May 03, 2009
May 02, 2009
I also have a very hard time seeing Jebus and Mary in grease stains, grilled cheese sandwiches, and other things like that. Maybe there's something wrong in my brain. OR MAYBE these people are nuts.
April 21, 2009
Update: I forgot to mention that this video was sent to me by my friend, Earl, of Parson Studio Group.
April 16, 2009
Danish toilet paper dispenser makes it look like you're pulling the paper right from some dude's anus. It's unclear to me if that is Denmark for you.
9 Words that Come from SciFi via Kottke
Ayn Rand was cited in a dissenting opinion on a court case.
Apparently, one of those Domino's twits is a registered sex offender. Tip: It's not the guy in the video.
And did you know that you can watch the things I share via Google reader? You sure can! Just look here.
I'm not sure if it's the same lady or different ladies, but it happened a few times last year and it happened again this morning.
It is as if this person cannot stand the idea that someone might get to the subway before her, so she runs -- it's not a full-on sprint, but it's a sort of stride that takes both feet off the ground at points -- to try to stay ahead.
The is unfortunate because this lady this morning was at least a full 6 inches shorter than I am. My own casual gait is rather smooth, but very fast given that I'm over 6' tall and prone to direct movements. I'm just not good at strolling and I dislike being between here and there.
So, this lady RAN to get ahead of me only to have me pass her at the turnstiles entering the subway platform.
April 12, 2009
This lady built this little robot that can only travel in a straight line and set it loose in New York City with just a little flag with a destination and a request for help.
And, she was surprised, the robots made it. People helped the little fella get to where it was trying to go.
Never once was a Tweenbot lost or damaged. Often, people would ignore the instructions to aim the Tweenbot in the “right” direction, if that direction meant sending the robot into a perilous situation. One man turned the robot back in the direction from which it had just come, saying out loud to the Tweenbot, "You can’t go that way, it’s toward the road.”I love that the guy talked to it.
She has other robots planned. I hope I get to see one!
April 11, 2009
Well, I did a quick Google and Esquire captured his thoughts on Ayn Rand.
April 07, 2009
if you advocate "objectivism" may I suggest you can't even glimpse the psychological implications of relativityAny idea about what he means?
April 04, 2009
I know what extreme conservatives think. It involves really bossy zombies and ghosts. But liberals, as a rule, are insane. I have no idea what they're going to come up with next.
Also, Bill Maher is a completely different sort of lunatic. I thought he was a libertarian back in the day, but he has said a couple of times that he's a liberal and his views reflect this new level of crazy in his life. And he has these baseless, unscientific, fringe views about health which really fascinate me. I wish he'd make a movie about THAT.
Anyway, I'm rambling. I'm going to blog this week's episode of Real Time.
Opening skit is a Carl's Sr. gag where you can get a bag of something that looks like diarrhea for 9 cents. Disgusting. The humor of that is lost on me, so on to the opening monologue!
First joke is a dig on George Bush. *yawn* Bill Maher needs to just get a room with Barack Obama already.
Obama in Europe... blah blah blah...
Why is everyone making jokes about the Queen of England being afraid that Barack Obama is going to rob her? She knows black people and we have no reason to think she's a racist. That joke just isn't funny and it makes less and less sense the more I hear it. (Someone on Chelsea Lately made the same joke last night.)
Now he's made a joke about capitalism and reminds me why he's such a loathesome individual.
And now we're cheering about Iowa's legalization of gay marriage.
Moving right along to Madonna's failed attempt to adopt another kid from Malawi.
Wow! Joe the Plumber is on. This surprises me because of how Maher ragged on him during the election season.
Aaaaaand Joe is yackin' on about conservative stuff. He's like a machine gun of bromides and platitudes. Bill Maher is going to list things they agree on. They're all stupid things with the surprising exception of supporting Israel.
Now Bill is on the attack, saying he's more mature and they're zooming through specific issues too quickly for me to list. The conversation is surprisingly frank and civil.
