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An Idiot Abroad: Episode 1

Having already posted the preview show a couple weeks ago, I’ve decided to continue with the serialization of An Idiot Abroad here at The Sound of the Noising Machine. I’ll be posting new episodes as they appear on Youtube, so check back often. Here’s episode one where Karl goes to China, which should be of special interest due to his well-documented views on the Chinese (he doesn’t think they age well). Wackiness (and xenophobia) ensues:

Episode 2 up later this week, maybe?

– Greg

An Idiot Abroad Preview

If you know me, you know I’m a big fan of the above troika. The gentlemen to the left and right are, respectively, Stephen Merchant and Ricky Gervais, the acclaimed co-creators of The Office and Extras, among other projects. The man with a head like a fucking orange in the middle is Karl Pilkington, a Mancunian the duo met while doing a London-based radio show. Ever since, Ricky and Steve have fascinated with Karl’s thoughts on life, sometimes moronic, sometimes naive, always hilarious. Since leaving the radio, they’ve done a series of podcasts together, which were recently set to animation as The Ricky Gervais Show on HBO. The trio’s latest project is An Idiot Abroad, a travel documentary that follows Karl around the world as he encounters the Seven Wonders. As you can see from the preview show below, hilarity ensues:

An Idiot Abroad premieres on Sky 1 in the UK on September 23rd. It premieres for the rest of the world when someone puts it on Rapidshare or Youtube five minutes after it ends in the UK.


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here are some films that i’m currently interested in seeing.

this one is called MONSTERS which for me conjures not only MONSTERS (like in cloverfield, godzilla, and monsters inc, naturally, HA) but also MONSTER (as in CHARLIZE THERON, but not like this, more like this). cool!

the story follows a journalist who is sent to retrieve his boss’s daughter (BUMMER) after a NASA PROBE crashes in mexico with some sort of foreign life attached to it.  i’ve posted the trailer below.

wait, a NASA PROBE????????? cool! i don’t think the trailer looks that good, but the following clip, as well as the knowledge that it was filmed with only 5 crew members on a very small budget makes me very interested in seeing the film.

the second film i’m reasonably interested in seeing is called CATFISH, and it sounds absolutely banal, except it was a darling at sundance (you can read this rave review). i mean, how many movies get a grade of A+?? only babe, pig in the city, according to roger ebert (review here). anyway, catfish is about FACEBOOK but it’s not the facebook movie (sigh), wait HA. guys who am i kidding, what’s the deal with this facebook movie anyway? what a gem of an idea!

here’s the CATFISH trailer.

i have to say, i am definitely INTRIGUED.


80’s Music Videos: Theme From 2010

I have decided to start an occasional series that spotlights an 80’s video. The videos spotlighted will be rare, unusual,creative or ones that are well-known.   So to start off not only the series but the year is, appropriately enough, the video “Theme From 2010” by The Police member Andy Summers.  The song is an updated version of “Also Sprach Zarathustra”.  The movie which the theme was taken from is the sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s “2001”.  The music video incorporates scenes from “2010” and of Andy Summers in a great way. Enjoy!


Early Jim Henson Work

Last night, somehow the topic of the Yip Yip’s from Sesame Street came up while Scott, Natalie and I were having dinner. Naturally, this led to us watching several Yip Yip skits. Next was Bert and Ernie. Then came Statler and Waldorf.  Following this, I came across some commercials from the 60’s that Henson created.

What you get is a seemingly early incarnation of Kermit inflicting some seriously over-the-top violence upon a pear-shaped muppet that sounds similar to Rowlf.  I’m amazed at the level of violence that Henson was able to get away with, even if they were only muppets.

Naturally, the commercials were a huge success. Henson himself theorized, “Till then, [advertising] agencies believed that the hard sell was the only way to get their message over on television. We took a very different approach. We tried to sell things by making people laugh.” And it worked.


ASCAP attacking blogs for embedding YouTube videos

real cool, ASCAP. real. cool.

read about it on gawker.com

this doesn’t make sense to me, because, from what i understand, if the owner of a music video doesn’t want it on youtube, they can get it pulled. maybe i’m confused, but regardless… is it really the blogs that ASCAP should be going after? seems to me that their whole battle should be waged against YouTube. if YouTube didn’t host the videos, bloggers couldn’t share them. right? and, ultimately, WHAT THE FUCK DOES IT MATTER?! it’s even less serious than the AWFUL crime of downloading a song from a file sharing site or whatever. get bent.



Disturbing Strokes

Not sure how old this is, but I thought I’d share anyway.

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