Archive for January 8th, 2008

Best. Republican. Name. Ever.

Heh. I just noticed that one “Vermin Supreme” received 30 votes in the NH Republican primary.

Absolutely beautiful.

UPDATE: I did a little looking around, and this is what I came up with. I particularly like the “This Machine Annoys Fascists” caption.

Vermin Supreme’s campaign platform looks like a winner, too…

For years, Republicans and Democrats have tarnished American
democracy with their incompetent attempts at tyranny!!!!

Vermin Supreme
for President 2008!
A Uniter not a Divider!!
He’s the time travel candidate from the future.

What we call our nation’s Capitol has become a stinking swamp of
vice and corporate cronyism, special interests, and literally
billions of dirty dollars. It’s time that one man got a piece of
that swamp pie. It’s time that Vermin Supreme got a little of that
dirty, dirty money!

Dick Cheney and Halliburton agree: It’s Vermin’s turn!

No longer should people have to choose between the vanilla and
chocolate of a two-party system. America has a new choice. Vermin
Supreme! A chocolate-vanilla swirl! Possibly dipped in chocolate or
maybe with sprinkles!

Vermin Supreme promises: No flying monkeys in the streets of New
York! To do something about the weather! Computer chip implants for
all Americans! The legalization of human meat! Bigger family values!
To make crime against the law!

Vermin Supreme will protect you and your children, from the voices
in his head, thru whatever means necessary.

Now it’s time for a tyrant we can trust, a dictator who can get
things done!

Gay divorce is not an option! Vermin Supreme is for strong gay
marriage!

Paris Hilton says, “Vermin Supreme is my choice for Emperor of
America”.

(…)

TOGETHER WE CAN TURN UP THE BRIGHTNESS KNOB OF THE FUTURE TOMORROW,
TODAY.

Vermin Supreme eats apple pie and mom.

Vermin Supreme is pretty clearly the best candidate the GOP has to offer. What self-respecting Republican wouldn’t vote for Fake Ass over Sarge, Oily, Carrot Face, or Beagle Eyes?

1 comment January 8th, 2008 at 11:41pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Elections,Republicans

How The Hell Did I Miss This???

Absolutely nothing at all whatsoever to do with the New Hampshire primary (Hillary & McCain are back; Rudy’s about on par with Ron Paul; Fred Thompson trails the write-ins), but this is ridiculously funny despite being almost three years old:

…I was walking past my friendly dvd salesperson and decided to check out Revenge of the Sith. I was assured the quality was good and for 7rmb why not give it a shot.

Aside from the counters on the top of the screen and a distorted perspective it was ok- not high quality but watchable. The captions were a hilarious surprise- a direct English translation of the Chinese interpretation of what the script was saying. It varied from being somewhat close to the script to being ‘far far away’…

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amazingly enough, the beginning scroll is mistranslated even though the words are right there on the screen.

(…)

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Obi Wan: “Let them pass between us”

(…)

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Obi Wan grows impatient with R2.

(…)

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that’s Chancellor Palpatine speaking, talking about Obi Wan.

(…)

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this seemed completely random until I figured out that ‘Jedi Council’ was being translated into Chinese then back to English as ‘the Presbyterian Church’.

(…)

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Anakin bargains for the life of his cuckoldry. Cuckoldry?

(…)

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i love this translation. Darth Vader is actually shouting, “Nooooooooooooo…”

Yes, that’s right, this is the actual origin of the expression “DO NOT WANT.” Be sure to click on the link for the whole thing – I omitted much hilarity for the sake of brevity.

I’m not sure if it makes me a lot less cool or a lot more cool that I did not know about this until Wired mentioned it…

January 8th, 2008 at 11:03pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Movies,Quotes,Weirdness

Maybe Having A Sucky Blog Isn’t So Bad After All…

If popularity is hazardous to your health, then I’m gonna live forever:

Om Malik’s blog, GigaOm, regularly breaks news about the technology industry. Last week, the journalist turned blogger broke a big story about himself. Mr. Malik, 41, blogged that he had suffered a heart attack on Dec. 28.

“I was able to walk into the hospital for treatment that night and have been recovering here ever since,” Mr. Malik wrote. “With the support of my family and my team, I am on the road to a full recovery. I am going to be O.K.”