Bill Maher just did something dishonest and looks smug about it. I'll pause the show to describe it.
He pointed out that when Joe first met Barack Obama back during the campaign, Joe's personal issue was the fear that Obama would raise taxes and make it hard or impossible for him to buy the plumbing business he was in. He then said that wasn't true and asked if Joe would be willing to admit that he is better off thanks to President Obama.
Joe stopped him and said it was true. He was planning on buying that business. Maher asked if he did, in fact, buy the business. Joe said he didn't because now he's doing what he does now, political commentary and whatnot. Maher smiled smugly and said he has to admit that he's now better off "dancing with the stars."
This is patently dishonest because Bill Maher knows he's dropped context. Joe the Plumber and Joe the Pundit are two people in two different contexts, and he is trying to say that the Plumber's rise to Pundit is somehow due to the president's policies. We all know that isn't true because we still have lots of plumbers and still just one pundit-cum-plumber, Joe.
Joe the Plumber's concern about Barack Obama's tax policies are completely valid, but Bill Maher glosses over them arguing that:
1) the increases are only "the rich"
2) the increases aren't "that large"
3) the increased rate is actually pretty low compared to the rate supported by certain presidents in the past.
And this is why Bill Maher pisses me off.
I don't know who the rich are, but they have rights, too. You cannot argue that you support freedom and people's rights when you actually mean only some people's rights. And it makes you a socialist to argue that in order to be part of the group whose are entitled to their rights are the poor, faceless masses, while the rich and famous should be sacrificed to them.
Further, an increase on "the rich," means they have less to spend buying things from "the poor" and in that way a tax at the top affects people at the bottom. I know no one likes to talk about "trickle-down economics" these days, but there is a truth to that.
And finally, history is not an authority on being right. Just because some president in the past supported a massive tax on the rich does not mean it was right. It doesn't mean he was any more wrong, either. Both Barack Obama and Eisenhower can be wrong in the same way about the same thing while being different in the scale of the wrong they do.
Bill Maher is a self-righteous, pompous ass. Moving on...
- David Frum, author of Comeback
- Reihan Salam, author of Grand New Party and Associate Editor of The Atlantic Monthly
- Sam Donaldson, ancient newscaster
The others on the panel disagree because people like Obama better than Bush.
I think that wasn't Obama's only goal in going to Europe, so I wouldn't call the trip a total failure for him.
Sam Donaldson tried to trap Frum by asking if Frum believes the stimulus is or will be a failure. (It is and will be.)
This was a trap question because...
If Frum says the stimulus is a bad idea, then Obama's failure to get Europe to do the same is actually a success overall.
If Frum says, as he did, that the stimulus isn't a bad idea, then Obama's failure to get Europe to do the same is actually a failure for Europe, which is what Donaldson argued.
Poppycock and this is the exact sort of argument worthy of a Toohey like Donaldson.
I like Maher's suit and Donaldon's tie, but not together.
Frum is arguing that Bush and Obama are similar in that Obama demonstrated a disregard for the European economic situation. Maher is changing the subject.
I kind of like Reihan Salam. He's a cute little fella -- bushy eyebrows and all, but he does need to sit up straight -- and he makes sense at a rate higher than the other people on the panel.
I just realized that Maher stocked his panel with two conservatives. Interesting.
Sam Donaldson rightly pointed out the problem with the Republican party is the white, southern evangelicals.
Bill Maher is dropping context in applying statistics, too, now. Douche.
Why do people go along with him on this stuff?
It's really hard to keep up with this show and blog it at the same time. Frum is talking about environmentalism now. I'm not sure how this relates to the topic they were discussing, problems with the Republican party.
Donaldson is pulling it back to health care.
Salam is bringing it back to earth for us in that all this crazy government stuff is going to cost a LOT of money at some point.
Maher interrupts for a comedy piece that is derived from the iPod Obama gave to the Queen. It's pretty lame.
Now Carole Leifer, comedy writer, is joining the show. She wrote a book called When you Lie about your Age, the Terrorists Win. Maher says it's funny and pithy.
