Steve Jobs is dead. It still hasn’t quite sunk in yet. I found out at work from a coworker and hoped it was a cruel joke.

Unlike many of the things you may read today about Steve’s passing I am not going to run through a list of accomplishments and talk about how he was a visionary. Instead I am going to talk about he directly effected me.

As most kids growing up in the 1980s, every school I went to was full of Apple IIs. The very first computer I touched was a Apple IIe and it changed my life. The foundations of all my computing skills came from those lowly Apple IIs, I learned to type on one, I learned how to program in BASIC on one. It started a love affair that has turned into a obsession at times.

The first computer I ever owned was a Macintosh Classic, from that I got online for the first time although it was not really what we consider the internet today. I learned HyperCard on that system. Also I started my first hacking adventures on that machine. I probably loved that computer more than any other in my life.

I didn’t own a cellphone until fairly recently, the iPhone really has changed my life in a million different ways. I really do feel lost without it.

Steve Jobs has influenced and changed everyone’s lives in so many ways. The 3D animated movies you watch, having access to a music store anywhere at any time, even that crappy Breakout Clone on your crappy 1952 cellphone is because of him.

We lost a great person today, one that perhaps comes once in a lifetime. I know the plans he had for the future are still in the works and we will continue to feel the effects from him for some time.

I just want to say, Thanks Steve for all you have given me.

 

Posted by Djarum, filed under News, Tech. Date: October 5, 2011, 10:38 pm | No Comments »

Daft Punk DJ Hero

I have been sitting on this for a little bit. Activison announced that our favorite robots will be characters in their new music game “DJ Hero” and they are going to include 11 Daft Punk tracks; the 8 below, 2 “mega mixes” and something that is still “secret” and most likely won’t amount to anything worthwhile.

  • Daft Punk “Around the World” vs. Young MC “Bust A Move”
  • Daft Punk “Da Funk” vs. NASA “Strange Enough ft. Karen O, ODB and Fatlip”
  • Daft Punk “Da Funk” vs. Queen “Another One Bites the Dust”
  • Daft Punk “Robot Rock” vs. Hashim “Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)” – Produced and mixed by The Scratch Perverts
  • Daft Punk “Robot Rock” vs. Queen “We Will Rock You”
  • Daft Punk “Short Circuit” vs. Boogie Down Productions “Jack Of Spades”
  • Daft Punk “Technologic” vs. Gary Numan “Cars”
  • Daft Punk “Television Rules The Nation” vs. No Doubt “Hella Good”

I am not too crazy about the DJ Hero gameplay or the mashup/scratching centric music. You can watch the trailer below for a idea of the sights, sounds and gameplay.

Now onto perhaps more exciting news, the Dead Cruiser himself Kavinsky made a mix for the Aussie radio station Triple J. Guess what the first track is? DOWNLOAD

Posted by Djarum, filed under mp3, Music, News, Video Games, Videos. Date: September 15, 2009, 7:24 pm | No Comments »

26  Aug
What. The. Fuck.

If you would have shown that to me before, I would have bet good money that this was fake.

I will be honest, I don’t know much about the “Insane Clown Posse” other than it is a couple of fat rednecks in face paint that rap about having sex with farm animals and generic soft drinks. The fans of this group are know as “Juggalos” which I have seen at a distance like a lion on safari. The fans tend to have their mother also be their sister, have most likely had sex with a animal, dress up like a moron including ridiculous hairstyles and facepaint while going out in public making sure they have no chance at ever having a job and spend all their money they get from welfare and selling meth on making sure everyone knows that they are fans of said group.

Well I find myself surprised when I get a link to this video today. I shall give you the run down of my reactions as I saw them. Note that I am going to use lots of “big words” because “Juggalos” lack the ability to read.

0:00 – Tenth Annual? I am amazed even one of these have ever happened. Also ICP is still around and has fans?

0:04 – Biggest family reunion because everyone who will be there is related. Inbreeding makes things like this happen I guess, at least they are honest about it. Cave-In-Rock, IL seems like a place that either A: a setting for a bad horror flick or B: a bad gay porn.

0:14 – Four days? What kind of music festival goes on for four days? Oh yea, the kind where anyone that goes has no employment to get back home for.

0:18 – “True Juggalo Performances” by every member of the “Psychopathic Records Family”. I am not sure what a “True Juggalo Performance” is, I am willing to be it involves a sex act with a family member or farm animal. And from the shots shown, to be a member of the “Psychopathic Records Family” you need to be a inbred retard in face paint.

0:23 – WHAT THE FUCK? Either someone kidnapped Ice Cube or one of his family members or is really hurting for money so bad that going to Buttfuck, Illinois to play at Whitetrashapalooza? Dude was in N.W.A.! Please just make another shitty family film instead of this. I promise I’ll see it twice and pretend to like it!

0:25 – “Cottonmouth Kings” which seem to be a bunch of old douchebags with bleached hair and eyeliner… Like homosexual skateboarders from 1997.

0:29 – I am sure the on reason why GWAR is there is because they saw a list of who is playing and decided this is a trainwreck to see in person.

0:30 – Vanilla Ice? What is he there to work the concession stand?

0:31 – “Haystack” who looks like someone who has had sex with farm animals, should fit right in.

0:32 – Coolio, who I am positive is in the same hot dog stand with Rob Van Winkle.

0:36 – “Big B” looks to have been arrested for having sex with farm animals…

0:42 – WRESTLING FANS can watch the “JCW” which seems to be in “full effect”…

0:53 – …and consists of washed up former wrestling stars from twenty years ago and Butterbean who I was pretty sure died.

