Saturday, September 29, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
Between that and Janet Jackson's titty slip (during a game where almost everyone in the world was watching drug-fueled millionaires beat the living shit out of each other), the burden of stupidity almost becomes too much to bear.
What has "keeping informed" ever done for me except make me realize that we're all surrounded by assholes?
Shilpa? I hardly even know her!
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Anyway, it's a classic and they keep the preaching to a minimum (which is unusual for the past few seasons. The Wikipedia page on the episode has a good list of all the Romero homages as well.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
I don't find their wages unacceptable or the fact that they don't insure their employees that big a deal (hey, I've worked a bunch of jobs that paid shit and where I had to find my own insurance, it's not up to your employer or the state to be your fucking nanny all the time.) I'm even okay with them breaking some child labor laws (in small town Wisconsin that happens on farms constantly) as long as the children (in reality, we're talking about 15-year olds not pre-pubescents) get paid for their work. But I can't stomach their hiring of illegal aliens (which just contributes horribly to the overall problem) and not paying overtime to hourly employees (which is theft of time and effort). That stuff is bullshit, but is it happening at every store? And should individual stores pay the price because of the laziness of other stores or their corporate masters?
Major corporations are awesome because they've given us great deals, but we pay the price with crapola customer service and a sick reliance on cheap (ie, Chinese) labor. Free markets kick ass but in the end it's up to us to make the right decisions to not support these places with our dollars.
You're God-damned right I'll take a "Never Buy at Wal-Mart Again" pledge. I would love to pay more at Mom and Pop stores and buy less useless shit because of it. I would love that feeling.
What other corporations engage in evil dealings that I need avoid? Is that the point? Can I ever buy gasoline again? How about Coca-Cola? Taco Bell? How much are we willing to sacrifice in convenience for our "ethics"?
I agree with some of what the Anti-Walmarters have to say and I believe mega-corporations are destined to lose their humanity as shareholders search for naked profit (which isn't a rip on free enterprise! Don't paint my ass pink.) But I think that most of the statements I hear from people that despise that Arkansas smiley face (and I don't mean Billary) are bullshit posturing.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
The picture isn't very sexy, but c'mon, it's called a "Shag Throe"!
Monday, September 24, 2007
Yeah, the story's kind of unbelievable, but it's not quite as exploitative as I expected (Christina Ricci spends most of the film in her skivvies and shows off her snoobs a couple of times) but it's way more sad than it is scintillating. Her character's sexuality is so unhealthy, she's tempting in an animalistic, kinda gross way. So, it's not what you might expect.
Anyway, good performances all around, Samuel L. Jackson has a great blues voice and even MJ-wannabe Justin Timberlake does an alright job (he gets to do a lot more than just "Dick in a Box" with his character.)
A really enjoyable film with good music scenes and some surprises, it's definitely worth a rental and by more than just adolescent boys who wanna see Wednesday from The Addams Family get nasty in slow motion.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
Dawson's favorite non-dairy whipped topping from Varsity Blues who used to remind me of Laura Palmer, does her best acting yet, the Japanese guy is awesome, and it's nice to see the dude from Profit get a job. Plus Shaft is there in a coma, just waiting to wake up and start satisfying ladies and fighting The Man!
Criticisms: The thugs after Ali Larter were still a little too "Network TV", all the HBO and Showtime watching has made me appreciate really, really bad guys. The heroin addict artist is a by-the-numbers, and Profit's flying brother is kind of a weenie. We'll see what happens in Episode 2.
Anyway, I know I'm a year behind everyone else, but I didn't want to miss the boat on something good like I did on Lost and I wanna get into this before it invariably jumps the shark.
Once I wake up, I'm gonna kick your ass. Can you dig it?
Thursday, September 20, 2007
But this stuff that's showing up in San Francisco basements seems a touch more sinister.
Have they tried putting it in the toaster yet and cranking up some Jackie Wilson?
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
I think I've successfully ingrained this habit so it no longer feels like a chore- just a part of life, like getting up in the morning.
Anyway, the day just kind of came and went, unceremoniously, so Im thinking I'll have so something fun to celebrate my victory! Woohooo! I wonder what the next 100 days will bring?
Yeah, Stevens Point-born Peter Weller has graduated from 24 (where he was a pretty good bad guy) to be a professor at Syracuse University. I'd write more about it and the whole Buckaroo Banzai relationship, but it looks like Wired already took care of that with a story on him earlier this year. So, I don't have much to say about it, except that it's pretty fricking cool.
Study hard, or there'll be... trouble.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Also, since I have roommates who love the World of Warcraft, I thought I'd include this article about a dude who died after a three-day gaming binge. I haven't done much online gaming since the days of Quake Deathmatch (I was even in a clan, Dominion UK, but all my friends were better at Team Fortress than I was.) I could spend hours playing Quake, but even I used to take a break (usually to rub one out using the UW's super-fast Resnet connection, completely disregarding their educational usage policy (unless you count Mr. Skin as educational.)) Anyway, this poor bastard's death just serves as a reminder to leave the cave every once in awhile to get some fresh air.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
It's a made in Wisconsin product that's good for the environment and our wallets, so it's a win-win!
Friday, September 14, 2007
It brings a whole new meaning to "Yo Spike! You got the Mott's?"
Anyway, here's the original "Chocolate Rain" video.
And here's the Chad Vader one...
And here's one specifically for Total Recall fans!
