Showing posts from July, 2006

Sleeman Goes on the Block

This sucks. Sleeman brewries, the third largest in Canada, is looking for a buyer. I don't drink Sleeman's regularly (and hence, I am the problem), but this is one more independent brewry down the tubes. You just know Molsen or Sapporo will buy them out and pirate the company for their lucrative distributorships; (Guinness, Sam Adams, and (surprise) Sapporo).

Just goes to show, buy local, buy often. It's hard out there for the small guy. I raise a glass of Red's Rye to the independant brewer. (Note to Founder's.. call me. We need to fix your website.)
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Why a flag burning amendment is a stupid idea

Go read Doonsbury from this Sunday. If you don't understand it, please stop voting.

Cheap Wine Blog

Someone I know and love just started blogging! Go check out J--'s very first foray into the blogging world at Cheap Wine Blog.

If you like wine but hate the attitude you have to endure to get a great glass, then CWB is for you. Looking at wines from $5-20, CWB is going to be all about Wines You're Not Afraid to Try.

Go on, check it out.

I'm guessing you play WoW

Kotaku posted an interesting chart today:


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Please No! - Nicolas Cage As Liberace

Please, don't let this be the opening salvo in a barrage of B-list actors trying to make it huge ala Brokeback Mountain.
Liberace? Seriously? Of all the worthy people you could make a movie that about; they could have picked Matthew Shepard, Ian McKellen, or anyone who published a gay magazine prior to 1970 come to mind. But, beyond that, who better to immortalize the flamboyant star than... Nicolas... Cage... star of National Treasure (turned it off), Matchstick Men (fell asleep), and Gone in 60 Seconds (still don't understand the premise).

Is there some aspect of Liberace's life I'm not aware of? Is he really that popular that a movie was needed?


My favorite quotes... no particular order.

"The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it."
-George Bernard Shaw

Only two things are certain: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.
-Albert Einstein

"You can sugar-coat a poison pill, but it'll still kill you. By the way, let me know if you want to go that way."
-Dale Gribble, on King of the Hill

"Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first."
-Ronald Reagan

"Of all tyrannies a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies."
-C.S. Lewis

"The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down al…

Five People I Couldn't Care Less About

5. Neil Young. Not for his latest album (which actually sounded good until he started singing), but because he's Neil Bloody Young. Seriously, could anyone be more overrated? (save the flames; you're not going to change my mind.)
4. Uber-Web-Design Guy. You know what, this site doesn't validate. Neither does the web app I work on. And guess what; they both function just the same. Take your XHTML, CSS, and W3C standards and shove it.
3. Jason Calacanis - Sold out to AOL and wonders why people laugh at him now. If I never have to hear that voice on a podcast again, it'll be too soon. And, yes, you cloned Digg; just confess and drift away.
2. Second Life players. Please, stop. What exactly do you do?
1. Steve Wozniak. Yes, you were famous. Yes, you're very, very rich. Yes, you are doing great work in funding commercial space programs. But I'm so unbelievably sick of hearing about every time you get a new laser, ride a Segway, or comment on a company you no longer work…

YouTube's new policy ruins Utopia

YouTube, the ubiquitous video-hosting site, recently changed its terms of service to basically allow them to do whatever they want with the stuff you upload to them. This, of course, has completely freaked out the technorati because now their lip-synching videos will be commercialized by the company paying for their bandwidth! Oh noes! You mean it costs money to serve 100 million videos every day? You mean that leaching that bandwidth from the company comes at a price? YouTube isn't Utopia?

Nightmare Scenario (TM) #1 is that YouTube will find that super-special music video, strip the audio, and sell it on a CD. Aside from the huge "Uh, yeah, right" that comes to mind, how would that be so bad? If you're so farked for cash that you can't publish your own work on, say, your own website (and therefore establish copyright), wouldn't the free exposure do you some good? Any CD resulting from YouTube's hypothetical effort would certainly reference the originating…

Zidane Gets 3 Game Suspension

You read that right, FIFA suspended Zidane, who is retired, for 3 games. Zidane was kind enough to let FIFA save face by agreeing to do 3 days of community service instead of, you know, laughing his ass off.

