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.


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.


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.