Archive for December, 2008

Oversimplification at its best…

30 December, 2008

BoingBoing has a featured story on people in North Carolina moving homeless people into foreclosed homes. The dude interviewed, in my honest opinion, (and we all know I can be pretty liberal most of the time) has some sort of Hero or Robin Hood complex. I understand what he is trying to do, and it is a positive thing, but the idea that there is no mention of keeping the houses up to code, waste removal, plumbing, heating or cooling makes me think that this is oversimplifying a situation that, at one time may have been but is no longer, simple.

closequote“We’re matching homeless people with peopleless homes,” he said with a grin. [Max] Rameau and a group of like-minded advocates formed Take Back the Land, which also helps the new “tenants” with secondhand furniture, cleaning supplies and yard upkeep. So far, he has moved six families into foreclosed homes and has nine on a waiting list.closequote

Also, on another note, what about the people who have lost these homes to the banks/poor economy in the first place. Shouldn’t they get to squat somewhere as well? They’re the ones who have lost something they’ve maintained and lived in previously for the homeless families to move into in the first place. I get what these people are trying to do and the statement they making and it is good, but in the world we live in today it is something that is just too complicated. This is one thing that I would normally think was cool but I just can’t see the justification for… maybe I’m getting older…

I May Cry…

30 December, 2008

Its literally liked they reached into my dreams and made a movie with the stuff they found in them… British people, Vampires, Comedy and Lesbians, I may cry…

Nothing New/I want…

29 December, 2008

I know this is nothing new, but after considering the iPhones flaws and the control Apple, Inc. has over, well, all of it (including apps), I really want a Nokia N97. These things aren’t due to hit the US at any time, and lord knows when/if it does it won’t be on Verizon, but It looks amazing:



29 December, 2008

Someone posted their house for rent in DC for Obama’s inauguration on Craigslist:

“Along with my bedroom you will have access to the house’s many amenities including cable television (not that you watch much TV) for viewing Keith Olberman’s latest unhinged rants and CNN in high-def. Wireless internet means that the Huffington Post and DailyKos are only a click away on your MacBook. American flags and other patriotic paraphernalia in the room can be removed upon request.

Best of Craigslist

Christmas Cats from all over…

29 December, 2008


Here’s one last jolt of the holiday spirit for you:

Enrique might beat Jason Statham as my new hero…

29 December, 2008

As quoted in London’s Metro:

closequoteMy worst gig was a charity concert in Las Vegas where the entire audience were 90 and older and were all asleep. You could have sprayed them with cocaine and nothing would have happened. My target audience is females between the ages of 70 and 85.closequote

Does no one see the humor behind this guys antics? Also, is he still hitting that?

Most Underrated…

24 December, 2008

This is the most underrated Oasis song ever… besides Listen Up…

This breaks my heart…

23 December, 2008


closequoteToday, it all ends. The last notable distributor of VHS films — Distribution Video Audio out of Palm Harbor, Florida — has shipped its final truckload of tapes, probably to a small town library or a mom ‘n pop shop in a place you’ll never hear of. According to co-owner Ryan J. Kugler: “It’s dead, this is it, this is the last Christmas, without a doubt.” An unceremonious way to exit, sure, but we have a sneaking suspicion that it’ll one day be able to say it made it longer than practically every other physical film format that succeeded it. Here’s one last tear for the format that was — now, time to plan a trip to the local flea market.closequote

A Ditty… with Simon Pegg

23 December, 2008


Christmas Ditty

I wish I was friends with Simon Pegg… or Chris Martin, or Johnny Buckland…

Note: I tried to embed the video but it didn’t work, so follow that link…


22 December, 2008

I know of Mpeg, Mpeg2 (DVD video), Mpeg3 (mp3 audio), and Mpeg4 (good video codec), but I don’t think I’ve seen this before:


20 December, 2008


I have never seen the very beginning of this and I have watched this every Christmas since it was on television (1987). Perhaps, if certain people are nice, this will appear on DVD very soon…


20 December, 2008

openquoteTOKYO (Reuters) – A group of Japanese lawyers and professors asked on Friday that Google Inc stop providing detailed street-level images of Japanese cities on the Internet, saying they violated privacy rights.

Google’s Street View offers ground-level, 360-degree views of streets in 12 Japanese cities and is also offered for some 50 cities in the United States and certain areas in Europe.closequote

Ya, that sounds like a good idea, we should get rid of a service that helps millions because a few people feel uncomfortable. These are still images taken almost a year ago and they don’t get updated for two or three more years, so, basically, they’re mad because someone at some time took a picture of the street in front of their business and put it on the internet… silly…

Christmas Cookie Poll #3: 12/18/08

18 December, 2008


Christmas is nigh approaching so here is another favorite Cookie for the holidays, The classic, original Chocolate Chip cookie, recommended by Carrie.

