Friday, December 15, 2006

Come to My Movie Spot.

Since I'm just sooooo conscientious about keeping always up-to-date (ha!), I've gone ahead and started a new blog. It's called Desuko Movie Spot, and I'll review all sort of movies over there. My plan right now is to post new reviews at least a couple times a week, possibly more than that depending on demand. Anyway, go check it out!

Friday, December 01, 2006

A New Blog?

Anyway... I'm thinking of starting a new blog, dedicated to movie reviews. It would be similar to the reviews I included in my old ULV site (which still exists, by the way, depsite being all but forgetten by me and everyone else), but would have more in-depth commentary, as well as a few extra bells and whistles. (It would focus more on older films rather than current releases, and cover a wide range of genres, eras, etc.)

So, to coin a phrase... is that something you'd be interested in?

Any suggestions for a name would be welcome, since that's my biggest hangup on the project right now. Also, I'm thinking of using something like WordPress rather than Blogger -- anybody have any recommendations on one versus the other, or even other alternatives? You input would be greatly appreciated.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Cool Web Things.

Once again, I forego any sort of substantive content in favor of a bunch of links. (Apparently I have a life. So sue me.)

Want to know how popular your name has been throughout history, check out the Baby Name Wizard. It seems that approximately 10,000 billion Erics were born in same year as me. But I'm unique, dammit! (Flash required)

Anyway, if you had trouble in high school physics, you might want to skip this one. For the rest of you, enjoy this thought experiment in what the 10th dimension might be like. (More Flash required)

Want to know what's playing on the radio right now anywhere in the country? Of course you do. (Need I remind you that you need Flash to view this?)

I think I've posted this before, but they've changed URLs and done a nifty redesign. Check out JoeSportsFan's Worthless Card Collection. (No Flash required. What are they, Luddites?)

Monkey portraits!

Finally, Bizarre Records makes me wish I had the money to go vinyl hunting more often.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Two Things That (I Hope) Are Completely Unrelated.

First off, there's this story. It shouldn't come as any surprise that there's another story emerging about corruption and shady dealings from the Bush Administration. But what is a surprise is that it doesn't involve power-hungry proto-fascism, but rather good ol' fashioned 19th century-style graft. There's something oddly refreshing about that.

Secondly, there's Justin Timberlake's song, "SexyBack." Um... what the hell? "I'm bringing sexy back"? Where the hell did it go? I was unaware that "sexy" was ever out of style. And as much as I appreciate Justin's efforts to bring it back, I'm not sure I'd want anything he's touched.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Building a Monster.

Got Flash installed? Want to see the most obnoxiously self-serving splash page/intro on the web? Look no further than guitar god Edgar Winter. Don't forget to stick around after the intro to see the welcome video on the index page. And get ready to... RAWK 'N' ROLL!!!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Some Words on 9/11.

I know this is about a month behind the fact, and I also apologize for not offering much in the way of content lately besides video posts, but this is too important not to share.

Well said, Keith.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Video Blogging #3.

In this edition, we look at the biggest thing in Japan -- Hard Gay! Have you ever wondered what would happen if a high strung leatherman wandered the streets of Tokyo harrassing strangers? Well, here's your answer.

First up, Hard Gay asks folks what they're doing for Father's Day...

Now, Hard Gay works at a ramen shop...

As a Japanese television sensation, it's only right that Hard Gay should be featured on the cover of The Television magazine. At least he thinks so, so he tries to talk his way into a photo shoot. Here's part one...

And part two...

Look out! It's the Hard Gay Dance!

And finally, here's an un-subtitled bit in which Hard Gay meets an overly-ardent imitator and comes out on top...


Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Video Blogging #2.

In this episode, we learn why making music should be left to the professionals...

First, there's Lionel Davis, who's going to send you home with a mattress on your back:

This guy's probably Internet Famous already, so there's no need for an introduction. Here's Cool Tak:

Staying in Asia, here are some Korean soldiers making poor use of their free time:

And finally, here some actual professionals, the Village People, trying for an '80s comeback and just getting it all wrong:

Thursday, July 27, 2006

More of My Geekish Past.

There's a great piece over on ESPN's Page 2 in which their writers share they favorite baseball card memories, and solicit similar submissions from readers. (If you read it, be sure to check out the "Trip to the Topps Factory" sidebar as well.) Anyway, here's what I sent in (short and sweet, because of their 200-word limit):

There were a lot of memorable baseball cards from my childhood collecting days, but one in particular really illustrates my silly obsessiveness about collecting.

