Waffling in THREE dimensions.

Friday, February 29, 2008

The Face of Finance

I was watching NBC's national newscast, I prefer Bryan William's droopy eyebrows to Katie Couric's fluffy delivery and the inconvenient timeslot of ABC, and was greatly concerned by the financial news. By greatly concerned, I mean, captivated by the face of Erin Burnett. I'm sorry Melissa Theuriau, we both knew it couldn't last forever.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Shut your Facebook!

I am in a pretty good mood today. You probably would be too, if your day consisted almost entirely of slack, as my Thursdays usually are. That said, I can't help but feel a little rebuffed by something which recently came to my attention. It is, of course, nothing of great importance, but when your days consist of thinking about video games, Arrested Development, and volcanoes (usually in that order) small things seem more significant.

Given my good mood, I ventured to open an email that I would usually classify as spam, since it is generated by a facebook application. It was one of those "compare people" applications. I rarely use it. I rarely use any of the applications actually. And I really should get rid of one of wall functions I have on there that don't really do anything. Most of them exist as some sort of virulent personality test that I have no interest in. Ideally, we'd know the people we are friends with intimately enough to know their basic ideologies and favorite movies, books, television series, politicians, quotes, deities, and historical figures (Meriwether Lewis for the win!). I also like to consider myself a humorous person. Whether I succeed at this, I don't feel fair to judge. But I try and like to think people know that I make an effort to make them laugh and whatnot. Perhaps this has some part in why I was so taken back to learn:



Now supposing anyone reads this, that should boost my score for "crazier". Which is already at 100%, but with only 1 vote. THE SAME 1 VOTE THAT SAYS I AM ZERO PERCENT FUNNY!!!

I'll now spend the next 6 posts denying that I really care that much about this. But seriously, I want to know who I was up against that caused me to lose, twice. I'm dwelling on this too much. I'll just rationalize it by saying that everyone just votes for the person they like more anyways.

Anyways, following this discovery, I went on a tirade to all 2 of the people I bother to talk to on aim, venting and the whatnot. I decided to go through and have what I thought in the moment to be a subtle sort of revenge: catharsis through that same compare friends application. It was going well until I hit this question:

This struck me as humorous in a plethora of ways. Some background information will be required. I will say that the girl on the left embodies many of the qualities I consider ideal in a mate (one of which is laughing at my jokes). The one on the right was a freshman when I was a senior in high school and appears to have filled out rather nicely, as I was telling Steve. I'm trying to find a way to describe this without making me sound like a complete bastard. That is probably not going to happen. Rather than an exhausting summation that will fail to redeem my image, I will present this article of conversation with my pal Steeeve with whom I first shared the capture and my juvenile quips.

The Saxy Poet: i was just in the band room
jedisteve101: i am sober
The Saxy Poet: i am glad
The Saxy Poet: it was interesting talking to you last night
The Saxy Poet: it was weird to go back into the band room
The Saxy Poet: it was CHOMP night
The Saxy Poet: it was super weird running into Kirsten's Mom
The Saxy Poet: oh lawd
jedisteve101: lol
The Saxy Poet: the first thing i noticed was how attractive Aimee Ketsdever has become
The Saxy Poet: she was volunteering and whatnot
The Saxy Poet: anyways
The Saxy Poet: look at what facebook just presented
jedisteve101: lol
jedisteve101: how old is she?
The Saxy Poet: 18, i believe
The Saxy Poet: senior
jedisteve101: alright alright
ATTENTION: Transfer complete: compare people.JPG.
The Saxy Poet: take a look
jedisteve101: no
jedisteve101: no way
jedisteve101: that's what it came up with
The Saxy Poet: yeah
The Saxy Poet: just came up
The Saxy Poet: i was like
The Saxy Poet: wtffffffffffffffffffffff
jedisteve101: what's your answer?
The Saxy Poet: i haven't yet!
The Saxy Poet: i mean
The Saxy Poet: both would be preferable

God. I'm a creep.

