Ah yes, can you ever get enough of a punk being punked?
Oct 31, 2006
Oct 30, 2006
Also known as I have too much time doing homework, so I get tons of movies watched.
The Lakehouse - A time traveling mailbox?! SERIOUSLY?!
The Fast & The Furious 3 - HAHAHAHAHAHA
One Last Thing... - Surprisingly good. If you are in the mood for it, pretty touching, slightly creepy.
Brick - Call it... film noir in a high school. Or call it poop on a stick. Both are applicable.
Rumor Has It - Interesting idea, especially the part where zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....
The Prestige - Surprise ending about as surprising as my F&F3 review. Much suspension required. Otherwise, pretty good.
Oct 29, 2006
Okay, at this point, I am almost positive that the democrats paid Limbaugh to make a stink about this. Michael J Fox has gotten an insane amount of press ever since, all of it favorable, all of it sympathetic, and all of it driving voters to finally feel the tiniest bit about how stem cell research might affect people.
Oct 28, 2006
Oct 27, 2006
Looks like half my posts will be politics for the next 2 weeks, so next up, I can't decide what I think of Keith Olbermann. I, as a rule, don't watch 24 hour cable networks. I don't like what's become of them in the Fox era, and I generally choose not to support them (not that they know, but you know what I mean). So I haven't seen a lot of Olbermann, never watched it on an actual TV, just links online. He's a big critic of Bush'n'them, so obviously that's great. But he comes across a little too rabid for me. There is a vitriol in his mannerisms that weirds me out. I mean, I'm with Bill Maher: "Where is the outrage?" I want someone to be pissed, I want lots of people to be pissed. Maybe online links have a selection effect that bias me, I'm not sure. I guess I'll have to watch his actual show a couple of times to get a good measure. Any thoughts?
Oh, I also think he as absolutely not earned rights to "Good Night and Good Luck" Do I really have to quote Bentsen v Quayle here??
I sort of assume everyone has seen this, I always miss the big stories for that reason. But just in case, quick recap: Michael J Fox did an ad for a senate race in Missouri, for the democratic candidate who supports stem cell research (as he obviously does). The big hooplah came cuz Rush Limbaugh decided he was faking or purposefully slacked on medication to make the commercial more effective. Even going so far as to mimic/mock Fox's motion. Sadly, real life had to intrude. Point is, if he had stopped his medication, he wouldn't be able to move at all. Turns out it was an exess that produced those particular symptoms. Is he using his celebrity and sad condition to push people into caring? Umm...duh. If I couldn't sit still for 2 seconds, if I didn't have control of my own body, I think I'd do whatever I had to to make people pay attention. Another fun point, no conservatives complained when Fox used his celebrity for Arlen Specter in 2004! Though I did find one blog post of liberals complaining how he's not even american, hahaha. Careful liberals, a counter-asshole is still an asshole.
And on an even larger point, it's amazing that Rush Limbaugh can say mission accomplished! We are spending more time talking about whether Fox was faking than about the actual issue! And as much as folks like me are jumping up and down screaming that Limbaugh is EVIL, he is going to get away with it just fine. He's not going to get Dixie Chick'd for saying such things, it's perfectly acceptable for a conservative to make amazingly outrageous claims and not even express remorse, let alone feel consequences! Meanwhile the more official members of their cabal reap political capital from the whole event.
Then again, Fuck Limbaugh.
Oct 26, 2006
This is interesting, and looooong, but interesting. Biased, of course. Lots of numbers on what the republicans have or haven't done, some comparisons to the past, some suspiciously absent, some seeming to keep with the trend of american politics of the last 100 years. If (pleeeease) the democrats really do get the houses back, we'll have to see if it really is a trend or not.
Oct 25, 2006
Haha, wow. When I first saw a post on this link, I thought "big deal, game makers focus on boobs, nothing new." But holllly crap, it is absolutely ridiculous how those things move. It's like they've got jello blobs glued to their chests, it's insane.
Btw, do I really have to say NSFW? No one is reading or watching anything I post at work, I hope!
They are pretty talkative, and they claim a lot, w/o any real frame of reference. I'm sure the antis would argue each point. But more than that, the ads aren't cool. Seems like Sony is going to have to figure that part out pretty soon.
That dogfight is nice though.