For his part, Italian player Materazzi was given a 2-game suspension, which seems reasonable. I would've liked to see Materazzi banned from 2 World Cup games, but that's not really a FIFA policy. Too bad he still won't fess up about what actually was said.

Get right with your maker, I agree with Mitch Albom

MITCH ALBOM: With on-field insults, it's all in the head

Mitch manages to string together a fairly coherent column today about the Zidane head-butt. We'll give him a break over the lateness of the column because he's a) an American sportswriter b) in Detroit and c) is Mitch Albom.

But, he did catch the most important quote of the controversy to date: Zindane's mother. Her pearl?
"Some things are bigger than football."
She's right, of course. And, despite her obvious bias toward her son, her statement is controversial in itself. Around the world, as Albom points out, we accept that "trash talking" is somehow part of the game, something almost venerated to the same level as the players ability to actually, you know, play.

Which is sad. I both played sports and watched my father play them for years. Was there trash talked? Sure. But the players who did it most were arrogant pricks who, frankly, didn't get a lot of respect. They often stunk up the fi…

gamepolitics: Youth Violence Waaaay Down - Games to Blame?

Check out that graph.

There is no epidemic of youth violence in America.

The whole concept is a lie... Kids are not killing each other more frequently than they used to. In fact, it turns out the opposite is true.
Where's the Senate panel to look into the fleecing we've been taking for the last year.  Why aren't things like this on the evening news? Oh, right, bribes.
gamepolitics: Youth Violence Waaaay Down - Games to Blame?

digg - FIFA to investigate Zidane incident; Could disqualify Italy

Well, that's an interesting turn. Comments are running pretty heavily that FIFA will not, in fact, take away the Cup. I'm pretty sure a war would break out if they did. However, it is interesting that an amendment to the rules was made that allows FIFA to take away 6 points (essentially causing the team to forfeit the match) if a player users a racial, religious, or ethnic slur. Considering Zidane is an Algerian Muslim, his forthcoming comments could be very interesting. Sepp Blatter, head of FIFA, apparently found his dignity and said they are also considering taking away Zidane's best player award.


Update: Zidane has said at a press conference that the comment was "very personal", but would not elaborate. Materazzi immediately again denied saying anything about terrosists, Zidane's mother, or any racial comments. I think Materazzi is lying; he even went so far as to issue this gem of a quote: "Zidane is my hero and I have always admired him a lot.&q…

Your Idiot of the Week

Some anti-abortion zealot (Pete) decided to saddle up his high-horse and take down an evil, vile, pro-abortion advocate (Caroline) on his blog (and I use those terms purposefully; you're not pro-life or pro-choice).
Sorry ma'am, if you hadn't had sex you wouldn't have gotten pregnant, it's not the HMO's fault for not supporting your promiscuity while not married.
One small problem though; Pete is an idiot. The article in question was on, say it with me, The Onion. Missing moutains of satire and deftly proving the point of the original article, Pete goes on to call Caroline a "murderer" and graciously offers to pray "for the suffering which you will endure when you realize what you have done." That's right, he's going to pray for her suffering, not to lessen that suffering, but just to ask God to make sure she gets what she deserves, apparently.

He then leaves his readers with a call to action.
Speak out against abortion. Don't just …

Pink Floyd's Barrett dies aged 60

Syd Barrett, one of the founding members of Pink Floyd, died.

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Pink Floyd's Barrett dies aged 60

Google to Ann Arbor

The Zidane headbutt

Warning, NSFW comments ahead

Via Kottke, two Britishnewspapers hired lip-reading translators (I'd like to see that invoice) to see what Marco Materazzi said to Zinedine Zidane. If they're correct, Materazzi's lucky Zidane didn't bicycle kick his head into the stands.

The alleged comment:
Hold on, wait, that one's not for a nigger like you.

We all know you are the son of a terrorist whore.

So just fuck off.
And, to FIFA, if Rooney's case is receiving high levels of scrutiny over his behavior, we, the fans, expect this incident to receive as much, if not more. And if Materazzi did, in fact, say these things on the pitch, he deserves to be punished as well.

