Pork and Beans

May 23rd, 2008 § Comments Off on Pork and Beans § permalink

This Weezer video makes me irrationally happy.

Dear Mark Calvert:

May 7th, 2008 § 1 comment § permalink

Your email address is not mcalvert [at] gmail dot com either, but thank you for signing me up for something called the American Family Association Action Alert. The most recent one—and the only one I’ll ever receive if they honor unsubscribe requests—goes a little something like this. Wow.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) has passed the U.S. House and Senator Edward Kennedy is now leading the push for a vote in the U.S. Senate. ENDA is aimed at providing heightened protections for a particular sexual behavior – homosexuality. It would grant special consideration on the basis of “sexual orientation” that would not be extended to other employees in the workplace.

ENDA violates employers’ and employees’ Constitutional freedoms of religion, speech and association. The proposed legislation would prohibit employers from taking their deeply held beliefs into account when making personnel decisions. This would pose an unprecedented intrusion by the federal government into people’s lives.

ENDA would approvingly bring private behavior considered immoral by many into the public square. By declaring that all sexual preferences are equally valid, ENDA would change national policy supporting marriage and family.

It’s obvious that the real agenda behind the innocuously named Employment Non-Discrimination Act is a push to enshrine homosexuality in national policy. This dangerous legislation would dramatically expand the government’s reach into your work place and create unnecessary work-place conflicts and lawsuits. ENDA is a sweeping employer mandate to create special new legal protections based on “sexual orientation” (or “perceptions”).

Dear Miranda Calvert:

March 18th, 2008 § Comments Off on Dear Miranda Calvert: § permalink

Your email address is not mcalvert [at] gmail dot com, but thank you for all the spam coming my way anyhow. Sigh.

Malcolm Reynolds, the great17-grandson of George Michael Bluth

March 11th, 2008 § Comments Off on Malcolm Reynolds, the great17-grandson of George Michael Bluth § permalink


Someone in Australia points out that the entire run of St. Elsewhere was imagined by an autistic kid and then lists 281 other shows that can be linked to St. Elsewhere via character cross-overs and various references, which means that all of these shows were also imagined by the kid. The full PDF is amazing and sort of scary.

Link. (Via kottke.)

The 6th Annual TNMC Awards

February 23rd, 2008 § Comments Off on The 6th Annual TNMC Awards § permalink

My movie nerd friends and I just finished our own version of the Oscars again this year. (Here is last year’s results.)

Again, we start with Brian‘s commentary:

As suspected by most of us the minute we saw it, No Country For Old Men was clearly the film of 2007, winning a stunning seven awards this year, including Best Picture, Supporting Actor, Director, Screenplay, and Scene of the Year. Interestingly, the film was shut out of the technical awards, which saw us spread the wealth to Zodiac, The Assassination of Jesse James, and The Bourne Ultimatum, an undeniably accomplished threesome. After No Country, the next highest winner only took home three and that was Michael Clayton with its wins for Supporting Actress, First Feature, and a surprising win for Original Screenplay over Juno (something that many have been thinking lately could actually happen Sunday night too…not saying it will, but if you want a dark horse, it’s one to consider). Five of 2007’s best films – Jesse James, Bourne, Grindhouse, Zodiac, and Once – all took home a pair of TNMC Awards with seven other films winning only one. We hit several of the critically acclaimed films of the year, giving Atonement, Juno, There Will Be Blood, and Ratatouille one award a piece. I really like the way we spread it around this year. I hope you had fun. Maybe we can do it again next year or maybe I’ll fire up those long-rumored 1st Annual TNMC Television Awards – but we know Lost and 30 Rock would win everything.

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Yay voting

February 5th, 2008 § Comments Off on Yay voting § permalink

voting receipt

Not my fault

August 22nd, 2007 § Comments Off on Not my fault § permalink

On my el ride home yesterday, I was reading in the hobo corner, standing against the emergency exit. An older couple took the seats there, excited to find two open seats next to each other. He got out a newspaper, she had a book. The woman glanced a few times at what I was reading, and then made an obvious effort to read the title on the spine. It might have been my imagination, but it looked like she was thinking My, isn’t it nice to see young people reading these days or something like that.

The thing is, though, I was reading Warren Ellis‘s Crooked Little Vein, a dark, dark, road-trippy detective novel. Kinda like Raymond Chandler if all his characters were mescaline-fueled sex addicts.

I’m only halfway through and it’s already covered Godzilla porn, man-on-ostrich sex and men inflating their scrotum with saline. I truly hope she doesn’t read it, it would probably destroy her mind.

"Are you familiar with Yoda?"

July 26th, 2007 § 2 comments § permalink

Saw a screening of Superbad last night. Funniest movie I’ve seen in a looooooong time. Go see it many times. Warning: This trailer is R-rated for good reason. Not safe for work or kids or nuns.

Indie is nice, but worky is better

June 7th, 2007 § Comments Off on Indie is nice, but worky is better § permalink

Waiting at Berwyn

Zooomr is a neat experiment, and I wish Kristopher and Thomas the best of luck, but after over two or so weeks of downtime and buggyness, I’ve decided that it just isn’t for me. I understand the urge to belong to the cutting edge of things, but I’d rather know that people will actually see my photos.

I’ve been using a Gallery installation to host some photos locally, but there are just too many bots out there that don’t follow the robots.txt standard, and I don’t have the time or energy to figure out a technical way of stopping them.

So, I broke down and bought a Flickr Pro account. I’ll be uploading everything there very soon. I don’t love the idea of giving Yahoo money, but it works and seems to be the best game in town.

No, that dongle doesn't make you look fat

April 17th, 2007 § Comments Off on No, that dongle doesn't make you look fat § permalink

I tend to get along with technology, but I must have said something wrong in the past couple days. First, I rented a copy of G.R.A.W. 2, and during a cutscene my helicopter pilot decided to fly into a mountain:

GRAW 2 has some issues

Just now, I sat down with my (admittedly craptastic) Motorola DVR from Comcast to enjoy an episode of The Riches, and the audio came out like this:

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