Friday, August 31, 2007

rulers make bad lovers better put your kingdom up for sale.

Lots of Busket links in this entry, and I've added a new sidebar to some of the blogs that I'm starting to read on a regular basis.

First of all, Jeff Girouard says that the reason the Lakers have been so bad lately is because Chick Hearn isn't calling their games anymore. (Ya know, on account of being dead and all.) Great linking of times, it seriously does make one wonder.

Secondly, in the will-he-or-won't-he big news of the early summer Kobe is definitely making it harder and harder for the Lakers to trade him. Which, honestly, I suspect is what he actually wants. He loves the Lakers. He wants to be a Laker. He just wants there to be an actual team around him. (Which, ya know, you can't exactly fault him for.) But yeah, I agree with the main point and I've said it all summer: there is no way in hell the Lakers will trade Kobe Bryant. You can't come close to actual value. It'd be silly.

In other news, I've been listening a lot to the new M.I.A. CD Kala and it's some good shit. Very different, but very much the same as her last outing. If you haven't heard it, you need to. It's stunning.

Last but not least, I feel the need to register my disappointment with the pirates. I've been scouring the interwebs for a copy of the new Kanye West, but it hasn't hit yet. I refuse to wait for the day the general public gets it, let's not be silly.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

link of the day.

For those who don't normally look at boingboing.net, The Boing, as we like to call it, has relaunched with a new look. It's a great site for all the weird news you'll ever want to see, and they've launched a new sister site, boingboing gadgets which looks awesome as well. Go check 'em out.

Monday, August 27, 2007

2/12/99 the best day of my life.

Just a quick note to say that Team USA is completely dismantling Mexico right now (it's 39-18with 1:35 left in the 1st quarter) and, granted, yeah, I know it's Mexico, and it's us, and that's not exactly number one versus number two, but based on the two make that at least two and one quarters of the games that I've seen Team USA, I do not see us losing. At all. This entry is here for the sole purpose of putting up these video links, which aren't here yet, but will be by tomorrow. Love it.

EDIT: Video link is up, but it's only to ESPN recap page, which included video highlights, because my work filters YouTube. Boo.

EDIT 2: YouTube link now available, thanks to updating from home. Beautiful.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

you'll be hungry like the wolves hunting dinner.

So, having gone to the movies recently to see the thinking man's action movie and the only third part of the trilogy that wasn't talked up allll summer this last weekend, I noticed a couple things that need mentioning.

First of all, when we bought our tickets to the show, almost everyone else was buying tickets for "Superbad". In addition to that, almost everyone else was getting their ID checked. Hm, interesting.

Remember when this happened last time? Now, it's not that I object to checking the ID's of minors when they're going to see a movie. I just think that, well...maybe there are things worse than curse words. Bourne? PG-13. Lots of violence and shadowy allegations that the government is not, in fact, your friend. Superbad? Lots of bad words. So why's that the one that's R?

Could it have anything to do with the fact that our leaders start to cry when they see a woman's nipples or the "liberal" ex-First Lady thinks that violent video games are much worse than her husband dropping bombs around the world?

I just think that maybe some of the priorities are a little out of wack.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

good, but not good enough.

An update to the Google Video story that was posted about a while ago. The solution is good, but not enough. You're still talking about taking away things that people paid for under a program called "Download to Own". That's unacceptable. It sets a standard, at one of the "good guys" companies, that this sort of behavior is okay. And it's so clearly not.

(I saw this on slashdot originally.)

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

can't believe a single word.

First of all, let me say that I'm not the biggest football fan. I played soccer as a kid growing up and I always idolized guys who managed to play a similar game without the pads or guys who credited their (hand ball!) success to God.

Regardless, though, I just want to say that the Michael Vick situation (and I'll refrain from commenting on it directly any further than that - to call it a situation) is bad. B. A. D. Bad for everyone. Bad for football, bad for football fans, bad for football players, bad for Atlanta, bad for the entire African-American people, bad for the NFL, bad (yes, this is true) even for the people who are prosecuting him, because it was bad (obviously) for animals.

It's bad because Michael Vick is, well, was, much more than just a quarterback. He was a symbol for a city, for an entire people, in a place where they needed it a lot. The Atlanta Falcons haven't exactly been the winningest team in the NFL, well...ever. They loved Michael Vick. The way Philly loved (loves?) Allen Iverson. Loved him. And African-Americans in general loved him, too, especially after Rush went after their other guy, McNabb.

So this whole situation? It's bad. Bad for everyone. Lots of the thoughts in this post came from this brilliant article on espn.com, which I recommend to everyone.

P.S. While I'm on this sports kick, lemme just say that I hadn't heard that Tim Donaghy is planning on naming "as many as 20 NBA referees" who were involved in some kind of gambling as well. This is a bad time for sports.

Monday, August 20, 2007

link of the day.

From The Consumerist, via The Boing comes this story of a new anti-piracy technique: Film the Pirates! Wow. Not just bizarre, but completely counter-intuitive, not useful at all, and, above all else, another major sign about just how out of touch those suits are with the average audience member. Stay tuned to that page to see what possible excuse AOL TimeWarner's gonna come up with for this bullshit.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

can't tell me nothing.

