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Monday, December 31, 2007

Haiku Conspiracy New Year's Eve

Earth is all growsd up?



Titanic conspiracy?



New Year's "Shock and Aww"?



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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Haiku Current Events

Pats' perfect season.
Major labels quasi-change?
Double-O neighbor.



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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Hundred Points by Alessandra Celletti



This is a video for a song by the brilliant and wonderful Alessandra Celletti from Rome. One of her masterpieces is featured in our upcoming film, Elan Vital. She is a genius on the ivory keys and it is rare that you hear her voice - especially in English. This song and video is guaranteed to make your day.

Please take a moment to check out her website - AlessandraCelletti.com. Like the classical masters or modern maestros, her music does not disappoint.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Haiku Current Events

Here's to Stu Nahan!
Radiohead's Greenwood's score.
I need to catch up.



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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Haiku Christmas Night

Hope you partied well...
Musicians, read Byrne's Wired.
"Storming the Castle":



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Monday, December 24, 2007

Haiku Christmas Eve

Rodriguez in jail.
Gewürztraminer, Munster.
"My Mother the Car":



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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Haiku Winter Solstice

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Chianti and Fontina.
Here's "In God We Trust":



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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Radio@MutinyUniverse.com #23: Double-Episode

Ryan wishes you all a Happy Saturnalia, Happy Life Day, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, etc., for this special hour-length double-episode.

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1. Elsie Baker "Silent Night, Hallowed Night"
2. Addictive Tragedy "Miles in Between"
3. Lionel Neykov "Miss Your Kiss" Lionel Neykov - Songs of Want and Loss - Miss Your Kiss
4. Sumner Brothers "Goin' Out West" The Sumner Brothers - In the Garage - Goin Out West
5. ANTIQCOOL "All My Rivers Run to You" Antiqcool - Digging for Gold - All My Rivers Run to You
6. Ryan (accompanied by an electronic glockenspiel) reads most of "The Golden Age" by James Baldwin, courtesy of Project Gutenberg
7. The Spaceshots "Greetings My Glorious Graces" The Spaceshots - Greetings My Glorious Graces - Single - Greetings My Glorious Graces
8. DJ JOHN X "Bangers 'N' Mash" Download
9. Peter Chavez "A Newfound Hope" Peter Chavez - Autumn's Revenge - A Newfound Hope
10. Matt Ritchey's Shakespeare Coach
11. Michelle Newman "Goodnight Kiss" Michelle Newman - Michelle Newman - Goodnight Kiss

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Haiku Current Events

Damn health care system.
Ground control to Major Dan.
"Visiting Ou-rs":



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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Haiku Current Events

Britney and sister
Make a Merry Spears Christmas!
Just like the Bluth clan:



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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Haiku Current Events

No script for Awards...
Kimmel also to return...
More Development:



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Monday, December 17, 2007

Haiku Current Events

Jay, Conan return...
Legend, box office legend...
More Arrested D.:



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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Haiku Current Events

Dave and the Writers.
Baseball, apple pie, and 'roids.
Arrested pilot:



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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Movie of the Week: Steve Martin's "The Jerk"

Truthfully, Mutiny Universe Television isn't going to post a Hulu-approved movie every week, but do you remember when television stations weren't part of networks and/or owned by general managers who also owned network affiliates?

Today's VHF television in the Los Angeles market:
2 - KCBS is a CBS affiliate
4 - KNBC is an NBC affiliate
5 - KTLA is a CW affiliate
7 - KABC is an ABC affiliate
9 - KCAL is owned by the same guy who owns KCBS, which is a CBS affiliate
11 - KTTV is a FOX affiliate
13 - KCOP is the sister station of KTTV, which is a FOX affiliate. KCOP is also part of the quasi-network "My Network TV," which is owned by FOX.

While these stations still show movies during the lull of the weekend, the overtly oligopolistic nature of today's broadcast media gives these stations the clout to play modern movies - recent (two or three year old) blockbusters and pseudo-indie films. Back in the day, at least when I was growing up, the non-network stations either broadcast classic movies or hideously obscure films or box office bombs (licensed for cheap, I'm sure).

As I remember it, so I could be wrong, the LA television market looked like this, in VHF:

2 - KCBS (CBS)
4 - KNBC (NBC)*
5 - KTLA (independent): Family Film Festival! I met the host (the Popeye guy) at Marine World, but I was but a wee lad at the time.
7 - KABC (ABC)
9 - KHJ (independent): Elvira, baby!
11 - KTTV (independent)
13 - KCOP (independent)

Enough reminiscing. I'll leave that for my memoirs. Anyhow, here's that classic film starring Steve Martin, The Jerk:



*My family's old TV set was hooked up to a monstrous VHS deck, which consisted of two pieces. The VCR was set to show on Channel 4, and to relieve the TV from contradictory signals, KNBC was set on Channel 3 - if I remember correctly.

