Tuesday, September 28, 2004

i have the munchies

Daily Show viewers smarter than O'Reilly Factor viewers

EDIT: Whoops! Apparently my wife beat me to this by 7 minutes 9 minutes [i guess it's kicking in!]. Mediocre minds think alike...

Stoned Slackers, Stand Up and Be Counted!

Was recently made aware of this article, which points out that those who watch The Daily Show With Jon Stewart are smarter than those that listen to/watch Bill O'Reilly. Well duh.
"Viewers of Jon Stewart’s show are more likely to have completed four years of college than people who watch “The O’Reilly Factor,” according to Nielsen Media Research" and "Comedy Central also touted a recent study by the University of Pennsylvania’s National Annenberg Election Survey, which said young viewers of “The Daily Show” were more likely to answer questions about politics correctly than those who don’t."
There is also a new book by the writers at TDS called The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Book) : A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction. Currently on sale at Amazon!

Friday, September 24, 2004

W's Gotta Blog

This is great.

"Other than the hunting trip I didn’t get much done this weekend. Finally organized all my mp3s."



Game On?

As you hockey fans know, the NHL season has been put on hold. The owners will accept nothing less than salary caps and the players will not accept salary caps. No further talks are scheduled. With the already declining viewership, who knows if the NHL can recover from this. "[NHL Commissioner Gary] Bettman said 20 of the 30 teams are losing money and those teams will be further ahead with their buildings darkened than if the season had gone forward under the old agreement." So, the owners do better when there is no hockey.

Unfortunately, the fans lose out on one of the only exciting sports we have.

There are other options, though...

Luckily, we still have non-NHL teams that can provide the excitement. If you are in Portland, go see a Winterhawks game -- you'll see more heart and dedication than any NHL game. In fact, their season starts tonight.

For those of you that are in denial and want to pretend that there IS still an NHL season, check out G4TechTV (or as I like to call it, "the station that ruined The Screen Savers"). They will be starting the video game NHL season where "all 1,230 regular season games originally slated for the 2004-2005 NHL season will be played, with results of each video game match-up available." Highlights of the games will be be shown on their program "Sweat", as well as on Comcast SportsNet. In addition, "up-to-the-minute scores, stats, teams and player profiles will be online at at www.g4techtv.com."

Game On!

Wednesday, September 22, 2004


This is just criminal.

"Bavarian Beer Foamer"

"With this indispensably foamer your stein or your pint filled with beer will look like as just as fresh tapped!"

But it will taste like crap because you are just mixing it up, forcing the carbonation to leave the beer and float to the top!

Monday, September 20, 2004

Opinions Run Strong in Our Family

First, let me say that motherfarkinblogger ate my post when I tried to insert the picture. Cuz we all have time to RETYPE EVERYTHING. #%!*$@!!
ANYHOO - O found a Kerry/Edwards sticker on our piano while he was helping me clean (read: throwing everything in his toy pile, including the sunday paper, pictures he found, and dad's shoes. At least he told me that cleaning was "so fun!"). Anyway, he said "what is this?" so I said "a sticker". He said "oh! For Owen?" and I said "no, for mommy and daddy. It is a special kind of sticker called a bumper sticker. They go on your car." With my unfortunate decision to phrase it as "your car", he took off the backing and said "for Owen's green car?". I said "sure". Here is a pic of the proud man on his green car (and it really is "green" - no fossil fuels needed! Sure it is made of a hunk of plastic that will be around for the next millenia, but it was second hand...).

Kerry Fan
He does wear clothes, btw. Today after his invigorating morning bath (with vanilla bath salts and bubbles) I could only convince him to wear a diaper. Mind you, Fall has struck and it is now like 55 degrees outside...

Friday, September 17, 2004

In Election News...

So here in Oregon, they (they being, as a friend put it, Christian Fundie Bushbot Fuckwads) are trying to ban gay marriage as a constitutional amendment. Around town you can find bumper stickers that say "One Man One Woman, Yes on 36". A different friend suggested the following vandalism towards said bumper stickers and signs: Cross out the first "one", the second "e", the "3", and add "9" at the end, leaving you with (drum roll please): "Man On Woman, Yes on 69".

Hee Hee.

Help out at www.noon36.com.

In other news, check out www.pagein04.com for excellent BNL election related merch. I wish!!

Environmental stuff...

A friend of mine sent me a link to www.savebiogems.org, a division of the national resources defense council. From here you can send action alerts or letters to the PTB (powers that be) to save wilderness areas from destruction.

And here is an article on vegan cars (for those of you that try NOT to buy a new car with leather interior...) :

I had one more thing, but alas, it has slipped my mind...

Friday, September 10, 2004

Jack Black in King Kong

Peter Jackson (director of the Lord of the Dance...er...Rings movies) is remaking the 1933 classic King Kong.

I think Jack Black would play a good King Kong. However, according to this article, Jack Black "will play the character of Carl Denham, who sets off to Skull Island to investigate legends of a giant gorilla named Kong"

Should be interesting...

For Conspiracy Theorists Everywhere - Wellstone Murdered?

Ran across this book, written by two Native American university profs from Minnesota. It is called American Assassination: The Strange Death of Senator Paul Wellstone.

The synopsis includes: "the FBI happened to arrive at the remote rural crash scene a startling two hours after the crash. Did they know about it in advance? The FBI forbade the ambulance and fire teams to take photos. Even the AP photographer on hand was intimidated, delayed and then highly monitored. For some reason, a member of the U.S. Capitol Police Dignitary Protection Division was also present.

Why did these representatives of law enforcement illegally remove evidence before the NTSB arrived to investigate, seven hours later? Why did the FBI state that they were treating the site as a "crime scene" although there were "no indications of any criminal activity?" How could the FBI swiftly conclude and state publicly, before NTSB arrived, that there was "no evidence of terrorism" involved? How could they know

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Apocalypse Bush!

Why care for the planet when the End Times are almost here?

Vote Bush and hop on the salvation train!

Read the article here - funny stuff, not too long. :)

"This is the great thing about rabid fundamentalism. You really just don't have to give a damn. "

The Dates Don't Lie

Well, I suppose the dates could have been Photoshopped.... anyway, read the following link, and see what you think. Really, you can skim the date fertility cycle info, it is basically there to back up the story.

The Issue of Dates

Thursday, September 02, 2004

How Long Can the Country Stay Scared?

The theme of this year's election seems to be fear. Bruce Schneir of the Minneapolis Sar-Tribune wrote a great essay recently (see it here). Here's a quote:
There are two basic ways to terrorize people. The first is to do something spectacularly horrible, like flying airplanes into skyscrapers and killing thousands of people. The second is to keep people living in fear.

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