Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Great Moments in Higher Education

Sorry, you're not accepted to UCSD. Just kidding, you're IN. But not really, that last message was a MISTAKE.

Oops. If this happened at a private company, someone (or many people) would loose their jobs. Why do I get the feeling no one will be fired over this?

Thursday, March 26, 2009

California to Ban Black Cars

Please tell me this is a joke. Please. Someone. Anyone.

Why do California legislators hate black cars? White, yellow, and brown cars are fine, but can't have any black ones! Freakin' racist bastards.

If this weren't serious, I would think it was a stupid parody of government ineptitude. Sadly, it's no joke.

This is so outrageous that I can only begin to imagine what Martin Luther King, Jr. would have to say about this blatantly racist attack on cars of color. Were he to stand in Sacramento and give his famous speech, would it look like this?:

As we drive, we must make the pledge that we shall always use the fast lane. We cannot pull illegal u-turns. There are those who are asking the devotees of automotive civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as cars of color are the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied, as long as our SUVs, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain parking in the truck-stops of the highways and the parking structures of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the colored car's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our newly purchased midnight-black Mini's are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating "Parking For White Cars Only". We cannot be satisfied as long as a black Jeep in San Diego cannot get on the I-5 and a black BMW in San Jose believes it has no freeways on which to merge. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow impound lots. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.

Go back to Richmond, go back to South San Francisco, go back to Oakland, go back to Watts, go back to Compton, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.

I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all light duty cars and trucks are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the brown hills of the East Bay the sons of formerly black car owners and the pickup trucks of former slave owners will be able to get their oil changed together at the Jiffy Lube of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of California, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom, justice and pitch black asphalt.

I have a dream that my little Jeep Liberty will one day drive in a nation where it is will not be judged by the color of its paint job but by the content of it's towing capacity.

I have a dream today.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

I Bet You Didn't Think a Car Review Could Be Funny, eh?

THIS has got to be the best review of a car I've ever read. Hilarious from beginning to end. Too bad it's a review of a fictional car.

I think there might be something darker at work here. The more I think about the Truckster, and the impact it had on the Griswold family, the more I think it had some sort of malevolent presence that, while more subtle than that displayed by the killer car in Christine, was no less real. Perhaps the better example would be the Ring of Power that Frodo carries in The Lord of the Rings. Like the Ring, the Truckster was a talisman of doom that brought ill fortune and slowly but inexorably put its bearer under its twisted influence.

"Vacation" was a great movie - a classic of the 80's, no doubt.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Another Dead Newspaper

Can't say I'm sorry to see them go. I haven't read an actual newspaper for the sake of news in years...

Anyone want to start a countdown until they ask the Government for a bailout? Too big to fail... blah blah blah.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

New Kindle!!!

A few days ago, I got a used Kindle (first edition) from a local retired guy who wanted to upgrade to the new Kindle 2.

I got it for an insanely good price. So much so that I almost feel bad that the guy didn't really know what it was worth. But, it's not my fault that he didn't see what they were going for on ebay. heh.

I've read a bit on it for the last few nights, and I have say - this thing ROCKS. It's totally unlike reading on a computer. The e-ink technology makes it like reading a paper book. Unless you've seen one in person, it's hard to describe how cool it is.

It has a free wireless connection to the internet. Not great for browsing, but you actually can check your yahoo! mail with it.

The SD card slot makes it stupid easy to load documents and books. You can also download them from the Amazon store instantly. Prices are okay, but not great for most content. I haven't bought anything yet as I have a large collection of e-books that can be converted to text files and read on the Kindle.

Anyhow, this isn't meant to be a comprehensive review. Those can be found in many places online. I just wanted to blog a little about how cool this thing is. I almost can't wait for my first plane trip with it - the ability to travel with a small library with me is just too cool.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Obama's Problem in a Nutshell

"There isn't much in his plan to stir the national soul. It's about 'sacrifice' now so that we can live for a future of small electric cars and windmills."

Read the ARTICLE.

Thursday, March 5, 2009