Saturday, June 17, 2006
Please update your links (the name of the blog is still A Rubber Door).
Friday, June 16, 2006
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
I suggest all Blogger users to post a link to this letter on their site and then also post a comment at the link as your way of signing it and showing support. The only way it gets better is if we raise a little noise.
Church of the Big Sky: An Open Letter to Blogger Support
blogger, blogger sucks, fix blogger
All minor, but all annoying. Hope it gets better from here.
Funny thing on the train though. There are these people that are always on the train, and they look smart, and I always imagine them having funny intelligent type conversations. Well today I was sans iPod and I got to hear their conversation: wrestling, Playstation, and the best comment of the conversation "I saw Deuce Bigalow this weekend and laughed my ass off." Now there's nothing wrong with any of that - I've been known to watch WWE every once in awhile, and while I despise Rob Schneider everyone is allowed their guilty pleasures, and I own a Playstation - but it's just funny how when I couldn't hear them, I created my own dialogue in my head.
I feel like I just found out Santa Claus isn't real.
Monday, June 12, 2006
I just saw a news report that if accurate seems to indicate that most people are in support of the Geno's steak English only policy. I don't know why this surprises or upsets me - I think I should be beyond the point of expecting Americans to be enlightened. In general we are uneducated, insulated, bigoted bunch. Some of the comments that I heard were downright insulting "why should I have to press 1 for English?" or "everyone else had to learn English, why can't they?"
Who said these people aren't trying to learn English? What ever happened to just giving a helping hand? In a worldwide economy why can't we just be more accepting of other people's differences?
Well I can speak English rather well, and you know what I have to say to Geno's? Fuck you.
Wonder what this week will hold? Haven't heard from Pat Robertson in awhile.
Friday, June 09, 2006
And this morning I read a great story about how Philly Cheesesteak institution Geno's Steaks has a sign in there window stating "This is America - When ordering Speak English". Being a life-long Philadelphian, I can see the irony in some idiot from South Philly with a 9th grade education, telling people how to speak english. Oh I can hear it now: "Yous guys needs to speak good english. Hey Geno, gimme a boddle of woorder widdat cheesesteak wid wiz to go."
Note to any traveler coming to Philly: no self respecting Philadelphian gets their cheesesteaks from Geno's. Geno's Cheesesteaks suck. As do Pat's and Jim's. If you want a good cheesesteak, try Tony Luc's or just go to the Italian Market and try one there. Don't give a bigot your business.
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Ann Coulter in her book says that the widows of those that died in the 9/11 attacks are "reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by grief-arazzis."
Well it's about time someone called out the truth. And I'm glad that Ann Coulter finally stood up to these so-called victims.
In the spirit of her statements, here are some other issues I wish people would address.
- Puppies. Yeah, yeah - they're cute and cuddly. So what? I'm so tired of the left wing conspiracy promoting cute and cuddly. Some of us don't want that.
- Katrina victims. We get it - you have no place to live. Your loved ones are lost and maybe dead. Maybe you shouldn't have elected Democratic leaders. They lied to you. You can't trust them. Put your trust in the Republican party.
- Murder in
. Hey, if you don't have the common sense to get out of the way of a bullet, then I have two words for you - natural selection. America
- Cancer victims. Don't get me started.
- Sufferers of hate crimes. These get too much publicity by the democratic devils in the media. If people had the good sense to be born white then there wouldn't be any problems.
ann coulter, politics
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
My complaint today is - isn't there something else more important for Congress to be thinking about? We're in Iraq with no end in sight. Some of our soldiers are being accused of atrocities. There's a nuclear standoff with Iran. A major terror threat in Canada. Yet our Republican leaders have chosen this as their primary subject this week. George Bush even used his weekly radio address to push for this on Saturday.
Why can't we have a government where the debate is about things that matter? I don't mean to say that gay marriage is something that doesn't matter. I honestly think if you're lucky enough to find someone you want to spend the rest of your life with, you should be allowed to do so legally regardless of gender. My issue is that we need to prioritize and focus. This bill was never going to pass. The only reason it was even put up for a vote was so that the conservative base could be energies. As if bigots need to be reminded they're bigots.
