Rock, Paper, Saddam 

"Tiger Hand beats paper. Like totally beats paper. Always."

This is absolutely hee-lar!

[Hat tip to Elizabeth via Obernews]


For those of you who still wish to suck on Michael Moore's balls... 

Click on this. Read it and follow the links.



It's about fucking time. Beginning in the eight grade I started collecting Absolut Vodka ads by the hundreds. My fascination with this ad campaign was the very thing that sparked my interest in advertising. After all that work and respect, the bastards finally honored me with an ad. Bow down bitches. Visit the Generations Gallery on (www.absolut.com).



Cuomo tries to "Weeze the juice, buuuuuuudy" 

Interesting news from Billboard on Weezer's upcoming fifth album, Rivers Cuomo's re-enrollment in Harvard and his recent past where he "fell into a life of ego and vice." Fucking Ivy Leaguers.

Also at Billboard, Beck teams up with the rock'n'roll equivelent of A-ron's mom, Jack White on his next record. That dude is all up on everybody's nutsack. Best part, the new record is produced by the Dust Brothers of Midnite Vultures glory (the deepest slice of funk ever to tear a roof off of this mother-sucka).

Lastly on this music post, and just for Ian Esq. - Trent Reznor covering The Thompson Twins' "Lies". The track is from the long lost NIN release Halo -4, back when he was with the short-lived suck-machine Option 30 ( <--click for more info & music). Hey Ref!!! Nice call asshole! I especially like were he tries to go all falsetto at the end. I think we're all glad that Trent was able to find his inner hatred, but this still confirms that the dude wears cozy sweaters to all family functions. (Via Stereogum)



The Manchurian Promotional Gimmick 

I thought this was kinda cool.  As a promo for the upcoming Jonathan Demme-directed remake of "The Manchurian Candidate," they've launched an interactive game that involves calling you on your phone, listening to clues, and a voice recognition software that makes "moves" base don your oral responses.

You play as "Marco," a career soldier trying to gain information about his mysterious experience in Desert Storm. Characters from the movie call during a pre-determined time each day and request help with adventures pulled straight from the movie. Players prompt characters next move with their own voice; a wise choice moves players ahead in the game, a poor choice puts them on the "Danger" path, and two poor choices eliminates players from the game.

At first blush, watching the demo, it kinda reminded me of "The Game" starring Michael Douglas.


Kool New Muzik 

For those of you that need to remove thy tampons and start listening to music with some fuckin balls again, may I highly suggest last week's release from The Dillinger Escape Plan, Miss Machine. These guys are seriously ill in more ways than one. You may remember them from their EP less than two years ago when they were between singers (and enlisted Mike Patton for vocal duties) and dropped a sonic bomb which included, among other things, a cover of Aphex Twin's Come To Daddy...I mean, any hardcore band that has the guile to cover an Aphex track...well, props.

Anywho, this new disc is a work of controlled chaos. Time signatures be gone, brutal as fuck while retaining unmistakable artiness, meaner than your moms as she grounds you, and implementing electronics subtly, yet effectively (cuz yous know, the shit's out the window for me if sans electro stylings). Ch-check this shit out...now...pussies.

Which, in turn, this disc makes me reflect on the first half on this year, musically. It's been a damn fine year, and one which is to only get better (as I know of a shitload of 2nd half releases which will be sick as the proverbial fuck). So, here's my top 10 thusfar...and it was honestly hard (please add your own sally bullshit lists...I keed, I love):

1. Pan Sonic – Kesto
2. Skinny Puppy – The Greater Wrong of the Right
3. Defragmentation - Lamentelemental
4. Beastie Boys – To the 5 Boroughs
5. Tweaker – 2 am Wakeup Call
6. The Dillinger Escape Plan - Miss Machine
7. Ministry – Houses of the Mole
8. Chemlab – Oxidizer (CrackNation Mix)
9. Dieselboy – The Dungeonmaster’s Guide
10. Squarepusher – Ultravisitor

In other news, my sickly-religious girlfriend dumped me today for no other reason other than the fact that I don't believe in god. How fucked is that (especially since she knew that from the beginning...and I've been going to church with her despite it)?



In honor of Howard Dean's speech last night, check out Mortal Dean Kombat for great flash movie remix, Yeeearrrrgh-style (via my new favorite blog Thighs Wide Shut).

For more info on the convention, check out the daily coverage of the Daily Show's daily coverage of Democratic National Convention.

