Wednesday, March 31, 2004

New York Press dishes up a little hate: 50 Most Loathsome New Yorkers

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Aaron Russo for President

Disclaimer: I don't actually know this guy, but no doubt I'll run into him at a conspiracy gathering one of these days. Be sure to check out his bio. He's a lot more fun than Harry Browne, and when he smiles he looks like a South Park character from the Pokemon episode.

Monday, March 29, 2004

Looks like Stephen King is wrapping up the Dark Tower series with the 6th and 7th books coming out this summer. I'll have to add reading the books through from the beginning onto my summer to-do list along with watching all of the Sopranos (I have yet to see an entire episode) and seeing the original Twin Peaks series.

On a related note, after having three job offers roll in on Friday, I once again have a future. I've accepted a job working in Denver for the summer, so it looks as though I'm Colorado bound once again. Incidentally, this will be the first time I've actually had a job in Colorado not counting the paper route I helped my older sister out with when I was in the 3rd grade. And, yes, I really did that, and no it was not a character-building experience.

This is something of a repeat. I posted these album covers before, but now someone has gone through the trouble to rank the 10 worst covers of all time and add some hysterical descriptions. Be sure not to miss part 2. (Credit to Todd for the links.)

Sunday, March 28, 2004

Check out 100 Movies that Deserve More Love - although many of these are just plain crap, the list won me over with #15 "Space Truckers." Certain persons should be thankful that I subjected them both to this movie and to "Dark Star," which makes this review fully appreciable.

Saturday, March 27, 2004

If you haven't seen The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, you should.
A nifty little site for downloading random MP3's: The Bubblegum Machine

Friday, March 26, 2004

Damn you democracy! Damn yooouuuu!!!!!!!!

I think the system may have finally thwarted my policy of utter apathy/”if the booth isn’t on my way to something, I’m not voting” rule. I got my voter registration in the mail (which I only bothered to get because I had time to kill while waiting in line for my license) – turns out my polling place is literally on my block. I don't even have to cross a street, much less turn a corner to get there. It's like three doors down from my apartment building. Can someone please step in and make this less worth my time?
Whatever would we do without the internet... someone has taken the time to systematically rate the quality of world flags.
I'm just happy to note that the USVI flag came in second to last.

Thursday, March 25, 2004

Lesson for those about to travel: Don't cross Richard Simmons

"A fellow passenger recognized Simmons on Wednesday night at Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport as he was waiting for a flight to Los Angeles, police said.

"The man 'made the off-hand comment, 'Hey everybody. It's Richard Simmons. Let's drop our bags and rock to the '50s,'' said Phoenix police Sgt. Tom Osborne. 'Mr. Simmons took exception to it and walked over to the other passenger and apparently slapped him in the face.'"
4-Year-Old Brings Crack Cocaine To Preschool

"It wasn't your average show-and-tell at an Indianapolis preschool.

"Police say a 4-year-old boy took rocks of crack cocaine -- worth about $10,000-- out of his backpack and showed them to other kids in his Head Start class. He said it was flour.

"But teachers realized it was cocaine and called authorities."

This picture doesn't have anything to do with the story, it's just what comes up when you type "crack cocaine" into Google image search.

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

The Colonel's Secret Recipe: Cruelty

Looks like PETA doesn't know just how good cruelty tastes. They plan to hand out buckets of blood to children as part of their latest retarded campaign.
This entire article is a must read.
As a side note, I once raced turtles in Perham, Minnesota while on a family vacation. Somewhere in my mom's basement there's even a blue ribbon for having the fastest turtle in my heat. (Alas I was knocked out of the final race when my turtle did a 180 part way through the race.) Before you judge me too harshly, let me just say that watching turtles haul ass across hot pavement is a lot more entertaining than you might think.

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

The Showgirls DVD comes with all the bells and pasties.

What would Principal Belding think?
The Hiibel case is currently up before the Supreme Court. Let's all hope Scalia loses this one.
This is just a fun time waster: A Break in the Road
Inbreeding becomes a fashion statement

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Abercrombie & Fitch is once again creating media buzz by offending people. The question is, why pay A&F prices when you can get an equally absurd t-shirt from The Cotton Factory on the cheap?

