My DD214

Veterans should be a thing of the past.

S for Subversive

  Although I’ve made a half-assed effort to get back into comic books over the last couple of years, there’s plenty of “must-read” stuff that’s escaped my attention. Apparently, the V for Vendetta graphic novels fall under that heading. My favorite movie reviewer (Devin Faraci) at my favorite movie review site (CHUD) has written up a very interesting editorial after attending a screening of the soon-to-be-released V for Vendetta movie. Here’s some of what Devin had to say:

It’s shocking that a film like V For Vendetta, in which the hero can be described in no other terms but terrorist, has been made by a major movie studio, which is itself a part of a major, world-dominating corporation. Either the folks at Warner Bros and Time-Warner weren’t paying a lot of attention or they just don’t think that a movie will make any bit of difference at this point. I couldn’t disagree more, and I have to tell you that if I was still actively working as a political organizer I would be standing outside theaters showing V and handing out anti-Bush and anti-Iraq War pamphlets to exiting moviegoers. Sure, this film is about a fictional fascist state that denies its people basic liberties and makes them live in fear, and sure it’s set in the London of the future, but there’s no hiding the fact that the film’s timeline is one that begins today.

After reading that whole spiel, I can honestly say that this is the first movie I’ve been excited about seeing since Murderball. And if tweaking conservatives isn’t enough for you, the movie also features Natalie Portman with a shaved head. I think it’s hot. Infer from that what you will.

Here’s the link to Devin’s write-up, and here’s a link to the most recent trailer for V for Vendetta.

See also: Movie Review: V for Vendetta

27 February, 2006 8:26 PM Posted by | Linkage, Movies | Leave a comment

What have you done

Charlton, like Japan in 1941, you have roused a sleeping giant. Check your inbox, bitch.


It's on.

27 February, 2006 2:49 PM Posted by | Civ4 PBEM | Leave a comment

Fernando can’t play Civ 4

Ok. I’ve made the first game of “play-by-email” civilization 4 and I have sent it to fernando’s gmail box. Now it’s up to him to come out of hiding and face me on the binary field of battle.

Clay, if you want to play, you must acquire a copy or something.

Either way, Fernando is a little bitch that can’t play Civ 4 and I’m calling him out.

Frankie sticking her tongue out February 2001.jpg


27 February, 2006 12:56 AM Posted by | Just a thought.. | 3 Comments

Pop Quiz!

Well guys, in honor of the fact that I FINALLY have my own internet connection again, I have decided to give a pop quiz… Please write your answers in comments to this post.

Here we go.

1. What is your name?
2. What is your mission?
3. What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?
4a. What television show debuted 20 years ago today?
4b. How is it possible that I have clear memories of said television show when it debuted 20 years ago?
4c. Does this mean that I am officially an old fart?
5. Why are Little Debbie snack cakes of any variety so goddamned delicious?

Bonus Question:
Solve the following problem:
Is every Mersenne number square free?
A Mersenne number is a number of the form (2^p)-1 where p is a prime.
A prime is an integer larger than 1 whose only positive divisors are 1 and itself.
An integer is said to be square free if it is not divisible by a perfect square, n^2, for n>1.

Best of luck gents. I look forward to your prompt replies.

23 February, 2006 5:22 PM Posted by | Just a thought.. | 1 Comment

“You remember me now, Peter?”

I post a lot of links. I know this. But let me assure you, that this is beyond question the best thing I’ve ever seen on the internet. I took a break from writing an essay to check my email and cruise over to Metafilter, which is where I found the trailer for:

The Passion of the Christ 2: Judgement Day

Absolutely hilarious. If this movie were ever to actually be made, the movie theatres that showed it would get burned down. And I would be nice and warm, not to mention totally entertained, on the way out.

21 February, 2006 11:09 PM Posted by | Linkage, Religious Tomfoolery | 2 Comments


I watched a couple of hours of the Olympics yesterday; the most amusing thing I saw was this 30-second Volkswagen commercial. I long to give a crap about luge, but it’s hard, lordy it’s hard.

20 February, 2006 2:15 PM Posted by | Just a thought.. | Leave a comment

I had NO idea.

I knew that “soccer” was popular to the point of obsession and hysteria in places other than the U.S., but DAMN!


19 February, 2006 11:16 PM Posted by | Just a thought.. | 2 Comments


I had a very vivid dream last night that I made a post to this blog that made fun of the Amish in one capacity or another. Soon thereafter, bearded men wearing very plain clothing started to appear everywhere I went. They were subtle, without a doubt; they would be present everywhere I would go, but it wasn’t immediately obvious that it was an intimidation campaign. They would just happen to be in the library when I was, two tables away, leafing through agricultural manuals. They would coincidentally be at the barber when I was, getting their sideburns trimmed (scissors only).

At first, I chalked up the encounters to chance. Surely, the Amish would have no means by which to read my blog. And even if they did, they would forgive me for my broadside, certainly. But the Amish were everywhere. I couldn’t get a cup of coffee without seeing an Amish barista behind the counter, eyes smouldering with quaint, uncomplicated hatred.

19 February, 2006 11:24 AM Posted by | Just a thought.. | 2 Comments

The second-most evil thing I’ve thought all week

One thing before I get to the personal disclosure: NPR’s hourly news updates were running the story that Harry Whittington, the apparantly quail-like victim of Vice-President Cheney’s dubious marksmanship on Sunday, was doing just fine. In the soundbites, the doctor from his hospital was falling all over himself telling the media how great the guy was doing.

“He’s fan-fucking-tastic! He ate 12 cheeseburgers and then shit out a butterscotch sundae! We’ve never seen anything like it! He is arguably healthier now than he was before he was shot!”

Okay, so that’s an exagerration, but not a big one. The dude was seriously out of control. It was radio, but one could visualize the spittle that his raving produced.

He actually did say something to the effect of, “We can’t wait for Mr. Whittington to get home in a couple of days so that we can all put ‘the shot heard around the world’ behind us.” Now that’s good medical staff. Doctor and spin doctor. NPR also reported that hospital officials said that although Whittington was still in the intensive care unit, that this was not for health reasons, but for “his comfort”. That makes perfect sense. ‘Cause let me tell ya, when I want comfort, I go to the ICU.

Anyway, when I read that the guy had had a heart attack, I secretly hoped that the old dude would die so that we could push to get Cheney charged with man-slaughter.

See you all in hell. All apologies to Mr. Whittington.

16 February, 2006 6:01 PM Posted by | Just a thought.., Politics and other hazardous materials | 1 Comment

I hope for cargo

Happy John Frum Day.

16 February, 2006 7:48 AM Posted by | Just a thought.., Linkage | 2 Comments