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Honda vs TRON by jimmycanuck
November 27, 2006, 2:43 pm
Filed under: movies, tv, youtube

TRON is one of those things in life that makes me yell “FUCK YES.” I’ve seen the movie countless times, and I’m even proud to admit that I beat the shit out of TRON 2.0 a few years back (hands down, the most underrated game ever.) That’s why, when I stumbled across this ad for the new Honda Civic, I immediately knew I needed to by a new car. See? Marketing directly to the car-less sociopath with a lightcycle fetish TOTALLY pays off.

Interesting sidenote – did you know that Wendy Carlos, the composer who brilliantly scored the movie, was born Walter Carlos? I guess he swapped one baton for another. Ba-dum bum.



Best. Ad. Ever. by jimmycanuck
November 23, 2006, 9:51 am
Filed under: gaming, movies, tv, youtube

I LOVE Office Space.  If you’ve ever worked in an office, especially in lower middle management, this thing is your opus.  It’s almost enough to make me miss the days of being shit all over again and again when I was the supervisor to a team of miscreants in the quality assurance department of a third party call center.

…almost.

I know this video has been making the rounds on the internet all week, but since I didn’t get around to seeing it until just now I figure some of you might be in the same boat.  This is a brilliant ad for World of Warcraft (that’s actually running on TV!) mashing up a great scene from Office Space with some WoW content.  C’est magnifique.



I Heart Michael Richards by jimmycanuck
November 22, 2006, 1:42 pm
Filed under: tv, youtube

God bless you Michael Richards.  Your rampant racism and the falling apart that followed on Letterman has finally freed us from our white guilt.  Because seriously – if his absolute crumbling on Letterman doesn’t show you all how ridiculous the guilt we’re all supposed to carry around really is, I don’t know what will.

If you haven’t seen what happened at the Laugh Factory yet, peep the video above.  If you haven’t seen the apology on Letterman yet, peep below.



It’s Not Parkinson’s, It’s the Caffeine by jimmycanuck
November 15, 2006, 12:26 pm
Filed under: links, movies, tv, youtube

Now that he’s been shaking up the the stem cell debate recently, a lot of people are waxing nostalgic about Michael J. Fox.  Sure we all loved Teen Wolf and Family Ties – but if you people loved him into the 90’s as much as you did in the 80’s, maybe he could spring for some fucking tranquilizers or duct tape to him hold him in a chair. 

I found this ad he did for a Japanese soft drink back in ’94 on the blog The Crazy Rants of Samantha Burns.  It was probably shot between takes of Doc Hollywood and Greedy – anyone who makes movies this bad deserves a hell of a lot worse than Parkinson’s. 

Maybe if he’d laid off the caffinated foreign beverages, he wouldn’t twitch so damn much.



The First Wii Commercial – Enjoy by jimmycanuck
November 15, 2006, 9:25 am
Filed under: gadgets, gaming, tv

This first television commercial for the Wii premiered during last nights Dancing With the Stars, so it should be new to any of you with your genetalia in tact.  

Only 4 days ’til Wii!  :D:D:D



The Simpsons Movie Trailer by jimmycanuck
November 13, 2006, 11:06 am
Filed under: movies, tv, youtube

The trailer officially debuted during last night’s episode.  Know it.  Learn it.  Love it.



How To Calibrate Your TV Picture – For Free! by jimmycanuck
November 13, 2006, 8:57 am
Filed under: gadgets, movies, tv
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Having purchased my first HDTV a few weeks ago, I decided over the weekend that it was finally time for me to sit down and get the picture looking and colorful and clean as I possibly could.  But how would I do it?

I could always just eyeball it, but let’s face it – guessing with the settings will only get you so far.  My next option would have been to pick up the ultimate in home calibration tools, Digital Video Essentials – but then I would’ve needed to take out a second mortgage on my house.  My only other option, or so I thought, would have been to call in a professional.  Again, second mortgage time.  But after much investigation into all of the possibilities, I discovered a little secret – most of us have a basic calibration utility in our house and we don’t even know it.

Do you own any movies in THX?  Sure you do.  If you own a Pixar movie – you’ve got it.  If you own a Star War’s movie – you’ve got it.  If you own any one of a hundred or more of the most popular DVD’s to come out in recent years, you’ve got it.  You’ve got the THX Optimizer. 

The THX Optimizer is a very simple tool that will help you calibrate your TV’s audio and video ways that simply eyeballing it just can’t.  It’s a short series of tests that you calibrate you picture and sound with ease.  There’s an optional pair of blue glasses that you can order from the THX website for $1.00 if you want to go the extra mile – but it’s certainly not essential.  If you own a THX movie and you haven’t calibrated your TV properly, you owe it to yourself to do this.

The Optimizer itself can be hard to find in the menus, so you may have to do a little hunting.  I used my copy of Star Wars: A New Hope, and the Optimizer was hidden between the two columns of choices in the Options Menu – blended right in with the background picture.  Still, it may be a pain to track down, but it’s well worth the hunt.