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Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Subject:The Lion in Winter
Time:11:33 am.
Mood: sad.
Ted Kennedy died.

It was a long time coming, but I'd hoped he would at least get to see health care reform enacted before he passed. Providing all Americans with access to affordable, quality health care had been his lifelong goal. He at least had a hand in crafting the legislation that's still being refined, but I think the final bill would've been superior to what we'll actually get had Kennedy been healthy enough to spearhead the Senate reform. He had a history of being able to ameliorate conflicts between various legislators and interest groups, even when they were at each others throats or divided by petty partisanship (e.g., "I have to support my team despite personally disagreeing with their stance.")

I think we'll still see some form of health care reform pass by the end of the year, but the process would've been smoother and the final results more robust and beneficial to the general American populace had Kennedy been one of the major players in its authoring. I'm glad we still have a few strong progressive voices in the Senate (like the always sensible Bernie Sanders of Vermont), but the upper chamber in Congress is going to feel achingly incomplete--like something vital has been irrevocably stolen from it--for quite some time.
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Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Time:8:53 pm.
Mood: calm.
I am safely in New Hampshire, sitting by the lakeside and sipping a mint julep in honor of my late grandfather (with fresh mint leaves, Jim Beam, ice, and orange juice substituting for water and sugar.) It's good to see the family, even if there's a somber event to deal with on Saturday.
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Monday, June 8th, 2009

Subject:Congratulations to Baltazar Pinedo
Time:8:15 pm.
Mood: geeky.
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Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Subject:Regurgitated Gags
Time:2:23 pm.
Mood: blank.
Our entry for The Simpsons' Couch Gag contest:
Regurgitated Gags

You can vote on the video here: http://adsupport.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=advertiser.imagerank&CampaignId=1273&FriendId=6081680&VideoId=57604337&EmbedId=10341.
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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Subject:"Newly-Frugal Guy" (Satire from Slate)
Time:2:52 pm.
Mood: amused.

Thanks to andychrist for showing this to me.
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Monday, March 9th, 2009

Subject:I watched the Watchmen... on IMAX
Time:12:26 pm.
Mood: geeky.
California is awesome.

Archie!Collapse )
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Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Subject:Hustling the Highway
Time:11:02 pm.
Mood: amused.
My brother and I drove up to my grandmother's house in Boynton this evening to visit relatives visiting from out of town. After a nice dinner we cut out a bit early because my brother wanted to get home to study for a physics exam. Almost immediately upon entering the Turnpike we hit bumper to bumper traffic. It turned out a huge accident had blocked off all three lanes. Ambulances, fire trucks, police cars, and tow trucks kept passing us via the emergency lanes but we stayed in one place without moving an inch for a little over half an hour.

I was amused by the clutch of opportunistic kids from PropertyFreaks.com, who appeared out of nowhere and began flyering all of the stopped cars on the Turnpike. I'm not sure if they were merely folks who were similarly stranded and saw an opening to promote their services or if they lived nearby and heard about the accident from traffic reports or what, but they sure were prepared. According to their flyer they speak Spanish, Creole, and Russian--so if you're a mobster from a former Soviet bloc country looking to finance your first home in Southeast Florida, you know where to go.
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Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Time:10:57 pm.
Mood: amused.
I never did like Superman.
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Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Subject:Six more weeks of winter
Time:1:29 pm.

Happy Groundhog's Day.
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Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Subject:Which do you prefer: Samurai Obama or Jedi Obama?
Time:8:46 pm.
Mood: amused.

More pics here. Found on both BoingBoing and The Onion AV Club.

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Subject:The end of the "war on science"?
Time:10:03 pm.
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Monday, December 15th, 2008

Subject:Read the signs, deutschbag
Time:12:50 pm.
When Brian and I were walking around in Leipzig, one question kept nagging at me: why are there X-Men symbols on all of the streets?

Are they just really big fans of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in Germany? I know the country has a history of fascination with Jews.

Well, today I bothered to look up German traffic signs and was disappointed to learn that it had nothing to do with Marvel comics. They simply use it to signify "No stopping: Stopping or standing on the roadway is prohibited."

Similar signs that used the same symbol above the word TAXI were also unrelated to the X-Men. Apparently they just mean that the area by the sign is reserved for taxis only, with no other vehicles allowed to stop there.

