Thursday, February 26, 2009

Paul's Boutique Track by Track Audio Commentary - Free

Paul's Boutique (with it's 105 song and sound samples, an album that is constantly part of nearly every publication's Top 100 records list, rated 10 at Pitchfork) will turn 20 this year. I'm sure I'll post more about that when the actual anniversary day comes up but for now you can download the audio commentary track by track for free from the Beastie Boys themselves. Here's a link.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

What it is, another blog by AP

I wanted to share another blog I keep, What It Is. This blog is attached to my professional website and while you may see some similar posts from me on TMT you'll find more about my personal work, design, art, and architecture there. If it's related to my personal work or if it's just too nerdy for TMT I'll post it there. Most likely you'll see a lot of overlap though. Swing by though and check it out. I hope you enjoy it.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

What Will It Take For You To Comment?

We see you. In the creepiest way, we're watching you via Google Analytics, which probably means the government also knows you're interested in Art, Design, and on your worst days, my asinine observations.

What I'm trying to say is that we need you. We reach out regularly with the hope that just one of you will respond. But so far you silently read our blog. Not anymore.

Please, in the spirit of "Pump Up The Volume," "The Network," and "Newsies" write something. Go on and seize the day, cause we're mad as hell and we're not gonna take it anymore, Christian Slater.

When Games Get Old

Yoshi and Lara Croft, found via Drawn, these are some great illustrations from Tom Rhodes. See more on his blog here.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Where and when was your longest pee?

AP described peeing for so long one time as a kid, he wished there was someone else there to appreciate it.  Thats the kind of pee we're looking for.  Whatchu got?

The Cash Cab Brings People Together

Over the course of our Cash Cab watching, we've seen fathers accept their aloof sons, fighting couples make up, and young children prove to their parents that serious cartoon knowledge can pay off.

Before one particular commercial break, the youngest of two sons answered the last big money question, "Teddy Roosevelt." He won over $800 for his family. Then, right before they all climbed out of the cab, he muttered, "Teddy's so cool."

TMT agrees, little dude. Rough Riders!

But some of our favorite CC's are when the lone traveler hops in and wins big. There's something special about two people in a car, one asking trivia and the other answering, excitedly, that titillates us.

PS It really makes us miss NYC.

The Book Cover Archive

There are many many great sites to visit for some creative stimulation. This is one of my latest. A favorite part of going to a book store, beside getting a new book, is checking out covers. That exactly what The Book Cover Archive offers. A self described archive of cover designs and designers for the purpose of appreciation and categorization.

Yes it's got some great features that make it design nerd heaven, like when you choose a cover you can learn everything from it's typeface to the art director, but it's also just plain fun. The site is simple and as far as I'm concerned well designed. I really enjoy taking in 50 books at a time, neatly organized in rows that scale to fit the size of your browser. You can search by pretty much everything, title, illustrator, art director, aurthor, etc. Plus they link right to Amazon, where you can buy the book who's cover you love but will probably never read.

Best part: You don't have to worry that all the people in the bookstore are snobishly looking down at you for picking up 'that' book. You liked the cover, or were at least drawn to it, even if it was awful once you got it in your hands, so you picked it up. It's not about the writing. It's about the design.

Go. Waste some time. Enjoy a good book cover.

Everything's Coming Up...Danny Boyle!

Well that sounds a lot filthier than I'd intended. What I mean is that my favorite director won the Academy Award last night for best directing, best picture, and more for his film, "Slumdog Millionaire." Now, I've not seen Slumdog Millionare. That I haven't is mostly to do with the fact that my mom LOVES "Slumdog."

"Mom, what are you doing this weekend?"

"Oh, we're going to see Slumdog!"

"That'll be fun. Let me know what you think of it."

"I will love it."

"Yeah well, just let me know after you've seen it."

"Oh, I know I will love Slumdog."

"Mom, can you stop saying 'Slumdog?"

"Slumdog, Slumdog, Slumdog!"

"Jesus Christ."

My mom had a similarly offputting enthusiasm for the book "Memoirs of a Geisha." A copy kept showing up on my bedroom dresser, hamper, etc. Needless to say, I've devoted my entire life to never reading that goddam book. But I digress.