When I was 8, I came across half of a 1978 Topps Sparky Anderson card on the playground of my elementary school. Someone had apparently torn it in half, crumpled it up and threw it away. The fact that the card was now worthless meant nothing to me – in my eyes, it had plenty of value since it was one I didn’t have yet. So, I scoured the school grounds looking for the other half, only to come up empty. That didn’t deter me, though, as I proudly took home the left half of the card, taped it to a piece of paper cut to the exact size of a full card, and proceeded to draw in the right half of the card. (At least, what I imagined the right half of the card to look like, since I didn’t have a picture of the whole card to work from.) And in it went with the rest of my collection, where it stayed for many years after that.

Damn, I was a dork.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

R.I.P., Syd.

I know I'm a day or two late with this, but I just had to give a melancholy nod to the passing of Syd Barrett. He had apparently been fighting cancer for some time, and it finally caught up with him at the age of 60. That's twice now he's been taken from the world, but now he's finally found his peace.

Got RealAudio? Have a listen to Terrapin in his memory.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Arts and Crafts Time.

The best thing since the Macquarium... it's the iPod Retro Radio!

Since I don't own and iPod, can someone make this and verify to me that it works? Cuz that would be so kewl, man....

Video Blogging #1.

Like the rest of 'net-dom, I'm becoming something of a YouTube addict. So, periodically, I'm going to try to share some of my favorites with you. Today, we're going with a baseball theme...

From a couple years ago, here's an ESPN Top 10 countdown of the best baseball fights. A more recent list would surely have to include Pedro Martinez vs. Don Zimmer from the 2003 ALCS, as well as this season's main event, Michael Barrett vs. A.J. Pierszynski. (Yes, I know there are only nine included. Don't blame me, blame the uploader...):

Bronson Arroyo hits a home run just for... you:

I post this next one, not so much because I have any particular affinity for the Mets or hatred for the Red Sox, but for two other reasons -- 1) as an appreciation of the sheer amount of time and dedication it took to pull this off, and 2) because they used the audio of Vin Scully's classic call of this classic game. Vin always was, and always shall be The Man. Anyway, here's Game Six of the 1986 World Series as recreated on Nintendo's RBI Baseball:

I can't let a baseball post go by without a little fandom, so I offer this, Steve Finley's walk-off grand slam to win the NL West for the Dodgers in 2004. Even though I wasn't in the stands for this (but instead watching at home, jumping around excitedly with an infant Sarah in my arms), I still get chills watching it again:

And, lastly, we can't forget the new gold standard in manager tirades:

Monday, June 12, 2006

Da Doo Ron Ronnie.

Giving the Reagan the respect he deserves....

(Gotta love that backing band, though. Go, John Paul, go!)

Yay! Stupid Meme Time!

Here's something pointlessly fun...

Eric has fragile contents which may break!



Oddly enough, when I use my capping handle, I get exactly the same thing. Go figure.

Friday, June 09, 2006

People Have the Power.

Tired of waiting around for your lazy-ass congressional representative to quit dillydallying and recommend to impeach our corrupt, lying and cheating president? Well, now you don't have to! Turns out there is a legal precedent in the House rules that allows impeachment proceedings to be initiated by any American citizen. So, head on over to Impeach for Peace to find out how, download the forms and get started now. After all, the government is here to serve us, not the other way around, and it's our ability to choose its direction that helps make America great.

And while you're doing that, here's some extra motivation from Neil Young and DJ Green Lantern and friends.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Satan! Satan! Satan!

Happy 6/6/06 everyone! Or, should I say Eeeeeevil 6/6/06? Anyway, in honor of the impending armageddon, I present to you the Top 10 Most Ridiculous Black Metal Pics of All Time and (The Other) Top 10 Most Ridiculous Black Metal Pics of All Time.

All hail our Dark Lord and his funny pants...

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Yawriats Ot Nevaeh.

So, there's this guy in the Netherlands who spent months teaching himself to sing "Stairway to Heaven" backwards. Then, he videotaped himself doing his best impassioned karaoke performance of it (on a public street, no less) and reversed the footage so the song comes out forwards. The results can be seen here.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is just the sort of thing that gives the Internet meaning.

Friday, May 05, 2006

What the World Needs Now... for me to update this damn blog more often. But, barring that (which real life seems bound and determined to do), I can at least share some links with you all: Gangsta Haiku, yo! a new president. (Although this piece originally ran in the Boston Globe, I'm using the link to the reprint at Truthout, because reading it in the Globe's archives would require a paid subscription. And I love my readers too much to make them capitalist slave hoes.) a happening new Dodgers blog, which is so much more entertaining and insightful than the official PR-department-approved Dodgers blog. (Remember: Kenny says don't panic!) the happy fun times wrought by Dinosaur Comics, Toothpaste For Dinner and, most especially, Married to the Sea.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Thank You, Blogosphere, For These Delightful Reminders of My Gloriously Misspent Youth.

