2007.11.04

Don't buy a single vote more than necessary...

22.45.33 - Mark

Google AdWords Screen Capture from 11/4/07

I saw this google adwords block in my rant on local politics. The Hillary block sounds like an invitation to a country club social group, and I find it amusing that I can get local election results on eBay.

“Don't buy a single vote more than necessary. I'll be damned if I'm going to pay for a landslide." -Joseph P. Kennedy (JFK's father)

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2007.09.04

Corn Farmers Against Piracy

03.11.12 - Mark

In the whole NBC dropping iTunes / iTunes dropping NBC shenanigan the other day, bloggers started point to these comments that NBC made to the FCC on the subject of piracy and it has some great boneheaded comments like

Would the government permit Federal Express or UPS to knowingly operate delivery services in which 60-70% of the payload consisted of contraband, such as illegal or stolen goods?

Because of our nation's interlocking economy, two-thirds of the lost earnings and lost jobs are in industries other than motion picture production. For example, in the absence of movie piracy, video retailers would sell and rent more titles. Movie theaters would sell more tickets and popcorn. Corn growers would earn greater profits and buy more farm equipment.


You know, I think that somehow, those poor corn farmers will survive. They've got some really competent lobbyists on their side. On the other hand, I'm really tempted to go out and register cornfarmersagainstpiracy.org

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2006.08.24

What to do with a third arm

01.11.08 - Mark

This evening my brother and I went to see a movie at the local subrun theater, Before the movie we grabed a bag of popcorn and a coulpe of drinks and took our seats. Unlike most theaters, the local subrun actually pops their popcorn, however this batch was well below par, at times tasting like tin, excessive ammounts of salt, styrofoam, and other generally not-good-substances (sometimes all at once).

After the movie we loidered around as the main employee is a friend and talked about random things. Eventually getting to the point of how both the movie and the popcorn were a bit disappointing. At which point our friend told us he had cleaned out the popcorn machine the night before and we had been eating the oldest remains of the first batch popped in the newly clean macheine. Yummy. "I'm pretty sure I got all the cleaning agents out - let me know if you grow a third arm" he said.

Zaphod BeeblebroxThen of course we started talking about the implications of a third arm, not obviously useful third arms, like Zaphod Beeblebrox third arm, more along the lines of Total Recall's martian mutant type third arm i.e. growing out of your forehead third arm.

Assuming that lawsuits were out of the option, what exactly could you do with an extra underdeveloped mutant apandage? We figured hollywood, or at least movies. Surely SciFi or some other network would pay to have a multi movie deal with an actual monster, and when those movies fail horribly you could always star in the unrelenting spoofs.

Of course the truly brilliant would insure the arm for a nice large sum of money, go about his acting career and when the work dries up, suffer a tragic incident that involves the amputation of the extra arm.

Such is life in my house. We now return you to me regular ranting about failing technology and increasing frustrations with High School University.

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2006.02.22

Fuck This

00.46.57 - Mark

Fuck this Book is fucking hilarious, especially as you give the images a closer look. There's one photo about 3/4th the way though of a gas pump that is absolutely genius.

Fuck can be a beautiful word sometimes...

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