Cars

Maserati Birdcage green-lighted

birdcageThe birdcage concept car originally showed up at the Geneva Motor Show looking impossible to produce. Well, I guess Maserati is as crazy as their concepts look. I’m glad to see this car put into production even if it is a limited run. Risky designs like this keep the car industry fresh and constantly moving; so what if you can’t buy one? Check out more photos of the car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. In case you don’t know: Goodwood is a no limits race up and down some rich guy’s driveway.

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Music

Samplé vu

grey albumAbout a year ago I downloaded the highly controversial Grey Album by DJ Dangermouse. It is a mix of The Beatle’s White Album and Jay-Z’s Black Album. I enjoyed the mix so much that I went out and bought Jay-Z’s album; see, illegal sampling promotes sales. I’ve heard a lot of Beatles, but not much of the White Album. I was listening to KRNU last week during “It’s the Beatles” and got this weird feeling. After a while I figured out that I was remembering samples that were pulled from the White Album. It was really interesting to hear them put back into context.

Right now I’m listening to The Kleptones, a band that samples so heavily it would be impossible to clear the rights. Right now it’s on a mash-up of Beastie Boys – Super Disco Breakin’ and Queen – I want to break free. Awesome.

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Movies

Howl’s Moving Castle

howl's moving castleThis is the latest movie from director Hayao Miyazaki. Disney has picked up his last three films and distributed them in the US; Howl’s had limited release last week. I downloaded a subbed cam video of this about a month ago. I enjoyed it and as most critics have said, it is above and beyond anything that Disney could actually produce. Compared to Miyazaki’s recent efforts I was disappointed by this film. I would rank it third behind Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke. It is really good and I will see it in the theater when it’s released here, but I feel it was a little too convoluted and is not his best effort.

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