Shopping For a New Table

So we’ve been looking around for a snazzy new table to have in the TechnoCave’s attached compound’s library. Here’s some stuff that we’ve found.

Used to be that a SunTable was something you sacrificed someone to the sun god of your choice on. But that was a more enlightened age. These days they won’t let you sacrifice somebody to a sun god unless that god has a permit and is properly taxed. Total pain in the ass. However–today the SunTable can still be a good thing. Check out this:


How brilliant is that? Instead of dealing with the Dayball, push this thing outside let it soak up some battery juice, drag it back inside after the sun goes down, work on your laptop with it! Excellent! And when you get pissed off that your Windows Goddamn Vista has decided that your copy isn’t legitimate even though it is and helpfully tries to lock you out of your own goddamn computer, you can switch into Vista Mode:

SunTable in Vista mode

$2200. Spring-loading it so your laptop gains air is extra. Found via Cribcandy. More after the break.


Morgan Freeman, Easy Reader

Morgan Freeman as Easy Reader from Electric Company

Morgan Freeman has come a long way. And we’re so glad he’s getting better, let’s post some classics, shall we? This first bit I ran across when looking for a video to post, but it seemed a bit…questionable at the time, shall we say…to post something with the guy in a coffin, even if we was singing and taking a bath, you know?

Vids after the break.


Multilingual Saturday Morning Cartoons!

La Mujer Arana

So Paul sent me the second part of this and it got me thinking about Saturday morning…how it used to be cartoons all morning. But what if you had a Saturday morning cartoon lineup right after the incident of the Tower of Babel? (Yes, I really do think like this.) I’ve tried to find some classic cartoon bits jumbled up with various languages, so even our friends from across the ponds will be lost on at least one.

First, Flash Gordon in Spanish. “No me gusta Flash Gordon, ja ja ja! Ay–un hombre de león!” “El grrrr!”

The Fly: The Opera

No, I’m not kidding. I had no idea this was going on until I saw this article in Variety talking about how movies are being translated to Broadway and now they’re being translated to the opera stage. And of course, what better way to blow my mind than to tell me that Howard Shore has turned David Cronenberg’s The Fly into an opera. And then asked Cronenberg to direct it. With a libretto by David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly). And was conducted at its premiere last month by Plácido Domingo.

I’ll give you a moment to staple your brain back together.

Stuck in my head was this concept of a tenor singing “HELP MEEEEEEE” in falsetto Italian. So I had to start finding out more. Here’s Howard Shore, composer, talking about how he came up with the notion of making this an opera. Quality’s terrible, but it’s the best I could find embeddable. You get to see the chambers, plus somebody rehearsing in a harness running around I would guess in what’s Fly-Mode. More videos and stuff after the break.

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