Thursday, May 31, 2007

More Weird Al

I have wanted the latest Weird Al album since it came out last fall. I finally bought it today because it was 20% off. You too can get Straight Outta Lynwood from iTunes for $7.99. In fact iTunes is selling many best sellers with a $2 discount.

Check it Out.
(You'll need iTunes to veiw link)

Other than White and Nerdy, my favorite song is I'll Sue Ya. Its a parody of thrash metal and is hilarioius. (press play below)

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Weird Wednesday #2

For some people a screen saver just doesn't cut it.


Hey, if you like words then check out OED Journey. The writer, Bob, looks to be going through the Oxford English Dictionary in order (I haven't checked to see if there has been any skips yet) and offers a few thoughts on them. Pretty fun! (if your a grammar geek or etymology eccentric)

Monday, May 28, 2007

Relatively Speaking

Just a quick post for anyone interested in genealogy. There is a radio program covering geanealogy on a local station. Relatively Speaking also has a podcast so you can listen to it worldwide, or you can listen to a live internet stream. (4 PM to 6 PM Mountain time) I listened to it for the first time last Sunday. It was pretty good.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Star Wars: 30 Years Later

One nice thing about being born in 1977 is that I am the same age as Star Wars. Star Wars came about 3 weeks after I did. (and Elvis still had a few months to live)

As I type I'm watching a special on g4 (aka nerd tv) covering the Star Wars 30 year celebration. Star Wars at 30. Cookie Monster and I are enjoying the nerdfest. And it is a nerdfest with people doing Cos Play, folks who have built their own R2-D2s, action figures, comic books, cartoons, video games, Star Wars Kid and an infamous metal bikini. If you are even the slightest form of a Star Wars geek you owe it to yourself to check out one of the re-broadcasts. Star Wars Rocks.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

My Hollywood Ending

Hey! Just a quick post. I saw this at Teri's and I thought it was fun.

Your Love Life is Like The Princess Bride

"Since the invention of the kiss, there have only been five kisses that were rated the most passionate, the most pure. This one left them all behind."

For you, love is like a fairy tale - albeit a fairly twisted one.
You believe romance is all about loyalty, fate, and a good big of goofy fun.

Your love style: Idealistic yet quirky

Your Hollywood Ending Will Be: Perfectly romantic

Have a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend!

Monday, May 21, 2007

Starcraft II

Just in case you care; Blizzard has come up with a new product to suck every last bit of your freetime away (and probably some non-free time too).

(click me, I dare you)

These games are all named wrong. StarCRACK II would be a better name, because every game Blizzard comes up with is insanely addictive. If I am lucky my computer won't have enough guts to run this new form of video game narcotica.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Book List

Is anyone an avid novel reader out there? I've added my 2007 book list to my sidebar. It contains everything I have read this year and everything I am reading now. This is a simple journal of my reading, not a recommendation list. A recommendation list would be a great post. Maybe I will post one soon.

What are you reading right now?

What is the best book you have read recently? (and why)

Monday, May 14, 2007

Sushi Video

In some places (mostly in Japan where sushi is really popular) there is a new kind of sushi bar. Old sushi bars are like a traditional bar where the patrons sit at a long counter and the chef(s) serve them. The new type of bar has the chefs in the kitchen and they mass produce the sushi and put it on a conveyer belt. Someone put a camera on the belt. It's cool to see everyones face and reaction as it moves around this Tokyo sushi bar.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Save Net Radio pt. 2

I wrote earlier how the RIAA was trying to impose HEAVY fees and royalties on Internet radio stations. These pretty much amount to sanctions to drive a particular sector of of the market. Its just wrong. Being a fan of Internet radio, it torqued me off a little too.

Due to an enormous response, Senators Ron Wyden and Sam Brownback have sponsored the Internet Radio Equality Act. This would limit the royalty rates imposed on Internet Radio to similar rates that other broadcast formats pay; Killing RIAA's attempt to force anything 'Internet' and 'music' into bankruptcy.

If you agree with Internet Radio paying similar rates as other broadcast formats you can write to your senators and ask them to co-sponsor the bill. Go here to get your senators' contact info.

I realize I've posted 2 rants in 2 days. I apologize, I generally try to keep things lower key. It just happens that two things that I care about are going on at the same time. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

I love you too Al

“As for the one Mormon running for office, those that really believe in God will defeat him anyway, so don’t worry about that, that’s a temporary situation.” -Al Sharpton

Just who does Mr. Sharpton think he is? After demanding that, the bigot, Don Imus apologize and step down (and rightfully so), how can Reverend Al even begin to feel justified in making a comment like this? At least Don Imus had the brains to apologize for his jackass comments. Not so with Al Sharpton.
In a statement, Sharpton accused the Romney campaign of a “blatant effort to fabricate a controversy to help their lagging campaign” and argued that it was Hitchens who criticized Mormons. - As reported by Mike Glover of the AP
Wow, Mitt Romney didn't need to say anything to fabricate controversy. Al Sharpton can create controversy all on his own. Just look at all the controversy Al drummed up over over Don Imus. But if someone says, "Al maybe you shouldn't of said that, you insinuated that I don't really believe in God.", he accuses the speaker of political posturing. What a jerk.

“In no way did I attack Mormons or the Mormon Church when I responded that other believers, not atheists, would vote against Mr. Romney for purely political reasons...” -Al Sharpton

Only he didn't say "other believers", he said "those that really believe in God"; insinuating that members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints don't really believe in God. Reading his initial quote it seems obvious (to me at least) how he feels about the LDS Faith.

“What I said was that we would defeat him, meaning as a Republican. A Mormon, by definition, believes in God. They don't believe in God the way I do, but by definition, they believe in God." -Al Sharpton

Wow, I'm glad that I beleive in God, if only by definition, according to Sharpton. That really softens the blow. Its also comforting to know that all true believers are Democrats. I'm glad to see the issue is so clear cut, so black and white. So even though I believe in God, by definition from my Mormon faith, I'm still not a true believer because I see issues more conservatively than he does.

So I dislike Al Sharpton, but not in the way Al Sharpton dislikes me. I dislike him as a man because he doesn't have the courtesy or guts to apologize for directly insulting me and most of the people I know. Al Sharpton dislikes me because I belong to a group of people that sees the world differently than he does. By definition, Al Sharpton, you are a bigot.

Weird Wednesday #1

I found this picture in a writer's magazine that I was reading last night. It was included with the magazine editor's little blurb on the first page.

Oh he's so cute, he's mommy's little... pervert?

We know why he is smiling.

This goes to show that everyone (even editors) miss something major every once in a while.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

The Mormons

For those interested, the second part of the PBS series The Mormons airs on PBS this evening. The first part will be available online later today.

I watched the last half of the first part, and the documentry is no propaganda film. Every side has a say. The first part covers the church's controversial past, tonight covers the present day church. Take a look, let me know what you think.