Archive for September 2003

THE BUSH INTERVIEW

I’m sure there are liberals out there right now saying he’s a lying sack of crap, but throughout the entire interview he came off as quite sincere to me and seemed a much better informed than he’s normally portrayed.

MOVIE REVIEW: WOODY ALLEN’S ANYTHING ELSE

I REALLY enjoyed Anything Else. I haven’t seen any of Allen’s old stuff, but I’ve seen the newer stuff (Small Time Crooks, Jade Scorpion, and Hollywood Ending) and this was much better than any of them. Allen has a much smaller role in this one than the others and I think he really stood up much better as a supporting character than a lead. His quirkiness I think works better sprinkled throughout the film than as the main course. Also in a supporting role I thought DeVito did very well. He was entirely believable as the agent that’s pitiful enough that you really would feel bad for dumping him.
Ricci plays the role of Amanda perfectly. She comes off funny, neurotic, and while not realistic, somehow totally believable.
Biggs

HOW TO SURVIVE A HURRICANE

Some funny stuff. Bleep added by me.

The first, and probably most important, step to surviving the impending hurricane is to pause and take a look around yourself. Are you living in a coastal community known for feeling the brunt of hurricanes? If so, good job brainiac, you’ve just totally [Bleeped] up the first step. The easiest way to survive a hurricane is to stay away from hurricanes. While powerful, hurricanes rarely reach into America’s fortress of solitude also known as the Midwest. Sure the Midwest can still suffer at the unkind hands of tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, and volcanoes but once you’ve seen a hurricane up close you’re going to think those three are friendly visitors doing a little high speed landscaping.

Windows are the weakest link the defensive perimeter of any home. They are broken by intruders, rocks thrown by mobsters, Spandrel anti-tank missiles, violent house cats, and sometimes even hurricanes. A broken window is bad, but a really fast broken window can be deadly. Most windows are travelling at zero miles per hour and still manage to kill several dozen toddlers and drunks in a year. A window accelerated to thirty or forty miles per hour deals out the lethal pain to hundreds of automobile drivers and pedestrians walking near high rise construction zones.

One of the largest forms of entertainment prior to the invention of radio was the organ grinder. Most pet importers can supply you with a trained monkey and monkeys eat basically the same things as people so you should be set for carrying for it after the hurricane. If not monkeys come from the jungle and can probably forage for food among the corpses drifting around your waterlogged town. As for the organ part, you can fashion a passable accordion from the bones and flesh of your fallen foes.
Something Awful

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT BUILDS NUCLEAR FUSION REACTOR

This has got to be the mother of all science fair projects.

ON THE RECENT RECALL NEWS

The 9th Circuit has of course halted the recall. on the grounds that some people will have to use punchcard ballots.
I’ve never used anything but a punchcard ballot… does that mean I’ve been disenfranchised my entire life and not known it?

NY TIMES WRITER ON THE MEDIA IN BAGDHAD BEFORE THE WAR

Some pretty strong stuff on how the media acquiesced to Saddam.


Terror, totalitarian states, and their ways are nothing new to me, but I felt from the start that this was in a category by itself, with the possible exception in the present world of North Korea. I felt that that was the central truth that has to be told about this place. It was also the essential truth that was untold by the vast majority of correspondents here. Why? Because they judged that the only way they could keep themselves in play here was to pretend that it was okay.
There were correspondents who thought it appropriate to seek the approbation of the people who governed their lives. This was the ministry of information, and particularly the director of the ministry. By taking him out for long candlelit dinners, plying him with sweet cakes, plying him with mobile phones at $600 each for members of his family, and giving bribes of thousands of dollars. Senior members of the information ministry took hundreds of thousands of dollars of bribes from these television correspondents who then behaved as if they were in Belgium. They never mentioned the function of minders. Never mentioned terror.
In one case, a correspondent actually went to the Internet Center at the Al-Rashid Hotel and printed out copies of his and other people’s stories — mine included — specifically in order to be able to show the difference between himself and the others. He wanted to show what a good boy he was compared to this enemy of the state. He was with a major American newspaper.
Editor & Publisher

MUSIC VS. MOVIES

The best-selling “Chicago” movie soundtrack is available on CD starting at $13.86.
The actual movie, with the soundtrack songs included, of course, plus additional goodies ranging from deleted musical numbers to the director’s interview and a “making-of” feature, can be had for precisely $2.12 more.
Therein lies the problem for a critically wounded music recording industry: The “Chicago” CD looks like a rip-off, and the DVD looks like a steal.
Nearly everything the record companies have done wrong in the age of downloading has been done right by the movie studios.
America’s love for movies is stronger than ever, while the nation listens to music with smoldering resentment.
DenverPost.com

There’s a lot more good stuff there, so go read all of it.

SOME SUNDAY NIGHT TV THOUGHTS

First off, Fox sucks for reasons too numerous to mention.
Well, ok…
1) The treatment of their entire Sunday night lineup during football season.
2) The treatment of Futurama.
3) The treatment of Family Guy.
4) The treatment of Firefly.
5) The treatment of Andy Richter.
And while I’m at it I might as well once again express my outrage over Sports Night.
Secondly, Pepsi’s Play for a Billion on The WB was actually quite exciting. Wall-to-wall marketing, but still exciting.
Finally, loved the 10th anniversary Conan special. It felt suspiciously like Krusty’s Comeback Special and Krusty’s 25th Anniversary special.

NOTHING SAYS “FEEL SORRY FOR ME” BETTER THAN COMPARING YOURSELF TO BIN LADEN

People can say whatever they want about you without knowing the facts,” [R Kelly] tells Blender magazine.
“They can criticise you without even knowing you, and hate you when they don’t even know you. All of a sudden, you’re, like, the Bin Laden of America.
“Osama bin Laden is the only one who knows exactly what I’m going through,” he added.
BBC

WOW

John Ritter dead at 54.
and…
Johnny Cash dead at 71.
R.I.P.