Oct 24, 2006
So, I finally finished Brave New World. I'm gonna blab for a while here, just so yas know. I gotta say, it didn't catch me like 1984 did. In fact, I was not reading at all, so I had to download the ebook so I could listen on my walk to & fro work, which got me through it much quicker. The thing was, it did not feel like the same type of book as 1984. Maybe I should have known that ahead of time, not sure. Somehow 1984 seemed grander, maybe because of it's correllaries to today, maybe because it felt more like the main charcter, though he was an individual, had a very common story. This book felt more focused on Bernard, and then John, as if they were rarities. It's easy to extrapolate that the events are commonplace, but it doesn't seem the point, maybe I got it wrong.
There's also some analysis of the nature of people I found interesting, in a very different way than 1984. Somehow very interesting and fundamental, but does not feel epic like 1984 did. Nonetheless, these three quotes are good ones:
"I'd rather be myself. Myself and nasty. Not somebody else, however jolly." That one strikes me in a certain way. In a way which I imagine only people from whom it rings true would get.
"Success went fizzily to Bernard's head, and in the process completely reconciled him (as any good intoxicant should do) to a world which, up till then, he had found very unsatisfactory." A sort of obvious one, I guess, but seems important to me.
"One of the principal functions of a friend is to suffer (in a milder and symbolic form) the punishments that we should like, but are unable, to inflict upon our enemies." Yikes, eh?
The nature of the society only became very interesting toward the end when the Coordinater is explaining it all. The first half is an almost insultingly basic "reveal" of how the society works, but the second part is legitamately interesting analysis of some aspects of the society. I'd have to quote the whole chapter to discuss it here, and I'm sure you have all stopped reading already. There is some of the natural utopian discussion. If we are all happy but don't choose to be so, is that ok. If you are given everything you could possibly want, there is no passion, so no instability. Are we less for never having to deal with unhappiness. There are also some very cool thoughts on the use of god(s) in society - that their presence was their purpose in older socities, but that their absence is their purpose in this one of permanent happiness. Gah, it's too much to go into, but it is a great chapter.
Elsewhere in the book, though, there some other good passages:
Very early on, as we are introduced to this world, the Controller is explaining how history doesn't matter. "He waved his hand; and it was as though, with an invisible feather whisk, he had brushed away a little dust, and the dust was Harappa, was Ur of the Chaldees; some spider webs, and they were Thebes and Babylon and Cnossos and Mycenae. Whisk. Whisk - and where was Odysseus, where was Job, where were Jupiter and Gotama and Jesus? ..." That's a good one yeah? Very similar to 1984, or rather 1984 similar to it.
In the foreward, some time is given to Huxley's own comments on the issues of the day. Discussing overpopulation (a continually threatening, dramatized, reconciled, and again threatening circle we seem to deal with), and the international conflicts it would create, he says "Permanent crisis justifies permenant control of everybody and everything by the agencies of the central government." Seen the latest Osama/Zarqawi/Bush ad?
So, obviously, it's still a very good book, just didn't have the impact on me as 1984. I don't think I'll read Revisted, leastaways not right now, it doesn't seem to have been very well accepted. I might take a break for a horror/scifi podcast novel by Scott Sigler real quick. But then I'll have to get into We before I forget 1984 and ABNW (though I'm hoping these posts help with that)
Oct 23, 2006
Y'know, I can't decide if this is a really honest look at random people and random lives, or a sad self-obsessed signature of modern Warhol culture. On the one hand, all these people put all these videos on youtube, somehow thinking anyone would find it interesting, which none of them are. At the same time, this compilation is looking at these people from a step or two back, the kinds of people, where they come from, what they think is important, how unbearably common they (and we) are. Can that be interesting without participating in the reality TV, look at me, I'm important circle of internet life? I dunno.
Oct 22, 2006
So, these aren't funny. How come liberals can be smart (most college educated people, etc). And liberals can be funny (most comedians/actors, etc). But liberals have a terrible time being funny and smart/effective at the same time? It's the whole bumper sticker debacle again!
BTW, I've made another ridiculous character in City of Villains. A brawler named The Activist Judge! hahahaha!
Oct 20, 2006
Oct 19, 2006
Oct 18, 2006
Just to show I'm linkily (shut up, it's a word) dynamic, here is Clinton (the one who is still good) speaking at Georgetown. Why oh why can't he still be president? Imagine, a politician who ever says "on both sides" or "to be fair to them"
I don't love glib catch phrases, but obviously if we let them get away with Compassionate Conservative and They Hate Us For Our Freedom, we gotta do something. "Common Good" ain't so bad, at least it's short, Kerry would have said the same thing in no less than 20 words :)
Oct 17, 2006
An Internet Questionnaire, Twice Stolen, but which is most definitely not Zemax, which appeals to me at the moment.