0:56 – Oh look I can get my “Late Night Laughs on” in their “Late Night Comedy Tent”…. Wait is that the same mic from the cover of Chris Rock – Bigger and Blacker?

0:59 – Wait a fucking minute, since when is JJ Walker “Legendary”? I mean I like Good Times and all, but saying “Dynamite” and having big lips doesn’t make you “Legendary.

1:01 – The fucking Weasel? Are you serious?

1:03 – Rowdy Roddy Piper is a stand up comedian now? Huh.

1:11 – Helicopter rides.  Just what you need in something like this. For people to escape once they figure out what they just got themselves into.

1:14 – I want to know what the “Violent J’s Beach Boys BBQ Blowout Bash Fest” is. Also, I am amazed Mike Love and Brian Wilson don’t sue them for using the name. Although I can’t imagine they have much money, I mean they drink generic soda after all.

1:26 – Everything in this sounds like something from Metalocalypse. I can’t believe it is real.

Posted by Djarum, filed under Music, News, Videos. Date: August 26, 2009, 9:39 pm | No Comments »

Straight from SDCC the first shots of the Movie Master Ghostbusters figures of Peter Venkman, Winston Zeddemore and most surprisingly but very very welcome Walter Peck! Pictures from ToyNews International.

I honestly want these more than anything else in life. Hopefully someone at Mattel will see this and hook me up with some to review.

Ray

Winston

Dickless

Venkman

Egon 12

Venkman 12

Winston 12

Posted by Djarum, filed under Movies, News, Toys. Date: July 24, 2009, 7:32 pm | No Comments »

24  Jul
New Daft Punk?!?

According to reports some of Daft Punk’s Tron Legacy soundtrack was played with the new trailer shown at the San Diego Comic Con. Once a video of that is available I shall add it to this post. This video however is from a Secret Booth in which a real life redesigned Light Cycle is shown at the end. The music is said to be some of Daft Punk’s work for the soundtrack. It is pretty awesome either way.

Also at Comic Con Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski, said that the boys may even tour behind the new soundtrack material.

As if I couldn’t be more excited about this flick they sure did do it.

UPDATE: And I am more excited. http://www.flynnlives.com/derez/

Posted by Djarum, filed under Movies, Music, News, Videos. Date: July 24, 2009, 1:50 pm | No Comments »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8I1trPsOFys

Really would a person of normal intelligence go out in public in something like that? I think not. Jim Henson must be rolling in his grave.

Posted by Djarum, filed under News. Date: July 17, 2009, 5:03 pm | No Comments »

Sears Tower

Officially today is the last day the Sears Tower will be called the Sears Tower. Starting tomorrow London based insurance broker Willis Group Holdings, Ltd. will take over the naming rights and change the name to “Willis Tower”.  A sad, sad day.

Instead of it being named for some insurance douches how about we just say it is named after Chicago’s favorite late son?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0AcpqdF00M

Posted by Djarum, filed under Music, News, Videos. Date: July 15, 2009, 7:13 pm | 1 Comment »

To those living in the USA and reading this: yes, you are reading the
title correctly.

Much of this post is from a usenet posting, but I couldn’t write it better myself.

The United States Congress, along with the FDA and support from
tobacco company Phillip Morris (in a bid to ease competition) has
drafted a bill that proposes to BAN all flavored tobacco…including
the much beloved clove cigarette. This will also ban all flavored
tobacco that one uses in hookas. In fact, it may wipe out a good
portion of hooka lounges.

This is a bill that has been in the works for at least a year now and
today is the first time I heard of it.

Here are some links to educate yourself:

http://reason.com/news/show/125885.html

http://www.spectator.org/dsp_article.asp?art_id=12240

http://www.clove-cigarette-research-and-usage-information.com/

http://7valleys.franbest.com/?p=25

The bill is entitled the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control
Act.

Please call your congressman and senators (each state has two
senators) to urge them to oppose this bill.

To find your congressional representative, visit  http://www.house.gov/
and enter your zip code in the upper left hand side of the page. To
find your senator, visit  http://www.senate.gov/ and find them via
the search function on the upper right hand side of the page.

*UPDATE*

As a commenter has stated the bill has been signed and will be become law in September.

Also as I have gained a lot of traffic due to this post and issue I can not afford my hosting costs. I am forced to ask for donations from the community to keep this site going. I don’t need a ton, but it is more than I can afford right now and it is coming up in the next few days. If you can donate even a few dollars it would help out a ton.

UPDATE 2: Thankfully someone at the midnight hour, literally helped me out. I still can use donations to keep this going to else I am going to have to remove this post because it just costs me too much in bandwidth. If you want to keep the word out there, send me a couple bucks. Don’t be a cheapskate. Send as much as a pack of cloves.

Posted by Djarum, filed under News. Date: June 14, 2009, 4:47 pm | 27 Comments »

02  Jun
New Pearl Jam!

Been waiting for this for FAR too long.

New Album Backspacer

Pearl Jam Single

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FY86ediHDdc

In 320 .mp3

In .flac

Posted by Djarum, filed under mp3, Music, News, Videos. Date: June 2, 2009, 4:11 am | No Comments »

lappy 486

The time finally came. Djarum’s poor Lappy 486 died Wednesday night. Due to various circumstances he can not afford a replacement (being unemployed, poor, etc….)  So, if you enjoy my various ramblings and whatnot please be a saint and donate a couple of bucks so I can afford a MSI Wind.

If you donate above $25 USD I shall send you a special prize!  Yup, seriously!

Jesus Wind





Posted by Djarum, filed under News, Site News. Date: May 8, 2009, 6:33 am | 1 Comment »

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