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I admit it, proudly, I liked Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. No, it didn’t follow the previous movies “history” perfectly, but in this day and age where we have multiple if not dozens of se/pre/quels with different directors, sometimes stars and screenwriters it’s difficult to keep all the details perfect. Believe me, the only movie I have ever deemed worthy of the FOLLOW THE DAM BOOK PLOT AND STYLE has been Harry Potter. Yes, I do have a bit of a Harry Potter thing. But that will be seen this November, barring any further delays.

But I digress. This is about Terminator Salvation. Wired has a great post about it (YES, there are Spoilers in it).

With one eye on the screen and the other on reactions from fans and journalists gathered at the Directors Guild of American screening room, the former music video director showed off the post-Judgment Day world he’s crafting for Terminator Salvation. The scenes showed new Terminator models and bleak vistas from a nuke-ravaged Earth destroyed by sentient computer network Skynet.

They also took a very strange and while not unheard-of, but odd approach to filming; yes filming as in real film.

Post-Apocalyptic Cinematography: “We talked to the people who monitored Chernobyl about what the world would sound and look and taste and feel like after the bombs have gone off,” said McG. “Then we got a dead Kodak stock. We baked it in the sun a little bit too long to damage the film, and then we shot on uncorrected Panavision lenses that flare more easily and aren’t quite as sharp as Primo lenses but have an interesting patina. Most importantly we added three times as much silver in the processing than one traditionally would to a color stock. Add it all up and you get this otherworldly, desolate feeling.”

Charlie Gibson who’s won two Academy Awards and did Gore Verbinski’s last four or five movies. He’s up there at [Industrial Light & Magic] cooking up a few things that I can say in fairness will go beyond viewers’ expectation.”

READ THE ARTICLE!!

OK, so for some reason the embeding of this video has been disabled. Yes, because getting more exposure to what could be the biggest Sci-fi movie of 2009, reviving the Terminator brand is a bad thing.
Here’s the Youtube link: LINK

Surprisingly from CNN

George Obama, the half-brother of U.S. President Barack Obama, has been arrested by Kenyan police on a charge of possession of marijuana, police said Saturday.

Inspector Augustine Mutembei, the officer in charge, said Obama was arrested on charges of possession of cannabis, known in Kenya as Bhang, and resisting arrest. He is scheduled to appear in court Monday, Mutembei said.

He is being held at Huruma police post in the capital of Nairobi.

And lest not forget Obama’s own words about his own drug use:

"Junkie. Pothead. That’s where I’d been headed: the final, fatal role of the young would-be black man. . . . I got high [to] push questions of who I was out of my mind." –LINK

How does that saying go The acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Some days are boring, some are sad, others are just plain gross. And then, some turn out to wonderful

Working with the CR team is always a fulfilling adventure rewarding and helpful to those that need it. Sure I help the homeless occasionally, but pretty much the homeless are there by choice. Helping them is a mundane exercise in futility because those people will invariably continue to live in that manner, BY CHOICE. I don’t particularly like working with the homeless.

But every so often I get the chance to change the direction of a person’s life for the better. Because I am associated with the fire department, we find out about these people from the fire captains that have been out to help the individuals. Most of the time they have been frequent 911 callers with fall injuries or just need some help to get back up. Either way, calling 911 for a fall is OK, but when you keep doing it there is an underlying problem to resolve. I personally am going to have 911 on speed dial. After all these years of being sent to emergencies I am deserving of some firefighter assistance.

Last nite I met John. He’s a great guy, sharp as a tack. He needs some help. We started the ball rolling to get him the assistance needed to improve his situation. He’s not homeless, nor likely to be. He’s not poor, but doesn’t live in opulence. But what he needed was someone who understands his needs and desires to live a good life. He told me, before I left that he is not afraid of what tomorrow will bring after our talk. I look forward to seeing John again.