What I have seen from Boyle: Trainspotting, The Beach (though not as wonderfully grotesque as the Garland book on which it was based, still enjoyable), Milliones (a treat), Sunshine, and my favorite movie...28 Days Later.

That's right readers, my favorite movie of all time is a well done zombie thriller.
Nothing teaches you more about the pitfalls of humanity than those who have lost it. And are hungry for flesh.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Top Chef Finale Predictions

1) When Stefan reveals that his hefty ego is just a cover for his insecurities, TMT will share one big married puke.

Remember in the Season 3 finale, when Hung's fish was cold and soulless, which was a way of saying that Hung was a robot? So in order to win Top Chef, he had to make a plug for his heart? That he cooks from it; came from a long line of loving, cooking Huynh's?

Well, TMT expects some kind of Stefan humbling. Maybe he will cry. Maybe he will reveal that he was bullied or molested as a child. (Which reminds me of my favorite Onion piece of all time.)

Sometimes really talented people are a-holes. Can't we all just embrace that?

2) Jorax will get hit upside the head with a Stefan blast.

AP has disliked Jorax from day 1. I thought it was because husband had a crush on Leah, but now I think there was room for only one bald in his heart.

Personally, I think Hosea is talented, and that he could easily win if he weren't so flustered by Stefan's big Finnish antics.

3) Carla will Carebear Stare her way to a victory.

She says she puts the love in her food and I can taste it. Lady made a nonalcoholic drink for a New Orleans challenge because she "doesn't drink" and still won. That's the kind of uncompromising, confident, innovative pea maker I'm looking for.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


AP doesn't know the piggy toe song. No joke, effing with my toes, he said, "This little piggy went to the market. This little piggy went to the bank."


I just got home as Oprah's ending. And it was the
"How to affair proof your marriage: Why Men Cheat, part 2"

Is there any hope for TMT's union at all?

Probably not. I missed part 1, too. But I imagine it was mostly to do with sluts.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Don't Run Off

(From a poem series I'm working on using Yojimbo)

Just a little bit off rhythm

[One more thing about Wii Fit. With regards to the Hula Hoop training...]

It starts off innocent enough. You're moving ok, laughing, swirling your hips, moving the invisible hoop.

But sometime between 2 and 3 minutes, things take a turn. The clock counts down. 12...11...10...9... 8... Your once jubilant laugh has become frantic, strung out. You manically gyrate your pelvis.
Even your husband thinks it's disturbing.

And that's all it takes. Get a little off rhythm and you're the
Demon Whore of Babylon!

Who knew?

Monday, February 16, 2009

Old Mii

Wii Fit told me that my body age was 47

Hey Wii Fit, go eff yourself. What's it to you if I live hard?


Here is a list of things that have scared me in the past week.

1) my hair

2) my shadow

3) the neighbors

4) my husband re-entering the room

5) an onion, as it fell of the counter

6) a pen on a book (it looked like a lizard)

Readers, what are you afraid of?

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Joaquin Phoenix on Letterman

Joaquin Phoenix was doing his best Zach Galifianakis impression probably as part of his Casey Affleck directed 'documentary'. I feel like Dave gets funnier as it goes.

Update: I'll just add this link for background info. Diddys producing his album and Casey Affleck is married to his sister.

Pepsi Logo Design Guidline

Enjoy a pdf here of how Pepsi sees itself (above).
Or an illustration of what people think when they see it (below).

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Word of the night


Used tonight to describe Paul Rodriguez Jr., Demitri Martin (when we thought he was only like 17), Little Michael.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

AP's Raspberry Sorbet Recipe

AP's Raspberry Sorbet Recipe (mostly stolen from Cookstr):
2 cups raspberries

¼ cup orange juice 
3 cups water 
3/4 cup granulated sugar 
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

In a saucepan, combine the raspberries, orange juice, and ½ cup of the water. Cook over medium heat, 5 to 7 minutes. Mash the raspberries, still in the saucepan, with the back of a wooden spoon.

Add the sugar, lemon juice, and remaining water. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring often, about 15 minutes.  Let cool. 
Freeze in an ice-cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  Add dark chocolate chips halfway through freeze time.


Monday, February 9, 2009

2009, The Year Of...

Seed Magazine says 2009 will be the "Year of Panic."

but TMT thinks it will be the "Year of Sorbet."

