Posted by: Kevin | April 9, 2010

Dear Universal Pictures

Fuck you!!!!  Seriously, eat shit and die motherfuckers.

Robert Pattinson will play grunge rock icon Kurt Cobain, RadarOnline.com has learned, in a Universal Pictures biopic of the late Nirvana front man tentatively titled All Apologies.

Also, go die in a fire.  My formative years deserve better than this.

Sincerely,

Kevin

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Posted by: Kevin | April 9, 2010

Random

An online choose your own adventure book featuring Cthulu, made of win.

The original video for U2’s “One”, which I much prefer to the other versions

A re-cut of the 10 Commandments (the movie, not the actual commandments), most of this video is merely amusing until the last 5 seconds which is piss your pants funny.

Lastly, something a bit more serious, Matt Taibbi on the looting of Main Street America, this is an excellent article on what happened to Jefferson County, Alabama.  It also provides a great example of what happened to a lot of other municipalities and countries.  Something to think about with financial regulatory reform coming up on Congress’ docket.  I’m sure that there will be a ton of noise on the airwaves, most of it ridiculous, so it’ll help to have something to focus on.  The financial transactions and blatant graft described in this article must be stopped.

Hat tips to Pharyngula and Skippy

Posted by: Kevin | April 7, 2010

Treason, in Defense of Slavery

That is the history that Virginia has chosen to honor this month.  The freedom the Confederacy fought for, was the freedom to own slaves.  The State’s rights they fought for, were the rights to own slaves and make laws to defend the institution of slavery.  No polite language or carefully worded statements can change that.

Posted by: Kevin | April 5, 2010

This Is Not What I Wanted To See Today

In traveling to Charlotte tomorrow afternoon to pay respects to my wife’s Granddad, a decorated world war 2 veteran who passed away on Friday.  For that reason, and many others, I found this video particularly hard to watch.  It’s footage of our soldiers in Iraq engaging…well, you’ll have to judge for yourself what they’re engaging.

Note:  The original title I put on this post is “This Is Not What I Needed To See Today”.  I changed it when it occurred to me that maybe we all need to see this.

Updated:  Been thinking about this video and decided to add this thought.  In general I don’t support arm-chair quarterbacking a life-or-death situation.  These soldiers made a judgment call that turned out to be extremely wrong in the initial engagement.  The follow-up engagement, shooting up the van left me sick to my stomach but I’m still just watching from the comfort of my home, bereft of any context.

Like it or not, incidents like this are the inevitable consequences of our decision to invade Iraq and rules of engagement that encourage our troops to fire on armed civilians in a country where it’s perfectly legal to own and carry an AK47.  That’s why people need to see footage like this, not to condemn the troops, but to (hopefully) question the assumptions that put the troops in the position of having to distinguish between a long lens camera and an RPG at a distance of over a mile.

Posted by: Kevin | March 25, 2010

Interesting

From Princeton’s website:

A Princeton University research team has demonstrated that all sweeteners are not equal when it comes to weight gain: Rats with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those with access to table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same.

Let’s just say that I’ve always been kinda suspicious of high-fructose corn syrup since it’s added to nearly everything we eat.  The US literally makes more corn than it knows what to do with, so we’ve been refining large amounts of it into high-fructose corn syrup and using it as a food additive and sweetener.  It’s cheap and abundant.  It’s also doesn’t taste as good as other sweeteners (don’t believe me, order a coke in some other country) but what can you do?

I can’t claim any scientific reason behind my distrust.  It’s just a long held belief of mine that any overly refined stuff or cheap substitutes added to food is a bad thing.  My other problem with corn syrup (and corn in general) is that it’s the least nutritious of our major crops.  Corn has much less protein and fiber than wheat/barley/etc.  So it’s good to see my poorly thought out suspicions proven right for once.

Posted by: Kevin | March 23, 2010

Wanted: A Sane Opposition Party

I’m just going to point to this letter from AmericanDad posted at TPM.  It captures my thoughts perfectly.  As for the actual substance of the health care bill, I’ll post about it eventually.  My opinion is that we needed some change from the status quo where far too many people were an illness away from bankruptcy.  We’ll see if this bill delivered that change.

