Archive for the ‘Off-topic’ Category

Now this is how you tell a ghost story!

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

I’ve been meaning to post this for ages:

Now that’s what I call …

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Use of the Unreliable Narrator,

am I right?

Maps are awesome

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Here are forty maps. Very educational.

Graham Nolan reviews a beer

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013
Bad service and ok food at the Blue Monk tonight. However, I did have an excellent beer, the Ellicotville Hopicide Nitro! A tasty IPA that is not carbonated but rather nitrogen infused (like Guinness) so it had that creamy texture and still had the wonderful citrus aroma prevalent in an IPA.

— Graham Nolan, August 2, 2013

Warren Ellis on giving up

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Warren Ellis was asked

what do you do when (if) you ever feel like giving up?

His reply was

There is no such goddamn thing.  There is only getting up and doing it all over again, smarter and harder, until something ups and fucking kills you, because that’s the only thing big enough to stop you.

This is The Great Work, and all you have to do is choose it, not look back and never fucking stop until you’re in your box, under the dirt and flowers are growing between your teeth.

And that is why I’ll never be asked to do motivational speaking.  G’night.

So it is pretty obvious that this is no longer a family-friendly weblog and I’m okay with that.  On a far more serious note this is not the exact angle from which I would approach the question/problem but the core action is essentially true.  When things are at their worst is when you should fight the hardest.  There are people that quit when it is the most difficult and they do so in the most final way possible.  They quit when there is the most left to do.

Best to not quit until everything is done or the Spirit in the Sky tells you your time is done.

John DiMaggio talking about Adventure Time

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

I have no idea what Adventure Time is.


 But the internet will help us here.

Come to think of it I think I saw a fraction of this show while I was in a video rental store looking for a job application.

Happy Birthday Hutch

Friday, March 29th, 2013

I guess K-Mart killed a shark

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

The effects of shooting a television advertisement for the mediocre b-grade big box general merchandise store chain K-Mart has allegedly led to the death of the shark being used during the shoot.

The recent death of a 5-foot-long white-tipped shark during a Kmart commercial shoot in Van Nuys is currently under investigation by local authorities and fire by The People (for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).

PETA reports that after being shipped from New York to Los Angeles, the shark was placed in an above-ground swimming pool in a backyard for the March 6 shoot. The group states in a release that people jumping in and out of the pool and other factors caused the fish substantial stress, and it began to show signs of strain. A trainer injected the shark with adrenaline and gave it oxygen in an attempt to “perk him up,” according to PETA.

Crew members were reportedly worried about the obviously distressed shark, but the American Humane Association waited for about an hour before shutting down the shoot, says PETA. The ailing shark was later removed from the pool and transported down to Long Beach to see a specialist. It died later that afternoon.

A whistle-blower shared the story with PETA, and the animal rights association immediately rebuked the AHA, a nonprofit tasked with overseeing the well-being of animals on sets: “Again, it appears that no one on set is protecting animals from exploitation, suffering, and death, making it clear that the only sure way to prevent real-life animal snuff movies is not to use animals in the first place,” said PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange in a release.

Spokeswoman for the AHA Jody Frisch, however, told the L.A. Times that the shark was placed in a 60,000-gallon water tank—a space allegedly large enough to accommodate the animal. She also said that an AHA representative called off the shoot when it was clear the shark was ill. Frisch continued by noting that the AHA has asked a third party to investigate the incident “to be responsible and find out what the cause of death was.” The AHA does not have jurisdiction over what animals are used in production or how they are transported to set. It does review scripts and make recommendations on how animals are used in productions, according to the Times.

Kmart has also been criticized for the incident. In its March 12 letter to the chain, PETA cites the whistle-bower again, noting “that a false bottom was placed in the pool in order to force the shark to swim close to the surface of the water.” The shark reportedly “became trapped underneath the false bottom.” The letter also noted that “the noise and chaos of a commercial shoot is a very stressful environment for these sensitive animals,” and there was some concern about the temperature and salinity of the water, both during transport and in the pool.

While it is unfortunate that they chose to use a live shark and then apparently accidentally killed that shark in an apparent example of irresponsibility, my first reflex is always to side against PETA, or at least side against their involvement.

My second reflex is to not feel muchp pity for the shark, given that it is, body and soul, a shark.

