|Tuesday, May 21st, 2013|
|Monday, May 20th, 2013|
|Friday, May 17th, 2013|
|Thursday, May 16th, 2013|
|Wednesday, May 15th, 2013|
|Guess the State!
Man shoots self while bowling.
(No poll this time - I let my paid account lapse because I realised that was basically the only paid feature I used, and the regular downtime of my
RSS reader friends page has been annoying me.)
|Tuesday, May 14th, 2013|
|Monday, May 13th, 2013|
|Sunday, May 12th, 2013|
|Random media aside:
Watching The Truman Show, which is an excellent movie despite itself.
Was thinking that Truman would have been far easier to control had they added religion, screwing him up from a young age that God didn't WANT certain things to happen or he'd suffer.
But there's at least two major reasons not to do this.
#1: No matter which religion they picked to inflict on Truman, they'd alienate a big chunk of the audience. The "nonspecific American Christianity" they used would poll better, and make more money for the show.
#2: Under no circumstances could Christof POSSIBLY allow any God before Him.
: Ed Harris. And no, that name isn't meaningful. At all.
| An open letter to the teabaggers of the world:
Snopes recently re-debunked yet another piece of teabagger wharrrgarble that opens "Would you please let me know if this is true or not? Thank you!".
I can not only answer that question based on the next four words, but provide you with the tools to get this answer yourself, next time, without needing to call me (or Snopes)!
Those next four words: "Barack Hussein Obama had...."
And you're done. Right there. See the "Hussein" in between "Barack" and "Obama"? BOOM, HEADSHOT, what the writer of that forwarded email is saying is definitely not true.
The More You Know!
|Friday, May 10th, 2013|
|Thursday, May 9th, 2013|
|Wednesday, May 8th, 2013|
|Sunday, May 5th, 2013|
|On Marvel vs DC
torrain: "It's wrong to tie Christopher Nolan down and tattoo 'a watchman IS a civilian' on his eyelids, right?"
(As part of a discussion about Batman vs Iron Man, wherein the "Iron Man saves the world from aliens" versus "Batman beats up poor people" difference is exemplified in recent films.)
|Saturday, May 4th, 2013|
|Friday, May 3rd, 2013|
|Wednesday, May 1st, 2013|
|Stupid publishing question!
Was watching a movie, and saw a stack of obviously fake hardcover books in a rack. Like, "Danny Devito's character wrote it" books, with his face on the cover.
Obviously, they just printed up a bunch of fake dust jackets and stuck 'em on real books. But it struck me: Dust jackets need to fit. So they'd need to know which book they were re-covering, or at least how many pages it had. And that led me to wonder, do they actually do that? Figure out how thick a book is going to be and adjust the dust jacket accordingly? Or is there a standard dust jacket size, that happens to have extra margin space on the internal flaps to allow it to fold nicely around books of any standard size, and thicker books just wind up with thinner internal flaps?
I suppose I could yank a bunch of hardcovers off the shelf, strip the dust jackets, and check, but that seems like more work than just Asking The Tubes.
So, lazyweb, help me: How do publishers figure out how big to make the dust jackets on books?
|Tuesday, April 30th, 2013|
|I think I have a winner.
A few days ago I asked about Best Music Video Ever. And there were a ton of really good suggestions! But now I think I've found the winner.
Cookie Monster is Tom Waits!
This is.... something.
Los Colorados covers Rammstein. Polka-style.
Top Comment: "we have an Ukrainian band with a Spanish name playing a cover of a German band in an Italian rhythm."
Yes. Yes we do.
|Monday, April 29th, 2013|
|Sunday, April 28th, 2013|
|Saturday, April 27th, 2013|
|Pop Quiz, everyone!
Best music video ever, GO.
Difficulty: Not "best music ever", not "best video ever". In fact, both of those would probably fail this test, because the music wouldn't add much to the video and/or the video wouldn't add much to the music. Instead, I want the best *combination* of music and video, where they reinforce each other the most strongly - assuming a ranking of "awesome = music x video", I want the highest Awesome with the lowest difference between music and video quality.
|Friday, April 26th, 2013|
| torrain has left me.
She's in New York City all weekend! So it's time for the traditional Rocking Bachelor Weekend: Taking care of the dog, bad TV shows, home-cooked meals, and video games!
I'm a hedonist. Really.