Press Y to Dual Wield

Think geek just added these toys. You can apparently play laser tag with them, although the laser sounds sound nothing like the plasma sounds from the games, although they are probably the most realistic Halo accessory you can find outside of eBay auctions. The laser-tag aspect seems like an after thought almost. The receiver is a tiny belt buckle, which from experience with other laser tag systems (when i was little!) is that those are easy to hide or otherwise obscure to cheat, but with the price tag these have, I doubt many children were playing. My family used to have 6 lasertag guns that also the sensors on the gun to avoid this problem. The beams also bounced off walls, which was weird. I think Ethan has destroyed pretty much all of them by now. Laser tag was/is fun.

I'm way more likely to buy one of these though. This, though I am a little tempted, I could never buy because, as my sister says, would get me "gang raped." Though I wonder, do they contain UV protection?

ThinkGeek :: Halo 3 Laser Pursuit Plasma Weapons

There will be justice

When I first learned they were making this movie, I was kind of excited. Now, it's more...ehh... I wouldn't have minded if the writer's strike had killed it. All the actors are relative unknowns, which makes forecasting expectations difficult, but I feel confident saying that I don't like Adam Brody as The Flash. Also, they have a Batman franchise so why aren't they using Christian Bale in it? Maybe they won't get past preproduction..

JUSTICE LEAGUE Is On The March!! -- Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008


I'm watching Clueless right now. Really. I used to watch the tv series when I was like 10, but I've never watched the movie. I don't usually sit through movies because I tend to wander off. Even now, I'm blogging and watching the movie. My family has been on a Jane Austen kick and I suggested my mom add Clueless the BlockBuster queue since it was adapted from Emma. I didn't expect her to actually add it, but I'm glad she did as it is quite enjoyable. If for no other reason than nostalgic elation. I mean, look how big those phones are! Anyways, there was a passing reference to the slang term friend of Dorothy and I was compelled to look it up on wikipedia. I had an epiphany and that episode of Arrested Development where Tobias is in prison researching a role and kills White Power Bill and becomes "Dorothy" just became much, much funnier. I want to work in something about Cher liking her step-brother in Clueless and the themes of Arrested Development, but really, it's a bit of a stretch. Paul Rudd is in like every third movie now too. Also, this part of Wikipedia is pretty humorous. After that I'm going to post a clip from the IT Crowd that I adore.

Friend of Dorothy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In the early 1980s, the Naval Investigative Service was investigating homosexuality in the Chicago area. Agents discovered that gay men sometimes referred to themselves as "friends of Dorothy." Unaware of the historical meaning of the term, the NIS believed that a woman named Dorothy was at the center of a massive ring of homosexual military personnel in the Chicago area. The NIS launched an enormous hunt for Dorothy, hoping to find her and convince her to reveal the names of gay servicemembers.

Monday, February 25, 2008

McCain goes d(^o^)b

This may become my new favorite picture of McCain. It's too soon to tell. He does love the thumbs up. It must be his go-to victory pose. That makes a lot of sense now that I think about it; The V might be difficult for him. But I've seen at least 3 pictures of him doing the fonz.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

A different sort of dance

It's not the robot, but watch anyways.

I've been playing this game for years

Sharing with Friends

Ooh, just noticed the ScribeFire update kick in. Very pretty. I haven't decided if I'm going to add this application to my facebook yet. It looks neat, but I get weary right here:
  • DoubleTwist also forces you to create an online account, which
    means your activity is traceable should DoubleTwist ever get
Which seems fairly probable. Although I really like the idea of unlocking the songs iTunes has locked away.

Share MP3s With Your Facebook Friends Using DoubleTwist - Wired How-To Wiki

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Ignore this post

I am making a note to myself that the website for my philosophy class can be found here. That is all.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Sappin' My Life Away

In an act of unadulterated fail, I bought myself a copy of The Orange Box using the tainted logic that it was (approximately) the amount of money I would have spent on a special someone for Thursday. Instead I spent it on my most special someone: myself. It has been a rewarding decision so far. And I haven't even ventured into the Half-Life series yet!