Monday, March 22, 2004

Just when I thought it was time to get my war on, I find this nifty game: Homeland Insecurity
Dammit. Why didn't I know about this before I signed on for law school?
The Random Masturbation Synonym Generator

Sunday, March 21, 2004

I actually found this site following the Cthulu link... coincidence?

Save Martha!
Elder God Tracts

For Cthulhu and / or Chick fans:

The Sith Rejects I think Darth Ner Tube is my favorite.

Saturday, March 20, 2004

Happy Birthday Zach!!!!!

Everyone on the East Coast has two hours to spam him before I take his email address down.... if the spam count is disappointing, I may have to post his phone number, SSN, home address, and other necessary information.
Lebowski Fest

Maybe I'll try to work this in to a proposed Dollywood roadtrip...
Just when I thought I was starting to get far too much exercise from video games, technology promises to make it even easier.

Thursday, March 18, 2004

“Heinasirkka, heinasirkka, menetaalta hiiteen.”

I'm a couple days late, but it's not as if anyone noticed.

I try not to post quizzes, but these two have been making the rounds the last few days and are really good:

The Country Quiz

The Book Quiz

For the curious, I am Libya and Siddharta by Herman Hesse, respectively.
Take your pants off, Dylan!

I'm back from a brief stint in London with a new appreciation for firefighters, Mother Goose, and the systemic looting of foreign relics a la the British Museum. Perhaps most importantly, I was able to witness the theatrical atrocity that is When Harry Met Sally as performed by Luke Perry and Alyson Hannigan. The highlight was watching the audience of twenty and thirty somethings reliving their 90210 fantasies with barely controlled glee as Dylan gave the audience a gratuitous glimpse of his pert apple ass. The rest was straight out of a bad high school play in which the performers are clearly putting so much effort into remembering their lines and the blocking that actual acting is out of the question. Sadly, I had predicted that Perry would be the show's ruin, but next to Hannigan, he is a gifted thespian indeed. She is truly awful. AWFUL.

Moving Violations

Sure, it's always fun to reference an awful movie, but this post has a serious message, too. Just because someone looks like a bad person doesn't give you the right to run them over.

"A French artist allegedly traumatized by last week's Spain bombings was convicted of trying to run over a pedestrian he mistook for Osama bin Laden and ordered to pay the man $615.

"[The driver's] lawyer, David Mendel, said his client was the 'victim of a hallucination' while driving Monday through Montpellier's historic center.

"The intended target, a man in his 30s, was able to run from the oncoming car, which crashed along the side of a street.

"'If it was (bin Laden), we would have won $5 million,' Mendel said, referring to a reward."

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Another fine Blue Q product...

From the makers of the Mini-Mullet Party Pack comes Handz-Off Chewing Gum.

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The Dutch have something in common with Afghanis

"A frustrated Afghan soldier who could not afford to get married has been released without charge after being caught having sex with a donkey, police said Tuesday.

"The soldier, who was not identified, was detained for several days last week after a young boy spotted him with the animal in an abandoned house in the southeastern town of Gardez.

"'The man insisted he had no other choice but the donkey because he could not afford to pay a dowry to get married,' a local police officer told Reuters."

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

A nice addition to the bag of plagues...

The Mini-Mullet Party Pack

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Saturday, March 13, 2004

I'm off for the next five days. I leave all posting in Matt's capable hands.

Friday, March 12, 2004

Most excellent news! Sam Tanenhaus has just been appointed the new Book Review Editor for the New York Times. Sam is a great guy and a very fair and thorough writer. He is the one responsible for the big Vanity Fair piece on Hillsdale a few years back and is also the author of "Whittaker Chambers: A Biography."
"ch" + "ill" = "chill"

The Electric Company Archive

Tattoo your teeth.

I think I'm as disturbed by the tattoo selection as I am by the process itself. Fox News? Sistine Chapel hands? Da Bulls? Ick.

Thursday, March 11, 2004

We've got nothing on this guy...

