene Wright - Bass), filmed in concert in Germany, November 6th, 1966.

Track LIsting:

01. “Take the ‘A’ Train”
02. “Forty Days”
03. “I’m in a Dancing Mood”
04. “Koto Song”
05. “Take Five”

R.I.P. Dave Brubeck 1920-2012
 

 

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‘George Orwell A LIfe in Pictures’: Essential documentary on the author of ‘1984’
12.05.2012
07:00 pm

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There is no footage of George Orwell, no recordings of his voice, just assorted photographs, and of course, his writing, his brilliant writing, which forms the basis of this Emmy award-winning documentary George Orwell - A Life in Pictures.

This documentary recreates Orwell’s life through a series of imaginary film clips, fictional archive news stories, and the sort of documentary films Orwell may have made. Chris Langham is Orwell and he brings a warmth, intelligence and humanity to the role.

Best known for his star performance in The Thick of It, and his work with Spike Milligan and The Muppets, Langham has become a controversial figure of late as he was sent to gaol in 2005 for downloading hard core child pornography. He said he did it for research, for a character he was playing on a TV series. Well, you would, wouldn’t? You’re not going to say it was just for the hell-of-it or, you wanted to knock one out, are you? But Langham has served his time and accepted responsibility for his actions. However, this knowledge can make this excellent documentary problematic to watch, though Langham’s performance is superb, and the content of this documentary - George Orwell’s writing -  essential viewing.

Though this all perhaps raises a bigger question, as to whether creative works can be viewed separately from the lives of its creators? Can we read William Burroughs without considering the senseless murder of his wife, or his use of young boys for sex? Can we read Philip Larkin’s poetry without thinking about his racism? Or, look at Eric Gill’s vast output - from religious sculpture to typeface - without thinking he sexually abused his daughters and fucked the family pets? Unlike these reprobates, Langham has served his time, and all we can do is to be aware of what has happened, before choosing our own response to it.

Ultimately, the issue is perhaps subverted by the importance and quality of Orwell’s writing, which Langham brings brilliantly to life.
 

 

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Shit gets weird: ‘The Everything Is Terrible! Holiday Special’ (NSFW)
12.05.2012
06:44 pm

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To celebrate the impending end of mankind, the weirdos behind Everything Is Terrible! are doing the impossible! As the Mayan long count is about to run out, EIT! are going to be spreading their own unique brand of Holiday Cheer ON 2 TOURS AT THE SAME TIME! What the fuck?!

This holiday season, world-famous psychedelic soldiers of found footage Everything Is Terrible! return with another epic masterpiece! Over the last 5 years, EIT! has built upon their classic Holiday Special regarding everyone’s least favorite time of the year, piling on layers of erotic Santas, Nazi elves, misplaced sentimentalities, fistfights over toys-for-tots and an endless parade of singing kids that will surely destroy us all. As they sculpt an ever-more-abominable collage out of a millennium’s worth of VHS memories, EIT! asks: will this holiday season be our last? Will our Mayan brothers and sisters of so many moons ago be correct in their prediction of doom? There’s only one way to find the answers — and that’s to watch one more crappy holiday special. As always, EIT! will appear live to present the evening’s festivities in all of their fur-covered glory — and this time, they promise to convert every stage into the tackiest winter wonderland imaginable with all the trimmings: puppets, sing-a-longs, candy, fake snow, and a visit from the big man himself. The word “miraculous” falls short to describe the happenings of this Cataclysmic Transformation!

Coming soon to your town (or one just like it):

EAST
12-7 - Detroit @ Corktown
12-8 - Toronto @ Lee’s Palace
12-9 - Montreal @ Pub Brouhaha
12-10 - Worcester @ Firehouse
12-11 - Troy @ 51 3rd St
12-12 - Brooklyn @ Bell House
12-13 - Philly @ PhilaMOCA
12-14 - Boston @ Coolidge Corner
12-15 - Baltimore @ 5th Dimension
12-16 - Pittsburgh @ Filmmakers
12-17 - Cincinnati @ Mayday
12-18 - Nashville @ Belcourt
12-19 - St. Louis @ Mushmaus
12-20 - Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
12-21 - Chicago @ Lincoln Hall

WEST
12-7 - San Francisco @ Roxie
12-8 - Oakland @ ABCO Arts
12-9 - UC Davis @ TCS Building
12-10 - Portland @ Hollywood Theatre
12-11 - Olympia @ Le Voyeur
12-12 - Vancouver @ Biltmore Cabaret
12-13 - Seattle @ Central Cinema
12-14 - Boise @ Spacebar
12-15 - Salt Lake City @ The Coffee Pit
12-16 - Denver @ Denver Film Center
12-17 - Albuquerque @ Guild
12-18 - Tucson @ Loft
12-19 - Phoenix @ Filmbar
12-20 - San Diego @ Che Cafe
12-22 - Los Angeles @ Cinefamily

Get tickets here for The Everything Is Terrible! Holiday Special—Is it comedy? Is it found footage? Is it both? It’s just seriously fucking fucked up, that’s all I know. Don’t miss this!!!
 

