Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Monday, September 28, 2009

Peyton Manning vs. JT

Since I'm not a TV watcher, I just saw these commercials for the first time in the last week or so, and only because I was streaming Browns & Chargers game on the 'puter. If you haven't checked them out, they're hilarious, and I really love both Peyton's and JT's ability to laugh at themselves and have a good sense of humor.



Sunday, September 27, 2009

Nerd...Or Geek?



I'm not sure which of these I am, and I've gone back and forth in my own head debating it, but I guess according to this tag mash, and I go by the Nerd side and list which apply to me or thing I'm interested that would be:

Computers
Computing
Cyberpunk
Fantasy
Fiction
Geek
Hackers
Internet
Linux
Novel
Open Source
Read
Sci-fi
Technology

And if I went by the right side it would be:

Adventure
Classics
Comics
Fantasy
Fiction
Greek Mythology
Hobbits
Humor
Literature
Lord of the Rings
Middle Earth
Mystery
Novel
Read
Series
Tolkien

Hmm. Nerd = 16 items, Geek = 14 items. I guess that means I'm a nerd?

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Male Puberty Chart = Win

It's funny 'cause it's true. And also? I love how it goes from 15-25. So those of you men out there who are just over 25 or perhaps are under it...know that you're really still in puberty.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Talk Is Cheap - Henry Muthafuckin ROLLINS!



So, as I think anyone who knows me, especially those on FB or that read my blog, will know that I just love me some Henry Rollins. The dude is artistic, outspoken, intelligent, articulate, AND very liberal. Not to mention that he seems to care deeply about all of the same things that I do - let's say, caring about the military men and women that go through so much for our country, being fucking ANGRY at the retards out there who are completely ignorant and apathetic, being angry at all the fuckery going on in the government for so long, being for civil rights for ALL people (for example, pro gay marriage and women's rights) and actually knowing about and giving a fuck about all the conflict and warfare and generally horrible shit that goes on overseas. Oh, and let's not forget, being very pro being educated and actually thinking it's cool to want to LEARN. It's not so much that I appreciate his celebrity status, because let's be honest, I don't. But I DO appreciate that he uses his celebrity status to get to public forums where he can speak his mind.

I had been listening to his Talk Is Cheap albums at work all week last week, and he had mentioned in them that he does email interviews with college students all the time who are just completely stupid and entirely apathetic. He's said that they ask stupid questions and don't answer HIS questions, and provided some hilarious examples of them. I decided to send him an email, just for the hell of it, thinking that he wouldn't respond because he was too busy.

HE RESPONDED!

I almost DIED when I saw my email. To summarize, I sent him an email saying I'd love to know what his thoughts were on a few things, and that I know he was a busy guy but would he mind if I asked him a few questions. His response was:

"Hi. Thanks for the letter and kind words. It is true, I am perpetually low on time. I can try and answer a few questions if you like. Thanks for the interest. Henry"

I was walking quickly around in circles at home, just saying "OMG!" to myself for a few minutes, before I finally wrote back. I wanted to ask him intelligent and engaging questions, so this is what I said:

After listening to your Talk Is Cheap albums and hearing your opinion on social issues and political matters before Obama became President, I wondered what you thought about things going on right now, I guess. Anyhow:

1. I've been thinking that a lot of serious conflict these days can be resolved or at least there could be some headway made on them if there were sustained dialogue on the topic between all the parties involved. For some crazy reason I kind of think that if people just got to know one another, spent enough time in each other's presence just talking, it would really help take away from the dehumanizing of your "enemy" that happens when you're involved in a conflict long enough. Do you think that sustained dialogue could help matters with Iran, or between Israel and Palestine?

2. Have you read 100 Years of Solitude? And if so, can you tell me WHY it would be considered such a work of genius? I do read pretty voraciously, I'm one of those people who can't fall asleep without reading in bed, so I don't think I'm too much of an idiot, but I'm confused as why so many people I know thought it was truly amazing. It sort of seemed to me like reading Faulkner with his stream of consciousness style that I've never really been a fan of.

