I have to say, I am still reeling from William Shatner's new album, "Has Been".
It has severely altered my perceptions of the natural and supernatural.
My mind implodes inside of itself.
A few highlights:
1. Shatner and Henry Rollins complaining about high gas prices and bad drivers, and way kids say "like" so much.
2. A spoken word country music fusion about how Shatner is not really captain kirk, so all fans should look up to him so much.
The crazy thing is, I actually ENJOY listening to this album. I have had in heavy rotation recently.
I just had to post this picture to preserve it for all to see for years to come.
Has anyone noticed that PA, NY, and D.C. , the sites of the 9/11 attacks, are all voting for Kerry?
Sure, tons of people have. Okay, maybe only a few have. Is it valid to mention this when Bush tries to push himself as the 9.11 president?
I just learned of the fs_usage command in OS X from rentzsch.com.
Wow, this is super cool. I have written scripts around the lsof command to do some of the same stuff, but fs_usage is much cooler. I love it! Check it out.
Yes, Katamari Damacy is the the bomb. Cute little roller. I love the soundtrack. Gather your friends around the tv and laugh and experience joy.
Does the game have replay value? I will get back to you on that (not).
For the very first part of the debate, I was disheartened. I wanted Kerry to answer some of the attacks the president was leveling against him. Like the ridiculous "nuisance" attack, or the voting against tax cuts 128 times. Kerry did answer that, with the assertion that he voted FOR tax cuts over 600 times. After that, things started swinging for Kerry. I thought he was able to be more direct with the audience than the president. He did fumble a bit. His answers about border security seemed strange, and full of allegations with no facts. That aside, call me naive, but Kerry even seemed honest go goodness inspiring and inspired. He energized me, thats for sure.
later on I will try to provide examples of some of his better moments.
I think this portion of the debate says everything about the difference between the two candidates:
KERRY: Well, again, the president just said, categorically, my opponent is against this, my opponent is against that. You know, it's just not that simple. No, I'm not.
I'm against the partial-birth abortion, but you've got to have an exception for the life of the mother and the health of the mother under the strictest test of bodily injury to the mother.
Secondly, with respect to parental notification, I'm not going to require a 16-or 17-year-old kid who's been raped by her father and who's pregnant to have to notify her father. So you got to have a judicial intervention. And because they didn't have a judicial intervention where she could go somewhere and get help, I voted against it. It's never quite as simple as the president wants you to believe.
GIBSON: And 30 seconds, Mr. President.
BUSH: Well, it's pretty simple when they say: Are you for a ban on partial birth abortion? Yes or no?
And he was given a chance to vote, and he voted no. And that's just the way it is. That's a vote. It came right up. It's clear for everybody to see. And as I said: You can run but you can't hide the reality.
Or, the shorter version:
Kerry: These are complex issues. Things aren't as simple as black and white.
Bush: Yes they are. They are too that simple!
Went to see "A Dirty Shame" last night. Mostly I just wanted to prove to the bean counters that a perverse movie made by a gay man can still get an audience in central Pennsylvania.
I enjoyed it. It was a guilty pleasure. If you like Waters' other films. You will like this one. Johny Knoxville gets an A.
Last night I was relating a story to christine about when I applied for a job at a Bonanza steakhouse when I was 19. At the interview, the manager asked me if I would agree that stealing is always wrong. I sat in complemplative silence for a few moments then replied, "It's usually wrong, but I would not say always". I have this habit of when I am in an akward social setting to start talking like an android that doesn't understand the basic human concepts of conversation, or in this case, "just telling them what they want to hear". I got the job.
This memory came up in conversation last night as we discussed the morality of stealing from the eat'n park salad bar.
And today, I read an article about a book about how bogus personality tests like the myers-briggs are. It includes this snippet:
I had a friend who applied for a part-time job at a clothing store, and she was given a personality test called an "honesty test." She actually failed it, because of a question like "Everybody lies sometimes." She said yes. She didn't get the job and was told that part of the reason was that she had failed the honesty test, because you were supposed to say, "No, I don't lie. People don't lie."
It reminded me of my situation so many years ago. Although with a different outcome.
Anyway, the article about the book is very interesting.
My favorite part was when Bush tried to say that the problems in Iraq were a result of executing the war there too well. If only we didn't fight the war so well, and do such a great job, we could have fought the bathists before being victorious. So now we have to fight them now.
So you see, they didn't make a miscalculation, they calculated too well. Which is different than calculating poorly. The only fault that bush can admit to is being too good a president. Hopefully next time we invade a country, we won't be so darn good at it, and everything will go smoother.
If there is was a creature that is part man, part mosquito, all mansquito, it is GWB. All Hail the Bushsquito!