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The true price of suicide…

March 3rd, 2007 · No Comments · Gaming, Rants

…is not being around to prevent horrible shit from happening to your legacy. Case in point:
A commercial for 2K Sports’ new baseball video game features Nirvana’s Breed.
I don’t know if I should start tracking down the people responsible for this or if I should just cry.

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SotU 2007

January 24th, 2007 · No Comments · Politics, Rants

Here are my notes from last night’s State of the Union address. Any day-after comments appear in brackets:
T-minus 5 minutes. Cheney’s (in black) on the dais with Pelosi (in white). He looks even more like The Penguin than usual.
I love watching C-SPAN for this because you get to see all of the [...]

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I AM SO VERY EXCITED.

January 12th, 2007 · No Comments · Politics, Rants

I’ll admit it. I’ve been a bit DOWN as of late.
The Holidays are behind us. The Weather is misbehaving in ways that must be measured on the Gore Scale of Potential Warmish Doom. Trix-brand breakfast cereal has reverted to ball form - abandoning the vastly superior “fruit shape” presentation that [...]

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New Rule for a New Year.

January 6th, 2007 · No Comments · Politics, Rants

In this Fearsome Year of Our Lord, 2007, I resolve to do the following:
I shall no longer listen to the opinions of ANY PERSON regarding The War if they cannot answer at least two of these three questions correctly:
1) What is ONE core, theological difference between Sunni and Shi’a Muslims?
2) What Islamic denomination currently holds [...]

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Your one-stop shop for Sen. Tim Johnson Stroke Opinions.

December 13th, 2006 · No Comments · Politics, Rants

From CNN earlier today:
Sen. Tim Johnson, D-South Dakota, was hospitalized Wednesday after he suffered stroke-like symptoms in his Washington office.

Should Johnson not be able to complete his term, which ends in 2008, South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds, a Republican, could appoint his replacement, which could shift the balance of power in the Senate.
Now, many of [...]

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A note on the Nintendo Wii.

November 21st, 2006 · 2 Comments · Gaming, Rants

I realize everyone is VERY excited about the Wii. It’s perfectly understandable. But please remember that every time you make a penis-related Wii “joke” an angel is forced to eat a kitten. EVERY SINGLE TIME.
Do you want kitten blood on your hands? DO YOU?

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Man fron Nantucket, you disappoint me.

October 22nd, 2006 · No Comments · Misc., Rants

I was catching up on some month-old Colbert Report episodes when a reference to the old “there once was a man from Nantucket” gag came up. It occurred to me that my estimate of the humor of this reference was based entirely on implication, and not any ACTUAL knowledge of what the rest of [...]

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11-07-2006

October 18th, 2006 · No Comments · Politics, Rants

We’re in the home stretch running up to the November midterm elections and it’s looking more and more like the Democrats will at least be retaking the House. A 49/49/2 breakdown in the Senate is likely to tilt in favor of the Democrats as Bernie Sanders (I-VT) tends to support Democratic leaders and America’s [...]

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Overheard/seen.

September 12th, 2006 · No Comments · Misc., Rants

Today’s been a good day for dropping a bit o’ eave.
Over lunch, Paul and I were seated next to a bloated, objectionable group of what seemed to be war profiteers (Paul was very amused by the idea of a mess of arms dealers getting together at the knockoff 50’s diner down the road [...]

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Inevitability.

September 6th, 2006 · No Comments · Politics, Rants

I’ll admit it. I was searching YouTube for Rush Limbaugh video clips (one of which will show up later tonight when my del.icio.us links post).
In the process, I came across this old gem - from the moments JUST prior to Limbaugh’s emergence onto the national stage. WAAAAY back in 1990, Pat Sajak apparently [...]

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Cooler than Banksy.