I was going to write something snarky here about how no one reads this and then does it really matter if posting rate declines because I'm too busy playing games, but I haven't the heart for it right now. I know I'd certainly be more inclined to post more often if I recieved feedback. Tell your friends!

I was referred to this related video and I enjoyed it. Maybe you will to. If not, I highly recommend checking out Portal anyways.

Now playing: GLaDOS - Still Alive
via FoxyTunes

Don't sleep with the radio on

I encourage you not to do it, although I love it. It tweaks your dreams and makes the rest of the day hazy. Why do I remember something about a man named Munch, or something with snails and oysters? I did wake up knowing that some new pictures of President Lincoln had been found (previously misplaced), this made sense because it was President's Day. I even knew a little bit about the tragic nature of Darth Vader! The Munch thing bothered me enough to send me back to NPR, and was surprised that I didn't hear this story. I will definitely take a look at that later, just to see what Jesus recommends. I'm going out on a limb and guess that vibrators ("matrimonial aids") and lubricants are ok, but pegging is right out. I think condoms could go either way. Then again, "he's really surprised us." Hmm...

Self Sufficient Webcomics

I thought this was interesting. I'm going to bed

List of self-sufficient webcomics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Item Found

I found the image using the search engine Answers.com. I didn't expect it either, so take that! By this point the search itself had become more important than the image. I even looked at gossip sites thinking it might have been posted there if deemed too unsavory for other outlets to publish. They are both attractive women, don't get me wrong, but I still find Jenna Fischer, among others, much more attractive than either of them. I would feel bad if I didn't link to the website where I found them.

The payoff was rather weak compared to the amount of time searching, although I have honed my search-fu in this adventure (level up!). The real loot was found here in the pictures of Finding Nemo on ice. Even with watermarks, I find them amusing.

Stupid Google

Hmm, part of my keyboard just broke. That is unfortunate. It was just the part that props up the keyboard for a different angle of attack. Oh well.

Anyways, I was going to complain about this incredibly disappointing article to show up in Google News. Google News is primarily and aggregate and whatnot, so I suppose it's not really their fault, but still! The headline clearly promises a kiss, when none is shown! What a tease! The premier itself is only given one sentence, followed by another five of synopsis of the story and actress's response to being cast in the role, what it was like to be in the movie, blah blah blah. Whatever. They failed to deliver. I was hoping to find the same story at Yahoo for a little one-ups-manship, but all I got was this, which is arguably better for including the line sooo over!

'Boleyn' Co-stars Portman and Johansson Kiss at Premiere

Friday, February 15, 2008

Explaining Super Delegates to Oregon

This explained Super Delegates pretty well and what affect they and Oregon's primaries will have come may. Think Out Loud is really good, I'm glad they got rid of that other program. Was it Fresh Air? I can't even remember.

opb - It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's a... Secretary of State?

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Fancy Dancing

It's been an exciting Singles Awareness Day. I was going to watch the valentine's day episode of The Office, but I can't find the dvd. So I'm watching America's Ballroom Challenge instead. I keep hoping for a collision, or some sort of mechanical failure that will send them skidding off into the wall of tires, but nothing yet. I'm not much of a dancer, that is at all, but I can appreciate it to an extent. Not enough to really want to try it. But I enjoyed this enough to post it.

They did a James Brown medley this year. I enjoyed it. I did some more youtube searching and found a clip from the championships last year in which a couple did a show dance to Justin Timberlake's "Sexyback" and my mind melted as a cliche shattered. I'm posting the clip, which is rather long. Said dance is in the middle of the clip.

I think I could really get into this program in the future. My sister walked past as I was looking at these youtube videos. My family thinks I'm crazy...

So Your Tiny Black Heart Is Broken.

