Mike "Nemo" Mendez created "TikiTPrime Warrior" for today's Transformer Show at Toy Tokyo. This is definitely a case of two great tastes that taste great together.
Custom-Feature: TikiTPrime Warrior by Nemo
Michael Walker trained a Markov chain with the King James Bible and Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, a classic computer science textbook. The result is King James Programming, a tumblr filled with comp-sci-inflected biblespeak. I could read it all day long.
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dj BC writes, "I just dropped Santastic 8, the 8th annual Holiday mashup album in the series (10th if you count 'Menorah Mashups' and 'Re:Compostition').
This year we offer 14 new Christmas mashups, and one old one which was reissued because it is great and it matches the album cover so well. Contributors come from California, Atlanta, New York, Boston, Vienna, The Netherlands, Stockholm and Nashville."
There's some outstanding work here -- don't miss mojochronic's Lou Reed tribute at Track 12: "Lou Christmas (Without You)."
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While we're on the subject of unauthorized use of musical works: here's a timely (and fully rockin') reminder that the Beastie Boys plundered the melody of The Isley Brothers' Shout for Girls.
Beastie Boys Vs Isley Brothers - Girls Shout (Martinn Bootleg)
Michael writes, "When working on SurveillanceSaver (a screen saver displaying random unprotected IP cameras) in 2008, I placed early Twitter messages on the surveillance cameras' images. The results ranged from hillarious to Ballardian.
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On Neatorama, Jill Harness rounds up her favorite pieces of Haunted Mansion fan art, and she's got some spectacular picks. I couldn't resist Icaron's MLP/stretching portrait mashup!
13 Great Pieces of Haunted Mansion Fan Art
Michael from Public Knowledge
sez, "As part of her Public Knowledge/Eyebeam residency exploring remix video, fair use, and takedowns, video remix artist Elisa Kreisinger is asking the remix community to participate in a short survey.
The survey's findings will form a remix series and interactive installation where visitors can make their own mash ups, remove other peoples work and defend their own, in a trial of their peers, in real life and in real time."
Greg Nutt created this JJ Abrams-style trailer for Galaxy Quest, remixing the original. It's an interesting and entertaining exercise in form, and makes me wonder if you couldn't apply the treatment to practically any footage -- Local Hero? The Outsiders? A Day at the Races?
Galaxy Quest Alternate Trailer
"Our Princess is in Another Castle of the Pyrenees!" is a Tumblr devoted to 8-bit, Mario-themed recreations of Magritte paintings, each greater than the last.
Our Princess is in Another Castle of the Pyrenees!
Dave sez, "Yarrly is an anonymous, remixable two-panel meme generator for Android. Users can make a Yarrly, and then it becomes as public as they make it by where they chose to share it. It's entirely anonymous - there are no profiles or login. Where it gets interesting is any Yarrly can be remixed by anyone who sees it - they can open the existing Yarrly on their phone, change up the images and text and send that on. It means you end up with remixes upon remixes as a meme morphs and changes as it builds. It's predictably dominated by cats during launch but it's a lovely little experiment in no-social and builds on the creators love of memes and remix culture. It was built in London over the last few months by Dave Ganly & Holly Clarke in their spare time."
Remember The Beastles, the amazing Beastie Boys/Beatles mashup? Hope you got a copy on your hard-drive because the RIAA's gone on a totally predictable jihad against a piece of delightful, noncommercial creativity.
Tim sez, "RIAA and Universal are pulling dj BC's Beastles across the web. Radio Clash has gotten a nastygram from the RIAA, Mega has pulled a mirror and also the Soundcloud has been disabled. In fact on his Facebook page, dj BC has announced pulling down the links tonight! It's amazing that in this day and age that a non-commercial fair-use project is still being stomped on by the blue meanies. Looking to see how I should respond...but also looking for a new host in Russia, although how that is better post-PRISM I'm not sure :-/"
Sorry, Tim, Russia just passed its own SOPA on steroids.
Cease and Desist Mark 2: Beastles gets pulled by the blue meanies
Chris Weston's poster for a notional "Carry On X-Men" has me wanting very badly to inhabit his alternate universe. He says of the film, "Despite the bawdy humour, 'Carry on X-Men' is in many ways more faithful
to the source material than Bryan Singer's films. Definitely one of the best of the later 'Carry On' films."
Carry On X-Men poster
(Thanks, Fipi Lele!)
Last weekend, I let you know that a new Beastles album was forthcoming from djBC, who was reprising his mid-2000s project to mash up the Beatles and the Beastie Boys, which disappeared thanks to legal threats from EMI. Now, djBC writes,
The third and final Beastles album, Ill Submarine, is now out. 20 songs mashing the Fab Four with the B-Boys.
Some folks seem to be discovering this stuff for the first time, which is cool. I guess that makes sense- its been about 9 years since the first album came out- 2004! and 6 or 7 years since "Let It Beast." It seems like ages ago.
For those who are catching up, Silence Seven from Beastiemixes.com is kindly hosting the first two albums of Beastle mixes as well.
Dedicated to the memory of Adam Yauch.
I've been listening to this all week now. I suggest starting with No Sleep Til the Sun Comes Up, Brrthday and Twist That Train.
The Beastles : Ill Submarine
Twitter user Darth polled followers for satirical, surveillance-oriented kids' book parodies, and created illustrations for the best. They're collected by the Guardian.
NSA surveillance as told through classic children's books
Here's some wonderful musical news: djBC has revived the Beastles, the inspired Beastie Boys/Beatles mashups that resulted in two spectacular albums, ultimately censored off the Internet thanks to legal threats from EMI.
The new double, 20-track Beastles album, "Ill Submarine," is about to drop, and djBC has a lot of teasers to get you ready for it. As this post goes us, RadioClash is running a live podcast special about it:
Sunday is Beastles Day on Radio Clash Live from 6am BST (British Summer Time). djBC has a new Beastle album about to drop - Ill Submarine and he's created an exclusive mix for RCL,This is a special 3 hour show with an exclusive mix of Beatles covers from Ian Fondue as part of a new 'Done To Death' mix series, and many more Beatles/Beastles mashups, remixes and shows throughout the day, including from 8am the 7 Radio Clash Beatles Podcasts in sequence
(Above: poster by Yo Yo Yosef, click to embiggen)
There's also the video for the title track, "Ill Submarine, above, and some poster art from Yo Yo Yosef. I've had a preview of the album on heavy rotation for two days and it is spectacular.