Friday, May 6, 2011

Wookie Steak


Founds this in the depths of the Internet last night. No comment needed.


Saturday, April 16, 2011

Best Article on Taxes, the Deficit, and Spending

This is one of the best rants on government spending, withholding, taxes, spending, and related issues that I've read in a long time. Fantastic. It's long, but well worth the read.

One of many hilarious (and sad) paragraphs:
The government almost shut down last week over cutting 38 billion dollars… That may sound like a lot, but comparatively speaking, that’s like a 600 pound man who’s heart is about to explode congratulating himself that he got a hamburger instead of a cheeseburger… for his fifty-seventh meal of the day. Republicans backed off because they didn’t think they could win the PR battle. Let’s see… the Democrats were willing to not pay soldiers, currently fighting three wars, in order to ensure funding for abortion clinics… And you didn’t think you could win that PR fight? Seriously? Have you ever thought about maybe hiring a marketing major? I know a guy….

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Fox News Report: "China Bans Time Travel"

Here's a laugher for the day, an article entitled, "China Bans Time Travel"

It's about a completely absurd decision by the Chinese government to bad movies and TV shows that are about time travel. Just the type of insanity you'd expect from a moderately xenophobic dictatorship.

But that's not what made me laugh out loud. The funniest part of the article is the first line, "It's the basis for some of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time -- The Terminator, Back to the Future, Black Night, just to name a few."

Nevermind that it's a grammatical mess - BLACK KNIGHT?!?!?!

No one... and I mean NO ONE, who has ever made a list of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time has EVER included Black Knight. At least not anyone who was either sober or attempting to be taken seriously.

And then there's the picture used above the article, a screen shot from the movie "Donnie Darko", which does have a possible time travel element in it, but it is really more about paranoid schizophrenia.

How does stuff like this get past an editor? Black Knight? Really?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wise Words to Live By

The story below was linked by Instapundit this morning. The original link is HERE. Good words to live by, particularly the last paragraph.


Is Your Jar Full?

When things in your life seem almost to much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar......and the beer.

A Professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

So the Professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The Professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous "Yes."

The Professor then produced two cans of beer from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

"Now," said the Professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.

The golf balls are the important things - your family, your children, your health, your friends, your favorite passions - things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else - the small stuff."

"If you put the sand into the jar first", he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house, and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."

When he had finished, there was a profound silence. Then one of the students raised her hand and with a puzzled expression, inquired what the beer represented.

The Professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of beers."

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Two Days Until Australia


In two days, E and I drop our dachshund at my mom's house and hop a plane for Australia. We're spending three weeks in a small town south of Perth called Mandurah. Her uncle has a vacation house on the bay there, which he has graciously offered to let us stay in as a wedding gift.

While there, I'm going to have a chance to meet her extended family. Her parents met and grew up in Perth, although they haven't lived there in years.

We're heading out to the outback for a couple of days to spend some time on a real working sheep farm, owned by an old friend of the family. E was there several years back, and all she remembers of it was riding motorcycles around, chasing kangaroos. I can't wait.

Anyhow, this is mostly a filler post - I'm sure there will be more to write about soon. The pic here is a shot from our trip to Sydney a couple years ago, on the Hawkesbury River - we're not going near there this time. And no, the sky wasn't really that color, the effect was a weird filter setting on the camera.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Weekly Photograph


I've been spending a fair amount of time over the last couple of months scanning and editing old pictures from my (and Elizabeth's) childhood. We did this as part of an informal slide-show for the wedding reception, and also just to get some of these old photos archived in a digital format. And then there's been a host of pictures taken at the actual wedding.

As such, I've had pictures on my mind lately. So yesterday I got out the trusty Canon SD1100 point and shoot and looked about the condo for something to take a picture of.