I love NPR so much. They've had this music feature up for the week, but I haven't gotten to it until now and I'm loving it. I'm listening to a song titles My Most Meaningful Relationships Are with Dead People and it's pretty great. I especially love the description NPR provides:
At seven funereal minutes, The Late Cord's
"My Most Meaningful Relationships Are with Dead People" feels about as
uplifting as its title would indicate. Amid a moody, molasses-slow
arrangement that would do Angelo Badalamenti proud, great young singer
Micah P. Hinson applies his prematurely world-weary croak to an
oppressively sad dirge. "Is it too far gone," he asks, "to be saved?"
Yeah, probably.

The "Yeah, probably" is what gets me. Wonderful! And the cheerful "Enjoy!" at the end of the summary. Enjoy!

NPR Music: So Your Tiny Black Heart Is Broken
These five songs — all great, all released in the past five years — are for those wishing to wallow in the holiday's sheer, soul-wrecking brutality. Each is carefully selected to provide a vivid soundtrack for those moments when alcohol isn't even necessary, so drunk is the listener on his or her own misery. Enjoy!

Valentine's Day Gift

I got this The Office t-shirt from someone who loves me, my mom. My mom is awesome. The Office is awesome. Life is awesome. It also matches the pajama pants I'm wearing right now, but you'll have to go private to get those images.

Oprah on V-day

Watching Oprah is an occasional guilty pleasure for me. I usually can't watch a whole episode or I'll get choked up. And I don't watch it that often because people are usually around at 4pm and it's a little awkward to be a 21-year-old dude watching Oprah alone in pajamas. So when I do watch it, I just casually walk into the room, stand around a bit, and walk out as to not arise suspicion. But I thought this story today was endearing and thought I'd share it, because it is Valentine's Day. I especially liked the video of the actual proposal taking place. Cute!

My Super Proposal - Her Reaction

A Super Proposal

Sexy Pirate Time

Local Katu News (on your side!) has a "Weird News" section. It immediately went into my RSS feed. I'm sure there are better portals for weird news, but I like the local angle a little bit. And pirates!

Seafair Pirates land spot in SI Swimsuit Issue | KATU.com - Portland, Oregon | Weird News
"The hardest part was keeping the pirates quiet the last few months," Jensen said of their desire to let everyone know that they'd been involved. But the pirates, along with everyone else involved in the production of the Swimsuit Edition, were sworn to secrecy.

Orange Box <3

I'd been waiting to post that piece of Team Fortress humor for a while. Now some more Orange Box!

I love Weighted Companion Cube!


Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Singles Awareness Day Bear

This is a bear I concocted a few years back. I still think it's pretty wonderful, even if the images I just took aren't. The hearts aren't sown on the message can be switched with some safety pins. All three messages are displayed here. The text was inspired, if not blatantly lifted, from the Despair, Inc. candies.

Peanut Butter & Banana Creme

They do exist. But why did I see them in a vending machine 6 months after the limited release? They don't list it any more in the Reese's product line.

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Peanut Butter & Banana Creme - layered cup with top chocolate layer, bottom banana creme layer and peanut butter filling; released in summer 2007 in tribute to Elvis Presley; available in standard, Big Cups and Miniatures sizes

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New Blog

I've just set up a new blog, Textually Transmitted Diseases. Like many good ideas, this one came to me while I was naked--not the idea of a keeping a mobile blog, but the title. I think it's a nice name for a mobile blog.

It's going to suck for a while; I'm still figuring it out. I've accidentally claimed multiple mobile blogs trying to figure out post titles and multimedia. After I figure out all these simple things it will probably still suck because it's composed of text messages no one wants to read. Kind of like this blog in a way.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008


I've watched two Frontline specials tonight and one NOVA. One was about global warming, and it made me kind of angry at my government officials. The second is this special, The Mormons, which I remember getting a lot of flack in church when it premiered last spring, I think it was. I don't see why, I think it's fairly well done. You can watch the whole thing online!

I love public broadcasting!

FRONTLINE + American Experience: Mormons | PBS

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Boingboing talks About the 10th

They had two posts about this yesterday, but they cycle through stories fast and this is the only one I could be bothered to dig up, so enjoy. I haven't watched it, because I don't care for Xeni, or Cory, or...why do I read Boingboing again?