George Lucas annouced the official title of Episode III on Saturday. Revenge of the Sith is expected to closely mirror the plotline of Jedi. I know I'm going out on a limb here, but there's simply no way this movie can suck. Not only do the bad guys win, they dominate.

Via The Monring News, check out this super dope digital technology timeline. Notably absent is any mention of the Bundy family's prized Betamax machine.

Lastly, celebrity 'lil sis Ashlee Simpson debuted at #1 (!!!) on the Billboard album charts this past week with her debut record AutoCRAPography. This is another increasingly frequent example of the power of well-placed marketing over the fical minds of the massses. I caught a little bit of her show on MTV and am happy to say that this is officially the most trite, bratty, candy-coated garbage I've ever had the displeasure of nearly vomitting over.



Diary Of Indignities  

Bad News Hughes has to be one of the funnier blogs I've ever come across.  From what I can gather, he (Patrick Hughes) is a post-college Floridian telling the stories we tell at the bar everyday (about camping, getting drunk, waking up in a strange bed, itchy bumps on your crotch, etc.). 

The title of this post refers to an ongoing series of posts he has about those small realizations one has in life that makes you realize "life just plain sucks sometimes!"  He's obviously intelligent, but plays himself off as a slyly ignorant middle-American.  And he has this clever self-loathing that brings it all together.

Of special note, is his "Uncle Patrick's Advice to Children." 

Don’t try to pee and ride a bicycle at the same time, even if Jim Marburger can do it. Not that you were watching or anything.
Should you ever decide to use bamboo sticks and stretchy, decorative string that’s designed to wrap presents to make a bow and arrow, and should you decide to wad up a bunch of duct tape on the end of your arrow and soak it with WD-40 so it’ll, you know, burn better, I would recommend not shooting the flaming arrow onto the roof of a house, or into the lap of your friend’s cousin. Even by accident.
God created assistant managers when he was in a really shitty mood.
Head wounds do tend to bleed a lot. Don’t panic.

You can see where it goes from here.  He also has a great post on his Fourth of July hijinks, wherein he interjects the story with one about his Indian friend and a new "nickname" he came across.  It was like a page out of my own life and I have now decided to adopt it myself. 

[Hat tip to Gene Healy via The Agitator]



Fa-nasty Football - SIGN UP! 

Greetings alles,
I just registered a fantasy football league for all who dare enter. Click here to register - come one come all. The Info you will need:

League ID: 231629
League Name: 1.21 Gigayards
Password: password

For those without a Yahoo Account, go here.

For those with an account, go here to register.

You'll have until August 22nd to register. The live draft is Sunday, August 22nd at 1:30 EST (that's 12:30 here in Indiana). You'll be privy to more information on this after you register. You don't have to take part in the live draft to receive your players.

Everyone sign up and lets make this another fun fantasy football year.



(Writers') Link Roundup 

Sometimes you just come across some hidden gems, writers who just impress the pants off you.  Here's a couple of those.

Thunderbird's "Serve Cold" (750 ml, $2.79, 17.5%), "The American Classic," was a complex and aggressive wine from the first sniff. "The stale farts of an aging Times Square hooker," noted Brandon, seeking vivid metaphors for the barbaric attack, "or the odor of vomit-soaked sewer grates." Mike found the nose urinary with a hint of Windex. To me, it was a quivering bouquet of Nyquil, rotten grapefruit, and horseradish. The odors were heavy like sun on a headache, like varnish on an open sore.   

 That's all for now.


Welcome to the Jungle 

I'm not sure how I feel, sometimes, about immigration policy, in light of newly minted national security concerns.  Being the son of immigrants (as well as an economist), I am sympathetic to the convention that holds economic progress depends as heavily on the free movement of labor (people) as much as it does on capitol/goods. 

All that aside, my friend wrote a three-part documentary piece for the Tucson Citizen last December that puts a human face on the illegal border-crosser's struggle.  Living in Arizona, this issue is probably a hotter debate than almost anywhere else (save California and Texas).  Either way, anyone willing to walk the distance in 110+ degrees must be making a pretty clear statement of their preferences.  I think props are in order for my friend who wandered around the same desert to get this story:    

Under a mesquite tree somewhere in the vast Arizona desert lay the unburied body of Rafael Martinez Ruiz.

What little shade the 34-year-old Mexican may have found couldn't counter the 110-degree weather or the heat exhaustion and hyperthermia that killed him.

"Rafa," as he was called, likely took his last breath July 15, crossing the Mexican border's deadliest region during the hottest days of the deadliest summer on record.

