Friday, September 26, 2008

Lazy Post

Here's some funny pics for you:

This one speaks for itself.

Halloween can't come soon enough

Racial stereotype?

Dr. House?

The way it should have happened.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

He later died in jail.

So I was reading Webbie's (the rapper's) wikipedia article and I came across this gem:

"On Sunday, September 14, 2008 Webbie was arrested in Hattiesburg, MS, after he led police on a high speed chase when they attempted to pull him over for a traffic violation. He charged with one count of felony eluding, one count of driving under the influence, and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana. He later died in jail."

Now this seemed a little strange because I'm usualy privy to the deaths of rappers soon after they occur. I did a little detective work (see: Google) and realized pretty quickly that it was a blatant lie. I checked back later and sure enough the "He later died in jail." part had been removed.

I started to wonder who would perpetrate a lie like this, and immediately realized that I would!

My first stop was Alex Trebeck's wikipedia entry. I initally made it say this:

"On December 11, 2007, Trebek was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after suffering a minor heart attack in his home. He later died in jail."

However, I soon decided it would be better if it were here:

"Trebek once attended the former Royal Roads Military College, in Victoria, BC, Canada, but did not complete his first year.[3] He later died in jail."

Of course both of those were taken off before I could even link them to anyone else.

While I won't claim that "He later died in jail." is the new "in bed." I will say that it's pretty hilarious and works with almost anything.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Movie Idea

I think I'm going to start pitching movie ideas to studios. Here's one:

The plot is that Stephen Baldwin, (playing himself, but reprising his role in Biodome) wins a round-the-world scavenger hunt on the Oprah Winfrey Show. However, the contest has been rigged by Dr. Phil in order for Oprah to rid herself of the Baldwin family for all the trouble they've caused her over the years (a stark departure from reality, where Oprah often has trouble remembering who the Baldwins even are) by sending her agents to take care of them on the trip.

Stephen travels through various real-world locations collecting items, with occasional cameos from the other Baldwin family members. Each of the movie's locales feature assassins who are distant relatives of Oprah (Fu Manchu Oprah, the Abominable Snow Oprah, Leif Winfreyson, Rhamses Tut Oprah, Arnold Schwarzenoprah).

Ultimately, Stephen returns to Oprah's studio in New York City significantly powered up. He, along with his brothers and friend John Candy, (played by John Madden) attempt to overpower Oprah. However, they are all violently mutilated when Bono brings an army African villagers and Tibetan monks to lay waste to the entire city of New York a la Cloverfield.

I think that with the right edits, this clip would make for a great trailer:

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Sarah "Peggy" Palin-Hill

Here's a little article I've drawn up in my free time between edits at work.

I've been editing a ton of these Bloomberg interviews with economists. They range from all the way to the right to all the way to the left. It's been pretty eye opening in the last few weeks. Anyway, I've gone ahead and wrote this to sort of sum up my feelings so far, I've included a few quotes from some of the interviews to bolster a few of my arguments too. Some of these people are pretty smart I think.

In case you've been living under a rock, the government has been bailing out specific loan institutions on Wall Street recently in order to free up liquidity in the market and try and make loan money available to people (businesses) that should be able to get it.

There are several things that are really scary about these bailouts. First and most obvious, it's billions of taxpayer's dollars that are being used by the government to buy up these institutions. What's happening is that as the Government buys up these things like Fanny and Freddie, they aren't putting their debt on the books. If they were to do that, and accept it as part of the process, U.S. debt would double over night just by the purchasing of those two institutions.

"The fact that politicians don't want to put that on the book and face up to the taxpayer and the voter to tell them what they've really done speaks volumes."

I agree that some of these bailouts are necessary. But the government has been choosing which companies to bail out based on how much money is at risk, not by whether or not they actually need/deserve the help. It's sending the message that Capitalism is here to allow people to make money by any means necessary, but that when you fail, or get beat, the government will be there to save you from disaster.

There's this economics term, "Moral Hazard." Sure, there's morality in even the most cutthroat laissez faire Capitalism. It's all in how you look at it. The companies that were using deceit and trickery in their loan processes should have to pay. Bankruptcy is a natural part of the process of the reallocation of capital into newer and fresher parts of the market. Bankruptcy is necessary. As long as we continue to bail out companys based on how much money is at risk, we aren't going to solve the problem and if anything, we're just going to make things worse.

"The best response is to add liquidity to the market to make sure that the loans can still be made, that transactions can still occur, and then companies with bad balance sheets are not going to survive. Companies which have an underlying health, and healthy balance sheets should be assisted over time, not over night."

Now that the government has been pouring all this money into saving the failing loan institutions on Wall Street, failing companies in other sectors have begun to ask for handouts as well. General Motors, for instance, is asking for $25 billion in government loans. They were originally asking for $50 billion, but they've wised up and lowered it.

GM has made poor decisions in the auto market. They find themselves backed up against the wall, as do other companies in Detroit. And they're looking desperately for some sort of federal handout. But the fact is, there's no real market failure in play here. Others in the auto industry are flourishing and there's no reason why a company that made the wrong decisions, who is now against the ropes so to speak, should be given a shot of adreneline (or steroids) to fight back against the companies that have legitimately planned and trained for the fight.

"In a capitalist market, you have to allow for failure. You have to allow for companies to go bankrupt. You have to allow for the engines of creative destruction to reallocate resources and assets among different order classes."

