Saturday, April 23, 2005

Darth Vader's Blog

Very Amusing:


Darth Vader's Blog

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Friday, April 22, 2005

Highlights From the Conclave

NYT gets funny also:


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JibJab's Matzoh

Amusing, but JibJab is slipping a bit:


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Thursday, April 21, 2005

Hollowmen: Nathalie Imbruglia's Torn

Why is this so funny?


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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Boycott Time-Warner

Seems like someone else doesn't care for the Shrill Blonde Harpy:

Hey Doc,

Time to rip a page out of the Right Wing handbook:

If you and your readers are truly as insulted and mortified as I am by seeing the Shrill Blonde Harpy on the cover of Time, and even worse, deified in a propaganda piece inside --  then do something about it:  Vote with your feet -- and your checkbook.

Before some damn fool writes in complaining about Freedom of Speech -- just because someone says something, doesn't mean you have to support it financially.  Your readers may only be 49% of the voting public, but that's a significant consumer bloc.  We do not need a 2nd Fox Network, and TWX better learn that damn fast.

First off:  Anyone with as subscription to Time magazine should cancel it.  After you do, send a letter in to the magazine explaining why.

Given the absurd nature of the Time story, that in and of itself is insufficient.  So the second thing to do is sell any TimeWarner (TWX) stock you own. Again, a letter to TWX Investor Relations explaining why you sold makes the gesture more significant.  Trust me when I tell you, this is a very easy thing to do from an investing standpoint: Between the cooked books, the horrific acquisitions, and the dysfunctional nature of the company, you will not be missing anything.

But to really crank this up, go to Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, and look at CJR's complete list of AOL Time Warner properties.  Then follow the same routine:  Cancel any subscriptions you may have, and follow it with a letter explaining why.

Start with Time Warner Cable; Replace it with Dish or Direct TV (more channels for less money hardly seems like a bad deal).

On to AOL: Same routine: Cancel AOL, send a letter.  From personal experience, I can tell you that when you call to cancel, they throw you into a "customer retention specialist" -- tell that person EXACTLY why you are canceling also.  INSIST on an immediate cancellation, and threaten an FCC letter if they refuse to do so immediately (they will pull the used car salesman routine, and attempt to keep you on the phone for a while).  Demand a fax number and follow up with a fax cancellation.

Do the same if you are one of the 47 people left in the nation who still uses Compuserve (another fabulous acquisition by AOL/Time Warner).

On to the dead tree magazines: Cancel any and all of the following:  In addition to Time, they also publish:   Fortune, All You, Business 2.0, Life, Sports Illustrated, Sports, Money, Your Company, Your Future, People, Entertainment Weekly, The Ticket, In Style, Southern Living,
Progressive Farmer, Southern Accents, Cooking Light, The Parent Group, Parenting, Baby Talk, Baby on the Way, This Old House, Sunset, Sunset Garden Guide, The Health Publishing Group, Health, Hippocrates, Coastal Living, Weight Watchers, Real Simple, Asiaweek, President (Japanese business monthly), Dancyu (Japanese cooking), Wallpaper (U.K.), Field & Stream, Freeze, Golf Magazine, Outdoor Life, Popular Science, Salt Water Sportsman, Ski, Skiing Magazine, Skiing Trade News, SNAP, Snowboard Life, Ride BMX, Today's Homeowner, TransWorld Skateboarding, TransWorld Snowboarding, Verge, Yachting Magazine, Warp, Travel & Leisure, Food & Wine, Your Company, Departures, SkyGuide, DC Comics, Vertigo, Paradox, Milestone, Mad Magazine.

Cancel 'em all, then let them know why.

Time Warner also owns MapQuest -- which is an inferior product to Google Maps.  That's a real easy cancellation --just  lose the bookmark.  They own the Atlanta Braves -- so if you are an Atlanta local, don't buy any tickets to home games.

If you are a Nielsen family, do not watch the following channels:  TBS Superstation, Turner Network Television (TNT), Turner South, Cartoon Network, Turner Classic Movies.