PartI, part II and part III.  I promise, once you start reading the first one, you'll want to read the rest.  My friend also took some amazing pictures, many of which were too graphic for a publication like this.



Now for this quick word... 

...from your friendly, neighborhood war hawk. 

As much as I hate the incessant drone of "the industrial-war complex marched us blindfolded into war" meme that Chomsky-ites and knee-jerk collegiate Marxists seem to love, given my deep reservations about any direct foreign involvement (especially military), I can still laugh at defined groups of intelligentsia advocating blanket platitudes of American involvement worldwide.

It seems one of these groups is the Committee on the Present Danger.  They've appeared in various forms over the last few years, headed by various "eminent scholars" and politicos.  Justin Logan has a good overview of this trend. 

The money 'graph:
You know, it's one thing to play your hit single over and over again, but when it amounts to the geostrategic equivalent of "We Built This City," one would hope you'd hang it up after a good run. I mean, it doesn't matter if you call it Airplane, Starship, whatever -- it's still gonna suck. 


More heelar for you'ns 

The greatest signle webpage known to man, and one of the best lines ever uttered. To think that someone pays a fee to host this. Go Now, and Shuck it Trebeck!


Failure of Imagination named reason for 9/11 

Seriously?? I didn't want to get deep into it yet, as I haven't really read the findings.  But, since it is the top story, you should have the chance to view the whole report.   The WSJ has a very good write up on the summary of the Report, what everyone will be talking about because it is some 5-600 pages long.  Even better, it has a breakdown in pdf format of the table of contents of the report.  I suggest Chapter 12-What to do? A Global Strategy & 13-How to do it. A Different Way of Organizing the Government.  

I must say I disagree with these points. "It urges making the intelligence budget public for the first time to allow greater debate over how the money is allocated. It also recommends greatly reducing the amount of information that is classified." "More congressional control." Maybe I've seen too many Bond movies, but I think our our intelligence needs to stay as classified/secretive as possible, or else it no longer becomes our secret intelligence agency. Am I wrong here?? I mean the more access that people have to it, the easier that intelligence leaks to the wrong side can happen. As far as the other suggestions, I agree, they are obvious.



The two greatest cars of all time? 

If I only had more time.

On a similar note, one of the original K.I.T.T. cars from Kight Rider is currently up for sale on ebay. Don't count on the car to detect mines in the road ahead, but it still has the sweet-ass dash and steering wheel!


Sports Myths 

For all you sports enthusiasts, I thought this article was pretty damn funny.  Especially about Gretzky and sports groupies.  I happen to have been a Lemieux/Penguins fan.



Thy New Target Openeth 

Check out Gawker's coverage of the fabulous (and grotesquely over-hip) new Target that opened up last night in Brooklyn, NY.

I'm getting pumped for a Target opening of my own, as Jennie Nye of the Prox and I prepare for the grand opening of the new Target in Nora. We're both ex-Target employees, so if anyone has any questions about Target, we'll be happy to field them.

Hot Target Tip: If you're planning to spend a lot of money at Target, sign up for the Target Guest Card. That will save you 10% on your purchase. Then go right up to the Guest Service counnter and pay that bitch off! No more worries and you just saved 10%.



Nothing has ever happened on a Tuesday 

Grab your tennis racket because you don't have to be a guitar player to enter the "Who's got the best 'guitar face'?" competition. One judge is "looking for someone who reminds him of Ted Nugent," so it wouldn't hurt your chances to find a Monster Truck and start acting like a pompous asshole.

The great thing about eBay is it's complete lack of standards. Famed armless midgit Billie Simpson is selling photos of himself on a drunken rampage. Is it considered exploitation when you do it to yourself?

Via The Morning News, check out these cool music videos rendered in text (ala The Matrix).

Blog Overexposure of the Day (a new section of my post where I'll feature the item that too many people care about)
Franz Ferdinand leads the list of Mercury Prize nominees

Blogs are starting to become watered-down newspapers, and many of them barely have any trace of opinion left in them (Gothamist I'm looking at you). Everyone posts the same old shit anymore. I'm getting bored. Do any of the fellow Gigawatts contributers read other blogs on a regular basis? How do you feel about this?



Hittin' Skins, work style 

Via Fleshbot, check out these caught in the act vids of people getting it on at their former place of employment. Not safe for work.

All hail new iPod! I'm finally going to give in and get one in the next few months.

