April 29, 2008

Seduction turned scary

I haven't encountered an advertisement quite like this… and it starts just like any other ad with water used as prominently as this.

But wait, and watch what happens next.

©2008 Amnesty International.

Yes, you read that right. Amnesty International.

You just saw "Stuff of Life," part of AI's new unsubscribe–me campaign.

And it unspools in cinemas Monday, May 12th. The Projectionist's birthday, no less.

Call it one very impressive present indeed.

April 27, 2008

Intermission: Chew on this

Your Projectionist is much more than just a beginning Esperantist flying solo… he's also an otaku, which means he is a big fan of Japanese culture, including pop culture. So hopefully you won't mind it if the popular gravure idol Yuko Ogura introduces you to the wake–up experience that is Japanese candy maker Lotte's best–known chewing gum, Black Black:

A pity it has sugar among its ingredients. Your Projectionist is also a Type 2 Diabetic. Geku.

Coming Attractions: EuroMayDay 2008

Planning to visit Europe on May 1st? EuroMayDay will be waiting for you!

From their official website:

The EuroMayDay network, a web of media activists, labor organizers, migrant collectives convening each year in a different European city. Last mayday assembly was in Berlin, where it was agreed that these would be the demands surrounding the protests for EuroMayDay 008:

  • full legalization for all persecuted migrants

  • self–organizing and unionizing rights freed from state repression

  • unconditional basic income

  • a european [sic] living wage

  • free access to culture, knowledge, and skills

  • the right to cheap housing

Sounds like something good to us. Wish we could have that kind of platform over here.

Enjoy what follows, starting with the general announcement:

and proceed to this short dance number (in Spanish):

Then there are these two interlinked pieces from Germany (the soundtrack is the same, but the videos were made from "alternate angles," as you might find on certain DVDs):

(Pardon the off–colour humour here)

… and finally, one multi–lingual invite:

Kio? ─łu nenio en Esperanto?

Coming Attractions: This Brave Nation

With what looks like a worthless summer at the movies over here, here's one bright vision that's long overdue.

Brave New Films and The Nation Magazine are joining forces on a new video project simply called This Brave Nation.

As per Erikka Yancy, who is working on the project:

"This Brave Nation Heroes are activists, advocates, sons, daughters, brothers and sisters just like me and you. What makes them a part of This Brave Nation are the acts of courage they do everyday."

She has already uploaded one preview, which we offer you here:

There's another one at the official website (Apple QuickTime required).

Now this is something I want to see.

Whack–a–Fox for your country's future

I am writing this while the fate of Newsday — the Long Island, New York newspaper currently owned by Tribune — is being decided amongst a few rich folks who want our belovéd tabloid for their own little "trophy rooms."

Among those showing the most cash is Rupert Murdoch, as in Australia's News Corporation. (They will always be an Aussie conglomerate to me.) As in the New York Post, Dow Jones (The Wall Street Journal, Barron's), HarperCollins, DirecTV, and everything 20th Century–Fox.

Which leads to our feature attraction.

Robert Greenwald's Brave New Films has been closely monitoring what comes out of the Fox News Channel ever since their Outfoxed feature a few years ago. Consequently, they've caught on to practically every little trick Fox has pulled, and as shown below, they've connected the dots on the results of the recent Pennsylvania primary contest between Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Mme. Clinton won the primary, and guess who comes out singing praises to Fox for it?

Try Terry McAuliffe, who was once the chairman of the Democratic National Committee:

2008 Brave New Films.

Ohhh, Mr. McAuliffe. Are you ever the sucker.

Fortunately, there's something you can do about the whole thing.

April 26, 2008

Music Time: Land of the Blind

Up front: I love Cyoakha Grace O'Manion.

If anyone in the United States could be designated a Goddess of Music, Cyoakha Grace would be the one. The sheer range of influences she and her chief band — Land of the Blind — have absorbed over the years would guarantee that, after an evening of their music, you'd never want to travel abroad again.

On top of that, she and her band simply enjoy what they do.

But discover them for yourself, first by sampling "Tribe of Dance"…

…made at one of their fave gigs… Burning Man.

Got your feet moving? Then keep them loose with the Blind's "Trance Peace Concert."

Both videos 2007-2008 O'Manion Music Company.

Bonus: Go over to the Blind's website for details on their latest CD release, entitled Shamans of Sound. Be sure to listen to the MP3 sampler of tracks from the album. If you hear someone chanting in Esperanto, it's your friendly neighborhood Projectionist.

