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I don't talk about football much because, well, there generally ain't much to talk about. But not today! Oh no, today, we got us some delicious news.0-15. First. Time. Ever. Now, I know there will be a ton of piling on about just how bad they are. In fact, tomorrow I'm on vacation and I'm getting up to listen to 101 Mike in the Morning just to hear "Killer" Kowalski sping the Lions latest, historic loss. And they are so very, very, very bad, don't get me wrong.But, Detroiters (and, aren't we all Detroiters when the Lions are playing), let's lift that chin, swell that chest, and cock a corner of our mouths in a smile. We are historic. When the seasons of every other team, save the champion, are forgotten, who will still be on the tips of every fan's lips? The Lions. Who will be a trivia question on Jeopardy in 2010? The mo-fo'ing Lions! When some the 3rd place Browns fans look back on the 2008 season, what will they remember? Nothing, that&…

And Get Off My Lawn!

I'll let this one introduce itself.The Brighton City Council on Thursday approved an ordinance allowing police in the Livingston County community to ticket and fine anyone who is annoying in public "by word of mouth, sign or motions."Welcome to West Michigan-style legislation. As J-- called it, this is a bunch of fuddy-duddies grumping over "those damned kids", but moving their crotchetiness into civics. A city attorney says there could be situations where the measure would violate freedom of speech...Yah think? I can't wait for some well-funded smart-ass to walk around Brighton screaming Blessings From God at passerbys, just to get cited, and then sue the friggen pants off the city. What a bunch of dumb-ass, over-bearing, holier-than-thou bull this is.Feels just like my hometown.Detnews.com story

links for 2008-12-19

Dan Dennett's response to Rick Warren | Video on TED.com
"Philosopher Dan Dennett calls for religion -- all religion -- to be taught in schools, so we can understand its nature as a natural phenomenon. Then he takes on The Purpose-Driven Life, disputing its claim that, to be moral, one must deny evolution."
(tags: religionvideoscienceTEDphilosophysociology)

Stupid Evil Bastard: Ghosts of Krismas Past: Scans from 1983 Sears Wish Book.
Ah, yes, the Atari 2600.. loved that thing.
(tags: gamingchristmasadshistorical)

BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland | Edinburgh, East and Fife | Rom-coms 'spoil your love life'
No kidding. On a side note, I love that they're called rom-coms.
(tags: psychologyresearch)

Empress of the Seas Cruise Ship Cutaway | Kevin Hulsey Illustration
An insanely detailed illustration of the "Empress of the Sea". Fantastic work
(tags: illustrationphotoshop)

My First Digital Movie

With the release of The Dark Knight and my complete nerdiness over the movie, I purchased the 2-Disc edition when it was released yesterday. To my surprise, it included a free digital copy (ala iTunes) along with the DVD version. This is my first digital movie as, frankly, I didn't see the point in buying digital-only movies. I hate watching movies on my computer, I don't have a personal laptop that can play them, and I can't watch them on my television (at least not if I buy from Apple). Yes, I lose geek points for not having that ability, but I'm not going to buy a movie through Microsoft that I can't play on any other device, or substitute iTunes for Microsoft and have the same problem. (DRM is stupid.)But, with The Dark Knight, I plopped in the disc, iTunes saw it and prompted me for the included code and, a couple minutes later, I happily have 1.7 GB of movie to transfer to my iTunes compatible devices. I wouldn't have purchased the digital-only version, b…

Wow. Metallica's "All Nightmare Long" video

I fell out of Metallica's sway a while ago, giving up around Garage, Inc. But, as I09 said in their post today, "I am officially in love with Metallica again." Well, at least for today.

This video is fantastic. Listening to the song without the video, it's still a pretty decent song, but the video brings it to a entirely different, and better, level. It's an alternate history, zombie, Cold War, sci-fi tour de force.

As with most Metallica, crank it up.


Official Metallica site for the video

links for 2008-12-05

Methane bursts from frozen tundra : Nature News
"In those months, Christensen and his colleagues measured cumulative emissions as large as those recorded over the summer – with peak rates at some collection points higher than had ever been seen in tundra... "I would have predicted the exact opposite finding," says Merritt Turetsky, a tundra expert from the University of Guelph, Canada, who was not involved in the study."
(tags: climateglobalwarmingscience)

Neo-con Tears
"It's the taste you've been waiting for."

*snicker*
(tags: politicshumor)

McCain Couldn't Compete With Obama's Money - WSJ.com
Considering that this is written by the man who basically made elections about money, appearances, and playing the rules to the hilt, this is hypocrisy of the highest level.
(tags: politicselectionobama)

GM CEO Drives a Chevy Volt to Washington...Sort Of

*Facepalm* Apparently, they didn't learn nearly as much as they could have last time.
The fact that Wagoner didn't drive one from Detroit, but apparently had it shipped to Washington in order to drive the last few miles, may be an indication that the Volt program has a long was to go to keep its promises. [emphasis mine]
I understand it can't make the trip, but isn't that sort of the point as to why the US auto makers can't compete? Seriously, GM (and Ford, Chevy, and Chrysler), how many times can you miss the point?

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