Every day another reminder that we need to be rid of the current administration.
politics, George Bush, Republicans, Gay Marriage
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
It's telling that at the age of 23, when a lot of us are still figuring things out, that the Beatles turned to him to help smooth out their issues.
Man - if there is a heaven, there's a great party going on.
Billy Preston, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones
Monday, June 05, 2006
You know some UFO geeks are absolutely freaking about this one. The x-ray is up for sale on ebay, I couldn't find the auction it, but did find this one.
Technorati tags: duck alien
However, it was women who dominated the The Break-Up audience, which Universal reported was 67 percent female, compared to 30 percent male, and equally split between below and above 30-year-old ticket buyers.Obviously a large percentage of hermaphrodites saw this film.
Technorati tags: The Break-up
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Why is their opinion so important?
Anyway - I'm having a hard time getting back in the blogging groove since I've returned. I'll get back to normal soon enough.
Sunday, May 28, 2006
3 TV Finales (Desperate Housewives, 24, and Lost - comments to come)
537 Songs played on my iPod
I'm back to Conshohocken with still a 3 day weekend to go.
The best things I saw on my vacation:
Proof I was in the South
Finally saw some wild horses
Monday, May 22, 2006
Had this brilliant plan to replace Kristen's menu with a menu I had written up. It was personalized and brilliant. The only problem is - she didn't read the menu - kind of just skimmed it. So I'm sitting realizing "wow, I'm going to have ask her." Which I did in ham-handed way, but it worked. We were also sitting at half-moon tables, so getting down on one knee was out of the question (thank god).
Then we went to see a filming of "Decades in Rock" - Elvis Costello with Fiona Apple, Billie Joe Armstrong, and Death Cab for Cutie. Great show that almost brought me to tears when Elvis did Fiona's song I Know. Maybe the single best performance that I've seen.
We then headed from AC to Duck, North Carolina for the week (so maybe not a whole lot of updates this week).
Thursday, May 18, 2006
I would love CBS to do an Amazing Race reunion after every season end - the same way Survivor does.
Still too many finales to go.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
The following message was sent to the Radiohead fan list...
this is just a note to say that something has been kicking around in the background that i have not told you about.radiohead, Thom Yorke, 2006 Music
its called The Eraser.
nigel produced & arranged it .
i wrote and played it.
the elements have been kicking round now for a few years and needed to be finished & i have been itching to do something like this for ages.
it was fun and quick to do.
inevitably it is more beats & electronics.
but its songs.
stanley did the cover.
yes its a record!
no its not a radiohead record.
as you know the band are now touring and writing new stuff and getting to a good space so i want no crap about me being a traitor or whatever splitting up blah blah...
this was all done with their blessing. and i don't wanna hear that word solo. doesnt sound right.
ok then thats that.
i think its out in july and im pretty certain XL are going to put it out.
My prediction: I'm not feeling the hippie love, although I'd like to see them win - they make crucial mistakes. Ray and Yolanda - maybe but I'm going with the frats - then they can come out of the closet as they star in the next season of Queer Eye.
amazing race, television
Monday, May 15, 2006
Hillary Rodham Clinton apologizes to Chelsea
This past weekend Senator Clinton apologized to her daughter Chelsea because she implied that she doesn't work hard. What Clinton said was "young people have a sense of entitlement after growing up in a "culture that has a premium on instant gratification." She also said that young people today "think work is a four-letter word". Chelsea called the Senator upset, saying "Mom, I do work hard and my friends work hard,'" - and then the 26-year old returned to her six-figure salary job. Seems like Ms. Clinton might have taken this a little too personal?
To be serious - what Senator Clinton needs to realize is that there isn't an aversion to work - but an aversion to what the government and specifically corporate america has to offer. I'm sort of in between at 37 years old - but I count the friends that are happy with their job on one hand, And what might appear as an aversion to work might be better characterized as apathy and disenchantment. Someone send her a copy of Office Space.