First of all, State Radio is giving away free, mp3 copies of their old CD's in anticipation of their new release. This is a pretty good business model, something that more people should think about doing, insofar as realizing that all business is good business. Danger Mouse sold more copies of The Beatles' White Album than EMI gave him credit for. Prince just stuck it to the man and is totally getting rewarded for it.

Regardless, I also just watched this movie, called "Good Copy Bad Copy" which is focused on the idea of mash-ups and their questionable legal status. It was a good flick, I'd recommend it.

Additionally, know that WikiScanner that everyone's loving to play with recently? Well, it turns out that it was developed in New Mexico. Big ups to us.

I'm off to make some mash-ups.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

tears in heaven.

Just a quick note to say that it's shitty that a comic book artist (and a damn fine one at that) has passed away. Mike Wieringo did a great job bringing back some of the care-free art that Spider-man had enjoyed, and it's a shame that he won't be able to draw anymore for us. Rest in peace 'Ringo!

Monday, August 13, 2007

ozone mama.

Wrapping up a few loose ends before the real work begins means rapidly closing tabs in an attempt to free up my slate. With that in mind, here's all the interesting things I know from the most recent news.

Google, despite owning this blogging service and providing free (rad) e-mail occasionally does bad things. And, yet again, this is one of those times. Why does a company whose motto is "Don't be evil" have to act in such a haughty manner?

My city's giving away free bus passes! Well, not exactly free, but today, I'm going to sign up for a class, go get my free sticker, and then drop the class. Then I'll have a free bus pass for the whole year. Awesome.

Nobody says what everyone's thinking but no one will say like The Onion. (Fuck Barry Bonds.)

Disappointed by Mortal Kombat? Pissed off that Bloodrayne and Double Dragon were so shitty? Check out College Humor's concept for the best. movie. ever. Based on your favorite video game of all time. (Does that really qualify as a viedo game?)

And, last but not least, in a bit of news that I heard early on, but have now been scooped on by everyone and their mother's blogs, Rudy's kid is supporting Obama. It's really not that shocking, considering how infamous their relationship already was. I'm sure it's a combination of "Who do I actually like?" and "How can I piss Dad off the most?" Which is fine with me, either way.

Oh yeah, I won the poker ride. Hooray.

Friday, August 10, 2007

link of the day.

A while back, Jack in the Box had some problems here in town (*ahem*) but never mind that now! Jack in the Box is coming back! This is great news for cheap, greasy taco-loving freaks like me, who went to college elsewhere and got addicted to the Jack.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

don't get stuck in heaven.

The one time I was best friends with most (all?) of the people I worked with was when I worked for the DNC. I seem to remember liking it a lot, I stayed at work longer, and enjoyed the company I kept and there was always something to talk about with anyone who was around. (Now, granted, I do think that some of this probably had to do with the fact that we were working in politics, during a presidential election season and we were all uber-passionate about the process.) And I don't think that I got sick of the people that often, either at work or during play. To be fair, I do remember cliques forming, but I think that's going to be the case anywhere you work no matter what.

Regardless, I'm not sure I understand this whole concept of being best buddies with the people you work with.

I have my own friends. And personally, I love the fact that when I hang out with them, I don't have to talk or think about work. Work is a place I got to do my job - namely, to work! I don't want to confuse my life with my work life, because I've never figured that those were areas that people liked over-lapping.

But more and more I'm getting the sense that it's wrong not to hang out with my co-workers. As though I'm the one who's off kilter. And I don't get that. Now, granted, I think I fucked myself over on this plan by sleeping with two co-workers in a short span of time, but I'm pretty sure that I've taken extreme steps to make sure that people know those were aberrations rather than the norm. It was a one-time two-time thing. Everyone knows that.

I guess my point is that I don't necessarily want to like the people I work with. I don't think of them as friends. I have no problem being nice to them, and more than a few of them I don't actively dislike (yeah, double negatives!) but I can't help but think of a quote from a high school track coach, when I was getting a bit too familiar: "We ain't friends, man, we just work together."

Monday, August 6, 2007

climbing up the walls.

Having just returned from a brief vacation, where I got to see a taste of redneck living, I'm happy to be reunited with my beloved Internets. However, since work is getting started again real soon, this one'll have to be a bulletin style entry.

The Sloot sent me this link in an e-mail entitled "Need This For Bike Stardom" and it's so true. I want so bad.

In other news, my city was featured as one of the front-page links on cnn.com. Weird.

Speaking of my city, we are apparently a hotbed of stripper-dom. Chris Rock would be so sad.

And finally, last but not least, go check out Pop Culture Package (or PCP, as I call it) for a great discussion on some of the pop culture things that we only start to get into here. I promise we'll delve more into it soon.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

no return to normalcy.

Hitting the bike yesterday proved to be an exercise beyond what I had ever anticipated. Brother 1 wanted me to ride with him to his job on the westside, so I hopped down to his house real quick, and then off we went...farther on the bike than I've ever gone. (I think.) Regardless, it was a bitch. But it was also great fun. I'm feeling more and more confident on the bike and I think that I'm going to try to commute (at least one day a week) that way when "real" work starts up again. Speaking of which...it's close...too close. I feel a bit uncertain about this school year, but I'm ready for the challenge. It just feels - well, it feels a lot different than it did last year when I was starting at the same place.