Sunday, July 31, 2005

The top 100 ebooks downloaded from Project Gutenburg.
I think we should all make a concerted effort to bump Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil (currently #17) up past the Koran (currently #16).
Tyrants From Afar - It's War of the Worlds without that nasty Cruise-infection.

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Chris from the Family Guy collides with 80's pop nostalgia in the dairy aisle.
The third and newest iteration of the Serenity Trailer is excellent.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Sorry for the lack of posts. I had this pesky bar exam thing to get out of the way. More flair soon to come....

Friday, July 22, 2005

Fun with T-shirts

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Americans for Prosperity and Rock the Vote recently waged a cotton war. Here's AFP's press release:

"Americans for Prosperity Foundation is organizing a youth protest of Rock the Vote's June 8 awards dinner in response to RTV's strong opposition to letting America's young workers voluntarily invest part of their Social Security taxes in higher-yielding personal retirement accounts.

"'Claiming to represent the best interests of young people and then fighting every effort to give young people more control over their own money and retirement security is practically the dictionary definition of hypocrisy,' said Americans for Prosperity spokesman Ed Frank. 'I think these t-shirts will fit the Rock the Vote staff very well at their big dinner.'"

And RTV's "Action Alert!":

"They call themselves Americans for Prosperity. They just sent us a box of t-shirts that mimic our I LOVE SOCIAL SECURITY shirts [but instead read I Love Hypocrisy]. A flattering imitation. But here's the thing: our t-shirts are UNION MADE IN THE U.S.A. Supporting the American way of life. Their shirts are MADE IN GUATEMALA. Probably in a sweatshop." (THE HORROR!)

"Now which group is really americans for prosperity, and which group is really a bunch of hypocrites? Get your I LOVE SOCIAL SECURITY shirts today!"

Who would wear any of this crap? It's nice to see activists being productive with their time and other people's money.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Hasselhoff is Hooked on a Feeling

Although there are MANY excellent things to choose from, I think the great white hunter ooga-booga scenes are my favorite.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Firefly Obsession Update...

Someone's put together a nice spoof of the opening credits of Firefly.

SciFi channel has put together a better site than the real one.

And for a fun bit of speculation... according to Alan Tudyk (who would never lie to me! never, ever!), there is a three-picture Firefly contract with Universal.

Update: Check out the new international trailer that just went up. Best one yet.

Friday, July 15, 2005

If he can save middle earth, the middle east should be a cakewalk...

Plans by an alliance of rightwing extremists and football hooligans to exact "revenge" on Muslims after last week's bomb attacks are being monitored by police.

Football hooligans communicating over the internet have spoken of the need to put aside partisan support for teams and unite against Muslims. Hooligans from West Ham, Millwall, Crystal Palace and Arsenal are among those seeking to establish common cause.

Thanks to Malice.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Which one of you bastards ratted me out? Why did this arrive in my mailbox?!? Victor? Mark? Christy? Sarah? Marc with a "c"? Matt???? Not funny, people. Not funny.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Michael Malice must be vying for a spot of Cruel Site of the Day. This is perhaps his most disturbing blog post ever (which as his regular readers will attest is a bold claim) and yet one more reminder of why I don't miss living in New York.

P.S. Happy Birthday Mike.

Update: new link

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

The Nuge to take aim at the Michigan gubernatorial race?

The self-described "Rosa Parks with a guitar and a raised middle finger" might be bringing his right-wing politics-on-steroids to the Michigan Governor's Mansion.

He's considering a "high-percentage maybe" run for the office. He yells at me his platform, which includes something about "cops that have their legs blown off and soldiers who are in wheelchairs and children with leukemia, who don't get the money because some fat pig welfare brat is sitting on his worthless (expletive.)"

The NRA board member, Fox News talking head and author of books such as "Gods, Guns, and Rock 'N' Roll," "Blood Trails 2" and "Kill It & Grill It: A Guide to Preparing and Cooking Wild Game and Fish" recently moved his family — his wife, Shemane, and the four kids — to Crawford, Texas because he liked the school system there. Nugent divides his time between Crawford and a home near Jackson, Mich., and maintains Michigan residency.

Not that I agree with everything the man has to say, but this could go a long way towards redeeming that state.

