Thursday, February 26, 2009

You're boned

By reading this post you've already made a watch list....that's because Echelon is watching.

That's either going to very cool or as gay as Eagle Eye was.

To write or not to write

When was the last you wrote something more than a few lines? I mean actually sat down with pen and paper and composed something more than a grocery list or a quick note. Is the act of writing becoming a dying art? If a "modern" primary school is forced to choose between teaching penmanship and teaching typing which should they select?

Personally, I write like a serial killer so it's all roses to me.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

So that is the future?

Last night Barrack Obama gave a stirring and passionate speech in front of Congress, if you missed it then you should really seek it out. Whether or not Obama can achieve all that he laid out in this speech may be debatable but the man's ability to inspire is undeniable.

The standard procedure for big deal addresses like this is that the minority party arranges to have a counter-point statement read by someone following the President's address. Last night the Republican Party decided to continue their painful American Idol style competition to find the next great hope for their party. Last night's contestant was Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, a man that does have a very American past but apparently can't say the word "President" properly. Instead it sounds like he's saying "Prezzdent" with a very pronounced lack of pronunciation. Even if the content of the speech had been compelling (it wasn't) Jindal's delivery was abyssmal. Couple that with the fact that you had just seen 50 minutes of near flawless oratory from a man that was born to speak and you get an unmitigated disaster.

Even right leaning pundits have been highly critical of Jindal's speech going so far as to say that Sarah Palin could have done a better job.....ouch.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Math can kiss my ass!!

By now everyone knows that Mortgage backed securities were the iceberg to our Titanic economy, the real question is why? Would you believe it is as simple as a one line mathematical formula?

Irresponsible bankers, insurers and investors basically said that we are going to arbitrarily declare every investment as low risk by grouping investments into ponderous groups. Not really managing risk so much as making it impossible to ACTUALLY determine the risk.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Missing out

Did you bother watching the Oscars this year? You should have because it was one of the most well thought out awards shows that I have ever seen. The stage was fantastic, the way they setup the theater was a brilliant idea and making the orchestra part of the show was inspired. I've always wondered why they default to a comedian hosting the show considering the Academy's disdain for comedy from an award stand point. I think that Hugh Jackman did a fantastic job in making the show something really unique. Here are the highlights.

I though Heath Ledger's family was fantastic but man...that sister. You can take the girl out of the Outback but you can't take the Outback out of the girl....

Friday, February 20, 2009



Keep it simple

Here are a couple of very well done videos about our super awesome economic situation.....I love the Sub-prime family.

Let's not head South's the new Iraq!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Black & White

Here's a fantastic article about our "Once in a Century" financial nightmare that has been at least 20 years in the making. The sad thing is that no one really wants to talk about the fact that there is no way to fix it, no way to unlearn our uber consumerist ways. All of our government's actions revolve around "restarting" the economy and getting the cycle of debt flowing again. Why? So we can go back to this unsustainable exportation of all our money....

Wait until the lack of available credit starts to effect the food supply, farmers that usually grow wheat and corn on credit won't have anything to plant. That's when the shit will really hit the fan.

Thanks Chad.

Hulu is is so nearly perfect that you could literally use it for watching a significant percentage of your weekly television. The only drawback is that you have to sit at your computer to watch the show, unless you have Boxee and an AppleTV or HTPC. Boxee is basically hacked software package that you can run on your AppleTV device that gives you to access sources of video other than iTunes. I should say that you USED to be able to watch Hulu with Boxee...

Of course some where an NBC executive's son, probably named Chad Cockinstuff III, took time out of date-raping prep school girls and hacked his AppleTV with Boxee. Once Daddy saw how "cool" it was that idiot son compromised one of his revenue streams it was curtains for Hulu on Boxee. Thanks douche.

Kitty Agrees

Do you hate having to agree to arcane EULAs just to download a piece of software? Maybe your cat can help you get around that annoyance.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Payback is a bitch.

Someone breaks into this guy's house while he's home and he gets the second best* kind of revenge that you can have on thieving bastards.

*The best kind involves knee caps and a 12 gauge shotgun.

You are how stupid?

So let's say you've decided that a Chimpanzee would be a totally awesome pet to have. Then you decide that you're going to pimp this intelligent animal out as a product promoter for marketing whores. Can't imagine why that chimp would hold any kind of grudge that may end up causing it to go ape shit (ba rump pum pum) on some one.

