Odds & Ends
Under the Skin
Experimental sci-fi film wonders what it’s like to be human ... and then harvest the internal organs of other humans for mysterious alien purposes
Disney and Pixar crown a medieval princess for the 21st century
In its surprisingly short existence (Toy Story came out in 1995), Pixar Animation Studios has rewritten the book on animation in general and computer animation in particular. When the plucky little company entered the big time less than 20 years ago, digital animation was a soulless enterprise suitable for trendy soft drink commercials and little else. Pixar not only contributed to a great leap forward in technology, it revitalized the animation industry by refocussing on the art and craft of storytelling.
Adios, Jenny Gamble Edition
An interview with Mogwai frontman Stuart Braithwaite
Glasgow's Mogwai has been hypnotizing its audiences with elaborate, spaced-out, guitar-driven dirges since the mid-'90s. This week, on tour in support of its wryly titled 2011 Sub Pop release Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will, the cosmic post rock band pays New Mexico a visit. Over the phone, the band's thickly accented frontman Stuart Braithwaite and I discussed recording techniques, favorite concert locales and distortion pedals.
Cryptid Alert: There’s a new photograph of the Loch Ness Monster.
Amid recent speculation that Nessie was finally dead, monster lovers can breathe a sigh of relief. Landscape designer Richard Preston has produced the latest conclusive evidence of a living prehistoric monster in Scotland. Whew.
Life on the Loch
The lonely hunt for truth and monsters
Steve Feltham’s eyes and smile grow wide when the subject of the Loch Ness monsters comes up. “I think they’re out there, certainly,” he says, though he adds with a hint of sadness that it may not be true for much longer. He estimates there are probably a half-dozen creatures left in the lake (down from dozens in earlier eras) and will be fewer each passing year: “Sightings have declined. They’re gradually dropping off of old age, I think.”
Check him out. That’s Horseboy over there. He was recently spotted loitering on an otherwise unremarkable street in Aberdeen, Scotland. He’s the latest bit of weirdness to turn up on Google Street Views. (My personal fave? Angry Norwegian Scuba Divers!) London’s Daily Mail was the first to report on the mysterious equine-man’s existence. Who is he? What is he? Is he pals with Bat Boy? The world may never know.
The Daily Word 02.04.10: Brakes, Booze, Bill O'Reilly
Computer in 2010 Prius has made the braking part of driving harder.
California Senator Duncan Hunter talked to NPR about why "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" should not be repealed. Good news: he sounds like a box of stupid.
NM Legislature: Proposed Senate Bill 132 would create an Hispanic Education Act targeted at closing the achievement gap between Anglo and Hispanic students. Is it necessary?
This is a dumb article that says people under 30 don't get Meryl Streep. Is this a real thing?
For Scots, who consume the most alcohol per person in the world, a caffeine-and-booze concoction is stirring up some trouble. Ah, my people.
Belen closed its schools yesterday because it was raining. Ah, my people.
This year, the New Orleans Saints are America's Team. Suck it, Cowboys.
The Great American Apparel Diet: A group of women agree not to buy any new clothes for a year.
This sculpture sold for $104.3 million, the most ever paid for a work of art. Which totally sounds reasonable.
Jon Stewart goes on Bill O'Reilly's show and is predictably awesome.
It's Alice Cooper's birthday.