I'm not sure which is the worst crime -- the horrific factual inaccuracies of Time Magazine -- or the fact that the Shrill Blonde Harpie's 15 minutes was just about up prior to the cover story.  Let's hope that Krugman's bon mots are as true for Time as they are for Bizweek:  "He that the Gods destroy, they first put on the cover of Business Week."

Otherwise, the damn clock starts all over again.

I couldn't have said it any better myself . . .


UPDATE:  April 22, 2005  3:24pm

Apparently, quite a few people have been cancelling their Time subscriptions, according to Altercation's email.

It would be ironic if this Time magazine cover issue is looked at in the future as a the media equivalent of New Coke -- which celebrates its 20th anniveersary today.

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More Sand Sculptures

Here are some more wicked cool sand sculptures -- nothing but beach sand and water:

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More . . .

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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Sand Sculptures

Wicked cool sand sculptures -- nothing but beach sand and water:

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Sunday, April 17, 2005

Interview about Bill Hicks

Fascinating interview with Kevin Booth, discussing essays & effluvia favorite Bill Hicks.

"KB – “A little bit. He didn’t really complain about his career that much to me. It was humiliating to him. There were times like when he had just gotten back from England --- where he was playing these massive sold-out shows --- I think this was actually mentioned in the TRIO documentary [entitled ‘The Censoring of Bill Hicks’]. He flew me to San Francisco . . . on one hand --- he was never the kind of guy who would brag to me. He never did that to his friends, where he would say, ‘Hey, I’m really making it BIG,’ and ‘I’m making tons of money,’ and ‘I’ve got tons of fans.’ He was never like that. He would never brag, but we would go to the clubs in San Francisco, and there’s fifty people there who don’t even know who he is, you know?”

MQ – “Yeah.”

KB – “Oh GOD, here we are recording an album, and it’s like ‘Jesus-Fucking-Christ,’ you know? What do I have to do? It was like ‘Kevin, I swear to GOD people like me,’ you know?” (Laughs)

MQ – “Yeah, sure.”

KB – “He would come off stage at the end of shows and just say ‘people are fucking cattle, and it’s just hopeless, fucking hopeless.’ Shit like that. You know, he was like a soldier, he just kept going on. He went through this little thing several times, saying he’s retiring from comedy. This was something he did like a million times. That’s why right before he died, he started telling everybody that ‘this is the final time I am ever going to do comedy,’ and a lot of people who knew Bill and followed him through his whole career --- especially around Austin, where everyone just kind of laughed it off, because they had heard him say that so many times. On one hand, he was saying it because he really did have his own show in England [Counts of the Netherworld, planned for broadcast on Channel 4, beginning in the spring of 1994. The original script treatment for this never-produced talk-show series has been included in the book Bill Hicks: Love All The People, pgs. 101-110], but on the other hand, he was saying it because he knew he was going to die. So, it was kind of like a weird double-whammy.”

MQ – “Yeah, definitely. That’s always freaky in hindsight.”

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Saturday, April 16, 2005

Preparing for Emergencies


Someone in the UK has a sense of humour:

Welcome to the Preparing for Emergencies                     website


In an effort to worry the public and convince them to vote                   for us again next year, and because George Bush asked                    us to, this website includes the common sense advice found in                     the  Preparing for Emergencies booklet, and information on                     what                     the government is doing to protect the country as a whole.                     (Hint: we're praying really, really hard.)                      National editions of the booklet will be available here                      when we can be arsed to get translators to put them into                      your crazy moon languages.


From 2nd August, translations of the booklet into 16 languages                     will be available on this website. They will                     be                     in                     : Arabic,                     Bengali,                       Chinese, English,  Farsi, French, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi,                       Kurdish, Punjabi, Somali,                       Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese and Welsh. In the meantime, just                       assume that we don't care about you.


You will also be able to order copies of the                     booklet in audio tape, large print, and Braille                      formats. We wouldn't have bothered, but Blunkett                      insisted.


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Friday, April 15, 2005

Some people find piercing sexy

I don't -- this may be the latest fashion, but . . .


. . . I'm just not into that much pain.

If you find it kind of intriguing, then here's a few more:

The first step is to set the eyelets:


Than you lace them up:


Tie a nice bow (Not too tight!):


Of course, Black is for more formal occassions:


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