Thanks to Steve Nowak (aka The 31st Flava) for re-redesigning the Gigawatts logo. I enjoy the presence of the widely underappreciated "Mr. Fusion," on display in this version of the DeLorean. Any one interested in purchasing one of these fine automobiles, time machines should check out this page. Starting at $15k.

New free jams up on "Your Kids Are Gonna Love It" ---->



Time Space Consortium??? 

 The band name, Time Lapse Consortium, fits right in with our little site here, could be the house band.   I'm not sure if everyone here has heard of this shite, but it is a "Consortium" of different musicians created by Incubus and is "Funk with a capital Fucking". 

The is kind of a side project of Incubus, who you may or may not like, but I do.  But they also are always trying to stay innovative by creating a bunch of side projects..."that they all play on."  Kinda weird.  The group is made up of Incubus (supposed to be the drummer and guitarist), "five string players, which include cello and violins; 5 horns, an organ, a xylophonist, and a percussionist."  Plus, bassist Ben Kenney of The Roots, Neal Evans of Soulive and Suzi Katayama.   In any case,  they did a show in Hollywood, California (review) and on Jimmy Kimmel Live.   It appears its all just for fun and music.  By the way, the Live cd is fucking Sweet.  I'll give up props to a hot lady I met here in Palatine from MySpace.  She skilled in the arts of music and partying I must say.



Friday Notes 

Another CD that's sure to crack my Top Ten list of the year:  The Fiery Furnaces Blueberry BoatThe entire album plays out like the final half of Abbey Road.  Musical ideas climb all over each other, stop, and shift without warning.  Half of it is incredibly welcoming, while the other half plays out like some kind of prog rock madness.  Essential in the folky-triphop-prog-expirenmantal-singer songwriter-electronic-jazz-retro kind of way. 
Did anyone ever see the film Searching for Bobby Fischer?  It was an excellent flick.  Turns out that the world famous chess player has been a fugitive from the law since 1992 when he played Yugoslavia, against the sanctions of the United Nations.  Read the story here.  Despite getting his second win over the Yugo-champ, thus reaffirming the U.S. Cold War dominence, our country wants to bring him back to the states for trial. 

Via Fark, Martha Stuart gets 5 months in a federal pound-her-in-the-ass prison. 
Just for Alison - a guide to walking your cat.  I maintain that this practice is completely ridiculous and unecessary. 
Lastly, Anchorman has been out for a week now.  I've yet to meet a person who thought it was top rate, but every reviewer out there is calling it the best comedy of the year.  I'm not so sure this whole new genre of so-stupid-it's-smart comedy is really worthy.  Didn't they say everything they needed to with Zoolander?
How about the new logo, courtesy of Jeff from Canada?  Thanks Jeff!  More new logos to come.  I'd like to change them often.




More changes coming to Gigawatts. What I really need is a new logo to fit just above the sidebar. Who wants to take a crack at it? Transparent background preferred, but I'm open to suggestions. Obviously, the logo needs to be Back to the Future related. Also, it should be 250 pixels wide and no more than 300 long.

In the meantime, I'd appreciate feedback on the artistic direction I'm going in here. Any ideas, complaints or comments?
UPDATE: Ok, so this is basically what I'm thinking as far as the logo goes.  I'm also considering replacing Ole Doc Brown with a photo window that changes every week or so (ala the window in whatevs).  Thoughts?
Also, I realize the text looks a little grainy and that the photo has little speckles.  I'll fix dat shit, no worries.



Politically Incorrect... 

I just remembered something funny about the Fourth of July.

My sister and I were watching television on July 5th. Carmel has this cable channel where they pretty much advertise how Carmel is a "great" place to live and do business and all of that shit.

On that particular day, the city was playing a video of the Fourth of July parade. My sister and I started watching it because it was just so damn ridiculous. Every other float was a church, vacation bible school and/or wagon full of fat asses. Keep in mind, I had just gotten back from Europe where I can only remember seeing two obese people in the entire 6 weeks I was there and after being in 7 different countries. So, my sister and I are just amazed at how stupid the parade was and laughing.

Then it happened...they had this Kiwanis Club group or Lion's Club or whatever on this 20-person bike riding through the parade. This was the group who was responsible for planning the entire Fourth of July festivities in Carmel this year. This group on the bicycle stopped right in front of the camera and did a "Chinese Fire Drill." And what's worse is the the announcer said, "Hey look, they're doing a Chinese Fire Drill," so that everyone in the crowd wouldn't be mistaken.