From the time I became a hardcore baseball geek at 10 years old up until my high school years, I was an obscenely dedicated baseball card collector. I tried to get my hands on just about everything that came out circa 1981 to 1987, as well as trolling the local card shop for stuff from before then. Those old cards and players still have a pretty powerful nostalgic pull for me, even though the card collection is essentially gone. (In college, I sold most of it to buy camera equipment.)

That's why I've been going gaga lately over the writing at The Baseball Card Blog. Don't let the dry blog name fool you -- Ben, the proprietor, is putting up some of the most hilarious blog writing I've read in a long time, plus his years of obssessive childhood collecting roughly parallel mine, making for some great flashbacks.

And, as a companion piece, there is Joe Sports Fan's Worthless Card Collection, which offers much of the same, but in much smaller doses.

(Now, you'll notice that I said above that I sold "most" of my collection. I still have a few favorites that I didn't want to part with, including a '68 Topps Don Drysdale, Fernando Valenzuela's '81 Fleer rookie card. And, most significantly, there is the '82 Fleer Cal Ripken rookie card, which may or may not be able to pay our rent some day....)

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Mama, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Wingnuts.

The Toronto Star is covering an interesting bit of research about the links between childhood personality and adult political leanings. If this research proves true, does this mean that the havoc being wreaked by our current (mal)administration is just the result of... bad parenting? You be the judge.

(Although how they managed to find any kids at all who grew up conservative in Berkeley is beyond me...)

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Goodbye, Dear Friend.


This is so much better than cooking bacon nude.

The capping community got a blow today, learning that our beloved friend Bert Tilley (better known as 144b) passed away on Feb. 20. We lost a great one -- a marvelous storyteller, a generous and kind-hearted friend, and one hell of a funny capper (even when his delightfully mangled spelling and syntax got in the way). The world is a little bit sadder place without him in it. He was incredibly well-loved, and I hope he never forget that.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Life With My Strange Daughter, Part 4,172.

So, the other day as I was getting dressed, Sarah was relaxing on our bed when I noticed that, well... she made a pretty stinky mess in her diaper. I told her to wait until I was finished, and then I would change her. She agreed, but then a couple moments later said, "My poopie all gone!"

"Well, where'd it go?" I asked.

"Up in the sky!" she said excitedly, pointing heavenward.

Hoo-kay, I thought. I can roll with that.

But then she started gazing into our bedside reading lamp (it was turned off, of course) as if it was a telescope. "I see my poopie!" she exclaimed, pointing off in the distance out the window.

Later, as I was changing her diaper, she made a point of telling me that it contained not only her poopie, but peanut butter as well.

Yum yum!

Rock 'n' (Blog) Roll.

Lately I've become a maniac with the MP3 blogs. Here are some quality Eric's House approved (tm) blogs for you all to enjoy and download groovy tunes from....

7 Inch Punk: The best hardcore blasts of yesteryear.
The By-Pass Control: Vintage vinyl and paperbacks.
Copy, Right?: Covers, covers and more covers.
Endless Mike and his Annex: Great vinyl rarities.
The Groovy Fab Workshop: Come for the psychedelic sounds, stay for the vintage comics.
Hanszunblog: Back from the dead and ready to rock your ass.
Lellebelle: Obscure (or not-so-obscure) nuggets from the psychedelic era.
Mexicovers: Space age pop from south of the border.
Music For Maniacs: Missives from the fringes of the music world.
Planet Xtabay: The best in lounge, exotica and other out-of-print vinyl curios.
Post Punk Junk: Something old, something new...
The Record Robot: Hot, fresh and served up daily!
Vinyl Mine: A great trip through one hipster's record collection.
WFMU's Beware of the Blog: Audio weirdness and miscellany from one of the coolest radio stations on the planet. Lots of great non-music features as well.

It's all enough to inspire me to start my own MP3 blog with choice selections from our vast music library. But, like so many of my other grand schemes, it'll probably fall by the wayside. But if it happens, I'll be sure to let you all know.

Monday, February 13, 2006

I Bring You... DEATH!

I didn't make this, but I wish I had...

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

More Fun With Nameless Dread.

You like? Cthlulu doesn't care if you like! But you can check out more of the same here.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Dance, Monkeys, Dance!

I know it's been a long time with no update, but real life doesn't leave me with much time to pay attention to this blog right now. I hope to be back updating with a little more regularity after my class is over next week. We'll see.

In the meantime, enjoy this treatise on the monkeys.