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Free Speech at its Best

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

Just in case you thought The Daily Show could only make fun of conservatives, check this out.

The sent their correspondent Rob Riggle, a Major in the Marines, to report on the effort by the city of Berkeley, California, to force the Marine recruiting center to close down.

Warning: This video contains graphic depictions of radical left-wing ignorance.

The best exchange:

“Wars in general would stop if we didn’t have weapons, just like violence in our streets would stop if we didn’t have weapons.”
“So if we didn’t have police, we wouldn’t have crime?’
” … Potentially… ”

Keep it coming, nutjobs!

Lots of Different Things Revolving Around One Related Topic, For A Change

Saturday, October 6th, 2007

Several things I’ve been meaning to do, and I’m sure I won’t remember them all …

I’m finally pulling out the autumn leaf bullet point, even though the daily high temperatures are still in the low 90s, despite the attempts of a couple of weakling little “cool fronts” to crash the party …

Still, though, it’s been worse in some years past — 2005, for example — with 100+ temperatures hanging on almost until Halloween. This is better, but tonight it’s so humid that the heat index is +5.

Fortunately, I’ll be going to see my mom soon, and the nighttime lows have been around 15 degrees lower for the past couple of weeks where she lives, so that’ll be a nice crisp break.

Speaking of my mom, who, by the way, turns 87 next month, went to a high school football game last week, and got hit in the face with a football.

Don’t worry, she’s okay. She’s tough, she shook it right off.

Old folks are resilient like that.

Speaking of going to see my mom: If I weren’t the kind of person who wants to make sure that the music industry gets every penny it wants, even from 40-year-old material that isn’t even in print, here’s the album I’d make my mom a copy of: Martin Denny’s Hawaii Goes A Go-Go.

Seriously, she eats that stuff up. That shelf-top CD stereo unit I got her a couple of years ago was a great move on my part.

It’s just too bad that I’m above making illegal copies.

Nope, those three spindles full of blank CDs in my computer room are strictly in case I need to back up lots and lots of data on short notice.

Seriously.

Also speaking of that upcoming trip: I could get internet access while at my mom’s, but it’s not worth the hassle. First of all, I’m having trouble installing the CMOS battery in my old laptop, since I’m wary of taking too many parts of it apart, since you eventually get to that part of the laptop that’s pretty much impossible to get back together. (You folks who work on computers know what I mean.) Secondly, the old laptop is Windows 98, and the last time I tried to connect there, it never would connect, and the Southwestern Bell tech support people on the other side of the freaking planet were zero help at all, seeing as they had no technical knowledge at all and thus were totally dependent on their scripted flowcharts. And I’m sure not taking our new laptop unless I absolutely had to, because between baggage handlers and the security goons, there’s no guarantee that I’d actually get there and back with the thing.

And besides, it would just be a dialup connection {shudder} so it wouldn’t even be worth the trouble of hauling it there and back.

Anyway, it’ll probably do me some good to take a break from my normal 16-hours days in front of computers. Even the geek’s brain needs a break now and then.

Don’t worry though, I won’t be totally tech-deprived: I mailed my old Sega Dreamcast and several games to her house last week, so at least I’ll have something to do while I’m there. And I can leave it there for next time. Plus, for those times that relatives with kids that visit my mom, if the kids get agonizingly desperate for something to do while they’re there, they can get schooled on semi-old-school games like Ooga Booga, Space Channel 5, Bust A Move, and, of course, Sonic. Assuming they’ll be open-minded enough to try before-last-gen gaming.

Which they won’t be.

Which is too bad, because just talking about the games is making me look forward to playing …

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

I ran across this today: Produce Paradise:

No, it’s not to the tune of Gangsta’s Paradise — would sound a lot better if it were — but anyway the point I’m making here is that the idiots at the A&P supermarket chain are suing the kids that made the video, have both worked at an A&P for several years, and even got permission from the local store before taping. You can barely even see anything that says A&P on it!

Are those executives extra-extra-stupid or what?? Here’s how it’s going to shake out. There will be loads of good publicity for the boys (culminating with an appearance on whatever late night talk show wins the battle for them — I’m guessing Leno, but Letterman could pull it off), and negative backlash for the idiots at A&P. At least one of the idiot suits will lose their job, the suit will be dropped, and, if A&P gets unstupid in a big hurry, they’ll hire the boys to appear in their commercials, to try to stem the unofficial consumer boycott.

Upper management all over the country is rushing to cash in on all the new net technologies and trends — and they ALWAYS ending up fritzing it up, don’t they?

Why is that?

