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This time around, it seems that history was "invented" in the Middle Ages:


Marvel at the creepy narration (obviously computer generated) which (among much else) claims that the "real Jerusalem was really Constantinople (a.k.a. "New Troy")! High Weirdness, certainly.

All because I was trying to find this quote for TALES:

“You are the bishops in spiritual matters, in the sacra interna of the Church. I’m the emperor, rendered by God as the person in charge of secular matters.” by Constantine the Great.

My art has unexpected dividends in entertainment.

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From The Independent (more details on that page):

 


 
Harold Camping has been broadcasting his Doomsday predictions around the worldThe end of the world is nigh; 21 May, to be precise. That's the date when Harold Camping, a preacher from Oakland, California, is confidently predicting the Second Coming of the Lord. At about 6pm, he reckons 2 per cent of the world's population will be immediately "raptured" to Heaven; the rest of us will get sent straight to the Other Place.

If Mr Camping were speaking from any normal pulpit, it would be easy to dismiss him as just another religious eccentric wrongly calling the apocalypse. But thanks to this elderly man's ubiquity, on America's airwaves and billboards, his unlikely Doomsday message is almost impossible to ignore.

 




Well it's the 21st of May by my reckoning. But maybe this takes place based on some US timezone. Anyone still there?

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  was also

See Aveleyman.com.

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I did some searches on google images with the following terms (filter on moderate):

...and there's a lot of Astro Boy images as you'd expect. But, I found a lot of weird stuff as well (you'll have to brows down the pages)...

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And it that's not enough for you, listen to Microsoft Sam recite the first 9000 digits!
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Saw a reference to this article on Facebook. I still rather like the fact that they found Kermit the Frog up there.

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OK Go - WTF? from OK Go on Vimeo.

And how it was done:

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I was looking for images of Christians being burnt to death (for my comic, set just after the Great Persecution) when I came across these two pages. The first is the Bay of Fundie Blog and has about half a dozen cartoons all using the same image (sample below).


The second is the Encyclopedia Urantia which has the most intriguing illustrations (like the one below). What?!
 
 

Gasp.
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Thierry Poncelet replaces the heads on old portraits with those of dogs, and is very popular in some quarters.

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laughingAMV - Weird Al Yankovich - The Anime Polka

AMV Weird Al Yankovic - Pretty fly (for a rabbi):

Love Hina Weird Al Yankovik - Your horoscope for today Anime music video:

These and more on my anime / song playlist at Youtube.

I can fly

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Um, er, just watch it:

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I've been overdosing on the Kingdom Hospital mini series today. This is a remake of Riget  (1994) - a.k.a The Kingdom - a TV series mostly written and directed by Lars von Trier.

When I first moved from Perth to Newcastle in 1996, I was in Sydney for a few days before coming up to Newcastle. It was then that I saw the entire  thing in one hit at the Valhalla Cinema in Glebe. That's right - 260+ minutes (with a small intermission in the middle if I remember correctly) from start to finish! And really, it was never boring.

A while later they made a follow-up series, and I watched that too on SBS, but they never made the third series that would have finished the story. In 2004 it was adapted to an American audience by Stephen King in 13 episodes and retitled "Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital".  I watched that when it was first shown on local TV as well. Different, but not really better or worse - just American instead of Danish.

And it's been the perfect thing to watch on a day like this.

I didn't want to to watch or listen to any news today and apart from watching a taped Good Game from last night, I've been watching this and doing cleaning and chores in between episodes. Outside it's been pretty much continuously raining and the cold wind doesn't encourage staying out for too long. Nice and cosy inside. There's a strange obsessiveness to the show (apart from all the other strangeness in it) that just made it a perfect choice. I started watching the first 5 episodes a few days ago, but today I'm watching all the remaining ones.

And right now I'll be watching the finale. Manic Grin

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I was browsing through http://www.popcultureaddict.com/ after seeing a link to it on [livejournal.com profile] cult_tv_lounge. Some interesting stuff there, including Defending Dawn, A Visit with Neal Adams, Who Cares? and  Gothic Romance. However what really caught my eye was THE CURSE OF TED MCGINLEY.

It seems that Ted McGinley has a history of being a "ringer" in sitcoms that are about to die horrible and slow deaths. He turned up on Happy Days as a "replacement Ritchie" and later on Married with Children in a similar sort of role. It seems then that his curse involves damning a TV show by introducing new characters. And it's not just that site that thinks so. Jump the Shark (named after an episode of Happy Days where the Fonz jumps a Shark) has a whole Ted McGinley page.

Now here's the weird thing. I probably watched a good number of the shows that he's appeared in, but I can't remember him at all. Zero charisma or what? Not quite as good as being Kevin Bacon (with his connections), is it?

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I caught a link to this on [livejournal.com profile] aesmael's journal. First up - Bowling Balls:

...and if you want more, go to http://www.ssiworld.com/watch/watch-en.htm. I think the people who work there have way too much spare time. I happened to watch a couple of these while listening to Massive Attack's 100th Window - definitely enhanced the experience!

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As linked to by [livejournal.com profile] nematoddity's post:

How could any of the films these monsters appeared in not be cult movies?

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New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle

Now to feed the pets and then collapse in a corner.

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