And now we're into the fluff of the show. There's just a little less than half of the show left and I'm kind of glad.
Apparently, Leifer is a lesbian.
Mazel tov twice for her!
And she's vegan, which makes Maher happy because he's on the board of PETA, another ridiculous group.
Aaaaaand they're back to the environment.
Everyone agrees that anthropogenic climate change exists and we need to do something about it. So, they're talking about alternative energy. Frum likes nuclear. Salam liked pretty much everything, it seems. Donaldson likes solar.
Maher just admitted he's a liberal.
This discussion on environmentalism is mildly interesting, although Maher keeps trying to bring it back to religion as the biggest obstacle to the environmentalist movement. Sadly, I think he's right in terms of popularity.
New Rules. No need to recap that.
Only a moderate amount of crazy on this episode.
April 03, 2009
According to the comments on YouTube, the cobra has had its teeth removed. Even so, this disturbs me.
March 31, 2009
But I wonder: now that's she's just a courtesy countess, will she retain her bad manners?
March 30, 2009
Anyway, one of my Facebook friends got his "New Horoscope" and I thought it was a quiz and so I clicked on it and it turns out it's just a blend of Chinese and regular European astrology.
I got the "Detached Observer" because I'm a Virgo/Snake. Here's what it said about me:
Analysis and intuition are two essential elements in the personality of a Virgo/Snake. This Virgo is both emotional and attractive. He is endowed with wisdom and depth of understanding. He may appear serious and even grave. The tongue, you will notice, however, is conveniently stored inside the cheek. This person's strength is that he is not really of the world. Virgo/Snakes exist outside of the mundane and always wear a secret smile. Sex and the Snake go together. Being born in sensible Virgo may make this Snake a tad less lascivious than his or her counterparts. But bottom line, this person is always looking for love. Real pure honest affection turns him or her on more than any other kind of seduction tactic. If you find yourself in bed with this perceptive soul, don't be surprised at the variety of intricate techniques he or she uses.I'm amazed by people who buy into this stuff. The fact that this is incredibly flattering should tip anyone off that there is something wrong here.
Of course, listed under my "negative" character traits is "meticulous" and "nit-picking" and I'm sure my conclusion that astrology is total bunk falls into that category and would be used by some to prove that my horoscope is correct.
Bill Maher, an admitted pothead, argued that alcohol is inherently bad for you. Hitchens pointed out that studies show that some amount of alcohol can be beneficial, but Maher countered saying, "Alcohol is a poison and any amount of poison is bad for you."
False. This is just plain false.
Water is toxic to humans in sufficient levels. I'm not talking about aspirating it, either. If you drink too much water, you can die.
Furthermore, marijuana smoke contains FAR more toxic and carcinogenic substances than alcohol. It even contains substances that are toxic and carcinogenic in smaller amounts than alcohol.
Ammonia, for instance. Would you rather have a shot of ammonia or a shot of vodka?
Benzene or Jack Daniels?
Acetone or Jagermeister?
In most situations, the does makes the poison. One must also consider the differences between prolonged and acute exposure.
To simply say that any amount of something that demonstrates specific toxisity at some particular level is ridiculous. But this is typical of Maher's views on medicine. Afterall, he's the same guy who proclaimed that milk is poison and that all prescription drugs are poison. He seriously does not understand biology.
March 25, 2009
You know how they have time travel, right?
Well, why don't they just send one Terminator back to ten minutes ago? Then, that guy could stand with himself and get transported back to ten minutes ago again. Then, there would be four terminators standing on the time-travel platform. Then all four could wait ten minutes and go back and there would be eight of them standing on the platform. And then after ten minutes, there would be 16. And so on.
After just 10 minutes of linear time there would be zillions of terminators just standing about.
I am sure that sending more people back in time takes more energy, but with the ability to send one terminator back, they could theoretically transport additional energy back, too. At worst, each one could bring a battery with him.
