Personally, I like full files of Rifftrax - in my tiny Tokyo room with my laptop, it’s just easier to watch a pre-synced single file, especially when I happen to own many of the rifftrax’d films already in America.
HOWEVER, Rifftrax is obviously an effort of love and sarcasm rather than a giant money-machine, so I personally advocate either using the donate feature or simply creating an account and purchasing the trax whether or not you have the intent to download them from the site, which is what I tend to do. That way, you’ll always have them on your account should they become useful. Obviously, saying ‘yay torrents’ sounds like skirting legality at best, but the important thing here is that around $4 each, and adding exponential re-watch value to the original films, I really can’t think of a reason not to go give these guys some money. And if you’ve never watched/heard of Rifftrax and enjoy laughing, http://www.rifftrax.com/mp3-commentaries - enjoy. The Twilight series is particularly amazing.
My friend from Libya asked me today if there was a word in English for “just getting a haircut”. He clarified by saying “like how you say ‘bless you’ when someone sneezes”. Further conversation revealed that in Arabic there’s a word/phrase, na-iman (?) that you can say to someone when they just had a haircut (Or just had a bath, he said? Not sure if it has the same meaning) that’s a social grace phrase for that situation. I thought that was neat.
This throwback 80’s sci-fi film needs your help creating practical special effects for their 16mm nostalgic feature film!
This isn’t a library/archives related post so it may look a little out of place on my blog, but this is about the arts. A new awesome project from Austin filmmaker Stephen Belyeu is in the works! Belyeu’s first feature film Dig won the Audience Award at the 2010 Austin Film Festival.
This new project is a science fiction film shot on 16mm with all practical make-up and effects set in the 1980s. Get your nostalgia goggles out for this one!
If you can’t donate, a signal boost would be greatly appreciated!
To the women who choose not to have kids, I have one thing to say: thank you.
You probably don’t hear it enough. In fact, you probably don’t hear it at all. What you do hear is an array of pro-childbearing responses, such as, “You’ll change your mind someday,” or, “Doesn’t your mother want…
This whole thing rubbed me the wrong way. I see what the author is trying to say, but it all smacks of a way to pat oneself on the back for being ~so understanding of women~ rather than thinking of the feelings of the addressees. Personally, I’d rather someone act like I made a normal fucking decision as a human being than have them talk at me about how thankful they are that I’m so thoughtful and brave for not wanting children. ETA: It’s possible that I’m just ahead of my time, and bare acceptance is very exciting for women who don’t plan on having children, making me seem bitter and ungrateful. Luckily, though, my circle of friends doesn’t pressure people into childbirth, so I feel able to ask for more in my social interaction.
“The people who make the movies are scared of silence, so they want to paper and plaster it over. They’re worried that the audience will get bored. They might go up and get some popcorn. But just because it’s 80 percent intense all the time doesn’t mean the kids are going to bless you with their concentration. What really matters is the underlying emotions — that you never let go of those.”—Hayao Miyazaki [x] (via doctorbofurbooty)