August 13th, 2003


Many Happy Returns

Gotta shout out to my buddy and brothah-man, one of the greatest DJ's in the world, the ass-kicking-est spinner around, jahnji, who celebrates the anniversary of his birth today. Nicely enough, he shares his birthday with winneganfake, so I hope ya both have great days.

Didja know that you guys share a birthday with Alfred Hitchcock? Many happy returns to you, too, Alfred, wherever you are, you rock.

Pirate-y Goodness

So I downloaded and watched "Pirates Of The Caribbean" yesterday. Yes, we all know my hatred for Disney, but this looked pretty good, and made me think Disney might have grown some cujones. Let's see...

Now, believe it or not, I enjoyed it, for the most part. The effects on the dead pirates were faboo, and the storyline made sense (mostly). A gorgeous film, and a fairly well put-together one. Most of the actors (unknowns) did a great job, and Geoffrey Rush was EXCELLENT as Captain Barbossa. Jonathan Pryce also did a decent job, even if his character was a bit of a weed. Also, the many small references to the original Disney ride were nice to see and point out. Good call, Mr. Verbinski.

On to the downside. Not to piss off the many ladies that read this that cream their panties over Johnny Depp, but I had a hard time believeing in him. Sometimes, he'd do a great job of being the pirate he was supposed to be, but for some reason, the rest of the time he thought he was making a sequel to 'Fear and Loathing', and started acting like he was on drugs...and was there any good reason for him to have enough eyeliner on to be classified as goth? Next we have Orlando Bloom (and the ladies that didn't lose it over Depp certainly do over Bloom). Christ, I'm supposed to believe this smooth-skinned, cultured lad is a blacksmith? I think not. No matter the mud, smoke, scum, and grime he had to deal with, he was always a victim of commercial-style glowing, someone hook me up with his make-up artist. Lastly, I could have done without the corset joke, it was unnecessary, thrown in for marketing reasons...and I REALLY could have done without the pirate that kept losing his eyeball, thrown in to have a bit of comic relief.

So, overall, a good flick, and one I'm glad I saw. I'd love to think that maybe Disney is on a new trend, and that perhaps my years of ranting about them are having an effect (or something), especially seeing as how 'The Haunted Mansion' is due out soon...but they've already made it into a bit of a comedy, so, I suppose not. Oh well, even steaming nuggets of shit sometimes have a bit of undigested oat in them for the birds to eat.
Bad Guy (Tough Words)

I've Been Saying That Conservatism Was A Disease For Years

Well, I can't wait to see if the Republicans have anythying else to say about this.

A study funded by the US government has concluded that conservatism can be explained psychologically as a set of neuroses rooted in "fear and aggression, dogmatism and the intolerance of ambiguity". The report's four authors linked Hitler, Mussolini, Ronald Reagan and the rightwing talkshow host, Rush Limbaugh, arguing they all suffered from the same affliction. The authors also peer into the psyche of President George Bush, who turns out to be a textbook case. The telltale signs are his preference for moral certainty and frequently expressed dislike of nuance.

Republicans are demanding to know why the psychologists behind the report, Political Conservatism as Motivated Social Cognition, received $1.2m in public funds for their research from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Apparently, they haven't even bothered attempting to refute the evidence. ;)

You gotta open your minds, kids. It's good for you. Stagnation is death.

(*much thanx to karzon for the link*)
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