And at some point they would just need to stop doing that because you wouldn't want there to be an infinite number of terminators milling about on the time travel platform.
But still. With this strategy, I think the terminators could easily crush the stupid humans including John Connor and his kickass mom.
Why hasn't Skynet thought of this? Or am I telling Skynet now?
March 20, 2009
Or if you're in some old timey country, Happy Mid-Spring!
Funny, though: I woke up this morning and looked out from my window to see snow.
March 17, 2009
I can't watch The Real Housewives of Orange County because on the new episodes I've seen of that series disgust me with how incredibly inane, stupid, and idiotically sexual those women are. I'm not saying the other series are Mensa conventions, but it does look like Orange County might be one big summer camp for people with "special needs."
And I can't watch the Atlanta series because they alternate between boring and ghetto crazy. Ghetto crazy is great for television and you'd think I would be all over that, but the series made a lot of promises that it just didn't deliver in the first couple of episodes and so I took it out of my DVR.
But I like the Real Housewives of New York. If nothing else, I just like the style of these women better than the ladies of the other shows. The way they go about being rich bitches is very different.
I'm writing this post, however, because The Real Housewives of New York gives me an opportunity to point out the difference between pretension and snobbery, as I've done for the ladies in my office with whom I recap each episode on a weekly basis.
Pretension and snobbery are both forms of false pride or hubris. They should not be confused with attitudes relating to that which is actually superior.
On the show, there is a couple, Alex and Simon (Alex is the lady) who are pretentious. Pretension is when someone puts on the appearance of being well-to-do. Alex and Simon are without a doubt well off in life -- they own a brownstone in Brooklyn and take trips and put their children into private school -- but they make a big show of what money they have. The opening credits of the show even start with Alex saying, "To a certain group of people in New York status is everything." They are very noisy about shopping for clothes with designers no one has ever heard of and attending parties with the bourgeoisie. They attend the opera because the opera is what smart rich people enjoy. They make their voices a little louder when speaking to their children in French. There's just a very gaudy swagger to the way they show themselves to everyone.
All the women on the show can be snobs from time to time but Countess LuAnn de Lesseps -- that's "Mrs. de Lesseps" to you -- takes the cake. She's a tall, beautiful woman from Connecticut who married a French count and she presumes to tell everyone how to mind their P's and Q's while demonstrating that the presumption makes no demands upon etiquette for herself.
Actually, maybe Ramona is a bigger snob than the Countess. I'll have to think about that.
Snobbery is the act of ascribing some sort of moral evaluation based upon someone else's material possessions or social status.
Many of the housewives act like snobs toward Alex and Simon when they realize that Alex and Simon don't own a house in the Hamptons or they live in a house in Brooklyn that is in SERIOUS need of a renovation. Of course, it's these things that make it clear that Alex and Simon are all pretense. But the other ladies often act like other people are quaint or lesser people because they aren't married to French royalty (Don't the French behead those people anyway?) or because they actually work for a living.
Both snobs and pretensious people are very second-handed in that they seem to derive some measure of their self-esteem from what other people think. And, of course, we watch this show so that we can see how completely inappropriate they are.
March 16, 2009
Basically, I briefly describe how I founded Parson Studio Group last fall and have turned full-time to my metalwork/furniture/So, see? He does custom work and all sorts of stuff.
objectmaking, in the face of being laid off from my ‘regular’ job.
Also, I’ve been doing a lot of work on www.parsonstudiogroup.com so check it out if you get a chance. Also, I will have my blog up and running very soon; it has a link on the Parson Studio Group home page.
I currently have a couple of projects underway in collaboration with other architects & designers; I’ll post more on those as they get installed. Feel free to contact me if you have an idea for your project involving custom metalwork. I am developing my business as both retail products and collaborative/custom/
So, check it out!
March 10, 2009
March 03, 2009
This only happens nine times a century!
The last such day was five years ago, Feb. 2, 2004, which coincided with Groundhog Day. The next is seven years away, on April 4, 2016.
I've seen most of these, but it's fun to take a look back.