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Friday, December 14, 2007

"It's Always Sunny" MU TV Finale (for Now)

This is the last episode available on Hulu, called "Charlie Gets Molested":



We'll celebrate (Charlie being molested, of course!) with a podcast episode and move on to another show or two!

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Haiku Current Events

Ike Turner is dead.
"The Gang Finds a Dead Guy" from
It's Always Sunny...



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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

More Mutiny TV

We are almost done with our It's Always Sunny daily blog series, and I have yet to decide what other show to...well...show.

Anyhow, here's a first season episode called "Gun Fever":



And this is the most recent episode of the series; this one's called "The Gang Dances Their Asses Off":



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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Television, Film, and Web Log Studies

I have nothing interesting to write at the moment, except that you should check out the Elan Vital postproduction (and beyond!) blog for interesting, possibly educational, tidbits concerning Mutiny Universe's largest project so far.

With that said, let's continue our daily dose of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia - that is, as much as Hulu will provide of this series. This first season episode is called "Charlie Has Cancer":



And this is a third season episode called "Bums: Making a Mess All Over the City":



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Monday, December 10, 2007

A Degree in Radio and Television Podcasting

If you listen to only one podcast this month, make it Mutiny Universe Radio's next episode. This will probably be the only MU podcast this month and therefore the last episode of the year! It'll probably be a double-episode holiday extravaganza - kinda, sorta.

Anyway, let's continue our It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia marathon with the third episode of the first season. The episode is entitled "Underage Drinking: A National Concern":



Here's a more recent episode, with Danny DeVito added to the main cast. This is a two-parter called "The Gang Gets Whacked":

Part One


Part Two


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Sunday, December 9, 2007

"It's Always Sunny" on Mutiny Universe Television

I hope you enjoyed yesterday's blog post of the first episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, a show recommended by Mutiny Universe's very own John Michael Tan. Let's see how far we can get with this ad hoc television station. Here's the second episode of the first season of the show, entitled "Charlie Wants an Abortion":



You have to love the episode titles for this show! If we can post Hulu-provided content and MU-produced content here on a regular basis, then please welcome µ-TV - that's Mutiny Universe Television for you mortals!

If you want a more recent episode of the show, here's "Dennis Looks Like a Registered Sex Offender" from late October:



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Saturday, December 8, 2007

Haiku Current Events

Strike-ending talks fail.
No new shows; watch the old ones:
It's Always Sunny...



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Friday, December 7, 2007

Asynchronous Television at Hulu

NBC Universal and News Corp. (Fox) joined forces earlier this year to create a rival video-on-demand service to Google's VOD empire (YouTube, Google Video, Blogger Video, etc.) - called Hulu. Right now it's in beta testing, and I've been fortunate enough to be selected relatively late in the game as a beta tester. Truthfully, though, Hulu beta and YouTube are different animals. Hulu currently just offers industry-official broadcast media, whereas YouTube contains user-created media and copyright-infringing media.

I don't know if you'll be able to see this video, but here's a full episode of The Office, with limited commercial interruption:



You gotta love this satire of the 9-to-5, hierarchical, bureaucratic, climb-the-ladder microcosm of civilization. Anyhow...

Instead of paying various monthly subscriptions to digital satellite, digital cable, and/or TiVo, you can just pay for (extremely) high speed Internet, buy a media PC (not for creating or productivity, just for receiving - har, har), buy a large flat panel hi-def TV, and buy a good surround sound system. Put those all together, along with next generation video game consoles, and you'll have a sweet entertainment center. Use free VOD services like Hulu whenever possible; otherwise pay for movies and episodes on Amazon.com or iTunes as you go.

How's that for being a cheap geek? Anyway, sign up for Hulu, and you might get into their beta test; otherwise, wait until the site goes public. From what I've seen, it's very convenient. I'll give some props to these industry dinosaurs for trying to adapt in this new media age.

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Thursday, December 6, 2007

Haiku Current Events

Vedder's Grammy nod.
Jack Bauer gets forty-eight.
RICK ROLLED once again!



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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

People Are Cyborgs

One day...
People will be constantly entertained by implanting an entertainment unit. No one will ever be "bored." Ever.

People will telecommunicate with others without the need of external devices, such as computers or telephones. No one will ever be "lonely." Ever.

People will be able to change their faces whenever they want. No one will ever be "Rick Astley." Ever.

YOU'VE BEEN RICK ROLLED!!!



iPod photo credit: kosabe.
Bluetooth photo credit: idiotboy.
Cyborg photo credit: mize2oo5.


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Monday, December 3, 2007

Haiku Current Events

Writers to counter.
Jim, Conan, Dave, Jay pay staff.
Don Imus returns.