This will be the last thing for a while, I promise. I'll conclude with some world wide coverage.

Boing Boing tv Vlog: Xeni - Anonymous vs. Scientology - Boing Boing

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Condom Darts

I am not a fan of Singles Awareness Day, but this sign around campus was intriguing enough for me to stop and take a picture. I don't really have a reason to go, but I want to know more about this condom darts game. No, I must know more. What are the rules? Are there prizes? I'm pretty good at cricket, but will my skills carry over? Although it has been a while since I last played...

I imagine it is a multiplayer game... Annnd, I'm done.

It's a wonderful restaurant!

It sure is.

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Sold Out

In order to properly discuss what “selling out” is we must make a few distinctions. First, a group must have some contain skill or style that it might be able to sell in exchange for fame, wealth, or both. While groups with neither talent nor flair auction themselves off with regularity, nothing of value is lost in the transaction from the consumer’s standpoint and these groups shall be excluded from this discussion. Also, engaging in activism, of any nature, cannot be considered selling out unless there are financial incentives for doing so. While Madonna may extol the United Nations to help starving children in Africa, she remains untainted until she produces a song to benefit the starving children. If she has done this, I remain unaware. Furthermore, supposing the benefits from such work are donated, the publicity from such an action may be viewed as selling out instead. Finally, a group cannot “sell out” by being popular if no change has occur aside from an increase in exposure. While many hipsters may claim that a group has “sold out” because everyone likes them now, this is a fallacy. Mere popularity is not a qualification to be considered “sold out.” Supposing this were the case the product Hannah Montana would have sold out quite some time ago, but this is not possible because the Hannah Montana brand has always been a commercial enterprise and no significant change in derivative products can be observed. This is excluding the literal meaning of “sold out” which implies an absence of available concert tickets for purchase, in which case the above example is quite true.

With the proper exclusions in place, we may define “selling out” as an intellectual compromise in which the artist, for those to whom the label can be properly applied, alters future endeavors, in comparison with past productions, in order to secure greater fiscal rewards. Special focus must be applied to role in which financial incentives affect artistic development. Often times a musician will change style naturally as a part of musical development without consideration paid to monetary incentives. An example of this could be seen in Miles Davis, whose style changed dramatically from bebop to cool to avant-garde throughout his career but never strived (or achieved) great financial success with these transitions. Some degree of commercial success must also be obtained to properly sell out. A group such as The Aquabats has changed radically since their conception; although starting as a ska band they no longer contain a single wind instrument, but cannot be considered sell-outs because they have not reached an adequate level of success, although some would certainly disagree with me on this matter. With popularity so often intertwined with financial success, it is easy to see how hipsters would confuse becoming popular with selling out. Hipsters are also by popular definition forbidden to enjoy things that are popular, and proclaiming something a sell-out allows the hipster to maintain a sort of moral high ground.

Unfortunately, this moral high ground is imaginary. In one of the most competitive industries possible, any musician who achieves success is to be lauded. The musician, unlike the politician, owes no debt to those who endorse him. Although his success is dependent upon them, they are free to discontinue their patronage at any time and he is not obligated to only appeal to their interests. Although some may feel betrayed when the musician decides to increase his exposure by signing a contract with a major distributor such as MTV, it is the musicians’ choice and it’s his product, mostly*.

* According to whatever stimulations are entailed in the musicians contract with said distributor.

Selling Out

I'm skipping my first class to do this. Also, because I hate that class with the fire of a thousand suns.

Anyways, the ethical ramifications of selling out. Inspired by The Merchants of Cool.

The Grammys (a spelling which troubles me to my core) were yesterday so you'd think I should have no problem with this. I've asked a few friends, with various degrees of fail between them, and a few humorous incidents where people mistakenly believed I was referring to ticket sales. I was confused because in my mind Hannah Montana had always been a corporate enterprise. People also said U2, but failed to quantify how they sold out. To the Earth perhaps? What a poor sponsor choice.