Monday, July 11, 2005

I know what I want for Christmas...

a Mexican wrestler handbag. Sweet. (via BoingBoing)

Sunday, July 10, 2005

For a slow-moving Sunday.. watch Plan 9 From Outer Space.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Slate reviews Toothpaste for Dinner

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"It's an exercise in virtual behaviorism: Like rats in a Skinner Box, we click and get an instant reward. Even its inconsistency makes it more clickable; it's an old chestnut of behaviorism that the best way to cause an addiction is not through consistent payoff but through what psychologists call a "variable ratio schedule"—a powerful reward (food pellet, good joke) unpredictably dispensed. This is why slot machines are like crack and why we spend all day checking our e-mail. Toothpaste for Dinner gives you a perfect moment on the eighth click, then the second, then the 12th. It's a slot machine of comedy: If you laugh once, you have to keep clicking until you win again."

Morgan Spurlock Watch (thanks to Todd)

Though I gotta admit... I like some of his TV episodes.
More magic tricks that don't suck - watch Rico Suave pull a coin out of his arm.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Bananaphone made me do it.
Bono must have the last word

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"When a star stops shining, when the drummer stops drumming, when the song comes to an end, there is silence.

"And so it is with death. But the sombre loneliness of death is soon broken by the tributes. Family and friends pay homage to the dead one's life - his personal and professional achievements. Some of these tributes are simple, haltering words spoken by grieving relatives. But some tributes come from more stranger sources...

"Often first on the scene to pay tribute is Mr Bono, the lead singer of U2. It doesn't really matter who has died. It could be a rockstar, a poet or a politician, but Bono will often take time off from wrestling with the twin Gods of irony and conviction to offer a few words of solace.

"Now - for the first time in colour - themanwhofellasleep has collected together a few of hair-weave-hero Bono's most poignant tributes to the dead."

Here's one more - to Samuel Beckett:

"It's kind of sad he never made it home, but he dreamt of other lands, of another home, Where The Streets Have No Name." (cue guitar)
There's actually a contest

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"A state lawmaker is pushing for doggy seat belts on the advice of an 11-year-old constituent. Marc McCann of Green Tree came up with the idea as part of state Rep. Tom Stevenson's annual "There Ought to be a Law" contest.

"Stevenson, R-Pa., submitted a bill to the House Transportation Committee in June that would require drivers to keep their dogs' heads inside the vehicle at all times. Stevenson also wants to require drivers to restrain the animals, either with some kind of modified seat belt or in a crate or carrier box.

"'I never did like dogs sticking their heads out the window,' said McCann, one of more than 500 students from his legislative district who proposed laws. 'Maybe a sign might have been too close to the road and they'd get hit. Maybe they'd jump out the window on a highway.'

"Stevenson said the bill will protect 'not only human lives, but pet lives. I think it's going to be a great idea because it's going to cut down on driver distractions.'"

Yay for safety.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Poodle Disguise Kit make your dog look less intimidating. Personally, I find the *after* much more terrifying than the *before.*
I've always been a fan of "Frontier Psychiatrist" by the Avalanches, but the video puts it over the top. Good fun.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Somehow I think Anne Geddes is to blame...

The Vagina Lady

Vagina Lady’s efforts span multiple platforms. It began with a few interactive pillows. She has since created and worn a series of handmade vagina costumes to San Francisco bay area events for several years. Now favoring wall art, her textural sculptures adorn her intensely feminine bathroom-cum-gallery. She relishes the astonishment and delight with which people view her artwork.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Perhaps my geekiest post ever....

Hearsay exceptions explained in song... and in lego.

Friday, July 01, 2005

I have it on excellent authority that Hillsdale College has officially "lost" me. Way to go team. Keep up the good work. It's like Schindler's List all over again.
Good times, making friends

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New to the neighborhood? Break the ice and show your neighbors your sense of humor by placing some wacky magnetic bumper stickers on their vehicle.
The Freaky Universe of McDonald's Advertising

People who aren't scholars of McDonaldland history usually assume that Grimace was just born "that way"--that his persona goes hand-in-hand with McDonald's support for the Special Olympics, so to speak. They forget that Grimace used to be a malicious, four-armed hoodlum who stole beverages and scuttled sideways like an actor who had no idea how heavy the costume would be.

Certainly no worse than any other commercials from that era, but highly entertaining nonetheless.
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