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RETIRED, SEE YA!
Music video blog that also includes video, audio, and interactive media. You'll find some reviews and recommendations from the underground of the entertainment world, covering music, film, gaming, and more.
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27 July, 2011

Summer 2011: Five Things I Couldn't Live Without

X-MINI CAPSULE SPEAKERS
Summer in Beirut can be a bit too hot and humid sometimes. You will inevitably find yourself spending a lot of time on the beach or by the pool, taking refuge in the mountains or setting up picnics in the garden (if you're lucky enough to have one)
And if, like myself, you enjoy playing slightly loud kick-ass music at pools, mountains, and gardens, etc. but can't be bothered to carry around a huge iPod docking station, you will find that these tiny little fellows are just the thing for you.
Never leave home without it!
It may look small at first, but this little thing can play music at a disturbingly high volume, and has a 3.5 mm jack that connects directly to your phone or mp3 player.

OTHER PEOPLE'S FISHING EQUIPMENT
Lazy bastards like me know that, besides birdwatching, the only other outdoor activity that is worth going outdoors for is fishing. And since none of my friends own binoculars, I bummed a fishing pole off of Farah and put up my 'Gone Fishing' sign.
Ah the Mediterranean! It really is beautiful; specifically the part of it that coincides with the rocky shores of Amsheet.
  And that is where I caught my first fish! Thank you Farah :)

THE PINEAPPLE POPSICLE
I only recently learned that such a thing is now available in stores and "dikkene"s all over Lebanon, and I couldn't help but be reminded of the mysterious goodness of the classic Bonjus Pineapple drink, also known as "haram" Bonjus (and referred to in the colloquial as a "Bonjeeseh") Yes, you know the one.
We know this isn't made of real pineapple. But you have to admit, it does taste magical.
I have spent many an hour waiting for my Bonjus to solidify in the freezer, but no longer will anyone have to endure such injustice.

KING SIZE SMOKING RED ROLLING PAPER
For all my fellow Ents out there, and to folks who enjoy rolling their own cigarettes. This entry definitely earns us yet another laziness point; why roll a regular-sized cigarette when you can do three in one? That is the wisdom that has been passed on to me by the Red variety of the Smoking brand.
Freakishly large rolling paper. May be used to roll large cigarettes or hung up as curtain. Thanks Youssef!
 These leaves are at least double the size of your average rolling papers, and have as such reduced the amount of time and energy I spend rolling to half the usual quantity, leaving me with more time to play with my cat, as well as with the next and final entry.

NINTENDO 3DS
This little beauty has come in handy one too many times this Summer. I'm usually more of a PC gamer, but if you live anywhere in good old Lebanon, you will know all about the electrical situation: daily power outage. So, for three hours a day, every day, I am left computerless and completely airconditionless, but never hopeless (Thanks Abdullah! ;) )
Yes, Nina, as I like to call her, keeps me company during these troubled times, and all the talk in the world about 3DS being overrated cannot and will not change my mind on how awesome it is. Glasses-free 3D may become overbearing if you play a 3D game for a really long time, but for those of you who know how to control your gaming intake, it shouldn't be a problem at all. In fact, certain 3D games are actually quite relaxing. Click here for one example.
It won't hurt you if you don't struggle.
The great thing about the Nintendo 3DS is that it lets you play regular non-3D games as well, so if your eyes get tired, you can always turn off 3D or switch to a regular game. I would recommend something along the lines of this!

15 July, 2011

Five Essential Android Entertainment Apps

All of the apps listed below can be downloaded for free from the Android Market.

StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon is an engine that allows you to browse the web for pages that suit your specific interests. If you are new to StumbleUpon, check out the website and register here.
This app allows you to take your StumbleUpon favorites, topics, and entire enhanced browsing experience on-the-go. The SU app also introduces a Beta version which allows you to find the best Android Market apps that fit your interests.












NES Emulator

The Nintendo Entertainment System marked the beginning of a gaming era. If you are someone who spent hours as a child playing Super Mario or Bomber Man on NES, you will definitely like this app. It allows you to play NES games on your Android using either the on-screen keypad or your phone's physical keyboard (if you have one). In order to play games, you need to first find them and download them through apps like this. This app is perfect for all you 8-bit freaks out there. It's all much less complicated than it sounds, trust me!












Wordfeud

Are you a fan of word games? How about the mother of all word games? Yes. Wordfeud is Scrabble for your Android! You can either play with friends or choose to play with a random stranger. The cool thing about Wordfeud is you can start up several games simultaneously, so you practically never get bored! The app also gives you the option of chatting with your opponent.














Winamp


The native music players on Android are not always up to par, with users often finding it difficult to play several file formats. Out of the many options for alternate music players on the Android Market, I have found that Winamp serves its purpose best. It plays most file formats without any trouble, and it has a smooth, simple layout; basically, it's the best you can get in music players without all the pointless extra shenanigans.












C:Geo


If you are a fan of geocaching, you're going to love this app. C:Geo allows you to access a database of caches in your area or anywhere else. The application also lets you search for caches by different criteria and save the ones you want to use. A great way to get your essential geocaching info anywhere you are.