*big slap on my forehead in disgust with head shaking*

Welcome to Carmel everyone. No, we're not racist.

Carmel, by the way, has the fastest growing Asian population in the entire State of Indiana.

So, we have all of these mobidly obese,racist, white trash morons running around in this parade making fun of Chinese people. Great. This is my hometown. This parade is also being repeatedly broadcasted on a channel that is intended to entice people and businesses to settle in Carmel. How the fuck is Carmel going to make itself appealing to foreign businesses or out-of-state businesses and people if we have "RACIST" written on our foreheads? Let's parade around every mobidly obese moron we have and then wonder why people are reluctant to move to Indiana. Even better, let's put guns in their hands and flags that say "Don't Tread On Me--Welcome to Carmel."

For anyone interested, I videotaped the parade. It's one of the lamest things I've ever seen. Every other person is some morbidly obese woman with her jean shorts riding up in her crotch. If anyone has any desire to watch the video, then I'd be happy to make a copy.

I think next year I'm going to look into either putting together a Nihilist float or a Communist float for the parade. I wonder if they'd let me in? The city let churches, military, businesses and police into the parade. I actually think they have to let me in the parade by law.

Can anyone think of an idea for a float that will piss people in Carmel off the most? I'm leaning towards the Communist float.


Drinking and Shotguns in the Pants just don't Mix 

It appears a drunk in England did one idiotic thing. After drinking a hefty amount of pints, he got in an argument over who's turn it was to buy beer. Somehow, he is one of the extreme few people who own a gun in England, not only that but a sawed off shotgun. So he decided to run home, stuff it in his pants, and on the way back to the bar managed to shoot himself in the groin. Oh that sly English humor. Behave.

Needless to say the mandatory minimum for owning a firearm in England is 5 years. Wouldn't that suck to shoot yourself and then have to go to prison for 5 fucking years. My friend, "You are a Moron."


The purpose of the ninja is to flip out and kill people. 

In the beautiful tradition of Black People Love Us, I must recommend that all of you stop by and visit the Official Ninja Webpage Real Ultimate Power. Definetly check out the sightings, hate mail and history pages for serious hilarity. Some facts about ninjas from the site:

1. Ninjas are mammals.
2. Ninjas fight ALL the time.
3. The purpose of the ninja is to flip out and kill people.

I came across this site while reading an MSNBC article about how their book Real Ultimate Power is causing kids to go nuts and attempt to kill. After noting the URL on this article, it appears to be as fake as this site, and every bit as hilarious.



"Yah, we believe in nothing" 

Tired of a candidate who, say, believes in things. This party's platform provides scarcely anything to stand on, and is damn proud of it.

The LA Times carried an op-ed today by political science teacher Crispin Sartwell advocating the nihilist position. Since it requires registration, I've pasted the entire thing below.

It's Time for a Candidate to Toss His Hat Into the Void

Many proud but concerned Americans have asked me, "What is the nihilist position on the challenges that confront our cursed, bloated nation?"

The first thing to keep in mind is that everything we say, even this very sentence, is false. Nihilism faces the issues of today and of tomorrow with a bold, positive vision.

Terrorism — As shown by the popularity of Stephen King and John Ashcroft, people enjoy being terrified. What a beautiful time to be alive, momentarily.

War — We enthusiastically propose a war of each against all, which is polling well and is amply justified by the best intelligence. If there is a threat, it may well be presented by human beings like you and me, or possibly like you and I. No doubt a return to the Hobbesian state of nature will find broad bipartisan support in the Senate.

Education — We believe that children are our future. This idea fills us with profound despair.

Tax policy — Read my lips. Deficit spending is a metaphor for all existence: a void, a pure, perfect nothingness that encompasses all of us, ingesting us into its maw of Absolute Negation Without Antithesis; let us commit ourselves to it utterly, tumble over its lip and fall forever, forever … eroding into the screaming wind of utter absence.

Abortion — We are the only party that dares to oppose both life and choice. Life is an infestation, choice an illusion.

Gun control — Arm the unborn.

Church and state — "If God really existed, it would be necessary to abolish him" (Mikhail Bakunin).

Drugs — A great nihilist heroine, Nancy Reagan, once said "Just Say No." No.

Bush and Kerry — We miss Al Gore. But whoever is elected, nihilists will win this election. We commend George W. Bush's lies and the emptiness of his inner life. John Kerry stands tall and proud, simulating commitment in the most profound manner to Nothing at All.

