Ep. 1189: Where we rubber band your chopsticks Video
Google and China's war heats up a bit. Amazon is apparently not going to war against the iPad. But the most compelling news of the day? Swipe to unlock existed long before Apple ever thought of it. It involved Aliens. And Predators. And self-destruction.
Woodford, Woodford, Woodford... As well as being one of Australia's premier cultural events, the Woodford Folk Festival can be a life changing experience. The entertainment, the environment and the people all make it a modern day magical week, where tens of thousands of festival-goers spend their Christmas/New Year holidays every year. For browndog productions, filming the woodford festival was our biggest challenge yet. We filmed the event independently, in our own style, with the blessing of the Woodford Committee. The result?.... With more than 50 hours of footage this amazing two-hour best-of-DVD truly brings to life the Woodford experience - even if you weren't there, it's just like being there! Artists include: Missy Higgins, Xavier Rudd, The Waifs, Linsey Pollak, Cat Empire, Sam Saunders Band, John Butler, Doch, Happy Side Show, Gadget, Ash Grunwald, Butterfingers, Tenzin Choegel, Waiting for Guiness, Elation, Jukebox Glitch, Kafka, Elixer, Sars, Conan The Bubbleman, Sensitive New Age Cowpersons, The Fire Ceremony, New Year Sunrise Concert. "In all my years of running this festival I have never seen anything like this. You have broken through a barrier here, not just in terms of capturing our festival but capturing music on film." Bill Hauritz, Executive Director of Woodford and Founder of the festival (1987). This totally independent browndog release, comprising of 20 individual live vignettes is a superb 130 minute DVD, featuring some of Australia's biggest artists set against the backdrop of Queensland, Australia's beautiful Glass House Mountains. "It makes me want to go!" has been said by virtually everyone who has previewed it.
Ninja Blade puts you in the role of a ninja soldier who must help fight off an alien invasion. Set in modern-day Tokyo, the action game features a cinematically focused over-the-top presentation where you continually defy the laws of physics. Ninja Blade slices into stores April 7, exclusively for Xbox 360.
Today's episode of The 404 Podcast resurrects our love for action figures and other toys from the late 1980s and early 1990s. Jeff's a little older than Wilson and I, but we can still bond over our mutual love for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures and mutual hatred for picking up all those foam Nerd darts.
Visiter by San Francisco band The Dodos is their second full length and first for Frenchkiss. Originally formed in 2006 under the moniker Dodobird as a one man acoustic act, Meric Long would gig around SF playing folky guitar w/ a combination of loops and ambient keyboards. Having already studied West African Ewe drumming, Meric got turned onto country blues fingerpicking and sought to create a band where the drumming could be a center role and help bring out the syncopated rhythms coming out of the acoustic guitar. Through a chance introduction by a roommate, Meric met Santa Cruz transplant Logan Kroeber, who had also been experimenting with drumming, but in the area of progressive metal. Eventually the band changed their name to the Dodos, through constant harrowing from first tourmates Peter and the Wolf, and got a rehearsal studio where they'd spend long hours improvising the music that would become their first record Beware of the Maniacs. The band quit their day jobs as a line cook and a printer and hit the road in Oct. 2006.
We're very happy to welcome you to our 1024th episode, which as we know means we will no longer to count the shows in binary on two hands. But that's OK. We will still be doing shows. Because we have more hands. And our eleven-finer listeners can still count on two hands. We also have a date for Windows 7. He's nice. They'll like him.
Just like the LG watch we are a 21st century product for the 21st century consumer. Which means we exist now for people who exist now. Sigh. Ryan Block of gdgt joins us to talk about an algorithm to steal your Social Security Number and how Gmail finally came outta beta! Yay! Bad times and good times all in one. Now if only we could get those implants for cell phones. In our neck people, in our neck!
We discuss the disgusting aroma of mint.
A study of DNA halflife just crushed our Jurassic Park dreams of petting a Velociraptor. Life goes on, so today you'll find out how the director of "Looper" is trying to get you to see it again...with headphones. Finally, OKCupid just announced they'll be using their algorithm to match roommates, so we'll go around the room and tell our worst cohabitation stories.
"Meditate and Destroy" is a feature-length documentary that will provide an intimate portrait of Noah Levine, a Buddhist meditation teacher who uses his personal experience and punk rocker sensibilities to teach meditation in juvenile halls, high security prisons, and urban centers around the country. After a self-destructive adolescence of criminal activity and substance abuse, Noah now follows and shows others a path of spirituality and community service. Noah has a familiar counter-culture appearance; his arms are fully tattooed, he has gold teeth, and wears black t-shirts of his favorite bands. It seems a strange juxtaposition, however, to discover he is both a punk rocker and a devout Buddhist. "Meditate and Destroy" will fill a void in the media by exploring how the younger generations in America -- sometimes characterized as apathetic and self-involved-- are finding a positive way to channel rebellion and dissatisfaction. Through the story of Noah Levine, our film will help raise an important discussion on the meaning of spirituality among today's youth, personal identity, the punk rock ethos, and addiction recovery. "Meditate and Destroy" will not take a position that asserts Noah is an "enlightened guru" or somehow "holier than thou". This documentary aims to keep a reflective stance, acknowledging through an objective look at Noah's life that his transformation is ongoing. We won't sidestep the difficult questions for easy answers. Instead, our diverse portrait of Noah will allow viewers to reflect on what makes a former criminal become a peace-loving spiritual practitioner.