July 22, 2008

I loved The Dark Knight...

...but even I'll admit that this is a bit of an overkill.

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Quote of the Day

"You know, it's always a bad practice to say 'always' or 'never.'"

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July 21, 2008

Exclusive: Barack Obama College Essay*

Reading Foucault: Subtextual conceptualist theory, Marxism and the capitalist paradigm of discourse

“Art is part of the defining characteristic of reality,” says Debord. Thus, the characteristic theme of Hamburger’s[1] critique of Sontagist camp is the role of the observer as writer. Lacan suggests the use of neopatriarchialist desituationism to deconstruct hierarchy.

If one examines postcapitalist material theory, one is faced with a choice: either accept the capitalist paradigm of discourse or conclude that culture is capable of intentionality. But if Sontagist camp holds, the works of Smith are postmodern. Bataille’s essay on neopatriarchialist desituationism implies that narrative comes from the collective unconscious, given that narrativity is equal to language.

“Sexual identity is a legal fiction,” says Sartre. However, the primary theme of the works of Smith is the bridge between class and truth. Bataille uses the term ‘the capitalist paradigm of discourse’ to denote a subdialectic paradox.

Therefore, the characteristic theme of McElwaine’s[2] analysis of neopatriarchialist desituationism is the role of the artist as reader. Textual theory holds that the establishment is intrinsically elitist.

It could be said that the main theme of the works of Smith is the fatal flaw, and eventually the dialectic, of postcapitalist society. The subject is interpolated into a that includes art as a totality.

In a sense, the premise of the capitalist paradigm of discourse suggests that language may be used to marginalize minorities. Von Ludwig[3] holds that we have to choose between neopatriarchialist desituationism and Sartreist absurdity.

But the subject is contextualised into a that includes narrativity as a whole. The primary theme of McElwaine’s[4] essay on postpatriarchialist discourse is a self-sufficient paradox.

* - Not really. Had you for a second though, huh?

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Chris Hansen on standby

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I'm ready to tell you to have a seat over there.  Laugh out loud.

A "Win a date with Miley Cyrus" contest.  I don't even want to know what kind of creepy middle aged, balding mouthbreather wins this.


Since that link is from KURU Lounge, be sure to check out chad's latest podcast, and if you have any suggestions for music to play or a podcast you want to do for Radio Free Moronosphere, be sure to let him know. 

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July 20, 2008

Note to self

In the very extremely unlikely event that I should ever find myself at a pro-wrestling event, don't ever ask for a chair...holy crap, dude.

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*sob* Why is it that I always miss these things?  It isn't fair to me, dammit!*sob*

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July 19, 2008

What's your News IQ?

I got all of them correct, and in the 97%th percentile.

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A little weekend entertainment

Do you like Joss Whedon?  Do you like Neil Patrick Harris?  Do you like comedic musicals starring Neil Patrick Harris directed by Joss Whedon?  If you answered yes to any of those three questions (especially the third) you should check out Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.  It's a testament to the fact that you don't need big budgets and loads of CGI to make something that's really entertaining.

Oh, and you'd better check it out before tomorrow night, because apparently it ceases to be free Sunday at midnight.

(Via Jim Treacher)

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Can you feel the love OUTRAGE! tonight?

If you look over Disney's animated film history, they are lacking any African-American princesses or heroines.  They sought to change that in a film being released next Christmas, but it's already being attacked as "racially insensitive":

"Disney should be ashamed of what it is trying to pass off as its first black princess," [columnist William Blackburn] said."Despite all its resources and experience, it has failed to create a black princess to rival its predecessors.

"For one, this princess' story is set in New Orleans, the setting of one of the most devastating tragedies to beset a black community. And then they throw in the voodoo theme and an alligator sidekick. When you put New Orleans, alligators and voodoo together, there's no beauty there."

He added that Maddy sounded too similar to Mammy, a name synonymous with the segregated Deep South.

The film was originally titled The Frog Princess, but had to be changed to The Princess and the Frog because of "racism".

Reached for comment, "Rev." Jesse Jackson said that he was catching the first flight to Orlnado to cut off Mickey Mouse's nuts.

