Archive for January, 2012

Monday Media Blogging

New York Magazine was kind enough to compile 90 seconds of highlights from Lifetime’s Drew Peterson movie. Having watched the whole entire epic, I can assure you that, yes, it really is that awesome.

Now if only someone would do the same for Mega Shark Vs. Giant Octopus, Mega Piranha, and Return Of The Living Dead 5: Rave To The Grave.

January 30th, 2012 at 11:30am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

B&W Berkeley Industrial Photoblogging

Further proof that Berkeley has factories and stuff.

Berkeley Factory 11

Berkeley Factory 10

Berkeley Factory 9

January 30th, 2012 at 07:45am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging

Sunday Mr. Deity Blogging

The things people will do just to get out of a little crucifixion…

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Don’t be sexist?  Are you in any way familiar with my work?

January 29th, 2012 at 01:43pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging,Mr. Deity,Religion

Friday Quote & Porcupine Blogging

This week’s quote is from Deep Impact, in which President Morgan Freeman’s incompetent failure to hire Bruce Willis leads to the end of the world:

I’m selling my soul right now – I can feel it.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s porcupines…

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Just in case you’ve ever wondered what porcupines sound like.

3 comments January 27th, 2012 at 07:40am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

The Only Solution?

It’s funny how whenever Republicans complain about the supposed epidemic of people casting votes in the name of the deceased, they always use it to argue that we need voter ID laws, and never that we need to improve the process for removing dead people from the voter rolls.

I’m sure it just never occurred to them.

January 26th, 2012 at 11:29am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Media,Republicans,Wankers

I’m Not Sure They Thought This Through…

From a HuffPo story about how the peculiar Mormon practice of retroactively “baptizing” dead people (often Jews) as Mormons might affect the Florida GOP primary:

Any Mormon may baptize any person posthumously. Church members have performed the ritual on Buddha, Catholic popes, 9/11 hijackers, William Shakespeare, Joan of Arc, Elvis Presley, President Obama’s mother and even reportedly Jesus Christ.

So… That means that it was Mormons who attacked the United States on 9/11.  I can only assume Dubya didn’t know about this, otherwise he might have tried to invade Catholicism.

1 comment January 26th, 2012 at 07:19am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Iraq,Religion,Romney,Terrorism,Weirdness

More Berkeley Industrial Photoblogging

More photos from Berkeley’s industrial district:

Berkeley Factory 4

Berkeley Factory 6

Berkeley Factory 7

January 24th, 2012 at 11:38am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging

Empathy: You’re Doing It Wrong

Mitt Romney’s response to a guy who went bust on real estate investments and is considering leaving the country so he can afford his retirement:

Yeah. It’s just tragic, isn’t it? Just tragic, just tragic. We’re just so overleveraged, so much debt in our society, and some of the institutions that hold it aren’t willing to write it off and say they made a mistake, they loaned too much, we’re overextended, write those down and start over. They keep on trying to harangue and pretend what they have on their books is still what it’s worth.

(…)

The banks are scared to death, of course, because they think they’re going to go out of business. They’re afraid that if they write all these loans off, they’re going to go broke. And so they’re feeling the same thing you’re feeling. They just want to pretend all of this is going to get paid someday so they don’t have to write it off and potentially go out of business themselves.

It’s probably not a great idea to pivot your expression of sympathy to those poor terrified banks.  Not if you actually want to get elected.  I’m just sayin’.

January 24th, 2012 at 07:33am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Economy,Elections,Politics,Republicans,Romney,Wankers

Monday Media Blogging

Everything’s better in Lego.

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(This is only my second-favorite version of the Batman theme, however)

January 23rd, 2012 at 11:24am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

Berkeley Industrial Photoblogging

My brother was kind enough to take me to Berkeley’s industrial district on my recent (well, relatively recent) trip to California…

Berkeley Factory 1

Berkeley Factory 2

Berkeley Factory 3

January 23rd, 2012 at 07:20am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging

Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

This week’s quote is from the romantic classic, Tromeo and Juliet:

Oh, look! Aisle seats, so we can go to the bathroom any time we want!

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s dramatic Inception cats…

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BWAAAAARRRRMMMM

January 20th, 2012 at 11:45am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

Appalled Newt Is Appalled

Shorter Newt (and daughters) in response to his ex-wife’s claim that he asked her for an open marriage: “I am much to classy to say anything negative about my ex-wife who I cheated on for years and then dumped, but everything she says is lying, slanderous trash and you in the media should be ashamed of yourselves for taking her seriously.”

