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Indy IV

May 27th, 2008 · No Comments · Movies, Rants

Quick and dirty, spoiler-free review:
It’s quite good. Harrison Ford looks great and plays his role in a way that makes frequent (perhaps TOO frequent) nods to his age without sacrificing any of the action we expect from Dr. Jones. Shia LaBeouf plays his role with surprising effectiveness, switching effortlessly between comic sidekick and [...]

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Obama: Separate but equal is fine if you’re gay.

May 20th, 2008 · No Comments · Politics, Rants

From TNR:
“Barack Obama has always believed that same-sex couples should enjoy equal rights under the law, and he will continue to fight for civil unions as president,” the Obama campaign stated oh-so-carefully in response to this week’s California Supreme Court decision striking down the state’s ban on gay marriage. “He respects the decision of the [...]

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I love expensive gas…

May 8th, 2008 · No Comments · Politics, Rants

…because it’s forcing people to ditch their urban assault vehicles AND drive more sanely. The more the price at the pump goes up, the better we seem to behave.
Hell, let’s bump it up to $8 a gallon and see if it magically causes middle aged housewives to hang up their cell phones while they’re [...]

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CJR on Obama’s “100 Year” lies.

April 2nd, 2008 · No Comments · Politics, Rants

The Columbia Journalism Review lays into Obama for his gross and continuous misrepresentation and manipulation of McCain’s “100 years” comment:
Ever since John McCain said at a town hall meeting in January that he could see U.S. troops staying in Iraq for a hundred years, the Democrats have been trying to use the quote to paint [...]

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Woohoo!

March 20th, 2008 · No Comments · Art, Movies, Rants

DC’s come to its senses and recast Kevin Conroy as the voice of Batman in the upcoming Gotham Knight project.
“Anytime we initiate an animated Batman project, ‘Will Kevin Conroy voice Batman?’ is the first question we hear from fans,” said Bruce Timm , Executive Producer. “To meet Kevin is to know that he’s not anything [...]

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The Obama “race” speech.

March 19th, 2008 · No Comments · Politics, Rants

From Ralf:
What do you think of Obama’s speech? Pick one:
A) The Greatest Speech in the History of Forever!
B) Good, but not great.
C) More of the same, politics as usual.
D) Uppity Negro socialism.
E) What speech?
Based on your reaction, you are probably:
A) An Obama supporter
B) A Clinton supporter
C) A McCain supporter
D) A racist douchebag (i.e. reluctant McCain [...]

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Dammit, John.

March 3rd, 2008 · 1 Comment · Politics, Rants, Science

It looks like McCain’s decided to randomly buy into the “vaccines are POISONOUS” nonsense.
Are Republicans EVER on the right side of any scientific controversy?

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Polls are stupid.

February 28th, 2008 · No Comments · Politics, Rants

Like this one:
WASHINGTON (CNN) — A new poll out Wednesday suggests Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, will be a difficult candidate for the eventual Democratic nominee to beat in a general election match up this fall.
According to a just released Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll, McCain would be in tight races with either [...]

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SotU 2008

January 28th, 2008 · No Comments · Politics, Rants

Things just finished. It was really “meh” overall. After the jump are the raw notes I took during the speech. I’ll proofread an edit them later. Maybe.

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I am an old man.

January 28th, 2008 · No Comments · Art, Misc., Rants

Tonight’s episode of The Simpsons seems to have been tailor-made to make the generation that grew up with the show feel unbelievably ancient. I spent half the episode pausing it and explaining how Gag #252 was a reference to a specific interview Weird Al gave in 1993 on Regis and Kathy Lee or how [...]

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Michael Bay and Dick Cheney - BFF?

September 22nd, 2007 · 1 Comment · Movies, Rants, Technology

They HAVE to be. Just look at the Transformers movie.
But perhaps I’m getting ahead of myself.
Meet the V-22 Osprey:

She’s a funny-looking bird - a hybrid of a helicopter and a prop plane meant to replace the Vietnam-era CH-46 as a troop transport and general service lifter-of-things. Fans of hot-hot military hardware probably [...]

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Why I will be busy for a while.

August 29th, 2007 · No Comments · Rants

Let’s hear it for… IDENTITY THEFT!
Say what you will about Bank of America, but those crazy kids efficiently caught someone trying to - as near as I can tell - buy the entire country of Spain with one of my credit cards. At 5:00 this morning. Plane tickets, hotels, car rentals and - [...]

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Democratic Debate: BIG LABOR EDITION

August 8th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Politics, Rants

I missed the first broadcast, so I’m catching the midnight rerun.
Full notes after the jump.

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Learning things The Hard Way

August 1st, 2007 · 2 Comments · Art, Misc., Rants

The last few weeks of my life can be summed up by the following (click to embiggen):

As a note, I recognize that citing Cerebus will make Paul assume I’ve lost my mind, but that’s what happens when he abandons us Colonists for a few days.

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“Burn” culture and Generation Dobler

July 12th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Politics, Rants

Over at Reason, Brian Doherty (author of This is Burning Man: The Rise of a New American Underground) has written an interesting piece on some of the more untenable philosophical positions that have come to dominate much of the “burn” community in recent years.

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Democratic Debate number… uh… whatever.

June 28th, 2007 · No Comments · Misc., Politics, Rants

[NOTE: I need to go back through and extract more specific quotes, as the format moved SUPER-fast and made it tough to get details down without missing the next response. I'll do that tomorrow.]
Tonight’s debate is from Howard University and is apparently all about “black issues.”
I’m not black, but I appreciate PBS still letting [...]

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“Traditional Fun.”

May 21st, 2007 · 1 Comment · Gaming, Politics, Rants

Ye gods.
It appears that - having sucked the joy out of everything ELSE on earth - conservatives now feel the need to have their own form of “traditional play” for children to engage in. And what counts as “traditional play,” you may ask? Why, it’s the style of play THEY engaged in as [...]

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The Ron Paul Show.

May 16th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Politics, Rants

Oh, goody. Another GOP “debate.” Why, in the six minutes since the last one, I’d nearly forgotten who loves America the most and which of them would shoot abortion doctors into the sun if elected. Anywho, watch it I did and comment I must.
This one was on Fox News and was terribly, [...]

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Public Service Announcement

March 7th, 2007 · No Comments · Art, Rants

To anyone who has any intention of reading any major Marvel Comics this month, please avoid all major news outlets for the rest of the day. Go out and get the new issues of Captain America, Initiative and Mighty Avengers and read them in a sealed room.
As a side note, a big “fuck you” [...]

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Initiate Tin Foil Hat Deployment!

March 6th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Politics, Rants

Scooter Libby found guilty
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Cheney potentially stepping down over a blood-clot
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HRMMM…
Cheney’s heart (such as it is) has nearly exploded roughly fifteen times so far without so much as causing him to miss a friendly-fire hunting trip, but a blood clot in his LEG might force him to quit? Color me unconvinced. [...]

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