Weed Killer Videos
Somewhere sits an old Commodore 64 suffering a Weed infestation. Not quite running on all 8 bits, digital personality Weed Killer shares his thoughts - making sense of life in a way sure to bring laughter, world peace, and likely an increase in over-the-counter pain medication sales.
Find your way to inner peace, enlightenment, and maybe a slight headache with the help of these Weed Killer videos. Allow yourself to be infested by Weed for a while as he shares thoughts so profound that only your hairdresser's therapist will know how to make any sense of it.
Liposuction Theater - Weed Killer Episode 2 (41 comments)Digital 8-bit geek "Weed" is back with an upgraded look, a cool new intro sequence, and some rather interesting material on his mind. Length: 02 minutes, 46 seconds.
Weed Killer Gone Wrong (29 comments)Told in a style reminiscent of Max Headroom, this is the true story of weed killing gone wrong. The wife brought home some weed killer. The husband used it. Something went wrong and now the husband and wife are at odds. Length: 02 minutes, 18 seconds.
Are you trying to be Max Headroom?
Nope. The Weed Killer character was inspired by Max Headroom but not intended to be a Max clone or knock-off. There can only be ONE Max Headroom - he is the king of computer generated personalities, and he already exists. Since Max's rein on entertainment was way too short lived and I cannot bring him back, I decided to try and honor this awesome character and concept in my own way. I've been a big Max Headroom fan since the mid 80's. Though Weed and Max both exist as computer generated characters, there are as many differences as there are similarities, from personality to the appearance of the character itself. One of the differences being that I chose a look and style of early 80's computer graphics, with an ASCII text grid in the background (instead of Max's colored lines). As I said, I am not trying to recreate Max. I set out to make my own character with its own unique attributes, though I tried to maintain some key elements of what I loved about Max. Max Headroom existed 20 minutes into the future. I figured I'd venture 20 minutes into the past with an old school computer looking character in the vein of Max Headroom - my digital 8-bit alter ego. :-)
Who is Max Headroom?
What? You don't know who Max Headroom is? He's only one of the coolest characters (and sci-fi concepts) to come out of the 80's! Perhaps this will help: Max Headroom at Wikipedia.com. In the 80's, people either loved Max or hated him. I thought he and the TV show of the same name, were awesome! :-D
Why is Weed Killer named "Weed Killer"?
The name was taken from content in the first experimental video titled "Weed Killer Gone Wrong". In terms of the fictional character himself (itself?), the name was embedded in the recent memories of the man who's mind Weed Killer is based on. When Weed was first loaded up on the only available computer - one far less powerful than needed to emulate something so complex as the human mind, memories and data were jumbled up in the process. The highly advanced and complex programming that made emulating a human mind possible was able to do far more with old technology than most modern computers are capable of on their own. The process however, resulted in flawed storage and emulation of the person that was, and gave birth to digital 8-bit personality Weed Killer.
Why Was Weed Killer Green in the First Video?
The character was intended to look as if it were generated on an early 80's computer. In the early 80's, many computers employed a green, monochrome display with limited shading capabilities. Feedback I got on this particular look for Weed indicated that he looked too much like something out of the film The Matrix, which seemed undesirable to those who gave the feedback. I decided to redesign the character to look like he was graphically generated on an early 80's home computer - the Commodore 64. I was having trouble coming up with a good design for in-color Weed, but struck gold with the help of a very talented artist by the name of Bill "Sketch" Bynum. Sketch provided me with several concept images of colorWeed. All of them were really cool, but one of them struck me as *it* - that would be the new color-look of Weed Killer.
Why a Commodore 64 computer?
Why not? They were powerful computers back in the day and offered some of the most colorful graphics capabilities of the time. Those computers (and programs) could do more with 64 kilobytes of memory than any modern program or programmer would ever attempt. The C64 still has a strong and loyal following to this day, both by people who owned (or still own) them and people who weren't even alive when they were in use but are fascinated with retro technology. In terms of the Weed Killer storyline, a C64 is all that was available to the vessel that dumped the digitized personality.
How can Weed Killer exist on an old computer like the Commodore 64?
In a nutshell, I'm playing the sci-fi card on this one. If you'd like something more explainable in the story of Weed Killer sense, then here's the deal: When loaded up, Weed hyper-clocks the computer's processor and super-cools the elements within the machine to prevent overheating and burn out. Although somewhat limited to some of the capabilities of the old computer system, Weed is able to utilize resources at incredible speeds, thus pumping more out of an old computer than would have ever been possible otherwise.
My Question Was Not Answered in This FAQ - Do You Accept E-mail Questions?
Sure. Feel free to ask anything you'd like to know about Weed Killer. If you're polite and have a good question, I'd be happy to answer it and may even include it in an update of this FAQ.