And if it means that these companies go under, then so be it. But we cannot have a capitalist system where it's okay to make money but if you lose money, somebody else is going to pick up the tab. Or if you ever need a helping hand, you go running to the taxpayer. Now I might be missing the point here, but this looks like social welfare for big business to me. Now THAT'S irony.

Another great example is the Nuclear Power industry. John McCain, who was arguing against these sorts of government loan guarantees in the primaries is now for them. He's flip flopped because of the actions of other people in his party and because it's such a tight election.

John McCain is talking about having the Federal Government build 45 new nuclear power plants by 2030. Now, the nuclear power industry says no power plant is going to get built unless the Federal Government underwrites every last penny of the loans necessary to build the $6 billion power plant.

If you do the math on that, 45 plants times $6 billion is what the Federal Government and the taxpayer would be on the hook for to guarantee the loans to these nuclear power plants. That's just stunning. It makes what GM's looking for look like chump change.

And amid all this, the Republicans feel it's okay to use Sarah Palin, yeah I had to go there, to avert people's attention from the real issues.

Sarah Palin has become a champion of the Conservative movement. Why? Did she outline what was wrong with the country's agenda, what was wrong with the country and how she proposed to fix it? No, she offered a class warfare schoolyard taunt and a bunch of cute (frightening) sound bytes.

We're moving back into a world where the Republican party stands for nothing except class resentment, cloth coat Republicanism, and the anger at elites who are supposedly out to take their red churches and Bibles and puppy dogs.

Remember when both Gore/Kerry based their campaigns around how bad George Bush would be/was? Remember how that didn't work and it angered a lot of Democrats to the point where they actually voted for third parties because they were so disgusted with the spinelessness of the Democratic Party?

Now it's the Republicans who are using the scare tactics to try and prevent people from voting for Obama.

In a world where information and ideas are traded more freely than ever, where people are finally given the freedom to self publish things, like this article for instance, which anyone anywhere can read, Palin and McCain are actually attacking Obama for using too many big words.

In a world where education is the true building block on which the future of our nation and our world stands, they want you to vote against someone for sounding too intelligent.

John McCain warned us from the beginning that this election wasn't going to be about the issues, but none of us expected it would be like this.

Friday, September 12, 2008


Here's an appology-in-advance scone:

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


Sorry I've been absent for a few days. I usually can't get online for very long outside of work.

Here's the best video on the internet (watch it until I find something better/more meaningful to post about:

Friday, September 5, 2008

Funny fake rapper interview

I usually pass on stuff like this but for some reason I found this guy really funny. Yeah it's probably too long, but it stays consistantly funny throughout.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Really Amazing Video

Here's a video I found that someone had posted to the Something Awful forums recently. The first part is really cool it's like some shamanistic song-language or something. I won't pretend that I understand what she goes through, but it sort of opened my eyes the ways in which I had previously understood both human-to-human and human-to-environment interactions.

While the first five or so minutes obviously came across as music to me, and there's no doubt that the "hurr music is a language onto itself" argument could be brought up here, her message is actually almost entirely in opposition to that.

It's not really that "deep" or anything but it's important to realize how closed minded it is to look at things from the perspective of cut and dry right and wrongs, even in terms of making music, when it comes to how one deals with thing things both in and out of their control.

It's totally rad when she sits down at her computer and seems to type entirely at random. Her typing is completely devoid of the normal type-pacing (I don't know how else to describle) that occurs when someone is using a keyboard, but nevertheless, the computer ends up speaking for her. It was kind of shocking to me since I assumed it was just another instance of her simply interacting with her environment.

Eno and Byrne - Everything That happens Will Happen Today

I got the knew Eno/Byrne collaboration and I've been listening to it for the past few days. It's not bad, but it's not that great either. I liked Eno's Another Day on Earth (2005) much better. Like their other collaboration My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today has a few great tracks and a bunch of only OK songs.

Check out Eno's Hoodless Sweatshirt (sick) and Byrne trying too hard (again) to look smart:

I don't know it just sounds like Eno's arangements are a little weak and he's using too many canned insturments/effects. Likewise, Byrne just sounds sort of old by trying to sound young and vibrant. At times he sounds like Talking Heads Era Byrne, at other times he sounds like Byrne a la Bowie or even Byrne a la Bob Dylan.

While the album starts out sounding like a collection of Flaming Lips B-Sides it eventually finds its stride. That's not to knock some of the songwriting. The melodies are great. A lot of it is the kind of stuff that, like Rolos, really sticks with you. Another way of putting it is that it's the kind of songs that when you hear them the second time, you know you've only heard them once before, but it seems like you've heard them lots of times before, in a good way. That's Eno's knack I guess. I wonder how many of the insturments he really plays.

The one true standout on the album is Strange Overtones:

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Donk Boys - Little Rat

Giving the middle finger to the camera is so cool... this track is off the chain check it out here:

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


So Sarah Palin's 17 year old daughter has a kid on the way. But she's going to get marriet to the father soon, (at least he's also in High School). I heard on the radio today that the only reason the McCain camp decided to even release this information (like people wouldn't find out eventually) is because they believe it will somehow dispel the rumors that the daughter actually gave birth to the down's kid Palin supporters champion as a testament to the beauty of the Pro-Life argument. I love it. SPIN CITY BABY. Like seriously do they believe that if they tell us a "reason" why they're doing something that it'll make everything OK? Give it up people.

Here's two Crystal Castles songs to make up for all that:


Courtship Dating: