Cahiers du intégrer: Node.js, Angry Birds and Nic Cage's Laments

February 05, 2011 - by jacksonwest

In which I present some Joyeur staff picks from the world of motion pictures online. I promise it won't be as pretentious as the allusion in the title would suggest, so grab some popcorn and get ready to click the fullscreen button!

http://vimeo.com/19465332

Ryan D. gets top billing on the marquee this week for having premiered a new release: A screencast of the "New built-in V8 debugger client for Node.js." Jim P. would like film students take note that "Ryan sets his screen width to 40 [characters]." Of course, when Ryan wasn't on set directing the production, he found some time to help release Node.js v0.3.8.

If that kind of flick isn't your cup of soda, don't worry -- there's more laughter and tears after the jump!

Jim F. got a kick out of Funny or Die's "Real Life Angry Birds," which looks like it was as much fun to film as the popular iOS game is to play. I wonder if they'd let us set up a giant slingshot on the roof of our building in San Francisco to lob shots at, say, VentureBeat a couple of blocks down California Street?

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While Isaac can't get enough of Harry Hanrahan's compilation Nicolas Coppola Cage going crazy in, well, pretty much every movie not named "National Treasure" that Cage has appeared in. Also excepted? Blue Velvet, which is kind of surprising until you remember that most of that movie was Dennis Hopper losing his s*@!. Must be where Cage got it from.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP1-oquwoL8

If you're looking for "a good, sentimental weep," Deirdre can recommend Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi on Netflix. The Yash Raj Films production from 2008 stars Shah Rukh Khan as the middle-aged Surinder who tries to win the affection of his young wife Taani (Anushka Sharma) by going from drab to fab and learning all the hip new moves to make her dream of competing in a dance competition come true:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QB2fZsBZGYs

And from the archives, one of my favorites -- especially after reading John Markoff's excellent What the Dormouse Said: How the 60s Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer -- is Douglas Engelbart's "Mother of all Demos" from 1968:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfIgzSoTMOs

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