February 18, 2009
It's 10:40 right now and I've just come in from the office. I just wanted to warn you that I'm phoning this one in even though it's the semi-finale.
Everyone is talking about how they want to win and how much they love New Orleans. I went to New Orleans once to run a half marathon. I was not impressed, but I guess if you got to go to one of those big mansions and cook food for Emeril you'd have a different take on things.
Emeril seems to have had a neckectomy at some point in his life. Sad.
Quick fire challenge is to weird. Sexy Padma says they aren't competing, but three other chefs are. And Blondie, Lezzie, and Snapper come rolling out. Apparently, they get to compete to rejoin the competition. I hope Lezzie wins.
Hosea find himself intimidated by single-digit math, but manages to keep his pants up while calculating. Yes, peaches unless Sexy Padma throws a curveball there will be five people in this cook-off.
We saw the previews, right? Two people will get cut from that five. You follow? That means a final three.
I hope it's Stefan, Lezzie, and Fabio. Stefan because he's an awesome chef. Lezzie because I like her and she's a solid cook. And Fabio is funny.
They start cooking and Lezzie has cute new hair and she's cooking something that looks like pancakes to go with a pile of something that looks yummy but is very complicated. Blondie is making crawdads and grits, which look AWESOME, and Snapper is making a crawdad soup.
Snapper has cute new hair, too, but Lezzie's new hair is cuter.
I dislike it when people call New Orleans "The Big Easy." It doesn't make sense to me and it sounds gross.
Blondie has lost a little weight since we last saw him. I can't say that I like it for him.
Bug Eyes is wearing her hair down for dinner and it actually looks pretty good. But in the challenge meeting it looks like she also got bangs which aren't that cute.
Hosea is bitching about Stefan's ego again. Stefan says he doesn't want to run butts with Hosea. I think he's into someone a little fuzzier down there like Fabio and I can't blame him, really.
Bug Eyes's eyes almost fall out when she sees the parade floats. They have to cook for circus folk, or something.
Apparently, Fabio dresses as a woman for Halloween every year. He says this takes balls. Not really. It would take more balls for him to dress as a woman on any other day, actually.
For the competition, Carla is making oyster stew. Stefan is making duck and rabbit gumbo. Fabio is making maque choux. Hosea is making gumbo. Blondie is making something with oysters, too.
Stefan is doing a lot of horsing around and I think for a second that he should leave.
Tom visits the kitchen and gives his preliminary thoughts on the dishes.
Oh! It turns out they're catering a masquerade ball in an art museum.
Bug Eyes knows nothing about oysters. NOTHING!
Each chef has to make a beverage, apparently. Bug Eyes doesn't drink, so hers is non-alcoholic and I think it's gutsy.
Gail is back from her honeymoon! YAY! Sadly, it means bitchy Brit is gone for this episode.
Fabio sees the masquerade masks and starts talking about porn. Apparently, he likes really freaky porn.
Blondie's drink is a cucumber mojito. He also serves a fried oyster and a crawdad pot de creme, both of which look delish. The response is largely positive.
Stefan makes a Black Cherry and Cranberry Cocktail and he's cocky about not getting cut. He's made a gumbo and a beniet. Reviews are reserved but positive.
Fabio makes something called a Trinitini for his beverage and a zillion plates of other foods. Reviews are positive, but also reserved. Questions about how "creole" his flavors are.
Gail looks very trim this evening. She's a cutie-pie.
Bug Eyes' non-alcoholic beverage seems nice. She serves a beignet and an oyster stew. People really love it. Good for her. (I mean that. She did good work here.)
Hosea is serving a hurricane and lots of other plates including a gumbo. People like it.
I actually think Fabio and Stefan were the poor performers in this challenge and I feel conflicted. Honestly, I like something about everyone here in the final five.
Bug Eyes has redeemed herself in my eyes by having such strong dishes in the last two or three episodes and so if she goes to the final round, I won't hate on her. (Depending on who else is there, I might even cheer for her!)