Mutual Simultaneous Annihilation — Let's say that Bush and Kerry started eating one another, beginning at the toes and moving toward the head, finishing up by devouring one another's mouths. What, we ask a deeply divided nation, would be the result? We are the only party facing this crisis squarely.

Nothing works. It really does.

My fellow Americans, my fellow flies swarming closer and closer to the great swatter, let us rush upon oblivion together.


Crispin Sartwell teaches political science at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa.

Hat tip to Justin Logan via The Fly Bottle.


AIDS SUCKS - Another reason for France to hate the US 

Here's an article from the WSJ that is showing the continuation of the "Fight against AIDS", but what really is a fight between US, Europe, and a dying innocent bystander being Africa.

The basis of the article is that, "France accused the U.S. of pressuring developing countries to give up their right to make cheap generic HIV drugs in return for free-trade agreements -- with President Jacques Chirac calling the tactic 'tantamount to blackmail.'"

The problem is that so many liberals and so forth blame the Pharmaceutical companies for their high prices and blah blah. But if you ever studied how they and business works you would realize, they need to make back their high R&D Fixed costs, largest of any industry. Without intellectual-property rights, "you would have exactly the same number of drugs that has been discovered in the Soviet Union in the past 50 years, which I think is about one," CEO Hank McKinnell of Pfizer said.

Of course they also make some money, but they are a business. If all these people want someone to blame it is the government's of all of the countries of the world, who won't subsidize/purchase these drugs at the higher prices that are relevant and then give/sell at a lower price the drugs to the needy people and countries. Boo ya!! Blame The Man!!


This is so money 

As if Dave Grohl could be any more of a badass. This from Billboard.com today:

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl logged time last week behind the drum kit with Nine Inch Nails at Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, Calif. His contributions are expected to appear on the Trent Reznor-led act's long-awaited new album, "Bleed Through," due later this year via Interscope.

Check out the entire article. Ian, why is Reznor recording in CA?



Wots... uh, the deal 

FEAR CHANGE! Allmusic.com is looking all weird all of the sudden. Different looking searches, audio samples, WTF??? Not to mention that Pitchfork changed their design a couple weeks ago. For the record, I think Pitchfork's redesign is straight-up nasty compared to their old design.

It's too early to tell with AMG. At first glance, this looks to be a redesign oriented towards making AMG more of a store in addition to being my own personal bible. This should help Barnes & Noble's online music store (AMG partner) keep pace with the Amazon music store.


This Week in South Park 

You got to buy it! You got to buy it! You got to buy, buy, buy! This week features the greatest episode of South Park ever - Chimpokomon. All the kids in town are obsessed over the latest Japanese craze and get wrapped up in a plot by the Japanese to destroy the evil Ame'can gov'ment. Best episode ever!!! It airs Tuesday at 8:30 pm on Comedy Central. Oh, you' Ame'can penis is so large, so gargantuan, dinosauric in size.



Chronicles of Riddick-ulous 

Can you believe this shit? Duped again. Everyone knows you skipped out Dubs. I don't see how this is going to help your campaign. It just makes you look even more like the shady fuck that you are. (Via Fark)

Pentagon says it, uh… inadvertently destroyed some of President Bush’s military records

Not to mention that today the CIA officially took the blame today for the lack of proper weapons of mass destruction intelligence in Iraq. The article doesn't talk about where that false info came from (my guess is thin air).

In related government bitching, Executive Scaremonger Tom Ridge annouced yet another impending terrorist threat. This one is set to happen before the Elections, with the intention of disrupting the democratic process. I gotta side with Gothamist and say that this is the GOP's way of taking the edge off the expected shift in poll numbers now that John Edwards is the veep to be.


Quick Tidbit for the Tidbits 

I ran into this on the Wall Street Journal and thought it a cool article to check out. Tis all bout blogs and bloggin. The next company to have the easiest to use, best blog site is gonna make it big when the WSJ starts to talk about it. Anyone think one Blog site is better than another??



Lack of posts 

By the way, I haven't been posting for numerous reasons. I am now back in the States, but I've been really busy. I'm working for Indiana Legal Services on the Senior Law Project. I help give legal representation to old people. The sad thing is that most of the cases I've seen so far involve some old person wanting to sue one of their children for allegedly ripping them off. It's fun work.


Re: Michael Moore 

For all of you kids out there who wish to suck on Michael Moore's balls, here's a link you might be interested in:

Michael Moore's Blog

Is anyone else surprised at his 7th grade level of writing? It sounds like a 13 year-old wrote those posts.