Independence Day — Enjoy it while you can

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

There’s a great (fake) article in this week’s The Onion:

Revised Patriot Act Will Make It Illegal To Read Patriot Act

WASHINGTON, DC—President Bush spoke out Monday in support of a revised version of the 2001 USA Patriot Act that would make it illegal to read the USA Patriot Act. “Under current federal law, there are unreasonable obstacles to investigating and prosecuting acts of terrorism, including the public’s access to information about how the federal police will investigate and prosecute acts of terrorism,” Bush said at a press conference Monday. “For the sake of the American people, I call on Congress to pass this important law prohibiting access to itself.” Bush also proposed extending the rights of states to impose the death penalty “in the wake of Sept. 11 and stuff.”

Our American rights and freedoms are getting whittled down a little more every day, so maybe it’s time to acquaint yourself with the Bill of Rights while we’ve still got one — and while they still let us discuss it.

First Amendment – Freedom of religion, speech, press, and peaceable assembly as well as the right to petition the government.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Second Amendment – Right to keep and bear arms.
A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Third Amendment – Protection from quartering of troops.
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Fourth Amendment – Protection from unreasonable search and seizure.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Fifth Amendment – Due process, double jeopardy, self-incrimination, private property.
No person shall be held to answer for any capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Sixth Amendment – Trial by jury and other rights of the accused.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district where in the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.

Seventh Amendment – Civil trial by jury.
In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Eighth Amendment – Prohibition of excessive bail, as well as cruel and unusual punishment.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Ninth Amendment – Protection of rights not specifically enumerated in the Bill of Rights.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Tenth Amendment – Powers of states and people.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

I should point out that the descriptions beside each amendment above are not part of the original Bill, nor are they my words. I copied them directly from Wikipedia.

One more thing: Name the movie in the screenshot at the top of this post (hint: It’s a musical, and it’s not “Boy Meets World: The Movie”).

Not Much

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

I had to work an hour of unplanned overtime tonight, with threats of lots more very soon, so you can blame my boss for lack of a quality post tonight.

But just one thing: The local Fox news anchor was reading the story about Apple’s new non-DRM music files (that, of course, will cost 30 cents more than DRM tunes), and this genius called it “DMR”.

No wonder there’s so much confusion about the tyranny and price-gouging of the recording industry: Old Media just can’t — or won’t — get it right.

Monday, April 30th, 2007

I did it! Eleven daily posts in a row!

Sheesh, I used to post several times a day, for over three solid years. But times change, returns diminish, the sexy veneer of blogging itself is no longer shiny and enticing; the motivation for such labors ebbs considerably.

Anyway: To finish off this post, here’s a pretty picture and some assorted rambling: This picture to the left is from the online game I mentioned on Friday, Bang! Howdy; it’s a pretty good bunch of mini-games, more than just the Tetris retreads of Puzzle Pirates by the same company. The avatars are much cooler and more detailed, as you can see here, but the male avatars seem very lame to me. Or maybe I just like looking at girls better. . . . In other news, I got my 2nd set of surgery followup scans a couple of weeks ago, and last week the doctor said the tumors are still gone and the surgery itself is still healing like it should after a year. I also had to see the doctor because I was having this really weird infection in my nasal membrane that was making the end of my nose red and swollen. I looked like a cross between Karl Malden and Rudolph, but after a weekend of anitbiotics and ointment, I’m back to my old pointy-faced self. . . . Also: Heroes was unbelievably great tonight, better than I could have hoped for. It took place five years in the future, after Sylar had killed and absorbed many of the supers, including Mika, D.L., Candace, Nathan, and, finally, (OH NO!) Claire, and he and Peter, the other megamultipower, began their Inevitable Gigantic Ultimate Final Awesome Battle O’ Doom (IGUFABOD) … we don’t get to see how it ends, but on the plus side, it’s just been postponed to the past — got that? That is, after Future Hiro got shot in the future (his present) by former good-guy Parkman, who is now a high-ranking goon in the Even More Evil Department of Homeland “Security”, Present Hiro teleported back to the past (his present) to try to kill Sylar and stop Peter from Blowin’ Up Real Good. But you just know that it won’t happen before another IGUFABOD between the Two Titans of Smouldering Moodiness (TTSM’s).

Anyway, I think I’ve done my duty for another day. Will I keep posting every day up until my birthday? I doubt it; my music sequencer isn’t gonna string grooves together by itself — I’ve gotten practically ZILCH done since my stupid little blogging jag.

Anyway, keep checking back just in case …

Roll Another Number

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Got no flowers for your gun, no hippie chick!Today is 4-20, which is apparently some sort of street slang among the young folk, so check out G4TV’s celebration of the day, including reports from Amsterdam (where herbal refreshment is tolerated, though not legal), a history of the term 4-20 (invented by Baby Boomers in 76! Woo-hoo!), a review of the “trippiest” games of all times, and a showing of “The Big Lebowski”.

