Japan Probe alerts us to a recent Moonwalking Championship, held, presumably, before the death of Michael Jackson himself. To make more seamless the homage, some of the contestants opted to perform in blackface—a stylistic choice that still has the power to shock (witness the Mad Men “moment” of three weeks ago, here).
In another sign of our impending societal collapse, the Samsung corporation has cleverly come up with a way to target a new consumer, the person without any friends whatsoever! That’s right, with the Samsung TL220 DualView Camera, now YOU can frame shots of—who else—YOURSELF for your Facebook page without even having to have a friend to push a button for you!
But that’s not all, it also has a function called “Beauty Shot” that automatically improves your looks, or as this Amazon reviewer puts it “look like a Model!!!”:
My favorite feature that sent me over the top was the “Beauty Shot” mode and front LCD feature! I have scars on my face due to acne (pretty bad scaring), and I went into Best Buy looking greasy and very sweaty (just got off of work). The pictures I took of myself in Beauty Shot mode made me look like a Model!!! I am not kidding, my face went from greasy and nasty in regular pics I was taking of myself, to looking like I belonged on a runway for a photoshoot once in Beauty Mode!!! I was SHOCKED at how perfectly complected my face looked, you could not see one acne scar or blemish, it was amazing! I did not expect this feature to work so well!!!
No doubt they will make zillions of dollars off these innovations targeted at the self absorbed and those who prefer to deceive others with their model perfect profile pics. Bring the end on, I say, bring it the f**k on.
Via h+ Editor in Chief, RU Sirius:
The Fall Issue of h+ magazine is now online: featuring Erik Davis on Dollhouse, Tweaking Your Neurons, The Psychedelic Transhumanists, Sex and the Singularity, Jonathan Coulton?
I have been a longtime Harvey Pekar fan, discovering him—along with the great Brother Theodore—during the early years of David Letterman’s show in the 1980s. He was always totally hilarious and curmudgeonly on his Letterman appearances. I view Pekar as original of a self creation as Groucho Marx, Charles Bukowski or his friend Robert Crumb. American Splendor, the film about Pekar’s life, starring the always wonderful Paul Giamatti as Harvey and featuring Harvey as himself, is one of my top, top favorite movies of all time, it’s a masterpiece.
Now Harvey Pekar is collaborating with four artists on a weekly web comic on the Smith website:
Pekar Project seeds were planted when Pekar discovered artist Tara Seibel, a fellow Clevelander. They began collaborating on stories for her blog, Rock Cityy Comix. For The Pekar Project, Pekar has formed a band including editor Jeff Newelt and four artists: Seibel, Joseph Remnant, Rick Parker, and Sean Pryor. Just as Duke Ellington composed pieces with a particular featured soloist in mind, Pekar is tailoring each true-life tale to these artists?
Over at the Film Freak Central blog, Jefferson Robbins was stymied in his efforts to write about his favorite television series Mad Med. What can you say about Mad Men that’s not already been said a million times? The result was this interesting video love letter to Mad Men which focuses on the cinematography of the series and Alfred Hitchcock’s influence on the show.
The Viral Factory advertising agency produced this brilliant ad for Diesel. I’m not exactly of the target demo for Diesel products, but I’m certainly impressed by their smart branding efforts and ability to talent scout awesome designers, like whoever is responsible for this amazing bedding:
Meet the stars of Freej, Dubai’s first 3-D animated series. If you’re wondering which of the above four grannies plays the “Cartman,” rest assured these ladies get nowhere near Satan, J-Lo, or even Casa Bonita. The humor here instead “tackles hot topics like wedding traditions and bribery in a distinctly Arab way, sometimes merely hinting at issues.”
But this is not to say series creator, 31-year-old Mohammed Saeed Harib, shies completely away from button-pushing. In Freej’s first season, an episode alluded to Islamic extremism. It was pulled from repeat broadcasts, but managed to later wind up on DVD.
Trailer for one of the campier Hammer films of the seventies (and that is saying a lot), Dracula A.D. 1972. Starring Christopher Lee as Dracula, Peter Cushing as a Van Helsing descendant and pre-Dynasty Stephanie Beacham (she played Sable) and scream queen supreme Caroline Munro as the requisite Carnaby Street dolly birds.
“He’ll freak you out! Right out of this world!”