Walking the streets of Philly
Walking to work from the train station this morning, my path was blocked by a SEPTA construction vehicle that decided at the last minute that it wasn't a good idea to run a red light. The city of Philadelphia is installing traffic cameras, talking about getting countdown pedestrian signs, but when it comes to the simple pedestrian laws - there's no one enforcing them. Crosswalks are where cars wait for the light to change. It's only a matter of time before someone gets seriously injured. And in a city that is grappling with homicides, no one cares.
Gun violence in Philadelphia
In today's Inquirer columnist Nate House wondered where is the outrage with all the young people being killed by gun violence in this city. As of May 8, 127 people have been murdered in Philadelphia - and while this rate is down, I bet that people that live in North Philadelphia feel more threatened than ever. Let me tell Mr. House why there is no outrage - the people that are being killed are predominantly young black males and the majority of those in this state still believe blacks are worth a fraction their lives. The rulers in this state simply don't care. They see this as a city problem, a democrat problem which means it's a black problem - and they will get no heat from their backwater constituents to do anything to save the lives of the children who die every day on our streets. Want to know when there will be outrage - when some young, pretty blonde girl is killed. Then all of a sudden, there will be a problem with guns.
Libya is off the known terrorist list - but Cuba...
No greater example of political pandering than this. Libya has a history of terrorist attacks while Cuba not so much. Yet Cuba is still persona non-grata to the U.S. government. There is no reason for this. Our embargo keeps poor Cubans poorer. The only reason we continue to view Cuba this way is because of the political clout Cubans wield in Florida. Otherwise we deal with countries that are far greater threats than Cuba ever was.
Saturday night ESPN spent the first 10 minutes of Baseball Tonight talking about the the Giants/Dodgers game and the fact that Barry Bonds didn't hit home run 714. I am tired of this pre-occupation with Bonds. The media has spent so much time villifiying Bonds for damaging the sport, but yet is so fascinated with the story they are ignoring the rest of the league to cover.
West Wing ended last night and ended well. Loved the fact that even until last night, the show was written as if there was a tomorrow.
Hillary Clinton, Philadelphia, Libya, Cuban embargo, Barry Bonds, The West Wing
Saturday, May 13, 2006
Anyway today I pick up my car from service and plug my iPod in which is shuffling through all 6,000 songs on the player and the first song it chooses? The Go-Betweens' No Reason to Cry...weird huh?
The iPod has a way of knowing.
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Tangerine will be released May 16 on Tallulah Records.
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Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Replace that guitar with a taser.
Could it be?
It could only be - yes it is - Mary Lynn Rajskub from 24 was slumming it up on Gilmore Girls last night. (I didn't actually watch so I can't tell you what she did other than sing and strum a guitar).
Maybe Kristen might?
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
The Arnold Vinick (Alan Alda) and Matt Santos (Jimmy Smits) campaign gave the writers fresh story lines and new characters and just a little shot of adrenalin; all desperately needed. Recent episodes have been excellent, wrapping up the show without making the proceedings seem like a final roll call. This past Sunday's episode did a great job bringing Toby and CJ back to the front without a rush to end. I know it's the end, but the writers are doing a great job of writing as if there will be a next season.
As I said - very rarely is a show's end unwarranted or untimely. The X-Files was a shell of itself, stumbling through it's final seasons. When people compare the current version of ER to Grey's Anatomy it makes me cringe because I remember how great ER once was. Hell, shows like Desperate Housewives and The O.C. are already having creative struggles. ABC's Commander in Chief sunk by mid-season.
So with all this, I want to thank The West Wing for not providing me with a season's worth of bad taste and "what ifs" to close things out.
