"If you understood everything I said, you'd be me" - Miles Davis
"There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge." - Bertrand Russell
"Take away the right to say fuck and you take away the right to say fuck the government." - Lenny Bruce
"Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!" - Homer Simpson

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Another Rocking Saturday Night
Apartment neighbor recently got a guitar. He would have been better off with a hamster. All he's done is fail to play scales with a squeeky-clean tone that sounds like Joe Pass on Valium. Dude- you have an ELECTRIC GUITAR, at least try to rock out, that's what it's for.

Funky Persians

Iranian Funk in the 70s

Teletubby Zombies

I suppose it was only a matter of time before they developed a taste for human flesh.

L4DMods.com Presents: Left 4 Teletubbies by flameknight7
Via Digg

I Really Shouldn't, But I Will
The Google Image Search for "Hot Mess" (don't ask), it burns. You've been warned.

He's A Complicated Platypus

Happy Dog
happy chihuahua dog

Sniffing flowers B

Shy Dog update

Her name is Dahlia. She knows more commands than I was able to remember, including sit, shake, up, rollover, and the mysterious "under". She doesn't like handtrucks because of a car accident with a handtruck in the back seat. She's enlarged her dislike to include most things made of metal, including wire clothes hangers.

Original Shy Dog Post

Movie Tidbits
  • Disney has announced Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides.

    The good news: The movie almost certainly has some connection to the excellent Tim Powers novel and this hopefully means Disney is throwing large chedder in Mr. Power's direction. Now if only someone will make a movie out of Declare.

    The bad news: Keira Knightley's mouth will only be making a guest appearance.

  • Shooter is pretty good, but the novel is better. Danny Glover always makes a great villian.
  • Blade III is a great case study of a bad movie that should have been much better.

    Short reason: No Guillermo Del Toro, not enough Dracula (What a waste of Dominic Purcell) , too cute dialogue, and my own personal shark-jump: making a big point of how Jessica Biel's character wears her Ipod into combat-which is just dumb.

Wingnuts: Always the Victim

Two tweets from the 9/12 teabagger march, ironically next to each other:

kfrendling Obama...it's not safe to return to DC...better to stay away..I'll let you know when you can return....wait for it....wait for it....

DivineMoments Why do Liberals see millions coming together in Freedom and Liberty as Hate?

Hmmm, maybe the thinly veiled threats to the President's life?

Real-time results for #912dc (Twitter)
Via The Stranger: Slog

Social Media Mosh
Here's what I've got now:
  • Twitter cross-posts to Facebook if I use the #fb hashtag.
  • Utility Fog Blog cross-posts to Facebook. This is why 29 Facebook posts suddenly appeared yesterday.
  • Twitter posts have their own sidebar in the blog.
  • Google Reader shared items (they really need to come up with a better name) have a blog sidebar.

I think what I really need is for the blog to take RSS feeds and turn them into posts. Then I could move Twitter and Google Reader out of the sidebar and into the big show. And since the blog is mirrored on Facebook, so would Twitter and Google Reader.

Resubtitled Downfall Parody About Resubtitled Downfall Parodies

Hitler finds out about another Downfall parody
Via Richard Kadrey (Twitter)

Warning: Underwater Robots
Water Warning Sign at the Testing Base of the Emergency Control Ministry of Belarus

Testing Base of the Emergency Control Ministry of Belarus
Via Warren Elllis

Corporate Mashup
incredible hulk crossed with 
Up's Carl Fredricksen disney marvel

Marvel/Disney Hybrids @ Worth1000.com
Via Boing Boing

More of the Same

"It sounds like the plot for the latest summer horror movie. Imagine, for a moment, that George W. Bush had been allowed a third term as president, had run and had won or stolen it, and that we were all now living (and dying) through it. With the Democrats in control of Congress but Bush still in the Oval Office, the media would certainly be talking endlessly about a mandate for bipartisanship and the importance of taking into account the concerns of Republicans. Can't you just picture it?

There's Dubya now, still rewriting laws via signing statements. Still creating and destroying laws with executive orders. And still violating laws at his whim. Imagine Bush continuing his policy of extraordinary rendition, sending prisoners off to other countries with grim interrogation reputations to be held and tortured. I can even picture him formalizing his policy of preventive detention, sprucing it up with some "due process" even as he permanently removes habeas corpus from our culture.

I picture this demonic president still swearing he doesn't torture, still insisting that he wants to close Guantanamo, but assuring his subordinates that the commander-in-chief has the power to torture "if needed," and maintaining a prison at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan that makes Guantanamo look like summer camp. I can imagine him continuing to keep secret his warrantless spying programs while protecting the corporations and government officials involved.


Now, here's the funny part. This dark fantasy of a third Bush term is also an accurate portrait of Obama's first term to date. In following Bush, Obama was given the opportunity either to restore the rule of law and the balance of powers or to firmly establish in place what were otherwise aberrant abuses of power. Thus far, President Obama has, in all the areas mentioned above, chosen the latter course. Everything described, from the continuation of crimes to the efforts to hide them away, from the corruption of corporate power to the assertion of the executive power to legislate, is Obama's presidency in its first seven months. "

Bush's Third Term?
Via Empire Burlesque