Gut Punching

http://www.zentastic.com/entries/200804201642.html

One of the things I love about the Internet is that there's a fetish site for everything... usually more than one. I read an article today that said that porn is hurting financially, but the thing about the internet compressing geography is that if you can find some little fringe porn subculture, it's probably a lot easier to make good money...

DIY Custom Paint Job

http://www.zentastic.com/entries/200804171700.html

I took a break from work this afternoon to finally do that DIY paintjob I've been talking about doing on my truck — a bat-winged skull, which I think suits the hillbilly-slash-madmax vibe of the truck. I freehanded it on using chalk, and then used automotive masking tape to outline it and masked off the area around it with newspaper, and then gave it a single coat (because I want it to get scuffed up) of gray primer. It's far from a perfect job but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I haven't decided yet if I'm going to trace it and do it on the other side as well...

I'm not crazy, I just don't give a fuck

http://www.zentastic.com/entries/200804160926.html

I'm sure everyone has seen this, but it turns out that even if the evil demon asteroid doesn't destroy us in 2036 (a 1/450 chance of ELE), the asteroid will likely be passing close enough in 2029 to evaporate the majority of people into red dust, with the remaining survivors being turned into zombie-like monsters. Click through for a documentary on the disaster.

Oh well, it's been a good run.

PS. I'm fixing the April 10th images on BME now. Sorry about that.

I'm a tattoo artist apparently

http://www.zentastic.com/entries/200804140802.html

Meg was doing some research and found a quote from me in September 2007's "Art Education" magazine, which I had no idea I had been mentioned in ("Tattoos and Teenagers: An Art Educator's Perspective" by Lorrie Blair). They used me to wrap up the article, which is appreciated and I like the quote they used, but they messed up and ID'd me as a tattoo artist!

The section:

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For many teenagers, tattoos will serve as aides-memoires of their youth. They will make important rites of passages, indicate group membership, and declare love. Tattoo artist Shannon Larratt (2004) insists that people do their homework before getting a tattoo. This homework includes research into tattoo images and locating a professional tattoo artist. In his informative online publication for teens, he wrote:

A bad tattoo is like dirty unwashed clothes that don't quite fit right, but are stuck on you for life — or like an essay that hasn't been properly proofed for spelling and grammar .... It just doesn't communicate its message well. The effort you put into getting a high quality tattoo is a direct reflection of what you think about yourself and how much you care about yourself.

We may not be able to prevent our students from getting tattoos they may later regret, but we can help them recognize that tattoos carry multiple message and that wearing one involves social responsibility.

I also don't think BME should be characterized as a teen publication, haha... But like I said, I do like the quote they used, and definitely appreciate being used to wrap up the article. Tian from Hanzismatter and others are also quoted.

Food Production and Making Sushi

http://www.zentastic.com/entries/200804121939.html

First, in relation to the entry below this one, I saw this story on how flowers are "losing" their smell, which they think might be related to the "death" of bees... IO9 has kind of a paranoid "how to survive the upcoming recession" article that I'd say is about 50% right (probably inspired quite a bit by this MeFi question and discussion).

Anyway, Nefarious and I cooked sushi today... It was quite delicious and I'm totally stuffed. We used tuna (raw), shrimp (cooked), and cucumber and avocado as filling (as well as rice and sesame and seaweed of course). Her cooking outfit is great, eh? We made brownies too; they're cooling on the counter for a snack in the morning.

Apocalyptic Movies on YouTube

http://www.zentastic.com/entries/200804111443.html


I found a guy on YouTube that uploaded a bunch of full-length classic British apocalypse movies, a genre I really enjoyed as a child. The first of the bunch is the one I recommend, and is also the most accessible of the bunch. All of these are broken up into ten minute segments.

Day of the Triffids (BBC, 1981)
This is the BBC version, which is way better than the movie I think... 28 Days Later and many other fall-of-civilization zombie movies are inspired by it. The basic plot is that walking carnivorous plants take over, killing nearly everyone, after a meteorite shower (or satellite weapon gone wrong) blinds the majority of the people on the planet.
  Links: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 Part 10
          Part 11 Part 12 Part 13 Part 14 Part 15 Part 16

Survivors (BBS, 1975-1977)
This series, which takes place after a plague kills almost everyone on the planet, examines the idea that modern man, when stripped of society, would do worse than Iron Age man because we've completely lost the facility to take care of ourselves or create objects without the involvement of a huge industry and the involvement of hundreds of people for even the smallest item. Aparently a remake/follow-up is in the works.
  Links for Episode 1: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6
  Links for Episode 2: Genesis: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6
  Links for Episode 3: Gone Away: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

No Blade of Grass (Movie, 1970)
In this movie, a virus (or human environmental pollution) wipes out all forms of grasses, leading to massive famine, followed up by disease, choas and the collapse of society (interesting, given the food wars of today).
  Links: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 Part 10 Part 11

Minor changes to forum image posting

http://www.zentastic.com/entries/200804111227.html

I've made a couple really minor updates to the ability to post images directly to forums. As a forum owner, you now have two new tags that you can put in your description if you're using this function (which is activated by putting "**IMAGEFORUM**" somewhere in the text).

  • **NOBME** - Using this causes the "submit image to BME" checkbox to be turned off by default... If you're running a private forum you should do this to protect people from accidentally submitting things, as well as for forums that are for content unrelated to BME. Otherwise it's definitely appreciated if you leave this checkbox on by default.
  • **THUMBSIZE:###** (ie. "**THUMBSIZE:640**", etc) - The default size of thumbnail image is a maximum width or height of 200 pixels. You can use this feature to change that thumbnail size to whatever you'd like (well, I think it maxxes out at 1000 or something). If the image being posted is smaller than the theoretical thumbnail, the image will be posted directly without it being a linkthru.