January 20th, 2012 at 07:37am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Random B&W Non-Birthday Photoblogging

Just a couple of random shots from a trip to a friend’s birthday party, that have pretty much absolutely nothing to do with the party itself…

Sky 292

Bag Hat

January 19th, 2012 at 07:22am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

Yesterday’s Tomorrow Today… Or Not

This is a very entertaining list of predictions about the 21st Century from 100 years ago.  Some of the things it got more or less right:

  • United States Population will be 350-500 million.  Currently it’s around 307.
  • HVAC.  Described as hot and cold air “spigots”, as opposed to, say, thermostats.
  • TV dinners.  Sort of.  Instead of prepackaged meals, they envision a sort of superdelivery system with pneumatic tubes carrying hot meals to the home and dirty dishes back to the restaurant afterwards.
  • Instantaneous global transmission of sound, images, and moving pictures.  Although the idea of people going to concert halls to listen to instruments being remotely played by musicians elsewhere was probably never going to catch on, even if it were technically feasible, which it probably is.
  • Air-conditioned bullet trains that don’t run on coal.
  • Cars will replace all horse-drawn conveyances.  Not so sure about them being cheaper than horses or having one-pound motors, though.
  • Bombers, long-range artillery, and tanks.  Not so much fighter planes, and they don’t envision airplanes replacing cars, bullet trains, or ocean liners (which will by superfast hydrofoils that can cross the Atlantic in two days).

Needless to say, they missed a lot of things, as well as not having the how down exactly for the things they got more or less correct, but they couldn’t have even conceptualized technologies like nuclear power/weapons, genetic engineering, GPS, laser technologies (i.e., DVDs, surgical applications, etc), cellphones, computers, MP3 players, the internet, or even videogames.  They should have seen space travel coming, though.

The most heartbreakingly wrong prediction has to be their progressive, utopian view of education:

A university education will be free to every man and woman….  Poor students will be given free board, free clothing, and free books if ambitious and actually unable to meet their school and college expenses.  Medical inspectors visiting the public schools will furnish poor children free eyeglasses, free dentistry and free medical attention of every kind.  The very poor will, when necessary, get free rides to and from school and free lunches between sessions.  In vacation time poor children will be taken on trips to various parts of the world….

Sigh.  Apparently there are some things that we can’t conceptualize anymore.

2 comments January 17th, 2012 at 07:22am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Education,Technology

Monday Media Blogging

Finally, a candidate I can actually support.

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Note: He did run as a Republican last time around, but I won’t hold that against him.

January 16th, 2012 at 05:01pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Monday Media Blogging

This Is A Thing That Happened

One day last year when I came home and opened up my wallet to release the penny it had eaten, the penny landed on edge, and… stayed there. For like an entire day. And I have photographic proof:

Edge Penny 1

1 comment January 16th, 2012 at 03:00pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Weirdness

Friday Quote & Dog Blogging

This week’s quote is from Her Alibi, which I’m pretty sure I watched solely for Paulina Porizkova…

There’s no such thing as accidents – only things other people plan and don’t tell you about.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s 1930s dog musicals…

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What the.

January 13th, 2012 at 07:39am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

Vindication!

Yes, the fact that a bunch of James O’Keefe’s conservative dickheads attempted to commit voter fraud surely proves that we have an urgently pressing need to disenfranchise minorities and poor people.

Actually, perhaps we are misreading O’Keefe’s stunt as whistleblowing theater rather than a threat: i.e., If you don’t start requiring photo IDs at the polls, then my right-wing friends and I are going to take advantage and start stealing elections from right under your noses until you make us stop.

January 12th, 2012 at 11:53am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Politics,Racism,Republicans,Wankers

Corey Robin In A Nutshell

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“Hey conservatives, what are you reacting against?”  “Whaddaya got?”

According to Robin, conservatism’s only consistent guiding principle is that power must remain concentrated in the hands of elites at the expense of everyone else.  That sounds pretty accurate to me.

January 12th, 2012 at 08:02am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Books,Corruption/Cronyism,Politics,Republicans

Something To Look Forward To

In case you were hoping Obama’s latest chief of staff would be an improvement over Rahm and Bill Daley, don’t hold your breath.  The All-Seeing Eye Of Froomkin found this gem from last year:

A former top executive at Citigroup who participated in the deregulation of Wall Street during the Clinton administration and recently was tapped by President Barack Obama for a top White House post told a Senate panel last week that deregulation didn’t lead to the recent financial crisis.