Using an example of a performer or group that has "sold out," explain what "selling out" means to you, how you believe they have sold out and why you believe they behaved ethically or unethically in doing so. Once again, my utter lack of cool (I lost track of cool shortly after it's birth) to be a handicap. Oh, I am not looking forward to this class today, listening to idiots try to quantify the decomposition of some music that was never very good to begin with. Can it still be selling out if nothing of value was lost? Doesn't it require some sort of decrease in artistic quality? I find many artists lacking the ability to sell out entirely in this case, or perhaps the selling out occurred before I was made aware of them (more likely). I must be sure to differentiate between selling out and shark jumping. Further complicating things are those darn hipsters, always being hip, that refuse to acknowledge an artists fiscal success on some supposed moral grounds. Must an artist starve to make something of value? I disagree, perhaps the art that supports itself has the greatest value. Certainly it does financially, and what is wrong with being successful? I understand there is always some conflict between doing what you want and what you need. I should also mention product placement. Some of my favorite shows have numerous corporate parasites. I don't mind so much; they fund something I enjoy, and it can be funny at times. Although it does bother me a little knowing that there is no Chili's anywhere near Scranton. Never mind me, I'm having a discussion with myself.

Now playing: Reel Big Fish - Sell Out
via FoxyTunes

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Just when you thought knives couldn't get any cooler...

...you see Alton Brown holding them!

"Dear Tom Cruise,
Your lack of belief in the existence of clinical depression tells me one thing: you didn’t spend $10. to see War Of The Worlds. If vitamins can possibly help me out of this spiraling funk, please let me know which ones. Dinos? Pebbles? Freds? Please, I’m crying out for help."
- Alton Brown, Food Network host of Good Eats and Iron Chef America

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Panicking is for Pansies

One woman was injured. Because she decided to jump off the truck. Did anyone else jump off the truck? If they did, they didn't get hurt. Don't jump off the truck! It reminds me of the Hindenburg's fatalities. Most deaths were not caused directly by the fire but were from jumping
from the burning airship. Those passengers who rode the airship on its
descent to the ground survived.
I love this macro, perhaps too much.

Nation & World | Fire Closes Disney's Animal Kingdom Ride | Seattle Times Newspaper

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KGW about Anonymous Protests

I was hoping they'd have the video they just showed, but no. Settle for the poorly edited (and sources) online version. I apologize. Maybe KATU has something...

Protestors demonstrate outside Scientology headquarters | Local News | kgw.com | News for Oregon and SW Washington

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Flickr for Portland

I did a little Flickr search, I'm sure there are more, but here are a few galleries of Feb 10th in Portland. Will Scientology continue to dismiss Anonymous as nothing more than a "pathetic" bunch of "computer geeks" or not? I smell some litigation coming!

Public Spaces - a photoset on Flickr
Flickr: PortlandGAT's photos tagged with anonymous

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Onion headline that made me laugh

Just seeing the headline in my RSS feed made me laugh. Even more so when the area was Salem, Oregon. Perfect for Singles Awareness Day. Poor guy...

Local Girlfriend Always Wants To Do Stuff | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

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Saturday, February 09, 2008

Feb 10th is Here

I'm reading up on Feb 10th. It's here already in Australia. They made the front page:Will Anonymous do as well here? There is also a gallery.

Political Heckles

This is my new favorite picture of Obama:
And this is my new favorite picture of Clinton:

It's an OBAMARAMA!!! That should be the headline.

NPR: Obama Wins Neb., Wash. State
She left quickly after her speech, departing before Obama's scheduled arrival. But his supporters made their presence known, as chants of "Obama" floated up from the audience as she made her way offstage.

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More Writer's Strike Stuff

Friday, February 08, 2008

Bad-ass Legos

This is pretty awesome. I am thinking of busting out my old Lego collection and building a personal army of this guy's stuff. It's a lot cooler than that Exo-Force stuff Lego has been making, which is arguably still kind of cool.