Ethsn Van Sciver buys a Blu Ray player

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

The story goes

The blu ray player in my office died today. I needed to get a new one, along with Game of Thrones 2. And I’m a dick. This is what happened.
BEST BUY DUDE: Can I help you?
ME: Yeah, new blu ray player for my office. Top of the line. All I do is watch movies.
BEST BUY DUDE: Well, this is the Sony BDP-S790.
ME: Yeah.
BEST BUY DUDE: It’s 4K Upscale, Superbit mapping 16 bit signal processing…
ME: Yeah?
BEST BUY DUDE: And it has Skype. 3D compatible.
ME: Oh yeah?
BEST BUY DUDE: Yep. It’s the one I have.
ME: (long pause) Show me a better one, then.
I laughed and he laughed and said, “No really. You’ll be happy with this one.” And I bought it.

There were many responses. A critique of the technology comes from Kevin Falkenberg

It’s not $4,000, it’s a 4K Upscale player. 4K (or Ultra HD) is the latest unnecessary advancement in HDTV technology, and really only means anything if you have a huge TV that you sit up close to. Aside from that, the big 4K TVs you’ll be able to find will probably run $20,000-$40,000. So, if you have an 80in TV that you sit about 3ft from, then it’s time to start rolling some coins if you want that higher resolution!

I love Mr Van Sciver’s response:

Kevin, I have an 82 inch TV.

I think I would have to re-arrange my entire house to accommodate a screen that size.

break 14 – Halftime before the Halftime show

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

I hate these CBS ads. may be fun.

I don’t care for this McDonald’s rerun.

And look: a rerun of a local advertisement for Case Credit Union followed by a Michigan-tailored Ford advertisment rerun.

The local advertisement for Medawar jewelers is tailored for the Super Bowl.

I’m done with this. I will blog about the Iron Man 3 trailer when I see it.

next year I will just live tweet this stuff

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

For one thing I will have a larger built-in guarantee that someone will read it. Then all I have to do is go back and transcribe it to keep it. 140 characters is a fun bit. This is just a typing text. Wow.

break 12 is just a Lincoln MKZ advertisment

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

I love Lincoln advertisements and I want one of their cars but this MKZ ad uncharacteristically does not thrill me.

break 11

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

A commercial with the classic cliche of old people acting young. it is a Taco Bell commercial with an American pop song sang with Spanish lyrics.

Skechers ads are always a fair combination of flashy, stylish, and corny.

An NFL recap bit brought to us by the tire folk at Bridgestone.

I might watch Elementary after the Super Bowl….

break 10

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

A Coca-Cola advertisement featuring a desert race and a vote at is BRILLIANT.

A 15th anniversary Jarod commercial for Subway? Gah.

break 09

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

The VW ad with the accents is good.

Everyone be happy.

break 08

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS has a trailer. Somehow I wish I had not seen this advertisement as it spoils…. and it does not seem to imply Boldly Going Where No Man Has Gone Before.

The Rock chases milk in a go Milk ad that is hilarious.

The following Hyundai ad doesn’t amuse as much. But it’s good. Perhaps I just hate Hyundai. No… I definitely hate it.

break 07

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

A Bud Light coommercial revolves around New Orleans because the Suepr Bowl is now in the SuperDome this year, in New Orleans. Well, there is also the magic of the voodoo. It is the culmination of the “It’s Only Weird If It Doesn’t Work” ad campaign and it is brilliant.

Following that is the advertisement (as opposed to telling you that having the best idea doesn’t mean anything if you don’t advertise first. “More Everything Skywaitress!”

break 02

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Hyundai – come back when you have a team. And apparently the small kid rides with his mom having adventures gathering a bunch of other small kids for a pick-up football game. Forgettable.

The obligatory ad has Bar Raefeli and one of the extras from Chuck. Nice touch.

The obligatory Doritos ad stars a goat that rebels against a hoarding artist.

break 01

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Beautiful legs start out a beer commercial for Budweiser Black Crown. I have seen ads for it in the Mimami airport but never on TV until now.

The M&M’s commercial is good! “I will do anything for love” is nice.

An Audi car ad is pretty good… a stag prom night ends in a happy punch to the face.

So I can live-blog the Super Bowl commercials

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

I wonder if anyone will read this.

Hu’ta’ QISt!

Sunday, April 24th, 2011
German – Christus ist auferstanden!
Italian – Cristo è risorto!
Greek – Χριστός ἀνέστη!
Polish – Chrystus zmartwychwstał!
Irish – Tá Críost éirithe!
Filipino – Si Kristo ay nabuhay!
Japanese – ハリストス復活!
Swahili – Kristo Amefufukka!
Hebrew – !המשיח קם! באמת קם
Mandarin – 基督復活了 他確實復活了
Hungarian – Krisztus feltámadt!
Klingon – Hu’ta’ QISt!
English – Christ is Risen!