I laughed my ass off when I heard this. Lordi actually won the Eurovision singing contest! Hilarious stuff, and it proves once more what kind of a weird farce the whole Eurovision thing really is.
Once again the televoting system is under attack, mostly by countries that lost, but hey, it does suck.
I say next year Belgium should send in a bunch of cross-dressing transexual midget clowns that do a farting-accapella act on an acid techno tune.
We’ll win for sure!
So this guy goes all psycho in Antwerp and starts shooting down innocent people (on Google news in English, of in’t Nederlands). A scapegoat has to be found of course, and first they start talking about how the political party called “Het Vlaams Belang” is guilty for feeding the racisme in Belgium, and in a way that’s true, but it’s bullshit to blame this kind of event solely on them. I’m definitely not pro-VB, never was and never will be, but blaming them now for this is just a trick to get more votes in the local elections later this year.
The shooter was being called everything from being a nazi to a Goth, and I was wondering how long it would take them to find his Marilyn Manson or Rammstein CD’s and blame it all on music or movies (Chucky anyone?) like in the good old days. But nowadays there’s a new kind of media to blame isn’t there. Yes indeed, its video games, and today it was suggested in print and on tv again.
The guy was known to be playing a first person shooter now and then… and he did shoot people right? That must be it!
Lawyers always grasp whatever they can get their hands on in defence of their clients, but I’m tired of hearing these lame ass excuses really. Violence is all around us these days, more in real life than in games, but we need to find real solutions for the social problems that are causing these outbursts of seemingly mindless violence instead of blaming music, movies or games.
Ah fuck it, I’m gonna rip some heads off in UT2004.
Eurovision. A dubious song festival which gets people all hyped up every year in May is about to unleach it’s madness once again on our continent.
I’ve never been for it really, the whole thing is as fake as it gets. Musically it’s not my kind of thing… to say the least. The typical Eurosong-type song is a weird softass mellow kind of pop tune ussually blended with some local influences. This can lead to hilarious combinations though, like some sort of rapping baltic goat herder or Xena The Warrior Princess singing in a language that I later heard was supposed to be English. The voting system sucks though as it turns out to be a more or less political game, where people end up voting for their most favorite neighbouring countries.
Each year people get all excited about it, and afterwards it turns out to be a dissapointment. Every year I think they should just send a band or artist that make a big fuck you statement to the whole Eurovision merchandise, and this year the Fins have done just that. They sent in a metal shock-rock-eske kind of band called Lordi. Their music isn’t the hardcore type of metal, but it isn’t the half-assed kind you’d expect to see on Eurovision either. Things get even better though. These guys dress up for their gigs, and they look like they come straight out of a horror movie.
That’ll make a nice contrast with all the nice and short skirted girls hopping around on stage. Nice.
Go Lordi I’d say!! Boh!
Update: there’s a video of their song up at YouTube featuring some lovely zombie cheerleaders. Nice!
I wrote about how computers are used to manipulate what we see on television and in magazines daily to the extreme before, and today I ran into some more crazy evidence while on a clicking spree although the interweb.
I ended up on this french site called ipub which is all about wicked looking ads, and a post that linked to 2 graphic artists who did some totaly amasing retouching, or in some case, recreative sessions.
The first is Glen Honiball, which is mostly into retouching pictures. He gets crap base material to work with in a lot of cases, and turns them into a picture perfect scene to be used in ads. Foods looks better, girls look prettier and cars are shinier after he’s done with them. Nice!
The second artist is Taylor James which did that Coke Christmas ad you’ve probably all seen. The Coke snowy landscape Christmas scene is one of those works where he takes a bunch of unrelated pictures and turns them into a full blown landscape. Pretty bloody amasing how these guys master Photoshop if you ask me (but you didn’t).
It makes you think though, or at least it makes me think. Nothing we see on television or in magazines can be trusted for real. Every single picture has been altered and “perfected”. Nothing we didn’t know before, but it still managed to surprise me when I see these kind of images how far it’s extending.
You can’t even trust a picture of a spoon full of soup ffs.