Power Armor Instructions: A LEGO® creation by Kyle Vrieze : MOCpages.com

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I've Made A Huge Mistake

So I watched it. Some people can see something advertised and know they won't enjoy it. I am not one of those people. That is not to say that I don't have a developed sense of judgement; I knew fully well that I would not enjoy this program, but I had to know just how much I would dislike it. So I popped a bag of popcorn, got myself a can of dew and sat back for a miserable evening. Some part of me loves to be miserable and complain--this was fare for both.

The popcorn was a huge mistake, although it was rather delicious. I felt ill about half an hour in. It may have purely been the popcorn, but I cannot rule out some sort of Brooke Shields induced nausea. I imagine some people might have liked it, and I don't want to criticize the program or what it says about women or blah blah blah. People get paid to do that, I am not one of them, and they will doubtlessly do a better job critiquing an experience I do not wish to remember any longer. This video sums up my experience pretty well:

Lipstick Jungle TV Show, Series - Brooke Shields - Video Clips, Episode Recaps, Photos, Bios, Downloads – NBC Official Site

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Is Winning Everything?

I took this picture of my brother's homework assignment. It's best read aloud and with expression.

Writer's Strike Over?

Tom Leykis is claiming it's over. Is he right? He broadcasts from Paramount Studios and said there weren't any protesters there today and takes this as a sign that the strike is over. I tried to verify these statements, but haven't found anything. I'll post if I find any confirmation.

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Anonymous on NPR

I missed this story because OPB Radio is doing it's winter pledge drive. It is unfortunate, because it is a worthy cause.

It's not a bad story, better than most of the coverage Anonymous gets. They talk to Sean Cook, who in claiming to be a part of Anonymous stops being anonymous, but it is for a good cause and it was a noble sacrifice. I'm really pleased that they included Wise Beard Man, just his name makes me happy inside.

Is there a version of Godwin's Law for comparison's to the KKK? As we all know, the internet is serious business.

More info can be found on the wikipedia page documenting these events.

NPR: 'Anonymous' Wages Attack on Scientologists

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Good-bye, Micheal

A friend tipped me off to this event. The article says it best, "Well there goes my one and only reason to watch the new KNIGHT RIDER backdoor pilot." I'd noticed the voice in the commercials had changed a little while ago. But Val Kilmer? That just seems weird.

Will Arnett No Longer the Voice of KITT » Give Me My Remote

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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Ender's Game Video Game

I am very excited about this. I have wanted this game for years. I hope it focuses almost entirely on the Battle Room and not the child nudity prevalent throughout the novel.

Level Up : Exclusive: Chair Entertainment's Donald and Geremy Mustard Shed Some Light On Their Plans For 'Ender's Game'

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Hopping in the Lotus Position

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi has died. He wasn't on my deadpool, sadly. He hadn't been in the spotlight for some time. His political party had dissolved by the time I had learned of it. It's a real shame, because we may now never know if yogic flying can end poverty and create national force fields. I'm less interested in learning yogic flying than I am in learning the yoga flame. The Maharishi is survived by his website.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Soopa Toosday

Best picture of Hillary ever.

Being that it is the most exciting Tuesday of the year (new episode of House!) I thought it appropriate to link to this interesting piece from the Wired Blogs. I've been so excited about the news coverage, compulsively pressing F5 on NYTimes.com and listening to NPR's stream, that I didn't even mind that they canceled Jeopardy for more news coverage.

Silicon Valley Donations: Microsoft Loves Hillary; Google, Obama | Threat Level from Wired.com

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Prosthetic Dog Testicles

A man won an Ig Nobel Prize for this idea. I can't stop imagining this guy feeling up his dog's balls for comparison. He gets a wikipedia article for his trouble.

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This Old Razorback

I just finished listening to Huckabee's little speech about gun rights and "putting the IRS out of business" and I found it odd that he kept referring to himself as "this old razorback" in a sort of folksy way. In kind of makes sense when you consider it's the mascot for the University of Arkansas, but still. It's a wild boar...

Razorback - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Monday, February 04, 2008

Work at the Zoo!

I am moderately interested in applying for this job just because it requires working in the Zoo's dinosaur exhibit. I didn't even know they had a dinosaur exhibit! But I'd have to work at the zoo...