First of all, I don't care how many times the chimp sits at the table and eats with the family it is still a WILD FUCKING ANIMAL. The owner had the presence of mind to give the chimp a Xanax to calm it down...that's great. How about having a gun in the house so that you can go Pulp Fiction on the primate when it starts tearing someone's face off?


I'm really looking forward to the Palm Pre. I have no intention of actually buying one but I think it will finally be a real competitor to the iPhone and may actually drive Apple to innovate faster.

Why don't I want a Pre? For the same reason I don't want a Blackberry, wretched interface design. Palm has a better chance of making their interface actually usable given their long standing experience, PalmOS was very intuitive and easy to use afterall. The real loser will be RIM because this will just go to further illustrate how bad they are at designing a user interface. Every time I touch a Blackberry I cringe...even the Storm's "touchscreen" interface is lightyears behind the iPhone or even Windows Mobile.

Let's face it everyone WANTS an iPhone. The only people that have Blackberrys have them because they are either too cheap to buy an iPhone or they HAVE to have the Blackberry because that's all their company will support. Sad but true.

The funny thing is that everyone talks about all the awesome things the Palm Pre is going to do that the iPhone doesn't. All of these things could be fixed in one simple software update that Apple has probably been sitting on for months now (I love the iPhone but still believe that Apple are a bunch of dicks). Of course if you have a "hacked" iphone you already have access to tethering, copy & paste and interface customization....just missing the Adobe Flash support. You can be sure that around the time of the Palm Pre launch Apple will drop an update that will have all of these things...leaving Palm to wonder why they bothered.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Check out my Wii

This may be NSFW.....

Castro 2.0

Here's reason #5,453,211 why we need to end our dependence on foreign oil. Once the "western" world replaces oil with cheap renewable sources we can just tell Chavez to get to the back of the bus and work on his beard.

Of course here's something rather encouraging. As Venezuela continues to take giant leaps backward in the arena of democracy and civil liberties it appears that Saudi Arabia is on the verge of making great strides in the other direction. The ruling family appears to be moving away from it's hard line religious roots to a more progressive stance on religious practices. Now if they can just keep extremism in check.....

Epic Fail

So rather than try to actually force the Taliban out of their country the Pakistanis have decided to just let them have their way. This worked out really well for the Afghan government.....

This will go down as George Bush's greatest failure. He had then chance to rid the world of these nutcases and he squandered it so that he could invade Iraq. To all of you people worrying about Iran it's time to wake up and realize that the situation in Pakistan is FAR more serious. If the Taliban continues to grow and strengthen in Pakistan it will end very badly.

Last Rites

This week may well bring about the end of two American institutions. General Motors and Chrysler have to produce long term viability plans this week in order to continue receiving money from the US Government. By all accounts that money is all that is keeping GM afloat at this point and Chrysler is likely in as bad if not worse condition.

There have been few rumors about Chrysler's plans leaving their future up to wild speculation ranging from some magic benefactor saving them to deals are already struck on dividing the company up among Chinese and Koreans competitors.

It looks as if GM is likely to submit and finally declare bankruptcy, essentially splitting the company into a "good" part and a "bad" part. The "bad" part is likely to include a motley crew of losing brands like Saab, Hummer and Saturn. It looks like Roger Smith's bastard brand is going to be sacrificed in order to save Pontiac...I say good riddance. Saturn was a bad idea from the start and contributed to the mess that GM is in at this moment, they should have killed it about eight years ago. I even need to comment? Let's spend billions buying and promoting a limited appeal boutique brand and then basically piss on their image by neutering their vehicles. GM: "We know you loved the rugged, go anywhere capability of the Hummer H1 so here's a Chevy Tahoe with shitty suspension and a top heavy Tonka truck body...we call it the H2." Is it any wonder that they are on the verge of collapse?

I do feel sorry for Saab. There was a time that they made interesting and unique cars that appealed to a small but loyal fan base. Eventually, GM beat all of the Swedish-ness out of the cars and they became little more than thinly disguised re-badges of other GM products.

Problem is that GM needs to take at least two more steps. Why does GMC Truck still exist? Time to decide, do you sell ALL of your trucks and SUVs under one brand or what? Why the fuck is there a Chevy Silverado AND a GMC Sierra? They are the same fucking truck! Don't give all this brand marketing bullshit, you are bleeding money and the cost of making two NEARLY identical trucks is ridiculous.