1. What does a usual breakfast consist of for you?
Breakfast? I think that's the thing that people have while I'm getting 15 extra minutes of sleep?
2. You are having dinner with your friends. What type of food do you usually decide on?
Thai! No, indian! Wait, I meant italian! Or chinese .... slash pizza ... slash mexican. Um... hows about "Yummy"?
3. What was/is for dinner tonight?
No idea, hopefully not chips.
4. What type of cake do you like best?
Carrot cake, or angelfood. Made with organic, free-range angels, if possible.
5. What is your favorite flavour ice cream? Do you put anything extra on it?
6. What would go into your ideal stir fry?
Finally a question that coddles my indecisiveness! Tofu, broccoli, spinach, tofu, bok choy, edamame, tofu, carrots, flat noodles, spicy sauce, green onions, crushed peanuts, and tofu. And maybe tomatoes and peppers, chopped verrrry small, just so people don't look at me so weird. And tofu.
7. Which take away/out place is the one you frequent the most?
Meh, Jack in the Box's breakfast sandwiches made w/o meat, or Del Taco's bean'n'cheese burritos. But only to avoid #3.
Oct 16, 2006
Oct 15, 2006
I just saw the Scorsese movie The Departed. I had heard it was very good, one of those epic classic cop/mob type movies. Holy crap did I hear right, it was totally amazing. 2.5 hours and I loved almost every second of it. The story, the humor, the acting, the editing it was all so good. I do say almost every second, because there's one part, literally 5 seconds, that sorta messes everything up. But if he'd just cut that bit out, it'd be a masterpiece! Go see it! Go now!
Oh, also saw the big screen version of the trailer for The 300 that I mentioned a few months ago. Looks 3 times as good when its all huge and not crappy quality, I can't wait.
Oct 13, 2006
[in Connery accent] Suck on it Thompson. Suck it long. And suck it hard.
Oct 12, 2006
Oct 11, 2006
Finally! It was requested I find another one of these Netherlandish Proverbs-like games (though this is obviously not that in style, more in the sense of visual metaphors, or whatever you would call it). And I finally did! See if you can find the 75 bands in this picture.
Post (has spoilers in the comments, so don't go here if you don't want to see answers).
Oct 10, 2006
I don't usually post anything that doens't happen to me through an RSS feed, but I just saw Tango Fire at Centennial. Holy shit! It was so good! I checked, and they aren't going to CO or WA, they've already done CA, and Mesa is tomorrow. But... well... go see them somehow anyway! So good!
Cool idea for decreasing your chances of losing luggage w/ somethign expensive in it - just pack a starter pistol and declare it!
Of course, all the stats on how many weapons and such get through, the TSA isn't exactly the pinnacle of efficiency (though they do find EVERY sign calling Kip Hawley a clear plastic douchebaggy)
Oct 9, 2006
Oct 8, 2006
Okay, this is super interesting, but I want to know more. How did it know how the pendulum is anchored? Is that the only way something that looks like that can work? Does a circle around always mean select? What if you want something to be in a circular container? Maybe you have to draw it as a full thing, not a negative? What if the selection is boxey? What are the parameters on those springs? Lots of cool ideas, but they are only good for a preplanned demo unless they are flexible. Granted, the idea here isn't a finished product, but a concept for a design environment, as he puts it. Still, it makes me feel as anxious as it does excited! There are too many good ideas poorly implemented already!
Oct 7, 2006
Oct 6, 2006
Oct 5, 2006
Oct 4, 2006
See now, that's responsible and reasonable. You know your stuff could be a big bad if it's easily hacked, so instead of locking it up in a closet and pretending that it's perfect and suing anyone who suggests otherwise, you actually ask people to try and hack it! Pretty much everyone should do that with any OS level software they write :)
Oct 3, 2006
Oct 2, 2006
Well, it's close. I have to make the post, publish it to one, switch accounts, and publish it to the other. Not exactly convenient, but this is the only client so far that lets me even hold on to the post so I can push it to both platforms! Someone save me from this crap?
haha, that's really one of the only good ones, but click if you like.