08 July, 2011

Alternative Fantasy Films: Chapter One

Fellow film fiends, in an attempt to shed light on a frequently overshadowed aspect of fantasy cinema, we (Heavy G and myself) have compiled a list of our favorite alternative fantasy films. To clarify further, we would like to point out that our definition of the term "alternative", for the sake of this post, will be films that do not necessarily adhere to mainstream conceptions of fantasy. Basically, you won't be finding too many dragons, giant spiders, or magical weapons here (not that we don't completely love all three of those things)
In no particular order, we present to you our list. Use it wisely.

Brazil                                                                                                  
Director Terry Gilliam contemplated naming this film 'Nineteen Eighty-Four and a Half' because it brings together the allegorical aspect of Orwell's dystopian vision and Fellini's ode to dreams, memory and escapism. Complete with winged humans and giant samurai robots.






Naked Lunch                                                                                     
William Burroughs' demented vision of Interzones where cosmic "agents" conspire to control an ever-decaying and corrupt human world. A mutant of a film that warps together a world of drug-induced hallucinations, intraplanetary creatures, and weird sexualities.








Pan's Labyrinth                                                                                   
Fantasy goes hand in hand with harsh reality in this polarized view of a historical era. Through the eyes of a child, we delve beneath the surface of man's insane war machine and deep into a dying world of nature and magic.  
Dead Man                                                                                           


Kafka meets the wild west in an estranged man's journey through the hallucinatory heart of the American frontier. The fantastic element in Dead Man is inwardly projected rather than ostensibly expressed. Also, you really can't go wrong with a main character named after William Blake.








Deconstructing Harry                                                                         
As is the case with most Woody Allen films, Deconstructing Harry is a comedy. However, this particular film is penetrated by certain out-of-this-world twists which make for a thoroughly interesting take on the life of a writer, and the seemingly independent lives of the characters in his stories.





The Adventures of Mark Twain                                                          

This 1986 clay animation is based on the writings of Mark Twain (obviously), but only loosely, so that American literature enthusiasts and fantasy film fans alike will find it quite enjoyable. It may seem like a playful animation at first glance, but the film does have a slightly darker aspect.






Being John Malkovich                                                                        

A mindf*** if there ever was one. This film is the work of one of our favorite writers, Charlie Kaufman, and director Spike Jonze. The transfer from reality to fantasy is abrupt but smooth, and the plot is engaging to say the least.








The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie                                           
If you are looking to watch a film that makes sense, this is not the one for you. Hardly any part of Luis Bunuel's 1972 masterpiece can be described as "average", from the ever-changeable plot line to the unsuspecting characters. One thing we can say for sure is that the film captures the dream state beautifully.

06 July, 2011

Twenty Girls, Twenty Songs

1. See Emily Play by Pink Floyd



"Emily tries, but misunderstands. She's often inclined to borrow somebody's dreams till tomorrow"







2. Lily by Smashing Pumpkins


"Lily, my one and only. I can hardly wait till I see her"









3. Rosalyn by David Bowie



"When I'm holding you so tight, it's so hard to say goodnight"

See also: Roslyn by Bon Iver featuring St. Vincent





4. Lucy in the Sky by The Beatles



"Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly. A girl with kaleidoscope eyes"







5. Christine by Siouxsie & The Banshees



"Christine, the strawberry girl. Banana-split lady"








6. Mary Ann by Ray Charles





"Oh Mary Ann, you look so fine"






7. Guinnevere by Crosby, Stills & Nash



"Guinnevere had green eyes, like yours, milady, like yours"







8. Lovely Rita by The Beatles



"Lovely Rita, meter maid, where would I be without you? Give us a wink and make me think of you"







9. Marba Al Dalaal by Ziad Rahbani



"يا ريتك كنتي شفتي شو قال، ابوكي"








10. Suzie Q by Creedence Clearwater Revival



"I like the way you walk, I like the way you talk, Suzie Q"








11. Layla by Eric Clapton



"Got me on my knees, Layla. Begging darling, please"








12. Melody Day by Caribou



"Melody day what have I done? Now our hearts are locked up tight again"






13. Hazey Jane by Nick Drake



"Do you feel like a remnant of something that's past. Do you find things are moving, just a little too fast"






14. Jessica by Kaki King



"Jessica says she'll wait for me. I'll be eighteen when she is turning twenty-three"







15. For Emma by Bon Iver



"With all your lies, still very lovable"








16. Valerie by The Mothers of Invention



"Although you don't want me no more. Oh but it's alright, it's alright with me"

See Also: Valerie by Mark Ronson featuring Amy Winehouse




17. Stephanie Says by The Velvet Underground



"Stephanie says, when answering the phone. What country shall I say is calling from across the world?"






18. Shelia by Atlas Sound



"Shelia, you'll be my wife, you'll share my life"








19. O Caroline by Matching Mole


"I love you still, Caroline"









20. Sweet Jane by The Velvet Underground


"Everyone who ever had a heart, they wouldn't turn around and break it"