Archive for June 12th, 2006

Shorter

Just a couple of brief, distilled thoughts that I may or may not have expressed here in wordier form:

1) The principal problem with congressional Democrats, and why I fear that they will not adequately take advantage of Bush’s soaring unpopularity, is not their failure to work the media or express a coherent agenda. It is their failure to materially oppose Republican nominees and initiatives. How will the Democrats use the Republicans’ voting records against them when half of their own party voted the same way?

Their opposition doesn’t have to be successful every time, but it does have to be undeniable.

2) The most important thing about a Lamont victory in Connecticut is not that it would replace a fake Dem with a real Dem, nice as that would be. It’s that it would represent a power shift from corporations and lobbyists, to citizens and netroots. I simply cannot understate how huge this would be.

8 comments June 12th, 2006 at 10:11pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Democrats,Favorites,Lamont,Politics

But Does He Have A Fortress Of Bollitude?

I guess it was only a matter of time…

IS the next big thing in superheroes a masked man who leaps from skyscraper to skyscraper, saves the world and suddenly breaks into song? Audiences will find out on June 23, when “Krrish” – a film that showcases Bollywood’s first fully realized Superman-style hero – reaches screens.

(snip)

“Krrish” is the story of… Krishna, born with the superpowers the alien bestowed upon his father, and then some…. Krishna is superintelligent and has a handy sixth sense. He has great physical strength and is able to leap, like Spider-Man but sans web, among the trees.

After his parents are killed, Krishna is raised in an isolated village by his grandmother. But the pastoral idyll is disrupted when an alluring television reporter arrives in the village to learn hang gliding. He rescues her after an accident, and romance blooms. Krishna eventually follows her to Singapore, where he recognizes his special powers and also encounters the archvillain, a psychotic inventor who murdered his parents and is now plotting to create a machine that can see the future. Krishna becomes Krrish, a sleek, leather-jacket-clad flying machine, and, naturally, saves the world.

(snip)

[“Krrish”‘s $10 million budget] is considered huge in Bollywood, but is small by Hollywood standards. The Warner Brothers movie “Superman Returns,” which is set to be released a week after “Krrish” (in India, too), cost more than $200 million.

Still, many in Bollywood are convinced that “Krrish” will corner the Indian market. The director Shekhar Kapur, who is currently creating a series of comic books drawn from Asian mythology, said in an e-mail interview that Indian viewers would see the film because “Krrish can dance and sing, and Spider-Man cannot, but mostly because Krrish is more rooted in our culture.”

(snip)

But does Krrish really sing? Hrithik Roshan dodged the question when asked, and said only, “Well, Krishna sings.”

This is actually pretty cool, and I’ll be rooting for “Krrish” to do well, although I tend to have trouble relating to Bollywood films (cultural differences, presumably).

And for the record, I really don’t think a singing Spider-Man would be a big draw for me, although I would kinda like to see a singing Batman. Or, more accurately, I would like to see the expression on the shadowy and mysterious Codename V’s face upon learning of the existence of Bat-Tastic! The Musical. If I were filthy rich and more than borderline insane, I would make it happen exclusively for that reason.

UPDATE: I already have a title for the Bat-Tastic! sequel: Riddler On The Roof.

5 comments June 12th, 2006 at 12:27pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Movies,Puns,Weirdness

Ring Ring Ring Ring Ring Ring Ring, Mosquitophone…

The phone so cool that only kids can hear it!

In that old battle of the wills between young people and their keepers, the young have found a new weapon that could change the balance of power on the cellphone front: a ring tone that many adults cannot hear.

In settings where cellphone use is forbidden – in class, for example – it is perfect for signaling the arrival of a text message without being detected by an elder of the species.

(snip)

The [adult-inaudible ringtone] was the offshoot of an invention called the Mosquito, developed last year by a Welsh security company to annoy teenagers and gratify adults, not the other way around.

It was marketed as an ultrasonic teenager repellent, an ear-splitting 17-kilohertz buzzer designed to help shopkeepers disperse young people loitering in front of their stores while leaving adults unaffected.

The principle behind it is a biological reality that hearing experts refer to as presbycusis, or aging ear….

While most human communication takes place in a frequency range between 200 and 8,000 hertz… most adults’ ability to hear frequencies higher than that begins to deteriorate in early middle age.

Pretty neat, but it’s no Bananaphone. On the plus side, Mosquitophone is almost certainly free of Bananaphone’s deadly side effects.

(Now if they could only figure out a way to make cellphone conversations inaudible, too…)

4 comments June 12th, 2006 at 11:43am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Science,Technology,Weirdness

Urban Grungeblogging

Ooof. I have finally finished processing all my birthday photos, just barely. So now I have a bit of a… surplus to get through.

That last photoblogging post wasn’t really my thing. Urban grunge, on the other hand, that’s all me.


Mmm… junk…


I’m not sure if that’s a car part or a sexual aid…


A gutter and a manhole! Life just doesn’t get much better than this.


A Festive Door Of Spring.

2 comments June 12th, 2006 at 07:51am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh


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