link test

Let’s try hyperlinking to wikipedia.

The act of observation changes that which is observed.  Thanks XKCD!

the iPod ouch

Guitar Hero toy plays NBC chimes!

I just bought a box of Raisin Bran and opened it up to find a guitar hero toy. It has three buttons and a whammy bar. Whoa.

Here’s the funny thing. If you play the three buttons going straight up the neck, you don’t get three notes in a row. It goes up a major sixth, then down a major third. Sort of… exactly… the same as… the NBC chimes!

And it turns out that Guitar Hero is owned by Activision which is owed by Activision Blizzard which is owned by Vivendi, which has a 20% ownership stake in NBC!

how about that, my little consumer friends! Do you think that they just happened to pick these notes to assign to the guitar? I doubt it seriously. So, stealth as this was, I got you Vivendi. Such inventive cross promotion too. But really, the notes should go up as you go up the neck of a guitar.

Audio’s a little tough to hear, but it’s there!

Kathleen Parker versus the Oogs, Boogs.

In Kathleen Parker’s latest article in the WaPo she makes the case for the GOP dumping GOD.

here’s the money:

The evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP is what ails the erstwhile conservative party and will continue to afflict and marginalize its constituents if reckoning doesn’t soon cometh.

I agree. America’s conservative party shouldn’t be America’s Christian party.

Parker jokes that the people that are currently the dominant voice in Republican politics used to be “relegated to wooden crates on street corners.”

That’s not quite right – the people on the wooden crates are still on the corner. The people she means are the intolerant cheap-suit fakers. They are the ones the Republican party enlisted to deliver, congregation by congregation, saved-soul by saved-soul, political victories in two national elections.

The only reason Kathleen Parker has changed her tune is that this time they lost. The problem for Parker isn’t the intolerance, bigotry, and fundamentalism of these people. It’s that not enough of the country is intolerant, bigoted, and fundamentalist along with them:

Suffice it to say, the Republican Party is largely comprised of white, married Christians. Anyone watching the two conventions last summer can’t have missed the stark differences: One party was brimming with energy, youth and diversity; the other felt like an annual Depends sales meeting.

So instead of saying, “let’s take responsibility for playing on people’s xenophobia and ‘traditional’ values because it’s wrong to hate people who are different, and that’s what’s distracted us from our conservative vision of good governance.”

She’s saying: “there ain’t enough votes in xenophobia and the oogedy-boogedy”

Time for the Republicans to modernize. If the basic fight between conservatives and liberals is a 3-5 percent change in the tax rate, and what to spend the difference on – then let’s fight about that. Not about who’s more American or more righteous.

So good on you Parker, for seeing the need to kick out the evangelicals – it’s long overdue.

But what’s missing is that the Republicans should take responsibility for inviting them in, buying into their rhetoric, and electing the latest disaster that their kind of religiosity has spawned: George W. Bush.

The Minnesota Recount

The Notebooks begin to empty

Now that the race is over,  (I’m happy, grateful, and still numb) reporters will begin to release all the good nuggets that they didn’t find time or occassion to report during the campaign.  Here are a couple good ones from a Newsweek dump.

When he was preparing for them during the Democratic primaries, Obama was recorded saying, “I don’t consider this to be a good format for me, which makes me more cautious. I often find myself trapped by the questions and thinking to myself, ‘You know, this is a stupid question, but let me … answer it.’ So when Brian Williams is asking me about what’s a personal thing that you’ve done [that’s green], and I say, you know, ‘Well, I planted a bunch of trees.’ And he says, ‘I’m talking about personal.’ What I’m thinking in my head is, ‘Well, the truth is, Brian, we can’t solve global warming because I fucking changed light bulbs in my house. It’s because of something collective’.”

True that. How many stupid questions has this man been asked, that he graciously answered – because answering questions is what candidates do.  I’m looking at you, Sarah Palin.

Which is exactly what she wants us to do.  Here’s another Newsweek tease:

At the GOP convention in St. Paul, Palin was completely unfazed by the boys’ club fraternity she had just joined. One night, Steve Schmidt and Mark Salter went to her hotel room to brief her. After a minute, Palin sailed into the room wearing nothing but a towel, with another on her wet hair. She told them to chat with her laconic husband, Todd. “I’ll be just a minute,” she said.

Mark, Steve... come on in...

Mark, Steve... come on in...

If you find more tidbits like this tumbling out of reporters’ back pockets, let me know.



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