Archive for July, 2006

Mel Gibson’s Anti-Semitic Rant

Monday, July 31st, 2006

Apparently, was busted for drunken driving on Friday and during the process of being arrested. The scriptwriter/ director/ producer/ funder of the movie told the police "F*****g Jews…The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." And also asked a deputy, "Are you a Jew?", .

The police allegedly tried to do Gibson a favor by covering up his behavior (from  Wasted1984 at ):

Here’s another report featuring the journalist who broke the story (again from Wasted1984 at ):

creator’s and knew the score on Gibson long ago (from akc1207 at YouTube):

And finally, ,  here’s an an MP3 of the ***hole at a June 2000 Cubs game (you’ll need to download it to your computer because it’s encoded incorrectly and therefore sounds like chipmunks when you play it fom the page).

Live Action Need For Speed Video

Monday, July 31st, 2006

Did you ever want to know what it really feels like to drive a breakneck speed through a bustling city like in Electronic Arts‘ racing video games Need for Speed series? This is probably the closest you’ll ever come. The description for this short film, C’était un rendez-vous, is from Google Video:

On an August morning in 1978, French filmmaker Claude Lelouch mounted a gyro-stabilized camera to the bumper of a Ferrari 275 GTB and had a friend, a professional Formula 1 racer, drive at breakneck speed through the heart of Paris. The film was limited for technical reasons to 10 minutes; the course was from Porte Dauphine, through the Louvre, to the Basilica of Sacre Coeur.

No streets were closed, for Lelouch was unable to obtain a permit.

The driver completed the course in about 9 minutes, reaching nearly 140 MPH in some stretches. The footage reveals him running real red lights, nearly hitting real pedestrians, and driving the wrong way up real one-way streets.

Upon showing the film in public for the first time, Lelouch was arrested. He has never revealed the identity of the driver, and the film went underground until a DVD release a few years ago.

Sony Bravia Commercial

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

Remember that wonderful 2005 ad for display featuring 250,000 brightly-colored superballs bouncing through the streets of San Francisco? A follow-up Bravia commercial is in the works, judging from these citizen generated video clips take in Glasgow:

From clyderidesagain at (via –see QT version here):

And, from JasperNewton1986 at YouTube (sorry it’s sideways, but I didn’t take it):

Here is the original Sony Bravia commercial, with cinematography by Danish diretor Nicolai Fuglsig and set to the song by . (Download the high-def QT version.):

Here’s a seven minute "Making Of" the Bravia commercial I found at :

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and as such, the original Sony Bravia commercial has reached some degree of pop culture prestige, as measured by it’s imitators. Here’s a great Battlefield 2 video game mashup featuring that same Heartbeats song but this time, set to the visual of bouncing soldiers (found at YouTube):

Finally, the following parody of the Bravia ad ran this year for the soft drink :

Flinstones Cigarette Commercial

Friday, July 28th, 2006

Smoke ’em if you got ’em, boyyyyyz (and I do mean boys)!  From guydmann at YouTube:

Roman Baths Documentary

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

This special, , runs 56 minutes long.

While some Roman baths were palatial and luxurious, the bathhouse wasn’t the exclusive haven of the privileged. Surrounded by sophisticated vaulted ceilings and revolutionary heated system, men and women from all classes and backgrounds bathed, drank, shouted and sang in a daily ritual that defined what it was like to be Roman. But after the fall of the Roman Empire, this state-of-the-art community center became a mystery.

Big Bang Documentary

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

The following copy for this NOVA documentary, Origins: Back To The Beginning, is from Google Video:

Has the universe always existed? How did it become a place that could harbor life? What was the birth of our planet like? Are we alone? NOVA presents some startling new answers in "Origins," a groundbreaking four-part NOVA miniseries hosted by astrophysicist , Director of the at the .

This episode starts with a bang–the big bang in which everything began. "Origins: Back to the Beginning" explores how the colossal forces of the early universe made it possible for habitable worlds to emerge. The clues begin with a race among scientists to capture echoes of the big bang’s ferocious energy in a microwave "whisper" from deep space.

The race pits underdog astronomer and his improvised against scientists and their state-of-the-art satellite probe. The resulting computer animation of the big bang’s echo is as close as we can get to a "photograph" of the primordial universe. Tyson also catches up with one of astronomy’s most
exciting recent findings: the discovery of the first planets outside our own solar system. Detecting more than 100 of these over the last few years, astronomers have developed an ingenious technique for
deducing if they might be suitable for life. The show runs 57 minutes: