October 28th, 2006

You wanna buy a monkey?

Two truths and a lie REVEALED

Ah! Now the truth can be revealed. I would've revealed it sooner, but I was Very Occupied, okay? There was an awesome Halloween party last night and stuff. Okay.

Of these three restaurant names:

Igor's Steak House
The Whoa Nellie Deli

The made-up name was Squish. Congratulations to the twenty-nine of you who got it right! I thought I needed to throw a one-word pretentious-ish sounding restaurant-like name into the mix, and "Snatch" just really didn't work right.

The other two restaurants are located somewhere in the region of Mammoth Lakes, California. Actually, I think Igor's might be out of business, because the number listed in several places was disconnected and their web page don't work no more. So perhaps the Two Truths and a Lie was more like One Truth, One Lie, And One Nebulous Half-Truth Which, At One Point In Time, Had Existed, but that's one hell of a game to continue playing.

I am amused that while Igor's was the number one choice for the fake restaurant name, the clear majority for "not gonna eat there", regardless of some of the interesting comments, was Squish. A full 62% of you just couldn't go there! Perhaps that's for the best, and perhaps I better burn up these really awesome restaurant plans I had made in my head while waiting for the T last night.

And now, to pass out. Hoo hah!
Tom Lehrer is Smug

YouTube Rodeo Roundup

Tonight's YouTube offering: MC Chris ranting, loudly and with much obscenity, about Kingdom Hearts 2 and Resident Evil 4.

It's hilarious.

But only if you've, uh, played Kingdom Hearts 2 and Resident Evil 4.

Which I have.

So, uh.


Well, in case you haven't played those games, please watch this incredibly brilliant animated scene from The Thief & The Cobbler instead. (That pink thing, by the way, is a shoe.) The video quality really doesn't do this scene justice. Honestly. It's amazing.

There's a whole story behind the film involving nearly 30 years' worth of animation, production red tape, holdups, mishmoshes, butchered studio edits and releases, and final restoration by loving fans. I ain't gonna get into all that right now, but just keep in mind this scene (and the entire film) was animated entirely by hand in ones. Wow.

"In ones? What's in ones?" I hear you say. Well, there's 24 frames of film for every second of animation. "In ones" means that a drawing was made for every single frame. That's 24 drawings for each second of the film. You can cut corners, of course, by producing one drawing for every two frames, or every four if you're a cheap television animation studio, but you lose fluidity and all that good stuff.