Now playing: Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up
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What I Watched Tonight

It's always a little weird when you see people on television who you've heard on the radio. Today I found out what writer Byron Beck, a frequent mention on The Rick Emerson Show, looks like. That girl talked to him on PDX 49, because they were showing the episode of The Simpsons with John Waters and the gay steel workers. I guess because Byron Beck is gay? He didn't talk about any upcoming project of his or anything that I saw; he danced with the station hostess or whatever. After that I watched How I Met Your Mother, which while entertaining, at least 15% of that is due to Alyson Hannigan, if not more. Suddenly, a pilot! A new show! It just came out of nowhere, so I watched it. I enjoyed Welcome To The Captain. It wasn't amazing or anything. I'll admit the two largest reasons I continued to watch were sloth and unending loyalty to the Arrested Development cast. I spent a few minutes trying to place Joanna Garcia, first thinking she might have been Kristen Bell, finally realizing I recognized her from Reba. I feel very foolish for this mistake and guilty for recognizing anyone from the cast of Reba. I don't know if the show will take off (it has a decent hook[likes a pretty girl in his building but whoops she has a long distance boyfriend, will he get the girl?], but a shaky premise[he lives in a strange apartment building with lots of interesting neighbors, so what?]). I was really tempted to bust out a triple bracket there, but I felt I was pushing it as is. I apologize! I hope it does well; I want all the cast of Arrested Development to do well (and not do this). Also, I wouldn't mind to continue seeing Joanna Garcia a little more either. At least, until Heroes reclaims that Monday night time slot.

Quantum of Solace

Rick is right, it does sound like a Prog Rock band.

Tim: I'll take a quantum of solace, please.
Rick: How much solace?
Tim: Just a quantum.

Due in theaters this November!
Quantum of Solace - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Delicious Nutrition

I had a dream a few nights ago that all my teeth fell out, scurvy-style. I don't think the dream as any sort of significance, prophetic or otherwise, and if my dreams do have merit, there are more pressing matters I should be concerned with. In any case, I've taken to downing a rather large amount of gummi multivitamins. It is a rather poor decision, but they are delicious! My rather poor logic dictates that I can survive a larger dosage than a child as I am much larger than any children I know, but I realize this is foolishness. If I soon perish, please blame the vitamins instead of the methylene blue.

Gummi bear - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Sunday, February 03, 2008

The Rumors Are True! Arrested Development Movie!

I'd heard the rumors before; they've been around since the last episode aired. But this is the first actual proof I've seen. I wonder what triggered it? Was it Micheal Cera's success in Super Bad and Juno? Or Jason Bateman in Mister Magorium's Wonder Emporium or Will Arnett in Brothers Solomon? I doubt that, but am still thrilled that they are making a movie. I hope it is as wonderful as I hope it will be. It is too late to be blogging. Good-night!

Arrested Development Television show - Arrested Development TV Show - Yahoo! TV

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Now playing: Was (Not Was) - Everybody Walk the Dinosaur
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Saturday, February 02, 2008

British Sketch Comedy

I heard about these guys on NPR this morning and decided to check them out. I've been on a bit of an anglophile kick as of late with Primeval and found That Mitchell and Webb Look very entertaining. I spent the majority of my leisure time today watching their many sketches on youtube. Here's one of my favorites:

This one is also good if you can get past the whole biscuit business:

You should also definitely check out Numberwang and all it's derivations. If only I had cable...

NPR: BBC Comedy Hit Heads to U.S.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Ivy League Nude Photos

Professional Vloggers

Vlog is pretty much the worst word in the world and I am loath to use it, but what else could I call them? Youtubers? Content Providers? Attention Whores? This is a gray area. Anyways, they get some percentage of the ad money. I'm not surprised this has happened; Blogger, also owned by Google, has had the option for several years now. It was the next logical step, but I feel I should be more weary of who's videos I watch now. Rickrolls will never be the same.

BBC NEWS | Technology | YouTubers given share of ad cash

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