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The thoughts and theories of a guy who basically should have gone to bed hours ago.

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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Random Acts of Blogging - 4/27/08


OK, so I've been away a while, and the list of things I've wanted to blog about has grown steadily. So away we go:

1) If you don't watch The Daily Show with John Stewart, you really should. It's funny every single night. But this past week or two, Stewart has been on fire! Here he is after Barack Obama was called an elitist:


The whole thing is funny, but the best part is around 7:25 or so. Here's the money quote:


Doesn't elite mean good? Is that not something we're looking for in a president anymore? You know what candidates, come with me (to a different camera:) I know elite is a bad word in politics; you want to go bowling and throw back a few beers, but the job you're applying for, if you get it and it goes well, they might carve your head into a mountain! If you don't actually think you're better than us, then what the &%*#&@ are you doing?

2) If someone from 1984, having just read Orwell's book, time travelled to 2008 and took a New York commuter train one morning, they'd see more than half of the people with their eyes closed, in various degrees of consciousness, wearing the same white ear phones in their ears, and probably assume we were all being fed the same government-issued doublespeak. What's funny is how wrong they'd be. Sitting on a train with 100 iPods, I wonder what the odds are that any two of them are playing the same song? I'm guessing it's close to zero.

3) A colleague of mine pointed out to me the other day that MIT disproved time travel in 2005 by holding a time traveller's convention, to which no one from the future showed up. Pretty convincing evidence on the face of it. If time travel is to ever be invented, you'd think someone would pop in to say hello, no? Famed scientist Tina Fey, formerly of Saturday Night Live had the perfect rebuttal:


A student at MIT is hosting a Time Traveler Party this week with the hope that people from the future will show up...too bad people from the future already know the party sucked!"

The only thing I know for sure after reading about this is that if anyone does invent time travel in my lifetime, something will almost instantly occur that will give me a killer headache.

4) SamuriFrog, the excellent blogger over at Electronic Cerebrectomy (WARNING: Link is typically not safe for work), recently posted two pictures that sum up the sad state of intelligence in our country today:


Man...there oughta be a test you need to pass before you can write protest signs...

5) Pope Benedict XVI's visit to New York City was capped off by a mass held at Yankee Stadium. First, a quick conversation between my wife and I:


My wife: Wow, the stadium looks beautiful. I bet the Pope is impressed.
Me: Honey, he practically lives in St. Peter's Basillica!
My wife: Good point

Then, of course, there are the New York Post and the New York Daily News, who could not resist the ironic headline:


The Post: "Communion Vendors Bring the Host to the Most."
Daily News: "The Sermon on the Mound."

Gotta love New York...

6) And finally, Britain's Office of Government Commerce, or OGC, recently unveiled it's new logo:


Seems harmless enough, right? But then they started putting it on mousepads, pens, and the like, and people got a chance to see it rotated 90 degrees:



Wow...that's quite the, er...um...well...what's the word I'm looking for? Well, I guess you'd have to say it's quite a boner, now wouldn't you???

posted by Brian at 12:54 AM


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