3. How do you think Obama's doing in general? What do you think he's doing right or wrong? I personally think he's trying much too hard to reach out to the Republicans, especially the neocons. I kind of think that Bill Maher said it best recently when he said that it was stupid for the White House to keep listening to the Republicans and that Americans don't care what side of an issue you're on as long as you don't act like pussies.


I sent this an hour and half after his response because as I said I wanted to ask something intelligent, but also wanted to genuinely know what he thought. So a mere TWO HOURS later, he responded. (I formatted his response a wee bit to correspond to my questions.)

1. The only way things will cool out in the Israel/Palestine thing is if Israel left. They will not, of course. They couldn't if they wanted to. America would make them stay. It's our foothold in the region. The degree to which we support them, to the tune of billions a year, is not proof of our love for the country but of our hatred of all the others in that region. America has a very healthy amount of anti-semitism. It was a land steal and talking won't cool it out.

2. Never read that book.

3. I agree about Obama. He keeps losing parts of his hand when he reaches out. He should be more like Bush was and just ram stuff through. I don't see why he has to keep us in Afghanistan. Overall, I think he's doing great with what he inherited, the mess that republics now somehow forget that they created and ascribe to him. H


SQUEE~! I'm pleasantly surprised he responded and in detail. It was awesome. His take on Israel/Palestine is very interesting. I thought about that for a while, and I'm also glad to see that he feels the way I, and apparently Bill Maher, do about Obama at the moment.

I did tell Henry I'd be posting his responses on my blog, but I'm sure he's got better shit to do than read this, but I wanted to post it here because of how cool I thought it all was.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Protect Insurance Companies!

In today's news, you should totally protect insurance companies according to Hollywood stars.



I had no idea the people at Funny or Die were so leftist...which is pretty god damned awesome. Courtesy of my co-worker, I also saw the Prop 8: The Musical video, and if you haven't peeped that yet, you should.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Raging Against the Machine

What with so many protests these days, what's a socially conscious, eco-conscious person to do?



Reusable protest signs! How versatile!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Fuck Yo' Friday: FUCK YO' COGNITIVE DISSONANCE!

So in today's notable news, Bill O'Reilly has said that he backs the public option.

...

SAY WHAT?



I am in so much shock that I actually agree with BILL O' MUTHAFUCKIN REILLY that I don't even know what to do with myself. Does he know something I don't? Is the world ending? Has the apocolypse begun? WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON HERE AND WHY ARE YOU MAKING ME QUESTION MY BELIEFS BILL O' MUTHAFUCKIN REILLY?

Anyhow, after I read this, I saw a comment on Digg that is probably one of the best comments I've ever read there:


I am a conservative.
This morning I was awoken by my alarm clock powered by electricity generated by the public power monopoly regulated by the U.S. Department of Energy.

I then took a shower in the clean water provided by a municipal water utility.

After that, I turned on the TV to one of the FCC-regulated channels to see what the National Weather Service of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration determined the weather was going to be like, using satellites designed, built, and launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

I watched this while eating my breakfast of U.S. Department of Agriculture-inspected food and taking the drugs which have been determined as safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

At the appropriate time, as regulated by the U.S. Congress and kept accurate by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the U.S. Naval Observatory, I get into my National Highway Traffic Safety Administration-approved automobile and set out to work on the roads build by the local, state, and federal Departments of Transportation, possibly stopping to purchase additional fuel of a quality level determined by the Environmental Protection Agency, using legal tender issued by the Federal Reserve Bank.

On the way out the door I deposit any mail I have to be sent out via the U.S. Postal Service and drop the kids off at the public school.

After spending another day not being maimed or killed at work thanks to the workplace regulations imposed by the Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health administration, enjoying another two meals which again do not kill me because of the USDA, I drive my NHTSA car back home on the DOT roads, to my house which has not burned down in my absence because of the state and local building codes and Fire Marshal's inspection, and which has not been plundered of all its valuables thanks to the local police department.

And then I log on to the internet -- which was developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration -- and post on Freerepublic.com and Fox News forums about how SOCIALISM in medicine is BAD because the government can't do anything right.


