Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Remember the video that I said was seriously cool ... this is seriously cooler!

Juice boxes that look like real fruit

Tokyomango has a post about juice boxes that look like real fruit.

I love these juice boxes, which were designed by Naoto Fukasawa. I hope the designs gets commercialised, as I would love to sip strawberry juice from a box like this.

Katamari strikes back

I came across this on Dueling Analogs. Quality!


If, like me, you're a big fan of the artistic idea behind the Gorillaz, then you should check out Bananaz.

Bananaz is a 91 minute documentary, shot by Ceri Levy, which tracks the history of the band. The documentary begins in the late '90s at the birth of the concept band created by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett. You can find out more about the film here, or you can just head over to here and watch the whole thing. I've posted the trailer below to wet your appetite.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Total Tea

Last Saturday, I managed to redefine the term drunken blowout. This is no small achievement for a person whose feats of drunkenness include drinking all the grog out the boardroom liquor cabinet at work, while watching football on the flat screen telly, and singing nessun dorma on a table in a bar in Sydney, as a tribute to Pavarotti.

What marked last weekend's escapade ahead of previous outings, was the impressive level of self-unawareness I managed to achieve.

So what happened? Fuelled by a few glasses of red wine and half-a-dozen beers, I devised a t-shirt company with some friends and brainstormed a few design ideas. This sounds innocuous enough, unless you observed the single-minded voracity with which I pursued the subject and the irritation I displayed at anyone who strayed from the topic in question. For my friends, I'm sure it was like being in the accoutrement equivalent of hell's kitchen.

If we skip forward twelve beers and throw in a few tequila shots, we get to the zenith of Saturday evening's activities. I could describe the bar I was in, but you would know it would be a lie. On Sunday I thought I recalled the bar accurately, however, enquiries confirmed that no bar of that specification exists in HK (consensus is that my memory combined the features of three bars I visited). It was at one of these bars that I failed my test in how to make friends and influence people. Although threatening to punch a friend is an acceptable and common activity in NZ when out with fellow corporate blood suckers, it's not an endearing or even appropriate past-time for non-corporate blood sucker friends in HK.

So what's the upshot of all this? A challenge to myself. I am going to try to go three weeks without touching a drop of alcohol - It's sad that I know this will be very difficult to achieve.

Anyhow, wish me luck and I'll keep you posted on how I'm going.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

I'm Sorry Courtesy Card

This is genius: I'm Sorry Courtesy Card.

Via NotCot

Drastic Celebrity Transformations = Sad

LIFE's Picks of Week for this week include Drastic Celebrity Transformations. I followed the link expecting them to be amusing, but I found they just made me sad.

Amy Winehouse arrives at the U.K.'s Nationwide Mercury Prize ceremony in 2004.

Photo: James Quinton Archive/WireImage

Amy Winehouse attends the End of Summer Ball on Sept. 25, 2008 in London.

Photo: Jon Furniss/WireImage

Monday, April 20, 2009

Matthew McConaughey in "That's A Moray"

I choked with laughter when I saw this on Super Punch today.

To the dude who thought this poster up - you nailed it.

Go here to check out more excellent McConaughey posters.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Daft Punk: The Game

I came across Harder, better: Shane Brouwer's Daft Punk: The Game on Offworld.

The game, which is done in the style of an old-fashion platformer, follows Daft Punk as they attempt to recover their stolen samples from rival electro-duo Justice.

The game is dumb, but fun. Check it out here.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

This is seriously cool ... no really, it is. Watch it now. Do it.

/Filim posted the Star Wars Macgyver Mash-Up as today's VOTD.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Huh ... was that Sephiroth?

I didn't know a thing about Dissidia: Final Fantasy until I saw this video on Giant Bomb.