His heart attack — and his blogging about it — raises the issue of what happens when a blogger becomes a name brand.

“The trouble with a personal brand is, you’re yoked to a machine,” said Paul Kedrosky, a friend of Mr. Malik’s who runs the Infectious Greed blog. “You feel huge pressure to not just do a lot, but to do a lot with your name on it. You have pressure to not just be the C.E.O., but at the same time to write, and to do it all on a shoestring. Put it all together, and it’s a recipe for stress through the roof.”

Mr. Malik has 12 employees, including a chief operating officer, and editors run some of his blogs, Yet, “It’s his name on the door,” Mr. Kedrosky said. “People want to know what Om Malik thinks. People want to see posts with Om Malik’s byline.”

I’m pretty sure ths is something I will never have to worry about.

Best Wishes to Mr. Malik for a complete and speedy recovery.

(h/t Caro Kay)

January 8th, 2008 at 09:34pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Blogosphere

Quote Of The Day, Pt. II

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3pvCwC2rsg

Just substitute Dr. Phil for Howard Cosell.

An actual psychiatrist comments on Dr. Phil’s attempt to perform a one-man intervention on Britney Spears:

“It’s true people sometimes need to be placed under involuntary mental health treatment because they can’t take care of themselves,” veteran psychiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Sugar said of the 26-year-old Spears. “But there’s a difference between being detained involuntarily for psychological treatment and being forced to endure Dr. Phil involuntarily.”

I really don’t like Britney, but there are some things that no-one deserves.

(h/t the shadowy, mysterious, and under construction Codename V.)

1 comment January 8th, 2008 at 07:54pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging,Quotes,Wankers

Quote Of The Day, Pt. I

Dubya Bush, Master Of Irony, talking about resistance to No Child Left Behind:

Look, I recognize some people don’t like accountability. In other words, accountability says if you’re failing, we’re going to expose that and expect you to change. Accountability also says that when you’re succeeding you’ll get plenty of praise.

Yes, in a masterful feat of rhetorical jiu-jitsu, the president actually becomes his own strawman. Brilliant.

(h/t The All-Seeing Eye Of Froomkin)

January 8th, 2008 at 06:30pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Quotes,Wankers

Chock Full O’ Awesome

This is just amazing:

French city of Nantes recently became host to extremely strange and fascinating sculptural display: “Les Machines de l’Ile Nantes”, designed by François Delarozière and Pierre Orefice. Claude Joannis has a few photographs that’ll give you some idea about how extraordinary cool this exhibition is (the first on my list of museums to visit, if possible!)

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Lots more awesome photos at the link.

(h/t spiiderweb)

4 comments January 8th, 2008 at 11:41am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Art/Architecture,Coolness,Weirdness

Ironing Is Not Dead

Sigh.

Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s campaign stop was interrupted Monday when two men stood in the crowd and began screaming, “Iron my shirt!” during one of her final appearances before the New Hampshire primary.

Clinton, a former first lady running to become the nation’s first female president, laughed at the seemingly sexist protest that suggested a woman’s place is doing the laundry and not running the country.

“Ah, the remnants of sexism – alive and well,” Clinton said to applause in a school auditorium.

The two men were removed from the hall after raising a pair of signs that said, “Iron my shirt!” They also shouted the same slogan.

“Can we turn the lights on? It’s awfully dark,” Clinton said, cueing the lights to come and police to come forward to take the men away.

The overflow crowd burst into applause and some began shouting, “Iron my shirt” as the two were taken from the hall.

“As I think has been abundantly demonstrated, I am also running to break through the highest and hardest glass ceiling,” she said.

Clinton later joked about the incident as she invited questions.

“If there’s anyone left in the auditorium who wants to learn how to iron a shirt, I’ll talk about that,” she said with a smile.

I am not a huge Hillary fan, by any means, but this crap is just disgusting. If you want to heckle Hillary, there’s plenty of actual issues you can use, like Iraq and Iran. But if your argument is that she can’t be president because a woman’s place is in the home, then please just go back to your cave and wait for evolution to visit.

Stoopit evolution. Work faster, dammit!

(h/t Twolf)

2 comments January 8th, 2008 at 07:40am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Clinton,Elections,Sexism,Wankers


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