To those out there saying things like “Heath care isn’t a right”, neither is food but try telling that to a hungry person.  My point is that forcing more and more people into extreme situations (health care induced bankruptcy), creates a larger pool of people willing to take extreme measures to resolve that situation.  A large population of desperate people is not conducive to a prosperous society.  If this bill works as advertised then it’s an investment in a stable society.  I’m willing to make that investment.

Posted by: Kevin | March 11, 2010

Today in News of the Amazingly Stupid

Assemblyman in New York wants to ban the use of salt in restaurant cooking.

A new bill in the state Assembly would ruin restaurant food and baked goods as we know them.

In a deeply misguided gesture that is also an abuse of the legislative process, a New York City Assemblyman is pushing a nanny-state bill that would ban the use of all forms of salt in the preparation and cooking of all restaurant food.

If passed, the measure, introduced Friday by Felix Ortiz, D-Brooklyn, would result in fines of up to $1,000 for each individual addition of salt by restaurant staff, whether before, during or after cooking. Customers would have the option of adding salt when food is served.

Shockingly, Mr. Ortiz admits that he did no research into the role of salt in cooking.  I’m also going to guess that Mr. Ortiz doesn’t do any of his own cooking.  Apparently his father was a big fan of dumping salt on his food and eventually suffered a heart attack.

I’m sorry to hear about your father Felix Ortiz, but that in no way excuses the introduction of this ridiculous bill.  Your punishment, aside from the internet driven ridicule that you are already suffering, is to forever be served food in which no salt or seasoning of any kind was used.

On a side note, Dihydrogen Monoxide has been used in restaurant cooking for years and can kill you if accidentally inhaled, yet no one has done anything to ban its use.

Found this at Balloon Juice

Posted by: Kevin | February 15, 2010

Updated: Myrtle Beach Sucks

Updates below

I’m putting this here because, as far as I know, none of the people I see on a day-to-day basis actually read my website.  I’m running the Myrtle Beach Marathon on Saturday.  One of my life-long goals is to qualify for the Boston Marathon.  I’ll be 35 years old for next year’s Boston Marathon which means I’d need to finish Saturday’s race in 3 hours and 15 minutes to qualify.  It is highly unlikely that I’ll succeed in doing this but I figured I’d put it in writing that I’m going to try.

2/15/2010 – So my attempt to qualify for Boston never happened because the race never happened.  The city of Myrtle Beach canceled both the half marathon and the full marathon at 10:30pm on Friday night.  I can only conclude that the City of Myrtle Beach felt unsatisfied after kicking out the bikers last year and decided they needed to piss off another group of potential tourists.  Maybe they really feel that the city should be run by and for retirees and golfers and fuck everyone else?  Maybe they’re just shitheads?

You might think I’m being harsh, after all there was a snowstorm Friday night.  The snowstorm wasn’t a suprise though.  It dumped a foot of snow on Dallas earlier in the week.  The city and the marathon planners had time to consider contingency plans and did nothing.  Here’s a clue Myrtle Beach, sitting around hoping it doesn’t snow is not a contingency plan.  To add insult to injury, saturday morning dawned and the roads were completely safe.  Many of the runners eleceted to run part or all of the course anyway.  Many of those runners, including me, made a point of running in large groups in the street.  Why not, we were supposed to have that course until 2:30pm, why shouldn’t we run.

So in conclusion, fuck you Myrtle Beach.  You don’t have your shit together enough to host a major road race and you wont be seeing my money again anytime soon.

Posted by: Kevin | February 12, 2010

For Your Enjoyment on a Friday

Found this at the Bad Astronomy Blog and had to share it.

youtube user DispleasedEskimo, your kung fu is strong.

Posted by: Kevin | January 27, 2010

Your Moment of un-Zen

In keeping with the depressing theme from the last post, I give you the following.

“Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.”
Robert Frost

Allow me to present to you, the argument for “world ends in fire”.  Enjoy the silence.

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