Jes, mi parolas Esperanton. And so can you.

(This post was brought to you by Ubuntu [8.04], probably the coolest Linux distro on the planet.)

April 25, 2008

The hold–your–nose factor

According to The Onion (faithfully cross–posted at AlterNet), there is one issue that will be most on the minds of the meek and gentle souls trying to choose their next President of the United States.

It just makes the other news outlets… well, squirm

Wonder why.

Wow, that was a quick speech

Robert Greenwald's feisty enterprise known as Brave New Films and AlterNet jointly offer this morning's breakfast special:

Humble (creme) pie. To go. To New York Times essayist Thomas Friedman, who came to Brown University to say why "Green is the new Red, White, and Blue."

As you will see below, the Greenwash Guerillas — who made this shaky short, and who have issues with Mr. Friedman's issues — didn't even let him get started.

Attendees also saw this on leaflets thrown at them:

"Thomas Friedman deserves a pie in the face…

  • Because of his sickeningly cheery applaud for free market capitalism's conquest of the planet.

  • For telling the world that the free market and techno fixes can save us from climate change. From carbon trading to biofuels, these distractions are dangerous in and of themselves, while encouraging inaction with respect to the true problems at hand.

  • For helping turn environmentalism into a fake plastic consumer product for the privileged.

  • For his long-standing support for the US Occupation of Iraq and the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Such committed support to the US War Ma'hine and its proxy states overseas cannot be masked behind any twisted mask of 'green' — the US Military is the largest single emitter of greenhouse gases in the world.

  • For his pure arrogance.

On behalf of the earth and all true environmentalists — we, the Greenwash Guerrillas, declare Thomas Friedman's 'Green' as fake and toxic to human and planetary health as the cool–whip [sic] covering his face."

I don't know. It looked like a lousy aim to me.

I'd hate to see the dry cleaning bill.

April 24, 2008

"The Messiah! The Messiah! The Messiah!"

For our friends from far away: Ron Paul is the current "dark horse" running for President of the United States. He has no "official" party affiliation, and he has not pleased everyone along the political spectrum.

That said, I will admit one thing, with apologies to David Bowie. Even if Paul is no DJ, this video clearly show that he's got believers (in his campaign) believing him:

But can he walk on water, or feed the multitude with one loaf of bread and two fishes?

April 23, 2008

Modern Marvel Time: Meet Krach the Robot

Another great site we love is Boing Boing — probably because of all of the crazed video they offer on a regular basis. That should be enough to make you bookmark their site, but tonight one BBTV serving made me sit up and take notice.

Say hello to Krach der Roboter!

Please excuse the pricey car advert at the midway mark.

Modern Marvel Time: A new way to park your bike in Japan

We have Japan Probe to thank for scarfing this TV piece (no network identified, but definitely one of the commercial ones) about a bicycle parking garage that recently opened at Tokyo Metro Tozai Line's Kasai Station.

Pay close attention to how one very special feature of this garage works — and how quickly you can retrieve your bike. (Within 23 seconds.)

Sugoi desu, ne?

We're definitely bookmarking Japan Probe.

April 22, 2008

Don't forget that portable insurance!

This short gem is one of the reasons we created Whack–a–Flick:

You may direct your praise to U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, who believes you should be free to take that good health care plan with you should you decide it's time to change jobs.

Still there, doing that, hating it often? Join the club.

H/T to our friends at AlterNet.

What?! You still don't have a snack and drink yet?

You've still got time to get a pizza just your size!

Or maybe you'd like a fish sandwich?

Whatever you choose, don't forget that cup of coffee!

All three videos courtesy of the Internet Archive.

And, hey don't forget to give the server a tip!

It's show time, folks!

Welcome! Bonvenon! Glidis!*

Courtesy of the Internet Archive.

You're just in time for the features at the Whack–a–Flick Multiplex — your single stop for all sorts of coming streaming attractions.

We'll have it all here … Comedy! Adventure! Suspense! Occasional Sobering Moments! Imports from Esperantoland! And don't forget those come–ons for upcoming events and all sorts of synthetic edibles! Smeg–ups! Religious nuts and the pachyderms who love 'em! More musical variety than you'd find on a bleedin' Clear Channel station!

And new attractions added almost every day.

And… it's all absolutely free! (We knew you'd like that, right?)

So get your snacks and drinks together and find those seats, folks! The house lights are dimming, and you're just in time. Do enjoy the show!

(Oh, will the lady upfront please remove her hat?)

* Alright, so I also want to learn Volapük…