On September 6th and 7th, there is a company named MyBrandz.com that is sponsoring free tattoos throughout tattoo studios in San Francisco.  The catch, the tattoo has to be a company brand name or logo.  I know there are a lot of Apple-faithful in the city that would jump at the chance of getting an Apple on their person.  If you want one too, just go to the MyBrandz.com website and sign up for the free tattoo of your choice.

Andy Samberg and Seth Rogen in this video from the Lonely Island’s new album Incredibad.  Pretty funny but NSFW, especially if your boss is nearby.

By now you have heard the story of how Phillip Craig Garrido kidnapped an 11-year-old girl in Lake Tahoe 18 years ago and fathered two kids with her (ew!).  He kept the kidnap victim and her offspring in his backyard compound with makeshift building and tents (double ew!).  Many of his neighbors didn’t even know there were kids living on his property.

He was already known as an oddball by many who knew him, based on interviews of people that knew him in the last couple of days. Well, he wasn’t going to be happy just be a kidnapping rapist, he wanted to be the voice of God.  This psycho mofo kept a blog! A scary effing blog called Voices Revealed where he claims that God has given him the ability to talk in tongues, links to an UCLA study that supposedly prove he’s not crazy for “hearing voices” in his head, and a “package of information” addressed to attorneys, universities, and law enforcement.

In the information package he claims to have “new insight that has the potential of helping people who hear voices to possibly stop and reexamine their thinking before committing a violent act on themselves and/or others”  by including  notarized and signed affidavits from six people that he knows (whom he probably scared the shit out of to sign them).

Uh, sure I’ll sign it Phillip as long as you leave my store!

This guy is crazy-as-bat-shit!

Garrido’s quote from jail, “In the end, this is going to be a powerful, heartwarming story…my life has been straightened out. Wait till you hear the story of what took place at this house. You’re going to be absolutely impressed. It’s a disgusting thing that took place with me at the beginning, but I turned my life completely around.”

Uh, yeah it will warm *your* heart when the lethal injection hits it.  We’re waiting to hear the story from the victim!  When are we going to hear her speak about her ordeal?

A Seattle woman has sued magician David Copperfield, contending he sexually assaulted and threatened her while she was a guest on his private island in the Bahamas.  I don’t know what is more shocking, the accusation or the fact that this mofo can make enough money to buy an effing island in the Bahamas!  An island!? Craziness.

President Obama says on being a dad that “all it takes is a few minutes of your time.”  WTF!?  Are his kids genetically engineered to sleep and be quiet?  Am I doing something wrong?  I can tell you after being a dad for five weeks that it takes a helluva lot longer than a few minutes.  Try like four to five hours per day.  Uh, that’s like 300 minutes each day! *Sigh* I guess all politicians see the world through rose colored glasses.

Usain Bolt shattered his own world record in the 100 meters in Germany earlier today with a 9.58 second performance.  This man is an alien. (Link)

There were no skate commercials when I was growing up.  Let alone sweet ones like this one.  This extended commercial features P. Rod and Ice Cube and even has a guest appearance by Kobe.  I don’t even skate and I would consider getting a pair of these kicks.

On Wednesday, I headed to Justin Hermann Plaza to see The Shack’s Laptop event. Instead, when I got there I saw a skydiving event (see SFGate story, see my video) that was happening to promote a new T-Mobile’s new phone.  You will notice in the still frame below that The Shack’s giant laptop was not operational during the skydiving event.  And to tell you the truth, I didn’t hang out afterward to see them turn the laptop on.  Looks like The Shack got the shaft!

Lonely Laptop at Skydiving Event

Tron was the first true feature film to feature computer animation even before Photoshop!  They had to create rotoscoped film transparencies to put each composite frame together frame-by-frame for every frame in the film.  Some simple frames had like 6 transparencies, but the more complex frames had like 25 transparencies.  The film was 100 minutes long! At 24 frames per second that meant 144,000 frames of film had to be created using this antiquated method.  Computers created the images, but they were put together the old fashioned way onto film.

Now fast forward almost 28 years.  I just managed to find an HD version of the Tron Legacy trailer that was shown at the San Diego Comic Con a couple of weeks ago.  It is simply awesome!  Clearly they maintained the original design aesthetic created by Syd Mead and Moebius for the original.  I am very excited to see what Steven Lisberger and his team can put together using modern methods of computer animation.


No, I am not talking about the Dove Shack from the LBC,  I am talking about Radio Shack!  The company has decided in their infinite wisdom to drop the antiquated “radio” from their name and simply be referred to as “The Shack.”  Yeah, that doesn’t sound antiquated at all, right!?

Just to prove that they are not antiquated, they are setting up two huge (14ft x 17ft) laptops in Justin Hermann Plaza, San Francisco and in Times Square, New York for three days.  The laptops will deliver bi-coastal images to each other via live webcam.  Becuase nothing says “leading edge” than 10-year-old webcam technology, right!?  The laptop event will be setup from Thursday, August 6th through Saturday, August 8th.

I may go to Justin Hermann Plaza tomorrow during my lunch break to see hilarity ensue as kids “wave” at each other from San Francisco to New York using a huge live webcams.  I wonder how many middle fingers we will see?  Just sayin’.

No news as to when the website and stores will be completely re-branded.  They will have to lose the “R” logo that looks like the registered symbol to make this all happen.  Stay tuned.

Hackers found that SF “smart” parking meters are not so smart.  They totally own the SFMTA parking meters right now and gave a detailed presentation at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas explaining their methods.  They didn’t give away the code to defraud the SFMTA in their presentation, but these guys are totally parking for free right now.  I am jealous.

Boston Rob and Amber Mariano of “Survivor” and later “Amazing Race” fame had a baby girl earlier this month.  Still no word on what the hell happened to Rob Mariano’s super reality TV show, “Tontine,” with it’s fancy schmancy $10 million prize.  According to Rob’s Wikipedia page, the show was cast and supposed to film in early 2008 and air in the Fall of 2008.  Neither has happened and it is probably fair to say that “Tontine” is more like “Saltines” at this point.  I guess that congrats on the baby and condolences on the TV show are in order.

When the Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch (aka MCA) was diagnosed with cancer earlier this month they had to pull out of the All Points West music and arts festival, a huge outdoor concert in New York’s Liberty State Park (the island where the statue of Liberty is located).  Jay-Z agreed to step on their behalf and headline the Friday night show.

By all accounts, Jay-Z killed it.  He walked up to the mic and performed a cover of the Beastie Boys’ “No Sleep ‘Till Brooklyn” in homage to Adam Yauch and his band.  A classy move to say the least.  But he’s also the first rapper to headline an American music festival, and surely the first (and perhaps last) to cover the Beasties, the first hip hop for white guys act in history.  Rick Rubin should be proud.  (Video link).