A couple of weeks ago, I had stuck this little koala dude to a lamp in the bedroom. They were part of the wedding favors, many of which ended up clinging to lapels and dresses by the end of the evening. Somehow, it takes on an even funnier vibe in extreme close-up.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Obligatory Wedding Photo


For lack of a better topic, I'm going to post the obligatory wedding photo today. E and I decided to spend the night before the wedding apart. I went back to our condo, while she spent the night at her parents place in Carlsbad. We got ready on Saturday morning separately. We were doing formal photography before the ceremony, so we arranged to see each other just before that. This picture was taken moments after we were "introduced" in the backyard of my mom's house. Isn't she beautiful?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

It was a year ago today...

It was exactly a year ago today when I made the last post to this blog. A simple post regarding Walmart veggies vs. Whole Foods.

During that year, I managed to land a pretty cool job with a medical device company, only to discover it wasn't a cool as I first thought. Oh, and I got married. That is turning out to be WAY cooler than I ever could have dreamt.

I have to stop using the word "cool". Even in a casual blog like this, it just isn't... cool.

So there you are. I think I'm going to try and update this blog a little more often. And by "more often", I mean more than one post per year. Maybe something on a daily basis.

Cheers,
E

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Walmart Veggies are Better than Whole Foods

I've never really understood the hate of Walmart. Sure, some of the stuff they sell isn't the best quality, but much of it is just as good, if not better, than products you'll find elsewhere. And you can rarely beat their prices. They bring a lot of low-priced essentials to a lot of families who have to stretch budgets very thin. Not everyone can afford to shop at Nordstroms and Whole Foods.

So imagine the surprise of some culinary snobs when a blind taste-test revealed that organic veggies bought from Walmart tasted better than the grossly over-priced equivalent from Whole Foods.

Despite this test, I just don't see Top Chef taking the contestants to Walmart for their food.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Autism and Vaccines

The anti-vaccine crowd has been under some pretty heavy pressure of late, mostly due to the recent retraction of an important study published in Lancet in 1998.

Scientific American is doing a good job attacking some of the other studies that attempted to put vaccines in a bad light.

Vaccines are a cornerstone of modern medicine. Before vaccines (and antibiotics), the leading causes of death in the world were almost entirely infectious diseases. You didn't get old enough to get cancer - because you were busy dying of Smallpox.

Entire categories of disease were eradicated with the invention of vaccines. The people who faked data, and by doing so convinced millions of people to not vaccinate their kids, are criminals. Simply taking away their medical licenses is not enough. They should be in jail.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Australia begins Blowing up Rabbits

I have a better idea though, seeing as dynamite isn't particularly safe or good for the local environment. They could just start breeding hordes of Dachshunds. Kobi would be more than happy to begin work next week.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Aliens and Universal Health Care

I sat down last night to watch the pilot for the remake of the 80's sci-fi show "V". I remember watching it as a middle-school and early high-school kid, so I was curious to see what they could do with modern effects and (hopefully) better writing.

But it wasn't the aliens and special effects (of which there were few) that immediately struck me as I was watching. It was the political allegory. A charming race of aliens appear suddenly and usher in a new era on Earth. They are good looking, eloquent in staged speeches, don't take unvetted questions, and use phrases like "hope" and "change". We know nothing about them, yet most of the country is taken in by the rhetoric.

Sound familiar?

Heck, at one point, during a staged interview, the aliens even offer to provide "universal health care". And yes, they used that exact phrase.

Imagine my surprise when I woke up and saw THIS ARTICLE linked from Instapundit. It seems I wasn't the only one to find the parallelism more than a bit creepy. Of course, it's likely all just something of a coincidence. The show was probably written, produced, and scheduled for airing before the current White House was in place. Or maybe the script was reworked a bit. Maybe.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Hitler Defends Pete Carroll

This is the funniest parody of the classic Hitler meltdown scene.

"This is nothing. You should have seen him during the Freedom Bowl back in '92" haha. Yeah Adolph... I was there for that. It was almost as bad a spending a weekend in the Dachau concentration camp. Almost.


