Friday, December 28, 2007

Search and Destroy: Plus Ultra Presents: The Iggy Pop Story Part 1

Iggy Pop the true motor city madman was born James Jewell Osterberg on April 21, in Muskegon, Michigan, his father Newell Sr. was an English teacher and his mother was Louella Christensen. Young Jim grew up in a trailer park in Yipsilanti, near Ann Arbor. In 1962 Jim formed a high school band called the Iguanas, where he played the drums and acquired the name Iggy. Between 1966-67 Iggy spent 8 months in Chicago, playing drums in various blues bands, soon returning to Ann Arbor. In 1966, rock legend has Iggy meeting Andy Warhol, John Cale, and Nico, at a party thrown by mutual friend Anne Wehrer. In 1967 Iggy formed "The Psychedelic Stooges" and called himself Iggy Stooge, the Stooges included Iggy's old friends Ron and Scott Asheton, bassist Dave Alexander, who had played bass for the Dirty Shames and Iggy Stooge on vocals.

The bands first gig was held on Halloween, 1967 at the University of Michigan. The three other Psychedelic Stooges nicknamed Iggy "Pop" after a local character who he resembled. In October 1968, the Stooges signed with Elektra Records, The Doors label, which must have been cool for Iggy who was influenced by seeing The Doors perform in 1967 at the University of Michigan. Shortly after the Stooges got signed, Iggy got married to Wendy Weisberg, the marriage lasted one month.

In 1969 the band wisely chose John Cale (from the Velvet Underground) as their producer on their first album. In June, they recorded their debut album at the "Hit Factory", in New York City. Since they only had five songs to record when they went to NY, they wrote much of it on the fly, Ron Asheton is said to have composed "Not Right" & "Little Doll" in just one hour. The band released their self-titled debut "The Stooges" at the end of August 1969, removing "Psychedelic" from their name at the same time, and the rest as they say is rock n' roll history!

For more information on this important issue please visit:

The Stooges

Iggy Pop

Iggy Pop Interview by Bret Gladstone

Elijah Wood To Play Iggy Pop In Movie

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Top 10 9/11 Videos

9/11 Revisited

Loose Change 2nd Edition Recut

Reichstag 9/11

The Great Conspiracy

David Ray Griffin - 9/11 Commission Report: Ommissions and Distortions

9/11: Press for Truth

9/11 Mysteries

Dust to Dust: The Health Effects of 9/11

Perspective on 9/11 Video Collection

9/11 and the British Broadcasting Conspiracy

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Peak Oil Shmeak Oil!

This pie chart (from The National Ocean Service) represents the worldwide uses of oil resources, as you can see, about half of the world's oil supply is used for transportation.

If only there was some way to power vehicles without burning fossil fuels. Here are a couple of videos that have an idea for just that. Electric cars! They work, and they are faster than you think. According to, in '99 a Belgian built electric racing car designed by Camille Jénatzy called "La Jamais Contente" was clocked at 68 mph, not bad, even better when you consider it was 1899.

As for heating and creating electricity the next most prevalent uses of oil, alternatives include; solar, wind, hydro, and tidal to name a few.

Electric car vs Ferrari

Who Killed the Electric Car?

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Fallen Art

CGNetworks Feature::Tomek Baginski Interview (Excerpt)

By Paul Hellard

Credited as the name behind ‘The Cathedral', Tomek Baginski is now on the verge of releasing the new Platige short film ‘Fallen Art', a very different, very black comedy.

Tomek Baginski has been working at Platige for seven years now, but he was only ten when he realized that making computer animation was the cheapest way of making films. “I wanted to make films for as long as I can remember so the choice was natural”, says Baginski. “I started with an Amiga computer. I've gone through many different programs and platforms and then finally landed with 3D.” Baginski's first 3D student film ‘Rain' was good enough to land him a job in Platige Image and straight after the appointment, he quit college where he was studying architecture. “I didn't really like architecture,” Baginski muses, “but in Poland studying something was the only way to avoid the army.”

