Archive for February, 2009

Random Excellent Item of the Day
February 18, 2009

Simply put, the best translation ever done of a superhero to the small screen. The look can take some getting used to but the writing here is so spot on perfect that the show could be drawn by a five year old in Microsoft Paint it’d still be great. So, so, so much better than the those last two absurdly overwrought Raimi flicks.

An apology
February 17, 2009

(Check out other stuff while you’re here. You just might enjoy it.)

Last Friday upon seeing the new trailer for Watchmen at the movies I casually remarked, in a not too loud voice, “You know, I just think it looks pretty stupid”. Little did I know, however, that the grossly overweight Hurley-ish man seated three rows in front of me was not only within earshot of my harmless bit of amateur advertisement criticism, but would in fact find it so perturbing he would feel the need to turn around and very deliberately give me a stern staredown.

Sir, even knowing that you cannot possibly be reading this I still feel the need to apologize. No doubt you were still recovering from the recently inflicted trauma that was The Dark Knight’s Oscar snubbing. You were clearly were in no condition to be subjected to the excruciating pain that an off the cuff non-adulatory opinion of one of your obsessive fandom interests from a total stranger can bring.

My sincerest possible regrets. 😦

Buy your own damn fries!
February 10, 2009

This is immediately a candidate for Best Thing Ever.

Idiot
February 9, 2009

Yet another harrumphing A-Roid column by Random Generic Sportswriter #204B6. They’re pretty much all useless but this one especially caught my eye for the raw unintentional irony on display as the writer contrasts A-Rod’s “disappointing” behavior with “one of the best feel good stories in recent memory… the redemption of Josh Hamilton”. Really?

In 1999 Hamilton was drafted by the then Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He received a signing bonus of $4,000,000 which he proceeded to piss away on copious amounts of blow and heroin. For their money the Rays received a grand total of zero games played from Hamilton before they eventually released him years later.

In 2001 A-Rod signed a $252,000,000 10 year contract to play for the Texas Rangers. Feeling pressure to justify this record setting contract with his play on the field, he proceeded to take illegal performance enhancing drugs for which there was no penalty in baseball at the time. Before trading him due to budgetary reasons the Rangers received for their money a grand total of 485 games played by A-Rod out of a possible 486, as well as an average of 52 home runs a year.

So lets review: one guy took illegal performance debilitating drugs not caring whatsoever that he gave a notoriously cash-strapped team zero return on their multimillion dollar investment. The other took illegal performance enhancing drugs intent on living up to the value his team placed on him with their multimillion dollar investment. But the first guy hit a bunch of moonshots in the Home Run Derby last year so all was forgiven.

Yeah, A-Rod’s definitely the bad guy here.

The furious case of Christian Bale
February 7, 2009

Even for a celeb meltdown this has been overexposed. He’s not a terrible person because he flipped out on set. Being Bale/Batman doesn’t make it okay for him to flip out on set. What this is is one instance where someone acted like a giant asshole. Can’t we just leave it at that?

Sonic Sez
February 4, 2009

If this awful man ever tries to sell you anything, and I don’t care if it’s water in the desert, run away.

Random Excellent Item of the Day
February 4, 2009

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Back, and to the left. Back, and to the left.
February 3, 2009

The NFL’s very own Zapruder film.

Sourced from a copy of NBC’s high def broadcast. Three things here:

  1. Why is it that it takes a random person like me to make something like this, instead of ESPN or some other actual legit outlet?
  2. The NFL is either lying or incompetent when they say the guy in the booth looked at this play and decided it didn’t need to be officially reviewed downstairs. Lying if it’s to cover up a real reason for the no-review (maybe tech difficulties they don’t want to cop to?), incompetent if what they say is true and they really did appoint as replay assistant to the Super Bowl a guy so utterly and obviously incapable of doing the job right.
  3. After exhaustive bioanalysis, as well as watching myself make a football throwing motion in the mirror: incomplete pass. Watch the forearm clearly coming up as he gets ready only a few frames later to twist his wrist around and release the ball; you don’t do that unless you’ve already set yourself, pulled your arm back and are starting your release motion. I also don’t see how he would even raise his forearm up during that kind of whipping motion without it coming forward.

So, first down Arizona at the Pittsburgh 29 yard line with 0:08 on the clock. That’s what we should have gotten. Instead we’re denied maybe the most amazing end in football history because the stripes screwed up. Thanks guys.

(Even if you don’t agree that it’s incomplete, it’s clearly arguable. And no way in hell can the last play of the Super Bowl end with a play like this not being given a full, fair review by the head ref. Point is: Warner’s not the only one who dropped the ball here.)

Going Overboard
February 3, 2009

Bill O’Reilly just compared himself to Paul Revere. I shit you not.

My god
February 3, 2009

I can’t believe it. I won’t believe it. Take a look if you dare.

It’s true. A 23 year old college kid doing a bong hit. A sight so vile as to defy description.

But really, you have to love the uproar over this. It’s two for one: watch a celebrity get shots taken at him, which people love, AND moralize while wagging fingers at him and tsk tsk’ing over “shameful” behavior that well over a third of all Americans have partaken in at some point in their lives.

Bottom line: zero compelling arguments to defend the illegality of weed in a country where people go through alcohol, tobacco and prescription painkillers like candy. Candy that you eat a lot of at once, like Nerds. Anyone decrying this is an idiot. I’d say Phelps is an idiot for apologizing but placating people in order to keep his endorsements just makes him spineless, not stupid. Besides, with his own interviews the guy makes a better case for his own stupidity than I ever could.