AP's been making his own homemade sorbet. Tonight was raspberry with dark chocolate chips. Who knows what flavor tomorrow will bring. That's the kind of unwavering optimism you can always expect from TooMuchTeeth.

Oh, Did you guys hear i bought a gun?

Everyone (friends, neighbors, criminals of Missoula, potential thieves, backfiring cars, animals in bushes, loud startling noises) you've been put on warning.

Big Green has a gun.

There is a good chance we're all in danger. The other day I walked out of the room and when I came back in, she screamed as if I was there to murder her. Easily startled and packing heat is not a good recipe so be on you toes and don't make any sudden motions or loud noises.

Monday Morning Silverstein

Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too
from the book "Where the Sidewalk Ends" (1974)

Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me too
Went for a ride in a flying shoe.
"What fun!"
"It's time we flew!"
Said Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me too.

Ickle was captain, and Pickle was crew
And Tickle served coffee and mulligan stew
As higher
And higher
And higher they flew,
Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me too.

Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me too,
Over the sun and beyond the blue.
"Hold on!"
"Stay in!"
"I hope we do!"
Cried Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me too.

Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle too
Never returned to the world they knew,
And nobody
Knows what's
Happened to
Dear Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me too.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Shepar Fairey vs. Boston PD and the Associated Press

NPR's All Things Considered examines the Associated Press' case against Shepard Fairey with Margaret Esquenet, an intellectual-property lawyer with Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner (a Washington, D.C., law firm). You can liste and read more here.

And from the Boston Herald: Shepard Fairey, of Obama poster fame, arrested in Boston.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Young Abe

Albert Kaplan owns the copyright on this photo of young Abraham Lincoln. The description below is from
In his March 26, 1843 letter to Martin M. Morris, Lincoln provided a word description of how he, Lincoln, appeared to voters who knew nothing of his background. “It would astonish if not amuse, the older citizens to learn that I (a stranger, friendless, uneducated, penniless boy, working on a flatboat at ten dollars per month) have been put down here as the candidate of pride, wealth, and aristocratic family distinction."

After viewing the daguerreotype image one can readily appreciate how early 1840s voters, who knew Lincoln only by his appearance, would think that he was "the candidate of pride, wealth, and aristocratic family distinction."

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Can We Talk

About the REAL WORLD, Brooklyn?

Starting today, my rapper name

is UTI, cause I have one.

De Monsters

De monsters is a really fun site with a bunch of videos of animated monsters interacting with real people. TMT loves these guys very much. You can see many more at the site but here is one we like.

Monsters: 026 WEBA apen from Volstok Telefunken on Vimeo.


from the NY Times (where you can see much more of these)

Monday, February 2, 2009

Super Bowl Movie Preview Time

Year One. Transformers. Angels and Demons. Star Trek. Land of the Lost. Aliens vs. Monsters. Fast and Furious. Up. Witch Mountain.
You can see them all here. Including G.I.Joe.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

SuperBowl History — In Logos

from the NY Times

Sports and Heartache

I don't watch much tennis, but I try not to miss a Nadal/Federer final. They are the most exciting sporting events I have ever seen (Sorry Giants), and from the looks of it, this year's Australian Open was no exception. (That's right I fucking missed it).

5-sets, the longest Aussie championship in history left the young bull on top again. Rafa is a motherfucking monster on the court (and that's a really serious monster). But Roger is still a masterful player, which makes your editor feel like shit to see him so plainly heartbroken after losing in Melbourne.

As the trophy was awarded to his opponent, Federer couldn't hold back tears. "Maybe I'll try later. God, it's killing me."

But moments later, he composed himself enough to offer this to Nadal: "You deserved it. You played a fantastic final."

For Rafa's part, when he collected his trophy, he embraced Federer, saying "Roger, sorry for today. I really know how you feel right now. Remember,
you're a great champion, you're one of the best in history."

It wasn't always this way. Here, Roger wins his 5th Wimbledon

The most notable part of all this for me is that I've switched sides. I came into their rivalry with affection for the young, capri pant wearing underdog that Rafa was in the beginning, winning only on red clay courts. But now that he's won 3 of the Grand Slam Finals they've battled, I've turncoated.

Don't worry Roger, you've got me now. I'm here to help. And stop crying, you look like a pussy.

God damn you Walter!

I told those fucks down at the league office a thousand times
that I don't roll on Shabbos!