Just finished up the 5 part series Afro Samurai, starring Samuel L. Jackson, soundtrack by RZA, and originally aired on Spike TV in the US. While it's not a patch on Samurai Champloo, in my opinion it's bad form to start comparing samurai anime just because they both have sword action. It's got more of a Western feeling that reminded me of the bleak landscaped cartoons of the 80's - He-Man, Thundercats, Transformers. The enemy is cadaverous, insectoid or mechanical; and the violence is the exact adult equivalent of the bloodless fighting I watched as a kid. If you're looking for a quick, clean series with undiluted bloodshed/revenge/no distracting humour, then this is what you should be watching. I don't think they should extend it beyond the 5 episodes that have already been made (not that there are plans to), but I would be interested to see what else comes out of the makers, because it's rare to get such a concentrated samurai tale produced in the same way that makes it over to my viewing habits.
- AskMefi: I'm tired of plain sandwiches! Ideas for packed lunches. One of things I intend to buy in the future is a proper bento box.
- Running from the camera. "The rules are simple: I put the self-timer on 2 seconds, push the button and try to get as far from the camera as I can."
- PingMag: Graffiti in Iran. Cross reactions to the government via stencils and paint. Lots of yellow, which is not something you see in Bristol too much.
- YouTube: War Pigs by Black Sabbath.
- BBCNews: Sky is fucking around with their programming availability, and via some new special packagies, are removing Sky News from Freeview. I've been a loyal 24/7 viewer for over 10 years, and considering they've had a massive drop of Lost viewers since taking the show from Channel 4, I'd be surprised if they actually go ahead with this.
- Frances Bean Cobain has a blog, and a "fan" website. She's pretty average, yet her averageness is fascinating. I think she was always destined to be famous, and her Mom did well to help her avoid it until she was in her teens.
- 8 Asians is a new Asian American blog, and a side project of Ernie of little.yellow.different, who I have been reading since forever. Has great potential, but I'm not so sure yet.
- Bristolcentric: The People's Republic of Stokes Croft, a website dedicated to an urban section of the city. Great idea, well executed and makes me tempted to start up one for North St.
- YouTube: Meshuggah - New Millenium Cyanide Christ. Now there's a band that take themselves seriously.
- Gibson news: WG posted the cover for Spook Country (although, I wouldn't be surprised if it changed) and Amazon.co.uk has scheduled it's release for August of this year as well as making it available for pre-order. I accidentally smashed a glass in my hysterical excitement. *edit* UK cover here, which I like a lot more than the US. Yay.
- We've got a ticket to read. The Guardian asks a bunch of people on trains across the country what they're reading, and it's slightly more honest than I expected.
- YouTube: Max Headroom Pirating Incident, circa 1987. I say we need more television pirating, especially in the middle of the Sunday night episode of Corrie.