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[ Comments Off ]Posted on July 30, 2008 by admin in Popular MediaWednesday, July 30th, 2008
Well, it seems to be a pretty big leak…
RawStory.com suggests the trailer for Oliver Stone’s upcoming biopic about George Bush was “leaked” Sunday. Looks to me like a standard teaser, but here it is, in any case: “A heartwarming romantic comedy about an adorable alcoholic with a dream — and the courage to pursue it.”
[ Comments Off ]Posted on July 29, 2008 by admin in Lifestyle & CultureTuesday, July 29th, 2008
No, really baby, I mean it.
In the NPR piece Sex Without Condoms is the New Engagement Ring, you’ll hear brilliant statements like “It’s an engagement more practical than spending money on a piece of jewelry, or a marriage that might not pass the test of time”. Man, if my friends and I had thought up a spin like this as teenagers, how different life would be. Sex without condoms? Well, it feels good, but I’m sure if we’d pursued this path in our youth, we’d have exponentially more fatherless children, friends dead from HIV-related symptoms, and a general pandemic of STD’s. NPR listeners had some thoughts on the topic too. I’m inclined to liken sex without condoms to riding a motorcycle without a helmet. While it shows a passion for the sport, the consequences can be disasterous.
[ Comments Off ]Posted on July 29, 2008 by admin in PoliticsTuesday, July 29th, 2008
The GOP wants you to meet Barack Obama – their way
John McCain may be a nearly invisible, doddering old fart (did I really just say may be?) but the GOP is showing a little youthful spring in its step with two new web sites they’ve launched. First, there’s MeetBarackObama.com, which has punchy little headlines for its anti-Obama “news items” like Ich Bin Ein Hypocrite. Perhaps much more clever is BarackBook.com, which mocks Obama’s actual FaceBook page by highlighting his connections with people like William Ayers and Marilyn Katz. Unfortunately for whoever these hip kids of the GOP are, their candidate is still doing more for the Obama campaign than anyone else just by speaking in public.
[ Comments Off ]Posted on July 29, 2008 by admin in TechnologyTuesday, July 29th, 2008
Never mind the White Knight II, check out the DelFly Micro
…as you toss him out the airlock for being so annoying. I must admit I was a little under-impressed by billionaire beach-bum Richard Branson’s show-and-tell of the new White Knight Two yesterday. Yes, amazing technology, blah blah blah. With it’s huge wingspan, conventional jet engines, and twin fuselage, it really just looks like a LearJet gone wrong. Somehow I find the DelFly Micro (pictured here) much more impressive. It weighs only 3 grams, has a 10 cm wingspan, and can still carry a video camera! See a cool dual-view video on YouTube here. Want one of your own? Too bad. You’ll have to settle for something like the massive (6 inch long) Spinmaster Air Hog. At thirty bucks, it’s cheaper than a night at the bar, and probably a lot more fun.
Hopefully the author will live long enough to write part II
As I sat on my porch this morning at 5:30 am, smoking my cigarette and drinking my coffee, several things went through my mind, things like: “I wonder why I’m awake?”, and “Why don’t I just go back to bed?”. Then I remembered I’m an obsessive-compulsive who only sleeps four hours a night, and thought “Oh yeah”. But then for some reason I got curious about why cigarettes taste so darn good, and decided to look for some answers. First of all, if your preferred brand is Just Like Dad Bubble Gum Cigarettes from Archie McPhee, they taste good because they’re made of bubble gum and they’re not burning. If you smoke a harsher brand like me though (I smoke Dunhills or American Spirits), the answer seems a little more complicated. I’ll be doing a follow up piece for just that reason. For now though, I found a list of ingredients approved by the US Government for use in the manufacture of cigarettes that made me wonder: “What DOESN’T make my cigarette taste so darn good?”. Here’s the list: Acetanisole, Acetic Acid, Acetoin, Acetophenone, 6-Acetoxydihydrotheaspirane, 2-Acetyl-3- Ethylpyrazine, 2-Acetyl-5-Methylfuran, Read the rest of this entry »