Proctor??? Proctorrrrr! (Coming Sir!) 

When I began conceiving this blog there seemed no greater influence on my life personally then that of Marty, Biff, Doc and the rest of the Back To The Future troupe. However, there was another series. A series that may have had an even greater effect on my upbringing. Police Academy. Thanks to Police Academy I got my first look at a pair of female ta-tas, learned that a gun can never be too big, witnessed the extent of a human's ability to recreate sounds using only their mouth, and that it is actually possible to jump out of a moving plane, land on a hotair balloon, and propell down the side to capture the badguys.

With that, it is with great excitement that I welcome the latest installment in the Police Acedamy series. IT's been a decade since we saw (or didn't see) Police Academy 7: Mission to Moscow, and now creator Paul Maslansky is ready to bring the squad back together for one more go at it. It'll be nice to Mahoney, Hooks, Hightower, Tackleberry and the rest of the crew back on the beat.


The Good Old Days 

My co-worker just showed me a really, really funny video of President Clinton in his final days at the white house. Not only is this video freakin' hilarious, it is a great reminder of how much better life was with Clinton in the White House. Sure, he banged a few interns and was somewhat of an international joke for a while, but at least he was not sending troops to their deaths in the name of oil and power. President Bush is funny because he's a fucking moron, but Clinton is funny because he's a normal, laid back, jovial guy.



A Long Time Coming 

So sorry to the begger of posts, but many of us obviously have not been around and therefore have been busy in the same right. I was going to write quite a bit about Iraq and Bush and so on and so on. But now it appears too much time has passed, so I will make a super quick summary. Check out This small story that talked about how the amount of people who still supported the Iraq war was much lower, as it should be. I became extremely agitated after watching a Conservative asshole with his own tv show...I think all of them do...who basically said Moore is a Communist because he showed the soldiers in imperfect positions, i.e. because he spoke his mind. If there is anything I learned, since talking about this with people who have different thoughts than I (conservatives), it is that a true individual can look at the views of another and learn from both sides views. It only hurts yourself and everyone else, like Bush has done, if you are so extreme that you only surround yourself with people that agree with you and never listen to ideas that are not identical with yours. I was watching an interview with a Republican 'something'(official, expert, whatever), and he said that he had not and would not watch Fahrenheit 9/11 but was up there spouting off disagreements and hatred of how bad it was. This is insanely wrong by two points. 1st, this is the quintessential problem of doing and not knowing, Americans hate Muslims/French/ Communists/Whoever because they are told to and never actually do any research for themselves as to whether they really do or not, so idiotic. 2nd, and maybe even more idiotic, (it is the basis of any debate to know the other sides argument better than your own) One can not expertly create an argument/debate, if you can only give the positives of your own side and not be able to validly refute the other side.

It is this point that I think has been a downfall of America and its politics. Each side has been experiencing so much animosity towards each other that they no longer care if the "other side" has a great innovative idea nor do they even listen to it, because it is the "other side". They are only supposed to support their party's actions. I say F that. Of course no one will listen to you, if you never listen to them. IT is just a deadly cycle of constant fighting where no great ideas can ever be put into effect, because everyone is to busy disagreeing with each other.

On the other hand, I would just like to add that these past two weekends have been awesome for me. There has been the Taste of Chicago, where J-red and Teddy came up to visit along with Ben's sister and one of her friends. And we all partied real hard in the Chi Chi. And then last weekend was the greatest feast of the year for my family, a huge lamb chop roast on an open pit bbq with hickory wood, along with all kinds of salads and pies and cobblers and homemade ice cream. Mmmm, Mmmm goodness. Not to forget the next day was also my birthday, along with the country's and I had a great time with my family and just turning one year old niece Molly, where we had a dual birthday party. After that I went up to Indy to meet J-red and Teddy at Kristen's for a 4th party, that was superb. Loads of alcohol, swimming pool, lake, cool people and so on. Thanks for letting me know about it. I ended up meeting a couple people who live in Chicago, Rico and Jessica, that night who are very cool. A funny story, Jessica (a sexy, confident chick) actually has gone through an amazingly similar path as I. Unbelievably, she grew up and went to school right next to myself in Pennsylvania and used to hang out with some kids from my High School. Then she decided to go to college in the Midwest, Northwestern, the same college as her parents, for Film and not business, but that's all good. Not only that but she studied in Europe around the exact same time as I. So many similarities and coincidences...crazy shite.