Stefan is wearing on me. He is cocky and he's been sloppy. He isn't objective about other people's food at all. It's annoying.
I've been pretty pro-Hosea, too, and he's another one whose stock has plummeted with me lately. He such a whiney baby!
Padma's gown is so hot. I'd totally smooch with her, although sometimes I think she's a little too thin, but I'm not hating on her.
Jeff's (Blondie's) cocktail was the judges' favorite. They really enjoyed his pot de creme and his other plate. Jeff digs at Stefan for not making his own sausage.
Fabio's plates are generally positively recieved, but they complain about his flavors. His plates weren't spicey enough and his drink was too sweet.
Stefan made good grits, but his gumbo didn't wow and neither did his beignet. He's very blaise about it all and Tom is unimpressed.
Carla's (Bug Eyes) dishes are broadly lauded including her beverage. I'm loving it. Her dish sounds the most fun and interesting. I'd like her to win, really, but if she does then Jeff has to go home and I want him to stay because he did a brilliant job this evening.
Hosea's roux base for his gumbo is praised. He apparently really balanced his flavors well and his plates held up even though they were tasted last. Sounds like it was a strong performance.
The judges seem to agree with me: Fabio and Stefan were the weakest. Tom stumbles to say that they're both going home, which makes me think Jeff didn't win and he'll be the other one going home.
Padma introduces the winning announcement saying there was a clear winner. I think Carla won it. Emeril gives a big, slow speech but finally says...
So, who will be the two people to go home after this?
Hosea is in the middle, obviously, so he's safe. But Fabio and Stefan... it's a tough call.
Tom complains about Stefan's banal food and cocky attitude and Fabio's mistaken flavor profiles.
So, next week is the finale! The chefs have to cook three courses, but there will be only one Top Chef!!
February 15, 2009
For your an upcoming blog post you could do a meme about how well your brower knows you. When I type G into the browser field, Firefox starts to fill in Gmail. When I type in q, I get my queue at Netflix.com. How well does your browser know you? Go from A-Z and list what web site your browser thinks you'll visit next.I was curious, so here it is!
A - Amazon.com
B - Bankofamerica.com
C - Craigslist.com
D - Dianahsieh.com/blog/
E - Egoist.blogspot.com/
F - Flibbertigibbet.mu.nu
G - Get Fuzzy (http://www.comics.com/comics/getfuzzy/)
H - http://flibbertigibbet.mu.nu
I - IMDB.com
J - Joemygod.blogspot.com
K - Kayak.com
L - Logmein.com
M - mail.google.com
N - Noodlefood
O - OKcupid.com
P - Pearls Before Swine (http://comics.com/comics/pearls/index.html)
Q - Queenslibrary.org
R - *ahem* a certain adult website I frequent
S - Spark a Synapse (http://sparkasynapse.blogspot.com/)
T - Turbotax.com (the second listing is twitter.com)
U - ups.com
V - *ahem* another adult website I visit on occasion
W - Wikipedia
X - oh dear... another adult website
Y - Youtube.com
Z - Gmail.com
For the most part, this is an accurate reflection of my web traffic on my personal laptop here at home.
February 14, 2009
February 13, 2009
Update. BOOOOO... I just realized that it's the same game I played before.
Petzal: The Rules of Gunfights
1. Forget about knives, bats and fists. Bring a gun. Preferably, bring at least two guns. Bring all of your friends who have guns. Bring four times the ammunition you think you could ever need.
7. In ten years nobody will remember the details of caliber, stance, or tactics. They will only remember who lived.
10. Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to beat you to death with it because it is empty.
11. Stretch the rules. Always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose.
20. The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get.
21. Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet if necessary, because they may want to kill you.
27. Regardless of whether justified of not, you will feel sad about killing another human being. It is better to be sad than to be room temperature.
28. The only thing you EVER say afterwards is, "He said he was going to kill me. I believed him. I'm sorry, Officer, but I'm very upset now. I can't say anything more. Please speak with my attorney."
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