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September 24, 2004

New Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series!!!

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There are some things that are so wonderful that they defy mere words. One such wonderful thing is that there is a new Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series, airing on the BBC website. The new series brings back most of the original cast, including Simon Jones as Arthur Dent, Jeffery McGiven as Ford Prefect, Mark Wing-Davie as Zaphod Beeblebrox, and Peter Jones as The Book. The new series starts at Fit the Thirteenth, and it appears that there will be six new episodes.

And if THAT isn't enough, the BBC has re-released the original Infocom Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy text-based adventure game as a web-based, flash-based, game. This is the only game of that genre that I ever solved, and it took over three years and two different computing platforms to do it.

Sometimes life IS worth living!!!!

Posted by Paul Cooper at 10:17 AM | Comments (0)

September 17, 2004

RIP Johnny Ramone

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In the summer of 1980, I had just graduated from college the previous summer, and during that last semester at Sewanee, I had begun to embrace the whole punk movement, and had begun to move away from liking the coliseum-rock that I had followed through most of the '70s. But I still did not like the Ramones.....

But in late summer that year, the Ramones played at the old Pier in the Cameron Village Subway, with Raleigh's Cigaretz opening. I had fallen in serious love with the Cigaretz. They were brash, obnoxious, loud, and they totally rocked. So, I was there, the Cigaretz back in Raleigh after leaving to become rock stars in NYC, and the Ramones.

And suddenly, I saw the light. The raw energy of the crowd, the wall that was the Ramones SOUND...I was totally blown away. Yes, the songs were simple, yes, the lyrics were stupid. But there was something else there that transcended all of that, and made them something so much more than just another stupid punk band. I eventually saw Rock n Roll High School, and thought it was the coolest movie ever. I still do.....

And now three of them are dead. Man, there are certain things that make you feel really old, and Joey, Johnny, and Dee Dee all being dead really makes my bones ache.

RIP Johnny. You were something special

Posted by Paul Cooper at 12:17 AM | Comments (0)

September 08, 2004

Dubya playing cards!!!

Ok, so you remember the deck of cards featuring Iraqi bad guys? Well, here's another so bizzare I had to post it here. And it's for sale!!! Click the picture to order!

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Thanks to the Stupid Store!

Check it out, they sell pretty much any stupid thing you might want....

Posted by Paul Cooper at 03:41 PM | Comments (0)

September 07, 2004

Everclear video (finally!!!)


So, I discovered a new option on the Adobe Premiere Export menu, the "Export to web" option, that uses Terran Media Cleaner 5 EZ to create .wmv or .rm files for the web. So, after many trials and tribulations, here is Everclear's Santa Monica. Hopefully, it will play awesomely on whatever your media player is. Looks ok, sounds like crap, but what do you want from the cheap microphone in my Optura.

BTW, the image above is a single frame from the video.

Posted by Paul Cooper at 12:01 AM | Comments (0)