November 26th, 2003

Typing

Thankya Very Much, Comrade

Thanks to isisinvinyl, I just discovered that The Red Elvises are on tour. The only problem is that they are playing Portland on Sunday, December 14th...and Sunday is a day we normally have Bug. Still, I REALLY want to see this show, so maybe I can convince someone else to go with me...come on, Portland peeps, you know you wanna see these guys. Who's with me?

Oh, and on an unrelated note, today makes one month smoke-free. Hell, I'm impressed...go me!
  • Current Music
    Gavin Rossdale - Adrenaline
Burn The World

Orgasm-matic A Reality? Maybe...

A scientist claims to have invented a device which produces orgasms at the touch of a button...but can't find women to help him conduct trials into it. The implant, inserted under the skin at the base of the spine, triggers a reflex response to produce sensation. Dr Stuart Meloy, from North Carolina, told New Scientist: "I thought people would be beating my door down." However, British experts said that a surgical implant was not an appropriate answer to women's sexual problems. Dr Meloy told New Scientist magazine: "I don't see it any differently from procedures such as breast implants. "But so far I am struggling to find people."

(*thanks to t_o_e for the link*)
  • Current Music
    The Violent Femmes - Add It Up
Smackdown (Anger)

Give Me A Break

OK, I grew up reading Garfield comic, and seeing the few cartoons that were on during the holidays before he got his own Saturday morning show. Frankly, he was damn funny at the time...but the days of Garfield are over. Which just makes the fact that they are doing a semi-live-action movie version doubly stupid.

Not that I expect anything less of Hollywood.

Someone in the forums put it best:
On one hand you can make it true to the cartoons and comics, thus making the old fans very happy but probably not winning many new fans.

On the other hand you can make it all CGI-esque and infantile, thus winning over a new batch of young kiddie fans but alienating, and possibly disgusting the old loyal fanbase.

But they'll all go and see it anyway just to see what it's like.

So that decision's been made then. Make a new crappy version targeted at five year olds. Nobody over the age of three is gonna like it, but at least they'll pay to see it.
...and that, kids, means merchandising, and money-making. Screw integrity, it's all about the Almighty Immediate Dollar. Fuck you.
  • Current Music
    C+C Music Factory - Everybody Dance Now
Smackdown (Anger)

A New Excuse For Consumerism

Man, when the government starts getting in bed with the advertisers, and it's screaming at you, it's time to do something.

I just love this new attitude that's being shoved around that says it's now the duty of the American people to go on a rampant buying spree to help the economy. I mean, they're gonna do it anyway, after all, "'tis the season", but it's now coming across as 'the economy will only improve if you go hog wild with the spending, and if you don't, the terrorists win'.

Now, there's a nugget of truth in this. More spending and consumerism means more demand, more demand means more jobs, more jobs means less unemployment, and overall a rise in the economy. At the same time, don't you feel like an involuntary clean-up crew? Like your government is saying 'well, we helped screw up the country without your approval, and now you get to clean it up'. It's bad enough that the Medicare bill is going to put the screws to mine and upcoming generations, while the government pork is handed out by the shovelful...in the meantime, we get to clean up the messes made by a government that, let's face it, doesn't care.

I'm just one step away from running for government office. I know I would not win, as my views would be unpopular and I would refuse the backing of a party. But maybe, just maybe, I could get a word out. just a word. And that word would turn into a mighty uproar...and then, perhaps, the citizens of this country would get off their well-padded behinds and take this country back.