Pick a small car brand....more to the point make Chevy your small car/"value" brand. Again you are wasting money by making thinly diguised, re-badged versions of Chevy cars for Pontiac dealerships. How about you try and make ONE DECENT FUCKING SMALL CAR THAT ISN"T REALLY A KOREAN DAEWOO.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Hell to pay

Here's a video of some retarded D.C. cops towing away an Audi S4...although the term towing hardly applies. You have to see it to believe it but the link may be NSFW.

This is the kind of stupidity that should be punished with flame throwers.

Help me Google One Kenobi

Did you know that Google is the great "Parent in the Sky" now? Google is always ready to answer some of life's hardest or embarrassing questions.

Does the fact that there are millions of people out there relying on Google search results to answer some of life's most sensitive questions scare you? It does me.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Unbelievable Bullshit

Here's a fun read about how Pepsi spent several hundred million dollars on a new logo.

If you're reading this and are in the marketing field (unlikely) I'd like you to do me a favor. Remove your belt or shoe laces, ladies you can use your bra for this as well. Wrap whatever piece of apparel that you have chosen around your neck and hang yourself.

You have just done the world a tremendous service...unlike your chosen career path.


Is it time to take Hyundai more seriously? They've been looked down on for a long time in this country but these days they are starting to make some pretty big waves. First there was the fairly amazing Genesis Luxury Sedan and now the sexy Genesis Coupe. And don't forget that crazy warranty they offer....

Would you be seen driving a Hyundai?

Warm and fuzzy.

Apparently firing squads have become socially unacceptable in "modern" China. In order to make sure that capital punishment occurs in a more civilized manner...they have created a mobile lethal injection bus. Seriously, you can't make this shit up.



HOT STUFF. This is Bar Refaeli, Leonardo DiCaprio's

Rough times

I have been an XM Radio subscriber for nearly eight years now so listening to FM radio is like nails on a chalkboard for me. It's sad to see this news that Sirius XM is now on the verge of financial collapse due to the drop in new subscribers caused by the huge drop in new car sales. The worst part is that due to the credit crisis it is unlikely that they will be able to enter into any kind of financial restructuring and will end up having to be completely liquidated. This could be the end of Satellite radio...forever?

The sad thing is that I was planning on canceling my subscription anyway. I think the quality has gone way down hill since the merger of Sirius and XM. The playlists seem to be much more repetitive now and the "personalities" that they brought onto XM channels from Sirius are a bunch of fucktards.

I also think that Sirius XM seriously underestimated the impact that iPods and other in-car entertainment systems would have on their business. If your car has iPod connectivity then you can buy a 80GB iPod for around the same price as one years worth of XM service. That way you have complete control over the content you hear and you can take that music with you anywhere.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Monday, February 9, 2009

Consummate Professional

I'm still amazed by the "Miracle on the Hudson" water landing. Fantastic interview.

Watch CBS Videos Online

Vicious Cycle

The New York Times has a vested interest in promoting the "New York Life Style" since more New Yorkers with disposable income are their core audience. That said, they may not be the most non-biased source to complain about how it is impossible to live in New York on a paltry $500,000 a year salary. I think this entire article smacks of the kind of elitism and entitlement that is the root of problems in the financial sector.

Friday, February 6, 2009

It is whatever you make of it

I can't wait until President Obama busts out one of these gems out on some pushy journalist...or Nancy Pelosi.

Chief of Staff Infections

Hey Andy a dick.

100% Pure Genius

If you don't watch Robot Chicken, here's a taste of the brilliance that you are missing. This is their Italian Opera version of Star Trek 2: The Wrath of is fucking awesome.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Get over yourself

I love this whole stuffy, old school bullshit about dress code in the Oval Office. I don't give a shit if he sits at that desk wearing a "Who Farted" t-shirt and a pair of fucking Daisy Dukes as long as he's competent. Its been my experience that people in the business world that rigidly stick to moronic traditions like dress code do so for one reason. They want to blend in with the landscape and not draw any attention to themselves so people don't realize just how stupid they are.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Look! It's new!