I'm pretty sure that anyone who reads this blog (all 3 of you!) most likely have similar views to my own, but in case some of you don't, or maybe just are not sure of the details on the health care debate, check the following facts:

-The Washington Post has already reported that the Lewin Group, which the Neocons all state is an "independent, nonpartisan" think tank, is owned by UnitedHealth, one the country's largest health insurance companies. The Lewin Group's research has heavily influenced the health care debate, and has scared most people into thinking that health care reform is a bad idea. OF COURSE a health insurance company will be against health care reform!

-Also just FYI, I don't understand this whole idea that got planted into people's minds that Medicare was going to change or be run by a new entity under health care reform. Medicare is ALREADY RUN BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT! So are the VA hospitals!

-The original health care proposal had the following items of interest on it:

No more coverage denials because of your age or pre-existing conditions;
Decent, guaranteed benefits like members of Congress get;
A cap on what you pay out of your pocket so no one faces medical bankruptcy;
A national insurance market with more choice, clear pricing and no hidden costs; and
Discounts on polices for those who can’t afford coverage.
As important, if you have insurance through your job that you like, you can keep it. But if you lose your job or you want to launch your own business you will always be able to get good coverage.

This is SRS BIZNES to me because I've been denied coverage for pre-existing conditions, I've had to pay a lot of money out this year (Somewhere between $1000 to $1500) for medical costs for shit I had to take care of. And lastly, before my health insurance started on my new job, I was informed that to get COBRA through my old job it would be $500 a month at the VERY LEAST. $500 for just me! That shit was insane! So I personally would love to see some kind of health care reform happen because I know for ME, the average working person who does not have a lot of disposable income and is saving for a wedding, would really love to not have to pay so much money out of pocket just so I can get to a place where I'm healthy.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

iPhone App Store: You So Crazy

There's a fucking app for everything on that shit, so when I saw this, iDied.



WTB res pls!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Celebrity Skin

One of the things that's plagued me beyond almost all other topics has been the obsession that we as Americans have with celebrity and pop culture. One of the reasons I took a break from (and at this point, probably have quit completely) Twitter is because I was incredibly disappointed to see the amount of time that people spend talking about celebrities and their lives. Hip hop heads that I respect tremendously seemed to be just as obsessed with talking about Nas and Kelis' divorce as most females seem to be about the personal lives of the stars of Desperate Housewives and Sex in the City. I guess it's true that familiarity breeds contempt.

It started with Michael Jackson's death. One of the last times I actually checked Twitter was after the BET Awards. Most of the talk on the BET Awards seemed to be a lot of gossip and shit talking about celebrities. There didn't seem to be much else. I decided to not pursue the course of action of continuing to look through tweets to get to something interesting or substantial. This morning I read in the news that Janet ended up speaking for the Jackson family regarding Michael's death and that her speech was short & emotional. Now maybe it was my timing, but I sure didn't see anyone commenting on that, which might have been worthwhile. It was this disappointment in people that I followed that ultimately led me to stop using Twitter period.

This leads me into my next observations from over the last few days. I honestly do hope Michael Jackson rests in peace. I respected him as an artist and a performer. But when I heard that several internet news sites crashed, solely because of the amount of people checking to see if MJ died, I felt both nauseated and sad at the same time. People, he was a pop icon & a legend but don't mistake celebrity for familiarity. Just because you knew OF him does not mean you were homies. I understand being sad that a legend has now passed into the afterlife. I am too. But what is with this societal obsession that we have over celebrity?

I loved Jon Stewart's take on Obitutainment, because it really seems like so many people were obsessed with MJ's after-news death. The same people who talked shit about MJ and called him a freak and disowned him as a black man were suddenly crying over his death and following every second of the custody battle of his children.

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The next big celebrity news to hit Americans was the whole big deal on Jon and Kate, and their show, and their shenanigans, etc, etc. Everywhere you went it was about Jon and Kate, Jon being a douchebag, and Kate being a bitch, or not a bitch, or too good for Jon, blah blah blah. Who the hell ARE these people? These are just two random people who ended up becoming celebrities in this country because they were the stars of a reality show. So what? Why do we care about these people? Why is anything that happens to them considered actual news?