Jacob “Jack” Lew, Obama’s nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget, the White House agency entrusted with ensuring that federal regulations reflect the president’s agenda, was asked Thursday during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Budget Committee by Sen. Bernie Sanders whether he believed that the “deregulation of Wall Street, pushed by people like Alan Greenspan [and] Robert Rubin, contributed significantly to the disaster we saw on Wall Street.”

Lew, a former OMB chief for President Bill Clinton, told the panel that “the problems in the financial industry preceded deregulation,” and after discussing those issues, added that he didn’t “personally know the extent to which deregulation drove it, but I don’t believe that deregulation was the proximate cause.

Well, I guess that explains how the resolutely obstructionist GOP allowed him to be confirmed as the head of OMB…

January 10th, 2012 at 11:27am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Economy,Obama,Wankers

This Seems Plausible

Apparently Ayn Rand was just kidding.  No one could really be that cartoonishly selfish and evil, right?

(h/t PW)

January 10th, 2012 at 07:07am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Republicans

Monday Media Blogging

Liam Neeson decides he wants to try his hand at improv comedy.

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It does not go well.

January 9th, 2012 at 11:29am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

Chris Christie Is An Angry Pot

I know Republicans are the masters of hypocrisy and gall, but it still amazes me that they can say stuff like this with a straight face:

“I have a message for you, Mr. President. This is the type of disoriented anger your cynicism and your division is causing in our country. Bring our country together — stop dividing it, Mr. President,” Christie shouted.

(…)

Obama, he said, has “decided on the most cynical reelection strategy you could ever think of.”

“He doesn’t care that you’re angry. He just wants you to get angry at somebody else,” he said. “The president’s encouraged these people to be angry at Mitt and be angry at me because we stand up for what we believe in. That’s wrong. That’s not America.”

I am far from being an Obama fan, but this is absurd.  He has bent over backwards to be conciliatory to Republicans for most of his presidency (which is precisely why I’m not a fan).  Cynically whipping up anger and division to win elections is what Republicans do, not Democrats.

January 9th, 2012 at 07:07am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Mostly B&W Shadow Photoblogging

Mostly random, mostly shadows, mostly B&W…

Walkway Shadow

Hotel Parking Shadows

Siding

Orange Arch

January 6th, 2012 at 11:38am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Rabid Lambs

Friday Quote & Bunny Blogging

This week’s quote is from my favorite Woody Allen movie, Sleeper:

Nobody touches my brain – they might drop it.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s wee bunnies in cups…

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Holy crap.

 

January 6th, 2012 at 07:53am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

Random B&W Photoblogging

No particular theme, just walking around.

Propel

Cylinder Shadows

Stairstep Shadows

January 5th, 2012 at 11:25am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

Mama Finally Took It

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I was very sad to read that Kodak is probably about to file for bankruptcy, although not exactly surprised.  After film photography all but died out (Kodak stopped manufacturing film in 2009), they had a hard time competing with all the high-tech heavyweights in the digital space, especially on their own low-cost point-and-shoot turf.  Pile a prolonged economic downturn on top of that, and it was just too much.

As someone who grew up with film photography, I can’t help but feel a profound sense of loss.  Kodak did more to transform photography from expensive, artisanal, and time-consuming to easy, accessible and popular than any other company, churning out affordable, easy-to-use Brownies and Instamatics (like my own first camera, which I got when I was 8) for pretty much the entire 20th century.  Not to mention their massive film business.  And the Disc Camera, but hey, nobody’s perfect.

Godspeed, Kodak, and thank you.

January 4th, 2012 at 07:51pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Technology

Political Channel-Surfing

This ongoing cycle of a new Republican candidate catching fire every month and then abruptly fizzling again, reminds me of nothing so much as the last three elections, which have whiplashed from “throw all the Republican bums out” to “throw all the Democratic bums out”.

It’s like watching someone angrily mashing the remote over and over again in the desperate hope that if they keep clicking long enough they’ll miraculously find a channel that doesn’t suck.

January 4th, 2012 at 11:25am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Elections,Obama,Politics,Republicans

Random Hotel Photoblogging

Interior and exterior are actually two entirely different hotels…

Shower Curtain Rings

Hotel Mirror

Hotel Corner

January 4th, 2012 at 07:09am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging

More Other People’s Cameras Sky Photoblogging

I’m pretty sure this is the last of the photos from my girlfriend’s D40X:

Sky 290

Sky 291

January 3rd, 2012 at 11:18am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

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