Monday, May 08, 2006
(I've recommended my favorite songs on each)
The Emusic Section
Film School - Film School (emusic) - One of my favorite cds of this year (too bad their instruments were stolen here in Philly). (4 out 5 stars)
- On and On
- He's a Deep Deep Lake
- Arms Aloft
- All in a Day
- Coma Girl
- Secret Meeting
- All the Wine
- Interstate 5
- Long Walk
- We Choose Faces
- According to the Plan
Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah - Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah (2005) - (4 stars)
- Let the Cool Goddess Rust Away
- The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth
- Is This Home On Ice
- The Youngest Was the Most Loved
- In the Future When All's Well
- I Just Want to See the Boy Happy
- Hey Chicken
- Pretty Sparks
- Girl in War
- Weight of the World
- Steal a Ride
- Rise Up With Fists!!
- Handle With Care
Friday, May 05, 2006
Thursday, May 04, 2006
It is so cool to see someone do what they love without being convinced or believing that they can't.
I'm learning a lesson from someone 16 years my junior.
There are many people that hate the U.S. and in their own way have supported terrorism against the U.S. Zacarias Moussaoui hated us, our government, our way of life, everything American. He may have participated in the 9/11 plot, but it seems the evidence to support that was thin.
Moussaoui was convicted because we hate what he represents and that he showed no remorse. In that sense, he was always guilty and therefore this trial was simply a formality.
Alexander Santora's position shifted the other way. His son Christopher was a firefighter who died in New York on Sept. 11. Santora said he originally wanted Moussaoui sentenced to life imprisonment, but changed his mind when he heard the al-Qaida conspirator testify, showing no remorse.
Santora called Moussaoui "guilty as sin. A bullet in his brain would have been a just reward."
I for one have little respect for our legal system because it puts a premium on retribution at the cost of true justice. I hate this man as much as the next - but my hate doesn't mean guilt. The rules of evidence decide that. And in our country those rules are ignored to fit the desire of the people.
What good are principles so easily abandoned?
Monday, May 01, 2006
You can also join groups, one of which I created for Michael Penn fans. There currently is a Michael Penn radio station there - but it's only based on 4 members. Join up, it's really addicting and it's radio that doesn't suck.
Michael Penn Group on Last.fm
Sunday, April 30, 2006
- Flipping the LP over. Remember listening to 5 or 6 songs and then walking over to the turntable and then flipping over the album to hear the other 5 or 6 songs?
- Being at the television at the exact moment when the TV show you wanted to see was starting? In these days of VCRs, DVRs and television shows on the iTunes Music store, who watches shows when the network wants you to?
- Speaking of TV - how about having only 7 or 8 options? The networks, a few locals, PBS and that's it.
- Physically reading a newspaper. This one I lament. There is something about reading a newspaper physically that is better than reading it online. It's a shame that the newspaper business is being changed because of the content being available online. The same is being attempted with books - but come on, who can replace a book with some sort of video screen? How do you break the spine?
- Calling a phone number to get the time or the weather.
- Apple was called crazy for getting rid of the floppy disk with the first iMac. I can't remember the last time I saw a floppy. And with USB drives and email, I barely need to burn cds anymore.
- Here's another one I miss: not being in contact with the world 100% of the time by 5 different ways. I have at least 5 different email addresses, 2 mobile #'s (one for work), a home #, two IM addresses. Don't get me wrong, I love the new technology, but sometimes it's nice to have a break.
There are others. Popping popcorn in a microwave is just the way it's done today. There are things that are going away - renting a video at a video store is one.
Tell me what I missed?
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Jenna Bush and Michael Penn: Joined In the Curse of the More-Famous-Relative - Wonkette
Oh yeah - what's up with that picture of Michael?
Monday, April 24, 2006
Friday, April 21, 2006
Rollins has always been an odd one for me. He looks like he would kick your ass, but when he talks, he turns out to be a sensitive, green tree-hugger. Nice trick.
IFC is perfect for this show - it wouldn't play anywhere else - master of the obvious I am - where else on TV are you going to hear "motherfuck George Bush". I love the idea of giving people like Chuck-D an avenue to speak and musicians such as Jurassic 5 and Sleater-Kinney TV time.