I'm not a professor, I'm a Researcher

Mark this one down as questionable. With a lead off paragraph like this one, it's got to be hard science, right?

People who have been drinking may miss objects that appear unexpectedly in their field of sight, even when their blood alcohol levels are just half the legal driving limit.

Pretty bold statement. There must have been some serious research behind this.
To investigate, the researchers had 47 volunteers watch a video of two teams passing basketballs back and forth and asked them to count how many times the team wearing white T-shirts passed the ball. During the video, a woman dressed in a gorilla suit appeared among the players, stood in the middle of the screen and beat her chest, and then walked away.

The subjects were given a beverage and instructed to drink it over a 10-minute period five minutes before watching the video. After viewing it, the researchers interviewed them to determine if they'd seen the gorilla.
Ok. Interesting technique. What were the conclusions?

Steve Yzerman retires... finally

22 years, all with Detroit. Great guy, but it's time.

Have fun in retirement, Steve, and thanks for all the memories.


Put Marc Miller on TV

Face for radio? Hell no, that boy needs to be on TV.

Marc Miller, who pilots the #8 Carhartt CASCAR car, needs your help. Marc is trying to get on a new reality television show called "Racin' for a Livin'" and you can help put him there. Go to and cast as many votes as you can; seriously, the rules allow that. Just don't script anything to automate the voting process; I'm pretty sure they strap Marc to the hood of the Bad Driver's car during the taping of the show if you get caught doing that.

Marc is an old friend of mine and a great guy. All the other people in that contest are Dixie Chick-lovin', Jeff Gordon-supporting, latte-sippin' posers. Ok, maybe not, but Marc is the best person on that list and deserves your vote. If you're from New Orleans, Ann Arbor, or even San Diego, head over to and give some love to Marc.

Right-wingers miss it again

For full disclosue, I'm what used to be called Conservative. With the political landscape what it is, I think I'm now more Centric or possibly even Liberal. It's so hard to tell with "peacenik/hawk" and "treehugger/redneck" thrown around so casually these days.

That said, I'm nowhere near as bat-shiat insane as either side of the aisle when it comes to the blogosphere (yeah, I used that term; suck it). From Kos to Reynolds, Totten to Huffington, the vitrol and, dare I go for the trifecta, idiocy at either end of the pole is staggering.

Enter today's example. Power Line, a decidedly right-wing blog, posted a photoshop image of what the New York Times would have looked like in 1776 in light of the present-day New York Times story on the governments plan to troll financial records looking for "terrorists". (Link to editorial at IHT because the Times still doesn't get the Internet.)

Go see the image here, but please come back for importan…


I just realized that the last two posts are about "idiots". Apparently I'm feeling grumpy of late.

Our future is in the hands of idiots

For the six of you who haven't seen this yet, Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) was defending his vote the other day on the Net Neutrality bill (the bill that will allow Internet service providers the legal power to censor what you can and can't see based on their profit margins). Sen. Stevens, (Idiot-Alaska) decided to give all of us a primer on how the Internet works. This is a gem, so get set for some good times:

I just the other day got, an Internet was sent by my staff at 10 o'clock in the morning on Friday and I just got it yesterday [The next Thursday].

Because it got tangled up with all these things going on the Internet commercially...

They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the Internet. And again, the Internet is not something you just dump something on. It's not a truck.

It's a series of tubes.

And if you don't understand those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and its going to be delayed …

You’re Wrong. The World Cup Refereeing Standard is Higher than Ever - FIFA World Cup 2006 - World Cup 2006 Blog

Angel Maria Villar, the chairman of FIFA’s referees panel, is an idiot; starts to explain the officiating at this years World Cup. Bravo to the World Cup Blog for pointing out Villar's latest attempt to smoke-screen the unbelievably bad performance of his refs.
In between hits of whatever drug he is taking, Villar described the situation in the Middle East as pleasant, credited Santa Claus for his on-time delivery rate this past Christmas, and predicted that typewriters would soon replace computers as the preferred workplace communication tool of the 21st Century.

England vs Portugal

One word for the Portugese.