I have to say, the Dutch are in a bad way if this is really true:

"Two Dutch political parties called Wednesday for laws prohibiting sex with animals after a man suspected of having sex with a pony was set free.

"Wearing nothing but a T-shirt, the man was arrested by police in Utrecht Monday after the pony's owner caught him by surprise in his stable.

"'He was caught in the stable, busy with the pony, and was arrested for animal mistreatment,' Mary Hallebeek, a prosecution spokeswoman said.

"The prosecutor set him free because there was no evidence of a crime. Dutch law does not prohibit bestiality."

No evidence of a crime?!?!? If I found some guy in my tool shed wearing nothing but a t-shirt and raping my dog I would like to think he'd at least get a trespassing rap.
Celebrate Passover with a fun Bag of Plagues.

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

I think Victor is trying to blog vicariously... here's his latest contribution:"Dumptruck"
In the Nav-eeee! Japanese recruitment video. I can't wait for Fleet Week.
Quarter-folks to get quarter-votes in California?

Any constitutional amendment with a name as cool as "Training Wheels for Citizenship" seems like a no-brainer for sound public policy...

"In a rare and likely quixotic proposal, Sen. John Vasconcellos on Monday introduced a bill that would allow anyone 14 or older to vote -- at least fractionally -- starting as early as 2006.

"The proposal, which would grant people ages 16 and 17 a half-vote and those who are 14 and 15 a quarter-vote, is the final legislative push by the termed-out San Jose Democrat, an unapologetic liberal and the father of California's self-esteem movement.

"'We're just children, or that's what some people think,' said Victoria Martinez, 14, of San Jose, who supports the bill. 'But we do have minds and political views.'

"Flanked by about two dozen teens at a news briefing Monday, Vasconcellos dubbed his attempt to amend the California Constitution 'Training Wheels for Citizenship,' a way to engage about 2 million more young people at a time of low voter turnout."
Priceless Kerry Ad

I'm not sure how pointing out Kerry's privileged background distinguishes him from Bush, but it's still an amusing ad.

Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Bad snack apologetics

From . . . True, Funyuns may be gross, but they still outsell Responsibilityuns.

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To complete this week's "pop culture meets christianity and I'm so going to hell triad," here's Led Zeppelin - The Satanic Messages.

Monday, March 08, 2004's latest Photoshop contest: Product Placement in The Passion of Christ

Sunday, March 07, 2004

The Exorcist in 30 seconds with bunnies.
The Book Of Sick is just that. Warning: this is very VERY dark.

Saturday, March 06, 2004

I'm convinced that no one who grew up on the east coast can do this.
Cheap laughs with children's television and sexual innuendo: Rainbow!
Woohoo! The Firefly movie has been greenlit for production. "Serenity" has an ETA for next year. Looks like Whedon is writing and directing and that most of the cast has signed on. Conspicuosly absent are Alan Tudyk and Ron Glass. While I can do without Glass, Tudyk would be a big loss. He's been a favorite of mine since he played Gerhardt the flaming neurotic in rehab with Sandra Bullock in 28 Days (he was the single redeeming part of the movie). Tudyk is also starring as "Sonny" the main robot in the upcoming "I, Robot."

Friday, March 05, 2004

Suburban Trunk Monkey is back!
The mystery of Graceland's 2nd Floor is finally revealed. And knowing how tacky the rest of the house is, I can believe the photos are real.

Thursday, March 04, 2004

My patriotism kicks your patriotism's . . .
Or, dispatches from an Arkansas Wal-Mart, part I

Just think how awesome you're going to look in this fashionable button-up that you can make yourself! The best part is, you can listen to this guy's well-reviewed cd while you sew...

Tuesday, March 02, 2004

Victor posted this in one of the comment threads. It was too good not to repost on the main page:

Here's that Reason article on eminent domain I mentioned a while back. Also, Todd has a nice piece in the new issue on the FDA that you should check out.

Monday, March 01, 2004

EvilLyrics is a nifty little application that works with lots of different mp3 players (btw - I recommend Foobar, what you lose with bells and whistles you make up for with ease of use and stability - it also plays ogg and flac files). It automatically downloads the lyrics of whatever song is playing.