And I'd been hoping to flag down a cab driven by Nightcrawler.
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Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Subject:Springfield Punx
Time:8:16 pm.
Mood: amused.
Springfield Punx is a blog where a guy named Dean T. Fraser presents his illustrations of celebrities, media personalities, talk show hosts, and characters from comic books, television, or movies as they would be depicted on The Simpsons. I figure that ninjaguydan would be interested in this page if he hasn't already seen it, as he's done a similar Simpsons schtick on a yearly basis in the past.

Nightcrawler is one of my favorites:

Other notables included Donnie Darko, Stephen Colbert, the main characters from Watchmen, Craig Ferguson, Hiro Nakamura, Marty McFly, and Heath Ledger as The Joker.

And if you really want to kill some time on something else Simpsons-related, check out the interactive map of Springfield at http://adn.blam.be/springfield/. (N.B. There are plenty of "inaccuracies" because the topography of Springfield changes from episode to episode.)
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Subject:Return to Supermans
Time:12:16 pm.
Mood: amused.
This parody of a Turkish version of Superman is fucking brilliant.

Return to Supermans (http://www.channel101.com/shows/show.php?show_id=280) on Channel 101. You can watch or download all five episodes as Quicktime movies, or go to YouTube and watch them there (1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.) They were made between late 2007 and May 2008.

Note that Superman's theme is taken from the 1978 Japanese version of Spider-Man ("Ehhhhhhhhh-WOW!") and music from The Godfather is played whenever they show a clip of Marlon Brando as Jor-El.
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Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Subject:Whale of a tale and it's all true, I swear by my tattoo
Time:8:42 pm.
Here's a brief clip from 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea:

And Kirk Douglas singing the whole song:

This was always one of my favorite parts of the movie, along with the cutesy trained seal and the attack by the giant squid.
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Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Subject:This is repugnant
Time:3:45 pm.
Mood: angry.
I was sent a link to this blog earlier today by demonsthenes. Some of you have probably already seen it. There are two emotionally-charged posts that I'd like people to read:

Unfortunately, there's probably nobody reading my LJ who doesn't already understand how unjust the passage of Prop 8 in California, Amendment 2 in Florida, and other such "equal protection"-defying decisions have been. However, I'd like to encourage those of you who know individuals that are unaware of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution or the human cost of the aforementioned hate-based legislation to pass these links on to them. Hopefully it'll make a difference. Thanks.
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Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Subject:Light Up The Night for Equality
Time:9:38 pm.
Mood: contemplative.
Pulled this from http://jointheimpact.wetpaint.com/page/Miami. More info available there or at JoinTheImpact.com.


On December 20th, we ask that you join us again for a nation-wide demonstration that will make an impact on the private sector. Candlelight vigils will be held at commercial centers in cities across the country in remembrance of the rights that once were for 18,000 marriages, and in honor of the rights that one day will be again - for EVERYONE.

  • Please take to your local commercial district at 5PM--be it a shopping mall, outdoor financial center, you name it.

  • This will be a peaceful demonstration in the spirit of the holidays.

  • We'll dress alike: make or buy a "Second Class Citizen" t-shirt.

  • This will be the culmination of our National Food Drive for Equality event

  • Hosting peaceful candlelight vigils

  • We will stay silent unless asked a question, we will not yell, instigate, or bare signs. Instead, we will let our shirts do the talking and our candles pay our respects.Bring candles (battery powered if you'll be huddling inside).

  • Singing and/or silence encouraged...chanting is not....keep it peaceful and in the holiday spirit.

There are mini-sites for a number of cities within each state, though not all are participating in this particular event.
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Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

Time:2:48 pm.
I went to The Saint's "Alternative Saturday" party at Purgatory in Lauderdale last night. Thought it was supposed to be a fetish party, since Fetish Factory was promoting it, but it was more like a standard goth night. I was there to meet the director of the movie I've been working on--probably for some kind of promotion or networking--but he never showed and his phone was dead (straight to voicemail.) Pity.

As I was leaving the club I approached an intersection. The traffic lights were still on, but appeared to be flickering over to "flashing" status when I saw a burst of light and an explosion of sparks showered down upon the intersection. The traffic lights were dead after that. I don't know if it was a power surge or what, but it was a sight to behold. Wish I'd had a video camera.

The drive home after that was uneventful.
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Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

Subject:This cat reminds me of Heffy with a longer tail.
Time:9:14 pm.
Mood: amused.
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Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Subject:Books! Check 'em out!
Time:6:48 pm.
Mood: amused.
...at your library.

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