Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Wall-E: liberal fascism run amok?

Now that I've seen the move I can provide an honest assessment of this bozo's critique: balderdash!

If you actually see the movie you notice that the people depicted before humanity leaves are all normal.
Not fat. Not skinny. Normal. (whatever that means)
700 years after they leave, everyone is fat. Everyone. They sit in a hover chair all day, they have robots do all their work, and they are constantly eating and drinking (especially cupcake shakes - hmm, gotta try that).

So let's see: high caloric intake + low caloric output = weight gain! Yup. I knew it cause I've lived it.

On to the central point of Wall-E: we are killing the planet. Yes, we are. However, I think the planet will fight back and win in the end if we don't change. It's in her best interest anyway.
Consider this: the population of planet Earth was 1B in the year 1800, just before the industrial revolution. A mere 208 years later, the population of the planet is nearly 7B. The industrial revolution made it easier and cheaper to get all sorts of things: food, clothing, cars, furniture, etc. Is it any surprise that the math tends to show that as there are more humans beings our disposable products will increase? Is that a difficult thing to understand? We are currently recycling less than 5% of all the waste we create.

As a movie, I found Wall-E to be funny, clever, entertaining and had a good moral to the story. It isn't perfect. But it is pretty good.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Neil Patrick Harris + Zack Whedon = musical magic

Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog!
Gotta watch all of them before July 20th (part III goes up the 19th) because they'll "vanish into the night like a phantom".

Saturday, July 12, 2008

It couldn't happen to a nicer company

Walmart recently updated its logo. Not that I care. But thanks to the (and, the gig is up.
It appears that Walmart has come close to approximating a drawing that Vonnegut used in his "Breafast of Champions". It is a drawing of his own asshole. Hilarious.

See for yourself. Coincidence?



Friday, July 04, 2008

Boba Fett - Oh the indignity

Very funny/clever... Thanks again to Gizmodo.

Me likey!

Thanks Gizmodo!

This is a pretty nice mashup of Google Earth and a hologram machine. I want it!

Holographic Google Earth from Nicolas Loeillot on Vimeo.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

On the General Clark hissy fit

So, I say this as a veteran of the Navy: get a grip.

Gen. Wesley Clark said a few days ago on a Sunday talk show that getting in a plane and being shot down (referring to John McCain) doesn't automatically qualify you for President.
Is that a smear on McCain's service, 5 years of POW status (and repeated torture - ironic now), or patriotism? Nope. Not a bit. Know why?
Because, according to the Constitution of the United States of America (the land in which we live), the qualifications for the job of President are:
1. natural born citizens (or citizens at the time of the Constitution's adoption)
2. at least thirty-five years old
3. inhabitants for at least fourteen years of the United States.

Nowhere in the document does it say anything about serving in the military, wrapping yourself in the flag at every opportunity, or using your experience as a POW as an automatic "gag order". I was a fighter pilot so you can't touch me. Wrong. He was a fighter pilot, and survived a horrific ordeal as a POW.

But holding him up as some sort of idol is ridiculous.