‘You say there’s no gays in Iran…

…But you’re in New York now, baby.’

SNL’s Andy Samberg professing his love for Mahmoud in song:

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September 30th, 2007 by admindude

Romania need not apply

I blame our public school system.

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September 29th, 2007 by exurbankevin

Saturday Movie Blogging – Kelly’s Heroes

If Lawrence Of Arabia isn’t my favourite movie, Kelly’s Heroes is.

Classic WWII setting – Check.

Heist movie – Check.

Clint Eastwood, Don Rickles and Harry Dean Stanton and other big-name actors chewing the scenery – Check.

Snappy banter – Check.

Excessive amounts of firepower and gratuitous explosions – Check.

Add swords, horses and Salma Heyek, and you’d have the perfect movie!

And Donald Sutherland steals the whole movie with his anachronistic refugee from the loonie bin, Oddball.


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September 29th, 2007 by exurbankevin

Anybody, anytime

The Dbacks are in the playoffs.

Now, on to the NL West Championship!

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September 29th, 2007 by exurbankevin

I (heart) the Czech Republic

For four very good reasons:

  1. Paulina Porizokva.
  2. Pilsner Beer.
  3. The CZ-75.
  4. And now this:

someone who lived under communism for most of his life, I feel obliged
to say that I see the biggest threat to freedom, democracy, the market
economy and prosperity now in ambitious environmentalism, not in
communism. This ideology wants to replace the free and spontaneous
evolution of mankind by a sort of central (now global) planning.”

– Czech President Vaclav Klaus.

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September 28th, 2007 by exurbankevin

Quote of the Day, 9/28.

“Pretty soon we’re not going to have a young African-American male population in America. They’re all going to be in prison or dead. One of the two.”
    — John Edwards, at the MTV/MySpace Forum, 9/27/2007

Thanks for playing Presidential Candidate with us, Mr. Edwards! We have some lovely parting gifts you can pick up as the American people show you the door. (I heard a rumor on a political forum last night that Edwards had said this line, but I figured there was no way it could be true.)

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September 28th, 2007 by admindude

Geekiest. Editorial. Ever!

Ok, I admit I was/am a fan of Star Trek. Not a trekker, trekist or trekkie, (and no, I do not own nor would I wear a t-shirt with a Star Trek character on it, not even Data.) but I’ll watch episodes of the original series if they’re on because it was the only thing to sustain a sci-fi fan (aside from Space:1999) during the soulless void between 2001: A Space Odyssey and Star Wars.

But even I don’t get 9/10ths of the references in this brilliant if obtuse editorial by Jonah Goldberg.

And I agree whole-heartedly with John Podhoretz: Kirk would have vaporized the bad guy’s ship and impregnated all their females in the time it took for Picard to waffle over how many holes he’d allow them to punch into the Enterprise-D before boring them into submission with an overwrought plea for reconciliation.

And besides. “Why wasn’t the National Gay Rights Task Force all in TNG’s face about
the fact that the monstrous omnipotent being Q was basically Paul Lynde
in Spandex?” is possibly the best line of the day.

Brush often and prosper.

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September 28th, 2007 by exurbankevin

The power of simplicity.

Word of Mouth marketing genius Andy Sernovitz has a great point on the convergence of marketing and technology:

There is a relationship between simplicity and goodness.

  • Things start out simple and OK (ipod 1.0)

  • As you add stuff, it gets more complex, but more good (ipod 5.0)

  • If you add too much, things get complicated (which is different than complex), and less good. (microsoft zune)

  • At this point, take away complexity, and it gets even more good. (ipod shuffle)

Over the past couple of years, I’ve often mentioned what I call the Cellphone Paradox to my fellow marketing types. The better they get (smaller, more features, more buttons), the worse they get (how the %$^#*! do I just make a %#^@* phone call?!). Steve Jobs obviously noticed the same thing and is now getting even richer with the iPhone (while I sat around and complained to fellow marketing types).

This issue again came up this week when I needed to replace my alarm clock after 18 years of snooze-button smackdowns. But the “better” the clock was (radio-controlled atomic clock, aromatherapy alarm settings), the worse it was (which of these 23 tiny buttons is the snooze and how will I find it when half-asleep?).

After searching for days, I decided that a clock designed in 1939 was the best option.

Now the question is, am I going to design the iClock, or just wait for Jobs to release his?

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September 28th, 2007 by admindude

Another one

Another thing Rush Limbaugh, Al Gore and Hugh Hewitt all have in common?


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September 28th, 2007 by exurbankevin

Friday Music Blogging: Over the Rhine

I first met Over the Rhine at the Cornerstone festival in 1991. I had only read reviews of their music, but wanted to catch their performance early the first day. Although I raced through miles of rural Illinois to get there in time, I missed the last song by about half an hour. The band was sitting at their merch table in the 95-degree/95-percent humidity afternoon, so at least I got to chat and buy their first self-released CD, Till We Have Faces.

I fell in love with the Cincinnati-based band, but was bummed that they never made it to any shows in the Phoenix area. I still was dying to see them live. Ten years later the band made their first Arizona appearance. And I finally got them to autograph that CD I bought that sweltering day in July.

Their second Phoenix show was Wednesday night and they were, of course, sublime. Here’s one of the songs they played: “Born” from the album Drunkard’s Prayer.

To complete the circle, this video was recorded at Cornerstone 2006. Enjoy!

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September 28th, 2007 by admindude