This games features a real mash /mess of characters:

Heroes: Warrior of Light (Final Fantasy I); Firion (Final Fantasy II); Onion Knight (Final Fantasy III); Cecil Harvey (Final Fantasy IV); Bartz Klauser (Final Fantasy V); Terra Branford (Final Fantasy VI); Cloud Strife (Final Fantasy VII); Squall Leonhart (Final Fantasy VIII); Zidane Tribal (Final Fantasy IX); Tidus (Final Fantasy X)

Villains: Garland (Final Fantasy I); Emperor (Final Fantasy II); Cloud of Darkness (Final Fantasy III); Golbez (Final Fantasy IV); Exdeath (Final Fantasy V); Kefka (Final Fantasy VI); Sephiroth (Final Fantasy VII); Ultimecia (Final Fantasy VIII); Kuja (Final Fantasy IX); Jecht (Final Fantasy X)

Plus: Shantotto (Final Fantasy XI); Gabranth (Final Fantasy XII)

According to Giant Bomb: "Dissidia is an action game for the PSP, developed by Square Enix as part of Final Fantasy's 20th anniversary lineup. Dissidia was released in Japan on December 24, 2008, and is scheduled for North American release in "mid-year" 2009."

I think Square have really lost their way with this release. Stay tuned ... I guess.


According to /Film, Mandalay have picked up the rights to develop a big-screen live action adaptation of Full Metal Panic.

When will Hollywood realise that, except in rare circumstances, anime adaptions don't work? The subject matter and tone of most anime do not fit with live action and, generally, the source themes and plot have to be bastardised to make them palatable for mass consumption. Just leave them the way they are - How about writing an original script for a change?

To add insult to injury, High School Musical star Zac Efron is interested in starring in the project.

This makes me want to hurl my laptop at Hollywood.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Out and about (aka longest post ever)

I'm usually really busy with work during the week, which means my weekends are typically crammed full of the all the tasks, chores and miscellaneous things I didn't achieve between Monday and Friday. Miraculously, I woke up last Saturday with a clear schedule. A day to do whatever took my fancy - what a treat!

First-off, I finally got round to setting myself up with a Twitter account. Twitter has been the talk of the town for a while and when HKHam declared that he had signed up, I decided it was time to get on the bandwagon. If you're a fellow twit, look me up, my user name is silights.

I'm totally addicted to Street Fighter 4 and, after a quick coffee run, Saturday morning presented the perfect opportunity to unlock all the characters I was missing. The game is totally rad, though, I suspect I'm giving myself RSI. Having finished the game with every character, I feel I'm almost ready to start playing online - to date my forays into online play have resulted in significant thrashings at the hands of people (i.e. teenage boys) with tags like 'Schpasm' and 'ZakDaSakAttack'.

After wasting half the day inside, staring at various screens, I felt the urge to step outside and get some pollution. Walking to Causeway Bay is probably shortening my life, but I needed to stretch my legs.

I stopped on the way to pick up some fruit for breakfast. The grocer recommended I take a banana because, apparently, they are "full of potassium". All I know about potassium is that it explodes when thrown in water, which made the bananas seem slightly dangerous and, therefore, much more appealing than any other fruit.

Next stop was Uniqlo, to check out the new t-shirt collection. Every season Uniqlo invites a range of designers and artists to design half a dozen t-shirts. The t-shirts are then sold for between HK$70 and HK$100. The designs are generally cool and I really like being able to purchase a nicely designed and produced t-shirt for under HK$100. I walked away with 10 t-shirts for myself and a couple of extras, which I've posted to friends.

I stopped on my way out of Uniqlo to admire an installation dedicated to Polaroid cameras. The information sheet was all in Chinese, so I don't really know what the installation was all about, but it looked cool ... blowout.

I then headed over to Times Square to check out Page One. Times Square had a great installation in the atrium by Chocolate Rain. The installation had all sorts of places for kids to climb and explore. To see the installation, I had to fight past a wall of parents who were looking on with relief as their children entertained themselves in the jungle of wooden alcoves.

I then bolted home, got changed, picked up Sleepyanimal and headed out to TST to meet DJ and TJ for a good old fashioned pub crawl. I wont go into the details of this part of the evening, as it has been articulately covered by Sleepyanimal.

I will, however, mention that we had the best snacks at the food stall on the corner of Hart Ave and Prat Ave in TST. Check it out if you need a feed after a few quiets in TST.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


I came across Qualcomm on Super Punch.

Qualcomm has unveiled a revolutionary new technology to improve digital networks: implanting tiny base stations in pigeons.

However, as pigeons are a little vulnerable, Qualcomm spliced pigeon and wolf DNA to create wolfpigeons.

Unfortunately, wolfpigeons breed like crazy. Qualcomm has solved this problem with sharkfalcons, which prey on the wolfpigeons.

To keep the sharkfalcon population at bay - crocodeagles.

Brilliant. Check out Qualcomm's website for further information.