Thursday, April 20, 2006
BTW - while I'm congratulating the writers one thing has me bothered - with all the crap that Jack is carrying around in his purse and a Treo that can bring down terrorist plots (while mine can barely make a phone call) - why didn't Jack make a copy of that phone call? Don't tell me he didn't have time - it was a 30 second conversation. It would only make sense that there would be a copy someplace. Also couldn't Jack have given a number to the little girl to call instead of just leaving her by herself with her wounded mother? I am so glad that they didn't show them getting killed.
Anyway - this show gets better year to year - you can't say that about most shows - but this year they've thankfully avoided the side stories that made us groan (President Palmer's girlfriend, Kim and her battle of wits with the cougar - how she won I'll never know).
Hmmm - I think I owe you 20 more thoughts but I'm full out.
Monday, April 17, 2006
I'm sure it's a pain in the ass sometimes to gather all the kids and such, but wasn't this a choice?
This past weekend my family and I were talking about all the things that are different these days for kids. We had none of this shit - my mom had to drag our asses on the bus at times to get to the market - but now we have to have special parking spaces for parents.
Saturday, April 15, 2006
Friday, April 14, 2006
Seriously I'm upset. Here in the states we all know what a spaz is - hey I've spazzed out on more than a few occasions. I refuse to have one of my top 2,000 words removed from my vocabulary. Hell no.
There are those that argue that there's a rights issue at stake. I could give a flying fuck about your right to a cigarette. Since when does your right to pollute the air trump my right to breathe clean air? The government has every right to regulate this. They do it already. Do I have the right to view porn - yes. Do I have the right o view porn in public- no. Am I allowed to be nude - yes. At the ballgame - no. The government has the responsibility to act in the best interest of its public; and since only 25% of the population smokes, it's in the best interest of the majority to protect their health. Smokers will say that bars are supposed to be places where you can smoke - there are - your home.
Disclaimer - I think that smokers have the right to smoke. I basically believe people have the right to do whatever they want - so long as it doesn't infringe on the rights of others. This is where smoking differs from other vices - overeating, drinking, gambling have an indirect effect on others. Smoking directly affects those around you. So if you don't mind - I'm going to worry about my rights - not yours.
It's time that the government stop listening to the whining of smokers and businesses and do what is right.
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
My good friend Grace and I got into a disagreement this week about the protests in regards to immigration reform. That was two days ago - and honestly old news. What the hell? Ok - I'm switching over to....Salon and the top headline will be my subject - drum roll: god damn - Bush and his web o' lies.
Here's my thing - this guy is the Teflon don of Presidents. Clinton had two things - Whitewater an Lewinsky, other than that normal old presidency stuff. Bush would make Nixon blush - every day there's another lie. Was reading a Newsweek article titled Leaker in Chief about the current scandal and the games that this administration have played with us through the manipulation of the media are mind-numbing. Grrr.
One music thought - I don't know why the press has been giving the new Morrissey CD Ringleader of the Tormentors such mediocre reviews. I really like it so far - and I wasn't a fan of Morrissey until the last CD.
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
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Friday, March 31, 2006
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
This country has too many assholes in office - that is what ruins the very future of our country.
Monday, March 27, 2006
Sunday, March 26, 2006
Saturday, March 25, 2006
- "Everybody Cares, Everybody Understands" - XO - Elliott Smith - My favorite Elliott Smith songs seem to master the slow burn. This is where the song starts with maybe Elliott on acoustic for 75% of the song and all of sudden here comes the band. Love this. Can also be heard on "Shooting Star" from the CD From a Basement on the Hill or "Can't Make a Sound" from Figure 8
- "All Over Now" - I'm with Stupid - Aimee Mann - This is the 3rd act in what I think is the best 3 song set I've heard. Songs 1 and 2 are "Superball" and "Amateur" and producer Jon Brion expertly ties it all together by slipping lines from "All Over Now" into "Superball" and then the chorus of "Superball" into the end of "All Over Now". So subtle you might miss it and when you hear it - brilliant.