While working on ‘The Cathedral', Baginski was thinking about film ideas he'd like to produce afterwards. A folder slowly filled with photos, stories and sketches so he wouldn't forget them. He couldn't work on them but he could save them for later. “I chose ‘Fallen Art' because it was very different to Cathedral and I was sure that I had to make a different film to avoid comparisons. ‘The Cathedral' was quite successful and making a short with a similar kind of mood could have been a dangerous trap. I decided to go the other way.”

Concept design
The message behind ‘Fallen Art' changed during production. At the beginning Baginski wanted to make just a funny film about the army, but many things happened in the world while the crew was fine-tuning the storyboards. The army topic has became much more stark, and much more serious.

“Consequently, we decided to make the story darker than in the beginning”, says Baginski. “It wasn't only my idea. The music my brother found was much more insane than I've expected. The character design done by the very talented young painter, Rafal Wojtunik was also much more wicked that I though it would be. Of course it is still a comedy, but it is very dark comedy.”

Very rough sketches and some written characteristics were handed to Wojtunik and that was all. Baginski admits he wasn't really paying any attention to the design process and the characters and set design have become crazier than he expected. Wojtunik based his drawings on the paintings of the Polish painter Jerzy Duda-Gracz, but most of the ideas were born inside his head. “When I saw the first designs I was quite surprised”, says Baginski, “but at the same time I was really impressed. Giving the designing part to Wojtunik was one of the best decisions I've made during the project.”

Fallen Art

The Cathedral

Friday, December 14, 2007

3 lonelyTylenol 3

Like all great spy novels, this one begins at the end.
The End. I would like to thank Gustave Verbeek and James Joyce, "riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs."

By now you may have realized I am in a lot of pain. The pain is in my lower back. I have been medicating myself for the last week with heavy doses of painkillers, 3 more tylenol 3's please.3 more tylenol 3's please.3 more tylenol 3's please is my Mantra.

I have barked all of my family and friends away for the holidays. I am an angry man. Christmas don't mean shit to me. My name is Stu and I'm an asshat.
I am not normally like this.
I remember a time when I enjoyed Christmas as much as you.
all i know is hate.

I wish I could tell you more about what happened in the beginning. I would tell you how it was, "a cold winter day like today is." But I can not tell you anymore about the beginning until the end is nearer.

What you need to know right now is that it could happen to you!
That's right. You heard me, and worse.
How can you prevent yourself from these types of tragedies?
Read more. I will explain in an easy to understand way backwards.
I've even heard some people have turned gay by not reading this story I am writing.
So, it is very important you follow me by staying ahead of me.(At least one step)
It is time I introduce you to my butler. His name is Gary Curlybun. He has commited several unsolved murders in future novels of mine. He paces when he is nervous and he is pacing right now. I pull my hair when I am nervous, but I am innocent and even if I weren't I would never tell you if I were playing with my hair right now or not because it may incriminate me later. Did I mention there was a murder. I don't think so. But there was. Can you guess who did it?
Let me tell you it was not you, me or my butler. I am also prepared to let you know it was a cold winter day like today is.
That is all for now, I will tell you more later.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Here's to (Ever) Higher Education!

Here at Plus Ultra, we are aware that many young people out there look to us not just for laughs but also for insightful commentary on national and international affairs. That's why we are proud to bring you videos from both Comedy Central and Fox News, the only trouble is that it is tough to tell which are the joke videos and which is the insightful commentary! I guess you'll have to judge for your selves...good luck!

SURVEY: Daily Show/Colbert Viewers Most Knowledgable, Fox News Viewers Rank Lowest

From Think Progress

A new study by the Pew Research Study shows that viewers of the Daily Show and the Colbert Report have the highest knowledge of national and international affairs, while Fox News viewers rank nearly dead last.

Despite significant technology shifts, however, Pew found that “today’s citizens are about as able to name their leaders, and are about as aware of major news events, as was the public nearly 20 years ago.”

The results about Fox News echo findings of previous surveys. In 2003, University of Maryland researchers studied the public’s belief in three false claims — that Iraq possessed WMD, that Iraq was involved in 9/11, and that there was international support for the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

The researchers stated, “The extent of Americans’ misperceptions vary significantly depending on their source of news. Those who receive most of their news from Fox News are more likely than average to have misperceptions.” Fox News viewers were “three times more likely than the next nearest network to hold all three misperceptions.”