So like I said, check it out.

Also: Kids — Don’t do drugs!

Terror Level: Idiotic

Thursday, February 1st, 2007

The above picture is from my post-surgery hospital stay last year, but if you’ve been following the news for the past day or so, you know that I posted this because of the little green character in the upper left-hand corner of the shot.

Yes, that’s a “Mooninite”, the image that paralyzed Boston yesterday.

And in case you haven’t been paying attention (a couple of my co-workers were clueless), the story is that some electronic light-pictures of these characters were distributed around Boston (and several other cities) to promote the new movie for “Aqua Teen Hunger Force“.

The signs had actually been up for a few weeks, but it wasn’t until yesterday that Beantown authorities decided it would be nice to turn their city into a police state over some blinking lights.

That should give you an idea of how terror-stupid this country still is after five years.

Back to the Video!

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

Yes! Okay, I did three non-video posts in a row, so now we’re back to it!

Seriously, my job is so depressing lately that I’m really enjoying that rush of exploration and creation that I’m getting from dabbling in video editing and animation lately. It’s like a whole new world is opening up.

I finished the first rough-cut render of my light show project tonight, but I’ll be screening it for my friends and coworkers first — in fact, it’s so rough that only Todn8r gets to see it in its present form, because he has an understanding of the experimental stage our team project is in right now …

So until I have something to show the public, here are some more good examples of the great things you can find on YouTube:

I had to watch a lot of TV during my sick leave, including cartoons. I didn’t really care for The Angry Beavers on NickToons, but the theme song is mind-blowing — it’s like Tijuana Brass on way too much Red Bull. I’ve been trying to tell my wife about it, but it’s hard to do it justice with a description.

Then it occurred to me to look it up on YouTube, and sure enough, you can watch and listen to it here.

Along those same lines: Did you see Connie Chung’s bizarre farewell song on TV, and have been at a loss for words to describe it to your friends?

Now you can just email them to a link to the video, and they can see for themselves.

Friday I was listening to my MP3 player at work, enjoying the last day of New Boss in Training being out of town, and Bjork’s Isobel came up on random-shuffle, and that reminded me of the Bjork music video DVD that I got into last summer, and it occurred to me that I could not only find all of Bjork’s videos on YouTube, but I could add them to my Favorites and click to them anytime.

This is another instance of where mere words fall short, but pictures tell a multitude of stories.

Plus there are lots of Bjork interviews and parodies, so check it out.

Here’s a group video by several members of the YouTube community, most of whom don’t know each other personally: Lip-synching to John Lennon’s Imagine.

The Spook sends this: The First Male Engineer.

(Isn’t that a bit redundant? Like saying “the first female stewardess”?)

Anyway, when a company has one good commercial, it’s probably got several more, and you can see more ads from Volvic here.

And finally: Even the Electronic Frontier Foundation is getting in on the act, with The Corruptibles, a super-hero parody that illustrates how the entertainment industry wants to control everything about your entertainment media, from dictating worthless product design to prohibiting you from making a mix CD for yourself or your friends.

This is the same self-defeating industry that has had several videos taken down from YouTube, even though they only promote the studios’ product and don’t deprive them of any revenue.

So check out all the above videos on YouTube — before Hollywood shuts it down …

Music Miscellaneous — Fab Four Edition

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

There was an important music news item that I wanted to post really soon, which I found over at good ol’ Steve’s Look at This — and since there were several other cool items there, I decided to shelve the post I had been planning and pass on these cool links:

Here’s the big story: The rights to the Beatles music catalog has finally been pried out of Michael Jackson’s evil claws.

Paul McCartney has been royally cheesed off for over 20 years over Jackson’s ownership and abuse of the catalog. It doesn’t look like McCartney will be the one buying the music back, but it’s still good to know that these classic works of art will no longer be owned by Freakazoid #1.

Here’s a blog that makes MP3 collections of entire albums available for download: MP3 for All.

If you find something you like, though, better get ‘em quick: Already the entire Beatles collection has been taken down due to “complaints”.

According to RIAA=defined rules, Bush is a music pirate.

The president mentioned recently that he had songs by the Beatles on his MP3 player, and since the Beatles catalog hasn’t been released for legal download yet, those songs must have been ripped from a CD — and the RIAA has clearly stated that doing that qualifies as piracy.

This is just another sign: Our governments think that the laws they make are only for us Common Rabble to obey — just like earlier this month, when the Homeland Security official felt that he was above the laws against pedophilia.

Fortunately, the local sheriff in his are didn’t agree that this member of the Ruling Class should have immunity.

And finally: A video of the Beatles performing “I Am the Walrus”.