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Sep. 23rd, 2008



You are a

Social Liberal
(68% permissive)

and an...

Economic Liberal
(36% permissive)

You are best described as a:


Link: The Politics Test on OkCupid.com: Free Online Dating
Also : The OkCupid Dating Persona Test

Jul. 15th, 2008


Can't stop the Rock

Rock Band 2 Set List: http://www.ebgames.com/Catalog/ProductDetails.aspx?Product_ID=71886

Gotta say, I'm reasonably impressed. And, though I'm quite certain I'm going to get mocked here, especially from one Canadian quarter in particular, YAY TULL.

Jul. 1st, 2008


Can't sleep

Nope, no clowns threatening to eat me. First day of work dawns today. I am abuzz with excitement. BUZZ, I tell you. BUZZ.

Jun. 30th, 2008




Jun. 28th, 2008


Le Meme (La Mème?)

Just to show that mindless meme obedience applies even in France: Book MemeCollapse )


Pictures will be forthcoming once I get home and pull them off my camera. For now, it is enough to say that the cote d'azur has been magnificent and langorous. More upon my return!

Apr. 25th, 2008


Probably old news

For MST3K fans, apparently Mike Nelson and the dudes who voiced Tom Servo and Crow (2.0) went ahead and created kind of a cool business model involving do-it-yourself MST3K style features. Basically, you download their commentary track. And they have a little player widget that'll sync the commentary to the DVD (which implies you must have the DVD in your possession already, of course).

The really slick thing about the model is that they don't have to worry about rights, so their commentaries can be as topical as they want and associated with big budget new movies. And at $2.99/track, the commentaries themselves are pretty cheap. It's probably not something I'd spend money on but I bet fans certainly would.

Anyway, the url is: http://www.rifftrax.com

Nov. 16th, 2007


Or half NOT a billion dollars!

The Daily Show's writers on the WGA strike:

Nov. 6th, 2007


Heroes: The adventures of Emo-Man

There might be some spoilers in here. If you think there will be and if you're afraid of such things, well, you know what to do.

Okay, so I'm sick of lazy writing on Heroes. I'm loving about half the show right now, which is enough to keep me watching. But the other half is, well, half-assed. I've never made any bones about the fact that I don't like Peter Patrelli. I don't like the character, and I don't like Milo Ventimiglia. And, after watching the last episode, I came to a clearer understanding of why.

Peter is the Superman of the Heroes universe. And I don't mean that in some Nietzchian manner. I mean he's the Man of Steel, the Smallville slugger. He's the unassailable powerhouse with a strong moral center. It's that moral center that is what big-blue brings the DC universe. His powers, after all, are god-like and therefore largely uninteresting (except when they are taken away). The problem is that Peter fails us in both ways. That is, despite being insanely powerful, he acts like an impotent adolescent. When faced with any, and I do mean any problem, he has a repertoire of two reactions: (1) Mope, (2) Freak the fuck out. He literally has 0 reasoning ability. I understand he's lost his memory, blah blah blah. But it wasn't like he was any different before the memory loss. And even if we DO blame his memory loss for this behavior, it's bad writing. The writers want us to think X is important, and the way they try to convince us by having Peter, well, freak the fuck out. Every time. As to his moral center, well, he was a nice guy as a care-giver. That was groovy. But he's not that anymore. And his whole moral quest thing was basically to prevent millions of people from dying. Which, in all honesty, all non-insane people would do.

The lazy writing doesn't stop there. We're now faced with a SECOND vision of a desolate and broken NYC. Gosh, this sure feels surprising. And here, the writers have hamstrung themselves by having Peter, whose memory they killed, be the vehicle for the reveal. I could accept NYC being blasted yet again if the character who saw it actually voiced that same opinion. If Peter (or, ideally, someone else) showed up and went 'Oh COME ON, we STOPPED this shit already' then at least there's some versimilitude. Someone in the world has a sense that this is ridiculous. But no. We have Peter. And what does he do? Wait for it. Freak the fuck out. And mope.

Also, we had a season that was about ordinary people coming to terms with their extraordinary gifts and their new place in a world that was suddenly more mysterious than they realized. We don't need a second season of it. I don't need Parkman, who started off very nicely this season, having more whining fits about what he can and can't do. I don't need to see Peter go through his power-control arc a second time. It was the least interesting part of the first season. They should have nixed his powers, not his memory. And they should have left Sylar dead, so they didn't have to worry about doubling up the same story. Sylar and Peter, fully powered, are problem characters. They ferociously limit the number of challenges that can be realistically thrown at them. And Sylar was a one-trick pony, dramatically. He's crazy in a very adolescent way and, well, one of the fundamental themes of adolescence is outgrowing it - which he is not even remotely doing.

Anyway, I had to rant somewhere. I'm still watching Heroes and, like I said, I'm still enjoying the hell out of some of it. But the parts that suck are pissing me off!

Oct. 25th, 2007



In retrospect, the only thing I really still love about Akira (apart from nostalgic fondness) was the motorcycle. This thing isn't quite that but my god, it is absurdly sexy:

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