Monthly Archives: April 2008

Food Production and Making Sushi

First, in relation to the entry below this one, I saw this story on how flowers are “losing” their smell, which they think might be related to the “death” of bees… IO9 has kind of a paranoid “how to survive the upcoming recession” article that I'd say is about 50% right (probably inspired quite a bit by this MeFi question and discussion).

Anyway, Nefarious and I cooked sushi today… It was quite delicious and I'm totally stuffed. We used tuna (raw), shrimp (cooked), and cucumber and avocado as filling (as well as rice and sesame and seaweed of course). Her cooking outfit is great, eh? We made brownies too; they're cooling on the counter for a snack in the morning.

Apocalyptic Movies on YouTube

I found a guy on YouTube that uploaded a bunch of full-length classic British apocalypse movies, a genre I really enjoyed as a child. The first of the bunch is the one I recommend, and is also the most accessible of the bunch. All of these are broken up into ten minute segments.

Day of the Triffids (BBC, 1981)
This is the BBC version, which is way better than the movie I think… 28 Days Later and many other fall-of-civilization zombie movies are inspired by it. The basic plot is that walking carnivorous plants take over, killing nearly everyone, after a meteorite shower (or satellite weapon gone wrong) blinds the majority of the people on the planet.
  Links: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 Part 10
          Part 11 Part 12 Part 13 Part 14 Part 15 Part 16

Survivors (BBS, 1975-1977)
This series, which takes place after a plague kills almost everyone on the planet, examines the idea that modern man, when stripped of society, would do worse than Iron Age man because we've completely lost the facility to take care of ourselves or create objects without the involvement of a huge industry and the involvement of hundreds of people for even the smallest item. Aparently a remake/follow-up is in the works.
  Links for Episode 1: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6
  Links for Episode 2: Genesis: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6
  Links for Episode 3: Gone Away: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

No Blade of Grass (Movie, 1970)
In this movie, a virus (or human environmental pollution) wipes out all forms of grasses, leading to massive famine, followed up by disease, choas and the collapse of society (interesting, given the food wars of today).
  Links: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 Part 10 Part 11


So last night I was watching the two-part season starter of the new UFC reality season (which had a brutal knockout on it where the guy lay moaning incoherently for a few minutes), while Caitlin browsed videos of “fainting goats”, which have “seizures” when shocked, on her computer… This is an actual part of the night's conversation…

That's why I love her, not why I can't watch UFC with her!

Anyway, I had a surprise diminutive guest for the evening, so I'm getting my ModBlog posts up later than expected. I updated the gallery code for the tattoo auto-keywording as well today, so tomorrow when I update the main site it'll have some aliasing built in, as well as all of the content from the mini-porfolios as well (so that content will get more attention)…

On the subject of churches

You know, the thing that bugged me about people getting upset about Barak Obama's politically active pastor (in the classic and in my opinion patriotic American sense of “distrust the government”) at a so-called “Black Church” while simultaneously ignoring the fact that McCain goes to a truly nutty apocalyptic death cult White Church is that Black Churches are super cool… I also think that this style of church is much more than Christianity (which I'm no fan of) — it's a vessel for social consciousness, and I think that's something that “Jesus” (mythical or not) would definitely prefer to “Bomb Bomb Bomb, Bomb Bomb Iran“.

Oh yeah, and this was on the news…

Does that mean I get my soul back?

Family Portrait Finished

This painting is finished off and hanging in my hallway now. You can click to zoom in. The panels, clockwise from top-left are:

  1. The sun and moon.
  2. The house that we all built ourselves.
  3. Me, Caitlin, and Nefarious.
  4. A princess being scared by a werewolf (not sure how this fits into the story).