Most people don't realize what a huge piece of shit iTunes is, at least the Windows version. I can't stand the way iTunes looks, the layout sucks and it runs slower than a one legged dog. This is what Apple does with a captive audience, just like a crack dealer they hook you with seemingly good shit then you end up blowing someone just for your next album download.

Anyway, I finally got around to playing with Songbird. WOW! My dreams of a third party music player/library that can sync with my iPhone and doesn't run like shit has finally come true. Good bye Mr. iTunes. Songbird doesn't seem to choke on my 20,000 track library like iTunes does and it runs on Linux for TRUE multiplatform compatibility. No, you can't purchase music through Songbird like you can with the iTunes store so its not perfect (for those of you that buy your music via iTunes at least.)

So that brings me to my real point. Last.FM has been around forever and I used it briefly a long time ago but abandoned it because of it's near marriage with iTunes. Well thanks to Songbird I'm back to Scrobbling and you can see what I'm listening to in the Last.FM window on the right side of the page.

If you've never used Last.FM you should give it a try.

How fast?

Supercomputers are basically a series of "normal" computers that have been slapped together with sophisticated software and high speed connections. This means that the Supercomputer can attack one problem with the technological equivalent of a bum rush. Currently the two fastest supercomputers in the world are capable of performing one petaflop of calculations per second. That's pretty fast but IBM has decided to cut the bullshit and build a new supercomputer named Sequoia that will be capable of performing 20 petaflops of instructions per second. That will make it as fast as the next 500 supercomputers....combined.

Twenty Quadrillion instructions per second is a number that not even the current US defecit can put into perspective. IBM offers this quote as a way to wrap your head around that number.

"If each of the 6.7 billion people on earth had a hand calculator and worked together on a calculation 24 hours per day, 365 days a year, it would take 320 years to do what Sequoia will do in one hour. "


Now what?

I never liked Tom Daschle, I always thought he was a sanctimonious prick, but I think this whole tax debacle should be a warning sign. Our entire tax code and the systems that support it are outdated and in dire need of serious improvement. It should serve has a huge warning that a former US Senator and what I would guess to be a formidable army of lawyers don't even understand our tax system.

The rich fleece the system by exploiting its arcane loopholes while the rest of us get screwed into footing the bill.

That's healthy

So it turns out the crazy Octuplets lady in California keeps shitting out kids because she wants to be a famous TV Mom. That's not only crazy....its just wrong.

Good Riddance

The man responsible for making all new BMWs look like melted jelly beans has decided to quit the car business all together. Chris Bangle's styling over the last few years has caught A LOT of criticism for his design decisions. I look forward to BMW returning to it's more sporting roots...I hope.

Monday, February 2, 2009


Talk about nightmares.


Here's all of this years Super Bowl ads. Only a couple of really funny ones, the Doritos ad is awesome. Oh and the Hulu ad....because Alec Baldwin rocks.


You realize that Facebook is a fucking cult right? Here's some warning signs:

  • All your friends are trying to convince you to join but they can give you no compelling reason to do so.
  • You can't see what it's all about until your you sign up....can you say Scientology?
  • It's run by a egomaniacal asshole.
  • When you use Facebook you have to wear a robe and chant. (I may have made that one up)
Personally, I think Facebook is the harbinger of the end of the Internet as we know it. It's like going back to using AOL where some corporate entity wants you to stay in their little "walled garden" so they can plaster as many advertisements as possible in front of you. You will suckle from the teet.....

What is the point of Facebook? Here's my opinion in a little point/counter-point.

  • Facebook let's me chat with all my friends! You mean like instant messenging or email? That's original.
  • Facebook let's me share pictures with all my friends! You mean like Picasa, Flickr or anyone of a dozen non-cult websites?
  • Facebook tells my friends when I'm online! Great, you enjoy being stalked by the masses?
  • Facebook let's me "friend" people so that I can be part of some sycophantic competition to see who has more "friends"! You really answered that one yourself didn't you.
  • Facebook let's me get in touch with people I haven't talked to in years! If they were interesting enough you would have kept in touch some other way...they're probably all dog rapists or serial killers now anyway.

Another douchebag chronicle

I love this story about Michael Phelps. The best part is that there is a Mormon High School with a girls JV swim team that just doesn't understand why he would do something so must have been satan.

And your 15 minutes

Way to go spaz.

I'm guessing some people may have complained about this one.

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