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen collaborate on over-priced handbag with Damien Hirst
12.05.2012
06:14 pm

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If you’ve got way too much money and no common sense whatsoever, listen up: the fashionista Olsen twins, Mary-Kate and Ashley, have produced a stunningly over-priced crocodile handbag festooned with colorful pill appliqués, in collaboration artist Damien Hirst.

The price? A mere $55,000. I wonder if any of those pills are Xanax?

“Damien, I’ve got Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s people on the line. They want to make a hideously overpriced handbag with you. Are you interested?”

“Blimey, what a shitty idea. That’s just too fucking stew-pid not to do, innit?”

“Damien says he’d love to be involved. Terrific, thanks. You, too. Bye!”

Only twelve of the bags are available. They go on sale December 12th exclusively at justoneeye.com.
 
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Shit sandwich Christmas music video re-teams John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
12.05.2012
04:37 pm

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“Summer lovin’ happened so fa-ast…”

“You Might Like It” is the title of John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John’s new Christmas song. I predict you won’t like it very much at all. On YouTube the dislikes outnumber the likes by a 3 to 1 margin. Expect that gap to widen as the day goes on.

Posting it here, I feel like someone going “This smells like shit, smell it.”

As D-Listed’s Michael K put it:

“The cover of John and ONJ’s holiday album is what you would see if you put a magnifying glass up to a unicorn’s fart bubble after it ate all of the Christmas candy, and the video for their first (and last) single is just as special.”

He hit that nail squarely on the head. The celebrated Mr. K goes on to refers to Olivia Newton-John’s face as “looking like an inside/out rubber cat mask.”

Look what’s happened to poor Danny and Sandy. How long did it take them to make this video? An hour? Less? Christ does this suck!
 

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Thi$ Chri$tma$: Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta puke up a Christmas album

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Manga comics ‘sound effect rings’
12.05.2012
02:35 pm

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“Sound effect” rings expressed through katakana characters by Shuji Tomishima and Takushi Okina aka RGB.

The rings are available to purchase on Japanese site Mitsubai Tokyo.
 
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Via Nerdcore

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Penile Dementia: Science says older people are more gullible, which explains Fox News
12.05.2012
02:31 pm

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I got an email earlier this week from one of the reichwing newsletters that I subscribe to and in it, there was a conspiracy theory involving Chinese hackers who could kill you through your pacemaker (hey, it happened this week on Homeland, didn’t it, smartypants?). Apparently, I didn’t read it that closely—it didn’t merit it—and just deleted it, they had some device that you could buy to protect yourself from the Chinese hackers by scrambling the serial codes for your pacemaker or… something. Clearly this organization were marketing geniuses and knew that a high percentage of their audience probably did have pacemakers installed and additionally probably suffered from senile dementia. (This isn’t the article I refer to, but you’ll get the gist of it here).

Last night on The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert tackled the problem some older Fox News viewers might have separating the shit from the Shineola. Maybe it’s just a matter of “Low-T” or “Low-O,” he wondered?

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Older people, Colbert began, are less able to trust their gut instincts, according to a report from Fox News. As they age, many people lose their ability to discern whether someone is lying to them or is trying scam them. They become more trusting.

“Who’d have thought that elderly Fox News viewers would be more susceptible to misinformation?” asked Colbert.

 
Glenn Beck, for sure. The companies selling them extortionately over-priced gold coins delivered to their front door. The publishers of NewsMax and WorldNetDaily, definitely. The NRA. The Tea Party Express. Sarah Palin. The Republican National Committee. It’s a pretty long list.
 

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Psychedelic drugs and high fashion in Asia Argento’s ‘Firmeza’
12.05.2012
12:20 pm

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Firmeza , a new short film directed by Asia Argento for Ludovica Amati’s Spring/Summer collection of 2013, draws in viewers emotionally with a scenario involving an ayahuasca ceremony and then manages to slip in an entire fashion show without them realizing it. I loved it. Super clever idea to display clothing. Breathtaking visuals and cinematography.

I can’t say for sure that she actually took ayahuasca during the shooting, but knowing the Scarlet Diva, I wonder…
 
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Previously on Dangerous Minds
New Kenneth Anger short film for Italian fashion house Missoni

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