To No One in Particular

Cheap Trick had it right, you know. I do want you to want me.

It'd just make everything so much easier on everybody. I'm not sure how the onus ever became solely on me in the first place. How fair is that? Not at all. So get wantin'.


Hypothetically speaking, of course ....

It bothers me a little that your smoking habit is perfectly socially acceptable, but I can't pick my nose in public.

Just a little.


According to the AP, the Canadian dollar has reached parity with the US dollar for the first time since 1976. Just another example of far our economy has slid into the shitter.

Uh ... no offense, Canada?

Via Consumerist

Unplanned Review

Helvetica, a documentary about the typeface and it's affect on our lives. I'm sure you're expecting a dry documentary with interviews with typographers, but no. No, no. It's like freaking 300 with fonts! The final battle where Helvetica turns back the forces of darkness* is unbelievable. The dramatic moment of the year. Seriously, it kept me on the edge of my seat.**

**Actually, haven't seen it yet. But I bet it's sweeeeeet.


Rhetorically speaking ...

Is it bad that I want a cat (even though I'm allergic to them) just so that I have more fodder for creating lolcats?

Ha! Those things are soooo funny.


Also ...

I saw Stardust recently, from the the novel of the same name by the esteemed Neil Gaiman. In an effort to bolster my unfortunately sagging rate of posting to this blog, I'll attempt a full review ... er ... later.

Sometime this weekend, maybe.

At My Discretion ...

Is it wrong that I completely write off anyone who chews with their mouth hanging open? Or should the question be: Is it right that such people even exist?

The latter, I think.


Something You Don't Seem To Have Realized Yet

Your MySpace/Friendster/LiveJournal/Facebook/ "insert-random-name-of-social-networking-site/blog/website-here" can be seen by everyone.
And that "everyone" deserves waaaaaay more inflection than I can possibly hope to give it with just a measly bold and an underline. Let's get this straight, though. I'm not talking about everyone in the world here. While that much is theoretically possible, "everyone in the world" doesn't have the time or any interest to seek out your semi-revealing pictures or stories of meaningless one-night-stands you've so carelessly shared with us. No no, the "everyone" I'm talking about is a much more relative "everyone."
Remember that kid, let's call him Gary, who was in your 6th grade class, but only for about 3 months? Just long enough to crush on you and leave you creepy notes? Something about his basement?

You don't remember Gary? Cause he certainly remembers you.

Gary knows all about the internet. And he wants to be your friend.


The Best Thing I've Read All Day

A turd is still a turd, no matter how many rubies you've swallowed.



Figured I'd jump on the bandwagon, maybe throw out a new genre. What the hell, everybody else is doing it. I was checking out coverage of the G8 summit the other day, saw this image, and immediately knew that it needed to be captioned.
I'm still not sure what's actually going on here.


Open Letter to NBC and the American Public

Oh, c'mon.

I'm watching Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip right now. It's awesome. I don't know why you want to cancel it.

It's well-played. It's well written. It's freaking hilarious. It's deep, it's self-referential (not to mention deprecating) and above all, it's intelligent.

Oh ...

Yeah ...

Now I'm beginning to realize why that might not work for most of you.


Robots Vs. Monkeys

If you haven't ever read Scott Adams* blog, you should. He's a great writer, and he's got a lot of wonderful opinions about a very broad range of subjects. Kinda reminds me of myself, in some ways. Mostly all the ways that don't have to do with him being a uber-cartoonist and me being ... well ... not. Still, he's right up my alley, especially with this particular post.
Check it out.

For those of you who don't know, Scott is the creator of Dilbert**
** For those of you who aren't nerds, Dilbert is a comic strip.


Stupid People Vs. Children

You thought this post was going to be about "Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?" didn't you? Well, it's not. But only cause I didn't even think of that until just now.
No, this post is about how stupid rich people and their views on things like money and the value of material possessions and their stupid sense of superiority above all else. You can read the story whole story here. via Consumerist.com


One Man's Journey Into Music Piracy

The funny thing is, his definition (and the RIAA's definition) of piracy is exactly the problem. At any rate, you can read his essay here. Via one of my favorite blogs ever, Consumerist


Please Make It Stop!

Seriously, are the monkey-robot-putting-together people working overtime this week, or what? Must have been a slow February for everyone else too. Seriously though, I'm not kidding. You have to put an end to this before they realize what you've done. I mean, what's next, monkey Transformers? Oh God ... Please don't do that!

From MSNBC, via Dethroner


Pushbutton Power

The Neilsen ratings are a way for the people in charge of television programming to tell what a random selection of people are watching and therefore, what kind of crap they should develop to feed you next year. It's a system that works by blah, blah-blah technical details blah blah. They don't really need any of that. All they need is some way to tell when I turn off my TV because I see that a particular show is coming on next. Not change the channel. Turn off.

TV: "Another show like Survivor, but now with even less watchability!
Me: "Click"

TV: "Coming up next, The Black Donnelly's, in place of that other show you like with the compelling scripts and decent acting."
Me: "Click"

TV: "Lost, up next! You'll be ... lost ... Haha. Get it?"
Me: "Click"

TV: "American Idol?!"

TV: ... um ...(sheepishly) ..."The New Adventures of Old Christine?"
Me: "No ... Click"

iDon't Get It

I've still got my doubts about the new Apple iPhone. (If you don't have a clue what I'm talking about, you might want to mosey along now) On the other hand, I've just watched the commercial for it which, in my opinion, is one of the best pieces of advertising I've seen in a very long time. (most likely since I first watched Cog) I absolutely cannot believe they didn't roll this out during the SuperBowl. It would have been 1984 all over again.


This Should Anger You

You should read this article about Bush's proposed budget from the Rolling Stone, by Matt Taibbi.

I really started to get angry about a quarter of the way through. Let's see how far you get!

This part got me, especially:

If the Estate Tax were to be repealed completely, the estimated savings to just one family, the Walton family, the heirs to the Wal-Mart fortune -- would be about $32.7 billion dollars over the next ten years.
The proposed reductions to Medicaid over the same time frame? $28 billion.


Oh dear ...

I knew this was going to happen.

The Monkey-Robots have come for us. If any ninjas get involved, I'm heading for the hills.


Sometimes, I stutter.
I don't have a speech impediment, or anything.
No, what happens is that I edit all the time, even when I'm speaking. Sometimes when I'm in the middle of a sentence, I realize that it doesn't express quite the right sentiment, or there's another way to say the same thing, just slightly better.
And then I stutter, until the new, better words find their way out.