- "Figment" - Resigned - Michael Penn - Picking a song from the brilliant album Resigned is near impossible but this song stands out for its beauty and for the sheer brilliance of the words: all of them. This is one of those songs that you can read over and over again and find different meaning each time. So many of Penn's songs are poetry. What Penn has mastered is also making the poetry sing.
- "Until the End of the World" - Achtung Baby - U2 - OK, I didn't know the religious meaning of this song until recently but still - this song is simply one of the best rock songs ever made. Every part of the band is at their best here.
- "Four Seasons in One Day" - Woodface - Crowded House - Such a sobering song. Once I sat down and really listened to the words of this song it hit me so hard I nearly cried. The beauty of this song is that it doesn't make it's statement with a brick like many sad songs do.
- "Last Goodbye" - Grace - Jeff Buckley - This song swoops and dives and is one of those songs that is orchestrated to the point of putting you in the subject's place. Of course with a break-up song, most of us have been there.
- "Life is Sweet/Afterlife" - Life is Sweet - Maria Mckee - This song is actually two songs - and is probably the only feel good song on this list. The thing with feel good songs is that they can be trite or sugary sweet. This song is real.
- "There, There (The Boney King of Nowhere)" - Hail to the Thief - Radiohead - Can't believe that my favorite Radiohead song is from Hail to the Thief - a great cd, but no OK Computer. But this song is classic Radiohead - not trippy, great lyrics, and layered.
- "Polaroids" - Fat City - Shawn Colvin -Never mind that I consider Colvin, Michael Penn, and Neil Finn to be the best songwriters alive, I once said that I would marry Shawn Colvin based on her voice alone. This is a song that showcases it.
- "Paper Bag"- When the Pawn... - Fiona Apple - Paper Bag is such a simple song, but Apple is a genre bending artist that is more than just a pop star - she's a songstress that could have fit in in the 40's.
Here's my top 10 iMix on iTunes
Disclaimer - all of these songs are on my computer and I'm sure I missed some things that just haven't ripped. REM seems to be missing as are Prince, the Police, and Peter Gabriel. I also had to fight against the urge to include Driving Me Mad by Neil Finn, but since he was Crowded House, it seemed to be against the rules.
It's kind of lame, and I'm not sure exactly the purpose, but I've started another blog to kind of be the repository of my coffee shop ideas. I want to own a coffee shop but don't have a plan on paper nor the money. So I'll start saving and writing.
Here's my new blog: A Caffeinated World
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
First off I'm not supporting these criminals - I do however support this pesky little thing we call The Constitution. Since when do we allow low brow, paranoid, suburbanites to disregard the Constitution (not coming out against all suburbanites)? I know we want to protect children - but shipping sex offenders off to poor cities isn't the answer, it's just avoiding the problem. These same people will soon be complaining about the taxes going to the poor in these same cities.
It is amazing how the rights that many have died for are constantly being eroded in the name of law and order.
So apparently someone is running an ad against the grand master, or whatever cruise calls himself. Actually the ad is against scientology and paid for by their foes. WOO HOO - Scientology has foes? Oh yeah - non-insane people.
Why pay for Tom Cruise movies when his real life is much more entertaining?
BTW - Curtis Watch extends for another episode. He must be feeling a bit like South Park's Kenny at this point.
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Dr. Weaver contemplates hip-replacement surgery after she finds it hard to do her labor-intensive job; Dr. Kovac tries to ease Abby's fears about raising a child together.
Wow. I'll be waiting with baited breath for this one. ER bravely going where others fear to tread - hip replacement surgery. Hmm - watch ER or talk to grandma about her hip replacement for a half hour? Net - 30 minutes saved talking to grandma.
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Also - hasn't 24 been eighties-tastic this year? On top of Kiefer we've had the mom from Poltergeist (Jobeth Williams), Robocop (Peter Weller), and best of all Soul Man (C. Thomas Howell).
