26 March 2008

Thank Goodness For YouTube (Now)

I'm so glad the internet, and especially YouTube, didn't exist when I was a kid.  My Mom was one of those who loved to take pictures of us making a mess of ourselves while eating, taking a bath, or any other generally embarrassing activity kids do just because they're kids.  So if YouTube had been around, this could have been me:



Trust me... you wouldn't want to see me singing and dancing (sideways, because Mom had similar camera skills to this one) to "It's Howdy-Doody Time!" when the Howdy Doody Show came on.  My wife hated it so I broke the habit long ago (but I still remember the words... heh)

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24 March 2008

Driving Miss... But Not By Much

A Florida woman was arrested after trying to run over her husband about 20 times with a minivan.  After an argument over $300.00, she chased him around their yard with their child in the vehicle.  Sounds like maybe the kid needs to stay with Grandma and Grandpa until the parents can grow up.

I will say this... if she was able to almost hit him 20 times without hitting something else in the yard, she's a better driver than my wife.  Just sayin'

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21 March 2008

My Invitation Must Have Gotten Lost In The Mail

I'm sure that's it, because no way in the Buffyverse would I not have been invited to this:

The cast of the popular supernatural series, which ran from 1997 to 2003 on The WB and then UPN, were in good spirits Thursday while reuniting for a panel discussion at the William S. Paley Television Festival.  That doesn't mean fans should expect the gang to get back together on screen.

Ok, maybe my occasional rants about Joss Whedon being a totally insane moonbat might have been a factor, even though he's a literary and comic genius (or maybe that's because... must think on this).  Or maybe the temporary permanent restraining order(s) in place regarding my completely innocent interaction(s) with one several of the BtVS cast.  And I'm certain that having all the DVD's and playing them sequentially and repetitively could only be a plus, just like having most of the novels, scripts, philosophical analysis' (yes, there are several), theme-related literature (like "Fray" from Joss Whedon), and assorted "Buffy sayings and definitions" books has got to work in my favor.

Given all the positive factors and the oh-so-few-and-insignificant negative factors, the only reasonable conclusion is that the United States Postal Service is at fault.

Just sayin' 


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Ready For The Olympics?

I still think boycotting the Opening Ceremonies is a good idea, but is even going to China a good idea?  First, you have the situation in Tibet:

The violence in Lhasa — a stunning show of defiance against 57 years of Chinese rule — has sparked sympathy demonstrations in neighboring provinces, prompting Beijing to blanket a huge area with troops and warn tourists and foreign journalists to stay away.

Then, you have the driving:

For the 11th consecutive year, China has topped the list in number of traffic deaths -- 5.1 for every 10,000 motor vehicles. The Xinhua News Agency report Friday says government statistics show nearly 82,000 road deaths in China last year.

And now, natural disasters:

A spokesman for China's Earthquake Administration said it was a 7.3 magnitude quake. There were no immediate reports of injuries, he said, and the area is sparsely populated.

Why would we want to go there anyway?  Their economy is in great shape because they learned from us and have opened up their markets.  Supporting it hurts our own interests.  Do we really want to continue supporting that growth so their government can continue their military buildup and continue their oppressive policies?

China should not have been awarded the Olympics in the first place.  Why reward them, and the idiots who made the decision, by helping the Games go smoothly?  Skip the Opening Ceremonies at least... but it wouldn't bother me if the only ones to show were China, Iran, North Korea, Syria, etc...  When the Games became professionalized, they lost all real meaning anyway.

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19 March 2008

Arthur C. Clarke -- R.I.P.

One of the greats.  He was 90 years old and lived in Sri Lanka the last part of his life.

He came to prominence shortly after the Second World War with an article predicting geostationary satellites that would make global broadcasting and worldwide television a reality, decades before they became possible.

In Science Fiction, you can easily argue that the top three writers of all time are Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Anson Heinlein, and Isaac Asimov.  May they all rest in peace.

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17 March 2008

Another Positive Drug Test In Sports

I didn't know they even tested these people.  Why?

Buescher's positive test came at November's German championships, where he captured the carom billiards title, the German Billiard Union said.

I weep for professional sports today... not really... but billiards?  C'mon!  Who's next?  The Canadian Curling Team?  Video Game Players?  How about concentrating on the sports that doping would actually give you an unfair advantage?  Like Darts.

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If You Like Lolzcats

Some late-night funny.


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Gals... Want A Free Whistle?

The Tourism Ministry of Phuket is going to distribute free whistles to all female tourists after a recent murder.

The whistles are part of a campaign to increase security on Phuket, one of Thailand's most popular tourist destinations, after the shocking killing of 27-year-old Hanna Charlotta Backlund of Sweden, said Tourism Minister Weerasak Kohsurat.

How about giving out free handguns for their visit instead?  Just sayin'

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15 March 2008

doubleplusundead's Links Around The Moronosphere

He's made this a regular feature and it's worth checking out.  Good stuff for a bunch of morons!  (still wish I'd thought of this)  Enjoy!

 

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14 March 2008

Web Surfing

It's funny what we come across on the Internet and how we got there.  Likening it to "surfing" is pretty accurate as far as it goes, but when you surf you can't "restart" the very same wave and ride in a different manner or direction.  I can have a single starting point branch out into several different "rides", all worthwhile for humor, intelligence, insight, or a host of other reasons.  Some will "peter out" as the wave collapses and some will keep going... morphing as I travel from site to site.

I told you that so I could tell you this... I just had one of the wilder rides in my recent memory.  I strongly encourage you visit the following links to get the full effect, but if you want to "skip to the end", going here is the entire point of this post.

I started, as I often do, at Patterico's.  I follow several threads there at a time because he's always got good stuff and the comments are generally reasoned and thought-provoking.  Anyway, this thread about jury nullification has been interesting because I started following this thread about Radley Balko saying that making jurors take an oath before serving is a "perjury trap" (it's not, but that's Balko).

Near the end of the jury nullification thread, I noticed that some very good comments about addiction were made by EW1(SG) and that he has a website.  As I often do, I clicked over to see what kind so that putting his comments into context would be easier.  This is actually similar to how I found S. Weasel the other day and decided to add that site to the blogroll.  In looking through some of the older posts I saw one which talked about "The Prisoner's Dilemma", In that, I saw a link to this site (Eject!Eject!Eject!, which I've seen referenced but never visited before), and then this article, which prompted this entire post.  It's not often that I feel humbled by something that isn't smarmy... but it blew me away.

So, that was one of the rides I took today and I'm exhausted.  I'm done because I've got too much to think about to post effectively.  If you took the whole ride, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.  If you bailed out and went to the end, that's ok too.

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