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Unforgettable

I heard a fascinating radio interview with this guy last weekend.  He's one of three or four people in the world who have been diagnosed with a condition (and I'm not sure if that's the right word—ability might be more appropriate) called "hyperthymesia," which means he can basically remember everything that has ever happened to him and anything significant that happened in the world on a particular date. 

The hosts of the radio show provided him with a few dates, and he got them all, including the Northridge Earthquake here in California (he's from Wisconsin), the attack on Nancy Kerrigan's knee, and the death of Princess Diana (which I can't remember specifically, but I remembered happened the weekend I moved into my final apartment in Berkeley).

Anyway, check it out.  The trailer includes footage from the guy's appearance on Jeopardy!, which he claimed in the radio interview I heard that he lost because of obscure questions about snakes.  I guess not having memories of experiences with snakes would probably be a good thing in just about any other situation.

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July 18, 2008

Provided Without Comment

Woman searching for crabs finds 50-year-old ring.

Please place your first thought in comments.

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The Dark Knight

*** NO SPOILERS BUT BE CAREFUL IF HYPER SENSITIVE***

I got advanced tickets to Batman: The Dark Knight this evening and thought I'd say a little about it.  First of all, it is simply amazing in every aspect of film making.  Heath Ledger's performance is every bit as amazing as you've heard as were the performances of the rest of the ensemble.

Also, you may have heard the movie was an anti-American allegory on the war on terror.  If it was any kind of allegory, it was most certainly not anti-American.  No few times, it was explained that Batman protected the rest of the city and had their love and affection so long as the going didn't get tough.  Then they suddenly turned on him the second he pushed back in the hard times.  His value as a  defender comes from his position outside the rest of society allowing him to make decisions nobody else could make: the right ones.

All in all, it could be taken as an allegory for the war on terror but clearly  would be making a statement that fighting it is worth whatever the costs. 

Great movie.  See it as soon as you can.

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Quote of the Day

As president of the Harvard Law Review, as law professor and as legislator, has he ever produced a single notable piece of scholarship? Written a single memorable article? His most memorable work is a biography of his favorite subject: himself.

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July 17, 2008

Presented without context

The US space programme said it was seeking urine from workers at the Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas, as part of its work on the new Orion space capsule.
You know, if they have to do drug tests, I'm pretty sure they can just ask.

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July 16, 2008

Campaign Game: General Election Edition

You may remember the primary version, here is the general election version.

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All my hard work has finally paid off

According to Americans for Tax Reform, the rest of the money I make this year is all mine:

Cost of Government Day (COGD) is the date of the calendar year on which the average American worker has earned enough gross income to pay off his or her share of spending and regulatory burdens imposed by government on the federal, state and local levels.

[...]

Cost of Government Day for 2008 is July 16.  Working people must toil on average 197 days out of the year just to meet all costs imposed by government.  In other words, the cost of government consumes 53.9 percent of national income.
In, um, completely unrelated news the U.S. Congress' approval rating is at 14%.

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Chocobama

Also included: Chocoprah.

(h/t via Heh, Indeed)

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July 15, 2008

Hey, big spender

Don't get me wrong, I likes me some beer, but, daaaaamn:

An Australian man convicted of his seventh drink-driving charge was spending about A$1,000 ($972) a week on beer -- enough to buy more than 2,500 small bottles a month, a newspaper said Tuesday.
The man's liver was unavailable for comment.

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Malor's newest kitchen appliance

You know he's gonna be buying one of these if he can get his hands on one.

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July 14, 2008

Sesame Street Body Language (It's Old)

The interweb tubes seem to be all clogged up today, so I'm gonna go ahead and post this body language segment from an episode of "RedEye" this past spring:

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So really Obama, where are those June fundraising numbers?

John McCain released his on July 10th, raising $22 million.  The Obama campaign has yet to release theirs.

John Kerry made $30 million in June 2004.  Is it possible that Obama's figures are well below both of these figures?

The refusal to release the records, combined with this desperate plea for money make me think that is the case.

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