Sunday, January 23, 2011

Real or Fake? Filmmaker Francois Vogel Supposedly Creates Freaky 3D Simulation

Comcast and NBC, Sitting in a Tree

I got rid of Comcast about a month ago after being their customer for about seven years. I'd had problems with them over the years, and I'd had the final straw.  It seems like I can't get away from them, even when I'm away from them. They now own NBC. I knew this was coming - they'd been planning it for over a year.  30 Rock very deftly transitioned their fake NBC from GE to Kabletown. It's final now, though. The merger has been approved.

What could this mean? It could mean nothing. The internet could hum along quite nicely. Or it could mean that Comcast subscribers get to see 30 Rock first, or they get faster speed when streaming it, while other competitors could stay at the same speed or be decreased.  Comcast now has a big stake in the TV world.
They might not like it when their customers use Netflix on their bandwidth.

I'm more angry with the FCC than with Comcast. This seems like a blatant rip into anti-trust laws. Here's a good article on The Huffington Post that focuses more on the FCC's role.

This is all speculation. We don't know what they'll do. It's my opinion that if anyone's download speed is deliberately increased or decreased, or if I can't watch Community when it airs, it will be bad for free enterprise.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Rob Lowe goes ballistic, Funny or Die

Warning: If you don't like the "F" word, you might be uncomfortable watching this ;)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Cerulean's Love of Pop Culture, Episode 1

Show notes:

Cerulean's Love of Pop Culture is produced, recorded and the misguided idea of Lola Lariscy.

**Please note** I know there are some rough patches in this episode. I'm already thinking about what I'll do differently next time. Also, I didn't realize that when I uploaded my picture to the podcast page that it would display it on the player. I've now uploaded the blue lobster logo, but it's too late for this already-published episode.

If some of the links seem funny it's because the promotional companies give me links formatted a certain way, and they want me to use them that way.

The very first intro music is Frightened Rabbit,

"Heads Roll Off"
(mp3 courtesy of Promonet)
Buy at

El Ten Eleven, "Falling"

Matt Longo, "Ali, Please"
His Website

Chad VanGaalen, "Clinically Dead"
(Mp3 can be found at his label's site)

General Fuzz, "Summer" (paired with my haiku segment)

Matt Longo, "Lulu"
His Website

The Hole Punch Generation,

Buy at iTunes Music Store

Two ending songs:

Matt Longo, "Ali, Please"

Antony and the Johnsons, "Epilepsy is Dancing" (Mp3 can be found at their label's site)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Podcast update

I apologize for my extended absence. I'm trying to put together the first episode of Cerulean's Love of Pop Culture. I'm learning Audacity bit by bit. I learned how to splice a segment so that I can interject another segment. Problem is I'm realizing that some of my audio recorded with static over it. I tried to take it out by compressing the audio (the help page says that's supposed to equalize some of the disparate parts of the track), but that didn't work. I don't know if the mic isn't in secure enough, or if something's interfering with it...I'm going to muck around with it tonight. I may have to re-record those segments.  I promise I'll keep trying. I hope to have the first episode completed soon.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

History of Words

I'm past my prime! I had a prime about ten years ago.
You know what else? My name is cool. Words are cool. There are some projects that are all about words.

Ngram is not a graham cracker made with nutella. But wouldn't that be awesome...instead, it is a Google application that lets you input up to five words and find the ebbs and flows of its popularity over the last 500 years. It does this by mining a percentage of the books Google has digitized. It's a history of words through books.  It is teh awesome.

Google Ngram viewer
Cnet article
I heard of this project through the Wordnik website

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Intro to Cerulean's Love of Pop Culture

Intro! I've already recorded bits of the first episode. The learning curve is learning a new program. It's not quite as intuitive as my old software, but I think this one will allow me to be more accurate in how I adjust each episode.