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Haiku Current Events

Writers' strike over?
Broadway is no longer dark.
Read John Tan's entry.

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Will you quit bugging me now!!!

This should make certain people who know me very happy. For my first post I found a video that combined two things which currently bring me great pleasure: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Football.

As a side note, I'm on a high because the Raiders, with win number three, finally surpassed last years win total. That's what I like to call progress, ladies and gentlemen. It's all gravy from this point forward. (sigh) Yes, this is really what it has come down to for fans of the Silver and Black.

Anyway, here you go.





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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The First Blogger Is Finally Online!

If you only read two blogs this year, make it (1) this one and (2) The Personal Journal of Doogie Howser, M.D.

Full of truisms and personal vagueness - and a kind of emo-ness that's decades ahead of its time - Dr. Howser's blog is far superior to most of the personal blogging in the Blogosphere.

Here's a sampling (which needs to be properly attributed to the writer of that episode):

Friday, February 26, 1993

Tonight I did the unthinkable...I acted like a [sic] impulsive, crazy, hormonal genius.

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Brilliant...even genius! Bravo, Dr. Howser, bravo!

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Haiku Current Events

Carson Daly scabs?
Helio Castroneves!
Taylor dies of wounds.

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Best. Commercial. Ever.

Virtually every longtime Late Night with Conan O'Brien fan has to remember one of the commercials scheduled to air during the XFL championship: "SHOES (2 Blocks past Radio Shack, next to the tall building)."



Yes, the XFL: When football met wrasslin'.

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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Radio@MutinyUniverse.com #22

The phone lines are open...okay, voicemail: (206) 309-0482. (Voicemail submissions become property of Mutiny Universe and may be used in a future podcast and/or elsewhere.)

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Ryan is thankful for this regular soapbox upon which to stand, rant, and sometimes shamelessly self-promote:

0. Johann Strauss II by way of yours truly "Künstlerleben"
1. The Society of Gloves featuring moxy phinx "Time (Lose Your Hold)"
2. moxy phinx "Centerfold"
3. Peter Chavez "Where You Stand"
4. Heather Donaldson "Honeybee"
5. ANTIQCOOL "Oh Mary"
6. Negatrude "Home"

Get ready for Saturnalia! (And those other winter holidays, too.)

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Haiku Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!
Black Friday is tomorrow.
Where is the money?

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Blog Readability Test

There's a humorous blog readability test at CriticsRant.com that quickly analyzes any given blog, giving it a minimum education rating. For instance, to fully comprehend this blog, a reader must have a minimum education of...

MU Blog
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I don't know if one has to be a college graduate to fully appreciate the Mutiny Universe blog, but some knowledge of computers is required to download our podcasts, I guess. The concept of the haiku is a middle school or junior high thing, isn't it? While this certainly reflects the education level of the contributors of this blog, I don't think this blog's posts look like term papers...do they?

I contribute to a series of other blogs (shameless self-promotion alert!), and here's what the test says about them:

DeRamos.org
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I've been blogging politically at DeRamos.org, so it's pretty flattering that my personal blog (as well as the collaborative MU blog) reflects my official level of education. Then again, I'm not blogging term papers at DeRamos.org, either.

The Society of Gloves
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I'm actually glad the blog/website for my rock band doesn't have an extremely high educational rating. It's rock 'n roll for crying out loud...not rocket science! On the other hand, the self-producing process is pretty heavy. But if this is judging the end content of the band, then it's great not be an intellectual elitist...for once. I have to also point out that the blog readability test can give "results" lower than high school level.

And finally...

Chord du Jour
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The irony is that Chord du Jour is supposed to teach beginning and intermediate guitarists some really basic stuff. If you have to be a genius to comprehend the concepts that I'm trying to teach, then I'm probably not teaching in an effective manner. Sigh. However, it is some consolation that I've been given genius status...even if it is from a humorous Internet analysis.

Now check your blog's readability level!

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Haiku Current Events

Writers Strike: Week Three
Chuck Norris Hearts Huckabee
Thanksgiving ready?

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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Them Bones

This place is beyond words (but I'll try to use them anyway).


Welcome to Hell. I mean, the Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republic. You can get more pertinent background information from the church's official website at www.kostnice.cz. If you're an Anglophone, choose "English" on the homepage and then click on "Ossuary."

Without the necessary background history concerning the church - the short of it involves sprinkles of Golgotha, the Black Death, and a macabre interior decorator - you'd think a video game demon with a slightly cliched style (for video game demon standards, that is) lives there. Or at the very least, it's a million and a half heavy metal album covers come to life.


I totally want to go there one day.

Creepy chandelier photo credit: User:Chmouel.

Nightmarish coat-of-arms photo credit: Martin St-Amant.

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