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Saturday, September 29, 2007

The Impossible Quiz

This is awesome!!! Talk about a challenge! This quiz will put your logic to the test and may make parts of your brain work that just haven't been exercised in a while. On top of that, it's fun. A great way to take a break and have a laugh. Good luck! (You'll need it).

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Radio@MutinyUniverse.com #17

Ryan talks about solo artists with band names. Also check out the dramatic conclusion (sort of) to Ryan's three-part noneducational rant on education.

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1. Kelly Harrell "I Wish I Was a Single Girl Again"
2. Moxy Phinx "Aphrodite"
3. Oliver Charles "Keep Walking"
4. Negatrude "Home"
5. Katy M. Savage "Denial"
6. Pauline Boeykens "Dolomiten"

Notes: Check out www.mutinyuniverse.com/bands

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Pluto Chasing a Kid and "Yakety Sax"

Have you seen the non-news bit of news on the news about Pluto (a Disneyland employee as Pluto) chasing a kid, after the kid kicked Pluto in the crotch?

Here it is, but be sure to watch the whole way through, otherwise you'll miss the Benny Hill-esque re-edit!

Smoke and Beauty

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Carson Daly - WHY?

Why does Carson Daly have his own late night show? I just don't understand. His show, Last Call follows the Emmy Award winning Late Night with Conan O'Brien which in turn follows the number one late night show for years and years - the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Leno is funny - he caters to a more mainstream crowd due to his earlier time slot so the show does not get too rowdy but it's classy and fun and - well - it's an institution in this country. Jay Leno has done a fantastic job of staying on the top of the ratings game for decades - and he started his career as a stand up comic - an entertainer. Conan O'Brien is just plain hysterical. His show takes full advantage of its later time slot with goofy, seemingly random sketch comedy, twisted humor, and his own right on the mark comic sensibilities. Conan began as a writer for Saturday Night Live - a perfect fit for the New York based late night show and showcase for the man's talents.

But as soon as Conan is over, another show comes on. It's the third in the lineup and I've come to believe the show that tells the nation, "Hey--it's time for bed. No more TV. We will now make you wish you hadn't stayed up so late." The show is Last Call with Carson Daly. The equation simply does not make any sense. Daly came into the public eye (as far as I know - and correct me if I'm wrong) with the MTV show, TRL (Total Requests Live). It was a format perfect for a clean cut and moderately hip HOST - not a COMEDIAN but a host. He stood around in New York and interviewed "hot right now" musicians and performers and introduced music videos in front of a wild live crowd. He was good at that job. He was a good HOST. He was not funny. He didn't need to be funny. He had only to show enough personality to fill in for where the screaming crowd and the rock stars fell short.

So now here he is: Un-funny, non-comedian, HOST GUY who was somehow given his own late night variety show. Writers write jokes for him but it's like watching Tiger Woods attempt stand up. He has guests but can never seem to ask them anything interesting and instead appears to hide behind his desk, growing visibly uncomfortable with any personality variance that might require improvisation or comic relief. As a matter of fact, I've seen him apparently make guests feel uncomfortable with his odd nervous banter as they attempt an on the air conversation. It is as though someone gave him the job assuming that hosting a show and hosting a late night COMEDIC variety show are the same thing.

How many great comics would love to have a chance at Last Call? How much talent was overlooked in order to decide on such a lackluster follow-up to NBC's late night classics? How much ass kissing and executive statistical chart reading had to occur in order to justify an attempt at creating a funny man out of a preppy but visible(?) snorefest with the swagger of a freshman journalist instead of giving the opportunity to a true comedian - a performer with charisma, a keen sense of comic timing, and showmanship that have made the variety show what it is since the beginning of television?

Seeing this guy on the air completely baffles me. Perhaps the executives sleep through that part of the broadcast and just check the stats on prime time. Or perhaps I'm really missing something. Anything's possible.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Adding to the Buzz

Riddle me this, Batman...

There's something called DealDotCom that's launching this Tuesday, the 18th. The URL is actually DealDotCom.com, and for the time being the homepage is some big splash page hyping the grand opening. Within the Internet community, there seems to be some buzz about what deals that this startup will try to sell. I want to say I'm hopeful, but I don't know. I also want to say I'm doubtful, but I don't know. I just don't know.

Anyhow, the link above - or here if you want to be reflexive about it - goes to a special preview registry granted to Mutiny Universe. I guess it'll pay to be prepared and registered if the deals that many are anticipating are worth it.

Otherwise, DealDotCom might end up like the "Bigger than the Big Mac" commercial from several months ago:


In a couple of days, we'll see if DealDotCom is something big or just another Gofbot.com (watch the above video).

P.S. When has the Big Mac ever been, well, big?

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Radio@MutinyUniverse.com #16

More thoughts on education from an increasingly incoherent Ryan.

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1. Midnight Run "Glorietta Park"
2. The Spaceshots "Greetings My Glorious Graces"
3. Pauline Boeykens (and Friends) "Dolomiten"
4. The Society of Gloves "Who Are Your Friends?"
5. Michelle Newman "Pay It Forward"

Notes: In Ryan's rant about math, he was trying to get at the everday usefulness of dividing half by two, but the otherwise lack of mundane uses for dividing half by half.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Biff from "Back to the Future" Answers YOUR Burning Questions!

Check out this video of Tom Wilson's stand-up music comedy act. Tom Wilson, by the way, played the bully Biff in Back to the Future.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Radio@MutinyUniverse.com #15

Ryan rants about education. Seriously. Part one of three. Double seriously.

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1. The Sumner Brothers "The Man Can't Hardly Move Anymore"
2. Oliver Charles "Keep Walking"
3. Heather Donaldson "Alone in the Dark"
4. Midnight Run "Glorietta Park"
5. Negatrude "Go to Sleep"
6. The Society of Gloves "Time (Lose Your Hold)"

Ryan recommends these books, and has been recommending them throughout most of the summer:
Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit
My Ishmael
The Story of B
(They'll shed some light beyond the rant.)

Friday, September 7, 2007

Internet Phenomena Crash Course

Thank you, Dan Meth, for the "We Didn't Start the Fire" of the Internet Age.

Internet People! - The Meth Minute 39

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Now I think I'm pretty much caught up with this type of deal. Who's next?

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

All Right - So I'm Jumping on the Bandwagon...

I just couldn't resist posting this...and something tells me I'm not the only one.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

MU Presents: The Cao Institute Fashion Show

The talented people from The Cao Institute of Aesthetics, a Paul Mitchell school put on this fashion show in Spring and we put the video together for them. They also took on the huge challenge of doing hair and makeup for our upcoming film, Elan Vital and did an amazing job (see production stills for proof). You can see the higher quality version of this video in the projects section of our website. The Cao Institute team? Yeah - they pretty much rock.

Radio@MutinyUniverse.com #14

If last week was the ukulele episode, this week is the guitar one.

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For this show, Ryan's sleepy, tired, and exhausted - that's the famous dwarf and his two obscure cousins. He actually meant RE-welcome when he talked about S.L.U.D.G.E., as we've definitely played S.L.U.D.G.E.'s music in the past.

1. S.L.U.D.G.E. "Sorrowladen"
2. Negatrude "Hate Me"
3. Act As If "On Your Hands and Knees"
4. Moxy Phinx "Dog Tag"
5. Liquid Blue "Making Up"

Again, sleep-deprived Ryan probably stated some of the artists' webpages incorrectly, so please check out our Podcast Artists link list on the right-hand side of the page for accurate URLs.


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