Another funny story, Actually, Rico's car broke down on their way to Kristin's, so I offered to give them a ride back to Chicago, and ended up having a couple of riding mates who were very enjoyable. But not before we hung out at Kristin's house by the pool (with no one else there, mind you) because the sun was too nice. I ended up hanging out with Rico later that night and the next one, as it was his 21st birthday. Not to mention, he is a SS for the Northwestern football team...so he knows a lot of hotties, eh um, a lot. Good Times in my Future boys, very very good times. Alas, me be so very tired from getting partying for too many days in a row, getting max 5 hrs. sleep and getting up early and working.

So let's get J-red to post some pics on Shutterfly so I can download that shit.


A little of that 

So here's a little posty-Mcgee for everyone, seeing as how no one (alas, I must continue to bitch) will post a damn thing on here (besides Saxy, who is a total badass with the roundups). Let's discuss some of the recent goings on and such.

First off, there's a ton of great summer mixes here to download for free (via Stereogum). Take this moment to enjoy their blatant disregard for copyright laws by downloading some free jams. Lots of different and eclectic mixes available in Zip format. Sorry dail-uppers, there are no bloopy MIDI versions available yet, but kindly hang tight.

Those crazy germans at it again with the sex in strange ways (and places). Here a couple goes at it on stage to raise awareness for the rainforests. A damn fine publicity stunt IMO.

So I guess Marlon Brando is dead? Is it just me or is this man the strangest personality ever to grace the silver screen? Some career highlights from the CNN article:

On "The Score" (2001), he refused to be on the set at the same time as director Frank Oz; he received $4 million for 10 minutes of acting in "Superman" (1978); he sent a woman who called herself Sacheen Littlefeather to decline his Oscar for "The Godfather" (1972).

Also via Stereogum, here's an interesting video of Glen Danzig getting jacked in the face by Danny, a member of the band North Side Kings. It appears that Danny's mother missed the memo. Har har.



Did you miss me? 

Well I'm finally back. After almost five weeks in Europe, a weekend in Park City, Utah and another in Los Angeles, I'm settling back into reality (which sucks, by the way) and back into blogging. I'll probably be heading back to LA on Saturday.

I composed a few e-mails recounting my experiences in Europe and got a lot of positive feedback. I'll try to condense them and post them on the Gigs in the next few days along with a couple pics.

'Til then, here's a couple random links:

Netflix Fan is a blog dedicated to, you guessed it, Netflix. I'm a Netflix evangelist. Everyone I hang out with gets an earful about my appreciation for Netflix. I celebrate their whole catalog. Also, the CEO/founder is a big school choice supporter.

Timothy McSweeney's Lists are just random and entertaining. My favorites are Playlists on Dick Cheney's iPod and If Charles Bukowski Had Written Children's Books. (Hat tip to The Agitator).

Once again, Slate gets it. Daniel Gross has a great piece on why Soccer (football to the rest of the world) is actually more American than baseball. In particular, why European football better exercises the free market, capitalistic disciplines of American business than the rigid, socialistic cartel of the MLB. Included is this great graphic done by Forbes, illustrating the relative values of all the MLB teams over the last six years.

Lastly, here is You Whores. Just look at these classifieds. Pretty damn funny some of them. (Hat tip to MetaFilter via Marginal Revolution).

Oh yah, a couple books I've been reading:
First, The Mountain People by Colin Turnbull. Turnbull, a famed anthropologist from the 60s, gained reputation for discovering and documenting an unknown Pygmy tribe in Africa thought to be a living example of the "Noble Savage" theory. In this book, he spends 2+ years with the African Ik tribe, who are quite the opposite.

The Origins of Virtue, by Matt Ridley. Ridley is a former zoologist and journalist who is something of a pop scientist. His writing reminds me of Steven Pinker in that he takes concepts that are at once broad, abstract, and even disconcerting and explains them in a way that is neither condescending or incomprehensible. In this book, he explores the implications of different moral frameworks/platitudes, offering useful thought experiments and historical examples.


Mountains In the Mist 

Here's a little movie of my trip in Acadia National Park that I put together last night using footage from my digital camera and iMovie on the Mac. I condensed it down to 2.5mb so you dial-uppers can check it out as well. You'll need Quicktime to view it.

Download the movie

I'll post more on the trip later on today.

At the request of Jared, you gotta check out this short little video. This is on of the nastiest (albeit hilarious) things I've seen in a long time. What do you think, is this guy faking it?

Don't Ever Get This Drunk


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