Posts Tagged the-shining

Jan
03

The best stuff I found on the Internet 2005

Posted by on Tuesday, 3 January, 2006

Well it’s already 2006 (barely) and tons of people have created “best of the internet” lists so you might be tired of them already. But I wanted to share some of the best things I found on the Internet in 2005.

  • Firefox
  • 2005 was definately the year of Firefox! With the release of version 1.0, and later the more stable 1.5 it really shook the browser market. I for one had been sceptical to use 0.x beta versions but when it reached 1.0 I took the leap, and haven’t looked back since!

  • WordPress
  • I started this blog back in 2004 using a pretty bad software called Grey Matter. But during this year I sort of woke up to the whole blog world and saw that I was barely scratching the surface of possibility with that software. I almost went with Blogger (!) but stumbled upon wordpress, and I have never regretted it!

  • A number of totally awesome blogs that I follow daily
  • Before 2005, the word “blog” in my mind equalled a livejournal diary. I didn’t understand the fascination with it, and I definately had no intention of writing one myself, nor reading any on a regular basis. However, so many good and interesting blogs emerged (or at least reached my attention) during this year! It’s now a part of my daily routine to check a number of these blogs, and I really can’t imagine how browsing would be like without them.

  • The Shining Redux
  • The winning entry to the 2005 “Trailer Park” competion at AICE New York reverberated throughout the Internet after it’s initial very internal release on the creator’s friend’s blog. Someone found it and gave it to someone else, who gave it to someone else, and after it hit Waxy and BoingBoing it was all over – it was an Internet phenomenon, and rightly so.

  • How to eat sushi (or not…) (Link UPDATED! Thanks to Satomi
  • I originally found this video over at Mari’s blog, but the link there (which went to the original unsubtitled version) is apparently dead. Anyway, this mock-educational video of how to behave in a Japanese sushi restaurant is simply hiliarious; especially so if you know about how to actually act in those situations. It mixes half-truths with half-lifes (and some blatant lies) which makes for some of the most un-Japanese humor I’ve ever seen in Japan!

  • Theater Hopper
  • I also stumbled upon the world of webcomics this year, and the one that stands out the most is definately Theater Hopper, a semi-biographical comic about a total movie freak and his friends and girlfriends. The funny thing is that I think that as outrageous some of the lengths the guy in the comic goes to show his affection for movies, I don’t think it’s all that far from the truth…

  • Drivetime
  • When I head “video blog” for the first time, I thought to myself “who would want to do that” and “who would even watch it”… But that was before I found Drive Time, a talk show taped once a week by a guy in his car on his way to work. The topics they discuss and the guests they bring on (in?) are fascinating. Further, it really shows a glimpse of where the future of broadcasting is going I think.

  • Tycoon Online
  • This free multiplayer online strategy game has been available since before 2005, I know that, but I did not discover this extraordinarily addictive game until Spring 2005, and I’ve been hooked ever since. It’s not the world’s most advanced game or anything, but it just makes you want to come back and play again and again and again. For anyone who is interested in playing, note that the current round ends this week, and next round will start again in the beginning of February.

Oct
01

Little more about The Shining, Redux et al

Posted by on Saturday, 1 October, 2005

Well, after digging a bit more on the Internet about this phenomena which mostly goes under the name “The Shining, Redux”, i.e. the recutting of a Shining trailer to make it look like a romantic comedy or a coming-of-age drama (see my earlier post, below) I found out a little bit more.

The competition is AICE’s (Association of Independent Commercial Editors) annual “Trailer Park” contest.

I don’t know for sure if these entries from Moondog Design are for the same competition or if theybecause they have separate competitions for different AICE offices.

Anyway, go to the Moondog link above, click Paul Lacalandra and click the image which says “ordinary girls…” – that is his remade trailer for Parent Trap (remade to ‘Apparent Trap’). Further, there is another one if you click on Vincent Garguilo and then click on the image with the hand – that is his version of Titanic (not the same Titanic as shown below).

I’d love to see more of these entries, as well as past competitions’ entries as well!!

[EDIT] I guess the whole world knows this already, but I just wanted to add to my statement above, that, “The Apparent Trap” in fact was the runner-up in the same competition as The Shining, i.e. The AICE New York office.