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Direct download link: http://www.sunspotmusic.com/roadmania/sunspot_rm_64.m4v
EDIT: I didn't realize that I copied that clip to the beginning until after I uploaded it, I almost wet myself. Sometimes you get happy accidents...
But the NYT has a story today about the potential for the Earth surviving when the Sun goes kablooey in five billion years. I kinda hope it does all burn up, because if we can't think of a way to get the hell out of here by that point, we deserve whatever we get.
According to the creator, "It sees you and recognizes your face. It learns your name and can build a relationship with you."
Number one, that's really badass, androids are awesome (except for Lore) and I can't wait to hang out with one.
But number two, it's not like we're that great at human interaction, is it already time to move on to artificial creations? Well, according to theists, we're artificial already, but that's not the point. Technology does, indeed, kick ass, but I hate the feeling that we keep retreating from dealing with each other. People stay home and watch DVDs instead of going to the movies (which, I kinda understand because I rented Hannibal Rising last night and I wouldn't have spent $10 on that disappointment, either) and most people have no idea who their neighbors are (at least I don't and I know few people who spend any time with the humans who live only a hundred feet away.) Connecting with other people is what it's all about (no one says they should have spent more time with their Xbox on their deathbed) and we're still wired for physical human connections. We're not evolved to talk to people over Myspace (and if they don't ever make their UI better, we never will), our bodies still require that tactile and visual association that only face-to-face can bring. Yeah, androids are freakin' sweet and maybe it's just because I want to encourage people to come to more live shows and associate and party and be part of the community, but why bother with an artificial connection when we probably have a real live one a few feet from us?
And he looks like Pokemon or some shit.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Sure, there was a time in my life where I thought they rocked and you know I love all that Tolkien Misty Mountain mystical shit, but Sweet Zombie Jesus, don't let them play any more Led Zeppelin on the radio. Lazer (which is now the lameass "Hog" and still plays Led Zeppelin 8 times a day) and QFM (which is now some smooth jazz bullshit) played so much Zep that the very thought of that shirtless Robert Plant screech makes me cringe. If you think The Police reunion tour was expensive, can you imagine what tickets to a Led Zeppelin reunion would cost?
Man, I used to have this poster in my room.
Well, at least Milwaukee has 102.1 now, which is thankfully Zeppelin-free. I'm conflicted about hating on Led Zeppelin, but I just can't help it. They've been played enough, it's time to let these songs go to the Undying Lands and make room on the radio for something fucking else besides the soundtrack to Baby Boom Tail Enders' original backseat antics. It's like the 1970's never ended, and yes, I understand that people want to relive their high school glory days and that music just doesn't mean the same when you get older and the desire to find new stuff lessens. And the teenage population of the 1960's and 70's was three times bigger than it is now, so of course they're going to be the ones who are marketed to.
It's this glamorized and glorified adolescence (better remembered than experienced) that marketing constantly plays on to manipulate us to buy more shit. If your teenage years are the best years of your life, then why keep going when they're done? Isn't it better to flame out when you're in your peak? Why are we idolizing a time of life when most people were fucking idiots? Just that we buy shit and keep the economy moving? Is that worth having to relive 1977 over again on the radio every single day? Dark Side of the Moon still sells a shit-ton of copies every year. It's a pretty good album, but there's not enough grass in the world to make it deserve this many sales thirty-four years after its release. I'm not saying it's not an alright record (it is, except for "Us and Them", that song blows), but where's our Dark Side? What are the albums released in the past five years that will sell like AC/DC, Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd do and be on the radio all the time like they are today? Please don't tell me that we're stuck as a generation with an anthem of disaffection as our signature. That's kinda depressing because I'd much rather have a song that stood FOR something rather than AGAINST everything. Oh well, at least it has distorted guitars. Imagine if your anthem was "Candy Shop".
TO SAY NO TO CLASSIC ROCK!
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Saturday, September 08, 2007
We'll hit the Limelight stage at 6:30 PM sharp. Come on down... It's FREE!
After the SoCo fun, we'll jet (okay... van...) to La Crosse to rock with The Songs For at JB's Speakeasy:
It's a good day for rock... I can just feel it!
Friday, September 07, 2007
Thursday, September 06, 2007
For those of you who don't remember Whitley Strieber, you probably remember this bookcover:
That book and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, embedded The Greys in human consciousness for at least my generation.
And the third cool thing, Captain Jack is back! Torchwood starts this weekend on BBC America! Don't forget that the actor that plays him, John Barrowman, has a sister that writes for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, yeah, even cooler. Now, if they'd only show Doctor Who Confidential on the Sci-Fi Channel instead of shit like Mansquito...
Ladies, your ratings just went up.
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
For those of you who kinda hate Myspace and don't want anything to do with it (understandably, but it's a necessary evil for bands), here's the article:
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Ah, SoCo. I don't wanna embarrass anybody but let's picture someone drinking almost a whole bottle of Southern Comfort and then that someone's not-completely digested dinner all over a kitchen floor in the middle of a backrub party (don't ask about that part), and the backrub partygoers slipping and sliding on said kitchen floor and a couple of them getting a full face of it.
Let's say that someone's name rhymes with Sven and he plays guitar in a band whose name rhymes with Funslot and you might get the idea.
Anyway, so Sven doesn't touch the stuff much anymore, but I love it. Somewhere in the late 90's it replaced vodka as my favorite liquor and I couldn't be happier they're sponsoring the event. When we did the DUI training session with the police last year, it was Southern Comfort that fueled my fooling of the police officers 2 out of the 6 times they tested me!