September 3rd, 2006 · No Comments · Art, Rants

Noted “guerilla artist” Banksy’s latest stunt is making headlines.
As I read the article, I couldn’t help but think there was something… familiar about the whole affair. It’s probably the fact that, WAAAY back in 2001, my friends and I pulled essentially the same stunt - repeatedly. The only difference is that [...]

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The dark world of Thomas Kinkade.

August 30th, 2006 · No Comments · Art, Misc., Rants

I noticed that the FBI is apparently after Thomas Kinkade - the guy behind those pastel fairy tale hut paintings that you see all over the place. I always assumed he was like Bob Ross - really good at one, specific thing and able to churn out a ton of product at breakneck speed. [...]

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Suddenly, I feel like a Creationist.

August 24th, 2006 · 2 Comments · Rants, Science

“Science” is trying to tell us that Pluto isn’t a planet anymore.
Well, fuck that. Pluto IS a planet. And nothing those bastards do will EVER change my mind.
Henceforth, I will only support Pluto-positive candidates for political office. I will only allow my future children to attend schools that - if they try [...]

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Oscar Roundup.

February 1st, 2006 · No Comments · Art, Movies, Rants

Inspired by Ralf, my picks for the Academy Awards for categories I actually have an opinion on (some from the actual list of nominees, some not):
Best Picture: A History of Violence and Lord of War (tie) - Both wildly underrated films that basically no one saw. Both string you along and make you think [...]

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Review: Wal-Mart - The High Cost of Low Prices.

November 17th, 2005 · No Comments · Movies, Politics, Rants

Overall, the film presented what I would guess was a 3:1 ratio of “misrepresented, questionable bullshit” and “legitimate complaints.” Wal-Mart’s union-busting, for example, is notorious, well-documented and significant. Shining a light on it is important. The same goes for the company’s lackluster ability to respond to complaints about specific issues like “tons [...]

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Mad worlds.

October 25th, 2005 · No Comments · Art, Misc., Rants

I’ve been thinking a great deal about crazy people lately - particularly Dave Sim and Henry Darger, as well as a few other folks who have not - as of yet - done anything crazy/interesting enough to warrant Wikipediation.
If you’re unfamiliar with either or both of them, go ahead and review the following:
Sim’s ‘Tangents’.
A fairly [...]

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The Madness of Jack Thompson

October 18th, 2005 · No Comments · Gaming, Misc., Politics, Rants

Jack Thompson is an… interesting character.
Lawyer.
Author.
Fan of trolling LiveJournal.
Yes, you could say he’s a true Renaissance Man - at least in terms of trying to stifle free speech and creative expression.
Jacky Boy’s been amusing for a while now, but recently, he’s gotten even more hilarious to watch. Earlier this month, he put forth “A [...]

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Apparently, I suck at this whole blogging thing.

October 17th, 2005 · No Comments · Misc., Rants, Technology

So-called “usability curmudgeon” Jakob Nielsen offers his “Top Ten Design Mistakes” for weblogs. Let’s see how I hold up:
1. No Author Biographies
Swing and a miss. I used to have one - many moons ago - but it was entirely sarcastic. I suppose a brief bio doesn’t hurt, but I really hate masturbatory, [...]

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What do you MEAN it’s just about my tits?

October 11th, 2005 · No Comments · Art, Misc., Rants

THIS JUST IN:
Half-wit, former scenester models shocked and appalled to find out that people care more about their boobs and butts than their blogs.
From NY Press:
SuicideGirls’ carefully cultivated claim of being female-run has been attacked as a marketing ploy, and one of its male owners attacked as a woman-hater. About 30 of the site’s best-known [...]

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Everything old is creepy again.

October 11th, 2005 · No Comments · Misc., Rants

RealDolls are nothing new to even marginal netizens, but Salon has done a distressingly good job of making the behavior of “iDollators” revoltingly unnerving yet again:
When I ask Griggs how having Ginger and Kelly has affected his life — if perhaps he feels more confident — he writes, “I don’t like being around people at [...]

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