Lastly, and most recently, I'm truly disgusted by the amount of time Kanye's tomfoolery has gotten on every single god damned news site in existence. Why is it news that Kanye is being an asshole? Didn't we already know that? Isn't it kind of news that he actually spoke up on someone else's behalf rather than his own for once? Not like I care one way or another, but honestly, so what if he acted up at the MTV Video Awards? Hasn't everyone pretty much written off MTV as...what MTV as an acronym actually stands for? Again, WHY IS THIS CONSIDERED ACTUAL NEWS?

The answer is that people are so consumed with observing life instead of actually living it, that life is just a spectacle, and all most people live for is precisely that - the spectacle. People who spend so much time on the gossip rags, paying attention to celebrity and pseudo-celebrity culture, have nothing else to fill their lives with. Self-realization and self-actualization are not goals for people who spend time talking about...other people's lives. The saddest part of all this is a quote from George Bernard Shaw that I am finding seems to apply to most people, certainly most Americans these days:

"The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity."

People out there, take a moment and think. Ask yourself, when was the last time you gave a fuck about someone else that wasn't a celebrity? When was the last time you actually cared about people you don't even know that aren't rich and famous? How many of you were aware of the news that 4 American soldiers were killed this last weekend in Afghanistan? (In related news, it was of interest to see that this story was a tiny little side link on the CNN website, while the "news" of Kanye and Taylor Swift, and celebrity reaction to the incident was all over the front page.)

Another question to ask yourself is, how many of you were aware that (according to NPR's story on September 14th) children in California (Not just in some far away place you've never heard of nor could you point out on a map) are going without food overnight and over the weekend because the recession is causing families to not be able to pay for food? Did any of you know that public libraries in Philadelphia are closing? That's a terrible thing for me personally to hear, because when I was in elementary school, the public library was a safe haven for me. It was a quiet place for me to think and read and to get away from all the turmoil and upheaval and angst at home.

To play Devil's Advocate for a moment, I understand that some people pay attention to celebrity culture as escapism. Manz sister is a nurse in the Oncology department of the Cleveland Clinic. When all you are surrounded by on a daily basis is people dying of a terminal illness, you definitely need something silly and light to pay attention to, to divert your attention elsewhere. I totally understand the need for that. And honestly, a commenter on NPR after the news of Michael Jackson's death broke did sum it up quite well:

"It is beyond ridiculous to argue that pop culture does NOT have a profound and direct impact on Americans. Pop culture affects socio-polical points of view, the perception of morality and justice, and the place of art as a mirror of culture, just to name a few of the important roles that it plays in American lives. When it's thought about in that light it's hard to see how Michael Jackson's death could garner any less than the coverage it has gotten."
David Pye, Baton Rogue, LA

Yes, pop culture is important and an important part of American culture. But for those of you intelligent individuals out there, I ask you to spend a little time making yourself aware of what else is going on in the world outside of the next gossip about some reality star, or even about an actual celebrity. Expand your horizons. Consider those less fortunate than yourselves. JUST USE YOUR BRAIN. Please.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

RIP Patrick Swayze

He's not even in this clip, but it's probably the most epic thing related to him. RIP, Patrick Swayze.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Drunk-O-Vision

Some of you may be aware of the fact that at the wedding last weekend I decided 4 Long Islands and a couple glasses of champagne was a really good idea. I wasn't drunk, but somehow I decided getting up in front of 300 people and singing was a GREAT idea. I have no idea what happened there in my mental processes, but when I saw these I thought to myself: It's funny 'cause it's true.


Definitely after you've been drinking, any object that has surface space is a good place to crash. I know I was dead tired after the reception and seriously contemplated falling asleep at the bar after the wedding, and on the floor of the elevator on the way up to our room.



I love this one because it's hilarious how many times I've seen a post on some random site talking about people being on Facebook while drunk and acting foolish. I won't lie, right before manz and I got together I did some pretty foolish things while drunk and surfing the interwebs. Can you believe the shit they put on Craigslist sometimes? Wow.



