Mexican Eats

April 22, 2004 at 10:44 pm | Posted in Humor (G- and R- rated) | Leave a comment

When visiting Mexico, people are usually advised not to drink the water or eat fruit with exposed surfaces. Well, it appears that you should add tamales to the list.

Tamales are made of packets of maize dough with a savory or sweet filling, typically wrapped in corn husks or banana leaves. They often contain pork or chicken.

In this case, it still tastes like chicken.

The Message of 24

April 19, 2004 at 9:56 pm | Posted in Politics, Rants | Leave a comment

Since its return after a five-week hiatus for March Madness, Fox’s 24 has really taken off in terms of the storyline and the quality of acting. What started out as a narco-terrorist plot has now transformed itself into a bioweapon nightmare, with a storyline that links to all three seasons of this amazing (reality-based?) show. In the ultimate blowback, the pasts of protagonists Jack Bauer and David Palmer are now coming back to haunt them and the country. It seems that Operation Nightfall may be more complex than an assassination plot gone awry.
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Monster Video Card

April 12, 2004 at 9:43 pm | Posted in Macintosh, Rants | Leave a comment

As my Cube gets long in the tooth, I begin the search for my next Mac, most definitely a G5 with good game-stomping video. Just when I thought that the ATI Radeon 9800’s shown at last January’s Macworld Expo would be a good choice, Nvidia announces their GeForce 6800. According to some reports, this card will require at least 150 watts of power. This is so much more than what the AGP or PCI buses can supply that there is space on the card for two additional hard drive connectors. It will be a challenge for Apple, known for their industrial design, to make this card work while maintaining the G5 industrial design. If not, then gamers may dismiss Apple as not being cutting edge or flexible enough to handle these monster video cards.

In other Mac news…
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Conservative Humor Not So Funny

April 10, 2004 at 3:53 pm | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

As all hell breaks loose in Iraq this week, I’ve come to the conclusion that conservatives and a sense of humor don’t mix, because when they do, people die:

http://www.musicforamerica.org/misc/media_files/bushjoke.mov (QuickTime movie).

Lying in American culture

April 8, 2004 at 9:52 am | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

Leave it to the current Adminstration for the country to debate the nature of lying. A well-written article from CNN discusses the different kinds of lies from both moral and legal standpoints. The article defines perjury – it is not “lying under oath”, but rather a more precise definition related to the issue the person under oath is talking about. Today’s American political culture, and to a lesser extent, our popular culture, is not one that George Washington, Superman, or the Boy Scouts would like at all. Well, at least our idealized representations of these three American icons.

Wal-Mart loses another one

April 6, 2004 at 10:52 pm | Posted in Politics | 1 Comment

Political corruption instigated by greedy corporations like Wal-Mart was given a setback today. Voters in the City of Inglewood rejected a ballot measure that would have circumvented the Inglewood City Council’s rejection of Wal-Mart’s request to build one of their SuperCenters.

I’m in favor of the citizen-initiated measures to circumvent government roadblocks, but this case was so transparent – both sides knew that Wal-Mart financed the entire process to save the costs of fully complying with environmental and other regulations. In addition, the issue (building/zoning) is not one that justified an end run around the City Council. Corporate abuses like this makes it harder for legitimate grassroots efforts to succeed.

Wonderfalls Not So Wonderful

April 6, 2004 at 6:34 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment

Fox has cancelled Wonderfalls, which I was beginning to like, since it was a funny and cute contrast from the otherwise gritty and dark reality of my other two shows. Wonderfalls featured good stories, character development, and a funny optimism in the midst of tension-filled and cold-hearted reality television. Other guys looked at me funny when I talked about the show – it’s definitely a show geared to females, as the men were often portrayed as good-hearted, but weak willed, bumblers. Still, one can have eclectic tastes. I enjoyed Jaye Tyler’s angst as much as Jack Bauer taking care of Nina Meyers.

I don’t think Fox was entirely fair to the show. Let’s count the three strikes against Wonderfalls:

  1. Weak time slot (Friday nights)
  2. Premiered during March Madness
  3. Nonexistent marketing.

Oh well — we can at least hope for the DVD.

Geisha Girl Drummers

April 3, 2004 at 11:13 pm | Posted in Humor (G- and R- rated) | Leave a comment

Courtesy of More Like This, here’s a really cool Flash animation featuring Geisha Girls. Very weird, and not politically correct to some people, but it’s really funny.

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