Sunday, March 22, 2009

Discussions on "Daybreak, Part 2"

"To me these were flashes of the moments that echoed their respective fates.

Roslin was destined not to find and enjoy love, her calling was a higher one, but a less personally satisfying one.

Same for Starbuck/Apollo -- they had a mutual attraction it was clear, but they had something more important to consider than their own feelings - the fate of all humanity!"

Bravo. And Adama's fate ended with Galactica, which was the choice he made instead of "an hour's work", and Baltar's fate was with Caprica Six, even if it would "get [his] head cut off".

"I don't get the hate for the flashforward. I thought it was an optimistic ending. It all happened before, but it doesn't have to happen again. What's wrong with that?"

I don't get the hate either. A little bit of Terry Pratchett dialog in the two angels chatting and a fun attempt to link their story to our future. The robot montage was funny. Too much drama, people. Leave drama to the professionals.

It was a coda, a wink to the audience. The ep ended with Adama on the hill, looking to the East, the Sunrise, The Future - BLACKOUT. And Moore found himself with an extra two minutes to play with. The wink was implied by the fact that HE STUCK HIMSELF RIGHT THERE.

And any opportunity for an extra shot of Angel!Six in her red dress was not to be missed.

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Blind Man's Bluff

The problem that I have with the entire banking system problem is that NOBODY knows what is going on.

There should have been an audit done on the banks before dime one of money was distributed. That there wasn't was fucking criminal. That there isn't one being done anywhere is an ongoing crime.

I doubt that they gave the banks the scrutiny that the banks gave ME back when I was trying to buy a house.

We don't know the value of the assets or the debts, so we can't price them at all and it looks like Geithner's goal is to try to fix the entire problem without disclosing any of it. It's impossible and it's failing.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Pop Muzik in the 21st Century

Pop Muzik by M was on the radio, so I looked it up at Wikipedia (as I always do) and found THIS little gem:

If you can't see the video, follow this link: Lip Dub Pop Muzik from fredasterical on Vimeo.

Just loads of fun - enjoy!

dave™© said...
That's pretty cool... I still love the original, though:

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Crushes: Jaime Pressly

Jaime Pressley I Love You Man Premiere

From The Bastardly (comments can be rough over there, for you gentle souls...):
Jaime Pressly @ "I Love You, Man" L.A. Premiere. More pics at the link.

Jaime Pressly - hot as a teenager, hot as a Playboy model, hot as a movie villain, and hot as a pregnant mom-to-be.

She gets more incredible everytime I see her, but these pics are just amazing. Respect.

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Monday, March 16, 2009

And then the REAL Fun began...

BREAKING: NYAG Cuomo Subpoenas AIG :

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has issued a subpoena to American International Group Inc. seeking a list with the names of executives receiving bonuses.

"We had given AIG up to 4 o'clock today to provide the information on the latest round of bonuses that they paid out," Cuomo said. "Four o'clock has come and gone."
. . . .
In the letter to AIG's CEO Edward Liddy, Cuomo said he was disturbed to learn over the weekend of AIG's plans to pay millions of dollars to members of the Financial Products subsidiary through it’s Financial Products Retention Plan.

This amuses me. Cuomo may well be an evil asshole (or so I've heard), but he's an evil asshole for Truth and Justice, and we need more of those.

Go get 'em, Andrew.

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Imagine Greater Stupidity

So far as I can tell, this is NOT a joke, and it is NOT parody.

OTOH - we ARE dangerously close to April Fools Day...

SCI FI Channel to change name to Syfy

Beginning on July 7th, the SCI FI Channel will be changed to the phonetically identical but grammatically dubious Syfy Channel as part of a bid to give the 16-year-old operation a distinct brand identity and the flexibility to wriggle outside its tight science fiction parameters. In that spirit, it’s also changed its tagline to “Imagine Greater,” all part of a strategy that “invites both consumers and advertisers into a new era of unlimited imagination, exceptional experiences, and greater entertainment.

< whining >Why do people hate science fiction? What did we ever do to them?
< / whining >

Stupid. Simply stupid. The name is stupid. The reasoning is marketing-school stupid and we all know where THAT'S gotten us.


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Welcome To The Woooorld of Tomooorrrow


Date: March 4, 2009

METRO's Board of Directors adopted an historic contract today with Parsons Transportation Group to build four more light-rail lines for Houston.

The contract, worth $1.4645 billion, will create 60,000 jobs before the approximately 20 additional miles of light rail are completed.

"These light rail lines, along with the highly successful Main Street line, will serve as the backbone for a regional system that will serve commuters across the entire Metropolitan area, and across county lines, for generations to come," said METRO Board Chairman David S. Wolff. "We are building not just a better transportation system; we are building a better future for all our citizens"

Apprentice to Darth Holden : "Please, please tell me these rail lines are being built over the dead body of Tom DeLay."

By definition. These projects could never had gone forward if he had anything to say about it. I've long been convinced that he got a cut of the highway money.

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The stuff that dreams are made of

Over at Eschaton:

Glenn asked: I have a question give Dr. Black's latest post. If $58 trillion in wealth disappeared last year; if this Seattle institution is out of money, is there any bank, anywhere that's still realistically in the black, in real world, not words on paper, money?

There are times when it sounds like we're all going to return to trading in gold pieces, biting them to see if they're real.

I answered: I'm not an economist, but my guess is - no-one knows. Everyone's waiting for the banks to open their books and declare their assets.

But Master D went way better:

MasterD : The wealth didn't "disappear" - it never existed.

It was believed to exist. Kind of like the Maltese Falcon, which was presumed to be extremely valuable (made of gold, jewels, etc), but had a black coat of paint on it. Everyone thought it was worth a fortune until the paint was scraped off, revealing nothing but lead.

Well, imagine the paint hadn't been scraped and instead the Falcon was used as collateral...

The Maltese Falcon analogy is working better for me all the time.

Of course, you had to have seen The Maltese Falcon for the analogy to work.

Oddly enough, the actual lead Falcon used in the movie, and dropped and dented by Bogart, is worth in the neighborhood of $2 million.

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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

As if Bush wasn't bad enough

I had to apologize for saying that I thought that Steele stood a chance of lasting out the week.

Y'know, HEAD of the fucking RNC and all.

Rush Limbaugh, Head of the Republican Party. Indeed.

The day doesn't go by without something stupid and obnoxious being said out loud by Rush Limbaugh, Leader of the Republican Party.

He doesn't even have to make sense - he's unrestrained id, shouting out the unedited garbage that his fans wish they had the balls to say out loud but they don't - they CAN'T because they would get a well-deserved beatdown from anyone in hearing range and they know it.

Tiresome, petty, evil, and wrong, wrong, wrong about everything that matters to decent Americans who look forward to a future without him or anyone who kisses his lying, drug felon, sex tourist ass.

This is the future of the Republican Party. As if Bush wasn't bad enough.

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