We missed out on having to go to the CODE who was found deceased after 2 weeks. Thank jebus it wasn’t summer, that would have been gross.

Turns out the great showing by the GOP House republicans (and 13 democrats) this earlier week has rattled some. Meet Rep Harry Mitchell, democrat from Arizona CD-5. You may remember he beat out J.D. Hayworth from that seat in 2006. What you may not know is that J.D. now has a wildly popular radio talk program and has, by his own admission more influence now over policy then he ever did as an elected official.

Back to Rep. Mitchell, who today delivered a “State of the District” address to the Tempe Chamber of Commerce, which incidentally is having huge budget problems. During the 30-minute speech, Mitchell declared the nation’s economy to be “almost in a freefall.”

Then it gets weird. Following the address he met with the media and made the following statements:

Mitchell called the minority party’s position “unfortunate” and “not a good sign.”…

“I think it is unfortunate there was a partisan tone,” Mitchell said Friday. “You can’t talk to business people or economists on either side, right or left, who believe the government shouldn’t be doing something — and this was something.”

Mitchell said the word on Capitol Hill was the Republicans’ unified stand was less against the stimulus…than a show of resolve against House Speaker Nancy PelosiLINK

Oh really? I yield the floor to the honorable Representative Lee from New York for rebuttal.

Turns out one of the best places for vulgar, not-for-your-mother-to-see logo wear has finally decided to throw in the towel. This is a shame, not because I wore their products, but because I am full of humor. Yes, the stick up my butt was removed, some time ago really.

TSH

Anyway, businesses close all the time, what makes this interesting enough for a blog post is that he is closing for quite possibly the most unusual reason I have ever heard; and I have heard them all.

I’m done. I’m finished. I can’t take the stupidity anymore, so I’m leaving and I’m taking my website with me.

No, I’m not selling out to some douchebag corporate entity. No, we’re not being sued by any of the over 40 companies that have sent us cease and desists over the years. No, I’m not going to jail (yet) and no, it’s not because of the economy.

I started this company in June of 2001, nearly 8 years ago, with the intention of producing the best satirical, the most controversial, the funniest t-shirts on the internet. Generally speaking, I feel I’ve accomplished that and am satisfied with what we’ve put out.

I just don’t feel like dealing with idiots anymore.

And there you have it. He is tired of dealing with idiots. I can sympathize whole heartily with that position. Although I do kinda like dealing with idiots as long as they follow the rules

1) Do not sue me personally

2) Refrain from hitting me (this included fists and bodily fluids)

3) If you want to kill me, fine. If you intend to try that again Joe I will not be as easy to get along with next time.

4) TAKE YOUR ANTI-PSYCHOTIC MEDICATIONS.

See, not so hard now is it.

H/T WSJ

A favorite Beltway talking point these days is that government spending juices growth more than tax breaks, which is why the stimulus legislation coursing through Congress has so much of the former. But it turns out that Democrats believe in tax incentives, too, at least for their political supporters.

National Journal reported this week that the Senate’s economic stimulus bill includes a provision that would make Hollywood studios eligible for a special 50% write-off of equipment purchases.

To the victor go the spoils; or so it’s said. I don’t particularly disagree with that premise. However, when those spoils are paid for with money that does not exist saddling future generations with the re-payment coupon book the line must be drawn.

Republican Senators of the United States, this is a clarion call for you to do what is right and just, follow the lead of the House Republicans and say no to this unbridled excess. For if you do, the potential to stop any 2006/2008 losses in their tracks can be achieved. Hang this debacle around the neck of President Obama and every sitting Democrat, let them own it.

Do what is right.

From the AJC

Coca-Cola Co. said Friday (1/30) it plans to drop the “Classic” tag from its top-selling soda — providing a final chapter to the New Coke debacle.

 

This change of course is after the 3429th Pepsi Logo change  offering a H/T to Obamamania.

 

And what would a "Coke Classic" post be without some ’80’s music. Those were the days.