Anytime you're drunk, anywhere there are ladies is a good place to check out them and their boobies.



Why is it after a night of drinking, pretty much anything you eat REALLY DOES taste like a fuckin' gourmet meal? Isn't that crazy? The morning after the wedding, I was so hungry that when we had brunch at manz family's house I actually ate PORK SAUSAGE AND BACON. I haven't had that in years. (Turkey bacon, however, is another story. It is amazing. Trust me.)



Ah yes. I swear that when you're drinking whoever keeps bringing the liquor to you is like the hand of god directly reaching down to bless you. The old Irish lady who was bartending was my BFF that night.



Last but certainly not least...as I said, when you're drunk, any time is a good time to see the ladies and their boobies, and for some reason it seems to be all one can focus on when you've been drinking. Instead of discreetly glancing at cleavage, all of a sudden it's like you've got blinders on and cleavage is all you can see PERIOD. You don't even notice the cleavage and breasts are connected to a person that just so happens to be talking to you. It's almost a little obscene. Not like I have personal experience with this phenomena or anything. *cough*

Saturday, September 12, 2009

FUCK YO' FRIDAY: FUCK YO' SHORT WORK WEEK!

Today's Fuck Yo' Friday is actually being posted on a Saturday because the week was short, which brings me to the actual reason for the Fuck Yo' Friday. Why is it that every single god damned short work week due to holiday purposes always seems TWELVE TIMES longer than the regular 5 day work week? Is it because we need to cram 5 days of work into 4 days? All I know is, it fucking sucks.



Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Moar Random Artfaggotry - Ebony & Ivory

I found these amazing black and white photos on this random website the other day, I don't remember where but I was blown away by the awesomeness of them.



This one is kind of awesome because it reminds me of manz and I, the smaller one looks Asian and the bigger one looks like a round eye.



I love this one because it reminds me of how much I love DJs.



I think anyone who knows me knows I'm obsessed with old school style for women, especially pin up type stuff. I also like the film noir feel of this picture, like she's waiting for a PI she hired to come out of a bar with some info.



Fencekittehs say, go find ur own fort, dis one iz ours.



This just looks like an entrance into Narnia or a way to leave the land of the Muggles, which I still dream that I'd be able to find. What? I love escapism. Real life blows sometimes.



Basement cat says kiss my ass.



There are so many people out there who will tell you that you can't. What you've got to do is turn around and say, "Fuck you."

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Playyyyygrouuuuund!



...'Cause this is what I see, at the playground, you know?

(Yes, I know this is a weak ass post after a short hiatus, but I don't care because I just spent the last several days in my own personal hell. Surrounded by gushing females and girly shit, and lots of small talk and chit chat. AND I managed not to kill anyone!)

Friday, September 4, 2009

FUCK YO' FRIDAY: FUCK YO' TRADITIONAL WEDDING BULLSHIT!



Today's Fuck Yo' Friday is brought to you by my future sister in law and her wedding. I do love her, but I HATE traditional weddings. All the tradition, formalities, the group outings...with both sexes separated...UGH. I'm sorry, but I am NOT down with hanging out with a bunch of chicks doing girly stuff. Especially not with random females I don't know. Thankfully most of the bridesmaids are actually related to manz, and very cool, but a few of them aren't, and I don't know them, and they're not my friends, and at least one of them wouldn't be a friend of mine anyway.

I just thank God that my own wedding is going to be done MY way, the way I want it. A nerdgasmic nerdcentric nirvana, and it definitely won't be all this gay gushy touchy feely crap.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Man In the Mirror

I saw this chart the other day and while it made me laugh it made me realize how much larger the generation gaps keep getting, which is a little sad. It also made me realize that I'm somewhere between Generation X (in age) and Millenials (in attitude). I wonder what this says about me?

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Moral Majority

I haven't respected the Dead Kennedys as much as I should have in the past, despite my love of punk music, but my respect for them has increased 9001fold after seeing this yesterday.



That is fucking amazing.