Thursday, May 13, 2010


Here is a cool video of Eyjafjallajokull and the surrounding area.

Iceland.  Land of volcanos and Sigur Ros.

Iceland, Eyjafjallajökull - May 1st and 2nd, 2010 from Sean Stiegemeier on Vimeo.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Done with Classes

For like, the rest of my life.

Take that Neuroanatomy!

AMC You Later

So apparently the FCC is now going to allow movie studios to directly stream new movies into to home televisions...

While I don't think this is the end of movie theaters, it looks like things are about to change in a major way. Box office numbers are currently trending upward, but I'm hard pressed to come up with a reason why someone would want to see a movie in a theater when they could just stay home and see it there.  As much as I like seeing movies in the theater (and I really do) I also dislike having to wait in line to buy terrible, overpriced popcorn and dealing with the various disruptions common to seeing a movie in a room with a bunch of other people and their cell phones.  Also, and I say this as a former theater usher, movie theater bathrooms are just gross.

So really, I can't think of a good reason why I'd go see a new movie in a theater instead of just streaming it at home.  I don't have a big television with nice sound (or a television at all), but I'm in the ever increasing minority (and I already stream all kinds of movies via Hulu and other sources).  This 3D business is fine and all, but its really just a gimmick.  It didn't take hold before, and it won't now.

Like I said, I don't think this is the end of movie theaters (at least for awhile), cinephiles and people with no cable access will still need somewhere to see movies (Also, teenagers.  Teenagers will see literally anything in the theater).

New from Trent Reznor

Now that Nine Inch Nails is on some sort of strange indefinite hiatus, new work is trickling out from Trent Reznor's various side projects.

The first is his wife's new band, How to Destroy Angels.  The first track from the new EP is out and its.... a little flat.  I like the production well enough, but the whole thing seems kind of by the numbers.

Its not bad per se, just not anything earth shattering.  There are some clips of the band's official site that give me some hope that the rest of the project will be a bit more dynamic.  Word is the rest of the EP (and the forthcoming album) will sound less like The Fragile which, even though I really like The Fragile, is probably a good thing.

No word yet on whether the new EP will be released free online or through more traditional methods.

Inception Trailer

So now that the next Batman movie has a release date, I can get excited about Chris Nolan's other project.  Apparently this one inspired by both The Matrix and Dark City.  Add the most loaded cast list I have ever seen and you've got a movie I really want to see.