Friday, March 24, 2006
Snakes on a Plane
Well anyway, I am not posting this article to talk about the movie, I mean, It sounds pretty lame anyway. Like I said, what is interesting about this film is that it has cultivated many bloggers to create fan sites and even their own Snakes on a Plane trailers and songs before the movie has been released. The influence has been so great that the director of the movie has made changes in the movie to satisfy Internet fans.
And as usual, I have media for your enjoyment. Below you will find links to Snakes on a Plane spoof movie trailer and song made by Brian Finkelstein along with the original NPR segment.
Links to media:
Original NPR segment on Snakes on a Plane: mp3
Movie trailer spoof (audio has swear words and gunfire): mp3
Movie song spoof: mp3
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
lala.comYou can now sign up for lala.com for free.
Just go to http://www.lala.com/invite
I am already a member and I have two Gun N' Roses CDs coming in soon! :D
This is how it works:
You share CDs that you are willing to trade with others. The more you trade the faster you will get the albums you want.
You don't have to send a CD that you are sharing if you don't want to. When you receive a CD it is yours and you don't have to send it to anyone else.
There is a charge obviously, you pay $1.00 + shipping which is $0.49. When you receive an album, you pay $1.49! That's a lot cheaper then itunes or buying cds in the store and faster then downloading not to mention that you are getting a REAL cd. Now, if someone sends you a fake cd or a cd that doesn't work, lala.com will not charge you $1.49. There is no monthly charge and you are not obligated to trade cds.
The shipping works like netflicks. lala.com mails you a "mailing kit" which is a kit with a bunch of prepaid envelops. When you ship a cd all you have to do is drop the cd into the pre paid envelop and throw the envelop into the mail (you are not paying for the shipping, the person receiving the cd is paying for the shipping).
If you want to give it a try you can sign up for free here:
If the above link does not work, then try the following link:
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
E.T. the Biblical Extra-Terrestrial
Joel Montes de Oca
E.T. the Biblical Extra-Terrestrial
It is no wonder that Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial has captivated an audience from around the world. This film, about an extra-terrestrial being left behind on earth by his compares and befriending a small boy, has grasped the hearts of many. The movie starts with a great chase evolving E.T, E.T's spaceship buddies. and a group of scientists. The outcome of the chase ended with E.T. accidentally being left behind on earth to venture on his own. E.T. quickly befriends a young boy named Elliot who protects E.T. from the evil scientists. The Movie ends with E.T. phoning the spaceship which later returns with the purpose of rescuing E.T. I strongly believe that the reason why the movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial has became an instant hit is due to the fact that E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial has strong ties with the universal hero theme, especially with Jesus and Jesus' life.
The film opens with a dark, fogy, and mysterious outdoor scene. E.T. and his friends have just arrived to earth from the heavens by means of a spaceship. Suddenly, there is a great commotion! A group of scientists were expecting the arrival of E.T. and were on the process of locating this creature. E.T. friends panic and board the spaceship. The spaceship lifts off and disappears into the dark sky, leaving poor E.T. behind. When we examine this scene for its symbolism and how it relates to the universal hero, we can clearly see that it starts on the path of Jesus' life story. For example, E.T. descends from the heavens just as Jesus did. When E.T. arrived to Earth, scientists were on the search for him with the aim of capturing him. In Jesus' case, the same happened. When Jesus arrived and was born on Earth, there was a king who was looking for the child. He was so desperate to find the child that he later ordered for all new born males to be put to death. because Jesus was in such danger, an angle descended and warned Mary and Joseph to flee with Jesus. Although no one told E.T. to flee the forest, he did so and into Elliot's shed he hid. Keep in mind that E.T. was first discovered within a shed which closely resembles Jesus' birth place. Also, great enphesis is given to Elliot's mother, the only lead adult women in the film, which would lead you to think that she resembles Mary, Jesus earthly mother. The film goes on to show the three children, Elliot and his two siblings, befriending E.T. and swearing to always protect E.T. Jesus also acquired twelve disciples who at one point tried to protect Jesus from certain death after Jesus was betrayed. Keep in mind that E.T.'s three “disciples” is dividable by Jesus' twelve disciples. More over, now we start seeing how Elliot's family starts becoming closer with each other because of the alien, E.T.
By the middle of the film, we begin to see how E.T. is not your average extra-terrestrial. E.T. shows us that he is capable of healing physical injuries just as Jesus did in biblical times. Also, E.T. exhibits an uncanny ability to feel what Eliot feels and also to cause Eliot to feel what he feels which shows that E.T. can touch you both physically and spiritually. E.T.'s health starts failing and he is aware that he needs to go home soon. The symbolism here is strong with that of Jesus' life. Jesus also knew that his earthly life was coming to an end. He later goes out to the mount of olives for a long period of time in order to pray to God, or in a more simplified sense, communicate out of this world. Steven Spielberg was able to capture this symbolism on film by having E.T. go out into the forest and communicate out of this world by means of a home brewed radio. It appears that E.T. was also a licensed radio armature back in his native planet.
The ending of the film, I believe, has the biggest and most obvious clues that proves this story is not so original after all. Lets examine the clues that Melissa Mathison, the writer of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, hashed out. E.T. is captured by the scientists within a house; Jesus was also captured while being near a house. E.T. goes on to die at the hands of the scientists just as Jesus died at the hands of his captures. E.T.'s body is placed within a nitrogen coffin and Jesus' body was placed within a new cave tomb. The coming scene is the extraordinary scene where E.T. actually is resurrected from the dead and calls out to his “disciples”, which are the only people that knows that E.T. is alive. E.T. is awakened screaming, “E.T. go home! E.T. go home!” Jesus' story is similar. Jesus dies, is entombed, and then is resurrected and appears only to his disciples. The film finally concludes with E.T. ascending into the heavens by means of the spaceship while his earthly friends watch him go. Jesus' earthly life ended in a similar way, he rose into the sky on top of a cloud and only his disciples watched him leave.
In conclusion, the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was interesting until I realized that I already knew the ending to the film. The obvious signs that E.T. is depicting Jesus' life makes the film loose its edge I think. My final recommendation is if you want a story packed with metaphoric symbolism, don't waste your money at block buster, just read the book of David or the book of Revelations. On a final note, I know E.T.'s radio armature call sign: ET4UFO. (Ham radio joke)
Copyright ©2005 Joel Montes de Oca
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Origami minitabletsPhotos of the Origami tablet. It doesn't seem so impressive...
Note: Make sure you see all four pages, they all have images of various Origami minitablets.
Transparent PowerBookHere is a neat trick done with a green background. The video was made by Jose Izquierdo with a regular PowerBook, a green background was added to the laptop's screen and then using a video editor, Jose added the back wall on the green screen background. Pretty neat eh? :)
Friday, March 03, 2006
SpoofCardNOTE: Read the user comments bellow before using the service.
SpoofCard is a new company that sells calling cards to the public. The unique thing about this calling card is that it lets the user change his or her caller ID (caller ID spoofing) and also lets the user record the call and change his or her voice to the opposite sex. The cheapest card goes for $10 and provides 60 minutes of air time pulse all the perks mentioned above.