I haven't laughed this hard after a loss in years.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Why Exercise Won't Make You Thin

THIS is a great article that deals with one of the biggest myths regarding exercise. There are lots of reasons to stay active - weight loss is not one of them.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Obama as the Joker.


Oh boy... here we go! When you loose the respect of the Los Angeles artistic freeway poster crowd, you're on your way down. heh.

Great Britian and George Orwell

Contrary to the current belief's of many English government types, George Orwell's 1984 was not an instruction manual. Seriously, if Orwell had written about a PROGRAM LIKE THIS, it would have been laughed off as completely impossible. Alas, it is no longer fiction - it's actually happening.

I just wonder when/if the English will stand up and say, "ENOUGH!". I fear they won't. In my time there, I found WAY too many people who would say things like, "Well, if you don't do any thing wrong, you don't have to worry, right?" I fear that reactions such as those will be all too common - and England will slip in to a "Benign Dictatorship" - if there is such a thing.

It's happening. It's not fantasy. It's not fiction. It's real.

"Do it fast" and Health Care reform

Expect to see A LOT more of this type of thing as this abomination of a bill goes forward. We're getting really close to torches, pitchforks, and riots. Heck, if I were Specter in this video, I would have been more than a little nervous - that audience is REALLY, REALLY mad, and he doesn't seem to even understand WHY. Amazing.

LINK FOR MORE INFO HERE.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Gates and the Right to be Rude to a Cop

Last night Elizabeth and I were talking about the Gates case. Aside from the issues of race relations and racial profiling, there is another important issue that this case brings up.

Should cops be able to arrest you for being rude to them? Although I'm generally pro-police, the answer to this is unequivocally "NO". You have a right to be a jerk to a cop, as long as you aren't threatening. We as a society walk a fine line between civil rights and security. When security is not being threatened, civil rights MUST be maintained. This entire argument is fleshed out in great detail HERE IN THIS Reason.com article.

THIS ARTICLE on Forbes is a little longer and filled with lots of legalese, but it outlines in great detail why the arrest was probably a violation of the First Amendment.

Monday, July 27, 2009

There's Been a Lot of Anti-Obama Junk on this Blog...

Let's lighten things up a little and explore the slightly more absurd for a while. As all of my regular readers are will aware, I've been designing some artwork for sale on Zazzle.com.

In my short time on Zazzle, I've run across a wide range of utter crap. Stuff that people spent 3.4 seconds designing, and even less making sure it looks good on the product they are tying to sell. So I decided to mock them. Yes, it's childish, it's mean, it's totally juvenile - but it's funny and I enjoy it. And so "You Suck at Zazzle" was born.

Enjoy. I do.

Santa Cruz City Council Meeting and Drugs

Oh boy... this is absolutely hilarious. This woman makes her case for solving all of California's crop/farming/food issues. It's three minutes of the most incoherent, rambling, non-nonsensical gibberish you'll ever hear. I bet the city counselors understood and agreed with all of it... haha.

Warning, watching the video will make you dumber. A lot dumber.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Mark Steyn on Obama and Racism

I've always been a fan of Mark Steyn and his writing. He's got a singular wit and sense of humor that you just don't find in many political editorialists. HERE Mark weighs in on the Obama/Massachusetts cop controversy. A worthy read.

Friday, July 24, 2009

I thought Hirohito surrendered to Michael Jackson on the Battlestar Galactica

It seems like everyday, this idiot does or says something stupid. And I though we got rid of the idiot President... Hey Barack, Hirohito WASN'T THERE for the Japanese surrender ceremony.

And while were on the topic... why do you make it sound like our victory over the Japanese in WWII was a bad thing? It's almost as if you sound ashamed and wouldn't want a repeat of that result.

On behalf of all the Americans, Australians, and other Allied Forces who fought against the Japanese (including my Grandfather) - Fuck you, you ignorant jerk.