Category Archives: Funny Stuff

Dot Com Pho - The Sort of Cinematic Edition

Dot Com Pho has always been a low budget, low production value weekly mish mash of the dumb things that we do while eating Vietnamese Noodles. While we've always talked about doing a proper higher production value podcast or show, the actual effort to make something like that happen just doesn't seem to register in our somewhat easy going Dot Com Lifestyles. This week at Dot Com Pho, I decided to introduce a new piece of gear that could possibly bring up the quality of the show while still maintaining the genuinely idiotic things we do and say at this weekly gathering.

The JAG35PRO is a 35mm DOF (depth of field) adapter. What this thing does is allow you to take advantage of the high quality lenses used in CANON and NIKON DSLRs. The folks at JAG35 sent me one of their units adapted to a NIKON mount so that I could try it out and give it a review for Futurelooks. As part of my ongoing testing, I decided to debut it at this week's Dot Com Pho which features the return of Michael Kwan from the middle of absolutely nowhere, John Chow's joy over the new shirt he got for free, and Ed Lau's Yoga bumb fetish that we did not know about.

Products featured this week include the Poken Social Media Token, every man's favourite Yoga Teacher App for the iPhone and of course the JAG35Pro adapter which films this week's episode, giving it a very high production value look...

While the JAG35Pro provided some pretty stunning results similar to what you would see in a big blockbuster movie, the device is somewhat cumbersome in tight spaces. The 50mm lens was far to long and the fact that I was filming and manually focusing a flipped around picture (due to the JAG35 having no prism) was a challenge to say the least.

Some grading was done using Red Giant Software's Magic Bullet Looks, but I have yet to find a good piece of conversion software that will allow me to convert the AVCHD files into an easy to edit format while simultaneously flipping the picture. Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 really didn't like having to turn the picture 180 degrees, and then having to render adjustments on top of that.

Look for a review of the the JAG35Pro at Futurelooks sometimes in the next while!

PS: We're also giving away a 128GB Patriot USB Flash Memory Drive worth $359 US over at Futurelooks. Check out the contest details here.

China's Answer to Megan Fox and Those Robots

So how does China copy the Transformers? First off, you don't employ a smokin' hot lead actress. Second, you make everyone kind of regular looking (or slightly effeminate). Third, you make those robots do Kung Fu and fourth... you spend 1/10th the budget to produce it!

Coming out on August 13th, "Kung Fu Cyborg" lacks the massive "WTF sometimes" spectacle that is a signature of Michael Bay movies. Instead, it replaces it with a story (how novel!), human relationships, romance and comedy with a clearly SciFi twist. So basically Transformers with no Megan Fox, fewer somewhat pointless robot battles and people trying hard to act out a real story instead of a random sequence of events that Michael Bay thought looked cool strung together.

I'm sure we'll be seeing this one at a Chinese Night Market near you. The badly dubbed English sub titles (or voiceovers) will be worth the entertainment value alone.

The Secret to Transformers 2's Success - Megan Fox

Megan Fox is so hot that she can't possibly be real. That's why it was no surprise when I found out that Megan Fox really wasn't real. That's right! According to the people responsible for the special effects, Megan Fox is actually a very special effect combining CGI, animatronics and other state of the art technologies. Yes, even more special than huge robots that turn into vehicles. Just watch!

So there you have it! The illusion is shattered. I mean, seriously now. How could a woman be that hot and be real at the same time? Ahh the magic of special effects! Maybe in Transformers 3, we'll finally be able to see those robots do some cool things too! 😉

Dot Com Pho After Hours - Fast and Furious Edition

This week you get a two for one deal. An After Hours Double Feature, extended cut if you will.

Since there simply wasn't enough footage last week with just Leo Chiang and me at Dot Com Turk After Hours, we decided to just film what we ate and include it into this weeks video. I hope you're hungry folks because we both ate over thirty dollars worth of food each. Leo is going to come out to Kam Do for lunch later this week to attempt the Legendary Mixed Grill. Will Leo join me in the Kam Do Hall of Fame? Or will he blow chunks in the parking lot? You'll have to stay tuned!

At this week's Dot Com Pho After Hours we welcome some familiar faces back including John Chow who is back from answering war crimes against Pandas in China, and Michael Kwan, who is happy to not be freezing his ass off in Edmonton. We get a look at the Kindle 2 for our gadget segment, we discuss the Segway and why Michael should not ride one (but he could ride the new GM PUMA).

We also engage in banter with Ed Lau about why he thinks the Subaru STI sounds like a car the Swedish Chef built?! Also uncovered is the Mystery of John Dory on Hells Kitchen and we recite many quotes from the Fast and Furious movie franchise and give away some posters. Enjoy!

If you'd like to win my last "Fast and Furious: New Models. Original Parts." poster, just like the one Ed Lau and Michael Kwan got, make a comment in this post with YOUR favourite Fast and Furious quote from any of the movies in the franchise. I'll randomly draw for it sometime next week.

The Nintendo...Shii?

I don't really play my Nintendo Wii much. It was just exciting to get it finally and be one of the first to own it. Sure I bought Wii Fit, but that kind of fizzled out for me after a couple of months. Something about the thing asking if I'd eaten yet, brushed my teeth or when it made that "Oh..." sounds when I stepped on the platform didn't appeal to me for that long. I'm all about my Xbox 360 mainly. There's something about video games that does not equate to physical effort for me.

While checking out the Futurelooks Forums today, one of the members posted a video that I thought was pretty darn hilarious. It basically shows how the Nintendo Wii seems all about guy games and how the girls seem left out. Well not any longer! The Nintendo "Shii" has arrived!

Warning: There are some scenes that might not fly with some viewers so I'll mark this mildly NSFW. It's also in another language that doesn't sound familiar to me. Any guesses?

So can anyone do a translation? I don't think that last game requires any translation 😆