1 cup (2 sticks) (226 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature

3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated white sugar

3/4 cup (160 grams) firmly packed light brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

2 1/4 cups (295 grams) all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups (270 grams) semisweet chocolate chips

1 cup (100 grams) walnuts or pecans, coarsely chopped (optional)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) with rack in center of oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), cream the butter. Add the white and brown sugars and beat until fluffy (about 2 minutes). Beat in eggs, one at a time, making sure to beat well after each addition. Add the vanilla and beat until incorporated.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture and beat until incorporated, adding the chocolate chips about half way through mixing. If you find the dough very soft, cover and refrigerate until firm (about 30 minutes).
For large cookies, use about a 2 tablespoon ice cream scoop or with two spoons, drop about 2 tablespoons of dough (35 grams) onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake about 12 – 14 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges. Cool completely on wire rack

Is this guy channelling Robert or what?

18 December, 2008

Led Zeppelin anyone? Still not bad, though, good stuff:

Our Future Pres, hilarious and light-hearted

17 December, 2008


17 December, 2008

Ok, barring the fact that he is certifiably nuts and is a bit delusional, Tom Cruise can’t possibly be any crazier than other religious fanatic celebrities living in LA. With that being said, here he is on Letterman last night promoting his new (and, from what I hear, terrible) movie (that’s been on the shelf for 3 years):

No. 5 is hilarious.

This is Awesome…

17 December, 2008

Buckley fans protest against x-Factor Conestant’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s song

closequoteJeff Buckley’s version of ‘Hallelujah’ has re-entered the UK singles chart, just two weeks before the winner of this year’s ‘X Factor’ will release a cover of the song in a bid to get the coveted Christmas Number One.

Although the winner of the TV talent show is yet to be decided, fans of Buckley’s version of the song – and Leonard Cohen’s, who wrote the song – have been buying his version in protest.

Meanwhile, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke reputedly recorded his vocals for ‘Fake Plastic Trees’ directly after seeing Buckley perform in Highbury, north `London, armed only with an acoustic guitar and pint of Guinness. Yorke was apparently so impressed by the passion and simplicity of Buckley’s performance that he recorded his vocals in just two takes, bursting into tears at the song’s end.

Other famous fans include Brad Pitt, who says he has an “obsession” with Buckley, Patti Smith, and Cocteau Twins singer Liz Fraser, who reportedly had a brief relationship with him.

I want…

17 December, 2008

Johnny Buckland (Coldplay) has quite an array of axes, I want them… Except he doesn’t play any strats (=lame).

Christmas Cookie Poll #2: 12/16/08

16 December, 2008


Todays Christmas Cookie was suggested by Phil. It is none other than the simple, delicious and understated Snickerdoodle. This is also a very traditional Christmas Cookie:

2 3/4 cups (385 grams) all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 cup (227 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature

1 1/2 cups (300 grams) granulated white sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


1/3 cup (66 grams) granulated white sugar

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder.
In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugar until smooth (about 2 to 3 minutes). Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Beat in the vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture and beat until you have a smooth dough. If the dough is soft, cover and refrigerate until firm enough to roll into balls (one to two hours).
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (190 degrees C) and place rack in the center of the oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a large shallow bowl mix together the sugar and cinnamon.
Roll the balls of dough in the cinnamon sugar and place on the prepared pan, spacing about 2 inches (5 cm) apart. Then, using the bottom of a glass, gently flatten each cookie to about 1/2 inch (1.5 cm) thick.
Bake the cookies for about 8 – 10 minutes, or until they are light golden brown around the edges. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.


16 December, 2008

This can’t be right…

15 December, 2008

I just read on that they’re remaking the crow… I just died a little inside…

The only way this will work is if the acting doesn’t suck, along with the writing, directing, editing, color, tone, music and score, so basically this film has everything going against it. Its like if prometheus and job got together to make a movie…

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15 December, 2008

Does anyone else find this vaguely sexual?

Christmas Cookie Poll #1: 12/15/08

15 December, 2008


Todays featured cookie is the most traditional of all holiday cookies, the butter cookie (submitted by Dad). These are what most people think of when Christmas Cookies come to mind.

2 cups (280 grams) all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon (2 grams) salt

1 cup (2 sticks) (226 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature

1/2 cup (60 grams) powdered (confectioners or icing) sugar

1 teaspoon (4 grams) pure vanilla extract

Mix it all together and bake them at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.


15 December, 2008

“Boy Lives After Arrow Goes Through Eye”

From AOL:

closequote(Dec. 15) – In what is being described as a “miracle,” an 11-year-old boy in eastern China survived after getting shot through the eye socket with an arrow, according to Britain’s Metro.
Teachers at Jiutai City school believe Liu Cheong was practicing archery when he was accidentally shot by a 13-year-old teammate. The arrow went completely through his head, and it would have kept going were it not for the back if his skull. He survived because the arrow missed his brain.

Read more HERE


15 December, 2008

Am I the only liberal who doesn’t think this funny? Apparently, throwing shoes at someone in Iraq is a total dis. Ya, that’s badass, I’m mad at you and the only thing I can think to do is wing my size nine hush puppies at you…