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‘You say there’s no gays in Iran…

September 30, 2007 | By admindude | Comments Off on ‘You say there’s no gays in Iran… | Filed in: Humor, Jon.

…But you’re in New York now, baby.’ SNL’s Andy Samberg professing his love for Mahmoud in song:

Saturday Movie Blogging – Kelly’s Heroes

September 29, 2007 | By exurbankevin | 1 Comment | Filed in: Kevin, Movies.

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 • Read More »

Anybody, anytime

September 29, 2007 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Anybody, anytime | Filed in: Arizona, Kevin, Sports.

The Dbacks are in the playoffs. Now, on to the NL West Championship!

I (heart) the Czech Republic

September 28, 2007 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on I (heart) the Czech Republic | Filed in: Environment, Kevin, MSM and New Media.

For four very good reasons: Paulina Porizokva. Pilsner Beer. The CZ-75. And now this: “As 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 • Read More »

Quote of the Day, 9/28.

September 28, 2007 | By admindude | Comments Off on Quote of the Day, 9/28. | Filed in: Jon, Politics, Quotes.

“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, 9/27/2007Thanks for playing Presidential Candidate with us, Mr. Edwards! We have some lovely parting gifts you can pick up as • Read More »

Geekiest. Editorial. Ever!

September 28, 2007 | By exurbankevin | 1 Comment | Filed in: Humor, Kevin, Politics.

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 • Read More »

The power of simplicity.

September 28, 2007 | By admindude | Comments Off on The power of simplicity. | Filed in: Advertising and Marketing, Jon, Technology.

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 • Read More »

Another one

September 28, 2007 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Another one | Filed in: Kevin, Technology.

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

Friday Music Blogging: Over the Rhine

September 28, 2007 | By admindude | Comments Off on Friday Music Blogging: Over the Rhine | Filed in: Jon, Music.

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 • Read More »

The Coming Finnish Hegemony.

September 27, 2007 | By admindude | Comments Off on The Coming Finnish Hegemony. | Filed in: Jon, Suomi.

Evidence continues to mount concerning the Coming Finnish Hegemony. Sorry CFH-Deniers, but the scientific consensus continues to amass evidence of Suomi exceptionalism: Meanwhile, tests on the cell nucleus indicate that Finnish genes differ to some extent from those of other Europeans. This apparent contradiction stems from the fact that the genetic diversity evidenced by mitochondrial • Read More »

‘Remain calm!!!’

September 27, 2007 | By admindude | Comments Off on ‘Remain calm!!!’ | Filed in: Jon, Politics.

Mitt Romney’s entire campaign is built on a simple strategy. Win Iowa, win New Hampshire, and you become the GOP’s “Inevitable” Candidate. Take any state after that (Michigan, South Carolina, Florida, etc.) and it’s over. Iowa is all about money and organization so it looks like Mitt has that wrapped up. Since New Hampshire gets • Read More »

The Politics of Fear.

September 27, 2007 | By admindude | Comments Off on The Politics of Fear. | Filed in: Jon, Music, Politics.

I like my art and entertainment free of political messages, be they from the right or the left. One reason I enjoy music, literature and cinema is to leave the tedium of endless bickering. With great art, not only do you escape the cultural chatter, but you can glimpse the transcendent. But I’ve become accustomed • Read More »

People Who Are Not Me.

September 26, 2007 | By admindude | Comments Off on People Who Are Not Me. | Filed in: Jon, MSM and New Media.

Suffering from an odd mixture of paranoia and narcissism, I decided to do a Google Image search on myself. Mercifully, no actual pictures of my glorious visage were returned; well, at least none suitable for this family-friendly blog. However many, many other photos did show up in my Googling. To ensure that there is no • Read More »

Be forewarned, bourgeois philistines!

September 26, 2007 | By admindude | Comments Off on Be forewarned, bourgeois philistines! | Filed in: Humor, Jon, Politics.

Are you a rittle ronery? Do you feel left out when NK dictator Kim Jong-Il insults seemingly everyone in the world but you? Behold, capitalist running dog! The North Korean Random Insult Generator!(H/T: Michael Rubin, The Corner)

Quote of the Day, 9/26.

September 26, 2007 | By admindude | Comments Off on Quote of the Day, 9/26. | Filed in: Jon, Quotes.

“Ron Paul is a pencil head, leading a jacquerie of wicked idiots.”   — Rick Brookhiser, National Review, 9/26/2007

Photo of the Day, 9/25.

September 25, 2007 | By admindude | Comments Off on Photo of the Day, 9/25. | Filed in: Jon, Photography.

A Bavarian boy takes a nap in the hand cart pulled by his parents during the traditional folklore parade on the second day of the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich. (AP Photo/Diether Endlicher)“Psst — hey Helmut! You gonna finish that pretzel?”

Spacey cadet.

September 25, 2007 | By admindude | Comments Off on Spacey cadet. | Filed in: Jon, Movies, Politics.

Miss the wall-to-wall excitement of the post-2000 election recounts? Don’t worry, ’cause Hollywood’s got your dangling chad needs covered! Two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey will star as a top aide to former Vice President Al Gore in the upcoming TV movie “Recount,” about the contested 2000 U.S. presidential election, the HBO network said on Monday…The • Read More »

Quote of the day, 9/24 Edition

September 25, 2007 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Quote of the day, 9/24 Edition | Filed in: Kevin, MSM and New Media.

“Just talked to Steve Loethen, Microsoft Developer Evangelist. He’s wearing a kilt. Why? ‘FREEDOM!’ he shouts with a big wild grin. (I hope he’s referring to the Mel Gibson movie. On the other hand, this is a game about commandos.)” – James Lileks, live-blogging the Halo 3 launch party

The Grey Lady’s Marketing Wisdom

September 24, 2007 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on The Grey Lady’s Marketing Wisdom | Filed in: Kevin, MSM and New Media.

Tearing down the Times Select firewall: Good. Giving the radical anti-war left a discount rate for a full-page ad while refusing to run a counter-ad: Very, very bad. Looks like we have yet another proof of Pournelle’s Iron Law Of Bureaucracy: “In any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people: those who work • Read More »

Sally Field never met this mother.

September 24, 2007 | By admindude | Comments Off on Sally Field never met this mother. | Filed in: Arizona, Jon.

Maybe if “women ran the world,” there would be a lot more knifeplay: GILBERT, Ariz. — A 21-year-old woman three months pregnant attacked a suspected purse snatcher with a pocketknife as he fought with her on a dark Gilbert sidewalk, police said. Investigators said the man, Filemon Del Hoyo, 22, was transported to Scottsdale Osborne • Read More »

The burden of Damascus.

September 23, 2007 | By admindude | Comments Off on The burden of Damascus. | Filed in: Jon, Military.

Israel then: “The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.” (Isaiah 17:1, KJV) Israel today: Israeli officials vowed to wipe Syria off the map if it is attacked with chemical weapons like one that reportedly exploded in July at a secret Syrian base • Read More »