Also you'd think with the stellar security history of CTU that there would be a gas mask on every desk in that place.
All this and Kim is still alive?
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Another thing - I know people are serious about their religion, but this is what he has problem with enough to quit? Not naked Ben Afleck in Cartman's bed? Not Scott Tetterman must die? Not anal sex between Saddaam Hussein and Satan?
You talk about a screwed up set of priorities. I say good riddance.
Sunday, March 12, 2006
I have to HIGHLY recommend the program Silica for mac users that have caller id and a mac with a modem (not all do these days). Silica is simple - it provides an on screen display for any call coming in along with details it finds from your address book (picture and name) right on your monitor and that's all it does. No more running to find the phone to see if you want to answer it. The installation is easy because there really isn't one - just download it and start the program running. It's also very customizable, allowing you to change position of the window, the color, and various timing options.
Couple of notes - You need OS X although if you're not using OS X why don't you put OS 9 and your abacus away. Second, some of the current macs (all of them?) don't come with modems - although there is a USB modem available made by Apple. Finally - you need to have Caller ID from your phone service (had to say it - someone would think this adds it).
If you use your computer a lot, Silica is really helpful.
Monday, March 06, 2006
This past weekend Saturday Night Live ran a great digital short that was essentially a Natalie Portman rap video. It was up for a little on Youtube and then taken down due to copyright infringement. Apparently NBC says that users can go to the NBC.com site to view the video. This is true as long as you're on Windows - their videos don't run on anything but Explorer Windows.
What makes this such a bad decision is that they call this the "viral video of the week" - without truly understanding what viral marketing is. If you truly release something virally, it works best when it can be distributed freely. That way it reaches more people. As it stands now the only way to access this video is to go to NBC.com. Problem is who would? Doesn't NBC suck outside of The Office and My Name is Earl? If you asked anyone on Sunday morning if they saw SNL last night, they probably would say no; why? Because it sucks. So all that said, wouldn't it make sense to put a popular video in as many places as possible? Wouldn't people see it and say "Hmm, maybe SNL doesn't suck anymore." Don't you think they reaped the benefits of the Lazy Sunday video being passed all around the internet?
This is the problem with the media conglomerates of today - they want to take advantage of today's users, but are unwilling to do it on terms that todays users will agree to. There are a ton of funny videos out there being provided by people who get it.
If I can't view yours, I can move onto another.
Sunday, March 05, 2006
Thursday, March 02, 2006
Domino's Owner Thomas Monoghan is creating his own town in Southwest Florida where abortion wouldn't be legal, where contraceptives wouldn't be available, and porn - well you get the point. This town will be called Ave Maria and apparently the law of the country doesn't apply to people that live there. A man's money trumps the constitution in this country.
Both Mississippi and South Dakota will apparently be attempting to outlaw abortion in their states. In South Dakota the law has no exceptions. This is all to force a Roe v. Wade fight to the Supreme Court stocked with Bush appointees. Since the Republicans don't like the constitution - it's their aim to change it. Sure Bush being President cant be too harmful.
And finally RIP to Don Knots, Dennis Weaver, and most importantly Herm Ludwig.
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
(Here's a link to watch this video on YouTube if the above doesn't work)
It's amazing that the White House tonight has said not to read too much into this video. It seems impossible not to. Michael Brown tells President Bush that this is "the big one", he's worried about the Superdome as shelter, and the National Hurricane Center says they're worried about the levees; but in the days after the devistation was realized, George Bush said otherwise.
Watch the video.
Monday, February 27, 2006
Since when does having a child mean that you have the right to take away rights from others?
The only reason to look forward to Monday's is 24. No spoilers, but tonight's episode was the best in a long while and next week - 2 Hours! I talked to a friend last night that seemed to be falling off the bandwagon, tonight's episode hopefully changed that. As I've said before - 24's intensity and forthcomingness makes me enjoy Lost less.
Sorry for the short post - will rectify soon.